Wet Rainy Day makes Cody not Want to Play

Today was a really wet and rainy day.  Unsure of where Spring went but Winter was definitely trying to clay it’s way back.  It wasn’t just Spring showers though as later in the day, probably aroudn 3-4pm the temperature started to drop rapidly.  Right now as I’m writing this it is about 36 degrees outside but if you went out it feels colder because it is so wet.

Even though it’s cold and rainy as most dog owners know… you still have to walk dogs so they can do their “business.”  Today like other days we decided it would be best to use our dog raincoats to save ourselves time from cleaning up wet dogs when we got back from a walk.

I put Cody’s raincoat on, which I could tell he wasn’t happy about, but assumed he would get used to after awhile.  I then started getting ready to outside, putting on boots, getting a raincoat on and then I took a look at Cody.  He hadn’t moved at all from where I put the dog raincoat on him and he just looked quite sad.  I reassured him, “Cody you look good! You look like a rescue dog.” He didn’t seem convinced as he just kept looking embarrased.  Admittedly I did take a picture of him which seemed to add insult to injury as Cody flet wearing the dog raincoat was pretty terrible.  I’m sure he thought, “Yeah right I look like a rescue dog, your taking pictures and smiling.”

I tried to get Cody to move from his position by pushing him and pulling him.  It was no use since his embarrassment ran deep.  To get him to the front door I took off the raintcoat temporarily and he seemed very happy about not having the raincoat on.  Of course I put it back on him before we went out for a walk.

How do you deal with wet dogs on a rainy day?  Have any similar stories you want to share?

As for that bad weather today we can only hope that April showers bring May flowers.


Does your Dog hate Baths? [MEME]

With it being officially Spring now and the weather finally nice and warm and I’m sure all of you are doing Spring Cleaning.  When doing Spring Cleaning I’m sure you include your dogs in the mix.  By that I mean baths.

So instead of posting a picture of the dogs today I thought I would post a funny internet dog meme about bath time for dogs. Check it out.

dogs hate baths

 Loves to swim

And play in water

Act’s like it is the end of the world when it’s bath time.

This is totally Sierra!  She loves to swim and play in water but absolutely HATES baths.  She does act like it is the end of the world when we give her a bath.  I have now idea why as she’s never had a traumatic bath experience or at least that’s how we see it.

If we even if we say the word. “bath” Sierra starts getting frantic and will jump on us if to say, “Please don’t give me a bath.” and “I don’t need a bath.”  It’s actually kind of funny but annoying when we actually need to give her a bath.  Like now since she hasn’t had one for awhile due to the harsh and cold winter.

Cody is not a fan of baths either but he at least tolerates it.  To make things easier on ourselves we sometimes like to use a local DIY dog washing facility.  It can be sort of annoying to have to have wet dog smell in the car for awhile but it saves a lot of time.

How are is your dog when you give them a bath?  Do they put up a fight or do they like getting clean?


Cat in the Yard, Cat in Tree

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.  The dogs are loving that it’s finally nice Spring weather.

This past week we had a cat come into the yard.  Unsure of why a cat would come into a yard with two medium sized dogs and has clear signs that say “Beware of Dog.”  Of course cats can’t read but I thought they had a good sense of smell.  Can’t they smell dogs?  I guess not.

Anyway what happened was I was inside doing work when I heard Sierra, at least I assume it was her, make a loud wailing sound.  It was unlike anything I had ever heard from the dogs so I thought she might be hurt or something.  I ran outside and saw that both Singing Dogs were fine but were clearly chasing and barking at something around the yard.  It seems that they had forced whatever it was up into a tree.  After I walked over and looked up at the tree both dogs were incessantly barking up I spotted what they were annoyed by and thought, “What was it that in the tree?”  It looked like it might be a raccoon or rodent from my angle.  I realized after walking around to get a better view it was a cat in tree which looked a bit surprised by the predicament it was in.

cat in treeI let both singing dogs bark at the cat for awhile since it was extremely hard to control them.  They seemed quite annoyed by this breach of territory and property.  Cody was jumping on the tree and it almost looked it he was trying to climb it to get to the cat.  Sierra just sat and whined, barked, whined some more, and kept barking.  I thought maybe both of them would get tired of doing this but they didn’t let up barking.

singing dogs cat in treeSince we wanted to keep on good terms with our neighbors, and their barking was starting to annoy me, I corralled them inside.  I gave both singing dogs a treat and said, “Good dogs!” since they were guarding the property and house.  I mean that is what dogs are for, right?

I noticed they drank a lot of water since they were tired from all the barking and running around the tree.  Luckily for us they were tired from the whole ordeal for the rest of the day.  Hey, maybe the cat should come into the yard more often. :)

Still what’s odd to me is that I saw the cat in the yard earlier in the day I believe it say both Cody and Sierra, but they didn’t notice the cat.  So I don’t know what the cat would have come back into the yard later in the day.  Maybe it assumed both dogs were not in the yard or were harmless?  We probably won’t be seeing that cat again anytime soon.

