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Wednesday, July 11, 2007


Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the 11 pound wonder dog, HINES 57, has arrived to make our home a happier, hairier place for all animal kind that dwell within. I think most of you have been following our adventures on the road to adopting our little jackrabbit. For those of you who haven’t, here’s the 45 version of the album. Hines has comfort issues with men, and it is reasonable to believe that a previous male owner mistreated or abused him. So, it was this issue that was a challenge in taking him into our home.

But after several play dates with us and our other monsters, Hines discovered that he would indeed be safe in his new home and would be spoiled rotten along with his new brother and two sisters (the infamous Charlie, Lucy and Pearl). So, yesterday, we signed on the dotted line. But, due to our vacation schedule and in an effort not to confuse Hines or make him feel abandoned again, he will be staying with his WONDERFUL foster moms, Jeanette and Tabitha. They have kindly consented to keep Hines while we are gone, so that he is still in a familiar environment and to eliminate any stress he might experience from our absence so soon after joining our household. GOD BLESS THE FOSTER MOMS!!!

I have included a picture or two (Stacey is posting for me, so THANKS MOM!). These are from Hines’ first over night stay with us on Saturday, July 7th. Jeanette brought him over after work and he stayed with us a complete 24 hours. We played and ran around the house and had a blast. Lucy and Charlie even taught him how to bark. (UH OH!!)

The only obstacle that we have experienced so far is how to get them all outside for the potty break. Charlie usually bursts out of the door and down the steps to his pee spot. But when Charlie has to go, he HAS to go. Lucy is more casual about it in her old age of 3 years. She will walk down and take her place with lady like grace. So we usually take turns in the morning of who takes the two out. Our dilemma was how a single person could handle three dogs, all having different approaches to potty time.

Because of Hines size, we paired him with Lucy as she takes it slow and simple. It was perfect, but Charlie wants to play with Hines in the yard, and he swoops in and out around Hines, who loves every second of it. But, I realized that if Charlie gets Hines and his leash intertwined, he would drag Hines 10 feet before I could stop him. So the resolution has been, we set the clock back 30 minutes before our regular rise and shine time (so from 5:30 to 5 am) and from now one we will both handle potty time to ensure all doggies are safe and happy and can enjoy the time outside. Maybe someday that fence will happen and it will make potty time easier for all of us.

SO, now I have had to update all my little songs that I sing to the babies to include our new special little guy. I also have to find a Hines song as they all have their own personal songs that we sing to them. I’ll have to try out a few this weekend to see what he likes. Anyone have suggestions? I’m thinking “You are so beautiful” or “How much is that doggie in the window?”

Do any of you have little songs or top 40 favorites that you sing to your babies, or ones that remind you of them? Share them with me! If everyone will respond, I’ll burn a CD for everyone with all of the songs we use to serenade those furry little faces. I can make a cover and put the songs with the pet and parent—it’ll be neat—think of it as a pre-Christmas order.

posted by Stacey at 7/11/2007 12:05:00 PM


Blogger B said...

I THINK I HAVE IT!!!! Since I saw Hines picture on the blog, and that lead me to pursue him, I could sing him "pin-up girl" that Betty Grable sang in one of her war movies (can't recall which one at the moment) but I can sing "pin-up boy" to him. I'll have to try it out--I don't know--maybe a Doris Day toon--we'll see.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 12:51:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

I still say he and Charlie look like un-indicted co-conspirators in that picture! Charlie has the total "I'm innocent" look going, while Hines is sporting the "uh oh, did they SEE my paw in the cookie jar?" look. TOTAL DOLLS!!!!!

I can only imagine how much fun the Jamboree on Madison Street will be now!!!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 1:19:00 PM  
Blogger k9rescue said...

I vote for, "Puppy Love" by Donny Osmond. I think this has been a love affair for you all since first seeing Hines' picture. Just me 2 cents... for what it's worth. :)

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 1:45:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Oh, that's perfect!!!! You are so right. That is exactly what it was for B.

You do have a fixation on that song, don't you??? Did Ben Wilson learn it for the benefit??

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 1:51:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

OK I thought I was the only one who sang songs to my dogs. I sing the theme song to Flipper to Oscar using his name. I also sing the Oscar Meyer jingle to him.

I would use retractable leashes for walking. That way if you have one that is faster, they don't yank your arm out of it's socket trying to get out the door. Just a thought.

I agree with Stacey that Charlie and Hines look like co-conspirators. I think you are in for some fun! HA!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 2:08:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

My vote for the Hine's song is "He's so Fine." Who sings that. You can sing, "He's so fine, his name is Hines, and now he's mines." LOL.

I too sing theme songs. Scooter has one that I made up to the tune of the oldSpider Man theme song. As you know,his nickname is Pooterman or Pootie or Pootie Tootie. It goes like this:

Pooter man, Pooter man bites and chews whatever he can...jumps on the bed, bites Zoe's head, always bad, makes Daddy mad...ta da, life is a great big bang up, when your the Pooter man!

