Happy Is My Puppy!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

I'm a Terrible Blogger

MISH MASH OF PICTURES TIME!

Yes, I dyed Daphne pink.
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Happy was afraid of that look.
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People don't believe me that Happy has a tremendous fashion sense. Here he is, not chewing on my shoes, not harming them in any way. He was just trying them on, because he is practically Tim Gunn, I think.
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He's a shagglemuffin again. I think he's the cutest puppy ever to live ever.
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He's so noble. He would totally protect anyone from a bear attack, probably.
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BEST. DOG. EVER.
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Monday, August 20, 2007

Happy Can SWIM!

Happy used to hate water. He hated the ocean. He hated lakes. He hated rain and dewy grass. Now? He can SWIM.

When we first moved to the lake, he'd wade in after a ball a tiny bit. Then I put a doggie lifevest on him, and he would swim if I walked out with him, and again, only to get his precious ball. Now he swims as far out as we can throw the ball, with no vest and no hesitation! (Daphne, on the other hand, is more than content to wait on the beach for his return.)

The go-out:



The grab:


(Meanwhile, this is what Daffy is doing:)

She's crazy, and loves Happy as much as Happy loves tennis balls. (That is a lot of love, people.)

The return:



The post-water-retrieve frolic: (this is a fancy term for "MOOOOOOOO-OOOOM! Make Daphne leave me alone!!!")





Then they dry off. Only, not really, because Poodle hair stays wet for a pretty long time. Also, pretty much everything Happy does outside involves carrying a ball around. We have a strict No Balls In The House Rule, and store them all in a bin outside the front door. That is the first place he goes, even if there is a 4 year old child covered in BBQ sauce who is holding a puppy. (Don't worry, he'll run to that delightful treat as soon as he finds a ball.)




Also, we went to the marina do "help" Jason do this dumb people-counting thing for his work. (And here I thought civil engineers just drive trains and have good manners!) They both got soaked in the ocean, and I got a sunburn. Then the dogs and I sat on the tailgate of the truck until Jason was done. (Even though I was right there, they both kept trying to jump out, which is why they're leashed, plus also there's a bunch of junk in the back of the truck!)






Plus? Some Canadian geese like to be on our lake, right off the shore. The dogs, the fine water retrievers that they are, do not care.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

I CAN HAS GEMITLES BAK?

Our black and white cat's penis got cut off yesterday.

I'm not even kidding.





See, male domestic housecats are prone to having stuff build up in their pee that makes a blockage form in their urethra (that means "pee tube," of course). If you don't treat a blockage as fast as lightning, they can't pee, so urine builds up in their bladder and goes back into the kidneys and everything ruptures and the cat will die a wicked painful death.

If you notice the least favorite of your 3 male cats acting all weird, and licking his dink, and squatting like he's peeing without peeing, and walking around all hunched up, you should take him to the vet, because he probably is blocked, even though you think he just has a urinary tract infection. You know what? You're not a vet, so you shouldn't be surprised when you're wrong.

So, even though you don't particularly love your blocked cat, you take him to the vet and they keep him for 5 days. During these 5 days, they put a catheter in his wiener. They have to put him under for this, and it's $90 to anesthetize the cat. Then that little shit rips his catheter out, so they have to reanesthetize him and put a new one in. You are pleased to hear that your cat has "the smallest, most narrow urethra we've seen in years." It's important to be known for something!

Then when he stays unblocked, they make you take him home. You're well aware that he'll probably block again, and require surgery, since there's not a whole lot more they can do, besides put him down. Even though you don't love him so much, you can't do that, even if it costs you a shitload of money ($900+ so far) because you have some crazy obligation-feeling and think you have to take care of him since you agreed to, you know, take care of him. Logically, though, you want to just shoot him and be done with it. Emotionally, you can't bear to not treat his stupid condition, and it isn't helping that he's letting you hold him on your lap and pet him for the first time in his entire life.

When your cat blocks again on Thursday, you realize it right away. It helps that your husband tells you that he was acting oddly that morning, and to keep an eye on him. So, you do, and your eye tells your brain that he's blocking, and needs to go back to the vet. When you get there, you agree to the surgery that needs to be done, and you chat with the vet, who really likes you, because you're financing her summer house, and also because you're a good pet owner. You like her back, because she listens to you ramble about the benefit of PenHip over OFA, and she agrees with you.

Then you leave your cat there. When you leave him, you say, "Goodbye, Lunchbox," because that's his name. When your husband brings him home, you say, "Hello, Ladybox," because that's his name. Because, you see, they charged you $800 and cut your cat's penis off.


