Friday, July 31, 2009
NYT, July 30, 2009
Mom's update: Since some of Jake's pals have wondered what the point was, I guess we didn't make it clear what this quote was all about. It was taken from an article about the cookies on the Internet that tell businesses more than we can imagine -- or might find desirable -- about our buying practices. So it's all about privacy. Remember that cartoon showing a dog at the computer saying, "On the Internet, no one knows you're a dog." Well, now they do!!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Jake of Florida
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Last year was a milestone barkday. We had a big "real" party with lots of friends and family.
But this year -- what to do?
Mom had the first idea. She "invested" in the season Major League Baseball package so he (and we) could watch our Cardinals play almost all of their games. Which we have!!!
But then, we had another idea. What would Dogdad like more than anything we wondered? We looked at each other. Then we looked at Mom. She got it immediately and said, "You're right!! What clever boys!"
And that's how what you see below happened.
Yep! It's a painting of the two of us by none other than the amazingly creative Ms. Asta's mommi!!!! She painted us as a surprise for Dogdad last month and we actually managed to keep it as a surprise until this past Saturday afternoon.
That's when Mom said to Dogdad. "OK, I can't wait any longer. The Boyz got you a very special birthday present. It's hidden somewhere in this house. If you find it and realize it's for you -- then it's yours."
So the four of us embarked (no pun) on a scavenger hunt. First downstairs. No place to hide unless you count the back of the refrigerator or underneath Mom's desk or behind the bookcases. (He looked in all those places.) Then we went upstairs. Bedroom? Under the bed? Bedroom closet? Back bedroom? Back bedroom closet? Guest room? Guest room closet? Aha!! What's this?????
And yes, he absolutely loves it -- and so do we -- tail wags and scritches all around.
The only dilemma? Where shall we hang it?
That will wait until he comes home late tomorrow.
So Happy Barkday Dad. We love you!!! We love running together on the golf course and tying you up in our leashes!! We love hearing you shout LEAVE IT!! when we bark at a car door outside at 5:30 am! We love riding in the car with you! We love your sneaking us treats when Mom says no! We love all of us sitting on the couch and watching the baseball games! And we even love (don't tell) sitting on your lap and getting plucked! (Hah!)
And thank you, thank you, thank you Aunt Ami!! (and Asta and her daddi as well who packed it for shipping and had close up and personal conversations with UPS when they seemed to have forgotten where we live!!)
Jake and Just Harry
Monday, July 20, 2009
And, yeah, I know this is a cheer to the ladies -- but my secretary had to point out that I too looked quite grand as I stood with my new buddy from Scotland, Hamish the Westie.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
To his credit, Just Harry said he wouldn't go to Scotland either, if I couldn't. He put his paw down on that!! I was touched because I knew how much he wanted to be with Ms. Essex and also have a few minutes to reminisce with Martha. (And don't tell, but he was panting to get back into his kilt!!!)
Thursday, July 16, 2009
"Gee, Mom, I don't know. Didn't you put it on me this morning like every morning?"
" Yes, of course I did. But it's not there now."
At first, we thought I may have lost it when Dogdad took me out for our bedtime run. But this morning, he retraced our steps and it was nowhere to be seen. And it's nowhere to be found in the house.
Even worse, not only is my favorite Cardinals collar missing. but now I'm also illegal because my registration tag was on it. You'd think, if someone in the neighborhood saw the collar, they'd read the information on my ID tag and call us or drop it off -- but that hasn't happened
So could it be that this famous photo at the stag party Eric threw for Petey over the weekend is the last I will ever see of my Cardinals collar?
Jake of Florida, Now suffering from a huge identify crisis.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
And we captured a shorter interview with Albert too. He, like most of the top hitters on the National League, didn't do much hitting last night -- but we love to watch him nevertheless.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Just a few moments ago -- 8:47 pm EST - Dogdad took me and my brother out for our bedtime run. We went to the golf course as we always do -- but we barely had time to do our business, when young idiots from a few houses down set off two firecrackers. They were only about 100 yards -- about a block --away from us and it was scary, scary loud.
I freaked out and jumped so hard that I jerked my leash out of my Dad's hand and ran as fast as I could. Of course Dad was startled. When he realized what had happened, he called me and called me and tried to catch up.
But -- no need to worry -- I ran across the golf course as fast as I could,my leash dangling after me, turned down our street, and ran right into our driveway and sat by the front door.
When Dogdad told Mom what happened, she almost fainted.But nope, I ain't no doofus. I is truly a smart terrier who knows where home is and where it's safe.
(Mom told me what a good boy I was, and gave me lots and lots of cuddles.)
Friday, July 10, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Well, it's true, Petey and I have left our lady loves on the other side of the Big Pee. Eric took us to Heathrow on the Fourth and Petey and I scampered off to our AireRuby flight, tickets in mouth, and now we're back in our respective homes in the US of A.
It was heartbreaking to leave my Gabbi, especially since Petey had found us such a sweet bungalow with bone shutters...
When I got home though, Mom was ecstatic to see me. But after a few minutes of excited tail wagging (me, not her) and scritches (her, not me), she looked around inquisitively and asked a very pointed question: "Jake, where's Just Harry?"
"Gee, Mom," I answered slowly. "Isn't he here already? He left our little group headed for Heathrow in Eric's zoomer and muttered something about making his own arrangements...."
And then, not sure whether I should spill the beans, I kind of added, "He did seem to be getting along really well with one of the Basset Sisters, Martha, and he said he was 'Just' going to hang around in Scotland with her for a bit. Apparently her sister, Bailey, had recently decided she had royal lineage and wanted Martha to be her handmaiden. But Martha, deciding that she preferred to be 'Just Martha,' asked our Harry what it was like to be 'Just Harry'. And while they were talking, they discovered they had a lot in common --- and well, that's all I know."
Except, I did get a glimpse of JH decked out in Scottish attire." "Where they are now is anybody's guess. But HRH Bailey is getting impatient to find her alleged handmaiden. And now you're upset too."
Oh dog oh dog oh dog -- does anyone out there know anything more before we're all really in big trouble??????
Friday, July 3, 2009
— That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
— That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to... compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence.
They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.
— And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
— John Hancock
New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton