Wednesday, February 23, 2011

An Award - How Nice!

I've had so much fun with this blog since I started blogging in December. It's been great discovering new pet blogs, and pet bloggers are some of the nicest people out there! Since I still consider myself a new kid on the blogging block, it was so lovely to hear that Santa, Minnie and Christmas passed on the Stylish Blogger Award to me! Thanks so much! Thanks also to Farley, who also kindly passed the award on to me a while back, except I was a bit slow on the draw when it came to figuring out the protocol for how the award got passed on, so I didn't pass it along like I was supposed to!

The rules for accepting the award are to thank the person (or pups!) who gave you the award, share 7 things about yourself, link to 15 recently discovered bloggers, and contact them to tell them about the award.

Since this blog isn't really about me, I'll share a mix of things about myself and about Oscar.

  1. I am a first time dog owner. That's why I love going through other blogs to learn as much as I can, and sharing what I've learned.
  2. I'm slightly addicted to buying dog toys and supplies. I could spend hours in PetSmart! I think it's fun trying to find toys that will hold Oscar's interest and looking for healthy treats that he'll enjoy.
  3. I'm hoping to start making some homemade treats for Oscar. I figure that it will let me keep a closer eye on what he's eating and that it will save me some money too! I'll let you know how those culinary experiments go.
  4. We have an exercise pen for Oscar, which is hooked up to his crate and the baby gate. He has discovered numerous ways to escape his exercise pen, so we've had to come up with increasingly elaborate ways to keep the pen together to make sure he's confined during the day so that he doesn't escape and chew up our entire house. I can't imagine the trouble he could get into if he was loose in our house for a whole day! He's a clever little escape artist.
  5. Oscar greets other dogs and people quite nicely...unless they are on the other side of a fence. Then he's a barking machine! He's got a low bark, where he sounds bigger than he is, and then he's got his yappy, ear-splitting puppy bark. You can probably guess which one I prefer.
  6. Oscar hasn't learned yet that it's easiest to get around in a car when he's sitting or lying down. He gets so excited during car rides that he stands the whole time, running around from window to window or trying to jump into the front with us. We bought a harness for him that we're going to try to use, and I've also been trying to lure him into staying down by holding a treat near his nose the whole ride. It hasn't quite worked yet...
  7. We aren't the most organized of people, so our countertops and tables are a bit cluttered. Sadly for us, Oscar has now learned how to climb onto tables (opening up a whole new world of things that he shouldn't be chewing), so we'll have to learn how to keep the surfaces in our house clutter-free. It's so much easier to just leave things lying around! It's kind of startling to walk into the room and see the dog standing on the dining room table, staring at me.
Now I'd like to pass on the award to other very stylish blogs that I have a lot of fun reading. I wouldn't be surprised if some of these blogs have already received this award!


Finn said...

Thank you for thinking of me Oscar! So thoughtful of you!

Catalina said...

OMG! Thank you so much! This is fun!
I can just see Oscar on the table looking at you - LOL!
Let me know how it works with the harness. I would like to get one for Tibby, just because I'm such a "Everyone must wear a seatbelt!!" kind of person. Too many years working in an ER.....

Briese said...

Thank you for thinking of my little blog! Luna and I will be putting it up on ours tomorrow when we have a moment to relax.

LuLu and Wally said...

Wow! Thanks! :)

I can't wait to pass this on!

Pearl and Daisy said...

Congratulations on your award! Thanks for sharing all thats interesting informations about yourself.

And thank you for passing the award onto us! We're so happy!

Pug love from,
Pearl & Daisy

Shannon @ Why Not On A Tuesday said...

You are too sweet! Thanks for the shout out and congrats on receiving it!

Honey the Great Dane said...

Hello Oscar! How nice to meet you! Sorry it's taken me so long to return your visit - thank you for your lovely comment on my blog. I hope you will come to the main part of my blog as well and leave me a comment to say hello there! (the clicker training videos page you were on is one of my static pages but my blog gets updated regularly - it's at: )

Anyway, I really enjoyed learning all these things about you & your human! I'm not good behind fences either - I get quite grumpy, even with people I already know! And I don't like barking doggies behind fences when I'm going on my walks. My human is always having to remind me of my manners when I'm walking past them! :-)

My human thinks it's a very good idea to teach doggies to alwasys lie down when in the car - so many doggies just bounce around, all loose, and it's so dangerous both for the doggies and the drivers! Maybe you can practise your Down in the car when it is stationary for a while first? And gradually build up the time you can do it? Then maybe start the engine but not go anywhere? With training us, baby steps always works best. I think a harness will really help and my human says maybe your humans can adjust the harness so that there isn't much "leeway" which means that you will have to either sit or lie down - it isn't loose enough to allow you to stand or move around much. If the only comfortable positions are for you to sit or lie down, that's what you'll do and that's what you'll get used to doing. People often think dogs 'need' to do silly things like stick their heads out of windows in order to "enjoy" car rides but that's not true - what you don't know, you don't miss! I love my car rides but I've always laid down in cars and I just never think of travelling any other way! :-)

Anyway, good luck and my human says she's really impressed that your human is making the effort to do so much training with you. It's great as so many people just don't bother with little doggies, which is a shame. So you're lucky to have such a dedicated, educated human!

Hope to see you on my blog soon - we're having an exciting time as I'm getting a new kitty sister!

Honey the Great Dane

Banjo and Millie said...

Wow, thanks so much Oscar! Congratulations, you very much deserve this award, and Banjo and Millie are so honored to have it passed on to us! We can't wait to share the love!

Elizabeth said...

Well thank you for the acknowledgment! Nice to meet you...BTW! :)

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