30 August 2007
(http://nanookthenewfy.blogspot.com/) and read this story about Archie, a therapy dog in need of an operation. That is his picture with one of the abused children he lives and works with. He needs an operation, and the home where he lives is short on funding for vet fees. Yes, Nanook and Pooka have a link where you can contribute to a fund to help pay for his operation. And yes, me and muzzer made a contribution in Oscar's memory, And yes, you can do that too.
And yes, you may now be excused to go click on the link and read the story.
Thank you for your kind attention.
Kissies to all
28 August 2007
Here are the rules:
Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the questions. They must be real places, names, things ... nothing made up! If you can't think of anything, skip it. You CAN'T use your name for the boy/girl name question.
My name: GUS
1. Famous Singer: Garth Brooks
2. Four letter word: Gosh. As in "Aw Gosh, Jee Whillikers!"
3. Street: Gallatin Street in New Orleans (happy anniversary, muzzer and Dad!)
4. Colour: Geranium, a bright pinkish red
5. Gifts/Presents: Gold, as in Gold, Frankincense and Myrhh, famous gifts
6. Vehicle:1963 Gran Turismo Hawk by Studebaker (muzzer, your age is showing again!) Not to be confused with the (relatively new) Maserati Gran Turismo, which is so expensive it could pay my way through college!
7. Things in a Souvenir Shop: Giant Pencils, which look sort of like a bone, which is why I ate one!
8. Boy Name: George
9. Girl Name: Gwendolyn
10. Movie Title: Gone with the Wind
11. Drink: Gin and Tonic with lime.
12. Occupation: Gardener
13. Celebrity: Cary Grant - muzzer swoons. Not only that, the man has acted with a wire fox terrier!
14. Magazine: GQ. I have been invited to pose in my bow ties!
15. U.S. City: Gary Indiana, Gary Indiana, Gary Indiana (Music Man)\
16. Pro Sports: Golf is G-papa's game
17. Fruit: Graperfruits - they grow in my back yard!
18. Reason for Being Late for Work: Grumpy, Dopey and Sleepy!
19. Something You Throw Away: Garbage
20. Things You Shout: Get away Teka
21. Cartoon Character: Gumby
I am tagging: Asta NY, Asta Down Under and Mitch and Maggie, when they get back from Nantucket!
27 August 2007
You know, I don't think I have one. I mean, Teka's is easy. Her middle name is damn dog. Or maybe dammit. Cause that is what muzzer calls her when she gets angry. And my sister E.Rabbit told me that that is what middle names are for. So you can tell when muzzer is mad and straighten up quickly.
So, I have been trying to remember what muzzer calls me.
And, when she is mad at me, she just says "Gus Dagger" in this big voice! I don't need no middle name. I know I had best move back into line!
So, just to prove I am up to the challenge, I am doing my whole name, but not the honorific, OK (wft, you know..like phd and lld and mba and jd and all those others)
U R So Cute!
D arling Dog
A pple of Muzzer's Eye
G reat Help
G ood Boy
E xtra Special
So, how about that. If this looks like fun, consider yourself tagged, OK. Cause most everybody has done it now, because I let Teka take a turn.
25 August 2007
24 August 2007
23 August 2007
Muzzer went to work today and when she came home she had this new kind of doggie food for me to try. I have been very picky lately, not really wanting much except my frozen green beans at dinner time, and only picking at my breakfast food. Friends, if you were here in Azrizona, you would not want to eat much either. But muzzer did not listen to me, and she said we would tempt my doggie taste buds with a more premium brand of dog food.
Empty Gussie dishes on the mat. We will see, this may be boring or something. And I wish the package was a bit more quietly elegant. I mean, all that gold stuff is pretty flashy, and I am definitely more of a Brooks Brothers guy like my dad.
21 August 2007
Number 5! PRETZELS You know, these are almost as good as dog bones! And my very favoritest pretzel is the Gus Pretzel from St. Loulis...that we got at the Soulard Market that Saturday. But me and dad ate them too fast for muzzer to take a picture. So these are some pretzels I got from Ivy for Valentines Day!
Number 4! GUMBO! This is better than dog food any day! And so is most of the food that muzzer cooks! But this is yummiest because of the vegamables and shrimpamables and crabbabbles in it! And it smells so good when it cooks. I even ate my rice that night! mmmm yummy in the Tummy!
Number 3! KONGS! The purists among us would insist that Kongs are not strictly foodables. However, in our house, they are wonderful surprises and come stuffed with the most marvelous foodables and topped with PEANUT BUTTER! And they make me happy even if muzzer has left for a while. And they last a pretty long time, particularly if she freezes them.
