Archive for the ‘Bowser’ Category

biggest idiot dog owner award goes to…

Friday, April 13th, 2012

“I wonder if I can maul the people who did this to me like a tiger…”

Why?  Just …WHY?!  I don’t even know how I came across this.  Funny things come up when browsing images that might have nothing to do with what you get.  It’s amazing really.  There’s not much to say about this.  It speaks for itself.  There are worse things people can do to a dog.  This dog looks fed and cared for …too groomed, that’s for sure.  So I wouldn’t say “worst” dog owner or “cruelest” dog owner …though this is just cruel in it’s own way.  I’ll just leave it at “idiot” dog owner.

Dogs:  The most inherently good natured creatures I know of.  If they love you, they’ll go along with anything and just deal.

back on “the horse” …again

Friday, April 6th, 2012

if only we could all show such vigor & focus in our respective saddles…

I will not be diluted enough to make any grand promises of even keeping up daily, but I have told myself I should at least make some effort posting here.  Simply because I enjoy it.  I’m sure it’s apparent that my life has been consumed by school.  Oh has it.  I’ve ruled pretty much everything else out because this semester seems to have presented an especially large challenge in simply grasping and retaining the material.  It scares me not to “get it” because I’ve FINALLY chosen a path I WANT to pursue with the vigor shown above …so to have such a hard time understanding all that I need to know is consuming me to a very “all work, no play makes Ariel…”

…well, you know how the saying goes.  The other thing completely eating up my time and energy is self-inflicted.  I rescued another dog.  A baby that requires constant attention.  I swear, no more “casually perusing” the dog rescue sites ever again.  Hell, I could make a whole blog just posting adorable photos of my dogs, but my intuition says that’s filed under “Sad Crazy Lady” …so I’ll just speckle that stuff in.  Her name is Samus (Sam for short).  She is currently a bit over 4 months old, we’ve had her since she was just about 3 months old. She’s half Queensland Heeler and part mutt. The word you’re looking for is ENERGY (and very intelligent, in that scary way the raptors in Jurassic Park were …she’ll sort out the door knobs any day now).  But I love her already.  She’s work and has stolen some of my marbles in the process, but I’m glad she’s here.  Bowser went through a much expected spoiled “only child” phase …he still dips into it.   But, he is learning to appreciate her.  I suspect when she gets a little more mature he’ll adore her.  She worships him.  She has from day one and is unwilling to take rejection from him.

So that’s it.  Mainly two things monopolizing absolutely all of my time and energy.  Dogs and school. I am grateful for both but also dreamily think about the day when life opens up a little more for other things.  I have all these great clothes that need to be worn places, things to be seen that doesn’t involve dog barf or Netflix (my only current escape …Netflix, not the dog barf), conversations to be had that aren’t school-related, meals to be eaten that aren’t in my house, books to be read  that aren’t text books/flash cards/Google… I’m just impatient.  I’m honestly pretty happy as a homebody.  I’m just ready to absorb the knowledge (and REALLY GET IT so I can start getting BETTER at it) and for the pups to fully adjust and be okay on their own for some period of time longer than an hour.

The phrase “This is your life, right now, you’re living it” or any variation of that annoys me.  I mean, it’s true, yes.  But it’s annoying.  Stop pressuring me.  It makes me feel like I’m going to look up from all this and wonder what happened.  I’m already sort of beating myself up for how I spent my 20s.  However, what are you going to do?! We all figure things out at our own rate.  That whole “youth is wasted on the young” ….another worthwhile expression.  Heh, says the 31 year old, “shut up 31 year old” says the even older me.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I should head back to my school work.  Yes, this is technically considered my “Spring Break” but as I have been struggling along to get things that seem to come a lot easier to others, I am spending mine working on a massive project others have since turned in.  It’s not due until coming back from the “break.” But some don’t have to worry about it because BAM BAM BAM, DONE! was how it went for them…while others …are still working on the first BAM.

