Saturday, August 30, 2008
Fellow Doggies: Paws crossed for everyone who is in the path of Hurricane Gustav and those who may follow!!!
We're OK -- but we know others are in the path of Gustav. So we want to bark our best wishes to keep everyone safe!!!
Jake and Just Harry
Thursday, August 28, 2008
And then -- there we were, looking down from the Chrysler Building -- a dizzifying experience.
We were all set to travel on to Paris with the gang -- but then we got an urgent message from the folks wondering why the Port of Mayemphis had called them about damages to the paddle wheel dock -- so we thought we'd better get home tout de suite to explain.
How did we get home? Why, when we learned that the koi family in Iowa was being threatened by our Heron-cam's koi-loving cousin, we sent out an all points bulletin to our own reliable HC. He talked to his cousin who decided to leave the koi and fly up to NYC to pick us up.
So, all is well that ends well: Gussie is doing fine after his surgery. When we explained that we were in a hurry to see a sick friend, the kind Port Authority dropped all charges. The folks have forgiven our impetuosness in causing the damages to the dock (we are, after all, terriers). We had a wonderful time in NYC celebrating Aire Ruby's anniversary. And, hopefully, we averted koi tragedy and set another heron on the right path.
And we have this wonderful souvenir, again, thanks to Asta, to remember the celebration by.
Jake and Just Harry
Monday, August 25, 2008
"We're going to Gussieland
In Mayemphis Tennessee
We're going to Gussieland ... And
We've reason to believe
We both will be received
The big question: how to get there?
Run all the way the way we did before? Too hot right now.
Heron-cam? Not sure he can carry two wires across the water.
Train? Poor connections from our end of the Florida peninsula.
Air? Aire Ruby is busy celebrating and there's no way we'll fly on any other carrier.
Stay home? Noooooooo.
I know!!! Water!!!
Why don't we just zip down to our local port, hop on a cruise ship to Noo Owlins, then cruise right up the river to Mayemphis. Mayemphis, Tennessee? What a cool idea!!! Just look at the map -- it makes poifekt sense, Ollie!!
Ready Just Harry? Ready. Bro.
Gussie!!! Muzzer!!! We are on our way!!!
Just in case your dad has some time while we're there, I wore my Cardinals hat, and brought the ball Asta-Marie gave me.
Stay brave, pal!!! You'll be out of the Anti Setic in no time flat -- and the nursies will be there to take care of you while we bark with muzzer and distract her as best we can!!!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Unaccustomed as we are to wearing more than a collar and a harness or the occasional bandana or hat...
Now that the Paw-Limpics are almost over, we're thinking about our trip to Mayemphis to keep Gussie's muzzer company. We were wondering how to get there -- when all of a sudden we learned that our pal William Tell has given us one of those fancy gold cards. Thank you Tell!!!That means -- in addition to being so grateful for Tell's BFF attention -- we may be able to travel in style instead of either running all the way or taking the Heron-cam. We didn't want to bother Aire Ruby because it's the anniversary of the first flight and Ruby has lots of plans. We haven't quite decided -- but right now we're thinking about hopping on one of those pretty cruise ships that call at the port just a few miles away. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, we've seen so many of our pals with the BFF card that we're stumped as to whom to give it to next. May we just suggest that if you'd like to have it, it's yours, 'cause we're all BFF's here?
Oh, one final thing. When they were in San Francisco, according to the Heron-cam, Dogdad bought a close-up lens for the camera. He was experimenting with it this morning --and this is just a sample of what you might be seeing soon.
Any guesses as to whose eye is which?
Lots of love, pals (under the caladiums). And two last thank you woofs to Lenny!!!
Jake and Just Harry
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Come to think of it, thank dog, all of our barking of late has had good results -- except for that 6:30 am wake-up stuff on Sunday morning and that occasional 2:00 am howl for no reason at all.
Jake and Just Harry
Friday, August 22, 2008
Fay has indeed been a whacky storm. She left us here in South Florida with much less rain and wind than forecast, but then has proceeded to cause interminable rain and flooding on her erratic slow-moving path across almost our whole state --where we have lots and lots of friends, human and canine.
As a neophyte weather dog, I plan to explore the positive effect of barking to chase away storms. So far barking has had a salutary effect on my pals in need of support. I wonder how the power of the paw will work on future storms.
Right now, however, Just Harry and I are planning a quick trip to Mayemphis next week, to look after Gussie's muzzer and provide a bit of a masculine counterbalance to all the beautiful wirey nurses who will be looking after Gussie as he has a neck lump named Rodney removed on Tuesday. So much to bark about. So little time.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Look for yourselves:
Here's mandevilla, which, having covered our arbor with profuse foliage, is striking out in new directions.
And here's frangipani, aka plumeria, which, while bending in the breeze, suddenly discovered she was being enticed by an insistent extension of the vine as the Ty plant just looked on , shaking his head, and the stealth hibiscus hedge screamed -- stay away from us!!
