31 July 2007
I feel I have missed so much over the last few days, between family visits and the Internet problems we have been having. So, today we shipped Dad off to Poland (Krakov) and me and muzzer decided that we are posting even if we have to reconnect every thirty seconds!
Most important is this:
I kind of feel like I didn't get to say a proper farewell to Oscar. Apologies to the Mom's out there who are about to get really teary eyed, but:
Oscar was my friend, my critic and my competitor. Last month we both competed for the DWB Awesome Blog Award, and he won! Even though he was younger than I, in many ways he was far more skilled at blogging, and far more urbane and debonair. Witness how comfortable he was in his cowboy outfit, while I can barely tolerate a bow tie. His comments on my blog were insightful and helpful, and he liked my songs! And the ladies....Ah, Oscar and I were great competitors there! We seemed to like the same type of girls, and he was so charming and witty that I was constantly brushing up on my compliments, and always searching for just the right phrase to use with Miss Snickers and both of the Astas, and of course, Maggie and Sunshade and all the rest. Even GirlGirl. And Faya...oh my, his french was so much better than mine. So Oscar kept me on my toes, and was a good buddy at the same time. I will miss him, as we all will. But I will try to live up to his example, and always remember his advice. I am sure that when we meet at the bridge, he will expect a complete accounting on our mutual interests, and then, and only then, will we run and play!
We have been kept busy reading and catching up on all my friends and buddies. A few are on vacation, so we miss them and hope they are having a great time. We were able to catch up with the news on Asta NY by reading Maggie's blog, and seeing photos of the great visit they shared. And my friend Dory has a new brother, Big Mac. Dory's mom posted a great video showing what fun they are having together and with all of Grandma's dogs. And Pappy's dad is back from a sad trip to Florida, so we hope that things get back to normal for them soon, and that Pappy can make the long trek across the kitchen floor to his food dish. Joe and Tanner report that it is raining in my home town. That doesn't happen often, so I am sorry to miss it. Maybe we can have some more in a couple of weeks when we go back to Phoenix.
It sure is good to have such a great bunch of friends. It makes me sad to think about Oscar, but Jake and Harry's mom had it right in her recent post....we are indeed on to "something wonderful" in this virtual community we are building.
Many hugs to all, and to all a good dinner.
30 July 2007
This is Gus's sister E. Rabbit here. Gus wanted me to tell you that his internet connection in St. Louis is BROKEN!
He suspects that this is an act of sabatoge on the part of that dog Todd from the Dog Museum.
Anyway, right now the rest of us can only check our e-mails and use blogs at Internet Cafes and Libraries. And since Internet Cafes and Libraries are notoriously doggist establishments, and will not allow Gus in, he sent me out with instructions to leave this message on his blog.
He hopes that he will be able to update you on his adventures sometime in the next day or so.
27 July 2007
Humans pay admission, even E.Rabbit. But dogs are admitted Free! Right away, I thought this must be a pretty fine place.
However, right after muzzer paid the human admission, we turned to the left and walked up the stairs, and you will never guess what I saw at the top of the stairs.
There was a larger than life picture of TEKA!
I said "No, Muzzer, why is there a picture of Teka and not of Gussie!" Muzzer explained that it was not a picture of Teka, but an old picture painted a long time ago in a land that is far away. But I still think it looks very much like Teka, don't you?
Well, I wasn't really sure I wanted to go on, but the humans insisted.
We saw lots of pictures of almost everydog I know. There were pictures of Joe Stains and Tanner, and pictures of Maggie and Mitch, and lots of pictures of spaniels and hunting dogs.
There was a picture of an English Springer Spaniel that almost made muzzer cry. And there were pictures of corgis and pictures of hero dogs and many pictures of dogs that were champions of one sort or another.
And there were fine statues of many breeds of dogs! Like the one right here! Personally, I think mine is a far more noble profile, but hey, taste is very indivisual.
There was another, smaller statue that I liked a lot better. Muzzer cut the ears off of the top of the picture, but I still think it is quite handsome!
Then we turned the corner into another room, and I saw the home of my dreams. Right there in the middle of the room was a lovely dog house, with many interesting features! I thought muzzer should buy it for me, and ship it back to Phoenix. She said it was not for sale, just for show. Anyway I got to look at it closely, and I got a lot of really good ideas for renovating my home in Phoenix. Personally, I think it was a lot more useful than all those programs muzzer watches on HGTV.
Then Me and E.Rabbit found this collection of lovely portraits grouped together in one of the last viewing rooms. There were four pictures of Wire Fox Terriers, and muzzer took a pretty good picture of me and E.Rabbitt in front of the grouping.
In the next room there were lots of trophies and ribbons that dogs won and
have donated to the museum. One of them was the trophy from the Purina dog show.
It is really Big! And really Shiney!
And guess what. The last plaque on the trophy went to a wire fox terrier. I was so excited I almost peed on the floor. But I was good. And we took these pictures to share with my friends.
