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Sunday, October 7, 2012
Well...Looks like Styx has already told you that I'm the newbie to the family. I think she's pretty cool. I'm not sure she feels the same way about me but I'm winning her over, slowly but surely!

So here's a little more about me....I'm from Vermont. I met Mum the first time when I was just 4 or 5 weeks old. She came late at night to see me all the way from Missouri! I remember 'cause I had to crawl out from under the pile of my siblings to see her. They were all asleep and didn't even know she was there staring at us. But I knew! I finally got loose of them and went to the front of our whelping box to bark at her. She understood. She picked me up and I went straight to sleep. We've been together ever since. Mum is pretty cool. She lets me try and find "Fred" like Styx does but we haven't gotten to do it as much as we used to since she got hurt.

I turn two years old in February. I am a people-person for sure. I love everyone! Orinoco says that I am too friendly but I think he's just suspicious of everyone. We get on pretty well together though. I also like to visit some of my Mum's other doggie friends. They are nice. Mum says that in another year or so, I can go to some dog shows with her like Orinoco used to. Orinoco tried to explain them to me. He wasn't thrilled with them but I think they sound like fun. Any place where people adore you sounds pretty cool to me! I'm a bit of a Princess.

So that's a bit about me. I hope to meet you all soon!

Toodles!

- Mags



Sunday, October 7, 2012
I know I am awul at keeping up at this blog-thing but I try. I'm just not very good at it! So much has happened that I don't even know where to begin! First off, Daddy went on a long trip someplace far away. He came back with another Dobergirl. I was a little upset when he brought her home because I didn't want to not be Mum's favorite anymore. My feelings got pretty hurt at first when Mum would bring her with us to "Fred" training. But she's not so bad anymore. I'm starting to like her a little better now. Her name is Mags. Mum says that when I retire, she's going to take over someday and then I can hang out in the living room. Maybe I'll even get to sneak onto the furniture like Stryker used to. But don't tell Mum that just yet. She might change her mind! Mum says that she's gonna be Orinoco's girlfriend someday. I'm not sure how Orinoco feels about that yet but he doesn't really want to take about his personal life with his Mom.

Let's see....What else has happened? Uh...Mum got hurt. She got hurt pretty bad. She wasn't able to come home for several weeks and then when she did finally come home; I couldn't see her or jump on her or love on her or anything! It was horrid. Just. Horrid. Mum and I were on a search and recovery deployment when we both fell. We feel what seemed like a long way down. Mum was hurt and couldn't stand up so she sent me back up to get in the truck. I didn't want to go and leave her there but she said that I had to, so I did what she told me. Mum was then taken away by a different truck-thingy and my Auntie Carrie had to drive me home. I was very sad. But Mum is a bit better now. We haven't gotten to do any more "Fred" stuff lately but I'm just glad Mum is finally home. I was very upset about it all.

Anyhoo..That's our big news around here. It's starting to get cold again. I don't mind the cold though. As long as I have my chew bones, warm bed and chicken dinner - everything is good!

I'm off!

- Styx



Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Wow, has it been a while since we chatted! I've been so busy that I lost track of, well, EVERYTHING! But, I see that my Mom has been keeping you posted on everything she's been doing. So, I guess it's only fair that I updated you on my excitement as well. The real question is where to begin though!

The biggest excitement for me was that I got to get started back into my Schutzhund training. I LOVE it! It's very fun! My Dad's trainer friend, Mose, said that he could hardly tell that I had been off my training for almost a year! He said that my grips were nice and solid. He also said that he could tell I have grown some in the past year. Mum says that I'm still not full grown yet but I am getting bigger! Mose also said that I "hit like a hammer." I'm not sure what that means but Mum and Dad seemed pleased. Mum video taped some of that training session. She said she put it up on YouTube, so you can check it out there. We have our own channel!

It was just awesome to be back doing boy things again! I know Mum is big on this "Total Doberman" thingy but really, I am a boy and I like to do boy things! Not prance around in a circle smelling like flowers! But, I have a feeling Mum will make me keep doing it. Something about growing up to be a 'Renaissance Man'...whatever that means. Sigh.

So, new topic. I have gotten to put my casual good looks to use recently, without prancing or having some judge grab my unmentionables. I was one of the dogs featured as a doggie model for Inspired Antiquity. It's a home decor company that has all kinds of things...Including my favorite new item - BIG Dog Beds! Yes, I was a BIG Dog Bed model! The bed was even black. It matched me SO well! I smiled and posed for about an hour while they took my photos. Mum and Dad said that I did very well! If you want to check it out, you can see their blog by clicking here. It was a ton of fun! I hope I get to do more of it.