Oh Steak n Shake I love your burgers, made of beef upon the bun. Oh Steak n Shake, I love your french fries, golden crisp and newly done. Away, I'm far away, from the wide Missouri.
And of course,
C'mon guys, you could have guessed!
If you want to play this tag game, you are it.
Muzzer says she is boring, her list is almost the same as A&A's mom, except she would put bread first, and then olives, and after that, wally melon and who cares!
I put it down to the heat. She just doesn't want to cook
PS: Today we got an e-mail from Mackie, Finnegan and Ollie and their mom, Melissa. The folks active in rescue in Texas have rescued some more fox terriers from a puppy mill place and they could use some help with funds or willing hands. If you want more details, leave us a message here and we will put you in contact with the terrier rescue folk. They do good work all over the country. I came from the Washington DC group myself!
19 August 2007
In a good year, we can have six or seven holidays in the summertime, much depends on when Easter/Passover is scheduled, but at the very least it is summer for Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Halloween. And if you count holidays like Flag Day, Bastille Day, VE Day and VJ Day, well, that is a lot of picnics where it is too hot to eat outside.
Me 'n Teka have been deprived this summer. Lots of Doggies out here here have Puppy Pools! Some lucky dogs even have REAL swimming pools (Miss Rose did, for example.) But Me 'n Teka have been making do with the ratty old ugly hose, and this tin monstrosity that muzzer dragged out of the storage room.
I don't care if it is a hair loom. I don't care if Dad did take his bath in it when he was a little boy. I don't care if E.Rabbit and E.Beth had a lot of fun in it when they were tiny children.
It does not meet my minimum requirements, and Me 'n Teka have been telling muzzer that for a long time!
DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!
Muzzer went to the store today and she came back with this lovely puppy pool. Finally!
She hauled it into the back and put it in a sunny spot on the patio. She said "Gussie, see this? It is like the one that Butchy and Miss Snickers have in Iowa. We will fill it with water now, and when the water warms up, you and Teka can come out and play!"
Stupid Muzzer, this is Azrizona! The water that came out of the hose was VERY warm. It was about as warm as bath water. Certainly warmer than the water in the fountains in St. Loulis! Anyway..she tested it with her toes and said "Oh My! I guess you can get in right now!"So Me 'n Teka did just that. And we had a great time. We splashed. We tried to get those fishies to play with us . We stuck our faces in the water. I, Gussie, tried to dig a hole in the water. That did not work, and I will have to go to school sometime soon so I will understand why.
Dad explained that you can't dig a hole in water, but he couldn't 'splain why. He said Physics was his worst grade in college, or somethin like that.
After my refreshing swim, I dried off in the sunshine on my grass. Then I got back in all over again and played some more.
When I got out the next time, I dried my face on muzzer's skirt. She thanked me for being so considerate, since it made her legs cooler.
Then Me 'n Teka went into the house and ran and ran and ran, until we were all dry. Muzzer followed us with a mop to make the paw prints go away. We try to include her in all our games. Tonight for dinner, we are having tacos, like Joey and Doofus did. A suitable meal for a happy day. 'Scuse me, I gotta go play in my puppy pool!
18 August 2007
Here is the URL to read the stories about Jackson and the other nominees.
Now, I may be a bit prejudiced, because Jackson IS a WFT, and he IS a rescue (like me!) and I like to read his blog and hear about his adventures, BUT.....
I think if you visit Jackson's blog
Jackson, my 8 year old Wire Fox Terrier, has reached the finals for the Bravest Pet in Sussex Award, here in the UK.
Jackson has had a really tough year; firstly he was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease last August. While this was being investigated at the veterinary hospital he was also diagnosed with primary hyperparathyroidism . He had a malignant tumour removed from his neck in February this year and in June had 40 kidney stones removed.
We have had several anxious moments with him and he's been rushed to the vet during the night on more occasions than I care to remember!
However, in typical fox terrier fashion he is such a determined little dog. He acts as though there is nothing wrong with him and in fact most people think he's the picture of health and vitality! His resilience is amazing and he has recovered exceptionally well and is now able to go out for walks again and play with his toys which are his 2 favourite occupations.
Thank you for considering a vote for my pal Jackson!
16 August 2007
Then I carefully checked out the shoes and travel ephemera that she keeps there! Scored a cashew that got away from Dad, and got to sniff muzzer's sneakers. Cashew was better. Well, short of pulling off in an emergency stop, there was no way these two were going to wrestle me into the back seat again. And with one of them focused on driving, the odds were even more in my favor. So, I spent the time until lunch happily warming muzzer's lap and watching the clouds from the front window.
Unfortunately, this was not a great cloud day.
