Still chillin’ in Wisconsin

Hello everyone, it’s me, Makena, keeping my peeps updated!  We are still in Wisconsin, hanging out at my grandparents (Dan’s parents) house.  I’m always happy to be hanging out at their house, as I’m the “Queen Bee!”

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I’ve had a busy time here, with two trips to the doctor.  One was just a check-up and a confirmation that I have lost most of my hearing.  My parents were hoping that I just had clogged ears, but no such luck.  At least I don’t get scared anymore when my grandparents yell at the television during Packer football games, since I can’t hear them!  I wonder if there are hearing aids for dogs?

On my first visit to the doctor, I did stop over and visit with my cousin Reagan, while my parents were finally cleaning out stuff stored in my Aunt Madge and Uncle Greg’s attic for the last seven years.  It’s all Christmas decorations and some knick-knacks that they can’t figure out what to do with, so they went into my grandparents basement for now.  Just moving junk from one place to the next, in my opinion!

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On my second visit to the doctor, I had my teeth cleaned, for the first time.  I had labs drawn first, and Dr Alex said they were great, especially for my age (13 1/2).  For dogs, you have to be put under anesthesia to get a dental cleaning.  After the procedure, I was pretty woozy, stumbling around for the rest of the day.  Even though I was super hungry, I was only allowed half of my food, which apparently was too much, because I threw up twice during the night.  My parents took turns sleeping with me on the floor, as I didn’t want to stay in bed, since I was not feeling well.  By the next day, I was doing much better.  And my teeth are sparkling and my mom says my breath doesn’t stink anymore!

My grandma felt sorry for me, so she spent some time playing with me.  All I have to do is pick up a toy and stare at her.  Works like a charm!

The weather improved in November, for the first ten days, but now it’s starting to get too cold for me. And it made me really jealous when my buddies Molly and Lilly texted me a picture of them lounging on the beach in Maui at sunset. I met them a few years back at Luton’s, as my parents worked with their mom, Melissa. She’s currently in Hawaii for a year. Not a bad place to be stuck under quarantine!

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Oh, how I wish for warmer weather so I can be lounging outside! My parents did say we would be in Yuma starting January 1, for two months. It looks like they are going to try and stay here until Thanksgiving, although the weather can change quickly in Wisconsin. Thanksgiving will just be the five of us this year. Although I wouldn’t mind getting belly rubs from everyone, only having four adults means there will be more “turkey fairy” opportunities for me!! (and it keeps grandma and grandpa safe, which is the most important thing.)

And speaking of the “food fairy” where snacks magically appear in my dish, I make sure I routinely check under grandpa’s recliner in case he drops some food. Gotta do my part in helping keep their house clean! (you can see where the doctor shaved my left paw to start the IV when they did the cleaning)

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My parents are still busy doing chores.  When the weather was really nice, they rented a steam cleaning machine, and did all the carpets.  I was busy laying in the sunshine, so I made my dad go around me.  I was not going to let some stinking machine move me out of my spot in the sun, but eventually I was kicked out.  But I held out as long as I could!

Well that’s it for now. We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving. Until next time!

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2020 in dog years!

Hello everyone, it’s me, Makena, your favorite dog blogger!

Keeping my peeps safe!

I know 2020 has been a long year for you humans. Just be thankful you’re not a dog. It’s been a really, really long year in dog years! This going from Wyoming to Wisconsin and then back to Wyoming has been very confusing for me. And I guess we will be going back to Wisconsin in mid-October.

We went to Wisconsin to stay with my grandparents for the summer, and help them out. After we left to come back to Wyoming, Grandpa Stu ended up in the hospital, for five days. He had a bad infection (thankfully, not Covid-19), but is back home recovering with some very strong antibiotics. He’s getting stronger every day, and I look forward to spending some quality time with him sharing a snack again!

BACK IN WISCONSIN

Just to recap things, when we were back in Wisconsin, we spent a few days visiting with my parents college friends, Mike and Sue, at their cabin. I enjoyed my off-leash time, and had lots of room to roam around. And I was on my best behavior getting along with their dogs, Bella, Rusty and Mocha. (I had no choice, I was outnumbered…!)

Begrudgingly going for a walk with the three dogs
Rusty and I were watching for squirrels
Mocha had me cornered!

I spent a few days at Aunt Linda and Uncle Doug’s house, where I have plenty of room to play off leash!

And I was able to meet up with some of my cousins. While I have stayed my same petite size, Raya has grown into quite the young lady now. But she still enjoys giving me some belly rubs!

You may recall on my parents last post that my grandma finally found a new refrigerator. While, she has her priorities (ME), and this is what it looked like when she started stocking the fridge!

My canned food – that’s all you need!

My mom decided to take advantage of having a big sink (our camper’s sink is too small for me to fit in), which meant it was time for a bath….

Spa day!

