Dog Blog

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

We celebrated Peaches' "Gotcha" Day over the weekend.  I found her at the Sacramento SPCA on December 28, and I brought her home on December 29 to begin a happier new life with us--happier for her and happier for us.  She is everything to me, this special little dog with a Jesus fish on her back, who I am certain embodies the spirits of all the dogs I've loved before.  She is the greatest gift I have ever received.


Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Miraculously, the sun was out again today for the second day in a row, so I took Bubs and Peaches to the dog park.  Peaches is still a bit standoffish with strange dogs, but she's getting better.  There were two other dogs already there when we arrived, a Border Collie and Aussie cattle dog, which I recognized as a neighbor's dog.  My neighbor, who I don't know too well, was talking about how the dachshund they had severely bit her son's finger.  She said the boy was just sitting on the couch with the dog when it happened, but I wanted to ask her what her son did to provoke the dog.  The reason I would liked to have asked is that I see her 10-year-old boy walking around the block occasionally with the cattle dog.  The kid obviously does not know how to behave around any dog, and the dog is clearly terrified of the kid, which makes me wonder what goes on when the mother's not watching.  One day I saw the dog drop right down to his haunches and cower, which made me know he was scared and may have been hit on occasion.  The boy is very loud and is always flailing his arms around, acting out wildly, whipping the end of the leash and slapping it on the ground as though to strike the dog.  It really bothers me, but I've never actually seen him strike the dog.  I always watch him until he is out of my sight, and if I EVER see this kid mistreat that dog, I won't hesitate to report it.  I know they got rid of the cute little doxie (which was probably destroyed for having bitten the boy), and I suspect the same will happen with this dog, since I saw it nip one of the boy's friends on the butt one day as they walked by.  Playing?  Perhaps.  It's only a matter of time before the dog hurts someone, and if it's that mean boy, he'll deserve it.  But of course, it's the dog who will suffer most for the bad treatment she's received at the hands of this aberrant kid and his clueless parents.  Some people shouldn't be allowed to have dogs...or kids.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008


Sunday, December 07, 2008

We haven't trained Bubba to do this yet, but he's got the lips for it.

Thanks to Deb in Oregon:  Boom Box Basset

Monday, December 01, 2008

Here's hoping everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. We've had some lovely sunny days for walking, and Peaches and I are taking advantage of it.  It's so warm, it hardly feels like December.  I'm walking off the couple of pounds gained over the Thanksgiving holiday, and Peaches is working on becoming her former svelte self.  Not an easy task for either of us. 
I'm delighted to share that I'll be having my first art reception combined with a book signing at Phantom Galleries on December 13, which is Sacramento's Second Saturday Artwalk.  Second Saturday has become a real event in Sacramento and something I've enjoyed for a long time now. I'm very excited that I'll be a featured artist on The Boulevard in Uptown.  I'll be showing and selling my doggy art (and other subjects) and signing copies of my dog books at Casa Bella Galleria, 1511 Del Paso Blvd. in North Sacramento from 6-10 p.m.  If anyone in the Sacramento Region is reading this, I hope to see you there.