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Mommy is Frustrated

June 22nd 2015 3:34 pm
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Dear Diary,
All we want to do is to change my #1 picture. It's still on the Memorial Day photo, but Dogster won't let us get to our "Manage Photos" page. What's up with this? I apparently can write in my diary, but that's about it. Any ideas out there?

~Shaki's Lament~
I wish to change my photo,
but Dogster says, "No-Go!"
What's a pup to do?

We luv sharing stories 'n' pics,
But Dogster hasn't given us the fix,
What can this pup do?

If you've an "in" with headquarters,
let them know we're "out-of-sorters" [C'mon, what rhymes with quarters?]
This 'senji fur sadly cries, "Ba-roo!!!"


My Heart is Breaking

November 22nd 2014 12:25 pm
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Mommy told me about a front page article in our daily paper that was about a breeder of Havanese puppies in my home state. 86 puppies and dogs were seized, with four of them found dead at the kennel. This person's web site was still up, advertising puppies for sale. The picture shown of one malnourished pup was heartbreaking, and that was just one of the many that were suffering. What is even more shocking is that this person was at one time the president of the Havanese Society of America and a former judge. Our state has very good laws in place now to keep watch over these "puppy farms," as some are called. My question is how and why did it take so long for the situation to be noticed? Also, a truly caring breeder would certainly ask for help from the outside or from other breeders and/or kennel owners by saying, "I'm in over my head. Help!" The remaining puppies are with caring veterinarians and people now and will receive proper treatment.


They're Finally Home!

November 4th 2014 7:47 am
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Dear Diary,
It’s been a long 2-weeks, but my Mommy ‘n’ Daddy FINALLY came home. They were in South Africa, ‘n’ I know that’s a Long Way Away. They even went on a safari ‘n’ saw big ol’ animals that could have had them for lunch!!! I’m just glad they did not take ME! They also saw some wild dogs on the safari. These dogs are a special breed found on the Reserve. They say they want to go back, but I’m not sure if I’m going to let them ‘cause of those wild animals walking around. You know, around here raccoons get in our garbage, but there big ol’ baboons get in the garbage cans.
I’m just sooooo glad they are home now, ‘n’ willing to give me lots of tummy-rubs that I’ve been missing out on!


Basenji Love

January 17th 2014 9:50 am
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Basenji Love
(with apologies to the writers of “I Wonder, Why?”)

I love Shaki in the morning sun.
I love Shaki, ‘cause she likes to run.
I love Shaki, ‘cause she’s so much fun,
I wonder, why. I wonder, why?

I love Shaki even when she’s coy.
I love Shaki playing with her toy.
I love Shaki ‘cause she gives me joy.
I wonder, why? I wonder, why?

[I don’t need an explanation,
about all this elation.
I know you all feel the same.

If you own a Basenji,
They will surely set you free
From all your cares and woes.]

Don’t try to fathom the thoughts in their head,
Let them cuddle up to you in bed.
Basenji love’s the best when all is said!



My 2014 New Year's Resolutions

December 29th 2013 7:09 pm
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R – Remember I'm faster on my feet than Mommy is when we're walking!
E - Eat all my food, then beg for Mommy’s.
S - Sit, don't stand, on Mommy's lap when she's watching tv.
O - Only get up when the sun’s shining…not at 3:00 a.m.
L - Let my pawrents sleep in once in a while.
U - Understand when Mommy’s running out of patience ‘n’ hide!
T - Try to be patient when Mommy has no idea what I am telling her.
I - Instruct all neighbor kitties on how they should approach me.
O - Overcome all my idiosyncrasies …I have a lot of them.
N - Never get too close to the aforementioned kitties.
S - Still try to hitch a ride with the postman in the Little White Truck!


We Are Sad Today...

December 6th 2013 12:20 pm
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Dear Diary,
Mommy, Daddy, 'n' I are very sad today. This has been a hard week in our family.
My Daddy's brother lost BOTH of his beloved pets only 2 days apart. Blackie, a rescued pekinese who had been horribly neglected went out Wednesday morning early, lay down on my skin-uncle's back stoop and peacefully went to sleep, crossing over the rainbow bridge. My skin-uncle's other dog, Muppy, also a rescue pup, was dying of cancer, unable to eat or walk. She was peacefully euthanized early this morning. My Daddy went with his brother to the vet's office. Daddy said all 3 men were in tears. I am sad, too, because Muppy was my bestest pal 'n' we had such good times playing together. The vet estimated the age of both pups was around 15-16 years old. They will each be sorely missed by all who knew them.


