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19 December 2006

Dear Abby,

Dear Abby,

My Humans got me a bunch of toys for last Christmas and I kept them in good shape. I really appreciated them and enjoyed them.

With Christmas around the corner, I am growing concerned. I would love to have some new ones for variety, what if my Humans feel that I don't need any more toys? Is there something that I could do to encourage them to get me more toys? Is there some time left for them to get them?

"Concerned Canine"


Dear Concerned Canine,

Don't be concerned! There's good news for you and all others in this situation!

Pay careful attention to my advice. First you must gather up all your favorite and non-favorite toys. Then begin to detach some eyes of the toys; give a pull on a loose thread at the seam of a plushie; chew on a corner of a rubber toy... you get the idea. It will take no time at all to see some "distress" or worn spots begin to appear on your toys.

Don't be concerned with tearing or chewing up a favorite toy of yours. This method has two added benefits! Fisrt, you will have new "favorite" toys. Secondly, this "chewing" activity promotes healthy gums and strong teeth!

Below are some examples of my favorite toys, I just got these in November when I came to my new home! See! It really takes no time at all!

I chewed off the nose of this hedgehog!

By removing the eyes of this squirrel, it never saw me coming!

Give the ear and the lable tag a shred. It works in a pinch!

This one my favorite! Remove the eyes and tear an arm!

After modifying your toys a bit, remember to add in your special "puppy eyes"! It works everytime! Also with 6 "shopping days", there is plenty of time for your humans to shop for new toys. They will be making lots of "quick" shopping trips to the mall, grocery stores and even those "Dollar" stores! Toys for canines can be found in practically all stores!

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas,
a.k.a. Abby

P.S. An added advice, next year begin the alteration of your toys the day after Thanksgiving to avoid the Christmas rush

01 December 2006

Abigail, The Huntress of Squirrels

"I know that you're up there!"

"I can see you. See! I am pointing at you!"

"I dare ya to come down, you lil chicken!"
These days Abigail has expanded her "squirreling" techniques to the outdoors. After practicing with her plush squirrel dummies, from flipping it up in the air, chasing it around in the home, also shaking side to side in her mouth with her teeth working like vice grips, she decided it was time. Time to put all that training into action!

Abigail slowly saunters out into the patio (screened porch) and into the backyard with an act of nonchalance. Squirrels busy burying their Autumn treasures under the golden leaves, unexpected of the black, white and brown blur flashing out at them. The scramble began! One squirrel headed toward the pear tree only to be collided by that blur! The collision was so fast that Abigail ran into that squirrel and caused the squirrel to tumble and roll and scramble up the tree.

The squirrel was so irate that it barked at Abigail from way up high in the tree. That only made Abigail's determination even more determined and tried to jump higher at the tree. The squirrel only choice was to climb higher yet in the tree. The young baying of Abigail's annoyed the squirrel further. It tried to quietly climb down the other side of the tree, hidden from Abigail's view.. or so it thought. Abigail has been studying squirrel's movement and followed it. Once again the squirrel climbs back up to the top of the tree. In it's disgust, began to bark at Abigail some more.

Abigail wonders off away from the tree a short distance. The squirrel seeing it's moment of opportunity and quickly climbs down the tree and quickly runs the opposite direction from Abigail. The chase was on again! Squirrel makes it's way through the hole of a chain link fence and kept on running for it's dear life!

You wonder if this keeps the squirrels at bay now a days?

Nope... three more came back later that day, as if to dare Abigail on! No worries there, she keeps watch of her courtyard and the chase is on again!
BeagleMommie...a.k.a. Abigail's Mommie