I was pretty good, walked quietly on my leash and did not get into any trouble.
Well, not until we were back on the first floor and heading for the gift shop!
Then all of a sudden there was this big black dog right in front of me. It was a Gordon Setter, and I took serious exception to it. And I would not sit, and I would not be quiet, and I kept pulling on the lead and lunging. Muzzer was embarrassed. And the lady at the desk came over and asked me to leave!
So Dad and I got kicked out of the dog museum, and we had to wait outside while muzzer and E.Rabbit finished the tour and looked at the gift shop. I was mortified! But I don't think it was quite fair. The Gordon Setter did not get kicked out. I mean, just because he did a good down sit and stayed quiet, is that any reason that I should be the one kicked out? Terriers get a bad rap.
26 July 2007
OK, me and muzzer have been trying all day to come up with a campaign song! But, given recent choices by prominent public figures, I've been a little concerned. Being a scholar, I Googled "campaign songs" and have spent a significant portion of the day reading about the songs used by presidential campaigns since George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were running for office. Lots of presidents have used a variation on the tune of Yankee Doodle, and we played around with that one for a while:
25 July 2007
I probably shouldn't mention it, but Nanook and Pooka are also nominated, and that is one of muzzer's favorite blogs. However, they posted cute puppy pictures, and I am not sure that is entirely fair. (just joking all you serious sorts!)
Anyway, we are working on my campaign slogan and song now, and I have funded my campaign. So go out there and win one for Gus!
23 July 2007
That Saturday in July
And every doggie dog who could
Came up there to see the frogs.
There's lots of wonderful things to eat
22 July 2007
20 July 2007
Squirrels to chase and Bunnies to terrierize
There's lots of wild life on my walk
But there aren't any doggies just my size
There's Reno the Samoyed over there
And Montana, a Golden Retriever
There's Odie the beagle in my back yard
And Fee Fee, you wouldn't believe her!
Those guys are all bigger than me
And others are still smaller
There's one little guy, his name is Chico
And I am very much taller
Squirrels are fun, and bunnies are cute
And some of them sure run fast
But nobody hollers, "Hey Gussie! Let's Play"
In the morning as I run past.
So muzzer and dad and I are going
To get in my white car again
And muzzer says sometime tommorow
I'll be able to play with some friends.
I hope it's not Teka, she doesn't play fair
I hope it's not Blue, 'cause he's growly
I think it might be a cute wirey pair
Called Butchy and Snickers- O wowie!
We'll bow and we'll play We'll romp 'em and we'll stomp em
We'll visit the birdies the deer and the fishies
And then we'll stop, and nibble good things
From our little doggie Dishies
So Happy Birthday Snickers sweet
And How Are ya, Butchy Boy?
We're bringing pressies and some treats
And lots of wirey joy!
There may not be no wireless yet
In Iowa where we're goin'
But there'll be lots of foxie fun
And pictures to be showin
Have a great weekend all - Photos on the Monday edition
19 July 2007
Number TWO: My favorite stuffie: Kitty Cat puppet. Kitty has been with me since Santa Fe. She has survived my travels, she comforted me through my sore paw, and even Teka has not destroyed her. I think something with these magical powers should be passed on to later generations
Written by my favorite Dad in all the world.
Not just because I are one (Philosopher's Dog, that is) and not just because of the really cool looking wire on the cover, but because this was a Christmas present to muzzer the first year I lived with them, and it is the first thing she ever read out loud to me. Put me to sleep, it really did.
15 July 2007
Well, it seems there is another part of this tale. Friday night Teka somehow got out the front door of our house and no one knew she left, 'cause E.Beth was sleeping and she slipped right past Grandpa without letting him see her.
And I guess she just started running as quickly as she could, hoping to find Doofus Stains at home. (she has a totally unrequited crush on him...really, honest Lillie, Doofus does not encourage her at all!)
She went the wrong way though, 'cause she ran East and South from our house. She managed to get across Rural Road without getting hit (thank dog!) and ended up at a house behind the church there. Someone called E.Beth shortly after 11:00 pm to tell her that Teka had been found. E.Beth was sleeping and didn't know she was lost!
Teka got picked up right away and was seriously scolded for being a bad dog. We don't think it will really make any impression on her, and we are worried about her! She has E.Beth's phone number on her little bone tag, but what if she slipped her collar?
Anyway, please Doofus if she does this again, keep her there and call E.Beth! We will talk to Lillie for you, promise!
14 July 2007
"And there are plants and different meats and all kinds of stuff! It will be fun!"
I rolled over. I figured Dad would never go for it. Spend a perfectly good morning with vegetables and stuff? Nah.
Never underestimate the power of a muzzer.
We were on our way by 8:30 am. Walkies, breakfasts, showers and all that stuff were taken care of. (no shower for me, thank you.) We were in the white Gusmobile that Aunt Marie gave me. I had my travel bowl, some treats and a longer leash.
Oh Oh....traffic is terrible. Where are we going? Does Dad know the way or is this another shortcut?
