It Happened Last Night

Yesterday afternoon the dogs caught me. Caught me wrapping up their Christmas toys! Dogs don’t miss anything! A simple crinkle noise from a package, sends them running to investigate. I sat on the rug in the living room wrapping up each new squeaky toy, rope pull, and stuffies, while they hoovered over my back the entire time. I was caught, but I continued to wrap!

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But I made a mistake. When wrapping up a larger stuffie, I pushed down on it while wrapping and it “oinked”! “OMG” I thought and I turned around to look at Nikita and Bella and they were close to drooling! Their eyes were glazed over and the moved in to sniff the wrapping paper. I can’t believe that stuffie gave me away and squeaked on me! (darn stuffie)

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I did not think much about the toys after I placed them in their Christmas stockings and a few under the tree. The dogs sniffed their stocking a few times then followed me into the kitchen where I continued on with my holiday baking, and was glad to know that I got everything all wrapped.

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Then last night after dinner, Nikita went back into the living room and never left. She just sat there, in front of the tree and her pink Christmas stocking and looked at it. I watched her as she scooted closer and closer to her stocking. Then she laid down right in front of the tree and stayed there the entire night. We thought it was the cutest thing we have ever seen, a dog who was getting excited about Christmas presents. I went over to check on her and she looked up at me with those sad puppy eyes as if to say “can I have that thing that oinked?” What a sweet dog. I tried to explain to her that Christmas is not here yet, but all she did was look at me with that sad look on her face. All she wanted was that thing that oinked.

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It was time for bed, and Nikita was still laying under the tree, where she had been laying for hours. I had to do something. I picked up their toys under the tree and removed the stockings hanging on our stocking holder and carried them into another room. Nikita followed. I gave Nikita a hug, kissed her on her nose, and told her it would be ok. She went into the kitchen and laid down.

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I was just amazed on how persistent she was on keeping an eye on her presents under the tree, after one of them gave themself away by oinking. (darn piggie)

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Baby, it’s cold outside!

That is an understatement for sure.  It is officially 21 degrees here in Cleveland, OH this morning, the winds are fierce, and we got snow.  We were surprised when we woke up that we did not get the amount of snow that we thought we were going to get, as the snow was blowing around last night so badly.  The ground is covered, but not enough that I have to shovel the driveway, phew.  But the cold 21 degree temps is what is brutal.

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The dogs love it!  And they should!  Anyone with four legs would run like crazy through all that white stuff with a great big smile on their face.  It’s funny to watch when their paws touch the snow.  It’s like something “clicks” in them to say…”RUN” and run fast, and run in circles!  I love watching them play in the snow and grunt along the way. (I always call them “snow grunts”)  Zooming in the snow is the thing to do.

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I caught the dogs checking out their stockings the other day, and also sniffing the gifts under the tree.  Of course, I had to grab my camera to snag a few pics, then I actually got them to lay down in front of the tree for me too.  I started to wonder if they could smell their “treats” inside their stocking and if I should hide them elsewhere, but I think they will be ok since neither Nikita or Bella touch things like that.  So they are safe.

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We did get a new addition to our Christmas decorations that peeked the dogs curiosity.  We got an adorable lighted Rudolph that now stands next to our Christmas tree!  Rudolph’s nose even blinks red!  Both Nikita and Bella were not sure what to think of him as we put him together in the kitchen, and they did what any dog would do… they sniffed Rudolph’s butt!

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Today is all about keeping warm and trying to keep the trips outside to a minimal, but that will never happen, as I have already been outside with the dogs about seven times.  I am starting to think that it’s not because they have to “go”, but rather because they want to run around in the snow. Hmmm.  I don’t blame them though, as they love the snow & playing in it. If all else fails, I’ll pour myself a glass of wine.

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Stay warm & cozy!