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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here to show you a little of the mischief that Millie and I get into in our yard almost every day.

Just another picture of me looking cute

Just another picture of me looking cute

I’m including this picture just because it’s been a while since you last saw me.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

Millie and I have so much fun zooming around the shrubs. I’m always in the lead and she is always trying to catch me. Millie has gotten pretty good at figuring out where I might go next, but not every time.

Mom searched the internet to find the Benny Hill theme music to add to this video. She thought it would be the perfect music for all the action and I would have to agree with her wouldn’t you?

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Hi everyone! Yes, we are alive and well. So sorry for the unexplained absence the past week or so, but I’m here to tell you all about it. Last week was a very busy quilty week for me. Monday and Wednesday were the first meetings for both of the quilt clubs I belong to. I’m now the membership secretary for the Genesee Valley Quilt Club so that means extra work to get ready for the meetings each month. Then on Thursday my mom and I went on a quilting retreat and didn’t get home until late Saturday. We had lots of fun and that is what I’m going to tell you about today.

retreat weekend - watson homestead sign

Our retreat was organized by the Perinton Quilt Guild and was held at Watson Homestead. My mom picked me up Thursday morning and we made the 1 1/2 hour trip south in perfect weather.

Our workroom is under the chapel

Our workroom is under the chapel

We unpacked all our quilting stuff and then headed to our room.

Our room viewed from the work room

Our room viewed from the work room

Our room

Our room

A nice hotel style room, but with no TV. WiFi was available in the common areas so I was able to keep up with reading blogs, but didn’t take much time to comment.

Main dining hall - dressed up for a wedding

Main dining hall – dressed up for a wedding

Our workroom was large and bright. With only twelve of us there was room for each of us to have our own table as well as some common tables in the middle for us to do our cutting or lay out our projects.

View of workroom - Claire lays out her project

View of workroom – Claire lays out her project

Right away my mom and I, who had never been on one of these retreats before, noticed an unusual picture posted at both ends of the room.

The ladies call him Lance

The ladies call him Lance

The ladies said that “Lance” comes with them on every retreat. I believe he is from an Abercrombie and Fitch bag. We knew right then that this weekend was going to be fun.

Most of the ladies brought more than one project. I started out by working on the quilting for the king sized quilt I had basted way too long ago.

My work space

My work space

I can’t remember when the last time was that I did some quilting on this project, but I hit a wall when I was having problems with the fabric bunching up. The first thing I had to do was pick out some of the last bit I had stitched and start over. I’m happy to say that I was able to complete quilting the parts I wanted to and now feel better about keeping it going.

A little working and a little chatting

A little working and a little chatting

Everyone had a great time working on their projects and getting to know each other a little better.

Mary W. worked on many different projects

Mary W. worked on many different projects

One of my favorite projects was one that Patty P. worked on.

Patty P says her brothers aren't really devils.

Patty P says her brothers aren’t really devils.

In addition to lots of quilting and chatting we also had some great catered meals. We were very lucky on Friday night and were treated to a delicious salmon dinner with a side of macaroni and cheese that was incredibly creamy.

Salmon, Macaroni & Cheese and Steamed Veggies

Salmon, Macaroni & Cheese and Steamed Veggies

Apparently salmon is not a common meal to have, but the caterer had an earlier event where he served the salmon and there were far fewer attendees than he was told. We were the lucky recipients of this great left over meal. To top that meal off we also had a scrumptious dessert.

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

All our meals were great if not quite as special as the salmon with mousse.

On our last day there I worked on piecing the backing for the flannel quilt top I finished a while ago. In addition to our work room there was another smaller room that had large blank walls. I came prepared with the batting, quilt top, painters tape and 505 spray baste in the hopes I would have a place to baste all the parts together.

Basted Flannel Quilt

Basted Flannel Quilt

I didn’t take pictures of the process, but first I taped the backing with wrong side facing out to the wall. Then I sprayed the backing with the adhesive. The next step is to stick the batting to the backing. Of course it isn’t that simple, but for the sake of finishing this post lets just say it went on smoothly. The last step is to spray the batting and then stick the quilt top to it. I was jumping for joy to get this done. At home I don’t have a wall tall enough to do this so the only alternative is to pin the backing to the floor and do the same process on my hands and knees. This is so much easier!

