This week included shows at libraries in Nederland, Westminster, Conifer, Denver, and Ault Colorado. I performed both my Brave Dog and my Super Dog shows to the delight of many children. Before I tell you about my week and my problems with Kitty, I’d like to thank Harlan, Sheila, and Rebecca for answering my question last week. You all answered correctly! Exercise does make both the dog and their owner happier and healthier! Rebecca answered the question first, so you earned yourself an autographed picture of my adorable face! Send your address to my upright, Denise, at email@example.com.
I also performed at a birthday party for Jaret! Jaret turned 8, the same age as me! I enjoyed sharing his special day with him! We bonded while I helped my upright tell stories about the constellations. I love looking at the stars, but I am terrified of the full moon! You see, I believe the full moon is really a monster’s eye staring at me. My upright has told me numerous times that it’s just the moon, but I think she’s wrong. I think it’s really a monster watching me!
Not only is a monster watching my every move, but there’s a kitty, named KITTY, who waits for me to enter her territory. If I come within even a few feet of her, she charges at me, meows, and then extends her claws. I think Kitty believes she’s really the Wolverine from those movies. And she must think I’m the enemy. She does not like me! I’ve tried wagging my tail to show her my friendly intentions, but that just makes her swat at my tail. I’ve crept close to her and showed her my friendliest face, but she just hisses and glares. I’ve tried playing with her, but she just runs away. I’m not sure what else to do.
So, the question for this week’s blog is, “Do you have any suggestions or ideas to make Kitty like me?” “Can dogs and cats really learn to love one another?” I’ll read through every response and try them out. The one that is the most creative and offers the best advice will receive an autographed picture of my adorable face!
Mountains and Waterfalls!
This week I traveled to Riffle, Colorado which is a beautiful town in the mountains. I felt rejuvenated by the cool mountain air. We performed shows in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Silt, Parachute, and Riffle. The audiences were large, enthusiastic, and fun. I love it when an audience enjoys my tricks.
Our hotel in Riffle was right next to a running path so every morning my upright, Denise, took me for an invigorating run or walk. Then I’d nap while she beautified herself for our shows (She takes a long time). Fortunately, she doesn’t have to do too much for me except brush my fur and teeth. Then we’d travel to the library and perform. In this show, I’m Super Dog and I rescue sheep from a wily wolf! I am also supposed to rescue a kitty from a fire, but I refuse to save her. I’d much rather chew on kitty, slobber on kitty, and sometimes even squash kitty!
I enjoyed visiting Riffle Falls State Park. The waterfall really does create an oasis of greenery. Water sprayed my fur while the scent of raccoons, birds, and squirrels titillated my nose. I couldn’t stop sniffing the air and grass! We hiked in the park and found a shady spot perfect for relaxing in the beautiful Colorado outdoors.
I was sad to leave Riffle and hope to travel back there one day.
In last week’s, blog, I asked the question, “How many times a week does my upright brush my fur?” Virginia and Zoe answered the question correctly. They commented, “Every day!” Good job, Zoe. I’ll send you a picture soon!
Here’s the next question, “Why is it important to exercise your dog even if you have a backyard for them?” The first person to respond correctly will receive an autographed picture of my beautiful furry face!
Tummy Troubles! Oh, no!!!
This week was full of shows, travel, and tummy troubles! I started the week with Monday off. My upright performed an origami program at the Englewood library. I was very upset that I didn’t go, so I sat by the window and searched for her. When she did finally return home, I let her know I was upset by only allowing her to rub my tummy a few times. Then I sulked in the corner, watching her every move.
Tuesday, we had a bunch of shows in Denver, including one of my favorite libraries—Bemis library in Littleton. The audience was wonderful! They cheered and laughed; they clapped and whistled. I felt loved!
