Sunday, September 13, 2009

Weekend Update

We’ve had another weekend with very little internet connection, but this time I am in Paradise Bakery & Cafe updating Sam’s blog. We’ve had another busy weekend, this time working on our special project – getting our library to resemble a library. So far it has turned into a bigger project then we expected. We bought additional shelves, shampooed the carpets, set up an office space, and have sorted and rearranged the books. We are still not quite done, but I think we are on the winning edge. Sam, however, is bored.

Is this not a cute face?

On other news, our morning walks have taken on new meaning. Sam had his check-up at the vets on Friday and has been told that he is overweight. She did not say overweight, though. She used the three-letter F-word. Yup, she called Sam F-A-T! Tell me, does he look fat to you?

This is the body of a well tuned, does not know he is getting a bath today, precision machine!

We’ve also had to cut down on his bones and treats. This has confused him greatly. He’s been rather quiet this weekend, and we think he is trying to figure out what he has done wrong where he isn’t getting treats like he is used to.

He weighed in at a whopping 92 pounds on Friday. We have three weeks before his recheck. I will let you know how we did! Keep your fingers crossed!

Since last week I presented recommended reading, I thought I might try it again. This time I recommend a series of books printed back in the 20’s and 30’s by Albert Payson Terhune. They aren’t published anymore so you will need to look for them at antique stores, eBay, etc. Originally published as short stories in women’s magazines, they books gained quite a following and were eventually published in book form. They are about his beloved collies, and mainly follow the adventures of Lad, his favorite. Nowadays, they would be classified as children’s literature, but I have always enjoyed reading them. The titles include Lad of Sunnybank, Lochnivar Luck, The Way of the Dog, Grey Dawn and others.

Sam wishes you all the best week!


  1. Our momma has lots of Albert Payson Terhune books. She says that they make her cry so sometimes all she does is cuddle the books and not read them again☺

    Uhm, Sam, being overly fluffy can be a big health risk for alla' us on this earth. Tell you's momma to buy you's some baby carrots for snacks. We like ours with low-cal dip. We is sorry that you have turned really fluffy cuz our momma says it is a curse to humans. We don't think you's is cursed, though. You just needs to eat more baby carrots!

  2. Sam, you should come fishing for crawdads in the creek with me. Mum & Dad say it is keeping me really trim - I can do it for hours without stopping.

  3. I'm sorry to hear about the weight problem. We have to be careful what we eat as well, since we have a TENDENCY to gain more weight than we perhaps need!

  4. look great to me. The walks are nice though anyway..good for the humans :)

    I have been having to watch my treats lately...Mom too :)

    The project sounds like fun...we did that to our place this last week...did some painting..glad it is done.

    Have a great week!

    Licks to you--

    Olive :)

  5. Sorry about the internet connectshuns - thanks for keeping me informed! Have a nylabone like that and looo-oove it! And also sorry about the f-word diagnose. I had the same problem that started when I first came to my furever home at 9 mos. old. Mom got rid of about 20 pounds by radically dropping my kibble (about 3/4 c each am and pm) then adding about 1/2 cup frozen (but slightly thawed) peas and carrots. With a ton of exercise (kong chasing), I dropped those pounds in about five months. Hope that may help. Sorry Sam - I feel bad for you. In the meantime, those books sound delightful!!! I'll have to find a story or two somewhere!
    Hugs xo

  6. Oh man - the "d" word is almost as bad as the "f" word. Dr. Harvey's helped me. Mom did a post on it today. It's really healthy - of course I'm eating twigs and sprouts and I swear I saw her come home with not only lamb chops (FOR HER) for TWO (not one) TWO cupcakes from Buttercup Bakery. And lets just be clear - I won't get ANY of the cupcakes!

  7. Meowee! It sounds like you are swamped. I am having trouble with my computer, so I completely understand about the innerwebs thing. Thanks for taking the time to update us. It's always good hearing from you, my friend.

  8. Green beans are another good addition to the kibble that should help. No one likes to hear the fat word, but it is usually for the pup's good health. We hope Sam makes good progress.

    Woos, the OP Pack

  9. Aww, poor Sammy. My person is trying to lose weight, too, and let me tell ya, it aint pretty.

    Good luck!

  10. Hey Sam! I think you´re looking great. Good luck with your diet, anyway!


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  12. I love when they sleep with their eyes completely closed. Takes me back to puppyhood! Sam, you're such a handsome fella!