Friday, August 5, 2016

Hi Everybody,

Charlie here!

Guess who is growing up? Yup it's me!!!
I am now over 50 lbs .  Started at 12 lbs back in March.

I am wearing a large harness and Mama's says that since I am getting better with not chewing  things, I can use a real leash, not the chain.  I did like chewing on the chain though.  I have most of my big girl teeth, just missing a few.  Mama wants to brush them but you know I don't like it. She fools me sometimes and puts a little peanut butter on the brush and then it's okay.
I am eating 3 cups of food each day.  I really love to eat but Mama says I eat way too fast so she only gives me half and then gives me the other half when the dish is empty which is in 15 seconds.   I really think that gets me to eat faster because I want to make sure I get it all.  Sometimes she puts all my food in a Kong Wobbler and I have so much fun knocking over to get out all my dinner. It takes longer and Mam thinks she is tricking me to eat slower. Well it works.
Still get puppy food and can't understand why I don't get big girl food. Mama says I need all the special nutrients (don't have a clue what that is) because I am still growing.  No problem I love it all.
I wake up at 5:30 a.m. every morning. That is because I  sleep longer and don't need to wake Mama up at 4:30 like I used to do.  Mama is sure happy about that.  And guess who is not having any accidents in the house?  Yup - me again.  Hurray.  See I really don't understand all this human stuff and I'll go wherever and whenever but my mama frowns on going potty in the house  so I sort of got the message that she is so much happier when I go outside.  Gotta keep Mama happy.
Let me tell you about some scary stuff.  Well about 2 weeks ago I just got scared when I saw strange things and some people and some sounds and lots of stuff.  My heart was pounding and Mama tried so hard to explain that these things were normal.  I said "But the dark ? and the Garbage bags? and the man with the beard?" She said "Sure Charlie- it's ok" and she took me over to see each thing with some treats of course.  So I'm ok now.  Mama said that this happens during teen years and we just need to get past it.  Glad it's done. My mama is so cool and she never makes me do anything that I am afraid of doing.   Guess you're wondering if I still am afraid of the BIG, BIG ocean - Oh well -sort of still.  She said it will come with time and that someday I will have so much fun jumping in after my ball.  We'll see. 
Mama left me last weekend. Can you just believe that??  She always takes me places but said I could not go on this trip. Well the nerve. She seemed a little nervous so I pretended to be real brave.  Had a nice lady come take me out a bunch of times and it was ok.  I got to sleep in the kitchen at night. Wow was that cool, not my crate.  I like my crate at night but this was something special.  I was a very good girl and didn't do any bad things.  Before I knew it, Mama was back and she brought me so many cool toys from Kong.  Awesome! 
We still practice training (don't understand that word either) except that we always have fun together doing lots of new things.  I walk pretty good on the leash, Mama says, and I can stay in 1 place without moving while Mama walks away from me and I can circle around Mama when she says "Around".  I know she loves it and she says I need to do all these things so we can have fun doing more things.  Humans- they just don't get it. I think my mama is an overachiever (whatever that means).   I'm happy chewing my bones and running after balls.  We always have fun. 
I like our nights together.  Before I go night-night, I get to lay down on the big bed with Mama and we do girl stuff.  Just talking about the day and what we did and how much we love each other. You know that kind of stuff.  I am hoping someday that maybe Mama will let me sleep with her on the bed at night.  I'm not going to push it right now but it sure would be fun.  
Today Mama does not have to work so we are chilling out together at home.  NICE!!!!
See ya,

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I'm back!  So very busy with my new world.
So let's get caught up again.
I am now about 45 pounds.  Getting to be a really big girl. I am so...............hungry all the time.
Mama gives me about 6 cups of doggie food.  I get some in the morning and some late afternoon. No more noontime.  Mama said I need to do what big girls do and they eat 2 times a day. Bummer!!

Mama and I go to bed about 9:30 or so.  Sometimes I don't want to go to bed that soon and I might act a little bratty but I am really tired so I go in my crate and don't really protest-not it will do any good anyway! I am an early bird (even though I'm a dog). I like to get up early to go potty.  It is still pretty dark outside , maybe 4:30 or 5.  Mama says "Oh Charlie, Really???" You would think she would get used to my time but she is a good Mama and takes me out.  Then I play in the kitchen for awhile before I eat. Did I tell you I LOVE TO EAT???

