Act I:
Sunday evening i heard the dogs who were outside
playing start making a ruckus. i went out to investigate, but didn't see anything. i assumed there was a bunny outside the fence, teasing them. the dogs wouldn't settle, though, so i went to the side yard to see if i could figure out what they were in a snit about. there was a cute little box turtle heading straight for the dog yard. oops! i picked him up and relocated him to the woods behind my house.
Act II:
last night, i let the dogs out to play while i ate dinner. when i was finished, i called them so they could have the left-overs (one can only eat so many sugar peas). elliott came tearing to me, but harriet didn't. i put elliott in the house and gave him half the peas, then went out to see what was up with harriet. well, little missy had a lovely new turtle toy. wheee! he was closed up tight, so i couldn't tell if he was hurt. this time i took him about a quarter mile up the lane and released him. i hope he's okay and finds his way without coming back through the dogs' yard.

oh, and was harriet ever PO'd that i'd taken her newest favoritest toy ever away. when i got back from releasing Mr. Turtle, the little brat gave me a lecture and boxed me.

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You're a mean mommy!! At least Harriett only boxed you. Joe Joe, a 19mo boy I'm fostering, will jump at and mouth the offending hand. If I take something away with one hand then he'll retaliate against that hand. If its both hands he switches back and forth. If I hide my hands in my pocket then he'll sit down in front of me and growl bigg & scarey, thinking to intimidate me. He's a big talker and has a very deep voice.

But, if I want him to stop, a simple "Joe Joe that's enough" will do the trick...in a normal voice at that. The only time that wouldn't work would be with cats or livestock (which is why he was surrendered). Now Fancy just walks around and does a whole lot of huffing, puffing, forced-sneezing and glaring when I take something away from her. She holds a grudge for a while too lol.

Tara
You're a mean mommy!!

am not!
At least Harriett only boxed you.

says you. i've got a big-assed bruise from it. rotten little ***.
Joe Joe, a 19mo boy I'm fostering, will jump at and mouth the offending hand. If I take something away with one hand then he'll retaliate against that hand. If its both hands he switches back and forth.

smart boy!
If I hide my hands in my pocket then he'll sit down in front of me and growl bigg & scarey, thinking to intimidate me.

ha!
He's a big talker and has a very deep voice. But, if I want him to stop, a simple "Joe Joe that's enough" will do the trick...in a normal voice at that.

you're a much cooler cucumber than i am. whenever harriet tries that game with me, i fall over laughing. there's something about her trying to look fearsome and intimidating that borders on the ridiculous. maybe it's those itty bitty teefies and that sea cucumber scowl. jaws of doom she ain't.
Now Fancy just walks around and does a whole lot of huffing, puffing, forced-sneezing and glaring when I take something away from her. She holds a grudge for a while too lol.

harriet tries the huffing and puffing bit, as well as the sneezing bit (i do not need dog splack on my glasses, thankyouverymuch!). thankfully, she isn't very good at holding grudges for very long. as soon as she was done giving me a piece of her mind, she ran to the toy box to get a tuggie. she's a big fan of changing the subject.

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Thirty Helens agree, cole slaw deserves another chance. Kids in the Hall
was up with harriet. well, little missy had a lovely new turtle toy. wheee![/nq]Boy, does that sound familiar! We have a resident turtle, which tends to hang out under my roses (Picture at > Garden > Visitor). Sunday, while I was walking around, deadheading the roses, I noticed that the turtle was in no man's land, half way between the roses and the lawn clipping pile that it likes to hide in. Little Miss 'I'll die if I'm not around Mommy' found it, and acted like it was all out to get her, neck all stretched out, hopping back, hiding behind me, ..

Eventually, she gathered up enough courage to poke it with her nose, and the disappearing act convinced that this was the coolest toy evah! I told her to leave it, which she did, reluctantly. I moved on to a different set of roses, and not finding her big old head in the middle of what I was doing, turned around to see her prancing around with turtle in mouth. I made her drop it again, took the turtle and placed it waay back among the roses, where she couldn't reach it.

A few minutes later, there she was, poking at the turtle, now lying on its back in the lawn. Made her leave it again, placed the turtle in a sheltered spot (got poked in the process), walked around to the other side of the house, and made Little Missy come with me.

Pan is not normally a duplicitous dog. This time around however, she went and unearthed a piece of rawhide she had buried (just one of those games she plays with me ala elliott - she isn't allowed to take rawhides out), and started playing with it. Just when she thought I wasn't watching, she trotted off to the backyard, rawhide in the mouth, and when I caught up to her, she was standing there with both turtle and rawhide at her feet. As soon as she saw me, she started burying her rawhide furiously. The expression on her face was just priceless - 'I have NO IDEA how that thing got here, I was just looking for a good place to hide my rawhide' LIAR!
Disclaimer: No turtles were harmed in the making of this episode.

Suja
oh, and was harriet ever PO'd that i'd taken her newest favoritest toy ever away. when i got back from releasing Mr. Turtle, the little brat gave me a lecture and boxed me.

Serves you right, I say! Didn't you know turtle pucks are lots of fun?

-Abby
Pems, Aussie, and a Pug
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The expression on her face was just priceless - 'I have NO IDEA how that thing got here, I was just looking for a good place to hide my rawhide' LIAR!

Hah!

-Abby
Pems, Aussie, and a Pug
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Serves you right, I say! Didn't you know turtle pucks are lots of fun?

well, duh! but fun for whom? poor Mr. Turtle. she prolly addled his li'l pea brane. her "i got hosed" look was priceless, though. she had WTF written all over her face. heh.
and that reminds me of the little menu they hand out at the drive-in. at the top of it, it says (and i quote!): "be nice to the snack bar ladies, cuz they is mean!" i'm sure harriet was thinking the same thing about me. i is mean!

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Don't spill my bones my precious stones
once belonged to a girl
too gullible to ever be taken for serious mettle
Susan McKeown, "Bones"
well, duh! but fun for whom? poor Mr. Turtle. she prolly addled his li'l pea brane. her "i got hosed" look was priceless, though. she had WTF written all over her face. heh.

Heh heh.. I love that look. I have another story for you. A Pug breeder friend of mine has this new *** puppy from CA who is very small. At a show a few weeks ago, I was calling her the Pocket Pug and threatened to take her home. My friend, who is Eevil and totally insane (but I love her for it) decided to try to put Annie in her equipment bag. She put her in there, and Annie's ears went sideways and she had a total "WTF" look on her little face and hopped out very quickly. She was ! Maryanne and I about died laughing. Poor Annie's ears stayed sideways for quite a while. (This same little Puglet has to grab your face with her front feet to inspect you when you first meet.)
and that reminds me of the little menu they hand out at the drive-in. at the top of it, it ... snack bar ladies, cuz they is mean!" i'm sure harriet was thinking the same thing about me. i is mean!

Hah! You *is* mean!

-Abby
Pems, Aussie, and a Pug
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As soon as she saw me, she started burying her rawhide furiously. The expression on her face was just priceless - 'I have NO IDEA how that thing got here, I was just looking for a good place to hide my rawhide' LIAR!

that is priceless. that's the sort of thing that makes me collapse into a giggling heap. unfortunately, that is notnotnot the way to teach your dog not to do said whatever again. heh. i keep thinking i'm a crap trainer, but that's not true. i'm a great trainer. it's just that i keep training the little brats to do the wrong things.
Disclaimer: No turtles were harmed in the making of this episode.

there's always tomorrow. or at least that's what harriet says.

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Remember, the curly toed miracle keeps the flip flop on. Eddie Izzard
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