The Stand-off

November 20th 2013 6:37 pm
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Dear Diary,
I had a stand-off with a humongous Canada goose today. He calls himself Father Goose, at least that's what I'm guessing after the frightening and frustrating confrontation. Frightening, 'cause he was a BIG goose, 'n' frustrating 'cause Mommy was walking me 'n' did not want to approach him. He had seen all his lady geese 'n' their babies back across the path we were on, heading for the pond. He came up last 'n' gave me "The Look" as if to say, "I dare you to come nearer!" I wanted to come nearer, but Mommy was a coward and made me stop. He stared...I stared. He was right by my favorite walking spot. Those big ol' geese can be cantankerous when they're protecting their minions. I think Mommy 'n' Daddy ought to go over to the park 'n' get one of those geese for our Christmas dinner, but they said, "No!" I think they're afraid that their "goose" will get "cooked" by my big ol' scary boy goose if they go hunting for him.


My Outside Duties

September 18th 2013 12:24 pm
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Dear Diary,

Although I've been a sort of sick 'n' droopy pup for the last two days, I still eagerly went on my afternoon walk with Mommy over to the park. I did everything I was s'posed to 'n' then some. I just did what I think all of you do during your walks 'n' sniffing: leave a mark so all the wild 'n' not so wild critters will know I've been there! Mommy calls me her little "Many-Mini-Pees" She just wonders if, after leaving so many liquid deposits all around the park, is there any "substance" left for the last one or am I just "airing" it? I'm not going to tell her 'cause that's for me to know 'n' her to find out if she's curious 'n' nosy enough!!! Geesh!!! Humans!


Where's He Taking Me?

June 12th 2013 6:53 am
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Dear Diary,
I am a confused pup! Daddy has taken me out to the kennel where I sometimes stay when he ‘n’ Mommy go somewhere for a few days. However, he promised me that I’m not going to stay there! Well, if not, WHY is he taking me? Not the dreaded bath ‘n’ grooming!!! I’m a ‘senji….we do NOT need grooming. Also, it is NOT bath time, ‘cause I haven’t eaten any pens lately. That’s what always brings on a bath for me. I have been a very gooders girl lately ‘n’ haven’t eaten any sofas or chairs. Uh oh, here comes the kennel lady with…..omd, clippers ‘n’ she’s looking at my poor l’il paws! No matter they look like ‘n’ are working more like claws…please leave them alone. If hooman gals can wear 3-inch nails on their fingers, why can’t I keep my nice long nails? Here she comes with macabre determination in her eyes. Pray for me, pals!!!


Don't Let the Vacuum Cleaner Eat Me!!

March 2nd 2013 11:58 am
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Dear Diary,
Mommy got out my nemesis, 'n' I just had to tell you how I feel, so I wrote this little poem to share with you.

Don’t let the vacuum cleaner eat me!
Don’t let it come too near.
Just ‘cause it doesn’t belch fire and brimstone,
I still have reason to fear.

Don’t let the vacuum cleaner eat me!
Don’t let it come so close.
Ev’ry time I try to sniff it,
It tries to grab my nose, so,

Don’t let the vacuum cleaner eat me!
Don’t let it come too near.
Just ‘cause it doesn’t belch fire and brimstone,
I still have reason to fear.

I tried to be patient,
I tried to be brave.
I tried to go the other way.
But that mean thing just followed
Me around, so this is what I pray:

Don’t let the vacuum cleaner eat me!
Don’t let it come too near.
Just ‘cause it doesn’t belch fire and brimstone,
I still have reason to fear.

Mommy looks so happy
When it grabs up all that dust.
And she tells me which way to go,

But I get confused and all turned around,
That’s why I’m saying just

Don’t let the vacuum cleaner eat me!
Don’t let it come too near.
Just ‘cause it doesn’t belch fire and brimstone,
I still have reason to fear.

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