Monday, January 26, 2009


My Mom was tagged by the Dughallmor beagles Mom to play a little game. Normally we don't play these games but we thought we would give it a go. Mom is changing the rules a little though. You are supposed to post the most recent picture of yourself and then list 40 things about yourself. Since this is my blog, Mom and I decided to list 20 things about me and 20 things about her. :) The pictures of me are from this morning when I went to my friend Gracie's house. Don't I look vicious up there. BOL!

Also, check out these moves by Miss Gracie! She is one flexible girl. :)

Ok, so here are my 20:

1. I was born in Washington state (still live here) and came to live with my pawrents when I was 9 weeks old.
2. I am HIGHLY motivated by food and I really don't understand those dogs who will do tricks for a chase of a ball or a tug on a toy. What's the point without the food. ;)
3. When I was a wee pup, I fell into a lake and did not attempt to doggy paddle. I sank and this man that I really don't know well grabbed me and pulled me up so now my Mom wants me to have swimming lessons and wear a lifejacket like my pal Kylie.
4. I have an unhealthy fear of flies. One time there was a fly buzzing in my room and I refused to go to bed. I was pacing until Mom and Dad figured out the problem and took care of the nasty little fly for me.
5. Recently, I had a run in with my food bowl and now I am very cautious when eating. You see, my tags got stuck in the wire part and when I lifted my head the bowls came with me and there were flying bowls and water everywhere. It was VERY scary.
6. I enjoy sunning myself and LOVE it when it is warm outside.
7. I also like to eat snow though too.
8. I am learning some new tricks: wave, twirl, and beg. Beg is very hard for me though and Mom sometimes has to help me balance.
9. I am part of a very fun dog club where I get to play fun games and see my furiends.
10. I am my Mom's shadow whenever she is home.
11. I am a bit of a whiner. ;) Whatever works, right!
12. I LOVE kids although I don't know how I would feel if there was one around all the time stealing my thunder...hmmmm.
13. I am very speedy and like to run back and forth and in circles as fast as I can.
14. One time I was running towards Mom at high speed and instead of swerving I crashed right into her and her camera went flying. She barely stayed upright.
15. I like to clean other dog's teeth....I should have been a dentist. Just ask my brother Bodhi!
16. I start out sleeping on my own bed but I end up wedged between Mom and Dad by morning.
17. I'm not really a big bone chewer. I will chew them for a short time and then I'm done.
18. When I was a puppy, I would crawl under our very low, old couch and sleep. There's no way I could fit under there now but I still like to crawl under things such as blankies. :)
19. I was chased by an evil poop-covered Yorkie at a dog park who was trying like crazy to jump up and sniff my behind. I was so disgusted by the smell of the little guy that I was literally running away from it and looking to Mom and Dad for help. When they discovered the problem we left the park.
20. I get along with most dogs but whatever you do do not come and put your head over my shoulders when we first meet like you think you are the king/queen because I DO NOT like that and I WILL let you know about it.

Now, it's Mom's turn...

Hi, Nala's Mom here. This is the most recent pic of me and it is from our hiking trip on Saturday.

Now, to see if I can come up with 20 things. :)

1. I grew up in WV which is where my family still lives. I had a bit of a southern accent but mine was never really that strong and now most people cannot even detect one. I enjoy hearing that accent though as it reminds me of home.
2. I left WV after Christmas in 2001 and drove by myself all the way to Washington state. My car was loaded, I had no apartment yet, and I knew no one here. It was a wonderful experience! I have been here ever since and I LOVE the Pacific Northwest.
3. I teach Kindergarten! :)
4. I used to be a sign language interpreter for elementary students.
5. I love tangy/sour things. Balsamic vinegar is the best. I also have an unhealthy obsession for yellow mustard...there is nothing like the tangy taste of it. :)
6. I enjoy to cooking. My favorite things to make are bread and pasta dishes.
7. I have two younger brothers who are both wonderful and generous people.
8. I'm getting married this summer to Nala's Dad. :)
9. Justin, my fiance, and I are hoping to go to France/Italy this summer but we'll see. My Mom's side of the family is Italian and it has always been a dream of mine to visit. Justin wants to go to France to watch Lance Armstrong in the Tour De France which I am excited for too but really I am all about going to Italy, trying the food, meeting the people, seeing the beauty of it all.
10. When I was a child, I wanted to live in Australia. I wrote many reports about Australia in school and even had a pen pal from Sydney. I always thought Melbourne would be a nice place. :) Hopefully, I will at least make it to visit someday.
11. I played lots of sports growing up and I even played college softball. I was a pitcher and I played shortstop.
12. When I was in high school, I traveled to about three BUSH concerts back to back. It is a bit of a blur. ;) My friends and I did manage to meet the band though and get some autographs...those poor bands having to deal with crazed teenage fans...I feel for them. :)
13. I am a huge Anne of Green Gables fan.
14. I recently joined the gym and hope to get in better shape....since I started teaching I have been pretty lazy.
15. I once ran a half marathon in Victoria, British Columbia.
16. I drink too much coffee and am trying to cut back...probably won't happen. ;)
17. It was Justin's idea to get a dog and I wasn't too keen on having an inside dog but as soon as I saw Nala it was over...I was in love and now I can't imagine my life without her. She brings me so much joy and it has opened up a whole new world to me full of wonderful people and other dogs.
18. I enjoy gardening and am excited for spring time so I can start planting.
19. I once made a road trip from WV to Alaska...nine days of driving and camping. I lived up there for a summer and really enjoyed it. It is such a beautiful place.
20. My favorite ice cream is butter pecan...I remember eating this with my grandfather and I still LOVE it.

