Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Happy Birthdayish

My little chocolate bonbon is "this many" (holds up two claws) this week.
We don't know the exact date of her birth, but she arrived at the Humane Society as a newborn on the 19th of August.
Doesn't matter. We celebrate Birthday Month around here. We just bought a cache of dog toys to dribble out to her, over time. She is already cuckoo-wahwah for the monkey with the braided body (good for chewing) and its big fluffy head with a squeaker inside (good for chewing). She loves it so much, she nearly "kissed" its face wide open.
I haven't written about Bartlett for a while, but that's mainly because there's no news. This is a good dog! She seems to adore Cranky and me equally, even though he's the one who always feeds her and picks up those special treasures she drops on the lawn. (They must be special, because he gathers them up with a napkin, slides them into a pretty blue plastic bag, and carries them off to the garage, where... Who knows? Special.)
Bartlett has learned lots of words. We don't try to teach them, necessarily, but she picks them up. Hoo, boy, don't say "outside" unless you are definitely opening that door.
She has calmed down considerably around dogs (she loves them, but just a little too much). The back yard is surrounded on all three sides by families with dogs, and Bartlett no longer does the shameful and embarrassing Wiggle Dance With Whimpering up against the fence.
She has learned the value of a good nap.
And, funny that this behavior came with her maturing a bit, but she is now a nuzzle puppy. Face kissing, ear skritching, neck rubbing... All good, now, all allowed.
We wish you many more happy birthdays, Ms. B.

18 comments:

namastenancy said...

How wonderful to get birthday news of The Bartlett - and even better to read that with age and training, has come some better doggie behavior. See, love is all there is.

cookiecrumb said...

Nancy: She's doing really well. A couple of friends with experience with this type of breed said I coud expect a difficult first 18 months. She did start calming about that time. The hardest little puppy I've ever raised.
(I told my mom we were doing intensive training with her, and she said, "That doggie must know a lot of tricks!")

cookiecrumb said...

ANYBODY WHO THINKS ANGRY BIRDS IS A SEDENTARY GAME HASN'T SEEN MY BODY LANGUAGE

Zoomie said...

Birthday wishes to Bartlett from Cora.

kudzu said...

Auguri, Signorina B!!

Hungry Dog said...

Happy birthday, Bartlett! I know she has a wonderful life and lucky you, cookiecrumb, to get to be with her. She's a gorgeous little creature.

cookiecrumb said...

Cora: Awoo-roof! thanks thanks thanks

Kudzu: Grazie, e molto doggie treats, all around. On the house.

Dog: It's really working out. We're past the "if only she was..." stage. Because of all the training, which she needed, she is now the best dog I ever had. And the training will never stop.

kudzu said...

Do you ever (even occasionally) call her Bartleby the Scrivener?

cookiecrumb said...

Kudzu: Yes, I do! Occasionally. She prefers fountain pens.

Cali said...

Well, happy birthday, Bartlett! My little Jethro just celebrated his first birthday, and Ellie May will celebrate hers the first week of October. I know the three of you would love playing together. Unlike other members of their sub-species, Jethro and Ellie actually LIKE other dogs, even if they aren't Chihuahuas. Perhaps some day we will all share a picnic at a nice dog park.

Ms Brown Mouse said...

Awww, happy birthday month to Bartlett (19th? Same as Mr Brown!) xx

Greg said...

Happy dog birthday! Have a doggie treat on me.

Chilebrown said...

Oscar wants to send Birthday wishes and doggy kisses.

cookiecrumb said...

Cali: Your little hillbillies are so young. What a joy.
Let's think about a meetup. Bartlett is still a bit of a mess in public. Happy birthday to your babies.

Mouse: Oh, to share a birthday with @poormrbrown is more doggie happiness than Bartlett can stand!

Greg: No, have a dog treat on me!

Chilebrown: Sloppy Oscar kisses? Bartlett says Rank Roo!

EB of SpiceDish said...

Happy Birthday Bartlett!!

cookiecrumb said...

EB: Isn't this a good time for a birthday? Merci buttercups.

Kelly said...

naaaw. gotta love a 'noogle'

Kitikata-san said...

Happy Birthday Month Bartlett! You sure are cute!