Lis was puppy number 3 in Hilfy's first litter, and was originally known
as "Pink" as she wore the pink rickrack. She came out in a hurry, but later took a more relaxed outlook on life. Always one of the
sweetest and friendliest pups, she was one of the first to enjoy water sports -- the wading pool,
the water dish..... Since she has moved to Oklahoma City, the Walkers report that she has taken up
gardening. Or should I say, she takes up gardens.... she's a grass ripper like her mother Hilfy and
several other puppies from this litter. As of July 2008, she has taken on the responsibility of raising
her little half sister Payton, which should keep her busy for sure.
News About Lis, 2008
December 2, 2008:
Payton is still pestering Lis 24/7 but Lis loves it. Payton has joined Lis at Canine Social Club 2 days a week and seems
just as active. The owners just crack up that neither of them ever crash and burn!
September 2, 2008: Only problem I am having is that Lis destroys all of Payton's cute little
chew toys - she is disinterested in her own which is ok because Payton loves
them. Lis and Payton provide comic relief about 6 a.m. and again about 10
p.m. when we have the All Star Wrestling Match and Puppy Frenzy all rolled
into one. Payton just pounces on Lis, bites her, steals a toy and then
takes off running - she ducks under the kitchen table, behind her crate then
runs around my island in a circle and retreats again under a chair so Lis
can't get her. I'm not sure what's she will do when she won't fit. Lis
remains her sweet self altho I think she misses chillin with me in the
morning. She doesn't wake up with quite as much energy as little bit.
August 19, 2008:
Lis is very patient with Payton who is quite the little antagonist. I'm not sure who is the biggest
instigator. When one of them is chilled out, the other gets a toy and runs
it right by the other's face. We have jokingly said Payton's real name
should be Fern Hill's Pouncin' Payton. It has been comic relief. She will
get clear across the kitchen and just take off running, jump right on Lis'
back and start nipping away. I am so pleased at Lis' disposition about it -
she was pretty used to chillin' with me and Mac, and that's not really an
option at this point. Payton has politely taken to Lis' bed, toys, crate and food bowl if she gets the
chance. She wolfs down her own food and then goes right for Lis'. Lis has
had to learn to eat right when we put her food out because I put it up if
Vet asked that we keep Lis home from doggie daycare until Payton got all of her shots so she will be ready to get
back to that. I am anxious to see if that affects her attitude towards Payton.
July 28, 2008:
We made it!!! All in all we had a good trip home. Lis had a very nonchalant attitude about Payton the whole trip but was a little jealous we could tell. She
barked at her a couple times when we got home, when Payton grabbed her toy and got up on her hind legs to drink Lis's water and try to eat her food.
Lis of course retaliated by heading for Payton's food and water bowl. This should be fun!
Family Reunion at Fern Hill! The Walker, Jill and Mac come to pick up their new puppy Payton 7/27/08.
Other dogs in picture, left to right: the Walkers' Lis (our Penny's littermate), Penny, and mama Hilfy.
News About Lis, 2007
Sometimes I wonder if you all are disappointed that Lis is the only just "pet" of the litter.
Everyone else is working so hard winning awards...you know that Lis wins every award at our house just
for being such a sweetie!
Grayson was home from school this weekend and begging for another puppy so
hope sometime soon you will have puppy news! Lis really misses him - he
said last nite at dinner that she is the sweetest beggar he knows. She has
never been fed from the table although she has always been a napkin
snitcher, but last nite she stood perfectly still with her head in Grayson's
lap. He was dying....he said "Mom look at those sweet eyes and precious
face." They crack me up. Especially with the cooler weather, and on the
weekends, Mac loads Lis up and they go the the park and play soccer, etc. I
am never sure who is more tired when thay arrive home! Mac drives a
Forerunner which Lis will easily jump into anytime, but when I try to get
her to hop in the back of my Durango, she pulls that helpless puppy stuff
and acts like she can't get in. I have learned to just wait her out, or ask
if she is ready to go play with her boyfriend, Cowboy, and that usually
motivates her to hop right in.
Since the boys are gone the digital cameras are gone as well so sorry I
haven't sent any new pics.
Picked Lis up yesterday from the Canine Social Club where she
plays, and is groomed, and she had blue bows in her hair - not sure how we
all feel about bows, even if she is a girl!! John Powell is home for the
weekend and it just cracks me up to see him on the floor with her. Grayson
has taught her to catch Goldfish crackers mid air, and continues to have the
most rapport as far as obedience goes, and Mac, well Lis is pretty mobile
and very, very spoiled with her. Sometimes it seems like she has been part
of the family forever - and what a sweet blessing she is.
Lis and I have been walking now about 3 miles every morning at 6 so she
likes to be out and about early. She can hardly sit still after I finish my
coffee while I am putting on my socks and shoes. It just kills her to have
to sit at the door until I go out first. She got quite a soaking on Friday
as one minute it was as nice as could be and the next minute torrential
downpour, and we were still a mile from home. Glad she like to get her hair
blown dry! Mac still tells her everyday how much she loves her, and that
she is her best friend ever. I love to hear and watch them together.
