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luvabull
09 January 2008 @ 07:27 pm
Because I failed to make note of the time immediately after it was up, I've forgotten all the sweet details of Saturday's visit! One thing I can say with complete certainty is that the dogs were sweet, and the time spent with them just about the only time I was totally at peace all week. :)
 
 
luvabull
01 January 2008 @ 11:13 am
Deb was sick today, so Nick and I set out at our usual time without our designated photographer to hang out with the bully dogs. Sorry, no pics from this day!

After perusing the updates left by L, we entered the main room to be greeted by a very happy Uma and Ava (the latter of which Nick would happily steal away due to her sweetness and love of cuddles). Uma bounced around our feet as we headed to the stairway door to the upstairs, where we found a very happy Gideon, who attempted to jump on us (as usual). Nick found some blood on his hands, and we saw that Giddy had a small gash on his forearm, which apparently stemmed from an overzealous food bowl incident. After touching bases with L, we found out it had been treated already, and it didn't seem to be bothering him, so we continued with our play until we got the "All clear" from L to take the buddies on the path. We clipped the doggies nails (those that needed it). Rocket was quiet, gently licking Nick's face as he clipped her nails. Giddy was another story - he obviously thought Nick was trying to do something terrible. L had already clipped a few of his nails, so there were only a couple that needed to be done, but oh! What a job he made it! After Nick had done a couple, and there were only two nails left, Giddy darted for underneath the bed and only after being bribed by me with some dried chicken strips did we coax him out and distract him long enough for Nick to sneak in with the clippers to finish off the job.

L came in then, and the dogs swarmed around her. After getting the general walk order down from L, we went into the back hall and found the ever sweet Ricky and Rocket (the duo which Nick, Deb and I have found ourselves dubbing "Rickets" on accident) curled on some blankies together in the backroom. Leashing Ava and Rocket, we let Ricky off leash and set out on our first walk of the morning to an overcast but not so chilly day. It was just chilly enough that we had to coax Ricky with chicken treats all the way onto the path and a bit further before he decided that maybe a walk was worth putting up with the cold. Rocket, usually so calm, was unusually energetic, and bounced around me as we walked, play crouching at Ricky as he ran to us when we called for him. She even jumped on me several times, an unusual activity for her! I think she sensed our missing person for the day, as she kept perking her ears up at the slightest sound, as if waiting for Deb to jump out from behind a bush at any moment. Nick walked ahead with Ava the Sweet, who walked wonderfully on the leash. Any hint of treat, and Ava was there, with her sweet, sad eyes, and gentle paw on your leg.

After depositing the three doggies into their rooms, it was Giddy and Uma's turn for a walk. Unlike their past walks, Giddy and Uma both jogged up the path with no need of bribes. It started to drizzle, so we attempted to keep a quicker pace as the path conditions worsened (we hopscotched muddy and watery sections with the pups following our lead - well, more of leaping ahead of us). Once we got up to the path, Uma was allowed offleash, and wandered slightly ahead of us, always checking back in (especially if she thought she or Giddy were going to get a treat). Nick worked with Giddy on the path, asking him to sit and then backing up 10 feet before giving him the "Come" command. Because of the zip-leash Giddy was on, he didn't quite get what was being asked of him until I held some slack in the lead for Nick, and just kept a gentle hand to remind Giddy to stay sitting until Nick used the "c" word. Giddy picked this up VERY fast, and didn't need me around after the first three of four of these exercises. So, we would walk a bit, Nick would have Giddy sit, and this went on until the weather conditions convinced us we truly did need to speed up our paces! Uma at one point came crashing through the underbrush, skidding down the muddy path to come to a halt at my feet after I had called her - I think you had to be there to appreciate the sheer goofiness and wonderfulness of that sight. She was covered in mud!

Upon our return, we towelled off the dogs and let them in together for some general play time. After moving Rocket and Ricky to the back hall, we let Uma and Giddy into the play room(Rocket still hasn't been introduced properly to Uma, so we played with them on their two separate grounds). L had left their food in bowls, so after reheating it, we fed the dogs, cuddled and played with them, cleaned up a little before saying our goodbyes.

Another day of adorable pups!
 
 
luvabull
22 December 2007 @ 02:18 pm
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C'mon, you know you wanna see Rikki and Uma tearing it up! ;)
 
 
luvabull
16 December 2007 @ 11:24 pm
The three human folks set out to Luv-a-Bull sans camera, so there will be no adorable pics of the bully crew this week. But do not fret! There will be many more opportunities to see the cuties!

The morning started out dreary but beautiful, with rain lightly sprinkling as we entered the shelter. Uma was out in the back hall, her head poking up adorably through the window, framed by her two paws (see last weeks pictures for an image of this). After cuddling Ricky, Rocket, Gideon and Ava in the next room, we got Ava, Rocket, and Ricky ready in their little jackets and took the three out for a brief walk in the rain. The pups were lively, Ricky bounding ahead, but always coming back when his name was called. Such a cute sight, the little guy running in his Santa jacket, bounding over logs and shrubs!

Rocket was amazingly well-behaved, as she always is. When Deb ran ahead to call Ricky to her, Rocket tried to run to her as well, ears pricked forward, whining just a little bit when she met the end of the leash. I urged D to try again, and I let go of the leash, and Rocket ran hesitantly at first, expecting to meet the jerk of the end of the leash, before running bouncingly towards D's open arms. What a sweet lady!

Nick walked the gentle lady, Ava, whose sweet earnestness makes us both wish that we could steal her away... Alas, I think she would be much missed by Luv-a-Bull, so we will have to settle for the joy of seeing her now and again. Seriously, you don't know adorable until you have an Ava paw on your leg as she looks up at you so sincerely.

Upon our return, we switched out the doggies, cuddling and drying their wet and dirty paws (which a little Mr. Ricky didn't think too highly of), and then it was Gideon and Uma's turn! We had been warned that Uma might not want to walk, so we were half expected to walk with only Giddy, but upon suiting her up and heading out into the now sunny day, she took off running, pulling me up the hill behind her until we got to the path. There we turned and saw only D behind us, and it was actually Giddy that was lagging! But shortly, a Giddy appeared between the trees, running happily alongside Nick. After a brief stint walking the very excited Uma, I switched to walking Giddy. I had never thought I would refer to Giddy as the "mellow one" for walking, but ooh, Uma has herself some energy!

Giddy was doing great with name recognition and paying attention to the person who was walking him, he's really made so much progress. He's such an intelligent dog! By the end of the walk, even Uma was walking by Nick comfortably and even checking in with him (would have been an adorable pic, when I glanced behind to see Nick walking with Uma looking up at him, so sweetly!).

Upon our return, we spent our time split between the back hall with Uma (we brought Ava back for some extra doggy time for her) and cuddled the two pups on the couch after feeding them. At one point, poor Uma almost fell off the couch in her attempts to span both my lap and Nick's, which was quite a feat since I was on the couch and Nick was crouched in front of it. Next, we went into the main room, where Deb had prepared and dished out all the foods for the pups. They seemed less interested in eating then in cuddling us, but they eventually managed it!

With that, and with a tinge of sadness from all the human visitors, our week ended with the three of us driving away, looking back at a window with three doggy faces and 6 paws on the window.
 
 
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Happy doggies make for a happy home!
 
 
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