Friday, October 31, 2008
Oh no! It looks like this poor pooch had a little too much fun at his Halloween party. He should stick to plain water and leave the hard stuff to the big boys. I am glad that I won't ever be in this position.
First, I don't drink anything stronger then the rice milk in Linda's cereal bowl. Second, I'm way too little to get my head into the toilet like that. I am excited about wearing my Halloween Costume to pass out candy to the little kids. I'll be posting a photo later.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I've been a little mopey and sad this week. None of my food has tasted very good, I'm sleeping a lot more and I've not wanted to play as much. The only thing I look forward to is my walk. Linda thinks it's because I am lonely without Snickers to keep me company. My two new friends, Buddy and Charlie love to play with me, but I don't get to see them very much since they don't live near where we walk. This weekend I might get to go to Jerry's and play with him. He obeys my every command, takes we where ever I want to go, buys me toys and fun food and lets me lay on his lap while he draws. I'm cheering up thinking about it.
Once again I missed the big party. These are some of Linda's TKD kids at her school. She said there were kitties (2!), zombies, bumblebees, alligators, football players, princesses, ninjas, super heroes, but no puppies! What's up with that? The kids got a lot of candy and brownies and had big fun. I got a cheeseburger from McD's, so I was happy. Although I did have to do an awful lot of tricks to earn it.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Just in time for Halloween. The absolute scariest photo ever. This is a real photo of a gigantic mammoth spider eating AN ENTIRE BIRD that got caught in his next in someones backyard in Australia. The spider has the bird clenched in its legs. I am quivering just typing this. If he traps a bird 3 times my size, I would be just a light snack if he got me. Chip would be a whole meal, so maybe she would sacrifice herself for me if it ever came to our house.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Linda's friends gave her a surprise birthday party today. Her friend Mary hosted it. All the food, including 3 different desserts was vegan and gluten free, right down to the soy whipped cream. She showed me the hot pink and black Under Armor fleece she received as a present and immediately I decided it was perfect to tuck away inside during our walks in the chilly evenings. It reminds me of my hot pink and black bed, so I'll feel right at home.
My Tier is such a star. I've been watching her gossip/entertainment show "Talking With Tier" which she does at Mason. She has interviewed people about their dorms, boys, bands, TV shows, politics even how to survive a zombie attack. During every show she sips an energy drink. One small problem, she never interviewed me! How can she even think about having a talk show without having me as a featured guest. I'm going to ask her to interview me right here on my very own blog. You can watch her too at connect2mason.com.
Monday, October 27, 2008
My official name is Chalupa. I am also called Choo, Choopie, Choopster and Choochy. Another little dog named Choochy escaped from her crate at Boston's Logan Airport while she was being loaded into the plane. She kept more then 15 state police, firefighters, operations managers and even electricians at the airport running after her during a 17 hour chase. Choochy delayed flights up to 30 minutes while eluding her rescuers. Finally, the poodle tired and hungry after hours of running across runways and taxiways, was lured to safety with some food. I don't blame her one bit. There is no way I would fly in the belly of a plane. First Class? That's a totally different story.
I love my pink and black snuggle bed. It has a little pocket that I can hide inside. On chilly mornings before Linda brings me back to the bedroom, I am so far back in the pocket she sometimes thinks I disappeared. I also have a bed in the bedroom, one in the family room and even one out on the deck for the days we sit outside. I was thinking that the only place I don't have a bed is in the living room/dining room area. I lay in the sun with Chip cat and think I need just one more bed. Linda found this one for me. It is made from Mahogany and Black Walnut wood thats shaped into a Ying-Yang pattern and finished in a hand polished lacquer. I would have to supply my own fabric which is no big deal. The price, however, is a big deal: $8,500.
I love this photo of the starfish puppies all sleeping together. I wonder what my brothers and sisters were like? I bet we were all so cute and did things like this all the time. Linda told me that she bought be at the pet store. The women who dropped me off had a bunch of other Chorkie puppies from my litter. The pet store owner thought we were all so funny looking that she only took me (because I am adorable.) That same day Linda and Tierney came in and bought me home with them. I did not even spend the night at the pet store. I'm so happy with my family, but it sure would be fun to have other puppies to synchronize sleep with.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
.... And we didn't take either one! Linda decided to explore today and went off the trail. We picked our way through undergrowth, bushes, across streams and over downed trees. It was all pretty exciting until we got a little turned around and ended up coming out on some trail nowhere near Linda thought we were heading. Luckily, I was riding in the pouch so I didn't get wet or muddy. I did get to walk home on the trail though. Now I'm relaxing on the couch while Linda is punching, kicking and screaming KIA! I don't think she ever sits down.