14 August 2007
You should be just waking up to the great news; around 10:45 pm last night we got a call from Kristine’s sister Kim that someone called her off something we posted and asked if she was missing a dog. Long story short, Kaiser was found wandering in the area of 56th Street and Thomas after two weeks. He is in great hands the person who found him has a friend who is a Vet student and they are cleaning him up and caring for him. His ears are fine but he has some scrapes and scabs, has a lot of ticks and is thin. But the video they sent Kim is definitely Kaiser. We had gotten a lead on Friday from someone who met someone on Craig’s who was trying to sell him but felt it was a sketchy deal more than a week ago, we did our best but we hadn’t gotten anywhere with it.
Four of us were at the Nickelback concert when I got the call to get Kristine on the phone. Kristine went to the foyer, I followed and as she sank to the floor in joy, relief and shock I yelled so loud the band had to have heard and I ran back to our seats to tell the other two and text message everyone in my phone. Kristine will pick Kaiser up tomorrow and they want to verify with the chip that it is him.
All of us who have been helping Kristine have so many great stories of how amazing people have been. The last couple of days Kristine had gotten overwhelmed and defeated and I was feeling like the momentum was lost. What a great way to end the night and this long ordeal my friend and fellow dog lovers had to endure.
So being the event and fundraiser person I am I had discussed with Kristine what we were going to do when we got him back to celebrate. Please, please send and forward this to everyone you sent to and make sure they know that we will be having a Welcome Home-Meet Kaiser Party at the Chaparral Dog Park at Hayden and McDonald Road this Sunday August 19th. We still have to work out some details and time (probably in the AM) so I will send another email. But SAVE THE DATE!
We are asking that everyone who helped, no matter if you just called to say you were thinking and praying for Kaiser, forwarded the email or whatever---attend. Please bring your dog, unopened bags of dog food, new dog toys, collars and leashes or a cash donation; all will be donated to the local shelters and some of the rescue groups in Kaiser’s name. I will send more information but for right now we are happy and want to thank everyone! You did it!
So, me and muzzer are happy we could all help, and we say THANK YOU! to all of our friends who did cross posts and helped send good thoughts to Kaiser and his owner .
Now, apologies to all my blogging friends. We have had two consecutive days with lousy internet service in otherwise OK hotels. We have been keeping up as much as possible, and will catch up by this weekend, we promise!
Oh yeah, and for those of you who have been moving my little pin or flag across your map, we are in Gallup, New Mexico tonight.
Gettin our kicks on Route 66!
Gussie, Muzzer and Dad
12 August 2007
Goodbye Chair and Windows Too
Goodbye fireplace with your logs
Gussie's on the road where he does blogs.
11 August 2007
Muzzer notes: it might have helped if he had chewed the thing, rather than gulping it whole!
07 August 2007
First Product: St. Louis today was very hot. Muzzer said "Gussie, we will try your present from E.Rabbit and see what you think of it. Then we will have an interesting blog for tonight." Yeah, whatever.
E.Rabbit got me this KoolOff Pet Bandana in New Orleans. It has Tabasco sauce labels and peppers on a white ground, with red piping. My size in this is a Medium. I have worn it before, but not "activated" it so to speak. So this morning, we read the instructions after we got home from our morning Walkies, and put the bandana to soak in a yellow bowl of water. note: the instructions do not specify a yellow bowl. That is all we have here.
Once it had soaked for 20 minutes, muzzer put it in the freezer. Then we took our shower (muzzer showered, I watched) and when we were just about ready to go visit Aunt Re, we took the bandana out of the freezer and put it on my neck.
Woowee! It was pretty chilly. It kept me cool until the car air conditioner started working, and when we got to Friendship Village, a lot of my friends there thought it was a good idea.
I think it is a good product for summer days, and will continue to use it in Azrizona. The instructions say that it can also be warmed in a microwave, and right now, I can't imagine using it that way. Muzzer says, however, that she may try it that way next time she gets a bad sinus headache. I don't know how a warm bandana on my neck will help her sinuses, but....we will report if it is an efficacious use of the product.
I recommend this to my doggy friends who are feeling the heat this summer. I might like to buy an extra extra large one and sleep on it sometimes. I did not find the fat roll of activated kooling crystals uncomfortable, but smaller dogs might find it cumbersome and heavy. They could then take it off and sleep on it.
AHEM....Nooka and Pooka's mom should not read any farther. I do not want my muzzer picked up by the ASPCA and carted off to bad doggy muzzer jail. At least, not until dad gets back from Poland.
