Friday, February 14, 2014

Henry and the Flipper Car

For Valentine's Day, Henry got a trip to the flipper car.  It's just his size, but the doors were locked, so he couldn't take me for a ride.  Instead, we travelled to visit his doggie pal, Grover and then went for a return visit to the dog park.  
I think Henry liked the flipper car better than the trip to the dog park today.  That cute little girl pup didn't show up - just some handsome, but yappy little guys who did a lot of chasing. They were half Henry's size.  I'm going to pretend he was afraid of stepping on them and causing injuries.
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  

Monday, February 10, 2014

Rio San Gabriel Doggie Park

Henry and I had a great time at the Rio San Gabriel Dog Park.  Its in Downey California about nine miles away from our house.  I didn't know it existed until I started searching for news about the new dog park in the pre-building phase in Whittier.

When we first went into the "below 15" at the shoulder" compound, Henry acted like he was attached to me with a tether.  Any distance over ten feet sent him scurrying back to mama - tempted but not ready to commit.

Although my boy was a bit hesitant at first, in the end Henry and I both thought it was great, and we will be visiting it again.  The dogs and their owners were all friendly.

The cute little lady on the top right was Henry's favorite.  He seemed to think she was just the right size and she must have smelled great, because there was lots to doggie sniffing going on. 

The pups didn't do a lot of chasing and running - okay, I must admit I was hoping to get out of our exercise today - they just seemed to want to hang out together.  There was a lot of wandering going on.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Supervisory Canines

They should get along! Grover looks like a giant untrimmed Henry. However, the two boys have struggled a bit.  Grover is a puppy and is very active.  He is four times Henry's size and doesn't recognize that size does matter at dog playtime.  Henry has spent a fair amount of time hiding under chairs, mom and bushes.

Finally though, I've figured it out!  All I have to do is leave the area.  Grover quits herding Henry away from his mom.  Henry quits growling at Grover in irritation.

Suddenly they are satisfied with parallel play.  They don't really interact much. It is more plopping down next to each other or following the other around in case they discover something interesting.

Under Henry's expert direction, the wall is done. On the other side is a delightful room for the new baby.   And Henry - well, for being such a good supervisor - he scored a marrow bone when we got home.  Trained by Grover, he guarded it just in case his two cat friends decided they wanted a taste.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Laptop Kitten

The only thing that would make this cozier is if the kitty was in your lap.  That cat looked so comfortable with the whole typing situation!  Nice.  My kitties would never help me tilt my laptop.  Ah well.  They do have their own very special jobs in our house.  Otto traps stuffed animals and carries them around at night announcing his captures.  Vivika terrorizes Otto and Henry.  She is definitely top cat.