2009 - A Great Year!

Posted by Francesca

When we Frenchies reflect back on this past year, we're kind of amazed at how much we have accomplished.  What's really great, is that we've been blogging our experiences all along.  Here are some of our favorites to share with you again.  Oh right - we almost forgot - HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!

We tried our paws at auto mechanics!

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So Steve, do you think the distributor needs to be replaced? This Hi-Lo has been running kind of ruff lately. Hey Franny? How's the tire pressure?

1 So Steve, do you think the distributor needs to be replaced? This Hi-Lo has been running kind of ruff lately. Hey Franny? How's the tire pressure?

' Well Sharkey, where did you get such a vast knowledge of mechanics?'

2 ' Well Sharkey, where did you get such a vast knowledge of mechanics?'

Franny and I are like little sponges and we've learned a lot from being around Martha. We even perform regular maintenance on her Kawasaki.

3 Franny and I are like little sponges and we've learned a lot from being around Martha. We even perform regular maintenance on her Kawasaki.

Steve, do you need a socket or an open-end wrench?

4 Steve, do you need a socket or an open-end wrench?

Steve, looks like these lug nuts need a torque adjustment.

5 Steve, looks like these lug nuts need a torque adjustment.

Lets check out the lift mechanism - raise 'er up, Steve!

6 Lets check out the lift mechanism - raise 'er up, Steve!

Baked things

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These freshly picked apples have a very good fragrance. They will be delicious in a cake.

1 These freshly picked apples have a very good fragrance. They will be delicious in a cake.

How many cups of sugar do we need, Franny?

2 How many cups of sugar do we need, Franny?

Sharkey, look at the recipe and tell me how much flour we need.

3 Sharkey, look at the recipe and tell me how much flour we need.

I collected these eggs this morning from the chickens. Now I'll break them into a bowl.

4 I collected these eggs this morning from the chickens. Now I'll break them into a bowl.

I love stirring the batter.  I can't wait to lick the spoon!

5 I love stirring the batter. I can't wait to lick the spoon!

Three cakes - bluberry, chocolate chip, and apple!

6 Three cakes - bluberry, chocolate chip, and apple!

Everyone was so impressed with the cakes we made. Happy birthday Fernando!

7 Everyone was so impressed with the cakes we made. Happy birthday Fernando!

Went beach combing with Martha

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Franny, where do you think this rope leads to? I'm not going into the water to find out.

1 Franny, where do you think this rope leads to? I'm not going into the water to find out.

Sharkey, can you believe how much seaweed has washed up on the beach? Martha says it's called kelp.

2 Sharkey, can you believe how much seaweed has washed up on the beach? Martha says it's called kelp.

Hey, little boy.  We like to play with trucks.  May we play with you?

3 Hey, little boy. We like to play with trucks. May we play with you?

Hey Sharkey,  where did you go?

4 Hey Sharkey, where did you go?

Over here, Franny - do you think there's a storm coming?

5 Over here, Franny - do you think there's a storm coming?

What's this I smell?

6 What's this I smell?

Hmm...we better get to the bottom of this.

7 Hmm...we better get to the bottom of this.

Oh look, it's just a gull feather. You know, those gulls are never very friendly unless you feed them.

8 Oh look, it's just a gull feather. You know, those gulls are never very friendly unless you feed them.

Oh thanks - I just love muscles on the half shell.

9 Oh thanks - I just love muscles on the half shell.

Got spooked out during Halloween!

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I put on this witch's hat and many spooky things started going on around the farm...

1 I put on this witch's hat and many spooky things started going on around the farm...

It started when we came back from a long walk and found these horrors at the gate! - spiders and a green skeleton!

2 It started when we came back from a long walk and found these horrors at the gate! - spiders and a green skeleton!

Relax Sharkey, there's nothing to worry about here.

3 Relax Sharkey, there's nothing to worry about here.

You see? This is just fun Halloween stuff.

4 You see? This is just fun Halloween stuff.

I can't wait for this evening when that candelabra will be glowing!

5 I can't wait for this evening when that candelabra will be glowing!

Laura Acuna, did a great job with all of the decorations.

6 Laura Acuna, did a great job with all of the decorations.

Empress Tang wanted to visit the canaries in the brown room but was distracted by this spooky table.

7 Empress Tang wanted to visit the canaries in the brown room but was distracted by this spooky table.

Her eyes were drawn to the colorful little pumpkins.

8 Her eyes were drawn to the colorful little pumpkins.

She started sliding them around on the plate like it it was some big game.

9 She started sliding them around on the plate like it it was some big game.

Then she saw the spooky black cat and the human skull!

10 Then she saw the spooky black cat and the human skull!

And then she screamed! What a scaredy cat.

11 And then she screamed! What a scaredy cat.

We decided to go to the brown room ourselves to see what made Empress Tang scream so loud, when we came upon this spiderweb carpet from FLOR.  It made us shake.

12 We decided to go to the brown room ourselves to see what made Empress Tang scream so loud, when we came upon this spiderweb carpet from FLOR. It made us shake.

Things DID look kind terrifying in the brown room.  Sharkey, this skull is REALLY kind of scary looking.

13 Things DID look kind terrifying in the brown room. Sharkey, this skull is REALLY kind of scary looking.

Ooooh - I have goosebumps!

14 Ooooh - I have goosebumps!

Sharkey!! There is a big black spider on your head!

15 Sharkey!! There is a big black spider on your head!

But Franny! You have the hand of a skeleton on your head!

16 But Franny! You have the hand of a skeleton on your head!

Sharkey, what's going on here?

17 Sharkey, what's going on here?

I can see why Empress Tang was scared of that cat - it looks so mean!

18 I can see why Empress Tang was scared of that cat - it looks so mean!

Franny, this IS kind of spooky - let's get out of here before it's too late!!

19 Franny, this IS kind of spooky - let's get out of here before it's too late!!

Voted in the election

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1-Here is what our ballot forms looked like.  We were voting for Councilpet at Large and First Selectpet.

1 1-Here is what our ballot forms looked like. We were voting for Councilpet at Large and First Selectpet.

2-As you can see, Clive the donkey, Meindert the horse, Bartok the cat, Francesca the Frenchie, Sharkey the Frenchie, and Vivaldi the cat were all hopeful contenders.  Why, we the Frenchies, were running against each other, we just don't know.

2 2-As you can see, Clive the donkey, Meindert the horse, Bartok the cat, Francesca the Frenchie, Sharkey the Frenchie, and Vivaldi the cat were all hopeful contenders. Why, we the Frenchies, were running against each other, we just don't know.

3-Ha-ha-ha!  I, Vivaldi the cat, am going to play a little trick on those Frenchies!!  After all, they're always so smug.

3 3-Ha-ha-ha! I, Vivaldi the cat, am going to play a little trick on those Frenchies!! After all, they're always so smug.

4-I'll just tape this sign onto Martha's paper shredder.

4 4-I'll just tape this sign onto Martha's paper shredder.

5-I'm casting my vote for Clive the donkey and, of course, for myself, Sharkey the Frenchie!

5 5-I'm casting my vote for Clive the donkey and, of course, for myself, Sharkey the Frenchie!

6-Francesca - that would be moi - gets my vote!

6 6-Francesca - that would be moi - gets my vote!

7-Franny, it says that this is the ballot box - I'll just slip mine in.

7 7-Franny, it says that this is the ballot box - I'll just slip mine in.

8-You're right, Sharkey, but why is it making such a funny noise?

8 8-You're right, Sharkey, but why is it making such a funny noise?

9-If I whisper who I voted for, will you tell me your vote?

9 9-If I whisper who I voted for, will you tell me your vote?

10-I feel so proud to have voted today.  May the best animal win!

10 10-I feel so proud to have voted today. May the best animal win!

11-Now, all I need to do is fill in the square that says 'Vivaldi the cat.'

11 11-Now, all I need to do is fill in the square that says 'Vivaldi the cat.'

12-I'll teach those Frenchies to be smug.  I've rigged the election so that I win by a landslide - I'm the new First Selectpet and now all I have to do is relax!!!

12 12-I'll teach those Frenchies to be smug. I've rigged the election so that I win by a landslide - I'm the new First Selectpet and now all I have to do is relax!!!

And even made our debut on CNBC!

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Sharkey and I were bathed and dressed chicly for our guest appearance with Martha on CNBC's Power Lunch.  Here we are on our way to be interviewed.

1 Sharkey and I were bathed and dressed chicly for our guest appearance with Martha on CNBC's Power Lunch. Here we are on our way to be interviewed.

From a distance, we thought we had seen a turkey, but when we got closer, we realized it was the colorful peacock logo of NBC.

2 From a distance, we thought we had seen a turkey, but when we got closer, we realized it was the colorful peacock logo of NBC.

Hurry up, Sharkey - we don't want to be late for our call time.

3 Hurry up, Sharkey - we don't want to be late for our call time.

Wow, this lobby is very impressive - I just love the sapphire-blue flooring.

4 Wow, this lobby is very impressive - I just love the sapphire-blue flooring.

Oh great!  It' Mary Curran, Martha's hair and makeup artist.  We love her!

5 Oh great! It' Mary Curran, Martha's hair and makeup artist. We love her!

Here I am with Karima Greene - she was our producer for the segment

6 Here I am with Karima Greene - she was our producer for the segment

Mary?  Mary?  Where are you?  I need a touch-up!!

7 Mary? Mary? Where are you? I need a touch-up!!

You know, sometimes I work the controls at Martha's TV show - can you give me a tour of your control room?

8 You know, sometimes I work the controls at Martha's TV show - can you give me a tour of your control room?

Sharkey, you go ahead - I'll just stay here for a few minutes.

9 Sharkey, you go ahead - I'll just stay here for a few minutes.

When we finally got on set, Bill Griffeth - co-host of Power Lunch - came over to greet us.  I don't think they have too many dogs visit their show.

10 When we finally got on set, Bill Griffeth - co-host of Power Lunch - came over to greet us. I don't think they have too many dogs visit their show.

Smile Sharkey - we're on air!  Charles Koppelman - chairman of MSLO and Martha, being interviewed by Michelle Caruso-Cabrera - Power Lunch co-anchor

11 Smile Sharkey - we're on air! Charles Koppelman - chairman of MSLO and Martha, being interviewed by Michelle Caruso-Cabrera - Power Lunch co-anchor

There we are live on TV - Oops - I guess we weren't facing the right camera.

12 There we are live on TV - Oops - I guess we weren't facing the right camera.

It looks like it's a great time to be a pet - 81% of pet-owners will increase pet care spending!

13 It looks like it's a great time to be a pet - 81% of pet-owners will increase pet care spending!

Everyone at Power Lunch was so surprise at how well-behaved we were.  They just didn't realize how experienced we are!

14 Everyone at Power Lunch was so surprise at how well-behaved we were. They just didn't realize how experienced we are!

Sharkey, I hope you don't feel left out.

15 Sharkey, I hope you don't feel left out.

Can you believe there was actually a bet that we, Frenchies, wouldn't sit still?  Here is Dennis Kneale - Power Lunch co-anchor -  who lost that wager to Uncle Charles.

16 Can you believe there was actually a bet that we, Frenchies, wouldn't sit still? Here is Dennis Kneale - Power Lunch co-anchor - who lost that wager to Uncle Charles.

Comments (10)

  • Good Morning Girls

    Yes 2009 was a good year but I'm looking forward to 2010. I hope we start to see the economy turn around and people who are unemployed start to get jobs. I've heard lots of stories where people can't afford to keep their pets because they're out of work, that makes me sad.

    Speaking of sad I had a little tear in my eye this morning reading Martha's blog about Martyn. I feel bad he can't run around with the other horses because of his health issues, he is a beautiful horse and I hope he isn't in any pain.

    I had some pain yesterday - thank you DAD!!! I had to go get my nails trimmed I hate having that done. In fact I peed on the girl and had an annoying scream the entire time she worked on me - why can't I just let my nails grow??? The only good thing was that I didn't have to get a bath - thank God for small favors.

    So what do you girls have planned for New Year's Eve? I think we are all staying home and will snuggle by the fire - sounds like heaven to me. I heard mom talking to the crab guy in Oregon I think we have some dungeness being shipped and I'm sure they'll be a bottle or two of bubbly opened. I'm not fond of crab but she usually makes some really good bread to go with it and we always get the leftovers - yummy stuff.

    Another freezing day here in South Jersey - I'm ready for Spring.

    Zoe

  • Hello Ladies,
    It sure was fun looking back on 2009. You girls need to write your own book and have lots of photos.All the different outfits alone--well, you must have a bigggggg closet. I hope Mama Martha will be back to you for New Year's Eve. I don't want you lovely ladies to be alone. As for us, goodies and maybe a little champagne. Not for me of course, just Mom and Dad. Tasha and I might get a bit of the appetizers. Mom and Dad always watch movies, so that should be fun. Happy New Year to all.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Indeed an interesting Year for mommie delia and myself "Kitty"...one of the best parts was finding this blog, it's entertaining and heartwarming...you feel a part of Francesca & Sharkey's lives.

    Mommie delia has many websites and several blogs and doesn't participate as much there as she does here..guess it's relaxing as she says...there are a few faithful people here and it's nice for the familiarity, and maybe someday we will all get to meet...how about we all share our photos of each other, you know dogs and cats! I have posted my webpage before and here it is again with some new images from Xmas http://www.squidoo.com/feral_cat

    Martha Thanks for sharing your sweet Pups with us...even though none of us ever met we feel apart of a special group, well at least for me a feral cat.

    May your New Year be special, with joy and appreciation for the "good thing"

    Meeuw from feral "Kitty" and delia

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Yes, 2009 has been a good year for me too. It didn’t start out that way, but it turned out really good. In March I noticed something different about my daddy and tried to tell him. In June they found the colon cancer I had been telling him about, and removed it in July. He has been making a steady recovery all summer and into the fall. I’m really glad that mommy and daddy have me and listen to me sometimes; has extended daddy’s life somewhat. I’m looking forward to 2010; it’ll be even better.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi Francesca and Sharkey: Happy New Year to both of you and your mom (Miss Martha) too! It really has been a wonderful year for me and I really appreciate it.

    Mom and Dad and I will have a quiet New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. We'll watch TV and eat some ham and sweet potatoes. We are still full from the big Christmas meal. Whew!!! Mom will bake some biscuits too I hope. I love the ones with cheese in them. She could also put in some of my Christmas liver snacks if she wants too, but I doubt it. Oh well, sometimes parents don't know what's good!

    Hey, mom just printed out her Michael's coupon good on New Year's Day. Twenty-five percent off her entire purchase (no sale items)and she is really excited about that. Maybe she will buy me some charms for my collar. Hmmmmmmm.

    I wish Spring would hurry up and get here cause it's sooo cold. Well, it's time for a snack. See ya later. Love, Gracyn.

  • Happy New Year to you Francesca & Sharkey and to all of the blogger friends who visit this wonderful blog. I can't wait for 2010 because 2009 has been a very difficult and challenging year for me. Your blog has helped put a smile on my face on a regular basis and I thank you for that!

    Everyone have a safe and happy New Year!!!!!

  • You girls DID have a good year, and I'm happy to say that I, my Mandy girl, and my sweet little Edgar (for the first half of the year) got to be a part of it all! We have enjoyed every last adventure, antic, and travel destination - you've bro't many-a-smile as well as a few hearty belly-laughs throughout this past year! It's been wonderful getting to know you this year and being a part of your wonderful little canine lives as well as TheDailyWag family!

    Looking back [sigh/sniff], July 30, 2009 sadly marked my little Edgar's passing, but my sweet and elderly little boy now has no more pain, which as you can imagine, was hard for me to witness and endure. Just as we have fun-filled days full of running-n-playtime, sometimes a little rain must fall!

    Here's to a new year, girls - the year 2010. May it be peace-filled and prosperous for all of us here at TheDailyWag.

    =^..^=

  • Author Comment:

    Hi Cindy,
    Thanks for being such a great fan. We really miss Edgar, also. We hope you keep reading, as we don't plan on slowing down with all of our adventures. Best for the new year.
    F & S

  • Hi Girl Friends, This has been an absolutely wonderful year because you two beautiful girls have been bloging for us all year and I just love it and you!! Seeing all of the places you visit and the fun things you always do has been really fun to follow!! What have you got up your sleeves for 2010?! I can hardly wait to see every blog you do and see you more often on Martha's TV show!! Happy New Year and be sure to give Martha a hug for me when she gets back home!! Is your new little brother going to be there soon?! Sure hope so!! Love, Dudley Do Right xoxoxoxo

  • Hi Sweeties! Happy New Year! your blog is amazing and always looking forward to seeing your cute photos and your adventures.
    Love you lots
    muaaaaa

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