December 13, 2012

At the Black Dog Café...

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... there's lots of bright, cold... mud. And I don't know what made you lie down in that muddy puddle — again and again. But you brought it home, and you're decorating our house with it... in mid-December. Meade got out the vacuum cleaner, when maybe what we really need is the Christmas tree... in that box, down there in the basement.

49 comments:

Michael K said...

It looks like pheasant season to me.

pm317 said...

I just hit a deer on the drive home from work and still shaken from it. I am surprised that damage to my Lexy is minimal and even not so visible. I hope the animal is alright but it may have taken a beating to its face as it may have caught the left corner of my car. I feel sad for it. I was afraid of it happening as I drove everyday on Beach drive through Rock Creek and it happened tonight.

edutcher said...

Now that sounds like one of our dogs, Quantum, in particular.

Which puts Zeus in the doghouse with Aunt Ann.

And tells us why she isn't getting a dog.

PS Glad you're OK, pm. The Blonde is worried about the same thing happening to her.

Moose said...

Can't you keep Meade out of those puddles?

Greybeard said...

I figured you'd know by now, that's what Labs do.
I had a Standard Poodle, and they too are water dogs...
Give 'em a bath, turn your head, and they'll undo your work in an instant.

pm317 said...

Thanks, edutcher. I was mortified about the pain I caused that animal. There was no blood -- so let us hope it was just a thud. It didn't happen where I feared it would, in Rock Creek park but a mile away from my home on a residential street. I don't know what the right thing to do when we encounter a deer. May be people could chime in to educate me. It being a residential street and with many cars front and back, I didn't have the high beam on and could not see the deer ahead of time until the light shone in it on the side.

pm317 said...

Meade's best friends: Zeus, Joey, Bingo, Ruby

Ann Althouse said...

"I had a Standard Poodle, and they too are water dogs..."

As we were leaving, we saw a beautiful white standard poodle, perfectly groomed, emerging from a vehicle. So clean!

ALP said...

Since this is a dog cafe, I have to get a dog related item off my chest.

New neighbors moved into a house bordering our property a few months ago. Soon afterwards, they got a dog. I don't know them, so cannot speculate why they got a dog. Well, I can: they have young children that, I am sure, had something to do with it.

However, these are the kind of folks that get a dog - then leave it outside all hours of the day - neglected. This poor dog's "boredom barking" tears me up to the point it has ruined my "quiet enjoyment" of my garden and yard.

I am at the point of confronting them with the question: "WHY do you have a dog if you are just going to ignore it?"

I did shelter work for many years in Seattle. I know these types. And I fucking hate them. I'd approach them and offer to walk the dog now and then, but am unwilling to walk past the many "No Trespassing" signs gracing the end of their driveway. The fact they don't think ONE sign is enough is telling.

Thanks for reading.

garage mahal said...

I just hit a deer on the drive home from work and still shaken from it

How far from Madison are you? :-)

Trooper bait.

rhhardin said...

Your standards of hygiene change for the better if you have a dog in the house.

Doberman fur is self-cleaning, dirtwise.

pm317 said...

ALP said...
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I have neighbors like that -- one has their dog barking under control now. The other would let the dog loose and it got into the habit of pooping all over my front yard. I had to have an ugly encounter, shocking even with that neighbor for it to stop.

edutcher said...

Michael K said...

It looks like pheasant season to me.

"No, it's duck season".

"Wabbit theathon!".

Palladian said...

I continue to demand that Zeus gets his own blog tag.

Chip Ahoy said...

What? Zeus doesn't have a tag? That's incredible. Zeus, you can have my tag. You deserve it.

ALP said...

pm317:

Its not the noise that bothers me so much as the fact I can tell the dog is so very unhappy. I find animal suffering intolerable. If it was the sound of the dog out there playing fetch with the kids, I could live with that.

In terms of neighbors that let their dogs escape to end up in my yard: if it was me and the dog was nice enough, I'd keep it! That will teach 'em.

pm317 said...

Oh, my! Zeus ran past Meade as if he were not there. How insulting!

pm317 said...

ALP, you were right about the dog being ignored -- they would leave it alone on the deck with no stairs down.

rhhardin said...

Rugby scrum in the back yard.

Jim said...

I miss Stella, my black lab. She always had this look that said, "could we please have it wetter and muddier?" I miss her enthusiasm for life and walks.

Surfed said...

And which Labrador is named Churchill he of the frequent "Black Dog"?

Patrick said...

Robert Griffin III is one of the best new quarterbacks in a long time. He is in a crop of three outstanding rookie quarterbacks this year. Back when I was fixing stuff in the dorms, I worked with a bunch of union guys, one of which commented on how black guys couldn't succeed at quarterback because their ankles were too narrow!

Apparently, RGIII is not black enough

RGII didn't get the memo that all blacks think and act alike. That is all they are to the left.

Browndog said...

Meade's missing a 20 ga. and an orange vest.

Art imitates art

Patrick said...

Back when we were still dating, my wife hit a deer with her (small) car. Really shook her up. Those things don't look too big, but they can do a lot of damage. Hope you're ok, pm317.

Patrick said...

