Here in the Chicago area, wintertime is long and cold. We have to stay inside a lot more and it gets BORING for Brighton and Snowdon. We get up early in the morning and take a quick walk around the block, sometimes when it is still dark outside as days are shorter in winter. Then we RUSH back home as we can’t wait to EAT our breakfast!!! We are soooo hungry in the morning. Brighton does a lot of woofing to let Pops know to hurry up with the chow. After breakfast we chill out for a snooze with our full tummies. Then we awake with such vim and vigor that we need PLAY. Snowdon is always the one to start the attach. He pounces and pulls on Brighton’s scruff, and then Brighton is on the defense but eventually begins to wrestle with equal vigor. Thank goodness we have each other to work off some of our pent up wintertime cabin fever. Oh boy, all of us can’t wait for the days to be longer and for it to get a little warmer so we can take longer walks and stay outside!
WINTER INSIDE IS SUCH A BORE
COLD WALKS OUTSIDE SEEM A CHORE
MORE TIME INSIDE WITH EACH SHORTER DAY
THANK GOODNESS WE CAN WRESTLE AND PLAY!
Every year since I have been born, Doc and Pops have sent out a Christmas card with a picture of me! Everyone tells them how much they like my picture! Then the last two years, it was Snowdon and me with more super cute photos. This year the Christmas card had a photo of Snowdon and me on the picnic table by the pond, and the funny pictures of me in my black top hat and Snowdon in the snow last winter wearing his coat and green rubber bootsies! On the back of the card, there was a photo of me with my new book, Brighton Morning. More people are getting to know about my book, and some kids are going to get a copy of the book for Christmas! Wow, that makes me super excited and nervous! I hope they really enjoy the book, and enjoy learning about B-RIGHT-ON and NICE! I can’t wait to hear what kids think of the book! 8 MORE DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!!!
SNOWDON’S RUBBER BOOTSIES SO GREEN,
BRIGHTON’S SNAZZY BLACK TOP HAT.
CHRISTMAS CARD PHOTOS TO BE SEEN,
NOW WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT!!!
I am sooo excited! In one school, there are 8 classes of 3rd grade, and each of those teachers will get a surprise this week of a copy of my book, “BRIGHTON MORNING.” Oh, I can’t wait for the teachers to read my book and let me know whether they like it! I think my book is a story that “Brighton’s” everyone’s day, but I want to know from teachers and kids if they really do think it is NICE! Oh boy, oh boy, I hope I can B-RIGHT-ON! Please let me know!
3RD GRADE CLASS IS A PERFECT SPOT
TO LEARN IF THEY LIKE MY BOOK, OR NOT!
WHEN THEY READ MY B-RIGHT-ON ADVICE,
I HOPE THEY GIVE A HIGH FIVE FOR NICE!
You just won’t believe it! On Friday, Novenber 13th, Snowdon and I went to daycare for 5 hours where we had grooming and fun playtime. BUT, during that day we got exposed to the K9 Flu virus. By the following Saturday, Snowdon was coughing with a huge awful choke and honk!!! It lasted all weekend, and by Monday morning I had started a muffled cough. We both were taken to the vet on Monday afternoon, and had to start on antibiotic medicine. The coughing got worse for both of us, and that was the Monday before Thanksgiving. Doc and Pops had to cancel flying out of town for Thanksgiving with family, and stay home with both of us who were literally “sick as a dog!” We were supposed to have a fun holiday weekend at our favorite doggie daycare, and we were instead all stuck at home in “quarantine” as we were both quite contagious with a bad flu bug. As a family, we all huddled together and made the best of a holiday that was truly a “turkey” time! I wore my sweater for over a week, as it made me feel better to be warm and cuddle. Snowdon never slept soooo much! Sleep and cough was his life for a week!
SOMETIMES THINGS COME AS A SURPRISE.
WE CAN’T BELIEVE OUR VERY EYES.
GETTING THE FLU IS NOT A WINNER.
A TURKEY THING TO MISS THANKSGIVING DINNER!