Anyway, that has been my excitement. It has been busy for sure but it has been nice to get to really enjoy some of my favorite things!

Catcha Later!

- Orinoco



Tuesday, October 19, 2010
All I can really say is where did the time go? Last thing I remember it was summer. Now, it's cooler and the leaves are changing. Humpf. But, one good thing about the weather cooling off is that when you are practicing your search skills, it is much more comfortable! Which is exactly what I have been up to lately!

Mum and I went to this day and a half long training with this super famous search and rescue lady named Shirley. She was SO nice! Several of my other pups were there - Lexie, Lucca and Gabe. It was a really hard training but also a really fun one! It was sponsored by my local firefighter friends so I even got to see some of them too! They are always so nice to us!

It was a very intense training. We had to climb some very big ladders, walk over some crazy boards with little obstacles on them, walk on a teeter-totter plus practice our obedience and directionals. Easy, right? Wrong! Super duper hard! But, every time I learned a new skill, I got string cheese and lots of lovin' which made it totally worth it! Mum took some great photos of me and my kids along with a group picture of all the dogs who attended the training. She posted them on our Facebook page which you can see by clicking here.

Well, I know Orinoco will want to blabber on about his excitement so I won't ruin his surprises other than to say how proud of my little pup I am! I just know that he'll do some great things! So, other than that...

I'm off!

- Styx



Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Yesterday was a pretty exciting day at our house. I was taking my mid-day nap when Mum woke me up to tell me that we had to go to work. Well, you all know what that means...

So, off Mum and I went! There was a building collapse not very far from our house and my friends at the Fire Department had called Mum to ask her if some search dogs could come help to make sure that no one was trapped in the building and that no one else had been killed when the building collapsed.

Ya know, it was great! A bunch of my SAR friends came and helped - some are Labs, another Doberman and my first Border Collie friend. We ran around through the ruble and checked it all out. We didn't find anyone. I guess that was good. Mum says it's good that we didn't find anyone but it also means that I didn't get to play with my favorite toy either. When we got home, Mum let find some "Fred" so I could play with my toy though. That made it ok I guess.

Anyway, it was still way fun! It's always a great time when I get to see my firefighter friends. They are always so nice and give me lots of hugs.

I'm off!

- Styx



Thursday, May 6, 2010
Ok, so here's the deal....It's spring again which means that I get to spend more time in the yard, Daddy and I can play with the flirt pole and then, of course, there are the evening walks. BUT, what no one tells you really happens in the spring is all the poking and prodding! Yup, time to visit the vet.

At first, I didn't think the visit was gonna go too badly. I mean, one of the ladies at the vet's office took me around the whole place! I got to meet all kinds of people. They gave me treats and kisses and told me how handsome I was. And then it happened....

It was just the worst! Mum said that my Mom, Styx, and I really went so some "specialist" could look at our eyes. I didn't think it sounded too bad until they started putting some kinda watery goop in my eyes. Next thing I know, the room is really bright, everything is fuzzy and THEN they wanna go and shine some bright light in my face! I mean, can you believe it?!?! Are they trying to blind me here? Then the lady proceeds to tell Mum that my eyes look "fabulous." I have one word for her - Duh! My eyes were just fine before she tried to go and blind me! But, finally, it was all over so off to the car (in the bight sunlight) we went.

Then Mum took us to visit Dad at work so that made it a little better. I got to get out of the car (luckily it wasn't very bright by where we met Dad) and meet some of Dad's friends and snuggle with him a little bit. But, I did have to tell Mum it was time to go after a while....I had a horrible headache! I'm glad that only happens once a year!

Catcha later!

- Orinoco



Sunday, August 30, 2009
So, I gotta tell you what happened around here a week or so ago....Mum & Dad took Orinoco to some conformation shows (You should have heard him whine when he got home!) for several days. Well, one of the days, Mum & Dad kept talking about these people who were going to come over to play in OUR yard! I mean, seriously, they wanted play in our yard!

Now, don't misunderstand, I'm ok with sharing & all...But, they peed and poo'ed all over my yard! Then Orinoco had to go and mark everything (again and again and again...) which means now the yard smells like boy. It's all very frustrating! But, I think the yard is ok after Mum & Dad fixed it all up.