So, this being a hot day and all, Muzzer asked what I wanted for dinner. And of course, my answer was "ICE CREAM!!!!" But muzzer thought we should have something good for us, and something that we don't usually get when dad is in town. So I thought we were going to end up with some strange Japanese noodles like last night. But no.....we hopped into the Gussie Mobile, fired up the AC, turned on NPR and cruised on down to the local
WHITE CASTLE! Muzzer, whatever happened to eating something good for us? Wouldn't ice cream have been better?
Muzzer said "Gussie, you owe this to your public. You must compare the burgers from White Castle with your favorite Steak n Shake original double and report your findings."
She also reminded me that a number of my loyal readers had recommended White Castle in our most recent poll.
By this time, I was convinced. Plus, that bag smelled soooo good I almost made us have an accident on the way home. I was trying to get to it and the brake pedal got in my way. Boy. I thought I wasn't going to get ANYTHING for dinner, she was really P O'd.
We did make it home safely, no thanks to yours truly. Can you see the interesting pattern the grease has made on the bag? Hmmm.
We had ordered a single, a double and an order of fries. Oh yea, and muzzer's drink of choice, a large caffeinated carbonated dark brown beverage.
This is what our dinner looked like. One nice thing about these burgers, we did not have to say, hold the mustard, ketchup and special sauce. There isn't any. They come equipped with pickles and purported onionables, though that is questionable. They are square. They are relatively small. The do not require much chewing action at all.
But, I found them yummy. I still prefer Steak n Shake, because the burgers there seem to be made of a real meat product. But I would say that these will do in a pinch. The fries were good, they are crinkly, not skinny and they stayed warm longer than the skinny Steak n Shake ones. I thought the box thingy's were pretty cute. I managed to steal one and discovered that they taste a lot like the burgers. Hm.. more observation and testing are required here.
Anyway, I don't drool quite the way Nanook does. But I give both of these products a pretty high Gussie rating. See. Don't I look like a pretty happy puppy here.
Muzzer says to enjoy it while I can....Cause dad gets back on Thursday, and there won't be any more White Castle when he gets here. However, there also won't be any more Japanese noodle things, so I think I can handle that.
Reporting from St. Louis, Missouri
06 August 2007
So, today she went to a place called Massage Envy to have a Massage, because they were doing a benefit for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a cause that is close to my muzzer's heart. (hehe) (survivor joke!)
Anyway.... When she came back she had this really cool, looooooong bully stick thing for me. And I said..."Muzzer, what am I supposed to do with this?"
And Muzzer said "Aw, Gussie, I'm sure you can figure it out."
So, I did. And I figure that this bully stick thing may last me for a couple of days or more!
I have been chewing for an hour now, and my jaws are pretty weary. Look how much of this thing there is left! Wowsa! I want one of these for the car trip home! Between that, and naps, I may just not even care that there are no Steak n Shakes after you leave Oklahoma City!
Muzzer also brought home this ropey tug toy kind of thing. It used to look just like the one that I took up to Ioway for Mr. Butcho, to distract him while I was busy courting Miss Snickers. (It worked!) What you see, perched pitifully on the counter in front of the microwave, are the remains after approximately a minute and a half. Muzzer is ticked because you can't tell how cute he was before I started dismantling him. Wouldn't you think that she would know by know that she has to take pictures first, then give me the toy? She may never learn. This happened in the amount of time it took her to change the batteries in her little magical camera. And she is no slouch at load and lock on that thing.
04 August 2007
So, old librarians never die, they just computerize their skills, and muzzer was off on the hunt!
We found that Mr. Doodle's Dog had been blogging since 2004! (http://www.mrdoodlesdog.com/ )Followed only shortly thereafter by Butchy and Snickers and their mom. (http://butchyandsnickers.blogspot.com/) And my pal Buster is pretty old in Blog years too...and Mackie and .....I am sure that we have missed some others, or they blogged for a while and then went on to bigger positions in Jackson's plan to dominate the world. It is enough for us to be here and be part of this marvelous group.
Anyway, muzzer says she hates putting people in lines, because she always had to be at the end, 'cause she is short for a human. (don't tell her, but she is shorter than my friend Travis, and probably shorter than Nooka-Pooka, if they decide to walk upright!)
All you doggies with bloggies should remember to meet in Chat tomorrow morning (or evening, depending on your time zone!) See Bussie's post for details.
Have a good weekend.
kissies from Gus
02 August 2007
Muzzer has been busy. She took me to PetSmart and had them wash and brush me. Result...my previously slightly round butt now looks like I am wearing fuzzy pantaloons. To all my friends who sent encouraging words about camera angles and muscular buttocks v. fatt butt, thank you. But you still won't be seeing much of my posterior until this brushout job fuzzes up a bit. Sheesh! And muzzer tipped the lady too! Oh yeah, and I did not get ONE new toy! I may have to go on strike again.