Saturday, April 30, 2011

APRIL 30th Workin' on the Tude, Part 1

Hi there Journal & Friends,

I'm working on my attitude, really I am. :-}

So... here are my Before n After Tudes:

Before: Whine whine whine... she just has so much energy, it's hard to keep her busy and out of trouble, cuz she's not totally potty trained yet.

After: I'm thankful she is about 75% potty trained, so I can let her run around a bit, under supervision. 

And cracking the patio door open an inch, 
with Vevie outside and Joey inside, kept Joey occupied 
for almost 5 whole minutes, trying to reach Vevie. :-D

I let Vevie in... and she instantly got tackled. But she 
likes Joey now, and keeps coming back for more.

Vevie is backed into the corner under my desk.

Can I come out now... is it gone??

Time for a new diversion... I stole Vevie's EggToy, 
and hid some of Joey's lunch kibble inside.

Hey... what's this??

Oh I see... hit it with my paw...

Aha! A treat!

Hey... that's MY toy, grumbled Vevie.

All empty... now what are we gonna do, huh? huh?

PS: Thanks for all the great ideas, suggestions and concerns. To answer a couple of the comments... walking your dog is a great idea, if you can walk. Wish I could. But right now I am still in the powerchair 90% of the day. I am working on building leg muscle as pain levels permit. I'm hoping that getting lighter will put less pressure on my knees, and hence less pain. I have no cushion left in there... it's bone on bone, crunching merrily along with each step! And yes, I checked into knee replacement surgery. I was told I was not a good surgical candidate, due to the weight, and they wouldn't do it. So... another reason to get it off, yes?

The Escapades of Joey.....

From Dr Phil's book: "Your thoughts powerfully program you."

My verse for today: "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."

My quote for today: "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." --Winston Churchill

Enjoy the Journey,


DAY 624


Deb Willbefree said...

First, too cute. I'm glad Vevie is willing to play. They must be fun to watch. And--75% trained? You're a miracle worker! Wahoo, you!

I've been thinking about a couple of things. One--I don't know what your outdoors is so this may not be possible, but can you walk Joey while you ride in your scooter? If you have the space and can manage it without running her over (which may be quite a feat), it might use up some of her energy.

Two. If Jim is gone 10 hours a day, that leaves 14 hours. If Jim sleeps 8 of those hours (Oh, to have 8 hours sleep!), that leaves 6 hours. Right?

Joey is Jim's dog. That means that you get SIX hours to yourself. If you're on puppy patrol all day, he gets her when he's home. I know he works odd hours, but I'm hoping that a few of the home hours could work out to be YOURS.

Just a thought. Which I'm sure you've thought of--but I suggested it in case you were being bashful about dumping the pooch and locking yourself in your studio...or them in the laundry room or outside Whatever works.

(I dont' care if he works all day and is tired. You've done your duty, girlfriend, she's his dog.)


Kimberley said...

Loretta...turning it around just makes the sun shine brighter doesn't it???

Glad you are having some fun with Joey!

Hugs to you lovely lady!

Anne H said...

Luv ya like a sister I never had!

'Yellow Rose' Jasmine said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better about your helping with the puppy patrol. Finding balance in this will be a good thing for all areas in your life.

Rettakat said...

DEB: Ha ha ha... I had to chuckle at the math. Oh, only if it worked that way. Jim gets home around 8:15pm, if he comes straight home. My mornings are spoken for, with preparing meals for him to take to work, and then chores. By the time he gets home, I'm done in.

I admit I watch the clock, and am as happy to see him as Joey... so I can pass the pup. But as far as creativity at the end of the day... well, by that time, anything that hurt "some" earlier, will be hurting "lots" by then. I used to have my best time set aside for projects... between lunch and dinner. I was truly "awake" by then, but not worn out. Loved that time of day. Well, not as much as Hoot owl hours, but I can't do that anymore. :-}

Anyway, I definitely am working on a plan. I am trying to be patient while Joey finishes potty training, and learns to use her doggie door. I think those will help a lot. I am hoping to wear her out with play, training and puzzles all morning so she might sleep after lunch... one can hope.

I wish our street had sidewalks. But it's a fairly busy residential street, with gullys on either side of the road. I don't plan to ride my powerchair down the street in the car lane any time soon, LOL!

So that's why I am looking for ways to give her exercise and keep her little mind engaged. I sent for a puzzle toy for dogs. You put treats, or kibble, or bits of broccoli, or frozen canned pumpkin (for hot days), or whatever, inside of it, and they bat it around to get it out. Supposed to keep them busy for a LONG time. We'll see... :-)

Oh yeah... I laughed so loud when I read your comment, Jim wanted to know what was so funny. So I read him your comment! He took it good natured, and smiled... he was watching tv, with Joey asleep in his lap. Yep... he pulls hard duty! Riiight...

Diane Fit to the Finish said...

Such cute little pets! We have a dog and a cat who like each other, but it took a bit of work. We had the dog first, then introduced the cat! Wishing you well on your weight loss journey!

Christine said...

get a kong...put peanut butter in it and freeze it..that is 30 minutes right will figure it out.

Rettakat said...

CHRIS: Oh, frozen peanut butter. Hadn't thought of that. I have a doggie-bone shaped kong, with the ends hollowed out for treats. I'll try that with a little dab of frozen peanut butter today. Thanks!

dailyseeking said...

The puppy is soooo cute!

foolsfitness said...

a bit howdy from Fools Fitness and a thank you for thinking of me!!! It's been a time but I figured out how to post from a library computer bringing a jump drive from my home and just posted.

thanks again for your thoughts!- ALan

M Pax said...

Love the photo of Joey tackling Vevie. lol My cats would be sulking.

Attitude is everything. It's the key thing I changed that let's me stick. Then at some point you'll come to prefer what you're doing for yourself. Why? Because it makes you feel better.

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