Itchy Scratchy

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Mica sez: So Murph – I hear you’re gonna have to start wearing your cone at night too for awhile. J sure seemed upset this morning when she saw what you did to your scabs…

Murphy sez: I know, I know. I was doing pretty good, leaving my leg alone not just at night, but early mornings. Especially after J started putting the yarn leggings over the top of my normal ones. I don’t like how the yarn feels on my tongue, so I won’t lick that. But last night the itching…oh man, the itching. I didn’t even realize I pulled the outer wrap off and licked off my scabs through the normal legging until J got up and was pretty disappointed.

J says there’s not much she can do to make it better, and I just have to get through a week or two of bad itches while my leg heals, but…I can’t. It’s just…too much itchy! So now when I have good scabs and tissue growth again, she says I have to sleep in my cone. Just for a little while.

Mica sez: Well that sucks. I mean, she’s the human. Doesn’t she know some trick or something to stop the itchies? Most of mine stopped when she started feeding me different food. Maybe she should change your food. Except your ears go all wonky whenever she tries.

Wouldn’t it be cool if your leg got all healed up though? Seems like it starts to heal pretty fast when she puts coconut oil on it. Maybe she can put more on if you’re wearing the cone, and that will help it stop itching, and then it can get all healed up. You don’t have too much of that anxiety anymore, so maybe it could even stay healed up. That would be cool, wouldn’t it?

Murphy sez: It sure would be! Not much to stress about here – aside from the neighborhood squirrel taking liberties with the power lines outside. Who does that little dude think he is, anyways? Last time I barked at him, he had the nerve to stop and chew me out right up there over our fence! Cheeky little devil. If he’d just come down and say that to my face…

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Mica sez: New squeaky toy! Probably not as good as the snake we got in the last Pupjoy box, but just about. That snake is awesome. The squeakers are all ruined, but neither of us has been able to get a hole or seam open anywhere on that thing – he’s tough! Our best toy yet, ‘cept it would be better if there were two. Every time I try to bury him in a blanket for later, part sticks out and you find him! But no fair dragging him off to your bed with you, Murph. I mean, if you’re gonna chew on him, that’s one thing. But just to keep him away from me? Sharing is caring, buddy.

Murphy sez: I share. When I lose interest, anyways. Until I want it again. But that snake does make a good pillow sometimes. Though I like my blankets better. Good thing we have plenty of toys and bones, isn’t it?

Mica sez: Yep. But we could use some new bones. J said she ordered some at the meat shop last weekend, so hopefully they’ll be here soon. Big, yummy smoked bones from local grassfed beef. I guess that’s supposed to be a good thing, but I really don’t care as long as they taste good. And they always do!

You got anything else to talk about this week, Murph?

Murphy sez: Nope. Not a thing. We should get out more. Except…we do – every night. Maybe that’s what we’ll talk about next week, eh Mica? Walkin’, and Patsy Cline, whoever that is. It’ll be fun! And if we’re lucky, J will take some pics while we’re out walking this next week. Tricky, what with holding on to the two of us, but it would be cool…

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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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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.

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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.

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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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Two-Wheeled Sneaky-People

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                             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?

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                                    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…

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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?

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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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Yes, Indeed. We’re Walkin…

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             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.

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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.

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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…

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Tenderfoots

It's not raining...let's walk!
                          It’s not raining…let’s walk!


Murphy sez:
Rain sucks. But only because J won’t take us walking in the rain. Well, and it’s cold and wet. But I don’t mind so much when it’s not too cold. I hate being cooped up inside though. A dog needs fresh air!

Mica sez: Yeah, I don’t much care for rain either, but I’d walk in the rain if J would take us. There’s totally a difference between just going in the backyard and taking a walk – walks are way better! Kinda hard on your feet though, eh Murph?

Murphy sez: Yeah, I don’t know how you handle those rough streets. After a week of walking with no sidewalks in most of our neighborhood, the sharp little rocks in the road just make me limp. That’s why I wasn’t excited to go on walks anymore – it hurt!

Mica sez: Well at least J finally noticed you limping on the chip-seal stuff. I’m sure she’ll find you some nifty shoes to wear so your feet don’t hurt soon. But she is letting you walk in the gutters for now. They’re smoother, anyways.

