Monday, May 31, 2010

Scared

So, yesterday, Gibson got scared. And he still is. Don't know what to do :(

We were on our 'before dinner' walk around 4:00, yesterday, and were just about home. We came up to a house a few doors down across the street, and saw that their two yahoo dogs were out. I call them yahoos because their owners never walk them (they are a golden retriever and a husky), they just tie them up outside. Every time Gibson and I walk by when they are out, they go crazy and bark bark bark. It's annoying. Well, anyways, yesterday their owner was out with them and they were actually laying down and quiet when we first saw them... but then all of a sudden they jumped up and started barking as usual. Only problem is, that their storm doors to their basement were open..and when they jumped up, *POW* their leashes slammed it shut. Gibson jumped at that, but seemed ok... until the owner started screaming bloody murder at the dogs to get in the house. I thought it was a bit of an overreaction.. but then I saw why he was so upset. His 2 year old son was standing inside the doors when they slammed. I'm not sure if it hit him on the head or not, but he was crying :( (I later saw them out and he is ok, thankfully).

At this point, Gibson is dragging me as hard as he can to get home. I thought, ok, that freaked him out, but dinner will take his mind off of it. He would not even take his post walk charlie bears. Instead, he ran through the house trying to find a safe place. I poured his food and he left it there. He ran upstairs and sat in the corner of our guest room and sat their with his ear back. Eventually, I got him to eat his food, but then he ran back to find a safe place.

I tried to take his mind off of it, with yummy treats, but it didn't work. And then I thought I could take him out to show him that everything was ok. He was fine at first, but then our neighbor was outside and shut her door a little harder than usual..so he zoomed back into the house. I tried again to walk him around our yard, and he just wanted to go for a walk as far away from our house as possible. I didn't have a poop bag, so we went back.

He just got a new Kong Rocket toy (Kong's version of a Chuck-it), which he has been obsessing over, so I thought if we played this, he'd stop being scared (he's been allowed to be off leash in our yard while playing with this, because he has been so good lately). It worked for awhile, but then the yahoo dog owner walked by with his son in a stroller. Gibson saw him and started jumping all over the place and barking/growling. And then... He took off! He was just like, 'uh, see ya, mom!' and sped walked down the sidewalk in the other direction. I took off after him yelling at him to stay, but he just had his ears back and wanted nothing to do w/me. I decided then that I had to run (knowing that it would make him run too), but I thought, 'hey, I was a sprinter in high school, I can catch him'.. That didn't work too well, but i did get close enough to really scream, "Gibson STAY!!!" meanly enough that he knew i meant it. He stopped and curled around on his butt and I carried him 2 blocks home.

The rest of the night was more of the same. He'd seem fine for awhile, but was just 'off'. I thought, maybe if he'd just go to sleep, in the morning he'd be better. Well, he's not. He would not even pee this morning. I seriously just had to stand there in our yard with him for 10 minutes until he finally gave in and peed on my hostas.

We're about to go out for a walk now... Wish me luck.. I am so worried about him :(

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Cost of a Gibson

Dogs can be expensive. Not gonna lie. Especially when they are puppies. Going to the vet every few weeks for vaccinations is not easy on the wallet. Neither is getting them spayed/neutered. During Gibson's first 4 months with us, we probably spent easily over $1000 (probably more.. I don't want to think about it.. haha). Now that he has been an adult for awhile, I thought I would sit down and figure out just how much money we spend on our guy every year. I try to be as frugal as I can in some areas (toys, treats), while spoiling him in others (food, accessories). These are all estimates (especially the vet category), but here's a pretty good look at the cost of a Gibson... (and feel free to yell at me if I've left out something totally obvious!)

Food
Wellness Core 26lb bags
$60 every 3 months - $240 a year

Treats
Charlie Bears, Dog Biscuits, Antler Chews
$10 a month - $120 a year

Vet
$150 a year

Medications
K9 Advantix, Heartguard
$225 a year

Toys
$50 a year

Accessories
Collars, food bowls, etc.
$150 a year

Dog Park/Meetup Fees
$30 a year

Total
$965 a year

$80 a month. $18.50 a week. $2.50 a day. Not a bad price to pay for the best puppers in the world, I must say :)

Sittin' on my butt.
I'm sittin' on my butts, ma :)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Homemade Dog Toys

I love homemade dog toys. They cost $0, recycle things I am going to throw in the trash, and Gibson LOVES them.

You've already met Gibson's sock balls. Those come from old hole-y socks that smell like mommy & daddy's feets are are rolled up and stuffed w/squeakers then sewn shut. Pretty easy. Well, I came up w/even easier to create toys: Boxer Balls and Tank Top Balls.

Boxer Ball & Tank Top Ball

On the left is a boxer ball, and to the right is a tank top ball. And, *gasp*, they are made out of old boxers and tank tops!

If I am folding laundry, and noticed a hole or loss of elasticity in one of these items, they immediately get tied in knots and made into a dog toy. I usually just pull and stretch them til they rip, and then tie them into as many knots as I can, then keep at it til they form a ball. If I have more than one, I tie them together.

Gibson has a blast with these, because he can play fetch, shake them, tear them apart, untie them and use them as a tug toy, etc. And I don't mind if he destroys them since they were free and were going to be garbage anyways!

