Whoopee Wednesday

Apart from longer daily walks to pass the time these days (all the while adhering to appropriate social distancing which isn’t easy when you have a uber friendly dog begging to be pet by passersby), I’ve been working on several training sessions throughout the day while trying to figure out Stormin’ Norman’s personality. Turns out he’s more than a good sport on both counts. Maybe it’s my non-stop snickering that allows him to focus on me whenever I dress him up in hats and headgear. Then again, it’s more than likely he’s in it for the magic pocket of treats to showcase his easy-going and compliant nature.

NormanIn the face of doom and gloom, we think it’s more important than ever to elicit smiles on people’s faces. I do note that minimizing time on social media and keeping news programs to a minimum has likewise been effective and I wholeheartedly recommend it as a coping mechanism if you’re down. So for the time being, be prepared for occasional goofiness from me and the Ranch hands (though I suspect Elsa will be far less accommodating than Mr. Big). For now though, who among you is able to resist a fat-headed, furry Rainbow Unicorn?

Live, love, bark! 🐾

110 thoughts on “Whoopee Wednesday

    1. Cutting back on news consumption has been a godsend. Making up for it by spending more and quality time with the dogs has been far more ‘pawsitive.’

  1. Not me. I could not – would not – resist a furry-headed rainbow unicorn. I don’t know if the Great Teddy-Bear hunt is happening here, but I put a Teddy-Bear in the window anyway.

    1. I’ve been reading about that. I’d put one in my window but suspect Stormin Norman would snag it in a heartbeat. Because a Rainbow Unicorn’s work is never done. 🤣

  2. OH NORMAN! YOu are the cutest my furiend! Ma says she can’t gets enough of your furry face! And Ma tells me that her Angel Panda was the same way….so laid back that it was freaky (being an owner of terrierist all her life, this was new to her! BOL!). SHE says she misses that….I say, she would be BORED without my terrierist arse buggin’ her all day! hehehee
    Oh, and Ma says if you have to watch the news, keep your finger over the MUTE button…it helps her ☺
    Ruby ♥

    1. Oh Ruby, you always make us smile so it’s only fair we try to do the same for you and your mum. Don’t know if I told you before, but I owned (maybe I should say he owned me) an Airedale mix many years ago. He always kept me on my toes and provided loads of adventures much like you do for your mum. 😍

  3. I absolutely cannot ever resist that sweet looking unicorn. It sure looks like Norman has a perfect easy-going personality for therapy work!

  4. Love your new header. I’ve got a fridge drawer full of cheese sticks that are waiting to go into a little schnauzer’s stomach. I’d better get back to the training…thanks for the reminder!

    1. I thought it would be hard but it was surprisingly easy. By limiting it I can spend better time reading pawsitive blog posts and see adorable pictures of dogs. Win-win.

    1. He’s such a trooper and has been lifting my spirits up from a whole lot of darkness. The fact that he’s so easy going is the cherry on top.

            1. I can’t think of anyone I’d prefer to be quarantined with that these two fur-kids.

    1. I keep wanting to leave lipstick marks all over the white part of his head! 💋

    1. Thanks sweet kitty. He’s loving all the attention the blog world is giving him.

    1. You’re most welcome. And probably far easier to manage than triplets! Goodness gracious 😍

    1. Bwahahaha! Poor Max…Norman sends his condolences because he has experienced the humiliation himself. Luckily he’s a good natured chap (or as Helen says…OES-over-enthusiastic sod).

        1. Yeah right…you can try dressing the Sasquatch as a piñata, not me. Not in a million years.

  5. We have all fallen in love with Norman. And your laughing while taking his picture makes him happy so it’s win-win-win…
    And YES! Do please keep it light and goofy. I am thisclose to pulling out my hair from reading blog posts about the virus. Can we just try to change the subject while we are doing what we are told to?
    Keep it up, my friend.

    1. Amen, sistah! I know being informed is important, but jeez Louise, it’s become way too maudlin. Luckily I’m a master at silliness so we should be in good shape. Presuming that Norman continues to cooperate. LOL

      1. Yes, it is… but not ad nauseam mixed in with fear and lies and endless propaganda.
        You and me, both, Sistah! I am not in the least worried about Norman’s desire to make you laugh…

        1. The fear factor has definitely gone into overdrive. I’m not riding that merry-go-round anymore! 🎪

          1. Good for you. This whole managing or leading through fear is so ineffective. When will the top echelons understand that?

            1. Been saying that for years. Between the fear and the lies, I just can no longer stomach it.

              1. Of course you have. We are smart chicas 😉
                I don’t even watch the news anymore. I just can’t take it. The important stuff finds its way to me one way or another…

                1. I only tune in for the weather forecast and maybe a local feel good story-that’s it. Talk about lifting a dark cloud off my soul!

