Convo Corner: Aliens, Cats, & The Great Pumpkin Shortage

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Murphy sez: I’m not sure where to start this week, Mica. I mean, there’s so much to discuss. A cat, a pumpkin shortage, aliens, a hair guy, someone at the front door, those pesky squirrels in the neighbor’s tree, new sidewalks, new posting days…I mean, how are we gonna keep it all straight?

Mica sez: Well geez, Murph. I think you just told everyone everything we had to talk about. We might as well just let the nice people go on with their Friday, I suppose. It’s not like J got all that many new pictures for this week either. I’m surrounded by slackers. Except the neighbors, who are just loud – especially when it comes to car doors.

Murphy sez: And motorcycles. Though the one that visits over there isn’t nearly as bad as some. I might get used to it. Eventually.

You’re in a mood today, Mica. What’s the deal? I didn’t spoil anything much…just summarized all the stuff we’ve got going on. You know, ‘cause it’s exciting. Well, most of it, anyways.

Mica sez: You’re excited about everything, Murph. Except walks. Which is weird, but we’ll leave that alone for now. Don’t mind me – I’m just hoping it won’t rain tonight, because J won’t take us walking if it’s raining. I don’t know why…we still have to go if it’s snowing, but apparently J will melt if she has to walk in the rain. So it had better not rain tonight. Or I’ll pout.

MicaEars

Murphy sez: Too late, dude. You’re already pouting. It’s probably on account of your legs hurting. When J finally finds something you can take for your joints without fish oil in it, I’m sure you’ll feel lots better.

I wish J had gotten a picture of that cat we saw on our walk the other night. It was an orange tabby cat standing back between some bushes, and it arched up something fierce and hissed at us when we walked by. If it hadn’t hissed, I might not have seen it at all! But I really, really wanted to chase it off. That cat’s lucky J saw it when we did, eh Mica? If not for her, we coulda had fuzzball stew for dinner…

Mica sez: I don’t know, Murph – it was a pretty big cat. I’m not sure the scratches would be worth it. Besides, the grocery stores are out of canned pumpkin, though J swears she can’t imagine why. She cooked up some butternut squash for us to have tomorrow instead though, which might have made an equally good side for cat, I suppose – as long as there’s enough turmeric paste mixed in. Somehow, I don’t think she’s gonna let us try it though. Too bad, really.

MicaNewBone

Murphy sez: Well, maybe we can try squirrel then? I mean, I really thought about hopping the neighbor’s fence this week. Those squirrels that live in his tree were just teasing me – they’re so cheeky! And they chatter at me from those branches like they own the place – like *I’m* the one who’s trespassing. In my own yard!

Maybe those aliens who were working up on the poles late the other night would give me a boost up in that bucket-thingy with the lights on it. It sure was scary, seeing them up in the air like that after dark. I came and got you guys, but J acted like it was no big deal. Then you had to go all hyper-dog and almost start a fight…geez, dude. I was just letting everyone know that we were being invaded!

Mica sez: I know…and it was exciting! I was just gearing up to attack the aliens. I don’t know why J wasn’t excited. Or why she made us come back in the house. I mean, we should have kept an eye on those guys. By the time we got back out to the yard, they were gone.

But we didn’t fight. Not then, and not when that high school person came to the house selling stuff either. I mean, he didn’t knock, but because he knows J & B, he didn’t leave either. He looked pretty confused when J opened the door. She was just happy we behaved ourselves. I don’t know why. We’re good dogs. We can behave…when we want to.

Murphy sez: I don’t know why he didn’t come in, dang it. I mean, we’ve met him before, so he could have come in to say hi. J still seems a little skittish about that though. Silly girl. Think that’s why we can’t go to the 50 States hair guy thing to benefit the Rimrock Humane Society in September? I mean, I don’t want to go see the mobile groomer, but seems like a good cause, since they helped me out so much and all. Think she’ll go get a haircut?

Mica sez: I don’t know – she’s pretty picky about who cuts her hair. And the stuff they put on it too. And I overheard her saying she won’t take me to the mobile grooming thingy, because that would be mean to the groomers. It’s on a busy street though, Murph. Lots of loud engines and motorcycles. Might not be a fun place for you either.

I’m pretty sure that either way, J’s gonna drop off a donation if nothing else. And that guy cutting hair seems like a pretty well-known dude, so maybe she’ll get over herself and go get a trim too. Not that it matters much, since she wears a hat most of the time when she’s not at work…even when she gets home and takes us walkin’.

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Murphy sez: Yeah – speaking of walking, I wonder when they’ll get those new sidewalks finished up in front of the school they’re building across the street? Soon, I hope. It’s kinda dangerous walking out in the street where they’ve narrowed it with those bump-out-thingys.

Mica sez: Well, the new concrete is in, so probably whenever that sets up. We should get a picture of that one of these days. There’s a lot of construction going on over there! Maybe when our new Pawscam gets here next month. Then we can take the pics, since J can’t really manage a camera while she’s keepin’ track of us.

Murphy sez: Yeah…and then we’ll have proof when cats sneak up on us during our walks…

Hey, did J mention something about new posts here next week? Does that mean more work for us? This site is sort of our “job” now, since we’re stuck at home while she and B go off to work every day. We’ve got affiliate links and everything – but we’re donating part of the proceeds from those back to help other doggies, right?

