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Sadie’s Vocabulary

Sadie contemplates next move from her hiding place under the throw.

Sadie, of Sadie and Lily, has a large vocabulary. It suits her since she is a vocal dog. She may be small in stature but she never misses an opportunity for her voice to be heard. Here’s the rundown:

Go Sadie Go *runs real fast, especially up the stairs*

Go home Sadie *darts down the block to our stoop and waits for door to open, Lily lags behind*

Wait Sadie *stops and retreats*

icccckkkkkk *considers NOT eating something she is sniffing*

Off *jumps off furniture and jumps back on again, as if it was the most fun a dog could have on earth*

Mine *Sadie yawns to pretend that she is ok giving up on a toy, rawhide, or nugget of food*

Sit Sadie *Sadie sits!*

Let’s Go Sadie *Sadie trots with you to the next destination*

Up *Sadie has permission to hop on the bed, chair or sofa and does so in an instant*

Right Now *Sadie must come immediately because she is lost in the forest, thick bushes, or some other place more interesting than her walk route*

MM & RY 2011

Sadie and Lily have started today in full throttle. They have been chasing each other through the house hoping for a treat, toy, rawhide, or outdoor activity. Sadie already enjoyed an egg. They have shredded a toy and left it on deck for future playful activity. Lily is angling for a coveted can of food. She nudges the can with her nose since it is on an open shelf near her food station. Sadie is currently playing possum. She likes to pretend that nothing much will interest her by fake-napping on the sofa or on Lily’s chair. The nano-second that we make a move for the door or kitchen Sadie will present herself as Ready-To-Go. Lily will carefully study Sadie the squirt. If it looks like Sadie is on to something big, like a car ride or extra tasty treat, Lily is in. Otherwise, she will not be bothered to lift her head from her resting position. MM & RY 2011

Sadie Playing Possum

Sadie Playing Possum

Lily keeps an eye on Sadie

Lily keeps an eye on Sadie

Morning Nap

Morning Nap

Toy on deck

Toy on deck

Lily wants the can

Lily wants the can

Sadie and Lily love to play at a place we call the playground. It’s a corner of Fairmount Park that has been taken over by dogs in the mornings and afternoons near the Art Museum in Philadelphia. Today we were mostly on our own. Lily enjoyed thrashing on the dirt. Sadie investigated all of the smells and scouted out our route. At times Lily, our stubborn boxer, decided she did not want to go. Everyone had a great time because spring is in the air. Here are some photos of our walk. MM & RY 2011

Sadie the scout

Sadie the scout

Lily lounging

Lily lounging; sometimes we call her Lily the Lounge Lizard

Sadie is on Nose Alert

Sadie is on Nose Alert

Sadie and Lily run to greet Max

Sadie and Lily run to greet Max

Lily rolls it out

Lily rolls it out

Sadie investigates paper in the forest

Sadie investigates paper in the forest

Lily refusing to walk home - typical

Lily refusing to walk home - typical!

Sadie's Window

Sadie's Window

Sadie lives in her window several hours each day. We try to keep it smudge-free, but that is a difficult challenge since she really does enjoy that spot. Most of our neighbors will support our claim that Sadie attends to footsteps, car noises, and sudden thumps of all kinds from her window perch. She closely watches all of the people entering and leaving their homes in her line of sight. She has a keen ear for activities at the bus stop and local restaurant too. Her responses to these stimuli include her trademark low pitch grumble growl, her sharp “what do you think you are doing/who do you think you are walking by my house” bark, and what we call bark-fest.

Bark-fest occurs several times per day. The mail carrier is almost always on the receiving end of bark-fest. Only a vigorous morning playground¬† visit can prevent it. The folks who drop off restaurant fliers in our mail slot regularly get a dose of bark-fest. Most of all, our dog-walking friends enjoy Sadie’s bark-fest. Some of her friends will hop up on our stoop in the hopes that Sadie will come out just at that moment. And, every once in a while she does! Her best friend at the moment is Max, a two-year old cutie who is smaller than Sadie. He adores her and surprisingly, she likes him too! Through all of Sadie’s noisy and smudgy window behavior, Lily-the-Smoosh naps in her chair. MM & RY 2011

 

Lily, Blanket, Pillow and Chair

Lily, Blanket, Pillow and Chair

 

Lily is Going Gray

 

Lily the Smoosh Up Close

Here is a recent photo of Lily, AKA the smoosh, up close. She is going gray at just four years old. We think her best pal, Sadie – AKA our mini poodle and first class squirt, taunts her mercilessly. Lily’s disposition is nearly always sweet and good natured. But every once in a while she lets Sadie know that she is number one. MM & RY 2011

Sadie is looking fashionable today because she was just clipped yesterday. Lily has been witnessed to run at full throttle on the playground all week now that the snow has melted and the ground is somewhat dry. Here are some photos of the dogs from the last few months while we have been on hiatus. MM & RY 2011

Sadie is in her usual position, at the top of the sofa looking out of the windows. She is always on alert. She is the alarmist and Lily is the muscle.

Lily, AKA the smoosh, has a lot of unique positions on her favorite chair. This one is her super-duper puppy curl, when she is the tiniest she can be despite her "almost" 80 pound body.

Sadie is shown here at her shaggiest. When we can't see the eyes, it is time for a visit to Barbie the groomer.

Lately, Sadie and Lily's favorite chair is draped with two striped blankets plus the girls themselves. Every day in Fairmount ends the same way - with Sadie and Lily huddled together something like this.

Sadie and Lily

Sadie and Lily after their Tropical Pawadise Pawpawty DJ Duties

Sadie and Lily enjoy their DJ duties at monthly Pawpawty events organized by Twitter Anipals to raise money for animal charities.  The girls have their own Blip.fm station here. Today the Pawpawty theme was Tropical Pawadise. You can read more about the event here.   We shared tunes from Brazil (the Tropical part) and featured musical artists from Philadelphia (the paradise part Рat least as far as Sadie and Lily are concerned)! MM & RY 2010

Sadie, woofed out

Sadie, woofed out

Lily wants her blankee

Lily wants her blankee