Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: It's Not You, It's Me!

Have you ever had this feeling that your dog was no longer interested in you? Here's Buchi representing MyDogsLoveMe for the time being.

By the way, we got tagged by meowmeowmans. As much as I want to write a new post for the tagging, I am not among my pack so I wouldn't be able to convince/impose/bribe Coal and Ginger to participate. And if you're thinking Buchi sounds like an interesting specimen, it's pretty obvious that he just broke up with me.

Meowmeowmans, I hope you could accept the link to my tagged post and re-posting my number 10 answer here for you.
Animal Shelter Volunteer Life is a blog where you can get your fill of adoptable and adorable cats. Looking for a forever cat to love you? This is the blog to visit. Meowmeowmans is one of those bipeds whose heart is set on rescuing kitties and making a difference by putting them into wonderful homes.
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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Two Hours of Grooming...

And this is the result. An unfinished cut with emphasis on the "booted" paw. This is Buchi, by the way. I'm pretty sure I've mentioned him in some of my comments and posts.

Buchi, my Shih-Tzu... Errr, we broke up. He's no longer mine but my nieces'.
He's the Shih-Tzu living with my sister and her family. He's currently 2... turning 3. LOL, I was never so good at keeping tabs on dates, even when it came to biped birthdays.

I decided to bathe him a couple of days ago. I've been a bit busy here, which is why I haven't responded much to comments or bloghopping. Anyway, hoping to get myself up and running through your blogs once I'm done with fixing those computers (for now). 

Thank you for bearing with me.
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Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Cats and Dogs Song

Hey folks! I'm just starting to settle in with my sister for this two week vacation. I miss Peanuts so much but we've had this planned a long time ago. I'm currently spending time with Buchi, the Shih-Tzu I have mentioned about in some of my posts.

Since I'm a little off the word intensive posting, I hope you like this two videos I've found in Youtube. I'm pretty sure some of you have seen it already.

LOL, I know it's pretty unfair to give dogs all the spotlight. So some avid cat person just had to do something about it.

Any questions, clarifications or violent reactions?
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

11 Wonderful Facts about American Eskimo Dogs

First of all, I would like to thank White Dog Diary Online and Teddy and Sierra from Teddy's Tales for lending me their pictures to represent the breeds awesomeness on this post.

Thank you, White Dog Army, for letting me use your pictures
So with no further ado, let's get to business and talk about the breed that we all know as the "Eskies".

1. Though the documentation on this breed's origin and purpose is not clear, American Eskimo dogs come from the Spitz family. Their cousins include the Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, Samoyed, Chow Chow, Keeshond and Pomeranian.

2. The American Eskimo's most important role is to be a family pet. They prefer being a part of the family rather than being banished in a yard. They're also very affectionate and loyal.

3. Their outstanding physical characteristics are erect pointed ears, double coats and moderate body proportion.  Oh, I forgot to mention their OH-SO-WHITE coat.

4.  The first American Eskimo dogs were registered in UKC back in 1913 but the breed's standards was officially adopted during the 1970s.

5. A typical Eskie is alert, quick-witted, obedient and bright. They can also be mischievous and very playful.

Courtesy of Teddy and Sierra's Mom. I truly appreciate your response on my email.
6. They are exceptional watchdogs, but their looks says otherwise (With such a cuteness overload, I'm not surprised!). 

7. Eskies can take a while to warm up to strangers so socialization should be started as early as possible.

8. Most common behavioral issues include excessive barking and digging. They can also be shy and hyperactive.

9. Dirt and mud rarely cling on their fur because of its texture. They shed dander at a minimal and are also relatively resistant to matting. Brushing should be done once or twice a week. 

10. Males experience extreme shedding once a year while unfixed females do so twice. Males are also slightly larger. Female Eskies look more delicate but after their estrus cycle, they will shed profusely for approximately 3 weeks.

11. The average lifespan of an Eskie ranges from 12 to 14 years.  Although they're a typically healthy breed, Eskies can be prone to progressive retinal atropy, hip dysplasia and patellar luxation.

Are you an American Eskimo Dog person? Here's a summary of the breed's rating. (Reference: A Complete Pet Owner's Manual: American Eskimo Dogs)

Affection - 3/4
Cold Tolerance - 4/4
Energy Level - 3/4
Ease of Training - 4/4
Exercise Requirement - 3/4
Friendliness to Strangers/ Dogs/ Other Pets - 2/4
Grooming - 3/4
Heat Tolerance - 1/4
Watchdog Ability - 4/4
Protection Ability 1/4
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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Saturday Sitting

For dogs having tremendous amounts of energy, getting them to sit together took forever.
I'm pretty sure I burned a couple of calories doing this exercise. Off the record, I eventually bribed them with treats.

Happy Saturday, everyone!
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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wordless Thursday

"No one gets to the boxes except through ME!"

