All We Want For Christmas…

…is Spring! Brr!


Murphy sez: I’m not a cold-weather dog. No way, no how. So you can imagine my dismay for the past two weeks when it’s been too cold to walk, or even hang out in the backyard barking at squirrels. It was okay for a night or two, but this is getting ridiculous.

Mica sez: I’ll tell you what’s ridiculous. Ridiculous is those stupid fleece booties J makes us wear when it gets below about 5 degrees (f). I mean, having to wear a sweater is bad enough, but I *hate* having my feet touched, and putting those booties on every time we go out in the snow is just a total indignity. Thank goodness the sub-zero weather finally broke today (yesterday? I’m confused, since this post is late. Sunday!) so we could go out without getting all dressed up every single time again.


Murphy sez: I don’t really mind the coat or booties, ’cause I can stay out longer with them. At least if I stay on the paths J shoveled through the yard for us. That snow is *deep*! I mean, it comes up to your shoulders, Mica…that means it goes over my back! Not cool. Or very, very cool, depending on how you look at it. I tell you what – I went off-path for a few seconds there, and regretted it immediately. Ran in the house to warm up after that. Sheesh!

Mica sez: Yep, it’s pretty cold. It actually got down to -22(f) at our house this past Saturday. And J says I don’t have the sense to come in when I’m cold…I wait too long, until I can barely walk, and then she has to come out and walk me back in, and that’s kinda awkward…


Murphy sez: You should be smart like me. When I start getting cold, I sprint for the backdoor instead of staying out there freezing my but off. Beats trying to limp to the door when you can’t feel your feet!

Mica sez: But I get all distracted trying to find things in the snow. Digging and sticking my face in all that powdery white stuff are two of my favorite winter things. But I do tend to forget about time doing that…

You know, we did find a little sunshine this past weekend. Sunshine! In the living room!


Murphy sez: Thank goodness the house has big windows that heat the place up during the day, and also let all that beautiful warm sunshine into the living room. I don’t know why the sun can’t warm things up outside. Coldest day ever and the sun was still shining but the temps never got above zero. Weird how things work (or don’t).

Hey, next Sunday is Christmas! Do you think J got us something, Mica? Spring, maybe?


Mica sez: I don’t think J can control the weather, Murph. If she could, I doubt she’d ever make it cold enough that she has to put on our boots and coats every single time we have to go outside and take them off every time we come in.

But I bet we’ll get something. New bones? New toys? Both? I can’t wait to see what’s under the tree for us!

Murphy sez: It’s gonna be so much fun! Hey…do you think J will still have time to write this post next Sunday? I heard something about three meals they have to eat out with family next weekend…

Mica sez: Yeah, we should probably wait until Monday. J has the day off. She’ll have plenty of time to type for us then.

Murphy sez: Yay! We can show off our new stuff, if we have any left over…

Mica and Murphy say: Merry Christmas, everyone! Talk to you next week!


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Sunday Rundown

Walkin' in the snow today!
Walkin’ in the snow today!

Mica sez: I’m not sure why we’re dictating this post now, Murph. I mean, we haven’t had dinner yet. And after the day we’ve had, I’m starving. Can’t we do this later?

Murphy sez: Well, we could, but we did promise to have J put a post up on Sunday, and we’ve been working her pretty hard today. I mean, from the time J got up to feed us (late, I should mention), we’ve been up and at ‘em. That’s what happens when we don’t get our nightly walks. Dogs gotta burn energy, you know!

Mica sez: Yeah, I think we may have been starting to get on J’s nerves. But it was pretty fun getting bully sticks every night that it was too cold to walk last week (which was every night). I think it’s fair to say we’ve gotten really good at tearing those apart. Thirty-minutes or less…like most delivery food places!


Murphy sez: I think you actually beat me twice this week. That’s gotta be a record or something. Still, it was pretty fun to get out yesterday for just a little bit in the snow, and then today for one of our shorter normal routes! Cabin fever is weird, man. Makes a dog do crazy things, like chasing his tail and his housemates around the yard.

Mica sez: J seemed a little bit nervous about that last one. I thought we were just gonna play, and I think you were just playing too, but she’s a Nervous Nelly and always says I play too hard. She wouldn’t let me play with Lucy either. Spoil-sport!

Murphy sez: Well, at least we got treats out of that deal. So, still pretty good. Speaking of treats…I think you’re right. We should break for dinner. Back in fifteen?

Mica sez: Race ya to the kitchen!


Murphy sez: Now I feel like a nap. But we should probably finish this post, right Mica?

Mica sez: Yep – to both the nap and the post. Are you sure we can’t take a nap first? I mean, we did finally get to walk today – I wouldn’t say it was warm, but it was definitely warmer. Walkin’ through the unshoveled spots wasn’t much fun though. I hate wet feet.

Murphy sez: That part was pretty cold. My sock got snowy, and that makes my leg cold. Good thing J had some clean ones in the dryer so I could have a nice, warm replacement when we got home. But our afternoon didn’t stop there, did it Mica?

Mica sez: Nope. Then J still had to vacuum, but that’s cool, ‘cause we got the good treats to keep us from starving. And then we had to take the garbage out. I think we snuck in a quick snooze while J was swapping laundry though – or I did, at least.


Murphy sez: Me too! I could use a few more hours though. What say we just leave this here with some pictures, and call it good for the week?

Mica sez: Good idea. Maybe next week we should make Christmas lists, eh Murph? I mean, Christmas is only two weeks away, you know.

Murphy sez: If it means I get gifts, it can’t come fast enough. If there are treats, even better! We can ask for treats, right Mica?

Mica sez: Ask for whatever you want, buddy. But right now, I’m off to find a pillow and blanket until it’s time for our late-night pineapple snack. Or until B comes home, whichever happens first.

Murphy sez: Mmm…pineapple. Do we really have to wait until bedtime for that?


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Weekend Update(s)


Murphy sez: Wow – has it really been a whole month since J posted anything for us? Geez. We really should figure out a good punishment for her. I mean, we have important stuff to say, don’t we, Mica? And a lot has happened since then…what with those holiday-things, and a bunch of in and out and in and out and in and —

Mica sez: Yeah, yeah. I mean, I know she’s been kinda busy doing human stuff, but still. Not only did she miss telling about your former foster parents *and* grandparents coming to visit, but she didn’t take any pictures at all when they were here, either! Talk about falling down on the job. We should probably fire her, but I don’t think we have too many other options. And she does feed us, walk us, and make sure we have warm blankets at night…

Murphy sez: Well, we’ll just have to hope your little “I hate the kitchen floor” antics earlier this week will be punishment enough. Seriously, dude – what was that all about, anyways? One day you’re eating and going out just fine, and the next you act like the kitchen floor is a bed of hot coals, and you don’t want anything to do with it! Good thing my happy juice works on you too, or I don’t know what J would have done…


Mica sez: Man, the wind was so bad that day, and it’s been getting dark before the humans get home, so the house is pitch black, and that stupid floor is so slippery, and then when we’re both on it and I get bumped, or something falls and makes noise…I mean, it’s like walking on ice! Don’t you notice?

But J did switch the food bowls so I could reach the rug easier. And she moved another rug over so I could get to the back door. And she started turning the lights on at lunch so we wouldn’t have to wait for them in the dark. I only made her take me out the front door and around the house one time. That’s not too bad, right?


Murphy sez: I guess not, considering the neighbors have a dog that won’t use their back steps at all, and has to be taken out the front door and around to the back yard just to go potty. I’m glad you seem to be sort of getting over it though. I don’t think J’s gonna carpet the kitchen just for you, and she doesn’t seem inclined to put the food bowls on the carpet either.

That’s another thing problem we had this past month, isn’t it? Food! Stupid Acana changed their formula and gave us both issues. I don’t know why they have to do that – don’t fix it if it ain’t broke, I say! More like break stuff that isn’t broke. Like bones, and bully sticks and stuffies.

Are cats and squirrels meant to be broken? Is that why I need to bark at and chase them? That right there is a deep thought for a sunny afternoon in the yard, Mica. What’s the equivalent of catnip for dogs, anyway? We should get some, whatever it is…

Mica sez: I have no idea, Murph – we’ll have to get J to find out.

That food thing is a serious issue, ‘cause we gotta eat! J’s still trying to figure it all out after having us try three different foods and finally going back to Acana ‘cause nothing else works either. At least the raw goat’s milk seems to be clearing up your ears. And no extra pumpkin seems to be helping me, but only a little. J says there’s a new raw pork food out that she’s going to get me some of once her fi-nan-ces are in better shape, whatever that means. See if that helps me digest the kibble better without making me itch more.

I like pork. Just like you like fish, which is weird, because fish makes me throw up. A lot. Like all night. It’s bad.


Murphy sez: I love fish – all kinds! I wonder if they make a raw fish food for dogs? J is wrinkling her nose at the thought, but how yummy would that be? Maybe she could get me some sardines to put with my fish food. Just call me…sushi-dog!

Hey Mica – do you think it’s gonna snow next week? I mean, we already have to wear coats when we’re walking now…what’s gonna happen when it snows? Do we walk? Do we freeze our paws off? Do we get more bully sticks ‘cause it’s too cold to actually exercise?

We got more questions than answers, Mica. I think it might be time for a nap. Or a treat. Maybe both.

Mica sez: Definitely both. And J should take a nap too, on account of maybe she won’t forget to transcribe our blog anymore?

Which reminds me – J says our posts are moving to Sundays, on account of the pictures that we want to put up. It takes too long to edit pictures during the week, apparently, so we’re doing weekend updates now.

Murphy sez: But not this weekend, right? ‘Cause we just did this post, and that’s enough for one week, I’d say. But Sunday December 11, right?

Mica sez: Yep…that’s right. Now about that nap…


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