Monday, December 27, 2010

Resting Up

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

We hope Santa brings you peace and lots of love. And perhaps a treat or two!

- Happy holidays from Charlie and his pack!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

All I Want for Christmas...

In the interest of Joey's nose, he and Charlie are taking a time-out. Charlie, as you can tell, is not too happy about this turn of events.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Tree

Charlie thought the Christmas tree was incredibly intriguing when we first brought it in the house. He walked all around it, sniffing and smelling, smelling and sniffing.

He checked out the top, he checked out the bottom, he stuck his head deep inside. He was so engaged, in fact, that it was almost impossible to turn the tree or tweak the positioning.

He soon lost interest, though, and disappeared. Maybe he thought I was going to make him help decorate?


Saturday, December 04, 2010

What's Wrong With This Picture?

Last week it was well below freezing, so we let Pouncer, a normally outdoor cat, spend tiime in the house. Of course you know where she made a beeline for.


Monday, November 29, 2010


For awhile I was puzzled. After I moved his bed in front of the fireplace, instead of staring at me like he usually does, Charlie began kind of staring away. He wasn't sick, there was no fire to capture his attention...

... and then it dawned on me. He was still watching me - but as a reflection in the glass. Spooky!


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope your day leaves you this relaxed and happy!:

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Getting Comfortable

Occasionally it seems like Charlie gets obsessed with making his bed be "just right" before he can lie down. It can go on a surprisingly long time, and I've always wanted to capture it on video, but usually don't have my camera handy. Last week, however, I got a sample -- this is his "shortened version" (he got distracted) but you can still get the idea, I think! :)


Saturday, November 20, 2010


This morning Charlie alerted us to the fact that something extremely interesting was going on outside. When we looked out the window --- there was Cassie, on a walk with her mom.

Hearing Charlie's continuous barking inside the house, Cassie sat down, stared in his direction, and refused to go on. It was cold and overcast, almost rainy, but there was no saying "no" to these two. They wanted to romp and roll, so into the back yard they went.

Considering their age difference (Charlie is 6, Cassie is almost 6 months), Charlie kept up the furious pace of play pretty well. After awhile, he was clearly starting to slow, though, and would lie down, making Cassie do more of the play work.

To change things up and keep it interesting, when Charlie lay down, sometimes Cassie would turn and walk away. But she'd go just far enough to let him relax and feel safe. Then she'd turn and, from a running start, pounce on him.

Pouncer and pouncee

"Momma, save me from the puppy!"

Though fewer, they had their quieter moments too, and they followed each other like shadows, rarely leaving each other's side.

Charlie's now happily and completely conked --- but by the window, of course, where he's sure to notice if she goes by again. :)


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Apparently I Need Not Have Worried

He likes it.


Sunday, November 07, 2010

Somehow I Hadn't Counted on This Turn of Events...

As a pup, Charlie demolished his beds -- fleece, cordura, even Orvis Toughchews... the material didn't matter - he would find a weak spot, chew a hole and then try to eat the stuffing. Though I regularly sewed them up, he just saw it as a challenge... one he easily met. Sew... demolish... resew... demolish... I finally quit trying, and we put them away (except for one in the bedroom to be used with supervision).

Recently it occurred to me, however, that since he seems to be grown up enough to generally play with stuffies without (always) eating them, it might be time to get Charlie a new bed. So I did -- another Orvis Toughchew.

As hoped for, he hasn't chewed on it. Now if I can just get him to lie on it...


Thursday, November 04, 2010

Blogblast for Peace

"If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another." -- Winston Churchill

We are proud to participate in Blogblast for Peace.


Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Friday, October 01, 2010

Upping the Ante

This afternoon, when Charlie spotted little Cassie walking in front of the house, we bettered his pleas to go walking with her and let them play in the backyard.

They ran and chased,

and wrestled and chewed on each other,

until they were both tuckered out, too tired to run anymore.

They're still getting to know each other, but this looks like the start of a wonderful friendship!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Howdy Neighbor!

Yesterday Charlie began making friends with his neighbor, Cassie, a 4-month-old black lab.

Last time they met (about a month ago) Cassie was afraid and hid behind her people. Not anymore, though...

Even though Charlie grrrrrd and lunged at her in greeting, producing a puppy yelp heard for miles, she came right back at him, ready to play. They were good together, with Cassie obviously interested in romping and Charlie patient and kind of curious.

"Here, let me show you the pee-mail ropes, kid."

"Can I sniff you too?"

I hope they'll be good friends and play together.

Gabbie, his long-time best friend, now mostly ignores him; their back yard play dates are now few and far between, having devolved into a mix of our chasing Charlie and trying to keep Gabbie from digging holes and eating dirt.

I expect Cassie, with her playful puppy exuberance, to change all that. Anyway, I hope we'll find out soon...!


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sweet Sophie

I've been in Indiana, visiting a friend. She has Charlie's sister, Sophie, and I'm amazed by the sibling similarities. The two dogs not only look alike, but they have the same mannerisms, too! They both hold their heads the same way, lie in the same positions, grab your arm in their teeth when they get too excited, and squint when they're happy. They have their differences, but I constantly catch myself calling her "Charlie".


Sophie again

Sophie, doing the Charlie "twist"

Sweet Sophie

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Saturday, July 24, 2010

New Old Friends

We had a great experience this past week, meeting Brooke & Greg from DWB (Benson's, Opy's & Angel Charlie's mum & dad) and showing them some of Portland.
They petted Charlie nonstop and fussed over him, called him a beautiful boy, hugged him and fed him treats. Charlie, of course, ate up every second of it!
We were all so sorry to let them go, but grateful for the opportunity to spend time with two of the nicest people in the world!

However... Charlie now knows it's possible for people to pay even MORE attention to him than we usually do. So the bar's been raised, and we're going to have to do our best to meet the new high standards.     :-)