Mica sez: Yep, that’s right. We earn a tiny fraction when people click most of the links on this site, and some of that will help keep us in bully sticks and supplements, and the rest will be donated back to local dogs in need. J says all we have to do is be cute & funny. And since we don’t even have to try on those, really, our job is easy!

But we also need to give people more information, so we’re going to be doing some reviews, and J’s going to do some posts on how we stay healthy. Those start next week, but there will still only be one email per week for subscribers with this post, and links to any other ones during the week, so no spam!

Mmm…spam. Are we sure we don’t want any spam?

Murphy sez: Now I’m hungry. We should get second breakfast. Did we miss anything?

Mica sez: Nope, I think we covered it all, Murph. Until next time, anyways. You know you’re not getting a second breakfast though, right? Better just take a nap…

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What A Week!

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Mica sez: Wow, Murphy. It’s been a crazy week around here. I don’t even think people are going to believe it. Wild, wacky stuff. But I think we’re handling it pretty well, don’t you? Almost as good as those olympic people that J and B have been watching on TV this week…

Murphy sez: Of course we are. Because we’re just that good. The “only a tiny bit of a freakout at the motorcycle gang who nearly ran us over the other night ‘cause we weren’t crossing the street fast enough when they wanted to make a left turn” kind of good. Though I kinda would like to find those guys and teach ‘em some manners. We don’t run, dang it. We walk or trot, like the civilized and somewhat injured (in my case) pups that we are. Sheesh.

Mica sez: I can’t even believe you did so good – and you were on the outside, even, so they were comin’ right at you! But you didn’t bark and barely gave J any trouble when she scooted you up onto the curb, so I say you win a gold medal for conquering your fears just then. Well done, Murph. You’ve come a long way…

Murphy sez: Hey thanks man. I did pretty well with the M&M J dropped earlier too. She tried to take it back, of course, but I managed to swallow half of it, and the rest turned her fingers orange. Serves her right for trying to take it away. “Chocolate’s not good for you, Murphy,” she says. Harumph! One M&M is not going to kill me. And the half I got was totally delicious.

MurphyJungle

Mica sez: I can’t give you a gold medal for eating junk food, Murph. But you can have a silver one for helping J with the weeding by snacking on a good chunk of bindweed. I think she’s still gonna have to get out there with the pruners and cut the tree starts down, but you made a good dent in the actual weeds, and you’ve been keeping the grass trimmed around the sugar maple. Another atta-boy for you. You’re killin’ it this week!

Murphy sez: It wasn’t all that violent, Mica. Geez. Although I did kill that bunny that came in the PupJoy box we finally opened last week. It was so soft and fuzzy, I actually think I set a new record for chewing a seam apart and unstuffing the little guy. It was gone less than an hour after it came out of the box. RIP, little fleece and denim bunny dude…

MurphyUnstuffed

Mica sez: Yeah, and then you tore the arms off my new fox after I chewed on him for awhile, and J had to cut off his ears and feet so you wouldn’t swallow them, and by that time, the poor thing was just about a goner. Ironic that the only things that lasted from that box are the stuffed postman, who I don’t think even you are going to chew apart for a good long while, and some sort of weird bacon-flavored fake antler chew toy that J thinks we’ll be too rough with, so she’s saving it for another doggie. Someone who isn’t as rough on toys as we are.

MicaToy

Murphy sez: Well, you’re the one she’s constantly referring to as a “brute”. She usually just calls me cute. ‘Cause I am.

Hey, did you see that huge bag of bully sticks J and B brought home from Costco Monday night?! It’s too bad we only get them on weekends. I mean, they could buy two bags, right? I do love a good bully stick to snack on…

Mica sez: Me too…I tried to talk J into giving us one that night, but she wouldn’t budge. She can be a big meanie sometimes. Like when she locked us in the dining room the other day so that guy could come work on our internet connection. I think she should have left us out. We wouldn’t hurt him. And it might be fun to watch him climb that big pole out back…

Exiled

Murphy sez: Yeah! The one those pesky squirrels use as a stupid highwire highway. I wonder if that guy saw a squirrel up there. Do you think I should ask? Do you think he’d catch it for me? I mean, that would be the ultimate squeaky toy, right?

Mica sez: Yes, yes it would. I tore apart a squirrel the other night after our walk…although it wasn’t a real squirrel, so that probably doesn’t count. I don’t think it’s very sporting to have someone else catch the squirrel for you though. Wouldn’t it be more fun to catch it yourself?

MicaUnstuffed

Murphy sez: If I could climb poles and trees, sure. Since I can’t…I’m good having someone give me a little “hunting assist”.

So what are we gonna do this weekend, Mica? It’s been cooler, so walking’s been more fun – though we did have to walk after dark a few nights this week on account of J having too much stuff to do. Good thing we have our light-up leashes! Though J’s thinking maybe she should get us light up collars too, so it doesn’t look like just a floating light saber…

Mica sez: That might be cool for Halloween, actually. It would look like she’s walking ghost dogs if our collars lit up too! Think it would freak people out?

Murphy sez: I dunno. But that one guy sure thought our leashes were cool the other night. Silly man didn’t even seem to notice us. I mean, we’re way cooler than our leashes. Humans are weird.

