Welcome to Puppies and Life! This blog is about my life as a teenage puppy raiser...enjoy!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Thank you Chapters

Before I go on with this post, I should explain that Chapters is our version of Borders or Barnes and Noble.

Anyways, what I wanted to say was a huge thank you to Chapters. With Petey and Fielder, I have travelled to many stores, malls, etc. and none have been as welcoming as Chapters. I'm a huge book nerd, hence my pups have been to several chapters (heh) of Chapters since I cannot resist entering any of the ones I see. At every single one of them, we have been made to feel welcome and wanted, which is so nice seeing as there are twice as many establishments that will be condescending, mean, and downright rude. Actually, we've developed almost a cult-like following at the main one we go to, which is always nice. And usually when we're at a Chapters, at least one or two staff members will follow us around solely because of the puppy! It's awesome, and I love it. We heart you Chapters! :)

On to another story from today...my friend and I were sitting in the subway waiting for our other friends when I noticed that Fielder could not stop staring at the ceiling. Of course, I could not for the life of me imagine why he would be staring so intently, when I looked up and realized what his fascination was:
WHO PUTS A MIRROR IN THE CEILING??? WHO????? Oh, apparently the TTC. This picture was also taken today. Thought I'd share because Fielder looks like a baybeeee and is oh so adorbs!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

i hate my life

So apparently I have a "small cavity"; upon returning home from the EIGHT THIRTY AM appointment, my mom calls to inform me I have to get the mumps booster shot because the place where I'm going to university had an outbreak of it (separate post on university later), and of course the impending recall.


p.s. Why do dental hygenists always talk to you while they're poking around in your mouth?? If you ask me what I did this summer, I can't actually SAY California. The best I can do is mmmphhhraalgg, which, last time I checked, does not make any sense at all.

p.p.s. Do they use needles for small cavities???? Cause if they do, I'd rather be put out thanks. The IV hurts WAY less than needles in the mouth.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

I'm Ready to Go to School Now Mom

Recall pictures at the park:

Monday, July 23, 2007

Depressing News, But Also- Puppy Breath

So Fielder's recall is August 1st. Which is only NINE days away. I really don't want to think about it right now so here is what we did yesterday.

Della and Kelsey picked us up early in the morning and after a pee break for the FOUR poodles (all different colours!!!! apricot, black, and two different shades of chocolate) and one lab, we headed off to Port Perry for the Dog Days of Scugog. There we met Amy, Amy, Lynn, Lynn, Lisa and some other foster families. After that, we went to Lynn's house to hang out and the puppies got to play. And also swim, until Ola peed in the puppy pool and then I didn't let Fielder go near it, cause, well, icky!
Left to right- Fielder, Emmett (back), Fawn, Maisie and Hasia

It was the normal gossipfest, socializing, educating the public, running away from crazy people sort of thing so I won't bore you with details. Instead, get a load of this:
Don't even tell me that's not the cutest puppy you've ever seen in your whole entire life. So jealous of Kelsey and her new puppy, Emmett, a 8 wk old apricot poodle who sleeps 24/7

Then there's me and Fielderooney. He wasn't perfect but did pretty well despite the long hours and high temperature. Fawn and Fielder took many pictures together in anticipation of their recall.

We entered a lookalike contest. I took Ribbon and Amy took Emmett(they have almost the exact same hair colour!). I won a "participant ribbon" (read:loser) and Amy won 3rd place since she told the guy she was in the kids category when he tried to give her a participant ribbon after the adult round.

Handsome Zoomers <3"Nat you have to be in the middle! You can't have two blondes beside each other!"

"Yeah, and you can't have two Amys beside each other either"

Fielder resting on my shoe.For Amber: The car whose license plate read CHIZZLER, but the pic is too fuzzy :(Sleepy poodle pile- Maisie's bum in the corner, Emmett and Fielder spooning (Cutest thing EVER!! Reminds me of the good ol' days of Echo and Petey's forced spooning) and Fawn

Saturday, July 21, 2007

'Scuse Me While I Disappear Until I Finish HP7

This is how I feel:
Unfortunately, my sister has stolen the book and locked herself in the washroom, so I must now go kick down the door and go into hiding until I finish reading- perhaps I will burrow into my experimental underground BioDome.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

One Very Real Cute Puppy Ahead

These past two days for Fielder and I have been very bittersweet. Lately, something has clicked on in his head that he has a job to do when in jacket, and he is a lot more well behaved and responsive to my voice and corrections in public. And at home, he is a huge snugglebug, as usual. I have never met another dog as snuggly as he is, and I love it! I'm definitely going to miss this little pupster when he leaves.

