Sunday, February 28, 2010
The Weather Guessers are predicting another snow storm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. This is not good news for Chihuahuas and other small dogs. We can't take walks, play outside or get any exercise when the snow is over our head. I'm surprised that Linda has not ordered me little snow shoes. This dog seems to agree with me.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
I have to admit, this is a very cute picture of Chip cat. She looks so innocent, calm and friendly. Linda caught her lounging in the sun and just snapped the photo before she became aloof like she usually does in photos. When Chip sees a camera, she immediately cops an attitude and poses like she is totally bored with life. Here she looks sweet and kittenish and not like the 10 year old crabby cat she usually is.
Before I mastered the pee-pee pad, Linda used to threaten me with diapers since I peed on the floor. I could not seem to get the hang of waiting to go outside to pee or using the pee pad in an emergency. After Linda adopted me, she heard Chihuahuas/Yorkies are the two hardest dogs to housebreak. Now weeks go by without an accident. I'm just glad I did not have to wear the embarrassing diapers like the poor horses in Dublin. To keep the streets clean, new laws are requiring the carriage drivers to put nappies on their horses. At least they could make the diapers in colors that match the horse so it does not look so obvious. Plus, wouldn't it start to stink after a few miles? All the passengers in the carriage would have to hold their noses.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Yeah! Linda is finally in her rental car and the crashed Subaru is getting fixed free of charge! She did not get the snazzy electric blue sports car she was hoping for. What she got was a dark gray4-door sedan that looks exactly a lot of other cars in the parking lot. Twice today she could not find it when she came out of the store. It also has these automatic locks that spring when you turn the car on. She got trapped inside the car because she could not find the electric unlock button anywhere! Just when the panic started setting in, she realized she could grab just enough of the manual lock on the door and pull it up with her fingers. Duh, she felt pretty silly.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Linda was having breakfast with a friend this morning. They were talking about their experience with their dogs. Sheba, a full blood Siberian Husky, used to escape our fenced back yard. She would dig under the fence or chew away the boards to get away. One time she went about 5 miles away and was found near our local golf course. We though that was soooo far until we read this story today. The Holt's have a German shepherd that had been missing from their Virginia home since last December. They gave up on ever finding their beloved dog. Then the phone call came. An animal control officer in Florida found the dog running in a parking lot. He was picked up by animal control and taking to the pound. Sure enough, Deacon the dog was microchipped and his parents were called. The Holts made the 600 mile trip to pick him up! What a happy ending. I bet Deacon will think twice about making the trip to Disney alone!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I guess you never know about killer whales. One minute they are your best buddy, carrying you around on their nose, the next... they snap and do what they are named form. A poor trainer at the Orlando Sea World (Linda has been there plenty of times) was killed by Shamu. Witnesses said the whale jumped up and grabbed the experienced trainer off the platform and shook her to death. Other witnesses said the trainer slipped and fell into the tank. This "Shamu" was involved in 2 previous deaths over the years, but had been doing wonderful. Hey people, they are called killer whales for a reason. Whales go crazy when they are kept in captivity. They belong in the big wide sea swimming free. I don't even like it when Linda gates me in the kitchen for an afternoon. I can't imagine being a 11,000-pound, 22-foot-long living my life in a 35 foot deep tank. Not to mention someone standing on my nose.
I was wondering if I would ever get the opportunity to use this fun picture I found yesterday. You can actually buy this silverware that has bites taken out of it. It looks pretty cool, but wouldn't you cut your mouth on the spoon? A 35-year-old woman who was being held in a Dutch prison dug a tunnel and escaped from prison. Her digging tool, a regular spoon. It's hard to believe you could dig a tunnel that big using a spoon. She is still on the lam. If she gets recaptured, you can bet they are not going to let her use utensils to eat her supper!
