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Saturday, 30 June 2018

30/Jun/18 vacation Day 1


Good morning Cape Breton.

Maximus Handsomius here from my forever home.

I'm being sent off to Doggie Day Care.

Why can't I go with you on "vacation"?

Why can't I stay home with my non-furry uncle Terry?

Are you telling me that my non-furry uncle Terry is going to be at MY HOUSE while I'm over at the Doggie Day Care the ENTIRE time your gone on "vacation".

Why can't I just stay with him while your gone?

Yes, I know that my non-furry uncle Terry likes to play rough and then I play rough right back at him.  

We all know who got the worst of that.  I didn't realize just how "delicate" he is.  

It's hard to hold back when he is trying to "play" slap you in the mouth and then not jump up on him.  He didn't expect that, did he?  Also, I didn't mean to bite his arms like that.  But I really did want him to stop playing so rough with me.  

Oh and that nip on his face...  well that was an accident too.  BUT HE STARTED IT!

Are they going to feed me table scraps?  Will I be able to beg like I do with Tonya when she is eating?

I don't have any friends at Doggie Day Care.  How long is 10 days?

Are you REALLY sure that my non-furry uncle Terry will be OK in that big house by himself?  He may get lonely with out me there.

I bet he's going to do all kinds of stuff that is not done when I am there.  Like leaving the bathroom door open.  That gave me access to the toilet paper.  Oh how I love toilet paper.

I bet he's also going to leave the gate open that goes upstairs.  Yes, I know that I chewed on the wall paper.  But it was asking to be chewed on.  BTW...  What is wainscoting?  Will it replace the wall paper?

I know that my non-furry uncle Terry is going to be dropping your TV remote on the floor.  See, if I stayed home with him, I could simply chew up the TV remote.  Problem solved.

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Friday, 29 June 2018

29/Jun/18 yes, I am a big dog


Good morning Cape Breton.

Maximus Handsomius here from my forever home.

It's going to rain today.  Not hard.  Just a gentle rain that's going to fall all day long.  Enough that if you got an outside job, your likely not going to be happy about it.

So the long weekend is here and Canada is going to be turning 151.  The Big Guy can remember when Canada turned 100.  He's a bit old.  Kinda like dirt.

The Big Guy seen that his next door neighbor, that lives on the same side of the street, was having her nephew mow the grass for her.  Well, he has a bum knee like the Big Guy.  So he was only doing a little bit each day.  So yesterday, the Big Guy was mowing his lawn, well, he mowed her lawn as well.  He can be nice when he wants to be.  But she has a lot of roots coming up in her yard.  So the Big Guy had to be careful mowing her lawn.

But the hedge is all trimmed and the grass is cut.  Later in the morning, Colby and Floyd dropped by.  Floyd is Tonya's son and Colby is Floyd's step-son.  But they did some trim work until the whipper snipper string ran out.  They also planted a couple flowers that Tonya had bought off this lady.

I've heard Tonya and the Big Guy talking about this vacation again.  Something about me going to "the kennel".  This doesn't sound like too much fun for me.

It's garbage day today.  But with the rain, I wonder if they are going to take me for my walk?  Sometimes, when the weather is bad, they skip a day.

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Thursday, 28 June 2018

28/Jun/18 sitting with my non-furry mommy


Good morning Cape Breton.

Maximus Handsomius here from my forever home.

From what I have heard...  I am the only dog that the Big Guy has allowed up on the furniture.  His previous dogs, furniture was "no dog land".

He must be getting soft in his older years.

It's supposed to be warm this afternoon.  I guess we will see just how warm it gets.  I've got my pool, and there is the pergola and the Big Guy can drawn the shade part of it for me.

I heard that he has some yard work that is going to be done today.  Not all of it by himself either.  Tonya says that she will be getting Floyd to drop by and do some yard work.  The Big Guy said that he isn't keen about letting him use all of his "stuff".  There is a hedge trimmer and he's worried that he may cut the power cord by mistake.  So I can see the Big Guy using that before Floyd gets here.

Tonya still needs some holes dug and the Big Guy said that there will be some bags of earth that needs to be leveled out.  There is also the remnants of the tree stump that needs to be pounded into the earth.  It is rotted quite a bit.  So it needs to be torn up.  The Big Guy says that Floyd can use a shovel and a spade to do that.  He said that he can use his axe if he likes.  But the hedge trimmer...  not so much.