I think Zeus smelled something, if you know what I mean.

And I think you do.

Fr Martin Fox said...

Is this an open thread? Let's see...

I was at an Italian restaurant this evening.

Four young guys--guy-looking guys--come in and sit at the bar. They order: two Captain-and-Cokes, one Coke, and one Sangria.

What do you think?

Browndog said...

pm317 said...

Grow up.

You killed that deer.

Deal with it...

after you console Lexy, naturally.

rcocean said...

What do you think?

I guess they wanted desert first.

shiloh said...

Nate Silver: 'Punditry Is Fundamentally Useless'

Nate having a keen grasp of the obvious notwithstanding, where does that leave political blogging lol. ok again, political blogging is somewhat entertaining on a good day!

pm317 said...

Thanks, Patrick. I am OK but worry the deer may not be.

Browndog, you're right. I have grown up in the last few hours. I used to fret about what I would do if it happened and now I know. Human mind is resilient -- we fret about bad stuff but when it actually happens, we bounce back. I don't think the deer got killed, because there is no blood on Lexy and not much damage to it (or should it be her?). I will gladly give up my good karma for the deer's well being.

Patrick said...

Four young guys--guy-looking guys--come in and sit at the bar. They order: two Captain-and-Cokes, one Coke, and one Sangria.

What do you think?


I don't know. When I'm in an Italian place, I usually go by the book and get Chianti. Orvieto is a nice alternative.

So, I guess I think I'm not in the "young guy" demo anymore. Can't say I miss it. Captain and coke never did it for me.

Browndog said...

pm317 said...

You fret too much.

Welcome to the real world...
The natural world.

Don't let it haunt you, it's life.

madAsHell said...

i'm fairly certain that your neighbors (....the dog owners) are grateful that you can lavish so much attention on their (your?) dogs.

Full disclosure: I share a dog (the avatar) with my 87 year old mother. That dog keeps her moving!!

pm317 said...

Kind of chatty tonight, forgive me. Thanks to Ann for putting up a post on Ravi Shankar yesterday. I was not a big fan of his because I was under the mis-impression that he was a sell out to the Western music overlords. But Ann's excerpted paragraph revealed the man had a different agenda and I like it. So reading about him today and his collaborations with Phillip Glass and Zubin Mehta, I came across this. It is a bit bland for my taste. But my husband and I always wondered where was the Indian counterpoint which is so antithetical to Indian ways because it requires planning and rehearsals and deliberation, cooperation and collaboration. May be this could be a start to it.

madAsHell said...

My wife just hollered at me....(what's new?)...Walmart has acquired the Twinkie brand name.

Why didn't I see this train coming??!?!?

leslyn said...

madAsHell said... My wife just hollered at me....(what's new?)...Walmart has acquired the Twinkie brand name.

Goodie! Now we can have combination Twinkie-Walmart-fat posts. With pictures!

pm317 said...

Here is the best example of counterpoint and what a video! Pretty cool.

Lem said...

Headlining Drudge

Is ESPN Tebowing RGIII?

Apparently RGIII 'mistakenly' said he fears God, doesn't want the color of his skin to define him and has a white girlfriend.

The horror...

McTriumph said...

Meade and Professor Ann are lucky Zeus didn't encounter the deer pm317 slaughtered, he would have rolled in it. Food for thought, mud puddles are not that bad.

Lem said...

The drive off the cliff is boring Pelosi.

Rabel said...

Justin Bieber....WTF?

shiloh said...

Never too soon ...

Chip Ahoy said...

Whitaker Wright, mining tycoon, was one of the wealthy merchants that build a fabulous estate. A trend at the time was to include an eye-popping tower, garden, pool, fountain, maze, lakes and such. Wright differed from the rest in that his extravagance was hidden under a lake. A poolroom. Room for a pool table. A glass dome under an artificial lake accessed by an island.

It's mostly forgotten. Not open to the public.

Here on Derelict Places four kids visit the underwater poolroom. Sometimes called ballroom. It's amazing it's not leaking. The kids take up in a boathouse and use a two-man inflatable to the island so they must retrieve it with a line. They show this in their video.

DailyMail

Paco Wové said...

As an ex-Northwesterner whose roots go back via covered wagons and the Oregon Trail, I must protest that that thing in your basement looks nothing like a Douglas Fir.

Bob Ellison said...

Fr Martin Fox, I think we've been very patient. There had better be a punchline. It needs not be really funny, but you gotta deliver.

Fr Martin Fox said...

Sorry, no punchline!

I just was surprised by what those guys ordered. I've noticed it before--some rugged guys come in and order drinks I don't think of guys drinking. But then I'm 50 so maybe out of step.

Actually I would order Sangria, but in the summer.

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Rusty said...

Fr Martin Fox said...
Sorry, no punchline!

I just was surprised by what those guys ordered. I've noticed it before--some rugged guys come in and order drinks I don't think of guys drinking. But then I'm 50 so maybe out of step.

Actually I would order Sangria, but in the summer.

Sorry, Father. I'm a shot and a beer man.

EMD said...

I like a good Sidecar occasionally, but no sugar on the rim — that's overkill.