SISTERS

I found out a couple of days ago that the lady who adopted Tippy’s sister is planning to come to our Bark For Life event on Sunday, so they will get to meet for the first time since they were just puppies!

It all started on a Saturday in late June of 2014.  Someone had posted pictures on Facebook of two adorable puppies that they had found in the ditch in front of their house.  They were going to give them to anyone who wanted them.  Since I had decided it was time for me to get a dog, I called to ask about them.  By that time, they were on their way to drop them off at the Humane Society, so I told her just to go ahead since I wasn’t 100% sure I would want one of them.  I showed up at the Humane Society early on Monday to have a look and try to make up my mind.  Here are the Humane Society pictures of Cartwheel and Pinwheel, aka Tippy and Huckleberry.

It doesn’t surprise me that Pinwheel’s picture was blurry as she was very active and  Cartwheel was the more mellow of the two.  That, and the two different eyes were what drew me to Cartwheel and not her sister.  See my posts The Beginning:  Prissy and The Search Is On for details on my adoption of Tippy and just why she was initially “sluggish.”

I was thinking today how Cartwheel would have been a good name for Tippy when she was a puppy.  She would take off running as fast as she could, try to cut a quick corner, and her momentum would carry her on, causing her to do somersaults across the yard.  She finally figured out that cattle herding talent and no longer goes tumbling.

When I decided to find Tippy’s sister’s owner, hoping they could get together, I connected with the lady who initially adopted her.  Unfortunately, their current dog and Pinwheel did not get along, so they had given her to a friend who lived in Chattanooga, about 3 hours away.  I was able to connected with her on Facebook.  She is a Tennessee State Park Ranger and got transferred to a park that is only an hour away a couple of years ago.  We have been wanting to get them together ever since she moved, but haven’t been successful.

We are both excited about them meeting on Sunday, and are really hopeful that they get along.  Maybe, in some deep seated memory, they will remember each other and be glad to be reunited.

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Tippy
Huckleberry
Huckleberry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TIPPY’S TV DEBUT

This past Monday, Tippy and I were invited to be on the local news, with my friend Kelly and her dog Kimura, to promote Bark For Life, an American Cancer Society fundraiser that she and I are putting together.

Tippy was excited until she found out she had to take a bath in order to look her best.  Since it was for a good cause, she tolerated the dreaded water torture.

We had to be at the studio at 9am.  It’s a little over an hour drive, so we got up early on Monday morning and took off.  I don’t know if Tippy knew what she was in for, but she was definitely more relaxed than I was on the drive.

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Loving the ride.

Once we got there, we walked around a little bit to burn off some of Tippy’s energy.  Fortunately, the rain they were calling for hadn’t started yet.

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Mom, what are all of those big round things?

The doors to the studio are locked, so you have to ring the doorbell and wait to be let in.  I’m pretty sure the receptionist was not expecting to see a dog and, from her reaction, or lack thereof, she is NOT a dog person.  Tippy couldn’t understand why she didn’t want to pet her and didn’t react positively when she put her paws on her desk.  Some people!

We were told to go to the waiting area and she would let them know we were there. Kelly and Kimura came in a couple of minutes later.  That’s when things went downhill.  Tippy went to greet her. At first, all was good.  But then, Kimura gave a little growl and Tippy was NOT going to back down like Kimura’s sister does.  I had Tippy walk away, but she started her full blown barking that she does when a perceived intruder is in the area.  This is not looking good and we were just hoping that the newsroom had great sound attenuation.

I got her to calm down, but if Kimura moved toward her, she would start barking again.  So, we tried “walking together” up and down the hallway.  For the most part, that went well, with only a little growling as they passed each other.  We went back in to the room and they had a few moments of tolerating each other.

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Okay mom. This is close enough.

Two young ladies came in to wait for their segment.  Kimura hid under the table.  Tippy went over to greet them, but, when they reached out to pet her, she gave a low growl and walked away.  The ladies were dog people, so that didn’t bother them at all.  We all thought it was funny that she went over “to be petted” and then growled when they tried.

She laid down for a few minutes and then got up and laid her head on my lap.  I was petting her when Kimura inched her way toward us.  Tippy went into full blown protective mode with the really mean bark that she has.  Geeze.  Really?  When I realized that she thought she was needing to protect me, or claiming me as hers, I had her to lie down beside of me.  That calmed the situation and they were good until it was our turn to be interviewed.

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I’ll just lay right here and wait.
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Is it time to go yet?

Kelly and I were very worried that we were going to have a real news story with headlines reading something like, “Dog Fight Breaks Out On The Morning News.”

They calmly walked into the studio.  We only had about 30 seconds to get them situated before the interview began.  Tippy decided to lay with her back to the camera.  With everything that had happened between these two in the waiting room, I decided I wasn’t going to try to get her to turn around.  As long as they were calm, we were happy.  Here is the link to video of our segment.    If you listen all the way to the end, you can hear the news lady talking to Tippy.  As soon as the camera was turned off, she had gotten up and turned around to get some lovin’ from her.

There were no more intolerant moments between the two.  We are going to try to walk them together some at one of our local trails and see if that helps them get along better.

