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Merry Christmas everyone and another vocabulary lesson

December 25th 2012 12:39 pm
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Dear everyone,

I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, whether you celebrate it or not! hehe. Or a happy holidays. This year I didn't get a tree to pee on but I think there might be some snow in my future. I like running in fresh powdery snow if I am wearing my long water-resistant jacket, the one with the cinches around the arms. If you're going to be in the snow, I think they should make the jacket so it covers up your private areas, while still letting you pee everywhere you like.

That leads me to my vocabulary lesson for dogs for today, Christmas Day of 2012.

"Phonetic" means that something is spelled the way it sounds. Or, you can say the word by sounding it out. To illustrate, I will use the example from earlier where I said that some dachsies like to pee on trees and where ever they want. Not a lot, just a little. A few drops. Not even peeing, just marking, to be exact. But as far as parents are concerned, even a few drops counts as "pee". So I got the nickname "Mr P", which is phonetic for you-know-what. That is also why I am always crated when people are not at home.

Well, I will be going to New Years Fields Trials soon, so I am going to rest up for that. My mom talked my dad into taking me on a practice with the basset hounds, and it was fun! Have you ever seen bassets run? They are actually very strong dogs and there was one lumbering around near me, I had to give him a warning snap in the face to let him know not to step on me!

Happy holidays and see you guys around the corner in 2013.

Derek "Mr P"


Smart enough to be a teacher

July 1st 2011 3:04 am
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Dear everybody,

Recently I wrote a letter in my blog about how I am very cute and nice (which was supported by pictures, of course, hehehe). My big sister told me that now everyone is gonna think that I am a dumb dog, because I didn't "explicitly" (her word, not mine) mention that I am smart, and that "the glaring omission obviously means something". Then she explained it's like when a guy goes on a blind date with a girl, and his friends ask him later what the girl was like and how the date went. And the guy says, "She has a nice personality", which means that she is ugly and he will never go out with her again, but he doesn't want to say that because it's mean.

So, anyway, I am here to say that I am not a dumb dog, contrary to what my sister says. She already takes all my allowance money because of the Little Brother Tax (don't you hate how you have to pay a tax to your older sister just because you're a little brother?), and I heard her talking with her husky buddy Demon Flash Bandit (dogster #292006) about the Little Brother Tax, I'm not gonna let her tell me that I'm a dumb dog.

So, anyway, I am very smart and intelligent, in fact I could be a teacher. So, today will be my first lesson to all my dogster friends.

For my first lesson, I am gonna teach everyone a new vocabulary word. The word is "reciprocity". It means when someone gives you bakc in kind what you gave to that person. I will give you an example. Say you are going for your morning walk and you see a cat in front of one of your neighborhood houses, and actually, I have a question. How come cats never wear leashes when they are outside? I used to think all cats had invisible fences because how else would they be allowed outside, but I recently observed several cats running from one yard to another, leading me to believe there was no fence at all? Anyway, cats are strange.

Anyway, so we saw this cat, who is actually our friend. He is orange and white and he is always "just chilling" on the front step of his house. We waited for him, and he walked over to greet us, and I sniffed his butt. But, like the strange cat that he is, he did not want to sniff my butt. So, here is the lesson, I hope you are paying attention: There is no reciprocity if you sniff a cat's butt and he doesn't sniff your butt back.

Okay, that's the lesson for today.


P.S. Guess what? Guess who passed their Junior Earthdog test last weekend? Yup, me! hehehe ... I am only 1 test away from a Jr Earthdog title.


Don't mistake cuteness for weakness

June 26th 2011 3:28 am
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Dear everybody,

I am a cute dog, and I am very nice. And people and big dogs better remember to take me seriously.

Not just cute. Really cute.

You know those people who set up tents in their backyards? Well we are not those people. But we had a tent day recently and I went under the tent on one side and came out the other.

And what's cuter than a doxie under a tent

You can see more pics of me and my sister on her blog entry here about our tent day:
Wouldn't you buy a tent from a husky?


P.S. For those of you who are interested to know what my mom did about that power-tripping lady from the West Los Angeles Obedience Training Club who treated my mom so rudely when she was just trying to sign me up for an agility class ... well my mom got in her car today, drove to the class even though she didn't get in, insisted on speaking directly to the instructor, who told her about one of her other classes that we could attend starting next week. Oh yea, and my mom also sent emails to both the membership coordinator and the president of the WLAOTC to complain about how she was treated. And the emails included links to her 880-word review of WLAOTC on -- and let's just say my mom is not as nice as I am. And she's possibly going to join as a member of the club so she can voice her complaints directly to the board of directors next month during the member meeting. This group is the only show in town which runs a full program (since they're a training "club" and therefore have a lot of activities that many others don't have.) I'm a serious dog even though I like to have antics, but you don't disrespect me and you don't disrespect my mom.

P.P.S. Love,

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