Murphy sez: Yes they are, Murph. Yes they are. Is it Saturday yet? Should I bug J for a bully stick?

Mica sez: One more day of napping, dude. I think we’ve earned that this week, don’t you?

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Healing is Hard Work

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Mica sez: Hey Murph – I notice your leg is a little worse for the wear. What’s up with that? I thought you were healing?

Murphy sez: Well, I was. But then J was home last week, and B was gone, and I had a legging on all the time instead of my cone, and there’s been construction for that new school just down the street…I sorta went backwards a lil bit. And J put some “healing” gel on my leg when it was looking much better and nearly all scarred over that made me itch like crazy and I pulled the gel and the scabs off, so it’s mostly her fault. But I don’t jump at every little noise now, and even when I do, I don’t immediately go for my leg. So that’s progress, right?

Mica sez: Definitely. I still jump when someone touches me. No matter who or where. Not as bad as when I first got here, but…I spook easily. So what are they gonna do about your leg? I mean, you can’t just leave it like that…

Murphy sez: Nope. J started leaving my legging off during the day again this week, and the scar tissue’s coming back quick. She and B forgot to put a legging on a lunch two days in a row, and she noticed I don’t really even try to lick at it now if the legging is off. She thinks it makes my leg itch worse to have it on, so they decided to s’periment with leaving my leg bare except when we’re walking, or overnight, or when J’s in the shower or something where she can’t watch me.

Mica sez: No medicine or anything? Just open to the air? Will that work?

Post-walk panting...
Post-walk panting…

Murphy sez: Well, medicine once or twice a day, and keeping it clean. But that’s it. J says wounds need lots of air to heal, and I’m already getting lots of good healing stuff in my food, so she thinks as long as I don’t pull it open again, it’ll heal better if we mostly leave it alone and don’t mess with it so much. It needs to dry out a bit, she says. I don’t know if it’ll work or not, but I guess we’ll see. I just gotta keep from licking and chewing on it…

Mica sez: That’s the hard part, right? I just can’t stop licking stuff, especially late at night – it’s so cathartic. But I lick bones a lot, or the carpet. J says she doesn’t care as long as I don’t lick myself open like you do. I don’t think she understands how soothing it is to anxious pups like us.

Murphy sez: I mostly lick early in the morning when I’m just waking up, and the sock itches. But when she changes it first thing, no lickies. I don’t know why I do it, really. I just…do. But I stop when J tells me to, mostly.

Mica sez: We should make a list of the medicines she’s tried for your leg, so other dogs can try them if they have the same problem, eh Murph? Like a First Aid Kit for dogs sort of thing? And maybe the stuff she puts in our food too…maybe it could help someone else…

Murphy sez: Yeah – that’s a great idea! Now that we have our own site, we could even add links to the stuff, so people can read about it. I tell you what…J’s used a lot of stuff on my leg, and so did my foster family. So we have a lot to recommend! We’ll add that to J’s list. Lick gran-u-lo-mas aren’t easy to heal, or mine isn’t, anyway. If we can help another dog, that would be pawsome!

Post-walk coma...
Post-walk coma…

Mica sez: You bet, Murph. And we’ll keep people updated on how the latest strategy is working too. I hope this latest one works. Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to wear a legging all winter? Except you might want to, just ’cause it’s cold. But that’s different. And J still needs to make you a sweater, and us both coats for walking. Geez. She’d better get started on those, eh? I mean, it’s gonna be winter soon, and I don’t like being cold….

Murphy sez: Me neither! Do you think she’ll make us walk in the snow? ‘Cause you know I’m picky about my feet…and those boots she bought really don’t work as well as they should.

Mica sez: Yep, I think she’ll make us walk in the snow. But she has some fleece booties that will work for snow. If you don’t kick ’em off, anyway. And it would be easier if your leg was healed, so the elastic doesn’t go over that spot.

Murphy sez: Well, I’ll just have to get my leg healed then. That’s all there is to it.

NewBox

Hey Mica – did you notice there’s a new box from PupJoy on the table? When do ya think we get to open that? I think we finally killed the hedgehog!

Mica sez: That hedgehog put up a good fight, but we killed it, for sure. It lasted several weeks – that’s a really long time around here! I think J should open that new box tonight. I mean, we’ve been good this week, right? We deserve whatever’s in there. I’m sure it’s something fun.

But seriously, Murph. You have to stop eating the stuffing…

A moment of silence for hedgie's selfless sacrifice.
A moment of silence for Hedgie’s selfless sacrifice.

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Welcome to LeashCandy.dog!

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Murphy sez: Hey – did ya see the new web site J set up for us? It’s still pretty basic, but I think we can work with it. Takes awhile to settle into a new home, eh Mica? J says it took you over six months to settle in here, and it’s been awhile for me too (but she says I’m more flexible, which I think is a good thing except on hard floors).

Mica sez: LeashCandy.dog? Why the heck did she call it that? And what’s “leash candy” anyway? I liked our old “Gone to the Dogs” moniker, personally. Though the .dog extension is pretty cool, on account of…we’re both dogs. And it’s our site. But still…that name…

Murphy sez: You gotta lighten up, bro. GoneWithTheDogs.com was taken, and J didn’t really think about putting the .dog extension on it, she just went looking for other names. And she remembered hearing someone refer to a good-looking dog as “leash candy” once, and thought about how everyone always stops to tell us how handsome and cute we are, and how much we love the attention. So she got us the LeashCandy.dog domain, and I think it’s pretty cool.

