Goodboy Norman Featherstone

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone, from me, Santa Paws!

Merry Christmas from the Leino's

We will be spending the day at the Gammy's house, and I am making plans to score some Christmas cookies. I hope you all get to eat lots of cookies too!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Naughty Little Pugger

I have been sniffing around the Christmas tree a lot lately. I am particularly interested in a bagged gift labeled, "Aunt Nita," that I know must be mine. It smells really bad, in a good way. That means humans would like the scent, but Pugs would not, but for some reason I am intrigued by it. I'm not sure what's in the package, but I seriously want to find out.

norman wants aunt nita's present

Last night I got into a little bit of trouble. The People went to the Biltmore Candlelight tour, and while they were gone I decided to take a peak at some of my presents. I got a little overzealous and ended up opening two of them. Oops! I just meant to peak!

The People came home and Woman immediately noticed the remnants of wrapping paper on the floor. She was searching the house looking for the gift that previously occupied the paper, but she couldn't find it. That's when Ian shouted out, "It's his new kitty, and he's prancing around the house with it!" Woman didn't think to check my mouth for the present! LOL! I was so excited to get a new kitty, that I couldn't leave it in the package once I peaked inside, and I wanted to show it to Woman as soon as she walked in the door!

norman snuck a present

Woman confiscated kitty and said he had to be wrapped back up. Bah! Humbug!

norman snuck a present

Woman then noticed a second present missing, but she couldn't find the wrapping paper or the present. Eventually she noticed it tucked under the couch. Dang! She found my hiding place!

Note that I did not mess with the present we got my dog Aunt, Risa. I'm not that big of a scrooge!

I blame Woman for my bad behaviour. You see, earlier that day we got a package from Punchy, and Woman let me open it up. I thought it was time to open all the presents. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

norman in his wrapping paper remnants

Thanks for the new babushka, Punchy! This is a hat, right?

norman with punchy's present

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!

norman is stinkerclaus

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


The People got out yesterday! Ian had to shovel the cul de sac though. It looked like hard work from the couch I was laying on. Woman even made it to her class this morning! She was nervous with the ice, but she made it home in one piece, so all is well.

The mailman still hasn't delivered our much needed packages. We know of at least one box that has been sitting in Asheville since Friday! Bring us those presents, mailman!

Here's a sneak peak at this year's Christmas card theme.

norman and tammy in the snow

Yes, I am as thrilled as I look.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Lazy Mailman

I'm going to have to have a bark at that mailman next time I see him, and possibly a little nip too! He has really slacked off these past couple of days! People are driving all around our neighborhood, but no sign of the mailman. So everyone, I'm sorry to inform you, but my Christmas card is going to be late getting to your house.

In other news, the People saw that Dan and Nina could get out of the cul de sac in their Ford Taurus yesterday, so they tried to get out too. The Lexus IS350 wasn't going anywhere. They got stuck in the cul de sac and it took an hour and three neighbors to dig them out. They're going to try again today though. I have packages that need to be mailed!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Someone Get a Hairdryer

If everyone on the cul de sac brought out their hairdryers, we could melt this snow in a jiffy! As it is, we still can't get out of the neighborhood. It's supposed to be a little warmer and sunnier today, so Woman is hoping the snow will melt and she can get to her class tonight. Stupid snow!

We saw a lot of this throughout the weekend ...

lauren in her snowsuit

Neighbors visiting to take advantage of our electricity. We had lots of fun visiting and sharing our warmth with them. Their power is still out!!

Sarah had fun playing in the snow, but she got her fill pretty quickly too. She and her family abandoned their house on day 2, and we haven't seen them since!!

sarah in her snowsuit

A lovely snowy sunrise.

lovely sunrise over a snowy day

The snow made for a beautiful view ... that got really boring after a while!

beautiful snowy day in asheville

The solar lights that line our sidewalk look like gnomes buried under the snow!

gnomes covered in snow

I'm sure this doesn't seem like a lot of snow for you people who live "up north", but for us in Asheville who don't own snow shovels, plows or have a supply of road salt on hand, it has been a huge deal. It was fun for a day, but now it's day 4, and the fun is over. Way over.

norman trying to pee somewhere

And I need to pee.

Sunday, December 20, 2009


We have been stuck at home since Friday morning. There is no chance of getting either car out of the cul de sac since the snow is very deep and the city doesn't plow our roads. Apparently we're not cool enough to have our roads plowed. The People are going stir crazy. Send a helicopter. Please.

Ian figured out a way to get me to pee. There is a patch of ground all around the house that is without snow due to the overhang of the roof. Ian can drop me into that area and I do my business. Somehow I make my way to the other side of the house without getting in the snow. Ian hasn't figured that one out yet. It'll give him something to do while he's stuck inside.

On an upside, we are the only people with power on the cul de sac, and our friends Kris and Lyn and Clint and Lauren who live in the neighborhood also don't have power. We had everyone over last night for a little snow party. It was great fun! I got to play with some kids and have some egg nog. Good times.

