Friday, August 30, 2013

Once A Year

The summer is almost over, and kids are going back to school.  What a perfect time for a heat wave to hit us!  That has kind of put a damper on our outdoor activities, too dangerous to spend any time outside.

I have come up with a creative nickname for myself.  A few weeks ago, I told Mommy and Daddy I wanted to be called Poochy.  I don't know why, it just felt right.  Well, being a part of this "crazy" family means every nickname eventually evolves to something else.  Daddy gets the prize for this one.  He changed my nickname to El Poochino.  It's supposed to be after some famous actor from years ago.  It has a nice ring to it, so I am keeping it.  Stay tuned for some funny lines and send-offs from "El Poochino."

We think social media helped Rudy's Little World a bit last week.  A nice group of kidney moms on Facebook contacted us.  They were interested in our dialysis and transplant books.  It feels good to help.  We sold nine books.  And helped them feel better.  That's what Rudy's Little World is all about.

As many of you know, it has been a hard year on our family.  Health issues and our Rudy going to heaven have hit us hard.  This year, we are doing something special for the Kidney Walk in October.  We participate every year, but this year has added significance.  We are doing it in loving memory of Rudy.  It is also to show support for our family who has been through so much.  Please strongly consider joining our team and show your support.  We need the physical sign of unity.  Collecting donations is voluntary, not necessary.  Your presence is the important thing.

It's Saturday October 12th at Thompson Reuters Campus in Eagan.  Signup, free food and entertainment start at 9am.  Walk is from 10 to 11am.  More free food and entertainment follow and last until noon.  You may leave any time.  All of our walkers receive a free "Team Rudy" T-shirt - another sign of unity and support.  It's what Rudy would have wanted and loved.

Thank you from his family.

Boomer! the Mellow Yellow Lab aka El Poochino "Let me introduce you to my little friend."  (it's Crush, my orange ball!)

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Up Early, Bed Late

If early to bed, early to rise makes you healthy, wealthy and wise...  I think late to bed, early to rise makes you sleepy, sluggish and numb.

Our house has been a flurry of activity this week.  We had some windows and doors replaced.  I met two nice men that liked me very much.  In order for them to replace the windows, we had to take our curtains and shades down, move furniture and clean the garage.  Wow!  That was a lot of work!  It looks very nice now.

Although I'm sure they would have liked to play Frisbee with me, I went to my friendly puppy day care for a visit.  That was fun.  I saw my old friends, both human and puppy.  We caught up on what has been happening since my last visit and took many walks.  The weather was gorgeous, so we spent a lot of time outside.  I tried to teach Max how to play Frisbee, but he is too small.

Max is a tiny schnauzer.  He reminds me of my  brother, Rudy.  He makes my heart happy.  I taught all the little dogs a new trick I learned from Rudy.  He was known as the mighty hunter.  Rudy used to search the backyard for the biggest stick.  When he found it, he'd sneak up on it and grab it with his mouth.  He would prance around the yard showing everyone his latest capture.  He was a proud poodle!

I showed all my friends at day care the mighty hunter routine and we had a contest.  It made all the humans laugh.  I guess 5 dogs of varying sizes prancing around with big sticks in their mouths would look funny.

Boomer! the Mellow Yellow Lab

Sunday, August 4, 2013


This blog will not be introspective or thought provoking.  It will be just fluff, covering three of my favorite subjects. - my birthday, playing Frisbee and the weather!

On Friday, August 2, I turned four years old.  That is one whole paw!  I woke up to the sounds of Mommy and Daddy singing "Happy Birthday."  This guy named Birthday Bear sang along.  I think he might be a little crazy.  He only shows up on birthdays, sings his song and then goes somewhere until the next birthday.  I don't know where he hides, I can't find him.  My brother Rudy tried wrestling him one time, but that didn't seem to scare him.  Birthday Bear must be pretty tough with an excellent memory.

For my birthday, I received a brand new red Frisbee.  I love it!  The Frisbee flies through the air like a warm knife through butter.  Daddy told me that means "smooth and easy."  Professional Frisbee is definitely in my future.

The weather the last few weeks was nothing to complain about except for last weekend.  Sixty degrees in July is not normal for Minnesota!  I guess nothing about this year has been normal.  These last few days have been gorgeous!  When the sun shines and there is not rain, everyone is happy!  Especially me.

It was a great birthday!  The strange bear, singing all day, new Frisbee and decent weather.  All in all - I am a happy puppy.

Boomer! the 4 year old Mellow Yellow Lab