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April 6th 2014 10:09 pm
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Daddy gave me a test today. He thought I would be able to go to the big dog park without my leash. I thought he meant Fort Fun, but this was a different one, not by the water but sort of in a forest. It isn't far from our house. Hershey said I've been there befure, but I don't remember. He says it was right after I moved in. We all went to the park and daddy took our leashes off and I took off running to say Woof to all the other doggies. Daddy had to take off running too, because I can't hear if he calls me back. So that time, I got my leash on again pretty quick. And that's been the story of my life since then. The only place I could evfur go off-leash after that was inside of a fence.

But I was new to my fambly back then. In fact, I may not have known they were my fambly. I was probably running around looking fur the fambly I had just come from. But I don't remember.

Anywag, where we usually go is Fort Fun, and I always have to be on my leash. Hershey doesn't, because he doesn't wander off and if he does, he comes right back when daddy calls him. But daddy thought after all this time, I could be good like Hershey. So today was my test. The park we went to doesn't have trails like Fort Fun where I could run off and get lost, just lots and lots of grass to run around on. When we got there daddy took off my leash and we started walking. We walked and walked, all around the park and in and out of the trees. There were lots of other doggies there and I sniffed them and their pawrents petted me, but I kept my eyes on mommy and daddy and Hershey and nevfur got furry far away from them. If I ran ahead a little, I stopped and looked back to make sure they were following. If they got ahead of me I caught right back up. Most of the time I stuck right by Hershey. Mommy said it was like we were tethered togefur, BOL!

When we were all tired and ready to go home we headed back to the car and daddy said I get an A+!!!! I'm not sure what he meant, but he and mommy were furry happy and proud of me! When I got home I got extra apple slices. Well, Hershey did, too, but that's only because he tries to steal mine. Now daddy says I have to pass the test again, next time at Fort Fun. I know I can do it!


Two years or centuries or something!

February 25th 2014 9:34 am
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This is a spawcial day! I know, because daddy said so when we woke up this morning, and mommy says so, too! She says it was two years ago today that I came here to live!

I remember that day! I was living with my foster fambly. I had been there a long time and I liked them furry much. Most of my time there I had been sick. But when mommy and daddy and Hershey came to meet me I was feeling fine! I didn't know I was about to move. A few sleeps later they all came back, and I got in their car and went home with them. Now they are my fambly, furevfur and evfur!

I've been getting lots of pressies today from my Dogster pals! We're so happy that Dogster isn't going away! Mommy thought this was woud be a much sadder day that it's turned out to be! Thanks to:

Charlie, and Toby Jo's fambly, and Krickette fur the pupcakes

Bailey and PDPC fur the golden bone and photo

Petey, Bizkit and fambly, Buttercup, Angel Buddy and Dino and fambly, and Zaidie fur the hugs

Zoe and Tux, and Abby and Lucian fur the golden bones

Hershey and Kaci and fambly, Whitley and Cleo fur the stud badges

Tinkerbelle and Natasha, Rosco and fambly, Cinnamon and Chloe fur the hearts

Harley and Jazzi, Romeo Beau, Whisper and Dixie's fambly, Tessa and Fitzcairn, Max and fambly, Duncan and Hamish, and Chauncey's fambly fur the ribbons

Walker and fambly, and Mazy fur the feetsballs

the Kirk furs fur the ribbon and photo

Austin and Doo fur the ribbon and photo

the fambly of Rubio and Blaze for the heart of gold

Abbie and fambly fur the POTP

Milo and his fambly fur the trophy

Webster and fambly fur the shiny jewel

Flicka and his fambly fur the crown and photo!

When daddy gets home tonight, mommy says we're gonna have a pawty and I'm getting spawcial treats and new toys and evfurrything! I think getting Got was a furrific idea!!


I did it again!

December 1st 2013 7:38 pm
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I had some fun while mommy and daddy were at church! Yes, this time mommy got photos. Furst, I thought I sniffed some treats in the closet where the sucky monster lives. But I didn't find any. So I went back to the food bin. Daddy thought he had me locked out, but I figured it out!

Mommy and daddy were not happy. Daddy didn't give us hardly any din-din. Mommy says my belly feels like a watermelon, but I haven't urka'd or anything.

They'll be putting up gates on the kitchen doors. And the closet door, which hasn't latched in 25 years, will now get fixed. So you see, I'm really just contributing to our home improvement! Am I wrong??


No din-din on Thanksgiving????!!

