Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Great Dane and Me, RLHBS

Recently I met a 6 year old Great Dane at the pet store.  He was big!  His head was twice as big as my whole body.  He bent down so we could look eye to eye.  I sniffed him and licked his nose.  He was all right.  His people laughed and Daddy did too.  We went on our merry way.

The weather went from sunny and sixty degrees to snowing and thirty.  What happened?  It's crazy!  I wear my coats all the time now.  They're very cozy.

Our next big project kicks off officially on December 3rd and runs through December 15th.  It's called "Rudy's Little Holiday Book Sale."  Twenty percent of all sales will be donated to the National Kidney Foundation.  That's not just 20% of profits - it is off all sales!  Wow!  We hope to donate a lot to this worthy cause so near to our hearts.

A friend helped us put up the fancy banner on our web site.  It is so cool!  Take a look, if you have a chance.  Even though the sale starts Monday, we will unofficially start it now, so if you need any books (maybe for Christmas gifts), now is a good time to get a gift and have it help an excellent organization.

December starts Saturday.  YIKES!  I better get moving.  There is much to do and I'm just a tiny little poodle.

Rudy the Big Hearted Poodle

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Beautiful Thanksgiving Week

I couldn't ask for anything more.  The weather this week has been phenomenal, not a typical November in Minnesota.  Beautiful sunshine and light breezes fill our days.  The nights come soon, but I can't complain.  That is cozy time with Mommy, Daddy and Boomer!

I just have my regular visits at the vet this week.  I will still give my usual energetic and entertaining performances.

Mommy and Daddy are working on some projects for Rudy's Little World.  We hope they are very successful.  It is holiday time, so working on presentations and author bookings is difficult.  It seems like every year people kick into the holiday mode sooner.

I need my hair cut!  Mommy calls me her fuzzy little monkey!  She wants to put barrettes in my hair.  I think I would look very cute.  It will keep me warm for the inevitable cold weather.

Since it is Thanksgiving, I will tell you what I am thankful for this year.  No surprise, it is my family.  I am one lucky poodle and I couldn't ask for a better family.  They love me so much.  The feeling is mutual;  I think they're pretty special too.  Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Rudy the Thankful Poodle

Sunday, November 11, 2012

November 11th

November 11th is a day we commemorate in our home.  Significant for different reasons, and culminating in who Mommy and Daddy are today.

Back in the mid 1970's, Daddy served in the U.S. Navy.  It was a time, when the country was in turmoil and very divided, similar to today.  Daddy took his responsibility very seriously and considered it his duty to serve with honor.  Daddy is a veteran and November 11 is Veteran's Day.

On Friday, November 11th, 1983 Mommy lost her sight.  She had her last eye surgery that day and when she woke up it was dark.  In a strange way she feels that it is the day she really started seeing.  Seeing the real world and what matters.

Duty, honor, responsibility, strength, hope and endurance all describe November 11th.  Where would we be without it?  The reasons for its significance are different, but they come together sometimes.

Last year while flying home from New York, Mommy and Daddy experienced such an occasion.  Sun setting, the plane flew over the majestic Statue of Liberty.  The scene was spectacular, better then any cinematographer could have created.  Full of awe, Daddy explained it to Mommy with vivid detail.  His enthusiasm added a new dimension, one of extreme pride.  Mommy felt it was better then seeing it with her own eyes.

Sharing this with someone you love made it so much better and profound.

November 11th is a day we remember.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Halloween Performances

Two visits equal two Halloween performances.  In the morning I went to my special vet.  Many puppies wore ballerina outfits or super hero capes.  I was a bit more unique, thanks to Daddy.  Approaching the desk, we were asked, "Where's Rudy's costume?"  I'll admit, I was a little worried so I started to dance.  Daddy quickly replied, "He is going as a poodle this year, he's really a German Shepherd."  Everyone started laughing and started calling people over to look at the hybrid German Shepherd.  I was a hit!

That evening, I also went to my regular vet.  By that time I came up with a name to go along with my fancy costume.  Daddy registered me as the "Notorious PIT."  That stands for Poodle In Training.  That's how the hip kids talk now.  Everyone thought that was great.  I am back to Rudy as my name now.  I might be the "Notorious PIT" next year for Halloween.  Maybe we could buy some bling to complete the ensemble!

Since it is getting cold, we bought a new coat for me to wear outside.  It is very cozy.  I love it!  I included a picture for you to see my awesome purchase.  Not bad for half price!  I never pay retail!

Rudy the Notorious Bargain Hunter