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Cold Winter Wonderland!!!!

January 25, 2014

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Izzy signing in!!!!

2013 went out with quite a bang. My family and friends have gone through many rough days of winter weather. A few days before Christmas, our area was hit with an ice storm. Many homes lost power, many were in a brown out, and others did not lose power at all. All properties lost many branches and limbs. My nice play area had many limbs, which I did not like at all. Dad came in and cleared the branches out so I would feel comfortable again. I heard Mom and Dad talking and they were saying we had over an inch of ice on the branches. Mulligan and I go outside with Mom and Dad to  play, well he chases a ball and I explore. Anyhow, with the ice, we had to be very, very careful not to slip and slide. We have such protective parents you know.

After the icing finally stopped, we started to get snow on top of the ice. People still were without power and now, the ice was slipperier than before. Mully and I could not go out and play anymore for fear we would get hurt. Then the temperature dropped to around zero for a few days, therefore the ice would not melt. New Year’s Eve, more than a foot of snow fell, which meant more work to be done.

In comes 2014, holy warmness. The temperature went up, the rain came down, and mud season returned. We were glad to get rid of the ice, but not happy about the mud. Mom was wiping our feet all the time. Less than a week later the temp was back to the 20’s. Then a week later, the temperature dropped to below zero for over a week. Schools were either closed or delayed due to the wind chill of -40 or worse. Mulligan’s feet could not take the coldness of the ice, so Mom ordered him boots. Mom decided to order from this site because the products sold here are quality items.. I can not wait to see him with the boots on. I am sure he will walk funny at first. Today the temperature was great, the snow fell gently and Mulligan and I went out and played for the longest time since the new year began.

Update on Mulligan: his mast cells seem to be under control. He takes benedryl twice a day. No other tumors have returned, everyday is a gift with him. I really love my brother. He is a goof ball, as most goldens are.

Until next time,

Izzy signing out

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Mulligan’s brush with cancer!!!!

November 10, 2013

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Izzy here,

Oh my whatever am I going to do about my golden brothers? First I lose my brother Ted E Bear, now Mulligan had a mast cell removed from his right rear leg. Our vet is wonderful, she removed the tumor, sent it away to be tested. The results showed a grade 2, whatever that means. Mom said because the tumor was wrapped around an artery, they could not remove the number of cells they normally like to remove. The bottom line is: Mulligan will be on 50 mg of benedryl twice a day for the rest of his life. It is our understanding that mast cells release a histamine which is the reason for the benedryl. Our job is to give Mulligan a good full body check for other bumps. He may never have another tumor again or it can come back. We are all staying positive and moving on.

My brother is a goofy boy, I love him so. He gets playing so hard I just look at him and laugh to myself. There are times he jumps around like a bucking bronco. What a goof.

We all have had many adventures this past year. Hank and Missy are still with us, they are 14 and 13, respectively. This spring I hear we are off to PA to visit Hershey Park. That will be fun. Oh Mom has been able to find campground with dog parks. Those are wonderful. We get to run and play with each other.

Mulligan on the run cropped

That is it for now.

Until next time,

Izzy signing out.

Long time no Post!!!!

April 13, 2013

Good morning everybody!!!! Izzy signing in.

Mom just realized we have not been updating our adventures for  you since January. Oh my, we have had a few adventures and no life changing events. All in our family are happy and healthy. We are so thankful for that. Now on with our adventure of the spring.

This year we all piled in Big Red, pulled my mobile house behind us. It was great, we were all together. This is Hank riding next to his younger brother.

Hank riding

This year we traveled to Washington D.C.. Our first stop was in Pine Grove, PA. Oh man, it was great. The campground had a dog park which we all enjoyed. Below is a picture of our first night out. Sorry none of us are in the pic but Mom took it when we were walking back from the dog park.

First night out


After going to the dog park, Mulligan took over the couch.

Mulligan in camper


In the morning, Mulligan and I went to the dog park again to play. It was great, we said good bye to some of the travelers while getting some good exercise in.

Mom and Dad navigated around Baltimore then to College Park, MD. There is a wonderful rv park, Cherry Hill Park, which also has a dog park for all of us to play in. You will never guess who showed up and gave us all a big hug, GRANDMA and KENT!!!! They drove up from Florida to be with us. That was so cool. Each morning Mom and Dad would take all of us to the park for a good romp. Mulligan of course has to have special time with Mom, here is a video of him at the dog park one morning. (There is sound.)

Mulligan getting his morning exercise.

Each day Mom and Dad left me in charge and they went off to tour the nation’s capitol. Here is another video Mom made for all of you to enjoy. (There is sound.)

