Thursday, May 17, 2018

Cookie Brigade

Cookie Brigade
Henry the Hypnotist?

Dog Blog Post #2488

How does he get them to do that???

Photography Assignment

Daily Dog Challenge 2388. "In a Row"

118 Pictures in 2018 - #37. Leading Lines

Henry and the Hedgehog
Henry: "I found it!"

Hubby started teaching Henry a new game.

"Find the Hedgehog"

This is a game we played with Beau when he was growing up as an Only Dog. The rules are simple. Henry stays. Hubby hides the Hedgehog. Henry is released to Find It! Lather, rise, repeat.

Apparently, Henry was enthusiastic about the Hedgehog itself - a new toy for him, but a bit hazy on the fact he needs to LOOK for it.

Don't worry, Henry is a quick learner and I'm sure he'll have it figured out in no time.

After the game was over, we look around for where to put the poor well-slimed critter. Beau's Hedgehog (long ago retired) lived in shoebox, with a hole cut on the end as a "door", high up in the bookcase - well out of reach.

Since the box was also long retired, I suggested we put Hedgehog on a sock (remember that "slimy" bit) up high while we considered our options.

Here's Henry, staring up lovingly at the little guy.

Looks like the start of a beautiful friendship.

Mr. Hedgehog
Mr. Hedgehog

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Aubridge Ready 4 Action (3/12/2008 - 5/15/2018)

Mr. Zachary
Mr. Zachary

Smart. Fun. A consummate retriever.

Easy to train, a pleasure to be around, and always the Golden Temperament for which the breed is so famous.

I've taken thousands of pictures of him, but the one above, taken just last month, seemed to sum him up the best.

I have no idea how many tricks he knew - a lot!

He could empty the dryer into a basket, pull a laundry basket, throw paper into a garbage can, "tap" the Easy Button, close cupboard doors, bring toys, "Find it!", spin, high-five (his favorite), bow, roll over, wave, shake (either paw), plus all the usuals... and that's just off the top of my head.

Photoshoots were one of the highlights of the day. New props, new poses, and most of... Cookies!

Cookies, Bitey-Face, walks... the usual doggie things... were high on list of things to do, and were all tackled with much enthusiasm.

We chose Zachary because we felt he would have enough energy to keep up with Beau yet still get along.

We chose well.

Dog Blog Post #2487

We lost Zachary on Tuesday. Hemangeosarcoma. We had no idea.

With luck we will get a puppy for Henry this summer - something we had already been planning for some time. Of course, there are no guarantees.

We can only cross our fingers and hope our breeder's girls have a boy puppy just right for us.

A vet I never met sent the following to me after we lost Beau:

"We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle; easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we would still live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan."

-- Irvin Townsend

I loved it so much I added it the bottom of this blog at the time.

I think it's good to remind ourselves at times like this that the alternative to the pain of losing them is never having had the joying of knowing them at all.

Photography Assignment

Zachary (2008-2018)
One Last Round of Bitey-Face

Safe journey sweet boy. Give Beau our love.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Safety First

Safety First
Zachary: "I owe, I owe, so off to work I go."
Henry: "He he he"

Dog Blog Post #2486

"You are traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!"

Or my Studio (kitchen).

Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference.

Photography Assignment

Daily Dog Challenge 2381. "Twilight Zone"

Our Daily Challenge - May 11, 2018 - "Red, Orange, Yellow"

118 Pictures in 2018 - #60. "Construction"

My, what a happy pair of Construction workers!

Their collars are Constructions of my own, assembled from orange fleece, yellow seam binding, and genuine reflective ribbon.

This might possibly be my most successful sewn collar yet, as compared to the real deal.

It is my original straight-V collar pattern, cut wide, with one end curved for the overlap up front and all raw edges covered in seam binding.

For the reflective ribbon, I first sewed seam binding to be sides, then stitched the combination to the plain collar, then finally added seam binding around the outside edges.

I find seam binding rather boring to sew on, and therefore tend to avoid it, but I think it really makes the collar here.

It did mean I could leave the fleece unlined, which made my sewing machine happy.

What's in the bag? A pop-up cube for kids to play in - kind of like a non-reflective reflector that's square, with a hole in the middle, sewn at the edges with five others just like it. Unfortunately, it's too big for my Studio (kitchen) in its reconstituted form unless the dog is on the inside.

And if you thought it was hard to collapse your reflector back into its bag, this thing is five times worse! You have to get the right edges aligned and collapse the right way, and twist just so...

I feel like Snoopy battling a lawn chair (google it!) every time I put it away.

100x : 2018 - #42

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Monday, May 7, 2018


Henry: "I'm innocent, I tell you!"

Dog Blog Post #2484

Henry should know better than to try and steal Zachary's Lacrosse Ball.

Although I'm not quite sure the punishment fits the crime.

Photography Assignment

Daily Dog Challenge 2378. "Pleased"

Well, Zachary's clearly pleased with himself for catching the culprit!

Those who have been playing along at home know I've spent many months (and yards of fabric) trying to come up with a good collar pattern for the boys.

From the first square of felt, binder-clipped to a dog collar (Jul 23 2011 - "On the Rocks") through a long line of cross-stitched "V" collars using plastic canvas, to the transition to the same collar in wide ribbon and then fabric (a ~34"x4" rectangular strip) to the sparkly purple curved-V collar with a black shawl collar of last month.

(In between were simple collars that look like I cut them from dress-shirts (I didn't), elaborate "waistcoats" (including a lovely blue brocade), and various full vests from fleece that never fit right.)

That sparkly purple curved-V collar was a combination of the plain "V" collar and a men's vest pattern. The purple collar didn't fit quite right, but with a few critical changes to the join in front (and yet another pattern generated) I ended up with something that I finally liked.

Since then, I've made it "plain", with a hood, with a mandarin collar (none photographed yet) and this - Zachary's police uniform.

This collar (shirt?) is a bit different from the other recent three, being cut higher at the neck to accommodate the afore mentioned shirt-collar pattern - both pattern's recut, of course, as nothing is ever that easy.

I might not make this variant again, but it worked perfectly here.

"And the seamstress looked upon her work, and she was (finally) pleased."

(Well, I suppose the collar could be a bit smaller. And I probably should have have a placket in front, and...)

Our Daily Challenge - May 7, 2018 - "It was a Gift"

I typically pick up fabric from the remnant bin at the local fabric store (end of bolts, so a yard or less) at 50% off current bolt price, and most importantly - I don't have to wait for it to be cut.

There are exceptions, however, and last week there was a big sale on flannel. Flannel is awesome fabric for my needs, so I picked up a veritable rainbow of colors including this handsome blue.

And I use a Gift Card from my mom to pay for my purchase. :)

Thanks Mom!

(All four recent collars were cut from my new "stash" - with plenty of fabric left to go)

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Luke Skybarker and Yodawg

Luke Skybarker and Yodawg
"May the force be with you!"

Dog Blog Post #2483

Luke Skybarker and Yodawg wish you a very happy Star Wars Day!

Photography Assignment

Daily Dog Challenge 2375. "May the Fourth Be With You"

118 Pictures in 2018 - #35 Ugly is the New Cute

I've been staring at this one for months, but when I was looking at pictures of Yoda before making the ears it occurred to me that he just might fit that description.

And the obligatory Yoda quotes:

"Do or do not. There is no try."

"You fail because you don't believe."

"If no mistake have you made, yet losing you are, a different game you should play."

Although I don't remember that last one, I saw it on several sites and I like it!

100x : 2018 - #39

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