JUANA: Wednesday was a very pretty day. It was kind of chilly in the morning, but it turned out to be a beautiful, beautiful day. I think the rain will leave us alone for a little bit. We do need the rain, but . . .
BILL: The lake is full and it is about a foot higher than it should be – Cedar Creek Lake.
JUANA: Yoshi had a very active morning. This boy can dig. He makes such big holes. It’s incredible! He doesn’t try to escape. He just wants to dig. I don’t know why.
BILL: Does he ever get in the holes to cool off or anything?
JUANA: No. He digs huge holes. It took both Wayne and Stephanie to fill up the holes this morning. It’s such a big job and it takes such a long time to fill them up. Then he’ll go back at it. He moves around and, by the end of the day, he will have another hole. That’s his routine.
Stephanie was the walker of the day. There’s Stephanie walking Portia back to her kennel from the park. We want to talk about Portia, so Angie and Nina will know what is going on with her. She’s doing very, very well. She doesn’t seem to be having any problems, not even with her stool. She knows the park and she knows her routine. I haven’t heard her bark. Jimmy barks and barks. Portia just runs up and down and she loves her stuffy toy. She tosses it up and down. She’s so very cute. I think she’s content with her life here. I think she likes it. She’s put on some weight and she looks so very pretty. She’s such a nice girl.
James got his welding machine going and he’s started again on H2. It’s been taking forever, because the machine has been breaking down and he has to wait for parts and he gets busy on other things. He dedicated Wednesday and Thursday to adding some more fencing to our new park. The new park is coming along.
There’s Rosita coming back from her park walk.
Ronnie is filling up a hole Sonny made. He’s another crazy digger. I don’t know why he digs. He digs right in the middle of his kennel, not out on the edges. He’s not trying to get out. They just go crazy in one area and they just start digging. Maybe he and Yoshi hear moles under the ground. I don’t know. Maybe there’s money under there. Hopefully, we’ll find some money one day [Juana giggling.]
BILL: Maybe they hear the gophers.
JUANA: We give our dogs individual attention every day, which we call caregiving. We usually caregive after lunch in summer. We like to work in the the kennels in the morning, while it’s a little cooler. In the winter we do the opposite. We caregive in the morning. Most of the faucets and hoses are frozen in the morning and, while we wait for them to thaw a little, we start caregiving our dogs.
Fred and Ethel are coming around and it’s amazing. There’s Wayne caregiving Fred and Ethel. They are in his lap and he’s petting them. He sits there and they come and get cookies and get petted. They love it. But Fred still won’t go the park. I don’t think it will take us much longer. He just has to get that last little bit of trust that nothing bad will happen. I can’t wait until we can put him on a leash and take him to the park for the first time. I just can’t wait!
My tiny little puppies aren’t tiny puppies anymore. They are butterballs now. I think they are completely cured. I can’t see any missing hair at all. They are going to the vet on Thursday to get their last set of puppy shots and they will be checked again. They are doing so very well.
There’s Purtis and Rosita. I don’t want Big Boy to stay outside for more than 10 or 20 minutes at most, if it’s not too hot. I don’t want his immune system compromised. He’s fighting cancer. He comes inside, but he loves to be outside with Purtis and Rosita. They go to the park together and I try to take them to the park at least three times a day. When Big Boy eats at 10:30, I take them to the park. And, when it’s time to take Rosita and Purtis to the park, I ask the walker to go and get Big Boy. He’s doing so well.
Here are some of my favorite doggies getting their caregiving. Jet joined this group of Mike, Darrell and Vinnie. They are all Labs and such good dogs and they all get along so well. Sometimes Darrell and Vinnie will squabble, but they are brother squabbles and then they’re fine. They aren’t real fights.
BILL: We'll be back tomorrow with another report from Straydog.