sundog: on guard

Coraline likes to guard the house by sitting on the back of the armchair, looking out the front windows. She keeps tabs on our mail delivery as well as anyone who happens to be walking by. She usually doesn’t bark, but occasionally something will set her off and she’ll give whoever what-for. She would be pretty unreliable if we were really counting on her, though.

Coraline

Recently she was ready to stand guard but couldn’t quite bring herself to leave her frankentoy. When she’s got a toy sticking out of her mouth like this, I can’t help but imagine she sounds like Humphrey Bogart.

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training

Coraline is a smart cookie and we do our best to keep her engaged and entertained. A busy dog is a happy dog, I think they say. We’ve been working with her to SIT and then DOWN and then SIT again, and she really has it mastered. She sometimes offers DOWN now, even when we would have accepted a SIT.

Coraline

We recently turned the Nyla around in this frankentoy, so the end that’s now sticking out is new. She was super excited about it! She’s gotten so good that, after this photo was taken, I told her to STAY and then waved the toy all around her face and even touched her face with it, and she stayed super still and didn’t try to grab it until I gave her the OK. What a good girl!

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sundog: melting

Coraline adores sleeping underneath a lap blanket, and especially on or adjacent to an actual lap. Occasionally she will come up for air, though, and then she often continues napping.

Coraline

This picture was taken with my phone and then enhanced to bring up the exposure, so it’s a bit grainy. But you can see how boneless she’s gone here. Just look at the wattle all bunched up under her neck!

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Sundog: peekaboo

Coraline loves to be comfy. During the winter this means even more blanket snuggling than usual. She especially likes having her head buried under the covers with her, so she’s got a little furnace tent thing going. Occasionally she comes up for air, though, and pokes her head out from under the covers.

Coraline playing peekaboo

She gets so, so tired, though. It’s just difficult to keep one’s head up and eyes open.

Coraline playing peekaboo

But then someone starts snapping pictures of you and disturbs your faceplant nap. Some people.

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cuddlebug

Coraline was in a very cuddly mood on Valentine’s Day. Since K was at work until close, I treated her to a lengthy bellyrub.

belly rubs for the princess

This was really her idea, as she hopped up next to me and sprawled on her back – there’s no mistaking what she wanted. But who could resist that face!

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Sundog: perched

Coraline loves to be up on the back of the armchair by the front window of our living room. She can get a good view of what’s happening in the yard, in the trees, and on the street. She likes to be informed! It’s funny – she will be up there and see the mail deliverer come up the front steps, and some days she gets her hackles all up and barks her head off while other days she just sedately stares at them, watching their moves carefully but with zero alarm. I’m not sure what makes the difference.

Coraline

On this particular morning, she was enjoying the warm sun coming in.

Coraline

She is just so photogenic, isn’t she? Ridiculously cute.

Coraline

Of course after a few minutes soaking up the sun, she got so tired she couldn’t hold up her head any longer. It’s a nice comfy spot for a nap.

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ministry of silly walks

Coraline has been fairly unimpressed with the snow we’ve had this season. Last winter (her first) we barely had any at all, so she’s really not used to it.

Coraline in the snow: Ministry of Silly Walks

The latest snows we’ve gotten have been super light and fluffy and the snow was up to her belly earlier this week! She was not a fan. I can’t blame her, though. Who wants to pee waist-deep in a pile of cold, wet stuff?

Part of her usual routine in any season is to be chase by poop demons before doing her business. She races manically up and down the yard like a thing possessed – it’s really hilarious. The snow seems to put her into super-demon mode. She not only races up and down, she jumps up and down in circles and chases her tail and is just generally ridiculous. She moves so fast that it’s difficult to get good photos, though I gave it a shot and got a couple of illustrative if not quality shots.

Coraline in the snow: Ministry of Silly Walks

This one is my favorite as it looks like she’s strolling in the front, with her back legs just hovering in the air. It reminds me of when Brodie would occasionally do a handstand while peeing.

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sundog: nap break

Coraline has been really snuggly since it’s been so cold outside. She always loves being under the covers or in a sunny spot, but lately even more than usual.

Coraline

Earlier this week she was taking a break from being underneath the covers and was all curled up in the corner of the couch, enjoying the warm sun coming in through the front windows. That look is pure contentment, eh?

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