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Video Call Time!

So I had a video conversation with my friend, Blondie tonight, and she found a way to take screen captures during our conversation.  I had no idea how to do this to her, and as such, we just get to look a ridiculous pictures of me by myself!

 

And just for good measure, here’s some other photos I saw while I was cleaning files off my computer:


I should have gotten these glasses, no?

Look at the sweet jowls on my dog. Awesome.  So stretchy.  So good.

The difference between making a pug look gorgeous…

and maybe not so gorgeous in photographs…

Good:
Winston.

Not so good:
Chin!

 

I still love the bottom one, but he doesn’t even look like the same dog!

There’s nothing I can do

Tonight is one of the few times I’ve wanted to punch out a complete stranger.

After maybe 10 minutes of training with the dogs in the lobby of the building, I take them out into the park in front of my apartment building, which is basically just a cement area. Good training ground, no?

And they were doing SO good. Listening to commands. Sitting. Turning when I turned.

And then the shit hit the fan.

While I am working with the dogs, this woman comes by with her fluff dog (I have no idea what kind of dog it was). I think, okay, she’ll pass by, as my dogs are sitting really nicely. But no. She stops. And my dogs turn and see this dog. And smell the dog, and then Zelda starts barking. At this point I say, “okay, this is nice, but I am training my dogs and you need to move along and get out of here because my dog has been attacked and I am working with her.” To which this lady kind of giggles and stands there with her dog.

Then Zelda starts screaming.

“SERIOUSLY, YOU NEED TO GET OUT OF HERE.”

She doesn’t move.

I say the same thing about 10 times. She doesn’t move.

At this point Zelda is FLIPPING OUT, Winston is trying to get to this other dog and slips out of his harness.

“GET OUT OF HERE! SERIOUSLY! YOU ARE SCARING MY DOGS. THEY DON’T LIKE OTHER DOGS!”

I am basically saying anything to get her to go away. She doesn’t go. SHE KEEPS STANDING THERE AND LAUGHS A LITTLE LAUGH WHILE WINSTON CHASES HER DOG AND ZELDA SCREAMS.

I manage to corall Winston and sit on him (gently, don’t worry) and I am aaaaalmost screaming at this woman, “GET OUT OF HERE!” while waving my hands in an away motion. Now you might think, why didn’t *I* get out of there? Well because my dogs are flipping out and one of them is out of his harness and I can’t move because I am sitting on my dog, and it basically took 10 seconds for Zelda to go from calm to apeshit scared.

I can’t believe that just happened. I wanted to just shove this woman over. She clearly didn’t speak English AT ALL, so the whole time I am motioning “AWAY!!! AWAY!!!!!!!!!” and she DOESN’T GET IT.

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK. Not only is it embarassing, it’s EXTREMELY stressful for the dogs, and I couldn’t help them because this woman WOULD NOT LEAVE ME ALONE.

I want to scream, myself now! I’m just thinking, WHAT ELSE COULD I HAVE DONE?! I don’t think I could have done anything else and not ended up shoving this woman away from me. And what’s worse is that if it were someone who understood english, it would have been fine, but somehow the one person walking there dog by me happens to not speak a WORD.

I need to go punch my bed.

Happy Howl-o-ween!

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So I gave the dogs whipped cream…

And it was pretty much everything I thought it was going to be.

Messy

Funny

Snorty

Barky

Oh the sweet love of driving your dogs crazy with mainly all sugar!

On another doggie note, does anyone know how we can get Winston to roll over?  I put Steve in charge of teaching this to Winston (because he wants to outshine his brother’s new dog at Christmas), but he can’t seem to convince Winston to do it.  We can get him to sit, and then lay down, but I can’t get him to roll onto his hip, and when Steve tries to *lovingly* roll him over, we get this reaction that kind of says, “HOLY SHIT WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING ARE YOU TRYING TO KILL ME…..ahhh, I am right-side up again.”

We can’t even convince him with food.  FOOD!  THAT’S THE ONLY THING THAT WORKS!!!  If he won’t do it for food, I mean, what the hell can we use?  I mean, I waved a $20 bill in front of him, but he didn’t seem to want that either.

Maybe I should show him a photo of a dog in heat??

Thanks for the kind words!

Aww, thanks so much for all the nice things you said on my last post. You’re all really lovely people, and I’m happy to have you as my e-friends!

In a stroke of good news, I had text messaged a would-be friend inviting her to see the always delightfully scary Saw (4). She got back to me, which I am pretty excited about.

It’s a silly little friendship that we have actually. We met a year or two ago through another friend, and have always kept in touch. We’ve hung out a few times, and she seems like someone I’d really love hanging out with. We were both totally friend crushin’ on each other, you know? Like, wow, this person is totally cool, I’d like to hang out with them more! Then you kind of get all girly like, oh man, will they like me? Do I smell? DO I SMELL?!

We actually had a conversation about it once, which was really funny because we were both like YOU ARE GREAT, BUT I AM FRIEND NERVOUS BECAUSE I THINK YOU ARE SO COOL. I don’t really know if anyone else gets like this, but I assume since the both of us were thinking the same thing, that there’s likely more people out there who feel the same way…

Anyhow, we are gonna go on a nice little friend date and hang out, because we both moved to Vancouver within a month of each other, and what a perfect time to hang out, eh?

In other news, that is more dog-related (as I haven’t posted about them in a long time), the puppies are doing good! Zelda has stopped eating her turds so much, which leaves the apartment MUCH less stinky, and Winston is barking less. I haven’t quite figured out how to get them to stop freaking out before they get outside on a walk. Maybe I’ll take a video of it and show you just how amped up about walkies they get, and then you’ll understand how ABSOLUTELY DREADFUL AND EMBARASSING those first three minutes of walkies are.

Also, I saw a pug in Petsmart yesterday in a lion costume. Does it get any better than that??? Do you all know what you’re going to be for Halloween? Steve and I are thinking of dressing up and going for dinner somewhere, just for the hell of it. Did someone say WONDER WOMAN COSTUME?!?!

Awesome.

A Grand Pug Photo Shoot

Sometimes I just look at the dogs and think, Damn, these are two gorgeous looking pugs! They should be pug models. Which, by the way, did I tell you that this little shop by my house called Barking Babies is pretty tight with the editors of Modern Dog magazine, and that they use their customer database when they need a certain breed of dog for a photo shoot?! YOU MIGHT SEE WINSTON AND ZELDA IN MODERN DOG! WTF!!!

Sometimes Winston just likes to throw caution to the wind, as represented by his flappy ear:
As you can see, Zelda is pretty much always making this face when I take her photo:
Except when she’s sleepy!
Then I get all kinds of cuteness:
Winston is generally a good sport though:
He likes to turn up the cute when he knows I’ve got the camera out:


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