Another Video For You: My Bionic Pet

I watched a way interesting and way fun documentary on prosthetics for the 2 and 4 leggeds with scales, fur and feathers in our lives.

If you happen to have 52 minutes to spare, I promise it’s worth the watch!

My favorite Bionic Pet is Chris P. Bacon, the pig.  Gotta love the name!

The link to the video is below.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/my-bionic-pet/my-bionic-pet/8696/

For the life of me I don’t understand why anyone would pass up on a scratch and dent critter.   Seems it’s only a matter of time before a beast missing or needing to be missing a body part or 3 will turn up on Run A Muck Ranch’s door step.  If and when that happens, you can be rest assured a fun life will  be guaranteed!

Never underestimate the value of scratch and dent critters!

 

Run A Muck Ranch Yields to the Space Saving Masters

I’ve posted many a pic, and a few posts, showing how the Run A Much Ranch dogs excel at making the most of small spaces.

Nimwits piled on top of each other, series of multiple spoons, and other such cute, cuddly, compact postures have been shared with pride, me believing our dogs were the masters.  I was wrong.

I humbly yield the Space Saving Masters Title to the Bull Terriers in this video, with extra accolades going to the black and white one.

 

A Call to Action, Not Dog Related

I happened to have an early work day today, and decided to come home and veg out on the couch while watching TV.  We have Netflix, and highlighted on the menu was a Netflix original movie, Virunga.  The description was of a documentary depicting the life of rangers in the Virunga Park, Congo, with an emphasis on the protection of mountain gorillas.    Who doesn’t love gorillas, right?

You have to watch it. You have to sit through every second of it. If you don’t have Netflix, sign up for the free month, watch the movie, then cancel your subscription.  It’s worth it.  Trust me.

Trailer:

http://virungamovie.com/player/

Virunga isn’t a story of a group of rangers trying to protect a park and it’s mountain gorillas.  It’s a story of what we, the citizens of the world, have allowed to happen, over and over,  due to our apathy.

SOCO is a UK problem – and I implore any UK followers to join any call to action against this greedy corporation.

For the US followers:  Walmart, the Koch brothers, pretty much any politician, and the list goes on – your well being isn’t even on their radar.  It’s all about money and power.  As long as you are good sheep and do what you’re told, getting all excited about the possibility of saving pennies, they’re very happy making billions.

Stop being sheep.  Be aware of how the top earners make their money and what sacrifices others have to make in order for that to happen.

The Monster From the Muck

So there we were, out for Sunday Family Desert Walk, at the waterhole, when suddenly and without warning, something emerged from the muck.

 

What IS this fiendish creature?
What IS this fiendish creature?

 

It ran to and fro for a while.

 

To
To

 

Fro
Fro

 

We tried to be silent and still so as not to be seen by the evil spawn from the depths, but it saw us anyway, charging at us in a most menacing manner.

 

Fear struck deep in our hearts when we saw IT close up.
Fear struck deep in our hearts when we saw IT close up.

 

Mortimer was flummoxed by the sight. Afraid to approach, yet equally afraid to flee.

 

Morty's Flumixed face.
Morty’s flummoxed face.

 

Terrified though we were, we decided to stay near the waterhole for the safety of the other dogs who accompanied us.  Eventually the wild THING that emerged from the muck calmed down enough for us to realize it was just Emmi.

 

Sweet Emmi
Sweet Emmi

 

Words of wisdom from The Crazy Dog Lady:  Beware Wet Emmis wherever they may be found.

 

Pre-Explosion

It wasn’t fair that Pablo didn’t get to out on Sunday Family Desert Walks.  Shy of fitting him with 50 pound weights, we weren’t sure how to slow him down in the wilderness, and if he got away from us, he would be gone for good.

We eventually relented, tightening his collar, putting him on a long line and clipping the line to my person.  The clip is a safeguard, insuring Pablo is safely attached to me in the event I become incapacitated for any reason.

Though Pablo does enjoy the walks, actually, they’re more like sled dog training sessions for the amount he pulls, sometimes he gets a little frustrated and, for lack of a better word, explodes.