On Wednesday, my upright (Denise Gard), Craig Dayberry (her boyfriend), and I left for Oklahoma. The car ride was long, but the rest areas in Kansas were very nice. The humidity made me uncomfortable and miserable. I just wanted to stay inside by the air conditioner! I performed a show in Enid, Oklahoma on Thursday in their auditorium. The auditorium was beautiful and very cool (which I liked), but my tummy began doing flip-flops. By Thursday evening, I didn’t want to eat anything. My upright was concerned and tried to cool me down by rubbing ice cubes on my paws. She even gave me some medicine. But I was miserable.
Unfortunately, we had to leave Friday morning to drive to Fayetteville, Arkansas. I didn’t want to eat or drink anything. I didn’t even want to go for a walk. My upright became so worried that she contacted my vet and gave me more medicine. My upright began to cry, which made me concerned. Now we were both miserable. I guess it was a good thing Craig Dayberry was there, because he calmed my upright and then went to PetSmart to buy me some canned dog food. (I might even let him rub my belly later!)
At first, I put my nose up, and refused to eat the canned food. But he’s a funny upright. He added water to the canned dog food and heated it up. He turned it into a gravy! He even tried some (he might have been pretending to eat the dog food, but it definitely peeked my interest). I licked the water gravy and realized that I was hungry and thirsty. I was on the road to recovery.
Traveling with animals is challenging in the summertime. We become hot easily and we might even refuse to drink water (which is very dangerous). One way my upright encouraged me to drink water was by wetting a washcloth and then draping it over my eyes and nose. The washcloth was cool and I began to lick the water droplets. They tasted good, plus I enjoyed the texture of the washcloth. If I hadn’t begun eating and drinking water, my upright would have taken me to an emergency vet, because I’m important to her. If your dog stops eating and drinking, call your vet within 24 hours. Animals cannot survive without water!
No one has answered my question from last week, so I’ll ask again, “How often does my upright brush me?” :)
Happy July 4th! I hope you celebrated with hotdogs, hamburgers, pie, and ice-cream. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. The smells that waft from the kitchen titillate my nose and make my stomach grumble, but I also enjoy the yummy food at July 4th celebrations. But my upright doesn’t let me have ice-cream, so I’m not very happy with her right now. I hope you kept your furry pets indoors when the rockets, firecrackers, and sparklers popped, whizzed, and banged! Those loud noises scare us. I curled up on my upright’s bed and stuck my nose and face between her pillows. I closed my eyes and dreamed I was hiking in Black Forest Park! So, on July 5th, my upright took me for a nice hike in one of my favorite parks—Black Forest Park! She must have read my mind.
We had a great week of shows in places like Lakewood Library, Johnstown, Manitou Springs, and Clearview Library. I was impressed with all of the kids at the shows—for uprights they know how to behave and sit when they are told. They’re a lot like puppies, only less furry! There were a couple of kids who really sounded like kitties when they meowed! In fact, one upright named Ruth was not only a great kitty, but she also won my contest. Ruth answered my question, “Who is my favorite WWI dog hero?” Ruth answered, “Stubby.” So, Ruth will receive an autographed picture of my furry face!
We performed in a castle at the Johnstown public library! I spoke with a wizard who told me to watch out for flying dragons. He said that a dragon might snatch me. If I’m caught by a dragon, he would carry me to his cave and then eat me! Since I don’t want that to happen, I search the sky on a daily basis. One day I saw a dragon, it breathed fire and seemed to glide in the sky. It hung above me and hissed. I laid flat in the grass and played dead, but my upright pulled my leash and urged me to walk. But I couldn’t. My legs refused to move. My eyes bulged from their sockets and I let out a faint whimper right before I fainted. When I regained consciousness, my upright told me that it hadn’t been a dragon at all. It was a hot-air balloon. She might think it was a balloon, but I think it was really a dragon in disguise! I will continue watching the sky for fire-breathing dragons!
My next question is, “How often does my upright, Denise, brush me?” This is an easy question. The first child to respond will receive an autographed photo of my adorable fluffy self.”
Sienna, The Smartest Border Collie!
I'm a red and white Border Collie. I love performing with my upright, Denise Gard. I call all humans uprights, just so you know! This blog will detail all of my adventures and contain some useful dog tips for all dog lovers!