When it’s warm outside we almost always see Bill and Marilyn, their daughter Becky, neighbor Mary, and their dog Abby on our last walk of the day. They’ll be on the porch enjoying the weather and talking. Hank and Kathy stop by to talk and Daisy and I get petted. I like to play with Abby the Cairn terrier. Her birthday is just a week after ours. She doesn’t like Baxter very much and runs inside when she sees him because he tries to sniff her lady parts. How rude! That’s not why she goes inside, Daisy. She goes inside because you start barking like crazy at everybody that walks by on the sidewalk and that scares her. I’m just protecting us and being a good guard dog. I wouldn’t have to if the ‘man’ of the house would bark at the strangers. I’m a lover, not a fighter. I go over to Marilyn and she rubs my head and Bill says ‘Hi Baxter, old boy’ and he rubs my head too. If I’m lucky, Becky will rub my tummy! I LOVE HAVING MY TUMMY RUBBED!! Bill and Marilyn pet me too. They enjoy seeing us and always thank us for stopping by. They aren’t on the porch very much now that it’s cold but we’ll see them again when it warms up.
Another friend we see on our walks is Shirley. After we go to the Jiffy on Sundays to get our beef stick treats and Hank’s coffee we might see Shirley on our way back. Shirley lives around the corner from us and goes to the Jiffy to get her newspaper and get money for the old cans and bottles she picks up. At first, we were scared of Shirley because she always had this bag of noisy cans and bottles with her. And she's always hugging Hank and Kathy. I don’t like people getting too close to them. We got used to the cans and bottles and hugging and started wagging our tails when we saw her. Then she started petting us. Now not only does she rub my tummy, sometimes she get down on the ground and KISSES MY TUMMY. OH BOY!!!
Since we can’t open the door we don’t invite many people to visit us. Luckily Kathy and Hank invite our friends Monica and Katie over to visit every few weeks. I really like Monica and Katie, Baxter. I let them both pet me and then I hang out by Monica while everyone talks. I like them too Daisy. I hang out with Katie because all I have to do is look at her with my big eye look and she’ll rub my tummy. I LOVE HAVING MY TUMMY RUBBED!!
There’s a lot of other people we see on walks like Vince at the Jiffy and Rich and Roger and Joanne and Kirk and we like to see them too. We didn’t forget about them – we just don’t spend as much time with them. There are also a lot of other dogs we see on our walks, Daisy. Yes, right down the street is Ella the German Shepard. Kirk owns Ella and he plays with her in the front yard of the apartments they live in. Kirk throws this big ball and Ella chases it. Sometimes Ella brings the ball to Hank to throw and when she does I growl at her! Hank’s mine!! Ella is always nice to me and I’m not jealous when Kathy throws the ball – it’s a girl thing I guess…
When we take our noon time walk we see Spike the big dog. Spike is a giant bulldog. Sometimes he runs along the fence and sometimes he is chained to a post in the ground. There are some kids that live with Spike but I never see them play with him and Spike looks kind of lonely. But over the summer Spike’s owner got him a friend to play with. Kathy calls him Peanut and Hank calls him Spikelet. I’m glad Spike has a friend to play with. He seems pretty friendly even if he is so big that he can be scary. It would be nice if Spike would get out for some beef stick treats once in a while.
Ella, Spike, Peanut (or Spikelet), Sponky, Husky, Romeo, and Sam are some of the dogs we meet on our walks.
Here are the other house pets: Oreo, Harry and Mr. Feathers, Tippy, and Sneezy.
I'm keeping my eye on Sneezy.
We had a really nice birthday and Hank put some of our pictures on Facebook (You can see them here). A lot of our Facebook fans liked our pictures and wished us a happy birthday, but now we won’t have a birthday for a whole year Daisy. Baxter, that makes me so sad because I love our birthday so much. But we do have Thanksgiving coming up in a few weeks. I love Thanksgiving, Daisy!! Kathy makes a whole turkey and except for us Hank is the only one who eats turkey – that leaves more for us! YUM!! I found out some even better news Baxter! Grandma is coming for Thanksgiving and she’s bringing half a smoked turkey!! OH BOY!! A TURKEY AND A HALF!! YUM!! I LOVE TURKEY!! YUM!!