The Wednesday Howl (Dog Laws)

The Wednesday Howl

Dog Law

  •  In Columbus Georgia , it is against the law for dogs to howl after 9 P.M.
  • Berea Kentucky law requires dogs on the streets after dark to display a red taillight.
  • Florida law does not allow dogs to ride in a school bus.
  • A law in Zion Illinois prohibits owners from teaching their dogs to smoke cigars.
  • In Fox Point Wisconsin, dogs cannot travel in groups larger than two.
  • The Belvedere California City Council passed a law
    that reads, “No dog shall be in a public place without its
    master on a leash.”

New Puppy – a poem

New Puppy

Don’t smell crotches, don’t eat plants.
Don’t steal food or underpants.
Don’t eat my socks, don’t grab my hair . . .
Don’t eat those peas! Don’t touch that bush!
Don’t chew my shoes … What IS that mush?
Eat your cookie, drink your drink.
Outta the toilet! Outta the sink!!
(And MUST you kiss me? After that???)
Yes, raising a puppy is not for the lazy!
Though puppies are funny, they’re also quite crazy.
But don’t despair, though its toil and strife.
After 3 years, you’ll get back your life!
So, let’s go for “walkies”, you can “do your thing”.
(And perhaps I’ll get back my GOOD DIAMOND RING!)

Yep, Riley is living up to this poem! He even chews on mom’s ring while she is wearing it! I bet Dixie is living up to it too! 🙂



I have joined Max the Golden Retriever and the Canine Party. The Canine Party stands for real change in 2008. If you would be interested in joining, just go see Max!



Squirrel Arsonists

OMD! Squirrel patrol members. You must go over to Dennis the Vizsla and read all about this scary trend in the annuals of the Great Squirrel Menace. There are all kinds of Squirrel Arsonists and they are wreaking havoc all over the country side.  He has pictorial proof! Mom was laughing while she read that important article. I saw nothing funny!

The Wednesday Howl (Photographing a Puppy)

The Wednesday Howl

How To Photograph A Puppy

  • Remove film from box and load camera.
  • Remove film box from puppy’s mouth and throw in trash.
  • Remove puppy from trash and brush coffee grounds from muzzle.
  • Choose a suitable background for photo.
  • Mount camera on tripod and focus.
  • Find puppy and take dirty sock from mouth.
  • Place puppy in pre-focused spot and return to camera.
  • Forget about spot and crawl after puppy on knees.
  • Focus with one hand and fend off puppy with other hand.
  • Get tissue and clean nose print from lens.
  • Take flashcube from puppy’s mouth and throw in trash.
  • Put cat outside and put peroxide on the scratch on puppy’s nose.
  • Put magazines back on coffee table.
  • Try to get puppy’s attention by squeaking toy over your head… Replace your glasses and check camera for damage.
  • Jump up in time to grab puppy and say, “No, outside! No, outside!”
  • Call spouse to clean up the mess.
  • Fix a drink.
  • Sit back in Lazy Boy with drink, and resolve to teach puppy “sit” and “stay” the first thing in the morning.

Halloween Costume

YIKES! Look what mom did! She dressed me and Mini-Me up for a K9 Costume contest over at Addie’s. Mom was lucky to get this first picture with that little bundle of energy called Riley. he was actually still for a couple of seconds so mom could snap the picture. You can tell from my face that I am just resigned to all this stuff. the second picture shows what happened 2 seconds after mom got the picture!

Can you tell that we are “Ladybugs?” I’m not too sure about this. Mom assures me that Ladybugs are macho guys in the insect world. Whatever.

Check out new pictures on riley’s page. 🙂


Mom was reading up on safety for dogs in the car then she ordered a seat belt restraint for me from one of her favorite places for small dogs on the web. She said I have been a real good boy about it. I haven’t whined or tried to get out of it or anything! Well, in my opinion, I am a good boy about it. Here are a couple of pictures of me modeling my new seat belt harness.

Mom liked this one because the vest is wide and padded.  It is also made of mesh so it isn’t so hot.

You can tell from the above picture that I still get a little car sick. Just the thought of getting in the car sometimes makes me start drooling.

She wishes there were a little more give in the back, but feels that I am safer this way.

There is a place called C.A.R.E. (Canine Auto Restraint Equipment) where they have some good info about this subject. They of course sell dog seat belt restraints but this isn’t where mom got mine. She got it at Golly Gear , a place especially for small dogs. Here  and here are articles that talk about using seat belts for your dogs.  This place lists several types of restraint systems and tells a little about them. Here is a different kind that lets your pet have a little more freedom, but still be restrained. Abby, this one would let you look out the window, but mom is afraid that you could still be thrown around pretty badly if you were in a wreck. Check it out and see what your mom thinks.  

Moms Thoughts: As I read about restraint systems I came across a couple that merely hooked to the dogs collar. I would NEVER EVER use that kind. It would keep Rusty from jumping around and causing the driver trouble, and that would be fine until that day came that we had a wreck. What would happen to him? His little neck would be snapped or his throat crushed when he hit the end of it. Not For Us.  The barrier type doesn’t seem to me to be so safe for the dogs either. Again it would keep the dogs from causing trouble for the driver but if they ever crashed the dogs would be thrown into it and possibly hurt. It’s better than the collar restraint, though. Just my opinion, I’m not a designer or anything.

Ok, every doggie and mommy and dada, what do you think about this issue?

(I fixed the links that didn’t work and added a couple more.)