Sunday, December 18, 2011

Abby's Birthday and a Turkey-Hotdog Refresher Course for Mom

Well, it looks like we are doomed to posting once a week for a while - something to do with Mom leaving at o'-dark-thirty, and it being sort of dusk-y when she gets home, making for non-optimal photo time.  Mom has been saying something about how she has never been so excited for the Solstice in her life as she is this year - even if it is only a few minutes a day, she wants to know the days are getting longer.   But, Mom has assured me that she is going to try to post once a week.

Which is a good thing, as well have All Sorts of Exciting Things going on.

First, Abby took Mom to Petco for a refresher class on how to feed turkey-hotdogs as Mom has been slacking in the turkey-hotdog department for a while.  

Abby, being Abby, had to go suck-up to Jessi, first thing, and then go make friends with the two little Westies who were finishing up their class...

After the little dogs left, Abby got her private lesson (of which there are no pictures, because Jessi was really focusing on Mom's turkey-hotdog-delivery technique).  At the end of the private lesson, Mom's technique wasn't totally perfected yet, so Jessi invited Mom to continue to practice in the next class of the day, whose only member was Mogli, a 9 month old Newfoundland.

Abby greeted Mogli modestly, as usual.

Okay, so Abby really doesn't DO modesty....

And then they got back down to the serious business of Mom feeding turkey-hotdogs in such an enticing manner that Abby would run through Petco looking for Mom and her turkey-hotdogs.  First Mom practiced by just standing at the end of an aisle and offering her turkey-hotdogs.  Then Mom was hiding behind things, and Abby proved too be too clever.  So Mom thought she'd be Super Clever....

Let's just say Abby had the last laugh!

However, we think Mom is now crate-trained!  Heehee!

Mom got her revenge, however....  You know how I mentioned that this last Monday was Abby's birthday, but we were holding off on the celebrating until this weekend?  Well, after the Crate Incident yesterday (Mom says she got in there voluntarily, but I think Abby lured her in with some turkey hotdogs!), Mom decided to do the birthday thing today.  Which meant that Abby had to wear The Birthday Hat!

Abby is looking rather pleased with herself because Mom is hold bits of ham just off camera.  But I almost feel sorry for the poor girl - I mean with a birthday in December she's subjected to the elf hat, and the antlers AND the birthday hat all in the same month!  I least with my birthday in July, I get to spread out the, ah, glad tidings!

Mom made cake (well, mini-cakes) for both of us.  Although keeping true to the 'second-child-is-an-afterthought' maxim, Mom didn't actually have a birthday candle for Abby, and had to, ah, improvise!  (And get the card off the candle before it caught fire!)  But the cake was quite tasty!

And Granny and Grandpa had sent us some Most Excellent sweet potato snacks which we checked out - 4 paws up!  Thanks from both of us (because Abby will share, I promise!)!

After the birthday celebrations, Abby and I ran off our cake with a little bitey face. 

And a little frisbee time.

And, a little Sitting In The Snow Looking Regal.  She's a Hippobottomus, what can I say?  Besides, she did get Mom to crawl in that crate, so that's totally deserving of a little lazing about!

And finally, a gratuitous picture of me, because the ratio of Fi:Abby photos is way out of balance!  Heehee!

 *kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus


Frankie Furter said...

LADIES LADIES ... LAY DEEEEEES... PLEASE... A LITTLE PAWlitical Correctness fur your dachshund followers.. THOSE are to be referred to as TURKEY TUBE STEAKS.

Are you sure your mom didn't Pee in that crate??

Happy be-LATED birfday. THAT was a HOOOOGE FLAME on the candle.. I hope that you didn't Singe any of your lovely furs in it.

In case you aren't around again until AFTER.... I would like to wish you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Sam and Pippen said...

Abby... girlfriend... you're two now, try to greet the boys with a bit more decorum or your phone number will be pee'd on all the trees for miles around!

Sam and Pippen

Two French Bulldogs said...

what a fun day. Mom is lucky you let her out of jail. Some buddy say turkey dogs?
Benny & Lily

Jan said...

You really should tell your human that her priorities are skewed if picture taking and taking dictation from you are not top on her list.

Misty and her minions

3 doxies said...

Oh dear heavens, did ya'll say da word HOT DOG??? I has to stick withs Frankie on dis one. Hot Dog is such a derogatory word furs da Puddles.
But, I has to gives ya'll paws up fur havin' your mom crate trained so darn fast...nows if you could do da same fur training her to blog more...hehehehe!
Anyways, HAPPY BIRFDAY's about time you gots to celebrate it!


Clive said...

Happy Birthday Abby!!!

(and we love that last photo Fiona - you look fabulous!!)

take care
Clive & Co

Mogley G. Retriever said...

You forgot to mention how you managed to get repeat "tube steak" eating lessons? We wuould love to get our Paw Challenged One's to go with us to the store and learn how to hand us tube steaks. More on how you accomplish this please.

Mogley G. Retriever

Coco - The Princess said...

My sisters and i would like to send you my sincere gratitude for helping support the HPP.

Tail Wiggles & Puppy Kisses,
Your new Friends - Coco The Princess, Lady Godiva & Truffle too

Berts Blog said...

Happy Birthday Abby. I loved your pictures today. And I think it was fun your human got in a kennecrate.

We see you have a lot more snow than we do down here in the lower valley of the mountains, but we hear we may get lots of snow for Christmas.

Tell your mom to drive careful

Bert and My Vickie

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Happy Birthday Abby. What a fun place to go and visit where you got lots of turkey tube steaks (we don't want to upset Mr Frankie). Your mum looks funny in the crate.

Abby you look very sweet in your birthday hat and your cake was fab. Looks like a great day for everyone. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

The Lady said...

Happy Birthday Abby!

The Thundering Herd said...

Our hu-dad might be posting , but his blaming that busy-ness thing for the reason he is so far behind on blog reading.

Oh, and we went to Petco yesterday. Things did not go as well for the hu-dad.

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Great pikhs AND fun times!

*psssst - do you have ANY IDEA what size khrate I would need fur my mom?*

Happy Barkday to the SPECIAL one!!

PeeEssWoo: Pawesome Fi pikh!!!

1000 Goldens said...

My Mom needs hot dog classes. ASAP! Happy birthday Miss Abby - I cannot believe it's been two years!! We love you!

Anonymous said...

I must be late, but Happy Birthday Abby! Hey, about that blogging once a week because of no pics...... do you really think we could tell if your bitey face pics were taken last week or last month? Nobody has taken my pic in FOREVER but a blog post still shows up once in awhile.... my asst. says the seasons change, but I don't. In your case, you don't even have to worry about the seasons since it's WHITE all year (or does it just seem like that?)

Thanks for the Christmas card - hope you all have a very merry Christmas too:)

Kari in Vegas said...

What a super fun day

Stop on by for a visit

Dozer and Coop said...

Those are wonderful pictures and your Mum should be forgiven for posting once a week. Our Mum is totally whacked out with the lack of sun here in Oregon. That and her arthritis is really the poops.

Thanks for your support over my Christmas accident of sorts...if I could read I would noticed we were so close to Christmas!

Love, Dozer....and yeah, Cooper too.