Monthly Archives: August 2010

Chick, wolf and bear magnet

I have come to terms with the fact that I am a handsome animal. To be honest, I kind of like the attention. One of my earliest memories is of baddog telling Geek Good Girl that I was a chick magnet. I will admit that I did not have any idea what that meant, but I came to learn that I would be used to attract young women. It could be worse, right? Yes! Not only am I being used to attract girls, but I am being used to attract bears and wolves. I did not sign up for this!

Back in May, we were driving through South Dakota and came to a place called Bear Country. It sounded innocent enough, but we did not have bears in the portion of Indiana I come from, so I really did not know what was in store for me. When we first entered the grounds I was entertained with elk and other deerlike creatures. I had seen plenty of them on our trip, so I just put my head out the window and enjoyed the view and aromas of the area. Then it happened, we came across a pack of arctic wolves.

photo of arctic wolf

A Potential Friend?

At first I thought this guy wanted to be my friend. As he approached it became clear that he wanted to invite me to lunch. What was not very clear was if I was to be a guest or the main course. We moved along.

photo of bear

Do Not Rush Off

As we proceeded, we came across a section that had some of the biggest dogs I had ever seen. I later learned that these were the bears I had heard about. I guess they do not see a lot of domestic dogs as I seemed to pique a lot of interest from the residents. In fact, this guy hung out at the gate for a while, so we would stay a little longer than we wanted. At this point, it was decided that we should roll the windows of the car up. Read More »

DNA Test For Dogs

A few months ago, I entered into a relationship with several ticks. I did not particularly want to enter this relationship, but as baddog always says, “every cloud has a silver lining.” You might ask yourself what kind of silver lining ticks may provide, but these ticks potentially saved my life. Allow me to explain.

We were in Lake Tahoe when the ticks were discovered and we made an immediate visit to Alpine Animal Hospital to have them removed. While we were there the veterinarian informed us that collie breeds were susceptible to negative reactions from some medicines. This became an issue because everyone had been presuming that I was a border collie mix, with the border collie being the dominant gene. I mean, breeders, groomers and vets all said I was a border collie, and I kind of look like one, so we went with it. There was one breeder that insisted I was a pure bred, but we knew better. After all, mom looks nothing like any kind of collie.

Picture of my mom


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Redondo Beach Dog Park

This morning as we began our morning walk, baddog got a telephone call from his daughter. She was in the neighborhood with her two female Golden Retrievers, Lauren and Heidi. They were wondering where the Redondo Beach Dog Park was, so baddog told her and it was decided that instead of a morning walk, we would go to the dog park!

We used to go to the dog park on a daily basis, but there were so many weird dogs there that we stopped going. That did not stifle my excitement though, I was going to meet some new girls and maybe play rough and tumble with a Rottweiler or German Shepherd if I could find one that wanted to play. Here are a few photos from my time there.

When we arrived, I noticed that Lauren and Heidi had already made friends with a pretty Husky.

Photo of Lauren and Heidi with friend

Lauren and Heidi

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