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Saturday, June 17, 2006

My name's Doug, and I'm outta heeerrreeee.....*

Well folks, Mark and I are off to Indiana to visit his family! Unless I brave the trials and tribulations of rural Indiana dial-up internet, this will be the last you hear from me for about 10 days.

Wish me luck with the in-laws - this will, after all, be only the 5th time I've ever met them! I must be on my best behavior!

*If anybody knows that reference, I will send you candy. Seriously.


At 6:27 PM, Anonymous Jack said...

I've played and won within the last year, so I'll sit on my hands and let someone else play for a change.

In the mean time I'll use this post to keep everyone informed on the goings on of Sammie from poopville and her amazing adventures in Oklahoma.

At 8:43 PM, Blogger hamster_grrl said...

It's the State!!!!

Man, I always loved how Doug danced.
It cracked me up.

Save the candy for when I come and visit in a couple weeks.

can't wait to see you!

I only wish we could somehow, somewhere get two hundred and forty dollas.

Of Pudding.

Aw Yeah.

At 9:50 AM, Blogger Steve-O said...

You're part injun. Get off my land!

At 1:05 PM, Anonymous Jack said...

Sammie Update Day 1

After her first night a the Stewart residence, Sammie from Poopville was still a little skittish about "The Trent" (yes he gets his own article) and Meg. She didn't do much of anything the first evening except cry a lot.

The next morning, however, Sammie woke up very thirsty and very hungry. Dogs being what they are I figured that stuff had to come out the other end at some point, so I kept taking her out all morning to no avail.
Of course in the 5 minutes that I let her run around the house on her own is when she decides its time to go pooperiffic. (sigh)

Ok no big. Whatever.

Now I need to interject a little story here. Sunday night I had to go into work for like 10 minutes. Well thanks to the joy of computer networking, that 10 minutes turned into 7 freaking hours! Anyway I get back to the house at like 2 in the morning and let the pups out. Still no poop or pee from Sammie. So I bring The Trent and Meg in, thinking that she might be intimidated. Hey! It worked. And as I'm bringing her back to her crate she decides it's time to puke on the floor. So its 2:00 AM, I'm at the end of my rope from having to work 7 unscheduled hours on a Sunday night, and I'm cleaning up puppy puke on my hands and knees. I'm literally tearing up because I'm so freaking tired.

Hopefully the rest of the day will go a little smoother.

Don't worry Junior. I still love you. It's your dog thats gonna drive me nuts.

At 8:25 PM, Blogger JayAre said...

Oh poor puppy! Poor poor poor Jack!

I am SO SORRY about the pooping in the house! I swear, honest to Pete, she doesn't do that at home. But, she still so young and probably pretty scared, what with the frightening-ness of The Trent and us being gone... I really am sorry.

As far as the puking goes, she does tend to have a rather delicate system. Any time we've changed her diet at all she throws up, or if she goes to long without water. Guess I should ahve warned you about that. Keep an eye on it though, cause that mange medicine she's on could be the cause as well, in which case I would need to call her vet. But it might just be the change in her schedule and lack of sleep.

Aren't you glad you're friends with us right now? Only 6 more days! And if you ever need us to watch The Trent and Meg, we're all over it. Assuming they get all their issues worked out with the hating of the Sammie.

At 10:33 PM, Anonymous Jack said...

Sammie Summer Camp Day 2

Things went much smoother today. No pooping or puking within the domicile.

I often call The Trent a binary dog. Either on or off. Sammie is all play, all the time. She doesn't understand why The Trent doesn't want to play with her every second of every minute of the entire day.

Poor Sammie, nothing. She's fine. I'm fine too, I just don't like the idea of working 50 hours a week the first full week of a new job. Ick.

At 8:34 AM, Blogger JayAre said...

I almost forgot - Hooray for The State!!!

Laura - See now, that is why we are friends.

Steve - Excellent memory skills, my friend. Monkey torture! Drive them out to the forest, and then turn that car right around!

Jack - Glad everybody is fine! So, if Sammie wants to play all the time with Trent, does that mean that they have worked out their issues? Or is Sammie just dumb enough (she is a Great Dane) to want to play with a dog that hates her?

At 8:12 AM, Anonymous jack said...

The Continuing Epic of Sammie

Nothing major to report. Amy is back from a week in Florida, so she got to meet the Amazing Sammie for the first time.