Whew! Now that I've gotten that off my chest, I feel much better!

I'm off!

- Styx



Sunday, August 30, 2009
Ya know, it'd been a few weeks since Mum and Dad made me go to a show. So....I thought I was off the hook. Maybe they got bored (like I am!) with the whole thing and were going to go back to doing other more exciting and active stuff. Well......I was wrong! They were just saving up to torture me!

Yup, you heard right. They wanted to torture me. They made me go to 9 shows in only 11 days! Crazy, I know!!! Some of the shows even required an hour and half ride in the car - one way - each day! Now, don't get me wrong. Normally, I am all about the car ride. But this? A car ride just so I can run in a circle and some stranger can grab my boy bits? Let me just say this.....I have TWO! Yes, they are both back there and I see no reason for the grabbing and yanking.

Now, with that said. I am glad that it's over. First order of business when I got home was to find the mud hole in the yard and to make sure Mum and Dad understood my displeasure with them by tracking it through the house. Lucky for me, it rained most the week so there was plenty of mud to oblige me in my little endeavor.

At least I have a couple more weeks "off" until I have to show off the goods all over again. But, the next show will be a little more fun because Mum and I are going to get to stay in a hotel! I love getting to jump on someone else's bed! We're going with some friends so at least I'll have new people to play with!

Catcha later!

- Orinoco



Saturday, July 11, 2009
Well, you would NEVER believe what my Mum made me do recently! Now, you know that I'm actually from Moscow, Russia and that Mum brought me the United States when I was just 8 months old. So, there are some things that I'm just not used to.... like riding in a boat! Go figure! So of course, Mum had to push me to try something that I'm really just not that in to.

It was all part of the Boat Training that our Search & Rescue Coalition was participating in through the Kansas City Fire Department a couple weeks ago. They hid some Fred in the lake and then we had to get in these boats to go find it. Frankly, the boat thing was a little scary and I got pretty nervous. But, I got over it. I didn't even notice that I was in the boat any more once I got a whiff of Fred. In fact, I was so excited that I almost fell over the edge! Maybe I can get Mum to post some pictures so you can see 'em later.

I'm off!

- Styx



Monday, June 8, 2009
Well, this past weekend I was up and driving to a show before dawn had even THOUGHT about cracking! On Saturday and Sunday, the family and I headed two and a half hours from here so that I could prance around the ring and strut my stuff. Mum and Dad were excited. I got a few ribbons each day and then we headed home. My thoughts - that's a long drive for a few minutes of fuss but it's apparently important to Mum so I humor her. The nice thing is, when it's all over then I'm allowed to wreck havoc in the backyard again!

Catcha later!

- Orinoco



Sunday, May 3, 2009
Wow! It's been a FUN week! This past week was a big week for the family - it was the United Doberman Club Nationals. Just like last year, they had them nearby in Warrensburg, Missouri so we were able to go to a bunch activities. Quite a few of my kids were able to come as well...Let's see, we had Lexie, Luca, Gabriel, Gibson, Fiddle and Orinoco all there for several events.

Just this week, between the kids and I, the family earned: 3 Working Apptitude Certificates, 3 BHs, 3 Canine Good Citizen certificates, 2 CCs towards a UDC Championship and 2 Adult Temperament Test passing scores. All of that brings the family totals up to 4 CGCs and 5 WACs! Not bad if I do say so myself!

And that doesn't even count all the fun we got to have working several "Fred" problems with other Dobermans from all over the country (including three of my own kids!). All in all, it was a good time. Mum took the week off work so she and I got to spend a lot of time together. But, I will admit, all that stuff cram-packed into one week - I am exhausted!

I'm off!

- Styx



Wednesday, April 8, 2009
It's been crazy busy the past few days! Mum is out of town again. For a few days, I got to go with her to Wichita but then we had a bunch of driving to get home. As soon as we got home though Mum had to leave on another trip for work. Dad says she'll be home earlier than we expected though. So that will be good.

Mum and I went to Wichita for another dog show. I was in an area with a bunch of other Dobermans and lots of people loved all over me so that was fun. I like that part of the show. There are SO many new people to meet and I love the attention! I just wish I could play more at these things. Mum fusses so much that I'll get dirty that I don't get to do some of the things that I really like doing - you know, like wrestling in the mud! Mum says that as soon as I finish getting some degree (I think she called it a champion's degree) then I can wrestle in the mud more! I'm not sure what all I have to do to get this degree but if it means I get more mud time then I'm all for it!

