Friday, April 16, 2010

Phantom on Friday

Phantom is really not too crazy about the flashy beast. So it isn't very often that the Momster can get very many good photos of him. Since he offered a few opportunities this week, we thought we would feature Phantom today.

He loves to sit by these windows so he can see what TD and Ciara are doing outside
and still know exactly where the Momster is.

His favorite spot outside is usually on the deck at the very top of the stairs. But with the beautiful weather we have been having, he is often found out on the lawn, usually checking out the happenings outside his fence.

Just enjoying feeling good today.

Can't you tell I am trying to hide from you?

Phantom was always extremely close to Dakota. They were only 15 months apart in age and they did everything together for years and years. Then along came Thunder. Phantom was always very good with him, and when Dakota started to slow down from her illness, we noticed Phantom starting to take more of an interest in TD. After we said our good-byes to Dakota AND Phantom had his horrible surgery experience, he was very much a loner. He spent a lot of time in his crate. Poor Thunder was very confused. After a while, Phantom came out of his "funk" and we noticed a big change in his relationship with Thunder. They became the best of pals and had lots of fun werestling on the deck.

Then along came Ciara. The Momster had really expected Phantom to take to her right away. Was she ever wrong! He wanted to
eat her when she first arrived. Then he wanted to boss her around in a not very nice way. And then he just ignored her. Lately we have been seeing little hints that maybe he has decided she isn't so bad after all. Today the Momster caught him doing this:

And this:

She thought she had a great video to share where he was giving her kisses all over her face, but silly Mom, she forgot to push the record button and got NOTHING. Maybe another day, but it was so good to see him finally showing some affection to the little one.

And for his concluding photo, we just have to show you his absolute favorite spot - lying on the carpet at the front door with the door open and the screen in the door. He would stay there all day and all night. In fact, that's where he is right now.

Some of you may remember that in early March we did
this post about Holly and her mom Debbie. They were hoping to start their own blog some day.

Well, today when Mom was reading some of the comments on our posts, she saw one from Holly and thought there is something different about that comment. Then it hit her. It didn't say it was from "Alex93andme" - it said it was from "Holly". So Mom clicked on the link for "Holly" and whoa - there it was, they have a blog!!! It is called Holly Wags. Please be sure to stop by and welcome them. We know they would really love to have some visitors. And we all know how good they are about visiting and commenting too.

Happy weekend to all.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara


NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...

Once upon a time, Phantom watched out the window fur a puppy -

I rekhall telling him bekhareful what woo wished fur...

I so hope he realises the puppy that khame is pretty khool!

Thanks fur sharing Phantom on Phriday!

PeeEssWoo: How khool Holly has a blog now! We'll stop by!

Life With Dogs said...

It's so great to see more of the elusive Phantom. And to see that he is not immune to the charms of puppies. :)

Deefor said...

Great pictures. I like the chin rest on the fence. Nice of the humans to put it there. Phantam and Ciara are doing pretty good I think. I am still adjusting to Arrow.


Anonymous said...

awwweeee... what a GREAT story! I KNEW he'd come around. they always do, with time, patience and the right interventions. And who can resist puppy kisses and puppy pantyloons? inconceivable!

Sally said...

AWWWWWW - we knew he would come round eventually. When Paddy joined us - I wasn't exactly convinced - but I like him now and give him the odd kiss!

We will stop by and say Hi to Holly too! She looks very cute!

Sally and Paddy

Snowie Baby said...

thanks for sharing phantom's stories with us!
its really nice of him to give little ciara kisses! hopefully they will become best of buddies too!


Noah the Airedale said...

Sometimes it just takes a little while for dogs to grow on one another. It sure was that way for Tess & Lucy and now they are best maties,

Diana Chiew said...

As we are quite new to your family, it's good to read something like this where we can get to know more about each family member. We are getting to like Phantom more.

We are going right over to meet Holly now.

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

What sweet photos - and don't be too hard on your Momster for not pushing the record button - our Mom makes that little mistake all the time and misses a lot of good footage.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

PS - we are off to visit Holly

Mack said...

