Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas at the Derx'

This is a long post of pictures and they are out of order. I will just tell what each picture is and you will see how crazy our Christmas was.
Mom sat next to me to help me open gifts and Watty also helped to at times. This is Mom opening her gift card from Ian so she can go buy more fabric.

Maynard enjoyed a rib after dinner from the roast. Watty didn't get a rib but he did get a human bite sized piece of the roast. I guess he liked it because he looked at me for another piece but I told him only on special occasions he gets ONE piece.

Mom laughing as she unfolds my snuggie. She was laughing because Ian and Justin burst out laughing that I got a snuggie. They had said that they talked about that infomercial the other day and wondered who would order that and it was a 30 minute infomercial. Hey it keeps me warm and I am usually wrapped up in a blanket during the winter so its perfect. I just wish I was the person who thought of it.

Ian after he rolled off the couch onto the floor in hysterics when I opened my snuggie.

Watty "helping" unfold the snuggie.

Watty wanted to try the snuggie and see what everyone was laughing at.

Me laughing at the whole situation.

Ian modeling my snuggie. Crazy brother(haha).

Justin and the Christmas underwear everyone seems to get at Christmas time.

Jessica watching Ian open his presents with Houdini in her lap.

Ian opening his "windshield wipers" which Justin wrapped money because Ian never said what specifics Justin needed to get the right ones.

Houdini protecting our gifts under the tree. He was also making sure no one opened any till Ian and Jessica arrived.

This picture is sideways sorry. This is Chip trying to stay out of the way. He got some duck treats for Christmas.

Watty opening his Hide a Bee. He ran around the house with it playing with it while we were opening presents. He even "stung" dad with a bee. The bee was falling out of his mouth and he used dad's back to help push it back in.

I think this is right before dad got "stung".

Every year dad plays Santa. This year he wore his Texas A&M Santa hat I got him last year.

Two of the fur babies enjoying Christmas. (l-r Watty 3 yrs old, Maynard 11 yrs old)

Houdini even got treats.

Dad and my stocking

Our tree

Monday, December 22, 2008

Photo Game

We were tagged by Lisa and Ellie to play this fun game.

Rules: go to your picture folder, and in the 6th folder, choose the 6th picture and tell the story behind that photo. And then tag six more people to play!Only thing I can think to say about this picture is that its is a Ringling brothers and Barnum bailey circus. My cousin Katie and I went for her birthday and it was pouring when we left.


I will now tag:
Sarah & Cobra
Miriam & Mosier
Carlo's Dog Blog
Anne & Chimi
Helen & Opal

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas with kennel cough

Yes you read that right, kennel cough. Yesterday Watkins was in his kennel while I took a shower and as I was getting dressed he barked. After he barked he started coughing/gagging and hacking to where I thought he might stop breathing. A minute or two later he stopped and was fine. Well about 4:30 when the mailman came to the door he barked and it happened again. At that time I called the vet and made an appointment for today. Last night he did it one more time and also this morning. I took him to the vet and he is on "house arrest" unless I need him to go with me and medication. Also we get to have a humidifier going too. Watty loves to keep me jumping.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

5 Months

Wow! I can't believe I have had Watkins 5 months already. We have gone through so much already and I know we have a lot more adventures in the future. After Shocker died and I had to wait it felt like Watkins would never arrive. Class was fun, adventurous, and emotional but having Watkins, Katie, and the KSDS staff there to guide our class through got me through. Once home that's when all the hard work started. We seemed to go backwards instead of forwards. We are working to get back to where we were. We are also trying to teach family and friends to be the alpha so Watkins knows who's boss. The day I got Watkins I was thinking I am going to have my hands full with this wild child. He is slowly settling down but I think its his personality to by wild and crazy. Watty has already been many places and been an angel. We have been to hockey games, the movies, went to see Santa, we even went to the Texas Renaissance Festival.Watkins and I the day we were paired

Watkins 1st hockey game(Aeros won)

Halloween

Texas Renaissance Festival

Visiting with Santa

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Snow in Houston, TX?

Yep you read correctly. We had snow. None stuck though. It snowed for about an hour. Watty and I even went to play in it. He wasn't to thrilled. He told me he has seen more in Kasas and this was NOT snow. *hahaha* Hopefully one day I will be able to play in the deep, stay on the ground, snow ball fight snow.




video

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Hardheadedness

Watty is a mess. Yesterday we went to the mall to shop and see Santa. We were there from 3:30-9 doing Christmas shopping and waiting on pet night to start so Watty didn't get his daily nap in. He sure did let me know he needs it.*laughs* We were in one shop and he decided I needed a sweater and pulled the pile of 3 down, comfort sleep now has dog beds and he wanted the stuffed dog that was on the bed, in Old Navy there was a red toy on the floor(I think it reminded him of the tomato at KSDS because I sure had his attention when it was in my hand) and he picked it up, then he decided at hallmark he needed a webkinz, during dinner he barked, and I also ran his paw over. I was so happy to be home and tired.

