Friday, August 24, 2012

Fergus Friday, August 24, 2012

It has been guest time here at the Hammond house. Jay's sister has been here all week and goes home tomorrow. The day after she leaves my mom and sister-in-law Cheri arrive for a visit. This hasn't left me much time for blogging, so I thought I would sneak in a picture heavy Fergus Friday post.

Fergus is now eight months old, and seems to be growing more mischievous with age rather than less. Don't be fooled by this innocent pose.




Now that he is bigger he is able to get up onto furniture that we really don't want him on. This is the coffee table in our living room. It used to be a place Jay could leave his newspapers, magazines and books and expect them to be there when he returned. Not any longer. Fergus's favourite periodical is The Economist. What you can't see in this picture is the section he has ripped out. There is nothing Fergus likes better than a good paper shredding session. Last week's Economist proved particularly troublesome to read due to the fact Fergus managed to bite the whole top corner of the magazine off.




Last week I was sitting at the kitchen table doing something on my computer when a flash of white caught my eye. I looked up and could not believe it! There was Fergus, sitting on top of our dining room table liked he owned it. I have no clue how he got up there.




I am not the only one who loves whipped cream in this house. Fergus goes crazy when he sees me take the hand mixer out. He runs over to the floor beside me, waiting for little bits to splatter onto the floor, then licks them up before Jenny can get them. Even better are the beaters and spatula.




My mom is going to have conniption fits when she is here. She is not an animal lover, and somehow I just don't think she is going to find scenes like this quite as endearing as we do.



24 comments:

  1. guess you don't leave any food laying about on your surfaces!

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    1. Definitely not! Fergus is so fast that if you drop something on the floor you don't stand a chance of getting to it before him. The only place that is truly safe any more is the kitchen counter. :-)

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  2. But maybe your mom will be won over by Fergus's charm -- how could she not? That's the cutest dog I've ever seen.

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    1. I hope you are right, but I fear your confidence in Fergus's ability to charm might be a bit higher than it should. At least as far as my mom goes. The rest of us have fallen under his spell though, which is why he gets away with so much. One of my kids pointed out to me a few weeks ago I wasn't nearly as liberal in my parenting when they were little as I am with my puppy raising. :-)

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  3. LOL at Fergus on the dining table. He actually looks quite big up there!

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    1. I think he was pretty proud of himself for managing to get up there! Thankfully he hadn't been able to do it a second time. I try to keep the chairs pushed in now.

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  4. Oh dear......I'm laughing so much....but the dining room table?!?!? Fergus!

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    1. My sister-in-law asked me today if I had ever thought about taking him to dog obedience classes. I laughed and told her he had already gone, and this was the new and improved version of Fergus. :-)

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  5. Who could not love Fergus? The paws! The tongue! The mischief! I love Fergus Fridays, though they make me long for the day when I'll live someplace that allows dogs.

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    1. I'm glad you are continuing to enjoy Fergus Fridays. When I first started them I was worried I would run out of material. :-)

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  6. Obviously, Fergus went from dining chair to dining table! I once had a dachshund (standard, not mini) who went from dining chair to barstool to kitchen counter and consumed a whole loaf of bread, a stick of butter, three tomatos and a peach. At least we conjecture that she took that path - the cats wouldn't have knocked all those goodies down for her, would they?
    -- stashdragon

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    1. Oh my! I am trying to picture a standard dachshund on the kitchen counter. That is such a dachshund thing to do in terms of eating everything they can get their paws on. Was she sick afterwards?

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  7. Love the pics of Fergus licking things in the dishwasher -- so adorable! My kitty Dexter likes to do that too. He also likes to walk across the stove and countertops when we're not fast enough to catch him. I worry that he'll get burned one day (it's one of those flat-surface stoves where the surface burners stay hot for a while after it's turned off). My other kitty Mickey rules the coffee table. If there are books piled on it where he wants to lie down, he'll stand there and look at me until I move them. My cats get away with too much....
    ~Kim

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    1. It sounds like we aren't the only house where the animals run the show. :-)

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  8. LOL, Fergus is such a little scamp. Fergus Friday's are fun! Bandit is not charming enough to get away with much. But he's been happy to shred only his toys, leaving papers and slippers alone. I really like dogs a lot, but I have unintentionally offended a few friends when visiting them--by not allowing their dogs to sit on me, kiss me, jump all over me, etc. Come to think of it, I think I've offended a few parents too. :)

    I hope mom and Fergus hit it off!

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    1. Please publish your secret for getting dogs to confine their shredding to their own belongings. :-)

      My mom is now here, and she is not keen on either Fergus or Jenny. :-(

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    2. But they're so cute!!! Does she think dogs belong outside?

      I'm afraid th esecret is locked inside Bandit's brain. He's always had plenty of toys. But I expected him to go after slippers--especially my sons dino slippers that look like dog toys. But so far he's left them alone.

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    3. Yes, she thinks all dogs should be like the dogs we had on the farm - outside. In fact, she told me yesterday she thinks it is cruel for dogs to be stuck in the house.

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  9. What a cute little dog! Must be very hard to put your foot down and let him know who's really the boss. He's just too adorable!

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    1. Yeah, Kellen has pointed out several times that I am much more liberal in my puppy raising than I ever was in my child raising! :-)

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  10. I adore Fergus! I do believe he thinks he is a feline though!!!! Did he get on that table by jumping on the chair that is pulled out a little bit? My darling Fiona (RIP) was terrible about thinking she belonged on my kitchen table - and now that we have our two Russian Blue sisters we trained them from DAY ONE that the top of tables are OFF LIMITS to them. They honor our simple request BUT they love the window sill over my kitchen sink and to get there they have to walk across the counter..... GRRRRRRR!!!

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    1. Congrats on successfully training your cats! That is something we have never managed to do. :-)

      You are right - he probably jumped up on the chair. I am careful to keep them pushed in all the way now.

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  11. Oh, how cute to read of Fergus' antics. Guess I'll have all of this to look forward to. I had to laugh at the picture of Fergus licking the things in the dishwasher. I can remember when we were kids how horrified some dinner guests were when we nonchalantly leaned down with our ice cream bowls and let our dog lick them clean. Mom gave us quite the lecture after the guests left about ONLY doing this when no visitors were around. ha!

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    1. That's funny about your mom saying to only let the dog lick the bowls when company wasn't around. I gave basically the same speech here before my mom and sister-in-law arrived!

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