Shopping Day for Willy

Although we have chain stores here, Willy & I prefer to shop local.

Willy went with me to our local, family owned pet supply store, Pet Headquarters in Prescott Valley, Arizona. As always, Willy loves adventure. Willy’s favorite place to ride in the truck is on the console so he can be close to me. It also gives him a great place to look out the windshield.

We needed dog food and 40 lb bags are too heavy for me and Willy, so we used a shopping cart. Willy couldn’t believe how many brands of dog food there were in the store. He didn’t recognize any of them!

Willy was excited when we finally came to the section that had the dog food he eats. Willy LOVES to eat and he LOVES his Victor Dog food. Here were the bags and the smell he was used to! My dogs love Victor brand dog food and I have a couple of picky dogs. Quality dog food that is reasonably priced, Victor makes for happy, healthy little Jacks!

Next we went down the toy aisle. Oh so many toys to look at. Total eye candy for Jack Russell Terriers. It was like Christmas in June!

Willy REALLY wanted me to buy him a new toy. Problem was, he just couldn’t decide what he wanted. There were so many toys to choose from.

He considered a tennis ball, but I wouldn’t let him. I reminded him that the cover ends up torn off by him or one of the other dogs as soon as we get home.

I steered him toward the tough dog toy section. He had to look at them all! He finally decided upon a new Zogoflex tug toy by West Paw Design – those cool looking toys on the far right of this picture. My dogs love them and they are virtually indestructible! Oh, and they are guaranteed, so if something does happen to them, West Paw will replace them. Willy and I highly recommend these toys.

All in all, it was a pretty fun day trip. Willy and I leave tomorrow for an out of state trip. Stay tuned!

*Disclaimer* Neither Willy nor I receive any compensation from Pet Headquarters, Victor brand dog food or West Paw Design. We just wanted to share with you our recommendations.

 

 

 

 

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Proud Daddy Dog

Willy thinks being a daddy is pretty special.

Willy is a first time daddy. I wasn’t sure how he would react to his little kiddos. But he handled it like everything else, with a great heart and sweet spirit. He was so ultra gentle. You can tell by his facial expressions how hard he was trying to be gentle. Just like human dad’s feel awkward holding a newborn baby for the first time, Willy was afraid to move at times, afraid he would step on one of his babies. Just too darn precious for words.

Of course, Momma Jessi was kept outside during this first time meeting because she is a tad protective. Willy was so gentle. At one point he even washed one of the puppy’s little butts. I didn’t get a photo of it, but trust me, it was precious.

Willy is by far one of the BEST dogs I have ever owned (or been owned by maybe?) I dearly love every one of my dogs. Each one holds a special place in my heart and our family, but Willy the Kid is one of those once in a lifetime dogs. I truly hope he passes that down to his sons and daughters.

For those of you contemplating getting a puppy and are not sure whether to get a male or not. Can I just say, it has been my experience, at least with Jack Russell Terriers, that males make the most loving companions. Just my thought on the matter.

If you are interested in getting one of Willy’s kiddos, or his friend Sadie’s,  go to our website goswickshortyjacks.com or click the page link on this blog – Our Jack Russell Terriers. Be sure to check the nursery for updated availability. All the information you need to know, including our contact info is on our website.

Until next time, make every moment count!

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Barn Fun

Even chore time can be fun with Willy.

 

Here at the ranch, there are a lot of horses that need fed twice a day, every day. Sometimes there are even a few head of cattle in the pens that need fed. Willy has a way of making an ordinary event into an adventure.

To us, a barn full of hay is a blessing. To a dog, at least to Willy, it is something to be conquered! Willy loved climbing the bales, as if he were climbing Mount Everest!

What good is it to conquer a mountain if you don’t have anyone to tell your story to? Willy told our grandson, Clay, all about his great accomplishment.

An of course, what better way to end a perfect adventure than to cool oneself off in the closest water hole you can find! My Willy, never a dull moment!

Until next time, may your barns be full and your hearts overflowing!

 

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First Time Daddy

It’s Quintuplets!

It’s official! Willy is a daddy. Miss Jessica gave birth to five healthy puppies May 26, 2017.

The day BEFORE the big day, our special order cookies arrived to celebrate the occasion. My niece makes the cookies, and they are DELISH, and hand decorates each one.  Then she packages them up beautifully. Let me just say that these cookies didn’t last very long here in the Goswick house!

Willy and Jessica each got to have a bite of cookie after the photo shoot.

The following day, Jessica went into labor and gave birth to five healthy, beautiful puppies – three boys and two girls. Two pups are tri-color like Jessica, two are black and white like Willy’s momma and grandma, and one special little fella is brown and white like Willy.

We had a big celebration here at the Goswick house, complete with cigars (fake of course!) Willy wasn’t all that impressed with the cigar.