This morning my attendant, Olivia, was brushing and putting Watty's harness and halti on while I was doing message therapy. Well this is as far as she got with him while I was busy with massage. After massage he got his harness on. Olivia had put his halti on and was reaching to get his harness and he ran and grabbed his bowl and wouldn't budge.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Things I've Done

Things I've Done. To participate just copy and paste in your own blog, and bold all of the things you have done.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band(jr.high school band)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disney World
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen an eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Thursday, December 4, 2008

A visit with M&M

Yesterday I went to visit Desi who has a 3 month old and a 2 year old. Watty did great and it was so cute because Watty would take Matthew's jacket or toy and I would tell him give because Matthew was pulling it. After I said give Matthew started saying give if Watty had something of his. I also had to say leave it a few times so then Matthew started helping me say that. Matthew also decided to give Watty a french fry which Desi jumped up and pulled it out of Watty's mouth. Its funny but also gross because Matthew still had it in his hand and after Desi pulled it out Matthew decided he wanted the french fry. Watty was so good with all of his antics. I love how Watty is so patient and loving with him. After this day I have decided I need a video camera because I would have loved to share what went on.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Birthday

Today has been a sort of a sad day. Today Shocker would have been 13. I have been thinking of her a lot today. It is kind of hard to not cry while I write this. What makes me not cry is all the amazing times I had with her and all the accomplishments Watkins and I have made over the past few months. I know Shocker would want me to think of Watkins now that she is gone and I know she is always with me. I will never forget her. Love you girl.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving

It is always wonderful celebrating the holidays with family. I was freaking out about how Watty was going to act and I should not have. He was an absolute angel. Yes there were 3 dogs he would have LOVED to play with but we couldn't do it. My uncle doesn't have a fenced in backyard. I did let him meet Luke(black lab) and Millie(English pointer) on leash in the back. They were also on runs. Mister(Maltese) is an inside dog so they were always around each other. Mister did come and tease Watty every now and then but Watty did great. I am hoping the weather is okay on Monday so I can take him to a dog park which he really needs after this weekend.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Thanksgiving worries

I am a little nervous about Thanksgiving. I know Watty will do well but I am just afraid my family who hasn't meet Watty have preconceived ideas about him. I just hope they meet him with opened eyes, minds and hearts before they judge him. It will all be new to him so I expect him to be well behaved but he also might act up. If he does act up I will correct and redirect him. I am ready for my family to meet him and love him.

Friday, November 14, 2008

4 Month Anniversary

Today Watkins and I have been a team for 4 months. He has calmed down in the past months. He is getting better at not jumping on people and helping me out. He is defiantly a protector. He is calming down when we are out and about. He has barked a few times at a Kroger near my house and I need to try and figure out why he is barking. I figured once that he didn't like the butcher that was down the aisle. Yesterday I couldn't figure out why. He did great during Halloween and the Texas Ren Fest. I love my sweet, hyper, crazy boy.

OUCH!!!!

I have really bad edema in my legs. For the past few weeks I have been going to a wound and lymphedema clinic to get them down. It was going real well until Monday. They wrap the legs and feet in cast material once a week. Last Monday they started to do a 4layer compression instead of the una boot to get more fluid out. When they took the first 4layer compression boot off I had a small bruise on my left foot. The doctor took note and said its normal with the first 4layer compression wrap and shouldn't be that tight this time. They re-wrapped my legs and by 1 am that night I was in so much pain I took them off. I have a huge bruise there now. Both legs and feet are very sore and tender at the moment. On Monday we are to start back at square one. If my feet still hurt they are going to have to wait a little longer. I am even on vicodin so I can sleep till my bruise stops hurting.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Texas Renasance Festival

Watkins and I went to the Texas Ren Fest Saturday and had a blast. Watkins did great. There were tons of people dressed and not dressed in everything imaginable. He of course had trouble around the food area but what dog wouldn't? We meet Julie and Achmed from KSDS and the dogs acted like they were long lost siblings. He did great around the kids except the time he stuck his nose in a stroller to say hi to a sweet sleeping princess(he left her sleeping). At the end they do fireworks and at first he jumped but ignored them.
Jousting competition
Watkins watching jousting competition.Fairies

JesterWatty saw this horse three times and the third time he barked at him. Crazy boy.My braid I got

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween

It is late but Happy Halloween. Ours was fun. I found a perfect costume for Watkins but they were sold out plus I was broke. I thought he could go as a hockey fan except my jersey was to big, so he just wore a Halloween bandanna and me a Halloween shirt. Next year we will dress up. Watkins did great he even had his harness off. I thought he might get spooked or bark at decorations because he had when we were at stores passing Halloween decorations. The only time he barked was at another dog after they were face to face(at a distance). He was great around the kids but I think that's because we were constantly moving. The next fun thing is the Texas Renaissance Festive next weekend. I can't wait.Matthew as Rambo
Watkins as a hockey fan
My bumble bee Marshall
A witch peeking out of the window.
Motion sensitive guy that Watkins found interesting.
Clumber spaniel (I think) Watkins barked at.