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Mica sez: I don’t know, man. It seems a little cheerleader-ish for us. But we are darn handsome, that’s for sure. You’re right about everyone stopping or staring. Well, everyone who isn’t on their phone, anyway. I mean, the other night no less than three people stopped to smile and say hi and pet us on our walk. And the night after that the lady who visited us and J was saying how beautiful our coats are…

Murphy sez: See? That’s why the tagline is, “It’s not just a look, it’s an attitude.” I have my scarred up legs and you’ve got that seriously graying muzzle, but no one cares. They see us walkin’, ears up, tails swinging, smooth, shiny coats and alert eyes, and they want to love on us. Leash candy, man. I’m tellin’ ya – we can work with that.

Mica sez: So I guess we need to tell people to head over to the new site, eh? What about our subscribers? Do they need to resubscribe, or is J gonna take care of that?

MurphyNewBone

Murphy sez: J’s got it handled. She’ll move the people who only subscribe to our posts over there automa-gically. But anyone who’s subscribed to *all* of the posts here at her blog, and want to get our posts at LeashCandy.dog will need to go over and sign up for that one too. But sign-ups won’t be available until later today.

Mica sez: And we’re just gonna keep posting on Fridays over there, right? So no more posts here on Fridays? Seems like that’s gonna leave a hole…

Murphy sez: Don’t you worry, Mica. J’s workin’ on it. And we’ll definitely keep our normal schedule at the new blog, and maybe even have some new posts at different times during the week later on. But for now – definitely Fridays. I like Fridays, don’t you, Mica?

MicaNewBone

Mica sez: Sure, I guess. Not as much as I like Saturdays, when we get new bully sticks or bones to chew on. Or Mondays, when J and B go back to work and let us sleep. But Fridays are okay. Today’s gonna be really good, if B finally comes home. He’s been gone since last Friday – and he’s gonna get a *major* sniff-down when he finally shows back up!

Murphy sez: You got that right. I mean, at least he left us with J – she feeds and walks us, so that’s important. But it’s never a good thing when a pack member goes missing, and I can’t believe J’s been so calm about it. B had better show up today – the place just isn’t the same without him (and we’re severely lacking in treats here, despite J’s effort to keep things normal)!

Mica sez: I’m sure he’ll be home as soon as he can. I mean, we’re leash candy, right? Who could resist these faces?

There is no squirrel apocalypse coming, Murph. Yes there is, Mica!
There is no squirrel apocalypse coming, Murph.
Yes there is, Mica!

Two-Wheeled Sneaky-People

Sun-tannin' on a lunch break...
                             Sun-tannin’ on a lunch break…

Murphy sez: There sure are a lot of sneaky people riding those two-wheeled contraptions around lately, don’t you think, Mica? Seems like they come out of nowhere on our walks, and mostly from behind us. What’s up with that? Are they trying to scare us? ‘Cause it’s working. You’ve been pretty skittish lately when we’re out…

Mica sez: I just wish I could hear them coming, ya know? It’s kind of freaky to be walkin’ along, minding my own business, and then boom! Out of nowhere, there’s someone right beside me! On wheels! They’re like ghosts, I tell ya. It’s not natural. It really shouldn’t be allowed.

Murphy sez: I don’t think they mean us any harm. I mean, most of them seem nice. They smile, and sometimes they say hi. But it is a bit unsettling. I prefer those to the noisy kind though. Especially those little tiny ones with super-loud high-pitched engines. Too much like a dirt-bike to me. I was ready to chase that one dude down the other night. He really got on my nerves. If I hadn’t been on a leash…

Mica sez: Yeah, I noticed. J had to stop us twice so you’d quit pulling so hard on your prong collar. Lucky for her you had that on too, or she might have ended up face-first on the pavement. You get excited about the strangest things, Murph. That guy didn’t seem any creepier than anyone else to me. Just noisy.

Murphy sez: He could have been a perfectly nice guy, for all I know. But I hate his bike, and want it to die. Which is different from the kid we see on the other street sometimes. I don’t care if he’s on a skateboard or a normal ol’ bicycle – I hate that guy. If I ever get a hold of him, it’s not gonna be pretty.

Mica sez: Aw, you shouldn’t hate people, Murph. What did he do to you, anyway?

Murphy sez: Some things are best left unsaid, Mica. That dude had just better stay on his side of the street, is all.

Say, speaking of people being out of place, do you think that old golden retriever got home okay?

Mica sez: If J remembered the right yard to tell the nice lady who picked him up, I bet he did. Didn’t see him there tonight, but hopefully she got him home. She seemed nice – that lady who had him in her car. Paw-bumps to her for helping the old guy get out of traffic and un-lost!

Murphy sez: If he’d been wearing a collar and ID, it would have been lots easier. She wouldn’t have even had to ask J if she knew where the dog lived. But so many dogs around here don’t even have collars. Why don’t people keep ID on their dogs, Mica?

Pretty tag collar!
                                    Pretty tag collar!

Mica sez: I guess some people just like a challenge, Murph. Even with a microchip, it’s a heck of a lot easier to just make a phone call or knock on a door than it is to find a microchip reader and get scanned. Maybe we can think of something to do to raise awareness of how important it is for us four-leggers (and tripods!) to have ID on us at all times. Wanna do a contest this fall, Murph?

