Sunday, January 28, 2007

Doggie Impressions

Charlie seems to take on the expression of other dogs sometimes. I'll think "Oh, that's Freda's serious look" or "how Tin Tin" or notice generally how much Charlie looks like Hammer. So, here is Charlie performing impressions of some of his dogblog buds:



a li'l Roll of Approval


Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Snow Feet

The fur on Charlie's feet really picks up the snow. Great globs of it!

More Snow Dog

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Snow Dog

This morning we awoke to SNOW! It had accumulated overnight and was still coming down heavily when Charlie went out to explore and experience it.

This is probably the most snow Charlie's seen. We had some twice last year, but never this much. Gosh, there's almost enough for a little x-country skiing!

At first Charlie wouldn't leave the patio - he walked around and around it, trying figure out what the white fluffiness was. But with a little encouragement he ventured forth. Here are his first steps into the white stuff...

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Play Day!

This morning, Charlie awoke to a wonderful surprise... Gabbie! She had come to spend the day while her mom skied.

We started them in the back yard, to play hard and work off some energy. Thus, sunrise found the duo racing and jumping and rolling and playing over the frozen ground!

By 8:30, they were tiring and quieting down a little, so we began letting them in the house. Although big, Gabbie is skittish and afraid of new things, so in and out and around she went for almost an hour, with Charlie close behind.

She had just begun to settle down, when Charlie began to pester Gabbie. First, he slowly walked over her. Then he turned to carefully drape his shaggy tail over her face, and then he leaned in to make sure she couldn't ignore him.

So back outside they went, for some more hard play.

After awhile, it was time for a little lunch and a serious indoor chew session.

Charlie finished first and then carefully watched Gabbie, waiting for an opening to move in and steal the chew. Gabbie, however, was extremely alert and careful not to give Charlie such an opportunity!

Then back outside again for a little terrace-jumping and kitty-hunting. And in again for a little doggie snooze.

So back and forth it went; sometimes outdoor play, sometimes indoor quiet time, but never leaving each other's side... all day long!

I'll bet they both sleep soundly tonight!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Hail to our Chief!

Having lived in Portland now for a little over a year, Charlie has become accustomed to rain. But it doesn't often get very cold here in the winter, so the frozen forms remain a novelty!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Chase Charlie!

Now if Charlie will just work a little harder on his New Year's resolutions... ;)

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Happy New Year! - Wanna Play?

Charlie's New Year's resolutions (as suggested by Mom):
  1. I will not get frantic and bite at Mom's clothing when she leaves the house
  2. I will not chew on Mom when she is toweling me off or brushing me
  3. I will try hard to "take it nice" when offered a treat
  4. I will not "pogo stick" my favorite people
  5. I will quit trying to get between Mom and the counter when she is cooking
Mom's New Year's resolutions (as suggested by Charlie):
  1. I will take Charlie for a walk whenever he wants
  2. I will play "Chase Charlie" every day
  3. I will find more fun places to take Charlie in Portland
  4. I will get rid of all the babygates ( hey, Charlie! -- NOT HAPPENING!! )
  5. I will take Charlie on another camping adventure soon
Happy New Year, everyone! Hope you all have a great 2007!!