Saturday, May 28, 2011


Well, it's a nice beautiful long weekend here and like many other folks, we spent a good part of the day getting our yard straightened up.  I was making dinner inside, and I heard a little commotion outside.  I found this . . .

I am trying to find the positive in this - good balance?  At least she sat?  The fur is beginning to grow back where she had her IV from the spaying?  Help me out!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Peeps on Parade

My Peeps!

Hewwwwoww!  Finn here.  Mom decided that we're participating in the Memorial Day Peeps on Parade event, sponsored by our friend Sarge.  This is my favorite of the peeps, Dad!  Dad owns his own painting company, and always says that no matter what kind of day he's had, I am always there for him.  When he walks in through the door, he gets down on his knees, and I come over and give him a big hug.  Mom is convinced that I like Dad best because Dad's always down to PLAY!  Here we are playing tug-o-war in the front yard.  I can get some good air when he flings me around! 

I know, I know, mom says no chewing on the leash, but it is soooo much fun.  Mom's the one behind all the pictures.  She works in an arts-based non-profit, whatever that means.  She likes to take me for long, long walks.  And I love it, but then she's always asking me to sit, heel, speak, come, stay.  Whatever lady, just give me a treat!  And stop taking pictures - you're blinding me!

I'm just kidding, I love Mom too, she takes me to work almost every day.  These are my peeps!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

It's Sleepy Time...

I don't have any photographs to illustrate my point, but I have a question I could use some advice on...

Finn usually starts to doze off at about 7pm (we're up at 5am for work, so I figure this is alright).  She'll fall asleep first under the stairs or under the dining room table, then after twenty to thirty minutes, she'll get up and move into the crate we have for her in the kitchen.  Then after another twenty minutes, she'll come over and put her head on the couch to come up and sit there, (we allow her to sit on one of the cushions on the couch which has her blanket on it) and then she'll jump down and fall asleep at our feet by the couch.  When it's bed time for us humans, she follows us upstairs to her bed in our bedroom, so she's changing into five different positions!

This happens every night.

I've been trying to read about dog's sleeping habits, but I haven't found anything on this kind of moving back and forth.  Is this normal?  Advice?  Just let the sleeping dog lie?

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Finn's First Road Trip

This weekend, Mom & Dad

were invited to a wedding in Lake George!

Since the happy couple 

knew a lot of doggie owners would be coming, they blocked off a set of rooms at O'Sullivan's on the Lake.  We were able to rent a cabin lakeside, and Finn definitely enjoyed herself

despite not being allowed in the lake!

The next day, Mommy had a work meeting in Salem, NY, so the family joined her.  We stayed at the beautiful Hopkins House Farm.  

Salem isn't a bustling town by any means

but Finn definitely enjoyed herself again, being the lady of the manor!

There were some other friends staying there

but this is as close as our little Finn made it to them:

I'd say she was a little scared to say the least!

Or maybe she just likes lying down in confined spaces!  Hope that everyone had a great weekend as well!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Daddy's Little Girl

This is what happens when Daddy goes outside and Finn discovers he is no longer in the house.  (Side note - it really doesn't seem to matter that Mommy is still in the house, but whatever, I digress...)

1.  Finn discovers Daddy is missing and takes a look to see where is he...

Hmmm...Dad is outside cleaning the work van...

2.  Then Finn taps and cries at the door until Mommy brings her out...

I want to PLAY!!!!  Someone play with me!!!
 3.  Then playtime begins...

4.  Then Mommy brings Finn back inside so she can zonk out...until Daddy comes back inside and then Round 2 of playtime begins!  She's definitely Daddy's little girl!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

April Showers Bring...


Took Finn for a little walk yesterday morning before work.  So much to sniff!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Thank you to everyone who thought about us yesterday!  I loved your kind words.  Finn is doing great as can be.  I imagine we will be doing a lot of this the next couple of days...

Have a great week!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Spay Day

This morning at 8am, I will be dropping Finn off at the Levittown Animal Hospital for her spaying.  Keep your fingers crossed for a safe surgery and quick recovery!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Flat George

Flat George visits Oyster Bay, NY!!  Oyster Bay sits on the north shore of Long Island, a suburb of New York City.  Oyster Bay was settled by the Dutch in the late 1600's, was a thriving fishing and oyster town, played a pivotal role in the Revolutionary War, and has been the home to Billy Joel and John McEnroe!

Theodore Roosevelt made Oyster Bay his summer home!  He came to visit Oyster Bay for the first time in 1874, and his home, Sagamore Hill, is now a National Historic Site.  This equestrian sculpture of him sits at the crossroads of town, and was dedicated in 2005.

Robert Moses, king of all Long Island's parkways and parks, proposed a bridge be built which linked Oyster Bay with either Westchester or Connecticut in the 1950s.  The Oyster Bay townsfolk really put up a fight and the proposal was denied.  Here's the view from Oyster Bay and the Long Island sound.

Raynham Hall is a twenty-two room historic house that interprets the life and times of the Townsend Family, from the Revolutionary War through Oyster Bay's affluent Victorian period in the 1870's.
Check them out here.

Planting Fields, once the home of William Robertson Coe, was built between 1918-1921.  This sixty-five room mansion, now called Coe Hall, is a former Gold Coast estate sitting on over 409 acres.  Here's the mansion and the front lawn.  Check out Planting Fields here.

Well, as you can see, Flat George definitely had a nice time running around with me.  Finn, however, was not interested.

We hope you'll download Flat George and take him with you one day too . . .

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Smile, Part 2

Well, I must have been talking about trying to get Finn to smile on command pretty often, because one of my volunteers bought me a copy of 97 Ways to Make a Dog Smile.  I decided to give it a try one night.  (I apologize for some of these blurry pictures, but a moving animal put my photo-taking skills to the test!)

#55 - Top Notch Massage - basically rub the bump on the doggie's head...

Partial smile achieved!

#79 - I've Got Your Nose - grab the muzzle (gently of course) and make a little popping sound as you move away...

 First try - Finn thinks, "What is Mommy doing?"

Second try - Finn thinks, "Hmm, Mommy's hand looks like dinner for tonight..."

"What are doing to me?"

Third try, Finn is running away from me...

Number 96- Patty-Cakes - really more of a hand-over-paw game ... 

No reaction.


I'd say the camera was distracting her a bit, but she's clearly not even looking at me or the camera.

So, in the end, what made Finnie the most happy???

She loves that bully stick!  She can go through an 18-incher in a day!  Maybe I should focus less on making her smile on command and just trying to make the puppy happy!