These poor polar bears are being endangered by Taylor, Sarah and Tierney, not by global warming. Tonight was Linda's family birthday party and things got a little silly after dinner. Big Pink made an appearance along with the Bear 1 and Bear 2. We had so much fun, plus I got to eat a bunch of leftover chicken and mac-n-cheese. Life is good.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Forget about Snakes on a Plane. Today's story is about Snakes on a Bed. Yesterday Linda read me an article about a girl who was killed by her pet tiger python. The 13-foot snake did not want to take his medicine. Amanda Black, only 25 years old, died when the python strangled her to death. Yikes! Her husband found her dead on the bed while the snake was just chillin' on the bedroom floor. Now, I know what you are thinking. What in the world is Choopie doing sleeping inside a 20 foot pink snake? Linda got this snake for her birthday and like I said earlier this week, what's hers, is mine! I love snuggling inside the coils. At first I was scared of it and barked to make it go away. Now it is MINE! Snakes are also showing up in expensive spas. For $80, you can get a snake massage. Corn snakes and King snakes are awesome at deep tissue massage. They crawl up and down your spine and across your face. I think I'll spend my $80 on toys and treats and just sleep with Big Pink.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Today I learned how to lay down AND roll over. I am brilliant! I should be a movie-star dog. I would have aced the Beverly Hills Chihuahua roll. I already know how to sit and stay, not go off the curb, and I know a whole bunch of words. (cookie, bed, shoes, supper, toy) Tomorrow I am going to work on uploading video to my blog.
Sometimes I have accidents and miss the pee-pee pad. Ooops. Once in a while when Linda comes home after being gone forever and a day (1 or 2 hours) I get excited and a little leaks out when I am barking my welcome. There is no excuse at all for what this Greenbay man did to his roommates dog. They were having an argument over being "too friendly" and the boy got mad when things did not go his way. He went over and purposefully peed all over the girls dog! Ewww. If that ever happened to me, Linda would make sure that was the last time he ever.... Well, I can't really get into details, but it would not be pretty. The girl called the police and her roommate was charged with domestic violence. I hope she kicks him out and he gets sentenced to community service washing dogs at the shelter.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Hey Linda! It's your birthday!! Look what came in the mail today. Leslie (who is the Mom of Belle, the friend who gave me the blue coat) sent Linda this photo pillow of the absolute cutest dog ever. Guess who it is? ME! Linda said it is her pillow, but what is hers is mine (and visa-a-versa. Although she never lays on my little pink bed.) She also received cards, flowers and Tierney made her a vegan chocolate cake. Yum. Her friend took her to breakfast early this morning and another friend took her to dinner. I'm glad she is having such a fun day. I was extra good on our walk today too, I only stopped to sniff every 2 feet instead of every 11 inches, so our walk went faster.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I had a little accident last night. Something I ate did not agree with me and I had an upset stomach. At least I was in the kitchen so it was easy for Linda to clean up. Unfortunately, it took a lot longer to clean me. Linda had to give me a bath (the worse!) Then I ran around the house and rolled all over the carpet to dry off. I smell all sweet and clean now. I'm going to need to get a bath robe if these baths become a regular occurrence.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
A few months ago the Dr. told me I needed to loose weight. I was 5 pounds and she said I should only weigh 4 1/2 pounds. As If!! Anyway, Linda put me on an exercise program and cut back some of my treats. We walk/run one or two times per day. Today was especially fun because the wind was blowing all the dried leaves on the trail and I kept pouncing on them to kill them dead. I have not weighed lately, but I'm sure I'm down 1/2 pound by now. It's now time to start building some muscle. I am fetching bigger and heavier toys when we play before bed. I am going to be buff! I hope Buddy's heart can take it!!
Winnie the Pooh
Monday, October 20, 2008
I'm feeling warm and fuzzy inside because I'm on the couch with Linda. I love snuggling her. I love sleeping with her. I love our long walks. I love sharing her food (I really love that part!) But most of all, I just love being with her. Only one little problem, she isn't always home. I am a little lonely in the kitchen. I really want a friend. Even a little kitten would be OK because she would think I was her Mommy. These baby kittens were abandoned by their Mom. The veterinary nurse bought the kittens home to care for them until they were old enough to be adopted. The nurses 5-month old rabbit, Summer, immediately took the kittens under her floppy ears and began to snuggle and tend to them. Summer thinks that they are her babies. Linda says I have to wait for awhile to get a friend. Until then, I'll just have to play with my toys and sleep in my pink bed while I'm in the kitchen.
