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My puppy had a birthday!

Here it is October already and I didn’t mention my little Meyya’s birthday! As you will recall, Meyya is my little Schnoodle puppy. Well, technically, she is no longer a puppy, but she is so small she is easily mistaken for one.

Here is Meyya when we were on the way home with her, November 30, 2013  …

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She was almost ten weeks old – but so tiny, not much over two pounds.

Here she is in December 2013, her first Christmas …

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She soon outgrew that little red sweater so my knitting friend made a larger pink one for her.

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Meyya is good about having baths. So funny all fuzzed up!

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She can stretch right out of that little bed now when she wants to – the same one I bought for her and brought her home in – but she usually enjoys curling up in it as she likes being snuggled up at night. During the day she often wrestles it around the house and sometimes flips it over to sleep on it.

 

001Meyya “grew and grew” and at eleven months of age she weighed  …  six pounds six ounces.  Not very big, is she? So, I guess she only “grew.”  🙂

Here she is after her very first grooming, in February. Her coat was soft and fluffy then.

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Here she is on her first birthday, September 23, 2014, after her monthly grooming. Her adult coat is a poodle coat, so in order to keep it soft and manageable to brush/comb, and not knot as poodle coats tend to do, I keep it short and tidy.

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She’s never been too sure about those grooming appointments, because, although she loves people, she is more happy with me around. I receive a report card for her after each time and she has progressed well. I also weighed her again and .. guess what! She now weighs a whopping … six pounds six ounces! That’s right, she didn’t gain anything in that last month, so it seems she may have reached her full size.

Using her phone, my daughter took a picture of Meyya on her birthday and photo-shopped it a bit, then sent it to me. Isn’t this cute? 🙂

Princess Meyya, Sept '14So … Happy First Birthday to my little Meyya!

I hope you enjoyed some of the highlights of her first year.

Thank you for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

My trip on the wild side!

I thought today I would give you something to laugh at, or smile if you want to be polite.  I’ll never know. 🙂

I have never been a biker. Long ago I told my husband if we had a bicycle built for two – that might be fun. I guess I was the only one who thought so. Then the adult trikes came out. He teased me that maybe I should have one and he could put a motor on the back. Um. No, thanks! The motor would change the whole thing in many ways.

Recently one of my daughters brought to my attention a sale that was just what I needed. My husband and I went shopping and we came home with this:

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Yep! I’m taking a trip on the wild side!

It was my husband’s bright idea to put the flag on the back for my safety. And of course here we have to wear helmets. I’m obviously no glamour queen 😉 but I do enjoy my trike, which I prefer to call a bike.

Can you see my little Meyya in the basket on the back? Here, let me give you a closer view:

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She seems to enjoy it. I have a very short lead leash I sometimes used for my now deceased beautiful “wolf dog”, and that is what I use to be sure Meyya doesn’t tumble out. Not that that is likely as she settles right down for the ride.

Meyya was a lot fluffier in that picture, but that was before I got her groomed yesterday afternoon. With her coat very short it shows even more how little she is, not even 6.5 pounds at 10 months of age. I doubt my little Schnoodle will even be 7 pounds at a year old. She may be small but she has a big personality and is adorable, funny, and very much my dog.

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So, there’s your chuckle for today. I hope I gave you a smile.

What do you do for outdoor fun?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Minnie's first ChristmasMINNIE AND I

WISH YOU

A VERY

MERRY CHRISTMAS,

AND

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

My Schnoodle puppy .. update

IMG_0645 IMG_0704IMG_0716 IMG_0724Remember Minnie, my baby Schnoodle? This is her   —> the day I brought her home November 30. December 3 she weighed 2.2 pounds (997.90 grams)   The next three images are of her this past week. She now weighs 2.9 pounds (1 kg 315.42g)

 

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Is she adorable, or what?!

The red sweater is the smallest I could find and it fits her well for now.

Did you notice the little bell on her collar? The first very small collar I bought her she was able to slip right out of so I got another one I could adjust smaller – and it’s loose. It already had a bell on it, which I am glad of because I was afraid I would lose her in my house!

Minnie loves the snow. She is funny when she gets playful in it, rolling around, doing a face plant, and then pushing the snow with her little nose. Right now, since we got freezing rain last night and today, she can trot along on top of the crusty snow and not leave the slightest impression, she is so light. The slippery layer does make it harder for her to climb the snowbanks, though, as she slides backwards to where she started. 🙂

That’s all for now. I will be sharing more about Minnie later.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!

Have you ever seen a Schnoodle?

Are you ready for a story? Have you ever seen a Schnoodle?

As you may recall, last month I began seriously looking for a dog. My beautiful Shasta died tragically four years ago at only nine years of age, and I still miss her terribly. At the end of October our youngest daughter moved from where she was renting to a house where she could take her little Sammy (a Mauxie, which is a Maltese x Dachshund), so that left me without a dog here for the first time in about thirty years! Sammy had lived with us for eight years and I discovered just how much of a “dog person” I really am after he moved out the night of my birthday in mid-November.