Yesterday, my friend and our families and I went to a mall to check out this laptop we're both looking at to take away to university with us. Fielder was being the best I've ever seen him out in public. We stopped at the computer store for so long I thought my brains were going to fall out, but he just sprawled out on the floor the whole time. Even though my friend's 4 yr old sister was being seriously annoying, he ignored her most of the time. And if I were Fielder and had a kid poking me, petting me (even though I had expressly forbidden her from doing so) and literally HOPPING back and forth over me? The kid would've been gone in two bites. Good thing I'm not Fielder.
Umm I don't even know how I didn't notice my entire leg was in the picture. That sucks.

Also, I heard my new favourite comment on the puppies at the mall. A family was standing a few feet away from me, staring at Fielder, which as puppyraisers, you know is not unusual. But then? They had to go and say "Is he REAL??" At this point, Fielder breathed. And they screamed "Oh my god!!! IT'S REAL!!!!" Weird!!! Do I LOOK like a freak who would drag a stuffed animal in a future dogguide jacket to the mall? I really hope not.
Okay my friend just asked me, and I quote "Do puppies really sleep? Or do they just have their eyes closed?" HAHA!!!! Wow that is definitely a new one.
Today, we wento to my best friend Charmayne's house for a reunion of sorts. There are six of us who have been friends since junior kindergarten (so we've known each other for 14 of our 18 years), but since we split up in grade nine to three different high schools, we haven't been the closest of friends. Which brings on a whole new anxiety attack about being the only one going out of province for university, but let's not think about that. Anyways, Fielder was really good today as well, lying in a corner while the six of us chatted and then moved downstairs to watch a movie. He also was very interested in Char's two bunnies (that I named Mocha and Latte cause they're both brown and white! Clever? I think so! haha). At one point, he was sniffing around so much, he was snorting. Cuteness!!
Overall, I've just been really happy with him lately, and I HATE the idea of giving him back so soon. Boo this silly recall business, I say we just keep our puppies forever.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


Fielder will be going back very early August, aka IN TWO WEEKS OH MY GOD, therefore we are now moving in with Joanna and Jenny. Don't worry ladies, Fielderoo and I will split our time equally between the two of you because Joanna you have Camry and the Wicked soundtrack, and Jenny you have Truman and Woody.

Shhh don't tell the school we're leaving the country.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

I Am Back- And With a MONSTER of a post!!

Separate post to come on Disneyland, otherwise this would take longer to type-and read- than the bible. Seriously, I dare you to read this entire post. It is LONG.

Without further ado, I would like to present "A Peek Into My Messed Up Mind With Pictures Scattered Throughout To Keep It Interesting", or APIMMUMWPSTTKII for short. Someone call me when you figure out how to pronounce that.

First off, we would like to thank Truman for Fielder's gift- it will be worn proudly on his jacket from now on (WAIT! I just realized the pin is a yellow lab like Truman!!!! Wow I am slow..I blame it on the three hour jetlag)

One of the most interesting surprises on the trip was running into a GDB club out for socialization at Pier 39. Gave me quite the heart attack, as I was not watching where I was going, looking out at the pier, and suddenly I had walked into a crowd of puppies. It's really freaky and surreal to literally run into something that you had previously only seen on a computer screen. Alas, the group was already off on its way, but I cornered one poor girl and asked her what club they were. She said they were from Davis, which sounded really familiar. I hope none of you are from Davis because then I would have to be really pissed at myself for missing the chance to meet you. She asked if I raised for GDB since I guess other people don't know they run through clubs (I hadn't known before I knew you guys, I thought there were just foster families like our school) and I said no, but I knew a few people who did, including someone who lives close to here, in Sacramento. Then she was like "oh, cool, I went to a Fun Day there once" *awkward silence* And then she ran off to catch up with her group. But I had noticed that her puppy was a really pretty dark slightly reddish colour, and when I got home, Amber confirmed that it was one of Chris' half sibs, so that was really cool.

I think I need therapy for my shopping addiction. Over the two weeks I bought a pair of shorts, a pair of board shorts, three tshirts, two pairs of capris, a pair of shoes (that would be my fifth pair of shoes in the last month-someone get me help), and four books. Oh yes, and on the last day I blew my remaining thirty bucks at Petco. Yippee.

I am in love with my new shoes. The ones I REALLY wanted are the brown hi top Converses with the blue stripe but the only size they had were children's size 13. I may or may not have tried to squish my size 6 feet in them. But here is Fielder modelling my two favourite purchases of the entire trip:

Also, apparently truckers don't like to honk anymore. However, they are rather fond of waving enthusiastically with one hand while on the cell with the other while the truck drives itself. My record for one day is nine waves and one honk.