Murphy sez: I like walkin’ in the gutter, mostly. I get to smell all the plants and yards and stuff, and I’m closer to the stealth bunnies trying to be all sneaky-like. They can’t hide from me! Too bad J won’t let me go on the lawns after ‘em…

Mica sez: At least you get closer than I do. I wish I could walk on the inside sometimes. You get all the interesting smells! But at least we get to walk. Going from 2 miles a day to nothin’ when it’s raining is pretty brutal. Stupid rain.

Less walks = more tugs!
                            Less walks = more tugs!

Murphy sez: We tried not to drive J too nutty, but I think she was glad when we could walk Weds night. And then last night we went early to try to beat the rain…and got rained on. Which she blamed on me, sort of. I can’t help that I got my name from Murphy’s Law!

Do you think J will get you new shoes too, Mica? We’d be stylin’…if she could get ‘em on your feet. You might be able to handle the streets better than me, but man, you’re a big baby when it comes to getting your nails done. What was that on Saturday anyways? All that jumping around and not letting J trim your nails…

Mica sez: She’d better not get me shoes. Though she does make me wear boots when it’s super-cold out. But I don’t like ‘em. I don’t like anyone or anything touching my feet. Period. Not even just pets. But I did let J use the electric file on my nails. So I wasn’t completely unreasonable.

Good to rest after a nice walk in the rain...
                   Good to rest after a nice walk in the rain…

Murphy sez: Sure…after you were worn out from avoiding the clippers. You’ve got issues, Mica. Seriously. Your feet might feel better without those huge claws you’re sportin’. And if you don’t let J take care of them, she might take you to the vet like she’s been threatening for awhile now…

Mica sez: As long as she only uses the grinder, and not the clippers, that might be okay. I don’t like the sound of clipping. I blame you and B for all this. You got your toenails done all pretty-like at the groomer’s last week, and then B was making fun of J’s toenails last Saturday, so she decided that she had to do hers *and* mine.

She said she’s been neglecting her own feet and mine, so we gotta do pedicures every Saturday now, just like her weekly manicures. But she said she might just touch your toenails up too, so it’s not like you get a pass, Murph. I think she said something about lotion or oil or paw salve or something too. I’m tellin’ ya – it’s dangerous when she gets ideas in that head of hers…

Murphy sez: Well at least that waterless shampoo she bought for you smells pretty good. Watermelon-y. I’m not sure why she used it on me since I just got groomed and all, but now we smell like fruit instead of flowers. Yum!

I hope J can find me some red shoes to match my collar & leash…

Mica sez: I’m sure she’ll try, buddy. I’m sure she’ll try.

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Fighting the Beast

Away we go!
                                         Away we go!


Murphy sez:
I…am the greatest dog alive! Last weekend, I got a steady stream of treats for a good twenty minutes. It was phenomenal! One of the best days ever! And all because there was a ferocious beast in our kitchen…

Mica sez: Don’t you think that’s just a bit dramatic, Murph?

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

Murphy sez: Shush! It’s my story, I’ll tell it like I want to.

Anyway, like I was saying, I was just minding my own business out in the backyard, snacking on some tasty grass, and I decided I needed a drink. So I head back into the house and there it was! Right in the middle of our kitchen. It was tall and gray with yellow stripes and a long white arm that seemed to flail about for no reason. It wasn’t making any noise, but I knew it was gonna, so after I gave it the sniff test, I barked at it. J said I didn’t need to worry, but what does she know? She’s just a silly human – I had to protect her from the beast!

J went to the cupboard while I was barking – the one with the yummy stuff in it, and came back with some treats. She gave me some, only I couldn’t bark and chew at the same time. But then she stopped, and said that the beast was going to make noise. Noise! It made a weird sound, and then I got another treat. Then there was another sound, and another treat. Then it made a *lot* of noise and J actually *touched it* – she was moving the arm around and giving me treats with the other hand!

I wanted to tell her how dangerous it was, that she should get away and let me kill it, but my mouth was full and all I could think about was those treats. She gave Mica some too, but not as many as me.

