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Dear Santa,

We have had an exciting 2012. Frappy and I were busy helping Mom out with the family business, Follow Me Dog Training LLC. We traveled to Ohio, Indiana and to Georgia. We met a lot of new friends and had some good times. Mom said that I did a great job staying on the “NICE” list but she wasn’t so sure about Frappy (something to do with a certain squirrel incident and her and Roger the Rhodesian Ridge Back knocking her down and twisting her ankle.) So I leave that decision up to you. Grandma and Grandpa, in MD, adopted a new dog a couple weeks ago. Her name is Callie. Frappy and I are getting to know her, so we decided to include her in on this letter to you and she mentioned that the Martini we are leaving for you on Christmas eve is from her.

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I have everything I could ever need, but the three of us wanted to get a letter out to you so here are our Christmas wishes:

  • We have a few human friends that are spending their time in Afghanistan and other places far far away fighting for and supporting our country. We also found out one of my close friends is being deployed again in August. With this in mind, we Wish that all our men, women and Military War Dogs that are supporting the USA on foreign soil be safe and courageous this holiday season and until they can come home. 
  • We wish for the ending of breed specific legislation, spay/neuter laws, and dangerous dog laws that are poorly written and are not helping.
  • We wish all the new puppies and rescued dogs that find their homes over the holidays will explain to their owners the importance of training and exercise. (do you need some of Mom’s business cards to drop off at those homes?)
  • We wish that they would outlaw those flexi/retractable leashes…those things are dangerous for us dogs and our owners.
  • We wish for an end to dog fighting through legislation that makes sense…blame the deed not the breed!
  • We wish that when we wake up Christmas morning the room will be filled with Tennis balls, Cuz balls, Discs, Kong balls, tugs and warm beds.

Frappy wanted me to put in something about squirrels, but it wasn’t a very pretty wish, and I think it really would put her on the “Naughty list”

Frappy an I also wanted to remind you that we aren’t at our RVA home so, feel free to go there…mom always keeps the fridge full of beer and I know she didn’t finish off some brownies before we left. Thanks for everything Santa! Have a safe trip, the Leinie’s (and Martinit) will be waiting for you and I promise not to bark when you come down the chimney!

Love from your favorite Malinois, and those other two 😉

Leinie, Frappy and Callie

Callie, Frappy and Leinie

Callie, Frappy and Leinie

 

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Hoppy Easter Everyone!!!!

That elusive Easter Rabbit was too smart for my plan again. Frappy says to blame the squirrels. Brady was fascinated the Bunny brought him something and now wants to spend every Easter with us. And Mom is laughing at me while she noshes on a Cadbury Creme Egg. He left me another letter, which was very nice of him, but I would rather meet him in person.

Dear Leinie,

Hoppy Easter to my dear Malinois friend. Frappy is right, blame the squirrels, they told me about your plan. I have to say, the dyed eggs were a nice touch this year. I just couldn’t stick around though to meet you….and frankly I believe it would be unsafe for my health.

I did leave you, Frappy and your Mom a present and even included something in there for young Brady. Maybe I can convince him at a young age not to hunt me down in the future. Let your Mom take the toys out of that nasty Easter grass for you. It is a choking hazard to you and all pets! I have been lobbying for years for the holiday people to get rid of it. And as you know, stay far far away from the chocolate. Make sure you teach Brady about chocolate, he seems like a cute little guy and I don’t want him to have a glass of hydrogen peroxide poured down his throat on Easter! The Wubba is for Frappy, the Jolly Egg is for you and the stuffed rabbit is for Brady. And as always the Leinenkugels is for your mom!

Below is a quote from one of my arch nemesis’s one year, it is kind of self explanatory why I choose not to meet the people or dogs I deliver to.

Elmer Fudd: I’m waiting for the Easter Wabbit. When he comes in looking so fwuffy and cute with his wittle basket of Easter eggs… BANG! Easter Wabbit stew. He he he he.

Have a wonderful Easter and we’ll see what happens next year!

The Easter Bunny

Thanks Mr. Easter Bunny…I’m taking notes and asking mom where I can learn about this Elmer Fudd guy. Right after I go play with my new Jolly Egg! My friends down at the Georgia Dog Gym have one and I coveted it. They are a ton of fun and perfect for a high energy dog like myself!

