Monday, August 24, 2009

BBQ time!

This weekend we went to a doggie bbq at a friends house. It was a lot of fun. There were probably 10 dogs and 25 people or so. The dogs all got along great for the most part, and it was nice to hang out and relax while the dogs wore each other out. :)
The best part was Ronix and Nina were reunited again, and you could definitely tell they hadn't seen each other in a while! Talk about hyperness!! This was after the hours of nonstop running, wrestling, tug-a-war games...

Monday, August 3, 2009

Ronix's First Birthday!

Happy Birthday Ronix!!! (August 2, 2008)
You survived your first year of life! Woo hoo! I am 100% confident your puppy years are NOT behind you though. I can imagine we have many more fun stories and hyper phases to encounter with you yet. :) I can't wait.

We went backpacking in the Uintah's over the weekend, and Ronix loved it. He also loved to act even MORE human (if possible) and followed us across narrow logs, and would never sit on the ground, instead he'd always sit next to us on the logs. It was so cute!

This waterfall was beautiful. It appears to be a small one, but we hiked up it and it just kept going, and the scenery was breath taking.

This was his first real hiking and camping experience, and he kept his guard up. He was on high alert this whole trip. It was so cool to see his hunting abilities shine through; he has an amazing nose!

I love when his lips are stuck in his teeth. I was told this means they (dogs) are unsure of something. I wouldn't doubt it, he perked up at any different sound. I'm sure all the smells were pretty new to him too.

Here Ronix is running like a crazy, wild dog. He was so funny, I wish I would have got it on the flip to post. He was running the fastest I've seen him run, in circles, around me, straight at me; just absolutely loving the freedom and fresh air.

Where's Ronix? he that blur of gray?

And yes, Ronix was in his idea of doggy heaven. Wood was everywhere. I never did get my good marshmellow stick. Every one I found was suddenly between the chomping, slobbery jaws of Ronix who was thinking, "mmm give me that stick! my stick! mine mine mine! i'll race ya...I win!"

He is such a camera dog. It was cool to see him at high alert though.

Another "where's Ronix" one. I love the lighting in this one; it brings out the meaning of their nickname The Gray Ghost...

Taking a breather from his big doggie pack. Yes, Ronix carries his own food and water, and he's good at it too! We didn't really have to train him on this, we just put it on and he's off. He even comes to you to put it on; it's great!

Here he is with the big pack on. Still a bit big for him yet; it gets a little lopsided. I swear he likes it thought, he seems so happy when we're out and about.
All in all I think Ronix had a good first birthday. He got to go swimming, running, swimming, chewed some sticks, swimming, chewed some sticks, swiming and I think a little sleeping was in there somewhere ;)
Happy Birthday Ronix!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

At the lake...

Ronix is hilarious to watch bounding and leaping through the shallow waters on the shoreline.

If you haven't figured it out yet, a tennis ball is gold at the beach. If you don't throw it for him, he'll just play with it like a cat would a mouse on the sandy beach.

Such a happy puppy dog! He loves the water. It is a perfect temperature this year, already about 74 degrees! Pretty nice for Bear Lake! :)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Favorite Pictures...

So until I get some new pictures, I'm afraid there just won't be any pictures...Gasp! What?! Just kidding, just kidding, don't have a fit! I'll just keep throwing some old ones up here. Hopefully we'll get some funny footage of Ronix at the lake. We're more prepared with water toys now, the entertainment will last for hours.

On a side note, an 11 month old Weim is up for sale on KSL and we're trying to figure out if it is a sibling of Ronix. They do look a little similar. However, I decided it would be very bad knowledge to find out if she IS related because we both would LOVE to get a litter mate to keep Ronix company...and in our current housing situation it simply wouldn't work to get another Weim.
:( Hopefully some day in the somewhat near future.
Anyway, I'll stop my rambling and post the pictures, because what's a blog about a dog without pictures? ;)

This is King Ronix in his throne. He has claimed this as his favorite spot, and always manages to wake up if you move out of it so he can steal it.

A classic example of a road trip with Ronix. He still thinks he is a lap sized dog, and I do admit I still let him sometimes. He always finds a way to squirm as close as possible without technically being considered in the front. Ha ha. Trust me, the positions he ends up in to accomplish this do NOT look comfortable!

I love this picture! If you look closely you will know why! He looks like a deer; none of his paws are on the ground. It never fails to make me laugh.

Mark may not like being on my blog, so we just won't tell him and see if he notices, because this picture is so cute!

We were lucky Pirate tolerated Ronix's antics! He was very passive with him, even though he was getting choked and pulled around by a pup.

