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Tales from the Dog Side

  • Trixie
  • Doggie Blogger
  • I’m Trixie, also known as Trixalicious, and my human mom rescues dogs. Read my blog and see what a dog’s world is really like.
Tuesday 06/10/2014
Trixie says goodbye

I’ve had so much fun sharing my thoughts with y’all and even letting my brothers and sisters have their turn blogging. Now it’s time for me to take my typing paws elsewhere and enjoy the comforts of the dog eat dog literary world from a different perspective. I am retiring as a writer and will be human momma’s official listener as she writes her short stories for publication.

It’s much less stressful for me and I will get more naps in. Thank you for letting me visit with y’all while I could and as always, I will look for you at School of Wags events. Human momma won’t let me get out of going to them and to be honest, the hugs and treats I get while I’m at events are pretty awesome.

Love y’all bunches



Posted in Dog side on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 3:50 pm. Comments (1)

Saturday 05/31/2014
Trixie is working

She’s putting me to work! Some dogs might be upset but I’m no princess, I’m excited! I get to help the rescued dogs that we save. You see, since School of Wags is a nonprofit we don’t make any money. It’s all by donations and that means that everyone helps, even me.

The Board of Directors ordered some awesome vests and I get to wear one at our events. We went to an event several weeks ago and I wore one and made some money. How cool is that? Kids were coming up to me, petting me, wanting their pictures taken with me and putting dollars in my vest. All the money raised is for a really good cause. The money raised helps pay for veterinary care for the rescued dogs that we save, some of which are in pretty bad shape.

I feel so good when I can help others. Human momma says that when you’re feeling down, the best way to feel better is to do something for someone else. Now I know what she means. It sure made me feel good to help the dogs in our rescue and meeting so many awesome people was pretty cool too.

Posted in Dog side on Saturday, May 31, 2014 10:26 pm. | Tags: Dog , School Of Wags , Pet , Rescues And Shelters Comments (1)

Friday 05/30/2014
Favorite nap spot

I’m pretty famous for my naps and I was asked to pick my all-time favorite nap spot. After thinking long and hard about this, I would have to say my all-time favorite, without a doubt, no-question favorite spot to nap is on my human momma.

She’s comfortable, rubs my ears, cuddles me and loves me when I need it, sometimes when I don’t need it. We just fit together and she makes a great pillow. If I had to complain about anything, it’s that she doesn’t rest enough for me. She’s too busy most of the time so I have to nap alone.

I find that's true with most humans. Y’all don’t take time to rest and just be. I think us dogs have y’all beat in that department. We know how to just hang out and absorb the world while letting stress disappear.

Y’all should try it sometime. Find your favorite nap spot and just be.

Posted in Dog side on Friday, May 30, 2014 10:13 pm. | Tags: Sleep , Nap , Stress , Mental Health , Health , Dog , Pets Comments (0)

Tuesday 05/27/2014
A special person

Know what I love most about the rain? The mud! I love the way it squishes in my paws and coats my fur when I lay in it. Don’t you just love the way it slides under your feet?

Human momma isn’t as excited when I bring her globs of mud into the house. She rolls her eyes and says “Oh Trixie, not again” and get a towel or the hose like I did something wrong.  I wish she understood how much time it took me to get all that mud in just the right spot before I brought it in the house.

My brother, Oliver the Great Dane, is a tattle tale. When the thunder starts and the rain begins to trickle, he starts barking. As if the rest of us can’t hear it rain or thunder and he needs to let us know. Honestly though, he’s scared of the rain. I don’t understand it but human momma has a thunder shirt for him that helps him get through the storms and not be so scared. I like that about her; she knows what we each need and works to help us. Do you have someone like that in your life? Who sees what you need and helps you to get it?

Today you should hug that person. No special reason why other than they deserve it. I’m going to go hug human momma and try to keep the mud out of the house. That would be nice of me.

Posted in Dog side on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 10:04 pm. | Tags: Rain , Thunder , Dogs , Pets , Special Person Comments (1)

Thursday 05/15/2014
Trixie's super power

I don’t think I’ve told y’all about my super power. I can sleep sitting up. I know a lot of humans can do it and a few dogs but I’m a master at it, in fact there are people who take my picture a lot when I do it. Human momma to be exact! Of course, she takes my picture a lot because I’m adorable, her words not mine.

Before human momma rescued me, I lived in a backyard with no overhead protection. There was only the overhang from the house to keep me dry during rainstorms and shaded during the summer. Human momma thinks I started sleeping like this to make use of the small amount of protection I had. To be honest, it’s comfortable and let’s face it I’m not a real dog; I’m Trixalicious.

What’s your dog’s favorite way to sleep? I’m curious and would love for you to comment on this blog and share it with me.

