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Kathy and Sunny want to wish every single wonderful member of this site, and their beautiful Doodle-Dogs, a happy and healthy holiday season.   And of course a great 2015, too.

Sunny is taking a bath again.   He's over two years old now; where does the time go?   With love and hugs to all...Kathy

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Comment by DonMarie & Picco on December 23, 2014 at 7:24pm

Wow Sunny, you must learn alot from all those different animals. Must be fun to have so many different friends! I'm so lucky just to worry about chasing balls and not what wants to eat me.  We hike alot and daddy worries about meanie snakes.  I know we have other big bad animals around too but haven't seen any, just deer and rabbits that run away (mom won't let me chase them). I use to see the big mooses when I lived in Alaska but I stayed far away.  I'm sure the llamas will let you know if any of those big meanie animals come around! Watch out for those meanie lions too!

Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on December 23, 2014 at 3:28pm

Oh Sunny and Auntie Kathy, so nice to hear from you. What a nice Christmas present! Sunny you have grown into a very smart and wise young pup and you are super handsome. Love your llamas puppies and your peacock puppies and wild turkeys puppies and all your puppies! Feliz Navidad to all from me, Pedro & Mommy and Daddy!

Comment by Kathy and Sunny on December 23, 2014 at 2:50pm

     Picco, I have to tell you a secret that most humans don’t know!   That alpaca or llama knows you aren’t a cute little lamb!   Do you want to know why?   I only know this stuff since I live around lots of animals, plus we still have bear, cougar, fox, raccoon, skunk and other animals here.   I think you have that in Utah, too, so you need to know this.   It’s important.

     Since your eyes are in the front of your skull, like all carnivores, that llama knows you could be dangerous.   Like all animals that use running and kicking and head butting for defense, its eyes are on the side of its head.   That way the alpaca and llama have a wider range of view to see things sneaking up that might want to kill and eat it.   You have better eyes and a narrower field of view to zoom in on what you want to grab, like a ball or squeak toy.   This applies to most everything, too, not to just us mammals.   The really good birds-of-prey, like owls, have eyes in the front.   Some of the deer play with me through the fence and they have eyes on the side, too.   They know I won’t hurt them.

     Jefe, Babe and Oreo love me since Kathy dumped me in the fenced area they live in the day after I got off the plane after flying in from Ohio!!!   It was a terrible experience for an 8 week old pup-dog, but she acted all scared like they would hurt me.  She still tells me to never stand directly behind them; sheesh.   Kathy is always worrying about something stupid, but I know what to do.

     I lost my Rooster-Brewster last month to a skunk I think.   And Kathy lost three of her llamas to lion about 10 years ago.   Even when you are super careful, chickens are next to impossible to have around here, but I have wild turkeys and wild peacocks all over the place.   The only birds that Kathy lets me chase are the Great Blue Herons that eat my goldfish in the pond.   The big male has an over 7 foot wing span.   I have never even got close enough (I try to sneak up) to one to even taste its feathers, but one day…

     The picture is the day after I got off the airplane about two years ago.   Kathy stuck me on the chicken coop porch!

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on December 22, 2014 at 6:58pm

Rubs always feel good, I just don't like water! Those llamas like you? I see one on my walks along with his sheep buddies, but he won't come up close to meet me. He stays back a ways and just stares at me. Oh how I wish he would come close so I could sniff his fuzzy nose like the horses let me do!  Mommy thinks he stares at me because I must be a another sheep!

Comment by Kathy and Sunny on December 22, 2014 at 3:45pm

Hi Picco; this is Sunny.   I should explain this madness.   Normally there are bubbles in there but Kathy forgot to turn on the jets and make them appear.   I don't like the jets going when I'm in there, so that has to be done ahead of time.   The water is really warm and feels great, plus I get special doggy shampoo and conditioner that smells good.   After my bath, I get to run around the house like a mad-dog, then Kathy wraps me up in a big towel, and if its winter, she rubs and brushes me dry in front of the wood stove.   I know this sounds crazy, but Kathy makes it so much fun, and it feels so good, I love it.   She started this when I was only 8 weeks old, but back then I got to get in the tub with her.   That was even better!!!   I try to do that now and she won't let me get in there with her any longer.

Kathy taught me what "Feels Good" means when I was a little pup-dog.   Back and tummy rubs, the warmth of a fire, being brushed, the vibration of clippers, being wrapped up in a blanket, ear cleaning, warm blow driers, and even the toe nail clippers are all feel good things.   Cheryl is my groomer, and she comes in her white van every 5 weeks to give me a haircut, do my paw-paws, look in my ears and stuff like that.   I get so excited when she gets here that I jump in her van, then up on the table so she can start.   If she gets a call on her phone, or has to clean the clippers, I bark at her.   She should be paying attention to me!!!

So that's the story Picco.   I don't understand why other pup-dogs don't like the feel good things.   Every single one of them is great, and when I smell pretty, Kathy is always hugging me tight and saying "I love you."   That's the best feel good thing of all...S.

PS...Picco, I have three alpacas that are mine.   Jefe, Babe and Oreo.   When it's warm, Kathy sprays all four of us down with the hose which is fun.   I get between the water and my alpacas and try to get as much of the water as possible.   Look at my picture albums and you'll see my pets.  I have lots of birds, too...S.

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on December 22, 2014 at 10:40am

Sunny, I love your little froggy but what on Earth are you thinking to make you jump in a tub of clean water????

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on December 21, 2014 at 4:55pm

Kathy we got it at Home Depot.

Comment by Kathy and Sunny on December 21, 2014 at 3:02pm

I just looked at your pictures Grace, and I have to go back and find out where you got the Pemon decoration in your front yard.   I at first thought that it was Pemon, freshly clipped and standing funny!!!   Congrats on your hubby semi-retiring and a successful meatball party.   There is a Portland Maine, too.   And of course a Salem in Massachusetts.   So it could have been talking about the east coast.   Have a great Christmas!!!   Kathy and Sunny xoxoxo

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on December 21, 2014 at 2:35pm

HEY KATHY!  I was just thinking of you and Sunny.    I was in my home town Newspaper a couple of minutes ago and they had the 20 best cities for Food and one of them is Portland.  It is Portland, OR, right?  Anyway we think of you all the time and sure miss you and your alpacas and peacocks and most of all Sunny!   We too wish you a Happy Holiday season.  Now let's see some more pictures.  Going to look at the video now and I love the picture of Sunny.  He sure has changed.

Hugs, Grace & Pemon, The Gentle Giant

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