As you saw above there was a wedding held at the center Saturday evening. Claire and I decided to surprise the happy couple with a little gift and made a couple of Christmas placemats for them.

Christmas Placemat for the Newlyweds

Christmas Placemat for the Newlyweds

My mom did the sewing and I did the quilting. We never found the  bride or groom, but were able to give the gift to the brides father and hope the youngsters like them.

For our first ever quilt retreat we had a great time and I have plans on going next year too. I think Claire will join me if it fits her schedule too. Thanks to Sue P-T for organizing the retreat and thanks to all the other ladies for helping my mom and I to have such a fun time.

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Millie’s Soccer Saturday!

Or is it Football?

Hi everyone! It’s Millie here. On Wednesday Walter told you about his favorite toy to play with outside so now I will tell you about mine.

Keeping an eye on the action

Keeping an eye on the action

My daddy loves watching British Premier League football (what we Americans call soccer) and I love to play with my soccer ball too. Just like for Walter my daddy kicks the ball and I bring it back to him. Believe it or not I can fit a regulation soccer ball in my mouth. Don’t believe me? Take a look at this video evidence.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

I love soccer!

I love soccer!

Playing soccer with my dad makes me very happy. Do you play soccer too?

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Walter’s Wubba Wednesday

Hi everyone! It’s Walter here. First I want to thank everyone for the congrats on my graduation. I sure had fun and wasn’t that Gracie a cutie? Second I have to apologize for not blogging much or commenting as much as we usually like to. Our mom has had some orders for her Etsy shop that she needed to complete and she made some special things for the rescue Millie and I came from for a raffle so our typest has been a bit busy to help us blog and comment. Mom will tell you about all her crafting some other time.

So now on to the topic of the day. I wuv my Wubba!

This tastes good!

This tastes good!

This particular wubba is one of my favorites and is a “Snugga Wubba”. It is covered in fuzzy fleece and I love to have daddy toss it for me so I can chase it down and bring it back for more tossing fun.  It’s fun to grab one of the leggies and swing it back and forth while I carry it back to daddy. Here is a little video of some recent action.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

My wubba makes me Happy!

My wubba makes me Happy!

I always have a good time with my wubba and Millie usually leaves us alone. Do you have a wubba that you luva?

 

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Hi everyone, it’s Walter here! For most of the summer mom and I went to training class at a local recreation center. It was lots of fun and I got to make some new friends. At first I was a bit nervous since I had never gone anywhere with just mom, but the trainer and my class mates were so nice I forgot all about Millie and dad not being with us.

Mom didn’t take any pictures during our 7 weeks at class. Something about needing to concentrate on training me and not worry about pictures. Each class session we were allowed some play time and boy did we have fun. Our last class was a real blast. Unfortunately one of our class mates didn’t make it,but the rest of us sure had fun.

Walter - graduation day - playtime action

We were moving so fast (and mom didn’t want to use the flash) that we were a bit blurry. That cute pup with me is Miss Gracie. She is a mini doodle just like Murphy & Stanley. I really loved her dad since he always had the best turkey and cheese you have ever tasted.

Classmate Gifts

Classmate Gifts

As a going away present and thank you to the teacher my mom made everyone a squeaky bone with their name on it. These are the medium sized ones from my mom’s Etsy shop. Of course the one in the middle is for the teacher and the bottom one was for Toby who wasn’t at our last class (Miss Fran, the teacher, said she would get the bone to Toby for us).

Gracie with her bone

Gracie with her bone

Cute little Gracie loved her bone and her mom assured us that she would get lots of play time with it.

Walter gives Teacher Fran some hugs

Walter gives Teacher Fran some hugs

I think Miss Gracie was jealous of me getting hugs from our teacher (notice the raspberry). We had a lot of fun running around and playing at the end of class. Here is a little video of all the action.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

The little pup in the video is Desi our teachers demo dog. He came to class with her a couple of times and showed us how to do some of the things we needed to learn. He was a good teacher too.