Willy is very curious about these squirmy little balls of fur that make all kinds of fascinating noises. When Willy’s kiddos get a little bigger, Willy will meet them face to face. Until then, he gets to peek at them from a distance.

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Afternoon at the Arena

Willy aspires to be a cow dog.

 

Willy was happy to meet Spade the horse. He had no idea what sort of adventure we were going on that would include this big animal but as always he was ready.

We walked to the arena in the pasture behind our house. Willy attentively watched everything my husband did with Spade. He was very interested in how they loaded the steers in the chute.

 My husband and son were practicing roping and working their horses. Willy enjoyed watching them. He REALLY wanted to chase the steers right along side the horses and was very disappointed that I wouldn’t let him. (I didn’t want him to get hurt.)

He was curious about these strange smelling animals. They had snotty noses, made WAY too much noise and were a little bit cantankerous, but they sure did look like fun to chase!

Since I wouldn’t let him chase the steers, he opted instead to hang out with my grandson, Clay.

All in all it was a great adventure. He enjoyed every minute of it. Until next time, Happy Trails!

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Photo Shoot at the Corrals

Living on a ranch provides the best backdrops for a photo shoot.

 

Willy and I found some old wooden corrals one day while helping put out salt blocks for the cattle. I could not resist this amazing photo opportunity. The spring flowers were in full bloom making for gorgeous photos.

 

What a fun place to take photos. These corrals may be old, falling apart and rotting in some places, but they hold so much character; remnants of days gone by.

 

On the same day, we found this tree. It had low, sprawling branches and Willy had fun climbing it and balancing on the branch.  It doesn’t take much to entertain Willy.

 

It is the simple things in life that bring the most pleasure. A sunny spring day, a quiet walk,  and time spent with those you love. In this case, it was all three. Until next time, stop and enjoy the simple things.

 

 

 

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Take me Fishin’

Willy went fishing for the very first time at the pond on the ranch.

Willy got to hang out with the family at the fishin’ pond on the ranch the other day. He was curious about the fishing pole and what Ty was doing with it.

Because fishing can sometimes be a waiting game, he decided to fill the time giving Ty kisses, lots of kisses.

The waiting paid off in the end and Willy got to see his very first fish!

Then the fish was gently released back into the pond and it was time for Willy to go home, the dinner bell was ringing!

 

 

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Just Another Day on the Ranch

Willy Loved to go check the waters and put out salt with us.

Living on a ranch definitely has its advantages. It is a great life for dogs. Willy, always ready for adventure, was overjoyed to get in the ranch truck and help us out. On this particular day we were checking to make sure the water supplies were full and the cattle had salt blocks to lick.

Willy started out clean, but he didn’t end up that way. Boys will be boys, they say. I guess it rings true for dogs as well.

We let Willy and his pal Rusty go swimming. They had a blast swimming, chasing sticks, chasing butterflies, and running in the mud!

 

Life is too short, sometimes you just have to get good and dirty.  Why not? It washes off. Until next time, Happy Trails!

 

 

 

 

 

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Willy Goes on a Date!

Willy went on his very first date!

He is growing up so fast! He used all his very best manners. He got some roses and dressed up in his Bow Tie. Then he got his courage up to ask Miss Jessica out on a romantic date.

Jessica LOVED the roses. After all, what girl doesn’t love to get roses?

Jessi just couldn’t resist Willy’s charm. It was a special moment, definitely photo worthy. Who knew my Willy could be so suave and debonair?

It was a bittersweet moment for me. My Willy is all grown up! I am so proud of the dog he has become.  Such a handsome young fella! I have a feeling he is going to be quite the “Ladies’ Man”.

 

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Here Comes Willy Cottontail

Hippity Hopping down the Bunny Trail.

Willy the Kid was excited to play the Easter Bunny for Rusty and Sadie this year. Of course we had to do a photo shoot first because he looked so darn cute in his bunny ears! Willy knows that photo shoots are just all part of being a dog with a blog.

He is such a good sport about these photo shoots. In fact, he is always joking around for the camera.

I sometimes call him Silly Willy. At one point in the photo shoot he had to stop and check if the eggs were real or not.

He was thrilled when I finally told him it was time to hide the eggs.

He scoped out the yard looking for all the best hiding spots.

First, he hid an egg in the tulips. That was when he decided it would be faster without the ears.

So off to work he went hiding the rest of the eggs!

He thought he was very clever hiding an egg by the bunny statue.

Now it was finally time for Rusty and Sadie to go hunt the Easter eggs! Willy was so excited!

Willy counted the eggs to make sure they found them all. What a fun day! Happy Easter from Willy and the Gang. My family and I will be celebrating the true reason for the holiday, but we just might hunt some eggs as well!

 

 

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