After telling my husband “I have to have a dog!” my search began. I made phone calls to the SPCA, Veterinarian clinics, a dog breeder, animal control, asked questions here on my blog and talked to people I met during my day, and I searched the internet. When our daughter in Alberta was home for a visit in August we’d compiled a list of what I wanted in a dog, which narrowed down my search, and complicated it at the same time. What I had described was mostly my Shasta, but I knew I would never find a dog exactly like her, so I researched and cross-referenced and fine-tuned my search to what qualities I was looking for in a dog. I also decided it had to be a small breed this time, one I could take  to my dad’s on my weeks there; Dad had to like it. If only for myself a medium size breed was preferred, but a small breed would have a better chance with Dad.

The SPCA and such places had mostly large dogs, Kijiji had many dogs listed and one does have to be careful when shopping that way for a pet. I was very mindful of that, but kept searching (and … seriously … praying) to find the right one. 

Through my research I decided the breed that would best suit my situation is a hybrid, specifically a Schnoodle. A Schnoodle is a Schnauzer x Poodle, and I liked what I found out about those small breeds. Furthermore, both breeds can be trained to be great as therapy dogs, one of my requirements for Dad’s sake. It had to be a Schnoodle! Now all I had to do was find one I could afford and easily obtain. That wasn’t easy!

The last week of November I located a litter of Schnoodles here in Nova Scotia. The price was more reasonable and it wasn’t as far, so I inquired. One little female was left! I mentioned it to my husband again and showed him the picture. Surprisingly, he told me to go ahead and get myself a dog, he would pay half — “Merry Christmas!” So sweet of him and such a blessing to me; I almost cried!

When I responded to the ad the sellers’ reply was they had one little female left, she was the runt of the litter of four, has a very slight heart murmur, and is small but not fragile as she can certainly hold her own with the other dogs. I expressed strong interest and said I could be there on the weekend to get her. It’s a bit of a long story, but I will simplify it by saying there was a misunderstanding and the next day I found out I had to wait while someone else who called after me had the choice to take her or not. Needless to say, I was upset, but later that evening the seller called with the news that she was still available because the formerly interested party felt she was too small and they were afraid they’d hurt her! I could have her … did I want her? Did I want her?! I was ready for small, I was a definite! Yes, I want her!

Mid-afternoon the next day – November 30 – my husband and I made the two-hour drive to meet the puppy and her parents. Her mother is a Poodle x Schnauzer, her father is a miniature Poodle. Lovely dogs. But when I saw the remaining baby … oh. my. goodness! So tiny and fluffy! When she was put into my hands I said, “I love her already!”

Now I want you to meet Minnie (born September 24)
(Poor little thing didn’t have a definite name until Monday night; I had a hard time deciding.)

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Minnie is tiny; she is spunky; she is adorable. And she is hilarious!  

It took her a couple of days to stop whining, and another couple to feel content enough to not miss her mother and the rest of the pack where she started life. Now she is in a new routine, travelling back and forth with me during my respite hours, and enjoying both her homes. Tonight she did something new … running and tearing around in Dad’s living room, racing circles around me and making my dad laugh as he tried to keep his focus on her while she sped around the room. Then when she tired herself out she slept in his arms. That is what I hoped for; she has fit in quite well.

On Tuesday Minnie met her veterinarian. Dr. Bligh told me her heart murmur is nothing to worry about and that I got myself a great little dog. 🙂  Oh, and she weighs not quite 2.5 pounds! (about a kilogram)

And did I mention … she is almost completely house-trained. AND I get to stand out in the cold while she trots around carrying fallen oak leaves nearly her own size as I’m waiting for her to “do her business”!  BRRR!  Yep! This was a great plan. What a way to get me outside more often.

I thank God for this little dog, and I plan to go through the training necessary to get her to the place I envision for her.  (Anyone who knows me will know that is a big step. 🙂 )

That’s my exciting news! Thank you to everyone who gave suggestions and wished me well in my search. You are wonderful people. 🙂

Do you have anything exciting to share? Any great pet stories?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

Writing challenges over for now, fun news

It’s snowing on my blog again!  🙂

A quick note tonight ..

So quickly the month of November is gone and some of us are into Christmas planning mode. With November done so are that month’s writing challenges. My report is: I made the hard decision and dropped out of NaNoWriMo; I blogged 28 out of 30 days for NaBloPoMo; for PiBoIdMo I met and surpassed the 30 ideas in 30 days having accomplished 40 ideas. Yay! Some of those ideas are only titles, some are names for possible characters, others are ideas for stories. One idea in particular I feel quite good about and have a rough draft begun. That will be the one I start working on first.

piboidmo2013-lightbulb-laugh-200x254Especially exciting news for me in another vein is the day all those things finished another challenge began for me.  I found what I was looking for!  I will tell you more about that in a later post, but do you know what a Schnoodle is? (hint hint) Adorable is what! 🙂

This is my caregiving week and ‘the household’ has just retired for the night so I am off here to get some sleep myself.

Talk to you all later!  Blessings.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