Sunday, June 28, 2009

My brother the couch hog!

I know, i know .... if you look at the photo on the left you would think my brother Mister is an angel and is this sweet innocent pup who just likes to sleep ... even though he IS a couch hog!! Well, don't let this photo fool you. My brother is a bundle of energy. My Human tries to wear him out by taking him for runs with her but a lot of times that isn't even enough. Yesterday, they shipped him off to daycare so that he could have playtime and exercise. I have to admit, it was nice and quiet at home with just Missy and Henry.

Whenever Mister gets back from daycare we have to really check him out ... he smells like all these other dogs and we HAVE to make sure it's really him. I think Missy really misses Mister (now that's a mouthful to say!). Missy isn't the best with all dogs but she just LOVES Mister and LOVES to play with him. I'm finally starting to get a hang of this "play" thing ... the other day I tried to join them in this crazy thing called "play". My Human smiles when she sees me try to butt in on their play .... she says I bark, wag my tail, make this move that she calls "play bow", and then she says I run away when Mister or Missy start chasing me. Well, all I have to say is, give me a break .... i've never played before so i'm a little skeptical of all of this but i'm willing to give it a try. Missy and Mister seem to have so much fun even though you would think they were killing each other if you heard them. My Human says she'll get a photo of me playing some time so I can post it on my blog...

Well .. today is going to be a beautiful day. Be sure to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. I know I will!


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Dogs Rule!

I know it's been a while since i blogged ... when my Human took a vacation I decided that I needed to take a vacation too. Of course, I needed a longer vacation. And I don't know how you all feel about this heat, but it's killing me!! I'm used to the cold weather .... i get a little more lethargic with this heat. My Human tells me that it could be sub-zero and i'd still be lethargic ... what does she know??!!! Anyway, i'm really still on my vacation, but i thought i'd share a photo of me hanging out with Mister and Missy. We decided we'd hog the red couch .... our Humans had no where to sit and watch TV .... YES, we rule the house!!! :)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Party Time!

My Humans are getting ready for their vacation! They're excited to get away for a few days .... frankly, I don't understand how they can be so excited about it when they're going to be leaving us behind... Well, we'll show them!! :) Missy and I will get to hang out at home with our pet sitter Kristen. My Humans have shipped my brother Mister off to our Auntie Laura's house because he's way toooooo much work for any pet sitter! He gets into stuff and eats whatever he can get his grubby paws on ... but hey, we love him anyway. To be honest, I'm gonna miss the guy. I think he kinda gets a bad rap. He's not as hyper as everyone seems to think he is. I mean, look at that sweet face ... doesn't he look innocent, calm and precious??? And those sweet brown eyes? Come on now ... how can he possibly get into any trouble?? :)

Anyway, we hope our Humans have a nice time on their vacation! We'll miss them but we'll have a great time back home without them. If we're lucky we can fool our pet sitter into feeding us more food!!! She won't know any better! :)

Have a great weekend everyone!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Enough is enough!

I've been living here now for almost 6 months. Now, don't get me wrong ... I appreciate that my Humans have taken me in and rescued me (via the path of Karen Good of Red Lake Rosie's Rescue, and then Pet Haven, from a horrible life of having to scavenge for food on my own. But enough is enough .... We get fed twice a day. My Human tells me we all get high quality food made from organic human-quality ingredients (editor's note: Ahnung is fed California Natural lamb and rice kibbles topped with organic yogurt and organic carrots; Mister is fed Nature's Variety raw diet because of food allergies we discovered this is the only food that works for him; Missy is fed Evo reduced fat kibbles - she is on a diet, not that she cares to be on one!; Henry is fed Nature's Variety raw rabbit)

Well, YOU be the judge of what i'm protesting ... Take a look at the photo at the top. There's a little bowl and a big bowl ...

Okay ... now take a look at the photo of Mister with his cute red bandana (yes, I admit, he's cute!). And then take a look ... no, take a close look at me with my easter bunny ears. You see my expression? .... just as i'm protesting those silly bunny ears, I'm protesting the lack of equality when it comes to food.

I digress ... back to my point:

Little bowl vs. Big Bowl
Skinny Dog (Mister) vs. Big Dog (Ahnung ... that's me!)

Now, who do you think gets to eat out of the little bowl? And who do you think gets to eat out of the big bowl??

Have I made my point yet? And if I haven't, let me tell you what pushed me over the edge yesterday. My Humans bought this contraption they call a "grill" ... it takes up space where I sleep on my patio, but I was even willing to be okay with that, until yesterday! Take a look again at what I get to eat, and now take a look at what my Humans get to eat!

Please don't think i'm not grateful, but let's be real now .... if you were given the option of little bowl, big bowl, or marinated grilled veggies (and my one Human even had shrimp on a few of the skewers) .... what would you choose?? Me ... i'm deprived of both quality AND quantity!

Today, I am officially submitting a complaint to the powers at large ... join me in my protest!

Friday, June 5, 2009

My family

No special reason for this post other than to say i'm so happy that Missy, Mister and Henry decided it was okay for me to join their family early this year! They even let me share the red couch.

The weather has just been gorgeous this week. I've had a chance to hang outside in the backyard a lot. My sister Missy used to "own" the spot outside the back door at the top of the steps .... she's been gracious enough to let me share that spot. It's a prime spot for squirrel, bunny and bird viewing!

Life really is good! And I'm one happy, content pup!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Give Back ... and receive so much more!

Last Thursday I was invited to attend a final celebration at The Lab of St. Paul Public Schools where i've been volunteering. Since it's a little too far of a walk for me I asked my Human if she could take me -- hitching a ride is more my style than walking. Besides, she also volunteered at The Lab and they did want her to come as well :) I was awarded a Certificate of Outstanding Achievement for my 15 hours of volunteer service ... pretty cool, eh?? I'm trying to get my Human to frame my certificate. She mumbled something to me about getting a little pushy and that I already have a million photos around the house.

We've helped out in various ways at The Lab ... from one-on-one mentoring (that's what the Humans call it ... i call it "hanging out"). This semester I got to hang out with a really cool kid. I'm hoping we get to spend time again this fall. My Human and I also got to give a few presentations to classrooms. She talks and I get lots of belly rubs. Again, another very sweet deal!

You should really check out the program at The Lab. I grabbed this from their website:

"The Lab is an Arts & Wellness-based program serving at-risk youth grades 7-12 in St. Paul Public Schools. Through 1×1 mentorships, small groups and large group Enrichment experiences, youth are inspired, encouraged and empowered to discover, understand and share their voices and the truth of their lives. Through creative and experiential opportunities, youth practice social skills and find healthy ways to understand and express themselves."

My Human says this a lot with all of her volunteer work with Pet Haven and it really is true ... by giving back and giving to others (four-legged or two-legged) one learns that one receives so much more than one gives.

I challenge you .... commit to volunteering for a cause you believe in! It will change your life! And after volunteering you can do what I do (which is also what I do best!) ... take a NAP! :) My Human can't seem to understand why napping on rocks is therapeutic. I tell her it's like getting a massage!