Yeah! The ball is rolling with the insurance companies and Linda's car crash. She finally got to file her report and speak with the claims adjuster from USAA. The other insurance company, Nationwide has also called, but she does not know if the lady who ran the stop sign is going to admit fault yet. Good thing for google maps. USAA is going to pull an aerial view of the shopping center and look at the intersection to see exactly where it occurred. They are also going to pull the surveillance video of the parking lot as evidence, which clearly shows the stop sign. Hopefully, Linda's car will get all fixed up and she'll be able to drive a rental car during repairs. Do you think this car will be an option?
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Linda has gotten lazy about submitting my photo to different contests. When I wasn't chosen as a finalist in the Chorkie Calendar, she was crushed and just gave up. Once I was chosen Chihuahua of the month. I won a tee shirt! This TMZ contest awarded $250 cash and other prizes for the first place Mardi Gras puppy. Seriously, this Chihuahua looks so chill he deserves first prize.
It's a very sad day for me. Daddy, the Pitt Bull star of The Dog Whisperer died today. He was 16 years old (even older then Snickers) and lived with Cesar since he was only 4 months old. The show won't be the same without him. I loved the way Daddy took control over the undisciplined dogs and taught them what it meant to be a balanced/calm/submissive dog. I've learned so much from watching him. If they do a Daddy tribute show, Linda will go through an entire box of tissues. RIP big guy, you led an excellent life and saved many dogs from being put down. I hope Snickers is in dog heaven to welcome him with open paws. (Linda is actually tearing up right now when she read that line about Snickers. She still misses him so much.)
Tierney is the puppet queen. She writes, directs and "acts" in a puppet troupe. I love her puppet, it has her exactly personality. Some of the skits are really funny. She has performed as far away as Africa! There is a Tony-award winning musical with puppets called "Avenue Q" playing right now. It is an adult show about life and love in NY staring live actors and puppets on the same stage. The posters for the show were recently pulled down because they showed too much puppet cleavage. (This is true.) Has anyone walked through a mall lately? Seen any billboards or movie posters? I think there are racier things out there then fuzzy felt puppets with a low neckline.
Linda is having absolutely no luck with contacting her insurance agent about last nights crash. She has called the person who is handling her case a bunch of times, only to get voice mail. She also called the body shop that USAA told her to take the car to for an estimate, and they are saying they can't do the estimate without the paperwork that USAA sends. Sounds like a serious run-around to me!! She needs to rent a car, but if she puts it on her credit card, the insurance of the person who hit her might not pay for it. What to do? I know, go to the store and buy me a bag of new treats. They are dog cookies shaped like kitty poops. I would be in heaven and it would make Linda laugh watching me eat them!!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Yeah! A holiday I can really flip for! Tomorrow is National Pancake Day! I love pancakes and Linda promised to make me one for dinner tomorrow. She is going to adapt this recipe to make it puppy healthy and good for me. Linda LOVES carrot cake and she found a carrot cake pancake recipe with cream cheese spread. She'll make a special carrot cake pancake for me without the sugar and nuts. BOY oh BOY, I'm super excited.
I'm so glad Linda is alright. Someone ran a stop sign tonight and pulled right in front of her. The poor Subaru's bumper is all smashed up. She was able to drive it home, but the front is falling off! The insurance company said an "investigator" will be calling tomorrow to question her about the accident. The women who pulled out in front of her was old and confused, Linda felt terrible for her. There was a big pile of snow and she must not have seen Linda's car. Luckily, Linda was driving less then 10 miles per hour so the air bags did not come out. Right now, she is feeling a little sore in her wrist, shoulder and neck. She needs a massage. Anyone??
Wow, poor Linda is dog tired. She taught 5 classes today and is finally home cuddling with me. We are watching Chihuahua's from Hell on The Dog Whisperer. Man, I'm glad that I don't live near any of those dogs. This one Chi named Diablo, rules a home full of Pitt Bulls. They are all afraid of him! I'm sure Cesar will show Diablo who is pack leader. He's taking Diablo back to the "center" and rehabilitate him. I wonder if they have one of those centers for crabby cats?