Oh and the elastic band on boxers are so much fun to tug on.. AND they make fantastic neck ties...

Boxer Ball Necklace

Let's face it: Dogs love the thrill of getting a new toy. Making your own is a great way to give them a special treat that won't result in money being thrown away when they ultimately destroy it!! :)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Weekend Gibson

A few weeks ago, I talked about Gibson's weekday schedule and how his weekend schedule is much different. And actually, it pretty much changes week to week. It doesn't have to be AS structured as when I work, since I have more time to take him for walks and he has less time to sleep.

I wake up about the same time (I have my highly efficient corgi alarm handy), but everything goes at a mucccch slowwwer pace. I usually let Gibson out and do all of his business, and then wait a little while to actually walk him. Walks on Saturday/Sunday mornings are LONG. About 2 miles. It is nice and relaxing and my legs can actually feel it when we're done (and Gibson is TIRED afterwards).

Since he usually sleeps all day during the week, weekends are very tiring for him. He has monitor everything I do, so naps are inconvenient. If he does fall asleep, the moment I move he'll get up and follow me wherever I go.

Sleepiness = a grumpy Gibson. When he's tired and grumpy, he goes to his 'leave me alone' place, which is his baby crate a room that we do not use (it is going to be a bathroom at some point..but for now it's a 'junk room').

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He's been going in there a lot lately, and it is so cute when he does :) He loves his sleep.

The rest of the day, he usually is trying to catch up on sleep. Sometimes we go to the park/dog park, or let him hang out in the yard while we're doing yard work. It's a fun change of pace from the normal weekday routine.

Of course, weekends where I visit my parents mean a TON of exercise for Gibbers (gotta love big yards and a chucker). Which, usually means even MORE sleeping when we get back.

It's a tough life, let me tell ya ;)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Stormy Night

I shouldn't have complained about the heat in New York. I'd gladly take an 80+ degree day in place of the cold, rainy weather that I came home to. And did I mention the horrible thunderstorms we are having too? It's lovely, let me tell you.

Last night, there was a doozy of a storm that woke us all up. Well, it sort of woke me up, but then I heard Ben telling Gibson that it is ok and to lay down. I looked over and saw Gibson just sitting there, super still and staring at the window. If it was earlier in the evening, he'd be howling and telling that storm to 'leave his house alone!' But he was being polite at 2 in the morning. Thankfully.

He was still concerned though. It was loud! Rain was smashing against the windows and the thunder was shaking the house. So, he sat there, guarding his post (and his people). Meanwhile, Ben (who caught my bad NY cold) was still telling him it's ok and to lay down. I felt bad for them both, so my 'mom instincts' kicked in. I put my arm around Gibson so that he would curl up and cuddle w/me. He layed down w/his head on my arm (so he could still look out the window), but eventually he got so comfortable that he fell asleep.

It was nice cuddling all night w/him in my arms. Usually, he growls at us if we touch him in bed. He's very testy when he's tired... I guess it takes a thunderstorm to turn Gibson into a softy :)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Vacation 2010

You may have noticed that it has been quiet around here for the past week... Well, that is because both Gibson and I have been out of town on vacation... but not together! I know! Ben and I took our first long trip without our buddy. The longest I have been w/o him before this was when he got neutered, which was only about a day. Isn't that sad? This time, it was a whole week!

So where did we go? Well, Ben and I went to New York City. It was fun, and HOT! Holy wow, was it hot. 80 degrees and above the whole time and very humid. Lots of fun though :) We brought Gibson back a souvenir ;)

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And Gibson? Well, he stayed at my parents and probably had the time of his life. My mom works from home, so he got spoiled by rarely being left alone. Plus, he got to go on lots of fun walks through the woods and by lakes every day. And he now will swim in the lake w/Coal! He used to just bark at her from the shoreline, but now he actually swims w/her! I feel like I've missed my baby's first steps! haha. I also heard that he jumped up on a picnic table, which just boggles my mind (those short legs)!

I tried not to think about him while we were gone, but inevitably, every dog, cat, bird or baby we saw started 'talking' like Gibson (a.k.a. me and Ben saying what we thought they were thinking, such as: "It's real hots, guys!" or, "I gots to poops, ma!"). We missed our bugger, so we were very excited to get home and see him.

And he was happy to see us too. Lots of hugs and kisses and a very exhausted Gibson were what we came home to. I knew he'd be sort of sleep deprived, but I haven't seen him this tired since he was neutered. He actually looked kind of crazy. His hair was all messed up and he was trying to entertain us, but was too tired to do it properly.

Both he and I spent the next two days in bed (him from exhaustion, me from a cold I picked up on the NY subways). I think we are getting back to normal though... back to our weekday routine today ;)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Calendar Corgi of the Month: Stella!


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Miss May

Name: Stella
Corgi Mom: Stella the Fluff


Stella Cuteness:







May Calendar Ideas
(it's a great time to take those photos for next year's calendar!)

-Spring/Outdoors
-Flowers/Gardens
-Mother's Day


Note: Every month I'll be featuring the corgi of the month on the "Corgis (with blogs) Calendar" and giving tips on the types of photos I'll be looking for for the current month next year.
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