As you may have noticed, I have been in lurk mode most of the time. Work has been getting busier, so I have less time for amusement. I am still lurking and browsing, but if you need to get my attention, it would probably be a good idea to ping me in a separate message or to email me.
Anyways...On to the good stuff.Winter is on its way, and fall is almost fully finished up here in Ottawa. It is getting windier and most of the leaves have fallen. This makes walks very intersting. For some reason, Moogli likes the taste of leaves. So, depending on his mood, the walks either go very well, or, like this morning, take about twice as long. They take longer because he will go 4 or 5 steps, and pick up a leaf. He still doesn't know "drop it" so I have to pick it out.

This intruduces a number of problems. The first is that he is small, so that it isn't the easiest thing in the world to grab his head to get the leaf out. The second is that, even when I have his head and am reaching for the leaf, he can move his head just a little bit and I miss the leaf. And finally, when I am taking it out of his mouth (he does know "give- it", sorta) he will let go a bit, then bite again. So I end up pulling the leaf out in 1cm long bits.

Then 4 steps later, it starts all over again. However, it is not all bad. The blowing leafs give hinm lots of exercise. When one goes blowing by on the road or lawn, he has to try to catch it. Sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn't, but it is pretty funny either way.
Moogli is definitely getting older. He is definitely a male, as he marks whenever he pees. Most of the time it is one something vertical (lamp post, tree, sign post), but every now and then it is something different. A tall blade of grass, or a garbage bag. He has also got some new behaviours. If you recall, there was one bush that he used to do acrobatics on when he peed. He doesn't do that any more, but he scratches afetr he pees now. Probably about 25% of the time. It is funny, because he backs up about 5 feet when he does it, and gets completely strectehed out.
He is getting better at meeting other dogs his size. He has met a couple of min. schnauzers and a couple of shih-tzus, and seems to get along with them. He no longer has much of a problem with them sniffing him, and usually sniffs them back. And he always wants to play with them. Unfortunately, it is always on our walks, and we can't let him off-leash. At the dog park, there is only ever big dogs around, and he doesn't really play with them. He will follow behind them to see what they are doing, but is always very careful to not get too close. I think he still remembers getting run over by a Bernese Mtn Dog once.He still likes playing with his mom. Now that he is older, their battles are a lot more even. She is still a bit meaner than him though. She is more likely to get really worked up than he is, and get a really good grip on an ear or lip and start worrying it. And Moolgi has developed a pretty good tolerance for the worrying as well. He tries to get away from her for a while, and only yelps when he can't. Of course, once that happens, he usually forces her onto her back and starts playing bitey-face with her, standing over top of her.

He is also starting to play with tpys with her. At first, she would drop a toy in front of him, and he would look at her with a "what do you want me to do with that" look. Now, about 3/4 of the time, she can entice him into chasing after her. He still isn't much for playing tug with another dog, but he loves chasing after Cocotte. When we are eating supper at their place, we can see them playing in other parts of the house. A lot of it involves hearing them run, then a brief flash as they run across the hall, a brief pause, and then repeated the other way.

Hilarious.

The need for Gen to spend more time working with Moogli is also becoming evident. Most of the time, when Moogli grabs something he isn't supposed to, I am the one who grabs it out. He has only once growled at me for taking something out of his mouth, and that was with a very juicy bone. 2 minutes later, after trading bones with him
7 or 8 times, it was solved. Earlier this week, while I was occupied,Moogli grabbed something and ran into the bedroom. When Gen went to grab it from him, he growled and bit her on the knuckle. Emotion: sad She freaked out, crying. Needless to say, he swallowed whatever it waws that he stole. I also figured out why he bit her. After talking with her, I discovered that, preeviously, when she was taking something from him, if he growled, she would swat him. Obviously, he was expecting to get hit this time, and decided he would not!

Some of you may recall that Gen is coach of her schools cheerleading squad. Last sunday was the final regular season game. Gen made Moogli a little uniform, and we brought him to the football game. He was such a good little boy. He only barked a couple of times. Twice at people running by i nthe fans, and once when we first walked in (at the opposing team Emotion: smile). Other than that, he just stayed within a couple of feet of me (he was on a 6 foot leash). The ground was a bit soggy, and it rained a couple of times, so he spent about 1/4 of the time tucked into my jacket to warm up. All of the cheerleaders thought he was adorable. He really was a good boy.

We also changed foods. He finished his puppy food (IAMS) and we switched to a different brand (Royal Canin). He is eating about the same amount as before (1/2-2/3 cup a day) but his bms are a lot smaller. Hopefully he gains a bit of weight (about 2-3 lbs is what I would like) as I can feel his back hip-bones and spinal column near the back end. He was the runt of the litter, but has now turned out to be bigger than his mom (height), but only by about an inch. When they are running together in the dark, it is almost impossible to tell one from the other unless their fur is really long. Hers tends to be very curly, while his is very straight and gently wavy.
Marcel
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All of the cheerleaders thought he was adorable.

Heh. I can think of a couple of things to say here. Y'know, stuff about you being too married and too old. But it's still nice when chyx notice your cute dog - just don't tell them about the latest vomit situation and how he cleaned up afterwards.

Oh - and avoid talking about firm poops, too. For some reason, it doesn't go over well with some people. Go figure.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Oh - and avoid talking about firm poops, too. For some reason, it doesn't go over well with some people. Go figure.

OTOH, it's a good way to weed out the useless ones.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
hit that nail on the head

bam! bam! bam! that's for quoting hundreds and hundreds of lines of Howespewage. and because you asked nicely. oh, and that also answers the animal, vegetable, or mineral question: Silly Willy's a nail. HTH!

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
hit that nail on the head

oh, and abuse report filed. HTH!
you might want to take a look at your TOS. i've quoted the relevant part below.

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(xii) send numerous copies of the same or substantially similar messages, empty messages, or messages which contain no substantive content, or send very large messages or files to a recipient that disrupts a server, account, newsgroup, or chat service;

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
hit that nail on the head

bam! bam! bam! that's for quoting hundreds and hundreds of lines of Howespewage. and because you asked nicely. oh, and that also answers the animal, vegetable, or mineral question: Silly Willy's a nail. HTH!

the funny thing is that PW trashes on willy too. because willy is a dogfighter and dog abuser. maybe that makes willy sad, because he wants PW to be his friend. so now he tacks his nothings onto every PW post, in hopes that the PW will feel sorry for him and be his friend.

it must be sad to be so lonely you have to kiss ass to befriend PW.

poor willy.
-kelly
the funny thing is that PW trashes on willy too.

maybe SW's reading comprehension is so poor he doesn't realize that PW is a big fat trolling psycho who's poking fun at him?
now he tacks his nothings onto every PW post, in hopes that the PW will feel sorry for him and be his friend.

it's kinda like a sad, sad enactment of "Are You My Mother?"
it must be sad to be so lonely you have to kiss ass to befriend PW. poor willy.

i'd feel sorrier for him if he'd stop xposting howevomit. well, no, that's a lie.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
it must be sad to be so lonely you have to kiss ass to befriend PW. poor willy.

OK can we call this doorknob something other than willy? Emotion: stick out tongue That's my Pug's name, and I'm sure he is far smarter and cyuuuter!

-Abby
Pems, Aussie, and a Pug
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OK can we call this doorknob something other than willy? Emotion: stick out tongue

sure! doorknob would be fine with me. i also like Melanie's suggestion of liver fluke.
That's my Pug's name, and I'm sure he is far smarter and cyuuuter!

i should think so! i bet Willy the Pug could even master the dreaded apostrophe, unlike some silly people.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
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