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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy New Year's Eve!

Happy New Year's Eve!!!! I'd like to wish all everyone a happy new year, with lots of love, good health, puppies, and everything else that's good ;)

And now, so my post won't be two lines long, here is my first ever meme, one that i just saw and am ripping off from Liz! [Sorry Liz ;)] It's based on the "My Life, My Card" series of ads from Amex.

My name is..........Natalie

Childhood ambition..........to be an author of children's fiction

Fondest Memory..........getting Skye and the cruise

Soundtrack..........Wicked the Musical

Retreat..........my room....other than that....any forest with a good hiking trail

Wildest Dream..........be friends with James Denton and Ellen DeGeneres? nah, just kidding- probably to successfully foster a puppy and to go on a million cruises with my friends, family, their dogs and maybee some blogging buddies ;)

Proudest Moment...........can't think of any...Grade 8 grad probably

Biggest Challenge..........focussing on schoolwork

Alarm Clock..........don't use one ;)

Perfect Day..........a day spent with friends and animals

First Job..........don't have one--yet

Indulgence..........chocolate! and playing with animals

Last Purchase..........Sam's present, toy for Amy's party and a ball and bag of treats for Kodak

Favourite Movie..........soo many...Princess Diaries (shut up :P), Wedding Crashers (todd!), etc.

Inspiration..........umm...i don't really have one...maybe Lance Armstrong?

My Life..........is awesome for 3 more days, then goes back to bleh til i get another doggie

My Card..........i have a library card! and a ttc card, a student id and many gift cards ;)

Best of luck in 2006! Hope everyone has a happy, safe holiday :D

Love from me and Kodak :D

Friday, December 30, 2005

Puppies' Day Out!

Today was Puppies' Day Out! A day where Sam and Calvin, and Amy and Winter came out to Toronto to play! It was an awesome day (better than yesterday, when Kodak unravelled an entire toilet paper roll)

At two, I met Amy, Sam, Calvin and Winter at the subway station, and after a quick pee, we headed into the mall. Our first attempt at lunch was a complete failure, as we could not find a single table. So, we headed downstairs to PJ's pet store, where Amy bought a new black kong for Winter. We also looked at some of the puppies, and Kodak sniffed the kittens.

We then went back for lunch again, and this time we were luckier- a couple vacated a table just as we got there. We then had a quick lunch (if you are REALLY interested, Amy had a sub, Sam had McDonalds, and i had Arby's :P), which turned into a bit of a photo-op of the puppies.

After that, we headed up to the theatres to watch Cheaper By The Dozen 2. It wasn't the greatest movie, but it was pretty good. The best part was probably the ones with the dog and the mouse, but the Sarah-Eliot plotline was funny too. The puppies were very, very well-behaved through the entire movie, except for one incident where Kodak tried to eat a piece of popcorn off the floor. We didn't all sit in aisle seats, as Amy drew in her weird diagram :P Just kidding, Amy :D We all sat in one row, but it wasn't too squishy.

After the movie, we took some pictures, and then went outside for another pee break. We stood there talking for almost an hour, and even though it was freezing cold, we had a good time-at least, i know i did :D

Overall, it was a very fun day, and Kodak was very sad to see his friends go (he tried to leap and follow them down the stairs). I can't wait til our next puppies' day out!

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Doggie Fun!

Today, Kodak and I went for a little backyard play as usual. But when we got there, we saw a little brown nose sticking through the fence from one of our neighbour's yards! Kody was quick to go examine who it was. He soon found out it was Hailey, our neighbour's dog! I think she's about a year old now. She's a small golden retriever with beautful dark red fur.

When our neighbour saw Kodak, he invited us over to his yard to play. (Actually, he brought Hailey out to meet Kodak, and Kodak ran straight into the yard by himself lol) But it's all good, as he was going to invite us over anyways. We let Kodak and Hailey off their leashes and they ran around and around for a good half hour. They were so good together, and now they're best buddies!