Phantom is one handsome chap! And WHO could resist Ciara's cuteness??

BRUTUS said...

Seems that Phantom is really the prefect name for him! Glad to hear he is coming around and warming up to Ciara finally. Brutus might need some tips from him soon...


3 doxies said...

Well, I for one understand poor wittle Ciara. When I furst gots here Albert didn't likes me too much. He wouldn't haves NUTTIN to do withs me. Now, he cant stand to be away froms me. He is always coming around to checks on me if he can't find me, and trying to protect me, and loving on me, oh yea, and he even cleans my ears.
You have such gorgeous!

Ruby and Penny said...

Hi Phantom
We love your smile.
Love Ruby & Penny
Pees - it's good to know you love your little sis.

Tama-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette, Ollie said...

We love all the photos of Phantom and are so happy to read that he is beginning to warm to Ciara. Multiple households always offer their challenges, and it's nice when the balance shifts from iffy to cozy!

Have a great weekend!

Tommy (and purrs from The Chans!)

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Girrrrls have a way of wrapping us guys around their paws. I'm just sayin'.... from Pawsonal experience.

♥I am Holly♥ said...

It looks like Phantom is warming up to the little one now! From what you said, she's been through alot of crisis periods so I can understand her being cautious to make friends really quick especially after losing her best friend Dakota. I have found through the years that animals really grieve in different ways for sometimes a long period. She's coming around!!

Thanks for featuring my blog to everyone!! It's in a rough stage right now (since I really don't know what I'm doing!) but I would love people to stop by!!! Thanks very much. Lots of love to you and Phantom, Thunder and Ciara!!!

Gus said...

We know why that rug is Phantom's favorite is because it shows him off so bootifully, and compliments his colorings and everything!

gussie n teka

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Happy Friday to you Phantom. YAH! Thanks will definitely check out Holly's blog. Oh! my mom said if you need or want to make over of your blog we are happy to help you out. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Great pictures, Phantom! You shouldn't be such a photo Phantom. (That made more sense in our heads.) I think I would really like laying in your favorite spot too. My favorite spot is on the couch, watching out the front window.


Stella said...

I am happy to read about my favorite boy, Phantom, today. I love dogs who sort of think on their own and figure their world out. Even if they are wrong, they usually manage OK, but Phantom is looking good and I'm glad to see he is making up to Ciara a little.

Another favorite guy of mine is Sue's Tsar, he is one funky character!

I also visited Molly and told her about my experience being bitten by an 8 week old pup. Different ending, though!

Cheers and Hugs,

Jo and Stella

Jake of Florida said...

It does take time. We see it with our guys too -- even after so many years, suddenly in the midst of every appearance to the contrary there's a moment that reveals the affection.

But who could resist the charms of Ms. Ciara??

Wirey (and human) woofs,

bbes tribe said...

Great pics of Phantom. Love the smiley face one. He looks very happy. Mom says that is part of what she loved about her Sibes - Niki & Bo. Someday she says she is going to take over and do a post about the dog friends they had before us. Friends are good. We will visit Holly.
Ernie, Sasha, Chica

Anna the GSD said...

Oh Phantom! So handsome!! And sometimes it just takes time for the older fellas to like us younger pups...Duncan kinda ignored me when I first got here, now we're buds!!

Whoo hoo! Holly finally has a blog! Thanks for the heads up!!

The Thundering Herd said...

Hello Handsome Phantom, so good to see you featured today. We love your various sentry posts!

P.S. - Sometimes it takes a little time to warn up to the little rambunctious ones.

Mochi and Bali said...

It's so great to see so many pics of Phantom! :) I love that one with his huge smile!

Glad to see that he's warming up to Ciara! :)


For the Love of Dogs said...

I love the blog! Phantom is beautiful!

Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

Phantom looks like such a wise old soul.
So glad he is getting along better with the little one now!


Sychoberians said...

