Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Not Converted

I'm not a wordy person and this is not a wordy blog, but I had to share. Sorry to be a little OT. If you came looking for pics today, please come back another day.
So, you know how every dog owner has that conversation with someone at least once about how you wish you knew what your dog was thinking? Well, I have that conversation about Kate fairly frequently. Although it usually goes more like this…

“What the hell do you think is wrong with her?”

So, for my birthday last month, my roommate bought me some phone time with a “pet communicator.” Yes, I talked to a dog psychic. The few regular readers of my blog that actually know me in person are currently LMAO’ing and probably half out of their chairs.

My apologies to those of you who are believers. I’m just not buying it. Shenanigans, I say!

OK, so first off, I didn’t know we were doing the call last night, so I had no time to collect and write down my catch-the-BS questions. I was caught off guard. Totally not fair at all. Plus, apparently Kate is pushy and rude because my roomie was going first to talk about her dog and the psychic made her hand the phone over to me because Kate was insisting that she goes first.

So, Dog Talker firsts asks:

“Dog’s name?”…Kate
“Breed?”….Um, sort of Border Collie-ish
“Coloring?”… Kind of black and white, split face, but she’s not really black….(thinking to self: why doesn’t she know this)
“Did you get her as a puppy?”… No, she’s a rescue. (<--Dang it! That was a give that I didn’t want to give and wouldn’t have if I were prepared.)

So what did Kate desperately want me to know? Allegedly all her stress and worry is about her alleged brother. Said alleged brother allegedly looks just like her and was allegedly a terror – eating furniture, chewing up decking, shiz like that. When one got in trouble, they both got in trouble. And, according to Dog Talker, Kate her brother regularly “psychically email” each other and he is allegedly not happy wherever he is. He’s allegedly not in a good situation and she is allegedly worried about him.

OK, now, the home she was in prior to going into rescue she was an only dog. She was only there for about 4 months, so, yeah, OK, maybe the alleged brother thing is prior to her prior home. Yeah, that must be it.

After the whole brother discussion, she tells me that Kate is very worried about boarding and doesn’t want to board anymore. You know, her abandonment issues from being a rescue – damn, why did I say that!? I get asked if I have plans to go anywhere. Um, yeah, we have 2 agility trials in October, but both dogs go. Kate has been boarded exactly twice in the 3.5 years I have had her. Bella gets a bit stressed and clingy with the people, but Kate actually enjoys it.

So, up to this point the discussion has been what Kate wants to tell me. Kate is gracious enough to now allow me to chime in. I explain her anxiety. I explain that she is much better than when I first got her, but still tends to get anxious. I ask if that’s just her personality or if there is anything I can do to help her. I get a mini-dissertation on the Bach Flower remedies I should add to her water and get told “she’s not really nervous, she’s a pretty happy dog, maybe that’s just what I am interpreting.” OK, so after the brother and boarding conversation centered on that “fact” that Kate is nervous and anxious about those things, she is suddenly not nervous at all and just a happy dog. Miracle of all miracles!! She’s cured!! Woot!

What where the 3 other ground breaking revelations, you ask?
1) Kate really likes Bella (this only came up after I told Dog Talker that Bella exists)
2) Kate would like some raw food, or even just canned, thankyouverymuch.
3) Kate’s favorite color is purple and she would like a bandana in that color. She also feels it would only be fair for Bella to get a bandana, too, if she gets one and Bella’s favorite color is teal, FYI.

WTF? Now, I know Kate and firmly believe that if she really had the chance to talk to anyone she would only have 2 things to say…. “Please throw the ball”…and…”I love Bella.”

So, as we lay in bed last night, we had our own conversation. You know, the kind where the dog just looks at you and you lay down the law?

“If there is any truth to this brother business you are just going to have to get over it. Unless you can give nice Dog Talker Lady an actual street address, there is nothing I can do.

You are not getting raw because I’m cheap and lazy. You are also not getting canned because it makes your breath stink. Maybe once in a blue moon, but you’re going to have to let that go, too.

And the bandanas? Not happening either. No dog of mine is going to wear clothing of any kind. There will be no doggy bling in this house. You get your plain leather collar just like your sister and you will be happy about it. And teal? Really? I don’t think Bella has ever even seen teal. That was just a big ol’ lie and you know it.”

^^^^ Not getting an effing bandana

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Slide, much?

And what's with the Country Dog? Can you see the blade of grass hanging out? Still stuck on the back of her tongue? They do enjoy grass time, though, don't they?

Yeah, they do.
Runners' High.

Probably some other kind of 'high'

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Satellite Dog

Is that the gate I hear?

Meh, no biggie, just Satellite Dog

Mostly in proper orbit position

Which would be about a 20-25 foot diameter orbit path

That circle is Bella's Ring Of No. The first time you cross it, you get a glance, much like a librarian looking over half glasses.

If you cross it again, you get the head up, moving fast, I-was-not-kidding-don't-make-me-come-over-there look.

I don't know why dogs take Bella so seriously, but they do. I mean, would you heed a warning from this?

And Satellite Dog is Hanna, a young, respectful and mighty cute BC.

And, just 'cause it's funny...

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Back In Action

The Odd One has been healed. No foxtail, so that was good. Official diagnosis: "Um, well, she did something to her foot." Haha. Thanks for that. She is definitely feeling the need to make up for lost time.
I love, Love, LOVE photographing this dog! Why? Well, it's not because she's springy...
Or has trouble controlling her lips...No, no, and not the missing of the ball when it is literally in your face...It's not even the fact that she has the nervous system of a cephalopod...

It's because I know that just around the shutter clicking corner is this...
HAHA....I totally should have called her FAiL


And in other news, The Brown One and I have a trial this weekend. Wish us luck!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Playing The Only Child

Kate's foot is still not so hot. Bella has been enjoying her me-time at the DP. Probably a little too much.
She's been free to take her time resting

Or, not resting

She has been having a sister-less ball catching...

Break slamming...

Loping around...

Dirt flinging good time!

Kate has been there in spirit, though.


Yes. See?

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Down For The Count

Poor Bella is the only being in the house that has not had some sort of injury in the past week. All other humans and canines have been limpy, gimpy and how. It is bordering on ridiculous, really. Kate has some lumpy, cysty, abscessy thing on her foot. Hoping it's not a foxtail. She is on antibiotics and getting regular soaks. She is not at all thrilled with the latter.

I have tried explaining that there are people who would pay big bucks for a foot soak and massage while being hand fed salmon. She isn't buying it.

Matter of fact, she is quite over the whole thing and wishes someone would just a ball forchistssake. Three working legs is good enough for her. Unfortunately, it's not good enough for me.

I did take them to the park on Sunday when Kate wasn't so gimpy. No ball throwing though. Just airing out. I don't know what's worse...staying at home or going to the DP with no ball action. There was a lot of this...

Which is staring at this...

And see the look of irritation? "What? All my bits are working. Throw it already!"

Ugh, maybe next week will be better? Please?