Saturday, October 27, 2007

Shelby Hijacking Again!

Maddox is lazy. So Mom Person said *I* could take up Holly on her request to all her friends to share 8 facts about me. If I can think of any. Hmmmm. Lemme see... Mom Person says she can't remember what she's said here and what she's said on Sibernet-L or Husky-4-Life about me. She is so silly. I think she needs vitamins to help her memory, don't you?

1. I am smart. I came knowing how to Sit, Stay, and Come. I learned my name in just one day.

2. Cracker is my boyfriend. He is so handsome!

3. I don't like my feet touched unless I know you are going to touch them. If Mom Person lays down too fast and I don't see her coming, I flinch, and make a growly-almost sound and kinda make a snappy but not snappy movement to show I don't like it. I have tried real hard to forget why I don't like my feet surprised. Mom Person says not to worry, it is okay and she understands. If I see her coming or she calls my name then I don't do that.

4. When Mom person goes to the front door, I run to the couch and jump up on it. She thought I would be a bolter but I know a good thing when I see it. I like it here, why would I want to run out the front door?

5. I do not like anyone near my crate if I am in it. I turn into a Snarly Beast if someone gets too close. But I am better than I was.

6. I have Impeccable Manners. I do not seize food, I do not beg, I am nice and Maddox and I can eat next to each other. (Mom Person here--she has them first she was quite fierce about food, but I've slowly brought her to the point where she eats nicely next to Maddox. I still sit on the kitchen floor between the Sibes and the Springers while they eat, to make sure everyone behaves.)

7. I am not grumbly and I am even tempered, and I share my stuffies now, and I don't like being ignored and I woo woo woo at Mom Person if she ignores me too long while she's on the computer.

8. Mom Person says she can't think of anything else to say about me. She says I am just such a good sweet girl and very healthy now that there really isn't anything else to say, but that is not a bad thing! I get along with everyone, I am housetrained, I don't have any bad habits, well except the digging but really how is that bad? And, I've gained weight so much Mom Person says I am getting fat. GROWL.

But here are some pictures to show just how much I've changed. I guess it is a big difference now that I look at me. Wow. This was the day Mom Person took me home. *cries* Look how caved in my sides are! I was SO HUNGRRRRYYYY!!!!!!!

And this was me tonight, on Mom's bed. She says "Oh Shelby, you got a Belly!" Hmph. Then she took this picture. This is what she WANTED, wasn't it? For me to have a happy tummy? I'd just eaten! What did she expect! She says it may be time to go to one meal a day! I don't think I like that idea. What do you think? I'm not fat, am I? My fur's growing back to from that Being Fixed thing.

I don't know who has or hasn't done this, but here are the rules:
Now, here are the rules;

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. List eight (8) random facts about yourself.
3. Tag eight dogs at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving them a comment on their blogs.

So do it if you wanna!

Shelby, who just saw Holly's Paw-- OH MY GOODNESS GO SEE! She really is BIG!! (and Mom Person says *I* am a big girl? Not at all!)

Friday, October 26, 2007

Thoughts from Mom -- Pack Dynamics

I was thinking tonight, as I was watching the two Sibes and the two Springers in my room that I think the four are finally becoming a pack. It has been a very interesting six weeks since Shelby first came!

Maddox was only 3.5 months then, so was just a happy baby who saw her as a playmate right away. Shelby on the other hand saw him as a total brat who didn't respect her boundaries. She didn't feel well, everything was new to her, she was an orphan and had spent who knew how many weeks on the streets before someone found her and turned her into the shelter where she was.

Now, Maddox has learned to respect her (is definitely submissive to her) and they are true buddies. They run, they play, they play HARD, they wrestle all the time, and get into mischief together. While he doesn't get upset when she is not around (is in her crate) he definitely loves to be with her. At five months, he is getting bigger and stronger and will be both over Shelby eventually.

Scotty and Claire were not amused when Shelby came. While Claire pretty much just ignored her, there were a couple big time snarly fights between the two that had me thinking OH NO WHAT HAVE I DONE??? Now, Claire will watch over the Sibes as they play. She does the lip curl thing to Shelby, who now that she is all better, is a pretty amazingly even-tempered girl. Shelby either ignores Claire, or acknowledges her then moves on. Tonight, I witnessed her licking Claire's face. Huzzah! What does that mean though? Like I said, Shelby is even-tempered, so it doesn't mean she is suddenly totally sub to Claire.

