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Lazy Sunday Morning in Fairmount, January 2012

 

Sadie and Lily often nap in a pile on their favorite chair, covered by their favorite blanket. Lily is watching the street. Sadie is snoozing. Both are resting for the playground visit that is planned for the afternoon. MM & RY 2012

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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

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We are long overdue for an update on the events of notice in the lives of the Fairmount Dogs, Sadie and Lily. Here’s our list, shared in no particular order. Sadie pre and post grooming photos are here for your amusement. MM & RY 2010

1. Sadie encountered a raccoon on the back stoop a week ago. She barked at it, while Lily ran into the living room to hide. The raccoon was bigger than Sadie and smaller than Lily.

2. Sadie was filmed by a parking wars camera crew today. It was not a flattering view. You will see what we mean if at some point some footage of a mini poodle surfaces on the street views in an upcoming Philly episode.

3. Sadie and Lily survived their first 90 degree day of the season, met two new rescue dogs, witnessed a blimp overhead, and scared a lady walking by the playground (simply by being there).

4. Sadie was groomed after a winter of snow crystals embedded in her thick coat. Now she is tiny again.

5. Lily licks the legs of people wearing shorts if we don’t watch her carefully during her walks.

6. Lily charms everyone waiting for the bus in the mornings by refusing to budge from the front stairs until she has thoroughly inspected the whole block. She usually waits for walkers to pass by the stoop so she can follow them down the street.

7. There are quite a few new boxers in the neighborhood.

8. Sadie has a new habit of tossing her raw hides in the air a few times before she chews them. Lily whines throughout the entire raw hide show. The raw hide wars are officially over – Sadie has definitely won.

9. The kibbles we recently purchased are too big for Sadie. She eats them one nugget at a time as though they were cookies.

10. Sadie’s boyfriend Charlie, the Great Dane puppy, has a brother.  Now she is beloved by two young Great Danes.

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Sadie's fixated on the view from her couch

When the sun reappears, Sadie monitors for the sounds of shovels

Sadie and Lily monitor the doors and windows on our street. The view through the window gives a glimpse of the blizzard two days ago. The second photo shows Sadie carefully scrutinizing the sounds outside when the shoveling begins. She barks if its too close, too loud, or too inconsistent. Lily is a little more laid back about the near constant activity outside. Both of them wait eagerly for their opportunity to go for the next walk, snow trek, or quick errand in the car. Everywhere we go we encounter the same joyous little dogs, so happy to be out and about with their people, sniffing ludicrous amounts of information and galloping through mounds of snow. They seem to know this is a once in a lifetime pleasure. Watch Lily go in the video below.  MM & RY 2010

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Sadie in the Back Yard

There is a lot of snow in Philadelphia. Sadie is looking quite tiny against the mounds on our back yard stoop. She enjoys it, yet she’s a little intimidated to be out in the cold without her forever pal, Lily at her side. The dogs are due for a Fairmount walk in a little while. In the meantime, they are soaking up some sunshine in a favorite sunny spot on the stair way landing. MM & RY 2010

Lounging on the Landing

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Lily, of Sadie and Lily

Sadie, of Sadie and Lily

MM & RY 2010

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Sadie is not the only Fairmount Dog that has developed a few new tricks for the new year. Lily has a set of her own cute but also maddening new behaviors to share. Even as the new traits threaten to overtake the old ones, the one thing about Lily will never change is her smooshy, sugary-sweet, social butterfly disposition.

Here’s what is new for 2010:

1. Lily has neglected her favorite chair in favor of the bed, where she now sleeps with her back against all the pillows on the bed with her legs stretched out straight in front of her. 

2. Lily jumps into action much more quickly when we start cooking in the kitchen. In the past she has waited for Sadie to scout the situation. But after two years of Sadie getting first dibs on the really good stuff – like eggs, cheese, and peanut butter – Lily is a lot quicker to join the action.

3. Lily learned to kiss – she shares a teeny, tiny little one on the cheek with her favorite people instead of giving the big slurpy ones. Everyone is dazzled by her gentle ways.

4. Lily and Charlie, the great dane puppy we have mentioned before, have become friends. Sadie is out.

5. Lily is becoming a better walker. She is still not a great walker like Sadie, and she has yet to inspire a map collection, but she is better at pacing herself and seems to enjoy her walks a little more each day. 

MM & RY 2010

 

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