In case anyone is wondering later when I went outside I noticed the cat was not in the tree and left the yard.  So at least I didn’t need to get a ladder or call the fire department to get the cat out of the tree.

Ever had an issue with a cat wondering into your yard with dogs?  Did the cat get stuck in tree or get down?  What did your dog(s) think of the cat?

Singing Dogs to be featured in Spy Movie

I have some great news for all of our readers and fans.  The Singing Dogs are going to be featured in full blown Hollywood movie.  Cool, right?

I can’t tell you who is in the movie but I will say some big A-list stars will be in the film (Including Cody and Sierra.)  I can tell you that the movie is going to be shot in several countries which includes Italy, Brazil, Czech Republic, and Britain.  This works well since the dogs are English (of course they won’t be going to all these countries) but some of it will be shot in the United States.  The movie takes place in the present day.  We can say it’s a spy thriller that features a world famous character which was originally a book series.  The books were written by an ex-journalist that used to work in British Intelligence, had a house in Jamaica where he wrote the books, loved drinking, and beautiful women.  It’s the longest running movie franchise in history and half the world’s population has seen these movies.  The main character will be driving an assortment of cool cars including an Aston Martin.  It should start shooting sometime next year, 2015.

Can you guess what the movie is?  If you think you know what this movie is, leave a comment below and let us know.

Another question you probably have, Where do the dogs come into a spy thriller and action movie?  Well, there will be a movie sequence on the street and the producers want a musician with singing dogs to add to the atmosphere.  Apparently it is in the script and they’ve been trying to find dogs that could do this.  Better get practicing as getting Cody and Sierra will sing on set with lots of lights, people, cameras, and distractions.  Sierra sang on “Anderson” with Anderson Cooper and we only had one take.  With this spy movie we will have several takes.

We are pretty excited about it and hope everyone we know is too.

Anyway…Happy April 1st everyone! :)

Oh No! I hate Wearing a Dog Raincoat

dog raincoatsToday it’s been pouring and raining hard all day.  This has made the yard basically the ultimate mud pit and that means… muddy dog paws.  That essentially means we have to spend time cleaning muddy dog feet which is something I have to do, but don’t really want to.  At least Cody and Sierra don’t mind getting muddy, but they aren’t always so excited about the rain.

Even though we let the dogs out in the pouring rain in the yard, we still have to take them out on a walk.  That’s how it is when you have dogs.  I got pretty wet on our walk today and even though I wore a raincoat it was pouring rain so much that got kind of wet too.

It wasn’t the only way that we had to put on rain gear today though.  The dogs had to wear their raincoats too but when it came time to get ready for our daily stroll I asked them, “Do you want to go for a walk” and they both dashed to the door.  Then I brought out the dog raincoats.  Both Singing Dogs got a kind of worried and embarrassed face and ran away upstairs.   I tried to coax them back downstairs to put the raincoats on but it was futile effort.  Both were clearly not happy about the fact they were going to have to wear the dreaded raincoats.  Admittedly I don’t like having to put on the dog raincoats either but it keeps them a lot dryer and saves us a lot of time cleaning dirty and wet dogs.

I went upstairs and both and had holed themselves in a room and place they deemed ‘safe’ from the dog raincoats.  I left them alone for a little while then went in there and found Sierra lying on a bed.  I again asked, “Sierra, do you want to go for a walk?”  She didn’t budge a muscle and just looked at me.  I changed the question, “Do you want to go on a no raincoat walk?”  She perked up and ran over, sat next to me, looked at me, and starting smiling.  Clearly she knew what I said but unfortunately there wasn’t going to be a raincoatless dog walk today. :D

Since I had to ‘bend the truth’ with both dogs when we went downstairs I got out the raincoats again and both dogs got the same faces and started avoiding me again.  After I finally got Cody’s raincoat on I told him, “You look good in the raincoat.” and “Hey, you look like a rescue dog.”  (By that I mean a dog that rescues people, not a dog that need rescuing.)  Cody’s sullen face didn’t seem to agree with any of these encouraging statements though and he clearly wasn’t happy.  Sierra ran away to hide under the table but we finally got her out and put on her Sierra’s raincoat and went for a walk.

The forecast is calling for rain all day today and tomorrow.  At least the snow is not back in Maryland and are having a somewhat reasonable temperature.  Still, it’s hard because both the dogs need to run around a little bit each day since they are built and hardwired for herding sheep I guess.  At least it’s starting to feel like the first days of Spring with Spring showers.  So is Spring here for Good?  Let us know what you think.