When I arrived at the dog park today, Winnie was there. Winnie is a young Frenchie bitch that behaves strangely around Spike. I was curious to see how she would react to him. Initially, they were fine together, albeit somewhat testy. Once Winnie’s owner started petting Spike, things went awry. Winnie started barking at Spike, furiously. My guess is that she was jealous and didn’t want Spike around, stealing her mistress’ affections.
She continued to bark and turn around Spike for a while. It was funny when it started out, because she kept at it, even when Spike chased her away. As a full blown male Frenchie, the dominant one of his litter, meaning that he was also the largest, Spike rarely backs down, unless it’s from significantly larger dogs. I’ve seen him cower only a few times, and that was when he was facing an adult Rottweiler.
After a while, it stopped being funny. I could see that Spike was getting weary. In fact, he got quickly tired and started walking home. That was definitely a first. He will usually indicate when he’s finished and ask me to go home, but this time, he started walking away. I went after him and put the leash on. We continued our walk and left Winnie in peace.
Spike is a pretty laid back dog. He’s very friendly to everyone, and has never bitten anyone either. He will defend himself though, even against larger dogs. None of the Frenchies that I have seen in Taiwan are breed standard. Their chests aren’t large enough, which makes me think that they have been interbred with Boston Terriers, but I’m not sure of this. None of them have papers from the AKC or CKC. Spike does, as a purebred championship French Bulldog.
I still take Spike out every day to the dog park. The membership has slightly altered over the last year. Most of the people who used to come don’t come together anymore. This is down to an annoying dog owner, who was referred to as a “hick” by another Taiwanese. It was implied that she was ignorant of a lot of things. I don’t see her anymore. The language encapsulated her hickness from me.
This means that most nights, Spike hangs out withe a bunch of playful Border Collies, who are quite nice dogs. There’s Star, who’s got a genetically cued herding instinct, and keeps circling other dogs in an effort to herd them. When it doesn’t go her way, she gets really annoyed.
Most nights, I take the time to visit the terrier club that meets every night. I’ve known them for a while and I’ve noticed that Spike, the old dog that he is, likes to interact with them more than with bigger dogs. When Spike was younger, he enjoyed playing around with the big dogs. The big dogs play rough. At around 7 years old, Spike likes it easier.
There is a small poodle named Ciao Pan who keeps porking any bitch that is his size. He is relentless and will screw her for hours if possible. There’s Cue Cue, who keeps wanting to play with an injured terrier. The owner keeps him in his arms, and Cue Cue as well as Ciao Pan keep jumping up on the owner, trying to get to the terrier. They are also relentless in this. It makes me laugh, and I don’t hide that. It’s definitely funny seeing a small fluffy white dog screwing another dog. The other terrier owners try to take their dogs away, but the poodle keeps at it.
Published March 23, 2011
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Tags: Apartment Therapy, automatic, blogs, cat litter, cats, litter, odor, pets, technology, unplggd
Let’s be honest: cat litters can get funky pretty quickly and even if they don’t, you have to change them every few days so that your place doesn’t smell. That being said, there are quite a few new ways of keeping your kitty litter smelling like roses. There’s nothing like keeping those funky odors under control, while still keeping your kitty cat happy.
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Published January 5, 2011
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Tags: asia, cats, dogs, fiction, Life, pets, stories, stray, writing
It’s a little past midnight, and a man gets out of a courtyard. He’s got a dog in tow and he’s walking quickly towards a nearby park. The dog follows his master obediently on the leash. It’s a French bulldog, all muscle and all clown. The owner is pulling the dogs along. He sees a bunch of stray dogs nearby, strangely clustered around a large container. The man doesn’t think too much about it and hurries onward.
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It’s always nice to be able to spy on your pets and kids when you’re not at home. This panning cam is a sort of mix between a nanny cam and a security system. While it looks big, it’s actually pretty small: about 4 inches to each side.
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This new gizmo assures you that your pet is only breathing quality air. Meanwhile, you can breathe all of that bad air, but hey, you better make sure that your pet is breathing well!
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Published December 12, 2009
Tags: behavior, cats, feline, pets, Yoda
Yoda the kitten in July 2008. She was so tiny!
I found this little post quite interesting. It details the different moods of cats and how they communicate them using their tails. I also wanted to know why my cat tends to gently bite me. I happily found out that this is the feline equivalent of kissing. The bites are gentle and don’t hurt. I guess that’s how she shows affection.
Published December 2, 2009
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There is no way that you could leave your dog alone for a few days. However, if you have cats, it’s always tempting to try and find a way to leave them alone at home without getting a cat sitter or sending them off to a kennel.
As dog owners ourselves, we tend to do pretty much anything to make our beloved pet feel great. Depending on what breed you have, dogs can be quite expressive. Sure, they can’t speak, but they can express what’s going in their little minds. What would you say to a machine that could record and translate your dog’s barks while you were away?