The funniest part is when they would run together behind the porch thingy, and Kodak would hop up, but Hailey would run back to the front and Kodak would look around. You could just see on his face that he was thinking "Uh oh..where did Hailey go?". But then she would pop up in front of him, and they would start chasing each other again.

I would like to say that's he's napping now, but he's not. He's probably even more hyper now, and keeps running downstairs to smell the Christmas dinner that is cooking. :D

We are having some family and some family friends over tonight, a total of ten people, so i hope Kodak will behave himself! ;) I am sure he will have fun as he is just a social butterfly :D

Nat and Kodak

Saturday, December 24, 2005

He's Here!!!!

This is Kodak's first full day here, and he is doing great! Yesterday, i went to Oakville straight after school to pick him up. There, i met Courtney, who gave me his instructions, crate and jacket. We talked about Sam for a bit (nothing bad, Sam, don't worry! :P)
At first, he refused to get in the car; he was pretty scared. But in the end, i got in first and my dad lifted him in, and after a few minutes he settled right down and spent the rest of the hour and half ride back to Toronto with his head in my lap :)
When we got home i took him to the backyard and we played there for a bit. He seemed right at home for the rest of the night, following me around and going out for two more runs/walks.
Right now she is passed out on the floor, and doing very well!
He is so awesome, and it's like my dream come true LOL :D

Merry Christmas to all of you, your families, and you four legged-pets :D I hope you all have a safe, happy and relaxing break!!

Nat and Kodak :D

Pet Day! [1 Day!!!]

Hi everyone, I'm really sorry this is two days late, but i didn't get around to it on the actual day:(
Anyways, "today's" Puppy Pals are the home pets-who are also very important! :) The stars are Sam's silky terrier Noel, AmyG's Maggie and AmyB's husky/shepherd cross Chloe!
Sam tells me that Noel can be grumpy, but she looks adorable! ;) AmyG's Maggie has many different nicknames, thanks to Amy, such as Maggers and Ziggy (which is also her cat Gryphon's nickname). AmyB's Chloe is a rescue dog, and she does agility with Amy! :)

Here are their pictures:

Noel- perfect picture :D

Maggers- can i go play yet?

Chloe- what a pretty doggy :D

I hope everyone had fun learning all about my puppy pals--now get ready for lots of posts on KODAK!!! :D :D :D

Nat :)

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Eden Day! [2 Days!!!]

You may remember Echo Day two days ago...well today is Eden Day!
In case you haven't guessed by now, Eden is Echo's sister! Obviously, she was also born on July 6, and she is also five and a half months old ;) Eden is fostered by Lynn G, who also fostered Truffle and Naveed. Naveed is now a breeding dog for the Dogguide's breeding program. I've met Nav twice, got to work her both times. She is such a good good girl :D

Here is little Eden and bigger Eden:

Have you ever seen something so adorable?

Eden-love that little squish of fur!

Here is Jade (family pet), Naveed and Truffle:

Say cheese! (or Kibble!)

It's her "profile shot"-very model-ish ;)

That's when i visited Lynn and AmyG in Port Perry...there's Amy (doesn't she look pissed? :P) in the white, me in the orange, her friend Katie and my friend Chris, and of course, most importantly, Naveed and Crispy! :D

Hope you enjoyed Eden day! Come back tomorrow for the last day of the countdown! Kodak is coming in TWO DAYS!!!!!! (which also means LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!! Yay!!)

Nat :D

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Winter Day! [3 days!!!]

And I'm not talking about the season....
Today's Puppy Pal is Winter! She is a liver nosed yellow lab (hey Laura, sound familiar? :P) who is eight months, three weeks old. She was born to parents Daisy and Toby on March 28, 2005. She is known for her trademark hot pink collar and that scandalicious pink underwear :D Winter is fostered by AmyB, who also fostered Ice, a proud SSD graduate! Ice was paired with a university student from Saskatchewan and graduated on November 3, with his proud mom and lucky Sam in attendance.