Posted in Dog side on Thursday, May 15, 2014 12:40 pm. | Tags: Dog , Health , Dogs , Large Dog Rescue , Sleep Comments (0)

Tuesday 05/13/2014
Trixie supports fibromyalgia

I’ve shared a lot of secrets with y’all so I think it’s safe to share one more. Human momma paints my toe nails. While it’s not something I’m a huge fan of, a lot of kids get a kick out of it so it’s cool with me. I like kids and they like me a lot. They pet me and tell me I’m pretty. What girl doesn’t want to hear that?

May has just been declared fibromyalgia awareness month and while I don’t really understand fibromyalgia, I know it affects a lot of people. Human momma painted my toenails purple for a meeting about fibromyalgia. That’s a long word to type so from now on, are y’all cool if I just type fibro? My paws get tired and sometimes I hit extra keys. I need a paw-friendly keyboard.

At the meeting I learned that fibro affects people differently and there’s not a test for it and that makes it difficult to diagnose. The pain center in the brain is affected so a lot of people with fibro feel pain that’s amplified. For example, if you stump your toe it hurts a little and you get over it. A person with fibro stumps their toe, their toe sends the message to the brain but the brain doesn’t register it gets the message so the toe keeps sending the message over and over more intensely each time, amplifying the message. Eventually the brain gets the message and it’s feels like the toe has been cut off it hurts so bad.

If you know someone with fibro, give them a gentle hug. Not too tight and let them know you support their struggle. I support them and stayed awake for the entire meeting. That’s a first for me.

Posted in Dog side on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 12:33 pm. | Tags: Fibromyalgia , Rheumatology , Fibro , Health , Medicine Comments (2)

Wednesday 05/07/2014
Baby birds

Something has me feeling like a puppy! Every time I go on the back porch, I hear them in the brick columns: “chirp, chirp, chirp.” I just have to bark to say “hello” which doesn’t make any of the other dogs happy. They come running over to see what I’m barking at and when they discover it’s just the baby birds, they bark at me but I don’t care. I can’t help it, the babies are so exciting.

I know I shouldn’t want to, but I want to catch them in my mouth and hold them for a while. Maybe hold them in my stomach. Don’t tell human momma that I want to hold them in my stomach. She loves when the birds come every year and build their nests bigger than the year before and lay their eggs. She watches for the babies to arrive and then, as they grow and start flying, human momma cheers them on as they take off into the world.

I’m all for them heading off into the world. I don’t want all of them; I just want one. I’ll even take the little one… to hold… in my stomach…forever.

Is that too much to ask?

Posted in Dog side on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 1:32 am. Comments (0)

Monday 05/05/2014
Miss Genevieve

Hello? Hi there. I’m Genevieve and Trixie asked me to talk to the blog readers to introduce myself. I’m not much of a talker to other adults because I’m usually talking to my babies. Want to know about my babies? To know about my children, I must first tell you about myself. I’m from a shelter in Waco. I’m a Pit Bull and proud of it. My favorite part of being a Pit Bull is my smile. Everyone tells me I have a great smile and beautiful eyes. That might be how I got into the trouble I was in when Trixie’s momma found me.

You see, I was in a delicate way times 10. Ten puppies that is, and after a difficult start, six made it. With help from School of Wags, they are happy bundles of joy. I’ve enjoyed raising this litter and am very grateful it will be my last. It takes a lot of energy to raise puppies and I’m getting too old for this.  

My puppies are all finding their forever homes and I’m waiting on mine. It would be nice to find a home where someone would let me be inside, feel love and know that I will never have to scrounge for food again. It’s hard on a lady when she has to dig for food in the trash.

I love cats, a little too much you might say. I really want to catch them so it’s best I not be in a home with any. Other than that, I do have one slight issue that I’m working on. I’ve got heartworms that are giving me a bit of a hard time. I’m working on getting rid of those and being better than ever so don’t let that scare you from meeting me.

Posted in Dog side on Monday, May 5, 2014 1:27 am. | Tags: Genevieve , Puppy , Dog , Pit Bull , Trixie , Pets , School Of Wags Comments (1)

Friday 05/02/2014
Momma's heart box

The holidays make me think of some of my family that have gone on to the Rainbow Bridge ahead of me. I’m not sure if y’all know about the Rainbow Bridge. Some believe the Rainbow Bridge is where animals wait for their humans. When their humans die, they come to the Rainbow Bridge before they cross into eternity and then human and animal cross over together. If you’re a rescue animal without a human, you can cross over with a rescuer when a rescuer dies and makes it to the Rainbow Bridge.

I have a lot of family at the Rainbow Bridge because human momma accepts a lot of dogs into our family. Unfortunately some of those aren’t well enough to move on for one reason or another. Momma says that when you save dogs, you have to accept that you’re going to lose a few. You don’t have to like it and you can fight for every single one of them, but when it’s their time to go, you gotta love them enough to let them go.