Murphy sez: That’s a great idea! We’ll have to talk to J about it and see what she says. Maybe she’ll buy us some swag to give away. Collars and ID tags would be cool, right? Like…a collar and leash wardrobe?

Mica sez: Yep – and I know just the thing for ID, actually. But I think we should try it out first, right? It’s the responsible thing to do. We’d better go find J and tell her our plan. There’s some stuff we need her to order. Hey, do you think we should ask for our own web site?

Murphy sez: Yeah! That would be totally cool.Maybe we could be famous! And it’s probably time for some treats too, right? I mean, it’s always treat-time somewhere…

BoneTired

Booms & Greens

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                               Fireworks? What fireworks?

Mica sez: I don’t know how you do it, Murph. You slept through most of the excitement last weekend. Didn’t you hear those pops and bangs going off outside? I swear, we were under attack, and you slept through nearly the whole thing!

Murphy sez: I dunno. I mean, I did wake up for those big booms – those were kinda freaky, and shook the windows. But there were loud ‘splosions on TV too, so the rest just kinda blended in with those, I guess. I have good anti-anxiety spray too, remember? In fact, I’m pretty sure J rubbed some on your ears so you could calm down too.

Mica sez: That stuff is awesome. I was like, totally chill after that, dude. Well, mostly anyways. I don’t know what those loud bombs are, but I want them to all go away. Forever. It’s bad enough that the neighbors won’t stop slamming their car doors, but all these little pops and crackles are just too much! And J says there will be more tonight due to some relay thing they’re having down the street. It’s enough to make a dog go mad…

Murphy sez: Maybe these won’t be so bad. And there’s always my happy juice to get you through. You just need to relax, man. Be chill. Chew on a bone. It’s all good. Hopefully the weather will be good enough to walk, and you can get some exercise. You get kinda pouty without your walks, Mica.

Hedgehog

Mica sez: I have a lot of energy to burn! I mean, we pretty much sleep all day, so we gotta get some exercise at night, right? You never seem all that enthusiastic to go though. What’s that all about?

Murphy sez: I’m pretty happy just to knock around the house and yard. All that walkin’ is hard work, and wears me out. It’s kinda stressful too, with all the traffic going by and people passing on the sidewalk or in the street. I don’t know how you deal with all that and then come home and stay up for several more hours chewing and playing. I’m out for the night the second we get home, pretty much. ‘Cept I do wake up for pineapple. Because yum.

Mica sez: I sleep all day, so I’m up all night! You’re more of a day-dog though. When the folks are home during the day, you’re up until 3pm or so, and then you’re snoozin’. I’m a night dog – I sleep all day, and I’m ready to play at night. Guess we have different preferences just like humans do, eh Murph?

MicaEars

Murphy sez: I guess so. I don’t mind sleeping in though either. As long as we get our breakfast early. Mmm…breakfast. Do you think J’s gonna make more treats soon? ‘Cause I noticed we’re getting low, and the green beans are completely depleted from the freezer. It’s kind of an emergency – frozen peas just aren’t as good. Maybe we should remind J to go to the store after work?

Mica sez: Or we could just wait until grocery day on Sunday. I mean, I like frozen beans as much as the next dog, but peas are good too. Sweeter, anyway. Just harder to eat, with our big mouths. Still, good for treats! I bet she is gonna make treats tomorrow. Hopefully she’ll let us lick out the bowls…

Murphy sez: Maybe she should just let us pick our own treats out of the freezer. I mean, there’s lots of good stuff in there. Some pork chops, and steaks, and I’m sure I smelled bacon…

Mmm...treat dough leftovers...
                                Mmm…treat dough leftovers…

Mica sez: Now you’re making me hungry, Murph. Knock it off! It’s kind of a long time until dinner. Maybe I’ll go snack on some of J’s roses. Those are pretty good, if you haven’t tried them. I don’t think J likes me eating them, but I don’t know why. They’re healthy! And they make my breath smell good. You should try one. Just leave some for me.

Murphy sez: Nah, I’m more of a greens kind of guy. But I could go for some grass about now. Mmm…dewy grass. Definitely time for a snack…

SleepyMurphy


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Life’s Little Pleasures

MurphAndHedgeHog

Murphy sez: Hey Mica, that new hedgehog we got is as big as my head. Do you think I should chew his nose off first, or his toes?

Mica sez: I don’t know about you, but I’m going for the stomach. That’s where those weird chattery sounds come from. Not quite a squirrel, but not like a squeak either. What is that, anyways? And are hedgehogs normally that big? I can barely get my mouth around it…

Murphy sez: It sure is fun getting mail, isn’t it? I had that giraffe’s ears and tail off quicker than J could eat dinner. Though she’s slow, so that doesn’t mean much. But still. Got a hole in him already too. I don’t get why J doesn’t want me to eat the stuffing though. Isn’t that what it’s there for?

Mica sez: Yeah, I don’t think so. I don’t know how you can eat that stuff anyways – it’s pretty dry. I just leave it on the floor. Like dry, warm snow. My stomach had enough problems this week, but it’s all J’s fault. Not sure why she thought she could get away without making treats last weekend, but all that freeze-dried meat is kinda rough on the digestive system after awhile. We didn’t even get to walk on Wednesday night ‘cause I was sick! Geez.