Saturday, February 20, 2010
I spent the entire day at home. Jerry did come over for a few hours and play with me, but Linda was gone from 9 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. After work & lunch, she went to watch Taylor, Tierney and Sarah compete in the Winter Olympic games at their church. Everyone bought their purse puppies, but Linda did not take me because she was worried I would not like all the cheering and yelling. If they had games for the dogs, I would have won all golds, especially in the chase the squeaky toy event. She said the events were hysterical. There was 4-person biathlon & BB gun shooting (all 4 people on one set of extra long homemade skis); human curling; roller blade racing around a ring; indoor hockey and even a "dog" sled obstacle race outside on a long track where two people pulled another person on a saucer. There were moguls, hills, jumps, and sharp curves all shoveled out in the snow. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were awarded to all the winners in each event. Linda did not stay for the big celebration after the end of the games since she wanted to get home to feed me. Taylor is the skier wearing all black in the second group. There is actually a girl on the sled getting ready to go flying over the mogul!
Friday, February 19, 2010
At first glance, I thought this was a lion outside of a junk store. Then, I saw the second photo. It is a poor dog groomed to look like a lion. Imagine how embarrassed he must be at the dog park. Either that, or he just acts like the King of the Dog Park and bullies the other dogs. Linda said as soon as it starts warming up a little bit, she is going to take me to Dog-a-Doo and get me groomed like a lion. She said I would be too adorable for words.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
If Linda would have known about the Jerboa, she would not have named me Chalupa, instead I would be Jerboa. Check out the ears on this rodent found in China and Mongolia! Her ears are even bigger then mine. The poor thing is in danger of extinction. I think she is just adorable and would love to have one for a BBF.
I few days ago I read about a new Tweet for dogs coming this Christmas. Seems that I don't have to wait that long. A new iPhone app will be available for only $5 this summer. It analyzes my bark and narrows it down to six emotions: sad, frustrated, needy, happy, expressive and danger. This gadget was introduced in Japan back in 2002 and cost $100 at the time. Now, the iPhone will translate my bark and twitter it to all my friends. Jerry will have to buy this for me since Linda does not have an iPhone. I could get my own iPhone squeaky toy for only $12.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Poor Linda. She is very tired and worn out from teaching today. It's 4 hard classes. Twenty minutes after she comes home, she gets ready to go to church (which is the best part of her day.) I can tell she is not feeling her normal chipper self because she is grumpy. I am trying to make her feel better by bringing her my favorite toy, and rubbing it on her face. She is smiling so I think it is working. Now she is laughing at me playing chicken with Chip. I am running up and down the hall tempting Chip to get me. She is actually chasing me and seems to want to play without eating me! I love this little critter costume. Maybe I can order one in my size to scare my cat!
There is no love lost between Chip and I, but I don't want to see her become a cat casserole. A top food chef who has a show on Italian T.V. was kicked off the air when he offered a recipe for a cat casserole that is famous in his home region of Tuscany. He said it is better then chicken, rabbit or pigeon. Viewers and animal rights groups went ballistic after the show aired. The chef was told to apologize but he refused. What's next? Chihuahua chalupas? Wait, I am a Chihuahua Chalupa!!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Today is Fat Tuesday or as some people call it, Pancake Day! This is the first day of Madi Gras and the day before the start of Lent. When Linda was in Catholic grade school, Lent was a time when you gave something up. She would always pick peas. Some people celebrate it as Pancake Day. It is when you use up all your oil, eggs, milk and sugar because many people fell that those foods should be given up for Lent. Linda and I are celebrating Fat Tuesday as a day to eat all the fattening foods and not worry about our weight. She had a bagel with real jelly for breakfast and a chocolate truffle for a snack. I had my chicken breakfast and a cookie right after! I wish every day could be a Fat day!
Monday, February 15, 2010
My worst nightmare.... getting lost or dog-napped. Linda does not leave me in the car, tied out front or even in the backyard alone. There are times at the dog park where she might have lost sight of me for a few seconds, but not anymore. A family in Brooklyn lost their 3-year old bulldog/basset hound during the recent snow. The dog was at a park playing with his 10 and 7 year-old humans, when he bolted and got away from the kids, leash dragging behind him. The boys and mom chased after the dog as far as they could, but eventually had to turn back and get a ride home from a policeman. They put up missing signs around the neighborhood and a little while later, a man called demanding a ransom for returning the dog safely. The mom offered $50, but the man said "good luck finding your dog" and hung-up. The family is waiting and praying for him to call back.