Catcha Later!

- Orinoco



Monday, March 16, 2009
Wow - it's been a busy few weeks! Mum was out of town alot. A couple weeks ago she went to Louisiana to teach some workshop on disaster planning (I think I should have gotten to go! I'm good with disasters!). While she was there, she got to see one of my sons, Bodie. She brought back a lot of pictures of him but I wish I had been able to see and sniff him myself. Pictures just aren't the same. He looks like he's gotten SO big! I can't believe my babies are 2 years old! Mum told me that Bodie was a very handsome, well-behaved boy with nice drive and excellent temperament. She said I should be very proud of him! I told Mum that he takes after me! She just laughed.

Last week was a lot of fun though! The fire department called and needed some search dogs to look for some Fred (that's what we call the "human remains"). Mum and I, along with three other search dogs (one of them was my Doberfriend, Jager!), all went out to help. Man, you wouldn't believe it! My nose was working really well that day and I just dragged Mum straight to the spot where Fred was! Even my friend Jager told my Mum, and his, that I was in the right spot - And Jager has a LOT of practice with this kinda stuff! Mum still seemed a little nervous though. I think she was nervous because it was my first *official* call-out and she wanted all of us to do well. But I told Mum she didn't need to worry - We all understand! Mum's are funny that way.

I don't have any big exciting plans for this week though. Mum lets me have some good table treats for special occassions and it must be some guy named "Patrick's" birthday because Mum has been cooking up a TON of corned (or was it 'pickled??') meat that smells so yummy! I'm looking forward to liberating the counter of some of it. Maybe she won't notice and I'll get to double-dip a little!

I'm off!

- Styx



Saturday, February 14, 2009
Mum says it's Valentine's Day and so I'm not supposed to write anything that's sad. Well, I don't think this is sad at all! In fact, I was SO excited that I just couldn't stop wriggling all over! Mum, Dad, Orinoco and I have been doing so much obedience and schutzhund stuff lately that when Mum took me out for some search training and to mingle with some other dogs....Well, let's just say, I could barely contain myself!

To make it even more exciting, I was just out sniffing around this new place with Mum while some of the other dogs worked and - would you believe it - I found Fred!!! Mum won't let me call our scent material "Human Remains." She says it's too scary and depressing. I don't understand why it's depressing - every time I find it we get to play tug. That's happy! Anyway, there it was hidden in the tall grass! And then, Mum and I went into some woods and there was more Fred!!! I mean, can you believe it?! Fred was all over this place! Mum was just SO happy with me!

Mum and I haven't looked for Fred in several months and I think she was worried that I had forgotten what Fred smelled like. Mum worries so much sometimes! I do wish that we could spend more time looking for Fred together. Mum and I always have a bucket of fun when we do Fred work! And then I get to run around more. When we do obedience, I have sit straight, turn tight, blah, blah, blah, blah.....BOOOOOORING! Finding Fred is just so much more fun!

I'm off!

- Styx



Tuesday, February 3, 2009
We got back on Sunday from my first conformation show of the season. And, let me just say this...after spending the past several months practicing my grip, obedience and even getting to cut loose a little bit for some nice runs around the yard with my little lab friend, Murphy; I have forgotten how hectic conformation shows can be! I mean talk about chaos! Powder flying, hair dryers blowing, a fine mist of show sheen in the air and people runnning around all serious - I do not understand how I can possibly be expected to relax!

I did finally agree to stand still for my handler though - on Day Two. But, don't confuse my agreement to stand still with complacency! I only stood still because I knew Mum would not be happy if I didn't! I suppose it paid off though 'cause I got a Reserve Winners Dog placement on that second day. Personally, it's still not as exciting as practicing my Schutzhund skills but Mum says it's important to do well in conformation too. It has something to do with making me "more well-rounded." I don't understand that - if I were "well-rounded" then I wouldn't be a Doberman, I'd be a basketball. Silly Mum! I don't know how standing still and letting some stranger pet me can make Mum and Dad happy but apparently it does!

It's nice to be home and get to roll in the dirt and run around the yard again without having Mum pull out the baby wipes to clean me up. I mean, you know how it is...Boys are just supposed to get dirty and smelly! All this flowery-smelling, shiny stuff...Real boys do NOT smell like flowers! Besides, it's nothing compared to a good game of flirt pole or a little rough-and-tumble in the yard! Speaking of which, it's about time for me to go out and sun bathe.

Catcha later!

- Orinoco




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