Two Collies and a Mutt

Two Collies and a Mutt: December 2011


Ella's Puppy

Thursday, while running errands with my Mom and little sister, we ended up at a thrift store, looking through toys. I found two really cute stuffed animals, a dog and a piggy, one for a dollar and the other one for fifty cents. Now when I found the cute, burgundy dog, I immediately thought of Ella because we use to have this sweet little blue dog stuffy and Ella carried it everywhere with her when she was a puppy.

So of course I had to buy the cute little thing.
And what was the first thing Ella did when I walked in the door?
She stuck her head in the bags (too see what I got, as always) and pulled out the burgundy dog.
And she's been clinging to him ever since.

See that blur of her tail? Wagging a mile a minute.

I knew it would be a big hit, I just didn't realize HOW big of a hit he would be.

"C'mon, Ella! Give me a turn!"
"No! He's mine!"

Nap time.

If only they had two!

Happy New Year, everyone!


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Being cute

Being this cute...

is tiring.

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Christmas loot


For Christmas these lucky dogs got some new toys! And a few treats, too.
They've been having lots of fun with their new toys.
They got...

A new rope to play tug with...

Three (super cute) squeaky balloon animals...

And a Planet Dog light bulb!

The dogs are pretty pleased with their new stuff.
They love to chase down the bouncy lightbulb, squeak the balloon animals and play tug and keep-away with their rope.

Hope you all enjoyed your holidays and are ready for a new year!

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Marquie, Petal, Lassie & Ella

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Short road trip!

Yesterday we all piled into the car with the dogs and went about two hours out of town to visit with some family and exchange Christmas gifts. 
Fun, fun day. 
We went out for lunch and ate out on the patio with the dogs and then we took them to a park. 
They all behaved so well. Petal was her usual, talkative self, but other than the barking, she was a pretty good girl. Ella was outstanding on the other hand. Ella usually has a hard time with such activities and being around a lot of strange people, but she did very well! And Lassie just absolutely loves being around lots of people and going out to eat, so of course he was on his best behavior, as he usually is.
And now, today, all three of them are doggone tired (they even let me sleep in) and they've only gotten up to drink, eat and bark at the garbage truck. 
Gotta love sleepy dogs. ;]

"Are we there yet?"

"No? Okay, I'll just go back to sleep then."

All cozy in the car.

I think going out to eat was their favorite part (they got lots of snackies), but the park was also fun.
Petal barked at dogs, birds, strollers, a balloon, frisbees, etc. etc.
Lassie peed on trees and showed off his loveliness.
And Ella... well Ella spent her time trying to get her Gentle Leader off.

"Get off! Get off!"

She was also rubbing her face all over our legs, nearly tripping most of us.
She learned when she was a puppy that when you rub your face in the snow, the Gentle Leader will get wet and stretch and then you can slip free!
Not completely free, of course, because it does clip to her collar (thankfully), but free from the weird thing on her face!
She doesn't seem to realize that it was the snow that got it off.
She seems to think it was just the ground in general.
So she ended up walking around the park looking like this:

Crazy mutt!

And while Ella seemed to enjoy the warmer weather in Nevada, I think Petal may have been wondering where all the snow went.

"It's gotta be around here somewhere!"

While Ella was busy trying to free herself and Petal was busy looking for snow and barking at dogs, birds, and a remote control car; Lassie was busy being... well, Lassie.

A camera ham and attention seeker.

Our little day trip was so fun and it was really great to see my Grandma, Aunt and cousin.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

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The human is sick so Petal gets to blog!

The mom is sick with a cold so I've been taking care of her and now I'm posting for her, too.
Because I'm full of awesome.

See? Here I am snuggling her and keeping her warm. She's under all that comfy white blanket.

So while the human mom has been busy being sick and sneezing her brains out we received two blog awards by three separate people! Sweet!

The first award we received was the Liebster award. Basset Momma and Bringing Up Bella chose to give us this award. How sweet of them both! We love both these blogs. Basset Momma has two of the cutest Basset Hounds ever and Bella from Bringing Up Bella is a gorgeous girl who is lots of fun to read about. We're so happy you both chose us.
If I could, I would lick your faces.
But anyways. Mom said I better get on to the details now. So this is how it works:

Liebster means “dearest” in German, and the award is intended to help up-and-coming blogs get the attention they deserve. As with any award, there is a bit of ceremony involved. In order to accept the award, we must do the following:

  • Copy and paste the award on our blog. 
  • Link back to the blogger who gave us the award. 
  • Pick our five favorite blogs with less than 200 followers, and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have received the award. 
  • Hope that the five blogs chosen will keep spreading the love and pass it on to five more blogs.
Fun, right? So here are the five blogs Lassie, Ella, Mom and I picked!

The Dogs of Greenhill Farm Mom loves all of the gorgeous photos and the sweet, beautiful doggies over there. Their posts are always such fun to read!
Two Dogs, One Camera, Priceless Moments Another blog with great photos and pretty dogs! These dogs are very fun to read about.
One Collie... two actually A great Collie blog with, not just one, but two very handsome Collies!
Key West Collies More beautiful Collies that are always up to something fun. Mom loves Essex and says she wants her next Collie to be a tricolor.
Eating The Elephant Why yes, there IS another Collie at this blog! Her name is Violet and she's very smart. We love Collie blogs, obviously, but there's more than just a Collie at this blog (though, really, what more do you need?). There's Piper the German Shepherd and Dewey the mixed breed. Mom would like to dare you to look at Dewey's freckled face and not be tempted to kiss your screen.

