Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Happy Birthday, Denny!

Denny turned two years old today! Unbelievable, it felt like 10 years with him already! Although his behavior has improved 100%, he's still a handful and then some.

Jan. 13-21
Don't let him fool you with his innocent looks.


He's throwing his things around, mostly the little devil squeaky toys.

Jan. 20

He found a new way to use the sofa for his pleasure.

 Denny and his big bone

A big bone like that is no challenge for him.


After many tries he finally found a position on this chair, which seemed comfortable enough for a few minutes.


Since he's eating a lot of ice when we are outside, he snuggles for warmth on my chewed on, sheepy smelling shawl. (he was the one who chewed on it, of course). Sometimes we have to cover him, so he can warm up again. Yes, you, I'm talking about you!


The Bagel Tree

Of course, what's a Denny post without a Denny story. I've been dying to tell this one.
Some time ago, it was already getting dark, we went outside with the dogs for a last run for the day. This is always hectic, and loud in the beginning. They all run like they have rockets tied to their asses, until they got rid of some overflowing energy.

That particular evening, we tried to keep track of what they were doing. I didn't see Denny right away, but I heard him. He was whining, the way he does, when he's impatient, and frustrated at the same time, and the lower branches of the old Spruce tree out back were rustling.
I called him, since I didn't know what he was doing, and I didn't want him to get into trouble, that's when I saw him jumping up into the branches. Clearly he saw something there.

So, when I called him, he came running, with something in his mouth, his tail curled almost double with triumph. Boy, do I hate it when they find stuff, and I don't know what it is.
Luckily when I told him to drop it, he did so right away. That's when I saw, that he's found a bagel in the tree! Damn squirrels! (don't know why they don't get the message, that there are three dogs on the grounds, and keep coming)

The bagel was almost whole, and I threw it away. That was certainly exciting enough, but what told us once again how smart Denny is, was the following days.

Every time we went into the backyard, he raced as fast as his short legs could take him to the Bagel Tree, checking if there's something else since last time he checked. This continued for about a week, until he stopped checking.
We all forgot about it after a while.
Then, one day, Happy found some piece of toast in one of the small Spruce trees, picked it out of the branches, and dropped it, when I yelled at him. It was a fine piece of toast, only butter, and honey were missing. The three of them checked it out, before I threw it away.

Then, next day, and a few days after that, Denny ran up to that tree, first thing, and checked if by some good luck, there's something else growing there. Alas, no more. Apparently it takes him a week to forget about it.

I found anther piece of bread on a third occasion. Maggie smelled something on the ground, but didn't find it (before I did), but I looked and removed it.

The thing is, Denny remembered, and checked, but the other two were la-di-da about it, rather playing, and not thinking about bagels growing on trees at all.

Happy Birthday, my little Brownie, we love you!



Ina said...

Happy Birthday lovely Denny, and have a great Day..

Liebe Grüße

Freyalyn said...

Clever little Denny. Give him a hug from me.

ikki said...

HUgs and KIsses to Denny!

Anonymous said...

The bagel tree, LOL!! What a great story! Happy Birthday Denny!

2paw said...

Happy Birthday Denny Crane!! It does seem longer than two years but he's a lovely boy!! How clever to find a new way to lie on the couch and of course he needs warming up after the icy cold snow. That Bagel tree story is so funny!! What a magical place those trees must seem!!
I think he is such a good boy now, I do remember he was a little enthusiastic and individual when he arrived!!

CelticCastOn said...

Happy Birthday bagel boy! So glad you're mama chose you :)

momsue84 said...

Happy Birthday, Denny! Milo and I send best wishes for a long and happy life filled with bagels and pieces of toast growing on trees. What a hoot!! He is adorable, after all!

lexa said...

Happy birthday, Denny! From me and the Girls. :)

Knittaxa said...

He's a real Alpha - intelligent and strong! :-)

kristieinbc said...

Happy birthday wishes for Denny. I love the bagel tree story! The picture of him on the back of the couch looks more like a cat pose than a dog pose! :-)

knottygnome said...

happy birthday! i wish i had a bagel tree in my backyard. :-)

Friederike Shepherd said...

What a beautiful, precious and smart boy he is. Happy Birthday Denny! May he find many more bagels in trees.
Gruesze aus Indiana,

Michelle said...

Happy Birthday, Denny!

Anonymous said...

I think Kodiak and Denny are blood brothers in their brains and michief :) Happy birthday to your pup!

Redberry Cottage said...

Happy Birthday Denny! Keep checking the bagel tree - you never know what you will find.

Nina, Myshka, Sasha, Betsy, Lucy, Phoebe and Lily

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Happy birthday Denny!

monica said...

Happy Brithday Denny!!! Sorry about the bagel tree. :)

Walden said...

Happy Birthday Denny!

With the first picture I looked at him and thought, nah, just too cute to be trouble and then your line about not being fooled by his innocent looks was great!

Susan said...

Happy birthday Denny! We never doubted your intelligence for a second!

Those smarty-pants dogs are more challenging to raise but they're always fun.

Anonymous said...

Denny is 2?!! How did that happen? The years have flown by!

A Guyra Girl said...

Happy birthday Denny! You always make me smile.

Patty :-) said...

Happy Birthday Denny! :-)
He is so cute.

Virginia G said...

Wow. Happy belated birthday, Denny.

What a sweet boy.

And I can't believe that I've been reading your blog for more than two years! I remember when you got Denny.

The bagel tree story really cracks me up. I am imagining the squirrels getting a big kick out of the dogs finding baked goods in that tree. Hee hee.