Frappy was playing with her Wubba.

But we had to make Brady earn his Easter gift. At first he wasn’t too pleased and a little confused:

We’ve all been there little buddy, at least you are too young to hold the basket in your mouth! But then Brady really took to the ears..this dog wants to be a model when he grows up!

Enough torturing the new guy and we gave him his stuffed rabbit and he was very pleased with himself.

Another Easter and another missed opportunity to meet the big Bunny. Hey Mom, can we go watch some Looney Toons, I hear they have some research, er cartoon, called “Easter Yeggs” that I should watch.

HOPPY EASTER EVERYONE!!!!!!

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It is that time of year again…the Easter Bunny is making an appearance. I took alot of notes after last year’s fiasco. And I am thinking I might retrace my steps to two years ago and try the carrot thing again. So I had a meeting and sadly, this is what I have to work with this year:

Austin, the Schnauzer has left already, but he was here last year and said he could help young Brady learn the tricks of the trade. I don’t know how much help these three are going to give me but we’ll see.  I think Frappy might be more help this year since the I read her last years letter from the Easter Bunny saying the Squirrels were helping him and foiling all of our plans.

So step one: Lay down a carrot trap

Step Two: dye some eggs and place them strategically around the yard…someone mentioned I might be able to fool the Bunny with my own eggs…

Step three: Working on young Brady’s wind sprints so he can help track the bunny down tomorrow morning.

Step four: Try on the bunny ears, and wait patiently till tomorrow morning.

 

Happy Easter Everyone!!!!

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Happy New Year!!!!!

The one night a year when mom drinks something other then beer…New Years!!!!

It seems like 2011 went by really quickly. I had a set of resolutions and I think I actually kept to all of them! I was able to adventure and explore into new areas of the Richmond VA area. Mom, Frappy and I traveled to GA, WI, NJ and OH to see friends. The business was so out of control busy that mom hardly had time to work with Frappy and I. We learned about some awesome new brews and breweries. It was a good year.

I’m ready for an even better year full of fun and friends.

Hoppy New Years!!! If you go out drinking be sure to have someone else drive you home! Cheers

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Mom was invited by the dad of my dog friends, Cookie and Meadow, to a Richmond Beer-istoric tour. I’m really jealous it was a ‘no dogs allowed’ tour, but mom said we will definitely be going back to some of these spots together! This past week has been Richmond Beer Week, presented by GreatBrewers.com! So a lot of the local breweries and restaurants have on tap an amazing collection of new beers. There are a lot of events and one of them was this Beer-istoric Tour. I’ll let mom finish up the description:

Mike Gorman was the Historian for the day. You can see Mike give lectures as he works for the National Park Service in Richmond, VA. He was a wealth of information and aside from the beer, the best part of the tour! He even put together a time line of Richmond’s beer history for us!

 

Mike Gorman, RVA Historian & Beer lover

 

Our starting point was Mekong, a fantastic Vietnamese restaurant with a great beer selection. We all boarded a green bus provided by To The Bottom And Back. The bus was stocked with water, pretzels and apples and packed full of beer lovers.

 

O'Connor Great Dismal Black IPA at Capital Ale House Downtown

 

First stop was at the Capital Ale House Downtown location. I had an opportunity to talk dogs with the owners, Mike and Linda Jones. (see Leinie, I can make this about dogs in some way if I try hard enough). We had a sampling of  Wolf Hills Brewing Co. O’connor Great Dismal Black IPA.

 

off the bus to go check out the Yuengling Brewing Co. ruins

Starr Hill McSteamy California Common at Boathouse, Rocketts Landing

Second stop was in Rocketts Landing, the old site of the only other location in the United States that had a Yuengling Brewery. We climbed down and saw some of the old ruins and then walked over to The Boathouse for a pint of Starr Hill Mc Steamy California Common. Our group all converged on the patio and I had an opportunity to talk with Channel 8 newsman, Juan Conde. He was amazed that we were on a tour learning about Richmond’s beer history!

 

 

Legend Brewing...take me to the Barley wine!

Frist Tappin of the Legend Barley Wine

Third Stop was Legend Brewing Co. After tasting the barley wine, some of us headed upstairs to the restaurant to grab something to eat, and for me a pint of Porter! Leinie has been to Legend Brewing Co. by the way. When it is warm out, dogs can hang out on the other side of the fence by the patio.

