Goodboy Norman Featherstone

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!

Hello Everyone! It's my birthday! I know you have all been dying to hear about my birthday adventures, so let's get started.

I woke up this morning as usual, barking at Woman while she peed, barking at Woman while she opened the door to let me out to pee, and barking at Woman to get me a goodboy bone for going pee outside. Then we went in to check on the seedlings like we do every morning, returned to the kitchen to put the kettle on the stove and ate a banana. I always get the last bite of banana! Woo-hoo! Woman had some tea, and sung me the Happy Birthday song over and over. She was trying to teach me to squeak my chipmunk in tune with the song, but I have no rhythm. We played some fetch, and I licked hootie, myself, the air, the pillow, the blanket and even Woman until my heart was content. I have to get all my licking out of my system before Ian gets up, because he hates the lick. I also chewed some rib while Woman scratched my butt. It was a good morning. Then we headed off to work ...

Finally it was time for lunch. I have photos of this part!

We loaded up into the car, and I got to sit in the front on Woman's lap! No crate for me today, because it's my birthday! Ian told me not to get used to it though.

norman on his birthday

Our first stop was the Three Dog Bakery. Here are Woman and I out front.

Norman and Tammy at Three Dog Bakery

Here I am checking out some toys. Woman reminded me that I have enough toys at home, and I agreed with her.

norman at three dog bakery

They have these awesome bins of homemade treats! Woman got me some of these treats. I really like them.

three dog bakery

Here are the special cupcakes I picked out for my birthday.

norman's birthday treats

Then we moved on down the road for some lunch. I chose to eat at a restaurant called Modesto. They had some nice outdoor seating, so the People agreed we could have lunch there.

Here's the view looking down the street from our table.

view from modesto

And here is the view across the street. Aren't those pretty trees?

view from Modesto

I ate my little cupcake while we waited for our food.

norman at modesto

The waitress lady brought me a bowl of water. Fancy!

norman downtown

Woman ordered this pasta with meatballs. She shared her meatballs with me. They were awesome.

modesto classic pasta

Ian ordered this seafood pasta. He did not share with me.

modesto seafood pasta

I quite enjoyed my meatballs. We saved my "big" cupcake for later tonight, so I could spread out the goodness over the day.

norman at modesto

There were some dogs in a car across the street who kept barking at me. They were totally jealous of me.

norman downtown

I tried to get Woman to take me next door to Chorizo for a Mojito, but she said she needed to get home and back to work. Oh well, maybe next time!

Norman wants a mojito

The restaurant we ate at is part of the Grove Arcade. Here is a picture of the building.

grove arcade

I was pretty wiped out after lunch, so we packed ourselves back into the car and headed home.

norman 7th birthday

I did muster up the energy for a photo in front of my birthday forsythia. It's blooming, but not all the way. Oh well, it's still pretty.

norman 7th birthday

I'm a tired Pug.

norman 7th birthday

I'm going to take a nap now. I hope I have more birthday surprises in store when I wake up! Like, maybe some presents!!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Tomorrow is My Birthday!

Does that little bird look as excited as me about my birthday? My birthday forsythia bush is not blooming as vibrantly as it was last year. Hurry up and bloom bush! I have to have my picture taken with you tomorrow.

Woman said tomorrow during lunch she is going to take me downtown to the Three Dog Bakery to get me a birthday surprise! Woo-hoo! I'm pretty excited. I wonder what kind of surprise I will get. Woman says I get to pick it out and everything! I have never been to the downtown place. I wonder what all is down there.

The People took me for a walk yesterday. Woman had to miss her "Body Pump" class at the gym because she was on the phone until 7pm, so we went for a walk instead. It was a nice day. I pooped next to someone's mailbox. Woman forgot to bring a bag to clean up my accidents. Oops! She was so embarrassed, but not embarrassed enough to go back later and clean it up. Bad Woman! I wonder if I will get another walk tonight? That would be awesome, but I won't hold my breath!

