Meet Alie the Cat

And there is an additional member to the family. Her name is Alie. She is a sweet mongrel cat.

Got her by accident. It happened when we went to Arthur’s vet clinic for his eye check up. Alie was then looking for a new home. Good thing was Alie has no cost to take home BUT the vaccine fees and she has to be spayed.

So, went home with two animals that day!

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Love her to bits!

Arthur Update – Doggie Door Installed

Iniwan ko si Arthur sa land down under 2 weeks ago at 3 months old pa lang siya. Ang hirap sa loob pero need tiis-tiis muna for a few weeks.
Sino ba naman ang hindi ma inlab sa mukhang to. lol. Paawa and sad effect pa!

Mahirap daw pala kung mag-isa ka lang sa bahay at may puppy pa na aalagaan especially kung may full time work ka. Kelangan iwanan ni hubby si Arthur sa backyard kapag papasok na siya sa work. In fairness kay Arthur, merong malaking shed sa backyard na naging bahay na niya kung araw. We puppy proofed it, opened the door and placed his outdoor bed and cushion doon. Para kung napagod na siyang maglaro, he can always be comfy there. Kaso nga lang naawa ako sa kay Arthur kasi normally, sabay kaming matulog pero now nag-iisa na lang siya. Well, kasama si hubby sa gabi pero pag sa daytime, kanya-kanyang diskarte sila ni hubby.

Kapag nasa bahay si hubby, minsan nakakalimutan niyang buksan ang backdoor sa mga oras na kelangan nang mag toilet ni Arthur. Kaya minsan sa loob nagpupu-poo yung anak niya. Pero kung bukas yung pinto sa likod, lalabas yun at magpoo-poo. Kaya naisipan ni hubby na mag-install ng doggie door that leads to our backyard cum dog mini playground. Sa gayon, may access na si Arthur.

Sa ngayon, skype skype muna kami ng alaga ko. Mommy’s missing you!

Pero ngayong may access na sa labas, kahit naka ON ang sprinklers sa hapon para diligan ang mga damo, eto siya at nagtatakbo sa labas! iiihhhh! Ang dungis! Pero alam niya na naging naughty siya oh. Ang puppy eyes! “oh forgive me daddy” daw!

Visiting Arthur – My Baby Sheltie

Nagkita na naman kanina ang mag-ina! Hihihi!

Binisita namin kanina si Arthur at dinalhan ng mga toys para at least may maiwan na amoy yung litter mate niya pag-inuwi na namin siya sa bahay kasama yung mga toys niya. Sa gayon, di na siya masyadong ma-shock pag mag-isa na lang siya.

Malapit na baby! Malapit na rin mangatngat yung mga gamit sa bahay!

Pink Room – DONE

Yay! Tapos na ang pink room!

From this Pink Room

To this:

Mano-mano po, 3 weeks from prepping, cleaning the walls, painting, feature wall, windows, blinds, assembling the furnitures (daybed, workstation, chest drawers, pink swivel chair, roller blinds, curtain railing and braces). I’m so proud of myself!!! Can’t wait for the occupant to come soonπŸ™‚

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. ~Theodore Roosevelt

My Baby Sheltie – Arthur

Magiging mommy na naman ako soon. Sa susunod na linggo kase, dadating na si Baby Arthur ko dito sa bahay. Sa ngayon busy si mommy sa paghahanda para sa kanyang pagdating.

