Wednesday, August 16, 2006

(Overdue) Dog Blogging

Here he is, in answer to the demands of my small but loyal fan base. Our new dog. He's a rescued pit-bull mix, incredibly sweet and submissive, one-and-a-half years old, and 50-odd pounds of wild enthusiasm and love. As my husband used to say (although I don't think it was original to him), "There is no love like dog love." So true.

Mr. Dog has caused considerable disruption; the cats have taken up semi-permanent residence in the basement, because he chases them mercilessly, and because they have not figured out that he is, in fact, a wimp who cowers in fear of their claws and hissing.

He looks and sounds fierce, but the other night, he alerted me to a possible intruder ("Hey, I have a pitbull," I think, foolishly. "I can just leave my doors and windows wide open at all hours of the night."). He ran furiously to the kitchen, barking like crazy, and then ran back just as quickly to hide behind my legs. I had to drag him by the collar to investigate. Fortunately, (and contrary to my fevered imaginings), the barking was elicited not by an armed bandit entering my home, but by the peculiar troglodyte cousin from California who has taken up temporary residence in the empty house next door, and who appears to like to sneak into his own residence under cover of complete darkness, even when that makes it very difficult for him to get the key into the lock.

My daughter loves him--mostly--except that he has a wicked loving tongue and a tendency toward eye-boogers and unpleasant mucousy secretions of mysterious origins.


At 11:23 AM , Blogger ceresina said...

He's adorable! Thanks for sharing him with us.

At 1:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a cutie, thanks for the pic.

At 3:26 PM , Anonymous MindSpin said...

Gotta love that face.

At 4:40 PM , Blogger comebacknikki said...

He's such a cutie!

At 6:13 PM , Blogger Prof Mama said...

What a cute dog! I love that sweet, adorable face. Too cute!

At 7:50 AM , Anonymous New Kid on the Hallway said...

What a cutie! I love those pit bulls (the sweet ones) with their lovely square jaws.

At 10:37 AM , Blogger Yankee, Transferred said...

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At 10:38 AM , Blogger Yankee, Transferred said...

OOH, he is cute. When you have a second, (which I'm sure is almost never) take a trip over to Tiny Cat Pants - you can link from my blogroll - she has a pit bull mix and she is completely nuts about the dog.
Enjoy Mr. Mix.

At 11:14 AM , Blogger snickollet said...

He looks very sweet. Have fun with him.

At 8:33 PM , Anonymous critter said...

Just when I thought I couldn't admire you more I learn that you rescued a PitBull. Bless you. I volunteer at a town pound (not yet enlightened enough to be an "animal shelter" and, sadly, almost all the Pitties there are killed (or "euthanized" if one prefers to ignore reality).

He's a lucky pup, Mr. Dog. May he bring you daily the love that your husband so wisely understood.

As for the cats, not to worry. Soon enough they'll be gangin' up on him as is their rightful duty.

And, please know that most Pits--except those who were abused-- love people. It's other dogs that they tend not like much.

Happy tails to you and your daughter.


At 1:03 PM , Blogger OTRgirl said...

I totally agree with Critter. (your dog looks adorable, by the way!)

My next-door neighbor's son, a vegan punk-rocker, brought home a rescued pit bull. The dog is sweet. He's really gentle with the family and with his toys. He's playful but not too aggressive. When my dog is in the yard with me, the two of them stare through the chain link fence wagging their tails. But then they'll both put their paws up on the fence and it gets scary. They snap at each other and neither seems to be playing. We can pull them back and they go back to wagging their tails, but during the snapping part, my dog's hackles are up and she's not kidding. Frankly, I don't want to find out what's going through the pitt's head either!

Just be careful for a while around other dogs...


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