Sadly, I’m learning that lesson, but it’s always been easier for me than momma. I think it’s easier for dogs than humans because y’all think we are like y’all but we know we aren’t. We have a job to do and when it’s done, we know it’s time to go. Momma still misses a lot of the ones she’s said goodbye to. She keeps them in her heart, tucked in a box where she can pull them out when she needs to. Where do y’all keep yours?

Posted in Dog side on Friday, May 2, 2014 12:22 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 05/01/2014

This blog is for the dogs out there. Does the full moon make the humans in your house freaky? I’m not sure what’s going on but the little humans in our house get a little weird when the moon is full. I’m beginning to wonder if they are part werewolf. They don’t smell wolfish but sometimes my nose throws me off so I could be mistaken.

Human momma talks about the full moon affecting my brothers and sisters, but I don’t think she’s paying attention to the two-legged kids in the house. During the last full moon, one of the kids was dancing most of the night to “Happy” and I was most definitely not “Happy” that I was being used as a dance partner instead of getting my nine hours of sleep.

Human momma says it’s something called hormones but it sounds more like horror-mones to me. Do all two-legged kids go through this? If so, why do humans keep having them and how long does this last? The dancing really isn’t that bad but the happy one minute, mean the next part? What is that and how do you get it to stop? Human momma would kennel me if I acted like that or at least tell me “Trixie! Outside!”  I’ve yet to see her send a two-legged kid outside when they act like that. She just takes their phone away or once a bedroom door was removed, but I don’t think I’m supposed to tell y’all that. I’m sure a teenager will roll their eyes at me for telling that one.

I better start my nap now so I won’t see their eyes roll. Wish me luck y’all.

Posted in Dog side on Thursday, May 1, 2014 3:30 am. Comments (0)

Tuesday 04/29/2014
More puppies!

Puppies! My human momma has got to be even crazier than I originally thought she was. Don’t tell her I said that because y’all know I love her, but she brought home another pregnant dog. And this time, she had puppies earlier than we thought she was going to so now we have two litters of puppies in the house.

Honestly, it’s a sad story and when momma told me about it, I almost teared up. But big dogs don’t cry we drool. Didn’t y’all know that? Let me tell you about this dog: her name is Britney.  Britney is from Houston and human momma got the call that a Bull Mastiff was in the shelter, pregnant and about to be euthanized. She asked for a picture and got a bad one. Even though Britney looked like a bad mix of a Bull Mastiff if a Mastiff at all, momma took the shelter at their word and jumped through hoops to get her out of there.  Are you sitting down?  Here’s where I almost cried.

Human momma got on the phone to the shelter to tell them she would pull Britney into School of Wags Rescue and the guy on the phone starts running down a long hallway. Momma could hear him screaming, "Don’t do it! Wags will take her!” Britney was already in the death chamber with the needle in her arm. That’s how close she came to being put to forever sleep. Can y’all believe it?

Human daddy went to Houston to get her, and he brought her back here. Two days later she had 13 puppies. Two were angel puppies and went to the Rainbow Bridge and 11 are here with us now. That’s right; I get to help raise 11 more puppies. I’m going to need a lot more naps.

Posted in Dog side on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 3:15 am. Comments (0)

Saturday 04/26/2014
Kimber and good nap spots

Do you have a younger sibling who looks up to you? One that tries to do what you do...and does it maybe too well and it irks you? I know imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and I should feel happy that my little sister, Kimber, wants to be like me but seriously? Napping on my human momma when I want - slash that - need to nap on her? Seriously? Seriously!

Maybe it’s just my nerves because I’ve never felt like this before but for eight weeks the puppies have been taking a lot of human momma’s attention and now Kimber decides it’s OK to nap on her the one time that momma naps on the dog couch? I even have proof and yes, Kimber looks peaceful so I didn’t wake her but next time I totally will.

Being the responsible, older sister is hard work. I want to have my way but I know Kimber needs time with human momma, too, so I made the choice to nap on the floor next to the couch while Kimber slept on human momma. I must’ve slept really well because I didn’t hear momma wake up and she didn’t know I was there and she almost stepped on me. I love how she says my name when she slides her foot off me instead of tripping on me. Letting me know she loves me, just like I love Kimber even when she gets my good nap spots.

Posted in Dog side on Saturday, April 26, 2014 12:52 am. | Tags: Dogs , Naps , Pets , Sisters Comments (0)

Friday 04/25/2014
Hail storm

I’m not sure where y’all live but a week or so ago, we got a hail storm here at our house and whew! It was scary. So scary that it woke me up from my nap and I couldn’t go back to sleep. Human daddy went outside afterward and took me with him; there was ice everywhere. I wasn’t impressed because only a few hours earlier, I had been sunning myself in the backyard listening to the birds...and then ice!

Human momma came home and I told her all about the storm. While she listened to me and checked out he ice, she was more interested in checking the roof out. Seems our roof has to be replaced and human momma said I have to be inside while the roofers are here putting a new roof on. I’ve never had a new roof so I’m kind of excited. I hope I get to pick the new roof out. Maybe I can get a nap station installed with an elevator to the roof because ladders are difficult for me.