Here's little Winter and bigger Winter!

So cute! Thanks to Sam for sneaking in ;) Winter at eight months -what a pretty girl!

Here is puppy Ice and SSD (Special Skills) Ice!

Little Ice-already working hard! Ice all grown up-and in harness!

Hope you've enjoyed Winter Day! Come back tomorrow for Eden day!

Nat :D

Monday, December 19, 2005

Echo Day! [4 Days!!!]

4 days left!!! I spent a lot of today daydreaming about Kodak lol :D Anyways, today's Puppy Pal issssss Echo!! Echo was born on July 6th, 2005, which makes him a young five and a half months! Echo is fostered by AmyG, who also fostered Crispy. Crispy is in training for HED (Hearing Ear Dog) right now, and will be going home one day before Kodak, which is the 22nd! So lucky Amy only has to wait three more days!

Here is little Echo, and big(ger) Echo!

Let's say it together, now: "Awww!!!" Echo looking perfect as usual

Crispy all grown up and in training

Crispy gazing into the distance
(or looking at a kibble)

Hope you enjoyed Echo Day! Come back tomorrow for Winter Day!

Nat :D

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Calvin Day! [5 Days!!!]

Ok, the countdown's on! 5 days til i get Kodak, and i'm VERY excited. Because i have nothing really to post about, i've decided to feature one of my puppy friends every day! :D Today's feature puppy is my very own godson, Calvin Andrew Hobbes! He is a six months old cream standard poodle who was born on June 10, 2005. He's fostered by Sam, who has also fostered Vortex (black lab), Baloo(yellow lab)and Dallas(black lab).

Here is little Cal and big boy Cal:

Cal's First Day Home Cal- very handsome at six months

Vortex-so adorable! Dallas-the best dog in the world*

Baloo-what a star!

*Direct quote from Sam ;)

Hope you enjoyed Calvin Day! Come back tomorrow for Echo Day!

Nat :D

Friday, December 16, 2005

Good News!

I guess all those fingers, toes and paws were crossed very tightly, because......*drumroll please.....I'M GETTING A DOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hurray!!! I'm so beyond excited!! lol i know i'm not making any sense but whatever.
I'm picking up a white standard poodle named Kodak on the 23rd! YAY! I'll keep you updated! :D

Nat :D :D :D :D :D

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Getting a Puppy(ish)!!!!

Sorry guys, this isn't the "real" post....but it's not a fake one either :D :D I read a little message on the Forums today about how the school I'm fostering for is looking for families to take some dogs-in-training over the holidays. So i got all excited, asked my mom, and when she said yes i started screaming and grinning like crazy. I could barely talk to Sam cuz i couldn't type at all!! Anyways, I'm just waiting for the call back to see if there is still a puppy available for me. I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but it's too late...they're already way, WAY up. Keep your fingers crossed!!

Love, Nat :)

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Tip of the Day

To pass the days and fill this blog while waiting for the puppy to come, I've decided to come up with something new to write about: Tip of the Day! Yay! lol
So here's todays:

Today, I'm sixteen years young, so all you readers who live in the GTA.....you might want to consider staying off the roads til about 5 months after I've gotten my driver's license! ;)

Here's a bonus tip: When doing a group presentation in religion class, make sure that one girl knows that folk is pronounced foLk, NOT fok, and that sects has a T in it, or else you will end up with the entire class, including the teacher and the rest of the group members laughing hysterically, not paying attention to the presentation, failing the quiz, and if you are anything like me, end up laughing so hard you end up crying. It's just a thought.

Also, today in music class, we watched Les Choristes. Oh..my...god..this movie is AMAZING!! I didn't think i would like it; nobody did, because we were eager to practise our Pirates of the Caribbean music, but after it was done, everyone loved it. It was so good..the music was phenomenal, and the movie itself was so moving. I LOVED Pepinot, he is so cute!!! I would've adopted him if i could lol :) And Pierre was awesome too :D Yay!