Now remember, you have to SING it to the tune of spider man and then it all makes sense. LOL. At least in my pet-addled mind.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 3:16:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

ok--Since I actually own Puppy love, and I have searched the internet for the words to "pin up girl" and had no success--I will go with the Donnie Osmond classic. So is oue CD going to be mostly commercial and tv jingles? I may have to do a re-think on this idea. Lucy's song is the theme to I love Lucy which Desi Arnaz wrote and performed (yes it had words), Pearl's song is "Pearl, Pearl, Pearl" by Flatt and Scruggs. Charlie's song is "Charlie Brown" by the Coasters (?)--I love to do the voice when I sing "He's gonna get caught, just you wait and see, Why is everybody always picking on me?"
Everybody gets the bologna song--"my bologna has a first name its'______." But we have little soothing favortie like "oh DAnny Boy" and anything by Kate Smith.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 4:44:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

It's actually... My puppy has a first name...

How many times did you have to sing the song to spell bologna? HA!

I have a rhyme for Mattie but not a song. It's ... "Fatty Mattie two by four can't fit through the kitchen door." We also call her Mattie Fatty McButter pants. She got those while she was preggers. She had a litter of 5 puppies which is huge for a Shih Tzu. She was so miserable and fat. That was when I said NO MORE!

You could add a funny skit from Walter Matthau when he played Oscar Madison on The Odd Couple. That's the name my mom calls Oscar.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 5:26:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

My girls get "What's New Pussy Cat?" Wooooah wooooah.... by Tom Jones...

They really love it when I sing it on karaoke! Sheba loves it when we sing (if you want to call it that) Karaoke. She rubs up on our legs and wants so much attention. I think she is probably trying to get us to stop with all that crazy noise! LOL

My vote for Hines is "Puppy Love" also. I think k9rescue hit the nail on the head with that one!

I bet you are on Cloud 9 now Brett!!! It must be love to get up at 5:00 in the morning! You will work out all the little poopy details in the days to come with all your babies.

Gosh, all these new babies (Rocke, Hunter, Hines) are so exciting!!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 6:51:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Okay, am I the only sane person that does not sing to my pets?????

Thursday, July 12, 2007 7:49:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Yes, you are the only boring person who does not sing to their pets. You are also boring because you don't ever put a costume on them, even for a short photo shoot. We will still allow you to be a Pet People though. :)

Thursday, July 12, 2007 3:32:00 PM  
Blogger pearcehart said...

It's funny I only ever sing to Aimee, dog princess. I sing "You are my Sunshine" to her. She is so serious about protecting us here at home. When she sees a squirrel outside, she whines at the back door so she can go after it. She runs SOOO fast!! But, thankfully, she hasn't ever caught one.

She hardly ever plays, even with the Max or Charlie. And when she does try to play, they run away!

When the Professor and I go out, Aimee drags something of mine to the front door to lay on until we get home. I have to make sure I put underclothes in the hamper, otherwise they end up at the front door! *blush* It's odd because Aimee is technically the Professor's dog. But maybe since I am home all the time with them and know how to use the can opener, I am the one she protects.

So, I sing to her to make her wag her tail. I think she likes it.

Thursday, July 12, 2007 7:17:00 PM  
Blogger k9rescue said...

I have 3 dogs: Jake, Nikki & Charlie.

Charlie's song is "Charlie-pop, Charlie-pop, oh Charlie-Charlie-Charlie, Charlie-Pop... Charlie-Pop... bump, da-dump-dump-dump" to the tune of "Lollipop" from the Stand by Me soundtrack. I'm young, so I don't even know who sings that! I just know it from the movie. LOL

Jake is "Jake-Jake-bo-bake, banana fanna fo-fake, fee fi fo faa-aaaake. Jaaaaa-aaake." My 4-year sings this one all the time. Jake had a cool trick actually that started when Emily was a baby. I say patty-cake with her & EVERY time at the end when I say, "TOSS 'EM IN THE AIR!" Jake howls. EVERY time! I'd like to think he's wanting to play patty cake too, but I think I'm actually just hurting his ears.

Poor Nikki. I don't think I've ever sung to her.

I do sing to my husband though. Marky Marky your so fine... you're so fine you blow my mind hey Marky (clap, clap, clap), hey Marky! LOL

Thursday, July 12, 2007 11:10:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

"Lolly Pop" was performed by the Chordettes--it was their follow up to "Mr. Sandman" if I remember my musical history correctly . My babies react when they are being sung to--it's not like they melt or anything--but they just lie there and stare at us with mellowed eyes. It's just one of those guilty little pleasures we have.

Friday, July 13, 2007 8:01:00 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Hey Brett, Who sings "Sugar pie honey bun, I love you, I can't help myself, it's you and nobody else."?

