Mommy and I did my annual howliday photo shoot for my Howliday Card. Here are some of the outtakes:
As you can see, I did my job PERFECTLY, but Mommy kept forgetting I had a tail. The last shot is me telling Mommy to get her act together.
Mommy got sick this month and we got to spend two days snuggling in bed. It was nice. I had some trouble with the weather changes and was sore on and off for most of the beginning of the month. One day I slept funny and woke up with my tail asleep. When I stood up it was jutting out to the side instead of curling up over my back like it is supposed to do. Mommy laughed at me, which wasn't nice, she knows I don't like being laughed at when I'm not trying to be funny. I tried to wag my tail and while the first six inches or so wagged normally the rest of it just sort of flopped around out of control, which made Mommy laugh even harder. Then it got all pins and needlesy and I kept staring at it until it finally calmed down and became my tail again. Mommy told the vet at my next laser treatment about all the troubles I'd been having and she upped the time and intensity of the laser and it really helped.
We got our hiking badge for doing the county hikes this month too. It features bats this year because they are going to give a free guided night hike for ten to one lucky participant. We won't know if we've won until February, but keep your paws crossed for Mommy (and if not for her for her friend at work who also entered because they have promised to take each other if they are the winner). Dogs aren't allowed, but that's okay, because I'm
We got two new squirrels this month too. They just showed up one day and the weird thing is they are RED HEADS! Yes, they are gray squirrels with strawberry blonde ears and tails. How weird is that? All our other squirrels are normal gray gray squirrels and we briefly had a black gray squirrel come visiting this spring when all the other squirrels ceded the yard to the vicious robin family, so we are wondering who their parents were. Mommy has dubbed them Ginger and Blondie. Here is Ginger:
Of course this month we also had Christmas. Mommy and I went to Grandma and Grandpa's house and celebrated Christmas Eve with her youngest brother and Grandpa's friend with Alzheimers. Then we spent the night and my cousin Missy and her family came over (along with her uncle on her mommy's side) and we celebrated Christmas Day and got presents. I got a squeaky crocodile and Missy got a squeaky hippo, but she thought my crocodile looked better, but I didn't let her have it. I also got a new deer antler and Mommy gave both of us some homemade cookies. She also made some for my cousin Walter, and Missy found his present and tried to take it for herself. She got in trouble which is silly because we both don't like Walter and it would have served him right not to get any cookies.
A couple days after Christmas Mommy and I went up to Wisconsin to celebrate Christmas again with Mommy's grumpy oldest brother and his family. (They think dogs shouldn't lick the dishes, how ridiculous is that?!) Missy and her family came too, but she stayed at the brother's house and so did Walter (who now lives with his human sister and her new husband and not the grumpy brother) so I didn't see her or him. Mommy bought herself some new boots and we took a long walk on the lake and through the woods and along the road to test them out. Then the next day Mommy's grumpy brother and his soon to be new wife (who isn't grumpy at all) and I went for a walk through the 18 acres of land that is soon to be Mommy's across the street from the family place. Mommy was showing them where she thinks she could build a house. About half way through the hike I started following some deer tracks instead of Mommy and I kind of wandered off. I swear I didn't hear all of them calling me or see Mommy backtracking and trying to find where my tracks veered off and I am sticking with that story. I hadn't fallen and/or gotten myself stuck somewhere in the swamp (which Mommy says is what she was most worried about) and I did come back eventually and we finished the hike with Mommy only having to haul me over one big log that I couldn't climb over. Later that afternoon I took another long hike with Mommy on the lake and I found a muskrat den and chased him around as he swam under the ice from air hole to air hole. By that night I was EXHAUSTED and was happy to head home the next day. In the past, Mommy and I would take a hike on New Years Day, but I'm too tired to do so this year and since it is only 19 degrees out today, Mommy isn't too upset about that.
This year we walked 708.98 miles. That brings us to just short of Prince George, BC on our imaginary walk to Anchorage and back.
Happy (calendar) New Year everyone!