Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
'WHO DID THIS?!?'
Wooo! Now that's enough to send shivers down any Dog Woods Canine spine - guilty or otherwise we find ourselves scooting for cover!
When the Chief raises her voice A mere TONE it's as if someone's suddenly turned the volume of the audio speakers FULL BLAST. While a mere tone would not be much to the human ears but to a dog of highly developed hearing, it's not only startling, it's terribly unnerving. Makes the pitter-patter of our doggy hearts race big time - not in a very pleasant way.
It's worst when anyone of us is caught red-paw-ded in the act. The guilty would have the embarassing 'honour' of having his or her name used in as ONE of those THREE (dreaded) Words i.e.:-
'(Insert Guilty Dog WOods Canine's name)!!!! That's ENOUGGGHHHHHH!!!!'
Yesterday evening, it was Joe. He discovered his toy rubber bone that the Chief confiscated for fear of him chewing and swallowing the toy. Thrilled with his precious discovery he didn't want any of us Dog Woods Pack within 5 feet proximity from him and his precious toy. This TOP DOG unfortunately is not very good at estimating spatial distance. It turns out from Joe's point of measurement Tuffy Lord of Dog Woods happen to be 4 ft away ...
Joe chewing on very very robust doggy dumbell
Needless to say, yours dog-gedly got jumped on. If it had not been for the Chief's appalling loud yell and her intervention (the water hose clears out any canine disputes in a jiffy!) .. Joe would have gone on thumping innocent bystander me. The Chief's has again confiscated the toy bone which has been the cause of Joe's aggressive outburst. This time it's kept under lock and key!
So! If those three words are so scary, why has it not deterred us Dog Woods Pack from committing further misdemeanors? Well... simply ... we can't help it! Treats simply must be gobbled down, immaculate landscapes be dug up and well, some pup will eventually be thumped - whether he deserves it or not. It's what we canines do ... and sometimes there's simply no justifying our actions. We are canines after all and we operate according to the canine means of programming not humans.
It's a good thing the Chief uses her decibel prowess quite sparingly - else with the number canine of misdemeanors happening daily, other Cat City inhabitants strolling by Dog WOods would think the Chief's gone barkingly mad !
All ended well yesterday. I was rattled but unscathed. Didn't have much time to feel sorry for myself because the Chief gave me some yummy beef jerky treats to calm my nerves. Wrroooo! :)
Sunday, March 29, 2009
The Dog Woods TOP DOG looking real pleased ...
Snoopy & Anna : Happily Chomping away ...
Friday, March 27, 2009
I have to admit, this Dog Father is feeling somewhat nostalgic today. I found some old photos the Chief took of the Fur Kids up to no good. They made me chuckle ... and they made me think of the Fur Kids that have gone to their new Furever Homes.
Sure I complain about them being irritating and how they get in my way all the time but its just my gruff macho TOP DOG way of saying ' I wuv you..'
They've grown so quickly ... much TOO quickly, I have to add. Where did ALL that time go!?Once a brief moment ago, they were tiny little bundles of fur ... waddling all over the place. All tails and licks. Getting into the Pack's ears, mouth, eyes, your lags ...
This TOP DOG remembers quite fondly how the Chief could fit and carry all NINE of them in a basket. Their first outing out of the Den ... it seemed like only yesterday they were wee helpless puppers mewing for their Momma. Such a stark contrast ... looking at how the Chief struggles and staggers just to lift ONE pup into the showers ... judging at how fast they are growing, they'll soon be uncarry-able ... by the Chief's standards.
The Fur Kids today are nearly as big, if not bigger than I am (thanks to their Momma's Dobie genes), run faster than Snoopy and I (can't help its, Bassets have short legs...), and have barks that this Dog Father, their Momma and the Dog Woods Pack are very proud off! At the rate they are progressing I'd soon have to field them into the Dog Woods Pack proper!
I suppose on the comforting side, am glad I still have FOUR of my Fur Kids with me. Not quite as many licks and wags but I sure wuv them to bits and no I've not stopped loving the other Kids that have since found new homes. Speaking of which, I must give my other Fur Kids living with their new families a holler-woo just to see how they're doing and keep them updated with the happenings at Dog Woods.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
It's Thursday with Snoopy this week.
Let me tell you a thing or two about the weather in our neck of the woods. While it may be the envy of some (who's presently experiencing cold, wet weather), the level of humidity of the tropics is not only giving us heat prone canines a hard time but also the for some pups who've got sensitive-r skin than others (like yours truly), it's a real pain!
Damp-ness and canine skin folds are rich breeding ground for pesky itch, somefin about yeast ...?
I once had long velvety ears as a wee pup but that sadly have been a thing of the past. To date, I've had more tests, pokes, prods and jabs from the V-E-T than all Dog Woods Pack put together. He's since concluded, apart from the yeast infection, I also have a certain allergy to the Grass! How terrible ... when that's the nicest thing to roll about in!
The Chief too has tried her best to get my ears back to what it once was. She's tied my ears up (like a wabbit I looked!) when I had my meals, she even got me special tall food bowls, changed my diet, got me special shampoos, powders ... I won't say her efforts were not in vain, the other angry red itchy folds around my body have since healed but sadly, not my ears. *Boo Hoo!*
What the Chief's not tried yet is change the weather at Dog Woods ... making it less humid. That would mean keeping me in the air-conditioned rooms indoors 24/7 and I don't think I like that at all ! I love running around out doors unleashed, wrestling with Tuffy, lolling about with the Fur Kids way too much!
Beautiful long velvety ears or Freedom? I'd choose Freedom any time!! I've accepted the fact that I'll never be SHOW DOG material ... but I sure am a Happy Basset!
Arf! I blink-ed!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
And as all shower paw-ties, there's always the towels involved. Give a dog a chamois towel and we'd squeeze plenty of creative play out of it ...
b) Towel Ear Plugs
- Tubby on the art of selective hearing as Wally yaps on ....
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Nine Fur Kids and Five Dog Woods Pack would be a little too much to handle ... as it is, I have trouble walking without being swamped by barrage of overly affectionate licks and wriggles. I know my Fur Kids mean well ... but it sure gets a little irritating sometimes when they get into path (I've tripped on them more than once), food, fur and water. We have space, yes we do ... but why is it that we canines all insist on huddling up (i.e. fur in one's mouth, someone's paw up one's butt) in one tiny spot!
Coming to that decision of allowing my Fur Kids to be adopted was a hard one. The other very hard decision was WHICH Fur Kid ... ohhhh, believe you me, their Momma and I agonized for weeks!
Being a very concerned Dog Father I made sure I did a good long sniff on the prospective new families' background. To be doubly sure, I hired the K9-Bureau-of -Investigation (KBI) to dig into their backgrounds. Looks like the families who the Kids have gone too are clean, canine loving humans ... no matter how sad we are to see them leave, it's a comfort to know that they have found good homes.
c) Eva - who now have two furry Labrador brothers in her new family and apparently has worked her paw up to being TOP DOG
But all too soon, our Treat-Ful moment came to and abrupt end, no fault of the humans though. We made our plea for more ... but we were shown we had already scoffed down TWO bagful in one sitting!
'CHEW not GOBBLE!' the Special Assistant squeals in exasperation ...
Sunday, March 22, 2009
This be what the Chief wrote to us today regarding the Couple of Bark-day Paw-ties Per Week Pitch. I had Snoopy to analyse the letter and the smart cookie says there's nothing to analyze.
Request DENIED. :P
But somehow it doesn't feel so bad. At least we still get to paw-ty daily! Woooo!!!
Am afraid having at least a couple of bark-day pawties a human week complete with Bark-day Cakes, treats and all is simply out of the question.