All in all I had a good time and even learned a few things from Fran at Pawsitive Behavior Dog Training. Mom and dad say I still have some things to learn, but I don’t know if I will be going back any time soon for another training class or just learn on my own with my parents and Millie helping me. Either way I still have lots of learning to do.

 

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie here. Remember the fancy “Rescue” bandannas our mom made for us and we said it was for a special event? Well now I’m going to tell you about it. A couple of weekends ago Boom Towne Canine Campus, a local training facility, put on an event called Fido Fest. Our rescue group Big Dogs Big Hearts had a booth there and we wanted to go say hi to our friends.

Walter gets some love from  Darcy

Walter gets some love from Darcy

Darcy is my foster mom (who I love very much) and I let Walter have some special love from her. She is a great snuggler!

Millie meeting one of the adoptable dogs

Millie meeting one of the adoptable dogs

We also got to meet some of the adoptable dogs in our rescue group. We are not sure what the name of the shepherd mix playing with me above is, but she sure was nice.

A dachshund we met

A dachshund we met

This cute dachshund was visiting there also. Sorry we forgot her name, but she was very friendly and had two other siblings with her.

More treats please!

More treats please!

One of the volunteers with our rescue, Melissa, was handing out cheese so we got in line for some. Walter wouldn’t leave her alone until she was all out of cheese. What a mooch!

BDBH adoptable - Jordyn

BDBH adoptable – Jordyn

This is one of the Big Dog Big Hearts adoptable dogs named Jordyn (you have to scroll down the page a bit to find her). She is real sweet and food motivated and kept sticking her nose in my mom’s treat bag. Oh yeah…she is also deaf. When she first came to the rescue she was a bit nervous but since being with her foster family (the same ones I was with) she has really come a long way. Maybe someone out there would like to adopt her?

Keeping cool in the shade

Keeping cool in the shade

It was a bit warm that day so I made sure to find some shade to rest in.  Now this Fido Fest was nothing like the Wag Fest Frankie and Ernie got to go to, but I prefer the smaller crowds that this event had. It also meant I got to spend more time with my favorite foster mom.

This coming weekend our rescue group will have our reunion picnic at this same place and Walter and I can’t wait to go!

 

 

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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here to wish all our friends in the United States a Happy Labor Day! We hope your pawrents are taking it easy today and grilling up something good to share with you.

We are sticking with more Millie and Walter posts this week. Mom was a bit of a slacker last week (she claims she was working on stuff for her quilt club) and didn’t post all the stories she should have for us.  Today I’m going to tell you about a nice prize our mom won for us.

Like most of your pawrents our mom is on the Facebook thing and recently she won a couple of toys for us! There is a farm and garden store called CountryMax that also sells pet supplies and occasionally they put pictures of things on their Facebook page for people to “like”. Then they do a drawing from the names of the likers and someone wins! They give away all sorts of stuff from pet toys to chicken feed so if you live in the western New York area you should like their page so you can get in on the action.

Walter - posing with bag

 

We had to go the the store to pick up our prize and it was in this nifty bag that mom can use again to carry stuff.

Walter - posing with toys and bag

 

Inside the bag were these two cool toys! Millie didn’t want to cooperate for the photo shoot so I helped mom out. We got a cute monkey and a steak! I don’t know if you can read the tags, but it says “Floats, Squeaks, Durable!”

Back of toy label (click to bigefy)

Back of toy label
(click to bigefy)

Well we don’t have a pool and mom wasn’t going to let me fill up the bath tub to see if they really float, but we were able to check out the squeakers and durability claims.

Millie Walter - checking out new toys

 

Millie and I had a good time finding the squeakers in these.

Yum...nomming on monkey toes!

Yum…nomming on monkey toes!

This doesn't taste like steak!

This doesn’t taste like steak!

This doesn't smell like steak either!

This doesn’t smell like steak either!

They might not have tasted like monkey or steak, but they sure were fun to play with. We won’t show you the “after” pictures, but suffice it to say that like most toys nothing is durable enough for the puppy jaws of doom. Thanks for winning these toys for us mom!

 

 

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