Murphy sez: I don’t know why you have such a sensitive tummy, Mica. I can eat anything just fine. Even those bones I found in the street on Tuesday night. It was kind of embarrassing when J pulled them right back out of my throat when we got back on the sidewalk. Sheesh. I was just cleaning up a little. Didn’t even get enough of a taste to tell if it was rabbit or chicken. Huh.

PupJoy_June16

Mica sez: You know you’re not supposed to just eat stuff off the street, Murph. We’re not that desperate, and you never know what you might catch. J says we’re not supposed to eat anything without her permission. But somehow I doubt you’ll remember that the next time a stranger tries to give you treats…

Murphy sez: Stranger, schmanger. If those little girls riding their bikes by last night and callin’ us cute wanted to give me treats, that’s fine by me. I’ll risk it. I’m tough. And so is my tummy!

Hey, what do you think J meant when she held up that bottle out of our Pupjoy box, and said she was gonna take us out on the patio this weekend and make us smell like u-calypt-us and lav-en-dar? Was that cologne? ‘Cause I don’t think I need cologne…

Mica sez: I think she might have been talkin’ about baths, Murph. Honest to goodness baths with water and everything. Which means she’s lost her mind, and we’re gonna have to fight for our lives. Maybe she’ll forget. Or get too busy. I hope she gets too busy.

Murphy sez: Hey – we still don’t really have many pictures for the post this week – and they’re mostly me. What gives? I thought we talked to J about that?

MurphStretch

Mica sez: I think she’s workin’ on it. There’s this thing called Pawscam coming out – it’s new. Cameras for our collars, Murph. She’s gonna order them next week (they go on sale July 5th), and they should be here in September. Then we’ll get to take the pictures – even on our walks! Fun, right?

Murphy sez: But September’s a long ways away – she just needs to get her butt into gear and take more pictures. Or we’ll give *her* a bath. Sheesh.

Mica sez: Yeah, yeah…you’re right. I guess I could cooperate a little more. I don’t really like that flashy thing pointed at my face, but…

Murphy sez: Our fans need us, Mica. Ya gotta cooperate.

Mica sez: Shush, you whipper-snapper. Just ‘cause you got another link added to your prong collar for walks, and you get to leave your legging off for longer times now doesn’t mean you’re all that. Just you wait until I start getting video of you rolling around on the floor like a total weirdo. Then these guys will know what you’re really like.

Murphy sez: A cute and funny cuddle-bug, you mean? Nothin’ wrong with that, Mica. Maybe they’ll give me more treats…

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Dog Days of Summer

MicaAhhWeeds

Murphy sez: Sure has been kinda quiet around here lately, hasn’t it Mica? Aside from the squirrels, I mean. They’ve been kinda active. It’s been hot though, and aside from sleepin’ in the sun when J will let me and doin’ our nightly neighborhood patrols, there’s not much to do except chew on bones and sleep. I like bones though, and I like sleep…

Mica sez: But not crickets or ravens, eh Murph? That cricket in the back garden is sure a loud little thing. And you won’t even go out while he’s chirpin’! Then again, you don’t like the dark either, so maybe the cricket just makes it worse. He really is loud. When the back door’s open, you can hear that little fellow anywhere in the house.

Murphy sez: I’m not sure what he looks like, but I don’t want to get anywhere near that cricket. I think if I see him, I’ll eat him. That oughta shut him up. If J would let me catch those pesky squirrels and the mourning doves that seem to be everywhere, she wouldn’t hardly have to feed me. Win-win, right Mica?

Mica sez: Yeah…I feel the same way about ducks. But J must have her reasons. She’s probably afraid you’ll catch something from those wild animals. I notice you didn’t mention the crows though. Then again, we don’t normally see crows on our walks, so maybe you forgot about ‘em?

Murphy sez: Hard to forget about those big black birds, but no, I don’t see those outside. J decided to watch Game of Thrones, and they use ravens (of all things) to communicate! Can you imagine? They sound horrible, and I really don’t like them at all. But I don’t really like the sound of people yelling and swords clashing either. Don’t know what she sees in that show, but we’re only on the first season. At least she watches some on her laptop with her headphones. I think she should do that more often.

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Mica sez: You know they’re planning to watch a movie with a lot of explosions in it on the fourth of July, right? It’s to cover up the ‘splosions here in town, but it’s still gonna be kind of loud. Or really loud. But no ravens, I don’t think. And no swords either. So you might get lucky with that one.

Murphy sez: Game of NOISE, they should call it. Sheesh. Kinda like all the car doors that will be slamming outside with the neighbor’s garage sale this weekend. I suppose you’ll be barking at that, like you did with the kid who wasn’t tall enough to read the “Please do not knock” sign on the door earlier this week. That one gave B a good scare, ‘cause J wasn’t home yet, and I had ta make sure you behaved myself. That was a little tense, but I’m glad you decided not to fight me on it this time.

Mica sez: Yeah, yeah. I backed down and let you have all the fun so B could safely open the door. The kid still had to wait for J to get his ball out of the backyard later, ‘cause B was a bit frazzled and annoyed by that point, but no one got hurt, so that’s the important part.