Changing of the Guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

We spent a week having a great time. Below is a picture of our last campsite, back at Pine Grove. Oh, on the way down to D.C. this campground was a KOA. When we returned a week later, it no longer was a KOA. Either way, it is a really nice campground. We will stay there again.

Last night out



We made it back home safely. It is nice to go on vacation, but there is no place like home. I am back to sleeping on the bed with Mom and Dad!!!!

Until next time,

Izzy signing out

2 Years has past!

January 26, 2013

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Mom was just reminding me about what our life was like 2 years ago today!!!! Dad returned home from the hospital two days ago and Ted was in the hospital becoming a tripawd.

So much has happened in the past two years!!!! Ted E Bear taught his family so much in such little time. We miss you Ted E Bear.

Oh Ted, Mom told me of a friend of hers whose dog is at the bridge. He arrived on Friday with a broken leg due to the big “O”. He is almost 10 years old. Please show him around. Thank you big guy.

Until next time!!!!

Izzy signing out.

Mulligan the recycle dog!!!

December 20, 2012

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Woof!!!! I know it has been a while, things have been great in our home. Mom has been waiting for her new camera to arrive so she could take some good pictures.

We  have been going on nice walks lately. Psst, I went on a walk all by myself one morning. Dad was letting me play in the backyard while he threw the ball for Mulligan. Well, a rabbit got the better of me and I bolted, I knew what I was doing. Dad called my name but the rabbit was more interesting. Soooo, Dad called Mom, Mom called Mulligan to come into the house. Of course, the “horse” galloped back to Mom and back in the house he went. Then Mom and Dad got flashlights out and the search for me began. I guess I was not suppose to chase that silly rabbit, but what is a girl to do. It was 6:15 AM, 27 degrees, and Mom and Dad had to get to work. I was obviously in the “dog house” on this one. Anyhow, an hour later I was back at home, Mom was on her way to work, Dad was on his way to the shower, I was tired and wet. I had a blast though!!!!

Since then, I have not been allowed to play in the backyard in the morning. I guess I have to earn their trust again. On our walks, I am really good. I am on a rope though, so I can’t really get in too much trouble. On these walks, Mulligan has a job to do. Below is a video of him doing his job.




He sure is a good boy!!!

Until next time,

Izzy signing out


Back to work!!!!

September 18, 2012

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My family had a wonderful summer. I wrote about some of our adventures away from home, I hope you enjoyed them. We also had a lot of fun at home with Mom and Dad. With the summer ending, Mom prepared all of us for her return to work. She made it a point to be away from us for most of the day. I really think it was for her more than us. I know she misses all of us to pieces when we are apart.

I have heard Mom and Dad talking about more adventures on the weekends. I sure hope we go to my favorite place, STREAMSIDE!!!! We all have such a good time there. Mom and Dad can play golf in the morning (and not be gone long), then come back and are with us again. Then sometimes we all go for a long walk on these big open fields. Mulligan and Hank trot along on their own, while Missy and I trot along with Mom and Dad. Apparently, the Mom and Dad don’t like Missy and I wandering on our own. I guess we are the special ones and get to be right next Mom and Dad all the time.

I keep thinking Ted would have loved seeing all the places we saw this summer. I know he was with us though, he was watching over us, making sure things went just right. Our family really needed this wonderful summer. Thank you Ted, we all miss you.

Until next time,

Izzy signing out


Home again!!!!

August 17, 2012

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Oh boy did we have a grand time!!!! We went to a new place as Dad had a huge conflict with the owner of the original camping spot. All things happen for a reason is our motto. We went to a place where there was only 2 other campers. We basically had the place to ourselves. We all could go swimming in a stream right behind my mobile house. Mulligan and Hank did not even need to be on a leash. It was great.

What was really neat is that the TV never went on and computers were never on. Apparently, there was no service for either at this campground. Oh know what else, Mom and Dad did not use their cell phones. I was surprised how well they handled it. They proved to me that they really are not addicted to those things. We went for many walks and just relaxed. Ted would have loved playing in the stream, we all played in his honor.

What a nice trip we had. We are all glad to be home though. Nice to stretch out and be back to “normal”.

Until next time,

Izzy signing out


Our August Adventure is about to begin!!!!

August 10, 2012

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Is it August already? Just where has the time gone. Let me catch you up on what I, we have been up to. Let’s see, Oh yes, July was extremely hot. Mom has been very careful in allowing us to run. In fact, we have been out very early in the morning, the sun was up though.