I wish I had the video recorder for this morning’s episode, but all I had was the still camera.  It was enough to get the pre-explosion, however :)

 

Release me you $%##!! human!!!!
Release me you $%##!! human!!!!

 

 

Product Review: Dremel Nail Groomers

With as many beasts as we have, nail trimming isn’t always done on a regular basis.  I’ve been doing some reading on the nail grinders, and like what I’ve read.

Quiet, gentle, easier on the dog, easier on the person and no rough or split edges.

Imagine the possibilities!  If I were to grind the nails of 1 dog every day, our toenails would be as perfect as our dogs!

I tested the Dremel Nail Groomer on DASH! today.

DASH! enjoying a good romp through the mud.  DASH! is the only dog I've ever 'mothered' that I would clone in a heartbeat.   The world needs many more DASH!'s .
DASH! enjoying a good romp through the mud. DASH! is the only dog I’ve ever ‘mothered’ that I would clone in a heartbeat. The world needs many more DASH!’s .

This was the result:

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Not sure how well the Dremel works on dog nails, but it can put some serious corn rolls in human hair!

Crabby says I’m not allowed to use it again without the supervision of a responsible adult.

The Price He Has to Pay

With Crabby sleeping on the floor more often due to his back (wouldn’t want him to get it checked out would we?), Willy has decided Crabby’s side of the people bed belongs to him now.  No more waiting for his turn in the rotation – Willy believes his rightful place is next to me, on the people bed, every night.  On those “Good Back” nights when Crabby does sleep in the people bed, Willy is horrified when forced to make other sleeping arrangements.

There’s a problem with this, however:  Willy has decided spooning is a requirement.   Not a bad thing if it’s a human who showers.  Not so pleasant when its a dog who doesn’t.  At bedtime, Willy squashes himself against me, and until I roll over into the proper spoon position, with my arm around him, he will snort, sneeze, shimmy, flop, look over his shoulder at me, and sometimes even growls.  I tell you what, to have your dog threaten you if you don’t spoon him…  it’s an experience!

Most of the time I accommodate,  but sometimes Willy smells, well, like a dog, and I really don’t want him under my nose.  In those instances, I roll over, my back to Willy, in the hopes he’ll just move over to his side of the bed.  Nope.  If I don’t spoon Willy, and Willy wants to spoon, he spoons me.  We’re talking flip over, move the back legs out of the way to get maximum contact, left arm draping over me, head on my neck.

Given the current sleeping circumstances, Willy necessarily gets more baths than any of the other dogs – every 2 weeks, at least.  For those who don’t know Willy, bathing is not on his list of acceptable activities.  Each bath is followed by either pouting,  anger directed at my person or other such behaviors intended to let me know just what a lousy person I am.

He's going to make me pay for this!
He’s going to make me pay for this!

Here is the photo shoot post-bath today:

Usually Willy goes somewhere outside the house traffic lanes to mourn his treatment.  Today, however, he stayed pretty public.  And it wasn’t that he just stayed in view, he stayed in view, in his “I’m mad at you” posture, for quite a while.  It gave me several photo ops – 126 pictures over the course of 28 minutes, with 3 walk aways on my part,  before Willy realized I wasn’t going to apologize.  At that point, he gave up and went to sleep.

When Willy is mad at me, he holds his head high, chin level.  This is not a happy camper!
When Willy is mad at me, he holds his head high, chin level. This is not a happy camper!  Note avoidance of eye contact.   He wasn’t speaking to me, after all.   This was when he was in “You hurt my feelings” mode.
I tried to move into into his field of vision.  This was the result.
When pity didn’t work, he tried to ignore me.  This was the result.  I’ve got 3 shots of Willy deciding to sleep with his nose in the air…
When I moved into his field of vision, I was met with daggers.
When pity and “I’ don’t see you” didn’t work, the daggers came out.

No worries readers, Willy never goes to bed mad at me.

As an aside…  Do you not find it at least a little justified that Willy’s take on our relationship is starting to creep me out?  I mean, I realize he’s a dog in physical form only, but the inside, including the brain, is a human male, but still…   it’s getting more than a little weird.