Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Another Day, Another Escape

As I came home from work today and opened the door, I instantly smelled the smell of dog poop. I opened the interior door and found a smiling happy pup to welcome me home - Probert.

The little master has escaped his crate again! Today's adventure included tearing up the bag of trash from his previous adventure and leaving me a kingly poop on a pillow he took down from the couch (in addition to two other poops).

And so, further crate-reinforcing will be done. I took a picture of the clip that he broke in his last escape.

In better news, here is a cute picture of the pups begging food from the Brown Dog Dad.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Maizy and Probert

What an eventful week we've had! On Monday, Maizy and I started out volunteering at a local "assisted living" facility. It is lovely there and we had a good time meeting with residents as they came and went from dinner. I think once people get used to us being there each week, they'll spend more time chatting.

Maizy did make one great friend though. As we were leaving, a group of ladies was sitting at a big table doing crafts. One liked Maizy a lot and so Maizy went over to see what she was doing. Maizy was sitting between two ladies as they stuffed fleece pillows and petted her. Maizy, who couldn't stand it anymore, slooowwwwllly reached her face over into one lady's lap and gently, with just her front teeth, snatched a corner of the pillow, pulling it back towards her. The ladies laughed and told her she couldn't eat that! She tried to steal the other lady's pillow the same way and when she was foiled again the lady said, "That's okay! I don't like doing this stuff either!" So funny. I think we are going to have a good time there.

In other news, I returned home from work last night to find that Probert, the unstoppable juggernaut, had escaped his crate! This time he had to actually snap through a metal clip to escape, so I'm not even sure how that happened. During his time out in the house he:
-pooped 6 times on the floor
-tore up a pillow form
-made a pile of shoes and hats on the living room floor
-got into the second bedroom and tore open a bag of cat food
-brought the following into the bed: four stuffed ducks (mama, daddy, and babies that I've had since I was a baby... only mom survived), a stuffed rat, a comic book, a box of treats, a bag that used to have a rawhide in it, his collar, the top that I practiced yoga in yesterday, my socks, a pair of neatly-folded jeans, and Wrigley's blanket which was extracted from Wrigley's crate without the crate door being open (Wrigley's crate was moved several feet during this process) - the only things destroyed from this list were the ducks, and anything that was paper or plastic

Seriously, that guy is a maniac!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Marley and Me

If you haven't seen it yet, you should definitely check out the trailer for the new movie Marley and Me, based on the book by John Grogan. The Brown Dog Dad and I were laughing out loud watching it. Reminds me of a young Maizy...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Christmas Card Time!

Once again little model Probert is wagging his tail for the camera to bring in the donations for the rescue that saved his life! Check out his Christmas card design for Measle's Animal Haven and buy a pack of 10 cards for $15.

The back of the card has Probert's bio written by a volunteer at the rescue. It reads: "Proby is our featured Love-A-Bull. Proby is a Measle's Animal Haven success story. He was rescued from an owner who used him for target practice. When he coudln't hit him, he backed over Proby with his pickup truck and then shot fireworks at him as Proby lay writhing on the road. After physical and emotional rehabilitation at Measle's Animal Haven, Proby was adopted into a caring and loving home.
Proby spends his time snuggling with his new family, wrestling with his new siblings, and enjoying his aspiring career as a dog model."

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Bad and the Good

There have been two pup stories in the news lately that have touched me. One is about the horrible situation that happened at High Caliber K-9 Kennel in Youngstown, Ohio. The story (with graphic pictures at the end, so don't scroll down all the way if you don't want to see) is here. For a more personal approach to the story, you can also read a webpage made by the family of one of the dogs that was starved to death at the Nitro Foundation.

The other story is one that I just saw tonight and that nearly made my heart leap out of my chest with it's adorableness. It is about how a stray pit bull saved a woman and child from a knife-wielding attacker. As the woman made her escape in her car, the dog jumped into her back seat. If he is not claimed as a stray in five days, her family plans to adopt him. I think that's so amazing. Read it all here.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Cuddle Probert

As previously posted, Probert can be a maniac in his crate. Sometimes when I come home, I will find that during the day Probert has moved his crate across the room next to Wrigley. He did this a few days ago, I moved him back, and the next day he was over by Wrigley again, so we've left him there. I am trying to think of a new crate arrangement in the bedroom since Wrigley and Probert seem to like being together.

Here is a picture of the previous crate arrangement and the one with Probert's changes (please excuse Maizy's breakfast in the second one, which she's flung all over the floor).

Don't ask me exactly how he does it because I don't know, but they seem to be happy with the new arrangement.