My brother, Oliver, barks a lot when new people come around. I can just picture it now. All the roofers will show up and he will bark his fool head off. Wonder if I could send him on a vacation before construction begins? Hmmmmm that’s an idea I need to talk to human momma about because I won’t be able to take all my naps if Oliver is barking all the time.

Posted in Dog side on Friday, April 25, 2014 12:43 am. | Tags: Nap , Hail Storm , Construction And Maintenance , Weather , Dogs Comments (0)

Sunday 03/30/2014
Blue bonnets in Texas

Let’s talk about blue bonnets. Springtime in Texas and everyone is looking for fields of flowers to take pictures in. Human momma does it; in fact one of her favorite pictures of me is me sitting in blue bonnets looking not impressed.

Want to know why I don’t look impressed? Because I know snakes like blue bonnets and I do not like snakes. We didn’t see any snakes that day but I am always on the lookout for snakes when we go into fields of flowers.

One of my friends got bit by a rattlesnake in some flowers and now he lives at the Rainbow Bridge. We’ve never seen a snake in the flowers and I hope that’s the case for y’all, too.  Just to be on the safe side, know what to do before you head out to the blue bonnets.

Human momma says better to be prepared and never need it than need it and not have the knowledge so figure out what you need to know about snakes, where the closest emergency room is and what to do if a snake does bite before you grab your camera and head out the door.

Be safe and share your blue bonnet pictures with us at the Herald. We love to see what y’all are doing!

Posted in Dog side on Sunday, March 30, 2014 9:00 am. | Tags: Snake , Texas , Rainbow Bridge , Venomous Snake , Flora And Fauna , Dogs , Photos Comments (0)

Friday 03/28/2014
Finally famous!!

I’m officially famous and I wanted to share it with y’all first. I’ve been recognized a few times but this is the first time someone asked me for my paw print! It threw human momma for a loop! She didn’t know what to say so she thought fast and said that I had just had my nails done and couldn’t get inked, would they be happy with a picture instead and they said yes.

I don’t think that it changes anything around my house. None of the family treats me any different now that I’m famous but I had a big head for a little while and momma made me a fake press pass for this week’s blog picture. I don’t think the newspaper wants me wearing it in public so I won’t but it looks good online.

Wonder how things would be different if Kimber treated me like the famous dog I am? If she moved out of my way when it was treat time and let me do things first? Honestly, I think it would get boring. Who wants to be treated like that all the time? Never knowing if someone is your friend because you’re famous or if they really like you would be exhausting. I barely get enough naps now, I can’t imagine having time to be that famous and take that many naps in one day.

I suppose it’s a good thing I’m not recognized every time I leave the house. Don’t let that stop you from coming up and petting me if you see me though…and strawberries are always a nice touch.

Posted in Dog side on Friday, March 28, 2014 9:15 am. | Tags: Pets , Dogs , Famous , Press Pass , Paw Print Comments (0)

Wednesday 03/26/2014
The service dog speaks

Well, hey y’all! My name is Dozer and I’m a Service Dog in Training. Momma thought y’all might want an insider look at what a service dog does for a veteran and I’m honored to serve so let me give y’all the low down.

First some history on how I got to be where I am. Yes, I am a rescue dog. Proud of it! I was rescued from a local shelter in the area and while a very low percentage of shelter dogs have the temperament to be service dogs, I showed the right stuff. What’s the right stuff? The list is long but the general rule of thumb is no aggression, mild temperament, easy to train and young.

My veteran has PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) that affects him in different ways. While in training, I’m learning what stresses him out and how I can help him. One of my favorite things to do is when he’s stressed, I nudge his hand. He really likes that, too. Sometimes I have to nudge him a few times when we are in big crowds but I am up to the challenge.

When my vest comes off, momma says I get crazy. It’s my way of relaxing, too. Taking the stress from my veteran is hard work, and while we are both in training, sometimes we both have really hard days and need an off day. Momma says everyone needs off days where they can just “be” and I think that’s a good plan. I know I feel better after I have my off days because I’m always ready to get back to work serving my veteran afterward.

Posted in Dog side on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:32 pm. | Tags: Dogs , Service Dog , Posttraumatic Stress Disorder , Veteran , Mental Health , Health , Dog , Tbi , Ptsd Comments (2)

Monday 03/24/2014

Once in a blue moon I feel the need to be hyper. When this happens, watch out world! Do y’all ever feel that way?

A few days ago, I felt the energy surge and just wanted to run. Just needed to feel the earth under my feet and stretch my legs out. Maybe it was the extra fruit I had in my bowl that morning or the kale the night before that gave me the energy to spread my proverbial wings and fly. When I’m feeling that surge, it affects the entire pack. To be honest, they are usually affected much more often than I am and on occasion will wake me from a nap to see if I want to run with them. I usually politely decline. On this day, I was the leader.

