Goodboy Norman Featherstone

Friday, March 30, 2007

Birthday Pics!

Finally, I got the pictures from the camera!

Here I am getting showered with my birthday confetti. The Woman loves Forsythia. This shrub is particularly beautiful. We have some other Forsythia bushes in our yard, but this one is the prettiest. It is located just outside the office window, so Woman gets to look at it all day.

This is me with my new "Rib in a Blanket" chewie. It is SO GOOD. I usually don't go for chew treats, but this one is awesome. There is a REAL RIB in it! A REAL RIB! Isn't that awesome?

Here I am doing a little yoga wile I eat my Rib in a Blanket. I gotta keep in shape if I'm gonna be eating fatty foods like ribs! Do you see that black stripe down my left side? That's a racing stripe. I got it from running under the car when we were going to the pet store. Yeah, I had already had my bath, so the Woman was ticked off. She tried to wash it off, but I'm going to need another bath to get it off. LOL!

And here is the new recruit - "New Hootie Owl" or "Non-Skanky Hootie Owl" before I got a hold of him. I am trying to keep him clean, but his white fur is already a bit brown. I have not yet eaten his nose, feet or ear tufts, but I'm sure they won't last through the weekend.

I almost ended up with a kitty instead of New Hootie, but the kitty was pink, and the Woman figured you would all shun me for having a pink kitty. I like the hootie toy better anyway, because he has more things to chew off than the kitty.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Birthday Thank You's

Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes. I had a really nice day! I got a bath and got to go to the pet store in the Miata (with the top down) to pick out a new toy and a treat. I got a new (non-skanky) hootie-owl toy, and a rib in a blanket. The rib is soooo yummy! I think I am going to try to keep my new hootie-owl toy in better shape than old hootie-owl. He got gross really fast. I just LOVE to LICK him! I will post pics tomorrow hopefully. The Woman's USB port doesn't work on her computer, so I have to use Ian's computer to get the pictures from the camera. He's working really hard today and won't let me use his computer. So ... you'll have to wait to see my loot.

Speaking of Ian, he has a new t-shirt design up for voting on threadless.

Chariots Retired - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

It's pretty cool. The theme is "Kickin' it Old Skool" in promotion of a new movie by that same name. His entry is entitled, "Chariots Retired," and features a bunch of iconic vehicles from the 80's that have been retired to the junkyard. So, if you haven't clicked the link, I'm sure my explanation will have enticed you to do so by now.

Also, Ian has a new t-shirt for sale on another website than threadless. Check it out!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is my Birthday! Hooray for me! I'm six today! Yeah! I'm going to get a bath, and then the Woman is going to take me to the store to pick out a new toy! And then I will get to take a walk! It's a great day today too, so nice and sunny!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Digging in the Dirt

All Winter long, the Woman has been asking me if I am going to help her with the garden this year. I was always like, "Sure Woman, as long as it doesn't involve me doing any work." The time finally came for me to start helping with the garden this weekend... Ian and the neighbor, Bill, rented a rototiller to dig up the designated garden spot. When they turned the rototiller on, I got so excited by the loud noise that I had to run in and get Hootie Owl so he could see what was going on. I knew he would never believe me if I told him about it later, so I wanted him to see if first-hand. The rototiller was pretty much awesome. It dug into the ground and threw stuff everywhere. It also let off this awesome gas smell that I really liked. I wish I had hands, because I would have liked to have rototilled too. Ian wishes I had hands too, because he was REALLY tired by the end of the day and could have used the extra help.

After the tilling, the Woman had the task of raking the dirt to get it smooth and to remove any rocks and clumps of grass. I kept getting in the way by sitting in her shadow for shade, and she kept poking me with the rake to move. At one point, it was so hot that I rolled around in the dirt. The Woman was amused by this, but it also ticked her off some. When she finished raking, she planned to section off the plots and start planting. She got really tired though and ran out of stakes for the sectioning off, so she is going to resume her work tonight.

I didn't actually help do anything at all. I did lay beside Ian in the shade and get petted some, but I don't really feel like I contributed to the gardening. I am planning on helping with the "watering" once the Woman gets the seeds in the ground. That should be really helpful and not too exerting on me!

I'll post some pictures of the garden plot later. It's just a 24' x 24' square of dirt right now. I'm sure you can all imagine that in your heads.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Hello Kitty Hell

When I logged on this morning, I saw that someone with the user name "Hello Kitty Hell" left me a comment on my previous blog. I figured this was just an alias Mr. Chris or possibly the Brodie Man made up to mock my Hello Kitty party decorations, but when I clicked the user name, it took me to, a site devoted to one man's horror of all things Hello Kitty, seemingly brought on by his wife's fanaticism with Hello Kitty. I like this site. I think all men should read this site, but women should stay away from it. I showed the Woman this site, and she fell in love with all the products he was shaming. Yes, even the Hello Kitty bubble bath that gives you cancer, and the Hello Kitty sanitary napkins. Hello Kitty is crack for females. Men - guard your womens from the Hello Kitty plague!

