Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Family Game Night

The family that plays together, stays together!!

Lil brother, Ohno, staking his claim as "The Dog".

My mom ain't raising no fool... I put my bid in on Boardwalk early in the game.

I wish Isaac would finish his turn already.  There is money to chew, people!!!

(I have been stalking your blogs peeps!  Sometimes Blogger won't let me comment though.  If your comments settings include "anonymous" guests, I can sometimes post from there!)


Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Boys of Summer

Boondocks the Wonder Dog

The Great Kudzu

"Come on in.  The water's great!"

Nah Nah Nuh Boo Boo

"Give it here!"
It's all good, Dawg!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Great Kudzu


Earlier this week I briefly introduced you to my new brother, Kudzu.  He is healing up really nicely and is quite the cool pup.  The kids seem to really like him which is good because he is drawn to them.  Our resident 'alpha' dog, Ohno (aka Mr. Grumpy Pants) isn't particularly fond of him. Mom says he'll learn to love him though.  Kudzu seems to be trying to eat us out of house and home.  Mom thought I ate a lot!  HA!!  The vet says that as he continues to heal, he burns more calories and will have a bigger appetite.

It's hard not to feel sorry for Kudzu, but Mom says that doesn't help him one single bit.  From what I understand his life was kind of chaotic before coming home with us.  His first owner had a lot of land and Kudzu roamed free.  This guy worked away from home and was gone sometimes days at a time.  Family and neighbors stopped by to feed him while his owner was out.  (Mom says she thinks that adds to his eating problems.  She's not entirely convinced that he is use to being fed two square meals a day.)  Then when he got caught in the hammock, he was all alone and not found for several hours.  We are all extremely grateful for the vet that footed the cost of the bill to save him rather than to put him down as his previous owner had requested.

Life is good for Kudzu now though.  He is part of a family who adores him.  Instead of acres of land to roam, he lives inside.  Instead of being at the mercy of folks who don't care about him to be fed at their convenience, he is fed on a strict schedule twice a day.  Instead of not having a visible purpose, he is now being trained to be a therapy dog.  Mom says because of his new found appreciation for life, he may just make the best therapy dog ever.  (Of course, we know that's not right because that title will one day belong to me!) 

I really like Kudzu.  He's only a few weeks older than me.  He likes playing with me a lot.  Mom says she's proud that she doesn't have to remind me to be gentle cause I already am.  We are destined to have many great adventures together. 

Life is good!


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New Family Member

If you noticed that I was MIA over the weekend, I had a really good reason.  First, my HS (human sister) had a big dance recital.  It took a lot of time getting her to and from final rehearsals and ready for the show.  She danced last night, so that is behind us for a few months now.  (You did fabulous, DJ!  At least from what I've heard.  I wasn't allowed to go. *sigh*)
My big sis and her BFF.

In addition to "all that jazz", we brought home a new golden retriever puppy!!  I am so excited to have a new playmate that is the same age and size that I am. 

He is a really special guy and as of right now, my human family has yet to decide on a name for him.  Indecisive humans!  Sheesh!!  But anyway, here's the back-story...

Last week Mom received an email from one of her friends at Brookhaven Animal Rescue League.  It went something like this:  A golden retriever puppy has been surrendered by its owner after having its front left leg amputated.  When it comes to goldens, I come to you."  Mom made a couple of phone calls and headed out to meet the pup. 

With intentions to foster until a suitable home could be found, Mom, Dad, and the four hu-kids found themselves head over heels once they met the little guy.  Mom told them that they'd be happy to bring him home after his sutures were removed to be part of our family. 

Interested in what caused "lil guy" to lose his leg, mom questioned the animal hospital team.  "He got his leg caught in a hammock and was not found for several hours.  By the time he was all the circulation had been cut off through his leg.  The owner brought him in to put him down.  We asked him to surrender him instead and our "gold" hearted vets fixed him up and began looking for a new home."

Yesterday Mom, Dad, and the kiddos went and picked him up and brought him home. 

So now I have a new friend.  Mom hopes that "lil guy" will soon be healed up enough to begin training with me to be a therapy dog.  Right now he gets tired easily. Until he has a little more time to adjust, he's just going to live the good life of a pampered house dog!

So what'd y'all do this weekend??

Oh, and if you want to vote on his name, visit my Facebook page!  www.facebook.com/boondocksthewonderdog



Friday, May 20, 2011

My Hoo-man's

Tommy and Samantha (aka Dad and Mom): Tommy and Samantha have been married for thirteen years. They became born again Christian's during the first year of their marriage and made the commitment to raise their children in a home where God is first and foremost and family is second. They have made it their goal to teach their children how to meet people from all walks of life and to reach those people with the love of God. As a result of the family's love for dogs, they felt God leading them into this unique outreach of using the dog's in ministry opportunities. While Tommy works full time, Samantha is a stay at home mom. They volunteer their extra time visiting facilities with their children and dogs. They truly love the place in life where God has brought them for this time.

Dacey Jade: The family's oldest child and only daughter is the resident Diva/Princess. Dacey is twelve years old and completely dedicated to the family's ministry. She loves working with the dogs and has a "sixth sense" with them. Animals seem drawn to her exuberant and vibrant personality. Dacey is a social butterfly and enjoys meeting the people that their family visits. Dacey says that when she grows up she hopes to be a missionary/homeschool mom/veterinarian.  Dacey's heart is owned by our mischievious, Golden Retriever, Rose Bud.

Jaden: Jaden is often referred to as the family's "comic relief". At ten years old Jaden is quick witted and can always be counted on to make you smile. He has a calm personality and enjoys the family's work with dogs. Jaden is "all boy" and likes riding his bicycle, all things Star Wars, and wrestling with his brothers. Jaden wants to be a stunt car driver or tornado chaser when he grows up.  He belongs to our Maltese/Yorkie mix whom he calls "Joy Joy".

Isaac: Isaac is a very charming young man. He is eight years old and has the biggest blue eyes in the world. He melts hearts with his sweet nature and his interest in other people. Isaac loves working with the dogs and has his own therapy dog in training, Cosmo, who he received for his birthday. Isaac likes hot wheels, Webkinz, and hopes to learn to play the drums. When he grows up, he wants to be "everything". 

Connor: At age four, Connor is the caboose of the family. He is the family's miracle baby and has provided the entire family with so much joy and happiness. Connor is often thought to be the family's "wild child" as his mischievous antics constantly find him getting into trouble. Connor loves the family's pets and refers to the younger dogs as "Pillow". He also enjoys visiting folks and passing out hugs to the patients he meets.

As a homeschool family, Tommy and Samantha are delighted in the opportunity to be able to actively involve their children in all of the pet therapy visits. The children have been raised working in this outreach and as a result are as comfortable in a nursing home as they are on a playground. They play an important role in this ministry as folks that are visited are thrilled with their presence.

Come To Me

"Are you tired? Worn out?... Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." Matthew 11:28-29 MSG

Come To Me

"Are you tired? Worn out?... Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." Matthew 11:28-29 MSG

Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Typical Daily Schedule

At just thirteen weeks old I have already trained my family quite well.  Their world revolves around mine.  Want proof??  Take a look at my daily schedule.  (Mom even has alarms set on her cell phone to remind her of each time!!)
6:30 A.M. - I wake Mom up so she can take me to potty.  We walk, I do my "duty", and it's time for breakfast.

6:45 A.M. - Mom feeds me in the laundry room.  She's taught me to sit and wait until she says "ok" before I can eat.

8:00 A.M. - Taken out to potty again.

8:15 A.M. - PLAY TIME!!

10:00 A.M. - Nap time.

11:00 A.M. - Time to go potty again.

11:15 A.M. - Training/play time.

1:30 P.M. - I go outside to potty again and this time get to play with the two legged kids too. 

3:30 P.M. - S-U-P-P-E-R    T-I-M-E
My big sister, Dacey and me.

4:00 P.M. - Another potty break.

5:00 P.M. - A walk around town with the whole family (all six people and all six dogs).  Mom says this part of day is good for bonding.

6:00 P.M. - A well deserved nap!

7:30 P.M. - Go potty.

7:45 P.M. - Back inside to play.

10:00 P.M. - Outside to potty one last time.

10:15 P.M. - Go to crate and go to sleep.  Nite, nite, y'all. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Morkie Complex

Momma says I suffer from Morkie complex. 

Here I am stuck under the bed.

I just don't understand.  These guys have no problem getting out from under it!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

At the Lake

Sunday my family and I went to the lake.  It was fun, I guess.  I prefer the air condition to heat and the shade to direct sunlight.   From what I've been told that isn't typical for a Golden Retriever, but then again, I'm not a typical Golden Retriever.

Mom's bed is so much more comfortable than this concrete!

Scarlet had fun playing frisbee with Dad.  She's such a show off.

I did not enjoy my mud bath nearly as much as Scarlet - she couldn't get enough of the stuff!

We saw several odd critters, but I wasn't allowed to chew on any of them.

Scarlet went for a swim and came out of the water shaking on me!  The nerve!!!

She played frisbee in the lake too.

I preferred watching from the bank.

My smallest human even learned a thing or two from observing Scarlet's theatrics:
All in all it was a good day!


Monday, May 16, 2011

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Mighty Mississippi

Our thoughts and prayers are with all people, pets, and wildlife being effected by the flooding of the Mississippi River.  Though I have yet to visit it myself, my family makes frequent visits to the banks of the Mighty Mississippi.  It is heartbreaking to see our "stomping ground" underwater.  And the worst is yet to come.

This is my human, Isaac, and Cosmo on the Riverwalk in Vidalia, LA two months ago.

This is what the Riverwalk looked like yesterday.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Therapy Dog in Training

As part of my training to be a therapy dog, I have been allowed to tag along with my K9 big, sister Scarlet on some of her outings. Scarlet is a TDI therapy dog and really loves people.
Here's Scarlet and Momma at the library last summer.

The first time I got to go with her was to a nursing home.  There were lots of people in wheelchairs and scooters.  There were also lots of new and strange smells.  I wasn't too sure about all of it and for the life of me, I could not understand why all these strangers wanted to wipe their hands off on me!

A week went by after that visit and I found myself back in the same place.  After lots of encouragement from Scarlet and Momma, I became excited.  I really wanted to give love to these people who needed me.  It felt good to have a purpose and this time it felt good when they ran their hands through my fur.  I wasn't scared at all. 

Yesterday I got to go visit again, but this time to a new place filled with kids!  (I really like two-legged, short people.)  Mom explained that my job was to lie still while the children took turns reading to me.  It sounded easy enough. 

As kids walked past me they all "oohed and ahhed" at me.  It was ok cause I like the attention.  Then I got to meet Michael!  He walked me on the leash for a bit.  I took the leash from him to show him I could walk myself.  He laughed.  I threw my body against the floor and wiggled and danced while Michael continue giggling at me.  I knew this was going to work great.  Then it was time to read.  I did just as Mom had said and was still and quiet while I helped him sound the words out that he read from the page.  He did a really good job!  He read me a story about a yellow dog named Marley.  Now that's a pooch who really knows how to have fun!!

Momma says I have a very bright future in store.  She's right, of course!

I liked it when Michael showed me the pictures.
Scarlet watched over me to make sure I did everything just right.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Dogtipper.com's Dog of the Day

I'm so excited to be DogTipper.com's DOG OF THE DAY!! 

For a twelve week old puppy, I am so honored!  I feel like I have won the Oscar's of doggie love. 

I'd like to thank DogTipper for this award.  I want to thank my mom for spending so much time online promoting me.  And to all my fans - much thanks, love, and sniffs!!!!

"Can I have a prize that includes food now please?"

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Muffer's Day

This is me and my dog mom, Susie.  Isn't she beautiful.  I love her very much and miss her every day.

And this is me with my human mom, Samantha.  I love her very much too.  She spoils me rotten and let's me chew on her!  I was her Mother's Day gift from Daddy this year.  She says he's going to have a hard time next year trying to top me!  Whatever that means...

I hope you all have a wonderful Muffer's Day.  Be sure to lick your mom and tell her how much you wuf her!


Saturday, May 7, 2011

What's in a Name?

I am beginning to get the distinct impression that most folks consider "Boondocks" an unusual name for a pup.  But for a simple, country boy such as myself, I really can't think of anything I'd rather be called.

My full name is "Southern Jewel's K-Love ND Boondocks".  Yep, it's a long story, but here's the short version.  My human's oldest daughter's name is Dacey Jade which means "southern jewel" - so the first part of my moniker honors her.  On the way home from picking me up, my family listened to K-LOVE the whole way.  And then I live in the Boondocks.  So I guess that one kind of speaks for itself, huh? 

I like that my name is different.  What fun is it when you're in a room full of dogs and they are all named Max, Rex, or Sam.  That just gets confusing, Dawg!

I'm linking up with my first Saturday Pet Blog Hop.  I hope you'll join in the fun too!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Glorious Peace

To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace. ~Milan Kundera