I started the zoomies, as it’s called in our home, where we race around with no particular destination in mind. As fast as we can, hurry, hurry, last one there is a rotten Mastiff. Where exactly? No one knows but it was a race and I wanted to win.

Thankfully the back door was open because after we knocked over the kitchen trash can, two kitchen chairs and human momma ... back yard was the safest place we could be.

The lesson I learned? Zoomies are best left outside.

Posted in Dog side on Monday, March 24, 2014 8:00 am. | Tags: Energy Surge , Dogs , Mastiff , Zoomies Comments (0)

Saturday 03/22/2014
My thoughts on puppies

Five weeks these puppies have been in this house and they are getting rambunctious! I’ll honestly admit that week’s one through three, I contemplated keeping one or four of them but then their eyes opened and their mouths never closed. Thank goodness, human momma got me that surgery where I don’t have puppies.

The momma dog works hard to keep them happy. She’s always eating to feed them their milk and now that they are older, they are eating kibble. When they want kibble, the entire house knows it. Bark, bark, bark, bark, bark from six mouths!! I doubt I was ever that annoying as a puppy.

They do have their positive moments. When their bellies are full and they climb on top of each other to sleep and the puppy snores start, it reminds me of when I was young and carefree. There were lots of naps and love from my siblings who went their own way, never to be seen by me again.

I often wonder what happened to my siblings. Are they still alive? Did they make it? Human momma said that the majority of litters are euthanized before their time. As much as I like the puppies, I don’t understand why people keep bringing them into the world if so many dogs are still being killed. Humans are so confusing.

Posted in Dog side on Saturday, March 22, 2014 6:00 am. | Tags: Puppy , Dogs , Bark , Dog , Breeds , Pets Comments (2)

Thursday 03/20/2014
How to get a good night's sleep

I’ve got a pretty good thing here at the house. Human momma and I are in sync. We have a bedtime routine where I warm up her side and she says my name and I scoot over to give her room then I snore her to sleep. Occasionally something happens to disturb our routine, like when human daddy comes home. He travels a lot for work and when he comes home, he thinks no Trixie in the bed is a good rule. I disagree with his thought process.

I’ve learned a few tricks that I will pass along to y’all in case your human ever tries to pull the “No dogs in the bed” routine on you.

1. Immediately hop back in the bed and pretend you’re asleep. Sometimes this works but not often, however it’s a must try.

2. Go to the side of the bed and slowly raise your eyes to the ceiling, giving your best sad face and sigh slowly. Remember to do everything slowly because it’s bedtime and your humans are in a rush to go to sleep so delay that as long as possible to wear them down.

3. Pace the floor from one side of the bed to the next. Occasionally walk out the door and immediately back in. They will think you’ve given up for one microsecond but then you prove them wrong.

4. As soon as they fall asleep, slowly and very quietly crawl into the bed. As the night continues, work your way up onto the pillows so that when they wake to your magnificent breath, they will realize you are the master of the bed.

I hope these help. I know they’ve gotten me a lot of good nights sleep and the occasional night in a kennel but that’s for another blog.

Posted in Dog side on Thursday, March 20, 2014 8:55 pm. | Tags: Bedtime , Sleep , Dogs , School Of Wags , Snoring Comments (0)

Sunday 03/09/2014
Helping with shoes

Helping human momma with the School of Wags shoe drive has turned out to be quite the adventure. I have met some pretty amazing people and they are all pretty impressed with me. I can tell because they all giggle when I lean on them to help them pet me more, and I get to inspect all the shoes that are being collected.

What smells there are, too! Some funky, some sweet, and some that I can’t begin to describe in human words, they are so unique. Humans have a lot of shoes, and thankfully, they are very generous to give so many of their used shoes to our shoe drive.

I’ve seen dogs in shoes before and I can honestly say I’m glad I don’t have to wear them. They are great for Search and Rescue dogs that need protection but me? I don’t think my naps will hurt my feet too bad and if it’s cold, I’m not going to be outside for very long. Trust me on that one!

You humans sure have a lot of shoes, considering you can only wear one pair at a time. I don’t understand that. In fact, humans have a lot of everything. Why? Human momma says she wants to make sure that if she ever needs anything, she has it. I think if anyone ever needs anything she will have it!

As for me, I’m happy with a comfortable place to sleep, my food bowl full of yummy stuff, and my family. I don’t see how anyone could need more than that.

Posted in Dog side on Sunday, March 9, 2014 8:39 pm. | Tags: School Of Wags , Footwear , Dogs , Shoe Drive , Dog Rescue Comments (0)

Tuesday 02/25/2014
Dog Cat Agreement

I know I’ve not spoken to y’all about my enemies before. I thought it best not to speak their names in print, but the Dog Cat Agreement has been broken too many times by them that I can no longer keep my silence. One cat in particular, Earl, is to blame for this debauchery. He intentionally instigates my sister, Kimber, and once she gets going then the rest of us have to participate. It’s a pack thing; you wouldn’t understand.