Oh, and then there is the lawn tractor...  The Big Guy isn't so motivated to allow Floyd to use that either.  He's got a push mower that he can use.  But the Big Guy says that he will have most of the lawn mowed.  It will be just the "nasty" trim work that will need to be completed.  He hopes that Floyd will be wearing some jeans as the grass flies in the air when using the weed whacker.

The Big Guy was telling me that he's going to be moving to another account and that tomorrow is going to be his last day with this other accounts that he works on.  He seems pretty excited about the internal move at work.

Tonya said that she is going to be sad that the Big Guy is moving.  That she will not be able to sit beside him at work any longer.  The Big Guy was hoping that the Boss at work will move Tonya too.  They like sitting together.  But work keeps them so busy, that they really can't talk to each other.  But they also know, it's work first.  Then they can talk to each other.  There has been other people that said that they couldn't work with their spouse, let alone be in the same work place and then go home with them at the end of the day.  But these two seem to be the exception.

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Wednesday, 27 June 2018

27/Jun/18 I hear Summer is on the way


Good morning Cape Breton.

Maximus Handsomius here from my forever home.

There is a special weather statement coming for this weekend.  It's going to have high humidex values.  For my friends that read this from the United States, that is the "feel like" temperature.

So I'm going to have to find a source of water and some shade.  With my jet back coat, I can feel the sun beating down on me.

I know that there is a lot of you that don't watch the TV show, Big Brother, but the Big Guy does.  They are starting their 20th season tonight.  Of course, he is looking forward to it.  I will watch it from time to time as it is very colorful and gets my attention.

I think I heard the Big Guy talking about having a fried egg sandwich for breakfast.  But will he give me any of his sandwich?  Fat chance of that happening.

The Big Guy hasn't seen the rats in a bit.  He's pretty sure that they are still around, but are hiding.  The rats haven't set off his new traps.  But he isn't discouraged.  He did move the green bin to a different part of his property, so he's pretty sure they have moved over there, to be next to the food source that they can get to.  So that means he should really set the traps near his garage.

He says that he's going to do that...  but so far...  nothing.  He is still waiting to see if they are still around the front yard, under the front step.

They had to stop feeding the birds as there was something on the news that said to stop feeding the birds.  There is some sort of bird flu that is still going around this year.  They were commenting on the lack of Blue Jays this year.  In the past, they have seen a lot of them.  This year, only a few.  Same with the robins.  Although the robins were never at their feeders, but still, they are not very plentiful this year.

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Tuesday, 26 June 2018

26/Jun/18 if it's raining cats and dogs, where are they


Good morning Cape Breton.

Maximus Handsomius here from my forever home.

Did you ever wonder what it's like to have the Big Guy sneaking around in the morning?

Here is a picture that he took of me without the flash.


It's dark out.

Go back to bed.

Sleep.

Today, the Big Guy has to go visit a "dentist".  He was telling me that they will put some metal stuff into his mouth to "clean" his teeth.  They will also poke at his gums.  If he had wider space between his teeth, he wouldn't have to worry as no food would get between them.  But there is also this stuff called "plaque".  He will use tooth picks to get rid of most of the plaque.  But I guess the hygienist will remove the stuff he doesn't get to.

Either way, he says that he doesn't look forward to these visits with the dentist.  

I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't let any one pick at my teeth very long.  I think my way is so much better.  

Tonya will give me a dental stick and it removes plaque from my teeth.

I wonder if the Big Guy would like to chew on a few.  No more visits with the dentist.  ta da...

So the wind is up and it's raining quite hard outside.  I hear that it was snowing in the highlands.  That is about a 2 hour drive from where I live.

Tonya put this house plant outside.  I don't think it's going to like it very much.  She transplanted it about a week ago.  It went into shock from being left outside.  Now that it's that cold outside, I wonder if it's going to make it?  If not, the Big Guy has been throwing dirt into the front hedge, trying to build up the earth near the hedge.  He was mowing the lawn on his garden tractor and the wheels went where they shouldn't have and he got stuck for a bit.  He hasn't done that since.  He said that he had the dumb that day.

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Monday, 25 June 2018

25/Jun/18 I'm the doggie, gotta love me


Good morning Cape Breton.

