Brrr! It’s cold in Virginia!

Happy New Year, folks! Well, almost – the new year is right around the corner and I have a whole new home and state to get used to! Do you know that it was 61 degrees in my old home of Georgia today? And what is the temperature in my new Virginia home? 41 degrees. That’s 20 degrees colder if you are math-challenged. A little cold for my little body and thin fur. 

After I moved up here and it got to close to 40 degrees, mom started worrying about whether I was warm or not. Hint: I was NOT! Being a cat keeper she didn’t have any experience with dog clothes so she went out and got me a onesie. That’s right, I said a onesie!

What am I, a 3 month-old infant?

What am I, a 3 month-old infant?

She cut the bottom out, and put it on me. I wasn’t too sure about it. It was kind of strange at first; I can’t remember ever wearing any clothes before but it did keep the chill off a bit when we went outside.

But there was a problem.

Do you see the problem? It's too big around the neck.

Do you see the problem? It’s too big around the neck.

Yep, as you can see from the photo, it was a bit too big around my neck and chest (I didn’t know infants had such big heads!). In fact one night when we were outside, I walked myself right out of it. So mom moved on to something else.

One of Granmama’s singing friends gave her a pretty coat for me to wear.

You may address me as Lady Bird Grey, Queen of the House!

You may address me as Lady Bird Grey, Queen of the House!

The coat is grey on one side and on the other side it is pink! I like the pink side best!

The pink really brings out the color in my nose, don't you think?

The pink really brings out the color in my nose, don’t you think?

This one is the easiest to get on and off and it is the one we use when I go outside to do my business. 

Then Granmama gave me my favorite one – it is black and white stripes with white sparkles in it!

I'm showing you my best side.

I’m showing you my best side.

I wear it every time we go to her house and when we go visiting. It is a bit harder to get on and off but I love it. The sweater is very warm. Thank you Granmama! I love you too!

Now mom has this idea she is going to make me some dog sweaters. I don’t know about that. I hope she isn’t going to make me be one of those dogs who wears fancy dress clothes because I might have to put my foot down about that! 

See ya’ll next time! Bye!

Let's go mom! I'm dressed and ready to travel!

Let’s go mom! I’m dressed and ready to travel!

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Christmas Day!

Mmmm, snacks and a rhino to eat!

Mmmm, snacks and a rhino to eat!

Hello folks! I hope everybody had a great Christmas day! I did! The Night before we went to Bella‘s house to exchange presents.

I gave her a beautiful portrait of her to hang on the wall. She gave me a rhinoceros squeaky toy and some snacks.

The squeaky thing really drives me crazy! cmas bellaThank you Bella!

Then on Christmas Day we went to Granmama’s house first!granmama's tree Isn’t her tree beautiful? 

Are there any presents for me?

Are there any presents for me?

 

 

 

 

 

 

May I please have some sausage? Please???

May I please have some sausage? Please???

We had breakfast – sausage biscuits, sweet rolls and scrambled eggs. 

I was finally able to talk my mom into giving me some of the good stuff! She said no to the biscuit and jelly (darn it!) but she let me eat half a sausage patty. Yum!!

Then we took pictures in front of the tree. 

Me and Mom.

Me and Mom.

Me and Granmama

Me and Granmama

After that, mom and me took a little nap. 

When we woke up we headed to my aunt’s house!

Traveling to North Carolina to visit my aunt!

Traveling to North Carolina to visit my aunt!

I rode on Granmama's lap the whole way!

I rode on Granmama’s lap the whole way!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were driving for so long! I was so happy when we finally arrived! Mom said it was only an hour but to me it seemed like longer than that! 

My aunt's tree. Cute, isn't it?

My aunt’s tree. Cute, isn’t it?

Lucy the Christmas Elf

Lucy the Christmas Elf

I met a new friend! Auntie was doggie sitting Lucy for a friend. Lucy was not too friendly to me at first but I’m sure we would get along if we spend some more time with each other.

We opened presents, ate some more food (I had ham!) and then played a rousing game of Clue!

There is nothing like a game of Clue and hot coffee!

There is nothing like a game of Clue and hot coffee!

I accuse Mr. Green with the trophy in the observatory!

I accuse Mr. Green with the trophy in the observatory!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did I win?  I did! Yeah!

Did I win? I did! Yeah!

We had such a good time. The game took a really long time to play. I got a little sleepy half way through and had to take a dog-nap.

im getting sleepy can we go home now

After I won the game, it was time to pack the car and head home. I wanted to sleep all the way but I stayed awake to help Granmama keep Mom awake while she drove. After dropping off Granmama, we finally made it home, safe and sound and tired. I was ready for bed. I had a long, wonderful day with my new family (even though I did miss my dad and first mom). Sweet dreams, Rhino!

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I saw Santa!!

photo courtesy History.com

Well, folks, I always heard the rumor – whispers around this time of year about a man in a red suit bringing presents – but I never believed it until now! I SAW SANTA!!! Yep, that’s right, me, little Lady from Georgia saw the one, the only Santa Claus. AND I got to sit on his lap. But I’ve gotten ahead of myself.  This is how the day went…

Bella and Toby in the front seat.

Bella and Toby in the front seat.

