Kassie Speaks!

Kassie on couch2Woohoo!  Mom asked me to write another article, so thought I’d tell you about our other trip.  It was pretty amazing!  I got to see a lot of really neat things!  There also were some things that weren’t quite so fun, but I’m passed all that now [yeah, right!]

Anyway, let me tell you about it…

The first day we drove to Dallas with Mom’s really good friend.  They had plans to go to something called a musical.  They said it was called Wicked.  I guess it must have been pretty good, cause they were really happy when they got back!

The next day, Mom and I drove to Louisville, Kentucky.  Actually, Mom drove and I rode.  Mom made me sit in the back seat with a special set belt.  That was OK, though, cause that way I had plenty of space to stretch out and sleep. Continue reading

Kassie…the early months

Kassie3 Mom asked me to cover for her today.  She is trying to clean the house, so…. I decided I would tell you a little about my early months!

I was born in New York and when I was eight weeks old, my mom flew there and picked me up.  I spent my first night with my mom in a motel!  This is me on the bed!  I was afraid that it was going to be really scary, but it wasn’t!  Mom and I cuddled, and played.  She ordered something called Chinese food.  She wouldn’t let me have any, but it smelled good.  Mom got up during the night and let me go out to potty.  She only had to scold me one time for starting to chew on a cord.  I didn’t do it anymore.  We had a really good time!  baby Kassie on bed

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I really like motels!  🙂 Continue reading

My World

Kassie on couch2

Hi!  My name is Kassie and I am a Bernese Mountain Dog. If you have been following this blog, you may have already heard about me.  My mom asked me to write this, since I apparently had nothing else to do. I don’t know what makes her think I have nothing to do…sleeping is something! She’s pretty busy today, so I told her I would help out.  I thought I’d write about what I know best–Berners, also sometimes known as BMDs! Continue reading

We Did It!

Today was our last day of obedience class.  Kassie has graduated from beginning obedience!  Now, for a lot of dogs, that wouldn’t be a big deal…but for Kassie, it is!  You have to have a little background to understand.  When Kassie was about 16 weeks old I took her to the National Bernese Mountain Dog Specialty in Louisville, Kentucky.  Unbeknownst to me (at the time)  that time period is a very crucial imprinting time.  I thought it would be a wonderful experience for her to get to see all those dogs and people.  WRONG!  There was simply too much noise, too many people who wanted to touch the puppy and way too much sensory overload.  Unfortunately, it really scarred her.  She developed a real fear of new people and new places.   Now before you think I’m a bad mom and “why in the world didn’t you get her help before now”?????  I did try.  Unfortunately, we were living in a small community that offered no opportunities for her to get out and try to work through some of those fears.  The nearest dog training was 45 minutes away–and the lady that was teaching it, was more into agility and rally than she was into  trying to help Kassie. Continue reading

Get to know my girls!

Let me tell you about my wonderful dogs!

Chips

Chips

Chips

(short for Chips Ahoy—I was into cookies at the time and her coloring reminded me of a chocolate chip cookie!) is a shepherd mix and is about 12 years old. She appeared in my driveway 12 years ago as a puppy with 3 siblings. Someone just dropped them off. SOME PEOPLE!! At any rate, I found a home for one, took two to the Humane Association and kept Chips. She is a sweetie pie, but age is definitely taking a toll. She has severe arthritis and hip dysplasia, so has a difficult time getting around. Mostly, she just stays on the deck on her bed, sleeps and barks when she thinks it is appropriate! I love her dearly.

My second dog is Ebbie

Ebbie

Ebbie

(short for Ebony). When she arrived she didn’t have one white hair on her body! When she opened her mouth—all you could see were her teeth, which was a little disconcerting in the beginning. She is the only dog I have ever been around that actually smiles. At first, I though she was baring her teeth—but as I got to know her, I realized that she only did it when she was really happy. She is another mixed breed. She showed up at my door and proceeded to adopt Chips and me. She is now 10. I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown! She was a fence jumper, but even after the first time she jumped my fence, she chose to come back. I did try to find her owner, but had no success—and now I am thankful that I didn’t. She has a black tongue, so many people think she might be a lab/chow mix. I think she looks like she has some akita. Truth is—I have no idea. She is not a barker—she only barks when it is something really important. She is, however, a howler. Every time an ambulance goes by,  she joins in with a mighty howl! She is one of the gentlest dogs I have ever known and I love her with all my heart.

And then there is Kassie—she was a PLANNED puppy. Kassie is a Bernese Mountain Dog.

Kassie, 2 1/2 years old

Kassie, 2 1/2 years old

I followed the progress of her gestation and birth and flew to NY to get her. It was her first and last flight. At the time she was about 9 lbs. and barely fit in the carrier! I don’t think she is sad about it though. The flight for her was long and hot, as they wouldn’t let me take her out of the carrier. She did OK, but don’t think she really has any desire to do it again! She is very attached to me. As a matter of fact, about 90% of the time, she is within about 10 feet of me. If the other two start to bark, she will go to the door and join in, but won’t go outside. You would think that she would want to spend more time outside—but apparently she reserves that for muddy days when she can play in the mud!!!

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