Umm, yes...there is a parade up in front of us and they have French Flags, not USA flags. And who are those people all dressed up riding in that ugly wheel barrow thingy? Muzzer? What have you done?
Turned out that Soulard is an area of St. Louis that had a large number of people descended from other French people. And lots of the streets and parks have French names. And they have this parade on Bastille Day where they parade the king and queen of France through the streets, and then later on in the evening, they behead them. Well, not really. But lots of people were there even though it was early. And they were having a good time.
When the parade cleared, we got to the Market place. And it smelled Wonderful. And they don't let dogs into the market, but Dad and I found a bench and we sent Muzzer inside to shop for us.
And she brought out wonderful wonderful things.
They have GUS pretzels at one stand. They are tasty, but they got eaten too soon to get their pictures taken. Sorry. Maybe next time.
And we got this wonderful, huge wally melon. Muzzer says she knows it is good because she can see the spot where the bee stung it, and that means it is sweet! That woman has some really weird ideas, you know. And there is this lovely Aspara Gus. It is quite Tasty. I had several pieces uncooked with dinner. Yum.
And this funny corn that has Two colors of kernels in it. We are cooking it tomorrow for Uncle Ray.
And this cantaloupe, which is yummy squeezed up and put into Frosty Paws. And this humungous tomato thing. It is almost 1/4 as big as the cantaloupe, which isn't any teeny tiny fruit thing, ya know?
So I think she did OK, but I will report on the taste tomorrow and the next day.
And, it is only 6 days til we leave here to visit Butchy and Miss Snickers! I am getting so excited. Muzzer has hidden my travel bag, cause I can tell when we are getting ready for a trip, and she doesn't want me to drag it around the woody floors here. But I know. And I am READY.
Wow..to really get to meet the lovely Miss Snickers and her cohort Butchy. These are my first Bloggy pals that I have met up close and personal. Do you think they look like their pictures? Or is their clever mother brushing out all their flaws? Stay tuned.
13 July 2007
This is me on the way to "somewhere" (I can't remember!) having successfully ditched the safety harness in the back seat and climbed over muzzer and into the front seat leg well. Good thing muzzer doesn't have much leg, huh?
Here I am in Santa Fe last summer, with my kitty cat puppet (still living!) and my Ole' scarf.
And here I am just recently, and I may not be smiling, but when I am happy my ear sometimes goes up!
I tag wirey Koobus, my friend Dory the Labradory, and Sir Chance-a-lot (nobody does smiles like a golden.)
And I will drop them a note on their blogs right after dinner.
When you're smilin', Doggie smilin', the whole world smiles at you.
And when you're laughin', Doggie laughin' the sun comes shinin' through.
12 July 2007
We all got into the white Gussiemobile and headed down Big Bend to the closest (3.5 miles) Steak n Shake. It was not a long drive, by my standards, but I was quivering with anticiapation. Muzzer and Dad went in to place our order, Steak n Shake no longer has car hops and we don't do drive through windows because a certain, ahem, anxious terrier once tried to enter a hamburger joint through the drive through window.
Muzzer and Dad brought my dinner out ! Half a double steak burger, nekkid! Hold most of the bun and no pickles. Of course, the china supplied by Steak 'n Shake is very basic, but the food is excellent.
And then, they came upstairs and pulled the stove muzzer has been using right out of its little corner of the kitchen. And all that is left is some uuugggly tiles and a thingy sticking out of the floor.
And I heard one of the men say to my new friend K., "lady, this connection is not safe! You must replace it before you have the stove connected." And he left this orange piece of paper attached to the stove, and it shows the kind of connection we need.And so the stove is sitting in the middle of our kitchen looking lonely and forlorn. And it cannot be attached til K.'s best husband comes home tonight and buys the right piece and fixes it up. So, muzzer says..."No cooking tonight Gussie! Maybe we can get dad to take us to Steak n Shake!" And I did a terrier dance.
11 July 2007
But the weather has been beautiful here, and we hope it will spread to the rest of the country! Today the high was 82 degrees. That makes Urban Endurance Hiking almost fun!
Still no Steak n Shake. Did score some Salmon rouladen tonight, but muzzer scraped off the sauce.
Promise there will be pix tomorrow.
kisses from gussie
09 July 2007
07 July 2007
We arrived safely in St. Loulis yesterday, but muzzer flaked out on me and did not help me blog. However, early this morning we went for a long, long walkie. Along the way we stopped at a park, which was neat but not exciting.
Then we went on and on and past the ice cream shop where muzzer thought the wait was too long last night. I thought for sure we were stopping there, but instead we went on to have an alfresco breakfast by the sidewalk. We did not have champagne like Asta and her mommi, but the artichoke quiche was pretty fine! Weather is very nice, not as hot as Azrizona, and the morning was beautiful.
I wish all my friends and buddies could share this with me.
ps. muzzer wants you all to know those are dad's hairy knees, not hers!
kissies from the heartland