Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Above, the new Nala, she is still losing her heavy winter coat. Compare her coat above with the coat below. The coat below is from when she was an "outdoor" dog, having spent the winter outdoors in the snow and cold in Colorado.
We have been remiss in keeping our blog up to date. So here goes a lot in a short time.
First, on Saturday we had a very tragic event. The swimming pool was covered for the winter. We did not even get a farewell swim. When they went to Wyoming for a trip they forgot to tell our cousins, who house sat and dog sat, to put chemicals in the pool. The pool turned a very pretty green color, more of an emerald green than a grass green. They added so many chemicals to the water that they considered it dangerous for us to swim in. They finally just covered it and decided to start out again in the spring. It turns out one of the problems was that the pool filter was so clogged with dog hair that the filter did not work, water was bypassing the filter. They took a huge trash can of dog hair out of the filter when they cleaned it out for the winter.
Sunday we had a few friends over for fun and games. Our cousins were having a picnic at their home, over 50 guests, and they did not want to share their food with their Golden friends. Emma, Molly, Piper and Nala came to spend the day. We did have fun, we dug several new holes in the back yard while everyone was off at the picnic. If they have any old cars they want to hide, they are in luck now. Otherwise they may have to bring in a back hoe to fill up the holes.
Then after the picnic our cousins went home, home to a yard filled with picnic droppings and snack remains. One of our humans even dropped a cake in the back yard, there was lots of cake and frosting in the grass and rocks. They sent a message back, "Too bad you were not here, we all had frosting on our whiskers when we cleaned up".
Below, Nala, Bella, Myself (Mogley) and Stella, wait for our afternoon treat.
Nala is busy shedding her "outdoor dog" coat and growing her new "Pampered Golden" coat. After spending a year or more living in the outdoors, braving the snow and the cold, she has been shedding for months. She still gets brushed twice a day and each time a bag of hair comes off. In the "before" photos above, she looks like a rusty sheep with her bushy coat. Now she is looking more and more like a pampered pooch. We are sure glad she is with us now and not banished as an outdoor dog any more. We sure like her, we hope she gets a forever home soon.
Mogley G. Retriever