Hadn't had her out front much since winter, and I have invisible fence just
around the perimeter in the front yard. When she saw Snickers, the
labradoodle that lives next door out in his yard she took off and of course,
sad to say, got nuked by her collar. She was not a happy camper, but now
will not go near that side of the drive. Quick learner, and Mac still can't
stand the fact we have it anyway.
Lis the Water Dog
Lis by the Swimming Pool
News About Liss, 2006
Lis has so endeared herself to all of us that we
really do want another golden. I have a friend who has a female named Grace
that is almost the exact age as Lis. Her husband is tired of replacing
garden hoses and says she needs to get rid of the dog. I actually suggested
that she take Grace to doggies day out (the Canine Social Club, ha!) where I
take Lis - they have anywhere from 6 - 9 goldens a day there. They just
laugh at Lis hogging up the baby pools and are amazed by her energy. We can
count on a mellow pup for the day following. Lis slept with Mackenzie the
other night for the first time and did fine. I wanted to make sure we were
past the furniture chewing stage. I keep telling Mac she still needs to
watch her as at any given moment she could still chew on about anything!
Lis has still been hot after
the grass but not too bad with the digging anymore. We put up the invisible
fence but there are several bushes she can still trim quite handily.
We talk often about how it seems like we've had Liss forever, and wonder why we waited so
long to have a dog. That being said, it was absolute perfect timing - all
three kids love her dearly and are so helpful in caring for her. I'm not
sure if we had gotten her when they were younger if I would have felt the
same. We have gotten the biggest kick out of my 21 year old John Powell who
is Mr. Neat & Clean Freak - Liss licks on him constantly, and to see him on
the floor hugging this dog is just so awesome! Although she is Mac's dog
and they are truly pals, Grayson is the one who seems to command the most
respect from Liss. She really listens to him when he talks to her and
"performs" more consistently for him that the other 2 kids. Mac of course
encourages her to jump (says its doggie hugs), lets her on the furniture and
spends hours cooing and talking sweet to her. I do have pictures to send
but haven't had a minute to do it yet.
We take Lis 2 - 3 days a week to play at the "Canine Social Club." Mac fell in love with all the
dogs and one day asked the owner if she needed any summer help. OF course
the owner jumped on that offer, so Mac worked with anywhere from 25 to 50
dogs a day. She fell in love with Liss' playmates, a golden about her age
named Cowboy, who is her BEST friend, another golden named Cinnamon, the
elderly, most respected golden "Ma Belle," and a black lab named Layla.
The couple that owns the CSC just laugh at Liss and love her. Before she
arrived there, they said they thought Cowboy had the most energy, but now
they say it is too close to call. They tell us the two of them go non stop
from 7:30 am till we pick them up at 6 pm. They say the rest of the dogs
start pooping out in the heat in the early afternoon and will crash inside
in the shade, but not Liss and Cowboy. They play the entire day, especially
in the wading pools. Liss is usually still soaked when we pick her up.
Drinking or getting cool?
Lis and her buddy Mac
Lis with Grayson
Here are a couple pics of Lis during the late summer...We will continue to
take and send more recent photos soon. We love
Lis so much we might be return customers (hopefully kidding). Yard looks like a
minefield and although pool is freezing, Lis still gets in whenever the opportunity
Lis at 4 months
Lis still likes to swim.
Lis, Mackenzie, and friend
Lis with Mackenzie, Jill, and Grayson Walker
News from the Walkers, October 6, 2005
Lis weighs in at 29 pounds - her tail is unfolding, her
coat is fairly curly on her back but still has puppy fuzz at head and ears
as well. She definitely has Mackenzie's number - all she has to do is look
at Mac with that sweet face and Mac just melts. Lis spends part of every day
in the back yard where she can run and play, get in her
wading pool, onto the porch to sleep in the shade, and of course dig in her
favorite flower bed!!!
She finally found the swimming pool too much to resist just last week - she
runs 4 or 5 laps around it and then jumps in on the stairs and
splashes around for a while- gets out again and runs full speed through the
yard, does a couple more laps and back in again. Her
favorite toy is a stuffed duck that squawks when she bites or
steps on it. She tosses it into the air and grabs it again, stops to chew
on it for a while and then brings it to us to toss away.
Lis sits and shakes on command (now even without a treat as motivation). We
have been working on down but she isn't quite there yet. Come works fairly
well, her stay duration is about 10-15 seconds. She is totally potty
trained - she even knows where her leash hangs and goes to get it when she
wants to walk.
Lis at 8 weeks, enjoying her new toys in Oklahoma City.
Lis says goodbye to Hilfy as she heads out the door with the Walkers' friend Carol.