 

 

Battlefield Kolsch sampled at TJ's at The Jefferson

Fourth stop was at TJ’s at The Jefferson. What a cool place! Tried the Battlefield Coral Sea Kolsch which was brewed by new friends of mine (we bonded over a shared love of beer and dogs, they own Shiba Inus)! Each of the Battlefield brews are named after major battles in history. I might have to take a trip up to Fredricksburg for a visit, yes Leinie, you’ll go too.

 

 

Starr Hill Cryptical Imperial Stout at Commercial Taphouse

 

Fifth stop was at the Commercial Taphouse to sample some of Starr Hill Cryptical Imperial Stout…looks like the samplings are getting smaller..that was a good thing! And all through the tour, Mike Gorman was giving us historical updates…incredible!

 

Williamsburg Alewerks Royal Aged Coffee Imperial Stout at Can Can

Sixth stop was at Can Can Brasserie where we sampled the Williamsburg Aleweks Royal Oak Aged Coffee.

 

 

Mekong

Blue Mountain Dark Hollow Reserve at Mekong

Seventh stop was back to Mekong. It was time for a delicious meal and a pint of Blue Mountain Dark Hollow Reserve.

 

Thanks so very much to Mike Gorman, Jacob Brunow and Steve Tuzeneu of Browns Distributing, all the amazing host restaurants and breweries, To the Bottom and Back (Thank you so much Cookie and Meadow’s dad for the ticket!!!), and everyone that attended the first ever Richmond Beer-istoric tour. This was by far the most fun I have had on a history tour ever and it wasn’t just because of the beer. Ok Leinie, you can have your blog back!

Sounds like mom had fun…but I made sure she enjoyed some Leinie’s Red and Creamy Dark the past couple days!

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It the “Dog Days of Summer”! My favorite thing to do in the summertime is swim!!! Mom has recently been exploring more and found a few spots on the James River to let Frappy and I swim. We also recently had an opportunity to swim at a lake with a bunch of our friends. It was awesome.

I like to swim, but like with everything else, I like there to be a purpose and preferably a ball or bumper involved! I’m an avid dock diver although I have never competed and really don’t do it enough these days. Frappuccino has turned into quite the little fish herself. (you can see more of Frappys fun summer swimming at the Follow Me Dog Training LLC Blog)

Here is a video of some of our fun!

You better believe when we got home we all slept soundly! ….And I’m pretty sure mom had herself a Leinie’s Summer Shandy to cool off!

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Maggie, Me and Pepper

I grew up with Terriers. Irish Terriers…female Irish Terriers. The main one was Pepper who we lost in April and mom is still grieving about. I have heard a ton of stories about Pepper and the things she taught mom, the past couple months and there are lots of things I need to live up to.

I found mom crying earlier today and she sat me down and told me the other terrier in my life is now romping in the fields on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge with Pepper. Maggie was a 15 yr old Irish Terrier and belonged to my human grandparents. She was a cool old red head with a bit of attitude. She was also a veteran therapy dog and had been visiting an assisted living home for more then 10 years. She was the dog that sparked a conversation between my mom and her eye doctor and was ultimately the reason my mom went into dog training. And she was the reason for my mom meeting Pepper! I guess I owe her more then just teaching me a terrier way of life.

Although I know I’ll meet up with all my good friends someday, when I get to romp in the fields on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge, but I sure do miss them a ton now!

I’ll go fetch mom a Guinness and we’ll toast the Irish red heads of the family, remember old times and bury another dog in our hearts.

THE BEST PLACE TO BURY A DOG

“There is one best place to bury a dog.
“If you bury him in this spot, he will
come to you when you call – come to you
over the grim, dim frontier of death,
and down the well-remembered path,
and to your side again.

“And though you call a dozen living
dogs to heel, they shall not growl at
him, nor resent his coming,
for he belongs there.

“People may scoff at you, who see
no lightest blade of grass bent by his
footfall, who hear no whimper, people
who may never really have had a dog.
Smile at them, for you shall know
something that is hidden from them,
and which is well worth the knowing.

“The one best place to bury a good
dog is in the heart of his master.”

— Ben Hur Lampman —
from the Portland Oregonian Sept. 11, 1925

Cheers to the Irish Terriers who are buried in my heart!

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