All We Want For Christmas…

…is Spring! Brr!

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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.

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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…

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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!

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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?

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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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A Fly-By “Hi”

Treats, Please!

Murphy sez: I think you all know by now that J is an unreliable translator. She gets confused sometimes, and we were too last week, on account of her being home an extra day for something she called a “fed-er-al hol-i-day”. I think it addled her brain a bit, but it’s okay. We got extra bully sticks, so no one’s complaining, right Mica?

Mica sez: Nope. Well, not too much, anyways. I mean, the couch is always mine during weekdays, and not when she’s home, so that’s a minor nit. It’s okay though. Mostly.

Hey, you know what? I don’t think anyone’s ever seen you with your cone on! You should show ’em a pic. They’ll feel all sorry for you and stuff.

Murphy sez: Well, I don’t mind it too much, really. I mean, it’s annoying after awhile, but J leaves the collar loose, so it’s not such a big deal. I can still play with my toys and stuff, which is important. I can’t properly greet people at the door without a gift of some sort. You should learn now to do that, Mica. It’s only polite…since we get treats anytime someone comes home…

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Mica sez: That’s a pretty blurry pic, Murph. What happened? Were you shaking the life out of that dragon or something?

Murphy sez: Nah, just bringing it to J. She says I can’t hold still at all after work, but it’s on account of we’ve been napping all day. You know. Storing up energy. I guess that’s why you were chasing me around the yard last night after J took my cone off? I gotta admit, it was pretty fun just running a few laps. Took the edge off.

Mica sez: I know! It was fun! J tried to get a picture, and then video, and then gave up ’cause we were going to fast. And then we had to come in for dinner, because…food! Food is good. Almost as good as a bully stick, or a game of tug.

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Murphy sez: Like this one, you mean? Incidentally, that Pupjoy snake is lasting a *really* long time. J should read the tag before one of us manages to tear it off, so she can get more. It’s awesome!

Mica sez: Yep…like that one. Maybe after this whole decorating/skeletons/stuff-from-the-basement thing is over. I don’t know what J and B are doing in the front yard, but they do it every year, and then people come wading through the lights and making a ton of noise and I get to bark at some of ’em after J and B get cold and finally come inside.

Murphy sez: Hmm. Maybe we’ll see one of those creepy clowns J keeps talking about. I might bark at one, if I can see him. Or I might just nap through the whole thing.

Except dinner. I never sleep through dinner.

Mica sez: Well duh. It’s food! But sometimes, ya just gotta nap. Like now, for instance. We have a busy weekend ahead, J says. Someone’s coming over Saturday morning, and then J and B are going to a party of some sort Saturday night. J says it’s just going to be a busy next two weeks, and we’ve just gotta stick it out until the holiday is all over.

Murphy sez: I think we can do that. I mean, we can watch those guys work. Tell ’em when they’re doing it wrong. And we can be nap-buddies too! We’re really good at taking naps, right Mica?

Mica sez: We sure are, Murph. Experts, I’d say…

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Coolin’ Down

Headed out for a chilly Thursday night walk.
Headed out for a chilly Thursday night walk.

Mica sez: I noticed you’ve been more excited about walkin’ lately, Murph. What gives?

Murphy sez: It’s not 9 billion degrees out, for one thing. I like walkin’ when it’s cool. We can go fast, and smell lots of stuff, and not fall over half-ded when we get home. It’s awesome!

Mica sez: It is more comfy out, for sure. Of course we have to walk after dark now, which is okay until the lights in our leashes both run out of batteries at the same time when it’s pitch black. Bad enough other people can’t see us, but I get kinda jumpy when there’s not even a moon out.

Murphy sez: Yeah, well, that runner had it coming. He’s lucky we didn’t both go after him, sneaking up on us like that. Those guys are like cats. They should have to wear bells or something so we know when they’re coming up behind us. Sheesh!

