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Friday, January 7th, 2005

Small hippo and tortoise

Time for an aaww bless ’em story, courtesy Reuters:

NAIROBI (Reuters) – A 120-year-old giant tortoise living in a Kenyan sanctuary has become inseparable from a baby hippo rescued by game wardens, officials said on Thursday.

The year-old hippo calf christened Owen was rescued last month, suffering from dehydration after being separated from his herd in a river that drains into the Indian Ocean.

“When we released Owen into the enclosure, he lumbered to the tortoise which has a dark gray color similar to grown up hippos,” Sabine Baer, rehabilitation and ecosystems manager at the park, told Reuters.

She said the hippo’s chances of survival in another herd were very slim, predicting that a dominant male would have killed him.

However, Owen’s relationship with the Aldabran tortoise named Mzee, Swahili for old man, may end soon. The sanctuary plans to place Owen with Cleo, a lonely female hippo.

What’s wrong with a good old-fashioned ménage à trois then?

Dog prayers

Tuesday, January 4th, 2005

Dogbath

Dog prayers:

Dear God – When we get to heaven, can we sit on your couch? Or is it going to be the same old story?

See the rest at sweetlyPAZZO.

I’ve given up making new year resolutions for Lent so let’s have some sillly ones instead:

In the year 2005 I resolve to:

Pick my nose at stop lights.

Figure out why I really need 7 e-mail addresses.

Wear more lacy black lingerie.

Randomly generate your own new year resolution here [via Elisabeth].

If I may be so bold (and cheeky) to those with great blogs on blogger – how about making one of your new year resolutions to “be a little adventurous, use a proper commenting system instead of the crapawful blogger one”? Holler if you need help Thumbsup.

Update: Do you guys think Haloscan is the easiest free commenting system around at the moment? Any other suggestions?

How To Clean Your Toilet – The Fun Way

Tuesday, October 26th, 2004
  1. Put both lids of the toilet up and add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl.
  2. Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.
  3. In one smooth movement, sick put the cat in the toilet and close both lids. You may need to stand on the lid.
  4. (more…)

Household economics

Friday, October 8th, 2004

Those of you lucky enough to have pets in the household will know how much it costs to keep the little dears. There’s the food, the toys, the vet bills, the furniture damage, the chewed-to-bits shoes…

So how about finding ways to get the little critters to earn their keep in some way? They could help out with the washing up, the weekly food shop, transportation. Heck, we could even turn the tables on them in the footwear department.

So – any ideas on how to get the best value out of a german shepherd and a terrier?

[The pictures came in by email, just realised that they all come from the excellent Worth 1000. Just spotted the “stupid protests” entries. Brilliant.]

Hogan and Bella

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004

Thanks to Vickie for this lovely story.

A friend who found the fawn under her step (they think the doe might have been hit by a car) …her Ridgeback dog is helping look after it. The family named the fawn Bella. Once she has regained her strength (she was not in good shape when the family found her) they are going to send her to some friends who (in the past) raised two orphan deer and released them to the wild. Right now she is being bottle fed. Their dog (Hogan) has basically taken over. The fawn even shares his bed.

And in case the story disappears, here’s one of the pictures.

Turn the volume up

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004

and go watch this [via the irrepressible but definitely Not Work Safe Flophouse].

No time to blog? Maybe we should all give up and use the Instant Blog Post Generator instead. Heh.

Pass the pegs please

Tuesday, May 11th, 2004

The dogs got into the garage last night and devoured a bucket of groundbait. I’ve spent much of the day with a hosepipe and brush clearing up the resulting diarrhea. And trying to make sure they don’t walk through it and bring it into the house. Eeeeuuww.

Aren’t you glad I can’t find the digital camera?

Woof!

Saturday, May 1st, 2004

Xequa's new puppy, Einstein

Xequa will soon be the proud daddy of that bundle of beautiliciousness. His name is Einstein and I’m oozing with jealousy. He’s a Bernese mountain dog, my favourite breed. I know that we can’t have another dog and I know that Bernese rarely appear in rescue centres but *sigh*, I would love one.
[Update: top place for favourite breed is tied with Portuguese water dogs, particularly Riso. Sorry Riso, my head was turned for a minute there…]

So a few doggy links to celebrate:

Need a chuckle?

Monday, April 26th, 2004

Go read The Jake Loves The Chicken Insides.

And from nagl, who in turn filched it from Michael Dietsch:

singles ad

p.s. While you’re visiting Falling Sky, don’t forget to look at the picture in this post.

This is why

Tuesday, April 6th, 2004

we’ve got dogs, not cats [via non blogging Bailey].

Besides, dogs are far cuter than cats…

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