Lizzie’s List #1

April 10, 2008

Greetings, humans! This is a new feature, written by ME, Lizzie.
Today’s list will feature 6 things my human ought to be buying me more of. (Dogs out there, if your humans aren’t buying these, you’re being cheated out of your rightful due!)

Braided bully sticks1. Bully sticks!

Right now I only get these once a week or so. I think I should be getting at least two every day. They’re very nice to chew on and last much longer than rawhide bones, don’t smell as manky as choo-hooves, and aren’t as fatty as pigs ears.

Skinneez Plush Toys

2. Skinneez Plush Toys

I had one of these before, but my big brother Indy dragged it out onto the porch and it got covered in pecan snot tassles. (The little green beady things that fall off pecan trees this time of year. They’re gross.) Anyway, Mom took it away to wash it and it hasn’t come back yet. Every dog should have at least two of these. They’re good for playing tug with, they squeak, and you can also take naps on them.

Puff Bed3. Corderoy Puff Bed

Okay, I don’t actually have one of these yet, but they have them at Canine Commissary, a GREAT pet supply store here in Dallas, and I’ve tried to show Mom how much I would enjoy them the last two times we’ve gone by jumping into the shelf and refusing to come out of the bed until tempted with treats.  These are the big round squishy kind that you kind of sink into, and they’re REALLY NEAT. If a dog bed company or manufacturer would like to send me one to review, I would be very happy to be a celebrity endorser for it- if I liked it, anyway.Talking Cow Plushie (and friends)

4. Talking Cow Plushie

I *LOVE* THIS TOY! (Even if it’s really Malcolm’s). He got it for Christmas from Aunt Lindsay (Aunt Lindsay, why haven’t you bought ME a talking cow?!) and it used to moo when you bit it, only I think we bit it too much, because one day it stopped mooing. Mom really likes this one too- she doesn’t bite it but she’s drop kicked it a couple times, so this one is good for humans to play with too.

Pet Attire Ribbon Collars5. Ribbon Collars

I don’t think a girl can have too many collars. I have this one in Rose, but Mom put it somewhere and can’t find it. Boo! I also have a pink, purple and tan striped one, a plain purple one, a pink camo one, and a purple one for dog shows. Oh, and matching leashes for the purple one and Rose-print one.

Ikea Pet Rug

6. Cool Crate Mats & Rugs.

Crates are, Mom tells me, a necessary evil if I want to go places. BAH. So soft things to burrow in in my crate are very nice. I have this mat from Ikea. There is a matching pillow/bed but I don’t have that yet. I also have a plain sherpa fleece one, but Mom put that under the coffee table for Indy during the last thunderstorm and I like to lay on it there and chew, so Mom has left it there.



Happy holidays! I’m ready for a nap!

December 26, 2007

I’m so glad all the Christmas rush is over!

There was no agility this past week due to the holiday, but we did have a class Christmas party at a local restaurant with outdoor seating. Lots of fun and Lizzie was a big hit. She even got to meet a few people who knew what a mittelspitz was, having seen the breed previously on a trip to Crufts! Cool beans!

Today we did family Christmas and Lizzie did not attend, since we don’t trust her not to eat ornaments or be otherwise naughty when she’s not being supervised. Mal and Indy, however, did attend, and opened her presents for her. They all got new fluffy faux sheepskin crate pads and some new toys.  *I* got a dryer for the dogs, a furminator, and some clothes and money for my trip next month.  Mal also got a bed for my bedroom (he likes to steal my pillows) and Indy got a new hedgie.

Lizzie also got a bag of bones, a tennis ball, and a rope bone from Lindsay! (Mal got a REALLY annoying cow from her that moos when he squeaks it. It needs to die.) All in all, a great haul!

I hope your holidays were happy and bright! Drive safely home, or have a good night’s sleep if you don’t have any traveling to do!

well poop….

December 14, 2007

It’s been raining on and of here since Tuesday. Yesterday was beautiful but still muddy, so agility class got canceled and the greenspace outside my apartment is a flooded mess because it didn’t drain! We played indoors instead. Hopefully next week will be nicer. Tonight we’re going to go to Petsmart and watch the fish…


August 17, 2007

This blog was created to chronicle the growth of a German Spitz puppy.

The Spitz family of dogs is familiar to most pet owners, encompassing a huge number of breeds with similar features- erect ears, typically curved tails, and thick, dense coats to protect them against the cold. From the toy spitz breeds such as Pomeranians to the giant Alaskan Malamute, the Spitz family is a delightful one with a breed to suit nearly all homes. In Germany, Spitz refers to a specific breed of dog which comes in five varieties- the Wolfspitz (called Keeshond in other countries), Gross Spitz (or large German Spitz), Mittel Spitz (medum), Klein Spitz (small), and Zwerg (toy or dwarf Spitz, called Pomeranian in other countries.) My puppy will be a Mittel.

The German Spitz is not currently recognized by the AKC, although it is part of the Foundation Stock Service, which will eventually allow the breed to become fully recognized once a breed club forms and sufficient dogs have been imported and registered with AKC. Currently the German Spitz can compete in allbreed organizations such as NADAC and USDAA for agility and the United Kennel Club, and be shown in conformation through Rarities and several international-type show organizations.

I am currently on the waiting list for a puppy that is due in October. Keep your fingers crossed for us!