Once the pack gets started, human momma kicks us out of the house or kennels us and Earl the Mischievous walks around the house like he’s the king of the castle. This has to stop. It clearly states in the Dog Cat Agreement that cats leave dogs alone and dogs leave cats alone. Either he can’t read or he’s intentionally starting a ruckus. I vote intentional.

There are two cats in our house and one, Gator does his own thing and once in a while, he will clean our ears or rub on us but mostly he just ignores us and we ignore him. Earl on the other hand is out of control. I’m not saying anything will happen to Earl but if all his cat food is missing one day, it happened while I was napping. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Posted in Dog side on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:00 am. | Tags: Cat , Felines , Cat Food , Dogs Comments (0)

Sunday 02/23/2014
Trixie wants to help

Have y’all ever wanted to help someone but didn’t know how? That’s how I feel about human momma today. She had to do something she really didn’t want to do and now her heart is hurting. I can feel her energy like a black cloud covering her, and even when I lie on her and lick her face, it’s not enough.

I’ve learned that the part of momma’s work she dislikes the most is sending dogs to the Rainbow Bridge. When a dog can no longer be helped and is either too sick or too mean to be saved, there’s only one option: to give them a lot of love then send them to the Rainbow Bridge to be out of pain. Human momma wants a sanctuary so we don’t have to send the mean ones on, she wants to give them somewhere to live to try to undo what humans have done to them. But until there is somewhere safe for them to live, we don’t have a choice. It sucks and our entire family goes into a funk after it happens.

I don’t understand people. I don’t understand how anyone can hurt someone just because. I guess that’s where dogs and people are different. Nothing in me wants to cause anyone harm unless I have to do it to save my family. One day human momma and I were walking and a big mean dog attacked us. I defended my momma and fought that dog off but I didn’t go looking for a fight. I didn’t want to hurt that dog, but I had to protect momma.

Human momma gets some dogs that are so hurt by humans that I want to cry and I don’t have tears. My heart hurts, and if I’m being completely honest, maybe then is the only time I want to hurt someone who isn’t hurting me or my family. But they are hurting my family because all dogs are my family. Every dog human momma brings home is my family, and when they hurt, we hurt. So you can imagine how much I want to help momma stop hurting today, and the only thing I can do is cuddle with her.

Maybe she will nap with me?

Posted in Dog side on Sunday, February 23, 2014 7:00 am. | Tags: Dog , Family , Rainbow Bridge , Pets Comments (0)

Friday 02/21/2014
Oliver's ramblings

Hi! I’m Oliver and Trixie said I can finally talk to y’all. She blogs and some of the others have blogged and I have been waiting patiently.

OK, not so patiently. Momma says I’m a bit neurotic. I don’t know what that means. Do you know what that means? Did I tell you that I’m Oliver? I’m 9 years and 5 months old and for a Great Dane that’s old as in ancient. I tend to talk a lot. Talk as in bark, but it’s my job to tell momma when the wind blows or a bug comes near the house or even when she walks around the house. I’m really good at my job. I’m so good at my job that no one has ever wanted to take me away from my momma.

Momma rescued me a long time ago and even though a lot of people have wanted to adopt me, no one can handle my quirks. I don’t know what quirks are. Did I tell you my name is Oliver? I’m 9 years and 5 months old which is pretty old for a Great Dane.  Sometimes that happens in rescue. Sometimes dogs don’t find new homes. Sometimes dogs are quirky and they stay in rescue their entire life or their foster ends up adopting them.

I bark a lot, did I tell you that? I also had some health issues when momma first got me and since then I’ve had more. I’m allergic to antibiotics which makes me extra fun to treat if I get sick. Momma has learned a lot about holistic remedies that she now uses on other rescue dogs, so I’m a silver lining supposedly. I’m a black dog and I don’t understand how I’m a silver lining but momma smiles when she says it.

Did I tell y’all I’m 9 years and 5 months old? I’m really old for a Great Dane and proud of my age. I act like a puppy which sometimes gets me in trouble but it’s totally worth it. Oh yeah, I’m Oliver by the way.

Posted in Dog side on Friday, February 21, 2014 2:00 pm. | Tags: Great Dane , Dog , Rescue Dog , Pets Comments (0)

Thursday 02/13/2014
Definitely not a boy!

For those who know that my human momma rescues dogs, did y’all know she does it for School of Wags? School of Wags is a Mastiff rescue and yes, I’m an English Mastiff so on occasion I will go to some of the events with her.

Can you believe that sometimes people will rudely say “he is such a cute dog” when talking about me? I’m a girl. Sometimes my nails are painted, I’m always wiggling my butt, and because people often call me a boy, my human momma thought it would be a good idea to put me in a tutu. You read it right, a tutu. Not just any tutu either. This one is hot pink which is pretty cool because it matches my toe nails.