Now go check them out! :]

We received one other award from another one of our sweet followers. We're going to save that one for another post though, because the human and I will have to track down some more blogs to pass that award onto!

Thanks again Basset Momma and Bringing Up Bella!


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How to Make a Collie Snow Angel

Today Lassie is going to show you all— Collies and NonCollies alike— how to make a Collie Snow Angel in just five easy steps!

Step 1: Pick a good spot in the snow, lay down, and commence rubbing your snout around in it.

Step 2: When ready, begin kicking legs around in the snow while still rubbing your snout around in it.

Step 3: Begin rolling your whole body around in the snow.

Step 4: Keep rolling! You may have to lick a little snow off of your face and, if you have any, you may also have to ignore your doggy sibling/s if they try to distract you and get you to play with them instead. You mustn't get distracted, this Collie Snow Angel making is serious business.

Step 5: Once you're satisfied with your snow angel, get up and shake off all that snow!

And that is how you make a Collie Snow Angel! ;]

Quick little note: I updated my Q-tip Review with a little note about the Precision Tips. The smaller, Purse Pack of the Precision Tips are not available for sale, see the post for more details. Thanks!

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Fun with the Kong Flyer

As you may know, for Petal's second birthday I got her the KONG Flyer.
And she is in love with it.
Which makes me so happy. I was worried she would rather play with the collapsable bowl, haha.
But she loves this frisbee so much more than that bowl!
She loves to carry it around in her mouth. She'll even carry it out into the yard for me.
She runs like a crazy little Collie and even tries to jump up and snatch it out of the air.
She hasn't succeeded yet, but it's still cool to watch.

I've been using treats and the clicker to teach her to bring it back to me so I won't have to chase her down for it, haha. So far so good! We've only worked on it twice with the clicker and she's catching on really quickly.
Gotta love clicker training.
And a bright Collie. ;]

Anyway, on to the pictures!

Chasing it down.

Bringing it back like a good little Collie.

Posing with it.



Throw it again! Throw it again!


I know, I know. There are hardly any action shots.
Turns out holding a clicker, treats, camera and throwing a frisbee all at the same time is rather difficult!
So I got distracted with having her pose with it instead and by the time I decided to try and get a few more action shots in, the camera battery died, haha. Oh well. Next time. ;]

Also, just thought I would share this because I find it pretty funny: I fell down the stairs today.
Well, okay, that's a little dramatic. I slipped off the last step and landed on my butt in the snow and hit my back against the steps. Yeah, it hurt, but mostly it was just really funny because Petal turned around and looked at me like "Why are you on the ground?" Then she play bowed and started hopping around in the snow. "Is this a game?! It's a game, isn't it?! I wanna play! Let's play!" Silly dog. And while she was doing this Lassie was sniffing me and making sure I was okay, then he stood nice and still so I could use him to pick myself back up.

And now my back is sore.
But Petal's reaction still makes me laugh.

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I don't know if you guys have noticed this, but..
The first thing I noticed and thought of when I saw a picture of Petal for the first time was "That Collie is wearing pants!"

February 2010
Check out those brown pants!
Note: this was not the first picture I saw of Petal. This one was taken after she came home to live with me. 

April 2011
Nowadays they're red and strawberry blonde pants. ;]

She never leaves the house without her pants on. Such a modest little doggy.
She even wears a bra!

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May 2010
And yes, Ella is looking through a Delia*s catalog there on the floor. What can I say? My girls have a thing for fashion.

Now if I could just get Petal to stop running around topless...


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7 Years

Yesterday, December 8th 2011, marked seven years with my Lassie.

Seven years with this boy!
It's been amazing and sometimes difficult.
But mostly amazing. He's the best dog.
This dog makes me smile and laugh.
He makes me feel loved and wanted and needed.
Though I need him a lot more than he needs me.
He's my best friend.

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Snow Race

Ready... Set... Go!

Off she goes! Straight for the finish line!

And she's picking up speed.. you can tell by the way her face stretches back from all the wind she's getting!

And she stubs her toe. Ouch!
Ow, ow, ow.

Better luck next time!

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We would love some more Facebook buddies!

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Jingle Bells!

Jingle bells..
Jingle bells...
Jingle all the way!
Oh, what fun
it is to ride
in a one horse open sleigh

We put jingle bells on our collars to make us look festive!
Now everyone can hear us coming!

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Petal's Second Birthday

Today sweet little Petal turned  2!
I can't believe how quickly she grew.
But at the same time..

Has it really only been two years since I brought this sweet little puppy home?


It seems like she's always been here.


We celebrated with a romp in the snow, presents and some yummy dog cookies!
And, of course, plenty of pictures.
But don't worry. I limited myself.
Sort of. ;]

Present! A Kong Frisbee (Petal is my first dog who has shown some real interest in a frisbee and we had been playing with our collapsable water bowl for awhile) and some (not pictured) dog treats! Okay, so it's really a small bag of Orijen kibble because it was cheaper then the actual training treats, haha.

Cooookieeees! And two eager doggies. ;]

Petal gets the BIG cookies, of course.

Nom nom nom.


Family photo!

A quick video of Petal opening, or at least partially opening, her present.


Happy birthday sweet Petal!

Now that you're 2, I expect better behavior. ;]

Just kidding, you're a good girl.

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