Tuesday, May 14, 2013
This infographic on schnauzers is a good one:
Looking for a Schnauzer Dog or Puppy? Why Not Adopt!
And the best thing of all is that it supports pet adoption.
H-Mom and Man-dad are cooking something up around here. They said something about a "yard" and the next conversation was about being open to rescuing a 2-3 year old Giant. All ears are open.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Mid-pat, she spun around, put her nose in the air and pulled me over to the planter by the elevator lobby. She snorked along the top edge for a minute (she is a master-snorker) and then stopped, froze and stared. Staring is what she does when she wants something. She will stare at her empty water bowl. She will stare up at the bed. She will stare at the cupboard with the Milk Bones. She doesn't make a sound, doesn't jump, doesn't move. She just stares.
So, she just stood there, staring at the planter.
There is something in there, said H-Mom to the security guard.
No there is not, he said. He walked over and hunkered down and dug around between the plants with his hand.
Then he said, she should be a sniff and search dog! This is what Madison sniffed out:
Thursday, April 11, 2013
On Monday, H-mom sent an email to the Fort Lauderdale Building Department and they came right out, marked it all up with white paint, and then sent a crew on Tuesday to fill it in with gravel and sand.
The crew even named it "SINK HOLE."
Today the hole opened back up and now you can see the landscaping pipes underneath. Looks like it's a hungry Sink Hole.
H-mom sent another e-mail to the city. They are going to need to institute a more aggressive sink-hole-management program.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
We were walking the other evening, Madison ambling along beside H-Mom, who was paying strict attention to the ground so as not to step in dog business.
There's a lot of dog business around here, because no one picks up. There was even a huge pile of dog business right next to the green pole with the poop bag dispenser. Which was full of bags. But that is another story.
So H-mom was watching the ground and all of a sudden, half of Madison disappeared. And she just froze, like one of those cows you've seen on the Animal Planet that are sinking in a mud bog.
Madison's rear legs and butt fell right into a huge hole that is opened up next to a storm drain along the Riverwalk. With all the rain, the ground has eroded, and the grass growing over it, the almost 2-foot wide hole is well hidden. And it goes far down, really far, not into the drain, but deep down beside it. You can't see the bottom. H-mom has visions of a little sinkhole swallowing up half a giant schnauzer, a little dog, a child, someone's leg.
Madison didn't even move with her legs hanging in the hole underneath her, and H-mom said, "What are you doing, silly!" and put her arms around Madison's belly and pulled her right out of the hole.
Today H-mom sent an email request for the city of Fort Lauderdale to fix the hole. Tomorrow, she'll call. She asked the building to put a warning cone by it, but no one has yet.
Maybe she'll just swipe a cone from the parking attendants.
Friday, March 15, 2013
The humans took Madison along on a recent visit to Gainesville, Florida, where Man-dad was doing some business. It was a long 5 hour ride from Fort Lauderdale, but worth the trip. Gainesville is an interesting city, with a combination of big university town vibe and historic Southern city ambiance. H-mom loved the Historic Duckpond neighborhood. In the middle of Duckpond, there really is a duck pond, and Madison was intensely intrigued. Those big geese can be mean though, and the black swans equally unfriendly!
We stayed at the Magnolia Plantation. What an awesome place! The cottages are fido-compatible, and dogs with good manners, like Madison, of course, can sleep on the beds if they are courteous enough to bring along their own blankets. Jessica's Courtyard, where Madison was a guest, has a private courtyard, with tons of brick landscaping and wonderful plantings to sniff around in. It was all walled in and secure enough to let Madison stretch her legs after a long car ride. The cottage had two bedrooms, a kitchen, sunporch and a living room, and a great big old tub in the bathroom. Man-dad actually said he could live there and be very happy!
Magnolia Plantation is tops on Madison's list of where to stay when traveling in Florida with a pooch. If you decide to make a visit, be sure to tell Cindy and Joe that Madison sent you!
Gainesville is a proudly dog-friendly city, too. There is a brand new dog park, Haisley Lynch Park, right downtown, and four other dog parks in the city if you feel like an adventure with your humans. The restaurants usually allow dogs at their outdoor seating, and there are lots of beautiful streets to walk down and enjoy both the old homes and the tastefully rehabbed downtown.
On the trip up to Gainesville, we stopped at one of the service plazas getting close to Ocala. Madison was out of the car on leash, posing around as usual. Here is proof-positive that Northern Florida is more "the South" than it is Florida:
A lady walked past H-Mom, nodded at Madison and said, "That's one fine lookin' hound."
Yep. Sure is.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
H-mom choose to have this photo of Madison, from a couple summers ago, turned into this special piece of jewelry.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Madison is a city girl, but she braved this great Thanksgiving Day camping trip idea with the humans. She laid in the grass, snorked around the campfire, ate a bit of turkey and stared back at the little gator that was fixated on the campsite.
When we were all zipped into the tent, she curled up on her dog bed and quietly stared at Man-Dad.
About 3am, Madison started pacing, whining softly. It was freakin' freezing, especially for a condo dog.
"Just hoist her up her," said H-mom and Man-dad dragged Madison right onto the air mattress. Where she clambered her way in between the two of them and hunkered under the throw blanket Man-dad pulled over her. She tucked her nose into H-mom's arm, tucked up tight and went to sleep.
None of us had any second thoughts about making it a one-night adventure.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
H-Mom found this on Facebook. We can't offer a home to a Veteran Dog, but maybe you can. Or, maybe you know someone who can.
The United States Marine Corps has around 400 IED (Improvised Explosive Device) sniffing dogs that are being decommissioned and need forever homes. Most of the dogs are breeds such as: Labradors, Belgian Malinois, Border Collies, German Shepherds & Rottweilers and are incredibly well-trained and have saved countless American, NATO and foreign lives. They are in District of Columbia (D.C.). Adoptive families must be able to travel to D.C. to pick up the dogs or arrange transport at their own expense. Please help these war heroes get the lives they deserve. The contact for interested adoptive families is: Brian D. Miller PM IED Detector Dog Program Marine Corps Systems Command 910-652-3645 Ext-321 [brian.d.miller7 at usmc dot mil] PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG IN ANY WAY POSSIBLE. THANK YOU!
But Nick was a little depressed after losing his leg, even though he won against cancer. And his humans were a little down too (this is H-Mom's evaluation.) Then came little Mitch, who was found on the street by some people in Miami and kind of bounced around a bit, and then ended up at our dog park.
Cause if you've got a cute, little homeless dog, what better place to find a bunch of kind-hearted, softies than the dog park, right?
And he just hit it off with Nick - all of his little self and that great big three-legged Rottweiler. So he spent a day at Nick's house and then he was going to go to the pound and Coach just looked at his little face in the back of a friend's truck, and the rest is, well, exactly what was meant to be.
So, yay, Mitch! He has the perfect new family, and he is aggravating them with his puppy antics, but he is making them laugh, and he is getting Nick out of his funk, too.
Here is Madison running with little Mitch and catching herself in mid-body check with Nick. Play is on!
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
He was in the dog hospital today, having his hind leg amputated to get rid of bone cancer. Terrible, terrible bad ouch! But H-mom called and Coach said that Nick was kind of groggy but got through the surgery so-far-so-good.
Nick's going to be a really big tripod. We've got to get him back to the dog park soon.
Madison misses him. They've been pal-ing around at the dog park almost every morning for the last 4 years! They were actually small-ish pups there at the same time, and they've done all kinds of fun things together, from dirt-wrestling to German-Uboat-water-races.
Isn't he a hunk? Come on, big guy, we're all pulling for you! Kissesssssssss (from Madison, too!)
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
All you need to do is get your humans to post a photo on the Dogs n Deals Facebook page that H-mom takes care of for her work!
Madison can't win because of that "family isn't eligible" thing, but YOU could! Good luck! We'll vote for all of you!
She put the dog's picture all over Facebook and tagged all her friends who do dog rescue. She posted his photo on the Facebook pages of other rescues in the area, just in case his family was looking for him. She called the police department in Boca Raton and in Pompano. She sent an email to Animal Control in Palm Beach County.
And then we waited. We all couldn't stop thinking about that great big old Husky. Sitting in the pound with Madison's Chicago Cubs collar on. H-mom said that collar should bring him luck.
Can you believe that this morning when H-mom opened her Facebook, there was a private message from the Tri-County Humane Society:
"He has been returned to his owner"
What amazing news! That wasn't where Man-dad took him, but they must have networked the news of his whereabouts to his family.
Then later, H-mom even got an email from the Co-ordinator of Palm Beach Animal Control asking for more info. She was more than happy to let them know the dog found his family!
Isn't it cool that all these people cared about the lost Husky?
H-mom said that the Cubs couldn't even win when Madison wore the collar, but the collar must have done some good because this story has a happy ending!
Monday, September 17, 2012
Man-dad pulled over, got out and picked the dog up (boy he is WELL FED!) and hoisted him into his truck so that he was safe. The dog had no collar and no tags. He put Madison's CUBS collar on the big guy.
Now what? We live in a condo with one big schnauzer, so no way we could take him home, even for a minute. Man-dad took him down to the Humane Society of Broward County on Griffin Road in Fort Lauderdale. This sucks: he has NO MICROCHIP.
This makes us feel TERRIBLE. But at least he isn't getting lost worse, or hit by a car. Or cooking in the heat with no water.
He is about 110 pounds, two blue eyes, friendly and needs to find his food bowl, which he obviously loves very very much.
Please share this around.
H-Mom put it all over Facebook. And South Florida Siberian Husky Rescue is sharing on Facebook. And lots of our other dog-loving friends.
His admit number at the Humane Society is A462282. He is on a five day hold. That's enough time to work some dog-magic, right?
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Everyone we know who has a Giant says they make these weird underwater-Orca noises too.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
What amazing dog people that they never gave up on finding him!
and the next amazing news is that H-Mom WON the Famous Footwear "Star-Studded Hollywood Style" contest on Pinterest! She is going to L.A. for 4 days and gets to stay in Beverly Hills.
She did a board all about Hollywood stars walking their dogs and the kind of shoes they wear (some pretty crazy choices she thinks!) See ... her dog obsession paid off!
Here is what her winning board looks like on Pinterest (click to see it here):
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
So, if ANY of our dog-blogging friends have other dog-blogging friends and followers and family and etc in North California around Foresthill, please share this for Remi's h-mom.
Remi is a gorgeous RESCUED black & tan coonhound (remember our love Booker?). He has gone seriously astray and Felicia is beside herself. We can so seriously understand.
She posted this:
Remi. Missing. Foresthill,Ca. Robinson flat camp ground. July 29,12.
And this photo:
Isn't he handsome? He shouldn't be out there alone.
We really hope somehow, someone - maybe even someone we know or that 7-degrees-of-separation-thing - can help!
Hugs to your hounds.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Well, she had this great idea for a contest entry for the Famous Footwear Pinterest "Star-Studded Style" contest. H-mom decided that she would find photos of celebrities walking their dogs. And that she would then find their look-alike shoes on the Famous Footwear site. And then throw in a few other photos, like old pictures of Hollywood pooches.
See ... these are the shoes that H-mom is wearing right now:
They are not bad. But, well, they are not great either. Like not very sexy, as Man-dad would say.
These are what H-mom found are the hottest looks to wear when dog-walking if you're a celeb. Or dog-strolling as it were:
Want to see more? Go check out H-mom's Pinterest board "Famous Footwear Star-Studded Style."
If you are on Pinterest, share some pin-love with H-mom too! Follow her. She promises to follow you back. And she could sure use some repins+likes+comments on her contest board. The prize is a 3-night, 4-day trip to L.A. H-mom really, really, seriously wants to win this contest. You know why? First of all because she LOVES Famous Footwear (really) and second of all because she could see her son, who is attending UCLA Anderson, starting his second year of B-school, and his lovely girlfriend. They don't have a dog, but they are definitely dog lovers. AND she is a fashion designer!
H-mom is thinking that a trip to L.A. is in the stars. And she knows that her dog-themed board is an awesome idea.
Anyway, she's wondering, what kind of shoes do you wear for dog-walking?
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Madison has a nickname: Mystery Science Theater. When she rides in the back of Man-dad's truck she often lays down and chills. When he stops, she pops right up to see what is going on, and in the rear-view mirror, he sees her silhouette and says, "Mystery Science Theater!"
In just the right (or wrong) light, she looks like MST in photos, too.
Thanks to Samantha, with her awesome photoshop skills, Madison is ready for her movie critic debut.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
We had a kind of scary moment in the parking lot. One of the guys who works there was talking to his girlfriend in the parking lot, right by her car. They had a dog in the car, a great big dog. And they were yelling at it to behave and get in the back seat.
Right when Madison got out of Man-dad's truck to go in and choose some dog food flavors, we turned around and the dog - a great big pitbull, like an 80 pound pitbull - was out of the car and the Pet Supermarket employee had his arms around her chest to hold her, but she wasn't leashed. "Princess, Princess, Princess," the lady was yelling. And the guy was holding Princess, but she was squared up on Madison, and she was staring.
H-Mom doesn't like that kind of dog stare. That's a fixated, some kind of s#*! might go down stare. Didn't seem to be very good store employee decision making going on, right there in the parking lot.
We went the long way around the truck, away from the pitbull, and straight down the walk into the store. H-Mom was a little bit scared. A big dog like that without a leash and a lot of energy in the air was un-nerving.
We were fine in the store. Madison eats Canidae and Taste of the Wild, in a mix of varying combinations: lamb, Atlantic salmon, duck, bison or poultry. We got what we needed and when we went outside, the car, Princess and her people were gone.
When we got home, Madison was only worried about making sure that we got the right stuff from Pet Supermarket today
Man-dad said that incident is how really bad things happen, though. In a fraction of a second, all hell can break loose.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
She was more than a little reluctant to stretch it out and head to the dog park. Daylight WHAT? There wasn't even a sliver of sun when we left the condo this morning.
Which means that this is afternoon is Daylight Naptime. And Madison is tucked up under H-mom's desk, chasing squirrels in her sleep.
Tomorrow morning will be equally odd, we are certain.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Monday, November 14, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Last night we had torrential rains in Fort Lauderdale. Seriously, we had flash flood alerts starting at 10pm and had to go out with the golf umbrella at 11:30 for the last walk of the night. It was pouring.
We were lucky this morning that the rain let up - we did our usual early morning dog park outing. But things were weird there. It was deserted, even though we were about a half hour late. H-mom was walking around, not paying much attention, and then she had this sensation that the sidewalk was moving.
Thousands of worms, encouraged by the high humidity, were on the sidewalk, moving east on a mission. A Halloween parade, for those who hate worms.
Worms don't actually come up after a rain because they are trying to breathe. They can live underwater for weeks. Super-saturated air makes it possible for worms to live above ground, and they can move without dehydrating. They breathe through their skin, so it must stay moist. Worms will "migrate" to new areas after a heavy rain. Here are some worm facts, if you are interested.
Madison figured it was best just to stay on high ground.
If that wasn't enough worms for you, here are more. It might make you a little dizzy (apologies). Madison was unimpressed. They obviously don't smell like dog treats.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
This time of year, a dog has to dance between the raindrops!
When we got home, we sat on the patio and watched the brave walkers in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K. It was pouring on them, but they were wearing pink and walking with enthusiasm!
This is the outlook for the rest of the day: GREY. Madison is on the sofa, and she's staying right there.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Today Madison is two years old - it's quite a Barkday!
Man-dad made this photo card for Madison, but he couldn't quite bring himself to carry doggie-cupcakes to the dog bark.
BOL. Men, says H-Mom.
This is kind of cool, and it came from Dogster:
Madison will be profiled today with other birthday doggies on Dogster's special Birthday Stroll.
Since it's your birthday we want to give you something special, so we have given you 25 Dogster bones and one vote of 5 Paws! Dogster loves you!
Your Friends at Dogster
25 Dogster bones and a 5-paw vote? Now that sounds important!
Monday, July 5, 2010
So, Madison is busy with other stuff too. The dog park with Man-Dad every morning. Chillin' with the teen-H and her friends ...
and then we come to FACEBOOK, and what happens when you give a group of teens some cameras and a very tired dog:
How completely undignified and embarrassing. I mean really. But then again, they could have painted a moustache on Madison's face ...
YES. This photo is all over Facebook. Sigh.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Madison found this turtle by the lake at the dog park. The thing is, turtles are not afraid of giant schnauzers. Not even a little bit.
They just turn into giant rocks. And they wait it out.
When the coast is clear, you should see them move. With their stupid looking legs and their stubby little tail wagging like a propeller. And then, PLOP right into the water.
Too bad Man-dad missed getting the photo of Madison jumping into the water right after the turtle. But you see, turtles can sink like a lead weight, and giant schnauzers, luckily, do not.