Thursday, August 20, 2015

Today my dog is TEN YEARS OLD!!!

Can you believe this adorable little feller is ten years old?  Dobby True Soul of Abbs, oh yes he actually has a full name,  has reached the double digits.  He's a little old man dog now!

(photo by Selina Bailey)

Dobby has claimed many firsts:

First house dog
First paid for dog
First small dog
First dog of a specific breed
First dog to actually get trained for a specific purpose (which was therapy dog, and then I decided maybe he could just be MY therapy dog, and he's been excellent at it.)

Right now, he is curled up on my left foot, snoring gently, but ready to leap up and bark like crazy until whatever got his attention gets scared away.  He's been pretty rustled up by all the boxes and suitcases around the house lately.  I keep telling him we are taking him with us!!!  

He's been a town dog, and then a country dog, and he's about to become both.  I plan to bring him with me to the farm regularly.  I mean, somebody has to bark at all the things, right?  And Grandma needs to have her pug time.  

I think I'm always going to have a dog in the house.  Preferably a pug.  I type this despite the fact that he just stretched and tooted.  Man, even his farts are cute.  Usually.  

He's been such a blessing to our family.  

I wonder if in October we'll have to have a big anniversary party, marking the ten years he's been in our lives.  But, he doesn't know.  We're making a big deal out of him today but he just turns his head sideways and wags his little curly tail.  It's like throwing a first birthday party for a baby -- the child does not know why there's been a cake placed in front of him.  It's not for the baby.  It's for the parents. Dog birthday parties?  Nah.  Just give him extra belly rubs.  

Maybe an extra chewy bone. 

update - he got a RIDE IN THE TRUCK!  We went down the town line, then down the next concession road, and back on the highway home.  He doesn't care if we ended up where we started, he got a ride in the truck and had a big doggy grin on his flat face the whole time.  


Paul Tee said...

Sorry I am so late with my comment, but I just can’t let go of the previous blog. It was hugely insightful.
I guess in the middle of an election year, we get so caught up with issues that we simply overlook other critical indicators. We should be deeply grateful for you refocusing our attention on the real important indicators of personality and character dynamics.
Number one, hats. You hit it dead on. I took my time and carefully broke down the critical elements of correct hat protocol and the implication to be derived from it. I stress that I took careful measurements to make my forensic analysis.
First off I compared the EVC (Estimated Volume Capacity) a good indication of brain size, but I had to allow for relative inflation due to the number of words crammed into a finite space by the speech writers. I can say with confidence that my estimates are accurate within 10cc plus or minus.
Number two, consider the Commitment Factor (CF), to be inferred by how deeply the head is inserted into the interior cavity of the head-ware. CF is an important indicator of how deeply each candidate is committed to the words they are regurgitate. One has to assume that teleprompters are not part of the deals.
Next is what I term the Truth or Dare Factor (TDF), reflective of the general honesty expressed by the candidate. This can be extrapolated from the side dimples in the hat itself as well as the depth of the longitudinal traverse of the top crease. One has to be careful how this is to be interpreted as there are definite indications of tampering, no doubt by well-meaning minders and media consultants.
There are of course other critical dimensions, like the Confidence Factor (CF) to be extracted from the angle of the hat. The Exhibitionistic coefficient (ECE) to be calculated from the angle of the hat (e.g., “Jauntiness”) as well a the flare of the brim.
Please note that the results color left out of the calculation in order not to pre-bias the results. Also, for the same reason, smiles were taken out of consideration because of extensive coaching all candidates resort to.
So here it is, not in any order of importance
............. EVC CF TDF CF ECE
Harper 11 9 12 14 12
Mulcair 10+ 11 14 13 13
Trudeau 12- 12 12 12 15
May** 8 9 10 9 8

Please note that scores for May are significantly depressed because of paucity of verifiable evidence.
Also please note, that this study is by no means exhaustive of all aspects of candidates’ stature and abilities. It would have helped if we could have access to booths, but the PMO refused and in fairness to the other candidates it was removed from the equation. Also be aware that belt buckle size and design was also left out of aggregate score to remove the inherent gender bias.
This study also disclaims any rumor that Mulcair’s perfect beard accessory presentation is any way surgically implanted and artificially enhanced. We simply took it on faith.

PS: Sorry Pug, for preempting your blog with late results

jules said...

Happy Birthday Dobby!

Paul, Love the comment!

Heidi the Hick said...


Undercover Sandy Cove-r said...

He's not getting older just cuter, Heidi. I bet he's going to have such a great time in his new house!

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