I took Tavish to the vet last month. While we were there, he got a nail trim. The vet tech asked me if he runs around a lot of corners, because his nails had worn in a slanted fashion.
I recently took him in for another nail trim, after which I was informed that the nails on one side of his body were also noticeably longer than on the other.
Apparently, my dog spends a lot of time revving himself up and sliding around corners like some sort of Hanna-Barbera cartoon come to life. I still can’t quite figure out why this has made him lopsided, however. We don’t have any one way signs in our house, so he’s free to take corners from any and all directions, after all.
Oh, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t leave this here, given recent events:
It’s been a year today since I said goodbye to my best gal. It’s hard to believe that a whole year has passed. How has it been that long since she was here?
When we were young…
I struggled to find the words for today’s post. Rather than force it, I’m going to go get some Tavish snuggles and reminisce about my Bella.
Missing that face today and every day.
I recently bought an awesome new t-shirt that says “Pugs Not Drugs.” (It’s from a cool organization I just discovered – the Chris Atwood Foundation. Obviously, Manly the Pug is doing some good work out there.)
Pug life, yo.
I can’t argue with that message, and it got me thinking (a dangerous prospect, I realize). What other societal ills could we get rid of with rhyming dog breeds? Continue reading
Tavish joined our family almost three years ago. In that time, I’ve never had to actually give him a bath… until last week.
Generally, Tavish goes to the groomer and just requires some freshening up between appointments. I’ve always been pretty content with this arrangement, especially because the little dude is scared of water. I had no desire to be the one inflicting aquatic torture on him.
Sadly, our streak has been broken. Last Monday, he managed to find something to roll in, which resulted in his first journey to the guest bathtub (a location that Bella visited many times in the past).
That brings us to Thursday morning…
Dog day bath-ternoon… er, morning.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, I think I just wrote a (relatively short) novel. I’m obviously living my best life before 6 AM, y’all.
Have no fear – this story has a happy ending. The offending stinky stuff has been removed. It was larger than Tavish, and its source remains unclear. I guess this means we’re leaving the door open for a sequel.
(I decided this week that it’s time to get back into the blogging groove. Seriously. I know I’ve said this before… but this time, I’m going to try to ease in by setting a manageable goal for myself. I’m going to start with at least one new post per week. Here’s hoping it works… we shall see!)
Did you see the story about the runaway llamas?
The story was blowing up Twitter, of course. I imagine that office productivity was way down this afternoon, but office worker morale was probably way up. Seems like a fair tradeoff. Happy minions are useful minions, after all.
That being said, we all know that there is going to be an attempt by various news outlets and Interwebz pundits to write some clever headlines and comments about this high-steed chase. (It’s gold, Jerry. Gold.) Some of those attempts will be more successful than others, no doubt.
In addition, many puns will be taken quickly, and it will become challenging to think of new ones.
Accordingly, I feel that it’s my part as a lover of puns to provide these brave souls with some headline options. You are welcome to these, llama fans. (Though how about a shoutout to your girl over here?)
Without further ado:
- Llama nightmare dressed like a daydream
- The Llamazing Chase
- Llama splice
- Save the drama for your llama
- Llamas on prime
- Llama be, llama be, llama llama llama be
- Llama said knock you out
- Llama llama llama chameleon
- Llamatic irony
- Llama told me (not to run)
- Llama believer
- Llamalready gone
- Llama do my thang
- Who gives an F about an Oxford llama?
- Llama he’s crazy
- Llamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys
- Llama’s broken heart
- Llama sutra
- She’s a bad llama jama
- Llama mia!
- Llamall about that chase
- Llama gonna get you sucka
- If llama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy
- Llama just leave this here
- Llama going to Disney World
- Futur-llama: Good news, everyone!
- Llama keep going to the river to pray
- The llamaculate reception
- Llamada Inn
- Llamall dressed up & nowhere to go
- Llamigration reform
- Llamaican me crazy
I’m spent… but I do it all for you.
Lately, I’ve been thinking that it’s time to expand the roundups of punny pet names beyond the current canine and feline collections. After all, puns appear to be a perennial favorite around here – punny pet names in particular.
I wasn’t sure which species to focus on next, but Valentine’s Day got me thinking about lovebirds… so, the next punny name collection focuses on our feathered friends. Continue reading
My maiden name is pretty common. So common, in fact, that I’ve often received emails (both personal and professional) for other ladies with the same name. I try to handle these graciously – telling the sender that they have the wrong person and suggesting they check that email address again.
Of late, I’ve been receiving email for two different people – one college student and one woman with children. (The latter illustrated by the various websites the woman’s child seems to sign up for.)
The most recent installment in this saga is a doozy. I received an email from who I assume to be the dad of the college student. I learned the following things: (1) he is writing her papers for her (there was an attachment as proof); (2) he informed her that “paper #3 you will have to write because your class has a mandatory attendance to the MLK convocation and paper #3 is on that”; and (3) he will provide her with highlighted journal articles that he has read when she comes home next time.
I mean… what does one do with an email like that? Even better, the attached paper was a “think paper” for an education class, in which the “author” claims that she will be able to help shape students to become better model citizens. She/he also notes that she will always take a stand for teaching right from wrong. Um…
Parenting: you’re doing it wrong.
Anyway, I told Tavish about this incident. In response (and thanks to the recommendation of a friend), Tavish decided to channel his inner Ryan Dogsling:
I could be a meme, right?
Who could argue with that?
I’m trying something new today. It appears that punny pet names are this blog’s most popular content. (There’s no accounting for taste, I suppose. Yours or mine.)
So, I present to you the first in a (possible) series… illustrated punny pet names! Our first fur-lebrity to get the picture treatment?
Everyone’s favorite lifeguard, the star of Haywatch… Ms. Hamela Anderson! Please enjoy this autographed photo from the lady hamster herself:
Fun fact (or… just a fact): this is my first time drawing a hamster. I have a feeling that this news will not surprise you.
So, tell me… is this feature a keeper? (Be honest.) If so, any suggestions for a possible title? (In addition to “Picture this Pun,” I briefly considered “Profiles in Punnage” as an alternate.)
Once again, the time has come to engage in a little bit of omphaloskepsis. I’m still firmly in the anti-belly button camp, but I’ll try to gaze at my metaphorical navel without getting too grossed out.
Anyway, that’s a long-winded way of saying I’m participating in the annual Pet Blogger Challenge hosted by our friends at GoPetFriendly.com. Every year, the Pet Blogger Challenge gives us an opportunity to reflect on the past year and look forward – it’s a chance to deliver our own little State of the Blog address. Continue reading