Sunday, April 26, 2015

Serene Scenery Sunday

Greetings to all, it's me, Mags.  It's Sunday - and you know what that means, right?

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A day of rest.

Have a great one!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Household Chores

Greetings to all, it's me, Maggie!  As you know, Cam and I are Working Breed pups.  That means that if there's a job to be done around here, you can bet one of us will be involved.  One of my tasks this weekend was to help Mom change the sheets and put a new quilt on the bed.  I decided my contribution would be ... to supervise.

A good supervisor provides the right mix of encouragement, constructive criticism, and motivation!

Encourage:

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"You're doing great, Mom.  I'm here for you."

Toss in a little constructive criticism to help your worker do even better than she thought she could:

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"You call that square cornering the sheets?  You can do better than that!"

And find the right motivation!  Everyone's is different!

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"Yes.  Yes, you can play with my GoughNut toy when you finish!  Until then, it stays right here!"

It's tough work, supervising, but it comes naturally to me.

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"I don't always watch Mom make the bed,
but when I do, I make sure I have my GoughNut with me."

The fourth and fifth steps of supervising are inspection ...

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"Hmm...  let me test this baby out!"

And finally praise for a job well-done!

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"This is so nice I had to share it with Cammie!  Way to go, Mom; great job!"
"Nice work, Mom!  You deserve a pear."

Mom said something about having to straighten everything back up after Cam and I jumped down. I don't quite get that. Do you?  I must have supervised her into wanting to do a really perfect job!

I hope all of you have some time to kick back this weekend!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Friday, April 24, 2015

Looking For Birdies

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cammie! Out here!

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"BOOM!"
"Hello!"

Mags and I are out on the deck with Mom this morning, looking for birdies.

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"Oh.  Right.  Birdies.  I'll tip-toe!"
"See?  We're helping!"

We're being really quiet so we don't scare away any birdies.

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"There's one behind you, Cam!"
"Thanks, Mags!"

Maggie is very good at spotting birdies!

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"In the tree, Mom!"
"Ooh, look, girls!  A little finch!"
"Birdie!"

It was a little House Finch.  They're awfully cute little redheads!  Mom didn't get a shot of him (something about not wanting to point her camera at the neighbors' house), but it was nice to see him in action!

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"Hey!  Wanna see another redhead in action!?!"
"Sigh."

We moved on to other activities shortly after Mom snapped that shot with her iPhone.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Cammie!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Power Chewer

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  As most of you know, there are toys in this house that are "Cammie Only" toys.  Apparently, I'm somewhat of a power chewer.  The only toys that stand up to my teeth 'n' jaw action are my GoughNuts rings and sort of my Starmark ball.  (I destroyed the other Starmark toys, so Mom keeps close tabs on the ball.)  Those are the only ones left out all the time for us.

ANYWAY, when Cammie gets her special toys (Mom gets them out of the Toy Vault - aka, the pantry), I get special toys, too - only mine are tougher!  The other day, I chose one I used to play with as a puppy:

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"I'll play with this one, Mom!"

Yep. My KONG Traxx!

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"Ohhhh, yeah!  Love that 'super tough' rubber!"

I used to love this thing!  I used to spend hours on end playing with it.  

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"I love time with my special toys!"

This was just like old times!

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"Oh.  Hey.  How did that happen?"

Yep.  Just like old times ... only apparently "hours on end" go by a lot faster now.  I think they take 5-10 minutes.  Oops.

It's still fun, though!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Quality Toy Time

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  The other day, Maggie was racing around the living room playing with her Squeaky Blue Hippo and I got to spend some quality time with one of my "Cammie Only" toys.  It was wonderful.

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"I love playing with this toy!"

Just having a nice chew ... then taking time out to admire it.

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Legs and Toy, still-life by D'Azul's Girl From Ipanema

It was very relaxing!

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"So much fun!"

Just me, my toy, and ...

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"Hello?"
"La la la la la la... not done playing with this yet, Mags."

... a visit or two from Maggie.

Cammie!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Tight Places

Greetings to all, it's me - Maggie!  As many of you know, I love to den. One of my favorite hang-outs is in my really cool chair fort in the Breakfast Room.

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"Ha-roo!"
"Hello, everyone!  I have the day off from blogging, but wanted to say hello."

On special occasions, I get to box:

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"Love this one!  It's a keeper!"

Sometimes, I wedge myself between Cammie and whatever's nearby:

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"Mfffft.  Ooh.  Nice!"
"Zzzz..."

And one of my all-time favorite tight spaces was between the laundry hamper and the door to the Laundry Room:

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"How did you find me in here, Mom?"

That's right, "was" - as in the past tense. Why? Well, remember in the latest boxing news? That second box? It was for a new laundry hamper system. Mom and Dad put that in the closet in the Master Bedroom, then moved one of the ones in there into the Laundry Room, and moved the white hard-sider into the garage for our towels. So now, no more shoving the hamper over and wedging myself in all nice and tight. What's a puppy to do!?!

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"Adapt and improvise!"

That's right - make the best out of a new situation!

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"Not bad.  Not bad at all!"

That cross-bar down at the bottom does make a nice head rest. Not as comfy as the one in my really cool chair fort ...

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"Zzzz..."
"Zzzz..."

... but it'll do.

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I do love a nice tight space!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher