Dude.  That’s enough already.  Yep, the water-meter-reader-guy hung a note on our door.  Cody (El Doggo Destructo) did NOT like how close the house he got, and came running up to the door in full SEARCH AND DESTROY mode.  Hackles fully up in a 5″ strip from his mane to his butt.  Tail fully erect; I could have used it to hang a flag.  I WISH I had a picture of him in full assault mode because it’s absolutely terrifying.   But I don’t.  Sorry.  He doesn’t stay that way very long, and if he’s THAT upset about something, it only seems fair that I check it out  on his behalf and call an all clear.

I DO have Cody in Alert Mode.  This is where he’s in the process of threat-identification.  And I might be biased, but he’s one good looking dog!


Seriously.  He’s majestic:


So majestic:


And it’s interesting, because the wife and I wanted your “standard” friendly house-dog.  About 40 lbs., happy to see everyone, boring old dog.  What we got was an incredibly smart dog, with his own unique personality, wants, and needs, who challenges us every day.  We were WOEFULLY unprepared for him.  And there were definitely a number of times, especially in those first few weeks after we adopted him (about 10 months old, March 2017) when we didn’t think we were going to be able to do it.  But sometimes he plays the role of “normal” dog.  Usually when he’s asleep:

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But you know what?  We stuck it out.  And we have the coolest dog around.  Yup, he’s weird.  Yup, he does NOT like strangers coming to the house (we’re working on this one and it’s going great!), and he has a low tolerance for rude dogs, but he’s pretty much awesome the rest of the time!

As you can see, he’s a part-time model:20180425_212009

As well as a master of disguise:

And he’s GREAT with puppies and children:


Wow.  This post completely went off the rails.  I started with Barky SirBarksalot, and am ending with… where-ever we are now.  But I will say, he’s been a fun dog to have around.  Even if I often suspect he’s just doing it intentionally to mess with me:
Cheers to you, Cody!

As always, thanks for reading, and you’re welcome.

Living the Dream,

Ahhh screwit.  Here’s a bunch more pics of my favorite dog:

My Dog Is Weird #2

If you read my first installment in this series you know my dog is a shower-licker.  But that’s obviously not his only habit that mystifies.  It’s obvious because otherwise, a) I couldn’t call this a series, and b) you wouldn’t be reading this right now.

So weird habit #2 (and probably Weird Habit #3, although that’s another post) involves his sleeping position, inasmuch as it’s actually possible to sleep like this:

Please note, if you will his back pressed hard into the edge of the coffee table.  The hard, wooden, pointed edge of my coffee table.  Why?

I hear you.  “That doesn’t look so bad,” you say.  “I’ve probably slept against some edges like that in my time.”  Perhaps even, “At least he’s still on the rug!”  And from a certain perspective you’d be right. But fortunately for you, that’s not the only perspective you get.

Let’s take a closer look at the corner of the table, shall we?

Well, that looks pretty uncomfortable.  The corner does appear to be poking him a bit.  But maybe another angle will shed some light on the situation?


Yup.  Most uncomfortable position ever, confirmed.  I mean, we’ve all been in situations where we’ve been compelled to sleep in an uncomfortable place.  But how often have you volunteered for this, when there are literally dozens of more comfortable places to sleep?

I don’t get it.  But then, I’m not a dog.

As always, thanks for reading, and you’re welcome.

Living the Dream,
Humble Dave

My Dog Is Weird

I’m starting a new series of blog posts titled “My Dog Is Weird” today because it’s my pup Cody’s 2nd birthday!  It will be short, and each one will contain one weird thing.  I hope you enjoy them (we sure do, after we’re done shaking our heads)!

Most nights, after he’s tucked into his enormous dog bed under a comfy fleece blanket and asleep, I go take a shower (it’s a walk-in).  After my shower I slide open the door, which is apparently his signal to get up, trot over to the shower, and proceed to lick the water off the walls and floor.

Sooo… you gonna rub my belly or what?

What?  Why?  He’s awesomely house-trained, and NEVER poops or pees in the house so he has a bowl of water in the bedroom that he can drink out of all night if he wants.  It’s the same water, just comes out of the sink instead of the shower!

We used to fight this behavior and tell him “no!” when he did it thinking this was dirty wash-water.  And, to be brutally honest, our shower isn’t NECESSARILY the cleanest in the world, probably.  Regardless, after the 14 months we’ve lived together we’ve started to compromise.  I give the front corner of the shower a heavy rinse after I’m done and he’s allowed his front paws in but not his back.


So it’s all SLURP SLURP SLURP SLURP SLURP after a shower.  What a weirdo.

Do your pets do anything strange like this?  In the comments I hope you’ll post something weird your pet (or child) does that keeps you entertained and confused!

As always, thanks for reading, and you’re welcome!

Living The Dream,
Humble Dave


Because why not?  Here are a stack of pictures of El Pupper Perfecto as he does his thing…

That is an interesting proposal. Please allow me to consider it in full before rendering a decision.
Impromptu nap in the middle of playtime with his bestie
Seriously, there is no dog cuter than him
Nice little hint of a smile on his perfectly whiskered face
Again, so cute
Guess who ended up with the ring?
Naptime on the doggy bed!
I’m fairly confident they were communicating telepathically
Majestic as hell. Climbed a mountain with his ladies
The zen art of sleeping
Sooo… you gonna rub my belly or what?
Nom Nom Nom
I’m a reindeer, don’t blow my cover

If you’re wondering why there aren’t more pictures of him moving, it’s because he’s too fast for the camera to pick up.  I’m working on some slow-motion videos and will have to link through youtube or vimeo or whatever the kids are using these days.

Living the Dream,

Humble Dave