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.
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).
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!!!
July 3rd 2013 9:54 pm
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This time it's my eye. Mommy didn't take a photo because she didn't want to flash in it.
When I woke up this morning my eye stayed closed. Remember, I only have one that works. The other one stays mostly closed all the time anyway.
Mommy figured maybe I just had some sleepy goop in my eye. She swabbed it out like she does, with a wet cotton ball. But I still didn't want to open it. In fact, I still really just want to sleep.
When it was time fur our walk I didn't want to go. But I followed Hershey and mommy out the door and around the block. I did it mostly by nose. Then I came in and went back to sleep. That's where I made my mistake. Mommy decided it was time to call the vet.
When daddy got home we all went to the vet's office. I got poked and prodded, and they put stuff in my eye to make it go to sleep and then they put stuff in it to see if there is a boo-boo there, and there is. Maybe I scritched it, maybe I got sand or an eyelash in it, who knows? (There was no foxtail, we know that.) Anyway it's a boo-boo and now I have to get medicine in my eye on top of all the new pills I'm taking AND *shudders*...
...I have to wear a cone.
Can I just sleep until evfurrything is all better?
July 1st 2013 11:33 am
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I have an owie. It's my back paw.
I have a front paw that hurts, too, and I've been chewing on it since two sleeps ago. But mommy couldn't find anything wrong there, even when she poked and cleaned and fiddled with it. Then this morning I rolled ovfur fur a belly rub and showed mommy my BACK paw! The next thing I knew she was on the phone, and then we were on our way to the vet! I didn't want to walk, so I got carried.
The vet suspected a foxtail but didn't find anything. So he says it's some kind of infection. He shaved my footie and gave me TWO shots! And two bottles of pills I have to take. If I'm not better by tomorrow we have to go back. But I walked back to the car, and by the time we got home my tail was wagging again! I'm still mostly napping, though.
My daddy also has an owie in his leg and didn't go to work today. He's going to his vet later. So mommy isn't doing what she planned fur the day, BOL!! She says she's just rolling with it, but I haven't seen her roll.
June 29th 2013 10:01 pm
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Today we didn't have to say Bye-Bye Daddy in the morning! Daddy stayed home, and it was mommy who left, but only to go get some more food to put in the food-room. She does that evfurry week. When she got back and put it all away, daddy got out our traveling bag and we all went to the beach! Daddy and I went walking down where the water comes up to lick your feets! Hershey and mommy stayed up higher on the sand, but daddy and I like our feets wet!
It's funny, when my feets get wet at home, like in the wet grass, they just taste like wetness. But when they get wet on a beach they taste all salty!
Also, when you walk in sand with wet feets, the sand sticks to them. So when you poop after you lick them, you poop sand! BOL! BOL!!
After the beach we went to a place where hoomans eat their din-din. Daddy gave me and Hershey chewy bones, but of course Hershey finished his furst and then stole mine. He always does that. Whatevfur. I'm just happy to be out having an adventure!
June 19th 2013 6:34 pm
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They came back!!! Mommy and daddy!! They came to see us!! OMD!!!! I was so glad to see them I almost wagged myself inside out! We said hello and hello and hello, and then they left, but this time they took us with them and now we're HOME!!! OMD!!! All my toys are still here (I counted!), and my blankie is still on my chair, and there's water in my bowl and evfurrything! We're still getting pets and our ears floppled and scritched. Ahhhhh.
Mommy brought us back to Dogster, and we found out I was a DDP last week and nevfur knew! My pal Freckles made me a pawsome piccie, and I got rosies from Angel Buttercup and Angel Whisper and Dixie and Zoe and Zaidie! Thanks, pals!!
Daddy took us fur a walk around the neighborhood so we could catch up on our pee-mail and let all the doggies know we're back! Now I'm gonna catch up on my sleep! ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz......
June 8th 2013 5:01 pm
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Something's up. Mommy and daddy are stuffing clothes in big bag thingies with zippers, and I saw mommy putting our food in little snack baggies. Daddy says we're not sleeping at home tonight?!!! Hershey says when mommy packs up our food like that it means we won't be sleeping at home fur awhile. Maybe we're all going on an adventure!