I don't live near the Northern Territories and boy, am I glad. A man woke up to find his car destroyed by a pack of wild dogs. The dogs completely pulled off his front bumper and chewed it to bits. The teeth marks were clearly visible. First, why in the world would a dog want to eat a car. Second, they must be some pretty big dogs. Maybe it was done by a Chupacabra and not just dogs. That would be way cooler then telling your boss that you were late for work because a dog ate your car.
Sometime last week I wrote about a man who was arrested for stealing live lobsters from the aquarium. He smuggled them out by putting them down his pants. Mind you, these were live lobsters. At least this Florida man who stuck shrimp down his pants made sure they were dead first. The man stuffed several large bags of frozen shrimp down his pants and tried to make his way out of the supermarket. An off duty detective caught the man with shrimp stuffed pants. The thief fled the store but was tackled outside the store. He was released on $2,600 bond.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Missing a garden gnome? We have garden gnome outside our front door, at least we did the last time I noticed. Come to think of it, I think it might be really be missing! Linda had it in her garden when she was a little girl. Her mom made it in ceramic class when she was just a teenager. Strange you say? It was until I read that over 60 garden gnomes have been stolen from yards by a bunch of kids for their Senior prank. The gnomes turned up Monday morning scattered all around their school. Police were called and the kidnappers came forward and confessed to their caper. There is a number to call to claim your missing gnome. Email me if you need the number and I will send it to you. Unfortunately there wasn't such a happy ending in General Guemes, South America. Some teenagers were terrorized by a creepy garden gnome who stalks the woods in the wee hours of the morning. The midget - which wears a pointy hat and has a distinctive sideways walk - was actually filmed on one of the teens phone. There heard a strange noise and saw the grass moving. At first they thought it was a dog, but then the gnome moved into the open and started moving towards the petrified boys. One boy was so scared he had to go to the hospital. Other locals have reported seeing the gnome creeping about. I think these two stories might be related. Call Scully and Mulder.
Back in the day before I began to understand and respect cats, this story would have made me laugh. Now that I have Chip and Ink as friends, this story makes me peeved. Some dumb man was chasing a stray cat around his yard trying to shoot it with his shotgun. Instead of shooting the cat, the gun went off and he shot his own foot. He had to be air-lifted to the hospital. The cat escaped unharmed. He'll probably have a limp the rest of his life as punishment and will think twice before shooting at helpless animals.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Moses is missing. His side kick (not Aaron) Coco has also gone AWOL. A zoo near Austin Texas reported the pair missing on Wednesday morning. Moses is a six-foot camel and Coco is a wee pony. They have been friends forever. I guess it is pretty easy to hide a pint-size pony, but how in the world do you hide a 6-foot camel? Hopefully whoever nabbed them will keep the pair together and let them live in better conditions then the zoo. A $400 reward has been issued, so I am going to keep my eyes peeled for any stray camel/pony duo on the loose during our trail walks.
Cowabunga! I have seen dogs riding on the back of motorcycles, cats riding in a bike basket even a dog on a skate board. Never thought I would see surfing rats. Tofu and Fin are one-year old rats who learned how to surf from their teenage owner. The boy built little surf boards for them and started pushing them around on the ripples. Before long they were catching 4 foot waves in their home town of Haleiwa, Hawaii. Rats love to swim. Tofu and Fin are strong enough to surf 20 minutes at a time before they take a rest and dry off. Then it's back on their boards for tricks and and stunts in front of astonished audience who gather to watch the pair. I don't even like taking a bath, but it got me thinking that if we got the Wii Balance board, I could virtual surf! Linda wants to get one so she can Wii Hula! Aloha!!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Whew, I'm so tired. We took a long walk on the trail this afternoon. Linda had to put me in the front pack to carry me because I tuckered out. The trail is so beautiful in the fall. I love all the crunchy leaves, the squirrels who chatter and scurry when I chase them and especially all the deer poop. This little guy looks like he loves the leaves too. I'll write more later after my nap.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I have a beautiful wedding dress that I got for Taylor and Sarah's wedding. I never got to wear it though because I wasn't invited to the wedding. It's OK though, I understand that dogs are not always welcome at weddings. But sometimes they are. When Harriet and Andrew Athay got married there was only one choice for their best man - his pet dog Ed. Her two dogs Humbug and Goulash were bridesmaids. The couple thought that it was only right that their dogs were in the wedding because it was the dogs that bought them together where they met during a walk on the beach. The dogs because fast friends and they were soon walking together ever day. Five months later they got married with their best friends by their side. So romantic!