Beside my blog "life in the dog house" I also have a facebook page. In order to stay up on the current trends and modes of communication, it seems I'll have to start my own Twitter account. Mattel is working on a device called Puppy Tweets. A motion detector worn around my neck will automatically update my twitter feed by sending singles to a USB receiver in the computer. Now all my readers can be updated instantly on my life without having to wait for a blog post. Some of my pre-programed tweets could be "omg omg omg, Wishbone is outside my house"; "get away from me you smelly cat"; "time for a nap in the sun"; "snickers, meet me at the dog park". The price is only $29.99. Puppy Tweet will be available just in time for this Christmas.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
I had the best Sunday EVER! Linda was gone for 12 hours today (I know, I'm not usually happy about that) but this time Jerry puppy sat me for most of the day. I love when he is here because he obeys my every command. I even got to walk in the street. In my whole life, Linda has never once, ever, ever let me step one paw off the curb. The plowers came and pushed all the snow up and covered the sidewalks completely, so we had to go in the street to walk. Linda freaked when she heard and told me I am NOT allowed to go off the curb by myself or ELSE. Then, Jerry and I watched 3 hours of movies. He fed me two chicken snacks and he wrestled with me for 45 minutes. The entire day was all about Choopie and her happiness as it should be. Jerry was the best Valentine date in the world. Thank you for loving me and making me so happy today.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Oh poor Linda. I feel just terrible about last night. I could not control my cat food lust and ate what was left over in Chip's bowl right before bed. I was up 5 times between 12 and 5 a.m. with terrible, terrible gastrointestinal issues. One time it was so bad Linda had to give me a bath because it was all gunked in my fur. She was so calm and patient with me and I love her SOOO much for understanding. She fell asleep after 5 a.m. and had to get up at 8 a.m. to teach her TKD classes. Jerry came to get me while she was gone and we played and wrestled all morning and into the afternoon until she got home. Linda had no time to nap because she had a big church shin-dig that went until 9:00 tonight. There were 8 six-foot tables full of Valentine cookies, brownies and treats! Since she just started her "healthy eating program" she did not have one bite. I am going to try my best not to wake her up at all tonight.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Now that the snow is plowed, Linda is back in the saddle and teaching her normal load . She left early today and did not get home until 6 p.m. It was a very relaxing day, but I did get hungry. I got used to snacking more while Linda was home all week. I spent most of today sleeping in the sun next to Chip. There are "safe" zones in the house, and one of them is our side by side beds by the sliding glass door. We switch beds sometimes too. If I tried to get that close to her on the couch, she would swat me and hiss. Cats are moody and mysterious creatures. I was so excited when Linda came home that she did not have the heart to leave me to go back out to the basketball game. Tomorrow, I'm spending the day with Jerry and Ink cat while she is teaching.
Life is Good!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
This is the reason dogs make good teachers. I did not make this up, I saw it on another site. All of these rules are true and I practice every single one of them:
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them; Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride; Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy; Take naps; Stretch before rising; Run, romp, and play daily; Thrive on attention and let people touch you; Avoid biting when a simple growl will do; On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass; On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree; When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body; Delight in the simple joy of a long walk (or a carry-walk); Be loyal; Never pretend to be something you’re not; If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it; When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.
The sun is shinning bright, the winds have died down and it is beautiful outside. We did a very long carry-walk and I'm exhausted. (I know, even though I'm tucked inside of Linda's coat, the excitement of it all wears me out every time.) Linda's 3 day classes were canceled, but she is teaching her 3 tonight. Looks like things are going to be getting back to normal. That is until Monday when the weather guessers are calling for MORE SNOW!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Not long ago I wrote about a man shopping at a Walmart who peed all over the steaks inside the meat case. Today, a man at an Atlanta Walmart took a baseball bat and smashed 29 flat-screen TV's worth $22,000! What is it about Walmart and people doing strange crimes and dressing funny? This couple had their wedding and reception inside a Walmart during regular business hours. I sense a Walmart reality TV show in the works.
