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The World according to Hulk

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Cougars and Bobcats and Bears (oh my!)

November 23rd 2004 9:33 am
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Tail wags and Barks from (the incredible) Hulk!

Shall I bark to you about some of the monsters that lurk in our forest? We live in the Okanogan Highlands, in north-central Washington State, surrounded by forest. It is quite primitive here, with very few people around.

We have MONSTERS that live in the forest! Some are not very scary and some are very fierce! Dad has given them all names. There is Deer, Squirrel, and Bunny, none of whom are fierce at all. We enjoy barking at Deer and Bunny to watch them run away in terror. Squirrel doesn't run away, he just sits on a branch and chitters at us!

Then there are Bears, Bobcats, Cougars, Lynx and Coyotes. They are pretty fierce--but we bark at them anyhow! The big cats and the coyotes want to eat Henny-Penny, our old retired chicken! And Mr. Bear wants to get into our garbage can!

There are two more terrible monsters--that darn stinky black and white cat and ol' Porky. I had a run in with the stinky cat, but so far haven't had any conflicts with Porky. He lives in a culvert, just down the road from our driveway. Dad said that I should avoid him, because he will stick me with terrible needles! And he doesn't give out treats afterward, like Doctor Cody does. Dad said if ol' Porky sticks me with his needles, I will have to have Doctor Cody take them out!

That's all for now


Rally Obedience

November 21st 2004 9:03 pm
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Tail wags and Kisses to all, from the incredible Hulk!

I overheard Dad and Julie talking about RALLY OBEDIENCE. Dad and Julie went to a meeting with the 4H people, where they discussed starting a dog training class for the kids that would include training for Rally, and having Rally competitions.

I didn't know what RALLY OBEDIENCE was, but was pretty sure it is something that they would expect me to learn, and I was right!

When Dad took Breanna and me went to school at Mark and Julie's a few days ago, I was suspicious because some of the things they were teaching me were different than anything I have seen in standard obedience competition.

I discovered that that was the start of my education in RALLY. It was fun; not as boring as some of the stuff I do at the U.K.C. shows. So I think I will enjoy this RALLY stuff!

Dad and I went after firewood today. When we got to where we were working, Dad woke up the log-biting monster, and let him start biting the logs. But his teeth were too dull. (the log-biter's teeth, not Dad's!) Dad didn't have a file with us, so the log-biter had to get back in the truck. Dad picked up some branches and small logs that were lying around, and brought them home, so it wouldn't be a wasted trip. The log-biter's teeth are sharp now, so tomorrow he will bite the branches into short pieces.

Awoooo! Poor Vixen will run and hide under the house as soon as Dad wakes up the Log-biter tomorrow!



Dog Show!

November 20th 2004 3:01 pm
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Tail wags and barks!

Dad sent in my entry for another doggie-show! It will be held on January 29th at Redmond, Washington. That is only about a 5 hour drive from here, so we can make it there and back in one day. It will be a long day, but we can do it.

I can hardly wait! This will be my chance to redeem myself for the last show. I hope nobody pees on the fence! I have lots of time to prepare, so I should be in good form.

The show is being held on Grandma's 89th birthday, and she wants to come along. She says it would be something fun and different to do on her Birthday! Aunt Bonnie said she will try to be there too. Oooooh, I hope I do a good job, so everybody will be proud of me!



Faith the Dog

November 17th 2004 3:28 pm
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Tail wags from (the incredible) Hulk

Aawoooo! We discovered an incredible website about an incredible two legged dog! Dad said that Heaven must have a special award for the people that rescued that dog! Most people would have allowed her to be put down.

Faith, being born with only two legs, doesn't know she is handicapped, so she does almost anything a normal dog does. The photo gallery shows pictures of a happy, smiling dog!

That's all for now, we have to go check on Grandma!



Dad Left Me!

November 16th 2004 9:44 am
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Aawoooo!! I have to bark to you about ABUSE!! Dad left me home yesterday! He went with Julie to a meeting, and when he finally came home last night, HE SMELLED LIKE TITAN! Why didn't they leave Titan home, where he belongs and take me! I felt so abused!

The meeting was with the 4-H officials, where Julie made a presentation. She wants to start a 4-H dog training program and talked Dad into volunteering to help. It didn't take much talking, Dad enjoys working with dogs, and likes kids, too. They want to offer basic obedience training and then to go on to train for RALLY OBEDIENCE competition.

If the program is accepted, I will get to participate, too! That will be really cool! I haven't trained for Rally yet, so that part will be a learning experience for me, but since I am good at standard obedience, I will get to be a demo dog for that part of the program. I love to strut my stuff, so it will be a real rush!

Barks from
(the incredible) Hulk


Vixen's Bed

November 15th 2004 11:07 am
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Tail wags to all, from the beautiful Okanogan Highlands, in Washington State!

Today I wanted to Bark to you about Vixen's bed, but first a reminder: PET STAR is returning to Animal Planet on November 29th, 8:00 Eastern time, 5:00 Pacific. Our all-time favorite program! :-)

VIXEN'S BED: As you know, if you have been reading my diary, Vixen sleeps on Grandma's couch. Grandma has a nice doggie-throw cover with a design fitting for dogs. Vixen absolutely can't stand it if there is even the slightest wrinkle in the cover. Grandma has decorative pillows, one on each end of the couch, and three on top of the back, against the wall. The pillows have to be properly arranged, or Vixen will shun the couch!

