Sunday, June 28, 2009

It's been a long week but good news!

It was such a tough week. Quite a few pups from the blog world and the Belgian world passed to the Rainbow Bridge. We were very impacted by the passing of Princess Dakota from OP Pack. This afternoon when she was napping, Momma had an image of Dakota and our Tasha wooing together. Tasha was only part husky but could woo on occasion. Ok, it was more of a wolf howl but Dad always said it was from the husky part of her.

Along with many others in the blog world, we focused a lot of our pawsitive thoughts on helping Laska find his way home. BTW- have you seen Khyra's announcement? LASKA IS HOME!!!!! We don't have the details yet but I know that Khyra and her mom are bouncing with joy.

I don't think that there were enough pictures on my Brice-a-versary post, so here are a few more.

Dad was ambitious and brushed us Saturday morning before Momma even got up.
Here it looks like I'm floating on a cloud of Bricey undercoat

Almost everyday, I go downstairs and watch the news with Dad.
Yes, I have my own barstool.

Don't worry Dad, I won't fall off

This is the boy's clubhouse.
All girls need to get out.
Yes, Momma, that goes for you too.

What??? You came to tell me that it's dinner time!!
Outta my way!!!

Woof ya later!

Saturday, June 27, 2009


Shortly after Tasha passed to the Rainbow Bridge last spring, my parents realized that I will always be too shy and lack the confidence needed to be an only dog and I needed have another pup in the family. Even though my parents were trying to find a new pup through Belgian Rescue, none of the dogs available seemed to be the right one. But through the rescue grapevine, we heard of a young boy named Brice that needed to find the right home. His former home loved him dearly but he was too enthusiastic to be a service dog which is what they needed.

A year ago today, we met this energetic boy and Momma and Dad instantly fell in love with Brice. Against my objections, we brought him home from Nebraska. It took a few more days for him to win me over but now I can't imagine life without him.

Brice - the boy with enough confidence for 2 pups

We never too far apart

Because of Brice's energy level, we take long walks or go to the dog park almost every day

He's a handful but he's my brother!

Help us celebrate Brice-o-versary by snooter smooching your pups and LIVERGREAT FOR ALL!!

Woof ya later!
Princess Eva

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A new star shines tonight

A new star shines brightly tonight for Princess Dakota. We'll never forget her piercing blue eyes, happy smile and how she tried so hard to overcome all of her challenges. Please stop by her blog to leave words of comfort for her family.

Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.

We light a candle in her honor tonight and wish her safe journey as she joins our Tasha and the others at the Rainbow Bridge.

With love,
Princess Eva, Brice, Momma and Dad

The grass is a little high

After the heat and humidity of the last few days, Momma said we were going to the park this morning even if it was sprinkling. Some of the grass is taller than us now.

Please continue to send pawsitive thoughts to Laska to find his way home in NJ.

Pawsitive thoughts are also needed for OP Pack and their family. Princess Dakota has had some really bad days and needs our love.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Think pawsitive thoughts and a PSA

We continue to keep our paws crossed for Laska. Please keep thinking pawsitive thoughts that he will be found soon. The Last Resort Animal Rescue volunteers worked so hard to get him to safety and now everyone's hearts are breaking that he escaped and is out there alone and scared. He needs our help to find his way to the people who love him.

If you have a favorite rescue organization that you work with or donate to, suggest that they get listed with the Sitstay Dog Rescue Directory. People can search the site based on state or breed to find a rescue organization that may have their new family member. Plus the people at SitStay randomly chooses 5 organizations every month to receive donated products. Our friends at the Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue were one of the winners in February.
We are not affiliated with SitStay.

Speaking of Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue, on their website is a link to one of their fundraisers - an e-bay auction. Check out the items up for bid. There are a couple of items that we have our eye on.

Also, we received word that some home improvements stores are selling a plant called the Sago Palm. This plant is deadly to pets and is often used as outdoor landscaping in southern states and a houseplant in northern states. Each part of this plant including the seeds and rootball is toxic for pets . Within 12 hours of ingesting, the signs of illness begin including vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy. The toxins can lead to liver failure and death.

That's it for today. Time for us to go back to sending pawsitive thoughts to NJ.

Princess Eva & Brice

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

Rain is forecast for this afternoon, so we went to the dog park early this morning. Came home and Momma made us breakfast and now it's time to put in an old movie and take a nap.

Brice thinks that he is a lap dog

Happy Father's Day to everyone!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Lazy Saturday........for now

Not much going on here today. I'm just hanging out in my kennel chewing on a cow hoof.

Brice doesn't like to hold things that he's chewing on with his paws. I think he worries that he'll miss and crunch some toes.
Momma found out that the pigment on a hoof will transfer to a chenille rug. Good thing that she has a rug cleaner!

Woof ya later
Princess Eva

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

We put Dad to work!

Guess what we're doing!

Trimming low branches to improve the flight path for Brice's Flying Squirrel
(Brice and Eva were in the house when branches were being trimmed)

Dad was hiding things in the fallen branches for Brice to find

Inspecting Dad's work

Who's available to throw my squirrel?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Siva needs a home

Do you know someone that would like to have the Belgian Experience? Some Belgians have less energy like Princess Eva does, some are medium drive like Brice and some have even more drive than Brice does.

Siva is a pretty Terv mix girl at the Toledo Humane Society that is looking for a new home. Can you see the hint of the infamous Belgian smile? Brice says he'd snooter smooch her anyday!

This pretty girl is Siva. She is an 8 year old Belgian Shepherd Tervuren mix. Her previous owner lost her house and could no longer keep her. Siva is a sweet dog with pretty, long fur. She is friendly and laid back and would make a great companion.

