Diary of a Dog Nut

Diary of a Dog Nut

This blog began in 2005 with a silly press release about my dingo, Maggie and her nemesis, Monsieur Le Pew.  When Maggie passed, I rescued the cracker, Loki. To say that I was over my head with a real working dog is an understatement. So I did what every new dog owner does when they are in over their heads with a busy dog. I adopted a second dog, a husky, to "keep him busy." I know, Internet, I know. I didn't actually make my life easier. Juno, the criminal, only gave me more work.  Life with the cracker and the criminal has been filled with adventures. These two have taught me more about life than any school, guru or self-help book. Juno wrote  masticated the book on crime and punishment, while the cracker polices her misdemeanors. Together, they drive me nuts. I wouldn't have it any other way.

April 7, 2017
Sometimes Crime Does Pay

"Hey Daddy-O! Mom looks like she's packin plenty of profit in those high pockets. How about you put your paw down and demand a toll for this bridge?" "Don't worry Princpessa, it's in the bag. She's an easy mark, a real rube. We're big rough wild dogs and crime is the price she pays. There's […]

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March 23, 2017
Happy National Puppy Day

It's National Puppy Day! Here's Loki, aka: The Cracker, when he was just a wee thing in Taiwan, sometime in 2007. Even as a puppy, his penetrating eyes impart a heartbreaking story of abandonment, fear, anxiety and a desperation to find *his* person—one who spoke his language so many before misunderstood—to whom he’d gift his […]

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March 7, 2017
The Last Word

Last Saturday, I walked a country road with my dogs. The traffic was a bit heavy for the area as people were driving to a winery for tasting. A car came at me at a high speed, so I motioned it to slow down as cars were coming in the other direction on a tight […]

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February 23, 2017
Vet of the Year

Congratulations to our favorite vet and friend, Hilary Wheeler for winning PetPlan's Veterinarian of the Year Award in early February. (I may, or may not have sent this photo to the judges with an "offer" to send the cracker to "speak" to them on your behalf of your outstanding qualities.) We're so proud of you! Even […]

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December 19, 2016
My Girl Juicy

Now this dog. This dog doesn't have a cruel bone in her body. During this year's rutting season, I stopped carrying treats due to yellow jacket population. Without treats, Juno turned to her innate Siberian resolve of doing whatever she damn well pleases. Her recall slipped to the point where she would only wait for […]

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December 19, 2016
Brute Force Peace Keeper

This dog. This dog loves his mommy no matter what she does. Scott pulled a prank on my Lyme brain Sunday morning while wrapping presents. Since we desperately need some humor in this house, I laughed and scolded him while girlie-slapping his arm and nudging his wine-belly. Loki, being the police dog that he is, broke […]

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November 21, 2016
My Two Essential Ingredients in Lyme Disease Treatment

Thank dog and praise cheeses for these two. They've literally held me together the last few weeks as my health plummeted into Lyme disease hell. Surviving on 2-3 hours of sleep per night and all the other little goodies that come along with Neurological Lyme plus a brand-new infection has been peachy. This election season […]

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October 31, 2016
Halloween Advice

"Hey Daddy-O. This hipster looks like he could stand one more greasing. He's not slick enough."

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October 12, 2016
Adorableness Will Get You Everywhere

Poor Joannna. She's getting rather attached to this place. As usual, Bob brought his trusty assistant Joanna, the poodle mix to my monthly IVIG appointment. When it was time to leave, instead of quickly hopping in the car worried about being left behind, she decided to run around the garden avoiding the car at all […]

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October 7, 2016
A Little Cracker on the Side of Your PT

The Physical Torturer, err, Therapy Ladies at Sage Centers decided they'd really like a little Loki lovin' so they invited him to Juno's PT session. "Mom, Juicy is not taking her exercises seriously enough. I think she needs to pump up the pace!"

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September 22, 2016
Garden Visitors

Meet Thomas the Terrorist And his sisfur Cococabana

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September 7, 2016
Happy Juno-versary!

Even at 9 year's old, Juno still practices a life of crime. Never change Juicy. We love you exactly how you are. Eight years ago adopted and 9 years of youth. Happy Anniversary my beautiful girl.

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September 6, 2016
Loki and The Back Creek Band

When I posted the memory about Loki teaching the two packs of coyotes to sing in our forest, I had a few people ask for videos. So for weeks, I've been trying to record the coyote pack singing with Loki.  It's harder than you think. A siren goes by, sets off a dog and the […]

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August 11, 2016
Siberian Negotiations

Juno eyed her mom working in the herb garden through the morning mist. She raised her nose in the air, considered hunting for moles, but decided to head down the path to the orchard and help herself to an apple. While she enjoys playing with the treasures she picks from the tree, she prefers the […]

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July 29, 2016
Flashback Friday: Canine Choir

Flashback to that time when Jim's pack of huskies taught Loki to sing whenever he hears a siren. Recently, Loki taught the local pack of coyotes to sing at the sirens. And they taught a second pack. So now we're treated to a surround-sound, spine-chilling opera of the Formosan-German Shepherd-California Coyote tabernacle choir every time […]

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July 27, 2016
Scent of a Siberian

There's a new boy in the 'hood. While Loki was recovering from knee surgery, Juno got to know the new young stud on our walks. Orion was smitten with my kitten and always invited her to play. It didn't take long for Juno to fall hard for this fellow and now every time we walk […]

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July 11, 2016
Mistaken Identities

Once again, Juno proves that she is really a German Shepherd in a Siberian Husky suit. Coming back from our walk, I unleashed the dogs once we got onto the pasture on our property. She immediately put her nose to the ground and followed a scent. As soon as we go to Upper Nitwit trailhead, we found […]

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July 10, 2016
Glamorous Life

Per Dogtor's treatment orders, I had to flush the cracker's willie with Chlorhexidine to treat a small infection. He didn't love it, but he didn't try to bitey me. The cracker is getting soft in his older years. I could never get Loki to perform the roll over trick that Juno does. He's done it […]

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June 17, 2016
Good to Go

On Monday, the cracker was given two thumbs up from his surgeon. Loki's re-check x-rays showed the bone is healed from the #TPLO surgery and there's no inflammation in the patella which meant he did not over-do himself during recovery. It's a miracle! Actually, he exceeded my expectations in staying quiet during recovery. I even […]

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June 1, 2016
Happy Loki-versary!

This weekend we celebrated Loki's 8th year with us and his 9th (roughly) birthday. He's been one of the best teachers I've had in my life as he taught me how to listen, really listen, without words. Sure, his recent TPLO surgery put a huge dent in the wallet, but in the end, it only […]

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