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 25-27 This is Memorial Day Weekend. What mutt will you never forget? <BR> <BR> Jack is my mutt that I will never forget and will never stop loving even after many years following his death. while every mutt that ever touched my life in a special way, Jack will have the firmest hold on my heart!! <BR> <BR> Cathy-- I will forever picture Buddy jumping thru tall grass! Maybe leapign thru tall grass? Fri, 25 May 2018 22:21:53 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! May 18-20 What "tricks" does your mutt do? will he/she only do them for treats? <BR> <BR> I never have spent enough time teaching my mutts. Sassy knows some basics like sit, give a high 5, shake, lay down and sometimes come, and speak! She will do them, but sort of grumbles after if she doesn't get a treat! Fri, 18 May 2018 18:32:08 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! May 11-13 Saturday, May 12, is dog Moms Day! I didn't even know we had a day! I, having no human children, always say raising a dog is easier than raising a human child.... What say you? Which is easier raising your furbaby or raising your humans? <BR> <BR> My children never needed driver's ed, to be added to the insurance, never needed sex ed. or had to have "the talk".... We never had to worry about teen pregnancies because both were "fixed" and even if we had babies we could give them away! ... Fri, 11 May 2018 22:04:44 EST May Chit Chat Cafe Greetings to the Mutt Team! Here is our "spot" to do the chatting for May. We will stay on the desert a couple more weeks, then head for Central California and up to N. California. In an e-mail, my youngest brother who lives in Hawaii (he is 14 years younger) declared that he and his wife are buying a cabin up in N. California where our family always had a houseboat on Trinity Lake. Can't remember the last time that brother has been to the mainland -- he left Eureka, California when his d... Wed, 2 May 2018 16:00:55 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! April 13-15 How does your mutt react to change? Is he/she easy to adapt, slow to warm up, or difficult to adapt? <BR> <BR> Sassy is difficult. she does not like change at all. she is just a very nervous mutt overall! But, changes seem to upset her! Fri, 13 Apr 2018 16:55:05 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! April 6-8 I forgot that I tried to post a question last weekend and it wouldn't let me post! so, doing 2 today! <BR> <BR> Of all the Easter icons, bunnies, ducks, chicks, eggs, which would interest your mutt most? <BR> <BR> Sassy would be all over the birds! she is truly a bird dog! Of course, she wouldn't miss a chance to eat an egg or some candy! <BR> <BR> Does your mutt do anything that scares you? <BR> Sassy will be sitting on her chair and see something either on TV or outside and let ou... Fri, 6 Apr 2018 20:31:19 EST April Chit Chat Cafe Happy Easter 2018! Up early because the pets are always ready for breakfast and a walk. Still having allergy problems, so I am up several times during the night to clear my sinuses. Cloudy here, but is supposed to get up to near 80 degrees. Since everyone has a very busy week ahead, we decided to just meet at a Mexican restaurant for brunch early this afternoon. Just don't have time to shop and cook when we are getting ready for our road trip and also taking care of the grand-daughter fo... Sun, 1 Apr 2018 08:43:36 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! March 23-25 Oh, how I adore our medical mutts!! <BR> <BR> When you travel, what do you do with your mutt? <BR> <BR> We get a house/baby sitter. I can't stand the thought of boarding my dog and I feel safer with someone being at the house as well. Sat, 24 Mar 2018 22:11:03 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! March 16-18 Sorry I missed posting last week! This week may or may not be legible as I had surgery on my thumb today and my pinky keeps hitting the caps lock key for some reason! Get the bandage throws me off! <BR> <BR> So, Sassy is not liking this big bandage on my thumb/hand. How does your mutt treat your injuries? <BR> <BR> Sadly, she smelled it and then slapped it! that hurt. But, if either Hubby or I have a cut of any kind she will try to fix it! I think it is an instinctual thing so that... Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:37:25 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! March 2-4 Today is "old things" day! Do you have any old things that belonged to previous dogs in your life? does your current mutt use any of them? <BR> <BR> I have too many of Jack's things.... A big leash, harness, collars. all too big for Miss Sassy! Her toys are in his toybox and her snacks in his snack jar! But, most everything she has or uses all belong to her and her alone! Fri, 2 Mar 2018 16:56:31 EST March Chit Chat Cafe Here is our place to discuss what is happening in your lives, especially with your pets/family. Since I am doing lots of online research lately, I will try to share some of my findings about foods, exercise, staying healthy. Next week I have to take someone to the eye doctor to get tests because she is diabetic. So many conditions can cause problems with our vision. My husband just had that type of vision testing. Almost time for me to renew my drivers' license, so hopefully I can just u... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 17:50:56 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! February 23-25 How do you go about naming your mutts, or any pets for that matter? What are some of the interesting names you have given to your pets? <BR> <BR> the first puppy I ever had was named Rags. It came from a song we sang in kindergarten.... I have a puppy his name is Rags, he's so fat his belly sags, something something when he wags! That is the name I put into an actual hat so my parents could choose the name for our family's puppy. Jack was the first dog I ever had of my own an I allowed m... Sun, 25 Feb 2018 22:13:05 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! February 16-18 Cathy, will give your idea room mext week! <BR> <BR> this week.... <BR> <BR> which of the President's Day presidents is your mutt most like and why? Abe Lincoln or George Washington <BR> <BR> Well, this one is hard! both are supposedly known for their honesty and so Sassy could be either! but, since the legend was that George W said he could not tell a lie, I'll say Washington! she couldn't lie! Her expressions show all over her body! she couldn't lie if she wanted to! Lincoln ... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:00:44 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! February 9-11 Cathy, maybe that is the running back? could be a wide receiver too! <BR> <BR> so, Cathy suggested a good question for this week.... <BR> <BR> Has your mutt ever been indecisive about anything? If so, what ? <BR> <BR> Mostly about begging for food or going outside because Daddy went out! she loves to eat, but if Hubby goes outside she wants to go where ever he goes! I don't know if it counts as being indecisive, but she hates to miss anything, like a child, and will fight going t... Fri, 9 Feb 2018 16:12:57 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! February 2-4 If your mutt was a football player what position would he/she play? <BR> <BR> Sassy would choose to be a cheerleader so she could prance and dance and not get hurt! but, if forced onto the field she would demand to be the coach so she could tell everyone what to do!! Fri, 2 Feb 2018 18:05:57 EST February Chit Chat Cafe Hi Group -- Feel free to comment about anything you wish on our month's venue. One fun thing this week-end is the "Puppy Bowl" that is for the Super Bowl game. Our local SPCAs are hosting their own event. It seems early for puppies, but there seem to be lots of them right now. The puppies play and are on teams to predict the game's outcome. Today is Groundhog Day -- it is for predicting whether we have/get 6 weeks more winter weather. Wouldn't put any "bets" on either outcome, but it is... Fri, 2 Feb 2018 12:34:52 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! January 26-28 Whoops! I almost let the weekend slide by without a question! <BR> <BR> What does your mutt do to demand attention from you? <BR> <BR> I ask this today because it was a rany day and both Hubby and I were busy! Sassy kept going out in the rain and just standing to get wet so we would have to dry her when she came back in! Oh my! She also uses her paw like a hand to move my hand to where she would like to be scratched and of course uses that nose to bump my hands off the keyboard! Sun, 28 Jan 2018 22:39:01 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! January 19-21 I just loved reading your answers from last week! Thank you! Those sweet mutts of yours! <BR> <BR> I think part of Sassy's eating is her breeds. she is part retriever and from what I've heard they are voracious eaters and she is! Good for Buddy! And, yeah, that mutt mind meld works on the blind too! a chin on the leg lets me know sweet puppy eyes are saying "Are you going to eat all of that?" <BR> <BR> this weekend's question: <BR> <BR> Where does your mutt seem to be most at... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:01:08 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! January 12-14 Howdy! I was on a cruise last weekend, so didn't post and almost didn't get around to it this weekend! <BR> <BR> MaryAlice, Sassy has that see and smell problem too! I believe she would eat until she exploded! wonder if it has anything to do with both of them being on their own for awhile. Only Sassy was not on her own for very long! <BR> <BR> In what ways does your mutt communicate to you best? <BR> <BR> Sassy does talk, dog talk, but she has a very expressive face that lets us ... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 22:36:22 EST January 2018 Chit Chat Cafe Hello at the end of the first day of the new year -- hope you have enjoyed the day and got to be with friends and family. Just the two of us and our pets -- the local family is getting ready for school and work to start back up full-time. Our grandson in Florida got to play three soccer games with out-of-state teams. He also got to go to one of the bowl games in Orlando with his father. I found some old letters in a box today that were written 17 years ago -- some of the writers are no lo... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 17:19:43 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! Dec. 30-Jan. 1 Thanks for telling me what MSN is! Sassy dashed in the snow too! It was so cute and yes, glee is the word to describe her mood! <BR> <BR> Poor Mutt. I know how he loves walking! <BR> <BR> What should be your mutt's new year's resolution? <BR> <BR> Sassy's should be to to learn that the animals on TV are not real!! She also needs to learn to be grateful for her warm home and not want to go run with the strays!! Alas! Fri, 29 Dec 2017 16:55:05 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! December 22-24 Merry Christmas!! <BR> <BR> Cathy-- what is MSN? <BR> <BR> Maryalice-- glad both of you are doing OK! Feel bad for Mutt since he loves walking so much! <BR> <BR> which of Santa's reindeers is your mutt most like and why? <BR> <BR> I have to go with Dancer! Sassy is a real waggler dancer! She dances for joy when we come home or enter a room or speak to her or..... Sun, 24 Dec 2017 12:55:01 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! December 15-17 Sorry I missed last week! Been busy and then having computer issues! blah! <BR> <BR> Cathy-- hoping there is no rodent under your house. <BR> <BR> Is Maryalice OK? She didn't lose Mutt already, did she? <BR> <BR> Sassy is going to sit on Santa's lap tomorrow (well sit beside him hopefully)... What is on your mutt's christmas wish list this year? <BR> <BR> I'd say Sassy would ask Santa for his cookies and anything else he had to eat in his bag! she is a non-stop eater if we le... Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:33:02 EST December Chit Chat Cafe Hi Group! Here is our chatting site -- sorry I didn't set it up sooner. Share your ideas of how to get through the holidays without eating too much sugar and gaining weight. Living with a diabetic is an incentive to try to keep more fruits and veggies and low carb. foods around the house. My spouse has had a rough year of health problems due to his elevated glucose levels. Pets can get diabetes, also. I am not going to bake cookies or pies or cakes or candy -- even without sugar, we jus... Thu, 7 Dec 2017 18:07:48 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! December 1-3 Does your mutt do anything that simply puzzles you? <BR> <BR> Well for me, when she is engaging in her crazy bark I am puzzled! I'm sure something is out there that causes that reaction, but being blind it scares me a little. She only does it out back and just as evening is approaching, so thinking it is deer or other wild animals roaming the back fields! she sniffs the carpet right at the door to my office too and that is puzzling. We checked under the house and nothing is living ther... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 17:38:52 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! November 24-26 If your mutt could talk, what would he or she say he or she was most thankful for? <BR> <BR> Yikes! sorry about that poor grammar! Sassy would say she is most thankful for being the center of our attention! She would also say she is grateful that we allow her to be a real home body and don't force her to go anywhere except the vet! She is a lucky pooch because she is truly spoiled rotten! Sat, 25 Nov 2017 23:13:12 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! November 17-19 Do you share any of your Thanksgiving dinner with your mutt? If so, what? <BR> <BR> I do. She actually gets turkey all the time, but she gets turkey especially on Thanksgiving and she seems pretty thankful! but, I think she is a bottomless pit and would be thankful for any and all food! Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:47:03 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! November 10-12 Thank you to all dogs who served in our military!! Veteran dogs are as brave as our human vets! <BR> <BR> What is your favorite thing about November? Your mutt's? <BR> <BR> Mine is being thankful for Thanksgiving. Also, time to pull out my sweaters! Sassy's favorite thing is cooler temps to sit out and watch what goes on around us! The neighbor is building a new deck, so Sassy is supervising. She likes laying out in a sunny spot on the deck when the weather cools down. Fri, 10 Nov 2017 22:05:12 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! November 3-5 I'm trying to maintain an attitude of gratitude all month. so my questions will be gratitude related! <BR> <BR> First though, I loved your answers to the Halloween costume question and maryalice, always love the story of how Mutt got his name! So sweet! <BR> <BR> For what reasons are you thankful for the mutt in your life right now? I know the list is endless, but give us a few reasons! <BR> <BR> Well, number one, she did not perish in the field in which she and her litter were ab... Fri, 3 Nov 2017 13:33:38 EST November Chit Chat Cafe Welcome to November, Mixed Mutt Dog House Members! Now we will switch to the fall/winter mode and those conditions. The time change "backwards" is this Sunday -- it takes us a long time to get used to the new "hours". At least we aren't driving cross-country this year with less daylight on our route. Talked to the neighbors in Nevada -- they are watching the old house and doing their autumn routine. Lots of birthdays in November and December in our family. Need to get down to Florida to... Wed, 1 Nov 2017 07:43:35 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! october 20-22 & 27-29 I'll be gone next weekend! <BR> <BR> Sorry last weekend's post was so ahrd to read! Low blood sugar had me typing crazy! <BR> <BR> If (only if) you could get a Halloween costume on your mutt, what would you choose? Does that fit his or her personality? <BR> <BR> I really think Sassy would be a cute bumblebee because she is black. But, to suit her personality she would need a cheerleading costume! Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:27:37 EST WEEKEND WOOF: October 13-15 Do you have any supersitions? Do you have any specifically regarding your mutt? <BR> <BR> I don't really have any superstitions but come from a long line of slavic women who had many supersitions about everything and nothing. I do have a superstition about knocking wood and not saying I never! I try to never say thins like I never..... canc you l=tell I'm having a low blood sugar and an messing everytnoing up!! But have this thing about not sayoing I nver with without knocking ... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 13:31:08 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! October 6-8 What do yu think your mutt's favorite season of the year is? <BR> <BR> I think Sassy's is fall. She is a true homebody, doesn't even like to go outside much, but lately she has been laying on the deck in the sun just relaxing! In summer she stays under the ceiling fan. It takes her awhile to venture out into the snow if we get snow. so, yeah, I htink she likes fall and chasing falling leaves when they are not scaring the poor thing! Sun, 8 Oct 2017 00:17:54 EST October Chit Chat Cafe Happy October to everyone! As promised, I have a good article to share about healthier eating that was in the November 2017 Consumer Reports issue. It is entitled: Eat Smarter, Eat Healthier. For at least 50 years, the sugar industry has been mis-leading the American public. According to recent studies, Americans consume about 17 teaspoons or 73 grams of added sugars per day (teenagers consume the most -- about 20 teaspoons per day or 82 grams). The American Heart Assn. recommends less t... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 14:01:20 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! Sept. 29-Oct. 1 Maryalice-- I am so sorry to read about Mutt! That sweet baby! Still loving his long walks! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow (Saturday) is Family Health &amp; fitness Day. How does your mutt contribute to your health and fitness? <BR> <BR> Well, she helps keep me sane! but, we do alot of active playing and loads of puppy yoga! She doesn't like to walk like Jack did, but she keeps me moving and getting up and down from the floor! Fri, 29 Sep 2017 22:42:24 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! September 22-24 What life lessons have you learned from your mutt? <BR> <BR> To be happy, to rest, to dance with delight! To not be afraid of rain or getting wet. To love your special people, even when they are in bad moods! Those are just some simple lessons! <BR> <BR> I enjoyed reading about how wonderful your mutts are and their special talents! We are so blessed by our mutts! Sun, 24 Sep 2017 14:23:44 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! September 15-17 What is your mutt's strangest "trick"? what does he or she do that would stun other people? <BR> <BR> Sassy opens the the photo album we have on our coffee table each day. sometimes she does it 2 or 3 times in a row. She also holds conversations with us. We speak and she responds and back and forth! She does this thing where she sort of stands on her head to nibble Hubby. and, of course.... she nibbles me with those tiny front teeth! My friend says she is grooming me, but I'm the o... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 22:14:58 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! September 8-10 Today, September 9, is National Teddy Bear Day. What would your mutt do with a teddy bear? <BR> <BR> Sassy would first perform a squeakendectomy if it had a squeaker in it. then she would pull out all of his innards and place the stuffing in a nice neat pile beside her. Then she would carry the carcass around for years if I wasn't able to stealthily throw it away! Sat, 9 Sep 2017 23:31:24 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! September 1-3 I just happen to love both Boston Terriers and cocker spaniels! Hee. <BR> <BR> What is the most rewarding thing about having a mutt in your life? Most frustrating/annoying? <BR> <BR> Best part is their love! Even if Sassy loves Hubby much more than me I still enjoy her love and acceptance when he is not home! Hee. Her companionship means so much to me! Most frustrating is how short their lives are! Most annoying thing about Sassy is her barking. Jack told me if we knew who was c... Sat, 2 Sep 2017 21:09:11 EST September Chit Chat Cafe Welcome to September -- soggy in our part of the country (and we are watching the next storm form over the Atlantic). My sister's area in N. California is involved in a huge forest fire. Our son who lives out there is working all week-end at the little hospital in Fall River Mills. Our 51st wedding anniversary is Sunday -- we hope we can get the local family members to go to dinner with us. Got the dog walked twice today -- couldn't get in the evening run yesterday due to storms. Take ca... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 19:27:03 EST WEEKEND WOOF! August 24-26! If you have some time, take this fun quiz to see what kind of dog breed you are! I'm a Chihuahua. Says I am always fashionable and may have my haters, but am fine with that. I think it suits me! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ings10/what-dog-breed-are-you </link> Sun, 27 Aug 2017 17:19:48 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! August 4-6 What is the funniest thing you have ever done with your mutt? <BR> <BR> I guess mine &amp; Sassy's puppy yoga is pretty funny! But, Hubby and she are alot funnier. He tells her to tell Mommy (me) about it and she does this special sort of low key barking. Her nibbling on me is pretty funny too! I love it. she takes those little front teeth and nibbles my leg like I'm corn on the cob! My friend says she is grooming me, but I've never had another dog do it and find it rather pleasant. Thu, 3 Aug 2017 22:39:56 EST August Chit Chat Cafe Hello Mixed Mutt Dog House -- Here is our August chatting spot to share what is happening with you and your pets. Cathy seems to be out and about doing lots of hiking/walking with her dog. Will be heading out with my dog when I finish this note, so he gets his morning walk before the heat sets in. Got more plants yesterday to fill up some empty pots and replace what the deer have eaten recently. We feed lots of birds year-round and we try to use different types of feed. Florida schools a... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 07:45:35 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! July 28-30 Do you feed your mutt from the table? If so, are you careful about what you do feed him or her? <BR> <BR> Sadly, I'm a sucker for a sad face and yes! I do feed Sassy from the table and I am careful. I feed her turkey usually and some veggies. I make sure to keep food with garlic and onion away from her! Fri, 28 Jul 2017 23:58:40 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! July 21-23 Don't know hwat it is like where you are, but it is hot, hot, hot here! Extremely hot! <BR> <BR> What do you do to insure your mutt's safety during hot summer days? <BR> <BR> Sassy is mainly an indoor dog, but we add ice to her water and spray off the deck to give her some cooler surface to walk! She also likes to play in the psray of a hose, but not full on.... she likes the mist! Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:50:09 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! July 14-16 Cathy-- Love that "nose reading"! I get one even if I havne't been around any animals! I think she likes to see where I've been! <BR> <BR> MaryAlice-- Aw! Mutt and his boys! Sweet! <BR> <BR> Do you trim your mutt's nails yourself? <BR> <BR> No. We tried to do Jack's and he almost broke my nose! so, we took Sassy right to the vet. We just pay for the vet to bathe her and trim her nails! They cut down too far yesterday and she bled like crazy for a long time! very disturbing!... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:59:07 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! July 7-9 Taking this one from Cathy.... <BR> How do your mutts react when you pet a horse, puppy, unusual animal or a hold a baby when away from them <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sassy sniffs me to no end if I touch anything else! She smells my hands, my arms, my chest if I was hugging someone or a baby. She then gets real close and sort of clingy for awhile. sometimes I think she is trying to replace their smell with hers on me! Fri, 7 Jul 2017 20:26:00 EST July Chit Chat Cafe Happy Saturday and the start of a l-o-n-g holiday "week-end"! Cloudy here, but it is supposed to have periods of clearing. Here is a quiz to test your knowledge of the Fourth of July. Will post answers tomorrow: 1) What year was the Declaration of Independence approved by the Continental Congress? 2) Which Colonial City first celebrated Independence Day? 3) Which explorers were the first to celebrate Independence Day west of the Mississippi River in 1805? 4) Which two former Presidents... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 07:37:49 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! June 23-25 sorry I missed last weekend! "Twas my birthday and I was busy! <BR> <BR> I think I've asked this before, but.... does your mutt do anything to keep you away from others? If so, what? <BR> <BR> Well, Sassy is the Queen of Jealousy! there should be a horror movie made about her. whenever my husband and I try to embrace, snuggle, kiss, etc. she noses her way in between us and blocks me from getting near to him! It's almost like that show "sister wife"! Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:06:33 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! June 9-11 Sassy throws up too! Poor babies! She eats grass too because it is in her vomit! <BR> <BR> Do your mutts have a favorite season? If so, hwat it it? <BR> <BR> Sassy seems to really like spring going into summer. She likes the sun and spends most spring and summer days outdoors! Sun, 11 Jun 2017 20:57:01 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! June 2-4 Sorry I've been away so long! been very busy and sick again and frustrated and sad! But, with the approaching summer I always feel better! <BR> <BR> Sorry to read that Mutt has arthritis in his paw! <BR> <BR> What happens if your mutt gets overly anxious or upset? <BR> <BR> Sassy apparently throws up. they were working on our pool and had the gate open and although it seems she would never run away, just in case, we blocked her doggie door. she got so upset with strangers outside... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 13:20:38 EST June Chit Chat Cafe Greetings Mixed Mutt Dog House -- Here is our June spot for chatting and sharing our thoughts. Stopped at a roadside stand today to get some summer squash and a few potted plants. There are several fruit and vegetable stands in our area and two Farmers' Markets. So nice to have fresh produce this time of year that is "homegrown". Keep posting, keep walking those doggies, keep sharing your goals, let us know about dog news... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 15:23:58 EST May Chit Chat Cafe Greetings Group -- Here is our venue for keeping up during May. Did anyone put out May flowers as a surprise for someone? I thought about it, but there aren't too many desert flowers blooming right now. When I was growing up, our mother had us leave flowers for an elderly neighbor lady. Hope you have some special celebrations lined up for this month -- we have seven birthdays in our family, Mother's Day, graduations, and Memorial Day. Take care, keep walking or running those doggies, loo... Mon, 1 May 2017 21:57:25 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! April 14-16 Happy Easter if you celebrate!! Happy Passover if you celebrate!! <BR> <BR> Charles Shultz said "It's The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown"! If your mut was to deliver gifts to nice boys and girls, what would they get from your mutt? <BR> <BR> Yikes! I'm afraid Sassy would deliver dead birds!! Maybe even live birds! she is a bird dog for sure! Fri, 14 Apr 2017 22:53:22 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! April 7-9 I'm sorry I've been MIA. I've been really quite sick. Not sure if it is allergies or what! Hubby has been really sick too. we've been struggling. I don't get on SP much except maybe to blog so all my teams know what s going on! <BR> <BR> Do you collect anything dog related? If so, what? <BR> <BR> I didn't set out to collect them, but I have aquired many dog Tee shirts! I get a lot of comments on them when I wear them too! I have a A House Is Not A HOme Without A Dog shirt, a I l... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 21:46:25 EST April Chit Chat Cafe Greetings for the Mixed Mutt Dog House! Finally getting time to post the April site and have you chat about what is happening in your lives. I got to help with a Kids' Fest and Run that is part of the annual Bridge Run (this year was the 40th anniversary of the run) in Charleston, S.C. I helped put I.D. bands on the children in case they strayed from their parents or guardians. The event had lots of activities -- wall climbing, dog show, painting, three different running areas, healthy fo... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 14:19:28 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! March 24-26 Sorry I missed last week! Your answers to the insurance question were very interesting. Thanks. <BR> <BR> If you all have any questions you'd like to read, please send them my way! <BR> <BR> What do you think about dressing dogs in clothing? <BR> <BR> My next door neighbor always has her pure white dog in sweaters, bow ties and all kinds of things. My husband says that the other dogs make fun of him! I don't mind a holiday collar or even a bandana, but dont think dogs were made t... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:25:55 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! March 3-5 I truly enjoyed reading your comments from last weekend's woof! Very interesting. Thanks! <BR> <BR> I just learned that certain home insurance companies will deny you home insurance if you have a certain breed of dog. What are your feelings on this? Some of the breeds were german shepherds, pit bulls, rotweilers, dobermans.... <BR> <BR> I hate the idea of this! I truly think dogs are made mean by people. I also think dogs help protect property and their families. This is a fearfu... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 22:49:38 EST March Chit Chat Cafe Greetings Mutt-loving friends! For those of you who are on several teams, would you share why you are a member of those teams and why you like what is discussed. I rarely go to the other teams that I have signed up for because I tend to neglect posting on this one. We need some "new life" and excitement on this team -- more postings, more new ideas, more suggestions, more goal-setting, more congratulations, more positive input... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 17:58:55 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! February 24-26 Cathy-- A Dog's Purpose was a really good movie! Happier ending than the book! I love Rita Mae Brown! Will have to check those out! I'm enjoying mysteries by David Rosenfelt that always focus around dogs. <BR> <BR> MaryAlice-- That sounds like a really good story! <BR> <BR> Do you believe dogs can have some of the same mental illnesses or disorders as humans? Why or why not? <BR> <BR> I've recently decided that Sassy has sensory issues and may be on the autism spectrem. I do be... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:27:49 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! February 17-19 Cathy-- I want to do the next Mutt Strut with Miss Sassy! enjoy your 5k training! <BR> <BR> Every day is Valentine's Day with our mutts isn't it? <BR> <BR> So, what good dog books have you read recently? <BR> <BR> I just finished A Dog's Purpose and saw the movie too. I sobbed throughout the book, but they made the movie have a happy ending. I had the book for a long time and didn't even know it! I also read Turning Around 3 Times before Lying Down and it was OK. Had humorous pa... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:34:47 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! February 10-12 Why is your mutt your favorite valentine? Do you give your mutt a gift for Valentine's Day? <BR> <BR> Well, she is my true love! Hee. Her snuggles, her helping me with my exercise, her adoration.... all make her my special valentine! She will get something, maybe a new toy! Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:12:45 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! February 3-5 This Sunday will you watch the true Superbowl or the puppy bowl on Animal Planet? <BR> <BR> Not sure I will watch either, but would prefer to watch puppies, but it will drive Sassy nuts! she will whine and cry all night! Fri, 3 Feb 2017 18:23:44 EST February Chit Chat Cafe Greetings to the Mutt Dog House Group -- Setting up our "chatting" forum for you to add your thoughts, ideas, goals, problems, victories, etc. Since I haven't posted any dog books lately, I will recommend a few that I have found lately: two by author Catherine Ryan Hyde -- "Worthy" and "Where We Belong". Both have dogs and children in the story, which is my favorite combination! A novel by Sneed B. Collard III is a childrens' book called "dog sense", but it sounds interesting for any age:... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 09:45:15 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! January 27-29 If your mutt had to go to the doggie psychiatrist what complaint about his or her mommy (you) would he or she have? <BR> <BR> I think Sassy might tell a psychiatrist that I work too much. She might also tell them I am sad way too often. Even tho she tries to cheer me up too! Sat, 28 Jan 2017 21:56:25 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! January 20-22 Wel, I never heard of a Tiger Hound. The double nose thing is interesting. And, I think all dogs are smarter than we! <BR> <BR> So, that brings me to this weekend's question.... In what way(s) is your mutt smarter than you? <BR> <BR> Well, Jack knew who to trust and who not to trust. Sassy knows that playing is more important than work sometimes! She knows it will all be better after a good cuddle/snuggle. She knows better than I that a good stretch before bed and when you wake up... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:45:57 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! January 13-15 Have you been considering a new mutt? If so, how will you go about getting one? Do you have a preference fror male or female? <BR> <BR> I've been considering getting a new male puppy. I thought I would take Sassy to the rescue adoption center and allow her to pick her new sibling. I'd prefer a male, but if she fancies a female we will probably go with whatever mutt she seems to get along with! Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:52:16 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! January 6-8 Sorry I've been MIA again! <BR> <BR> Here's a couple to make up for my absence! <BR> 1. What did you give your mutt for christmas or if not Christmas Hannuka or for winter? <BR> 2. What was your mutt's new year's resolution this year? <BR> 3. Do you get snow? If so, does it interfere with your mutt's bathroom routine? <BR> <BR> 1. Sassy got some new toys and treats. She especially liked the organic treats my Godmother sent her from Trader Joe's. <BR> 2. I think Sassy's re... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 23:16:45 EST January 2017 Chit Chat Cafe Hello again! Heading out to walk the dog when I finish this. The kids want to go for pizza -- not my favorite choice of food, but can usually just get a salad. Did make our special meal last night of "beans and greens" that is the tradition for this area (called "Hoppin' John"). Only made a small amount and put some ham in the beans (can use either black-eyed peas or field peas). We didn't go out celebrating -- my husband watched some of the Clemson football game which was being played i... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 14:44:53 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! December 16-18 What will Santa be bringing your mutt this Christmas? <BR> <BR> Sassy is getting several squeaky toys and some dental chews. Unlike Buddy she does not like to open gifts. she is scared of the wrapping paper! But, she loves her toys. she still has one from the first Christmas she was with us. It is flat and kind of dirty, but she will carry it around with her all day soemtimes! This year she is getting a Santa, A snowman and a gingerbread man. The one she still has is a reindeer. Sat, 17 Dec 2016 23:59:47 EST December Chit Chat Cafe Ho, ho, ho! Here is our venue for sharing what you are doing for the holidays. Hope to see more of the team posting some comments. Wishing the best of the season to you and your families and that you aren't burdened with bad weather. We will be almost 30 degrees cooler during the day by this coming week-end. Time to find the coats, sweaters, hats, and gloves! Take care! Mon, 5 Dec 2016 13:02:19 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! December 2-4 I just loved both of your reasons why you are grateful for your mutts! they are special aren't they? <BR> <BR> The holiday season is all about joy.... What brings joy to your mutt? <BR> <BR> One of us coming home seems to be Sassy's greatest joy! I've never seen a dog dance and wag like she does! She even makes a sound like she is laughing with delight! Then, i think food. Food in any shape or form brings her great joy! And, when my husband talks to her. She is so happy when he... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 23:12:13 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! November 25-27 Name 3 reasons you are thankful for your mutt: <BR> <BR> 1. she makes me laugh! she can be so talkative and funny about it! <BR> 2. She helps me do yoga. she loves planks so she can hold me up by getting under my chest! It is really not a help, but I love it! <BR> 3. she keeps me warm at night as the nights get colder! Fri, 25 Nov 2016 18:21:45 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! November 18-20 Do you have plans for /Thanksgiving with your mutt? <BR> <BR> Not really. We are going toour nehew's house and try to take Sassy wit h us. If she will go.... If she will go we will allow her t o play with the other gods dogs and have fun! Sat, 19 Nov 2016 00:04:45 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! November 11-13 Hi. sorry I've been MIA. I can blog from my phone, but can't post on teams, so I've been blogging. I've been really sick. too sick to even sit at the computer except maybe a minute or 2! <BR> <BR> Cathy-- Oh, Sassy is good at giving stuff the sideways stink eye while rumbling! <BR> <BR> Oh, our mutts! How could anyone hurt a dog? <BR> <BR> Cathy said Buddy didn't like her laughing at him.... Does your mutt react to you laughing at him or her or making fun of him or her? If so,... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 21:34:20 EST November Chit Chat Cafe Greetings Group -- If we still have 300+ members, not too many are posting anything or probably even reading what we post. Anyway, this site is an open forum to comment and share and give "congrats" or complain or whatever. We are kinda running out of 2016 -- in one week we get a new president and bunches of other leaders. It has been such a "messy" election -- personally, I will be so happy to have all that finished and "put away". So much of the advertising and news stories have been ab... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 16:18:57 EST Hello! I'm new to the group and a little over halfway toward my weight loss goal. <BR> <BR> I have an 11 month old Labrador Retreiver/ American Bulldog mix named Pippa who keeps me on my toes! Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:04:20 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! October 21-23 This is the month of scary stuff.... Remind me what your mutt is afraid of.... <BR> <BR> BTW, loved reading how you are obsessed with your mutt! All I can say is Yep! <BR> <BR> I'm afraid Sassy is scared of just about everything. she is a very skittish dog. She is scared of the sound the fork makes when it hits the plate. she is scared of anything falling on the floor that makes a sound. she is not scared of people, but very timid. The other day she was scared of a mug shot of a... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:35:27 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! October 14-16 <link><BR>ure/signs-you-are-obsessed-with-your-d<BR>og-in-a-good-way/ </link> <BR> <BR> In what ways are you obsessed with your mutt? <BR> <BR> Oh, so many ways!! I talk about her all the time.... I wear alot of dog themed tees and people always comment on them which gets me to talk about Sassy! I have family portraits made with her in them! I take her to see Santa. I buy her gits. She sleeps in bed with us. Actually, if yu get to read the art... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:47:46 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! October 7-9 I'll be gone next weekend, but if I get back in time I will post a question! <BR> <BR> Cathy-- That is too funny about Bud pooping in the leaves! At least you are being kind to the entire dog park! <BR> <BR> So, on this side of the country we are dealing with Hurricane Matthew. Do you have a storm readiness kit ready for you and your mutt? We do. Most shelters won't take animals, so that always is a worry for me and Sassy, but for all of the people who are more directly hit than we ... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 11:02:06 EST October Chit Chat Cafe Morning Group! Welcome to the last quarter of the year. Our weather took a big change overnight with much lower temperatures. Guess we will have to find some "long" pants and sweaters. We are usually on the desert in S. Nevada this time of year, so will have to see what harvest festivals and events are scheduled for the month. Think pumpkins -- so many recipes for all types of breads, desserts, drinks, etc. In our area, there are Farmers Markets everywhere and there are various types of... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 07:37:55 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 Now is the time for falling leaves.... Does your mutt chase falling leaves, bark at them, love crunching thru them? <BR> <BR> Sassy will probably be afraid of the sound. She is such a skittish mutt! She probably will bark at them as they fall! Jack always seemed to love running thru them! Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:37:25 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! September 23-25 How do you care for your mutt's teeth? If you use coconut oil, how do you use it? <BR> <BR> I buy the dentisticks for Sassy, but she doesn't really care for them. I don't want the vet putting her under just to clean her teeth, so I'm looking for suggestions! Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:34:56 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! September 16-18 Is your mutt needy? Does he or she want constant attention? <BR> <BR> Oh yeah! Both of my mutts have been full blown attention junkies! Sassy is very needy and demands attention! It would be annoying if it wasn't so comical! Fri, 16 Sep 2016 22:46:06 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! September 9-11 Happy Grandparents Day! Happy 9-11 Rememberence Day. Hard to believe it has been 15 years! <BR> <BR> I wanted to buy Sassy some pumpkin spice all natural dog treats yesterday. Hubby said no because I might eat them myself. I only buy her stuff that I would eat.... Today's question is have you ever tasted your mutt's food and/or treats? <BR> <BR> I accidently bit into a kibble from some kibbles and bits when Jack was young. I thought it was a crouton that fell off my salad! I did... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 16:16:39 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! September 2-4 sorry I missed last week and coming close to missing this week! Those first few weeks of the fall semester have me busy, busy, busy! <BR> <BR> Cathy-- Sassy would love to do some tug of war in the Doggie Olympics too! <BR> <BR> This weekend's question.... How do you reply when someone asks if your mutt bites? <BR> <BR> My husband always says 'she has teeth doesn't she"? If it is someone I don't rknow I say I don't know. I want people to approach her with respect and while I reall... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 16:58:13 EST September Chit Chat Cafe Morning Group! We made it through Tropical Storm Hermine with minor wind damage and 8 inches of rain. Spent awhile picking up debris that blew into the yard and lots of limbs. It has been a crazy week and I haven't had much chance to get to the computer. Today is our 50th wedding anniversary. We were married in a small church in Eureka, California while we both were in college. It was during the Vietnam War and my husband was sent overseas a few months after we got married. I stayed in... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 09:51:30 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! August 19-21 I'd like to thank Cathy for this weekend's question.... With the summer olympics wrapping up, in which sport (actual sport or specialized mutt sport) would your mutt take home the gold? <BR> <BR> I'd have to say the sprint, or the fence run in specialized mutt sports! Sassy can take off like a bullet and run her heart out and then she stops and trots back all proud! Fri, 19 Aug 2016 18:11:07 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! August 12-14 Loved your mutts' political views! <BR> <BR> What do mutt lovers have in common? <BR> <BR> Well, we love our mutts! We protect them and cherish them! I think we always have a fear of losing them. We treat them as family. I think we all at some time or another mutter to ourselves that the more we know people the more we love our mutts! I think we are generally caring people. Fri, 12 Aug 2016 15:57:30 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! August 5-7 If your mutt was voting, what kind of laws would he or she like to see? <BR> <BR> I know Sassy would be anti-gun.... She is very gun shy. She would like 24/7 food available for all dogs, open fields to run and play, and humans at her disposal 24/7 to scratch, rub, and play with her! Thu, 4 Aug 2016 18:02:52 EST August Chit Chat Cafe Hi Group! Here is our posting place for general discussion. If anyone wants to start a special topic, feel free to pick a subject. Seems like we aren't getting many comments about what we write. If you want something researched, I have the time to sit at the computer and find out information. My family members have returned home, my duty as caregiver for our local granddaughter is coming to an end because school starts soon, it is too hot outdoors to do much except stay inside, my financ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 16:26:56 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! July 29-August 1 Can't believe July is all but over! Hope you all have found ways to stay cool! The heat has been terrible here! Times like this I'm glad Sassy is a homebody. <BR> <BR> What would be your mutt's favorite vacation? If he or she could go anywhere and do anything, what would it be? <BR> <BR> I think Sassy would like a luxury hotel with nice ceiling fans and someone who would touch her, scratch her neck, rub her belly 24/7 with breaks for food as often as someone could bring it! Yup, sh... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:01:37 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! July 22-24 Sorry I've missed the last Weekend Woof! It is all I cna do to track stuff lately! <BR> <BR> What does your mutt think about riding in the car? <BR> <BR> Sassy doesn't like to leave our house period. She is not fond of riding. She is such an odd little mutt! Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:01:45 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! July 8-10 Glad you all had quieter 4th of Julies! <BR> <BR> Does your mutt like chewing ice? Is it safe? <BR> <BR> sometimes ice is the only water I can get into Sassy. She is strange with drinking. She loves crushed ice tho! Jack never wanted anything to do with it. My sisters dogs loved ice as a treat! Sassy too! Sat, 9 Jul 2016 13:45:39 EST WEEKEND WOOF (a bit late)!! July 1-3 How does your mutt react to fireworks? <BR> <BR> Jack was scared to death of thunder, but fireworks didn't bother him. He liked visiting with all the people and children. Sassy is scared of a papertowel falling off the table. However, she barked at the fireworks we could hear from the ball field tonight! Too bad it goes on much longer than the 4th with all the rednecks shooting off fireworks all week long it seems. Sun, 3 Jul 2016 23:23:58 EST July Chit Chat Cafe Hello to July Mutt Group! You can chat here as often as you wish. It is raining again in our area, so the dog will have to wait for his afternoon walk. Sorry about your dental problems, Mary Alice. I will probably have to see why my left upper molar tooth is hurting. Always something not doing what it should! At least I can walk again after my muscle problems of last week-end. Stayed in our little town today to do some shopping instead of driving to the larger towns around us. Don't k... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 17:45:52 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! June 10-12 What does your mutt do to cool off? <BR> <BR> Sassy spreads out on the ceramic floor under the fan. The silly girl will also drink the pool water that runs off of me!! I'm telling you.... she has some mental issues! Sat, 11 Jun 2016 17:46:40 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! June 3-5 Molly sounds like a great dog! Jack used to lead us around by the wrist too! I still miss him even with this velcro dog attached to me constantly! <BR> <BR> Is your mutt a photo hound? does he or she like to have his or her picture taken? <BR> <BR> Sassy does not. Jack would sit and pose if someone pulled a camera or phone out! Sassy would rather eat than pose for a picture! Hee. She has literally ducked her head to get out of a picutre with me! Sun, 5 Jun 2016 14:08:39 EST June Chit Chat Cafe Here is our June space for talking/sharing/thinking up challenges, etc. Hope more people join in, so I don't have to keep writing to myself! Here are a few ideas to do during the "dog days of summer": Take your dog to the beach, let them dig in the sand (fill in the hole before you leave), set up a small backyard pool for them to wade or splash, give them some sprinkler time in your backyard, keep them in the shade and indoors when the temperatures soar, use the early evening hours for wal... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 08:35:42 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! May 27-29 Always interesting to read about everyone's mutts! I was out of town last weekend! <BR> <BR> As to what you said Cathy about retrievers being hunting dogs and not belonging in a house..... Sassy is a true home body! she would rather stay home than do anything else! We say she is home bound! <BR> <BR> So what about your mutt? A homebody, a traveler, or a yard dog? <BR> <BR> As I said, Sassy is a real homebody. We practically have to drag her outside for walks! Sat, 28 May 2016 23:49:08 EST WEEKEND WOOF!! May 13-15 Maryalice-- Expressing a big wide grin about your living room being rearranged back to suit Mutt!! The things we do for our mutts! We bought new furniture once because Jack didn't like the first set we bought! <BR> <BR> Cathy-- Oh, how I smiled about that puppy prom night! What fun! <BR> <BR> I've always been told that girl dogs are more protective of their humans than boy dogs..... What are your thoughts on that subject? <BR> <BR> I have to say it must depend on the dog! Jack w... Fri, 13 May 2016 18:12:37 EST 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 May Chit Chat Cafe Greetings Group! I want to recommend a really good book that I just finished reading. It is by Susan Wilson who has written many other books/novels about dogs. This one is: The Dog Who Saved Me. The gist of the story is that a policeman who was part of Boston's K-9 unit ends up back at his boyhood hometown after his canine partner is killed. He takes the job as the town's animal control officer. With the help of an injured yellow dog, the policeman gets his life back in order and answer... Mon, 2 May 2016 18:49:46 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