That's all for now :)

<3, Me! :)

Thursday, December 01, 2005

101 Things

I hope i actually have 100 things to say! Any of my friends will tell you i talk way too much, but it's harder to actually try to think of things to write....but knowing me, once i get started..well..you might want to leave at around 500...

1. I'm fifteen years old (sixteen in a 6 days! geez i'm old! no offense to anyone over the age of sixteen reading! :P)
2. I'm Canadian (Toronto rocks!)
3. And damn proud to be one :)
4. I'm a huge TML fan, even though i only started watching hockey last season (GO LEAFIES!)
5. Though i must admit my not-so-secret infatuation with Sidney Crosby, of the Pittsburgh Penguins (he's MINE michelle and nessa). He is SO man-pretty. <3
6.I love books and reading...yes i know i'm a nerd, get over it
7. I love my computer and TV
8. I have way too many favourite TV shows to count (including Friends, America's Next Top Model, Desperate Housewives)
9. I LOVE Ellen DeGeneres and her talk show! :D
10. Another couple not-so-secret infatuations of mine...Jesse Metcalfe and James Denton!!!
11. Dogs and animals in general, always make me go on a happy high,ALWAYS.
12. I love Shammy to bits
13. I am so lucky and grateful to have discovered Dogguides
14. I am so lucky and grateful that through Dogguides, i have met so many wonderful people and puppies
15. Calvin will always be my baby godson <3
16. But don't worry, i love Winter and Echo and all foster puppies past, present and future very much too
17. I cannot believe my luck that i am able to foster again so soon ( i thought i would have to wait til i moved out!! lol)
18. I am scared to death i will fail miserably
19. But also more excited than i have ever been before :D
20. Though i will probably bother Sam, Amy and Amy beyond belief with questions :P
21.I have a parakeet, Skye, who is the best birdie in the world, and whom i love to bits too :D
22. I have the best friends ever
23. Though i don't think they know me like the think they do
24. Different friends know different sides, obviously
25. But i still love all of them anyway :D (you know who you are...HOLLA!! lmao rosanna)
26.I'm kinda afraid that putting this blog on to the Internet where anyone and everyone can read it will one day come back to bite me in the ass
27. But oh well...i'll worry about it only when it actually happens :P
28. Can you tell i'm a live for the moment sort of person? ;)
29. I can't believe i didn't discover blogs til this summer.
30. I now have over ten blogs i check on daily lol
31. Mainly i read two different kinds, the service dogs and future service dogs blogs and the mommy/daddy blogs
32. Don't think i'm weird for reading the latter when i'm only fifteen, but they're really funny!!!
33.333 Gotta go tell Sam i'm at the one third point :P
34. I'm back, did ya miss me?
35. Ok, that was actually really not funny...but who cares....i'll just pretend to myself that everyone in the blogosphere is laughing at my un-intelligent joke right now
36. Moment's over, people, move on
37. I think i just realized how pathetic i am
38. ANYWAYS....
39. My favourite musical ever is Wicked..saw the Toronto one with the touring cast, but Idina Menzel was incredible as the Brodaway Elphie
40. I don't actually know that, but she was in the Broadway version of Rent and now the movie version, and her songs from Wicked are amazing, therefore i will assume i was correct up there in 39
41. I had heard of Rent before, but never heard any of their music til i saw the movie cast sing "Season of Love" on Ellen's first New York show, and now i REALLY want to see it! (Another reason why Ellen is great! :P)
42. And then i saw them sing it again on The View
43. Loved that interview..the entire cast is so good together
44. I love how Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel are married...don't ask me why, i'm weird like that
45. I love music.
46. My favourite song changes daily
47. Current favourites are Seasons of Love, Ever the Same by Rob Thomas, Dirty Little Secrets by the All American Rejects, Alive by Melissa O'Neil, and "You'll Think of Me" by Keith Urban
