Harper's Day

Today is Harper Barcelona's Designated Day, and so she is keeping an online journal of her adventures throughout the day:

My real name is Kaibab Harper's East of the Sun, West of the Moon -- but you can call me Harper, and no, I do not play the harp or complain a lot. And Grandma Terri (my favorite grandma) says nobody can call me Harpie!!!! I am 11.5 weeks old and everyone says I am very cute.

This is a picture of me with one of my grandmas -- it is Grandma Halo:

Grandma Halo is very fun!! She likes to play with me! I can hang on her fur and she hardly ever gets mad at me -- she is my favorite grandma!

I have to finish my nap -- more later. Love from Harper.

7:45 a.m. More from Harpie Harper

I finished my nap and went outside in the rain to pee -- only babies pee inside the house and I am not a baby anymore! It is kind of strange without my brothers and sisters here, but I have lots of family to play with -- this is me with my Auntie Asia -- she is my favorite!!!!

Unfortunately, Auntie Asia doesn't want to be my BFF -- I think it is because she already has one, and it is Auntie Zoey -- they are together a lot!!!!! I think it might be more than Auntie Asia wants, but that doesn't seem to stop Auntie Zoey one bit -- Auntie Zoey is so persistent! She is my favorite!!!

And my feelings are not hurt!!! I just hang around Auntie Asia and don't get too close... we don't have to play with the same toys for her to be my favorite!

I have to take another nap now -- I sleep a lot because chewing on everything and everyone takes A LOT of energy!!!!

10:30 Report from Harper

I thought you might like to see one of the things I do best...

I like to chew everything -- it is not nice to discriminate!

I have another grandma -- her name is Grandma Cadi, and even though she doesn't love me (yet!), she is still my favorite!!!! I love my Grandma Cadi!!!!! Look at how she is warming up to me!!!!!

And yes, she does make some noise when I am in her personal space but I think it is purring!!!! And she purrs louder than my favorite cat, Karma -- Karma says we are BFF's!!!

However, I think she might say that to everyone because right after she said that to me, she went over and said it to Auntie Zoey, who is, as you know, my favorite auntie...

But that is okay because I am sure I am Karma's favorite BFF!!

I have to take another nap, and then I will introduce you to my FAVORITE great-grandma, and show you some of my favorite things to do (besides chewing).

Love from Harper.

Noon Note From Harper

I have a busy schedule but I do not mind because I have the best life ever! In fact, it is my favorite life!!!!!! After my nap I had lunch -- I love lunch!!!! And then it was time to go outside and work. I take after my dad -- he is a landscaper -- this is me doing some pruning...

My mom helps me with my lessons -- I know Grandma Terri is going to be SO proud and no doubt I will be her favorite grandplumpie!

I love my mom -- she is the best mom ever! She plays with me all the time!!! Playing with my mom is my favorite thing ever!!! Anyway, I am going to be a farmer like Uncle Vic and Uncle John when I grow up so I can play in the dirt all the time -- Uncle Vic and Uncle John are my favorite uncles ever!!!!!

This is what I look like when I am standing still and waiting for my mom to run by me -- sometimes she knocks me over but I don't mind -- I just get up and chase her!

You will not believe how lucky I am!!!! Not only do I have two grandmas and two aunties who live with me, I have a GREAT grandma and of course she is my favorite because she is SO great!!!!!! I love my Great Grandma Maize so much!!!! She is wearing a special coat because she is a sick poodle -- or something like that -- sometimes it is hard for me to follow everything that is going on around here and I get confused...

Great Grandma Maize is having a very good day! Of course, she got to visit with me and I think I am her favorite great-grandplumpie -- but she also got to be outside with us and the best of all????!!!! She has been eating all morning long and guess what her favorite food is???? You will not believe this but it is vanilla ice cream mixed with dead cows -- and although dead cows are sad, it is probably better that we do not have live cows in our ice cream -- don't you agree?? Anyway, Great Grandma Maize LOVES ice cream and she is eating and eating and eating, which makes everyone so happy.

Great Grandma Maize has been telling me a lot of stuff so that I can be as perfect as she is, and that is how I know I am her favorite. This is a picture of me telling her that she is my most favorite great grandma EVER...

I think I need some of that special ice cream with dead cows -- and a special coat -- because look at how beautiful my great grandma looks today...

After all this fun and excitement, I need another nap!!!! Love from Harper.

