It’s 11pm. Do You Know Where Your Dog Is?

This goober likes to sit on my lap and look back up at me:


He’s a really weird dog.

Your Friday Afternoon Moment of Zen

A friend’s “babies”:


The dog’s name is Lucky, and he should be a dog model because he never takes a bad picture:


Well, almost never:


He was on benadryl for allergies in the last shot so we won’t hold it against him.

Here’s a Better Video than More Trump

This has been going for a half hour. Thurston pulled all the blankets down on to the floor, placed a bone between him and Rosie, and has been goading her to play.

Blissfully Unaware


Continuing on with Tom’s afternoon theme. Bixby and Bailey are blissfully unaware that an impending train wreck is streaming our way. We’ll probably keep it that way. I have my homework cut out for me tonight:


Hopefully that gives me an excused absence from watching tonight. If not, I’m going with this excuse:


How are you planning on enjoying the final installment of Survivor:Make America Great Again tonight? Open thread.

A Day In The Life


Well, we survived the first day…notice that gate is not attached to anything.  Love Danes, they generally respect boundaries, no matter how temporary they might be.


They’re doing pretty well together. I didn’t want to turn this into my own personal pet diary – you can read more about them here if you are so inclined. But I thought the photos of them getting along so well would be enough to ease us into the week. One day down.

Open thread.

Meet The Newest Member Of The BJ Family


Sorry if I’m stepping on anyone, but I figure I have about 10 minutes of peace before I have to focus all my attention on the 9 month old Great Dane.

We picked her up a couple of hours ago from the Big Bones rescue. She’s adorable and I’ll tell you all about her when we’ve all had some time to settle in.

We are testing out names right now, and I’m thinking Bailey. She seems to like it. I won’t use her old one because I don’t think it has happy memories – though nothing too traumatic in her life, just a lot of stress.

She won’t be as big a Bixby, but she’s gonna be taller….we’ll see how he reacts to that.

Emergency Preparations for Companion Animals

In the last thread Mel gave some great advice re our furred, feathered, and other family members:

It helps to have a kitty carrier in an easily accessible spot, and to have supplies in your emergency kit for your furry family members, as well. Single use cans of a favorite, familiar pet food (easy to carry /keep safe and fresh in case of evac), a week’s worth of any pet maintenance medicines packed in the kit, and extra bottled water with a lightweight, unbreakable, easy to pack and carry dish are essential.

The Humane Society of the U.S. has a big page of emergency/disaster prep suggestions. The very first one is “ID your pet,” and that’s exactly right. I volunteered down in New Orleans with the HSUS post-Katrina, and one of the first things I learned is that animals with IDs were highly likely to be reunited with their families, whereas animals without IDs were highly UNlikely to be so. It was heartbreaking to see animals that you just knew someone cherished and was desperately missing, but have no way of reuniting them. My dogs have always worn a collar and tag 100% of the time–even when home watching TV, because, you know, stuff happens–but since that experience I’m nuts about making sure everyone else’s dogs, cats, etc., do as well.

Loads of other great information on that page, including lists of companion animal-friendly lodgings, how to plan for helping feral cats, and advice on how to prep for when you’re stuck somewhere and can’t get back home.

Commenter Shell mentioned in the previous thread that many emergency shelters are now pet-friendly, noting how, “In the past a lot of people refused to evacuate cause they didn’t want to leave their pets behind.” Absolutely right and, as is often the case in the good ol’ U.S., there’s a shitty class aspect to this: during Katrina, wealthier people’s animal companions were often welcomed at hotels, whereas poorer people’s weren’t allowed in shelters. This was all epitomized in the famous incident where the nine-year-old boy was devastated because he couldn’t take his little dog Snowball with him on the evacuation bus. Anyhow, this all led to the Pet Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act, which mandates that states receiving federal disaster aid incorporate animal companions and service animals in their disaster planning. More info, including a list of animal-friendly shelters in each state, at this link.

Again, your ideas and suggestions welcome in the thread.