It’s been a little over a year since I’ve taken a bit of a vacation from being a blog dog, so I think it’s about time for a small break. Make sure you check back next Monday for the regularly scheduled blogging goodness!
Tomorrow is that special day when all the humans gather around a magnificently golden turkey and tell each other all the things that they are thankful for. Obviously, if I was at that table I would vote to completely skip that part and just dive right into the yummy food. Instead of having a seat with the humans, I’m usually sequestered to under the table or, if I’m naughty and try to table surf, the spare bedroom. This means I’m left out of the little thanking ritual. Luckily I have this blog so I can let everyone know what I am thankful for!
What I, Prudence, possibly the most adorable pup ever, am thankful for…
Having a grocer who sells oxtail.
Having a human who doesn’t mind feeding me those oxtails and other raw bones (and sometimes having to hold them while I chew).
My nanny and aunty who take me out to potty when my mom is in classes.
My gramp who often smuggles yummy goodies for me in his pockets.
My various blogger friends who link to my blog and help spread my cuteness around the world.
Angelica who brings me treats and sometimes Leo’s left overs. And of course Leo himself who is willing to share (something I still have problems doing).
Of course the biggest thing I’m thankful for is all of my wonderful blog readers as well as my friends on Twitter and Facebook. You all are a big part of the reason why I get out and bark on this blog every day. I hope you all have a wonderful and tummy-filling Thanksgiving!
Happy tail wags!
One of the human’s favorite Turkey Day activity (besides consuming the actual turkey) is watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Mine, however, is watching The National Dog Show which airs just after the parade. Each year, new dog breeds are allowed to compete in the show. This year a total of six new breeds are going to be a part of the action. Here are the new breeds and the groups they will be competing under.
Boykin Spaniel- Sporting Group(photo source)
Cane Corso- Working Group(photo source)
Bluetick Coonhound- Hound Group(photo source)
Redbone Coonhound- Working Group(photo source)
Turkey Day is going to be great fun! Will you be watching The National Dog Show?
Happy tail wags!
Last Tuesday night, fifteen chihuahuas finished their long journey from Los Angeles, California to the Humane Society of Knox County in Thomaston, Maine. Sound familiar? Last May I wrote about another group of fifteen chihuahuas who made the same journey. The newest additions were all able to make the trip to give them a better chance at finding a forever homes due to the adoptions fees of the original fifteen. This program has been deemed the “Many Happy Returns” program and has already almost reach it second complete success in less than a weeks time.
On Saturday, my mom and my not-related aunt Angelica went to the HSKC to spend some quality socialization time with the chihuahuas. Out of the fifteen arrivals, only three were left (one of which was being adopted right then and there!). Twelve chihuahuas had already found their forever homes!
Anyway, mom and Angelica spent some time with the remaining two chihuahuas, Joe and Arnie.
Both petite and incredibly adorable, Joe was quite curious and independent where Arnie was quiet and observant. It seemed mom was quite smitten with Joe (and I hear she may have even asked nanny to let her have him for her Christmas present. What a scoundrel!) as his personality reminded her of me, minus the curly hair of course.
As of Saturday, both pups were still available for adoption, but seeing how fast the others were adopted, they may have already found their forever homes. If you live near the Thomaston area and are interested in adopting either Arnie or Joe, please visit the HSKC or call them at 594-2200.
Happy tail wags!
Source: Village Soup
When the humans really want to get my tail wagging, all they have to say is “let’s go to the park.” Usually “the park” means the Rockport Harbor park, but sometimes I get a jolly good surprise by being taken to other parks in our area. In fact, the photo from yesterday’s post was taken during one of our park excursions.
More often than not, these parks are strictly on-leash only as they aren’t fenced in and aren’t dog specific. Because of this, these outings are less for exercise and are more for mental stimulation. All dogs need some mental stimulation in their lives, and being able to sniff the grass to read other dogs’ pee mail is a great way to do that! Parks also offer some good socialization time as they are often occupied by other humans and sometimes other furry beasties (like Wilson!). I love to greet other dogs in the park. I usually get so excited, mom has to put me in a sit until I’m calm enough to approach them. I don’t really know why, but according to my friend Leo, I’m kind of scary when I’m excited.
Parks that allow dogs have rules, like the leash rule, so make sure you keep on the look out for signs and poo bag dispensers. While Rockport Harbor does provide poo bags for easy clean-up, I have been to a few parks that don’t, so bringing a few extra bags is never a bad idea. And though a park visit may not be too strenuous on the muscles other than the brain, water and a travel dish is a good idea as well.
Out of all the places I visit with my humans, parks are very likely at the top of my list. Are there any parks you like to take your pups to? Do you have any great park tips that I may have missed?
Happy tail wags!
Over the weekend, members of the pet blogging community spent 24 hours of their time blogging to help raise money for a little human named Bradyn who is in need of a service dog. Four year-old Bradyn suffers from uncontrollable epilepsy. His family has been trying to gather the $13,000 to get little Bradyn a pup from 4 Paws for Ability to help comfort him during scary times, give him a cuddly distraction from procedures that may be unpleasant, and to help alert Bradyn’s parents if he has a seizure in the middle of the night.
