March 26, 2006
On May 6th Abby and I are walking in the Bark in the Park walk/run again. Last year Mazie, Abby and I all walked—in the snow—to help raise money for the Humane Society. It was a long walk. A really long walk. Mazie was actually tired at the end of it. Not me though—after the walk, I wowed the crowed with my agility skills.
We're walking again this year to help rescue animals—like Mazie. Mazie was a shelter dog. Her mom and four other siblings were dropped off at the doorstep of a shelter in a Rubbermaid container. They were all flea-ridden, malnourished, and sick with worms. The shelter was able to treat Mazie and her family (all 6 of them) because people like you donated the money to pay for medication and vet visits. Then people like Abby and Kevin adopted the unwanted dogs like Mazie and gave them a good home where they were wanted.
OK, so we all know Mazie can be a huge pain in the butt sometimes. But I kind of like having an annoying little sister around. It’s much more fun to chase squirrels with her than by myself. She’s good at playing tug of war and the two of us have made barking at the mailman a form of art. Plus being the top dog doesn't count for much when you're the only dog in the house.
If you want to help other animals like Mazie get the care they need so they can find a home, too, then please sponsor us in the Bark in the Park walk. You can send a check made out to HSCA (Humane Society for Companion Animals) to Abby at 1119 Seminary Ave, St. Paul MN 55104 by May 1st.
Here’s where your money could go:
$15 – feeds a litter of kittens for a week
$35 – provides small animal (bunnies, hamsters, guinea pigs) food for a month
$75 – prepares a shelter dog for adoption (meds, exams, vaccines, grooming)
$125 – x-rays for shelter animals
$175 – emergency care for dogs hit by a car
Thanks for helping take care of our friends,
By the way – Mazie's a little sensitive about the whole shelter thing, so please don't start calling her a neglecterino or anything. Thanks!
July 6, 2005
I'd have given the prize to Mazie, but nobody asked me.
What? I'm supposed to be nice to somebody who tries to steal my breakfast every single day? She had it coming.
May 16, 2005
Have you heard the stories about dog breeds being banned? I'm not the smartest dog, so I may not have it right, but cities like Denver are banning what they call dangerous breeds like pit bulls.
After some nasty sounding attacks they decided to make some rules about what dogs are okay to have. Pit bulls aren't okay. I think pit bulls get a bad rap. They're often confused with other breeds or mixed breeds, and it seems like it comes down to training more than anything.
After all, Speak comes from a pretty uppity breed but he's all right. The only attacking he does is with his tongue. And I'm a terrier, so I'm sort of related to pit bulls.
May 12, 2005
I'm not sure why we're just now hearing about this, but check out the guide dog that helped a blind man out of the World Trade Center before it collapsed. That dog rocks.
April 22, 2005
On the way home from Barnes & Noble Kevin talked about a story he heard on "As It Happens" (I'd link to their site for the audio, but they have a crappy web site that's not up to date, audio that's not broken into chunks, and audio that doesn't work. Kevin tells me that's a big deal) about Disney's Old Yeller Dog Food. Yes, as in Old Yeller, the 1957 movie (SPOILER ALERT) where a boy has to shoot his rabid best friend. This is wrong on so many levels.
March 12, 2005
Abby and I are walking in the Bark in the Park walk in April. It raises money for the Humane Society. We have to walk 3 miles. That is a long way. If you want to support us, post in the comments and we'll get back to you with the info. Thanks.
P.S. Kaya or Hobie - Do you want to walk with us?
February 6, 2005
Mardi Gras is just around the corner and this year I want to strut my stuff at Barkus, the best damn Mardi Gras celebration known in the canine world. Right now, I'm trying to work a few part time jobs to scrape together cash for the trip. Anyone who wants to split the cost and head to New Orleans to live it up with the ladies - give me a call.
October 27, 2003
I'm not so sure about this new product I saw in the paper this morning, the Bow Lingual. It translates dog barks into human English. When I say "arf," it says something inane like "I'm above you." Think Uncle Herb's baby translator on The Simpsons.
Some smart professor guy compared it to George Bush giving a press conference. I'm not sure what that means, but I think I agree.