I am trying to enjoy my last day of being six years old. Tomorrow I become an old man! Woman is sad, but I don't mind. It means I get special treatment, right?

Monday, March 24, 2008

Norman and the Chipmunks

Some of you probably noticed that my new toy is called, "Hide a Squirrel," yet I refer to the "squirrels" as "chipmunks." The reason for this is that they look more like chipmunks than squirrels to me, and I call 'em like I see 'em.

See those stripes? Those are chipmunk stripes.

norman and a chipmunk

See the resemblance?

This is a toy squirrel.

norman and his squirrel

This is a real squirrel.

Squirrels come in other colors than just grey, but I don't think I've seen a striped squirrel, so I'm going to continue to call my "squirrels" "chipmunks." Besides, I already have a squirrel toy, and we can't go mixing up the toy names!!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Sharon Bancroft, Painter

I want to share with you all the blog of a good friend of the People, Sharon Bancroft. Sharon is the wife of Josiah, Ian's (almost) life-long best friend, and the best man at the Peoples' wedding. Why I wasn't best man I don't know, but Woman says it has something to do with my not having been born yet. Excuses, excuses! Anyway, pop on over to Sharon's blog to view some of her fabulous art work. She is very talented and a sweet girl. I have never met her, but Woman made me say that. LOL!

Here is a picture of Josiah and Ian at the Peoples' wedding. Wouldn't I have looked so cool in one of those tuxes?


We do have pictures of Sharon, but they are not scanned into the computer, so sorry.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

On the Seventh Day before my Birthday ...

Punchy gave to me ...

Three chipmunks in a tree!

hide a squirrel

Is this the most awesomest toy ever, or what? Check it out!


I have fun pulling the little chipmunks out of their hiding places. You can't hide from me chipmunks!!

norman and a chipmunk

And squeaking the heck out of them! Woman plays a little bit of fetch with them, but she says they get slobbery too fast, so each one only has like two throws in it. That's six throws altogether, so I'm cool.

norman playing with chipmunk

Check out this tag. This toy will help develop my problem solving skills! Woo-hoo!

hide a squirrel

I got a card too! Cute, yes? Pugs with a cupcake! I want a cupcake too!

norman gets a birthday card

Don't worry hootie! You'll always be my best friend!!

norman and hootie


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Movie Meme - 100% Answered!

I got this meme from Shanny. It looks like lots of fun if you have some time to play! Here are the rules:

1. Pick 10 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
5. No Googling or IMDb-ing. That’s cheating and that’s no fun.

Here's my list, with help from Woman of course.

1 - How do you do? I see you've met my faithful handyman. He's just a little brought down, because when you knocked, he thought you were the candy-man. The Rocky Horror Picture Show - correctly answered by Tami

2 - Ah, how shall I do it? Oh, I know. I'll turn him into a flea, a harmless, little flea, and then I'll put that flea in a box, and then I'll put that box inside of another box, and then I'll mail that box to myself, and when it arrives... [laughs] ...I'll smash it with a hammer! It's brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, I tell you! Genius, I say! Or, to save on postage, I'll just poison him with this. The Emperor's New Groove - correctly answered by Aunt Nita who has endured quotes from this movie by us and Ian's siblings for the past 7 years - LOL!