April 25th 2013 8:39 am
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Oooops, I was just getting my bearings, and now I'm a DDP again! I didn't even have to write a new entry, BOL!! But I do want to say thanks to HQ, and to my pals who sent me rosies and p-mails even though I didn't do anything! And Condogulations to my pals Charlie and Dayzee, who are also DDPs today!
I suppose I can write about my belly boo-boo's. Mommy noticed them the day after I went to the groomer, last week. Raw spots on my poor little belly. She wasn't sure what they were from. Maybe an allergy to some grasses in the camp we went to? Flea allergies? Or, did the groomer get too close with the clippers? One spot was as big as a half-dollar, the other two were like dimes.
Anyfur, she started dabbing them with stuff, and smearing them with stuff, and she made a vet appointment. He wasn't sure what they were either. But that didn't stop him from giving me TWO shots! OUCH! And he sent mommy home with two kinds of pills. So I'm getting the BIG pill pockets evfurry morning and night. I think they're yummy, and Hershey gets jealous, BOL!! He shouldn't. He gets extra treats, too.
My boo-boo's are scabby now, and I'm not scritching at them. Mommy says I'm good at healing up!
April 18th 2013 7:14 am
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OMD, lookit me! I'm a Dogster Daily Diary Pick fur the second day in a row!! Thanks, HQ!! And thanks to all my pals fur the nice pressies on my page!
I hear there's a loop-de-loop you can get caught in. I hope I don't get dizzy! BOL!!
My pal Max has the Diary of the Day! Yay Max!! And in his diary he says he was tagged. That means he had to answer two questions, and then tag some of his pals. If you want to play, consider yourself tagged, too! Here are the questions, and my answers:
1. Describe one thing your pet pawrent does that you think is REALLY CUTE.
My daddy has a spawcial voice he talks to us with. I can't acfurrily hear him, but it comes with silly faces really close to my face. I love it when he does that!
2. Describe one thing your pet pawrent does that you think is REALLY LAME.
Mommy is always pushing her camera in our faces. C'mon, mom!!!
April 15th 2013 10:30 pm
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My Barkday was two sleeps ago, but mommy wasn't here to help me with my thank-you's until now. She and daddy gae me some new toys and stuff, but more about that later! Right now I want to say a BIG BIG Thank You to everyfur who made my Barkday s spawcial and my page so pretty!
Thanks to Freckles, and my pals at PDPC and CDAC fur the pawsome piccies you can see on my page! Freckles also sent me a steak! And thanks to PDPC fur making me the Royal Member of the Day, too!!
I got crowns from Bailey, Flicka and fambly, and Ringo and Webster and their kitties! And Flicka sent a squirrel fur me to chase! Thanks so much!
Thanks to Pepper, and Zoe and her fambly fur the bootifur emeralds!
Whitley, Krickette and Angel Whisper and Dixie sent me baseballs! Thank you!!
Thanks to Droopy and the other Hershey and her fambly fur the birdies!
Charlie and his fambly, Rubio and his fambly, George and Merry, Romeo and Darby sent me yummy steaks! Thanks so much!!
Thanks fur my blue ribbon, Petey, and my kite, Jakie! And I love my hearts from Baby Zanes and ReeRee! Lola and her fambly sent me some pretty tulips!
Lexi and her fambly sent me a big cake! And Roscoe made me one that looks just like me! Thank you!
Thanks to Haro and her fambly fur the tennis ball!
I got pinwheels from Zaidie and Fizzy! How fun! Thanks!
Thanks to Abby and Lucian, Finley, Tink and Natasha, Anya and her angel sisfurs, Dino, AB and Buddy B, Buttercup, Pepper, and Jenny (who shares the same barkday!) fur the yummy pupcakes!!
Thanks to Coco Rose and Puffy fur my golden bone!! And to Walker and his fambly fur the Frisbee!
I hope I haven't furgotten or ovfurlooked anyfur! You all made my day extra spawcial, especially since I was away from my pawrents! I'll write more about that later.
Did I say Thank You? Thank You!!!!!
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