So it was my birthday earlier this week, and my awesome sistrah gifted me two new pairs of jimjams!
The first is made with some adorbs BT fabric. I had seen someone post a pic of this fabric on one of the MWBTR groups on fb awhile ago, and when I sent that pic to Susan, she said, “pretend you never saw that!” I was happy to do so because I knew it meant something cute was coming my way.
I had also found an amazing Bowie Frenchie fabric, from which she awesomely made me a second pair of jimjams. SO CUTE. Also, look at how great she is – the waistband uses the two accent colors
For some reason the previous owners put up a privacy fence but never finished it with a gate. Who knows why!
Anyway, we’ve been living with a make-do bit of snow fence on loan from Susan, and now it feels like such a luxury to have a gate that you can open and close!
The company we hired did a very nice job, I think, the same one that installed the continuous seamless guttering on our house, fabricating something to match the existing fence. We’ll have to wait to stain it (from reading online it looks like we should probably wait until spring – any expert opinions on this topic are welcome!), but the former owners actually left us the can of stain from the rest of the fence, so we know what we need to match as best as we can. We will likely re-stain the rest of it at the same time, I think, since it needs it. I need to do more research on it this winter.
In the meantime, though, I’m very pleased! We are hoping to adopt another BT sometime soon so Coraline has a playmate, and having this gate in place means we’re ready to go when we find one who would be a good fit.
It’s a gorgeous day outside, so we decided to brave the apartment complex dog park (more of a run, really) even though it is super muddy and gross. (Apologies for the not-great photos throughout this post. My phone camera can only do so much with a wriggling puppy.)
The minute we let Coraline off the leash, she took off running laps around the area, making sure to run right through the middle of the disgusting, stinky mud pit near the entry gate every time. Bits of mud were flying up everywhere, but it did not seem to bother her in the least. She mercifully did not manage to jump up on either of us.
There was, of course, all kinds of other fun to be had: poo to be smelled and shooed away from, leaves stuck in the mud to try to pull free, soggy limp sticks to try to shake, and many many spots to mark.
It’s so nice out! It feels like a reward for having made it through all the dismal days of winter.
Even before we got back to our apartment, it was clear that it was bath time.
While water is one of our favorite things, we do not like it when it is on our face.
We will put up with a good toweling off after bath, though, when it comes with kisses. Now she is all snuggled up under the exploding TARDIS blanket, happily worn out and ready to nap until dinner time. We are all very much looking forward to being able to go to the future Mount Pleasant Dog Park when it opens later this year!
One of the tricks we taught Coraline is to sit pretty, or sit up balanced on her back legs.
This photo isn’t great, but it shows her sitting pretty, waiting for a treat from Karl. Brodie is way too beefy to do this trick (also possibly too old to learn it) so he is only asked to sit for his treat (we don’t really have to ask – he knows that sitting is his way of saying please). Coraline is also good at walking around on her back legs when she thinks she could be getting a treat, but she needs to be in the right mood and it’s challenging to photograph.
Also, yes, that is a Boston Terrier-shaped hook on the wall holding all the leashes and Coraline’s car harness. We are BT-addicted.
As usual, I haven’t actually followed the instructions to make myself any of these yet. If they’d included a Boston Terrier, I would’ve had more motivation, though the Frenchie is super cute, and the English Bulldog is almost ridiculously adorable. Check out my post at CPL for more on this book.