Dogs For Lazy Owners

lazy dogsConsumer Reports has posted an article about the best dogs for retirees (not that retirees are lazy):

All dogs that require little exercise, although all dogs should be walked daily.

We’re considering getting a Greyhound (yes, another dog) when our ancient cat dies: they’re supposed to be nice, lazy dogs, despite their reputation for being athletic pets. Greyhound Pets of Atlantic Canada is an excellent resource for those looking to adopt a Greyhound; we’ll be getting ours from there.

The Movie “Marley And Me” Will Make You Cry

I had tears running down my cheeks, almost sobbing. Really.

It’s based on the book of the same name by John Grogan, which I read a couple years ago.

Marley and Me is about Marley, a Labrador Retriever, and his affect on the family who raise him. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, interesting, and sad.

You might have to be a “dog person” to appreciate its sentiment; my wife and I enjoyed it.

Wally Likes Legs

wally eating a bone in the snowWally, our nine month old, 120 pound Newfoundland dog, likes to hump legs, chairs, cars… anything that will stand still for him. The breeder we got him from doesn’t want us to neuter him until he’s 18 months old due to research indicating that their growth can be disrupted due to hormone imbalance. Or something.

Unfortunately, he’s at the adolescent age where he wants to mate with everything, and when that something is a leg from a 130 pound human, the human can become flustered about dealing with a 120 pound bear-like dog. Fortunately, Wally is a gentle giant and a forceful shove gets him off, but still, it can be intimidating for people who aren’t used to dogs that big.

I think the main problem is that of dominance – he’s humping anything that won’t resist him.

“The dog did it.”

jody and iainMy son ran into our bedroom and slammed the door after some incident today. My wife immediately followed him in and discovered a puddle of piss on the carpet.

Dawn: Iain, did you pee on the floor?
Iain: No. The dog did it.

The dog was outside.

Maybe my son is getting up in the middle of the night and shitting over the living room carpet, too.