Back in the day before Snickers went home to be with Sheba in heaven, he was my guard dog against Chip cat. Chip would bully me just for fun, and Snickers would leap off his bed to save me. I loved it so much that sometimes I would instigate the fight just so he would save me! All he did was bark at Chip and chase her away, but it was still exciting. Now that I'm alone, Chip and are are much better friends. A poor orphan monkey who lives in the zoo was being bullied by the bigger primates. The zoo keeper gave the monkey his own guard dog to keep it save and stop the bulling. Chinese zoo has given an orphan monkey its own guard dog to stop it being bullied by bigger primates. Whenever the baby monkey gets bullied, the dog dashes up and drives the others away. And the baby monkey is also very smart. Each time he smells danger he runs to jump on the dog's back and holds on tight. The biggest monkey has been so mad about the guard dog that he has organized several ambushes to try and get at the baby monkey. Every time the dog has saved his charge.
Linda comes home every Sunday night smelling like babies. She works in the nursery at church, and the babies spit up and sometimes do other things on her clothes that I can't write in a family blog. I love the smell of her shirt and will snuggle and lick the stains. It makes me so happy. I've told her I want to have a baby at our house. She wants one too, but told me we have to be patient and wait until Taylor and Sarah have a baby. Then I can smell it all day long and let it snuggle up on me for it's nap. Only problem is I'm 4 1/2 pounds and when Taylor was born he was 11 pounds, so they will probably have a big baby. It would crush me it it laid onto of me like this baby is doing to her dog. I wonder what they are dreaming about?
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Two very unlucky squirrels were the cause of fires this week. In NJ, a squirrel (let's call him Rocky) was gnawing on a power line connected to a transformer directly above a Toyota Camry. The kamikaze squirrel chewed through the wire, caught on fire and went careening down to the car below landing in the engine compartment. The car blew up. No one was injured but Rocky, who unfortunately died in the mishap. The family who owns the car is making a little grave and tombstone for him in the front yard as a Halloween decoration. In a separate incident on the West coast, another squirrel.. we'll call her Rikki, also caught on fire from chewing on a power line. Rikki fell on to dry vegetation and started a massive fire which took 8 trucks hours and hours to put out. We have 3 squirrels who live in our back yard and run up and down out fence. One day 2 of the daredevils were running right at each other playing chicken. One of them jumped clear over the other and kept running on the fence never slowing down. It was amazing! I am just a little scared they will chew on our electric wires and set our house on fire.
Two caring deer gave Sammy the cat some comfort in his last days. Sammy was a 9-year old cat who was diagnosed with kidney failure. Her owner was devastated when Sammy stopped eating and drinking. Sammy was an indoor cat who always longed to go outside, so in the last days of his life, his human let him out into the yard to bask in the sun. Suddenly, out of the neighboring woods, 2 deer made their way up to Sammy and started licking and nuzzling him around the head and neck, almost like they were comforting him. Two days later Sammy died. This is such a sweet story, it made me cry. When Linda isn't feeling well, I always lick and kiss her to make her feel better... I can tell it works because she always smiles.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
A poor man from Palm Harbor did some hard jail time because his dog had no license. Yes, you read that right. He was arrested at the Tampa airport and taken to jail because he failed to get a license for his pooch. It's a good thing I have dog tags. It would be horrible if Linda got put in jail. I can't wear the tags though because they are too heavy for my little pencil neck. The man was released after paying a $326. bond. I wonder if you can get arrested if your cat isn't licensed? Oh no, I think Chip is illegal.
Linda bought me the cutest pair of Ugg style boots yesterday. I hate getting my feet damp. During our walks, if the grass is wet or dewy, I won't walk on it. Now I can have dry warm feet during our winter walks. She won't let me try them on yet, she is waiting until it gets colder. They will look great with my new coat. Tierney wanted to put them on me right away, maybe she will let me try them on when Linda leaves for work. Until then, here is what the kind of look like. They match my fur exactly. (For those of you laughing right now, and I know who you are, you are just jealous!)
Monday, October 13, 2008
A man named Mr. Chau, (no relation, my name is spelled Choo) was arrested in San Diego for a very unusual crime. It seems like Mr. Chau had been stealing lobsters from the La Jolla Marine Conservation area. The reason he was caught was because the 6 live lobsters were squirming to get out of the waistband of his pants... where the man had stuffed them to smuggle them out. (Ouch!) This was the fourth time he was arrested for sticking lobsters down his pants. If I married a lobster I'd be a Choopster, wait... that already is one of my names. Linda saw this lobster Halloween costume at Target today. They even had one just my size. I better not buy it because I'm about the same size as a big real lobster. Someone might try to steal me and stick me down their pants!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Finally, it's 11:24 p.m. and Linda is home. I can't complain too much since I did get to spend the day drawing and talking geek stuff at Jerry's Art Klub, but come on... I want my Mommy. Linda has been gone from 6:30 a.m, she ran in to shower and went back out again. Here it is almost midnight and she is trying to make-up with me like she has never left me. Does she think I'm a latch kid pup? She tried to explain that she where she was and what she was doing and even showed me the photo of her new friends. How would she feel if I left her alone for hours on end? The funny thing is, no matter what she does or how long she leaves me alone, I still love her lots.