I sing that to the Foreman and I have no clue who it's by. Of course I sing it in the most annoying way I can! HA

Friday, July 13, 2007 10:24:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Okay, now I see that some of us sing to our pets, Stacey, give it a try and see what happens... Who dances with their pets? I pick up my girls and twirl them around when a good dancing song is on the stereo. They seem to love the attention. Please, tell me I am not alone here on this one.... Our friends dog Lobo has done the conga line with us before. Now that was funny as heck!

Gee, where has Dragon been on this topic??? I bet that sensitive old scaly boy sings to Prince Not So Annoying!

Friday, July 13, 2007 10:46:00 AM  
Blogger k9rescue said...

Ummm, my smallest dog is 60 lbs. so I don't pick them up & twirl them around. LOL It's a nice thought though. :)

Friday, July 13, 2007 12:17:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

I dance with Matie and Oscar since they are little. Stella won't stand up, she's too heavy. I think it's more fun for us. When I do it, they just give me the "Mom your nuts" look. I haven't tried to dance with Hunter yet. He's too much of a goof right now.

Friday, July 13, 2007 12:46:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Sandy, I think you are the first person in MANY YEARS to call me boring. Hmmm... I guess every group of crazy people needs its token sane person. I guess that is ME here in Pet People land.

Friday, July 13, 2007 2:52:00 PM  
Blogger O'Malley said...

We sing "wookin for Wove in all the wong pwaces" to my over-weight black and white cat Bubba who is more commonly know as Bubby Wubby.

And we all dance with Rocky. His name has evolved from Rocky to Rocky Bocky, to Bocky Bock and now to plain old Bock. Hmmm...neighbors probably think we think we are chickens since we are running around the yard with the dog screaming "Bock...Bock...Bock"

And Stacey...I actually giggled a little at the thought of you being the token sane person. hehehe

Friday, July 13, 2007 4:41:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Shannon O'Malley, I think you just insulted me!!! I resemble that remark????


Friday, July 13, 2007 5:31:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Shannon, Bubby Wubby sounds more like something you would call You Should...
LOL at the Bock Bock Bock chicken comment! Just don’t let the neighbors see you bringing in the large sack of grain! That would surely get them talking....

Stacey, sorry to inform you but I am with Shannon on this one... You are the party animal and no party animal is that sane! Party on Wayne! Tee hee….

Friday, July 13, 2007 8:44:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

GEEEZZZ!!!! Party on, Garth!

Friday, July 13, 2007 9:32:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...


Friday, July 13, 2007 10:59:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

I'm feeling my youth here, Skeeter. I haven't thought about Wayne's World in ages. Brett and I were talking (okay, emailing) today about our high school days and such things. Just reminds me that I am quickly approaching the BIG 4-0!!!! Just barely a month away now. I better get in some more partying before I get too old to enjoy it!!

Friday, July 13, 2007 11:05:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Stacey, watch it girl or you'll be treading on some of us who are OLDER than 40!!!!!!!!!! And I agree, you insane,hahhahahahahaha! As sane as the rest of usin here LOL!
And I not only sing songs that you have heard of to my girls but I totally make up songs. Some like the rest of you do to the music of songs already out there and then I make up new ones, words and music. You do remember I have a music background too. Talking about all those old songs makes me want to get a oldies CD on to listen to. If I do that then the girls will be sujected to many more new songs this week.
And yes we do dance here too. I'll pick up one of the girls and dance with them and it depends on thier mood if they like it or not.

Saturday, July 14, 2007 6:51:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

OUCH Stacey! You need to have Pam and I show you how to really party... We have several more years of experience then you so we can show you the good stuff in life! You are only as old as you let yourself get mentally... Heck, I don’t have any human kids so that means I will never be a grandmother, (sorry Pam) so I will stay young forever right??? Ha…

Saturday, July 14, 2007 9:58:00 AM  
Blogger O'Malley said...

OK Stacey,

I am there with Pam & Skeeter too. Lets just say we ladies of wisdom(notice I did NOT say ladies of age) definately can show you young chicks a thing or too. hahaha laughing all the way to my walker and motorized scooter

Saturday, July 14, 2007 11:03:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I believe Stacy is going to be 40 next month, so she's certainly no spring chicken. And Skeeter, she doesn't have kids either, like many of us here,and I can attest to the fact that she KNOWS how to party. And that's coming from a person who like the rest of you, had a misbegotten youth and young adulthood and......etc. etc. :) Skeeter, you are right. When you don't have kids, you feel younger somehow, because you didn't go through all of those "adult" things.

Sunday, July 15, 2007 12:34:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Oh Pam, I make up songs too for the animals. They just aren't very good because I don't have an ounce of musical talet in my body!

Sunday, July 15, 2007 12:35:00 PM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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