Maximus Handsomius here from my forever home.




Tonya loves taking pictures of me.  But she doesn't take as many pictures as the Big Guy does.  If you click on any of the pictures, it will go "full screen" so that you can see just how handsome that I am.

It's almost like she had me at a studio.  But these pictures were taken right in our living room.

I've itching my arse across the floor at the house.  Well yesterday, Tonya took the time to clean off my bum area.  I had some stuff stuck to my fur.  Well that's all cleaned up now.  I'm no longer itchy.

My non-furry uncle Terry came by for a visit yesterday.  He is always happy to see me.

I heard them talking about how he is going to be baby sitting their house while they are going to be gone on "vacation".  There is that word again.

They are afraid that I might hurt my non-furry Uncle Terry while they are gone.  Either that, or he may decide that I can eat his take out food while his back is turned.  He naps a lot on the couch while watching TV.

The Big Guy said that he also drops the TV remote a lot too.  He is watching TV, he falls asleep and the remote falls to the ground.

Well, we are in for a bit of rain today.  There could be upwards of 50 mm of rain.  That's about 2 inches of rain for those of you that don't do the metric system.  That's a lot of rain.  That will also mean, delayed walks.  

Damn.

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Sunday, 24 June 2018

24/Jun/18 patiently waiting for the rain


Good morning Cape Breton.

Maximus Handsomius here from my forever home.

So it's supposed to rain this morning.  So my morning walk is probably going to be delayed.  But it will be stopping after supper.  So I expect that I will be walked this evening.  Either way, that's fine with me.  Morning walk, evening walk, afternoon walk.  A walk is a walk to me.

I didn't hear any more talking about this "vacation" thingy.

Although I did hear them talking about Chase The Ace and what would happen if they won.  I hear that the Big Guy will be getting a new garage.  Of course he would be pretty happy with that.  Then there would be new siding and windows on the house.  I'm sure there would be a few other things that would happen as well.  Like the back door, being hung on the opposite axis.

Tonya says that the hard wood floors would be redone.  The Big Guy said no to that.  He said something about me being gone first.  Perhaps he means that I will be visiting that doggie day care while they get the floors done?  Sometimes I don't think they are aware that I'm RIGHT THERE when they are talking.

They also said something about being retired.  I'm sure after they would have spent their money on foolish stuff, they would settle down and just spend the money as needed.  The Big Guy would be afraid that Tonya would give all their money away.

I seen that Tonya brought out some ribs from the freezer.  That means that they will be having all that pork and I will not be allowed to chew on any of the bones.  Had Tonya been thinking, she would have got me a new bone to chew on while they are having their ribs.  They are also going to be having potatoe salad and corn.  I know if I bug Tonya enough, she will relent and give me some.  This Big Guy keeps reminding her that human food is not for doggies.  For a bit there, I was licking my paws.  This normally means that I'm allergic to something.  But Tonya rarely listens to the Big Guy when it comes to me getting left overs.  I know that my non-furry Pepere would say that she is killing me with kindness.

I see that the Big Guy has put some bacon on for his breakfast.  I may as well enjoy the smells as I know I'm not going to be getting any bacon from him.

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Saturday, 23 June 2018

23/Jun/18 you want to send me back


Good morning Cape Breton.

Maximus Handsomius here from my forever home.

So as a lot of you know, I was at the Doggie Day Care yesterday.  I got to meet a whole bunch of new doggies.  I was just "chillin"...  you know...  walking around, minding my business...  getting to know the "lay of the land" as it were.

I didn't want anyone to think that I was moving in on their "turf".

I was looking to see where there was weakness in their perimeter.  So far, I didn't find any.  This place seems like a pretty solid place.  Once your in here, there is only one way out and that's to and from the front door.

You can click on each of these links and it will show you the videos that I am in.

https://www.facebook.com/goodhands.boardingkennels/videos/1664907483627281/

https://www.facebook.com/goodhands.boardingkennels/videos/1664905570294139/

https://www.facebook.com/goodhands.boardingkennels/videos/1664901486961214/

https://www.facebook.com/goodhands.boardingkennels/videos/1664898250294871/

https://www.facebook.com/goodhands.boardingkennels/videos/1664894143628615/

https://www.facebook.com/goodhands.boardingkennels/videos/1664859196965443/


You can see, that I am "pretending" to enjoy myself.  But you can also see that I'm trying to stay out of the lime light.  Making like "everything's cool over here".