Sa ngayon, bisi-bisita muna ako sa kanya dahil di ko pa siya makuha. Di niya alam kung gano ako kalungkot sa mga gabing iniisip ko siya.😦

Shetland Sheepdog

Breed: Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie)
Temperament: intelligent, alert, easy going
Lifespan: 12-16 years
Maintenance: medium
Recommended for: elderly, dog sport enthusiasts, small yards

History

The Shetland Islands, for all their beauty, can be a cold and inhospitable place to live. Located at the crossroads of the North Sea, the islands’ inhabitants have been influenced by passing invaders, traders, visitors and settlers over many centuries. The Shetland Sheepdog is one example of this influence. Otherwise known as the ‘Sheltie’, it is the product of matings between Rough Coated Collies, a breed native to Scotland, and various spaniel and spitz-type breeds from visiting fishing and trade boats.
The progeny of these ‘sailor dogs’ and collies proved to become especially suited to this harsh, rugged terrain. The Sheltie became a multi-purpose breed, able to protect the small farms or ‘crofts’ whilst also showing particular skill as a working dog amongst stock. The island’s miniature cattle, tiny sheep and Shetland Ponies were all herded by these equally small sheepdogs. Despite its presence for many years, it was not until 1914 that the breed was officially named the Shetland Sheepdog.

Appearance
It is understandable how the Sheltie is often mistaken for a collie pup. The long haired working dog closely resembles the Rough Coated Collie in many ways apart from size (remember the many adventures of Lassie? Well she was a Rough Coated Collie). Sheltie’s are in fact quite small, standing around 37 centimetres tall at the wither, around half the size of a Collie. Though small, Shelties are regarded by their owners as a breed of great beauty. The refined appearance of the breed is accentuated by the elegant head and a mane-like frill of abundant, long hair which envelops the shoulders and chest. The most common colours in Australia are sable, ranging from a pale gold to deep chocolate with white trimmings; a tri-colour of black with tan and white points; and the blue merle, blue with tan and white points. Other colours less often seen are the bi-colours of blue with white points or black with white points.

Temperament
Shelties are an intelligent breed and very responsive to training. Though loyal to their owners, Shelties are known to be timid and wary of strangers if not encouraged to socialise. Although Australian lines are not used amongst stock, they do retain their guarding instincts and will alert their owners of visitors. Once settled, a Sheltie pup is quick to consider itself a member of the family and will be quite happy to follow its owners around all day. Because of their adeptness to training, many Shelties in Australia excel in dog activities such as the show ring, tracking, flyball, agility and of course obedience.
Health and lifespan

The Shetland Sheepdog is generally regarded as a sound breed. Not to be mistaken for a dwarf Collie (a Collie with a normal body but very short legs), the Sheltie is in fact a miniature. So the many health problems associated with dwarfism are absent from this breed. However miniaturisation has brought with it its own health concerns, particulary inherited eye conditions such as Collie Eye Anomaly and Progressive Retina Atrophy, both of which can lead to blindness. Diligent Australian breeders do test for these conditions, as with hip dysplasia, so they should not be evident in most progeny. Ask the breeder for confirmation that the dogs have been tested. Keep in mind that Shelties are also prone to getting quite fat, so watch how much you feed. Finally, don’t forget the teeth. They can be a problem in the breed so give them plenty of raw bones from a very early age to avoid concerns. They’re long lived dogs, expect your little companion to be around for 12-16 years.

Care and exercise
Some commitment must be shown to keep the long, coarse coat in good order, though grooming is relatively easy and the coarse coat is resistant to knots. A weekly brush removing dead hair and matting should suffice. Shelties will shed once a year, generally approaching autumn, and require more regular brushing at this time. Bitches will shed more often than dogs. Overheating during the hotter months is only a problem if the dog is over-exerted and clipping is not usually necessary. These small dogs cope well in a small yard, and although Shelties enjoy a run, there is no need for exhausting treks over hill and dale to burn off excess energy.

Recommended for
Shetland Sheepdogs make equally great pets for those of us with a quiet lifestyle or those perhaps interested in dog sports. Great with children, the elderly, or anyone alone at home who wants a calm canine companion, shelties don’t demand much space and are wonderful watchdogs. Litters are small, usually from one to four pups, so interested owners can expect to wait up to six months for a pup. Prices range from around $600 for a pet to around $800 for a show dog.

Burke’s Backyard

Don’t worry baby, malapit na tayong magkasama..πŸ™‚