I’ll admit, I look pretty good in a tutu and very few people call me a boy. We went to Austin and I wore my tutu and was the hit of the show, if only in my mind. Momma said it’s only important what we think of ourselves in our own mind and not what others think about us.

I’m proud enough of my tutu to share the picture with y’all. Now if she tries to make me wear ballet slippers, I’m drawing the line. A crown might be OK though. Yes, a crown would definitely be OK and I could have a royal bed at each event for my naps. This could work out for me.  I need to have a talk with human momma and see just how much I “need” before the next event.

Posted in Dog side on Thursday, February 13, 2014 8:00 pm. | Tags: Ballet Tutu , English Mastiff , School Of Wags , Mastiff , Austin , Pets , Dogs Comments (0)

Monday 02/10/2014
Having an off day

Today was one of those days that everything just felt a little bit off. I woke up with my snout on dad’s pillow and not mom’s. He’s not home so it’s not like I was able to serenade him with my freight train snore but I know human momma loves it because she rolls my head around for better effect when I hit a really good snore.

Human momma has a mattress warmer and when human daddy is gone, she turns his side on for me. It’s supposed to be our secret. Y’all won’t tell will you? I didn’t think so. Even with his side of the bed on, I still prefer to face her and share the snore serenade. Maybe that’s why this morning was so weird.

I woke up, stretched, said hello to Angel and Money Penny, the foster dogs that live in momma’s room, then rearranged myself for a short nap before it was my turn to go potty.  When we have an assortment of fosters, I know better than to rush to the door for potty time. There’s a hierarchy for who gets to go and it's medical cases first, then older dogs, then first out the night before is first out in the morning. There are a few of us that can go together but not many. Human momma takes on the rescue fosters that not many others will so we have to be patient with them just like she’s patient with us. In other words, we don’t drink a lot before bed.

When my morning is off it makes my entire day a little bit off as well. My naps just didn’t feel restful and even my food wasn’t yummy. Momma even tried giving me a treat of sliced cheese with medicine in it. She thinks she is tricking me but I can smell that stinky stuff and take it anyway because it’s got cheese around it. Who doesn’t love cheese?

Then tonight I finally figured out what was happening. The medicine should’ve warned me but I had forgotten last time I tasted that kind of medicine. The medicine made me really calm and then she did it. Human momma not only brushed my teeth but she scraped the hard stuff off too. She tricked me! There was only one tooth that was bad because she gives me these yummy cow bones that do a great job. I had really bad teeth when I first came here so every once in a while, she sneaks in and cleans the bad tooth.

I have to remember to stay away from cheese next time it smells like that.

Posted in Dog side on Monday, February 10, 2014 9:30 pm. | Tags: Medicine , Family , Rescue Dogs , Pet Care , Cow Bones , Dental Care Comments (0)

Tuesday 02/04/2014
Best hunter I ever met

My human momma is the best hunter I’ve ever met. She can leave with nothing and come home a couple hours later with bags of food. Not just once but every week she does this. She always knows how to provide for us. Human dad goes out hunting a few times a week and comes back with just a couple of things but I’ve never seen him haul in an entire truck load like mom can.

I will admit, I’ve become a lazy hunter since coming to live with my human momma. I no longer chase squirrels or birds when I know I’m going to have my food twice a day in my bowl. Sure, I have to sit or lay down before I get it. Momma calls it working for my food but it’s the easiest work I’ve ever done to eat.

My favorite part is when human momma puts fresh fruit and vegetables in my food. I like to pretend the broccoli is little trees. Do y’all ever do that? And strawberries are my favorite fruit in the world! They taste like heaven.

I will admit I’ve put on some curves that I didn’t have before and my rear end is rounder than it used to be which makes sitting much easier with the extra cushioning  to sit on.  I don’t mind the extra weight but I know it’s not a feeling humans and dogs share.  I’ve heard humans talk about losing weight and even human momma has been drinking more water than sweet tea lately. I thought she might be getting sick but it’s all about losing weight. Maybe she’s too good of a hunter and should let human daddy hunt for a while.

Posted in Dog side on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 8:30 pm. | Tags: Hunter , Food , Weight Loss , Fruit , Family , Home , Pets , Dogs Comments (0)

Saturday 02/01/2014
Don't bring on the heat

One thing I’ve never experienced is having my own puppies. While I did have that crazy thing called a heat cycle, I was young and there weren’t other big dogs around to harass me. There are a couple of girl dogs at our house that can’t have that surgery to take away their baby makers so they are having their heat cycle and it’s making all the boys stupid. I said it, they are stupid. There’s no other way to describe it. One minute everything is fine and we’re having a nice nap and the next thing I know, Repo is sniffing the air like a bag of treats is calling his name.

Other than the smell, there’s the mess. Human momma is always cleaning up after the two girls. Gross is the only word I know to describe it and while I understand it is part of life, does it have to be so messy? I am grateful I had the surgery and don’t have a heat cycle anymore. The girls are messy and grumpy to me. They want to play with the boys but to me, they only want to growl. I don’t think that’s very nice.