Murphy sez: You think J will take that sign off the door now? I mean, we did the right thing, and didn’t kill each other…

Mica sez: Somehow I don’t think that sign’s coming down for awhile. J says it’s actually kind of handy to keep the riff-raff away. Except it would be nice for the mail man to be able to knock again. On account of he’s bringing our new Pupjoy delivery sometime this week…

Murphy sez: Yay for new toys! I saw they brought some home from Costco last night too. Wonder when we’ll get those? This weekend? I just tossed another dragon behind B’s chair. Do you think we’ll get bully sticks Saturday morning too? Or bones this week? Saturday mornings are so fun. I can’t wait!

Mica sez: It is pretty fun getting something new to chew on, isn’t it Murph?

Murphy sez: Hey Mica – where are the pictures we’re supposed to put in this post? I think we’re about done, but I don’t see any ill-u-stra-shuns to add.

Mica sez: J was totally slacking this week, so we’ll have to throw in a few old ones. But she’s working on a way we might be able to take our own pictures and videos, so that would be cool, right? Maybe in a few weeks. We’ll just have to remind her next week. We need new pics for the blog, J!

Murphy sez: Oh man…I am all over that. Just gimme a camera!

DogBacks


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Yes, Indeed. We’re Walkin…

Our Walkin' Gear...
             Our Walkin’ Gear…

Murphy sez: So, that little girl who petted us the other night while we were out walkin’ was pretty cute, wasn’t she Mica? I’m glad we get to go walking earlier now. I don’t like walking after dark. And we stay on the sidewalk more, too. Easier on my feet.

Mica sez: She was pretty cute…and not much bigger than us. But I’m surprised you even noticed, Murph. You were raring to keep on truckin’. You sure have more get-up-and-go lately. Though I notice you still kinda collapse when we get home, while I’m chewin on bones and stuff.

Murphy sez: This new route we’ve got is better. I know J thinks it’s more boring, ‘cause we don’t get to see all the pretty yards and go zig-zagging through the neighborhood, but now that we stay on busy streets, we don’t see loose dogs much even if we go earlier – and the only ones we’ve seen all week have been down side-streets and across the street from us.

MurphyHead

Mica sez: People do tend to keep a better eye on their pups when there’s traffic involved, thank goodness. And it is kind of nice walking in the sunshine, when the sidewalks aren’t too hot. If we could just get people to stop breaking bottles along 17th Street, that would be nice. So much glass – gotta watch where we step! But I think we’ve both done a good job of avoiding it so far, eh Murph?

Murphy sez: Yep. The glass and the extra motorcycles are the worst part – but I’m getting used to the motorcycles. It’s mainly the dirt bikes that drive me nuts. Well, and those big rumbly ones. They should all die – so noisy! They make me anxious…and you know what happens when I’m anxious. But I have to keep walking when we’re out, so that’s good. At home that might make me think about chewing my leg…

Mica sez: I noticed. Good thing J’s on it when that biker visits the people across the street. I don’t know why they have to keep that bike running so long when they aren’t actually riding it, but it seems like forever. I don’t really bark at motorbikes though. I prefer cars and people. When we’re not walking, anyway. No need to bark when we’re out explorin’!

Murphy sez: You’re funny when we get near sprinklers. It’s like you think you’re gonna melt or something. I don’t especially like them either, but I don’t mind walking on the damp pavement, at least. And I don’t have to pee every five feet either. Geez, Mica. Do you really have ta pee on every power pole and mailbox along the way? I mean, I mark my route too, but I try to keep things in check…

Mica sez: Sprinklers are evil. And wet paws are just nasty. You’d think with your sensitive footsies there that you’d be more understanding, dude. And yes, I mark a lot. I’m older. I have to remind myself where I’ve been in case I ever need to find my way home.

MicaHead

Murphy sez: I think you just enjoy it. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but…well, it is kind of crass. Especially with people driving by and watching.

Mica sez: Nah…most of ‘em aren’t even looking at us, Murph. J says they’re looking down at their phone, or talking on it, or reaching for something else. It’s kind of a wonder they get anywhere like that. Me, I like to stop and smell the roses. That’s my distraction. Maybe take a taste or two – or I would if J would let me. Mmm…roses.

Murphy sez: J is kind of strict about that no-eating thing on our walks. I mean, there was a perfectly good biscuit on the sidewalk last night, and she told us to “leave it” and just kept walking! Wasted food, I tell you what. It’s sad.

Mica sez: Yeah, she worries too much. But we do stay safe, mostly, so maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

Murphy sez: I thought maybe she should get some pictures while we’re out walking – you know, of the stealth bunnies and any dogs we have to avoid. Maybe even people we meet…most of ‘em are very nice, and tell us all the time how pretty we are. But she says she has her hands full with both of us. We are kind of a handful, I guess. But we behave pretty well, and heel most of the time.

Mica sez: My personal favorites are the people who wonder how she can handle us all by herself. We do weigh more than she does, when you combine our weight. But the prong collars remind us we’re with her when we see a bunny or cat or anything small and fuzzy, so we don’t pull her down. The rest of the time, we’re good, and she’s pretty strong.

Murphy sez: And she’s our fearless leader – of course we walk nice for her! I did hear her mumble something about a collar cam the other day…how fun would that be? We could take the pictures while we’re walking!

