SparkPeople MIXED MUTT DOG HOUSE Team Messageboard Join us in the doghouse celebrating our dogs of mixed lineage! Share PICS, chat and exercise TIPS for you and your mutt(s)! Share tips on living well with your precious mutt! SparkPeople MIXED MUTT DOG HOUSE Team Messageboard WEEKEND WOOF!! May 6-8 Happy Mother's Day Mutt Mommies! <BR> <BR> I'm sure Sassy might turn her head to Buddy since he is a mutt and not an 'old man"! Hee. I think she would go to her prom with Hubby and Buddy's prom with him! HeeHee! She is a flirt. <BR> <BR> Human babies have certain attachment styles to their primary caregivers..... The Securely Attached Babies use Mom or PCG as a home base, but go out to explore the world around them, but look back to check and see if Mom is still there and watching.... Fri, 6 May 2016 23:44:47 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! April 29-May1 If your mutt was going to the Mutt High Senior Prom, who would he or she ask? <BR> <BR> Oh, Sassy would ask my husband. She worships him! He is her one and only for sure! Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:16:39 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! April 15-17 Hi Mutt loving friends! Sorry I missed last week! <BR> <BR> Had to laugh about Buddy's dodging tricks at the dog park! Glad the 2 of you had a nice trip! <BR> <BR> What is your mutt's crowning feature? What makes him or her just adorable? <BR> <BR> Sassy has a gleaming coat! Everyone who sees her for the first time comments on her glossy coat. She is also just so cute with her enthusiastic waggles! Everyone comments on how she "shakes her butt"! Sat, 16 Apr 2016 23:58:31 EST April Chit Chat Cafe Hello again -- Here is our discussion forum site for the month. Feel free to share articles you have read, stories about your pets, ideas to save money on food and exercising, books you want to share, etc. We are open to new challenges and discussion on any topic that will get us outdoors, spending time with our families and friends, ideas to help others, and ways to be more healthy. The morning television shows have been featuring new programs for losing weight (have you heard about "mini... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 20:00:48 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! April 1-3 Does your mutt ever play tricks on you? What? <BR> <BR> Sassy will tap those back feet, knowing I can't see her if she sits or not, to trick me into thinking she sat! She also will give me snuggles only so she can look onto my table to see if I have something to eat beside me! She will put her paws up on my legs and snuggle in, the whole time sniffing and looking toward the table! Sat, 2 Apr 2016 18:38:28 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! March 25-27 Hello mutt lovers! <BR> <BR> What would you NOT do for your mutt? <BR> <BR> There are so many things I would do for Sassy.... Not sure what I wouldn't do for her! I do my best to protect her from more agressive dogs... she is sort of scared and a bit timid. I try to not feed her too much, but she acts like she is starving all the time! I would never harm her on purpose.... We could easily have an accident, but I try to be extra careful. I'd do just about anything I could for her!... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 21:13:25 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! March 18-20 I read an article the other day about things you should've say to your vet.... I'll try to find it again and post it here.... What do you think people should not say to their vets? <BR> <BR> Well, they should've tell their vet that they beat their dog.... The vet should take the dog away and call the humane society! But, that's a given.... This one is on the list and it comes to mind first.... My dog is not fat! I think too many people don't realize when their mutt is too heavy! I'... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 23:41:08 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! March 11-13 Cathy-- Yeah, Sassy probably just wants in on hug action too, but then again.... she is an attention junkie!! <BR> <BR> Does your mutt have any kind of routines? Things that he or she does on a daily basis in the same way? <BR> <BR> Sassy has routines, but they do vary. She likes to sit on her chair and watch for dogs, people and birds to come by. then she barks at them. She will usually eat when we do and then go out to do her business I assume. Every night she gets in bed with u... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 15:56:11 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! March 4-6 Does your mutt get jealous if you pay attention to another dog or person? <BR> <BR> Yes, yes, yes!! Sassy tries to get up between me and my husband when we hug. She whimpers and puts her head under my hand if I touch another dog! She thinks it should be all her all the time! Sat, 5 Mar 2016 18:08:36 EST March Chit Chat Cafe Hello Group -- Starting off the windy month with a short note and hopes that it will be a good month for healthy eating and exercising for you and your pet buddies. We are trying to get our dog a few pounds lighter now that we know he has hip and leg problems. He seems to be adjusting to the new menu fairly well. We could pay a dietician at the vet's office to establish a balanced diet for him and work out the calorie intake vs. activity ratio, but we will come fairly close by switching hi... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 08:28:44 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! February 26-28 Ooooh, That Budster packing himself in your suitcase, Cathy!! Sassy has never tried that, but she sure does pout when the suitcases come out! <BR> <BR> This weekend's question: Some time 2 weeks ago was National Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day.... Does your mutt have a favorite dog biscuit? What kind is his or her fave? <BR> <BR> Sassy doesn't seem to love a dog biscuit like Jack did. She thinks she is people, so what she does like are the all natural carob chip cookies I get at a st... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 16:42:42 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! February 19-21 Hi! Sorry I've been MIA even longer than expected. After our cruise I got very sick. finally feeling human again! <BR> <BR> How does your mutt let you know he or she is feeling tip top? How does he or she let you know he or she feels great? <BR> <BR> Sassy says it all in her waggle! she shakes her entire hindquarters and grins! She makes happy muffling sounds too. If she is not waggling we know there is a problem! Sun, 21 Feb 2016 17:05:01 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! February 5-7 Sorry folks &amp; mutts!! My dad died on January 27 and I had all the arrangements to make and all. We are hopefully leaving for our cruise tomorrow for a week, but now Anthony's husband seems to be having heart issues. So, who knows? <BR> <BR> Can your mutt tell time? <BR> <BR> Yes! 10 o'clock was bedtime for Jack and now for Sassy too! They both would/do come to us, then walk toward the bedroom and look back forlornely! And, if Hubby is later than usuall coming home Sassy gets a... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 20:06:44 EST February Chit Chat Cafe Hello Mixed Mutt Dog House! Here is our February site to share ideas, talk about our "diets", discuss our dogs and other pets, share information about healthy eating and lifestyles, etc. We appreciate having new members to liven up our discussions -- just log on and tell us how you are doing and what is happening on a daily basis. We are a mixed group who live all over America and enjoy having canines in our life. Right now our dog is upset because the three cats have decided they like hi... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 13:26:11 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! January 22-24 Here in southern VA we are having a big winter storm like most of the East coast! Lennie, hope you and yours are doing OK! <BR> <BR> What does your mutt think of the snow, that is if he or she ever saw it? <BR> <BR> Sassy seems to love it! I guess she thinks it is ice cream because she has been eating it like crazy! Really, what won't she eat? She was scared to go out in it until I went out with her! Now she is going in and out and running like crazy thru it and then stopping for a... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 16:16:15 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! January 15-17 Oh! How I loved y'all's answers to last weekend's question! what fun! What great mutts we have! <BR> <BR> You've seen those bumper stickers that say "I break for ...." and people get them for whatever they really like to eat, do, or buy.... What would your mutt's bumper sticker say? I brake for..... <BR> <BR> Sassy's would say I brake for food.... Any food..... All food..... Do you have some food?!! Sun, 17 Jan 2016 00:04:19 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! January 8-10 Sorry! Just been so busy with Dad and getting my classes ready for this semester.... <BR> <BR> If your mutt went to doggie school what kind of student would he or she be? For example a geek, a jock, a nerd, a hall monitor, a cheerleader, etc. <BR> <BR> I think Sassy would be the perfect cheerleader! She is cute as can be, not the brightest mutt in the pound and very energetic and has a signature waggle!! I'm imagining what all the dogs I know would be now.... Making me smile!! Sat, 9 Jan 2016 23:11:10 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! January 1-3 Happy New Year Mutt Lovers!! <BR> <BR> Thank you, Cathy for your christmas wishes for me! You are so sweet. Buddy is a good, good boy! <BR> <BR> Does anyone besides you give your mutt Christmas or birthday gifts? <BR> <BR> Sassy is one lucky mutt! My aunt sends her gifts, my Godmother sends her gifts and one of my friends gives her gifts wihin my gift! It makes me so happy that friends and family think of Sassy at the holidays too!! Sat, 2 Jan 2016 22:45:48 EST January Chit Chat Cafe Now we are off and running into 2016! Share your goals and your thoughts regarding how all of us can be healthier and better stewards of our resources. The country has so many problems and it seems that answers can start right in our own backyards by being more sensitive to what is happening with children of all ages, the school system, the local government, the merchants who keep our towns together, exercise programs, sports programs, and various organizations. Let there "be peace on earth... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 16:45:04 EST Coconut Oil for Dogs? <link><BR>alth-benefits-of-coconut-oil/ </link> <BR> <BR> I use coconut oil on myself, but wondered about how healthy it is for dogs. I found this article. Think I am going to try it. I need something to make him smell less doggy for not only the house but also for flea prevention. I do not want to poison him with flea meds again. I read an article where Trifexis has killed 700 dogs. Probably need to buy more brewers yeast too. <BR> <BR> Anyone f... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 12:22:30 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! December 25-27 Sorry this is late! Loved reading your mutts' Christmas wishes! <BR> <BR> Some Fun Questions for the holidays: <BR> 1. What would your mutt do if Santa showed up at your house? <BR> 2. What did you give your mutt for Christmas this year? <BR> 3. If your mutt could make a New Year's Resolution, what do you think it would be? <BR> 4. Does or did your mutt do anything to damage your Christmas tree? <BR> 5. What was/is your Christmas wish this year? Sat, 26 Dec 2015 15:07:20 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! December 18-20 If your mutt could talk, what would be his or her Christmas/Holiday wish? <BR> <BR> I think Sassy would wish for her Daddy (my hubby) to win the lottery so he could stay home and play with her all day every day!! Sat, 19 Dec 2015 00:28:07 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! December 11-13 Cathy-- Great way to spend the $100.... On a trip you and Buddy can both enjoy! <BR> <BR> Sassy got her picture taken with Santa today. I'll try to post one on here tomorrow.... she was not enthused! So different from Jack who was a photo hound and loved meeting every new person! <BR> <BR> Does your mutt have his or her own Christmas stocking? <BR> <BR> Sassy's gifts are wrapped and then put in a gift bag, so she sort of has her own.... But, not an actual stocking with her name ... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 23:13:17 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! December 4-6 Hi! I did have great parents! Dad is one kind fella. In his lucid moments now he is asking how people are doing. It kills me to see him suffer. <BR> <BR> So, I heard on the radio recently that a large percentage of people spend $100 or more on their pets for Christmas. Do you spend $100 or more on your mutt(s)? If you could afford it, would you? <BR> <BR> If money was no object, you bet I would! I probably do spend a bit too much on her, but really she is my child. So, she gets ... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 23:20:08 EST December Chit Chat Cafe Greetings Group -- Sorry that I haven't set up the place for comments, suggestions, sharing that is for the month. Plunged into all the tasks that need doing when we return home to South Carolina. Our two locations are worlds apart in climate, activities, living situation. Have managed to put out a couple of Christmas flags and drag out a couple of holiday decorations. Just don't have much enthusiasm for doing holidays anymore. Found out that a friend broke his hip a couple of weeks ago ... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 07:28:28 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! November 27-29 Sorry! A little late getting this one posted! <BR> <BR> Tahnks, Cathy, for keeping me and Dad in your hearts! It means alot. <BR> <BR> Not sure how to put this question into words.... HOw does your mutt show he or she has a VERY short attention span? <BR> <BR> I ask this because Hubby drove the big truck home to store Dad's furniture in until we can get a storage unit. It is parked in the driveway. Sassys seems to forget about it, but everytime she goes past the door and happens t... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 23:28:02 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! November 20-22 Aw Cathy! Calling your sweet Bud, Super Bud made me tear up! Just very emotional right now! Our sweet pups! <BR> <BR> If your mutt was a singer, what genre of music would he or she perform? <BR> <BR> I see Sassy as a pop singer... Young &amp; cute. but, she could be one of those new young country singers that are also young and cute and sort of sound "popish"! Sat, 21 Nov 2015 17:17:19 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! November 13-15 LOL! Thanks for the great stories about the "stupid" tricks your mutts know! so cute! <BR> <BR> If your mutt was to win an award, would it be for beauty, brains or braun? (Should that be brawn?) <BR> <BR> Sassy would win for beauty. She is no dummy, but she is prettier than she is smart or strong! Fri, 13 Nov 2015 15:46:24 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! November 6-8 Cathy-- Sounds like buddy didn't like the idea of and still doesn't like the idea of the "Uni-bomber"! <BR> <BR> So, David Letterman used to have Stupid pet Tricks on his show.... What kind of stupid tricks does your mutt do? <BR> <BR> Anthony just taught Sassy to "woof" when he asks what's on top of the house! Most of the time she will give 1 woof, but sometimes it is 2 or 3 woofs, but it is always a woof and not a bark! Hee. Fri, 6 Nov 2015 15:04:35 EST November Chit Chat Cafe Hi Group -- Here is our November site for making comments, suggestions, etc. We've been traveling from Southern Nevada to the mountains of Northern California. Really had a change of temperatures and season in our drive up through Nevada to Reno and then across into Redding. Had to drive through sand storms in the lower desert areas North of Las Vegas, then over a hundred miles of pouring rain. When we got to Reno, it was still raining, but the temperatures were dropping into the 30s -- S... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 16:00:03 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! October 30-November 1 Cathy-- Sassy had a rubber mat but she hates it too. she acts if scared of it!! She is one nutty dog! I've got to take her in for a spa date soon, so I will ask the vet about her fear of bowls and se if she may need a mineral. I thought of that too. I know I crave certain foods when I am low in a vitmin or mineral. We shall see! <BR> <BR> Happy Howl-o-ween! Does your mutt have exposure to people in masks or costumes? If so, are they scared? <BR> <BR> Sassy has not really had any... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 13:29:09 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! October 23-25 Cathy-- That is wild about your skirt causing the dog anxiety! The book talks about how hats and sunglasses and such things can cause anxiety in dogs, but who would've thought flowing skirt? <BR> <BR> Today's questions is a 2 parter.... 1 I'm asking for me and Sassy, the other, for all of us! <BR> #1: Sassy will not drink out of anything but a clay flower pot bottom and it is ruining my floor. Any suggestions on what to do to get her to drink? She will drink out of puddles and such if... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 12:05:39 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! October 16-18 To answer a few questions from last weekend.... <BR> <BR> Lennie, the book is called AT The Other End Of The Leash by Patricia Somebody.... I think Cathy knows her name. Very interesting read. Your poor baby! Wonder what the nightmares are about? I so wish they could talk to us and we to them! This book is good at trying to teach us to communicate to our dogs more like dogs instead of our normal primate ways! <BR> <BR> Cathy-- If the curve of the mouth is curved forward or if the do... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 23:47:47 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! October 9-11 Cathy-- Glad you could find the book and the author! I apologize for not giving th author's name, but I am often, as now, reading 2 or 3 books at a time and cannot keep the authors straight! <BR> <BR> I'll have to check out the book about dogs and emotions too! <BR> <BR> Another thing she says to watch for in our mutts is how their mouths curve.... I'm probably wrong on the spelling and even pronounciation, but she says to watch the corners of their mouths and if the curve (commature(... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 18:42:19 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! October 2-4 The book, The Other End Of The Leash, is really good Cathy! Very interesting points she brings up. <BR> <BR> so, Cathy said that our mutts teach us so much..... What has been one of the most important lessons your mutt has taught you? <BR> <BR> Sassy has taught me to show joy when someone comes home or visits! To express how happy I am to see someone! She has also taught me to live in the moment and to shake it off! Sat, 3 Oct 2015 15:35:26 EST October Chit Chat Cafe Setting up this site so we can share our struggles and thoughts and plans for improving our health and wellness. My weight hasn't gotten less over the summer, so I have a new season to try harder and exercise more. It rained most of yesterday and it will be rainy for the next week. So many of the week-end events will have to be held indoors. We manage to get the dog out between storms. We are planning to head for the Nevada desert in 2 weeks -- we usually are there already, but decided t... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 07:23:09 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! September 25-27 Oh Cathy, I hope you are feeling better and I just love when Sassy sort of drapes herself across me! I'm glad I don't need 2 hands to turn pages too when reading because I always have a dog draped over me somehow! <BR> <BR> I'm reading a book called "The Other end Of The Leash". It was published in 2002, so older book. Anyhow, it is about our interactions with our dogs. The first chapter is all about how our smallest body movements can cause our dogs to behave in certain ways. Are you... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:26:08 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! September 18-20 I ask this question alot, but our mutts bring such joy to our lives I'm always interested.... BTW, Cathy, that picture of Buddy romping thru the fields with the look of shear delight on his face makes me smile!! Anyhow, what has your mutt done recently to make you smile? <BR> <BR> Tonight when Anthony & I got home Sassy followed A. into the bedroom we are remodeling and she stepped onto the new carpet and started bouncing and dancing around! It was adorable! PS The new carpet feels so ... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 22:16:00 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! September 11-13 What is something your mutt does that you have, or wish you could, caught/catch on video? What cute or strange behavior could make him or her famous on You Tube? <BR> <BR> I think if I can catch Sassy fussing about something on TV and put it on You Tube she would be famous! She watches so intently and then she will walk around sort of muttering about something that really got to her! Also, the way she sort of stands on her head to nibble at Hubby when they are playing. It is just so da... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 18:21:19 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! September 4-6 OK, a little late with this one! But, I'm here! Just super busy! <BR> <BR> Let's see.... <BR> <BR> Is your mutt sensitive? Does he or she get upset if you have to put him or her in time out, fuss at him or her, etc.? <BR> <BR> Yes! Sassy is the most sensitive little dog I've ever seen! If hubby and I raise our voices to each other she gets all upset and licks her lips and paces. If one of us should scold her she goes to her chair and lays there with everything tucked. It takes... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 23:13:10 EST September Chit Chat Cafe Greetings Group -- Happy September! The year is zipping along really quickly. I think that September is my favorite month of the whole year -- I enjoy autumn and all the activities of the time period. Off to help at the Free Health Clinic today because they don't have enough people to work this afternoon -- Thursday is my usual day to volunteer. Got through our crazy Monday with all the rain storms, flooding, stranded people, closed roadways, etc. The official rainfall total was 6.43 inc... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:58:22 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! August 28-30 What kinds of things does your mutt do that makes you wonder if he or she might just be crazy? <BR> <BR> Sassy still seems to be afraid of her water bowl. She sneaks up on it or she avoids it and drinks from the potted plant! I'm pretty sure she is crazy!! But, I love her like crazy! Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:43:15 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! August 7-9 I'I've been gone from the team for awhile and for that I apologize. Having some health issues and been very busy trying to declutter my own and my dad's places! So, here is a 20 question thing I got from a Spark friend. Take as long as you like to answer! <BR> <BR> 20 Questions for Dog Lovers: <BR> 1. I wonder if dogs notice that it’s sunny outside or if they even care? <BR> 2. Can dogs smell sunshine or do they just feel it? <BR> 3. Do you think that dog-lovers are “different” than ... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 15:18:25 EST August Chit Chat Cafe Hi again Group -- Here is our "chatting spot" for the month of August. So glad to see new postings from Cathy and Mary Alice. Did find a new dog book to read by Susan Wilson -- it is called "A Man of His Own" and is set in WWII. A young couple volunteers their beloved dog, Pax, for the Army's K-9 Corp and the dog is linked with a soldier who wants to keep Pax. This author has also written "The Dog Who Danced" and "One Good Dog". The latest "dogster magazine" has good articles about dogs ... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 13:15:40 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! July 17-19 You know? After reading what your mutts taught you last weekend I just wanted to jet out to each of your homes and hug your mutt!! Aren't they special? <BR> <BR> My husband read an article to me from a recent Reader's Digest about what our dogs know about us. It was interesting. some of the things we all know like how our mutts know our moods and if we are feeling well or not; how they know if a person is an oK person or not.... So, this weekend's question is what does your mutt know ... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 22:49:59 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! July 10-12 Today's challenge was to reflect on what you have learned from your mutt.... So, what is an important lesson your mutt has taught you about life? <BR> <BR> I've learned so many lessons from my fur babies! Sassy teaches me to greet each day with joy and laughter! She goes to bed playing and wakes up playing and is happy all day! she is happy to greet visitors, to play with Mommy & Daddy, to do anything.... Well, Except ride in the car. She is not a rider either. But, she shows joy wi... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 13:46:01 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! July 3-5 I just hate to not post these questions! I love reading about everyone's mutts in your responses! I just loved how your mutts show you they love you! <BR> <BR> Are y'all doing the Make It Real Challenge here on SP? Sassy & I are. <BR> <BR> I know many dogs fear fireworks, does your mutt? Also, the first day of the challenge was to take a picture of your mutt. Jack loved to pose for pics, but Sassy, not so much. does your mutt pose for you to take a photo of him or her? <BR> <BR... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 15:32:22 EST July Chit Chat Cafe Greetings Group -- We are off and running with the new month. Let's try harder to get more healthy, lose some pounds, encourage others with weight problems, keep our pets slim and trim, talk about food choices, be diligent about staying hydrated, and sharing things we read or hear about that could help us attain our goals. Did you see that SparkPeople has a "Healthy Pet Center" advertisement sponsored by Nature's Recipe products? More companies are trying to eliminate additives and various... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 10:07:15 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! June 19-21 How does your mutt show that he or she loves you? <BR> <BR> Sassy has this cute reach. She reaches for us if she wants our attention or doens'doesn't want us to leave her. She is not a snuggler like Jack, but today I cried a little and she came up and wwanted to kiss my tears away. And then there is her fabulous welcome homes! Whether gone a day, an hour or a week she wags her whole body and kisses and dances! It is pretty amazing!! Then the way she looks at my husband. It is like s... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 15:02:12 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! June 5-7 I will be gone the next 2 weekends!! So, no weekend woofs for a little while! I do so enjoy reading about your mutts here! <BR> <BR> and, Maryalice-- Forgot to say how happy I was that the boy with autism got his own mutt!! So happy for him! <BR> <BR> What has your mutt done lately to actually make you laugh out loud? <BR> <BR> Sassy is a talker. the other day when the workmen were here one of her favorite workmen was here and he was trying to get her to come to him, but she does... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 23:10:53 EST June Chit Chat Cafe To all of the Mixed Mutt Dog House Team -- Happy June/Happy start of the summer season. We have a fairly large team, but very few people seem inclined to share their goals and frustrations with becoming thinner and healthier. We are here to discuss what is going on with our pets, especially the doggies in our life. The June/July issue of "dogster" magazine in out now. It used to be called "Dog Fancy". This issue is about summer hazards for dogs, how to pack for a road trip with your dog,... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 07:58:28 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! May 29-31 I'll be gone 2 weekends out of June. Just letting you know! <BR> <BR> How has your mutt impressed you lately? <BR> <BR> The other day, Sassy reached out and spread her little dog "fingers" out and sort of grabbed my hand and brought it to her so I could scratch her! Yes, I know she is rotten, but she knows how to keep it that way! On another day she scooted her head right up under my hand so I could scratch her ears! She is such a sweetie! Sun, 31 May 2015 14:29:46 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! May 15-17 What can we do, offer, on this team to get people more active? What kind of activities or posts should we offer to mutt lovers? And, describe your mutt in 3 different words. <BR> <BR> 1. Not sure how to get people active on this team. Looking for suggestions. <BR> <BR> 2. Sassy: Cute, snuggly, funny Fri, 15 May 2015 22:30:38 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! May 8-10 Been soooo busy! No time to Spark really! <BR> <BR> Do you consider yourself to be your mutt's mommy? Does your mutt give you a mother's day gift? <BR> <BR> I do. Jack and Sassy have been my only children. I do usually get a card from Sassy and loads of kisses! she always shares her tug toy with me too. We have so much fun! Fri, 8 May 2015 09:01:35 EST May Chit Chat Cafe Morning Group -- Setting up our new site for commenting on your progress or anything you would like to share, especially regarding your doggy companions. Mine is at my side right now wanting a walk or some attention. We have to stay indoors more now because it is getting close to 100 degrees on the desert. Meals are more "cool foods" than hot foods because it is a total effort to avoid the heat. Wishing you a wonderful month of accomplishments in your efforts to get healthier and thinner ... Fri, 1 May 2015 12:17:46 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! April 24-26 If someone asked you.... Why get a dog, how would you answer? What if they aasked what was so special about mutts? <BR> <BR> I'd say uncodnitional love. Nothing like the love of a dog! As far as mutts I find them to be healthier overall and more well tempered than breeds. Just my experience. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:59:48 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! April 10-12 Poor Buddy getting shots for Easter! And, then Mutt.... The incredible eating dog! Sassy would probably eat anything too! <BR> <BR> What do you do or have you done if your mutt gets a tick on them? <BR> <BR> I'I think Sassy has a rather large one on her. I don't know if I should try to pull it off or what. She goes to the vet this week,so if It doesn't die and fall off by then I will get them to check it out and remove it! Hubby can't see if it is a tick but I know this was not so... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 19:34:43 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! April 3-5 Sorry so late getting this posted! Busy weekend! <BR> <BR> 1. What would your mutt do if he or shee saw a bunny? <BR> 2. Did the Easter Bunny leave anything for your mutt today? <BR> 3. Does your mutt like eggs, or does he or she not get any people food whatsoever? <BR> <BR> 1. I'm afraid Sassy would kill a bunny if she caught it! She is a true huntress! <BR> 2. The Easter Bunny didn't bring anything this year. but, she did get a new rope toy this weekend. <BR> 3. Sassy... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 23:13:24 EST April Chit Chat Cafe Greetings Group -- Here is our posting place for the month. You can jot down anything that you want to talk about. Sometimes Mary Alice and I just write back and forth to each other! Our dog likes his stuffed animals, but I have to pick them up so he doesn't chew and swallow the critters. He tries to hide them from the cats. They end up under tables, in the bathrooms, etc. He doesn't like them after they stop squeaking -- he usually chews that out after a couple of days. So, I have to ... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 10:42:13 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! March 27-29 Does your mutt eat or chew ice? <BR> <BR> Sassy loves to chew ice as long as it is a small piece like crushed ice pieces. Jack didn't want anything to do with an ice cube of any size! My sister's old dogs used to love to chew ice cubes!! Sassy and her dogs act like ice is a treat!! Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:27:57 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! March 6-8 I'll be gone next weekend, so don't look for me! <BR> <BR> So, we are packing for our trip and Sassy whines every time we get a suitcase out.... Does your mut recognize when you are leaving the house and does he or she know when you are just going out and when you are taking a trip? <BR> <BR> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 23:44:00 EST March Chit Chat Cafe Hello Mixed Mutt Group! Here is our place to tell each other what we are doing with diet, exercise, better health habits, and how your pets are a part of those plans. Sleep is another subject that comes up quite frequently. Since I have been ill, I can only sleep about 2 1/2 hours and then I have to wake up and drink some liquids (the medication for my sinus infection causes dry mouth). I will be so glad to finally get a good night's rest. My appetite hasn't been so great -- last night I... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 15:44:08 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! Feb. 28 - March 1 Is there any machine in your house that fascinates or terrifies your mutt? <BR> <BR> Sassy is fascinated by the printer and the DVD player... she will run into the room when she hears the printer and just stare at it and she does the same when the DVD changes or opens! I think she doesn't like things that seeem to move on their own! She also acts scared of the classic dog fear-maker the vacuum! She just barks at it though! Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:54:38 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! February 20-22 I missed posting last weekend, so thought I better post early rather than not at all this week! <BR> <BR> We finally got some snow and Sassy had a grand ol' time in it! But, then she came in and passed out on the carpet next to my desk! Sound asleep! Rather cold for us today! <BR> <BR> So, I'm pretty sure there is nothing colder than a mutt's nose pressing onto your bare skin on a cold day! <BR> <BR> What is one behavior you wish your mutt would just not do? <BR> <BR> Hmmm, Sas... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:11:51 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! February 6-8 Let me just say how much I enjoyed y'all's responses from last weekend!! Our mutts are wonderful people with wonderful ways of expressing themselves! <BR> <BR> Has your mutt ever seen snow? does he or she like it, fear it, or is indifferent? <BR> <BR> Sassy saw it last year and seemed a bit indifferent, but she loved running on top of it since it had a nice ice crust! She was light enough to walk on top! She did chase the snowflakes and bark at them. Sat, 7 Feb 2015 22:46:28 EST February Chit Chat Cafe Morning Group -- In the 30s to start the day. Happy Super Bowl Sunday and first day of February. Still a long way from spring, but it is always hopeful that the days may be a bit warmer and the snow not so deep. Certain areas of the country still need snow to help with their annual water level for crops. It has been just one year since we had a severe ice storm, so we are not wanting to repeat that. Got to see our granddaughter last evening for dinner at a Mexican food place -- it a rest... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:36:36 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! Jan. 30-Feb. 1 Maryalice-- Sassy considers everything food too! We have to keep it all out of her reach!! <BR> <BR> Does your mutt "talk" to you or is all of his or her communication done with body language? <BR> <BR> Sassy is a talker. She makes all kind of noises to let us know things. She really is a verbal dog. But, she is not above using her paws and other parts of her body to get our attention! Sat, 31 Jan 2015 21:31:59 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! January 23-25 Sorry I missed posting last weekend. I've had pneumonia! Finally starting to feel alive again. <BR> <BR> Are you super-vigilant about your mutt's health? Do you watch him or her cloesly for any signs of health problems? <BR> <BR> Yes! After Jack I watch Sassy probably too closely! But, I did notice her shaking her head alot and scratching her ear, so got her to the vet immediately. He said the one ear was slightly inflamed, but no sign of infection or wax build up! She isn't scra... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:57:43 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! January 9-11 It sure is cold around here! Does your mutt like to spend time out in the cold? <BR> <BR> Sassy is just a real homebody. She would rather be inside than anywhere! Jack used to love being out in the cold! He was more of an outdoors dog! Fri, 9 Jan 2015 15:36:35 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! January 2-4 Flu going around our house.... <BR> <BR> 1. Does your mutt try to care for you when you are sick? What does he or she do? <BR> 2. I know some would disagree that dogs even have feelings, but what does your mutt do when his or her feelings are hurt? <BR> 3. How does your mutt respond when you sneeze? <BR> <BR> 1. Sassy isn't sure how to handle it with both of us being sick.... she wants to play and can't understand why niether of us does and then when she realizes we are not go... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 17:58:36 EST January Chit Chat Cafe Here is our "chatting" site so we can share what is happening in our lives and make goals. Of course we have to include what is happening with our pets and other "beasties" that come into our lives. I stocked up on "critter food" yesterday for the deer, squirrels, birds, mice, etc. It got down below freezing last night, so we have a blanket of frost on the lawn. Haven't really made a list of resolutions, but both of us continue to struggle with our weight and our exercise abilities. Walk... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 07:54:36 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! December 26-29 Sorry I've been MIA. Loads of computer issues! I am able to blog and track using Internet Explorer, but it will not allow me to respond to threads and such. So, I go to Firefox which seems to give me alot of problems, especially at night when I have time to post! So, I've been kinda in Spark limbo!! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, hope all of you had a great Christmas and to make up for missed Woofs, this will be a multi-part question! <BR> <BR> 1. Did you give your mutt a Christmas gift? If so... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 20:34:42 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! December 13-14 Sorry this is so late! This has been a very rough weekend for me! <BR> <BR> What does your mutt think of jingle bells? Like bells on a collar? Or, any bells? doorbells, church bells, any bells? <BR> <BR> I learned that Sassy does not like bells on her collar! We found a pretty collar with 1 little bell on it and Hubby put it on her and she gave him this sidelong look as if how could he?!! So, he took it off. Then a friend gave her a new velvet collar with what looks like small sl... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:22:26 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! December 6-7 Is your mutt a killer? Has your mutt ever killed another living being? <BR> <BR> Oh! Sassy is a cold blooded killer! She obviously has hunting dog in her! She has killed several birds and a mole. All Jack ever killed were flies he caught and once a bee! Sassy is so cute, but viscious! Sat, 6 Dec 2014 18:08:16 EST December Chit Chat Cafe Hi again! Here is our site to leave a message or comment or share something with the group. If you are looking for a magazine to give someone as a Christmas present, I would recommend "Cesar's Way" over some of the other publications. It is edited by the dog trainer Cesar Mellan. This month is a special double issue. Some of the articles in the December issue are: How to find your special dog, adopting from a shelter, finding the right breeder, where not to buy, how to train your dog an... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 20:41:52 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! November 28-30 Did your mutt get any special treats for his or her Thanksgiving feast? <BR> <BR> Sassy got turkey and I'm sure my dad was slipping her ham, more turkey and probably stuffing too! She slept all day today after eating so much! Fri, 28 Nov 2014 22:11:53 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! November 21-23 'Tis the season to be thankful... What are 3 reasons for which you are thankful for your mutt(s)? <BR> <BR> 1. She is so sweet and loving <BR> 2. She makes me laugh <BR> 3. I can't stand the house without a dog in it! Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:47:04 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! November 7-9 What does your mutt do after you feed her or him? Does he or she cuddle with you, go on their merry way, look for more food, other? <BR> <BR> Sassy immediately gets a toy. After she eats, it is play time! Fri, 7 Nov 2014 12:33:03 EST November Chit Chat Cafe Hello again, group! Here is our November chatting site to speak your mind, comment on other postings, share your goals or setbacks, brag about your dogs and other animals. Funny story -- our son in California got talked into letting his son play the ping pong throw at the school fall festival. The kid managed to win three goldfish -- now the fish are in a fancy bowl with food and everything the pet store talked our son into buying to keep them alive. Of course the bowl has to be cleaned a... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 19:59:06 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! October 2 Not sure if I will get the weekend woof posted before I go out of town or not, so if not, be back on Monday! <BR> <BR> Thanks for the advice! I thought we would take Sassy to the adoption agency and let her visit with the other dogs and pick her own sibling! <BR> <BR> When it comes to dogs, what is your motto? What rule do you live by with your mutts? <BR> <BR> I believe in a house is not a home without a dog! That is my motto, but I also believe in being kind and asking permissio... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 14:54:04 EST October Chit Chat Cafe Morning Group -- Here is our discussion forum place to share what is happening with you and your pets. We are officially into the autumn season. Since we are on the desert for another month, we need to go to the mountains to see much change in vegetation. The dog gets his walks when it isn't too warm (going back into the 90s by the week-end). Thoughts go to pumpkins and gourds and bright leaves for decoration and comfort foods like stews, soups, breads, warm drinks. Add your thoughts reg... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:55:57 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! October 1 Been super busy. My apologies. I'll try to do better! <BR> <BR> We are considering a new pup. Any advice from those of you that have or have had more than 1 mutt at a time? <BR> <BR> The vet suggested we get a boy since girls tend to be very territorial. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:48:32 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! September 16 How often does your mutt go thru "stuff" e.g. toys, beds, collars, leashes, etc. <BR> <BR> Sassy goes thru toys like they cost nothing. She tears them apart to get the squeakers out and plays with the carcasses which look like rags. If I gave them to her, she would go thru 1 a day! But, we play with the rags until they are falling apart! She's only had 2 collars so far in her young life and 1 leash. She can go thru a rope toy in a day too! She's relatively low maintenance. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:07:16 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! September 15 I loved your responses to the silliest things your mutt does! Had to laugh about Buddy being surprised that he sinks in water! I love y'y'all's responses! Got alot on my mind lately and that is why I've been MIA! I'll try to do better! <BR> <BR> What is the furthest (farthest?) your mutt has traveled? <BR> <BR> Sassy has only gone about 60 to 65 miles from home in the car. I'd say Jack has gone a little further when we took him to NC State for his specialist appointment. But, neit... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:26:24 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! September 9 What is the silliest thing your mutt does that makes you love him or her even more? <BR> <BR> I'd have to say when she sort of stands on her head to try and bite my husband when they are playing. She puts the top of her head down and almost topples over, but it is so funny and so adorable! Of course I can't catch her doing it for the camera! Mon, 8 Sep 2014 21:09:28 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! September 8 Hello! Been busy. <BR> <BR> Are you able to wear your mutt out? (question supplied by BIGPAWSUP) <BR> <BR> Nope! Sassy is still very much a puppy and she only slows down when she is ready! She goes to bed playing, wakes up playing and plays all day! She will play with a toy for the longest time after we all go to bed and when SHE is finally tired she will snuggle up against me and go to sleep! Sun, 7 Sep 2014 21:51:38 EST September Chit Chat Cafe Hello Group (especially our new members)! This is the month's team forum spot to post your progress, make comments on your goals, connect with other members, etc. Feel free to add any suggestions to have a group effort of better eating and exercising and staying away from stress. Right now our area has several "Farmers Markets" with great fresh fruits and veggies. The prices are very good and hopefully they are not using too many pesticides, etc. Food keeps getting more expensive due to ... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:56:40 EST FRIDAY'S WOOF!! August 29 Do you ever feel like you should've named your mutt a different name than you did? Is there another name that suits her or him better? What is it? <BR> <BR> Yep. I always thought we should've named Jack Shadow since he followed one or both of us around like our Shadow! And, Sassy.... She should be named Velcro! Not only does she follow one or both of us around, but she is usually stuck to us like Velcro! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:57:19 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! August 28 For many of us we are in the midst of a heatwave! perhaps a last ditch effort on Summer's part! Does your mutt seem to enjoy hot weather or does he or she prefer it in the coooler months and inside in any cool air during summer? <BR> <BR> Sassy doesn't seem to mind the heat so much, but she is definitely an indoor dog! She prefers to watch me from the sunroom when I am in the pool. She will come out every 15 minutes or so to check on me, but go right back in! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:07:54 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! August 27 Is your mutt a "picky" eater? Is he or she particular about what he or she will eat, or will he or she eat just about anything? What about you? Are you a picky eater? <BR> <BR> No and no! Sassy will eat just about anything if she can get her mouth to it and I am not picky. I'm willing to try just about anything, but I don't like everything I try! Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:55:53 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! August 26 What is your mutt's life motto? <BR> <BR> The book, Eat, Pray, Love made me wonder about our mutts.... Sassy's would be Play, Eat, Sleep and Then Play some More! Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:23:21 EST My dog is being stalked... I have a 15 year old Aussie Shepherd mix. I can't believe she's made it this far!! She lost her sister (litter-mate) last March, so it's just her and me now. She has become exceptionally cautious and non-confrontational now. She wants nothing to do with other dogs, cats, or even squirrels. <BR> <BR> A cat in our neighborhood has got it in its head that they're best buds. (I'm not kidding.) This cat makes a bee-line for her whenever it sees her. It's so funny. It comes up, it makes a friendl... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:14:25 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! August 25 Finish the sentance for you and for your mutt.... <BR> <BR> Happiness is ______ <BR> <BR> For me, happiness is my mutt! Puppy kisses, games of tug and snuggles all mean happiness! For Sassy happiness is food! That is her true happiness, but she loves to play and happiness is having both me and Hubby right there playing games with her! Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:03:17 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! August 23-24 If your mutt was in a schoolyard, what group would he or she identify with? I.e. the jocks, the bullies, the cheerleadrs, the geeks, etc. <BR> <BR> I think sassy would probably be a stuck up cheerleader type. Bossy and mostly nice, but at times mean to the other "lesser" girls! Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:02:57 EST FRIDAY'S WOOF!! August 22 What would you imagine your mutt tells other dogs about you? <BR> <BR> I think Sassy would tell other dogs that her parents just don't stay home enough. she wouldn'can't imagine why we would leave a nice home to go somewhere when she is here to keep us company and play! Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:25:44 EST DAILY WOOFS!! Wendesday & thursday (*/20-8/21) What are 2 reasons your mutt is the most adorable mutt in the world? <BR> <BR> 1. The way she turns her cheek to you after giving kisses as if she wants you to kiss her cheek <BR> 2. The way she reaches her paw out to me when she doens'doesn't want me to leave! <BR> <BR> she is just an adorable mutt no matter what! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:38:54 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! August 19 What is one invention for dogs you would like to create? I promise I will not steal your idea and make it! But, if it gets made, I will buy it!! <BR> <BR> My husband has an idea for a velcro toy.... Sassy loves the sound of velcro when you pull it apart. Hubby has a brace he wears on his arm at night and she playes plays with it before bed. He would like to create a toy made wit with velcro that dogs could pull apart and get the satisfaction of tearing up, but the humans could just co... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:44:01 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! August 18 Sorry so late in the day getting the woof posted! I'll be missing days and late probably alot! Got alot going on with my health, my dad and work! Please bear with me! <BR> <BR> What is one story you find yourself telling over and over about your mutt? <BR> <BR> I think a few stories about how silly she can be..... About how she stands on her head to nibble on my husband; how she still barks at her reflections; how she does a waggle dance every time we come home.... WE mostly tell s... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:12:09 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! August 16-17 Does your mutt seem to know what you are going to do based on your clothing? <BR> <BR> Sassy knows my swimsuits mean I am going outside to that giant dog bowl! Any other clothes accompanied by shoes lets her know I am leaving and she goes into stalling or blocking mode! Fri, 15 Aug 2014 23:12:03 EST FRIDAY'S WOOF!! August 15 Sorry! Been sick! If your mutt suddenly gained the power of human speech, what would he or she say about you? <BR> <BR> I hope she would say how much I love her and how much I love snuggling with her! She may say that I tend to be a bit too emotional, but overall that she is one lucky mutt! Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:14:47 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! August 11 Hello and my apologies for being gone so long! Please send questions to me that you would like to know about your fellow teammates and their mutts! I'm feeling a bit brain dead! <BR> <BR> How does your mutt's barks differ for different situations? <BR> <BR> When upset or fearful Sassy barks a higher pitched bark that may include some whining. When she wants attention she has a sort of deep bark. When she is happy she just barks and barks alot and it actually has a happy tone! Somet... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 22:54:34 EST August Chit Chat Cafe Hello Group -- Here is our place for posting general information and comments. Not too many people are posting here -- the blogs seem more popular. Mary Alice from Texas puts on many useful and informative quotations and comments. My co-partner uses another message area to ask questions about animals and their care and tries to get comments about your pets. Please suggest what is helpful to you and how you would like to "spark" up the Mixed Mutt Dog House. I try to find some dog books to... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 15:45:16 EST Dental Debate -- New Rules for Dog Teeth Cleaning The following is from the February 2014 issue of DOGFANCY magazine: It is recommended that dog owners brush their dogs' teeth regularly and get them in for professional teeth cleaning. There is a debate in the veterinary community about acceptable standards of care for the process. In order to do a complete treatment for dental care, general anesthesia is used to do x-rays and sufficient cleaning. Some practices offer non-anesthetic dental cleanings -- the technician performs the procedur... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:04:27 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! July 23 Does your mutt ever get aggressive? When or why? What do you do to calm him or her down? <BR> <BR> Sassy can get a bit aggressive when we are playing rough, but if I tell her to cool it, she calms right down. She will growl at the mean cat that taunts her from outside the front door and she has really growled at a plastic bag that was blowing around in the back field out behind us! Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:58:23 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! July 22 Does your mutt get into clingy or lovey dovey moods? If so, what does he or she do? <BR> <BR> Today Sassy was in a very loving, clingy mood! She had her chin on my butt all early morning before we got up and has been leaning on me, or laying iwth her chin on my foot so far all day! She seems fine, not sick, just in a clingy mood and wants to be loved on! Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:05:50 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! July 21 With whom does your mutt have the most influence? What I mean, who allows your mutt to get away with the most? <BR> <BR> Well, both Anthony & I are big ol' pushovers when it comes to Sassy, but she has her daddy wrapped around her little du (do, dew?) claw!! Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:57:26 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! July 19-20 If you all can think of any new questions about mutts, please send them to me! I'm feeling brain dried! <BR> <BR> If your mutt developed human skills and could drive, what kind of car/vehicle would he or she drive? <BR> <BR> I'd say Sass would have a sporty little convertible like the Miyatas. Yep, I can see her driving down the road with her ears flapping in the wind looking all sassy!s Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:38:36 EST THURSDAY & FRIDAY'S WOOFS!! July 17-18 I don't watch much TV myself, but Hubby does and every commercial that has a dog or a cat or an elephant or a lion or.... gets Sassy's attention! Her attention brings my attention since hse is loud about it! <BR> <BR> What seems to make your mutt the happiest? <BR> <BR> I think Sassy loves me playing with her or Hubby playing with her! If we are playing tug-tug or who's the doggie or chase she is in Heaven! She & anthony have their own set of games! She likes interactive play with ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:31:54 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! July 16 What is your favorite dog commercial on TV? <BR> <BR> Well, I love the one where the dog is greeting his or her Mommy who is coming home from the armed forces and he or she is really big and is just laying on top of his Mommy in the driveway, but I also like the one where the woman is digging holes and her little dog is digging right beside her! I wish Sassy would use her digging powers for good instead of evil!! Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:10:25 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! July 15 What is one thing your mutt does that makes you wonder if he or she might be mentally ill (by human standards)? <BR> <BR> Sassy and her barking at herself in the mirror. Now DH has taken to pretending to pet the dog in the mirror and she goes crazy! It seems a bit crazy to me since she is over 1 year old now and still doesn't know that is herself! She even will jump around on the bed barking and growling at the dog in the mirror and then cry when she jumps down and can't see the dog any... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:10:54 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! July 11-13 Sorry, have to start the weekend woof on Friday this weekend! I have a busy non-stop weekend and won't be on the computer! <BR> <BR> What is your mutt's official name and what are his or her nicknames and how did they earn those nicknames? <BR> <BR> Sassy's official name is Miss Gracie Sassypants OurLastName. I suppose Sassy is her main nickname. I call her Wiggle Butt because that is what she does. Hubby calls her runt because she is so much smaller than Jack was. She is another D... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:01:17 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! July 10 Waht does your mutt do when you are talking on the phone or working on your computer or other device? <BR> <BR> Sassy is just like a human toddler. Almost as soon as I answer the phone she comes to me wanting to play. she will allow me to work on the comouter, but if I try to use my Iphone to track my food or something she is right there trying to get my attention1 Yes, she is a bit spoiled! Wed, 9 Jul 2014 22:36:37 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! July 9 Sounds like the perfect song for Buddy Boy!! Congrats Cathy on that fabulous weight loss this past week! Awesome! <BR> <BR> Is your mutt clingy or a loner? Does he or she like to be right up on you, or separate in his or her own little space? <BR> <BR> Sassy is rather clingy. She likes to sleep right up on top of me or squished up against me. Come to think of it, Jack was the same way.... I always said he must've come from the bottom of the litter to be that way, but maybe I foste... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 22:29:53 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! July 8 Hmmm, I've ssem to have lost Monday's woof. Will have to search for it tomorrow.... <BR> <BR> My friend and I were discussing what song defined us the other day and it made me wonder.... What song defines your mutt(s)? <BR> <BR> There is a hip hop/pop song out right now called "Wiggle" and that is Sassy. If you want to go country you can pick "Shake It"... Sassy is a real wiggly waggler! Her whole body wiggles when she wags her tail! Mon, 7 Jul 2014 21:33:13 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! July 7 When fearful, if your mutt ever gets fearful, who does he or she turn to for comfort? <BR> <BR> It seems to be me. More so than even hubby who she is extremely attached to.... If she is frightened by anything or anyone, she sort of clings to me! Sun, 6 Jul 2014 23:31:46 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! July 4-6 Happy 4th of July!! My apologies again for missing a day or 2 of the woofs! Just so busy! <BR> <BR> So, is your mutt afraid of fireworks? How do they respond? <BR> <BR> I wouldn't say SAssy is afraid of them, but last night some folks were shooting them off in the middle of the night and it woke her up. The noise alerted her and she started barking, but did not act fearful. Jack was scared to death of thunderstorms, but fireworks never bothered him. I may take her to see them toni... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 18:00:26 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! July 2 Is your mutt a morning glory or a night blooming Jasmine? Do they like to sleep all day and stay up at night or do they stay up during the day, waking early, and then go right to sleep at night? <BR> <BR> Sassy is a morning glory, but not an early morning glory! I never met a dog who liked to sleep in like I do, but here she is!! Tue, 1 Jul 2014 21:54:57 EST July Chit Chat Cafe Greetings Group -- Here is our general site to comment on anything that you wish to discuss. We like to chat about our pets and our families and our efforts to get healthier and more in shape, but anything that crosses your mind is "fair game". Melissa usually has some special topics that you can discuss. I will post some information this month from two of the dog-related magazines that I get every month. We also share dog books that we have read and whether they give insight or enjoyment... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 08:19:49 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! July 1 Whoops! Almost typed June in there! <BR> <BR> Does your mutt have a "cooling off" spot? A place that they retire to when they get too hot? <BR> <BR> Sassy comes in from playing outside and is actually so warm to the touch due to her black fur! She will come in drink some water and then just sort of fall out on the ceramic tile in the sunroom near one of the AC vents. That room gets warm even wit hthe AC on sunny days, so I put the ceiling fan on and she will plop down right under it... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:47:58 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! June 30 Can't hardly believe it is the end of June already!! Hope everyone is doing well so far this summer! <BR> <BR> Do you have any plans for trips anywhere this summer? Does your mutt go with you on trips? <BR> <BR> We may take a drive up to PA this summer, but Sassy will have a babysitter. My husband doens't worry aobut her as he drives and he is the only driver, so his wish is our command! I really want to take her to the lake this summer and see how she feels about water she can walk... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 22:38:56 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! June 27-29 Time got away from me as did visiting SP! I loved the stories about the things that your mutts did to make you laugh out loud! We just gotta love 'em! <BR> <BR> Is your mutt an innie or an outtie? What I mean is does he or she prefer to stay outdoors more or stay indoors more? does it depend on the weather? <BR> <BR> Sassy seems to be about even with her preference. It all depends on how much attention she is getting I think. Weather does not seem to phase her. Jack was definitel... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:08:45 EST DAILY WOOFS!! Tuesday & Wednesday Sorry! Tried to post Tuesday's woof 3 times with no luck! My computer hates SP! So, pposting for today and tomorrow.... <BR> <BR> What 2 things has your mutt done recently to make you laugh out loud? <BR> <BR> Sassy was so funhy last night when we got in from taking Dad to the hospital yet again for back bain.... She knew we both were stressed and she was giving me one of those puppy teeth massages on my back and started nibbling on my butt! It tickled! I kept trying to makeher st... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:41:45 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! June 23 Hello mutt lovers! sorry I've been MIA... Computer issues, visiting nephew and work have all kept me away from SP! <BR> <BR> My friend's dog loves country music and "sings" along with it, but only country..... does your mutt seem to like one genre of music over another? <BR> <BR> Sassy doesn't respond to music much at all. She will dance with me to bellydance music and all other music! She doesn't seem to ahve a preference, much like myself! Sun, 22 Jun 2014 22:45:31 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! June 17 Do you know your mutt's birthday? If so, when is it and do you celebrate it? <BR> <BR> Sassy's birthday is March 19 and yes, we celebrate! But, she did not get a party like Jack did! We guessed at Jack's birth date, but the adoption agency had Sassy's birthdate on record. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 22:22:21 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! June 16 Happy Belated Father's Day to all the Mutt Daddies out there! <BR> <BR> Does your mutt have a favorite place in the yard? A favorite place to play or take naps..... <BR> <BR> Sassy seems to like the entire yard and all of her holes tend to proove that! But, she usually likes to be where we are if we are outside! Both she and Jack seem to like to go out and spend time behind the garage.It must be shady out there! Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:16:53 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! June 13-15 Sorry I missed the Woof for thursday! My nephew is staying with me and keeping me busy as well as me catching up with my "real" job! so, I am doing the weekend woof containing Friday this week too! <BR> <BR> Do you allow your mutt(s) to "kiss" you on the mouth? do you allow them to lick your plates? Do they sleep in bed with you? <BR> <BR> The answer to all 3 for me is yes! I chose Sassy because as soon as I took her in my arms she kissed me on the mouth! And, then didn't stop! I... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:29:54 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! June 11 How does your mutt wake you up? <BR> <BR> Well, Sassy will kiss me awake or she will bound onto the bed and jump on me or she will lay down and try to keep me from getting up! she does like to sleep late! Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:56:25 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! June 10 This might seem like a weird question, but I'm curious.... Does your mutt eat ice cubes? <BR> <BR> My sister's dogs all loved to eat ice cube and acted like they were a real treat! Jack never did like them and Sassy only likes them floating in her water! Even then she sometimes acts scared of them! Mon, 9 Jun 2014 23:12:50 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! June 9 Summer has arrived here! What about where you live? I already asked what you do to keep your mutt cool, but what does your mutt do to keep him or herself cool in hot weather? <BR> <BR> Sassy will play outside for awhile and then come in and sort of splay herself out on the cool ceramic tile in the sunroom near the AC vent, but not too close to it! She also will find shade if she must be outside to keep an eye on my hubby working in the garden! Mon, 9 Jun 2014 09:27:11 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! June 7-8 Does your mutt speak on demand? What about be quiet on demand (stop barking)? <BR> <BR> No, neither of my mutts would speak or quiet on command. Sassy will quiet down to a low rumble if I ask her to hush. But, if something has her excited, no way! I keep trying to teach her to speak! Fri, 6 Jun 2014 21:42:45 EST FRIDAY'S WOOF!! June 6 Thanks again for the ideas!! But, it appears Sassy may have only twisted her knee and not torn anything. Keeping her in the crate is pitiful! <BR> <BR> today's question.... How does your mutt act when visiting the veternarian? <BR> <BR> Sassy hates it! she tried to escape from the emergency vet on her bad knee! She hid under my chair. she balks at visiting our home vet. Jack loved all his doctors even when he was so sick he would wag and kiss them! they in turn loved him! The v... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 22:28:35 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! June 5 Trish, thanks for the ideas for suppliments! <BR> <BR> So, any ideas how to put a feisty still puppy at 1 year old mutt on "light" activity? I have no ideas, so let me know if you have any!! Wed, 4 Jun 2014 21:59:58 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! June 4 Sassy injured her equivalent to the human ACL in her right rear knee last night. So, my question is, do you use any vitamins, suppliments, etc. to take care of your mutt's joints or anything else? <BR> <BR> I haven't, but may need to give her fish oil and conjointen to keep her knee strong since now she is prone to hurt it. As of now, she is on limited activity (Ha!) and may need surgery down the road. We shall see. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 13:13:38 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! June 2 Hi. sorry I missed the weekend woof. computer issues are keeping me from Spark! <BR> <BR> What does your mutt do to get your attention if you are on the computer or otherwise not attending to him or her? <BR> <BR> Sassy does the same things as Jack used to.... If I am on the computer she will take her nose and bump my hand off the keyboard. She will put her head up under my hand if my hand is hanging down asking for a scratch. She will put her front paws up on my arms or legs if I ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 22:02:14 EST June Chit Chat Cafe Hello Group -- Here is our communication spot for the month. The "cafe" was set up before I joined SparkPeople, so it continues per tradition. Hope you are doing okay this day and have decided to do more towards your goals for the month of June. I really have to get back to a better diet, walk more, get better sleep, find a new dentist, take better care of my skin and hair. We call ourselves "road warriors" after playing truck drivers for the past six weeks. We do what we do so we can ke... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 10:57:16 EST FRIDAY'S WOOF!! May 30 Did May fly by for you? Hard to believe. <BR> <BR> I'm sure I asked this one before, but I don't remember your answers and everything is still new to me with Sassy! <BR> <BR> What do people notice first about your mutt? <BR> <BR> For Sassy it is how glossy her coat is. She has a very sweet face and people do notice that too, but they usually comment first on how shiny her coat is. Thu, 29 May 2014 23:36:51 EST WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY WOOFS!! May 28-29 Sorry! Been so busy with my dad. He had a trip to the ER on Saturday and I've been busy with doctors appointments and trying to get prescriptions filled ever since! <BR> <BR> If you could open a restaurant for dogs only, what one food would have to be on the menu according to your mutt? <BR> <BR> Hmmm, not so easy to say for Sassy. For Jack it was cheese. I'm sure he would've eaten a rock if it was covered in cheese... I think Sassy would want a doggie junk food section on the menu... Wed, 28 May 2014 22:13:30 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! May 27 So, yesterday we had to keep an eye on Sassy because she kept going up to the grill and sniffing. So, my question is, have you ever had a mutt who stole food off of a grill? If so, did he or she get hurt? <BR> <BR> I've never had a mutt steal anything from the grill, but was wondering if Sassy might try. I've seen it on TV, like on a funny video clip, where a dog grabbed a steak off the grill! Seems scary to me! <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to your GD Cathy! I like spreading birthdays out ... Tue, 27 May 2014 15:48:05 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! May 26 Happy Memorial Day!! Let's honor all those who served our country especially those brave canines! Let's also honor all of those we've lost in our lives, especially our dearly departed mutts! <BR> <BR> do you and your mutt have any plans for the day todaY? <BR> <BR> Sassy and I are hosting a copule friends. 1 is a big fan of Sassy's, the other not much of a dog lover and hates doggie kisses, so I will be allowing Sassy to love on me just a bit more than usual! Sun, 25 May 2014 23:06:42 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! May 24-25 Does your mutt have any other dog or other animal friends? <BR> <BR> I seem to be Sassy's best friend, but she has a couple neighborhood dog friends, a cat enemy and a dog she tries to befriend who doens't w ant anything to do with her! She is very social though. Sat, 24 May 2014 09:53:19 EST FRIDAY'S WOOF!! May 23 What special moment(s) have you shared lately with your mutt? <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I was watching a continuous education DVD in the bedroom and Sassy came up and layed her head on my pillow next to me and snuggled in. She would kiss me every so often and we had a wodnerful snuggle fest! Thu, 22 May 2014 23:05:26 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! May 22 "They" say that our mutts do not have emotions, but I beg to differ... Has your mutt ever acted snide or pompus or figuratively stuck his or her tongue out at another dog? <BR> <BR> I'm not kidding.... Today I gave Sassy a new rope toy. She took it outside and layed down facing the neighbor dog and chewed on it all the time staring at him. It was very Sassy. It was like she was saying look what I have and you don't! The dog next door was going crazy barking and running the fenceline ... Wed, 21 May 2014 23:09:50 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! May 21 Really, where does the time go?! This month is flying by for me! <BR> <BR> Is your mutt friendly to all humans, some humans or no humans except you? <BR> <BR> Sassy is friendly to everyone, but she is stand offish. she will stay glued to my leg until I let her know it is OK to greet the other person. That is, unless she already knows the person. Jack was friendly to everyone except 3 people and he was very protective when those 3 people came around. BTW, each only came around once!... Tue, 20 May 2014 22:49:29 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! May 20 If there was a song about your mutt, what would the title be and why? <BR> <BR> There are songs about sassy because any song that talks about wiggling is all her! There is a zumba song that is called Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle and I'm Sexy And I Know It Says Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle in it, and there is a newer song out now simply called Wiggle. Sassy is a wiggler! When we come home or even enter a room with her in it she wags her tail, but as she wags her entire body wiggles! It is all so cu... Tue, 20 May 2014 11:48:52 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! May 19 What does your mutt do that always brings a smile to your face? <BR> <BR> Sassy's putting her cheek up to my lips for a kiss always makes me smile. But, she is so darn cute, jsut about everything she does makes me smile! This morning I had a nibble massage from her where she used those little front teeth to nibble up and down my back thru my tee shirt. Actually felt pretty good! Her puppy yoga always makes me smile too! Sun, 18 May 2014 22:50:38 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! May 