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And if this year hasn’t been confusing enough for me, the weather hasn’t helped either. The calendar says it’s Labor Day, but the forecast is more like Christmas! Yes, it went from 72 degrees in the afternoon, to 21 at night…yuck.

Can we go back to Yuma?

All the guests staying at the cabins commented on how pretty it looked the next day. My mom was amused watching some guests from Florida and California use the plastic spatula from their cabins to scrape their car windows!

Happy Labor Day!

My parents say their jobs are going well here at Luton’s Teton Cabins. It’s the busiest fall season ever. My mom says the office is easy now, because we have no availability, so the telephone is not ringing as much! And cleaning is quick and easy since the cabins are almost all just couples. No families at this time of the year. The snow has already melted, but I’m sure there will be another storm before we leave.

Quote for the day: “The one thing we know about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.” – Jeff Rich

I’m a Teenager!!

Hello everyone, it’s your favorite dog blogger, Makena!  I thought it was time for an update on my blog, as quite a bit has been happening for me, both good and bad.  Let’s just get the bad stuff out of the way first…

OUR NEW HOME

What in the world were my parents thinking when they sold my house??  I was NOT consulted on this purchase of what amounts to a human sized dog house.  I have gone from 40 feet of floor space, to 11 feet.  I knew something was going on, because my parents kept packing up their stuff, and moving it out.  But then I noticed they were packing up all my toys, food and treats, and it was removed from the RV as well.  At that point, I became very nervous about what was happening.  That night, which turned out to be the last night in our home, I refused to sleep with my parents.  They would put me in bed, and I jumped off, and sat by the door.  They again put me in bed, and I jumped off and went by the door.  Finally they gave up, and put a blanket down by the door.  That’s where I spent the night.  There was no way I was going to let my parents leave, without taking me along.  So I slept all night in front of the door.

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Nobody leaves without me

The one thing I do like about the camper, is the booth dinette.  However, I have to stand on my paws to see the computer, as the table sits up higher than the dining table in our fifth wheel.  As you can see, it’s not as comfortable for blogging.  But I will still keep my peeps informed!

The nice part about the booth dinette is I can sit on top and look out the window.  I like that a lot.  I can get some sunshine, fresh air, and see what is going on outside.

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But there is barely enough room for my dog bed, blanket and food dish on the floor.  And when they need to get something out of the refrigerator, or cook on the stove, I get moved around.   And there’s not much space to run around indoors to play.  I’m slowly adapting to my new digs.  They promised me I would have a bigger house in a year or so.

MY BIRTHDAY PARTY!

So on to the good news.  I just turned 13 years old, so my parents decided to have a birthday party for me.  They tried to make sure that everyone practiced good social distancing during the party.  Here I am demonstrating how to keep an appropriate social distance, which is something I have spent my whole life doing.  P1060362 (1)

My friends Duffy and Finnegan attended my party, and they were busy trying to find the feral cats that hang out behind this park model.

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Si also attended, but he didn’t get the memo on proper social distancing!  I had to keep my tail down…it’s kinda like a face mask for my butt!

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Missing from my party was my Grandpa Stu.  We share the same date of birth, only 70 years apart.  Also missing was Buddy, my next door neighbor for the past two winters.  His parents had to leave early to get back to Canada.  I like Buddy, because he lets me share his recliner with him.  His mom gave us some treats before they left to celebrate my birthday.

CHRISTMAS

This past Christmas, I was again able to spend a few days with my dad’s family for Christmas.  Gary and Julia again rented a pet friendly house, in Tempe.  I was able to meet up with my cousin Simon, who just keeps getting bigger and bigger.  He just turned three years old.  We did our customary picture, but had a new addition this year.  Simon is now a “big brother” to Amira, born in September.

Currently, I have been spending a lot of time hanging out at Dave and Marilyn’s house in Yuma.  My parents have been helping them with some outdoor projects.  I like having a bigger house to hang out in, especially when I can just relax in the sunshine.

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Stay safe everyone!  Take care and thanks for following along.

Quote of the Day:  “The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.” – M.K. Clinton

On the road again!

Hello everyone, it’s your favorite dog blogger, Makena!

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Keeping my peeps informed!

We are on the road again!!!  While my parents are busy driving from Wyoming to Yuma, Arizona, I’ll get you all caught up.  We have finished up with our fourth and final summer at Luton’s Teton Cabins, just five miles east of Grand Teton National Park.  Once again, we were the last work camper couple to leave.  My dad steam cleans all the carpets, so it takes a while to get thru all 14 cabins and the lodge.  I have enjoyed my time here, because I can run around off-leash on the property.

The one problem, for me, with being the last to leave is the weather.  It always snows before we leave, and it gets cold.  It was 17 degrees when we pulled out this year.  But it sure is pretty!  This was our view from Luton’s on Saturday, October 5, when we left.  It had snowed the day before.

