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Where oh Where has my Winnie Dog Gone?

Monday, May 17, 2010

Winsten is a Golden Retriever.

From what I have learned from other people who are ruled by Goldens, it is common for them to visit around the neighborhood. They are totally convinced that everyone needs to be visited and greeted.

Winsten never used to take off. He was very obedient, and stayed on his own property. Not true any more.

It all started when a friend drove up the hill to our ranch in CA with this beautiful ten month old Golden in her truck. I enthusiastically greeted the dog, and said "Rita, whose dog is this?" to which she replied "Yours now".

It seems that Rita's brother had Winsten and a big drug addiction. His addiction got the best of him, and he overdosed. The family didn't want to keep the dog, so Rita was instructed to take him to be euthanized. Instead, she brought him to the ranch.

Of course, we would take him. Not because he was a Golden; rather, because he needed a good safe home.

Thus, Winsten joined the crowd of horses, other dogs, innumerable rescued cats and one peacock.

The ranch was 1/2 from any road, and located on the top of a hill, overlooking Monterey Bay. It was a very safe place for critters, and we didn't mind taking them in and providing a safe, loving environment for all of them.

At the beginning, Winsten could not for the life of him figure out horses. He was amazed at their size, and couldn't comprehend why they did not want to romp and play.

However, being a Golden, and by those rights alone, he was undaunted and mastered the art of getting the horses to play with him. Whenever we couldn't find him, he was in the pasture or stables with the horses.

The time came to sell the ranch and downsize on all the work horses bring with them.

We moved to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state, which, by the way, you couldn't get us out of here with a back hoe, and Winsten, of course, came to WA with us. But not his horse buddies.

For the first three years, Winsten stayed pretty much on our property, not venturing outside of our boundaries.

I began to think all those stories about Goldens going off to visit were due to people not treating their doggies with love and affection. I mean, after all, look at OUR Golden! HE stays pretty much at home! What arrogance and foolishness on my part!

Winsten has taken to visiting neighbors. He usually only stays gone for about an hour at the most. But now he has found a small ranch close by. With horses. And many dogs. And cats.

Winsten LOVES horses. He has taken to these horses as though they are his very own.

He won't stay home.

We tried to tie him, but he chewed through the ropes and off he ran to HIS horses.

We tried a chain like thing, but he howled and carried on to the point there was absolutely no peace whatsoever.

Then we tried fencing him in. He dug a hole UNDER the fence and took off to the horses.

Night before last, he didn't come home until ten o'clock.

Last night, he didn't come home at all.

Winsten wants to be with those horses, and he is not wavering.

I talk to the people who own the ranch, and they assure me that he is no problem to them. They are instructed to not feed him, but that doesn't solve the problem.

Now before you go getting your panties in a bunch, it is NOT because he doesn't get love and attention here at home.

We walk him around our property at least five times a day, I take him on my miles-long walks every day, he hogs up 3/4 of the sofa in the evening, watching TV with us, all cuddled up like a puppy.

Winsten has two baskets of toys, and two Siamese cats who adore him and will follow him anywhere, given the chance.

He has a lovely home in which to live, 5 acres in which to romp, and is loved, hugged, played with, groomed, babied....................it is a doggie heaven here at our house!

Because he is a Golden, and has found some horses through the woods to the East of us.

I woke up at 4 A.M., looking to see if he was at the front door. Nope. then I thought of getting in the car and going over to the ranch and bringing him home.

No, can't do that, because it would disturb Bill and his family to hear a car coming up their drive at 4 in the morning.

I will wait till around 8, then call over there.

I have been abandoned for a horse.


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NOTFATCAT 5/17/2010 3:36PM

    Sad and sweet at the same time. Perhaps you need to take in a small horse for Winsten.

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ANUT4DISNEY 5/17/2010 2:16PM

    Hoping you hear from wandering pooch soon.

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CARLANNIE 5/17/2010 11:07AM

    Our Cocker Spaniel loves to chase ground squirrels at our mountain cabin. So much so, that she will be gone in an instant and run and run and run. We're next to the Wilderness and so it always scares me when she takes off. She's always on a leash now.

Anyway, you keep us posted when Winston returns. I do think you need to get your own horse . . . .

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/17/2010 11:03AM

    So when are you getting Winsten a horse? Sounds like that might be the only way to keep him at home. emoticon

As long as you know where he'll be and the neighbors don't mind, I guess it's not TOO bad to have him visit their horses. If they could let you know when he's doing a sleepover, though, I'm sure it would relieve your mind a bit.

Critters--gotta love 'em, they work their way into our hearts and lives so much that we wonder how we ever lived without them . . . hope you can find an acceptable solution to keep Winnie home at night at least!

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BIZEEMOMTO3 5/17/2010 10:24AM

    Maybe you could ask them to call if he is spending the night. We had to do that with the neighbor's dog, Dakota, another Golden, when he was alive and wanted to have a sleep over, which was not uncommon.