3:30 Note from Harper

Okay, I took a long nap -- those are my favorite!!! I woke up refreshed and ready for action -- that meant it was time to train my person!

This first game is a good one. I trained her to fill one of these containers with food....

I just wander around and sniff them, and when I find the one with food I push it with my nose -- how easy is that?!

And I trained the person to pick it up, open it and hand me a cookie -- works every time!!!! How clever is she?!

So that is one thing I have taught the person -- the other one is about tugging. So it works like this -- she starts off tugging with the toy of her choice -- this time she decided green snakey thing with legs...

When I want to switch toys, I send her an ESPN message -- "change toys" -- and then she does!! So smart!!!!

Right now I am just chewing, which is plumpie-talk for "just chilling"...

5:00 p.m. Harper Report

We went for a walk and walks are full of my favorite things!!!!!! It is a plumpie smorgasbord of things to chew!!!! I love chewing -- it is my favorite thing to do!!!! So are walks!!!!

I am training the person -- it goes like this: I run over and say, "hey person" and she hands me a cookie! She learned this so fast -- I cannot believe how lucky I am to have such an easily trained person!

On our walk I discovered the ocean!!!! Holy Large Body of Water!!!!!

It has been raining here all day long but soon there will be SNOW! You won't believe this but snow is my most favorite thing -- it is so versatile! You can eat it, play in it, roll in it -- and guess what?! Tomorrow we are going to TRACK in it!!!!!! We have been waiting for snow so I can train my person well enough that I can be the fifth generation to earn a Tracking Dog title -- anyone want to bet on whether I get it done before I am seven months old?! No -- you wouldn't because only smart people read the Blog, and that is why you are all my favorites -- especially my favorite Cousin Julie -- xo to Cousin Julie!!! You are my favorite!

After our walk, my mom was concerned about me being so wet and thought maybe I should borrow great-grandma's coat -- what a great idea because that is my most favorite coat ever!!!!

This is an embarrassing picture because you will think I am stuck-up but really I am not -- I promise!!!!! But I have to be cute to go in the dog version of Toddlers and Tiaras -- or whatever that is -- maybe it is really Bimbos and Babies? I get confused about stuff like that. Anyway, here is what I look like when I am practicing being cute -- what do you think?

So that is my report of our little walk -- I heart walks!!!! Love from Harper.

7:30 p.m. News from Harper

After my walk I took a nap -- and I dreamed that I was in a beauty pageant with a shark who was wearing a tiara!!! I think it might have been my most favorite dream ever! I love sharks -- even though I have not actually met one yet.

After my dream, I woke up because it was time for dinner - and dinner is my most favorite meal!!! Tonight I had dead cow with brown rice and pumpkin and yogurt -- but no ice cream, which was kinda disappointing because even though I have never had ice cream, I think it is my favorite dessert!

Oh well -- dinner was still very good!

After dinner I went outside for some personal matters, and then I was ready to play with my favorite mom -- I love my mom!!!!!

I heard that some people steal baby puppies away from their mom when they are only a few weeks old!!!! Even though I am almost 12 whole weeks old, I still love being with my mom -- if you have a mom, she should be your favorite mom -- always. Mine is.

I also have been chewing a bone this evening -- chewing bones is really my favorite thing to do! My mom and I like to chew them together -- sometimes we even share the same bone -- that is why she is my favorite mom ever - because she is so nice to me...

Tomorrow Auntie Heidi is going to visit me -- she is my favorite!!!!!! I have learned so much from my favorite Auntie Heidi!!!! But now it is bedtime -- and I love bedtime!!! I sleep in the xpen with my mom -- the same place I slept with my favorite brothers and sisters, and so it is my favorite place!!! My mom likes sleeping with me, and that is also why she is my favorite mom.

I think that today was my most favorite day ever -- thank you for sharing it with me.

heart from Harper



by Sharon G on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 08:29

Little Harper is quite the diplomat! She is adorable as are all the plumpies. Her eyes in the bottom photo are so expressive...one my favorite traits in Berners. Wishing you & your family a Healthier Happy New Year. Hugs to all especially Ms. Maize & Kim.

by Lois on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 09:35

What a lucky girl she is to have so many sweet big girls to be her favorites. I do notice a trend with who is the 'favorite'!

by cindy heintzberger on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 10:12

She is such a doll!!! Perhaps you can send pointers on how to get the Grandma's/Aunties/now sisters to like the sweet little ones??