Anytime I get to post about shoplifters stuffing things down their pants, its a very good day. This one involves a man at a Bath and Body Works store. He stuffed 75 bottles of lotion inside his pants and tried to flee the scene. Police said the man had a very hard time running since he was "extremely bowlegged" from all his booty. He was apprehended and the lotions returned to the store. I always wonder if they sell all the returned merchandise crooks stuff in their pants. It probably goes into the sale bins. One day I'm going to go back through all 1,629 posts and recap all the pants-stuff posts into one entry. (My favorite is still the live lobsters and frozen shrimp!)
No one is safe from muggers these days. Not even little tiny Westie dogs. A New York women tied her 10-year old Westie named Lexie outside a supermarket to go buy milk. (Lady... there are dog nappers everywhere, never tie your dog up and leave it.) Not two minutes latter, she came running out to her dog crying and shivering. Some crook had mugged Lexie an took his green wool coat with leather belt and trim. The Lady actually said she was very glad that Lexie wasn't wearing his expensive Burberry coat. Hello? Aren't you a little bit glad that Lexie wasn't dog napped!!
I know you are all sick of snow posts, so here is something different. A man in a South Kitsap (gotta love that town name) Walmart decided to play a practical joke that stunk. He dumped liquid "stink bombs" and sprayed "Super Fart Spray" inside the store. The odor was so putrid that 911 was called and fire and rescue crews were dispatched to the store. Everyone was evacuated while the store was cleaned up and aired out. The man was caught and admitted to the obnoxious stunt. He said he was bored.
If you can't tell by now, I am also very bored and will post just about anything.
Ohhh, I'm glad I'm not this Chihuahua. I've been out on our front step a few times during this weather, but I won't step off into the snow. I do not like it one bit. I found this story for Linda so she will be more careful while she is shoveling. Police in our county said that thieves are targeting homes where a lone women is out front shoveling her driveway and front walk. The crooks are entering through back or side doors that are unlocked and stealing credit cards, cash and jewlery while the women shoveled out front. This has happened during the last two storms. In both cases, the suspect is described as a black man in his 20s who is about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. (The wind is blowing so hard right now that most of the snow on our giant pine tree has been knocked off! I guess there is an upside to everything.)
We woke up to a blizzard. It is snowing so hard you can't really see the street. The newsman said our main road is impassable and treacherous. What Linda shoveled last night was about 1/5 of the new snow that came down while we slept. During the night, Linda heard a couple of big cracks. She thought it was our big tree, but it is still standing. Let's pray it is not our deck getting ready to crash down. Thank God we still have heat and electricity. I really want to do a snow carry-walk, but the wind is so hard that I won't be able to stick my head out of the coat. In a few minutes, Linda is going out to shovel again just to try and stay on top of things. If the winds die down, she said we'll go for a walk after she is done. Too bad Linda does not have this sleeping bag. It would be so warm and cozy to cuddle in when she is done.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Round two of the snow has started. It looks like we will get a lot less, between 10-20 inches. The real problem is going to be strong winds that will cause crazy drifts. Linda has already had all her classes canceled for tomorrow. One of her gyms is closing because the roof has too much snow and they are afraid it will collapse. There is a very high chance the winds will cause our power to go out. We bought some food that does not need cooking and an extra big candle today. Hopefully, our house will stay warm and no trees will fall on it. It sure has been wonderful having her home so much. Even Chip has been cheerier. At least this isn't our car. If this was done as a practical joke I doubt the person was laughing. UPDATE: Linda went out at 9:20 pm for a quick round of shoveling. The same crazy bobcat plowing man was out there in front of her house AGAIN. What is he doing? There are hundreds of other streets in our neighborhood to plow and he spends 6 hours today in front of our house, 3 different times!!! She ran out to guard her driveway and while she was there, she shoveled the the 4 inches that already fell so far.