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How to Install a Home Security System

Saturday, May 15, 2010


1. Go to a secondhand store and buy a pair of men's used size 14-16 work boots.

2. Place them on your front porch, along with a copy of Guns & Ammo Magazine.

3. Put a few giant dog dishes next to the boots and magazines.

4 Leave a note on your door that reads:


Bertha, Duke, Slim, & I went for more ammo and beer. Be back in an hour.
Don't mess with the pit bulls; they attacked the mailman this morning and messed him up bad. I don't think Killer took part, but it was hard to tell from all the blood. Anyway, I locked all four of 'em in the house.

Better wait outside. Be right back.


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NOTFATCAT 5/16/2010 4:20PM

    That's great.

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PLINE10 5/16/2010 9:16AM

    emoticon Gotta send that to my peeps!

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LUNADRAGON 5/15/2010 10:34PM

    Sounds good to me!

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MOOKBALL 5/15/2010 10:27PM

    You've given me a great idea.

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UNICORN212 5/15/2010 10:08PM

    Loved it! I copied it and emailed it to my family....

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TOWHEE 5/15/2010 10:02PM

    That's priceless! emoticon

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My Red Shoes Sure Kicked a Spark!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Here are the red shoes you all are asking about. Aren't they just the MOST??!!

A lot of you have contacted me asking where I got them, and that you want a pair for yourself. Ok. You won't be sorry!!!

Go to www.6PM.com, and look for style #: 2203-912
Item name: Osiris Uptown
Item Description: Red/Dorothy

There you have it.

The information you are seeking is all at your fingertips now.

Here's the deal about the shoes;

NOTE:Their name is "Dorothy". Does that remind you of anyone?

Yes, indeedy! Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz!! Updated, of course!

I mean, who wants to follow the Yellow Brick Road and go Off to See the Wizard in patent red shoes that will without a doubt hurt your feet after the first block? I mean, how many of us want to skip and hop all that way even wearing LOW heels like those she wore?!

Not me. I am a creature of COMFORT. (That's understandable since I have to deal with "this weight thing")

I want shoes that do not hurt my feet, whether I am skipping merrily down a road or sitting with my feet propped up on my footstool.

As a matter of fact, at my age, skipping ANYWHERE is doubtful, no matter what I have on my feet.

However, all that being said, I must admit that marching in the parade wearing my Dorothy shoes DID put a sprint in my step!! Especially when I noticed a lot of people smiling and looking at my feet as they pointed my shoes out to their fellow parade watchers.

One little girl called out "I love your shoes, and I want some too!" At which I smiled at her, and truly, actually, impressively (at least impressively to me and DH!), I jumped up and clicked my heels together!!!! AND I did NOT FALL OVER!!! To which I got a loud applause from my audience.

That little stunt is surely a result of losing some tonnage and doing my Spark thing. Do any of you recall when I couldn't hop? Not all that long ago, was it?!

So get your fingers walking across your keyboard, get your shoes, and we will all go hop, skipping and clicking on the Yellow Brick Road together, off to see the Wizard (whom it is rumored that he can do a magic mumble jumble and make us all thin as twigs).

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DARCEYOH 5/11/2010 4:19PM

    That's so great! Shoes have a lasting affect on us women!

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KAROUSELL46 5/10/2010 3:06PM

    Oh My Gosh! There's so many to choose from! Going to spend quite a bit of time there. emoticon

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KAROUSELL46 5/10/2010 3:00PM

    I'm going to that site right now. Wow, you jumped and clicked!? That's impressive. Good for you! Do you know you are my hero?!...Karen

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/10/2010 1:00PM

    I do love your shoes--and that you jumped up and clicked your heels together in the parade, too fun! This SHOULD be fun, not a chore that we endure; why not get shoes that make you feel good and put a smile on your face as well as others?! You go girl!


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LUNADRAGON 5/10/2010 12:59PM

    I love the shoes! Love the color! I will check it out. Thanks ♥

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Happy Mother's Day to All!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

this is of my daughter and me a year ago, before we joined up with Spark People.com. A lot of weight has disappeared since then for both of us!

We were on our annual Mommy and Me trip last year. We went to the Caribbean and had a wonderful time.

Daughter lives in Massachusetts; I live in Washington state. All the more reason to plan these wonderful, healing trips!

This year, on May 23, we will be going to Las Vegas. One thing on our planned vacation is to hike Red Rock. We are really looking forward to that.

These are the shoes I will take to Vegas.

This is DH, whom I will have a break from.

This is the family Bossy Daugter will escape from.

this is the house I won't have to clean.

These are the cats I won't have to clean up after.

This is the dog I won't have to walk whether I feel like it or not.

Why am I posting all this TODAY???

Because it is Mother's Day, and I am allowed to look forward to whatever thoughts make me happy.

I love my family, home and critters. But sometimes, it is a happy thought just thinking about getting away from all of them.

If you have a daughter, and have not begun going on Mommy and Me trips yet, please, for yourself................DO IT!!!! You will never understand just how wonderful your relationship will become as a result until you do it.

Sure, it is expensive, and we need to plan and save for it for a whole year. But you know what is MORE expensive??