He loved the dirt chips, it was funny to watch him play and eat them.

I don't think this one needs an explanation.
Ha ha.

Obviously I could go on til the sun goes down...but I think this last one is a great note to end on.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

At the beach...

I wish my camera had been working this past weekend, I missed a lot of great pictures at Bear Lake. The weather finally permitted us to have a beach day, and we played on the lake for hours. Ronix went crazy when we got to the water; he was like a little kid trying to push the parent in. He kept jumping on me and was so excited, it was fun just to watch him.

The lake is so shallow on the west side you can touch for ages, and it was hilarious to watch Ronix bunny hopping/running through the water, chasing his ball nonstop for five hours. I think the only time he left his tennis ball was when he was busy finding food on the beach, or grabbing hotdogs from the kids ha ha. We even used his lifejacket, which works quite well. he loved getting up on the huge island tube with us and jumping off to retrieve his beloved ball. It definitely paid off because he slept like a log on the way home, that night, and all through the next day. He wouldn't even budge to go outside, which is pretty crazy for him.

Anyway, here are some older pictures of Ronx on the beach in the snow (which also makes him soo hyper). He loved to catch snowballs instead of tennis balls... I'll try to get a good video of Ronix at the beach next time, it is absolutely hilarious to see him go wild.

Monday, June 29, 2009

9 months ago ...

Wow, time has flown by. We've had Ronix for 9 months now and I can't believe he ever used to be as small as he is in these pictures. Craziness! It's been so fun raising a puppy...although we're pretty certain he's part human and cat ha ha.

This was taken when we first brought Ronix home. He's about 8-9 weeks old here, and already full of mischeviousness as you can see since he is trying to eat my camera string.

He was so full of energy, and always wanted to play, as this picture shows quite well. I am so glad those puppy teeth are gone! They are soo sharp. He did leave some souvenir marks in my phone though, it is kinda cute.

This is where Ronix got the nickname Batty from my sister. There are a couple pictures that are hilarious with his ears flying in the air. With his teeth showing he does look a little bat like ha ha. He's about 9-10 wks in these pics.

He loved playing with the big dogs right from the start, it was pretty funny to watch him try to keep up with a 90 lb German Shepard.

He's about 11 weeks in this picture where he's gnawing on a deer leg...yuck! Nobody would take the deer leg away until I got a picture of it, since the guys thought it was hilarious. As you've probably guessed, we were hunting this weekend, and so the dogs kept bringing back the was not enjoyable ha ha.

The moose get quite close in Bear Lake, and I don't think Ronix could figure out what it was. I love the stripe of hair standing on end that goes all the way down his back.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Weekend in Moab

This weekend Ronix and I went to Moab (I being Ronixs' Mom). We had a lot of fun; I don't think Ronix could get enough of the lawn either-he loved to roll in it, especially the shady spots. It was fairly stormy, as it has been everywhere lately, but the clouds were beautiful. The extra rain has really made the flowers exuberant; it was very bright and lively for this time of year.

Ronix was nearly killed within the first 5 minutes of being in Moab .. my parent's have two horses and a mule, that are immune to their dog, but have absolutely zero tolerance for new dogs. Especially the mule. Ronix gets extremely excited around new things, especially the horses, and somehow managed to sneak in with the horses. The mule immediately started to get into attack mode, which sent Ronix into defense mode. His hair was standing on end, teeth bared and growling and tail tucked as far as it could go. I was just walking out of the house when I heard Ronix, and my Mom also realized what was happening, and in the nick of time started yelling and waving her arms at Little John, the mule. Luckily she was in there fast, and rescued Ronix .. otherwise there could have been a very unhappy ending, as the mule was getting ready to kick! Scary scary. At least that taught him a lesson--not to mess with animals bigger than him!

I think Ronix is so used to getting on rocks and posing/waiting for us to say the "break" command, that he does it a lot on his own. I didn't tell him to do this, my sister pointed out the coolness so of course I grabbed my camera ha ha. It is impressive though, he was quite the guard dog while down there. There has been a black bear visiting the area for the past week or so, and that evening we had a fire, and he was very alert, very anxious and protective. I was impressed! We figured there must be something out there .. like the bear!

My sister and I went up into the mountains to find a branch for my writing project, and she brought her German Shepard, Pirate. Ronix has played with Pirate ever since he was knee high to a grasshopper ... err..great dane. ha ha. The mountains were beautiful with lively wild irises everywhere. We got the boys to pose for a picture for us, not too bad for two hyper pups.