Mom arranged with Bella’s mom to go to a pet store, and at the last minute she decided to include The Orange One – Toby. Hmmm, we still getting used to each other. Well I had know idea what was going on. We piled into the car,  and away we went!

Bella got to ride in the front seat, Toby climbed all over the place and I had to sit in the back seat BY MYSELF!

Me, all alone in the backseat.

Me, all alone in the backseat.

I can tell you I wasn’t happy about being alone in the back seat. I kept barking my disapproval. But mom kept on driving. 

The next surprise came when we turned onto Granmama’s street, and then I saw her house!

This is my granmama! I'm so happy you're here!

This is my granmama! I’m so happy you’re here!

I was happy at first because I thought I would get to see her and then I got worried because I thought mom might leave me to dog-sit Buddy. But I was wrongly-happy! Granmama got into the car with us! Yeah! I was no longer alone in the back seat!

So off we went. We drove and drove and drove. Finally we got to the pet store! Granmama had me, mom had Toby and Bella’s mom had, well, Bella. Mom put me and Toby into a shopping cart and pushed us around.

Do you see HOW much bigger Toby is than me!?!

Do you see HOW much bigger Toby is than me!?!

She sounded a little upset because she couldn’t find something but I don’t know what it was. Anyway, we walked around a little while, Toby jumped out and tried to climb up behind some big dog food bags. Boy was it funny watching mom pull him out of there! But she held him a while so he settled down. I, of course, was the perfect angel, giving mom absolutely no problems! Anyway, we soon got back in the car and started driving again.

Pretty soon we stopped, got out of the car, went into another pet store and mom got mad this time! Whew! She was really upset about something, she fussed at everybody but then after we got back in the car, she said she was sorry. I gave her a lick on the cheek to let her know it was alright. 

Off we go again! This time another pet store and just Bella’s mom got out, went inside, came back and said “He’s here!” Who’s here? Who are they talking about? Well, we go inside and there he is!

Bella and Santa

Bella and Santa

SANTA CLAUS!!! Mom brought me here to see Santa!! Bella went first since she was the first in the door!

So while Bella was getting her photo taken, mom made me put on a Santa outfit.

Dressed and ready for Santa.

Dressed and ready for Santa.

I have to admit, I do look cute!

After Bella came another couple of dogs (they snuck in while I was getting dressed) and Toby was getting antsy again. This time he hopped out of the cart and tried to hide under Santa’s table. After a couple of attempts, mom just left him there until it was his turn. 

Finally it was my turn!

Santa's elf primping his beard and glasses.

Santa’s elf primping his beard and glasses.

I waited patiently in Santa’s arms until the elf took the picture.

Patience is my virtue.

Patience is my virtue.

(See final results below!)

Then mom pulled Toby out from under the table and it was his turn! He was not happy at all. It took the elf lots of pictures to get his final one, and it only took me one!

Silly Toby, he's not even looking at the camera!

Silly Toby, he’s not even looking at the camera!

Anyway, I have gone on way too long! I won’t tell you what I asked Santa to bring me on Christmas. But I will let you know if I get it!

Granmama telling me what a good job of posing I did.

Granmama telling me what a good job of posing I did.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I hope everybody has a very Merry Christmas!

The Beautiful One

The Beautiful One

The Orange One

The Orange One

To collar or not to collar?

When I lived in Georgia, I had a huge backyard to explore. We lived in the country with only a few houses for miles around. When I wanted to go outside I just scratched on the door and dad would let me outside. I would wander around, do my business and then sit in my bed on the deck until I was ready to go back inside. When I was ready, I would just scratch on the door, and dad open it. I never wore a collar or went anywhere on a leash. 

But when my new mom brought me home, she apologized to me and said “I don’t trust you because you won’t come when I call so you have to where a harness and be on a leash.” Well, I can tell you I was not happy about that! I hated being tied down.

lady blog 2a The first harness I had to suffer the indignity of wearing was my new sister BobbieSue’s harness. In addition to it being so annoying, it had cats on it! Oh! Don’t I look miserable?

Then mom got me an actual dog collar. This one was bigger, red and lady blog 2dfor dogs. But that didn’t make me like it any better. I hated it so much and I tried to get out of it as often as I could. Mom made we wear it all the time!She said it was the only way she could keep me safe when we went outside and I needed to get used to it so stop whining about it! Then one day she came home from work and had to cut if off of me! I had tried really hard to get it off of me and had twisted it around my leg and foot. At first she tried to loosen it to remove it but it was so tight and it hurt so she took these big scissors and cut it off!lady blog g

I was finally free again!And I loved it. I had won the collar wars! Free to be me! Or, so I thought.  Imagine my surprise when…

 

Mom went to the store the very next day and bought me a dog collar (sigh!). At least it’s red and has dog paws on it. We’re still using BobbieSue’s leash (it matches her harness) but I lady blog 2hguess I just have to resign myself to being a regular dog-collar wearing dog. So Sad. I so miss the freedom of not being tied down.

I still look a little sad in this photo, but it was taken right after she put the new collar on me. Maybe one day I will be able to run free and leashless. I know mom has a backyard but she won’t let me loose in it. She said she would once I got used to living in my new home. I think she’s afraid I will run away and try to find my way back to Georgia. I could do it if I tried. I really could. If I wanted to! But it’s cold here in Virginia so maybe I will wait until Spring!