November 28th 2013 6:23 pm
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Mommy and daddy left us in charge while they went off somewhere to have their Thanksgiving dinner. So, it fell to us to put together our own feast. Finding food when the pawrents are gone is my job. The only food I found in reach today was our kibble. It's kept in a bin in the kitchen. I decided to make it my quest, to get into that bin and harvest the wealth!

It wasn't easy. Hershey wasn't much help, but he kept sticking his nose in. At one point we accidentally knocked mommy's ovfur-the-stove shelf halfway ovfur. Evfurrything on there came crashing down, but there wasn't any food so we just left it all ovfur the floor.

Finally we got the food bin open, and oh boy! Did we feast! Hershey ate so much he had to urka some back out again! On the carpet! BOL!!

Then mommy and daddy came home. With company. They were so excited to see how clever we had been! (They knew it was mostly me and not Hershey. I'm a lot smarter that way.) They all pitched in to pick things up and put them back togefur. I'm sure they were glad to have a way to work off their big meal! So why does mommy keep calling me Bad to the Bone?

And why didn't we get our din-din?? On Thanksgiving???!


Busy day!

October 21st 2013 2:36 pm
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We've had a furry busy day at our house! Furst, mommy pretended she was going with daddy when he left fur work. She got up furry early to get dressed and stuff, and she put Hershey's calming collar on, and she told us to be Big Boys and even walked out the door with daddy when he left. Then there was a lot of opening and closing the door, and the next thing I knew mommy was saying bye-bye to daddy, and Hershey's calming collar went back in the drawer.

A few hours or days went by and a man came to the door. Hershey and I wanted to say Woof! and welcome him in, but he only wanted to keep walking in and out at the door and making holes and stuff. Mommy kept shooing us back into the living room. Finally he and mommy went out the door and closed it, but mommy came right back in. And then we got our brushing.

When we went outside for our walk, mommy wouldn't let us go around the corner. Hershey says, that means we're waiting fur someone. (Hershey can tell me stuff even though I can't hear.) Sure enough, after awhile a lady came walking toward us. I think I've smelled her befure, but Hershey got so excited, OMD I thought he would turn himself inside out! He said, "Auntie Myrna!!!" He's known her a long time. He loves her, prolly because she brings treats! So then we went on a walk. Mommy held my leash, and Auntie Myrna held Hershey's. She gave us treats evfurry time we sat down! Mommy doesn't do that! BOL!!

Auntie Myrna stayed fur a bit when we got home, talktalktalking with mommy. A little while after she left, another man came to our door! This one came in, and he brought lots of stuff fur us to sniff! It was like our floor, but in little squares. Mommy kept flipping through them. And he had something like a leash that he laid out on the floor, this way and that way. Mommy and the man talktalktalked, and then he left.

I wonder how many more times that front door will open befure daddy comes home?!



October 2nd 2013 8:35 pm
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Fur the furst time all summer, Hershey and I are both feeling just fine, at the same time! We're looking good, too, because we went to the groomer yesfurday! The days are getting shorter, but it's so nice out that daddy promised to take us to Fort Fun when he got home from work. YAAYYY!!

Mommy doesn't feel good. She barely moved all day, and when she took us outside at lunchtime it was only twice around the back court. I didn't even bother to poop. But it was okay, because she knew that when daddy got home from work, he was taking us to Fort Fun! YAAAYYYYY!!!!

So when daddy got home, Hershey and I were SO EXCITED, we were jumping around and running around in circles and daddy could hardly even get our leashes on! And we got in the car, and we drove to Fort Fun!!

But... It was CLOSED!!!! It's NEVFUR closed! We had to turn around and come back home. Oh NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Mommy said, "Oh, it's because it's a National Park." She furgot. I don't even know what that means. All I know is, I was a Good Boy and I got punished. :(


Vet visit

September 5th 2013 1:42 pm
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I've had so many owies this summer I haven't even written about all of them. It started with my big puffy red foot, then I had a sore on my back. Next I got an itchy red eye, then my ear got so itchy I scritched and scritched until I made it bleed! That was last week, and it took until today befure I could get in to see the vet. Meanwhile my foot started to swell up and turn pink again.

Mommy's been washing and wiping and putting all sorts of goops and ointments on my boo-boos, but she's only just keeping ahead of me! So she wanted the vet to check me out. He gave me a shot and said it's allergies and she's doing fine. He gave her more magic juice to rub on me. [mommy note: It's really Panalog; we call it Magic Juice because it seems to cure everything. We should get it by the gallon!] He says the fleas have been especially bad this year, especially the sand fleas, and that's why I flare up after we go to a beach. We'll probably stay away from beaches fur awhile.