                    1. May need to binge some Great British Bake-off seasons to really feel good.

                    2. A little Paul Hollywood and a lotta Mary Berry (who btw turned 85 yesterday)…paradise.

  6. I shudder at the thought of trying that with any of my dogs. In addition to my own herd, I have 4 foster shelter dogs and a 5th who is recovering from a broken pelvis. All but 2 are females, also a bad mistake.
    In answer to your unspoken question, I am stupid, very, very stupid.

      1. By the end of the day the compassion wears thin by the evening. I have a senior skinny mini who is blind. I sleep on the couch so she doesn’t fall off the bed and break something. Last night there were 6 of us on the couch

        1. It can definitely be exhausting. Hopefully things will get better so everyone can have a good night’s sleep with room in between everyone.

    1. Sorry things are difficult on your end and hope we continue to bring smiles to Finland. 🇫🇮

    1. Hey! I read this blog, too! Monika has finally come to the Dark Side and I know where to find eight (8!!) dogs who will likely be wearing traditional Costa Rican canine costumes in the near future.

      1. Yikes, looks like the gauntlet has been thrown down with a warning to the ‘thugs’ that a madman in California who dons clothes on a poor unsuspecting Malt is eyeballing them.

            1. Amazon does not ship to Costa Rica….well I think not, to judge by all the disgruntled Americans on FB.They will deliver to a U.S. address whence shippers will send the package to CR…at a cost. There it will meet the devoted officers of the Aduana..who will eventually get round to opening it to check for comestibles. To judge by the size of most of the thugs – and the observed size of the said devoted officers – the costumes will be taken home for their own use and the paperwork marked ‘destroyed in transit’.
              But he will just regard that as a challenge, won’t he? Thank goodness no ‘planes are flying here now…or else he would be getting some unsuspecting tourist to mule the costumes in their luggage. Mark you, the devoted officers at the airport might have the same reaction as their colleagues in the post office….
              The only other option is to contact the Colombian drug dealers to take the package in one of their hand cobbled artian submarines…but why am I giving him ideas……

                    1. Let’s just hope these costumes only come in Malt sizes. 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

  7. We love that fluffy unicorn. Mom and I find lots of laughs and fun in our quarantine days. Sometimes, she posts them on social media to share a laugh or two with her cyberfriends.

    Love and licks,

    1. We always love your smiles on social media. You guys make a super happy team for us!

  8. Norman is one handsome guy, and being accomodating is a very nice quality in a man Norman!

  9. Pawfect advice.
    HuMom isn’t a news junkie; in fact, she’s never been a fan.
    Too much sensationalism that is geared to fear & anxiety.
    She has her go to source when necessary but otherwise she pawfers to occupy her time with readings, podcasts or visuals that are educational, humorous or dog gone silly.

    Stay strong & 💜nose nudges💜 to you, Elsa & Bruce🐾💜🐾

  10. I’m doing my best to be positive with my blog and my comments. There is so much to smile about if we just look around.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. Stay well. ♥

    1. Your blog is always so upbeat and positive; we so enjoy it and helps us cope better in this crazy world.

  11. Minimizing the news is key. I have blocked all nonsense so that Facebook can be a happy place for me. I love blogging because the people I follow make me smile. We do what we can but there is no point in wallowing in muck. Spring is in bloom here and it is so welcome. Be safe and give both dogs a big hug from me. My cats have no thoughts of social distancing especially when it comes to putting their butt in my face! 🙂

    1. I so agree-thank goodness for this wonderful online community to help cope with this craziness. P.S. The dogs say thank you for the hugs and send big licks to the kitties (not that they probably appreciate that kind of affection).

  12. I must really be out of touch with my reading, because this is the first time I remember seeing Norman! I know a thing or two about rainbow unicorns, and he makes a nice one!

    1. Thanks, I knew you’d appreciate a Rainbow Unicorn. I’ll have Norman reach out for tips on how to do it well.

  13. Norman looks great. and – even if it is for the treat only – he seems to be so patient. Thanks for the uplift.
    Stay healthy, all of you,

    1. He really is a tolerant and sweet boy. Knowing that the silliness uplifted makes me very happy. Hope you and Mary are staying well. 🥰

    1. He must think I’m a daft nut because I laugh so much while taking photos and shaking the camera. He looks at me like ‘what in the world is wrong with you?’ all the while wiggling his butt as I’m laughing.

  14. Ooooh, Norman’s gonna be great!
    You have more discipline than I. I’ve tried to get some extra training in with my puppies, but so far I’m being sucked into binge watching the Great British Bakeoff instead.
    Maybe I ought to puts some treats for ME into my pocket, to help me focus as well as Norman is doing.

    1. I forget many things, but always have treats in pockets (which often makes for a nice mess in the washer when I forget to remove them). Training sessions are short-just spread out throughout the day and for the record there’s absolutely nothing wrong with binge watching the Great British Bake Off (yesterday was Mary Berry’s 85th birthday). 🍰

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