WHOO...I made it.

Now, it is my turn to tag 3 people so I tag:

Abby - my friend and an amazing Mom who does so much fun stuff with her girls. She's also the Mom of Nala's pal, Gracie.

Heidi - Bodhi (my brother) and Sampson's human Mom because she is a great dog Mom.

Simona - Paco & Milo's Mommy because she is always so kind and thoughtful in her blog comments.


Dughallmor Beagles said...

Weeeee, you made it, well done and thanks for playing! Half and half was a good idea and you were both very interesting, what a colourful life you've led! Can't wait to read about the people you've tagged, esp Simona ;)
Slobbers xx

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Furry khool fakhts!

Since we live in Pawsylvania AND The University of Wooshington's maskhot is a me (plus my BF STEVE lives there) it was furry nice to learn more about woo!

My mom has most of Bush's CDs and Gavin's recent release too!

She lives fur khoffee!

Khongrats on your great plans!


The Army of Four said...

GREAT lists! Nala - I hate flies, too! In the house. They freak me out and I get very fearful!
Our mom was tagged, too. We like how you two shared the tag! Our mom was almost born in WV but decided to come between moves instead. Ha roo roo roo!
Tail wags,

Abby said...

Fun! Thanks for tagging me. I will attempt to do my list tomorrow...I am too tired right now! Those pictures are great- I didn't know Gracie was that flexible. And the one of you is super cute. Thanks for hanging out today!!

Maggie and Mitch said...

We can't believe you didn't try to swim, Nala! Thank goodness that stranger saved your life!
We think it's awesome that your mom teaches kindergarten!
What a great meme!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Mango said...

I think Gracie must be made of rubber like my little brother.

I know how to twirl!!! It is a really fun trick. That whold food bowl thing sounds so scary. And the poop dog? Yikes!

Hee hee, my momma suffers from "jolly bottom" and keeps saying she will go to the gym any day now.


Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

This was great! We really enjoyed learning more about both of you.

Nala, I'm with you on #2! I will do anything for food but usually just look bewildered at Mom when she throws a toy. Kat is the same as you on #10. I am too, but not as much as Kat. As for #20, that sounds like a mix of me and Kat. I love every dog and Kat is much more iffy.

Nala's mom, I would NOT have wanted to be with you for #19. After two days in the car moving from TX to WA, I refused to get in the car anymore and Dad had to lift me in every time. My mom says she also loves #13 and #17 sounds like her too. Even though she didn't want us, she's now more into us than Dad!


Clover said...

Hi Nala and Amber!
You did a great job "tag-teaming" the tag!! Hehe.
Nala, I hope you have a lifejacket now! I have to wear one of those too.
Amber, my mom wanted to be a kindergarten teacher for a very long time, but she is working at a University with big kids now. (Although not teaching.)
And congrats on your upcoming wedding! Is Nala going to be in the party?!
Love Clover xo

Nigel, Sola and Co. said...

Whew, we escaped this one, which is good because I am strapped for time. But this is a great one - we get to know you!

The OP Pack said...

We have seen your comments on several other blogs and decided to come take a peek. Perfect day to do so, we learned a lot about both Nala and Mom. We hope woo can stop by our blog some time too.

Woos, the OP Pack

Simona,Paco e Milo said...

HI dearest!!!!
You've tagged our mum!!!!YEAHHHHHH!!!!
we can't wait what she'll write about her!!!
we know mum very well....but for yo will be a big surprise!!!!
she is sooooooooooooo crazy!!!!AHAHAHAHAHAHHA!!!!!!
kisses and licks from us and...............mum!!!!!!

Lina said...

It's fun to read these lists and even more fun when finding similarities... I cannot remember if it was Alih or Carlos (who's no longer with us) who had a run in with the food bowl just like Nala. It was a very scary experience, so I feel for Nala. James is a bit of a whiner too and he also loves to clean teeth, especially Alih's.:) He starts the night off by sleeping on his own bed, but when I wake up, the boy is on his back right next to me. ;) Oh, when Alih was a young pup he was chased by a mean Basset by the name of Oliver. haha..We ended up having to leave the dog park too. :)

Now, to me. I had a penpal in Italy (not Australia), I am a huge fan of Anne of Green Gables too. I love ice-cream and guess what flavor I like the most? Butter Pecan. ;)

Minnie-Moo (Rescue Lab) said...

Muzzle wants ice cream now - even though it's dark and cold here. Strange Muzzle.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you got Nala - you definitely seem to be a perfect match for her energy and life and playfulness. Ridgies are a wonderful breed and Nala is a great example of the breed. For me, O'Reilly changed my life and really I am a better person for the year and a half I had him! And he got the best life he could have for his time here. It's like Cesar says you don't get the dog you want, you get the dog you need!