Then the beast stopped making noise, and I stopped getting treats, but there was this long cord that J was wrapping around the beast and I couldn’t understand why she was touching that evil thing again! So I barked again, and barked some more, and I got some more treats.

The scariest part was when the beast moved…it moved, I tell ya! I was going to kill it right then and there, even though it wasn’t making any noise, but J just gave me more treats and she put it in a little room behind a door.

Why didn’t she let me kill it? And why would I get treats for not yelling at or killing such a horrible, noisy, ugly, smelly beast?

*sigh* Next time, Beast. Next time.

Sparkly clean!
                                 Sparkly clean!

Mica sez: Oh good grief, Murphy. You barked at the vacuum cleaner and got treats for it. Sure wish I’d figured that racket out a long time ago. The first time I saw the vacuum, I was so scared I peed in the dining room. I didn’t get treats for that…

Murphy sez: Well, maybe you’re not as smart as me, Brother Dear.

Mica sez: At least I don’t smell like flowers, Little Dude.

Murphy sez: Just you wait. It’ll be your turn for a bath soon enough!

Exhausting week - let's do it again!
                                   All worn out…bedtime!

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Rabble Rousin’

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Murphy sez: I’m free! Of the office, I mean. J and B said Mica & me did so well over the weekend at getting along that I could try staying out with him on Monday, as long as I still wore my cone. J kept the front blind closed so Mica couldn’t bark and get all worked up about stuff outside like he tends to, but we mostly just slept all morning. So she let us stay out in the afternoon too, and since there were no injuries and we didn’t look “stressed” (whatever that means), that was that. No more tiny office during the day. I do still have to wear my legging though – J’s worried that the cone bumps it too much during the day, and makes it more tender. She’s gonna make me some spongy leggings with yarn that have bigger holes for air, but will stop the cone from bumping my sore. Whatever – I don’t mind. I’m used to the legging, so I don’t even notice.

Mica sez: I wish that leg of yours would hurry up and heal. I wanna play, but J says we can’t, ’cause I always go for the legs first when I play fight. She’s not sure we should wrestle anyways on account of the size difference, but I think it would be good…bonding. Like football.

Murphy sez: You know I could take ya, Mica. Anyways, my leg seems to be healing a lot faster, because it’s itching way more than it was. J put some yellow stuff on it – that ter-mer-ik paste we get with our meals, and I really wanted to just eat it, so I kept licking at the legging. Why waste good food on skin?! But she said it looked lots better the day after, and maybe she’ll do it again this weekend. She’s gotta find something to stop the itching first though. Or just fix the spray thingy on the liquid bandaid that seems to work for that.

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Mica sez: Oils and bandaids and pastes and socks…you’re kind of a high-maintenance dog, Murph, and you always smell sort of girly with that lavender stuff. If I didn’t know you, I’d think you were a pansy. But the way you chased the squirrel up the wood pile yesterday…that was gnarly, dude. I thought J was gonna have a heart attack when she had to climb up after you in her work clothes. It’s a pretty good trick to climb a wood pile in those clicky heeled shoes.

Murphy sez: That squirrel should have been second breakfast, dang it. I almost had him, too. And then I was trying to decide whether to go up the neighbor’s tree beside the fence after him, or team up with that big guy in the next yard when J grabbed my tail to stop me and made me get down. I don’t know what the big deal was. I think I heard “treat” before she grabbed me, but a squirrel is worth like 50 treats, right? She sure was anxious about me going over the fence though. Said I wouldn’t have survived the 10-12 foot drop on the other side with my legs like they are, and that I should never, ever scare her like that again. Pshaw. I’m rubber-ball-bouncy. I could do it.

MurphWoodpile
The wood pile – now blockaded with various items to discourage climbing (like…a rake? Really?).