Mica sez: I think I scared him pretty good too, so we’re even. And J has reminders set to charge our leashes weekly now (and on different days), so we shouldn’t run out of light either. If she could just control the rain, we’d be all set. I mean, we missed two walks last week on account of rain. So. Not. Good.

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Murphy sez: Yeah, but we get extra bones or bully sticks when we have to skip a walk, so it’s not really that bad. I’d rather be dry – and I know you would be too, since you were a total pansy and wouldn’t go out for nearly 24 hours when that big storm came through. Geez. It’s not healthy to hold it that long, dude.

Mica sez: Mmm…bones. Speaking of which, I think J brought some new ones in the other night. You know, the weird night where she and B left for a little while, and then J came back and walked us, and then she left again, and then they both came back? One of those times, I’m sure I smelled new bones. Did you see ‘em? Or am I just hallucinating?

Murphy sez: Nope – you’re not hallucinating. I saw her try to sneak ‘em into the treat cupboard. And I smelled ‘em on her hands, too. What the heck is up with all that in and out stuff, by the way? I mean, they say we’re bad about going in and out, in and out, and then they do the same thing! Silly humans.

Mica sez: I don’t know where they go, but it happens one night a week all winter long. And they always smell like lots of weird stuff when they get home. I think you came to live with us after it was over last year. I don’t know why they don’t just take us with, wherever they go. But as long as we get our walks, I guess it doesn’t matter. Much.

It’s gettin’ colder out, too. Took me forever to warm up under a blanket after last night’s walk. J should get a sweater made for you before winter comes. I wonder what color she’ll make?

Murphy sez: I heard her mumbling something about a stash the other day, and yarn that would go with my fur. And cleaning the office so she could find the stash, whatever that is. So I think she’s workin’ on it. Or will be soon, maybe…

Until then, we’ll just have to keep walkin’ fast and cuddlin’ up under blankies when we get back. Still not a bad gig, eh Mica?

Mica sez: Not bad at all, Murph. Not bad at all.

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Go Away, Rain!

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Mica sez: Rain sucks. I mean, how are we supposed to go out in the yard, much less go for a walk in this weather? Go away, rain. Bring back the sun!

Murphy sez: Yeah – what he said! Wet feet are no fun, and I need my sun, dang it. Warm, sunny sunshine to nap in. This cold cloudy stuff is for the birds. Or not even for the birds. For no one. No one likes this!

Mica sez: I hear people who plant stuff like it – silly folks. I mean, that’s what those crazy sprinkler thingy’s I hate almost as much as rain are for, right? Water falling from the sky…why does it need to do that? I get my water out of a bowl, thank you very much. I think we may need to hibernate for awhile, Murph.

Murphy sez: I’m all over it – got our blankets ready and everything. We’ll tuck in until this crazy weather blows over and gives us our sunshine back. You think J will give us extra treats, on account of it’s too wet to walk?

Mica sez: I did hear her talking about getting more bully sticks and bones. A nice yummy bone might be a good way to spend a rainy weekend, don’t you think? I did enjoy the bully stick last night…kept me busy for a good half an hour, anyways. Not nearly as good as a walk, but since J doesn’t like the rain anymore than we do, it’s not like we had another option. Geez.

Murphy sez: Hey – you don’t think J was serious about that whole soaping-us-up-on-the-patio thing, do you? I mean…it’s cold out there. And wet. We don’t smell that bad, do we?

Mica sez: I wouldn’t worry about that, Murph. She’d have to get wet too, so that’s not gonna happen. J doesn’t even like going out with us in the rain, so we’re safe, thank goodness. Ready to hunker down and sleep this bad weather away?

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Murphy sez: Absolutely. Sweet dreams, Mica.

Mica sez: Happy hibernating, Murph.