48. If Steph sees that she will laugh in my face because I never watched Canadian Idol, and then one day i suddenly just loved Alive, a song she had been playing on her iPod over and over for weeks :P
49. I play piano and alto sax
50. I love the sax, piano not so much-but it's still alrite
51. Much better than the flute, which i never understood
52. No thanks to a music teacher who's favourite thing to do was tell his favourite joke over and over again, which was to hang his glasses off one ear and blow a huge raspberry
53. Come to think of it, that's not exactly "telling" a joke
54. But i love one joke i learned from him "A man walked into a bar..ouch" LOL
55. I know many jokes, but my friends tell me to shut up when i say them
56. For good reason LOL
57. I absolutely HATE math
58. With a passion
59. Funnily enough, i'm practically failing bio, but i love it
60. I have no clue what i wanna be "when i grow up"
61. I hate it when people say "when i grow up"
62. I dunno why, it just bothers me
63. Definitely something in the arts, nothing to do with the sciences/math if i can help it
64. I used to want to be a vet, til i found out i hated science and math
65. Then i wanted to be a journalist, til i found out i don't really like writing, though i'm good in english (or so i like to think)
66. Nevertheless, I'm still a sectional editor for my school paper
67. Actually, i take back half of 65, i actually love writing, but only when i have ideas on what to write about
68. I hate trying to think of stuff to write about (plus i suck at it)
69. Right now i'm listening to 'You'll Think of Me' by Keith Urban..i love it :)
70. I have five best friends, we've known each other since kindergarten, some from before
71. We go to three separate schools
72. And we really should see each other more often
73. Thank god for our partayysss :P
74. I've never met someone famous before.
75. If i could meet anyone famous, i would meet Lance Armstrong. Can Sheryl Crow count too though? Cuz i like her too, and besides, they're engaged, so that's not cheating, now, is it?
76. I love my LiveStrong! :D
77. And also i would love to meet Ellen DeGeneres....i watch her show every single day (as Sam can attest to LOL) and i lvoe her cuz she's hilarious
78.I went to PJ's today, and i already have a teal collar and black leash picked out for my soon-to-be-puppy
79. Don't worry, i'm not a complete freak, i was at the mall anyways, i didn't make a special trip lol
79. Yay, i can't wait til i have a puppy, then i can bring it to the mall!!!
80. And other public places :D
81. i LOVE food
82. I have so many favourite foods...pizza, pasta, poutine, tacos, sushi, everything
83. I just like to eat in general lol :)
84. I'm not a very athletic person, but i do love skiing and playing soccer
85. I like watching hockey
86. Note that i said watching, not playing...that is because though i would love to play, i would be checked into the middle of next week if i did
87. If you haven't realized by now, I'm tiny...like 4' 11 1/2" at fifteen years old tiny
88. It doesn't help that i inherited the shortness gene and was allergic to milk until about age twelve
89. I tried to chug milk to make up for twelve years of lost time, but i found that i hated the taste of milk
90. Though i do like pizza, cheese, ice cream, all the good stuff
91. But i hate yogourt
92. The smell makes me nauseous
93. I love horseback riding too
94. It's too bad I'm allergic to horses
95. Everytime i visit my friend's stable or go horseback riding, my face blows up like a balloon
96. Which might be funny for them...not so much for me
97. This past summer, i went on a cruise and LOVED it
98. It is the awesomest thing ever
99. Especially cuz i only got seasick about two times, which is pretty good for someone who pretty much throws up everytime she gets on a boat
100. I can NOT believe i made it to 100!!!!!!
101. The End!

Just wrote that so i could claim 101! :D Well, hope you guys enjoyed that, and hope you have fun when you realize how quickly the puppy is "turning my life upside down" ;) Thanks Julia :P