Sunday, June 26, 2016

Zoey Watches TV

The only two dogs I've ever seen watch TV are Zoey and her brother Tidbit. We normally watch TV together but today I noticed that she was intently watching Intervention while I was doing the dishes.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Pretty Girls

It's rare to catch Zoey with her mommy without her being Spot-blocked. They were both scared of the work I was doing on my office, so they put aside their usual politics.

"Who's a pretty girl?"

The redesigned office is about halfway done. A desktop tower, server tower, laptop, raspberry pi and tablets/phones replace what used to be a whole room full of computers not too long ago. Add about 10 TB in storage and a good sound system, and I'm all set to do some mobile app development. Maybe a dog walking app or something.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Brother & Sister

Tidbit had made peace with Zoey relatively early when we lived in Spokane. He was little, and she bites, so they didn't have any problem cuddling with each other since it was clear she was the boss.

But Ty is the proud son of Lenny, and he's much bigger than Zoey, so it took him much longer to realize that she is the boss. Ty may be a proud beast like his papa, but Zoey is crazy and bites like her mommy, Spot, so it was just a matter of time.

Now instead of looking at me and sighing, Ty will often jump right behind her and plop down. Sometimes they even share the blanket. She doesn't "Spot block" him like her mommy does, but you can see in the photo that she does claim him when they're cuddling.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Xena, Warrior Chow

The neighbor just got a Chow puppy. Xena is only 9 weeks old but she has the same gleam in her eye that Zoey does. She's super sweet but also really coy. I can also see the same stubborn streak I saw in Zoey at about the same age. Except Xena will be the size of roughly 15 Zoeys.

She probably won't meet Zoey but I think Ty is the perfect temperament to socialize Xena with.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Old Married Couple

Spot was the mate of Smokey's lifelong enemy, Lenny. Smokey has never been a big fan of Lenny's puppies, either. Smokey has also been a grumpy old man since he was a puppy, so it was surprising that when get got settled in our new life, Smokey got less grumpy and befriended Spot.

Now, Spot has a very strange way of showing her affection to another dog. She will lay down next to her victim and that dog is then "Spot Blocked" and can't leave. She's sweet and cuddly until her victim tries to leave, and then she turns into a rabid beast.

In the picture below, Smokey realized he was Spot blocked and just went back to sleep. Spot still found it insulting that he tried to leave in the first place and sneered at him (and me) for a while.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Father's Daughter

If I catch Smokey or Ty doing something bad, just saying their name will freeze them in their tracks. But Lenny was the opposite. If I caught him eating something he wasn't supposed to be eating, he would eat faster if I said his name. Whatever he was doing, he would do four times faster once he was caught.

Zoey is the same way her daddy was. Tonight I was making their usual chicken and rice dinner. I flip the chopped chicken in the pan like a chef would, and every once in a while a little piece of something goes flying out of the pan. I then pick the piece of food off the floor and throw it away.

The few times that food has fallen onto the floor, I say "NO" and whatever dog stops long enough for me to pick it up and throw it away. But Zoey is a carnivore like her daddy, and when she saw the piece of chicken fall onto the floor and heard me say "NO" she ran twice as fast and had it down her gullet before I could get to her.

The chicken was very, very hot, and I was surprised she swallowed it with no ill effect. She didn't yelp or give any indication that it hurt. She even gave me a smug look of "nice try stopping me, pet" as she jumped onto the bed. She had that smug look on her face about a minute or so until she suddenly horked up the piece of chicken and part of her dinner.

She then looked at me like "you tried to poison me, pet" and went to curl up next to her mommy, Spot , in indignation.

Tonight made me think of something similar with her brother, Tidbit, who lives with the ex in California. Except that Tidbit, who is also remarkably like Lenny, ate a piping hot chunk of jalepeno instead of chicken. So not only was it physically hot, but spicy hot, too. And just like his sister, he didn't cry out. He basically gulped air for a couple minutes and then came begging for more!