I wonder if the dude's wife knows about his website. And if so, does she like it?

Thursday, March 22, 2007

My Birthday is Coming!

My Birthday is March 27 - that's next Tuesday! I was hoping to have my party this weekend, but the People said they have to "get the garden in" this weekend. I have no clue what that means but apparently it is more important than celebrating the birth of your firstborn Pug. Maybe it has something to do with the big patch of dead grass in our back yard that has been designated the "No Pug Zone" and the weird "seedling" things in the spare room. Who can tell with these weirdos though?

So anyway, I am going to have my party the weekend after this weekend, and I am way stoked! I can't wait to show off my big yard to all my doggy friends who have not yet been to my house! I sure hope Copper and Chloe can make it, but I am hesitant to invite (gay) Buddy. I don't want him to get the wrong impression. If I do invite (gay) Buddy, I will be sure to make the Woman change the theme from Hello Kitty to He-Man or Hulk or something like that. Yes, she is making me have a Hello Kitty theme, because she loves Hello Kitty. I told her it's her fault that gay dogs hit on me, but she denies it. She says pink decorations never hurt anypug, but I'm not so sure.

All my readers are of course invited, but I know you all live too far to come :( If you can't make it, I insist you all have a little party in my honor!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

A Second Pug? Or Maybe a Frenchie? Never!

Mr. Ian has put his foot down repeatedly to the Woman's request for a second Pug (or Frenchie). He proclaims this to be a one dog household! (Not because he likes me, mind you, but because he doesn't prefer pets and can tolerate only one.) He has told the Woman she can trade me in for the dog of her choice, but the Woman says she loves me too much to do that. The Woman has even tried to con Mr. Ian by telling him she will only let one dog at a time out of the "dog room", so it will seem like we have only one dog, but he wasn't buying that load of bull. So, to all you people out there telling me to talk the Woman into a second dog and playmate, it's never going to happen. Well, not as long as Mr. Ian is around. And yes, I have tried over and over again to talk the Woman into a different husband, but she seems to really like him. Ugh. Now I know how he feels about me!

Monday, March 19, 2007

I'm Back!

I am back from my trip, and I am sooooo tired! I had the best time EVER! (Sorry Mr. Chris, but I like Alfred's house better than your house. There are two Pugs there AND a baby.) I had so much fun that when the Woman came to pick me up on Saturday, she considered letting me stay there to live with Alfred and his crew, because she could see how happy I was. She did end up taking me home in the end though. I don't think the Jason guy liked the idea of "another" Pug living there permanently.

You may remember a few weeks ago that the Woman was threatening to send me to Pug Rescue because of my bad behaviour. I was quite terrified of this and decided to shape up a little to avoid that fate. Well, I will GLADLY go to Pug rescue after last week. Alfred and Holly are rescued Pugs; therefore, their house must be the Pug Rescue place, right? I LOVE their house! I wonder if that baby Emma is a rescued Pug too? She doesn't look much like a Pug, but she tastes like one!

I played so much fetch and loved on Pugs and kids like crazy! I definitely have got to get me a Pug or a kid or something fun like that. I wish Alfred and his crew lived closer to us so I could visit with them more often.

Thank you Alfred's Mom and family for letting me stay with you last week! I had the most fun EVER!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Hiking up a Mountain

We went hiking this weekend, and it was a blast. There were a lot of humans with us on the hike, but I don't have pictures of them. I wish I had a picture of the Woman screaming and running when she spotted a snake, but I don't. You'll just have to imagine the hilarity of it all. She's such a baby. So anyway, here are my animal friends from this weekend.

This is Buddy. He is a black Lab, and he really likes me. He's got nice teeth, don't you think? Everyone was impressed with how well Buddy did on the hike since he has some hip problems. We were happy he had a good time and didn't slow us down.

Here Buddy is "getting to know me." Like I said earlier, Buddy really likes me, but I don't like him in "that" way. I tried to explain this to him, but he is a senior dog, and he doesn't hear so well. I am worried that he thinks we may be dating, so I am trying to keep my distance and screen his phone calls.

This is Chloe. She is a pretty girl, and she thinks I am her baby. She is Andy and Katherine's first dog. Chloe is very obedient and LOVES people.

