Archive for the 'Dogs' Category
Last night, I took my Canine Prince (he’s the one in the red outfit) to the Howl-o-ween costume party for dogs at Fenway Bark, a high-end daycare/kennel in Boston. Below are two other canine party guests, and here are pics of other canines in costumes. This place is so fancy that some of the dog accommodations actually include high-def computer monitors with Skype. You can actually Skype your dog while you’re away. I had my boy stay at Fenway Bark a few weeks ago, but we got the cheapest accommodations. It was still really nice.
I have been convinced for the past couple of years that I spend too much dough on my dog. His food is organic ($36/bag), his treats are organic ($2.99/ounce), his grooming runs about $60 every six weeks, and so on. Am I crazy? Maybe. But I don’t want to feed him cheap food, just in case the specter of tainted food rises again. Somehow the Alpo that I fed my childhood dog is not good enough for my boy.
Around Boston, events featuring dogs and their owners have caught on. Perhaps this has happened in your area, too? Last night the Canine Prince and I attended Yappy Hour at the Liberty Hotel Boston. This hotel is the former Charles Street Jail. It’s now a glamorous destination. Anyway, Yappy Hour rocked! On a picture-perfect night, a crowd of 50 or so dogs of every size and breed (from chihuahua to Great Dane — in fact, there were two Great Danes) ran around the courtyard while their owners downed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. It was a blast. Here’s some of the evidence (Sparky in the subway; choosing between water and a mixed drink; a crowd of attendees; all worn out):
If you are someone who does not have children (like Yours Truly), you sometimes tend to dote on your pets. My dog, or shall I say, Canine Prince, is having his teeth cleaned under anesthesia today. He has never been sick or needed surgery (other than his neutering) so I am a bit nervous about the anesthesia aspect of the procedure. But he’ll probably be fine. And besides, how cute would he be all groggy?
As a lark, I’m thinking of launching a new blog based on my dog. It would be called “What Would Sparky Do (WWSD).” You see, everything important in life I’ve learned from Sparky. He’s got high self-esteem, yet’s he not boastful. He’s confident, but not arrogant. He’s sweet, but not a pushover. He’s strong, but not a bully (well, not too often). He’s happy every day, but not in a Pollyanna-ish way. He’s handsome, but it hasn’t gone to his head. He sleeps when he’s tired, plays only when he feels like it, eats whenever he wants to. He loves people and leans on their legs to get affection. He’s flexible; for instance, he loves fancy food (organic kibble), but would probably gnaw on anything you put in front of him.
So I’m thinking the blog could be sort of an Ann Landers-type advice column. Readers would send in comments describing their problems and Sparky would respond.
My canine prince turns five years old today. Would it be pathetic for someone to:
ply a dog with expensive organic food and treats when he could just as well be gulping down Alpo?
wake up and sing Happy Birthday to the pup first thing in the morning?
leave ice cubes in his water bowl whenever the temperature rises?
drive him daily to a dog park in the next town so that he can enjoy a lot of off-leash time
Yeah, it would be. Anyway, here are a few photos of my dog at various periods of his life.
By now you’ve seen the Google April Fool’s hoax and perhaps someone’s already left plastic dog poop on your front steps. How could I possibly compete? By revisiting some of the most outrageous April Fool’s jokes of our time:
The Left-Handed Whopper
In 1998 Burger King published a full-page advertisement in USA Today announcing the introduction of a new item to their menu: a “Left-Handed Whopper” specially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans. According to the advertisement, the new whopper included the same ingredients as the original Whopper (lettuce, tomato, hamburger patty, etc.), but all the condiments were rotated 180 degrees for the benefit of their left-handed customers. The following day Burger King issued a follow-up release revealing that although the Left-Handed Whopper was a hoax, thousands of customers had gone into restaurants to request the new sandwich.
The Body of Nessie Found
On March 31 1972, a team of zoologists from Yorkshire’s Flamingo Park Zoo, who were at Loch Ness searching for proof of Nessie’s existence, found a mysterious carcass floating in the Loch. Initial reports claimed it weighed a ton and a half and was 15 ½ feet long. The zoologists placed the body in a van and began to transport it back to the zoo. However, the police chased down their truck and stopped it under a 1933 act of Parliament prohibiting the removal of “unidentified creatures” from Loch Ness. The body was then taken to nearby Dunfermline for examination. The discovery of the carcass received worldwide media attention. The British press dubbed it “Son of Nessie.” But upon examination, Edinburgh scientists identified the creature as a bull elephant seal from the South Atlantic. The next day John Shields, Flamingo Park’s education officer, confessed he had been responsible for the body. The bull elephant seal had died the week before at Dudley Zoo. He had shaved off its whiskers, padded its cheeks with stones, and kept it frozen for a week, before dumping it in the Loch and then phoning in a tip to make sure his colleagues found it. He had meant to play an April Fool’s prank on his colleagues, but admitted the joke got out of hand when the police chased down their van.
Dogs To Be Painted White
Politiken, a Copenhagen newspaper, reported in 1965 that the Danish parliament had passed a new law requiring all dogs to be painted white. The purpose of this, it explained, was to increase road safety by allowing dogs to be seen more easily at night.
Internet Spring Cleaning
In 1997 an email message spread throughout the world announcing that the Internet would be shut down for cleaning for 24 hours from March 31 until April 2. This cleaning was said to be necessary to clear out the “electronic flotsam and jetsam” that had accumulated in the network. During this period, users were warned to disconnect all devices from the Internet. This joke was an updated version of an old joke that used to be told about the phone system. For many years, gullible phone customers had been warned that the phone systems would be cleaned on April Fool’s Day. They were cautioned to place plastic bags over the ends of the phone to catch the dust that might be blown out of the phone lines during this period.
Providence Closes for the Day
Carolyn Fox, a disc jockey for WHJY in Providence, Rhode Island, announced in 1986 that the Providence Labor Action Relations Board Committee had decided to close the city for the day. She gave out a number for listeners to call for more information. The number was that of a rival station, WPRO-AM. Reportedly hundreds of people called WPRO, as well as City Hall and the police.
So my neighborhood of Jamaica Plain, Mass., holds an annual doggy parade each December. My boy (right) joined a new beagle friend named Jude for the festivities last weekend.
Last night I took the Canine Prince to Yappy Hour (happy hour) at the Liberty Hotel in Boston. The hotel calls itself ‘pet-friendly’ and they go out of their way to be kind to dogs and their humans. The courtyard last night was the site of Yappy Hour, which takes place each Wednesday night in August. About 25 dogs showed up. The humans had cocktails and the dogs had treats provided by the hotel. The staff couldn’t have been sweeter to the animals. It was a blast! Here are some of my photos (my boy is in the first and fifth pictures; click on photos for extra-big cuteness):