We visited a friend yesterday which is why Wordless Wednesday turned into Wordless Thursday. He got some packages from his mom and Lambchop was in one of them.
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Monday, February 13, 2012

We Got Tagged, Now We're Tagging 8!

I'd like to thank Dachshund Nola, Animal Shelter Volunteer Life and Higgins for tagging me. I broke the news to the entire pack but apparently, only Peanuts is interested. Coal and Ginger are a little busy doing guard dog duty and keeping me up all night by barking at any dog passerby. 

So with no further ado, let us start with question number 1.

1. Describe yourself in 7 words.

Haopee: Happy, Procrastinator, Pessimist, Plump, Paranoid, Strict, Sappy

Peanuts: Guilty... Guilty...

Haopee: Guilty of what?

Peanuts: You got mad at me for peeing in grandma's room. So guilty... more guilty... guilty... so g... gu...gui... sleepy (yawn).

2. What keeps you up at night?

Haopee: Coal and Ginger barking up at 3 am in the morning.

Peanuts: Nuuuuthiiinnn....

3. Who would you like to be?

Haopee: No one in particular, but a dog expert.

Peanuts: Brother Dog!

Haopee: Why?!?

Peanuts: Because he gets to roam free anywhere, anytime, all the time.

Haopee: Do you want to have untreatable ticks and mange? May I remind you that he doesn't want to be touched.

Peanuts: Ah, that's where we are different. Just call my name and I'll be there. V(*^_^*)V

4. What are you wearing right now?

Haopee: A torn shirt!

Peanuts: A hand crafted sweater.

Haopee: There's no mistake on this particular entry. Check the proof below... It was really dark.

Not bad for my third attempt. LOL!

5. What scares you?

Haopee: Heights plus water is my deadly combo.

Peanuts: I go in a complete state of panic when, ummm... my poop ummm... still sticks on my bottom.

Haopee: (giggles)Then stop eating everything you see. You're not supposed to eat my hair, or that plastic rope you chewed on yesterday.

6. The best and worst of blogging.

Haopee: Best?!? Meeting different kinds of people from all kinds of life and locations. Reading stories and looking at pictures of other doggies all over the world who blogging like I do. Having that feeling that someone reads our posts and laugh at our silly mishaps. 

Peanuts: Can I go now?

Haopee: I'll pretend I didn't hear that. Having too little time to respond to everyone and having a blogger's block once in a while.

Peanuts: Oh, a mouse!

7. The last website I visited.

Dachshund Nola and The Adventures of Higgins. And I still have them opened right now because I'm copying the Q&A parts. ^_^

 8. What is one thing I would change about myself.

Haopee: My being a procrastinator.

Peanuts: My brain, so that I won't be tricked anymore to going to the vet's place. Now I have a vaccine bump and it's not going away!

9. Slankets yes or no.

Haopee: Yes!

Peanuts: Can I use my big rag doll as a slanket?

Haopee: No, Peanuts.

Peanuts: It's a no for me.

10. Tell us something about the dog that tagged you. 

Higgins is so mantastic that everytime I go visit his blog, that's the only adjective I can retain as it describes anything and everything about him.

Nola is beautiful. Her mom takes the nicest pictures. She's active and fun and she's like a greyhound with stubby legs while running.

Animal Shelter Volunteer Life is a blog where you can get your fill of adoptable cats. Looking for a forever pet to love you? This is the blog to visit. Meowmeowmans is one of those bipeds whose heart is set on rescuing kitties and making a difference by putting them into wonderful homes.

I shall tag the following:  



The Chronicle of Woos

Whiskered Paintings

Life in the Doghouse

Yuki and Rocket

Charming Chi 

P.S. Since I rarely talk about Peanuts on a first person basis. I hope having the others choose whether they are to talk about the human rather than a dog would be okay on item number 10.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

2.5 Awards!!!

I apologize for not immediately posting regarding these 2.5 wonderful awards from two awesome bloggers.

I'd like to thank Helen P. of  Whiskered Paintings
So the first award would be the Kreativ Blogger Award from Helen of Whiskered Paintings, which requires me to say something creative about myself... Umm... Well... Okay... That's a tough one

Let me see.

1. I'm an licensed Electronics Engineer who'd rather talk about dogs and work on arts and crafts. However, I still troubleshoot computers and do house calls to earn extra money.

2. I watch anime and like playing RPG games in different consoles. I am guilty of playing my fair share of RPGs such as Resident Evil, Parasite Eve, Final Fantasy and Persona.  Like Helen, I've also spend countless hours in Pokemon Yellow, Crystal, Silver, Gold, Sapphire and Ruby.

3. My partner has this accurate radar on anticipating my mood swings. He can predict if I'm into laughing crazily, being extremely sappy, or cranky. And he loves that part of me. (*^_^*)

4. Some of my pets included fishes, love birds and a snake-neck turtle which escaped his pond during a really heavy rain. Poor Chipy Turtle, I'm still hoping someone found him, picked him up and made him their pet.