Apparently, keeping yourself off camera as much as possible is very hard work.

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Mom, that was exhausting!

Bark For Life was originally scheduled for tomorrow.  The weather is supposed to be awful – raining and a high of 43° F (6.1° C), so we postponed it a week.  I’ll be sure to create another blog post afterwards and let you know how she and Kimura gets along.

 

 

 

 

 

IT’S FALL Y’ALL

Today is a nice, cool, sunny, early fall day here in East Tennessee.  Having some things I wanted to do on my computer, I decided to take advantage and sit outside to “work.”  Tippy decided to join me.  At first, she was very respectful of the fact that I had things to do.

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She’s laying nicely beside of me while I check e-mails.
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Don’t worry mom. I won’t let that crow bother you while you are working.

That was, however, short lived as she decided that I had been gone too much this week and needed to be paying more attention to her.  Of course, I was happy to oblige.

She did finally have enough and went to lay in the sunshine.

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Okay, I’ll leave you alone for a few minutes.

She came back and jumped up on my lap, looking over the computer, as I was commenting on a blog post.  She may have just  been wanting me to tell Choppy hi for her.

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What’s Choppy up to now?

Tippy and I hope the weather where you are is as great as it is here and that you have a wonderful weekend!

 

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME

In July, our local affiliate of the Houston Astro’s had Relay For Life night.  My friend, Kelly, and I set up a booth to advertise for our Bark For Life event which will take place the end of October.  As part of that, we were allowed to bring our dogs to the game!  Tippy had a blast.

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Mom, that’s one big baseball!

I think she thought everyone who came through the gate was there just to see her and give her some lovin’.  I was very proud of how well she behaved and handled the crowd.   She was a great ambassador for the event.

 

Kelly brought one of her dogs, Kimura, with her.  She and Tippy got along well, except for the one time that Kelly was petting Tippy and Kimura got jealous.  Silly dog.

 

The Assistant General Manager of the team, Kelsey, was excited to get to see our dogs and get some puppy loving.

 

We walked around the park, visiting with the fans and watching the game.  One couple commented on how calm she was and wondered if she had always been that way.  Of course, my answer was “no.”  It takes time, work, and a little maturing from the puppy stage.

 

I hope I get the opportunity to take her to at least one game next year.  Maybe they will bring back “Bark in the Park” night.  Paws crossed.

WHERE’S TIPPY

I follow Sara Ferguson and Choppy’s blog, Travels With Choppy.  Every Friday, she has a  “Where’s Choppy” post with photos of her dog, Choppy, “hiding” in plain sight.  The challenge is to find her.  I enjoy these posts and was reminded of them when I seemed to have my own indoor version of “Where’s Tippy” recently.

The first time I couldn’t find her, we had just gotten back from a walk.  I had sat down at the computer for a few minutes when I decided to check on her.  I looked in all of her normal resting spots.

She wasn’t on the couch, in front of the couch, or on the fireplace hearth.

She wasn’t on the bed, beside of the bed, in the hallway leading to the master bathroom, or on the rug in front of the door leading to the garage.

Just when I was beginning to think that I had lost my mind and she hadn’t come inside with me, I decided to look at one last place, the half bath.  Sure enough, there she was.  It must have been the coolest place in the house that day.

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Found her.

A few days later, we had our second version of the game.  I was turning down the bed and realized I hadn’t seen her for a while.  I went searching in all of the above places, but no Tippy.  Then, I noticed that the door to my closet was open more than normal.  I turned the light on and, sure enough, there she was.

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What are you doing in my closet?

I really have no idea why she was in there, but she seemed relaxed, so I just turned the light back off and left her.  She came out in a couple of hours.  Crazy girl.  Who knows what goes on in her head sometimes?

HAPPY ADOPTION DAY

July 11th marked 4 years since I brought Tippy home from the local humane society.  It seems like it was yesterday, but also feels like she has always been here.  I can’t imagine my life without her.

The day started off with a continuation of the cow saga as I found them out again.  Tippy “defended” the house while I made sure they got back into the pasture field.  Later that day, my neighbor and dad were able to find out where they had gotten out and added some fencing.  So far, knock on wood, they have stayed where they belong.

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But, this grass is greener!

We took our normal 20 minute walk fairly early, before it got unbearably hot.  Tippy cooled off in the garage while I continued walking the driveway to get in 30 minutes of exercise. The fireplace hearth seemed to be the best place to finish cooling off before taking a much needed nap.

To celebrate her adoption day, I gave her a peanut butter/carob Puppy Sucker.

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Puppy Sucker treat for Tippy.

She heard the cellophane crinkling – the universal signal that a treat is coming, and was very excited about whatever it was I had behind my back.

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I know you have something for me, mom.

When I first gave it to her, she wasn’t sure what it was.  However, it didn’t take her long to realize it was food and figure out how to eat it.  It was gone in 3…2…1, literally.  Once she got it in her mouth,  it was totally gone in 3 minutes.

 

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To top off the day, she went with me to play tennis and made some new friends.

It was pretty much a perfect day.  One with a little excitement, some exercise, a good long nap, a special treat, and a car ride!  It doesn’t get much better than that for Tippy!