Mica sez: Sounds like it could be a pain in the neck to me – have you seen the shape/size of those things? But we’ll see. J does like her gadgets. I’m game if she is…

BoneTired


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High Wire Security

Guardian of the Yard
                                     Guardian of the Yard

Murphy sez: Mica, we have a security issue.

Mica sez: Impossible! I watch the windows and doors very carefully – better than you, I might add. I mean, I’m always telling people to get off our lawn, or away from our house, or out of our driveway…it’s a tough job, man, but I do my best. Wouldn’t hurt you to help, instead of just looking at me like I’m nuts.

Murphy sez: I have no idea why you get so worked up over people and other dogs. The bikes, loud vehicles and motorcycles, I get. But dogs and people aren’t the enemy, dude. We have a much bigger problem than that.

Mica sez: I have no idea why people think pitbulls are so tough. You’re a pansy, Murph. And if someone tried to break into the house, I think you might help ‘em carry off the goods. It’s a good thing for J that I take my job as watch dog seriously. Someone’s gotta look after the place while she and B are at work!

So if you’re not worried about people or other dogs, what are you worried about, exactly?

Murphy sez: Birds, Mica. Birds and squirrels. They’re coming for us – mark my words. I mean, did you see those two doves just sitting on the power line that runs right to the house the other morning?! They were casing the joint – I could tell. They’re plotting something. You know that movie with all the crows in it? That’s gonna happen to us, Mica. Only with doves. That’s why we can’t let them stay – not even for a little while. It’s too dangerous!

Get your fuzzy little butt off that pole - now!
Get your fuzzy little butt off that pole – now!

Mica sez: Um…I’m pretty sure mourning doves are harmless, Murph. I mean, they usually just sit there, and then fly away. Sometimes they lose a feather or two. And sometimes they hang out in the yard, though I don’t generally let them stay. Not ‘cause I’m worried about a Hitchcock situation, mind you. Just because I like to see ‘em fly away.

Murphy sez: I’m telling you – they’re evil. Remember how long it took me to chase ‘em off? I swear, they were laughing at me, with their stupid cooing giggles. I can’t believe they stayed so long, with me telling them to get away the whole time. Who do they think they are, anyways? I had to lay out there for a good half hour in the sun when they finally left just to make sure they didn’t come back.

But there’s an even bigger threat looming, Mica. And I think we need to talk to J about emergency supplies.

Mica sez: What are you talking about now? I thought it was the birds giving you grief. Now they’re gone, and now that I think about it, I haven’t seen a dove in the yard since. I don’t think they like you much…

Murphy sez: Good. Because if they come back, I’ll eat ‘em. If the squirrel apocalypse hasn’t happened yet, anyway.

Mica sez: Squirrel apocalypse? You really have gone off the deep end, haven’t you? Maybe it’s that stuff J’s been putting in your ears. Did the infection get to your brain somehow? I mean, I love a good squirrel chase as much as the next dog, but an apocalypse?

Murphy sez: The squirrels are getting ready to revolt – I just know it. The way they run back and forth across the back fence, and then those kamakazie sorts that use the power lines as some sort of highway…I’m telling ya, they’re planning something. And we need to be ready, Mica. We need to keep them away from the yard, and tell ‘em off when they get too close!

Mica sez: That might be kinda tough considering they live in two neighbor’s trees, don’t you think? You’re just mad because they tell you off every once in awhile. You could try being neighborly…offer to watch their nuts, or something.

Murphy sez: I’ll watch their fuzzy little butts get off our fence and away from our power lines, thank you very much. And if they get close enough, I’ll make sure those tails are the only thing left. The thing is, we’re not ready, Mica. And you don’t even help – you just stand there watching while I’m yelling at those fuzz buckets, not saying a word, not even backing me up. Seriously dude – why aren’t you helping?

There is no squirrel apocalypse coming, Murph.  Yes there is, Mica!
           There is no squirrel apocalypse coming, Murph.
                                   Yes there is, Mica!

Mica sez: *sigh* Probably because they’re just squirrels, and usually only one at a time, at that. There’s not going to be an apocalypse, little dude. And weren’t we just talking about how you don’t help me guard the house? Why should I help you guard the yard? We each have our duties, Murph. You protect us from the doves and squirrels and whatever feathered/fuzzy things you think might turn into a serious threat, and I’ll guard the house from the interlopers that really matter. Deal?

Murphy sez: I can’t believe you don’t think this is a bigger deal, but sure. Whatever. But when the squirrels finally attack (probably using the birds as some sort of spy-group, you’re on your own.

It’s gonna be nutty…

Mica sez: *groan* That was sooo bad, Murph. I think we’d both better rest up for guard duty tomorrow. It’s not easy keeping this place safe with so many…ahem…threats – real or imagined.

Murphy sez: I guess so. I am kind of looking forward to my cozy blankets. Though I can’t keep them on very long, on account of J keeps the house warmish. I still like ‘em though. So soft and cuddly… *yawn*

Mica sez: Sweet dreams, Murph. No squirrel apocalypse for you, my friend. Mostly ‘cause you’re kind of scary when you dream about chasing things.

Murphy sez: Right back atcha, Mica. But no promises about the apocalypse. It’s coming, and I’ve gotta be ready to shake all those squirrels to death…

Bedtime


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