Today is Mother's Day. Make a commitment that you will never look back from this day forward with regret. Get planning, Moms!! go someplace where neither of you have ever been, and find adventure.

You'll love me for it...........PROMISE!

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KAROUSELL46 5/10/2010 12:01PM

    I love the red shoes! Where did you find them? I enjoy the time Darcey and I get to spend together. She lives 10 seconds away. lol I have another DD but she and I aren't close anymore. Personal reasons. I lost my oldest DD in 04 and the last fun thing we did together is we went to Reno in 04. My mom passed away in 04 and her and I had a love/hate relationship but I made peace with her before it was too late. So good for you doing the mother/daughter trips together. Happy Mother's Day to you. emoticon emoticon

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NOTFATCAT 5/9/2010 6:06PM

    I lost my mom when I was 22 and not yet made peace with how great a woman and mother she was. This is one of my biggest regrets in my life and I nothing I do can change it.

You are so right that mothers and daughters should be close and spend time together because life is too short and uncertain.

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/9/2010 3:56PM

    You are absolutely entitled to look forward to whatever thoughts make you happy! Great advice; my daughter is only an hour away but we still need to plan a Mom/Daughter trip for ourselves. We appreciate hubby, home, and pets all the more for having a little break away--and they all appreciate us, too! Happy Mother's Day!!

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LUNADRAGON 5/9/2010 3:44PM

    Aw, this is so sweet! Perhaps I can do the mommy and me thing with my daughter in law since my mom is gone too, many many years. It is wonderful that you get to do this with your daughter. It is awesome. Have fun. I love the red shoes! Where did you get them!! I want red sneakers too!
Happy Mother's day, friend!

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UNICORN212 5/9/2010 2:29PM

    I love your blog. My daughter and 2 grandkids are 2,000 miles away, and I lost my Mom when I was 20. I must agree with you - do those Mom/Daughter trips and things when you can. Mother's Day alone can be difficult and sad.

Oh - Is that a Golden Retriever? I had a Golden, too, years ago. I miss her, too. Yours is beautiful!

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Red, White, Blue and Tea!

Friday, May 07, 2010

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Tomorrow is the annual Irrigation Festival Parade in my village. It is a big deal here. Lots of people turn out for this, and a whole lot of Patriotism is evident.

This year, Four C's (Concerned Citizens for Clallam County) will be marching. It is our local tea party movement, and for the first time, we will be in an official parade.

I have my Four C tea shirt, jeans and my new red, whit and blue shoes all ready to go. My flag is on it's pole, and I will be carrying it proudly.

I love our country, and that is why I am politically involved in what is going on here.

I am an AMERICAN.............not a REPUBLICAN American, not a DEMOCRAT American. I am an AMERICA'S AMERICAN.

I believe in the Constitution, smaller government, and the freedoms granted to the citizens by means of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

I do not support Illegal aliens crossing our borders on the sneak, and do support aliens who choose to come here to my great country via law abiding means. It is within our existing laws that any persons coming to America on Visa permits must have their papers on them at all times. This is a simple law, and one that protects our nation.

I believe we do need health care reform, but we need reform that is open, honest, uncomplicated and just for all.

I do not believe that corporations are the Great Satin, and should be taxed to the point of not being able to afford to do business in this country. I believe big corporations have, and will continue, to produce jobs for Americans, providing the tax structure here does not chase them off to third world countries who are more friendly to their existence.

I do not believe that terrorists have any rights whatsoever in our country, and should summarily be executed upon proof of their intentions to kill and destroy my fellow Americans. I do not believe that we need to "understand why they are so motivated". That is like trying to understand why a bomb explodes.

I do not believe that we need National Identification cards. Has anyone ever watch old movies from WW II where the people all had to show their identification papers? It has already been proven that big government is already spying on private citizens. I do not want them spying on me in more ways. I am totally against the "Big Brother" ideation.

I believe our media should return to reporting the NEWS AS IT ACTUALLY HAPPENS, rather than editorialize sensationalism and falsities. The constant bickering in the media is ripping our nation apart.

It is time for us all to stop, take a deep breath, and remember we are Americans, first and foremost. We are NEIGHBORS, FAMILY, FRIENDS. We are NOT each other's enemy.

A great man once said "A nation divided against itself cannot stand". (Abraham Lincoln)

We are becoming too divisive, and have to once again, speak out NOT for our party affiliation, but for our Country.

Tomorrow I march. I march for America. Will you join me? emoticon

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WEKIMER 5/9/2010 1:44PM

    good for you. You look great too! kim

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/7/2010 12:31PM

    You go--it is right to stand up for what you believe, regardless of whether everyone agrees or not. Have a wonderful time and march proudly! That is what this great country of ours is all about.

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TERESA_68 5/7/2010 12:20PM

    you are amazing i wish i was there to go with you, you are correct in every issues and i am with you. have a great day and enjoy, standing up and being an american is the right thing to do america is beautiful.

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THEJACIM 5/7/2010 12:15PM

    I completely agree with you! Thank you for posting this and standing up for what is right and what is not always popular. Enjoy your parade!

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