Monday, October 04, 2010

We've Moved!

You can now find us -- all the archived posts from this site, as well as new photos and stories featuring my latest guide dog puppy-in-training -- at!

So, since this blog will be going away eventually, don't forget to update your bookmarks, feed readers, etc. Jethro and I appreciate your readership. :)

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Big News Coming

But that's all I'm gonna say for now. :) Give me a few days to collect my thoughts....

Monday, March 08, 2010

Like a Canine Charlie Sheen

Bronx has returned! We've been hosting the now ten-month-old Dog Wonder since Wednesday night. As of this writing -- Monday, lunch time -- he's finally motionless during daylight hours. He and Truman have been playing pretty hard. Fortunately, Roo went to work with my husband today so I could actually get things done around here instead of spending my day breaking up the crazy.

Bronx had "The Big Snip" about a week ago. The good news is, it's much easier to control a male dog if they're neutered early on like this, because the procedure can prevent the formation of difficult-to-break behaviors like territory marking, etc. The bad news is, I'm pretty sure they gave Bronx a Red Bull transfusion at the same time. My husband suspects the vet may have mistakenly added a second pair instead of removing the first.

It has been HumpFest 2010 around here. (I'm sure that'll bring some interesting Web traffic.)

Fortunately, Truman got tired of the abuse yesterday and decided to stop the dominance displays himself instead of waiting for his exhausted humans to pull the little black dog off his back. Way to take the initiative, boy!

In other respects, it's been pretty entertaining to watch them play and wrestle. Bronx is trying a new "snowplow" technique, where he shoves his nose or entire head under the standing Truman in an attempt to -- flip him, maybe? Who knows? When that proves impossible, he bites Truman's leg. There's been a fair amount of snorting and teeth-rattling too, and a noise that sounds remarkably like a hiss. Maybe he's part snake. He's quick enough.

He hasn't moved since I started writing this. I think I'll go check his pulse.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Once, Twice, Three Times a Grumpus

It's hard to believe that The Roo turns three today. THREE! He went to work with my husband, which is his usual Thursday routine, but tonight's celebration will include extra belly rubs and a very special "dessert"...peanut butter.

(Which we have taken to giving code names, by the way, as he has figured out that "peanut butter" also translates to "butter of the peanut" and "butter of the nut of the pea.")

Happy third birthday, my smartypants grump-dog Truman!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

We Had a Big Year

I'm so behind this year that I sent out my Christmas cards late, and without my usual semi-snarky (but fun! come on!) Christmas letter. It's a shame, really, because this year I actually had some significant goings-on to report (in the human department, that is...there always seems to be something four-leggedly significant happening in my home).

I had all sorts of grand plans for the format and the content, but I dare not give away my ideas...there's always next year, when I will hopefully have my life a little more organized. Truly, the way things have been lately (which is to say, swirling around my head in a tornado of activity and circumstantial frenzy), I am most impressed we even got a card put together.

Merry Christmas, everybody. We hope and pray that 2010 will be as unbelievably blessed and joyous for you as 2009 has been for us.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

A Q&A with Bronx

Bronx waited until the last couple of days with us to put on his NaughtyPants. Seriously, he is such a good and sweet little dog...but when he decides to do something against the law, he goes into stealth mode and does it quickly and quietly. Now, I am a vigilant puppy raiser, but this one flew under my radar, and he did it repeatedly.

A Bronx Q&A from the last few days:

Jenny: "What is my shoe doing off the shoe rack? And where is the other one?"
Bronx: "Check the living room, where you were just two minutes ago. It tastes like Disneyland."

Jenny: "Is that an ink pen sticking out of both sides of your mouth?"
Bronx: "Mmhmmf."

Jenny: "Where did my hair tie go? I could have sworn I had it this morning...."
Bronx: "You'll see it again. Probably just after dinner."

Jenny: "What's that giant black lump in the middle of my bed?"
Bronx: "Oh, hi. Enjoy your three-minute bathroom break? The yellow dog just jumped off and ran away, muttering something about the cops, but I'm lovin' this TempurPedic mattress. Wanna join me?"

Jenny: "What are you eating? Open up."
Bronx: "I believe it's excrement. You're gonna wanna wash those fingers."