Busy Time of Year for Our Annika

Yesterday we took Annika to Home Depot with us and she loved riding in the cart as we did some Christmas shopping.  She also enjoyed a couple of head scratches from fellow shoppers. Here she is looking to see who might be cruising the store aisles.

Today was Annika’s day to visit the groomer. She is all pretty for Christmas. Here she is waiting to be driven home. It’s a rainy day, and even though I carried her,  she got a little wet and windblown on the way to our car. I kept the heater on so she was nice and warm during the ride home. After her grooming, her hair is shorter and she doesn’t have the benefit of a warm coat on chilly days.

Once we were home, she snuggled up in her bed with her favorite blanket. She is usually sleepy after her visit to the groomer. She doesn’t really like the pampering. She would much rather be home comfy in her bed, or sleeping in a pool of sunshine in the living room.

Home from the Groomer

white shih tzu
Yesterday was Annika’s day at the groomer. She always looks so pretty when she comes home. She didn’t like wearing the scarf, but I left it on long enough to take her photo. Annika is 3/4 shih tzu and 1/4 wire fox terrier. She doesn’t shed as many dogs do, but because her breed doesn’t lose hair, she must go to a groomer every five to six weeks. We adopted Annika from Bichon Fur Kids. She is not Bichon, but if you look at their web site you’ll notice that this wonderful group rescues small dogs of various breeds. When Annika was rescued by Bichon Fur Kids, she had to be shaved down, because her previous owner hadn’t had her groomed. Her coat was badly matted and she had an ear infection. I can’t even imagine what her beautiful tail, which must be combed daily, must have looked like. Budgeting for a groomer is something dog owners must consider when thinking of owning this type of dog. It’s an additional expense, but well worth it. When Annika comes home from the groomer she has been bathed, had her ears cleaned and checked, and her nails have been clipped. Our groomer also looks at Annika’s teeth during the appointment. She comes home looking adorable.  Below is another photo of her from a past visit to the groomer. Note the different scarf. She has one for every holiday and season.Annika-2
You have to agree, she really is cute, isn’t she?

Post Vacation Projects

prettiest roses

Today was a day spent catching up on projects left undone while we were on vacation. I found these beautiful roses blooming in the back yard, picked them and brought them inside to enjoy.

African violet

Next I repotted and separated several african violet plants. I love african violets and was wanting to do this project for quite some time. By the end of the day my plants were already looking much perkier.Annika bath

My last big challenge was to give Annika a bath. She always knows what I am planning and makes herself scarce when she sees me with the dog shampoo and towels. Once in the tub she is fairly co-operative. Here is a photo of her taken after she was  dried off and brushed. Not quite as perfect as the groomer would do, but she looks much cleaner than at the end of our camping trip. She is sleeping at my feet as I write this, so I think she has finally forgiven me.



More of Santa Maria

fess parker pink flower I had to share another photo with you from the beautiful grounds of the Fess Parker Winery. Even if you are not into wine tasting, it is well worth a visit. We saw families eating at picnic tables set under shady trees. Dogs are also welcome when on leash.Annika at Fess Parker

You can see in this photo Annika resting on the cool outdoor tile. This is our last day in Santa Maria and tomorrow we will be on the road again.