Tuesday, May 3, 2011

MAY 3rd Workin' on the Tude, Part 2

Hi Journal & Friends,

Still working on my attitude. I think I am making progress. 

Instead of whining about how hard it might be, I'm trying to be thankful and positive. I mentioned in this post why I felt so frustrated, and the antidote has to do with a favorite quote:

If you don't like it, change it.
If you can't change it, 
then change the way 
you think about it.
(I used to think it was said by Maya Angelou; 
but every time I see it posted somewhere, 
it seems attributed to a different person... 
so I gave up trying to give proper credit.)

We left off The Escapades of Joey with her losing interest in the treat-dispensing toy... cuz it was empty (from Part 1).   She's not dumb!

So, I took her to the backyard, to burn off some more energy.

Here's more Check-Up from the Neck-Up attitude adjustment:

BEFORE: Whine whine whine... I have to stay and supervise, or she will bark at everything, dig to China, and poop in the wrong spot, making Jim mad because I can't tell him where it is. He has a corner of the yard portioned off, and that is "Joeys Corner", where he is training her to do her business. Yeah right, HE is training her... uh huh...Sigh...

AFTER: I am thankful the weather is warming up a bit, and I get to sit in the sunshine while I supervise (sunshine is something I am short of too often). The grassy yard is drying out, and I don't get as much mud stuck in the wheels of my powerchair, which keeps the house much much cleaner. And I'm very thankful that I'm not the one in charge of the Poop Scoop patrol. 

Oh boy, stuff to chew, chase and drag around. :-)
(As always, can click any pics to enlarge)

Hey, Vevie came outside into her playpen! 
(There's a little wire tunnel out to the pen, so the 
kitties can go outside safely any time they want)

Hi Vevie!

Well, I'm all played out... what are we gonna do now??

Time to calm her down, and maybe she will take a nap.
So, off to her favorite spot to be brushed. It's on the front
porch, and she gets to watch cars, bicyclists, 
pedestrians, birdies and bumblebees.
Here is her scruffy raggedy ann before pic...

Hmmm... hard to see the difference. But she is softer, 
and all the grass and twigs have been brushed out.
Ahh, getting calmer.

Yay... she is laying down... maybe she will take a nap??

Hey! A kitty came out to the porch! Is it time to PLAY again???

Before she got too riled up again, I thought I'd see if she would
take a nap in her kennel, so indoors we went. 

Will Joey nap or won't she? Oh the drama...

Tune in next time for the exciting conclusion to 

The Escapades of Joey
 and the
 Amazing Attitude Transformation 
of Joeys Momma. ;-)

From Dr Phil's book: "If you are thinking rationally positive thoughts, your body and brain are energized and primed for success."

My verse for today: "I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies."

My quote for today: "If you are going through hell, keep going." --Winston Churchill

Enjoy the Journey,


DAY 627


Anne H said...

Cutest pup in the world!
With the nicest Mom ever.
(That's you!)

E. Jane said...

She is adorable! Is she a mix of poodle, terrier, and springer spaniel? Whatever she is, she's soooo cute! Anne is right--you are a good mom to Joey.

Anonymous said...

Loretta, I love that puppy.

If she likes watching--and barking at--cars, etc, is there a way you can put her in a safe place to do that....and leave her there for a while?

You really don't need to entertain her contnually to be a good momma. She can watch cars, get borerd and go to sleep all on her own.

By the way, I think the outside yard games were a great idea. :)



Dizzy Girl said...

Loretta this post is so cute. :) Joey is adorable; YOU are adorable too. Thank you so much for the kind and effective words on my blog today too, I needed every comment today. xoxo!!


Dawn said...

what a gorgeous little dog. Your life will be richer for having a Joey in it

Rettakat said...

E.JANE: She is a Miniature Schnauser. Her Mom and Dad doggies were both very small, so she will probably be around 10 pounds full grown. She is a Chocolate Parti... too cute for her own good, LOL!

DEB: Yeah, I discovered she really likes the front screened porch. My only concern is if someone comes in, and she gets out the door... the road is fairly busy with cars. So, I leave the house door open, and keep an eye on her. So far, she drags her new stuffed duck toy out there, and her chew bone, and seems to be content for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Of course, Vevie always follows her out there, so she is not really alone!

Patrick said...

An attitide that is wrapped in being thankful is a fine attitude and one that will serve you well. If Joey needs 4 cats to play with, I am your man!

upinthecosmos said...

What a cutie!

M Pax said...

Get a latch for the porch door, so you don't have to worry about someone opening the door and her getting out. She really is adorable. With all the time you're spending with her, she'll be a very well trained dog.

It's warming up and drying out up this way, too.

I like your cat pen idea. Hope youre attitude adjustment is coming along.

Rettakat said...

MARY: The door has a little locking switch, but we get a lot of packages and stuff that have to be left INside the screened porch, due to busyness of the street.

These people knock on the door, and in literally 2 seconds they are GONE. I can never ever EVER get to the door in time. So, I can't really lock the porch door.

I was thinking maybe a baby gate halfway down the ramp towards the screen door?? They could still leave packages safely inside, but Joey would still get to play in half the porch.

In fact, today she dragged her ducky, her bear, AND her chew bone out there, LOL! And right now she found a sunbeam, and I think/hope she will doze. :-)

Sheilagh said...

She is so cute:)

Thank you for your rant on my blog.
Iam determined my granddaughter will not go down the road we know only too well.

Love n hugs to you lovely lady.


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