5. I love cheese! I mean seriously... pizza, cheeseburger, spaghetti and usually anything with cheese.

Now, I would love to share this award to the following bloggers.

Two Doodles and a Dane - Samson, Dante, Daisy Boo and mom's blog. Sampson is so funny. It seems that he hasn't realized that he's grown enormously through the months.

White Dog Diary Online - I personally love the effort placed on every post by White Dog Army and their mom.

When I Grow Up I Want to be a Vet - Doctor has the cutest comics skits.

24 Paws of Love - The current entries are about Blaze and how her husband has made a majorly hilarious discovery.

Whisppy - Not only do I love dogs, but I also enjoy reading about cats and their daily accounts. Boomer doesn't like sharing his house with stray cats. ^_^

Okay. This isn't done yet. So kindly bear with me while I'm in the middle of editing this post.

I'd like to thank the Charming Chi for passing me two more awards which I am passing as a 1.5 award due to the following reasons:  1) they're so tiny and 2) they're so tiny.

Thank you, Charming Chi

Since the Liebster means dearest, so I'm going to pass this award to 5 other people who I feel are dear to me.

1. Bowie - I still can't take the image of you wearing that little Korean dress out of my mind.

2. The Chronicle of Woos - Although I have to constantly look at the pictures of your four wonderful doggies to see who did the mischief this time, those pictures are just worth the effort.

3. The Emptynesters Family Daily - Debbie, I know you're guilty of making those cool Superbowl jerseys. Now, if you could only teach me how to fix my crocheted sweater.

4. Life with Desmond - Desmond, like any other dog, probably doesn't know he's comical personality just works wonders to his family's life.

5. Gracie Lu the Shih Tzu - Gracie Lu reminds me so much of Buchi... except for the dresses. Keep those adorable picture compilations coming.

Thanks again, Charming Chi

In order to accept the award, I have to pass it along 8 wonderful bloggers who are so PAWSOME as well. Here are the other blogs that bring me fun, love, laughs and furiendship.

I know some of you have already gotten it, but I wanted to re-share it with you because I just think you guys are so PAWSOME, too.

1. Fred and Gloria's Basset Momma

5. Dachshund Nola  - I've always wanted to pass an award to you.

6. Mantastic Higgins from The Adventures of Higgins

7. Leslie from Bringing Up Bella

Wow, it took me some while to compile this list. Thank you for taking your time reading my post. I know it was pretty long.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Not so Wordless Wednesday: Coal's Sweater

These are my first and second sweater creations. Let's hope the next one gets better than these two.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

More Airtime for Brother Dog (BD)

Today's a Monday and I am unfortunately out of words due to the earthquake that had just occurred a little while ago. It was of a 6.9 magnitude from its point of origin, which totally shook up the entire house.

What made it weird was that all dogs, even Peanuts, did not bark or react before and during the earthquake. Odd right?

In the mean time, please enjoy this Brother Dog airtime as requested.

Here comes the smoulder.
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Friday, February 3, 2012

Patting Your Dog's Head as an Act of Dominance

Today, let us tackle one of the actions we humans do to our beloved pets.

Do you pat your dog's head? Does he move away when you do so?

According to Dr. Bruce Fogel and the Faculty of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, patting or stroking the head is an action perceived by dogs as dominance and not affection.

Other forms of establishing dominance to your dog is by staring at him, standing over him, or stroking the top of his head. Simply said, stroking the head is just plain uncomfortable to them.

So don't be surprised if the dog will move away when you start raising your hand towards its head- especially if you haven't done the "nose swat".

Patting the dog's head is an excellent way of asserting your pack leader position. If you have a naturally submissive dog, this action can possibly make him more insecure.

So what's the best way to show your loving touch?

Most dogs prefer being stroked. Although Peanuts just loves being patted in the tummy.

  • Side of the Face 
  • Front of the Chest
  • the Soft Tummy 
  • the Rump
  • Under the Chin

Ingrate! Is that how you thank me for giving you more airtime?

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

She Just Played with the Wrong Toy

Yes, I am thankful that Peanuts doesn't eat poo or wallow on mud. But today, she just played with the wrong toy. I heard her barking repetitively (the sound I hear when she gets fixated on a toy). Of course, since we were inside the house, I didn't mind following her everywhere.

She triumphantly carries something unto her sleeping spot and starts playing with it. Biting it playfully while lying down, rolling and biting it more. Eventually, I grew curious as to what she was enjoying at my feet. It felt soft and not papery...

It was a dead little mouse. Had I allowed her to, she would've probably added the dead mouse into her toy collection.

You are guilty of the said act and should wallow on shame- but let me take a picture of your cuteness first!
Meanwhile, Ginger lost a tooth during our visit to the vet. It just popped out and I probably sounded like a deranged mommy asking why it happened... eventually I agreed with the bone chewing theory (aside from the fact that she's a five-months old losing some baby teeth.)
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