Claire is still the alpha, but I think that if Shelby wanted to, she would become the alpha of the pack. But, she doesn't seem to want to. She is definitely over the boys, and seems to more or less respect Claire. She also realizes I am the boss.

Scotty is the omega of the pack. Enough said there.

Tonight, I decided to just let them do whatever, and video it. Just to show anyone interested and who might have thoughts on my pack's behavior. The two Sibes are always central--Shelby is up on the bed on the blanket alot (that is NOT my room decor--lol). Everything evolves around them. Claire is a watcher--you'll see her just staying close, observing. She doesn't get involved, but doesn't ignore either. Scotty desperately wants to get involved and eventually can't stand that the Sibes ignore him--he hurls himself into they fray. He doesn't have teeth to speak of, is not a biter. He is noisy though, and strong. They will acknowledge him for a second, but then ignore him again. Poor Scotty!

I am the boss of all. I have learned how important that is. I and I alone allow them to play, make them stop when I don't think they are being nice, etc. I have actually had to dump ice water on them once or two. That was interesting. Now I just have to flick water at them with my straw to get their attention. LOL.

So anyway--it is just fascinating to me, watching them, trying to decipher their behavior, seeing how each deals with the other. Going from two sedate Springers to two Springers and a Puppy and now the two and two... They are making an interesting foursome! I count this as a success, weaving Shelby into this group. I credit her with alot of that success, too, for her nature. I am also happy to report that she is getting really pretty fur and adding some good weight. I absolutely love her fur. :) I think it shows on this video how much she has improved. Scotty's coat has also improved from the Canidae. Fantastic food!

I think also Shelby Welby Woo is ready for the dog park. I am confident in my ability to handle her now, and am happy with her temperament, so think she will enjoy it there. Not sure when--man, every minute of every day is so packed--but soon. Probably next weekend. :)

Gosh watching this--I need to start using my camera. This quality is icky!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

My Brother, Sirius

Mom told me tonight that she's been talking with The Breeder Kim, you know...where mom and dad are? Down by Lake Travis? Anyway, tonight Kim also heard from my brother Sirius!! I am so excited! Mom asked Kim to pass along my blogspot info to Sirius's family. I hope he drops by. I would love to know how my brother is doing!

I also am going to have new brothers and sisters soon! Yup, mom and dad (Ice and Blizzard) are gonna have puppies soon. Mom is all excited but says NO MORE PUPPIES... At least, not right now. She confesses she kinda would like another one of my parents' puppies someday, especially if she could get a white one like my daddy. But she always says NO MORE PUPPIES so I do not know why she says this.

In any case, we're all doing great, though Mom sure has been strict lately. Hmph. She watches me like a hawk! I can't pee ANYWHERE but....OUTSIDE!!!! I tried tonight, to sneak a pee in front of the door but she caught me! She FORBADE ME! She even said...NO!!! Geesh! I peed right there when I was a baby, so why not now?


Shelby and I spent LOTS of time zooming out in the back yard this weekend. It was so beautiful out there, that Mom let us just play and play and play. Tonight though I was pretty tired--that hairy eyeball thing happened and she sent Shelby upstairs at 8. Earlier than usual because she said I was overtired. I said, "But I am a HUSKY!!! I can't get tired!" And she said well--you've been snoring all evening at my feet, so...

She is kinda worried though, about the next three weeks. The Boy is taking something called Driver's Ed, and it is two hours every single night for three weeks straight. That means me and Shelby barely get out of our crates before we have to go right back in. Mom is thinking about letting us stay Outside during those two hours she and the Boy are gone, but is Scared. She says she doesn't trust us not to try to dig to the center of the earth in those two hours. Sigh.

She says 'We will figure it out.' I say she could take us with her but she said no, Barnes and Noble won't allow Huskies. That is so not fair.

That's it for now... and Mom promises Khyra that she will work on the Dogster pages for us when she can.

Woo woo to all!