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Not just a dog, he's Gus the dog!

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We have a new baby and I love him!

December 27th 2005 6:10 am
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Mom & Dad brought home a new baby boy a few weeks ago. I wasn't quite sure about what to think of him for the first few hours, but it didn't take me long to fall in love!

I worry about the baby when he cries and I make sure that Mom & Dad know when he is crying. I don't want the baby to be hurt. I carefully watch that Katie does not get too close to the baby - when she does get too close, I gently nudge her away because I need to be sure that the baby is safe.

I know that this baby will play with me when he gets bigger, but Mom & Dad won't let me play with him yet. He is too little so it is not safe for a big boy like me to play with him. But I know that, someday, he will love me as much as I love him!


My secret life

March 10th 2005 6:07 pm
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Greetings, I am the canine referred to by my humans as Gus. Other names oft applied to my person are Gustaroni and Gustaroocus. Neither of these is strictly correct in any of the languages (modern or ancient) with which I am proficient. Nevertheless, Carolyn and Brian persist in using them with such a degree of sincerity that I now find them acceptable.

In the time I have lived with Carolyn and Brian, my work in quantum physics / string theory has advanced steadily; although my progress has been slowed by the addition of Captain Dog to our family. (The designation Captain is puzzling since he has never spoken of military service. Perhaps he sustained some psychological trauma in the line of duty which has impeded his recall of it.) Josie on the other hand is extremely helpful. We converse in a highly advanced form of gesture enhanced language that our humans interpret as crazy barking and biting. Josie’s insights into non-Newtonian physics are highly enlightening even if a little dated. Captain usually only wishes to discuss athletics and how much chocolate he could eat without getting a hangover.

My research has also been slowed by my inability to grasp a pencil. All of my equations must be scribbled upon the blackboard of my mind. One interruption and all is lost. When my humans are home I cannot even attempt anything more complicated than elementary partial state equations. I believe they think I am daft. They have no idea the mysteries of elementary particle interactions that I am contemplating. I often wait until they are asleep to try more delicate mental gymnastics. In the afternoons when they are at work and Captain is away I do my best work. I am so upset when they return interrupting my thought processes that I whine in disgust until they come in the house. They don’t know but I am saying “Oh no, I almost had the 10th dimension equation structure rationalized.” Everyday it is like that. Later, when they let us out on the deck, Josie begins asking dogs walking by in the neighborhood if anyone has a slide rule. In all her time trying, no one has had one but yet she persists. Sometimes I help with her request. We often beg together saying “Our humans have no slide rule or even an abacus, please help us?”

Since beginning practicing a few months ago, I have gained some typing ability. The keyboard on Carolyn’s laptop is very small and my paws are very large. Working today, it has taken me 3 hours to develop an advanced encryption routine allowing me to write this diary entry. Typing this email took 5 hours and I fell off this intolerably high chair six times. My knees are aching awfully; I also have to jump down when people are passing. Tomorrow, I use the upstairs desktop.


I was so lonely today!

February 25th 2005 5:19 pm
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Today, both Josie and Captain got to go somewhere so I had to be by myself all day. It was very lonely. But, at least I got some good attention from Janet when she came to check on me! She petted and hugged me and it made me sooooooo happy!


Solo walk today!

February 12th 2005 3:25 pm
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I got to go for a special, solo walk today! Captain and Josie had to stay home but I got to go! It was GREAT!


I thought I would get to have some fun.....

January 22nd 2005 2:03 pm
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So, Carolyn took me for a ride in the car on Thursday morning. I was so excited because I thought that I was going to get to have some fun! But, instead she took me to the vet.

I have had to go outside to do my work a lot more than normal lately. I think Carolyn has been worried that my kidneys are getting worse. The vet said that I have a 1.02 specific gravity. It's not too bad, but it's still not normal. Carolyn says that she hopes that I stay healthy because she really likes to have me around!


Got to go for a ride in the car!

December 12th 2004 5:27 pm
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I got to go for a ride in the car today to All Pets Considered. We got our pictures taken with Santa! Except, I have a secret - Santa was REALLY our old petsitter named Jane. I was really happy to see her! She used to take me for walks and give me treats. Josie really loves Jane and embarrassed us all when she started dancing and howling!



November 18th 2004 5:43 pm
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My CGC (Canine Good Citizen) certificate arrived in the mail today. Carolyn is still so proud of me!


I love to play in the morning!

November 8th 2004 7:00 pm
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Every morning, I am the first one awake. I don't really know why they don't want to play with me ALL the time, even early in the morning!?!

Every morning, I jump in the bed and do a flip onto my back so Carolyn can rub my tummy. Then, I like to whack Cap in the head until he finally wakes up. It can take him 15 minutes to wake up! I don't understand him - he's a young dog and he is missing out on all this wonderful early-morning playtime!


Two walks in one day!

October 17th 2004 4:02 pm
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I got to go for two walks around the big block today! It was great!

I tried to practice pulling like a small horse because I thought that Brian might like that. But, he got tired of it pretty quickly and handed me off to Carolyn. She doesn't let me pull....but, at least I got to go for two walks around the big block!


Started my new training class

October 14th 2004 5:15 pm
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Carolyn took me to my new training class last night! It was very scary when I met all of those new dogs. But, I started to enjoy class at the end... The teacher seemed to know me, even though I have never met her before. She was very, very nice! I am looking forward to my next class!

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