Amy:Does she jump on you?

Me:Not very often... no not really. (She really doesn't)

At which point Sammie starts to jump on Amy.

Social issues with other dogs-
Meg...sure why not
Trent...why is this other dog here?

We're just plugging along.

At 8:25 AM, Blogger JayAre said...

Jack - But if you opened a kennel, you'd get paid for the crazy!

Anyway, glad things are plugging along ok. Also glad Amy is back, maybe she can have a calming effect on the crazy!

Only four more days!

Is she bigger? We were guessing about how much bigger she would be when we get her back. She was 48 pounds when we dropped her off, I'm guessing she'll be 55 when we pick her up. For a long time when she had the worms and was anemic she wasn't growing very much - I think she's making up for lost time now.

At 3:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for watching our Sammie....Anyways is Trent still as active as he used to be many years ago? Like jumping fences and gates??? Is he still crazy dog???? LOL Give him a kiss from me. Cheryl

At 7:27 AM, Anonymous Counselor Jack said...

Summer 'o Sammie

Things are moving along at the Sammie Summer Camp. (I've taken to calling it that because this is the only frame of reference that I can handle her in. I just equate her to a pre-teen at summer camp and she becomes rather manageable in comparison. Hell, we didn't even have cages we could put them in at camp.)

Except for quite a few bowls of water that have been knocked over, (That dog bowl holder thingy makes perfect sense now) everyone seems to be doing ok.

One question, however. Is there a hand signal that goes along with "leave it!"? I've been trying the "leave it"/"take it" routine, but I sometimes have to just jerk the food back from her. What's the secret?

Actually it sounds more like this:

"Trent stay! Sammie...Trent no! Sammie... Trent no! Ok my dogs out! Sammie sit! Trent, Meg out! Ok... Sammie come here. Ok ok...leave it! Leave it! Leave it!....(sigh) Take it."

Cheryl - Trent is as spunky as ever, although he's pudged out a little and has a little more sleep time. I don't think he'll ever really slow down. Just like everyone else in this family I think he'll just go full bore until he quits.

At 10:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The deal with Leave It is that she should never be allowed to have the thing she is supposed to be leaving. So if you want her to, say, leave a shoe, you yell leave it and then when she does she gets a treat. Take it is when she just can't have something till you allow it - it teaches her that we own EVERYTHING and she can only have what we allow. So you show her the treat and then when she goes to take it you say/yell "eh eh!" until she just waits there staring at the treat. Then you tell her to take it. So you can't really use the two commands together too much because it confuses her, I guess. There aren't any hand signals really, I'm sorry!

At 11:23 AM, Anonymous jack said...

Great...I've just been confusing the hell out of the poor dog.

It really people training, not dog training.

At 5:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It does involve a lot of people training! Dogs will do what you want 'cause they want to please you all the time, but people...

Only 2 more days! Amy, how you holding up under the puppy stress?


At 9:46 PM, Anonymous amy said...

holding just fine... well... yeah, fine... except for... no, just great...ack! not another bowl of water!!... no really, we're just fine :) I wish we could put The Trent in a cage every once in a while... like every night when I wish I could have a dog hair free bed. But you know, this marriage thing is all about compromise... I'm in a very elipsis mood tonight, huh?....

At 8:19 PM, Blogger JayAre said...

Well, Jack and Amy, I have some good news for you - Mark decided he misses his little girl too much. So we are leaving here early tomorrow morning and going to attempt to get to you tomorrow night to pick up Sammie. Will that be okay for you? We will call you tomorrow from the road, I know you're in church most of the day so I'll leave a message or text, and you can call me back.

And, everybody, I would like to state for the record, INDIANAPOLIS ROCKS MY WORLD.

Can't wait to move there!

At 8:35 PM, Anonymous amy said...

That should be just fine. I'm done by about 12:30, and surprisingly don't have anything in the afternoon. I have to say I've grown kind of fond of hearing Jack try to say in just the right nasal tone "eh... eh... eh.." as he's trying to get Sammie to stay. I might have him continue that each night so I can get in a good giggle before bed :)

At 12:07 PM, Blogger Steve-O said...

So the people training involves useing 'take it' and 'leave it' on your significant others, eh? Hmm... the things you miss out on when you're chronically single.

"eh... eh... eh..." she says, while he sulks around wantonly. "Take it!"


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