Thursday, May 22, 2008

Wacky Weather

The weather has been incredibly wacky for SoCal at the end of May. Memorial Day weekend is supposed to be filled with summer barbeques and pool parties! What gives? This morning, I had to force Palmer into the doggie raincoat that I had already put away for the year. He hates wearing that raincoat with a passion, I can tell.

For those that actually read the blog verbiage (and don't just skip to the adorable pictures of the Palmerpie), the picture below is not of Palmer in his doggie raincoat. Its of Palmer in a oh-so-manly nylon vest (as manly as dog clothing can be). Isn't he just the most handsome dog you've ever seen? And his fur is even coming out between his collar like its chest hair. Hah!! I love it.

Marley and Palmer

My sister is reporting back to me that, like Marley in 'Marley and Me', Palmer is cowering in fear and barking at the thunder. Poor boy! I hurt for him.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Palmer Pics

Here are some pictures taken with Janet's camera during the pajama party the girls and I had for my birthday a few weeks ago. Palmer was the only boy allowed!

The beautiful and yummilicious cake Ann made for me. It was flourless chocolate cake layered with light and fluffy raspberry mousse, fresh raspberries, fresh strawberries, all surrounded with pink lady fingers and a beautiful bow. It was heavenly:

Um, what are you guys doing?

What's a pajama party without matching pajamas and face masks? Thanks Rachel!

Here's Palmer at the end of the night ... poor boy.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

I'll Be Home Soon!

Palmer's been suffering from separation anxiety since we've adopted him and though he's improved significantly, I always have this little pain in my heart knowing how crazy he can get when he's left home alone. Pre-baby gate, we kept him in the cold, lonely bathroom while we were gone. Poor kid would panic the moment we left and ended up clawing, chewing, and slobbering away the bottom half of the bathroom door. It was so heart-wrenching to come home to his big sad brown eyes and wood chips scattered all over the bathroom floor. After we got the baby gate, his anxiety was directed towards where the baby gate met the door frame but at least we saw some improvement there. Since last September, he's caused enough damage to the house and now we are ready to put our foot down. Enough is enough! We patched up the area with spackle and paint and even replaced the bathroom door and are dead set on helping the Palmerpie cope with his doggie disorder.

We turned to our obedience school instructor, Penny, for some advice and she recommended we contact Janine from J9's K9s for help. She gave us a few pointers over the phone but we definitely plan to bring her in for a private lesson with our little monster. She also recommended we pick up the following book for guidance:

Doesn't that doggie have the saddest little face ever? Waah! Anyway -- I'll keep everyone updated on Palmer's progress! Wish us luck!

On a happier note, we brought the Palmerpie in for another grooming this past weekend and he came out looking more like a puppy than ever. He's squeaky clean and sweet smelling and its really tempting to cuddle with him to sleep.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Bringing it back...

I was browsing old files and ended up watching this clip over and over again. For those that haven't seen this clip, I caught Palmer trying to reach for his rawhide that was just out of his reach on the bathroom counter. Watch the silly dog in action!