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Happy 4th of July!

I hope everyone's enjoying their Fourth of July celebrations today. Our weekend started Friday evening with me forgetting that the fireworks at the Alameda County Fair were on July 2 instead of the 4th, and by the time I realized it, it was too late to go. Steven thought it was just as well though, because the noise of the fireworks disturbed a Yellow Jacket nest, and well, you can read about it here. Be forewarned though, if you don't like large pictures of wasps, it's probably best not to click on it.

Saturday, we went to Steven's brother's house for a BBQ and pool party. Vin doesn't swim yet, but he's got a large shallow step that big enough for little guys to play in, and while it took some time to get used to the idea, Vin was soon splashing with the best of them. I didn't get any photos of him in the pool because I was there too making sure he didn't fall into the deep water, but I did get this picture of him eating lunch. I think this was taken just before he started munching on ribs. As usual, Shelby serves as clean up crew for any food that hits the ground.

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Afterwards we headed to Steven's other brother's house to meet the young pup Mia!

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She's a 9 week old beagle pup, sweet and cute as can be. Shelby looks like a giant next to her new cousin. Vin accidentally stepped on her foot, but he apologized, and was careful not to do it again for the remainder of our visit. When I asked him about Mia today, that's the part he still remembers. "I stepped on her foot! She cried."

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Here's Shelby on the grass...

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with Mia waiting to pounce.

Tonight there's gonna be fireworks, which freaks out pets, and apparently wasps. Have fun, stay safe, and make sure your pet can't bolt out of the house when things go ka-boom. Happy Independence Day everyone!

July 4, 2010 | Permalink

Comments

....WOW....sounds like a fun and full weekend....You'll need a holiday to recover from the holiday !!!!
Lovely pics of the family and the pup is very sweet....Shelby looks great...looking after her charges as usual .....Thanks for a peek into you busy weekend. Our Canadian celebration was also this weekend with fireworks and BBQ's too....Have a wonderful week......be well .....

Posted by: Ann Crago | Jul 4, 2010 7:43:32 PM

Hi Winnie, good to see your son Vin growing up and having quality time with Shelby.
Mia is a sweet looking pup. Thank you for
keeping this site going despite your busy
days--have a great summer!

Posted by: Jade | Jul 5, 2010 11:07:43 PM

Glad that your Fourth was minus the wasps. We in the NC mountains had three nights of fireworks as the neighbors tempted fate and whooped it up. My old terrier Butterball wasn't happy at all. He spends most of hunting season hiding under the furniture.

Sounds like Vin is becoming a fine caring young man.

Mia is adorable gazing up at big girl Shelby.

Posted by: Bo | Jul 6, 2010 2:21:17 PM

Kinda an off topic question...

Does Shelby ever "miss" the litterbox? I too have a female pug, and sometimes she goes right in front of the litterbox or leaves a mess right on the edge, where she gets in and out. I haven't been able to find much info on female dogs "missing" the litterbox so any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

Posted by: Amanda | Jul 14, 2010 9:35:44 AM

Kinda an off topic question...

Does Shelby ever "miss" the litterbox? I too have a female pug, and sometimes she goes right in front of the litterbox or leaves a mess right on the edge, where she gets in and out. I haven't been able to find much info on female dogs "missing" the litterbox so any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

Posted by: Amanda | Jul 14, 2010 9:35:44 AM

She has missed before, but not often, and not recently. As she's grown older she likes to walk in a circle before she goes and if the litter box isn't big enough to accommodate that, then the chance increases that it goes over the edge instead of in the box.

Posted by: Winnie | Jul 14, 2010 9:21:12 PM

i miss the updates on this blog :(

Posted by: phil | Jul 24, 2010 6:18:57 AM

Sorry I've been so neglectful. New posts coming!

Posted by: Winnie | Jul 24, 2010 9:40:03 AM

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