But I’m here, I’m alive and trucking along doing the best I can, determined to be awesome even when the awesome doesn’t come naturally (gasp).  Thought I’d put that out there for anyone wondering, or if nothing else, it’s a good reminder to myself.

hi my name is Elias, won’t you be my family?

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

I dare you not to “aaaaaaaaw!”

Every so often I go onto petfinder.com to see what dogs are in need of adoption.  It’s masochistic because I want to save them all and I can’t.  I really want to find a “sibling” for Bowser because he is a very loving and social dog who thrives around a proper playmate.  Right now is simply not the right time for the responsibility of another dog.  I came across this pup and melted into a puddle.  Based off the description, he’d have way too much energy for me to keep up with anyway.  However, he’s going to be a fantastic addition to the right home.

His name is Elias.  He’s a 4 month old Australian Cattle mix (the only kind of breed I look at now that I’ve experienced Bows).  This means he’s a smart dog …and this breed tends to need tasks and activities since they’re a working dog.  There are exceptions to the rule.  Bowser is very smart, loves to play and walk …but will go on strike if you expect too much of a workout from him.  I need another dog with a similar personality.  Elias isn’t it, but I know plenty of people out there would be a great match!  I doubt he’ll have a hard time being adopted, but I wanted to do my small part to spread the word.  All rescue dogs come with up to date shots, are fixed (or if too young, will cover the cost AND EXPECT that you take care of that at the appropriate time) and are micro chipped.

You will never feel anything better than saving an animal and giving it a safe and loving home.  Trust me, that animal will pay you back with SO much love and appreciation you won’t know what to do with yourself!  You can rest easy knowing your pet didn’t come from a cruel puppy mill.  Read up on them, it will make you sick to your stomach and you’ll never be able to go in a pet shop again.  Not to mention (and I know I’ve mentioned it before) mutts make the BEST pets.  You don’t have to worry about mental/physical deficiencies from inbreeding.

Elias certainly isn’t the only one out there.  There’s an animal out there for everyone (if they have the time and ability).  In fact, there are lots and lots of animals that aren’t adorable little puppies that pretty much sell themselves that are just waiting to be saved.  But you just never know.  I just saw a poor 6 month old dog in San Bernardino up for last call before he is killed.  He doesn’t even get a name, he gets a number: A412222.  It makes my eyes tear up just thinking about it.  This sweet, beautiful boy is going to be taken away from his life before he even got a chance simply because of irresponsibility and nobody taking a chance on him.  I’d better stop right now or I’m going to run out and try to save him myself….

Please, click on the link for either dog and see what you can do …one was just so damn cute I had to post something.  The other is in such immediate danger (and VERY cute/smart…all vital ingredients for a wonderful pet) I HAD to share.  If I had more info. on the sweet little guy on death row, I’d make more of a post. Check out Petfinder for yourself and see if you can help.

kellan lutz for adopting (not buying) dogs

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

This one’s for you Chiara!

Behold, Kellan Lutz (AKA “one of the several pretty people of Twilight) posing for an “adopt don’t buy” campaign with PETA (ew, but their heart is in the right place in this instance) with his own rescue pooch Kola .  AAAAAAAAAW.

rachel ray helps dogs in need this holiday season!

Monday, November 8th, 2010

We all know Rachael Ray loves cooking, but she cares about dogs as well!  It turns out this love for dogs has made Rachael decide to play Santa to many animals with no one to care for them this holiday season!  She will be donating more than $770,000 to more than 15 pet rescue organizations and shelters around the country.  She will be delivering these donations to the shelters starting tomorrow in 12 different cities across the US!

Also, in 2008 Rachael started a line of dog food and treats called Nutrish and donates all of her money from sales to animals in need.

This is a kind and very needed gesture.  I knew I liked her pots and pans but I love to hear this even more!  I love hearing about successful people actually giving back.  That’s the way to do it.  Hooray for Rachel!