Traveling Dog Lady: December 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Puppy Christmas Parties

Have you ever watched young, un-weaned puppies play? Well, I never had until I went to a Christmas party last weekend at the shelter where I volunteer. I'm the one who entered all the puppies' intake forms into the computer database this year. What a thrill to meet this one litter that accompanied us at the party! I never even thought to take any pictures of them. I was too busy cuddling the little buggers.

While watching them play, I recognized Charlie Brown and Cooper's antics. Of course! Lightbulb moment! They are littermates, and of course they still carry on with the same posturing even though they are 20 times the size. It's hard to believe they were ever that tiny.

Seeing the puppies playing this way gave me a whole new appreciation of the way Charlie and Cooper play. Still, at 5 years old, they play the same way. But they are huge! Not that I ever thought what they were doing was bad, but I now understand more fully why they are sometimes so rough with each other. Why all the growling, sneezing and barking. They play exactly as they did when they were tiny little puppies still nursing from their mama.

Isn't dog behavior and dog body language fascinating? I've always thought so.

Today, we went to see Santa and get our pictures taken. We got a hat, some stockings, and a sweater, along with a few toys and treats. Presents!

Here are some outtakes from me trying to get Cooper to wear the Christmas hat for Spencer The Goldendoodle's December Dog Photo Challenge:

Shake this thing off my head
'the heck, ma?

Come 'ere.... oops not that far

The winner! It'll have to do. Hard to get this guy to sit still. 

We won some stockings and toys at the shelter's Pictures With Santa event today.
There are treats inside this stocking. I looked over and Coop was trying to pull it down off the mantle!

Monday, December 5, 2016

This blog has a new name - k2k9 is now Traveling Dog Lady

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    Good evening fellow travelers, readers, followers and bloggers.

After a group of unsavory characters decided it would be a good idea to attach the moniker "k2k9" to their websites, I have made the decision to finally change the name of this blog.

The original k2k9 logo.  Awwww!! 

I purchased the domain a few years ago, and just never did anything with it.  

So, today is the day!  

Welcome to Traveling Dog Lady

Our favorite mode of travel.... the Subaru, of course!

And yes, we still love cats, too.

Stay tuned for more updates in 2017.

Happy Holidays!!

"k2" The Traveling Dog Lady

Friday, December 2, 2016

It's #NationalMuttDay

I couldn't be more excited about National Mutt Day!

My last four dogs have been mutts.  My first four were purebreds.  I'm not sure why, but I have such a soft spot for the mutts.  Probably because they are "one-of-a-kind" dogs.

Yours Truly (barefoot) with my first dog, Sam.  Yes, a beagle.  She's barefoot, too.

Cali and a shadow of one of the dogs

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The twins:  supposedly they are "hound/collie mix".

Hobie (lab/shepherd) and Charlie Brown (hound/collie).

Cooper and Newman -- the cat who thinks he's a dog

Handsome Charlie Brown... what kind of a dog is that? 

What kind of dog is THAT?  It's a one-of-a-kind dog.  A Heinz 57. The best kind. A mixed-up, lovable mutt. "A rescue" (as in, "rescued is my favorite breed").

Yours Truly, again.  And another hound.... Hector!

One of the best ways I spend my time is hang out with my muttley crew, which happens to include three cats who sometimes think they are dogs.  The cats are mutts, too!

Snooze buddies!  Hobie the dog, and Newman the d... I mean, cat!

What kind of dog do you have?  Tell me about it in the comments.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Throwback Thursday #TBT

Charlie Brown when he was a puppy! "What's that thing you've got in your hand, new adoptive mother?"
"A camera.  Get used to it.  There's going to be a lot of this!"