Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Detroit Bound

Got our season tickets for the Detroit Lions during our holidays! We get so excited when they come. Looks like I will be staying home with the Fredster for the first and possibly the second pre-season games. A small sacrifice for me to make for Freddie. I'll be watching (hopefully we can get it) on our 58 inch Panasonic Plasma tv sitting in my Detroit Lions Dreamseat!! Come on, ya can't get much better than that!!

The first regular season home game though, I will be there with my gear on (including the tattoos I got last year)cheering them on with my honey bunny! Since the Lions aquired Nate Burlson this year it makes it even more exciting for me, well, and my hubby, since Nate comes from my husbands team

So, first we hit the Pro Shop for a Nate Jersey for me and something "Lionish" for Fred! I can't wait to get him a Detroit Lions collar and leash! Then off to get our hot pretzel, cold beer and cruise the stadium before game time!! All I need now is a Ford Flex to get me to gameday instead of our Honda.

I think it's going to be an exciting season with the Lions. They're a young team with Matt as their proven quarterback. They have nowhere to go now but up!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Picture of Innocence (Hah!)

Well, Stevie's holidays are done and it was back to work this week. Holidays this year consisted of training Fred. We did have lots of company over to see Fred and some friends for barbecues. With a puppy you tend to go to bed early, get up early and have lots of naps in between. But, Freddie boy is completely trained now and is sleeping through the night. (9 hours last night!) I think Steve was happy to go back to work just to get a rest from raising Fred. As much as we love him, puppies are a lot of work. It's just like having a newborn baby and believe me, we are getting to old for this stuff! Fred is finally getting comfortable riding in the car and we have been taking him over to see our daughter and grandkids just so he doesn't think the only place he goes is the vet. He is quite well behaved when we take him, too! We take our little "doggy diaper bag" so he has a water bottle, toys, paper towels and a poop bag. He was weighed at the vet yesterday and is now 22.9 lbs. compared to 15 lbs. on July 6th. Yes, our little boy is growing up. We take him for a couple of walks around our crescent a day, well, he hasn't quite learned the "just walking" thing yet as he tends to run, then lay down, run then lay get the idea. So, it does take awhile, but he will get the hang of it. Bassets are very intelligent they are just stubborn! Fred is very loyal and lovable and we look so forward to all the years we will have with him. Bassets are definitely the way to go if you want a good loyal lovable family dog! Just remember, there are side effects; your heart will swell with love, you'll laugh alot more and oh yeah, there's drool! We still cannot thank Becki, from , enough for bringing "Fabulous Fred" into our lives!! She still has puppies available from Gloria's litter, too! So, if you want a "Fabulous" dog, check out her sight! She does an awesome job with her Bassets.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Our Weapon of Mass Destruction

Oh, I know he looks innocent enough!!

Well, our little boy is growing up right before our eyes. Let me tell you it's an experience raising a puppy full of energy. (That's putting it mildly!) Is everyday a bed of roses? No. It is exausting most times, just like bringing a new baby home from the hospital. You have decisions to make about the sleeploss for instance, "Do I nap when he naps or do I use this time to get things done, or just have some peace and quiet?" These are just some of the questions you ask yourself as a new "puppy" Mom. Fred is finally house trained with the odd accident when he is playing and really excited and his puppy brain doesn't work. He sleeps pretty much through the night now, whew! And is such a joy to be around (when he is not attacking your feet!) I was so greatful for my husbands' first week of holidays, as we were like a tag team with him taking turns playing, walking, taking him for potty breaks and putting him for time outs, which Fred has had to have quite a few.
He has put on over 4 lbs since we brought him home 4 weeks ago, been treated for Giardia, (a parasite of the intestines) and learned how to do the stairs. His legs still aren't long enough to get up the stairs at the back door, but I don't think that is too far off.
Fred loves his "sister" Brandi, as he repeatedly tries to show by attacking her everytime she comes over. After all isn't that what puppies do with there siblings? He loves little kids, a.k.a. my grandbabies, but guess what, they don't return the favor. Is it any wonder with his razor sharp teeth and little claws? Three year olds do not understand why these "cute little puppies" seem so viscious to them. I'm sure my grandson Cameron is thinking, "Is Grandma nuts?" We are traing Fred to settle down and not nip, but this will all take time, after all he is a puppy!
I love him to pieces and will see him through all his growing needs. He is cuddly, loveable, soft and squishable. He lets me clean his ears (and believe me he needs this everyday!) and trim his nails. He knows his name, runs to the front door when I say, "Dad is home!" which I know Steve just loves, and is always so happy to see us. Ahh yes, the unconditional love of a dog!! You can't beat it! I can't explain the feeling of love that overwhelms my heart every time I look at Fred. I am so happy we added him to our family and will always be greatful to Becki from for bringing him into our lives. By the way she has a new litter available so check out her website!
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