October 16th 2012 6:29 am
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Since last I posted many things have changed. As I am growing elderly my humans have moved me into the house permanently. I don't even have a cable outside anymore. This has caused some problems. For one, I was never housebroken so I poo in my kennel. A lot. My humans tell me it's no big deal right now, but when winter months set in they won't have a hose to clean it up with, and that WILL be a problem. They are considering waking up in the middle of the night to take me outside to help with this problem.
The second problem is I don't get a long with the indoor puppies very well. Or at least I didn't. Porkchop and I have our differences, but it's mostly his problem. Butterfly and I get along swimmingly. And she's fun!
As half an Akita I was never interested in playing. But Butterfly has shown me how fun it is to run after things the humans throw. I let her bring them back, I'm still above that, but it is fun to run with her.
Lately my humans are confusing me. They are telling me that as a 60+ pound dog I am not allowed to jump up on people like Butterfly can (she's only 30 pounds). I'm not having that. If she can do it, I can, too, cuz we're besties.
I have also learned that it's fun to burrow under my human mommies blankets after she's made the bed. If I'm clean she will even let me stay there.
I have made my human daddy jealous because I blatantly prefer the company of my pack leader mommy. He may be important, and I may legally be his dog, but she's the one who's been with me the entirety of my life, and she's the one who saved me when I almost died. So tough. I hope they stay together forever....cuz that would be a hard fight to see who got custody of me.
Other than the pooing in my kennel I have adjusted well to indoor life. Since I am older I have to admit it is much more comfortable in the house than it was outside. Although I do miss laying in the sunshine and watching the squirrels and rabbits. These puppies just chase them off when they see them. I also miss my hay. I got new hay in my doghouse all the time, and it was the best time ever!!
On the other hand I get to snuggle with my humans whenever I want now, so I guess that's a fair trade-off.
March 18th 2010 8:33 am
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Spring isn't my favorite time of year. In fact, I'd say I like spring least of all the seasons. #1: the rain. I like the snow and I love fall when I start growing out my winter coat, and summer is awesome, but in Spring I am miserable. I have water-resistant fur but the rain still manages to get me wet and with my heavy winter coat I swear I gain 20 pounds. All the ground is covered in mud and I usually end up covered in it as well, adding even MORE weight to my soggy fur.
#2 is my fur. I have special fur - I am half Akita - a very thick furred breed, and half Austrailian Cattle Dog, probably where I get the water-resistant outer coat and my soft warm undercoat. In the winter my undercoat becomes very thick and warm, and my water-resistand outer coat helps insulate me. I am very well equipped to deal with the winter weather here in the midwest.
The downside of this is my thick Akita outerfur. It is SO thick that in the springtime when I am SUPPOSED to start shedding my underfur, none of it can get out. Literally NONE of it can get out!
My humans got me a special comb that can get it out for me (you woulnd't BELIEVE how itchy it is to have all your winter coat falling out but it can't go anywhere but sit under your outerfur!!) and I love to be combed. I love it more than anything EXCEPT straw!!
I am one of those special dogs that only needs a bath two or three times a year (unlike the puppies who need a bath twice a month), but usually those first two baths are in the spring (early spring and then late spring) and usually only to get more of that underfur out! I get the third in mid-summer if I start to stink pretty bad. During these baths I lose SO MUCH FUR that my mommy swears I can make two other dogs my size.
I lose SO MUCH FUR that I look like I've suddenly lost 20 pounds. The first two years I lived here people would actually go to my human mommy and insist I was sick or dying. She has to explain to them that I have a really unusual amount of underfur that poofs me up in the winter and in the spring when it's all falling out but staying under my outerfur I look like an even fatter dog.
The difference is just amazing. Maybe I'll have my human mommy take before and after shots of my fur coat this year and post them. It's extraordinary!
Still - it's too early to worry about that stuff. I won't get a bath or combed with the special comb until it gets warmer, and my old bones are telling me there's still a cold snap this winter.
CONGRATS TO MY FRIEND JOPLIN WHO IS TURNING 13 THIS YEAR!!!
March 2nd 2010 1:47 pm
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My mommy finally met my girlfriend today. She came by the house. She's a pretty chestnut & white BiBi who's just my size and if we ever have pupies they would be the most gorgeous puppies you'd ever see!
Mommy wasn't happy seeing us canoodling in the backyard, though. She came out and said my girlfriend was very pretty but she sent her away anyway. I think it was because the kids were coming home from school, soon, and she didn't want the kids to see us playing around that way.
Mommy then threatened to get me fixed. I've been safe up until now because my Dad doesn't want me to have surgery "THERE" but Mommy told me there are enough unwanted puppies in the world and if she catches me with a girl like that again she's going to take me to the pound and get it done without Dad knowing.
I kinda believe her.
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