I'm glad her training is over and things will get back to normal. Although I do hope I get to got to Jerry's house more often. He plays with me and buys me cool stuff, not to mention he pets me when ever I ask with no strings attached. (I love the pets most, more then all the toys in the world. Toys come and go, but touches and pets last a lifetime.)
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Wow, what a whirlwind two days. Sorry I was AWOL yesterday. Linda has been doing a Combat workshop and I've spent the last two days with Jerry. OMG (goodness) it has been big fun. He took me to his house and we went out on the bike trail for our walks. There are so many new smells and things to see. After our morning walk, I kept barking at the window until he took me back out for a second time. We walked, walked and walked some more... but then I got tired and had to come back. I hypnotized his cat INK, so he is totally under my control now. After a short nap, we went to Pet Smart and he bought me 2 new toys! I picked them out myself. (I can't believe he didn't buy me a monkey because he acts like a big monkey most of the time.) I picked a kitty rope toy and a Frankenstein doll. I met a few fun dogs at PS, one who said he was a Puggle. I one-up'd him and told him I was a Chorkie, so there! If we hooked-up and had babies they would be Chorggles. It would kind of be like my Frankenstein doll, a mix of a lot of different parts.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
All this time I thought that I was the "big dog." I'm a girly-girl when it comes to most things, (like clothes and pretty leashes) but play time isn't one of them. Linda has taught me how to stand my ground and keep my paws up. She is a girly-girl too, because she wears pink sparring gear when she spars the boys at her Martial Arts School. Now I found out that a new study shows that male puppies playing with girl puppies let the females win, even if the boys are bigger and stronger. Those sneaky boys will go to all sorts of lengths to keep the playtime going too! They lick our muzzles and even give us a chance to bite them on the neck. Those fakers even drop to the ground laying still like a boxer down for the count to make us feel good. The scientist who did the study think that boys let the girls win because it helps them secure future mating opportunities. Duh. Linda said she did not need a scientist to tell her that.
I'm getting kind of nervous about this weekend. Linda will be at a conference, so I am spending the weekend with the Jerry. He used to live here but moved out earlier in the year. I've seen him a few times, but it's been a long time. All I remember about him is that I slept on his lap while he worked on the computer. Linda said not to worry because he will take good care of me. It will be kind of fun to go to his house and meet his cats. I've learned how to hypnotize cats to do my will. Chip cat used to be cranky and now she loves me. Linda promised that I will get to go to Pet Smart and pick out a new toy (or two!). And I'll get to go for a walk that has all new smells.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
The Zambezi is the fourth largest river in Africa. It's most spectacular feature is Victoria Falls which is the world's largest waterfall. Earlier in the year, I wrote about the African ritual of people who jump in the river to clean themselves of evil spirits. One small problem, the river is home to very hungry crocodiles. Recently, sixteen members of a Zimbabwean soccer team jumped into river to get rid of their evil spirits for an upcoming match. Only fifteen players got out of the water. I guess the croc got rid of his evil spirits for him. I'm very curious how many people have been eaten while performing the ritual. Does anyone know? Maybe they better just start jumping in the bath tub instead. Sounds a lot safer. I love this stuffed toy of the croc eating the man. It would be fun to chase it up and down the hallway during my nightly fetch game.
In America we have to set laws so people don't leave their pets chained outside too long. Dogs are routinely abandoned and abused. Read on. In Australia, a major Melbourne hospital treats dogs and cats who have cancer on their multi-million-dollar radiation therapy machines. After hours, vets bring the dogs and cats in for treatment. At least 100 animals per year have been treated since 2001. Maybe we should pack up and move to Australia.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I rocked my new coat tonight! It was in the low 50's during our walk, it's a good thing that Bella gave it to me or I would have froze. Today Tierney and Linda went to the mall. Tier wanted to go to a store called Juicy Couture to show Linda all the puppy accessories. The chew toys & balls cost more then a months worth of dog food. Linda took a photo of a coat that she thought would look cute on me. Sure it is nice (and pricey too: $175); but my cuddly fleece is way more comfortable and fits my personality way better. Plus, when a friend gives you a gift it means so much more then when you buy something off the rack.