Showing posts from March, 2010

It 's Your Doody!

With the Spring weather and the disappearance of mounds of snow that once covered our yards is the emergence of ....yes you guessed it....unharvested dog poop! One of life's less than tasteful tasks. I must pat myself on the back this winter though, I have kept up with it for the most part! If you are looking at an uninhabitable back yard there are options! There is the always reliable Pooper Scooper, which puts some distance between you and poo. Then there is the ever available plastic bag that shields our local newspaper from the elements. Put one on each arm and you can tag team the mounds of waste! If you can't bring yourself to do the clean up you can always hire one of the various pet waste removal outfits that have been pooping ( oh excuse me ) ah popping out due to a lot of entrepreneurial spirit these days. Lately I have been listening to my eco-conscience and have felt a twinge of guilt throwing out poo in plastic bags. I know that it will mummify in these ba…

Ozzie's Appearance on You Tube

Spring is Hair!

Yes, at last the days are getting longer and there is a hint of warmth in the air. Crocuses are pushing their way through the earth and Robins have graced our lawn with their presence! With all this comes the shedding of the hair. Ozzie has been releasing these follicles with abundance and there is not a surface in our house that has not been spared! Balls of fur roll gracefully across the wood floors like tumbleweeds in Tucson! We brush him religiously and had him bathed to no avail. Mind you that nothing is sacred. I went to apply my lipstick and found Ozzie hair stuck to the end of it! Ew! Dog hair has now become a condiment in our house right next to the ketchup! I figure the shedding of his winter coat is a seasonal occurrence that just has to be tolerated . Though I don't know why he builds up a winter coat at all since he spends most of the winter on the couch. Maybe it's colder there?! A northern exposure in the living room perhaps? Clogged to the gills with…

Happy St Patrick's Day!

It's a beautiful day today in the NYC Tri-State area. The high temp is suppose to go up to 64 degrees making it perfect weather for the St. Patrick's day Parade in the city! We celebrated over the weekend with a corn beef and cabbage dinner. The only one with a pinch of Irish blood in them is my son who's great grandmother on his father's side was of Irish descent. I guess on this day everyone is a little bit Irish! Even Ozzie who is an Irish Bulldog on this day! I wanted to make my own Irish Soda Bread but got a bit lazy and bought it from our local bakery. I found a recipe that seems fairly simple and since I have all the ingredients I have no excuses so I will give it a try today! I will post it below in case any of you are interested. In the mean while I will try to get Ozzie motivated for a walk later on. With this Spring like weather it should be hard for him to resist! Knowing Ozzie it still may be a battle of sorts! Let me leave you with an Irish say…

My Chubby Dog

This morning I took Ozzie for his quarterly bath and nail grinding at the local PetSmart. He was reluctant as usual! The last time he was in the car he was deathly ill and ended up at the vet for two days so he was not too enthusiastic about a car ride. It took two slices of American cheese and a biscuit to get him in the car. Once we arrived there was a considerable amount of tugging and pleading on my part to get him out of the car! We waited in the outer section of the groomers room to check in. There was one little hairy white pup shaking away with an anxiety attack who was first. As his owner signed him in and turned around to leave, Ozzie was right behind him and out the door! "Get back here Ozzie!" I apologized to the groomer " He seems a bit nervous today!" That's alright , we get that all the time here! I returned 3 hours later to pick him up. He sauntered out all ready to go , no longer smelling like a backside of a horse! I was prompted b…

Skate Boarding Bullies

What I Learn From My Dog

In the news today a 48 year old woman dropped her bag onto the tracks of a New York subway. Seeing no other option ( I guess?) she jumped onto the tracks to retrieve it. What could be in there that was so valuable? Bars of gold? The cure to the common cold?! Proof that Big Foot exists?! The train came bearing down on her, blowing it's horn in a feverish warning to get out of the way! On lookers screamed to her to lie down in between the tracks to avoid being hit! She panicked ( who wouldn't?) and braced herself up against the walls along side the tracks only to be crushed to the horror of rush hour commuters! Phew! Horrible!! My condolences to her family.
What I have learned from my dog that material objects in this life are transient and optional. All my dog needs is what is necessary. Food and water, his collar and leash, a warm bed and the love and care of his owners. Simple! Yet as humans we resist to embrace these basics. I mean you can do the collar and leas…

Woman arrested for allegedly abusing dog

This video on the local news made me sick this morning. I can't stop thinking about it and how it probably it is one of many incidents of animal abuse happening in this country each day. This woman had apparently be abusing this poor 11 month old bulldog named Spike for months! He was taken to the vets dozen of times with various injuries! My questions are : How did this past through legitimate veterinarian care without someone getting wise to the situation? Why did the husband and son not step in and get this poor dog away from this situation?!
Okay now I am done being nice and politically correct! What is wrong with this sick twisted excuse of a human being. The video is nauseating at best to watch but hopefully will get her prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law! I would like to have my five minutes in a room with her! I would tie her up and dangle her from the ceiling and make her a human pinata! Argghhh! All right I am calmed down now.
Spike is blind out of one eye…

Patiently Waiting for Spring


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Pet Peeves: Waiting Room Madness

Today I am inspired to share with you my frustration with a recent encounter that I think most of us have experienced. I had a doctor's appointment Monday morning at 9:30 AM to have some routine blood work done. This particular Monday morning was quite hectic. I had woke up around 5:30 AM when my husband was leaving for work. The night before we had gotten in late after a 6 hour road trip from Vermont so we were both pretty weary! I was feeling restless and perhaps a little guilty that he had to leave so early so I refrained from going back to sleep. My dance card was full for the day. Besides the doctor I had to take my son to an impoundment lot to retrieve his car. Over the weekend we had a huge dump of snow in northern NJ. William decided to get a hankering for a Big Mac at 1:00 AM in the midst of this snowy mess and got stuck on a snow bank! His car was towed by a town towing service to remove it off the exit ramp and 175.00 dollars expensive hamburger! …