Gender-Based Assumptions About My Dog (UPDATED)

My dog and I recently celebrated our eighth adopt-a-versary. Since I also treat that day as her birthday, and the vet estimated that she was about two years old when I got her, that means that last month was her tenth birthday. She has been recovering from knee surgery since early June, so it was a very low-key celebration. I do plan on doing a bit more to celebrate when she’s off restricted duty.

She likes to sleep a lot anyway, so her "light duty" assignment works out okay most of the time.

She likes to sleep a lot anyway, so her “light duty” assignment works out okay most of the time.

Since she has been confined to a crate for more than a month, and since we have had numerous people coming and going through our house for various reasons (e.g. the squirrel urine problem that I still don’t want to talk about here), I have noticed something that has always happened, but that happens much more frequently under the present circumstances. To paraphrase a typical exchange with a visitor, in dramatic form: Continue reading


Monday Morning Cute: Dog vs. Deer

This is how I imagine this conversation going down:


Dangit, dog, for the last time, I’m a deer, and I don’t feel like playing. I’m trying to eat this overgrown shrub.

You’re just gonna keep standing there until I play with you, aren’t you? [Sigh.]


Dog, I’m not going to—oh hell no! Continue reading


Monday Morning Cute: Uh, Teamwork?

I have no idea what’s going on in this GIF, but it’s oddly adorable.

Image by maytheforcebealwaysinyourfavor on Imgur.


Happy Birthday to Z

In all the excitement of the past week or two, with my dog’s knee surgery, the removal of multiple squirrel nests—and the associated squirrel urine stench—from our attic (more on that in a later post, perhaps), and this weekend’s 48-Hour Film Project, I nearly forgot that today is a pretty important milestone.

Eight years ago today, a beautiful young blonde woman came into my life. I can’t really think of many other ways keep this vague: I’m talking about my dog, Zeta.

Since I have no idea exactly how old she is, or when her actual birthday is, we treat June 14 as her birthday. The vet estimated that she was about two years old at her first exam back in 2007, so we’re treating today as her tenth birthday.

Or we would be treating today as her tenth birthday if we hadn’t all gotten so distracted by everything else going on. Zeta’s pretty oblivious to everything, anyway, given that she’s only one week into her surgery recover. Here she is earlier today: Continue reading


Monday Morning Cute: Cats and Dogs Doing Cat and Dog Stuff

First, we have a few cat GIFs I found on Tumblr (h/t Sarah Jeong).

Here is the now-famously-curious Pallas’ cat:

They’re definitely not pets, but they’re certainly photogenic and meme-able: Continue reading


Monday Morning Cute: Adoptable Cuteness in Austin

A little over a week ago, I spent my Saturday morning at Austin Animal Center, and got to know a few dogs that are almost too cute to describe. So here are some pictures instead.

This is Apple (A698628), a ridiculously adorable pittie/Shar-Pei mix. Her fur feels like velvet. It was an incredible struggle not to take her home with me right then. We already have two dogs, though, and I don’t know if they want another sister.

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She has been moved over to the Town Lake Animal Center facility, I hear. She was named Peaches when I met her, but they renamed her Apple because there’s already a Peaches at that facility.

Juno (A696564) and Ford (A698086) are quite the pair. I forget Juno’s breed, but Ford is a black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix. He combines the rambunctiousness of a Lab with the size of a Great Pyrenees. He’s a bit young and excitable, but he’s awesome. Juno is a master of composure and patience in his presence.

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As a bonus, before we move on, here’s a brief bit of my encounter with Ford. He’s very lively: Continue reading


Pittie Reverse Psychology

BuzzFeed published a listicle on Monday entitled “24 Reasons Why No One Should Ever Have A Pit Bull As A Pet” (h/t Alice and others).

Lest you start to get angry at yet another misguided attempt to malign an awesome type of dog, it’s a trick! They love pitties!!! The listed reasons are all along the lines of “They might be too cute!” and “They love hugs too much!”

Sharky (RIP) figures prominently in several of the list items, which is as it should be, because Sharky is awesome and beautiful and wonderful and he will live forever in our hearts!!!!!!!!

I appreciate this comment exchange on BuzzFeed, though, especially Rebecca’s contribution: Continue reading


Monday Morning Cute: Dogs Doing Stuff

Leftovers go to the dish pit:

Pugs love to play with balls. ALL OF THE BALLS!!! Continue reading


Monday Morning Cute: Oscars Edition

Feast won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film last night. Here’s the trailer:

I didn’t know anything about the film before the awards show, but I support any film in which a dog is the hero. The whole thing (all six minutes, fourteen seconds of it) is available on YouTube, Amazon, or iTunes for $1.99. Don’t torrent it, though, dude. That’s cold. Continue reading