Saturday, August 20, 2011

Camera Critters #176 - More of the Granddogs - August 20, 2011

I was in West Sacramento from August 9th to the 17th, taking care of Taffy
and Bucky while Laura and Alex enjoyed a vacation in Hawaii.  It was a
peaceful, relaxing time for me - in spite of the hot temperatures - and I really
enjoyed being with the dogs.  They stayed with me all the time, except for
brief forays into the back yard.  Taffy, especially, would lie on the bed in
the "office" while I worked on my computer and both slept with me at
night.  It was nice to have that California king bed!

I went to pick up my new CPAP machine while I was there.  I hadn't used
one since my basal cell cancer surgery on my nose so the dogs had never
seen me sleep with the apparatus.  This new one is even smaller than the
last and has a nasal cannula but they must have wondered what had
happened to Grandma with tubing attached to her nose at night.  They,
however, just ignored it and snuggled up close.


Both Taffy and Bucky are shelter dogs.  Taffy joined the family first, about a year and
four months ago.  She is a pit bull and the vet said she was about a year old when they
got her  She had clearly been abused - maybe because the person who owned her
couldn't make her mean.  She has the sweetest, most gentle personality.

Bucky, came from the same shelter, and is a pit bull mix.  He was added to the
household two months after Taffy and was about two-years-old when he came.  The
kids wanted Taffy to have a companion, one who was a little more rambunctious -
and he definitely is.  He's a big klutz but he, too, is very sweet.

Bucky really is strong and he loves to play with these rings.  With my arthritic
shoulders, I can hardly last very long at this.  I'd be sitting, watching t.v. or
working at the comuter and, all of a sudden he'd appear, rings in his mouth,
looking pathetic, with an expression like, "Hey, Grandma, aren't you ever
going to play with us?"

Sometime, Taffy would give a half-hearted response and tug for a minute or
two but she really isn't into doggie toys at all - other than to keep them from

"I'm just gonna put my foot on them and let Bucky try to get them from me!"

"Don't I look good in black and white?  Like in silent film days?"

"How can I get my beauty sleep when Grandma has that flash going?"

"I'll scrunch up my eyes and maybe she'll get the idea that I'm not enjoying this!"

"She is NOT getting the idea!"

"Okay, okay, there's no rest for the weary with a blogging Grandma!"

"It's better if you stay out of the way on the floor!"

"You're giving me bloodshot eyes, you know!"

"Don't try talking about me - I can hear every word with these ears!"

"Maybe if I turn this way, she won't take any more pictures!"

"How about this position, Grandma?"

"I'm worn out...I can even sleep like this!"

Nighttime!  Poor Taffy has terrible allergies and eczema from the grass.  I had
to give her Benadrl twice a day.  I always got a kick out of  her sleeping on her
back with her paws up.  She always had to lie right next to me and, after
awhile, she'd curl up in a ball right next to me.  Bucky, on the other end. would
sprawl on the other side of the bed.

I am participating in Pets Forever and Camera Critters #176 -
check out the sites and join in the fun!


  1. wonderful photos .... and some very lucky dogs!

  2. These are beautiful shots.

    MY critter post, have a great weekend!

  3. Hello, RNSANE.

    Wonderful India tour.
    Various experiences will wait for you.
    All of lives is developed visually there.

    India is an Asian symbol.
    And it is the source.
    I pray for your imagination becoming still more active.

    Thank you for heartwarming encouragement.

  4. Great pics! My girls get bashful when I get the camera out, so I have to sneak around to get pics of them!

  5. You linked up with the Brenda Photo Challenge of Portraits, so I figured these pooches served as your models, LOL! I love all their cute expressions!

  6. Such happy dogs, and with a good grandma to take care of them.

  7. manuela7:35 PM

    SO cute!!! I can tell you love them a lot, and they you :)

  8. You took wonderful photos of the dogs, Carmen! I'm glad they are your sweet companions and kept you warm at night.

  9. Beautiful shots! It makes me miss our dog even though it was years ago she was with us.

  10. Adorable darlings! How have you been, Carmen? :) Missing you! *hugs*

  11. Dulce -
    I haven't had any sweethearts in my life in a long time so it's a good thing I have such sweet granddogs!

    Tes -
    They are the sweetest dogs. I'm doing pretty well lately. Seem to be maintaining in terms of my health problems and have my India ticket all set up. Leave in two months!!

    Jidhu Jose -
    There are only so many shots you can take of doggies - but, every now and then, I get a new, cute pose from Taffy and Bucky.

    twobarkingdogs -
    Definitely, my granddogs are pretty lucky. My son and daughter-in-law really love them and enjoy taking them out for runs, etc.

    Sheila @ A Postcard a Day -
    It's tough when you rent and can't have a pet. My two youngest boys only had hamsters and it's not quite the same - though the two they had lived for over two years, which is about the maximum life span for a hamster.

    chumbskulit -
    It's a good thing Laura and Alex don't have cats...I am so allergic to them! I couldn't snuggle or sleep with kitties!

    Ruma -
    I am looking forward to India. I know I will come home feeling very enriched by all the new and wonderful experiences and the chance to see friends again - and the opportunity to meet new ones.

    Icy BC -
    The dogs, I know, think I am nuts, walking around constantly with camera in hand. I even had it on the bedside table at night!

    Janice@GypsyFarmGirl -
    I could have gotten some great pictures if I could have been a bit more subtle. I just couldn't be quiet enough, though!

    Donna -
    It's amazing, really, how expressive my granddogs are!

    Sharkbytes (TM) -
    I never dreamed I would get so attached to these dogs but, boy, I sure have. I guess it will be even more so when I have a grandchild!

    manuela -
    I couldn't believe how sad I was saying goodbye to these dogs after a week! I don't get up to West Sac that often - I hope to go back at least once before I head to India.

  12. wow, well captured emotions and bucky is a handsome dog :)

  13. Very nice post and lovely photos.