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Indi Friday

Late….for the first time in a year I forgot to post Indi Friday.

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Mmmm warm water!

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Indi Friday

november-2008-242-copy-mediumIndi wearing her mama’s shoes for a photo shoot

november-2008-253-copy-smallIndi only wanted to hang out with her girlfriends this morning.  Someone loves to be the center of attention and she was allowed to lounge on a bed, something that is forbidden in her own home! I walked into the situation above and had to take a picture. Here she is in the middle of a snuggling and kissing session.

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Indi Friday

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Gasta Style

As Indi has grown, her little personality has also blossomed. When we first adopted her she never made eye contact unless there was food involved. Nowadays, that has changed, a lot.  As of late little miss Indi has been vocal about what she wants and the dog may not talk but she sure as hell knows how to communicate. Lately, when she wants to go out, besides sitting in front of the door, she has started pawing the door. OK! Initially, that was her request for going out. In the past week if she is outside and she wants to come inside she will once again paw the door, from the other side. OK! I am all down with this alternative communication!

Our loved spoiled dog currently has three beds: one in the living room, one in her crate, and the other at the foot of the bed next to me. This is where she has been sleeping at night for the past couple of months once the higher powers in charge blessed us with permission for the dog to enter the forbidden room.  Let me tell ya it is great! I love the fact that she is right there next to me. Of course the amusing thing is that now there is a symphony of snoring every night, in addition to the occasional sleep talker, now I also hear the occasional doggy dream blabber.

So back to the beds. I washed the covers of all of her three beds this afternoon. Once night time came around Indi started wandering around the house taking turn staring at both of us.

I was sitting in the living room minding my own business and working on the spiffy banner above. She comes and she simply stands and stares at me.

“What’s up Indi bug?” Stare.

“whatcha staring at?” Stare.

“Do you want to go out?” Tilts head slightly do the left.

“Do you want to go peepee and poopies?” Tilts head slightly to the left.

“Are you the best doggy in the world?” Stare.

“Do you want to go out?” Tilts head slightly to the left. Ohhh is there a pattern here?

“Hi good doggy!” Stare.

“Do you want to go out?” Tilts head slightly to the left. Oooh how I love to mess with this dog!

Front door magically opens and she goes out. Two minutes later she paws the door. The door magically opens again.  She plants herself in the same spot and stares at me again. Then she lets out one of her grumpy sounds. I get up and she starts walking towards the bedroom; she pokes her head in and then she looks back at me, stares.

“Ohh you want your bed! You are wondering what the hell happened to my bed? I get it!”

I put on the cover to her living room bed, she can’t wait to get on it and she steps on it while I am putting the cover on. I walk over to the other side of the living room and place it in its usual location. I come back and sit on the couch. She walks around it, then walks back and plants herself in the same spot as before and she stares at me. AHhhhhh

“Indi what is wrong? What do you need?”

I get up go over to the bed lean down and pat on it while saying: “Indi come.”

She comes over does her wild animals instict of circling before laying down and just drops down. A few minutes later she starts snoring.

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Indi Friday

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Cuddling with her blankie and hot pink bunny.  This one is for you Donna, Tess, and Cowboy!

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Indi Friday

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“Open, open now….how about now? Maybe if I strear at it long enough it will open…OPEN!!! Oh wait maybe if I paw it, it will open….”

This is what miss Indi does, she plants herself in front of the door waiting for it to magically open.  Sometimes she will use her paw while she lets out a little grunt too. It is pretty funny.

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Indi Friday

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Here is miss Indi dressed up as Pocahontas living up to her full name Indiana. She was named as an homage to Native Americans. The word Indiana in Italian means female Indian and after doing some internet research I found out that it also means land of Indians in one of the Native American languages.

And here is Charlie:

Dressed up as a cowboy.

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Indi Friday

We have already established that Indi is a fantastic swimmer, this past weekend we discovered that she can play soccer too!

We took Indi once again with us to a family gathering. She had a great time playing with Lil’ P, who a year ago was very intimidated by her and did not come close. What you see in this video is a HUGE improvement. The two had a great time playing together…well Indi had a great time taking his soccer ball away!

Play close attention at what happens at what happens at around 0:48! 🙂

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Indi Friday

Moving around the bathroom at times is a little challenging given that a little someone loves to lounge on the bathroom rug. So for yours truly there is a lot of stepping over the dog while trying to wash my hands or brush my teeth! J, on the other hand, just throws her out!

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Long overdue post

Meet Cowboy

Meet Tess

I have to be honest and say that this post is long overdue. I have been meaning to post about these two cuties for a while, but I would always forget to take my camera when we went to the doggy park to take pictures of them.I had plenty of opportunities when they came over for Indi Day…even though they are not into being photographed like my spoiled dog.

They belong to Donna who is also one of the authors of the South Bay Pets blog. I used to read the blog before we even met. It was pretty neat to meet her in person. We had been chatting for a while before I knew who she was. Anyway, Donna has been kind enough to feature Indi on her blog a few times.

