Category Archives: nash

Happy Birthday Charlie

I can’t believe that she’s 5…and then at the same time, she has seemed 5 for a while now. LOL! You have to know Charlie to understand. :) Such a gentle girl, but oh-so-logical. She loves to read, ask questions, and explore her world. On the flip side, she’s absolutely certain that she knows the proper way to do EVERYTHING, and is highly annoyed by her little brother (isn’t that what they are for?). Charlie loves Kingergarten at her Montessori school, her best friends Zoey and Alana, and swinging so high she can touch the trees. I’m very jealous at times that I can’t go back and be 5 again…it looks like so much fun!

We had a small party for her yesterday at an indoor playground. Since it is fall break there weren’t a ton of kids there (as I expected), but it was enough and everyone had a good time. Happy Birthday pretty girl!

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Dave was on camera duty and neglected to get a photo of the INSIDE of the cake too...which was also rainbow! 6 layers, actually. Yes, I was impressed with myself.

I think we need an air hockey table...this was a huge hit!
I think we need an air hockey table...this was a huge hit!
Zoey (left) and Charlie
Zoey (left) and Charlie

And because this is a dog website and I’m somewhat obsessed with trying to get Nash show trained (have I mentioned he’s stubborn?), some new pictures.  The babies will be 4 months old this week!!!  He needed a bath and blow dry today, so he’s actually clean and somewhat fluffy in these pictures.  :)  I’m wondering when his butt fluff will grow in…he still looks a bit sparse back there!

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16ish Weeks

I can’t believe that the babies are almost 4 months old!  Nash’s ears are taped again…yes they are both up, and I’m sure it’s just teething, but the weaker ear was turning outward a bit at the tip and flopping when he was tired.  I’d rather be safe than sorry, and he honestly doesn’t seem to mind the tape too much.  I should give him a bath before I do pictures next time, we’ve just had so much rain all the dogs are permanently a slight orange-ish shade these days.  These are far from the best pictures, and far from the best topline, but I’m still happy with his pieces & parts quite a bit.

We graduated from puppy class last night!  Nash was, unsurprisingly, the star of the class.  :)  He just loves everyone and everydog, and took all of the new obstacles right in stride.  Our puppy classes are great…they do a lot of extra object socialization such as wheelchairs, crutches, umbrellas, different footing surfaces, weird stuffed animals, sudden noises, etc.  Nash is very unphased by everything, such a sweet boy.  Now trying to see about getting him to some conformation classes.

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How to be a boy

Specifically, a 2 year old boy.

Get yourself a couple cars.  Take them up the playset ladder with you.
Get yourself a couple cars. Take them up the playset ladder with you.
Carefully place them on each step of the ladder while you make your way up.
Carefully place them on each step of the ladder while you make your way up.
Chuckle a bit at how clever you are.
Chuckle a bit at how clever you are.
One car goes down....wheeee!
One car goes down....wheeee!
Other car...wheeeee!
Other car...wheeeee!
Chuckle again at how clever you are.
Chuckle again at how clever you are, while you follow the cars down the slide.
See if your puppy wants to chew on the cars.  (he does)
Say hi to your puppy.

Speaking of puppy:

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I hate my camera.

15 weeks

I’ve had a nagging feeling the past few days when I look at Nash that he’s changing in a very important way. Namely, I think his topline is leveling out again! Yay! Also, ears are up again, hopefully for good…but here’s a shot of his handsome and unique little face. :)  He’s frapping in the backyard with his mama right now. And the great news for this week is that BRADY PLAYED WITH HIM! And not just in Brady’s normal pushy, here’s-my-toy-but-you-can’t-have-it kind of way…he was actually having fun and was being SWEET instead of just pushy. I snapped some pictures on the little camera but my batteries are out and I can’t get them off the camera! LOL So I’ll post those next time, it was funny and heartwarming.

It feels like fall here this week and I am soaking it up.  High today is about 70 degrees!  Nights are cool enough that we have the windows open, so I fall asleep to the sound of the crickets and cicadas.  Extra added bonus that Brady can hear people start stirring in the morning so he can bark at them.  Fingers crossed that it stays this way for a little while!

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Also not to be outdone

Nash at 14 weeks! This is my first time experimenting with this camera on the timer mode…blech. Would help if it would STOP RAINING and the SUN WOULD COME OUT.  So I apologize for the blurry quality of the pics.

He’s still fighting his topline a bit, and I’m still learning how to stack him so that he doesn’t hunch himself up and make it look worse. But overall I’m not complaining, and I expect/hope the topline will keep improving.  I just took tape off of ears again…they stayed up for a couple of days and then one started to wilt, so they went back in tape a few days ago.  Fingers crossed they’re up for good!

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And then there was one.

And it has ears!  For a few hours anyway.  They don’t seem strong enough to stay up so I’m sure I’ll be retaping soon.  Le sigh.

Lucy flew to Keith and Jo yesterday.  Reports so far are that she was a good girl and Clem seems to like her.  :)  Nash spent most of yesterday moping around the house, missing his sister.  Poor baby has to play with mama and Grumpy Old Man now!

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Stalking a bug
Stalking a bug

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Yes, he is his father's son
Yes, he is his father's son

It’s a match!

Nash and I headed up to Chattanooga yesterday to socialize, have fun, and so the little whelp could see what dog shows were all about.  I had completely and totally forgotten that there was also a puppy match!  Which is boo on me, because I would have taken Lucy too.  :(  I had decided not to take her because I was showing Leslie’s happy red girl Candy for her, and didn’t think I could deal with one adult AND two puppies (who I had to carry most of the time).

So, we hung around in the show building for a couple of groups, and Best in Show, and then I finally got a chance to take my barely lead-trained, definitely not table trained, happy-but-clueless puppy into the ring.  :)  It was a hoot, but he handled everything pretty much in stride.  No, ears aren’t up yet…I had to take the tape off for the match, and he had both up for probably about a half hour before they *flopped* back down.  Kaye’s pretty blue girl took best puppy (no fair, she’s trained!  LOL).  Ignore the 30 seconds or so of the judge searching for his, ahem, boy parts…yes they are there, but he IS kinda little still!

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Poor puppies

"You help get mine off, then I'll help get yours off"
"You help get mine off, then I'll help get yours off"
Nash puppy.  I liked this picture because it shows his "reverse shiner", he has a ring of light reddish hairs right around his eye on the dark side.
Nash puppy. I liked this picture because it shows his "reverse shiner", he has a ring of light reddish hairs right around his eye on the dark side.
"Maybe mama will help me..."
"Maybe mama will help me..."
Lucy's ears were mostly up, but one was creasing a lot so I taped anyway.
Lucy's ears were mostly up, but one was creasing a lot so I taped anyway.
I call this "Longing".  Brady is a toy hoarder, but Lucy does her best to get him to share.
I call this "Longing". Brady is a toy hoarder, but Lucy does her best to get him to share.
Pretty please??
Pretty please??

12 Weeks

My non-dog-person husband sweetly agreed to snap a few pictures for me.  Unfortunately, I didn’t notice for Lucy’s pictures that he was standing all the way up, hence the lovely look-down-upon-thee angle of her side photo.  He did reconsider his approach before we got to Nash, thankfully!

LUCY

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NASH

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The photo above was the better picture of his front, but I loved the expression on this one!

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