Wednesday, December 31, 2014

55 reasons to say thank you in 2014!

To all of our New Rattitude adopters & benefactors, we say THANK YOU for your support in 2014!  May this below video inspire you to continue your support in 2015.

Northwest region's 2014 adopted Rat Terriers

This wonderful video was created by past NR adopter of Boushey -  Darin Suthapong.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Looking back at 2014...

As the year comes to an end we are happy and proud to have fostered 6 wonderful Rat Terriers who were in need of help.  All are doing great thanks to their wonderful adopters!

We fostered little Soos and he's living the good life up on Capitol Hill!

Sweet gentle little Soos

Soos the complete snuggle bug!

Foster number two was Tremolo and he was a very busy boy who was a perfect fit for his active family! 

Lots of hiking!

Birds eye view on dad's back!

Foster boy number three was Royal. Since moving to the San Juan Islands and having a huge fenced yard to hunt in - Royal is doing rattastic!

Tired boy after all that crittering!

Royal at Rattiefest and he & his dad had a blast!

Foster pup four was Torrii.  The change in this sweet elderly gal is beyond amazing.  There truly wasn't a better home out there for her.  So, happy her mom wanted to adopt a senior hard to adopt rattie.

When Torii came into foster care, she was extremely touch aversive.  As you can see her mom has made huge strides with her and she loves her mom!

Torii is now Eleanor and here they are this summer at the beach! 

Eleanor was in really rough shape when she came into foster care. She doesn't even look like the same dog thanks to the love and care of her mom.

And here's Eleanor and her brother Binky!  They get to go to work with mom and Eleanor does great.

And of course there's Seven!  This awesome boy was our fifth foster and he shaped up to be pretty a great little terrier.

Seven was a ton of fun to work with and he's having lots of adventures with his dad in Las Vegas.  He dad thinks he pretty dang amazing - which he is!

Seven and his dad getting out on an adventure

Curious boy thinking about those ducks!

Seven loves outdoor adventures and it's wonderful that his dad is finding lots for them to do.

Looking good and loving living in Las Vegas

Lots to take in at a park just off the Las Vegas strip

Meeting new friends and doing very well with his dog to dog skills 

Las Vegas landscape

"the sun is in my eyes!"

What a happy life for sweet, sweet Seven

 Rounding out 2014 we have foster girl number six - Coccinelle.  She is now Nelle and she's keeping her new dad on his toes.  Nelle starts Nose Work class in a few weeks and I have no doubt she will be a Nose Work machine!

Nelle and rattie brother Corwin

We are looking forward to the dogs that we will be fostering in 2015 so stay tuned!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Out and about on the Solstice

We had a busy weekend of getting out and about - we logged about 18 miles total.   Again, if anyone thinks Rat Terrier can't move over long distances, then they haven't met a Rat Terrier!  Catty is between 10-11 year old and D'light is creeping up on 7 years old.

Nothing delights us more than taking nice long quiet walks over the weekends. We get around and it's pretty amazing that we have some much to look at and experience around us.  We can walk to so many different areas within a 30 mile radius of our house.   We are very lucky!   

And so the adventure begins...

Up the stairs we go - Catty not happy that I'm not moving fast enough for her!

D'light says "Hold up dad, I'm onto a critter!"

Catty and I keep moving figuring D'light and his dad can have their own adventure.  We find a neat rock overlooking Lake Washington.

"I hear them"

We head down to the trail to see how they are doing. 
You can see that they are on the MOVE!

"Move out of my way - there are critters to track"

We move on and Catty finds this wall to explore

Lots to smell!

"What on earth is D'light doing?"

Why crittering of course!

We keep moving and off the critter crazy boy goes!

"Come here!"

Moving on he begins scanning the park...

"I see you"

"Lets go dad!!!"

"Fools... they are not going to catch anything"

Catty taking in the environment

While D'light and Brett are crittering, Catty and I head down to the bottom of the park. 
And look what she finds.

"Are you impressed with my core body strength?!"

Catty makes it up on the trunk with no problem. 
All that body conditioning we do pays off!

"Mom, here comes D'light & dad.  Guess what - they didn't catch anything"

"I'm sure we can catch one - just gotta keep trying!"

One of the many things I love about our walks is taking the time to notice all the environmental changes.  That could be due to the seasons (flowers and such) or the humans dressing up/ improving their outdoor space.

We are less than a week away from Christmas and we have a number of decorated homes.  Here are few that I really enjoy.

Simple large ornaments hanging from the tree

Lot of lighted balls that are beautiful in the daytime or nighttime!

 I do not know what these purple berries are but, they are stunning!

And what is Catty so interested in?

Chickens in the yard!

Fancy urban chicken coop!

Of we go, heading home where all of us were sacked from very long but, enjoyable walking weekend!