I had NO IDEA California was so hilly! I thought it was all flat, but apparently not. Also, Vegas? Is hotter than THE DEPTHS OF HELL. It hit a hundred and seventeen degrees (that is FORTY SEVEN degrees Canada) while we were there, and I now know what it feels like to be a boiled egg, poor things. Lucky for us, Caesar's Palace was very air conditioned and had many floors of shopping.
San Francisco is home to the nicest people on the planet. The bus drivers are actually helpful and friendly, and so are random strangers who offer you directions without being asked. Once, in downtown San Fran, a man in a wheelchair was struggling to cross the road, and a stranger walked up and offered to help push him across. That wouldn't happen downtown Toronto if you were missing all your limbs and were bleeding out of every orifice of your body. Actually, that's pretty sick, and I probably wouldn't either, but the point is, San Francisco rocks.

When you go to Disneyland with a dog, you get handicapped privileges, which means cutting hours off the wait time for lines. In doing so, you expect that everyone in that line will, in fact, be handicapped. So yes, you can go ahead and make fun of the guy waiting behind youfor being in a wheelchair(that tipped over and nearly smothered poor Price) for a BROKEN TOE. That is, until you and Jo realize that, why are you making fun of Broken-Toe-Guy when the both of you ARE FULLY ABLE BODIED with all limbs and appendages attached properly.
Driving past a farm with literally hundreds of thousands of cows? Fills the vehicle with a smell that is NOT PRETTY. It makes picking up Price's ten million poos seem funner than eating ice cream on a hot day, and picking up little Fielder's poo funner than a wild party at Chuck E Cheese when you're five.
Coming home to your own shower, while nice, will feel like standing under a half dead tree while it drizzles compared to the Niagara Falls that is the water pressure in the hotels.
Natalie's Guide to getting the Weirdest Tan Ever: (1) Underestimate San Diego sun, get tanned in tshirt and jeans, which results in the ever-attractive farmer's tan, (2) Attempt to rectify the situation by falling asleep outside in shorts and tshirt, no results, (3) Accidentally get burned in capris, and then board shorts, resulting in two different shades of tan from midcalf to ankle, (4) Wear weird flip flops so the feet don't get left out of the tanline fun, and finally, (5) Fry like an egg in Arizona while wearing a scoopy neckline tank top, but still no tanning of the upper arms and shoulders to preserve the lovely farming look. Recap: two shades of tan on the lower legs, still paler than jellyfish on the upper legs, farmers tan on upper body, plus a tan semi circle from your neck to the edge of the scoopy lined tank top. Thank god the halter top swimsuit didn't also engrave itself in my skin, otherwise I would be a walking exhibition for Ripley's Believe It or Not.
Can someone please explain to me why Nevada is called the Silver State? Is it because California stole the Golden State?

One of the coolest things about going to the Grand Canyon was walking on the new Skywalk that just opened. This is what it looks like:
It's really cool cause it's suspended over the whole canyon, and at a certain point, your shadow falls on the wall of the rock so you are tiny like an Oompa Loompa and you can pretend to crawl up the Grand Canyon like a little midget Tobey Maguire.

Then we went to have lunch, and since I was bored and finished before everyone else, I hiked out to a point on the Canyon. Here's a tip: Don't hike in flip flops. They may get stuck in cracks which might cause you to twist something that will hurt a lot. When I reached the point, the view was breathtakingly gorgeous. I took a million pictures, but here is one of me after I nearly fell over the side:
For Joanna: Next time I come to LA, this will be our field trip, yes? (haha at first I typed fielder trip)
For Emily with Ellis and Angel:
Ellis St. in San Francisco! I couldn't resist. And also, I found the eggplant toy!! But it was the size of Fielder's whole head so I didn't buy it.
The American flag? It is e v e r y w h e r e!!!! And that is an understatement. Also, after spending the Fourth of July in the States, I never need to see the colours blue, red or white ever again. Especially not on hats the size of small children. And the brave man who wore an I Love Canada shirt on the cruise ship on July 4th? I never saw him again. Presumably one of the two thousand Americans on board threw him into the Pacific. I took many pictures of the flag, but here is my very favourite one. I tried to be all artsy fartsy thus the black and white and imposed against the Golden Gate Bridge:
And now, just for kicks:hahaha I heart you guys, don't kill me!

It was a great trip, and I'm glad to be back with Fielder....congrats on making it to the end of this post!!!