Sunday, December 24, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
Thanks from Charlie to all you doggies AND kitties AND ESPECIALLY hamsterriers. You've made this a very special Christmas!
p.s. Thanks to Charlie & Opy's SHD/SHM for the great idea about how to display these wonderful cards!
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Charlie's been talking to Pouncer, and she reports that three things that Charlie wants for Christmas are:
1) Mom to play with him however he wants, whenever he wants
2) To eat people food with the people
3) For Gabbie to come over and play every day
Three things Charlie does NOT want for Christmas:
1) A new babygate
2) To be left at home alone
3) To hear the word "No!" for a whole year
What do you want and not want for Christmas?
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Putting socks on activates him!
Humans attempting to put socks on anywhere in his sight must guard their feet and beware, because it turns Charlie into a sock-biting fiend! And sock-biting easily escalates to foot-biting, followed by all-out roughhousing.
Charlie's been like this ever since he was a puppy. And now at two, while it's getting to be almost possible to put socks on around him... sometimes... it's never easy.
Maybe he sees it as a great wrestling match (human vs. sock) in which he wants to participate -- on the sock's side. Or, maybe he sees the sock as a monster trying to attack and wants to help the human side.
I don't know. All I know is it's darn hard to put socks on around this house!
Monday, December 11, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
And our Charlie is now among them! We've posted five of our favorite episodes of My Boy Charlie for your viewing pleasure.
Hope you enjoy them!
Monday, October 30, 2006
And this has always been true. As a puppy, he would mill around where I was working, and he would snatch dirt clods or cut branches or seed pods and run off with them.
As an adult, Charlie still exhibits all his puppy characteristics, plus a tendency to want to help... If I'm digging, Charlie feels he should dig. If I cut branches, he pulls off more with his teeth. Heck, I've got him pulling weeds out of the lawn now! And the amazing thing is - he knows what's a plantain weed and what isn't!!
Now if I can just convince him not to eat everything, I think we'll be a great team!
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
Two years ago, we were in California, and Charlie had to sit on a lap to help with his blog.
Now we live in Oregon, and the lap is no longer an option. Charlie directs from the floor.
Happy Birthday, Big Guy!! We can't imagine life without you!
p.s. Happy Birthday, Sophie, too!
Monday, October 09, 2006
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Monday, October 02, 2006
At such times Charlie seems beyond listening, beyond caring about consequences. He lives to play and play hard! I expect it's about extreme excess energy and needing someplace for it to go.
We tried to train him as a puppy to "sit" and "down" at such times and then diverted his attention with treats and legal toys.
And to an extent that works with adult Charlie. But it requires patience, discipline, and a toy within reach. When the "down" finally does get through, you can't pet his head or expect to just walk away unscathed. You are a target. The only options are to scratch his chest and stomach until he calms or to throw a ball and make an escape when he goes after it.
As he's gotten older this has manifested less. And since he started playing with Gabby, we've experienced hardly any episodes. But when she's not around for a few days... look out! Trouble on the hoof!!