Thursday, November 29, 2007

I'm Royalty...

We were over at Archie & Agatha's blog and noticed they had royal names so we tried our hand at it and look at my name!!!

Your Aristocratic Title is:

Grand Duchess Dory the Capricious of Walk upon Water

How approriate - I do walk on water, well okay I walk on BOAT in water - but it fits.
This is a fun thing - go check it out!!!

More soon!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

A day of giving thank you...

Mom spent all day yesterday with me and we had lots of fun baking! Mom went on and on talking all about "giving" thanks on Thanksgiving. I am not really sure what she means by giving thanks - but I can certainly say thank you for all the fun I had. Mom was home sick with bronchitis and an ear infection but needed to make pies to take to Gramma's house. Needless to say she toughed it out.
I was so excited, Mom let me help make the Pumpkin Pie!
Okay, well I didn't actually make the pie but I did help clean up!
Once we were done with that Mom made me a pie crust cookie!!! And it was shaped just like me!!!
Very cool - maybe I should give a thank you for this??
So then Mom went to work on the Pecan Pie while my cookie baked!
Baking takes patience! Good time for a nap. Oh and I have my pretty Thanksgiving Collar on too!
Mom made the Dory cookie with some cinnamon on top - look how it came out!! Woo Hoo! IT WAS YUMMY IN MY TUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh and Mom's pies came out okay too!
So we are off to Gramma's for the holidays and I want to give thank yous to my mom, Gramma, my friends at DWB, all the nice people at Labs4Rescue and all the great people in my life who give me treats, play with me, read my blog and love me so much.

I am a very lucky pup - and I guess that is what Mom meant about giving thank yous...

Happy Thanksgiving to all - Love, Dory

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


I could go on and on about how much fun our trip to New York was, but today I have decided to let my human's photos do most of the talking!
I got to play in the yard with Zachary, Mollie and Mac - here I am investigating things under the big pine tree!
I got to spend time with my second favorite human - Uncle Harvey - here we are at breakfast time.
And this just goes to show....
Patience is a virtue and...
Good things come to those who wait!
Uncle Harvey is very good about sharing breakfast but for some reason he wasn't to quick to share his cheesecake??

I love New York!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

11th hour, 11th day, 11 month...

The story goes that in 1918 World War 1, the Great War as it is sometimes called, ended when an armistice was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Thus Armistice and ultimately Veteran's Day began.

Thank you for everyone who was so supportive about the topic of our last post. Today Dory and I get to spend the day with our favorite veteran, Uncle Harvey who will turn 80 on Wednesday. He was in the Navy and served not only once, but was recalled and served twice in the late 1940's- early 1950's.

We also salute today all of our fellow DWB members who serve in the active military today - we know Peanut will be spending the day with dad. Thanks again for everyones supportive comments.

Liza and Dory

Friday, November 09, 2007

The Importance of Remembering...

Dory and I are headed out this afternoon to visit Gramma and celebrate Uncle Harvey's Birthday over the long holiday weekend. Dory has graciously let me take over writing the blog today to write a post I feel strongly about.

This weekend is Veteran's Day in the United States, and this morning I was listening to the news when a commercial came on talking about a big "Veteran's Day Sale". As I heard this I was taken aback, I know in the modern world there is a certain amount of commercialism and in my life time I have seen the proliferation of merchants trying to fill our holidays with shopping and I get it, I don't like it, but I get it.

Anyhow, as an educator and as a citizen of the United States that it is my belief that of all the national holidays we have, as a nation should not commercialize and trivialize Veteran's Day.

The history of this day is November 11, or what has come to be known as Veterans Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor Armistice Day - the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislature that was passed in 1938, November 11 was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.' As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.

In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor AMERICAN VETERANS OF ALL WARS.

And honestly, I don't care if you are pro-war, anti-war, a pacifist, an activist or a militant - this is a solemn day and it is my belief and fervent hope that every citizen in the United States takes just a moment to honor those who served this country in a time of need and in some cases lost their life defending our nation.

I am by no means a big flag waving patriot, but I was born in the United States, educated in the United States, live in the United States and feel strongly that as a result of being a US citizen I have had more opportunities in my life. I also have had relatives and people in my life who have chosen to serve this country, I had a great, great uncle who fought in the Civil War and won the congressional Medal of Honor, my grandmother's brother lost his life serving in France during World War I and the list goes on.

The bottom line for me is that I find it disturbing that some major retailer has taken the tact to use a DAY OF REMEMBRANCE for commercial gain and I needed to get it off my chest. My biggest fear is also as we gain distance from September 11, 2001 we will start trivializing that rememberance as well, and heaven forbid have a 9/11 Sale event.

If you are one of our regular readers, please forgive this slight diversion from our regular blogging and if you live in the United States we ask that you join us on Sunday November 11, 2007 for just a minute, that is all it takes. Stop what you are doing on this day and remember all those who have served our country in the military, without their sacrifice we would not be who we are individually and as a nation.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Dear Santa Claus...

Dear Santa –

I have been a very good doggie this year (and if Zachary tells you any different just remind him that it was HIS idea to steal the lamb chops off Gramma’s counter). My human told me all about getting coal in my stocking if I have been naughty and I want to assure you that the escape from my crate and eating a pound of packaged doggie treats off the kitchen table was my MOM’S FAULT for being forgetful and leaving them right there in my reach. SO NO COAL – okay??

Santa, this is my first time writing you because I am a rescue doggie and my first family didn’t really explain Christmas to me. So my first request is to get something nice for my Mom, maybe something sparkly because she seems to like shiny stuff A LOT. Bath products are a definite NO, as sometimes she uses them on me when she runs out of doggie shampoo *YECK*!

Secondly, I would like you to get something very, very nice for Gramma AND Uncle Harvey, because every time I visit they are very, very nice to me.

Third, I would really, really like it if you could bring nice fat juicy bones to all my DWB furry friends, they really rock and all of them deserve a nice treat.

Fourth, I would really like it if you could find nice homes like mine for all the Labbies at Labs4Rescue. All the doggies in foster care and boarding need good homes and we would all be very grateful if there were no more needy homeless Labs out there.

Santa, I know this list was supposed to be my Christmas list, but I must confess Mom has given me a nice home, cushy dog beds, pretty collars, lots of toys, good food, tasty treats and many wonderful days – so please just see what you can do for all the sad and lonely doggies out there and I will be very happy (and once everyone else has been taken care of, if you could swing a new Tuffie ring toy for me that would be okay too)!

I am looking forward to seeing you next month, however if you could tell my mom not to tie all the ribbons and bows around me on Christmas morning that would be appreciated – as you can see in the photo below, I looked very silly indeed. I will leave some milk and cookies for you and some carrots for the reindeer too.


Dory the Lab
Boston, MA

P.S. In case you get lost or mapquest is confusing you, to get to my house take a left at the end of the Mass Pike and go north over the Zakim Bridge – that should get you here - I will be sure to leave the light on for you and the key is under the doormat!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Mom is in L*O*V*E

Yep she is in love with her new VACUUM!!!!!

It's a Dyson, it has some sort of ball thingy and everywhere my mom goes she gabs about the thing like it was some sort of miracle!

I swear I thought she was going to stop total strangers on the street to talk about all the fur the STUPID thing was sucking up.

In the old days she used to talk non-stop about me and how cute I am and what a good girl I am and how funny I am.....

NOW - it's dyson this and dyson that. BLECK!

I am so embarrassed - I can't even show my face! Hey does anyone know if I can sign Mom up for Dyson Anonymous???