WooRay for Phantom. He looks so cool and we are really glad to see him. Wee like sticking our snoot through the fence too but we can only do it sitting or standing because of the mesh Dad put on it to keep the rabbits out and Remy in (when he was 8 weeks old).

Glad you are playing with Ciara too, she is a good little sister.

Remy and Flash

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

What great pictures of Phantom. He is just trying to figure out how to handle the little one. Those little ones can be pretty tricky, we know from experience...
Have a great weekend..
The weatherman said rain all day today and tomorrow. We hope he is wrong again also..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Angel Ginger Jasper said...

Mum was so tired before bed but looked at these pictures and cheered right uo.. Lovely pictures.. I an so glad that the sweet one is getting Phantom to play and like her now.. Hugs GJ xx

BeadedTail said...

We always love seeing photos of the handsome Phantom! We're glad he's finally warming up to Ciara and hopefully will play with her and Thunder a little from time to time.

Lacy said...

w00fs, the always ever handsome Phantom..He prolly missed Dakota so much, he wasnt ready for another little girl, and now he is..its good he's giving her a chance now..

b safe,

Rambo said...

Awww...Phantom really likes Ciara now. That's cool.
Phantom is one handsome dawg.


Sagira said...

Aww...Phantom is so cute and I love that he is warming up to Ciara. He is probably figuring out that she is there to stay.

We went over to say hi to Holly. :)

KB said...

We've seen a similar pattern with our eldest dogs each time a puppy has invaded the house. The puppy adores the pack patriarch but the patriarch isn't so sure about the puppy. Just like you've seen, they eventually come around... in their own way.

I love the focus on Phantom. He looks so sweet!!! Tell Ciara NOT to bite his tail (not that our puppies have ever done such a thing!) :)

Clive said...

Lovely to see photos of Phantom and to read that he is being good to Ciara!

Have a lovely weekend
Clive and the NSLM

Unknown said...

Hi Phantom,

It was really interesting to learn more about how you all get on in your family! I'm an "only dog" so it's always very interesting for me...and I think sometimes it's like humans - not all us doggies love each other at first sight! Sometimes we take a bit of time - but we can still turn out best friends! :-) I think if I had to cope with a puppy now, I would NOT be happy either! I think it;'s harder for us doggies as we get older to adapt to change (just like humans!) - but you're doing really well!

Am off to visit Holly now!

Honey the Great Dane

Jack & Moo said...

Some changes are hard to take, others just take more time to adjust to. When Star lost her Sherman, she got deeply depressed, and I don't think I made it easy to like me, I was pretty rough on her in the beginning. But then she whipped the tar outta me and I "got it" - she WAS the Queen! We became bestest friends from then till her last day.

Now Moo, she just moved right in & told me "We are going to be best friends starting right NOW", and we are! No muss, no fuss.

Thanks fur sharing all these great photos of Phantom, our mom thinks he is quite the handsome hunk o' husky.

jack a-roo
(sorry this got so lengthy, guess I was in a chatty mood)

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Brandon - The dog with a blog said...

What good pictures, we love your dog fence!

White Dog Blog said...

Phantom, I totally understand that completely opening your heart to a stranger (no matter how cute) and making them FAMILY is a process that takes you know I am going through a similar experience. Ciara is a sweet cute pup, it is great that you are giving her a chance. In time you will grow to love her and protect her as one of the Pack!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

It just takes time and Phantom is coming around.
Yes it is happening!

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We are so glad to see Phantom and Ciara getting along better. It took a lot of time for Scylla to give Artemisia a chance but now they are BFF most of the time. ~AFSS

Molly the Airedale said...

What a great story! We hope Phantom and Ciara become best of buddies!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Kari in Alaska said...

in the first one, I have to say it kinda looks like you stuck your nail in a socket. A bit spikey and shocked!

The Oceanside Animals said...

Glad to see Phantom is warming up to the tyke!

Mollie Jo and Bobo said...

Its tough loosing members of your pack and getting new members...Bobo knows this all too well. Glad things are getting better. I bet Ciara and Phantom will be roming in the yard in no time at all!

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo & Uncle Puppy by proxy