And what will be the result? Not to be too brutal, but we're afraid Mom and Dogdad will tell mandevilla to mind his own business and stick with his job, i.e., covering the arbor. And plumeria, once the breezes have ceased, will be less approachable.
But it's been fun to watch this mini-romance while it lasted. (And yes, what you see there is a moment of sunshine, after all the rain!!)
Speaking of romance, Asta Marie, do you know the Pirates are playing the Cardinals in St. Louis? Can our budding relationship survive this battle royale?
Your pal, Jake
Monday, August 18, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
She was very talented and had a creative web site where she memorialized wires and other dogs who had crossed the Rainbow Bridge. And now, although we and many other wires and humans are so sad at losing our warm-hearted friend, two of her wires who have been waiting at the Rainbow Bridge a long, long while will know the joy of running to meet their loving mom.
I first met her in cyberspace when I was a puppy, six years ago -- and she surprised me with a new ear. A few years later, when Just Harry came into our lives, she made this photo collage of the two of us. I was afraid no one would recognize me with my two ears down, so she made us name tags. Ironically, those tags have Olympic rings on them -- but we never suspected we'd be writing these sad words during the Olympics -- or the Paw-Lympics.
Good bye dear friend. Rest in peace.
Jake and Just Harry (and our Mom, Joan)
Thursday, August 14, 2008
As soon as she had recovered from her flight and gotten her land paws, we took off for Dolphin Stadium (the professional football stadium that is used for baseball too). We had great seats, just a few rows up right behind home plate, so we could see everything.
We got there early, in time to see the groundskeepers getting things ready. We counted 28 men on the field, with brooms and blowers, hoses, and other equipment. Frankly, I had to contain myself, because I go a little nuts when I see equipment like that -- but in view of the special occasion, I took a deep breath and remained quiet.
We saw the manager talking to the umpires before the game.
And best of all, we saw my favorite player, Albert Pujols. A little later, 'cause Asta Marie wanted to see if she could catch a ball, we moved over to third base and guess what, soon after, a ball came right into our section.
The game was a tense one, right up to the last out of the ninth inning -- but my redbirds won and I knew Dogdad and Mom would be really happy. Not to mention my pal Gussie over there in Mayemphis and anyone else who is a Cardinals fan.
Asta Marie was the perfect companion. Since we're just about the same age, we had lots of things in common to talk about -- even though we've grown up in very different places. We ate hot dogs, and soft pretzels, and we even shared a carton of Edy's slow-churned ice cream (vanilla, of course). What a treat!! And she barked just as loudly as I did when the Cardinals scored a run!!!
Interestingly enough, right in front of us were two guys with Red Sox hats and t-shirts -- we thought perhaps Agatha and Archie had sent them so that we'd remember there are other teams contending for the playoffs in that other league. (Not to mention that the Red Sox had walloped the Cardinals in 2006 when they both were in the World Series, but never mind.)
Then came my dilemma. Since the game was such a good one, we stayed right until the end -- which meant that Asta Marie would have to travel home in the dark. I discussed this with Mom when we got back to our place, and she thought it would be safer to ask Asta Marie to spend the night and fly back to Pittsburgh with the Heron-Cam in the morning. Asta Marie thought about it and when we assured her that she would have her privacy, she agreed.
We all had peanut butter kong bedtime snacks and then Asta Marie curled up downstairs in Just Harry's comfy crate while Just Harry and I went upstairs. First thing in the morning, after breakfast, a few barks, and a little walk, she put on an adorable chapeau and flew home with our Heron-Cam (lucky guy!!).
So yes, pals, I had a swell time and the minutes with Asta Marie just flew by. I hope she felt the same way; but discretion prevents me from saying more, other than that I was honored to have my very first date ever with such a beautiful, fun-loving wire lady.
Thank you Ms. Asta Marie. Thank you Cards for giving us such a sweet evening.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Early this afternoon, I dispatched our heron-cam to pick her up. Here he is waiting outside our front door for my instructions.
He found the lovely lady at home, all decked out in a very becoming Pittsburgh Pirates cap -- which, since Pittsburgh is also in the National League, was quite appropriate attire.
While the Heron-cam was flying Ms. Asta Marie down to Florida Just Harry and I said a little pre-game prayer for our redbirds. They won the first game of the four-game series, but lost last night after a very long rain delay. It's a very important series if they are to be contenders for the October play offs.
And then, I donned what I hope will be a surprise -- a nice surprise -- for Asta Marie: my full Cardinal bobblehead regalia.
So stay tuned pals. I'll tell you more about the game and our date later, after we get to the ball park. But, like a gentleman should, I'll let Asta Marie decide how many "pawticulars" she wants to reveal.
Oh, and lest I forget, Just Harry is all excited because he and Princess Willow have connected; but he'll tell you more about that himself at another time.
A very trepidatious Jake