Our time at the doggy park is always the same. We go in and if Donna is there, Indi has no interest in anyone else. She plants herself right in front of Donna waiting for her to throw the ball –Tess’ ball to be precise.  So begins the the orange ball fetching.  I feel bad because it seems as though Indi gets to the ball first pretty often. The irony is as follows. If Tess brings the ball back, she drops it on the ground for Donna, runs back and waits for her to throw the ball. Indi on the other hand, just sits in front of Donna waiting for her to throw the ball. Here is the funny thing, even though Tess is hanging out in the area where the ball will land, Indi ends up bringing it back. Little Brat!

As this goes on Cowboy, one of the COOLEST dogs you will ever meet with the coolest name, just hangs out on his own going around the park. He then magically shows up when the ball has been brought back. He usually stands just behind Indi and sometimes nibbles on her ear. He will bark if Donna takes too long to throw the ball. Here is the funny thing, he has no interest in fetching the ball.  It’s all about the initial excitement of it all.

These two are by far my favorite dogs at the San Pedro Dog park where we met each other.  They are the only dogs that actually acknowledge me and come to me to say hello. Since they are super friendly and loving they get some serious affection from me too. Tess is just sweet sweet sweet and very affectionate. Cowboy is just mr. cool, the cool guy that you want to be friends with and hang out. Last but not least, Donna is simply awesome. I can’t give her a nickname because her blog is listed on my blog roll and don’t want to take away from that. But if I were to give her a nickname it would be The Lady Journalist.

Here is a video of little Tess hopping around. She recently broke her toe and has been sporting a cast. The current one used to be purple…

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October 12 = Indi Day

It was exactly one year ago when we adopted Indi. She was delivered by the rescue group that we got her from on a sunny Friday, October 12, 2007. She was 5 months old at the time and just plain adorable. We had a choice between her and a brindle pit-bull. I was given the hard choice of deciding between the two. When we met both dogs, I spent most of my time with Indi and talked to one of her foster parents. She had spent one month with them and they loved her very much. The only reason they decided not to adopt was because she is a high energy dog and they wanted a mellower dog. J was concerned that I could not handle walking her when she became full grown which they said might be as heavy as 80 pounds.

I picked Indi. There was something about her. Her face was just adorable and she sounded like she would be a good companion.  When she was delivered to our house she came in hurriedly through the front gate and came up to me, licked my toes as she growled, and then went up to J, who was sitting on the steps and licked his face with much excitement.

We went out to buy her some food, and then off we went to the park.  We then came home, gave her a bath and brought her inside the house.  The first time we put her in her crate that evening and closed the door she cried. We worked with her so she would recognize it as a safe place for her to be in by giving her treats and lots of praise. It worked, she slept just fine in her crate that night.

From the very beginning she had her few favorite places to lounge around the house: under the coffee table, her crate, and on the bathroom rug.

It is amazing what a long way we all have come in the past year. When she came to us she had two bold spots on top of her head –we were told she was bit by something and the hair would grow back.  She also had a huge red spot which looked rather irritated and balding on her neck where the collar was.  You can actually see that in the first picture above which was taken the day after we got her. She also had worms in her stool. I thought it was odd since the rescue had picked her up when she was one week old and therefore, had her for five months.

The first week she was here she growled at a lot of people. But she was just fine with us. She seemed to adapt to us rather quickly.

It only took a couple of weeks for her hair to grow back and for the red spot to go away thanks to a cream that we were given after we went to the vet. It took us months to find a type of food that didn’t bother her stomach. She has a very sensitive stomach and can’t handle too much fat in her diet. She is currently on a holistic brand based on trout and sweet potato.  She has been doing rather well on it.

We love having her, she goes everywhere with us. She has been such a blessing and I could not imagine life without her. Truth be told she has taught me so much about trust. It was intimidating at first for me to stick my hand in her mouth or do anything that might set her off. But the thing is that she is so patient and she will let you do anything to her. She is very tolerant and gentle. She has taught me to trust her and that she would never hurt me. Basically, I trust you, you can trust me too mama!

So today in honor of miss Indi we threw a little BBQ and invited her few close friends. I made the invitations with two different pictures of Indi in the front and the wording in the back which were then sent out to her little friends.

The first one to arrive was Tucker, then came Charlie. However, after about 20 minutes of trying to make Tucker and Charlie play nice, Mr. Ocifer took Charlie home.  He was not collaborating today.  Soon after Cowboy and Tess arrived.  Everyone got along just fine playing around the yard or just hanging out with us while we had a nice lunch.  I am bummed that Charlie didn’t get to stay, but as always, it was nice hanging out with Mr. Ocifer, Miss Witty, and Mr. B. It was also very nice to have Cowboy, Tess, and their mama Donna over for the first time. Hopefully, they will visit us again soon!

Donna and I tried to take a picture of Indi, Cowboy and Tess together, but it turned out to be a rather difficult task. But the above picture came out rather well. Indi is patiently sitting waiting for me to take the picture while Cowboy and Tess were not really interested. Do you people believe me when I say Indi is a natural born model?

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