Monthly Archives: July 2011

Westie Wednesday! Nova’s pool experience…….

Ok, so I wasn’t here for Nova’s first pool experience but was filled in by 5 people as to what her experience was like.

Let me first say, Nova isn’t really opposed to water.  When Katie tells Nova she is going to take a bath, Nova jumps right into the tub to wait.  Her face shows she isn’t totally enthralled with the water, but the good dog she is, tolerates the bath patiently.

Nova loves the beach!  Not so much for the water but the sand.  She runs and digs, digs and runs and becomes totally covered in sand.  Nova will walk close to the water but not particularly in it.  Katie on the other hand will tell you that Nova LOVES!!! the ocean.  I don’t think love is quite the right word though.  I again would use the word tolerate.  Katie brings Nova in the water and lets the waves wash over her.  Drowned rat (sorry Nova) is what she looks like.  The funniest thing I ever saw was while at Florida last year, Katie had Nova on a boogy board!  Yes, Nova stood stoically on the board as Katie guided it over the waves.  I will say the dog has good balance.

Now to her pool experience.  Since Nova has been here she doesn’t really go too close to the pool.  Probably the pool looks like a giant bathtub that she really doesn’t want to partake in.  Every once in a while Hayley would pick up Nova and throw her, yes THROW Nova in the pool.  Fortunately it wasn’t too far in so little Nova would doggy paddle back.  While I was in Paris I was told of an “incident” that happened with Hayley and Nova.  Immediately I felt a little light-headed because I could just imagine what happened.  Well, I was told that one day while Hunter & Hayley were in the pool with our two babysitters, Hayley all of a sudden JUMPED out of the pool, grabbed Nova and threw her into the water.  Unfortunately for Nova, no one was close by so Hayley, who we really feel thinks Nova is a moving stuffed animal, decided to “dunk her”.  Not once, not twice but three times.  Chaos erupted as the babysitters and Hunter ran to Nova’s rescue.  They retrieved Nova, who at this point was too stunned to doggy paddle, and brought her out of the pool and dried her with a towel.  Meanwhile, Hayley was jumping and laughing for joy!  Nova on the other hand was shell-shocked.  I was told she wanted to go in the house in the worse way.  Dave came to her rescue and brought her in.  Nova hasn’t walked anywhere close to the pool since then.

Nova is a loving, trusting dog and for some reason even though Hayley also likes to pull Nova’s legs like you would a wishbone, the dog keeps going back for more 🙂


Westie Wednesday – Musical Chairs

I haven’t kept up with this blog for Katie for the last two weeks because I was getting ready for Paris and then was in Paris for a week.

Nova has now been staying with us for over 5 weeks!  It has gone by so fast and Katie will be picking her up in 3 weeks.  I am going to miss her.  I can’t help but spoil Nova, she is sooooooo cute.  I buy her toys now and then (yes Katie, the pile has grown, she even has a duck that quacks!)  I buy her special treats and Nova gets one every time she goes outside.  I was horrified to find out that while in Paris, Dave only remembered the first day to give her a treat and then she had none until I got home.  That is probably why Nova was kissing my feet as I walked in the door.  Now to Dave’s defense, I do not blame him for this misdeed.  He was working, taking care of Hunter and Hayley with Autism and keeping up with the house.

This dog has completely taken over.  Nova is the queen and we are her servants.  In the beginning Nova followed me EVERYWHERE.  Now that she has gotten comfortable (and I mean really comfortable), she doesn’t follow me as much.  I find her in various parts of the house just lounging around on all different chairs and sitting surfaces.

Everytime I turn around Nova is in a different chair!  She even goes and sits in rooms that we rarely use.  I call it musical chairs because I never know what chair she will be in.

Nova also loves it outside!  Our yard is large and she enjoys exploring and chasing birds and little critters.  When she gets tired though, she jumps into a chair to rest.  Nova doesn’t discriminate, any chair will do.

Nova is a very, very good dog.  She listens, rarely barks, is friendly and I have been giving her a bath weekly so she is nice and clean.  Nova can sit in any chair she wants, she is the queen of the castle and is at least using furniture that we haven’t been using in a long time!!

Gym Update……Back on Track :)

I finally went back to the gym today.  The last time I was there was 3 weeks ago!  Hunter and Hayley were home for a week until their summer program started and I had no one to babysit.  Then I spent a week getting everything ready for my Paris trip and ultimately it was off to Paris!

Even though I wasn’t exercising as much, I was running around a lot.  While in Paris I enjoyed wonderful food each day, but there was a tremendous amount of walking so I felt I was walking off whatever I had indulged in.

Once I got home, I immediately started to watch what I was eating for the most part (yes I had a nice slice of Hunter’s birthday cake).  I knew I had to get back to the gym, but on Sunday I started thinking about all I needed to do and was leaning towards waiting another week.  Thanks to my trainer, she emailed me yesterday saying she set me up for an appointment  this morning at 9:30. I am glad she took the initiative.  I knew then that I needed to go or I risked not going back at all.

Glad I went, worked out on the machines for 30 minutes and felt good about it.  I am now looking forward to going again on Thursday.  I also wanted to get weighed today so I would keep myself accountable.  Guess what?  I didn’t gain any weight at all!!!!  I was so excited to actually see what I thought to be true. Now it is just picking up where I left off and am really looking forward to continuing my weight loss journey.

Now, what to do about Hayley’s birthday cake on Saturday…………………………..