17-18 I tell ya... Sassy goes nut for the Nationwide Lady on TV... the one dressed in all black that shows how your "stuff" can be replaced if stolen, damaged, etc. Sassy just goes nuts when the Nationwide commercial comes on! <BR> <BR> Have you ever used any "new age" remedies, techniques, etc. on or with your mutt? I mean like doggie yoga, acupuncture, massage, chiropractice, herbs, etc. <BR> <BR> Sassy and I do our own version of puppy yoga, but nothing formal. I've used probiotics ... Fri, 16 May 2014 23:07:44 EST FRIDAY'S WOOF!! May 16 Sorry to post so late in the day. It was a terribly busy one! <BR> <BR> Does your mutt have a favorite place in your yard to play, dig, or just hang out? <BR> <BR> Sassy likes it in the raised gardens where the soft dirt is so she can dig, but we are training her to stay out of them!! She tends to play in the entire yard, but will find the scarce shady areas like around the garage/building or under the deck. She also digs all over the yard, the entire yard! Fri, 16 May 2014 15:44:05 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! May 15 It has been pretty hot here the past few days. What does your mutt do to keep him or herself cool on hot days? <BR> <BR> Sassy will go out and run full force and come in all hot and panting. She then will literally throw herself onto the ceramic tile floor in the sunroom and cool off by laying on it. Jack did the same thing, but the room was built after he had some age on him and as he progressively got sicker, so he would lie there to keep cool. Both drink plenty of water too! Wed, 14 May 2014 22:53:43 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! May 14 I've been thinking alot about Jack lately. What makes your current mutt(s) unique and special compared to other mutts you have had in your life? <BR> <BR> Sassy is very different from Jack. She is smaller for one thing, but she is extra loving. Jack wanted to give kisses all the time, but Sassy wants to give and get kisses. She turns her cheek for us to kiss her. She watches TV and reacts to things she sees where Jack never attended to the TV at all. I think she is more rotten than J... Tue, 13 May 2014 23:26:55 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! May 13 Is your mutt clingy or sort of a lone wolf? <BR> <BR> Sassy and Jack are/were both clingy! They like to be right near me. Jack was always right outside or in the dorrway of my office hwne I was in here. Sassy likes to be inside with me if I am in and outside with me if I am out. Both were extremely clingy to my husband! They both follow him every move he makes! When Hubby goes to the bathroom Jack would lay outside the door and wait. Sassy uses her snout to push the door open and pr... Tue, 13 May 2014 12:27:56 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! May 12 Does your mutt swim? does he or she like to swim? <BR> <BR> I think I scared Sassy at too young of an age putting her in the pool. I stayed with her and held her, but she didn't like it. she looks like a retriever and has the legs and feet for swimming, but last year it was a no go. going to try agian this year, but she has stayed away from the pool as we are opening it. Mon, 12 May 2014 13:50:42 EST SUNDAY'S WOOF!! May 11 You may have read jokes about it, but I often find myself saying "that is why I'm glad I'm a dog Mommy".... In your opinion why is it better to be a dog mommy than a human mommy? Or, why is it better to have a dog or dogs than a child? <BR> <BR> Right off the bat dogs don't talk back. Mine will sass me a bit, but she doesn't have the words to truly talk back to me! She was fixed, so I won't be a grandmother raising her children. I can leave her home alone when I have to be out. I don't... Sat, 10 May 2014 22:30:33 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! May 7 Hi! Busy with finishing up the semester, so getting the woof posted late! <BR> <BR> How does your mutt make up to you if he or she does something wrong? <BR> <BR> Sassy is pitiful! She crouches down and tucks her head and tail and looks up with just her eyes. She cringes as if we beat her too! If a stranger was watching they would think we abused her terrible. She does all of this even when we simply say no to her! Wed, 7 May 2014 15:39:32 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! May 6 Thanks for responding to these woofs! your responses always make me smile! <BR> <BR> Has your mutt ever broken free of any of his or her restraintrestraints? <BR> <BR> sassy has not yet, but I fear she will dig under the frence at some point and get out. She is relatively a homebody, but one never knows.... Jack snuck out the door a few times and just took off! Very scary! Neither ever broke free from a leash, at least Sassy has not yet!e Mon, 5 May 2014 22:33:57 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! May 5 Does your mutt bite his or her nails? <BR> <BR> There are all these "odd" behaviors that Sassy has.... Only odd because Jack didn't do any of them! She will sit and gnaw on her nails! It seems she will only chew on the back nails and not the front which are her irritating digging nails! Are they smart or what? Sun, 4 May 2014 23:03:47 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! May 3-4 Does your mutt watch TV and react to anything on TV? If so, what? <BR> <BR> Sassy watches TV intently and she will whine at any dog, bark at the cats, whine at anything else with 4 legs and the Nationwide Lady who acts like a cat burgular drives her crazy1 I think she will bark her head off at the horses during the derby today! Also, last night a commercial for some kind of frozen treat was on and the lady took a bite and they showed it up close and Sassy wanted a bite too for sure!! Sat, 3 May 2014 10:56:14 EST FRIDAY'S WOOF!! May 2 How much money do you estimate you have spent in repairing or replacing stuff your mutt has destroyed? Between 0 & $10, between $11 & $25, between $26 and $50, between $50 & $100. or over $100? <BR> <BR> Hmmm, for Sassy definitely over $100. she has chewed up 2 garden hoses, a remote, countless socks, the drainer hose on the pool, 2 entire raised gardens, a couple pairs of shoes, not to mention all the holes in the yard! Jack probably tipped the $100 mark too. He chewed up a pair of bo... Thu, 1 May 2014 22:04:15 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! May 1 Does your mutt try to fix your hurts? <BR> <BR> Jack was a regular EMT. He wanted to lick and fix any open wound. He sometimes would want to heal emotional hurts too by snuggling. Sassy is more of a therapist. She wants to comfort your emotional woes with licks, nuzzles and cuddles. Must be her motherhood denied. Thu, 1 May 2014 17:44:06 EST MAY CHIT CHAT CAFE Hello! Hope all my mutt loving friends out there are doing well! Hoping spring has finally sprung in your neck of the woods! It has here, but brought alot of rain with it! At least it is warm! <BR> <BR> For you Chet & Bernie fans like myself, August will bring a new installment called Paw & Order. I can't wait! Hubby just finished The Sound & The Furry so I read it along with him! Looking forward to more of Chet's adventures and misadventures! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to go ahead an... Thu, 1 May 2014 17:39:50 EST May Chit Chat Cafe Happy month of May, Mutt Group! Here is our general posting place to share information and chat. Most of us don't have much time to read blogs, so you can leave a short message on this site. Prayers to all those who are going through severe storms and now fires. Crazy combination of events and dangers. We will probably see some of the damage when we make our way back home at the end of the month. Next week we head for California to visit family members in three different areas. It takes... Thu, 1 May 2014 12:05:20 EST FRIDAY'S WOOF!! April 25 If your mutt had a human job, what would it be and why? <BR> <BR> I think Sassy would be a go-go dancer! She dances like crazy and I think she would like to dance in front of men for money.... Well, honestly I guess I would want her to dance in front of anyone for money! Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:05:41 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! April 24 Bear with me... My computer is being nuts and in turn making me nuts! <BR> <BR> Do you look like your mutt or your mutt like you? How? <BR> <BR> Nope. Sassy is svelte and mostly black as she can be. she has a cute little face too. I'm none of that! Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:36:54 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! April 23 Happy Hump Day! <BR> <BR> Does your mutt ever display any sexual indescretions like humping visitors, etc.? <BR> <BR> Niether of my mutts ever really did. Jack would jump up on other dog friends who visited us, but that is a sign of him taking dominance, right? If we rub Sassy's tummy which she seems to like she will go to licking herself immediately. I babysat for a family whose dog humped everything including the sliding glass door curtains! Also, my friend's female dog humped ott... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:29:48 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! April 22 Does your mutt play with toys or does he/she destroy them? <BR> <BR> Both of my mutts have been doggie destructos! Both tore animals and toys apart, removing any and all squeakers and tearing the toys to pieces! Jack did it and Sassy does it. Sassy even works until she can effectively untie rope knots and then tears the strings apart! Not sure why they both love to tear up a perfectly good toy! Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:33:47 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! April 21 Hope everyone had a good Easter Sunday whether you celebrate or not. <BR> <BR> Did the Easter Bunny bring your mutt anything this year? <BR> <BR> Sassy got her very own Easter Bunny with 19 squeakers in it. No stuffing, just squeakers an she has already performed a squeekerdectomy on about 4 of them! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:00:48 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! April 18-20 A 3 Parter for the Easter Weekend: <BR> <BR> <BR> My Answers: <BR> 1. My mutt is most happy when.... Hmmm, this could be a tie.... she is happy when eating and very happy when we come home after being gone however long -- even sometimes when I come from one room to the room where she is! <BR> <BR> 2. My mutt gets most excited (in a good or not so good way) when.... She sees an animal on TV. Lions, tigers, bears, dogs, cats.... They all get her all excited! <BR> <BR> 3. I ... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:11:56 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! April 17 Oh, oh, oh Cathy! Any word on Sasha today? Poor Girl! Please keep us posted! Hate she was crying and screaming in pain and your DH would not let you help! I hope she passes quickly and comfortably. Oh! I am crying for her! <BR> <BR> Is there anything at all you wouldn't do for your mutt? <BR> <BR> Hmmm, I don't know. I do alot of "crazy" things for her now and not sure if there is anything I wouldn't do for her.... If she needed me to.... No, can't think of anything! Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:13:41 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! April 16 OK, I have a dentist appointment tomorrow to have 2 cavities filled! I feel too old for cavities! <BR> <BR> My question today is.... Would you pay for dental procedures on your mutt (Have you?)? <BR> <BR> I would if the dental issue was causing pain. More than likely I would have an infected tooth removed from my mutt rather than fillings or anything like that. I would not pay for having a chipped tooth fixed (suggested by my vet for Jack's chipped tooth) or any other kind of cosmet... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:26:01 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! April 15 Don't you wish we could use our furbabies as tax deductions? As much as I spend on Sassy, I do! <BR> <BR> You will rarely if ever hear me say I am glad it is going to rain, but I am.... the pollen is really bad here already. My eyes are itchy and burning. Does your mutt appear to have any ill effects from pollen or hayfever? <BR> <BR> I have noticed Sassy sneezing a bit more these past few days, but nothing serious. Jack had ear infections alot and the pollen seasons seemed to aggr... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:54:23 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! April 14 Is your mutt a homebody or a mutt on the go? <BR> <BR> Jack was always ready to go, go, go! But, Sassy has to practically be dragged out of the house. she will go in and out from her doggie door, but if we want to take her somewhere she resists like crazy! She seems to be a real and total homebody!MONDAY'S WOOF!! April 14 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:35:54 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! April 12-13 Hi! I've been back, but been busy, busy, busy! But, I hope to be able to keep up with posting questions daily here! If you have any ideas for future questions, please, please, please Spark Mail them to me! Thanks!! <BR> <BR> This is an oldie, but since we have some new members and Sassy has chewed up some doozies lately.... <BR> <BR> What is the strangest thing your mutt has eaten or chewed up? <BR> <BR> Jack chewed wood all the time. He even chewed a corner off of our deck. Th... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:54:27 EST Hi, I'm new Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Callie and I have 50+ lbs to lose. I am off to a great start with SP. <BR> <BR> I like the official SP challenges. SP Official Healthy Cooking Challenge and SP Official 'Eat Up, Slim Down' Challenge <BR> <BR> Here are the changes I have made so far: <BR> 1. Planning meals now <BR> 2. Drinking 2.2 L of H2O per day <BR> 3. Keeping fruit in bowls throughout my house <BR> Lastly, Tracking my food calories with (wow....lots of work there, but gotta do it!) week o... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 20:35:19 EST April Chit Chat Cafe Greetings Group -- Here is our April communication place to help us stay in touch. We welcome any and all to add to the conversation. Now that it is getting to be warmer, how to you adjust your exercising programs and your eating habits? For me, eating more fruits and veggies is the key to staying away from the "carbs" that cause me trouble. Wishing you a wonderful month of healthy eating and great work-outs! Tue, 1 Apr 2014 08:31:25 EST Fridays Woof 3/14/14 Buddy got into Stinging Nettles today on a wonderful hike. <BR> <BR> He has been flinging himself around and trying to rub it off. I gave him benadryl, Tried to call the vet. Googled till I found PetMD and kicked myself for not remembering it sooner. Here is their advice: <BR> Stinging nettles or jellyfish: <BR> <BR> Check for signs of shock. Do not underestimate the pain caused by nettles: dogs can die from shock if they are badly stung. <BR> Give the dog an antihistamine orally (cal... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:28:11 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! March 3 FYI: I am going on 2 vacations in March, so I am going to suspend the daily Woofs until April. If anyone else wants to do them for the month, be my guest. I will check in when I am in town and make them sticky topics. I'm also having weird computer issues, so there is a chance I may be giving up SP altogether! Just too much stress in a life that doesn't need any mmore stress! <BR> <BR> If your mutt cannot get to his or her usual "toilet" will they go somewhere else? <BR> <BR> Sass... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 16:22:15 EST March Chit Chat Cafe Mixed Mutt Group -- Here is your posting spot for general team discussion topics. So many people write their own blogs, it is hard to actually keep up a "thread", but we try to see what is happening with your goals and your accomplishments. I am almost ready to get another trophy, which is a nice little perk to what I have done through the last few years. Looks like we picked up another member or two -- will have to see if they have set up their Spark pages. Have a good week -- share what... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 17:45:23 EST New to mixed dog team Hi <BR> I am Dale. Our dog Honey is a large mutt I think. Someone told me she might be a Rhodesian ridgeback that was born with no ridge. I think she is a good old mutt. We help out at the shelter and she was just too much of a sweety to leave there. She is fascinated with any kind of reflected light. She was a hoot to watch at Xmas. When she got bored watching the lights on the little tree she would give it a little nudge so she could see the reflection on the wall move. <BR> <em>338</em> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:35:24 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! February 27 Well, almost done with the month! I'm stealing this question from Kitty.... couldn't answer it for her, so thought I'd borrow it and answer here as I set up this thread! Long story why.... <BR> <BR> Can you believe your mutt is not only a mixed breed dog, but mixed with some other animal or animals too? If so, what? <BR> <BR> Funny because jsut today my husband said he thought Sassy had some cat in her as she chased his feet. I'd say Sassy has cat in her the way she pounces and sor... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:49:24 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! February 26 I am having serious computer issues. It won't let me post or reply, but I tried another web browser and so far so good, but I may miss posts and for that I apologize! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, today's question.... Where or what do you think would be your mutt's perfect vacation or getaway? <BR> <BR> One would think that running with the neighborhood bad boy would be it. She just doesn't understand. I think Sassy would love a beach where she could dig and dig and dig and then dig some more!... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:33:19 EST How do you and your dog enjoy your winter? My dog Pony and I love to go for walks in the snow . He loves to chase around in the snow. <BR> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:56:07 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! February 25 What personality traits do you share with your mutt? <BR> <BR> Sassy and I both love to eat and will keep eating after we are full! We also both love to dance and I admit, she may a better belly dancer than I! She can shimmy like nobody's business! We are also both very physically affectionate to those we love. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:05:35 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! February 24 Since your mutts were in high school over the weekend (loved your responses BTW), let's pretend they are working in a busy office now.... Where would you most likely find your mutt? Chatting at the water cooler with coworkers, hard at work in his or her own cubicle, in the snack room or somewhere else? <BR> <BR> Oh, Sassy would be in the snack room, eating and chatting with whoever decided to join her! Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:02:27 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! February 22-23 If your mutt was is in high school, what clique would he or she belong to? I.e. The jocks, the geeks, the braiiacs, the popular/pretty ones, some other group? <BR> <BR> I think Sassy would be in the popular and pretty group and even she is a shiny black color would be classified as a dumb blonde! Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:54:11 EST FRIDAY'S WOOF!! February 21 Most of us have had dogs in our lives for most of our lives... Although we don't want to admit it, we all have 1 favorite dog from our lifetime experiences. Tell us about that dog. <BR> <BR> Well, Jack has a very special place in my heart. He was really a good, well behaved, loving dog, but my sister's dog, Bacchus, was and will probably always be the best dog in my eyes! I never met a more empathic, caring dog. He tried to make you feel better if you cried, wanted to fix your wounds,... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:00:10 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! February 20 Hi! I have not disappeared! Just been busy. Spark has to come take a backseat to work and working out! <BR> <BR> Can your mutt tell time? <BR> <BR> Sassy hasn't gotten there yet. But, Jack knew what time Anthony should come home and he knew when it was 10 PM, which was his bedtime. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:56:37 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! February 15-16 Did I tell y'all I finally have pictures of Sassy on my page? They are still in the photo gallery, but I will be arranging them soon! <BR> I think I may have asked this already, but my memory is short and your answers will all seem brand new to me! How does your mutt (if at all) entertain him or herself? <BR> Sassy will entertain herself with her tug toys by tossing them up in the air and chasing them. She will also throw balls around and chase after them. However, none of this lasts ... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 22:34:31 EST FRIDAY'S WOOF!! February 14 Happy Valentine's Day!! Do you buy a valentine gift for your mutt? Does your mutt give you a valentine? <BR> <BR> Yes! I usually buy my mutta a special treat and a special toy. I do usually get a card from my mutt for every holiday. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:46:06 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! February 13 Sorry I've been MIA. <BR> <BR> Do you watch or follow any dog shows or competitions? <BR> <BR> We watched the finals of the Westminster Dog Show Wed. night. I have to say that I don't altogether approve of dog shows. I think the dogs are not treated like family and I am all about your dog being a family member! But, we watched and Sassy watched and she barked and barked at the dogs when they would run around the ring! She was actually funny. I must say, I did enjoy the Purina comme... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 23:23:48 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! February 10 Sorry I missed the weekend woof! Just busy. <BR> <BR> What likes and dislikes do you and your mutt share? <BR> <BR> 1. We both like cheese alot. <BR> 2. We both like junk food better than "real" food. She likes her treats better than meals and I could eat my weight in almost any chip! <BR> 3. Neither of us like strangers in our yard or driveway. <BR> 4. We both like sleeping in and midday naps. <BR> 5. We bot hwant to go to bed when we want to go to bed! Don't stop us! Sun, 9 Feb 2014 22:35:14 EST FRIDAY'S WOOF!! February 7 OK, I was going to steal a question from Kitty, but I'm so tired I can't remember what the question was! Ah! Just came to me! Thanks Kitty.... I felt those brainwaves you were sending me! <BR> <BR> Why dogs? How did you become a dog person? <BR> <BR> I was once afraid of dogs. My Grandma had a very active Boston Terrier that would scare me to death. So, my dad grew up with a dog in the house and we had a couple over the years of my childhood, but then my sister went dog nunuts! ... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 22:40:16 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! February 6 My computer has been out of service, so have much work to catch up on! That is why the Woofs are late each day! <BR> <BR> Is your mutt an indoor dog, or an outdoor dog? Does he or she prefer to spend most of his/her time inside or outside? <BR> <BR> Jack was definitely an indoor dog, but it seems Sassy is all about the outdoors! We have a doggie door, so she can go out when she wants and she goes out alot, even on very cold days! She comes in to check and make sure I didn't escape h... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 14:56:34 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! February 5 Another late post.... Sorry! <BR> <BR> What is your mutt afraid of? <BR> <BR> Seems Sassy is scared of my stability ball and a beach ball. I really think she and Jack both weren't scared of the balls as much as the dog who might be big enough to fetch either! Wed, 5 Feb 2014 19:36:36 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! February 4 Sorry getting this posted late today! <BR> <BR> Why did you choose the vet that you take your mutt(s) to? <BR> <BR> Mainly for location and both vets went to HS with my husband. When we first took Jack, our first pet, they were so wonderful to him and Jack loved the girls that work in the office, the receptionist and all of the assistants! We stayed with them because of how wonderful they all were when we had to put Jack down and how compassionate and their love for Jack! That has no... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 15:27:55 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! February 3 What makes your mutt a Super Mutt? <BR> <BR> Sassy is a Super mutt because she is so cute, so loving and so fast! I love her to death! Sun, 2 Feb 2014 22:30:22 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! February 1-2 If your mutt watches TV, what is his or her favorite show? If not, what do you think he or she might like if they did watch TV? <BR> <BR> Sassy likes shows with dogs on them. Every time a dog barks or whines on TV, she runs and looks at it. She has also been known as a football fan.... She watched the ball from pass to pass and kick off to catch! Jack never payed attention to TV. So, this is different for us. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 23:08:58 EST February Chit Chat Cafe Here is our message board for general discussion topics if you want to "chat" with the other members. Today I did pet therapy at an assisted living home with our cat rescue group -- the director made about 25 of the residents sit in the day room with us and watch the cats (usually we have only 4 or 5 participants). We felt kinda "smothered" and we had to do a lot of talking to keep them interested in the cats. The group that helps has dwindled, so I don't think we will be doing this much l... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 19:48:59 EST FRIDAY'S WOOF!! January 31 Where do most of your dog walks take place? Rural roads, trails, city sidewalks, other? <BR> <BR> We don't get to do alot of actual walking, but when we do it is either on the abandoned rail trail or the city walking trail which is actually a paved sidewalk. Occasionally we walk along the road, but that makes me nervous. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 21:02:31 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! January 30 Where does your mutt spend most of his or her time? <BR> <BR> Sassy spends about an equal amount of time outside and in her chair. That is if I am not paying her any attention. Jack spent most of his time where ever I was. He layed in my office door when I worked on the computer, next to me if I was reading or napping, in his chair if I was watching TV, under the table if I was in the pool. Sassy is not as attached to me. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:35:59 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! January 29 Has your mutt ever been exposed to snow? If so, what is his or her reaction to it? <BR> <BR> Sassy has finally been exposed to snow and she loves it! She will go out and run and jump and chase snowflakes! She will come in every so often and warm up and go right back out! She was delighted to find something she was allowed to dig in! She made it a joy to be out in it! Tue, 28 Jan 2014 23:02:18 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! January 28 I loved your responses yesterday! Thanks! <BR> <BR> What winter olympic sport suits your mutt the best? <BR> <BR> Too bad tug of war is not an olympic event, or is it? Winter olympics.... Hmmmm, I could see Sassy as a beautiful figure skater! She has the long legs and grace for it. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:06:36 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! January 27 If your mutt was a popular singer, what musical genre would be his or her specialty? <BR> <BR> Sassy would be (I'm afraid) a bubblegum pop star! Although, I think she would successfully crossover into country too.... Sorta like Taylor Swift! Sun, 26 Jan 2014 22:38:09 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! January 25-26 Sorry this is late! Been busy! Yes, discrimination and studpidity are rampant acorss all species! <BR> <BR> What is one reason you like dogs more than humans? C'mon, you know it is true to a certain extent! <BR> <BR> Dogs are not judgey. They don't care what clothes you wear, or what your hair looks like, or even what you smell like unless you smell evil. And, when I mean evil, they sense that you might hurt them or their people! If dogs talk about us, we don't know it. Most dogs... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 00:07:47 EST FRIDAY'S WOOF!! January 24 Has your mutt ever been discriminated against for being a mutt? Or, for having some certain dog breed included in his or her lineage? <BR> <BR> No. Everyone automatically fell in love with Jack except for strangers visiting the house. He seemed more vicious than he actually was. And, Sassy is just plain adorable. So, we have not had any discrimination. I have had a few people who never met eitehr of my mutts give me that snotty "oh" when they would ask what type of dog I have and I'd... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:27:51 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! January 23 MaryAlice--That is awesome about your neighbors and the vests! <BR> <BR> Cathy-- Maybe Buddy just needed a different point of view? Your comments brought me to today's question.... <BR> <BR> Where does your mutt like to ride in the car? <BR> <BR> When together we have always put the mutts in the backseat. Jack preferred riding shotgun with Hubby. Sassy seems to like the backseat unless she wants to check something out. Then she is up looking out the windows. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 23:02:52 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! January 22 Sorry I didn't get a Tuesday Woof posted. SP wouldn't allow me on last night and I never got to it this AM or today! So, your responses on Monday got me to wondering.... <BR> <BR> Does your mutt recognize what type of clothes you are wearing and what they mean? <BR> <BR> Jack always knew when I put my tennis shoes on it meant I was going out, but would be back soon. He also knew my bathing suits meant pool time for me. Right now Sassy knows that shoes on means I am going out so she ... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:21:08 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! January 20 Does your mutt try to prevent you from leaving the house? If so, how? <BR> <BR> I get the classic block where she stands sideways in front of my legs. I also get the pitiful me, how could you leave this face look! I swear if I could see I would never leave the house! Jack gave that look too! He also blocked! Sassy also tries to sit on my feet so I can't put my shoes on. In my house, shoes on means I am leaving. i"m usually without shoes in the house! Sun, 19 Jan 2014 20:36:41 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! January 18-19 During your weekend, any time your mutt makes you smile, come here and tell us why! <BR> <BR> Today Sassy was playing with one of her sock babies and she was so cute tossing it around and yes... Entertaining herself! Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:59:39 EST FRIDAY'S WOOF!! January 17 Kitty-- Can you tell me more about those puzzle boxes? Brand names or whatever... Thanks!! Also, what type of Kong can you freeze and what do you freeze in them? <BR> <BR> Today's woof.... I may have asked this one recently already or something similar, but... How does your mutt show he or she is dissatisfied or upset with you (angry)? <BR> <BR> Sassy is not like Jack at all! He loved his girlfriends at the vet where he would go for spa days to get his nails clipped and he would ... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:10:21 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! January 16 How do you keep your mutt from getting bored? <BR> <BR> I really need suggestions for this one! When Sassy gets bored she goes out and digs. I do have to work from home some and can't play with her 24/7! Can you help? Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:03:20 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! January 15 What is 1 thing you wish everyone knew about dogs? <BR> <BR> I like that people are now putting yellow ribbons on dogs that may not be friendly and could snap at people or other dogs. So, I wish everyone knew what the yellow ribbons meant and/or that you should not just go up and try to pet or touch a strange dog. I was very proud of a mother with a very young daughter at PetSmart... The little girl wanted to pet Sassy and the mother told her to stop and ask first. I told the little g... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:22:34 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! January 13 In what ways is your mutt sneaky/stealthy? <BR> <BR> I call Sassy Stealthy Sass because she can be so sneaky! She definitely is a hunt dog and you should see her stalk and pounce on leaves in the yard! She sneaks up on them and pounces like a cat! She also will give love and kisses all the while trying to lean in closer to snatch a bite or drink of whatever you may have on the table next to you! She, just like Jack, knows I can't see her, so she will tap those back feet to make me thin... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 22:00:31 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! January 11-12 I am constantly stunned by Sassy. I guess i've truly forgotten what puppies are like! But, Sassy tries very hard to show how "human" she is. How does your mutt demonstrate their human qualities? <BR> <BR> Sassy uses those front paws like hands. She tries to hold things in them, she will pat our faces with them, she tries to undo things, like her favorite knots with them... Very human like how she uses them. She would rather eat people food than dog treats or even cheese which we desi... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 13:38:21 EST FRIDAY'S WOOF!! January 10 Sorry I missed Thursday's Woof! Been crazy 'round here! <BR> <BR> There is a quote that says something about how a dog will show shame and if scoled will hang his head and lurk in a corner but a cat will sort of rub your nose in it..... Those are not the words, but you get what I mean.... So, what does your mutt do when scoleded? Or, do you ever have to scold your mutt? <BR> <BR> Sassy gets a little crazy when I am doing a workout that has alot of kicking. So the other day I was do... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 23:16:35 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! January 8 So, I am in a soap opera frame of mind.... What would your mutt's evil twin be like? an evil twin is usually the polar opposite of the actual person, or in this case, mutt! <BR> <BR> OK, Sassy's evil twin would be white, growl all the time, snap at me and hubby, not like humans at all, avoid all other dogs, and never, ever listen! (not like th part time listening she does now) She would be a dog one would want to send back to the adoption agency! Tue, 7 Jan 2014 23:54:55 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! January 7 So, back to the contest.... What is your mutt's best talent? <BR> <BR> I think it is a good thing Sassy is so pretty.... Really can't think of anything she is really good talented for.... Perhaps tearing up toys and ropes? She is Queen Doggie Destructo! Mon, 6 Jan 2014 23:31:07 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! January 6 Sassy graduated from her intermediate class tonight! I'm so happy. I didn't think she was ready, but then she showed off like a pro this evening! I'm going to work with her more tat home before we move onto advanced! <BR> <BR> If your mutt was part of The Best Mutt in America Contest, what would his or her best category be? (I.e. good looks (evening gown or tuxedo), swimsuit (swinning), talent, or personality) <BR> <BR> I'm torn between good looks and personality! Sassy has this p... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 21:38:03 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! January 4-5 How often do you check your mutt's body, skin, feet, teeth, etc. for abnormalities? <BR> <BR> I rub my hands all over her every day, but usually to just play and scratch and pet.... But, if I ever feel anything first I have my husband check it out and if he is unsure about what it is, she goes to the vet. I did the same with Jack daily. I cuddle, scratch and pet my mutt daily! I also will feel her gums (as I did Jack's) and have my husband look in her ears and her mouth. I am overprot... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 22:49:39 EST FRIDAY'S WOOF!! January 3 Does your mutt entertain him or herself or does he or she need your attention and interaction? <BR> <BR> Sassy prefers my interaction, but she has been playing by herself and it is so cute! She will toss her toys up in the air and then chase and/or catch them! She does it with her squeaky toys some of which are longer than she is and with her balls! She will have a great time all alone, but if she hears me she will bring the toy and want to play with me! Thu, 2 Jan 2014 22:07:13 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! January 2 How do you and your mutt start the morning? <BR> <BR> Sassy and I both sigh and wish we could both sleep a bit longer. Then, we both drag out of bed and go to the bathroom! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 22:41:20 EST January Chit Chat Cafe Here is the site to comment as you choose for the month. Hope you have some new ideas for living more healthy lifestyles and losing weight and becoming more mobile/flexible. Share what you did to celebrate the coming of 2014... