Friday, July 27, 2012

Nikki Post: Kitty & Pup

Let the parade of pictures begin!

Tasha is a big fan of lying on us to sleep because Steve & I make great furniture. She also loves showing her belly but doesn't like her belly to be rubbed for too long. :p

Tasha on Steve's leg, contemplating why her bowl is always empty when she wants noms the most.

Tasha LOVES "sbuggling" Steve, especially his bare legs. I tell him it's because he's just as fuzzy as she is. ;)

Even though it's not *really* allowed, I like to let Eva go off-leash at Babi Yar Park. As you can see, she LOVES it. Eva especially loves it when someone chases her. She run loops and loops and loops around the person, even if they've stopped running. Happy, happy dog. :)

Of course, too much running around makes a little pup sleepy, and our sofa makes the perfect bed.

Nikki Post: Puppy Playdate

A while back, Steve and I took Eva to visit with our friends Lauren and Lisa, both of whom have dogs we thought could be good friends with our pup. Lauren is also our dog walker, so we figured that if the socialization experiment went south, she'd be able to intervene and keep everyone chill. As it turns out, HER dog Sneakers was NOT interested in playing with a bunch of spastic dogs. Lauren was pup-sitting for Nala, who also wasn't very interested in playing, but was at least game enough to wander around while Lisa's dog Shao Khan and Eva acted like best buddies on crack.

Warning: I was NOT paying attention to the fact that I was recording sound, so you'll get to hear our conversations while watching the video. If you dislike cursing, just mute the video; you won't miss out on anything really cute, puppy-wise.


Warming up!

As night falls, the pups wind down (relatively speaking).

Nikki Post: What's Happier Than A Happy Dog?

As I'm sure all of you (even my few international readers) know, last week a psychopath went on a shooting spree in a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado and killed a dozen people while also emotional scarring hundreds of other people. Everyone I know out here is thankfully okay, and the response from the community has been overwhelming positive. Luckily there haven't been many copycats, mainly thanks to the vigilance of various police departments across the country.

I've been looking for something to post to the blog to act as filler between adventures and also make some people smile. Good fortune (and my local animal shelters) have given me two adorable pets and a camera phone to record their silliness, so I'm going to make three posts full of pictures and videos of my pup and kitty. I hope you enjoy them and that you share them with someone you know who needs a smile.

Eva's Adventures at the Dog Park

Cherry Creek State Park has an off-leash dog park for members and the general public to use to give their pooches some much-needed running around and socialization. I've taken Eva there three times, and she's LOVED it. She's also very good about coming when called (thanks to treats) or at least "checking in." She loves to play with other dogs in the water and run through fields sniffing stuff and pooping in REALLY inconvenient places. She hurt her paw the last time we went (she was playing too hard), so it's been a while since we've been there. However, we're camping the first weekend of August, and the dog park is one of our top locations to visit.

Running through the water is one of her favorite things in the world. Throw a ball for her, and she's in Heaven.

One part of the creek area is accessible only by throwing oneself down an eroded shore. Eva is REALLY good at running up and down the side.

This video is from her first time at the dog park. We weren't sure how she'd do, but she was a hit with everyone, dogs and people both.

Part two of her first time at the dog park

The most recent time Eva was able to go to the dog park. It's much more fun after there's a little rain, and the water level is decently high.