by Toby E. on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 10:36

Glad she doesn't play favorites with her favorites! Love the photo with Grandmom Cadi!

by Lisa K on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 10:45

Loving the journaling that she is doing, as well as the napping. A girl after my own heart! Naps rule!

by Jennifer G. on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 13:05

Have had a lot of fun reading today!!

by Barb on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 13:16

Aww Harper-perfectly expressing the plumpie zest for life... Glad GG Maize is having a good day.

by Lisa K on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 13:17

I will never look at ice cream the same again...

by Elizabethanne on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 20:14


I agree! Quite the description. Isn't there an ice cream brand called Skinny Cow? Hmmmm....

by Lisa K on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 13:19

Is another favorite thing that is happening at my house over this blog today! And Mrs does indeed look good! YAY!

by Cousin Julie on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 14:52

I am jumping on this Plumpie Love Train and repeating the sentiment that we Plumpieaholics so appreciate the updates... D E L I G H T F U L.
M-A, Harpers narrative is a real treat! Very grateful the Mrs. Is having a good day :).
@ Cindy...I think Lainey may be telling the other girls that she's the favorite... tee-he-he...what a wonderful year you all have ahead of you.
Another lesson we can learn from Mrs. Maize life...everything is made better with ice cream! Amen

by Cousin Julie on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 15:01

I used to have a book I read to my human children when they were little, and losing grandparents, called "Nana upstairs, Nana Downstairs" - Harper with the Mrs. In her beautiful coat reminded me of that story.
And, the line in "Steal Magnolias" - "Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion"....love to all

by Elizabethanne on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 20:07

I apologize in advance for my twisted sense of humor, but the book title makes me think that good Nanas go upstairs to heaven and bad Nanas go downstairs to, well, that other place.

by Marti Simons on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 09:41

Oh My G. Suppressed giggle. Somehow the word Nana and the thought of hot downstairs are a major conflict that is making me giggle. Elizabethanne. . . shame on you. He he he.

by Cousin Julie on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 15:04

USED TO!!! That's not right...sigh

by Carmen K. on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 15:06

...Harper surely is! How fun to log in several times today to hear about Harper's busy schedule! She certainly has a gift with words, especially "favorite" and "love!" I adore her pruning picture with Syd and Mrs. Maize in her fashionable coat sitting up and enjoying the outdoors with the rest of the girls. I'm thankful Maize is having a better day :) As for the ice-cream, I love vanilla ice-cream mixed with avocado (yum!) but will probably pass on the Mrs.' special concoction...

by Lori Simidian on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 18:44

Harper, who told you that you needed to practice being cute? I think you've got it down! It was so nice to read about your very busy day. I'm just so happy that your GGma Maize is feeling better today. Maybe the prednisone is doing a good job for her. I hope it continues.

by Aunt Heidi on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 19:15

Harper....you are my favorite!

by Lisa K on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 20:11

I so love this dog! Look at her playin w/her baby!!! Harper, thanks for sharing your day w/us! I think we may have enjoyed it as much as you! I know I did!

by Favorite Cousin... on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 22:51

Miss Harper Valley Girl PTA ( pretty tinking adorable ) You really are my favorite! I was so happy to hear that you were the one that got to stay in the house with your Mom and all of the Aunts and Grandmas. I knew you were special! We bonded. You know, the ESPN way, remember? Me too! Anyway, I'm glad you stayed there, cuz your person knows me too, and well, it would be kind of awkward to explain to different people about how you and I are already connected, you know, ESPN and all that. Give Great Grandma Mrs. A smooch from your REAL favorite!

by Bernice Cashman on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 08:38

Absolutely adorable! Berners are the best! We love them!

by Julie on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 08:41

If Harper needs help to fine tune skills like leaning, snoring and snuggling on the bed, Auntie Faith (her favorite that she hasn't met) can tutor.

by Jennifer Z on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 10:39

Harper, I "heart" you-you are my favorite blogger!

by Heidi on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 11:39

Harper, you are the best blogging puppy! You are my favorite! I love blogging puppies!

I bet you have earned some ice cream. Negotiate that into your Plumpie Contract.


by Allison O'Dell on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 15:12

Harper, Thank you for sharing your day. You look as sweet as ice cream! Would love to snuggle you and give you tummy rubs. You are living the life!

by Sunday on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 19:50

Remember, we are all your favorites!!! We love you and love to know what you are doing.

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