Wednesday, October 28, 2009


For Halloween, I decided to make Spike an Indian war pony/puppy. I haven't actually drawn it on him yet, but I'm hoping this is what the finished product will look like. I am also getting a feather and some beads and I'm wanting to string the feather and tie it up to his collar.
I probably won't end up darkening his tail like I did in this photo, though.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Bridal Veil Falls

Today after puppy meeting, Megan, Hannah, Forte's raiser and I all went to Bridal Veil Falls. It was really fun and I think the dogs enjoyed themselves. Spike just wanted to play with Mara the entire time.

Here is Fullerton and Paris


Mara, Fullerton, Paris and Spike up at the falls.
Spike loves kissing Paris..

Spike with the falls behind him.

Spike resting his head on Paris's back.

Spike and Mara playing, flinging mud everywhere.

Forte, Mara, Fullerton, Paris and Spike.
Spike refused to sit still. Little brat.

Spike kissing Paris again..

He really loves her, though she doesn't seem as enthusiastic.

Spike in the leaves. He tried eating one, and by the looks of it, he didn't like how it tasted.

Spike in the bath after we got home.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Day with the fishes.

Today, my family and I went to the Aquarium! We went to the one in Sandy that just opened up this summer. It was pretty neat. It looked like it was built in an old grocery store building (and it probably was). Spike seemed to enjoy watching the fish swim around.

When you walk into the first room, there is this fake giant frog that Spike was really curious about. He kept pulling on me, wanting to check it out. I made him stand a good 15 ft away from it with me until he settled down. He was just standing there with his tail wagging out of control-- his whole back swaying. He eventually calmed down and I let him check it out. As soon as he realized the frog wasn't real, he found something else he was more interested in. (As you can see by this photo.)
I also TRIED to give Spike a chance to be there without his head collar... however, I put it back on him right after this picture was taken. There were just too many distractions. I'll probably try it again with him at puppy meeting this week. We'll see how he does.

These little fish HELD his attention. He didn't want to take his eyes off them. I eventually had to pull him away. I felt he was becoming a little too fixated. He probably would've sat and watched them for hours.

Here is Spike in a little Canoe display they had.

They have a Stingray petting tank at the Aquarium. The Stingrays seem to like being pet. They would come up and poke their heads and wings out of the water, wanting more loves. The stingrays were so incredibly soft! They felt like velvet underwater. It was amazing.
I had been to a Stingray petting tank before in Colorado, but I don't remember them being as soft as the ones we saw today.
Here is a photo of a Stingray poking it's wing out of the water, wanting more pets from my sister. (You can see me-- in the blue)

After the Aquarium, we went out to eat at Neil's which is some Seafood/fastfood restaurant. It looked pretty cool. I don't like seafood, but I still enjoyed the environment. They had plastic fishing hanging from the ceiling (which was painted like rippling water). It felt like we were under water.
On the bathroom doors, they had a big picture of Nemo from Finding Nemo. I wanted to take a decent picture of Spike by it, but he was rebelling. I placed him in front of the door, and he stared at the floor and wouldn't look up. No matter how many times I screamed or squealed his name, he refused to look at the camera. What a little turd. So here is what I got.

Here is Spike waiting patiently while we ate. I don't know why, but he reminds me of Meade in this photo...

And here is Spike with the Neil's rug.

Oh, and here's Spike and a rainbow.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Nursery Dog

My mom was recently called to teach (coughbabysitcough) nursery at church. She needed help today, so Spike and I went to her class.
It took Spike a little bit to settle with the little kids squealing and playing around. But once he DID settle, he was amazing! When it was time for the kiddies to play with the toys, he just laid there and watched them. A lot of the toys made sounds, and I think that's what kept Spike interested.
At one point, one of the little boys discovered that Spike's nose was wet and cold. He kept poking it and touching it and continually shrieked "It's cold!". I was amazed that Spike just sat calmly while his nose was being prodded by little fingers. He usually gets all worked up and excited when little kids come near him.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Hotels (or Motels) for guide dogs?

I am going to be visiting my friend at Fort Huachuca, Arizona at either the end of this month or the beginning of next month. I'm getting a ride with his parents and they said they don't mind if Spike tags along.
We will be staying in one or two different hotels/motels (not sure which one(s) yet) however, I don't know if the companies will allow him into their rooms.
Have any of you taken your PITs into hotel/motel rooms? Were there any issues?

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Invisible Dog

Today, my dad, my sister and I had dinner at Winger's (and obviously Spike came along). The hostess seated us and Spike took his place under the table. The waitress came and we ordered our food. When we finished eating, we all got up from the table right as our waitress walked past, she then said "Was that dog there the whole time?! I didn't even notice."
That comment put a huge smile on my face. He was such a good boy. :)

Friday, October 2, 2009

Big Boy Collar

Yesterday Spike upgraded to his Big Boy Collar. He's growing up!
The collar is actually still a little big, but the baby collar was getting too small. I could barely put two fingers under it.
And I guess Spike WILL NOT be getting neutered at 6 months. Still trying to decide if that is a good thing or not. :]