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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

Alex Pic Spam!

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No, I'm not dead or anything drastic like that. The weather in Maryland has been beyond gorgeous the past few days, so rather than spending it inside on the computer, I've been outside, painting and training Alex. It's supposed to cool off again this weekend, so I'll be back and answer the many comments that I've neglected.

It's been too long since I've done an Alex pic spam, so here we go. Alex will be six months old on Thursday.

I never posted our pictures from Deep Creek Lake. One day, I'll get to the whole array; for now, here is Alex at Swallow Falls State Park.

It was miserable and raining that day and Alex had a great time getting absolutely soaked and filthy! He was about four months old at the time.

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Two weeks ago, Alex got a bath. Here, he knows it's inevitable and his hoping that his sad eyes might entice me to make it quick!

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Alex panting ...

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... and running around like a nut!

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Alex on his new bed with Bobby.

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Remember this?

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Now consider this!

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He still crawls under the coffee table, even though he is rapidly outgrowing it (and it's really funny to watch him slide out again!).

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Alex loves playing with the vacuum cleaner.

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Since the weather has been nice, Alex has been spending a lot of time outside with us, on the balcony. He has also discovered that he is just tall enough to watch cars passing and children playing!

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On the outside, looking in ...

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Two weeks ago, in the snow ...

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Alex has delightfully large ears!

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  • That dog is the very definition of cute!!! *Adores*

    And that last pic just *begs* for an icon!
    • nienna_weeper agreed with you about the icon! :^D

      And Alex thanks you. He agrees that he defines cute, though he would like to point out that he is terribly mistreated by not being permitted to eat off the table and pee on the rug. Poor Alex. ;)
  • AWWWW! He's huge but all the more adorable! :D Is the spot under the coffee table his little "safety space?" (It's so cute when dogs have a little hidey spot they've crawled into since puppyhood even when they're big...)
    • I actually think that he goes under the coffee table for two reasons. For one, our apartment is entirely carpeted (aside from the kitchen, bathroom, and vestibule), and I've noticed that he tends to lay under the coffee table when it's warm outside. He'll also plop in the vestibule when it's warm; I think that the non-carpeted surface is cooler and more comfortable for him. (He's in the vestibule now, though more likely because he's waiting for Bobby to get home from the Aquarium!)

      Also, since Bobby and I use our dining room as a study/geekspace, then we eat at our coffee table. Alex is not allowed to be anywhere near the coffee table when we're eating unless he's lying down. Somehow, he came to understand the command "go lay down!" to mean "go lay down under the coffee table!" All of the under-the-coffee-table pictures were taken at dinner one night. It's kind of funny and goes to show how easily accidental associations can come to have actual meaning during the learning process. /psychgeek ;)

      Alex doesn't have a safe space, come to think of it. Though he'll sometimes blow Bobby and me off when he thinks that we're making too much noise too late at night and go into the bedroom to his bed. He gives us A Look™ too ... it's funny! I can almost hear him thinking, "Fuck you, guys, it's past my bedtime and you're still raising a ruckus!" as he shoots us dirty looks and slinks into the bedroom! :^D
  • Aww, he is losing that puppy look. *tear* He's got a really strong looking neck. :) (Weird sort of compliment, I know ;P) And those skinny little legs!!

    And I just love the "bath time torture" look! My dog sometimes will even whine and whimper during the bath. I can understand the aversion to the table though, since it attacked him once. *giggle*

    Ooh, yeah, get that vacuum Alex! Evil vacuum!
    • Yes, my Boo is almost grown up. :( Though I do not miss:

      1) puppy teeth
      2) accidents on the rug
      3) having to go outside every hour in all sorts of weather
      4) middle-of-the-night crying

      Once Alex is in the bathtub, he doesn't seem to mind the bath. He gets in the shower with Bobby on his own volition. (He'll get his top half in with me but has never hopped in all the way.) I keep telling him, "You're a retriever! You're supposed to like water!" The way he eyes the river when we go hiking, I imagine that he will one day like water quite a bit ... it will just have to be nasty water that reeks like garbage.
  • gah puppy cuteness spammage!!!!! *twitches in overload spasm*

    He's such a cutie! I just want to hug him and cuddle. *sigh*

    I know the "sad eyes" look all too well, don't give in! He was such a cute puppy... especially hiding under the table. :D Puppy Reagan used to hide under our bed as a pup and we thought now at 55 lbs that she wouldn't fit under there anymore... never underestimate a lab's determination!
    • Wow, look at that bone! Alex is jealous! :^D

      Alex used to get under our bed too, when he was smaller. It drove me nuts because Bobby kept a table hockey game under there, and Alex would rattle against it and keep me awake.

      The solution? We got a new bed. >:^D

      Well, we didn't get a new bed because of Alex, but it was a nice perk. He can't fit underneath of the new one.
  • And here I thought that cats were the ones that hated baths, and dogs liked water. Obviously I was wrong.