She also said I’m not a cat, so no climbing trees. Of course I’m not a cat – cats are for eating. Why would I want to be a cat? Silly J. I never actually promised her I wouldn’t go up there again, so she piled a bunch of slippery stuff all around the wood so it’s harder to find a foothold. I’m a good boy – I’ll stay down. You know. Unless there’s another squirrel. Or a cat. Or maybe one of those fat black birds with the red chests…

Mica sez: You might not be bouncy enough for that particular drop, Tigger – especially considering the way you’re gimping around today. And then there’s the mastiff on the other side – I don’t know if he’s too friendly. But I’m impressed you remembered that lecture, considering J had to tell you to get out of the garden like ten times in the last week. I know you’re just trying to help weed by eating the grass, but she doesn’t appreciate stuff like that. Maybe we’ll try helping her and B dig out the perimeter of the yard next week. They did say something about digging up all the dirt before they get new grass…

Murphy sez: You mean like when you buried both of the bones she gave us last weekend, and then let her find mine, but kept yours hidden? That wasn’t cool, man. She tossed mine out because you didn’t have yours. I can’t believe you dug it up two days later for a midnight snack! But it was pretty funny when she threw it out because it was raw and you left it buried for two days. You should have seen your face!

Mica sez: Hey Murph – how many times did J have to tell you “No lickies!” today?

Murphy sez: Bite me, dude. Woof!

MMSleeping


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Welcome Home, Murphy!

 

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Murphy-dog is now in “da house”! And doing much better than I think any of us thought he would do right away…which is awesome.

Murphy has some quirks (and we knew that – we like quirky around here), and I was kind of concerned that just switching houses/families would set back some of the great progress his foster family made with him over the past year. He chews on his legs when he’s anxious – we’re not talking just basic licking, but rather tearing chunks of flesh out, even down to the bone sometimes. That sock on his leg? That’s to keep him from licking/chewing a fairly large open wound he gave himself the Saturday before my husband and I went to meet him.

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Needless to say, he has to wear a cone on his head when no one’s home so he can’t self-mutilate when his anxiety is triggered, and we all (us and his foster family) figured that he’d need to wear it at night again with us because we don’t allow the dogs to sleep in our bedroom (and he was sleeping with his foster family). But he was so relaxed and comfy late Thursday night that my husband and I decided to try it without the cone, because we wanted to change his normal routine as *little as possible* to hopefully make the transition easier. I was pretty sure Murphy would be okay, but I went to bed after tucking him in knowing that I could wake up to a bloodbath in the morning. It was a calculated risk, but still a risk.

Happily enough, the only thing I woke up to was a low growl when poor Murphy didn’t know who I was in the dark. As soon as I told him good morning, he was his normal happy-go-lucky self (and super-excited about breakfast). His legging was still in place, no damage to either leg, and he even went back to bed after breakfast and didn’t have any chewing problems when I went downstairs to do my yoga, nor when I was in the shower. Whew!

GoofyMurphy

No problems last night either, and after breakfast, we all went back to bed (normal for weekends), and he did just fine without chewing at all. He did pop a blood blister that I think was caused by the elastic on his legging, but that’s understandable – those things suck. I cleaned it up and found a legging long enough to cover it, and he’s been fine the rest of the morning.

His sock/legging wardrobe is bigger than mine. LOL His foster-grandma made a bunch of leggings especially for him, which is absolutely wonderful (and means I still don’t have to do laundry more than once a week – the leggings have to be changed several times a day). He even came with PJs she made him, though we keep our house so warm I doubt he’ll ever need them here. They’re still adorable, though. Snowsuit, maybe?

He’s settling in nicely to our routines, and Mica seems happy enough to have another dog around again, even if he does think Murphy is about the goofiest dog ever sometimes. It’s amusing to see Mica watching when Murph is rolling around on his back or flinging toys literally across the room and behind furniture. He grumbles a little when Murphy gets a little too energetic and bounces into Mica’s space, but nothing serious, and Murphy just ignores him. The dogs are still learning to communicate well, but they’re learning quickly and much more comfortable with each other than I thought they’d be this early.

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We’re still sort of in the “honeymoon” period, so there may be a few things to work out later on, once Murphy knows he’s staying for good. But given how they’re interacting now, I’m confident there won’t be anything we can’t work through.

Overall, this has gone really well, and I’m so glad we could take Murphy in and give him a good home! He’s been through a lot, and now he can just relax and play and live the life of a spoiled house doggie.

Now, I just really need to get a bigger couch…

In any case, I’m going to start a new blog series on Fridays with updates from Mica & Murphy. Tune in for the next installment next Friday (no April fools – promise!)…

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