3 - Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes? - Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark - correctly answered by Manda Girl

4 - Where do you think you're going? Nobody's leaving. Nobody's walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We're all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We're gonna press on, and we're gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny *bleep*ing Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white *bleep* down that chimney tonight, he's gonna find the jolliest bunch of *bleep*holes this side of the nuthouse. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - correctly answered by Tami

5 - Yeah. OK, well, uh, we found, uh, this mouse in a bottle of YOUR BEER, eh. Like, we was at a party and, uh, a friend of ours - a COP - had some, and HE PUKED. And he said, uh, come here and get free beer or, uh, he'll press charges. Strange Brew - correctly answered by Kristie

6 - You have the ring, and I see your Schwartz is as big as mine. Let's see how well you handle it. Spaceballs - correctly answered by Winston

7 - Fifty pounds! A very worthy sum on a very worthy question. Can a play show us the very truth and nature of love? I bear witness to the wager, and will be the judge of it as occasion arises. I have not seen anything to settle it yet. Shakespeare in Love - correctly answered by Roxy's Mom person

8 - Oooh, I'm a star, and the audience loves me... and I love them. And they love me for loving them and I love them for loving me. And we love each other. And that's because none of us got enough love in our childhood. And that's showbiz... kid. Chicago - correctly answered by Winston

9 - Well my friend Sweet Jay took me to that video arcade in town, right, and they don't speak English there, so Jay got into a fight and he's all, "Hey quit hasslin' me cuz' I don't speak French" or whatever! And then the guy said something in Paris talk, and I'm like, "Just back off!" And they're all, "Get out!" And we're like, "Make me!" It was cool. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery - correctly answered by Felicity and Henry

10 - I can't hear you, you're trailing off and did I catch a niner in there? Were you calling from a walkie-talkie? - Tommy Boy - correctly answered by Whitola

If there are any left unanswered by tomorrow, I'll start posting hints!

Monday, March 17, 2008

On the 10th Day Before my Birthday my True Love Gave to Me

A massage by a kitteh!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Pain in the Neck

Woman thinks she caught Punchy's neck pain, because her neck has been hurting really bad all week too. She says it's difficult to even sit up today. Poor Woman. Too bad the dog is constantly barking at her for food. That dog should really learn to be nicer. LOL! It's me! I'm the dog I'm talking about!! BARK! BARK!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I Wash my Feet with a Rag on a Stick

In case you're too lazy to bend over to clean out the cottage cheese that is accumulating between your toes, The Vermont Country Store has got the solution for you!

And another innovation in self-cleaning for those ladies who hate to shave their legs. Heck, this gadget practically shaves for you! I bet Mr. Chris could even use it to reach those hard-to-shave areas of his back.

The Vermont Country Store is proud to be "Purveyors of the Practical & Hard-To-Find. " LOL! I hardly find these things practical!

A Better Dog

Woman has been telling me lately that I need to learn to be a better dog. I just can't comprehend what she is talking about. I have four furry legs, a curly tail, a nose with a good sense of smell, floppy ears, whiskers, I give wet sloppy kisses, and I have a loud doggy bark. How can I be a better dog? There is nothing more dog than what I am. I tried barking more often to assert my dogliness, but that just makes her yell at me more and tell me again to be a better dog. She even threatened to send me to Pug rescue when I pooped on the rug the other day. Dogs poop on rugs, right? I was just trying to be a better dog! I've been snoring extra loud lately, but that just gets me shushed and nudged with a foot. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong here, so if anyone has a clue, please fill me in. Otherwise, I'll end up at Pug rescue, which I have heard is a pretty cool place, but I'm getting too old to travel and would rather stay at home with Woman.

In other news, Ian has a new design up for voting at Threadless. Show him some love people. This is where my doggy treats come from.

A Scarecrow Learns to Fly - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Monday, March 10, 2008

St. Patrick's Day

Do you all know that St. Patrick's day has been moved by the Romach Catholic Church to this Saturday, the 15th? The Roman Catholic church changed it this year from the 17th, because Easter is really early this year, and the 17th is Holy Monday. Isn't that wild? Not everyone is honoring the move though, so I say it's OK to celebrate on both days! Green beer all around! Easter and St. Patrick's day last caused this sort of conflict in 1940. We're all a part of history here this week! LOL! This is going to be a question on Jeopardy one day.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Early Riser

Now that Spring is so close, I have to start getting up early to work in the garden. Here I am tending to some creeping phlox.

norman peeing on the phlox

Woman says I dont' really have a green thumb. Well, Woman, I don't have any thumbs at all, so what do you expect!

