Monday, November 30, 2009

Power of the Sun

Nothing like a favourite toy and some sunshine.

Deep in thought ?

Ha ha, deep in thought, good one!

Just enjoying the sunshine.

Some things are too good not to share with friends.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Friday Pinups!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Odie in the Garden


Saturday, June 13, 2009

Your Birthday!

Big day today ..... Can you believe it? Kika turns one year old today!

I know we have enjoyed every second with her. She is an awesome girl, smart and fun and seems to amaze us every day with something. Even more impressive, she lights up for everyone who knows her; her play buddies at puppy day care, all her neighborhood friends (two and four legged varieties) that visit her thru the greenspace and fence, and all our friends and family. We have never had such a social ridgeback before, we are so glad she came to live with us.

My birthday? That means presents and cake right....

A Very special happy birthday to my sister Emmie! That girl knows to have a good time.

Happy Birthday ladies!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Big Trouble

We noticed something rather disturbing last week.

Can you tell which paws belong to which dog?

Did you guess correctly?

Yikes, we could be in trouble here, he's already been mistaken for a 6mth old puppy - not 11 weeks old.

With his red coloring and big front mitts, he could be mistaken for a movie character...Hellboy!

By the way, Gene Simmons called,

He wants his tongue back...

Saturday, June 6, 2009

New Girl Now

Hi, it's me - Odie! I got so much female attention at my first house from Auntie Tamzin, Halo and Leeloo, (ahhhh - Leeloo!) I wasn't sure what to expect at my new home. But, it's been great cause I got a new girl - Kika!

She taught me how to play tugs. Apparently this is a Boxer version of the game courtesy of Jax. Can't wait to meet her!

She's teaching me everything a young boy needs to know. A quick snuggle with Jim.

Sharing a chewie bone.

Learning couch manners

Playing keep away. She's really fast, I do my best to keep up. I'm beginning to suspect that she likes to tease me just a little too much...

She keeps a watchful eye on my while I explore the yard.

She's happy to share her lunch with me (and then we share mine)

After a long day, it's time for a nap.

She even lets me help with the blog. Kika is the best!

Honeymoon Suite - New Girl Now

Friday, May 22, 2009


We have been lucky enough to welcome an addition to the family.

Invictus Bladerunner, aka Naughty Mr. Blue or as we now call him Odin! He seems to be settling right in.

Checking out the vast array of toys and treats.

Finding comfy spots for naps.

Snuggling with new friends

Posing for cute pictures

Hanging out with friends

And checking out the blue chair for himself.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Ahhhh, nothing like some Sunday snuggles on the couch.

That looks interesting maybe I should get a little more comfortable

Stretched out and pushed Jim off the couch, that's better.

Even more comfy now that she can use Jim as a "paw" rest.

And what was it that caught Kikas attention? The Westminster Dog Show. She seemed especially interested in the Hound Group...

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Holy Diver - Encore!

Kika isn't the only bathing beauty we have had. Probably the only voluntary one though. When Tiona was diagnosed with spinal arthritis, the vet suggested swimming would be good therapy for her. We knew she wouldn't enjoy a therapy pool, so we purchased a back yard pool for her, it was summer, so the water was nice and warm. It actually helped her, and when she couldn't go outside, she enjoyed(?) the spa settings on the shower head.

Tiona all decked out in her swimming gear, she has already removed one of her booties. The only thing she liked about this was the treats we bribed her with to bounce around the pool.

We started off with a life jacket, because she really wasn't buoyant! but eventually she didn't need it.

Neighbourhood kids enjoying a swim with Tiona. Tiona, not so much...

Now some of the neighbours thought we were a little strange having a pool in our yard for our dog ... But those with dogs understood how loyalty and devotion deserved every effort to make our dogs quality of life better. And the pool exercise worked, she was much more active and mobile because of her aquacise.

Her favourite part besides all the treats. Napping in the sun to dry off.

Pampered? = Yes.
Worth the effort? = Yes.
Would we do it again? = Yes.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Holy Diver

Our previous Ridgebacks were not really fond of water. Griffin didn't mind it and would wade in to the lake or rivers just to bite at the waves. None the less, we were a bit surprised to see the following:

What is she doing, there's water (and bubbles) in there

Going in for a closer look.


Chasing bubbles.

Catching bubbles...

Chasing bubbles is thirsty work.

Yum, Mr. Bubble is my favourite.

For my sister and nephew, the artist in the video for this entry is the answer to the Easter Trivia Question - who started the heavy metal devil horns? - Ronnie James Dio! I'm sure my hints that he was a lead singer for Black Sabbath, is 5'4" and looks like Carla from Cheers; but boy can he sing, make a little more sense now...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Gone Away

A year ago we said goodbye to our special little guy, Griffin. Gone so young, but we should all be so lucky as to go doing something we loved and surrounded by our family.

When we first brought Griffin home, Tiona wanted nothing to do with him. She was actually pissed at us. Griffin though, just wanted to be her friend and cuddle. Here, Tiona jumped on the couch to get away from him and we put him up there anyway. He was so happy and snuggled right in. I think the look on Tionas face pretty much sums up her feelings on the situation.

Seven years later, we are helping Tiona up on the couch for a snuggle. She was unable to get up by herself but determined to have her cuddles none the less. That annoying little thing started to be useful and comforting a long while ago. He was very good during Tionas illness, always careful to be gentle, checked on her all the time and shared his treats with her.

He was such a sweet puppy, it didn't take him long to win her over. From this moment on, they were the best of friends and inseparable. Tiona was always the Queen Bee for Griffy, she taught him well and always looked out for him. When he was a young boy we were out at the off leash park, he had literally stopped to smell some flowers. I saw two very large Malamutes spot him, looked at each other and started his way, and their intentions didn't look all that kind. Before I could move, Tiona was on it. She stood right in their way and dared them to try something. Faced with a "momma bear" attitude, they changed their demeanor and moved off, and Griffin was oblivious to the whole incident. Poor guy, he always got picked on at the park! (See Raimi, it's happened to more that one "big lug" ; )

He even tried the "famous" blue chair once, but couldn't see what all the fuss was about. It probably feels better when you actually "fit" in the chair, rather than spill out from it.

It was impossible to have a bad day around Griffy. He was such a clown and could always make us laugh - I think you can see why!

He always knew when you needed a cuddle or a laugh.

Griffy loved stuffed toys. He would carry them around and suck on them until he would fall asleep. We used to joke they were his soothers. Then I found an actual soother shaped one, he loved it too!

Griffy playing tugs with Grandma, sporting his festive jingle collar. He loved to dress up, although it was difficult the find things in his size. He was so proud of this collar when he first got it, he asked to go out, pranced across the deck like it was a fashion runway and paused at the steps. When he realised no one was there to notice, he slunk back in the house.

Jims Dad passed away just before Christmas last year, Griffin was a real comfort to the whole family. He tried extra hard to make us laugh, cuddled harder and made sure to sit on all our laps.

Griff loved to sit on laps. This was a Christmas at Grandmas house, notice Tiona under the table checking for crumbs. I cropped myself out of this photo because I am really not photogenic and it was also tough to tell which one of us looked more drunk; me or Griff.

He was so handsome, which was a good thing as we always said he got by on his looks. He was just a uncomplicated, innocent, big fun loving guy....

He was prancy, flamboyant and sensitive (take from that what you will...) but he was so sweet and loving, we miss him to this day.

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