This is Copper, Andy and Katherine's second dog. Copper is not so fond of me. I think it's because I move around a lot, and he likes to be in control of things. I'm not really sure though. I hope that as he gets to know me better, we can be friends and he stops barking at me all the time like he is some kind of dog policeman or something. He's not the boss of me! His tail curls like a Pug tail, which is really cool.

This is Skyler, one of Andy and Katherine's three cats. We didn't get pictures of Squeekers or Bandit. Bandit hides most of the time that I am around, and Squeekers just didn't feel photogenic that day, so we respected his wishes. Skyler is a really pretty kitty. The Woman doesn't like kitties, because they get all over your counters and stuff. You see that Skyler is on the counter in this picture - LOL. That would not go over well in our house.

Here we are before the hike getting a treat. You see how all the other dogs are sitting down in this picture, right? Well, supposedly to get the treat, you have to "sit." I do not appreciate having to "sit" to get a treat that is rightfully mine. Needless to say, I got the treat although I did not sit. I am a bad, bad boy.

I don't know if I'll get to blog from alfredsmom's house or not next week, so if you don't see me online, I'll be back later!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Celebrity Souvenirs

When most people go on vacation, they bring back some type of souvenir to commemorate the experience. Maybe they'll buy a t-shirt touting the name of the city they visited, a shot glass from a chain restaurant like the Hard Rock Cafe, a food item like a Caribbean rum cake, or a coffee mug with some reminiscent scene or slogan on it. These are all normal souvenirs, but as everyone knows celebrities are not normal, and this abnormality is even more evident in their choice of souvenirs. You would expect celebrities to bring back bigger and more memorable souvenirs than average people, because they have more money, and quite frankly, they visit more exciting places. But, Angelina Jolie has really crossed the line from bigger and better into just plain odd. It seems that Ms. Jolie collects children from the countries she visits. She has one from Cambodia, one from Ethiopia, and she is in the process of adding one from Vietnam. Since her only "birth" child was born in Namibia, she won't need to get a baby from there, but perhaps Shiloh can wear a "Namibia - Where Babies are Made" t-shirt so everyone knows which country she is representing in the souvenir collection. (Maybe she doesn't have to wear it all the time, but at least when guests are over.) Being a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, it is only a matter of time before she has the complete "Babies Around the World" collection. I bet in the end, she'll wish she had gone for the collector plates instead.

On a similar note, Madonna seems to have felt left out of the souvenir craze and has commissioned her own little bundle of joy from Malawi. I have to wonder if Madonna has actually visited this country though, since it seems a little unrefined for her taste. (I am also a little disappointed in her, because she is usually a leader in trends and not a follower.)

**As a side note and possible disclaimer, the Woman absolutely LOVES Angelina Jolie, so please take this as satire, and not as a jab at Ms. Jolie.

Where's Norman?

As I blogged before, the People are going to Orlando. They are leaving this Friday. It was a big deal to find somewhere for me to stay, because it is going to be for ten whole days. The Woman tried to find a kennel, but she wasn't happy with any of them. She considered another housesitter, but quickly reconsidered. After much searching, and very much to my delight, I will be staying with Emma and Holly and Alfred and Bella (and their People too)! I am very excited! I have never been together with TWO pugs before. I have only ever been together with one Pug at any time, you know, Pug on Pug. I love animals and People of all kinds, but I admit that I am partial to Pugs - they're my People after all. It has been so long since I have played with another Pug, and I am way stoked!

Monday, March 05, 2007

Woman is Back!

Woman made it back safely from San Diego. She did not get me a souvenir. She didn't get Ian anything either, so I don't feel so bad. She did get herself a mug with lilies on it. How selfish of the Woman! I guess I don't really want a mug though, so I'm not complaining too much. I would get my little face stuck in a mug if I tried to drink out of it, so I'll stick to my bowls.

We went hiking this weekend. It was awesome. I have lots of pictures, but I don't want to ask Ian to get them off the camera for me, because he gets grumpy about it. The Woman's USB drive doesn't work properly on her computer, so Ian has to retrieve the pictures. Needless to say, he doesn't care for this arrangement. Maybe he'll get them for me tomorrow.

I am excited to introduce you all to my new pal, Buddy. I would say my new buddy, Buddy, but that sounds redundant, so I'll call him my pal. He's a black Lab, and he has a serious crush on me. Yes, I said HE has a crush on ME (also a HE). He's Nate's dog. I hope I get to hang out with him again sometime, even though he has a tendency to hump me. I still like him, even if his life choices don't line up with my own. LOL! Anyway, I have lots of pictures of Buddy to share with you all.