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 17:59:05 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! January 1 Happy 2014!! <BR> <BR> Do you have any New Year's Day/Eve traditions and/or superstitions? Do you involve your mutt in any of the traditions/superstitions? <BR> <BR> I've heard of many, but don't do anything. We do eat a mix of traditional foods from my side of the family (Yankee Czechs) and my hubby's side (southern) that includes a pork roast and sauerkraut, turnip greens, black eye peas and hog jowls! I am not aware of any superstitions that have to do with dogs on NYD. But, Sas... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:18:02 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! December 31 Happy Last Day Of 2013!! Personally, I say good riddance! <BR> <BR> What are some extraordinary feats of strength your mutt has performed? <BR> <BR> Well, Sassy moved that 40 pound bag of wet topsoil! Since she she is built petite and weighs only 32.3 pounds herself I found it rather extraordinary! She also has really strong jaws and can unwrap a knot in one of those rope toys! Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:19:19 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! December 30 Imagine that a reality TV show called for dog experts, that is dogs that are expert at some "skill" or another.... For what skill would your mutt be an expert? <BR> <BR> No doubt and y'all probably know this answer already.... Sassy would be called in for her expert digging skills! She is a world class digger! Looking cute is beside the point! Sun, 29 Dec 2013 20:33:42 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! December 28-29 In your opinion, what is the best dog toy/treat/product ever invented? <BR> <BR> I'd have to say the Kong treat ball. It is sturdy for chewing, it distributes treats when tossed about and it occupies Sassy for about 10 to 15 minutes and keeps her out of my way! Jack loved his too.She is tossing hers about right now. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 21:42:08 EST FRIDAY'S WOOF!! December 27 What was your mutt's favorite Christmas gift this year? What was yours? <BR> <BR> Sassy's favorite gift was her 2 new ropes with knots in them! Santa brought her one and my in-laws got her the other. She loves those knot ropes! She also fell in love and then subsequently destroyed a PetSmart weenie dog she got! My favorite gift had to be the Christmas flip flop earrings I got from my hubby! Life is better in flip flops! Fri, 27 Dec 2013 09:27:19 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! December 26 Hope everyone had a wonderful Chrismutts! WE did. I missed the woof yesterday, but am wodnering... What would your mutt(s) do if Santa did come down your chimney or enter your house in any way? <BR> <BR> Sassy would bark her little head off until Santa offered her some of his cookies! Then she would allow him to take verything just like the Grinch! She will do anything for food! Thu, 26 Dec 2013 09:54:53 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! December 24 Merry Chrismutts Eve!! Which of Santa's reindeer does your mutt most relate to and why? <BR> <BR> There is a tie between Prancer and Dancer.... She prances and dances all the time! I've have to go with Prancer. she prances around when not dancing when we come home! Mon, 23 Dec 2013 21:20:32 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! December 23 What would your mutt ask Santa for? Would your mutt be on Santa's naughty or nice list? <BR> <BR> Sassy would ask for food, any food, all food, any treat, all treats and a big mud patch to dig, dig, dig! I think she is asking for a baby sister or brother too.... Hint, hint! Sun, 22 Dec 2013 22:24:55 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! December 20-22 Do you buy Christmas gifts for your mutt(s)? If so, do you wrap them? If so, do they enjoy opening them? <BR> <BR> Yes, I buy for my mutt. I put them in a gift bag and allow him (Jack) to pull out wht he wanted. I will do the same this year with Sassy. Jack was like a child and would start playing with the first thing he pulled out, then I would pick up another and that would be what he wanted! I suspect Sassy will do the same thing! I probably should bury her gifts and allow her to... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:13:38 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! December 19 What would your mutt think was the perfect gift to give you? Remember, this is from your mutt's point of view! <BR> <BR> Sassy would give me a few more tug toys so we could play tug-tug all day, all night and then some! She is pretty sure I love the game as much as she! Perhaps I do love it, but I'm pretty sure not as much! HeeHee! Thu, 19 Dec 2013 11:11:38 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! December 18 Does your mutt bother or mess with any of your Christmas decor? Is there any decoration he or she seems to like alot or not at all? <BR> <BR> We didn't put much out this year. She tried to eat her ornament when I took it out of the box. Luckily she has not chewed up the Christmas pillows or anything else. But, yesterday her little 30 pound dainty self moved a 40 pound bag of mud! It is a 40 pound bag of dirt to fill in her big hole, but it got wet and she somehow moved it off of the h... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:47:00 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! December 17 What dog movie or book would you like to see made into a TV show? <BR> <BR> No doubt, the Chet & Bernie series! They could get into a new case each week! I'd love tuning into a fun show where the dog is the star! And cute to boot! Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:08:13 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! December 16 Sorry I've been MIA all weekend! I had a course deadline and then went shopping with my Dad which was kind of an ordeal. But, I'm back and in need of my Spark! <BR> <BR> So, how does your mut react to sirens? <BR> <BR> Sassy has no reference to put any meaning to a siren, but she wails! It is a pitiful sad wail and of course she hears them long before I do. But, I know what to expect because it is a very sad wail when she hears a siren. Jack cried too, but nothing like this. He a... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 07:38:53 EST THURSDAY & FRIDAY'S WOOF!! December 12-13 Sorry! Had alot of work to do today! <BR> <BR> What does your mutt do when you correct him or her (or yell at him or her)? <BR> <BR> Sassy is awful! Her tail wags harder and I swear she grins! If we really fuss or get "the can" out then she will complain in this complaining voice and huff and puff. She is not at all like my Jack who would hang his head in shame. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 19:35:03 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! December 11 What does your mutt think of delivery personnel? (mailmen, delivery persons, UPS, FedEx, etc.) <BR> <BR> Well, Sassy barked her little head off at the UPS man today! He didn't ring the bell or anything, but sat the box at the top of the steps on the front porch. I had no idea what she was growling and barking at all day! It was the box! The box with her ornament in it!She snarls and barks at any delivery person. We have a PO Box, so no mail personnel around here, but I'm a shopaholic,... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:29:39 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! December 10 Do you put up a Christmas tree? If so, does your mutt bother it at all? <BR> <BR> Sassy tried to go up under ours, then Daddy told her "No" and she hasn't bothered it since! Good Girl! The only thing Jack did was knock a few ornaments off with his wagging tail of terror! HeeHee! Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:56:31 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! December 9 Does your mutt have any weird, peculiar, or eccentric eating habits? Any weird, peculiar or eccentric habits at all? <BR> <BR> Anthony went out as soon as we knew we were bringing home a baby girl and bought a pretty little food and water dish.... Steel on a wrought iron stand. At first she was scared to deat hand would stand far back and lean her head into eat. Then, she would take a couple mouthfuls and drop it on the floor and then eat it. Then, she got to where she wouldn't eat ou... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 22:13:47 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! December 7-8 What are the 3 silliest things your mutt does? <BR> <BR> Well, right now, Sassy is standing on her head in order to do her little front teeth nibble on my husband's thumb! She barked at the coffee maker on Thanksgiving and come to think of it, barks at anything new to her. She still chases her tail and I just love it! Fri, 6 Dec 2013 21:18:32 EST FRIDAY'S WOOF!! December 6 What has your mutt done in the past 24 hours to bring you joy? <BR> <BR> Sassy came to bed with me last night instead of waiting for Hubby and snuggled right up and we slept that way all night! I love a snuggle puppy! Fri, 6 Dec 2013 12:22:42 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! December 5 Does your mutt like to chew on rawhide? <BR> <BR> Sassy used to love it, but now she won't even touch it! Jack always loved it! Thu, 5 Dec 2013 19:14:19 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! December 4 Do you have any doggie holiday decor? If so, what? <BR> <BR> I have quite a few doggie related tree ornaments, most w with Jack's name on them! Sassy will get one of her own this year. I also have several of the PetSmart Save A Pet ornaments. I have a stuffed dog with a Santa hat. Tue, 3 Dec 2013 21:42:01 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! December 3 Does your mutt tend to "fatten up" for the winter months? <BR> <BR> It seems that mine does! Sassy suddenly seems like a chunky puppy and she doesn't eat any more than she was.... Jack always seemed to chunk up during the winter too. Maybe it is evolutionary? That is why the question today! Mon, 2 Dec 2013 22:09:17 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! December 2 Do you take your mutt to have pictures with Santa? <BR> <BR> petSmart used to do it in conjunction with the Humane Society and you paid $4 for the photo and a cute frame. This year they will have Santa, but you have to take your own pics and don't get a frame! But, I will be taking Sassy. Jack had one every year he was alive! He was always so good! Sun, 1 Dec 2013 21:37:55 EST December Chit Chat Cafe Good Evening Mutt Group -- Here is out "chat" place to discuss issues, talk about our triumphs and failures, gripe about the weather, whatever! Hope you had a nice day. I went to Sunday School and church, then met our son's MIL at the mall to take her into the city to see our granddaughter in the Charleston Christmas Parade. Her Catholic School had some kids in the back of a pick-up and they sang Christmas songs. Finding somewhere to park was awful -- ended up in a parking garage for a $5... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 18:01:57 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! November 30-December 1 It always surprises me how quickly a month passes! <BR> <BR> Does your mutt do more sleeping or more activities during the day? <BR> <BR> Seems to me that Jack slept alot more, even as a puppy, than Sassy does! She takes what we might call "cat naps", but she waits until night to truly sleep! Fri, 29 Nov 2013 22:34:12 EST THANKSGIVING WOOFS!! November 27-29 Sorry! Been busy shopping and cooking and entertaining! So, a couple questions: <BR> 1. If your mutt was planning the Thanksgiving Feast, what foods would he or she include and which would he or she exclude? <BR> <BR> Sassy isn't very picky, she would eat anything! So, she would want lots of cheese on the menu and the only thing she would leave off is cauliflower. The only thing I've seen her taste and leave! <BR> <BR> 2. For what would your mutt be most thankful? <BR> I think... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 22:41:22 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! November 26 Why are you thankful for the mutt(s) in your life right now? <BR> <BR> Sassy brought joy back into my life! She is so cute, so cuddly, so loving! She reminds me that a sweet kiss and a cuddle will make the world feel alright again! Tue, 26 Nov 2013 15:21:01 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! November 25 What are your plans for Thanksgiving and will your mutt(s) be joining you? <BR> <BR> We are having my Dad, my in-laws, a friend and our neighbors over here for dinner. Sassy will be here and I'm sure my Dad and my FIL will be feeding her under the table! Sun, 24 Nov 2013 21:53:34 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! November 23-24 8 Things You Didn't Know About My Mutt: <BR> (1) My mutt has... <BR> (2) My mutt never had... <BR> (3) My mutt once... <BR> (4) My mutt is an original... <BR> (5) My mutt hates.... <BR> (6) My mutt is... <BR> (7) My mutt loves... <BR> (8) Give my mutt... <BR> <BR> I'll have my answers for you tomorrow! Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:11:20 EST FRIDAY'S WOOF!! November 22 I'm having a difficult time right now... Can't seem to think of any questions. Depressive spell. <BR> <BR> <BR> Would your mutt benefit more (theoreticaly) from doggie downers or puppy uppers? <BR> <BR> Sassy definitely needs some doggie downers! she seems to be on the go every minute of every day and sometimes even at night! Fri, 22 Nov 2013 10:45:45 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! November 21 I'm asking this question again, but in a different way.... What is the craziest thing your mutt has done to you, with you, or to your exercise equipment while you are working out? <BR> <BR> I can hardly do floor work at all right now! I try to do push ups and Sassy is under my chest.... It makes the push ups easy, but I'm not doing myself any good! If I am on the floor I automatically become Sassy's jungle gym! She climbs over me, on me and under me! She snuggles up next to me and rubs... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 22:48:55 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! November 20 Have you entered your mutt into any type of competitions? What kind? <BR> <BR> Never. I think Sassy is a candidate for cutest dog.... I don't have the time or the patience for competitions! Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:17:42 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! november 19 With the recent natural disasters forefront in the news.... Do you have an emergency/disaster/evacuation plan for you and your mutt(s)? What is it? <BR> <BR> Well, I do have an emergency bag packed and refreshed on a regular basis. It has water, first aid stuf, a battery operated radio, water, dog food, dog treats and protein bars. I have pet finder stickers on the front door and the back door for firefighters letting them know there is a dog in the house. I really don't have an evacu... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:09:21 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! November 18 Has your mutt's personality, preferences, energy levels, etc. changed since puppyhood? In what ways? <BR> <BR> Well, Sassy is technically still a puppy, but not much has changed except that she doens't have the sensitive tummy she once had. She digs more and she is much bigger, but still walks all over us like she still weighed 9 pounds! Jack's energy levels changed alot, but don't know if it was just age or also his brain tumor.... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 22:21:52 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! November 16-17 With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, Hannukah too, then Christmas not far behind, is your mutt part of the festivities or do you have to separate him or her from your guests? <BR> <BR> Jack has always been patt of the festivities and in fact, he is on the coffee table now.... Sassy will also always be part of any gatherings at our house and at anybody's home that will allow her to be there! Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:42:20 EST FRIDAY'S WOOF!! November 15 This is sort of related to yesterday's woof..... What sound(s) set your mutt off or on edge? <BR> <BR> Poor Sassy cannot stand the sound of sirens. Every time the rescue truck or fire truck goes by she barks and cries! She has a weird reaction to stuff, like pills, in those sort of metal push out containers too.... If she hears that she starts barking and back up. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 22:14:28 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! November 14 Sorry this is so late today.... SP was running very slowly on my computer last night, so I gave up and went to bed! <BR> <BR> What common household item does your mutt get crazy about? I mean, barks, growls, gets upset with? <BR> <BR> Today I learned it was the printer. I guess that was a new experience for Sassy, but she stood there staring and barking and doing that back of the throat growl. I don't know if it was the sound of the printer (mine is old) or the paper coming out or ... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:47:59 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! November 13 Do you ever put clothes, including shoes, boots, coats, etc, on your mutt? <BR> <BR> The only thing I ever put on Jack was various bandanas and he barely tolerated those! I have yet to put any clothing on Sassy, but I did say yet.... My next door neighbor dresses her Bichon Frijes in all kinds of sweaters and bow ties and vests! I swear Jack snubbed him as a result! Tue, 12 Nov 2013 23:13:06 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! November 12 Where does your mutt seem to feel the safest? What is his or her safe place? <BR> <BR> Sassy seems most content when lying in bed between the 2 of us. She arranges herself so that some part of her is touching each of us and she sleeps very soundly. Any where else and she is on the look out! I have to say, Jack was the same. He liked for his humans to be in the same room with him, preferably the same bed! Mon, 11 Nov 2013 22:32:57 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! November 11 Happy Veteran's Day!! Let's remember all the brave canines who have served our military and other countries so well today as we pay our respects to the human vets! God Bless All! <BR> <BR> They are calling for a bit of snow here on Tuesday.... Very unusual, but still not the record for the earliest snowfall here. Anyhow, does your mutt like the snow? Does he or she play in it or just stay indoors? <BR> <BR> Sassy has never seen snow. I doubt if we get any on Tuesday it will be en... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 21:52:40 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! November 9-10 When riding in a car, what is your mutt's MO? Do they ride with their head hanging out the window, do they lay down, sit in between your seat and the other, jump around, what is their standard way of riding in a vehicle? <BR> <BR> Sassy as a wee pup would lay down and be absolutely silent! She now wants to get up and look around. She seems to prefer sitting in the back seat in the middle where she can look out the windshield. Jack would whimper and cry the entire time. He would try to... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 12:19:33 EST FRIDAY'S WOOF!! November 8 We are always talking about our weight on SP.... How much does your mutt weigh? How much did he or she weigh at his or her heaviest? <BR> <BR> Sassy weighs 29.6 pounds right now. That is her heaviest thus far. At the time of his death, Jack weighed 64 pounds and was at 70 pounds at his heaviest and his healthiest! Thu, 7 Nov 2013 21:42:54 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! November 7 How do you show your mutt(s) how much you appreciate them? <BR> <BR> My mutts have been the 2 most spoiled dogs in the world, so that is one way! I love holding and petting and scratching Sassy! I usually will stop what I am doing to play with her for a few minutes at least when she brings a tug toy to me. I make sure she has plenty of tug toys! You know I bought Jack a new chair because he didn't like the one we bought! I feed/fed them healthy food, gave/give them healthy treats tha... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 12:57:40 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! November 6 "Tis the season to start thinking about giving.... To what animal charities do you give money, time or something else? <BR> <BR> I ask that instead of gifts that my friends and family make donations in my honor to the local humane societies. We have several in our immediate area. Every time I go to where we adopted sassy I put some money in the donation jar. I donate food and toys to the local animal shelter all year. I buy from the Animal Rescue Site. From now on, all my pets will c... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 22:01:15 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! November 5 I feel I've asked this one before, but I was vicariously watching Sassy thru a friend the other day and it made me wonder.... What does your mutt enjoy chasing? <BR> <BR> Sassy was chasing leaves. She would run and chase them, then shw would try to sneak up on them and pounce, then she would point and pounce..... She would leap up to grab them as they blew and chase them across the yard. It was very cute. Unfortunately she chases birds the same way! Mon, 4 Nov 2013 22:34:44 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! November 4 What traits in a dog make you leary of them? <BR> <BR> Well, I can't see, so I am leary of any strange dog.... If I could see I would watch for raised hackles, tucked tails and listen for sinister growling. Sun, 3 Nov 2013 22:06:41 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! November 2-3 OK, yesterday we asked what your mutt does to annoy you, so this weekend the question is what do you do that annoys your mutt? And, how does he or she let you know they are annoyed with you? <BR> <BR> Anthony took Sassy to the vet for her grooming today and she was not happy. When he picked her up she showed her pique by staring at him, but when he looked her way she would turn her head! Then, she went out into the pouring rain to dig in the garden! She does that look away thing and ha... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 22:06:06 EST November Chit Chat Cafe Welcome to November Mixed Mutt Dog House group. Now we have to start thinking about the holidays! Our weather is changing -- may get some rain this evening. Hope you have some fun activities planned for the week-end that include some exercise. Our dog never lets us forget that he needs to go for a walk twice a day. Keep track of your "miles" -- whether you do steps or an actual route. Exercise counts no matter what form you use! Take some time to read a nutrition article or do a quiz o... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 13:19:37 EST FRIDAY'S WOOF!! November 1 Yikes! November 1 already?! <BR> <BR> Well, we have no land line service at the house now.... Sassy was digging near where the cable is and evidently yankged it out of the house! Never had a digger and wish I didn't now! <BR> <BR> What is something your mutt does that just plain annoys you? <BR> <BR> I figure you can guess that Sassy's digging annoys me. I fear she may dig her way out under the fence for one thing and being blind, little holes all over the yard doesn't make play ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 22:58:06 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! October 31 Happy Howl-O-Ween!! Does anything about Halloween (costumes, decorations, trick or treaters) scare your mutt? <BR> <BR> Sassy is sort of a scaredy mutt right now, so everything scares her unless she is inside and can bark and growl at whatever outside! We don't have any Halloween decorations up this year and I am closing the door to trick or treaters. Jack always wanted to give all the trick or treaters a big kiss! Sassy would probably hide behind my legs if I did allow trick or treate... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:41:40 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! October 30 What has your mutt destroyed lately that upset you? <BR> <BR> Maybe it doesn't happen for y'all any more since your mutts are no longer puppies, but Sassy got my favorite pair of warm socks and chewed holes in both of them! They are my favorite thick, wear around the house socks! She always seemed to hate them on my feet and somehow she got them off of my bedside table and chewed them up! She has also recently dug up the marigolds on the perimeter of my husband's private park out back!... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 21:55:37 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! October 29 Today is the 9th anniversary of my brother's death. He loved dogs, but he was an agitator.... He would tease my sister's dogs by asking if they wanted a bath and annoying them in other, but fun ways..... In what ways do you tease and/or annoy your mutt? <BR> <BR> With Sassy I can still get away with the fake ball throw. I also tease her with her own tail. I also will hide under covers so she has to dig or paw for me. She is easy to tease at this point in her life! Mon, 28 Oct 2013 22:02:33 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! October 28 When Jack died many people told me I could expect visits from his spirit.... Do you believe in ghosts, dogs or human forms? Have you ever seen, felt, sensed the presence of a dead dog with you? <BR> <BR> I want to believe! I think I want to have a visit from Jack! I miss him so much. I don't disbelieve in spirits or ghosts, but have not yet had any kind of encounter, but love to hear my friend's encouaters with her deceased and beloved dog! Sun, 27 Oct 2013 20:55:40 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! October 26-27 Keeping with the trick or treat theme.... What is your mutt's absolute favorite treat? <BR> <BR> I think Sassy is a canine trash can! She will eat anything and "perform" for any treat! I really have not distinguished a favorite for her. Jack's absolute favorite was cheese in any shape or form, but especially those little cubes! With Sassy, if we rattle a bag or go to the treat jar it is good with her! Sat, 26 Oct 2013 12:25:13 EST FRIDAY'S WOOF!! October 25 It is trick or treat season.... What tricks will your mutt do for treats? <BR> <BR> So far Sassy will sit, somewhat stay, bow, give a high 5 (very cute), shake, lay down and give kisses. Jack would sit, stay, lay down, beg and shake. He usually would do them all for his special treat! Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:41:19 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! October 24 If you had a yard sale (garage sale, flea market, etc.), what item would be the first your mutt would take to the sale? <BR> <BR> Probably the "Stop That" spray... She doesn't like it! For some reason she seems to have a thing against socks too.... She may remove all of our socks from the house first thing! Wed, 23 Oct 2013 22:10:23 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! October 23 Supposing your mutt didn't mind wearing a Halloween costume and could choose one for himself or herself, what do you think he or she would choose to be? <BR> <BR> I think Sassy would choose a costume that made her look much larger.... She would dress as a big, mean dog so she would feel safe and strong! Tue, 22 Oct 2013 22:37:34 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! October 22 Would you consider yourself to be an overprotective dog mommy? Why or why not? <BR> <BR> Absolutely yes! If I treated a human child like I treat my mutts they would be spoiled and dependent! I carry spray to scare off any other attack dogs when we walk, I over react to minor hurts and illnesses, I would put myself in danger to save my mutt! That went for my 70 pound Jack and my 25 pound Sassy! Mon, 21 Oct 2013 21:59:36 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! October 21 Do you dress your mutt for Halloween? <BR> <BR> Jack had 2 cute halloween bandanas, but they had his name on them and will be too big for Sassy anyhow! I wanted to dress her up as Candy Corn this year, but I doubt that plan will happen! I did a workout video today that had the instructor's dog dressed up in 3 different costumes during the workout! A bee, a princess and a shark! Sun, 20 Oct 2013 21:05:57 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! October 19-20 How does your mutt show you his or her appreciation for all you do for him or her? <BR> <BR> We get thank you kisses when we give Sassy soemthing she particularly likes, like a special treat or Frosty Paws! Plus, you know you are appreciated when you get the full body wag when you come home! Sat, 19 Oct 2013 10:38:09 EST FRIDAY'S WOOF!! October 18 Sassy was really getting on my nerves tonight.... What tends to make your mutt whine and/or cry? <BR> <BR> Sassy is like a spoiled little girl.... she cries or whines when she doesn't get her way. Tonight she wanted to chew on my husband and he wouldn't let her, so she whined. Another dog was outside earlier and she couldn't get to it, so she cried. When she gets frustrated when she can't tear open a toy or untie a knot in her rope, she whines. When we leave she cries! Oh my! Jack ... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 22:28:31 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! October 17 What is the most terrifying thing that ever happened to or almost happened to your mutt? <BR> <BR> With Sassy, nothing so far.... Something had her really upset tonight but it was not terrifying. Every time Jack got loose it was terrifying! He He had no fear of cars and would run right into and/or across the road! He would disappear in an instant and someone would have to go find him! He was FAST too! Other than that, we have been pretty lucky. Of course, Jack's brain cancer diagnos... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 22:59:46 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! October 16 We often joked that Jack was not just a mutt made up of different dog breeds, but perhaps different animals all around due to some of his behaviors.... What other animals does your mutt act like and how? <BR> <BR> Sassy has the curiosity of a cat, the leaping ability of an antelope and the snuggle factor of a human baby... She also could be part beaver due to the wood chewing and the tail thumping. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 22:41:33 EST TUESDAY'S WOOF!! October 15 If a documentary was made of your dog's life, what celebrity would you feel should narrate it? <BR> <BR> Hmmmm, tough one.... I really think Meg Ryan should narrate Sassy's life. Something about Sassy always makes me think of the young, vivacious Meg! Maybe even the actress who plays Bernadette on The Big Bang Theory with her squeaky little voice! yep, and I think Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon on the big Bang should narrate Jack's life. Someone who is seerious, yet playful! Mon, 14 Oct 2013 22:51:33 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! October 14 My husband is a huge fan of what I call the Zombie Soap Opera, The Walking Dead.... We always joked that we could never hide out from the zombie attack because Jack would give us away with his barking.... Sassy is a barker too. We don't know how to control it. Would you be able to keep your mutt quiet if you had to? <BR> <BR> Well, I answered above.... the answer is NO! Sassy does and Jack did bark at anything that moved outside. I don't mind because as a blind person I appreciate ... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 22:35:04 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! October 12-13 What is something your mutt does that just fascinates, awes, impresses you and/or others? <BR> <BR> This question was inspired by Sassy this morning.... I was laying with my hand open and she spread her toes out like fingers on my hand and then guided my hand to her face to be scratched! I was so impressed and surprised! I gave her face and jaw and ears the best scratching session ever! She is one mut who uses her paws like hands! Her vocalizations are pretty impressive too! Sat, 12 Oct 2013 12:59:41 EST FRIDAY'S WOOF!! October 11 So, I asked over at the assisted living place if I could bring my puppy back with me when I came back this evening and she said as long as my puppy was "people friendly".... so, my question today is: Is your mutt people friendly? <BR> <BR> Absolutely! Sassy loves people and is generally well behaved with people. Jack was just a people pleaser. He was so good! People instantly loved him as they do Sassy! Fri, 11 Oct 2013 14:30:06 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! October 10 Does your mutt have a hunger control switch? Does he or she know when they are full and to stop eating? <BR> <BR> Sassy, no! I truly believe she would eat until she popped if she were given treats and people cheese! She will leave some food in her bowl in case of a famine I guess, but when it comes to "junk food" she will eat and eat and eat! Wed, 9 Oct 2013 22:28:20 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! October 9 If your mutt were to play a human sport, what would it be? <BR> <BR> Definitely Sassy would be track and field specializing in the 100 yard dash! Wed, 9 Oct 2013 10:55:04 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! October 7 Posting early since I will be gone most of the day tomorrow! (actual Monday) <BR> <BR> <BR> What is something your mutt does that can cheer you up no matter how you are feeling? <BR> <BR> Where do I begin? I have to say this thing Sassy does with laying her chi chin on my cheek when I am lyaing on my side just melts me! She will also get up beside us and put her cheek up against ours! So sweet, so precious and is an immediate cheer! Of course, the full body wag is always worth a sm... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 20:43:28 EST SUNDAY'S WOOF!! October 6 Is there any food stuff your mutt simply refuses to eat? <BR> <BR> So far, Sassy will eat anything she gets her mouth on! Veggies, meat, cheese, it doesn't matter! She doesn't like her rawhide chewies that she used to love now though. Jack would not eat any lettuce. If I gave him a bite of something with lettuce on it he would spit and lick and do anything to get it out of his mouth! Sat, 5 Oct 2013 21:18:19 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! October 3 So, Sassy is shedding like crazy right now and I am wondering if she is just shedding her puppy coat or if she is preparing for her winter coat.... Is your mutt shedding right now? What do you do to deal with excessive shedding? <BR> <BR> Jack shed non-stop all year. I think Sassy is going to do the same. Her coat is getting thicker and a bit coarser right now, so it may be her winter coat coming in or a mix of both! I just keep sweeping and brushing! Thu, 3 Oct 2013 12:41:17 EST October Chit Chat Cafe Here is our site for this month's "chatting". Use it to make comments or to tell us how you are doing or to share anything about your pets or your family or your community. The blogs are nice and can be very entertaining, but they take awhile to click on and read. This site is a "clearing house" for checking in and staying connected and leaving some words of wisdom. Have a great week -- we are moving "onward and upward" to a different part of the state in the morning. We hope to spend tim... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 19:25:28 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! October 2 Sorry I've been MIA! Been busy getting Dad moved into Assisted Living, meeting the staff and today the physical and occupational therapists that will be working with him! It seems I am always on the go, go, go! <BR> <BR> Does your mutt "groom" you? If so, is it all the time or any time, or only when you have something on your skin he or she believes shouldn't be? <BR> <BR> Sassy tries to lick anything I put on my skin, off! Lotion, mmedicated pain cream, anti-itch cream, the IV prep... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 14:15:42 EST MONDAY'S WOOF!! September 30 Wow, another month flies by! I'm reading another chet & Bernie mystery and the story is narrated by Chet, a mutt.... Some things his human does makes him uncomfortable and causes him to bark, like Bernie putting on his sunglasses or Bernie's face turning red from sunshine ( glow from sunset) or anger....What things do you do that seem to upset your mutt? <BR> <BR> Well, first and foremost is leaving the house! Sassy gets all upset and Jack would always too! Nothing else we did really u... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 22:12:48 EST THE WEEKEND WOOF!! September 27-29 How does your mutt cue you to his or her needs? <BR> a. That he or she is hungry/thirsty? <BR> b. Needs to potty? <BR> c. Is injured or hurting/in pain? <BR> <BR> a. My mutts seem to always be hungry and they Jack let me know by putting his chin on my leg and staring.... Sassy puts her feet up on me and stares! I'm pretty sure it is not real hunger since they both have food in their bowls! Thirst is usually cued by the tongues hanging out and a rush to water when available. <BR> ... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 22:33:17 EST THURSDAY'S WOOF!! September 26 How does your mutt tell you he or she is happy? <BR> <BR> Sassy wags her entire body! She wags her body, dances and prances and even smiles! She is the cutest happy dog ever! Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:20:04 EST WEDNESDAY'S WOOF!! September 25 I have so enjoyed your responses over the past 2 days! Loved the song titles and itneresting to see which mutts watch TV. Speaking of which.... Sassy was enthralled with something on TV for about 15 seconds tonight! Just staring as in wonder.... <BR> <BR> So, can your mutt spell? If so, what words can he or she spell? <BR> <BR> Jack could spell B-E-D and C-O-O-K-I-E! I think he could spell cheese too! Sassy hasn't learned to spell pet, but she is recognizing words already and res... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 22:35:08 EST