As you can tell, they kept us bigger dogs away from the smaller ones.  Those smaller dogs...  they are the trouble makers.  They are up to shit and I can't tell what their deal is just yet.  I tried to sort it out, but the camera came towards me, so I moved away.  I didn't want to get caught trying to make nice with them.

I didn't see any other Bernese Mountain Dogs there.  No Swiss invasion just yet.  I will have to see what's up with that if ever I go back again.  From what I could see, I may get my chance again next week.  Tonya's talking about putting me back here while they go on "vacation".  

That's not a word I've heard before.  "Vacation".  

Sounds ominous.  

I wonder what they do on "vacation".  I think that's from the word "vacate".  To empty.  I wonder what they are trying to empty?  

WAIT!

OMG!

Empty...  as in EMPTY NESTERS!  

Are they trying to get rid of me...

I better be good.  I don't want them to "vacation" me.

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Friday, 22 June 2018

22/Jun/18 there are no dog days of Summer here


Good morning Cape Breton.

Maximus Handsomius here from my forever home.

Today should be VERY exciting.  I am going to be going for a visit to the Doggie Day Care today.  So no walks today as I will be getting a lot of exercise.

Tonya and the Big Guy have got their own chores to attend to today, so they will not have me "under foot" today.

I should be leaving within the hour to go to the day care place.  I hope that I can meet a lot of new doggie friends and that they are all friendly.  Not every doggie is social.  They can be very aggressive and bittie.

The Big Guy had thought that he had purchased a Rat Trap on Amazon.  Well, he wasn't very careful and he purchased a mouse trap.  He isn't mad about it.  Tonya said that he is to put that trap in the basement.

Yesterday Tonya was sure that she had seen a rat flailing around in the front yard.  She was sure that the rat had got caught in one of the rat traps that the Big Guy put in the front yard.  Turns out, the rat traps were not set off.  So what ever the rat was doing, wasn't cause of the traps.

Perhaps it got caught in the grass by a crow or some other animal and it was hurt and trying to find cover.  Either way, it wasn't cause of the Big Guy's efforts to clear his property of the rats.

Tonya is afraid that the rats may try to get inside the house.  Then you got some real problems to deal with.

As it turns out, Tonya and the Big Guy are not the only ones that are trying to deal with rats this year.  They seem to be all over North Sydney this year.  But there is a lot of places that got torn down.  Like the Forum and the Parrish Center.  So with all those places being re-purposed, the ground is being disturbed.  So the rats are trying to find new places to live.

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Thursday, 21 June 2018

21/Jun/18 is it Summer yet


Good morning Cape Breton.

Maximus Handsomius here from my forever home.

So I don't know about the remainder of Canada...  but here in Cape Breton, I think Summer forgot about us.  The weather is somewhat nasty and cold out.  The Big Guy is still wearing a jacket.  Then, when they want to sit out on the back deck, it's not unlike him to grab his WINTER jacket to be able to enjoy sitting out.

Remember when I said that the Big Guy was making his "Mum's Macaroni"?  Well he said that this is one of the better batches he has ever made.  So he's quite happy with the results.  BUT, because it has onions in it, I can't have any to confirm that this is true.

I got to go to the Doggie Park yesterday.  I was all by myself for about 5 minutes.  Then other doggies arrived.  One of them was smaller and he was sorta "bittie".  Then again, he was also the smallest dog, so he wanted to show all the other dogs, just who was boss.

The Margaree Chase The Ace didn't go.  It is forecasted to be up to $720,000.00.  They are taking a week off to be with their kids for graduation.  They draw for the last 3 cards will be on the 4th of July.

When we got home, the Big Guy took about 3 hours to clean out his car.  He was vacuuming, washing, waxing, the whole sheebang.  He would look at the car, see that there was spots that wasn't clean, so he would do that part over again.  He really put some effort into it.  Then, he also has some touch up paint.  So he did that too.  He really put some effort into cleaning the car.

Tonya will often tell the Big Guy to open the back windows for me.  Well that really annoys the Big Guy.  Yesterday, it took over 10 minutes for him to take the drool marks off the car.  Then she wonders why he will ignore her request to lower the back windows.

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