Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving week

After a couple of weeks off, Chamba and Corrina came out for their Tuesday walk, and this time they got to meet Salix.

Chamba, Salix and Corrina [L-R]

Chamba is usually pretty focused on the ball, but once Salix started chasing him he decided that was much more interesting.

Salix chases Chamba

And when she caught up with him there was much fun to be had.

Chamba gives Salix the play bow

Meanwhile Corrina did what she likes to do best, which is to check out the smells.

Corrina sniffs out something good

Eventually Salix convinced Corrina to do a little bit of wrestling.

Corrina and Salix play a bit

Because of Thanksgiving, we had different combinations-- some smaller groups, and a few solo walks. These are always fun, since I get to have some one on one time with my buddies. Here are a few portraits of my pals.

Edie with her holiday sweater

Dodger getting ready to get in the car

Pinkberry gives me look
Crema rooting out some good smells
Bloom wants me to throw the ball
Is Hank hearing voices?
Cookie likes to pose
Stella lis still learning "leave it"
For the holiday, we had Hanna staying at our house. Stella really, really wanted her to play, but she had to learn a how to wait for it. Eventually Hanna started to initiate things at her own pace. It was very sweet to behold.

Hanna warms up to Stella

Before long they were wrestling like crazy... right under the dining room table.

Hanna and Stella wrestling

Hanna goes right under Stella for a sneak attack

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Posing for pictures and getting dirty

Mondays and Wednesdays I take this group out in the Dimond District. This is the hardest group to photograph, because they are always marching out ahead of me. We stopped for a minute so they could pose for a few pics.

Gracie, Buster, Haley [L-R] and Bandit's back
Bandit really hates getting his Gentle Leader put on, but he sure does like to go out for a walk afterward.


Buster and Gracie are very interested in squirrels.

Buster [left] and Gracie

Here's another group that I just couldn't get a good photo of while we all marched along, so I pulled over for a posed picture next to the golf course.

Gracie, Salix, Dodger, Hanna and Edie [clockwise from right]

Hank got to go on a special walk for his birthday, and he sure did have a good time. 

Hank- age 2

He showed everyone his favorite patch of dirt. Hank loves to get dirty!

Salix [R] checks out Hank's patch of dirt

 And then he really got everyone going, and some serious chasing ensued. Boy do I like to watch my dogs run.

Bloom, Hank, Salix and Cookie [L-R]

Later in the week Hank and Stella were reunited, and this time Stella had gained enough confidence to really mix it up with him. Once again Hank pointed out the delights of getting really dirty.

Salix [L] stands watch as Hank and Stella [R] wrestle

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

new friends and old friends

We tried some new combinations on our walks this week, made some new introductions and reunited some old friends. Pinkberry was having trouble off-leash, so I started bringing him on-leash with his old friend Crema. They did very well together.

Crema [back] and Pinky [front]

I got to walk Salix every day this week, which meant she got to meet Guy who only comes on Wednesdays. Guy had a blast chasing the girls around.
Guy [top] with Hanna and Salix [lower left]

Dodger came along on Tuesday which inspired me to bring the crew to Sausal Creek right near where Dodger lives. This group really walks as a pack!

Hanna, Salix, Dodger, Edie [L-R]
We stopped for a time-out so I could get a couple of pictures.
Edie [front] and Dodger [back]
Hanna [front] with Salix [back]
On Wednesday, my buddy Jupiter came back to join his old group, which now includes a few new faces. He took an instant liking to Stella, and the two of them wrestled like crazy. Bloom occasionally got in on the action, giving Jupiter his signature great dane neck bite.

Jupiter [left] wrestles with Stella
Bloom and Stella team up on Jupiter
Bloom likes to play ball...

Bloom and the ball
...but Cookie really, really likes to play ball

Cookie and the ball

Thursday, November 3, 2011

This week I began introducing our new puppy Stella to some of the dogs that I walk.


She got to meet Chamba and Corrina on Tuesday and then she met Cookie on Thursday, and for the finale she got full treatment with 4 other dogs on Friday.
Stella and Bean

She was instant buddies with Bean, who was back with her old group for one day only. Stella also played a little with Hank, although he was a little much for her. Her brother Bloom kept an eye on things, and Cookie played ball.

Stella shows her belly to Bean and Hank