Siva is up to date with shots, has been spayed, behavior tested, and has been micro chipped.

Attention Seniors! This animal is part of our Seniors for Seniors program. If you are 60 years of age or older, you can adopt any cat or dog who is 5 years of age or older on a Wednesday and we will waive their adoption fee. Stop in soon and see our Siva and maybe you can make her yours..............

Did you see that! People that are little bit older can adopt a dog for free on Wednesdays. That is a wonderful way to find a good home for dogs that are past the manic puppy energy stage.

You don't see a lot of dogs that are really of Belgian heritage in shelters. Since we are some of the less common (but not rare) breeds and the responsible breeders and owners work hard at keeping Belgians out of shelters, many of us are rehomed through the breeders or official breed rescue. If you're not in the Toledo area but still think that you may want to experience life with a Belgian, we've listed some of the resources. They may not have the right dog for you listed but will network with others in the Belgian community to see if they can match you to the right dog.

Belgian Sheepdog Rescue Trust

ABMC Belgian Malinios Rescue

Belgian Tervuren Rescue

Of course we ask that you to do your research and make sure that this is the breed for you. Most Belgians are not the nap on the couch all day and take a casual walk a few times a week type of dog. Though we post some of hikes and trips to the dog park, we don't post them all. If Brice does not get at least 1 hour of hard exercise a day, he is bouncing off the walls.

Belgians are smart, athletic, easily trained, need a job dogs but are very devoted to their people. We're often called Velcro dogs because we think our people need help with everything - just ask our parents, they haven't taken a shower or even moved from one room to another without Brice supervising since he got here.

We're multi-talented dogs. Belgians excel in herding, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, search & rescue, law enforcement and are beautiful and very affectionate. We can do anything!

Woof ya later,
Princess Eva & Brice the Handsome

P.S. The city that we live in restricts us to having only two dogs but every time that Momma gets an e-mail about another Belgian needing a home (especially if it is a Terv) she thinks about breaking that rule. She'd love to have a bigger pack.

P.S.S. There is a 9 month old Terv in rescue that is really catching her eye! And just heard of a 4 month old Malinios coming into rescue. Yet Buddy (a 2 yr old Belgian Sheepdog) is really tugging at her heart.

Monday, June 15, 2009

We're back!

Sorry that we've been missing for a few days. We like to keep our parents busy so we've been traveling to several parks.

We went to Minnewashta Dog Park. We usually don't go to this park since it's not fully fenced but our parents called Brice away from the marshy area that isn't fenced so he didn't figure that out.

We met Eva (but pronounced Ava). She's a search and rescue dog in training. We did a few laps of the park with her and her mom.

We also went to the grand opening of the new location of our favorite pet supply store to get kibble and the prizes for the winners in the "Guess Brice's Weight" contest. (Sorry, they're finally in the mail today) While we were there, we met Izzo who is a little golden puppy learning to be a service dog. We had seen a new addition to the DWB list for Dempsey who is also a golden pup in service dog training. Izzo is Dempsey's littermate and they both live here in Minnesota.

Yesterday we went to the Interstate State Park. It was a little toasty but we took lots of water and cool down breaks.

Waiting while the parents decide which path we're going to take.

The trails were rocky going down............

and up!

Eva hiking through some of the narrow passageways

The other side of the river

Brice scared Momma when he jumped up on this retaining wall.
There is a big drop to the trails below.

Another view of the river

Brice "helped" Momma up some of the paths. They were very rocky and she made him walk behind her when going down since she didn't want to end up with any broken bones.

Posing on some of the exposed rocks

Eva got to lead the pack most of the day.

Another view ( Dad took approx 120 pictures during this hike)

Don't worry. I'm not going to jump off the cliff.

Eva's cooling her feety-feet in the river

After a short nap(Momma's still recovering from yesterday), we'll be making the blog rounds to see what everyone else has been up to.

Woof ya later,
Princess Eva & Brice

Friday, June 12, 2009

What is that bright object in the sky?

It's been rainy and gloomy and overcast for a few days. This morning the phone rang and it was Dad! He said that since it was finally sunny again, he was going to take a half day off from work and come take us on an adventure!

Today's destination was Afton State Park which is along the St. Croix river.

I hear the river! Let's go find it.

At the scenic overlook

Momma? Can we go skinny-dipping?

Eva: I had to keep my collar on but no leash for me!

Brice is our own Loch-Ness monster (he is attached to a training lead)

There isn't a strong current here but Dad was ready to jump in and save us if necessary

Brice kept putting his head under water to try and find the rocks that Momma was throwing in the water. He always gets a funky hair style when he does this.

Taking a rest break with Dad

Heading back to our vehicle.

Thanks for coming along on our adventure.

Woof ya later,
Princess Eva & Brice

p.s. We have some videos but we'll post those in a few days. Momma wants to do some editing first.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Zoomie Time

We never seem to go anywhere without the flashy beast following us. And sometimes it brings a friend so that we have two of them to deal with. Here is some of the evidence from a recent trip to our favorite park.

The grass is getting taller. Soon we'll just be able to see Brice's ears.

Eva wants you to know having this full of a coat does limit our trips to the park when it's too warm or humid

Where Brice goes, Eva follows

This is part of the reason that we go to the park alot. There is plenty of room for zoomies even though Eva does get tired a lot faster than Brice.

Sorry that this is fuzzy but it was taken with a neighbors camera phone. Our neighbors have a family of foxes living under their deck. We're trying to get better pictures of the babies playing on their patio furniture.

Woof ya later,
Princess Eva & Brice