If her bed isn't exactly to her liking, Vixen will pester Dad until he gets up from his chair and fixes it. She refuses to be ignored. She gets right in Dad's face, then runs over and stares at the couch, then stares back at Dad. If he doesn't respond, she goes through the routine again. And again. Eventually, Dad gives up and fixes her bed, then with a huge sigh of relief, she will get on it. Silly, but a true story!

Smiles and Barks from
(the incredible) Hulk


The Sky is Falling!!

November 14th 2004 6:42 pm
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Woofs and tail wags!

It was a gloomy day here today, we didn't see the sun at all! we had a little snow, and Dad thinks it is going to snow hard tonight.

I would like to share with you the time the sky fell on Vixen: Dad was adding insulation to Grandma's walls and ceiling, to make her house easier to heat this winter. He added 2x4s to the ceiling, then put styrofoam sheet insulation between them, and then sheetrock to cover.

Well, he had cut the styrofoam to fit in the area over the couch. The couch is Vixen's bed. Before Dad was able to put up the sheetrock, Vixen jumped up on the couch to take a nap. She had just gotten comfortable, when the styrofoam fell on top of her!

Well, there went Vixen, off the couch--headed for her hideout under the house, screaming on top of her lungs"Yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi!!" Of course, we dogs don't need a translation, but for our human pets who, of course, are not as smart as we are, that is dog for "Eeeeeeek!!! The sky is falling! take cover!!! "

Poor Vixen slept on the floor for at least a week before she mustered the courage to get back up on the couch! :-)

Barks from
(the incredible) Hulk


The monster was cold!

November 13th 2004 3:27 pm
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Tail wags to you from the incredible Hulk!

This morning, dad and I wanted to go cut a load of firewood. It was pretty cold, so Dad decided to wake up the log-biting monster before we left, to make sure it was willing to work. It refused to wake up--it said it was too cold, to wake him next spring!

But Dad fooled him. He took him inside and sat him beside the stove. Sure enough, that silly monster thought it was Spring already, so he woke up and went to work with us. So we got our load of wood.



Vixen was a hero

November 12th 2004 3:33 pm
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Woofs and hello!
I have been meaning to bark to you about the time Vixen saved Rusty's life. Dad and I weren't home at the time, I think we were out in the woods feeding the wood-biting monster.

When we came home, we went to check on Grandma. She told us the following story:

Vixen was asleep on the couch, Grandma was sitting in her chair reading, when, olliver sudden, Grandma said, They heard a terrible scream from Rusty, the cat.

In about five seventeenths of a second, Vixen was off the couch, out the doggie-door and around the house, barking her fiercest! By the time Grandma could get out of the chair, grab her cane and hobble to the back door, all she saw was Vixen jumping at the six-foot fence, barking ferociously--her hair standing up. Rusty was nowhere to be seen.

Grandma thought poor Rusty had become lunch for the intruder. Dad said he was sure it was the cougar that had been seen hanging around outside our fence. He went out and called, but Rusty didn't come.

That evening, while Grandma, Vixen,Bree, Dad and I were watching The noisy box that has small people, animals and monsters moving around in it, in walked Rusty! When Dad checked him, he discovered that Rusty had a deep scratch from the base of one ear, diagonally across his face, just as would have happened from the cougar reaching under the porch to try to grab him.

Nobody saw the cougar, but it almost had to be a big cat of some kind to be able to clear that fence--a coyote couldn't have done it, and a bear wouldn't have been interested in Rusty for lunch. We have cougars, bobcats and lynx in our forest, so it had to be one of them, Dad believes it was the Cougar that had been seen earlier.

That was the time Vixen was a hero. True Story.

Barks, Hulk


Breanna's Cookies

November 12th 2004 9:13 am
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Woofs and tail wags everybody! This is Breanna, Hulk's Kid Sister. Hulk said I could bark to y'all today, because I wanted to share my recipe for cookies. I bake these often, and we love them.(Well, Dad helps me a little!) They are nutritious and tasty. They are made from human quality ingredients, so even people could eat them, but I think they would prefer the sugary, unhealthy ones! Here is the recipe:

3 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 cup peanut butter
2/3 cup powdered milk (dry, don't mix any water with it!)
1/2 cup flax seed
Chicken or beef broth

Mix everything together except the broth. It should be dry and crumbly. Add just enough broth to make the dough sticky. Flour your paws well, then take a small amount of dough at a time, roll it into a ball (flatten it out, if you want flat cookies) place them on a cookie sheet; bake for about 20 minutes at 350, then turn off oven, but leave cookies in to cool along with the oven. Cookies should be nice and crunchy, if not, re-heat the oven and bake for a few more minutes, then cool as before.
I put the cookies in a cold oven and let them heat along with the oven.

flax seed is optional, we like it because it is nutritious. I suppose you could substitute sesame seed, or whatever you have on hand--or leave it out. Sometimes I use fresh garlic rather than powder--I mince it as small as I can. Cookies should be kept in the freezer. One time we put ours in the cupboard and they grew green whiskers, so Dad threw them in the stove!

Enjoy your cookies!

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