Brighton and Snowdon are two doggone beggars with Doc. Here they are once again sitting on the bed in the extra room with Doc (you can see Doc’s leg in the corner). Brighton is the master beggar as he woofs like a pest. First he woofs in his deep loud bark. When that doesn’t get him a treat, Doc will say “soft” and then he switches to a very soft woof where his cheeks puff out in a low, soft whiff of air. Brighton is quite good at soft, and he shows how smart he is, and then does earn his little kibble treat. Now Snowdon, he does “Fetch” to get a treat. Doc says, “Fetch” and then he has to go find a stuffed toy and show it in his mouth to earn a treat. Once these guys start this begging routine, it is hard to get them to stop!
GOLDEN EYES STARE AT ME
THEIR BEGGING CAN’T BE BEAT
“SOFT” AND “FETCH” ARE THE KEY
FOR TWO BOYS TO EARN A TREAT!
Whew! Launching a book is a lot of work! We have been spending hours and days watching Doc on the laptop setting up the book on Amazon and the website. We are just exhausted watching the computer..and would much rather curl for some lap time!!! We all need a TIME OUT!
SOMETIMES LIFE’S TOO BUSY
WANT TO BARK AND SHOUT!
COMPUTERS CAN MAKE YOU DIZZY…
TAKE A TWO FOR ONE TIME OUT!
ANNOUNCING THE LAUNCH OF THE BOOK WRITTEN BY BRIGHTON:
BRIGHTON MORNING – Doggone Wags of Wisdom to B-RIGHT-ON
By Kathleen Stone, Ph.D
Published by: INSTEAD International, LLC c.2015
To Purchase the Book:
Website: www.insteadinternational.com – Link to Book Ordering
Amazon.com – Will be available soon on Amazon
If you have enjoyed reading my blog, you will really enjoy reading the whole story of my life and B-RIGHT-ON wisdom in my book! See lots of cool pictures of Brighton and Snowdon in the book!!!
Love, Brighton…….and Snowdon, and Doc
Snowdon and I had a lot of fun on Halloween with our very good golden friends, Angel and Benson. The four of us were together as a group and called the GOLDEN WEDDING PAWTY. We were all Golden Retrievers, 3 boys and a girl. Angel was the bride, and Brighton was the groom with a top hat! Benson was the best man, and Snowdon was the ring bearer! We were all excited to be together as a group of good friends. Yet, we also had to be well-behaved and walk nicely with our costumes, without shading them off. I was my usual gentleman, as I love to dress up for a gig. Angel and Bensen were amazing, as they walked so nicely, with Angel prancing as a pretty bridge. Snowdon…well, no surprise…he was excited beyond words and kept shaking his cap off! He also gave the most of his big Snowdon hugs! Snowdon is always the live wire in the pawty!
GOLDEN WEDDING GOLDEN FUN
THE HALLOWEEN PAWTY HAS BEGUN
HERE COMES THE BRIDE AND GROOM
WITH BEST MAN AND RING BEARER ROUND THE ROOM!
We are golden retrievers and this fall is definitely a golden season! The golden, orange, brown and red colors are perfect for us! The air is getting a little cooler and we don’t need to pant so much when we walk outside. On sunny days we sit on the hillside with doc and enjoy the warmth of the bright autumn sun!
YELLOW, ORANGE, RED, BROWN,
FALL IS A GOLDEN TIME, HANDS DOWN!
PILES OF LEAVES ARE LOTS OF FUN.
AH, THE SPECIAL GOLDEN TIME OF AUTUMN!
We have a pond right in the back of our house. Doc always takes us for walks around the pond. That is six times a day, starting at 6:30 every morning. We can’t wait to go out in the morning and we pull Doc to the other side of the pond and then literally drag Doc back home like two horses pulling Ben Hur! We can’t wait to get back home to eat our breakfast. Here is one midday break on a warm summer day, when we we just strong along. I try to eat everything I can find along the path around the pond, and Snowdon smells so deeply he is literally inhaling and won’t stop for a breath. We have a beautiful pond for our walks and really like the shade on hot sunny days. With our thick fur coats we get hot quite fast, and you see us with our tongues hanging out in a typical golden smile!
AS GOLDENS WE ARE VERY FOND
OF EVERYTHING AROUND OUR POND
OUR TONGUES HANG OUT TO KEEP US COOL
HURRAY FOR SHADE, WE ARE NO FOOL!