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I think I caught a cold or something, because I’ve gotten sick the last two mornings before we left.  My parents had to wash my favorite blankets two days in a row, and I’ve been sneezing a lot.  But now that we are on the road again, I am doing better.  I spend all day in my crate in the truck, so I have been getting a lot of rest.  It’s my “safe place.”  My parents say I’m an excellent traveler.

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We are going back to Westwind RV and Golf Resort in Yuma, Arizona.  I’m looking forward to the warm weather and sunshine!  My parents told me they will have new jobs this year, and will only be working two days a week.  Yay!  That means more time for me!  They will have an orientation day on October 15th, so I’m sure my mom will get back to blogging and have more information on their new jobs after that time.  And their friends Tom and Ellen will be working at Westwind this year.  They stopped over at our house a month ago, and brought their new puppy, Duffy, with them.  He promptly sniffed my butt and ate all of my food.  I don’t like him….

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Before I go, I’m going to post some more photos of the Tetons that my mom took in May, and September.  The Tetons are a beautiful place, and I hope all of my readers can someday visit the park.  Good-bye Tetons, looking forward to new adventures next summer in Alaska!  Here’s a view from Oxbow Bend at the beginning and end of our season.

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May 2019

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September 2019

 

Jenny Lake is a popular area in the park for hiking.  This is a view from an overlook.  In May, the lake was still frozen.

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May 2019

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September 2019

Quote for the day:  “Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.” – Michael Palin

 

Back at my summer home!

Hello everyone!  It’s your favorite dog blogger, back after a long absence!

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Keeping my peeps informed!

Now that my parents have finished blathering on about all kinds of things that I didn’t get to see in Arizona and Utah, I thought it would be time to catch everyone up with the important stuff….me!  Although I enjoyed my time in warm and sunny Arizona, I’m happy to be back in Wyoming.  They have grass, and lot’s of it.  Arizona has a little too much sand for my liking.  And they have these tiny, nasty little plants with prickers that kept getting stuck in my paws.

We arrived back at Luton’s Teton Cabins in Moran, Wyoming on May 4.  The weather was cold and rainy for most of that month, but has steadily improved.  My parents are here to work, and I’m here to run around, off leash, on 100 acres of grass!  Here I am in action….the cabins that my parents work at are way off in the background (I’m not allowed in them).

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WooHoo!  Back on grass!

And once we round the corner of the property, we get to look at this view every day!

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Wait for me!

Since we didn’t go back to Wisconsin this year, my parents had to find a new doctor for my annual wellness exam.  They found a nice place in Jackson Hole, Spring Creek Animal Hospital.  The doctor was very impressed with my overall health, and said my heart and lungs are very strong!  It’s all that playing and running around that I do.  I haven’t had any problems lately from my back injury.  The doctor wants to have my teeth cleaned, however.  After 12 years, I guess I could use a little cleaning, but my parents are worried about the anesthesia, given my age and petite size.  They haven’t decided what to do.

I did make a new friend here in Wyoming, a tiny bald kitten named Butters.  I’m not sure why he’s bald, and I’m not sure why they call him Butters.  My mom thinks he looks like Yoda from Star Wars.

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Butters

Butters parents (my parents co-workers) were going home for a family event for a few days, so Butters stayed with us for five of the longest days of my life!  When they first brought him over, I was not too happy about sharing my home with him.  Then my mom walked in with his food…yummy!  I tried my best to get at it, but I was shut out.  And, Butters gets canned food twice a day…I only get canned food once a day.  Darn cat.

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yummy cat food!

Apparently Butters was not happy that I was trying to eat his food, as he got revenge on me by sitting in front of my own dog food.

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payback from the cat

No matter what I tried to do over the five days, Butters wanted to join in, whether I liked it or not (mostly not).  If I sat at the door watching outside, Butters joined in.

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I like to relax on my mom’s lap with a blanket in the morning when she is enjoying her coffee.  Yep, Butters joined in.

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I was okay with this at first, but when the bald cat decided he wanted to crawl under the blanket with me, well, you can tell by the look on my face I was not happy!

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Go away Butters!

Even when it was time for my canned food, exactly at 5 pm, Butters wanted to help me out.  I finally had enough of him, and growled, so my parents had to pick him up and keep him away while I was eating.  Nobody messes with my canned food!

When I tried to play with my toys, Butters kept butting in (maybe that’s why he’s called Butters?).  You can tell by the look on my face that I’m not happy.

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don’t mess with my toys!

I don’t understand cats.  What’s wrong with just sitting on the couch to look out the window.  Why do they feel the need to hang on to the window instead?

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And what’s wrong with this picture?  Sheesh!  It’s my house, my bed!

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It was a long five days, but I survived!  Stay tuned, I hope everyone is doing well!

Quote for the Day:  “In ancient times, cats were worshiped as gods; they have not forgotten this.” – Terry Pratchett