Thursday, December 29, 2016

In Which Mom Has Too Much Time on Her Hands


Honestly, we have been quite spoiled with Mom on vacation for all this week, and it has been great having her around for our walkies, and snowy funballs times and everything.  However, when Mom has free time like this, she breaks out the camera on us, and takes LOTS of photos of us.  Me, I'm an old pro, and Mom is always calling me a supermodel.  Daisy, on the other hand, needs some training. But I'm trying to teach her. (But apparently Bandersnatches are unclear on the concept of modeling...)

Before we could truly be supermodels, Mom felt we needed to have our extra furs removed. Since Daisy is still learning how to be a real dog, Mom is having a professional groomer get Daisy used to the fur stealing process.  Because it has been AGES since I have had my golden locks tamed by a professional, Mom decided that it was time to see what I should really look like after a haircut, so Daisy and I went to the groomer together.  And while I look stunning, Daisy looks shockingly more like a real dog than ever before.

Of course, she still really looks like a goofy puppy!
After our haircuts, the first thing that MUST be done is to go out and bitey each other!

We're both much more aerodynamic with our shortened furs!
Of course, once our furs were trimmed, Mom decided that it was time to take photos.  WHY she felt the need to break out her new fisheye lens on my beautiful snooter is beyond me.  But, it seems to keep Mom amused, and I suppose since Mom does give good belly scratchies, that I can handled having photos of me with a giant snooter floating around the interwebs....

Thanks, Mom. I mean, really. Thanks. Now the world thinks I have a snooter that could have rivaled Karl Malden's.

The Bandersnatch's nose really looks like this - I promise! (Well, maybe this photo makes it look a little bigger than normal...)
At least we weren't the only victims of Mom's fisheye lens.  (Did I mention that Mom is easily amused?)

In addition to playing around with a new lens, Mom has decided that she wanted to continue to work on her 'black dog photo' skills.  Apparently photographing a black dog in bright snow is a challenge. Luckily Daisy spends a lot of time in the snow, so Mom has plenty of opportunities to practice.

Mom is giggling at Daisy's ear floofs - they have become quite pronounced after her latest haircut!

Lookit those ear floofs!

Crazy Black Dog and Beautiful Apricot Dog in bright snow!
Mom also wants to perfect her Black Dog on Black Background photos. Today was her first attempt, and Daisy still has a lot to learn about being a model.  However, since Mom seems determined to master this particular look, I think Daisy is going to have to learn how to be a better model.  I have been trying to teach her, but Daisy is a tough student!

The wee Bandersnatch has a lot to learn about being a supermodel, but she's getting there. And Mom says she's learned a bit about how she wants to light these photos, so I think there will be more modeling (and snacks) in our future!

Happy New Year!

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Daisy the Bandersnatch

Monday, December 26, 2016

'Tis the Season for Sisterly Love and the Donner Party

There are a lot of photos in this post. Click on the first one to biggify it and get the full experience - although you might want to do that after you've read the post, or you'll miss all my pithy comments!

The wee Bandersnatch is starting to grow up a bit, and as such, she's becoming more and more fun to play with.  I mean, bitey-ing her when she was even 12 weeks old wouldn't have been very fair - I mean, look at that little face.  But now that she is 5 months old and well on her way to being a real dog, it is time to get serious about bitey-face.  And since we got new snow for Christmas (thank you, Bing Crosby!), and we ALL know that bitey-face is better in new snow, well, let's just say that the Bandersnatch and I had a grand time.  For the record, the Bandersnatch wanted to play with me even when she was a wee baby Bandersnatch, but I didn't want to scare her, or even worse, come across as a big meanie.  Because while I am many things, I am not a big meanie!

Let the bitey-face games begin!

Mom loves this photo - she says it reminds her of how Abby and I used to bitey each other and she's glad to see that I haven't lost a beat!

Daisy gives as good as she gets!

I need to work on my scruff-of-the-neck grab while I still have the size advantage!

Daisy LIKES rolling in the snow. Trust me.  When you see the pictures later in the post from one of our walkies, you'll see what I mean!

Do you see those teeth of hers?!? She's only got a few little puppy razor teeth left - most of her teethies are big dog teethies!
Daisy REALLY likes rolling in the snow.  No, I promise - she really does! I think she thinks that bitey-ing from below gives her some sort of strategic advantage! Why else would she always be on the ground?

The abominable Bandersnatch!
I am having fun with the Bandersnatch, and there are some advantages to being the big (and totally not a meanie) sister!

Puppy?  What puppy?  There's no puppy here!  Oh, you mean THAT puppy!  I didn't do anything, I promise. I was just standing her and she flopped herself under my feeties.
Daisy says there is a bit more to the story than that. However, I would add that Daisy brings this all on herself!

She's having fun! Really!  Heehee!
Don't think that I am just a bully, however.  Daisy likes to attackle me (attack and tackle) every chance she gets.  And honestly, she scares me just a bit...  And she likes to jump on my back...

She's about to bitey my ear, isn't she?

Eeeeiieee!  Those teeth!

I think she's been watching Kung Fu movies when I'm napping!

Seriously, she sort of scares me!

She is sort of fearless...


And when I'm not protecting myself from the Puppy Jaws of Doom, I kind of like the crazy beast.

She's crazy.  I'm telling ya!

She's also a camera hog. And standing on a snowbank.
So, on to the Donner Party.  Christmas Day brought the continuation of a snowstorm that hit Christmas Eve.  However, being the health doggies that we are, we insisted that Mom and Dad take us on our regularly scheduled walkies.  On one of the walkies, it was snowing and blowing quite hard, and we felt that we were re-enacting the Donner Party adventures.  (For the record, Daisy is tender and tastes like chicken.... Heehee!)

We headed out, some of us walking like mature doggies, and others of us bounding along like crazed bunny rabbits.

It wasn't long before we encountered Donner Party conditions. Luckily Daisy has some meat on her bones!

And how did Miss Crazy Cakes respond to the weather?  By rolling in the snow.

And flopping down in the snow every few feet. Because, apparently, Bandersnatches are arctic creatures!
Luckily, we made it safely home, and even went on more walkies/snow flopping adventures!

Hopefully everyone is enjoying the holidays! I know we are - and we are spoiled with having Mom home for a bunch of days in a row, so stay tuned for more bitey-face and walkie photos!

She still doesn't catch frisbees, but she's better at retrieving them!

A rare photo of me not being attacked by the wee beastie!

There are snacks, right?

Let Daisy outside for 2 nanoseconds, and she's covered in snow!
*kissey face*
-Fiona and Daisy the Bandersnatch

PeeEss: You may notice in some of the photos that I have a shaved belly.  I have been waking up several times in the night to go star-gazing, but Mom was worried that there was something else going on, so after not seeing any signs of urinary tract infections, the vet recommended an ultrasound to rule out any other issues. I am happy to say that my insides are all perfectly normal, and I am on some medications to help Mom get some sleep. (Yes, you read that right. I have no problems waking up at night, as I can nap during the day, but apparently when Mom goes to the Great Kibble Provider, she's not supposed to nap!)  I keep trying to tell Mom that I'm just star-gazing, and Mom should really appreciate the beauty of the night sky, but she just mutters something about wanting to sleep. Talk about being no fun!  But I am trying to sleep so Mom isn't so grouchy at 2am...