They cut your cat's penis right off, and made a big old hole in his backside for him to pee out of. So, your cat not only doesn't have any testicles, since he was neutered when he was a tiny kitten in the shelter, but now your cat doesn't even have a penis. He just has a shaved ass-area, an acre of sutures, and an Elizabethan collar. You would have taken pictures, but it's really, incredibly gross. What's more gross is that you're supposed to clean his disgusting wound like 3 times a day, and squirt wound-juice into his new pee hole, which is shockingly huge and also gaping.

But, after all that, you actually love your cat a lot more than you ever did. He's sweeter and cuddlier and loves you more than he ever did, mostly because he's in pain and scared and he misses his 2 brothers who still have penises. You love him a lot now, because, as your father used to say to you, even though you're still not sure if it was a good thing or not, you "love (him) the most because (he) needs it."

Here's Ladybox back when he was a little kitten and was still called Lunchbox:



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Friday, July 27, 2007

I's Not Da Onlyiest Puppy Now- by HAPPY

Deer Reeders:

Once I's da only puppy.
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Den I's have a friend called Loki. We was da bestest friends you ebber did saw.
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Den a sad day camed to me and her and Mumma and Dada and Loki gotted sick and she wented to da veteren's and nebber cameded home to me. Becuz Mumma and Dada was so sad, theys gotted me this many new kittybrudders: 1 2 3!
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Dey gots to be calleded RipRap (he be orange!) and Cupcake (he be white and orange and taste just like cupcake!) and Lunchbox (he be black and white and taste like pizza!) and I love dem to eat and dey love me to hide from!!! LOL!
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Den dis one day I think last week or mebee tomorrow (days is hard to know when you's a puppy like I is!) I woked up in the morning and mumma was tolding me a story about how I's getting new sister!!!
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I's tolded her: WHAT A SISTER IS, MUMMA?
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She tolded me dat sister is a new PUPPY. Dat is grate news! Also it was times for breakfast and dat is da BEST news.
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Dada and Mumma and me gotted into da truck. I's have to wearing a seatbelt. Safety be stupid and bad for fashion LOL!
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Den we droved and droved and droved for mebee a year or a one minute. Den we gotted out of da truck and dere was dis PUPPY for me to look at! Her name be DAFFNEE! DAPHNE! (Dat hard to spell!)
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She cameded home wid me and Mumma and Dada and runned in my yard wid me!
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She jumpeded on me when I's fetchin' my ball for Dada.
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She stooded on da dock wid me and lookeded at da lake wid me!
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Den when I's think it time to go inside my house, she comeded in der wid me! I tolded her I's don't mind if she stay wid me forever or three hours if she want to.
Some of da kitties tolded her dat too.
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I's bigger den her, but she gots biggerer hairs den me.
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She pretty and gots nice smell to her. I's be a good big brudder to her!
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She nice PUPPY. She stay wid me and be my new friend. She just be a PUPPY so I's be nice to her and not LOL when she poop on da floor becuz ebbrybody know you poop outside!!!

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She crazy but not crazy like me is what Mumma tolded me.
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DE END.

LUV,

HAPPY

Monday, July 16, 2007

YAY YAY YAY YAY!

Guess what this Friday, July 20th is? (Besides National Lolipop Day and National Robin Hood Day, of course.)

It's Getting Our New Puppy Day!

Here's the story of our new puppy.

Once upon a time, I finally broke Jason down into saying that we could get another Standard Poodle as our next dog. We decided that now to about 3 months from now would be ideal to add a new dog, since we're planning on eventually adding a baby person to the mix, and don't want to deal with a new baby AND a new puppy. We are nuts, but not that nuts. (You wanna see people who are that nuts and then some? Head to my sister Kelli's puppy blog. She and Todd have 4 Border Collies under the age of two. I think that's a clear sign for the state to intervene in their care.)

So I emailed Karen, Happy's breeder, asking if she knew of anyone who had an older puppy or adult Standard that needed a home. GOOD NEWS FOR US, because she did!

Here is what Happy said at that awesome news:

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"Hailey," as she's called right now, is a 5 month old cream girl. If you recall, Happy wasn't my first choice for a puppy; I wanted a cream male, but they got all born deadish, so it was the only boy, Mr. There's a Sale at the Gap for me!

It seems that Hailey (we're thinking of renaming her "Lulu") has a little pigmentation problem in the nose and eyerim department resulting in a "pink" nose, but that is a minor, dog show thing, and doesn't have an effect on her temperament or health.

Heeeeeeeeeeere's Hailey/Lulu!

At 11 weeks:
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Also at 11 weeks:
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At 14 weeks:
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At 5 months:
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At 5 months with her sister, the show-girl:
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At 5 months, being wicked cute and sweeeeeeet:
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I love her so much.

Just for reference, here's You Know Who at 11 weeks:


And at 14 weeks:


And at 5 months:


And now, at 1 year, 11 months:
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I AM VERY EXCITED FOR THIS!