Once summer is officially here I have a routine of opening the side porch door in the morning. It provides cross ventilation and gives the dogs a spot to enjoy the air without being tied outside. Every morning Nicki's first thing to do is select a bone from her toy box and trot on out to the porch. She sits and watches the neighborhood (or what she can see of it) from her spot on the porch.
Another little morning routine that both dogs engage in is the stretch. They stretch out like this several times while I get busy getting their breakfast.
By far the most adorable pose Nicki has in her repertoire is this 'bone in my mouth' pose that she does so often. Look at that face!!!
I took the dogs for a hike on a cloudy day after enduring almost a solid week of rain. It ended up raining just as we were arriving at the hiking spot. I waited for a bit thinking it would clear and we could still take a hike. I was wrong.
It continued to rain and even started coming down harder for awhile. Still we waited. I even took them out for a quick walk around the car so they could pee. Got my hair wet. Great, now it's going to get big and stupid looking. Finally we started for home because the rain was not going to stop. But on the way home I remembered the paved bike trail and thought at least it would cut down on the amount of mud they'd bring into my back seat. And they don't seem to care about walking in the rain. Why should they? THEIR hair doesn't get frizzy when they get wet.
They enjoyed the walk in the rain. I tolerated the walk in the rain. And on the way home I snapped these shots of my wet dogs in the car. Nick is often uncomfortable in the car but I don't know why. She hides her head anywhere she can until we arrive wherever we are going. She used to hide her head behind Kaylee's car seat. Then she'd hide her head behind Kaylee herself. This time she could only hide behind Bell's butt. Bell is tolerating her idiot sister very well. Notice the resigned look on her face. Poor Bell.
They both slept like babies for hours when we got home. My hair was frizzy for the rest of the day.
By looking at this photo one could assume there is a shortage of warm, comfy dog beds in this house. By looking at this photo one could assume these dogs love to share a sleeping space. One would be wrong on both those assumptions. Just outside of this shot is a very nice, warm, comfy and quite empty dog bed of another type. Apparently neither dog was willing to give an inch and this is how I found them in the morning. They have never done this before. Later that day I discovered that Bell (always the bad girl) had chewed a section of this new dog bed. I have STILL not forgiven her.
Nick usually doesn't mind posing in whatever getup is the subject of the day.
Bell on the other hand usually employs her trade mark rebellion stunt. She becomes 'frozen dog'....unable to complete the most simple commands. This was 'sit pretty' and it took approximately 45 mins to get a shot with her face not dragging on the floor.
Nicki loved the doggy bed she got for Christmas.
Although 'frozen' in her bed because I had a camera in my hand...Bell enjoyed her bed too.
Neither dog was too keen on the doggy jackets from Santa. You can't tell here but Bell is of course 'frozen'. Nick decided the jacket was fine with her when she realized putting it on meant she was going for a walk! It was the first time I saw Bell do 'walking frozen dog'...funny as hell. Tail held stiff, legs stiff, head stiff. She walked the whole way like that and never looked sideways or sniffed anything. I think she was embarrassed. I couldn't stop laughing at her.