I suppose I'll be spending a lot of time tending to the vegetable garden this year too. I'd better get warmed up for Summer ...

garden beds

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Miniature Human Harrison

Woman finally got some pictures of the latest miniature human to be born in our circle of friends, Harrison Finlay. The People took dinner to Bill and Kari last night, and Woman finally remembered to take her camera. She also got a lot of photos of Sarah, because Sarah was ON FIRE last night! I don't mean red flames, but more like hopped up on toddler crack of some sort.

Harrison Finlay - 6 days old (Finlay is his middle name BTW).

baby harrison

Mr. Ian with Sarah and Harrison. Note that Mr. Ian never looks this happy when he's holding me!

ian sarah and harrison

Woman holding Harrison. Don't go getting any ideas, Woman. I'm the only baby for this household!!

tammy and harrison

Woman made this cookie flower arrangement for Bill and Kari when Harrison was born. She took it to the hospital for them to eat / enjoy instead of flowers. The cookies are filled with all-fruit jams; strawberry, blueberry and apricot. The coffee mug is from Pier One. Woman was very happy with herself for finding that mug, because she says it goes perfectly with the flower cookies. The cookie cutters are from Michael's, and the clear bags and sticks are also from Michael's. Woman said getting the sticks to go into the cookie without breaking through the outside of the cookie was a real pain in the butt. She recommends a very THICK cookie if you attempt this yourself. Or, if you have advice on how to do this better next time, please share with her.

flower cookie arrangement

I am sorry I did not get to go to Sarah's house last night to see the new baby, but Woman says I am too much of a hassle to be allowed to visit Harrison right now. Bah! Woman said Sarah was absolutely the cutest ever last night. She was running around like a crazy girl, cheesing it up for the camera and showing off her new ability - somersaults! Here are some pictures for your amusement.

Woman made stuffed green peppers for dinner (Sarah had no interest in this meal), and Ian brought some ice cream for dessert. Sarah loves her some ice cream.

sarah eating ice cream

What could be better than ice cream? A thin mint with the ice cream! See Sarah's delight at the offer of a thin mint.

sarah wants a thin mint

Sarah has become quite the little photographer. Here she is, lining up her shot meticulously.

sarah taking a photo

She seems pleased with the results.

sarah with camera

I think this picture sums up Sarah's mood last night. Toddler crack.

sarah silly face

Can't you just hear her sweet little giggle?

sarah jumping

Woman thinks this should be Sarah's family's Christmas card photo for next year.

the williams huddle

Let's end this post with a picture of me. You know what is worse than reading a blog entry about someone's kids? Reading a blog entry about someone's kids who you don't even know. Man. What is wrong with me? LOL!

Norman in his room

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Miniature Humans

Lex recently asked me if I have ever met a miniature human, and if so, whether I like them. Well Lex, yes, I have met many miniature humans in my days. Sometimes when we go to the park, there are little humans toddling around, and they seem to quite enjoy the look of me. They often pull on my ears and jowls. It's uncomfortable, but they smell good, so I let them do it. Also, I have been around little baby Claire several times. I like to sniff her head and give her kisses. I spend a good amount of time with Sarah and Paige (who are 2 1/2 years old), and they are nice kids. They like to chase me and laugh really hard when I give them kisses. So overall, I do like the miniature humans. They seem to have good hearts, and they're easy to please. I just wish they would share their cookies with me. Miniature humans seem to be very greedy with their sweets.

In other news, Mr. Ian has a new shirt up for voting at Threadless. You should definitely go show him some love.

Fake Plastic Trees - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

I would also like to announce that it is my birth month! Woo-hoo! My birthday is March 27th, but I like to celebrate all month long. I will be seven soon. Woman says I am getting old, but I still feel like a puppy!