I didn't start out as a gardner - but now I have quite a few perennial beds. Over time - I've developed the touch or something. I buy the end of the season rejects or the half price plants that are a little chewed up looking and pop them in the ground. Lately, they all take hold. I hope you have the same good fortune and you pretty up your house! Bulbs are a great way to start.
On a lab related note, I do try to grow vegetables but my big guy, Mason, just eats them right off the vine - tomatoes, hot and bell peppers, green beans, etc. Apparently he thinks they're just for him. He's also eaten some of the blossoms from flowers, so I stick with things that are non-toxic to indiscriminate pups! Maizey
My Sasha is the best because no matter what she greets me at the door when I get home with her little butt and tail wiggling so happy to see me. When I have a bad day at work I can't wait to get home. She makes all my bad days better. She's such a cuddler!
Ability is what you're capable of doing... Motivation determines what you do... Attitude determines how well you do it!
We've had a great time here today including playing in the snow. We got over a foot. It was a great way to burn off energy for me and the pups. Only one barking meltdown over the snow plow by Keiko. It was snowing so hard that at one point both black dogs came in from outside completely white.
Hope you are all fine with the horrible weather being reported around the country. Maizey
I understand what you mean. Rayven had a lot of odd behaviors. Scared of men in particular, then loud noises, anything new, tiled or linoleum floors, etc etc And he had anxiety when we left him, he'd bark like crazy. But, he wasn't very social either and would freak out playing w/ other dogs. Even our other dog. Which made it hard to take him camping etc and play with the dogs in the water, bc he would just bark at the other dog, not play nice, and tick her off. And he was scared of the water, and would get mad at our other dog bc she would swim out far, and he'd just stand there barking for her. He was nuts. lol
"Where I am tomorrow is where my mind puts me," Billy Blanks
Hi SpecialK - We love to watch the Dog Whisperer. However, we typically have a different perspective on the techniques he shows- I think my husband and I need a little one-on-one demo. We live in the same area as Trish McConnell (Calling All Pets on NPR radio) and she has a training group called Dog's Best Friend. We figure they can give us some good techniques to manage Keiko's issues - we're just holding out 'til spring. I think you're right - who knows what trauma she experienced when she was abandoned/stray. Also six months at the humane society, as great as they were to her, is probably a trauma too! Given all that, she's a charmer - it's just the barking and OCD behaviors that make us crazy!
Maizey have you ever watched the Dog Whisperer? I love his show and book! And we have a friend that is a dog trainer and uses his principles. The reason I ask is that we had a lab mix - Rayven (he passed last May) and he had been abused before he came to us. He had a lot of issues! After watching the DVD's and reading the book we tried a few things that really helped him.
"Where I am tomorrow is where my mind puts me," Billy Blanks
LOL -- I love the 15 minutes of fame line... So true!
Jake is the best b/c he's adorable AND handsome. We can't walk down the street without strangers asking to pet him -- especially kids! He's just a magnet.
He's also very smart -- he knows the names of all of his toys (and he has LOTS of toys) and will retrieve them on command until he's got a pile of all of them. He loves to lay on his back and have his belly scratched -- he's very trusting and loving.
Abbey my black lab is my best friend! She keeps me company when my husband's not around. We go everywhere together. She's adorable. She's like having a little person around who depends on me for everything. The best part about her is I get my 15 minutes worth of fame everyday when I come home from work because she missed me so much! It's the best feeling in the world. My friends and family all think I'm crazy. I have nonstop conversations with her and I threw her a first birthday party with doggy cake and ice cream and invited 6 of her four-legged friends!
Brutus is the best b/c he likes to cuddle! Most of the time he is full of energy and crazy but on those rare occassions where he wants to lay on my cold feet or crawl up onto my lap and nuzzle into my chest...he's ADORABLE!
Okay - the dogs in my house are a mixed bag. My full lab Mason - has 100% lab characteristics - gentle, patient, loyal and quite beautiful - check out my Spark Page for a great picture of him - we call him our male model! As for my lab/border collie mix - let me start by saying we love her and that we rescued her after a six month stint at the humane society. She has lots of lab traits - fetching/retrieving, hunting (beware squirrels, rabbits and birds) but she also has traits that are obsessive-compulsive - such as no turn off switch on fetching the ball - we have to hide it when we're done, she barks at big trucks - this has been a treat with the slow plows this winter... In fact, we're thinking she's adding items to her list of things to bark at - so we'll probably get a behavioral consult with her come spring. In other words - we love our dogs - but definitely have a real Ying/Yang mix here! Keiko's picture is also on my Spark Page - but she's a quick flash so most pictures of her are blurry!
Maizey of Sun Prairie
Pounds lost: 82.0
Fitness Minutes: (73,603) Posts: 6,854 2/3/08 8:20 A
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved. No portion of this website can be used without the permission of SparkPeople or its authorized affiliates.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.