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Night Walkin’ & Yummy Stuff

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Murphy sez: Man, oh man. What are we gonna do about J, Mica? I mean, skipping one week’s blog post is one thing, but two? That’s a serious in-frack-shun. I think we should come up with a suitable punishment. Like she has to give us more treats or something. It’s not like we can type our stories ourselves…

Mica sez: Humans are weird, Murph. Always doing all these things that they *think* are important, but really, nothing’s as important as the dogs. Someday maybe they’ll learn that. I’d say you’ve done your best at making her pay though…getting up on the woodpile again, so she has to pull/carry you down? You’re not a light dog. And chewing off all your scabs just ‘cause she had to switch schedules for a few days?

Murphy sez: Yeah, well, you’re no saint yourself, dude. I think you’re possibly the whiniest, barkiest dog I’ve ever met. And the groans and sighs…geez. If anyone’s gonna make her feel guilty…

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Mica sez: Whatever. My point is, J puts up with a lot from both of us, but we’re adorable and she loves us, so she keeps us around. So we could probably forgo the fine for not typing out our blog post for two weeks in a row. This time.

Murphy sez: Speak for yourself. We both saw that big bag of bully sticks come back from Costco last night…but instead of cracking it open, she put it on the counter and made us go for a walk. What’s up with that? I mean, chewing is exercise, right?

Mica sez: You know that whining you were just whining about? You’re gonna hear more of it if I don’t get my walks, kiddo. J knew I needed to get out of the house, and so did you, even though you don’t like to admit it. Besides, it’s fun walking after dark. Everything looks different, and there aren’t as many motorcycles…

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Murphy sez: And little random plastic flags show up out of nowhere and scare you half to death, like that one last week. I swear, Murph. I think you jumped three feet straight in the air when you ran into that little yard flag in the dark. And kudos for not barking, but man, your jaws snapped shut something fierce! J sure got a good laugh out of that one!

Mica sez: Yeah, yeah. You would have jumped too, if you’d run into that thing in the dark. I mean, there are no street lights! And our leashes don’t give off *that* much light…certainly not ahead of where we’re walking…

Last night’s walk was uneventful, at least. Though there were a lot of other dogs out walking. Thank goodness they were all on leashes. But no one has cool LED leashes like we do! Now we just need some cool light-up collars.

Murphy sez: I think J gets tired of switching collars on account of my cone. That would be pretty cool though. Maybe those ones with diamond-shaped lights?

Anyway, since we don’t have much to talk about this week, J thought we should share a treat recipe. She even took pictures! So should we post that now? Do you remember the ingredients?

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Mica sez: Yeah, but I think maybe we should put it on a different page – one for just that recipe, don’t you? That will make it easier for people to find when they forget to bookmark our site (naughty, forgetful people) and have to google to find it again. Except we need to name our treats, so people know what to search for…

Murphy sez: They could just search for LeashCandy.dog. I mean, it’s not that hard to remember, right?

Mica sez: No, it’s not, but humans are forgetful, remember? I think we should just call ‘em Easy Dehydrator Treats. ‘Cause they’re easy, and you make ‘em in the dehydrator.

Murphy sez: That’s kinda boring though. What about something like “Off-Leash Candy”? Or “Sweet Pea Crisps”?

Mica sez: You could be on to something there, Murph. Only there’s a bunch of veggies you could use, not just peas. So maybe “Sweet Veggie Crisps”?

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Murphy sez: I can live with that. Eating them is even more fun. So when are we gonna post the recipe? Do we have time today?

Mica sez: I don’t think so, Murph. But we could post it tomorrow, and then people would have it to try out over the weekend. We could make Saturdays “Recipe Day”, and post recipes that J uses, plus other yummy stuff we come across here and there too. Think that will work?

Murphy sez: I don’t see why not! Let’s try it. Tomorrow, treats. Yummy, yummy treats. I think maybe it’s time to go raid the kitchen again, Mica. All this treat-talk is making me hungry.

Mica sez: You and me both! Let’s go…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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?

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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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Life’s Little Pleasures

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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.

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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…

Mica_Murphy


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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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