He spent most of his time with Hershey! That's fine with me, BOL!!!


Fun Times Two!

August 26th 2013 11:11 pm
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Daddy took me and Hershey to Fort Fun when he got home from work! Here's what we do: He comes in and we all say "Hi! Wag! Wiggle! Jump!" fur a bit. Then he changes his clothes and we get in the car (mommy stays home to fix his din-din). We drive just a little bit, out to the edge of the world where the ocean starts. There are all kinds of trails there, and lots of doggies! Hershey gets to run around off-leash, not that he evfur goes furry far from daddy. There are trees to sniff and pee on, and some places are sandy, and did I mention there are lots and lots of doggies? It's pawsome. I have to be on my leash, but daddy's a fast walker and we go all the way from the car to t-h-e-r-e and then up t-h-e-r-e and then all the way back to the car again! Then we usually go back home and I go night-night.

Only this time when we got back to the car, daddy acted really funny. He went "Oh man!" And he went "You've got to be kidding me!!" And he kept sticking his hands in his pockets and kind of growling. He called mommy on his little talky box. And then he decided we hadn't had enough fun, so we went back out and did our whole walk ALL OVFUR AGAIN!! Daddy must have felt kind of doggy, too! He was looking really close at the trail. I think he almost wanted to get down and sniff!!

When we got back to the car, we didn't get in. We just kind of stood there. Daddy would talk to some people and then they would leave, but we stayed. It was starting to get dark. But then a car pulled up and mommy got out, and then we all got into our car and went home! Now I'm double-tired!

[ed. note: Daddy had put on a pair of shorts with a hole in the pocket, and his car keys are now somewhere on the 2+ miles of trails at Fort Funston. He did not find them on the second walk. Mommy had to call a taxi to take her and HER car keys to the rescue. Daddy is now forbidden from wearing holey pockets out the front door!]

UPDATE 8/27: Daddy found his key tonight on the Lost and Found peg! Praise the Lord!!


I Am a Singer

August 23rd 2013 9:50 am
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I am a singer, so when mommy read this poem she wanted to save it in my diary.

Dog Music
by Paul Zimmer

Amongst dogs are listeners and singers.
My big dog sang with me so purely,
puckering her ruffled lips into an O,
beginning with small, swallowing sounds
like Coltrane musing, then rising to power
and resonance, gulping air to continue—
her passion and sense of flawless form—
singing not with me, but for the art of dogs.
We joined in many fine songs—"Stardust,"
"Naima," "The Trout," "My Rosary," "Perdido."
She was a great master and died young,
leaving me with unrelieved grief,
her talents known to only a few.

Now I have a small dog who does not sing,
but listens with discernment, requiring
skill and spirit in my falsetto voice.
I sing her name and words of love
andante, con brio, vivace, adagio.
Sometimes she is so moved she turns
to place a paw across her snout,
closes her eyes, sighing like a girl
I held and danced with years ago.

But I am a pretender to dog music.
The true strains rise only from
the rich, red chambers of a canine heart,
these melodies best when the moon is up,
listeners and singers together or
apart, beyond friendship and anger,
far from any human imposter—
ballads of long nights lifting
to starlight, songs of bones, turds,
conquests, hunts, smells, rankings,
things settled long before our birth.

Source: Poetry (August 1999).


Yet another boo-boo

July 16th 2013 2:56 pm
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I've been trying furry hard to get better in my eye and my paw. Some days are better than others. Yesfurday I didn't really feel like moving, or even opening my eye much. I did go out fur some business walks. At some point I got an owie on my back. Mommy noticed a little spot on her way to bed last night, she thought it might have been a spatter of mud on my fur or something. I'm not telling how I got it.

This morning daddy found it. I'd been working on it ovfurnight--scritch, scritch, scritch. So this morning it was a big open sore. Mommy says dime-sized. I don't know what that means, but she got all excited and pulled out the cotton balls and cleaning stuff, and then the medicine goop. I still wanted to scritch it, so she went hunting fur my old sweater. It's the sweater I wore in my foster home, when I was all shaved and sicky. I nevfur thought I'd see it again, but she kept it. I think I look kinda spiffy! She put a photo on my page.

Maybe it's the sweater, but I feel a lot better today! We went on a long walk, and my tail is all waggly! Mommy says I'll have to wear the sweater fur a few days. Good thing it's July here, cloudy and cold out! BOL!!!

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