Here are some Chihuahua's celebrating Valentine's Day a little early. Linda will be posting my very own VD photo, but she is waiting until the 14th. Check out the ears on the pooch on the far left? All this time I thought I had huge ears, but this guy... he looks like he has wings coming out of his head. Next, look at the eyes on the middle Chi with the heart around her neck. It looks like someone just goosed her on the butt!
Linda has been very cheerful shoveling and dealing with the snow... until this morning. She has been having fun keeping the driveway and walks free of snow. It is hard work but great exercise. That all changed this morning. She woke up to find that the snow plow had taken all the snow from the court across the street and piled it in front of her driveway! There was a huge wall of ice crusted, packed, snow! She actually cried. I tried to kiss her and cheer her up, but she was fuming mad. The snow was so hard she could not get the shovel into the top layer to even start shoveling. She cried some more. After calming down, she hacked and chipped her way though it and finally was able to move enough to squeeze her car out of the driveway. As soon as she hears that plow truck coming down the road, she is running outside and giving him a good scolding! UPDATE: The two guys did come back through around noon. One was riding this little Bob Cat tractor, the other had a regular bulldozer. They were smashing into curbs, signs and narrowly missed Linda's brand new mailbox. She ran out and stood at the end of the driveway. Instead of dumping the snow in our driveway, they dumped it in the guys across the street. He came out yelling and screaming at the men. They just ignored him and kept filling it up more.
Another poll that favors pets over men. An overwhelming 78% of women would rather have a pet then a husband. In another poll by Sealy, the mattress maker, 67% of people would rater sleep with their pet then their partners. In the same study, 55% of women said their partner was far more annoying then their pet. Linda is very concerned about this trend. I know she loves me, but she would NEVER put me above her husband. For now, I do cuddle with her every night and she does spoil me a bit. That would all change if a husband was in the picture. Hopefully, she'll stay single! (Just kidding, I would love to have another pack member in the house.)
Monday, February 8, 2010
A survey done by Reuters of 24,000 people found that 21% would rather spend Valentine's Day with their pet then with their spouse or significant other. Is it because pets are just incredibly awesome or people are so unhappy in their relationships? I would like to think its the first one because it is just too sad to believe it is the second.
I'm glad Linda had a fun filled day. She made up for all the time she spent indoors on Friday and Saturday. She went to the Mall and Target to shop with Tierney; then met Jerry out for dinner and more shopping. They went to PetCo and bought me new food, toys and cookies to keep me entertained during the NEXT SNOW STORM which is starting TOMORROW. Yes, another 10-20 inches starting at noon Tuesday. I'm going stir-crazy from not exercising. Later, Linda is going to throw my toy up and down the hall but that hardly qualifies as a walk. Even Tierney noticed I've gained a little weight the last month. This will probably be our street by Friday.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
When Snickers was alive I used to ride him like a pony. He would let me climb up on his back and take a nap. Sometimes I would hang onto his neck and bite his ears while he slept. I miss my big buddy so much. Someone should tell this baby that a cat is not a pony. Or maybe in her case, a cat can be a pony if it does not mind being squished like a pancake.
Sunshine! Blue Skies! Yipee. I keep telling Linda to get her shoes on and take me for a walk since it is not snowing anymore. She keeps telling me that is impossible since the snow is still on the ground, silly dog. Linda is going to go to church this morning and when she gets home, she will take me for a carry-walk down the middle of the street. I have catbin fever, get me out of this house!! UPDATE: After church we went on a snowy carry-me walk. It was so bright with the white snow and sunshine, I had to squint my eyes to see anything. Then Linda shoveled the entire front walkway and a path to the mailbox. You go girl!!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
This will be my last snow post today, I promise. Linda's friend Jane stuck a ruler out on her deck. Check this out; at 4:00 p.m. there was 32" of snow on her deck. They are only a few miles from our house, so it is what we have here too. Linda was thinking of driving around the block just because, but then decided not to. Instead, she is going to eat some Jalapeno Poppers and call it dinner.