    Your dog is seriously cute, in puppy or bigger version.
    • Thank you! :) I think that he's the cutest Golden ever, but I am a little biased. ;)

      Once we get Alex in the tub, he's fine with it. And I don't think that it's the water so much as the fact that we use Earthbath All-Natural Pet Shampoo and it smells like cherries. Alex isn't too keen on smelling like cherries. ;)

      Now the stinky river water in the park ... Alex looks at that with a gleam in his eye, and I just know where he's going to end up when we got hiking this summer. I don't tell him, though, that the next activity after swimming in the park is going home to have a bath with the Earthbath shampoo ...
  • Wow. He really has grown. Not just in size, although that's impressive. His face really looks grown-up, like a dog instead of a puppy.
    • And something else.

      SUCCESS!

      Remember when I was telling you about how, when I was writing To Save The Whole, I consulted a layman's book about surgical operations that was illustrated with line drawings (so no blood was shown), only I couldn't remember the title, and I was pretty sure, but not totally sure, that the author's last name began with Y, but I couldn't remember the rest of it, and you expressed some interest in the book anyway?

      I found it. I finally found it. The title is The Surgery Book: An Illustrated Guide to 73 of the Most Common Operations, by Robert M. Youngson, M.D., with The Diagram Group. St. Martin's Press, 1993. ISBN: 0-312-09398-5. LC call number: RD31.3.Y67 1993.

      Enjoy! The University of Maryland, College Park has a copy, and there are eleven other libraries in Maryland that do, too. You should be able to ILL it.
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    I know. I'm a goofball. :D
  • He's growing up to be a huge, beautiful dog.

    I love the "under the table" pics. Time flies, huh?
    • Indeed it does. I knew that he would grow up fast, but not quite this fast. We've had him only a little over four months!

      When we met other dog-people in the park when Alex was a baby, they never failed to tell us to take lots of pictures. I see now why they said that, and I'm glad that I did. :)
  • Lovely pictures. He really does look grown-up.
    I had a good laugh with the bath photos. We quit trying to give our dog (he's a Pointer) a bath at home when he jumped out of the tub covered in foam and started running up and down the stairs, rolling on the carpet (he was about 10 months old) and all of us running behind. Since then, we have him bathed and when the guys come to fetch him he hides in the most inaccesible corner hoping that we won't find him. Sometimes he almost succeeds.
    • Awwww ... poor doggie! :^D Alex gets firmly shut in the bathroom with me until he completely rinsed and dried. (Though, honestly, I don't think he's figured out what kind of mess he could cause by jumping out mid-bath, else he would have tried by now!)
  • Awww, your dog is beautiful :)

    Lovely pics!

    PS. I can't imagine what my cat would do if I tried to force her to have a bath. I only know I would regret it ;)
    • Thank you! :)

      I've never tried to bathe a cat. I don't think that I want to. Nope, wrangling a wet Golden Retriever is enough for me! ;)
  • I cannot believe I mistook Alex for a Golden Lab!

    Great pics, and I love the vacuum cleaner shot. That's a classic.

    I saw my boss today, and he says Georgie and her ten itty bitty goldies are doing fine.:^)
    • Awww ... though in just a few weeks, they won't be so itty-bitty and will be bumbling around like puppies. They grow up so fast. Only four months have passed between the two under-the-table pictures of Alex! Amazing ...

      I wish that I had a video camera so that I could show you all the fun that is chasing Alex around the living room with the vacuum (not even running, I might add ...) >:^)
  • ...so rather than spending it inside on the computer, I've been outside, painting and training Alex.

    Does Alex enjoy being painted? ;) (Sorry, couldn't resist)

    He's HUGE now! From the top pic he looked big, then he went back to looking like a teenager in the other DCL pics, but now he is most definitely BIG again. Is he a well-behaved gentlemandog?

    That "under the table" comparison pic is priceless.
    • He's doing very well with his training. He knows all of the Basic-level commands; he knows how to behave when we're eating; he's housebroken. We're working on leash-training at the moment; he's doing better, but there's still some rough edges to polish off.

      So I can't complain about him. Even me--and you know how I am about dogs and behavior! >:^)
  • The pictures are wonderful! (and very icon-able)

    Oh, they grow up so fast...*sniff* Awww, the one of little Alex under the coffee table looks so adorable! But he's growing up to be a good, healthy doggie. *pets*
    • nienna_weeper keeps me in a good supply of Alex icons. ;)

      He has grown up fast ... I have mixed feelings about that. I miss the little guy who'd fall asleep in my lap, but I don't miss puppy teeth and accidents on the carpet and not being able to stay out longer than three hours without getting a puppysitter. And Bobby and I are already talking about when we'll start looking into getting Alex a little brother or sister ... ai ...
  • Wow! Alex has become a big boy now, hasn´t he? Those two piccies of him under the coffee table, as a small pup before and the adorable dog he has grown into are quite an illustration of how fast and how much he has grown. *smooches Alex* He is the cutest!
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