So I had a bath- don't like it-Nope!!! Too wet. So embarrassed - I look like a drowned rat. BUT don't I look cute after Mama's blow dries my hair.
Well I went to my favorite vet, Dr. Godwin. I really think she is cute.  But she did try to do funny things like put on a Chewy mask.  She thought I would be scared but Mama was smart and kept giving me yummy treats. It was ok because Dr. Godwin stayed back real far at first and then she got to pet me with her mask on.  I was so....brave and it was fun. 
For the serious stuff I think she has poked me with every needle possible but you know what I don't feel it cause Mama always gives me good treats so I don't care.  I even got micro-chipped so if I get lost, which I will never leave home, I promise!, someone can get me back to Mama.
Mama and I go to work everyday.  Mama said I am her big helper.  We have so much fun.  I get to play with the big dogs.  We run, run, run.  I love Cali, Sassy, Milly, and Cora the best.  Mama won't let me play with Shoals cause he is REAL big!   Sometimes I show the other dogs "how to do it". Mama is real proud when I walk nice on a leash.  I want her to look good with the other people taking classes.  
Sometimes I just play by myself.  I had lots of fun in the pool with empty bottles.  They made lots of noise and it was fun to steal 1 or 2.
Mama and I also practice having me go to a mat.  Don't know why she thinks it is important but I do it to make her feel good.  Mama says it is important and will help when kids read stories to me when I get bigger.
Guess who helped Mama with a program last week? Me, silly.... Mama and I helped some girls practicing to be babysitters at the hospital to practice petting me and she told them what to do if a dog is in the house where they baby sit.  I learned a lot and got so much LOVE!
Well gotta go again.  Need to take a little nap.  Mama and I went to the  beach real early this morning.  Not yet ready to go in that big ocean but I got my paws a little wet.  I even jumped up into the back of the van into my crate! WOW was that a big jump!
Hope everybody has a nice 4th - This is my first.  Mama thinks I am ready if I hear some big bangs but she will have the TV on very loud just in case. She doesn't want me to be scared.  I love my Mama!!!  
Licks and love, Charlie


Monday, May 30, 2016

Well Hi Everybody!

Bet you thought I got lost or something.
Life is just so exciting that I can't keep up with all my fun things.
Wow have I been doing things. Lots of fun things.

Let me get you caught up.  I now weigh 33 pounds.  I am really getting to be a big girl.  That's what Mama says and she knows everything. I am  always hungry and I eat 6 cups of doggie food a day. I know you think that is a lot but I am a growing girl.  Mama feeds me 3 times a day.  We start at 5:30 in the morning. and then noon and then 5 at night.  I can't wait for each meal to come.  So........hungry!!!

Now you probably are wondering how my potty breaks are doing.  Well I really do try and Mama tries but sometimes she just forgets that I need to go a lot.  I don't want to blame her. She is just a human.  I don't see what is so wrong with going when you have to go.  Mama says "Oh Charlie I messed up and missed your signal to go out"  Honestly sometimes I just squat and forget about asking to go out. This potty stuff is not easy.  Mama is good and never yells at me.  She just cleans it up and then takes me out again.  I think this is why I spend all my time in the kitchen-not that I'm complaining because it sure smells good when things are cooking.

Mama takes me out for little walks now because I have all my shots.  I was very brave seeing Dr. Godwin and her staff.  They are nice to me and give me lots of treats.  They laugh at me and that makes me happy.  Here's a picture of us together.
I have had a fun 3 weeks with lots of friends coming to see me.  There was Aunt Linda from Virginia. We went to the beach and Mama and Aunt Linda threw sticks for me. Mama and Aunt Linda went to college together.  I don't know what college is but I pretended that I did.  Aunt Linda had Lily's sister. Lily was my Mama's dog before me.  Sad story she said.  Someday when I get bigger she will tell me about Lily and her other doggie, Dallas.  Now she just cries when she tries to explain. 
Ok so let's get back to fun things.  Here is a picture of me getting the stick  that Aunt Linda threw.
Then Maggie and Jonny came to visit me from California.  They are so much fun.  Maggie laughed at me and put me in her lap.  Mama was a little nervous I think.  She was afraid that I would hurt Maggie with my super sharp teeth but I was a good girl.  We went to the beach again and went for a walk in downtown Beaufort.  Lots of humans and it was a bit scary but I found out that if I look really cute and don't bite humans they give me treats when I go in their stores.
Here's a couple  pictures of me on the beach and with the family.

 Then to even have more fun Mama's friends from Virginia came to visit - I don't know what a Virginia is but it sure brings nice people. I met Sam, Jessica and a little human, Baby Carys.  They took the baby to the beach and I stayed home-Boomer!! But we then went to the park and played fetch.  Gotta say I am getting pretty good at that stuff.  Mama throws a stick and I go get it and it makes  my Mama so happy when I bring it back to her.  Here I am with the little human
Ok it's time again.  Gotta go and get my dinner.  Did I say I really like to eat.  I promise I will not take so long to get back to everyone again.  Woof!Woof! Charlie

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Hi Everybody,

My name is Charlie and YES I am a little girl puppy. I'm 13 1/2 weeks olds.  Don't you think I'm cute!!  My mom thinks so - I'm sure of it.

So I bet you want to know something about me.  I can't remember much of the beginning but Mom told me I have 10 other brothers and sisters.  I haven't seen them in awhile. I missed them so much when I went to my new home with my human mom.  I cried a lot when I left but it's ok now.  My human mom, her name is Mama, short for Mom, is a nice human and well she and I are going to do great things together - that's what she told me and I believe her. 

Ok, so a little background.  I was born on January 28, 2016 in Norlina, North Carolina and lived at Golden Rose Kennels.  My human person was Julie Cooke.  I think I would maybe know her but not sure.  Maybe a couple of sniffs and that would do it.  - You know I have a good sniffer!

As you can tell already, I am a puppy going in all directions.  I start something but then oop! I change directions. Maybe just a leaf on the ground - I love to chase leaves and chewing on sticks is so awesome.  Now that I'm maturing, I am not so much into stones but they sure were good for a few weeks.

I hope you'll follow my story.  Gotta go- no I mean I really gotta go potty.  I'll be back soon to tell you more.  Woof-Charlie