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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.

Adventures of a Formosan Mountain Dog

People keep asking me what breed Loki is. Some guess the German Shepherd, but then they can’t figure out the rest. When you Google Taiwanese Mountain Dog you’ll find Formosan Mountain Dog, Taiwan’s version of the dingo. He has some of the same traits, namely those antenna- like ears, body structure and shape of his […]

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How Many Channels?

Dear Loki, How many channels do you get with those ears? Sincerely, Monster Girl Member of the National Esteemed Feline Society

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Who Rescued Who?

It’s no secret that I like all animals, specifically dogs. I like all breeds of dogs: big, small, smart, not-so-smart, silly, dignified, long hair, short hair. But I go ga-ga for small dogs: Shitzu’s, terriers, Pomeranians, Maltese and Benji-like mutts. Something about them tugs at my heart strings. Scott doesn’t prefer smaller breeds so we […]

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Falsely Accused?

Loki’s foster mom, Cindy, emailed me today. She asked me to apologize to Loki for accusing him of taking all the shampoo bottles out of the tub. It turns out her own dog, Lupin, had just been caught in the act of the very same alleged misdemeanor last night. And she was sorry that she […]

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Decisions, Decisions!

For the last few days, Loki’s been settling in. In the beginning he seemed happy but sad. Sad in that he missed his foster mom who had him for three months. His foster mom is a dog trainer, with a pack of dogs and some horses and I’m guessing lots of free roaming space and […]

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Wild Dingo Hires New Talent

In an effort to restore canine balance to Wild Dingo’s staff, I’ve been busy interviewing and searching for just the right fit into this dysfunctional organization I call a business. The search was difficult, as the talent pool is saturated with an abundance of heartwarming quadrupeds that all deserve much better than the histories they […]

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A Dingo's Friday Night O.D.

This is what a dingo looks like after a long night of milkbones and squeaky woobie toys. (Note the stuffing and squeaker appendectomy to the right.) I’m THIS close to having an intervention with her.

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Margaret's Sunday's of Discontent

  For the past 3 years, Wild Dingo’s beloved CEO, has been battling liver cancer. But before you feel sad about it, realize that we were told three years ago that we had at best 6-months with her. And she’s still with us today, living most of the last three-years very well, with good quality […]

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Wild Dingo Loses Bid for Chicken-Herding Services

Los Gatos, CA—During an employee offsite today, Wild Dingo CEO, Margaret J. Starling, spontaneously made a bid to provide herding services to a local chicken farmer. Upon passing the neighbor chicken home, Starling immediately noticed chickens casually strolling—uncontained—away from the hen house. Being a leader of few words, she quickly went to work, demonstrating her […]

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Wild Dingo Stinks to High Heaven

Los Gatos , CA — Wild Dingo Communications' CEO, Margaret J. Starling, today elevated an age-old heated relationship with Monsieur P. Le Pew to new heights today by charging after him as he wandered by the Wild Dingo premises. Le Pew denied any instigation on his part and simply defended himself with a “drive-by” spraying. […]

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