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Pablo would like to congratulate this year’s winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest–Yoda, a 14-year-old Chinese-crested chihuahua mix. In its 23rd year, the contest, held on June 24th in the Sonoma-Marin County Fair in Petaluma, California, raises awareness about rescue dogs and the dangers of in-breeding.
Being plum ugly brought Yoda and her proud owner, Terry Schumacher, a $1,000 prize. That amount of cash can buy a whole lot of chew toys. Congrats, Yoda! You’re sitting pretty!
K sent me a post from Neatorama about a new fad in China–people dyeing their pets to resemble wild animals, like the panda/dog (I think it’s a chow) in the above photo. Whatever floats your boat, right?
It got me wondering what wild animal Pablo resembles. Maybe if we dyed his fur gray, he’d look a bit like a Koala? What do you think?
Okay, make that Take Your Dog to Work Day. And it’s tomorrow, Friday the 24th. So Pablo would like to remind all his doggie friends lucky enough to be going to an office to be on their best behavior. And thanks to all those working dogs out there who go to work every single day! (Of course, Pablo counts himself in their ranks. After all, he’s a lap dog and no canine on Earth works harder to keep any lap in his vicinity from remaining empty.)
If you’re planning on bringing your dog to the office tomorrow, here are some helpful hints from the American Kennel Club:
Survey the scene. Before bringing your dog to the office, take a look around and pet-proof your space. Secure all cabinets and trash cans that contain food. Remove anything smaller than a tennis ball or items within your pet’s reach that have sharp edges or could be a choking hazard. Cover any exposed electrical cords or outlets to prevent burns and electrocution as the result of chewing.
Mind your dog’s manners. You should only take well-trained and housebroken dogs to work with you. Make sure your pooch is socialized and safe around strangers. If your dog is unnerved by changes in environment or social situations, the attention and strange noises associated with an office may cause your dog undue stress.
A healthy dog means a happy coworker. You would stay home from work if you were sick and so should your dog. If your pup has a contagious condition, it is best he stay at home. It is also very important to make sure he is up to date on all of his vaccinations.
Keep your pooch pristine. Make sure your dog is clean and well-groomed before you take him to the office. A dirty dog might cause co-workers to complain.
Bring the necessities. Make sure you bring the necessities your dog needs with you, such as bowls, food, quiet chew toys, treats, clean up bags and a leash.
Supervise! Keep an eye on your dog at all times. Be mindful of those who might be afraid of your dog and people who are allergic to him.
Pablo wants to wish all you dads out there a Happy Father’s Day! And to give a special shout-out to the pug who sired him: Sisnben’s Moonlancer.
But the real test of being a dad isn’t who provided the sperm, it’s who picks up the poop. K wins that honor, hands down. So let’s raise a glass to K and all the other dads who feed, walk, and love their furry adopted sons and daughters.
The pug pictured above is from a Victorian postcard. Doesn’t he look the tiniest bit scared?
Yesterday we grilled and ate dinner out on the back deck. Pablo, of course, kept us company begging for scraps of burger and chips. Miss Rita also wandered outside and took up her familiar perch on the railing. A murder of crows took notice of her feline presence and began circling overhead, cawing loudly. As longtime readers of this blog may remember, Miss Rita has a checkered past when it comes to our feathered friends. She caught several and killed one last year.
Apparently birds have long memories. The crows’ caws brought out a whole slew of birds, robins prominent among them. Yes, robins! Swooping down, the kamikaze birds aimed straight for Miss Rita. Each time one flew past her, she jumped and tried to swipe at it. It brought to mind the scene in King Kong when the mighty ape is on top of the Empire State building being attacked by fighter jets.
The battle raged throughout our meal, and I feared that either Rita would slip from her perch or that she would snare one of the birds. Luckily, neither happened. But Miss Rita had better beware. Now on the birds’ Most Wanted list, she’s the Osama Bin Laden of cats.
Pablo has a new nickname: Mr. Saran Wrap. Why? Because he’s super clingy. I don’t know what’s up with him, but lately he insists on being upstairs with me while I work in my office. Before he was content to stay downstairs in his dog bed. My office doesn’t have a comfy spot, so he spends the day under a table in the guest bedroom on a down comforter.
Each time I go downstairs (to answer the door, get the mail, have lunch), Mr. Saran Wrap insists on going with me. When I go back upstairs, he stays below gently whining. Since he can’t or won’t climb the stairs, I have to go down and cart him back up again. This happens anywhere from three to seven times a day. While I’m flattered my little shadow wants to be near me, I wish he’d go back to sleeping downstairs during the day. He hasn’t been this clingy since he was a puppy. Then he’d follow me everywhere–even into the walk-in shower!