Have you measured the size of your expanding hips lately? Your diet obviously is NOT working, judging from the fact that you all almost always succeed in manipulating me to give you treats in between your meals.
Besides, at the rate you roly-poly pupper-ties are paw-tying i.e. running around unleashed daily, wrecking havoc in the gardens, dig, wrestle, tear, chew and chase each other for the entire day almost and then collapse in a happy contented furry heap in hopefully anticipation of treats or the next meal; For any Bark-day Paw-ty celebration to be 'felt' in Dog Woods'Pack daily gala of a time instance, you'd all have to have to undergo a drastic change of lifestyle i.e. be confine in some kind of space where you're unable to do much demolition work, have a reduction of treats and meals, play alot less ...
I don't think that lifestyle would do very well with the Dog Woods Pack especially since you poochies are accustom to Daily Paw-tying.
Now, please don't inteprete it as my loving you any less. Just from a health point of view a couple of Bark-day Cakes and more treats a week is a little too much for you poochies. But having said that, that doesn't rule out a occassional Bark-day Cakes and special treats a year. While the Paw-tying (i.e. the mad wild stampeding about) and demolition work I believe (quite resignedly) I can deal with ...
The Big Chief
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Being nice, cute and furry like us canines at Dog Woods (minus the bark), our new clever furry friends have taught us all a thing or two about the 'Wriggling Crawling Formation.
While this here be Dexter doing his own version of the side wriggle...
This here be Brandi and Dexter doing the 'Caterpillar Extension' while I supervised
My furry caterpillar friends who were also the judges of the crawling contest were most impressed. In fact, they went on to conclude that at the rate we're showing such ingenious versions of Caterpillar wriggling crawls (including the 'deluded earthworm'), we'd all definitely pass our Initiation test and be fielded in as the FIRST Canine Caterpillar Cadets! Bow-wow-wow!!
I use a doggy dumbell in Dog Woods but if you don't have one you could use any of your favourite toy or plastic bottle ...
The most important step before any dog-xer-cise is the warm ups. Now, warm-ups are very important because we don't want to end up straining or injuring any of our hunky ripped muscles.
The simplest and possibly the best warm-ups in the sphere of dog-xer-cise is wagging one's tail. So, fur friends out there, wag ya tail to your heart's content! Good way to jump start your metabolic rate too esp. when your human's have made more than many jibes about your weight (I hear ya vo-lup-chew-us Suzuki!).
When we're nicely warm and limber ... (when are we ever not?!), the next step comes the actual dog-xer-cise!
First, position the dumbell (or toy or plastic bottle) to the left of snout, open wide and sink your pearly whites in and CHEW! That's it. Chew! Chomp to the left! Work those jaw muscles now ... Chomp 1 and 2 and 3 and 4! and ...
Chomping chew to the left
...Change sides! Chew RIGHT! Chomp 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 ... That's it... Work those right jaw muscles now!
Now, chew on your sides!! Chomp 1, Chomp 2, Chomp 3 ... and flip over to the other side and Chew! Chomp 1 & Chomp 2 & Chomp 3 ...
Chewing Up-side Down!Phew!! ... now that's quite a chewing wor- out, I'd say! You would like to repeat if don't think you're not working your muscles enough... but usually a complete set of chomping chews for this TOP DOG is enough to keep my handsome face and jaw muscles looking trim and sleek. ;)
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
These a couple of my Fur Kids practicing what they learnt from their astutely wise Dog Father, TOP DOG of Dog Woods.
Incase, you're wondering, today's lesson was on the 'art of looking sad'....
Now gentle readers, you may all be wondering of all lessons a Dog Father is to teach his Fur Kids, why dwell on looking sad ...? Shouldn't looking sad come as naturally as looking happy? What is there to teach, any ways ...?
Brandi being a pain in the b*** ....
My Fur Kid tried to help but Brandi (that's her name) got more in the way than anything else!! She didn't even know where or what the tools were even if I had patiently described them for her from under the car ...