Sunday, March 1, 2015

H and M - January and February 2015

We are so close to being caught up!!!  I took a fair bit of video and pictures during these two months, but I am soooo ready to be all caught with the "Life Of Miley" files that they're all going into one post no matter what!  Actually, January and February were a lot more of the same thing.  You know, things like Miley being such a lady or goofy.

Still more hiking in January, complete with some very unseasonably gorgeous and warm weather!

During January there was the big Rose City Classic dog show at the Portland Expo Center.  Miley was still pretty gangly at that point and I knew she wouldn't get the points, but it was a very busy/big show for her to get some valuable experience at.  She made me incredibly proud with how very well she handled everything!  My ideal is for a her to be comfortable going from a total goob outside of the ring to walking in the ring and knowing that she needs to turn it "on" for conformation.  I was not disappointed.  We would go from dorking around, rolling around on the ground, to going in for her class and she is very definitely understanding the difference between what is acceptable outside of the ring versus what is expected of her inside the ring.  I was so pleased with her performance.  Each show she improves more and I'm incredibly proud of the dog that she is/is becoming. I won't go into more detail than that since I already talked a little bit about the fun that she got to have at the show in this post.  To round things out, I'll give you a little taste of the immense patience that Heffner has

And the compilation video with the rest of the random clips I have from January:

February involved Miley doing probably the only actually bad thing that she's done.  She's been so good about not chewing on my shoes (if you know how much I love shoes, you realize what a big deal this is) or really anything that wasn't intended to be a dog toy (excluding random things in the yard that I don't really care about), that I basically got spoiled.  I came home from work one day to find this:

Now, when you randomly see a piece of something lying also randomly somewhere in your house, you KNOW you are about to find the rest of the something.  And most likely in a shape that you won't be pleased with.

Yeah, Miley had been nibbling away at the memory foam bed that I bought for the dogs.  Thankfully she didn't completely destroy it.  She just made a bit of a mess.  The bed is technically still functional, but I am planning on replacing it.  Oh Miley....

Have ya'll seen that adorable video of the french bulldog puppy who plays with the door stopper???  It's off the charts on the cuteness scale!

Well, just a few days ago, Miley discovered this very same type of door stopper in my bedroom, while I was folding laundry!

Totally cracked me up!  Admittedly, not quite as cute as the frenchie puppy, but still pretty amusing.  This dog.  There really is no end to her cracking me up!

February's hiking actually involved a fair bit of elevation gain hikes as well as testing out nature's dog walk.  Naturally, Miley was all for it.  And now that Heffner is on arthritis medication, his feet aren't so sensitive to the types of terrain and I don't worry quite so much about the weight and pressure on his front end on the way back down.  There have been so many hikes and trails that I started avoiding once I thought he was starting to get uncomfortable, that I'm really excited to be getting back to them!  It opens up our hiking options, and now that the easier trails are getting busier with the nicer weather (remember, we're on the west coast, not the east coast that has been getting hammered with all the snow), we have the more difficult trails to go back and get some serious exercise in.  It makes for happy campers between the dogs and I. :)

And the random video clips from February (I labelled it January and February because I forgot about adding in the video files from the January folder.....):

Whatever will I blog about now?! ;)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Merry Christmas in February!!

Today is Christmas in February! :)  As I previously mentioned, I want to keep that Christmas spirit going all throughout the year.  And as I also mentioned, I've been holding back the Christmas related pictures of the dogs for these specific posts so that I can spread them out.

December ushered in a somewhat confusing time for Miley.  Suddenly there were all these decorations getting brought out and put up.  And there was a robust tree that came to stay in the living room.  Each item was new and interesting and obviously in need of a thorough sniffing over.  Every.  Single.  Item.  Since she was so curious, I figured I might as well start getting her used to dressing up.  Thus started Miley's introduction to head gear.  In case you're wondering, she was not a fan.

Once she realized that she could in fact hold still as well as eat treats with it on, the head band became less annoying.  Little did she know that there was an entire tote devoted just to head gear....Mwahahahaha....I'm an evil mother. ;)

In the spirit of Christmas and the warm fuzzy feelings it brings out, I want to specifically focus on the beings in my life that bring me the greatest joy, my dogs.  While they are also capable of causing me frustrations, small amounts of stress and in some circumstances, the greatest sadness that I have known, I would not take back a single moment with them.  I can't imagine my life without them and I never want to.  Their presence has been a warm and welcome constant in my life, particularly during times that have been very uncertain and/or stressful.  No matter what bumps we come across, they have remained by my side.  I can never give back to them as much as they give to me, so all I can do is treat the best I know how and be thankful that I am so lucky to have these guys in my life.

For those interested, the cookie recipe from the above picture can be found here.  And the drink is the Grinch Spritzer.  Have a great week!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Miley - November and December 2014

November and December were pretty busy months with the holiday season in full swing!  Work was also busy as we hustled to get the needs of various projects met by the end of the year.  This meant that, again, I wasn't taking a TON of pictures and video.  Though I was still trying to capture the dogs in various hilarious or adorable moments.  Wait.  Yeah, I guess for me that's just about all their moments. ;) First we have the adorable moments:

The hilarious moments require a little more explanation.  First we have Miley "helping" me to fold laundry.  She usually wants to be where ever I am.  And if I'm doing something rather boring (i.e. anything that doesn't involve interacting with her), she will usually find a way to keep herself occupied.  In this case, it involved checking out the world under the bed and finding a new toy in the bed ruffle that I stuffed under there because I just hadn't gotten around to throwing it out.

Then there are those times where she's just being Miley.  Rolling around on the carpet, doing whatever.....

At the beginning of December, Miley had her second dog show.  And her breeder was even there to see her.  Unfortunately it was about this time that Miley hit a growth spurt.  She got a little lankier and her front end got a bit narrow.  Yep, the princess is going through an "ugly duckling" phase (I use the " " because looking at that face, I find her anything but ugly).  It happens.  We'll ride it out and keep that pretty picture of the 8 week old puppy in mind.  Regardless, she continued to improve in the ring and I was pleased with how she took everything in.  I got to catch up with friends outside of the ring and there was even an ugly Christmas sweater contest going on as well as a crate decorating contest!  But I'll leave those pictures for one of my monthly Christmas posts. ;)

Also during December, Miley and Heffner got to be participants in another one of Bobbie's Train the Trainers workshops!  I will embarrassingly admit that I hadn't done a ton of core strengthening exercises with Miley up to that point.  We'd played around a little bit, but I was having a hard time being at all consistent with it.  So she was not as confident on the equipment as she is now.  But she was a good tool for the trainers to learn with.  Bobbie nabbed some pictures during the session. :)

As you might guess, Miley had a pretty great time. ;)

And not surprising, there was plenty of hiking to be had!

And as I already mentioned, I'm going to leave the Christmas related pictures for the monthly Christmas posts. ;0) We're almost all caught up with Miley moments!  Then I can get back to posts that don't involve trying to summarize a month or two at a time!  I'll leave you with a video of the random moments of the dogs throughout November and December.