The second annual blogathon kicked off on Saturday at 11 am PST (mom and I had to wait until 2 pm our time) and involved the skillful blogging talents of Dr. V from Pawcurious (the genius behind this pawesome event), Michelle Maskaly from My Tail Hurts from Wagging So Much, Dr. Janet Tobiassen Crosby from Aboutvetmed.com, and Dr. Shawn Finch from Riley and James. Three other bloggers, Jen Cleere from Fetching Tags, Felissa, Davinia, and Indiana from Two Little Cavaliers, and Dr. Laci Schaible from Vet Live and one painter, BZTAT, blogged or painted for other causes such as helping another human who needs a service dog, Boggs Mountain Humane Shelter, World Vets, and to help a pup named Flower who needs a $2,5o0 surgery.
Each participant blogged (or in BZTAT’s case, painted) every hour straight for 24 hours. There were guest posts galore as well as oodles of wonderful prizes (like one of my mom’s squeaky penguins!). Biscuits by Lambchop held virtual scavenger hunts with the winners taking home some of their delicious treats. The crew at My Tail Hurts from Wagging So Much live streamed a dog biscuit baking session with Toby the chihuahua taste testing all the goodies. Brave Dr. V cooked up and ate an interesting looking meal using World’s Best Cat Litter as the main ingredient.
As the hours ticked by (mom and I could only last until 12 am our time) the funds for Bradyn and the other causes started getting higher and higher. As of 8 pm PST Sunday night, $2,400 had been raised for Bradyn! This isn’t even including a few more contributions as well as the auction results from BZTAT’s paintings (if you would like to check out the paintings or even place a bid, click here). It’s amazing how humans will rally to help those in needs and all the incredible things they will do to prompt involvement.
If the blogathon goes off as scheduled next year, keep your eyes peeled for a little shaggy pup who is throwing her paw into the blogging ring.
Happy tail wags!
P.S. Bradyn’s family is still taking donations, so if you would like to donate, please check out this link.
On Monday I talked about my puppy love for a little scamp named Hamilton Wesley Wigglebottom. Though he himself is quite diminutive, his name is quite a mouthful and not to mention kind of odd. It seems more and more humans have left behind the notion that dogs need to have “dog-like” names along the lines of Fido or Spot. It has even become that of a trend to name pets something unconventional. VPI Pet Insurance has sourced their company’s database and found the 50 wackiest dog and cat names. Here are the top five:
- Pickles Von Corndog: So named because of his resemblance to a pickle.
- Lord Chubby Pruneface: Named after his humans’ favorite restaurant, “Chubby’s”, and because his face looked like a prune.
- Badonkadonnk: Badonkadonnk’s humans because attached to the word after hearing it on television.
- Ninjastarr Dangerrock: Previously named Cinderella, Ninja was named after her ninja-like fetching skills.
- Molly McBoozehound: Named so because her markings apparently make her look like she’s coming off a night of heavy drinking.
- Purr Diem: So named after her unique purr.
- Bing Clawsby
- Cleocatra: Cleocatra’s human wanted her to have a name with “cat” in it and Cleocatra was the first thing to pop in her mind. Her kitty sibling’s name is Neferkitty.
- Admiral Pancake: So called Admiral because of him being found on a boat. His full name is actually Admiral Pancake Esteban.
- Optimus Pants: Almost called just Pants, the Optimus part came from his human’s affinity toward “Transformers.”
These names are very unique and if dog’s could giggle, I’d be rolling on the floor right now. For the full top 50 of each, please check out this list.
Happy tail wags!
I have three distinct shivers. The first, which is really more like a shake than a shiver, usually occurs when I see the humans getting ready to leave the house. My nerves, in thinking I may not be able to join them, get the best of me. The second set of shivers starts when excitement begins to build inside my furry body. This anticipatory shiver is a result of seeing a rather chaseable squirrel, or watching the slow progression of my treat bearing grandfather-human from his car to my house. The third shiver, which can sometimes be imperceptible to the humans, starts when I get a chill from the cold. While being cold isn’t exactly a life threatening experience, it can be kind of uncomfortable and sometimes forces me to seek the warmth of blankets when I’d rather be following my mom around the house. This is why I wear clothing.
While it’s true that some of the things I wear, like this Howl-o-ween’s donkey costume and the few birthday dresses I have are more frivolous than utilitarian, the majority of my wardrobe is for functional use. Even still, some humans give me a funny look when they see me wearing one of my fashionable yet entirely sensible ensembles. There are even some who I hear ask my humans “does she like being forced to wear clothing?” While it’s true that I haven’t made the decision to be dressed (I mean I can’t exactly ask to be dressed with words that humans understand), my mom would never “force” me do anything that would make me uncomfortable (wait, I take that back. Bathes definitely fit into the uncomfortable category). It can be said that some dogs don’t like to be dressed and will do anything to remove the offending material, but I am not one of them. In fact, I have come to associate being dressed with good things (mostly going outside with my humans) so it’s not an uncommon site to see me absolutely tail-waggingly giddy as my mom rifles through my wardrobe to find the perfect hoodie or shirt. And truthfully, I’d rather look a little silly than be cold and shivery.
Happy tail wags!
If you’re a friend of mine on facebook, you’ll probably have noticed my latest obsession with a tiny little French Bulldog puppy named Hamilton Wesley Wigglebottom.
The internet, myself included, doesn’t know much about this adorable pooch besides his name, breed, that he was 6 weeks old at the time of his first video (above), and that his cuteness rivals mine.
I don’t mind sharing the adorablilty spotlight with this charming little pooch. Just don’t tell my mom, I don’t want her getting any ideas.
To see more Hamilton videos, please visit his youtube page.
Happy tail wags!