It’s also the opposite of how human momma is on her heat cycle: She’s grumpy to everybody. She probably doesn’t want y’all to know this so keep it to yourself but when she is on her heat cycle, I take my naps outside.  I notice that human daddy stays out of her way, too. Daddy says that since he has four daughters, he wants to build a cabin out back to stay in. I wonder if he will let me nap there with him sometimes?

Posted in Dog side on Saturday, February 1, 2014 12:49 pm. | Tags: Boys , Cycling , Dogs , Heat Cycle , Humans , Pet Life Comments (0)

Thursday 01/23/2014
Trixie confesses

Hello, my name is Trixie and I’m a treat addict. I’ve gone zero days without a treat and binged last night. I found the stash of treats human momma has for the foster dogs and well, umm ...  they smelled really good. So I thought I would taste one and that one tasted really good and one led to two. Then before I knew it, the entire bag was gone. I knew I was going to be in big trouble because I have a slight weight problem already, so as soon as I heard human momma up and out of bed, I had my plan of action. I hid.

That’s right, I hid. I don’t really know why but it seemed to make the most sense at the time. I knew she would know it was me since I was the only dog out in that part of the house. But I was on a treat high and I wasn’t thinking straight! I only knew I needed to get out of the area and I couldn’t hide the evidence. So I hid.

Remember I mentioned my slight weight problem? I thought I was hiding but only my front half was actually hiding. My back half was still exposed. Human momma saw me, asked me what I thought I was doing and told me to get outside before I started getting sick on the carpet. She knows me so well.

Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do bad things feel so good while we’re doing them even though we know we will pay the price later? My butt paid the price for all those treats and my tummy was rolling for hours. Those few minutes of over indulgence weren’t worth it, but if I know me I will probably do it again sometime in the future. As soon as my tummy forgets what it went through today.

Posted in Dog side on Thursday, January 23, 2014 11:58 am. | Tags: Pets , Food , Dogs , Treats Comments (0)

Chasing demons

Do you enjoy walks? My sister loves them and when I say she loves them, I don’t mean she just gets excited. I mean she freaks out. She barks and jumps and if I didn’t know any better, I would think someone was offering her a steak and a nap.

Me, I enjoy a nice leisurely car ride where I can nap. But I’ve not always been a lazy girl. I’ve been in a hog pen. I know that might surprise some of y’all because I look and act like a diva, but it’s true. I can throw down like a country girl.

It all started after I was rescued. I was working through some issues. It’s a common thing and one way human momma and daddy helped me was to let me chase a hog. Momma didn’t let me catch it because as she says, “Trixie can chase but there’s no catch in that girl.” Which is fine because those hogs are ugly, stinky and have a nasty attitude. Yes, I’m curling my nose and sticking my tongue out remembering the smell.

The protective vest and neck gear human momma strapped me in was pretty heavy and made of Kevlar to keep me safe, It didn’t slow me down. When I saw that hog running, I took off. Something inside me said “move” and I was gone. It felt wonderful to run after something that was mean to me. Momma said I was chasing my demons, and maybe I was, because after that day, I was a lot calmer. I didn’t need to prove anything to anyone.

Maybe that day was about proving something to myself, that I could run with the big dogs now that I had someone to show me how to protect myself.

Posted in Dog side on Thursday, January 23, 2014 2:43 am. | Tags: Kevlar , Recreation , Family , Dogs , Hogs , Attitude , Rescue Dogs Comments (0)

Sunday 01/19/2014
Fostering is hard on Trixie, too

One of the hardest parts of helping human momma rescue dogs is making friends with one and then saying goodbye when they go to their new home. I admit I am a diva when it comes to getting attention from people who come to visit, but there is the occasional dog who passes through here that I miss when they are gone.

One dog I miss and still see occasionally is Shiloh. She was born in our garage on Thanksgiving Day 2011. She was so small that my human momma had to carry her around in her bra to keep her warm when her dog momma pushed her away.  The dog momma had so many puppies that she couldn’t feed them all and the weak ones would get pushed away so the strong ones could eat. Human momma wouldn’t let them die. She was able to save most of them, and Shiloh was the smallest with the biggest heart.

Shiloh needed a momma dog to show her the ropes so I stepped in. In fact, my whole pack taught her how to be a really good dog. Now she’s in a home where she’s a really good dog, just like we taught her. I’m proud of her, and even though I miss her, it’s like human momma said - sending her to a forever home made room for another dog at our house.

Fostering is tough but it makes my heart feel good knowing we are helping the dogs who don’t have families as awesome as ours. Every dog deserves to know what it feels like to be loved.

Posted in Dog side on Sunday, January 19, 2014 9:00 am. | Tags: Dog , Shiloh , Pet Adoption , Pet , Rescues And Shelters Comments (0)