We went on adventure down in the Catskills. The RV park we went to was huge, but very nice. Mom found an area for us all to play in and have a good time. Mulligan learned  about jumping over things in the woods. This was great as he has since jumped over me on our walks. Sometimes he just does not pay attention when he is running like a mad man, goofy boy.

While we were in the Catskills, we met many nice people. Mom and Dad had friends and family visit us at our site as well. It was nice to relax outside and visit. Of course, everyone just loves all of us and are amazed at how well behaved we all are. Mom and Dad tell them, if we didn’t behave, we would not be on the adventure.

Later in July we went back to Streamside Golf Course and RV Park for 5 days. Dad went to work on some of the days, Mom played golf on a couple of the days. My brothers and sister enjoyed the smells and walks everyday. The park is a small one and when we are there, everyone continues to comment on our behavior. Oh at night, there are no big lights in the park, so Mom puts lights on us. You should hear what the people say when they see us. Imagine 4 glowing collars hovering in the air. I am sure it is quite a sight from a distance.

Now that I have caught you up through July, here we are in August. Mom continues to take Mulligan and I for a walk in the morning, and Dad joins in after dinner. Mulligan is learning about his remote collar. Mom is quite pleased at the progress. They are not getting very fancy with it, just the come command so Mom does not have to yell and working on the sit command using the collar. He knows both so the transition will be relatively easy.

Now to the adventure. Our first stop will be Streamside again, this will give Mulligan a good area to exercise before we continue on our adventure. We will be traveling to Sidney, NY. I remember going there last year. It was just Mom, Hank, Missy and I. Our friend Dakota was there with his Mom in their camper as well. We experienced a hurricane while in the motor home. We all survived, but it was a lot of rain and wind. We were there the year before with Ted. I remember going to a pond and swimming. Ted retrieved for the first time in the water. He had 4 legs at the time. Boy could he swim. This year, we will go back to the pond and it will be Mullgan’s turn to swim and retrieve.

We are so excited about our upcoming adventure. Mom is putting things in MY mobile home. Oh boy, I just can’t wait.

Until next time,

Izzy signing out

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One year ago yesterday!!!!

July 1, 2012

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One year ago yesterday we lost our beloved Ted E. Bear. It was a sad day for all of us. Our lives were changed forever. Ted was a wonderful, wonderful brother. He was put on this Earth for a very special purpose, and he succeeded. Thank  you Ted E. Bear.

Ted has been continuing his work from above. He made sure my limping was just an injury (which we believe he caused). I visited his doctor in the very big city. What a nice man he is, he was so happy to see me and totally understood the concern of Mom and Dad. As some of you remember, I blogged about that vet visit last summer. He also took Mom to get Mulligan. What a good brother he is, well he has to be with me teaching him the tricks of the trade. Ted also watched over Dad during his last surgery and made sure he was healthy.

Mom and Dad made sure I was content all day and I made sure they were as well. Lots of hugs and kisses all around in Ted’s honor.

Ted, we are all doing fine down here. We know you are watching and keeping us safe. Thank you.

Until next time,

Izzy signing out

Long time no post!!!!

June 21, 2012

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Good afternoon all. My family has been doing quite well since the last time I signed on. We have been busy traveling on weekends a bit. We sure do like our new movable home. We have so much room, we need it as Mulligan is the size of a small horse. At least that is what one of my friends said when she came for a visit. Oh yes, I allowed her to stay in MY movable home. She was quite impressed with MY movable home.

Mom and Dad have been making travel plans for the summer. I understand the places we are going will be great. I am hoping to be able to take in all the smells and sounds. I just love meeting new people, they all say how well we all behave and are a joy to be around. My thought is, “Well, of course we are, we do what Mom expects of us.” Oh yes which brings me to an issue that Mom has been talking about. Do you know what New York has done to the state parks? They limit the number of dogs a site can have to 2. Now all of us in this house think that is absolutely ridiculous. Everyplace we go, the campers and owners just love having us. What is the issue? Oh yes, I know, the other families just don’t know how to behave. So let them take their unruly family and disrupt the campground, and do not let the quiet polite families enjoy the state parks. Mom thinks they should limit the number of kids on a site as well. Kids on bicycles are very dangerous and have no respect for anyone.

Ok I am off my biscuit box. We are coming upon one year of losing Ted E Bear. All of our hearts ache for  him. Mulligan will never replace him, but he does fill a void for our family. For those of you who knew Ted, know what my family went through that spring and summer. This will be a fun summer, I can just feel it in my toes.

I will have Mom do her best to post pictures of our adventures.

Until next time,

Izzy signing out.