I'm ready for the snow to melt now though. Woman said we can't get our Christmas cards or presents in the mail until we can get out of the house. The mailman won't even deliver our mail! Can you believe that? For shame mailman. For shame!

Friday, December 18, 2009

It's Still Snowing!

norman in the snow

And I'm not pleased ...

norman watches the snow

Some how we are the only people on the cul de sac with power. Woman thinks our solar powered walkway lights are keeping the house powered. She's kind of dim herself. I think her battery needs recharged.

I'm Peeing ... On a White Christmas ...

Actually, I'm peeing on a coreopsis, but we could have a white Christmas, and in that case, I will pee on it too.

norman in the snow

It's forecast to snow in Asheville all day and all night! I'll post some more photos later in the day.

All us neighborhood dogs got to howling this morning. It's our way of talking about the weather. None of the dogs are happy with the snow, but we all predicted it would happen. Just like old men! We could feel it in our bones. LOL!

norman in the snow

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Baking is Boring

Woman was on a baking spree this weekend, but Ian was sick. I decided to be sick too, but I did make an occasional appearance in the kitchen to clean up Woman's floor droppings. She dropped a whole lot of coconut at one point - it was yummy!

Ian and I napped most of the time.

norman and ian resting

Woman said I pouted all day. She thinks it's so cute when I use shoes as pillows. They're soft, and they smell good, so I like to put my face on them!

norman pouting

Eventually I got bored of pouting and wanted to play some video games, so I woke Ian up. Abruptly. What do you think of that orb in this photo? Anyone out there believe that photo orbs are spirits? Woman doesn't, but I'm still undecided.

norman waking Ian up from his lap

Ian didn't mind when I woke him up. There were hot cookies waiting for him after all!

Monday, December 14, 2009


'Tis the season for parties, and the people have been taking advantage of the season lately for sure. I have been left at home, of course, but I do get to be entertained by their amusing attire before they leave.

Fashion Victims Ball

Two weekends ago the People attended the Keller-Williams Fashion Victims Ball, which raises money for numerous local charities. The real purpose is not to raise money for charity, but actually to dress up in the most fashion victimy possible manner while keeping with the theme. The whole "charity" thing just gives people an excuse to act like crack heads. This year's theme was Mardi Gras, and since the People lived in Mobile for many years, they know Mardi Gras!

ian and tammy posing

Woman bought those sparkly pants at a resale shop several months ago, knowing they would be perfect for some party in the future. She was right, because they were horribly perfect. Ian is not only wearing a woman's satin shirt, but also women's pants. FYI, he wears a ladies' size 10. LOL!

Hillary looked fantastic with her purple pants tucked into her cowboy boots!

hillary is a true fashion victim

Angela found her lovely victorian dress at Goodwill!

the ladies are hawt as usual

Kevin, for some reason, dressed up as a baby wearing a devil mask. Devil Baby?

kevin dressed as a baby

And Wes was ready for a really tacky round of golf.

wes and ian posing

There was much boogying down on the dance floor.

the crew

This guy, who Woman dubbed, "Fancy Cowboy" won the costume contest. Woman was quite excited by his outfit. Giddyup!

tammy with the fancy cowboy

Mad Men

This weekend the People attended Jane's annual "Swanky Party" which had a Mad Men theme. If you haven't seen the show, it's about an advertising agency in the early 60's located on Madison Avenue; thus, the "Mad Men" title. I hear it's a good show, but there are no Pugs in it, so I don't pay much attention.

Woman sported a righteous "do." She found that dress at the same resale shop as the sparkly pants, and again, she just knew the dress would come in handy in the future. Woman is a planner for sure!


Ian and Doug were the big winners for best "man" costumes.


And Jane and Woman took the prize for best hair.


Nate brought two dates. One was a real girl.


And the other pooped an olive. That big toothpick had to hurt!


Big Girl Sarah looked great in green.


And Margarita and Leah traveled a long way just to attend! Margarita came from Texas and Leah from New York. Now that's a good party!


The People have had a good time the past couple weeks with all the party-going, but they're glad the parties are over. It's hard work looking so good!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Time for Christmas!

I was so excited last week when the People finally brought home a Christmas tree! I knew it was getting time for the Christmas tree since my whiz freezes before it hits the ground. I love Christmas! Mostly because I love presents, but also because I love when Woman bakes - she's very messy, and I get some sugary sweet floor candy! Woman bakes a lot at Christmas.

Look how excited Christmas makes me!

norman at christmas

OK, so maybe that's not the most excited photo of me, but Woman woke me up while I was basking in the sunshine, and I wasn't in the best mood for a photo shoot. But trust me, I'm pumped up.

Woman got some new decorations this year for Christmas that she wants me to share with you.

First, the People found an old wooden candle mold at the Tobacco Barn. They stained it and added some mini poinsettias and candles. Woman says it looks cool. I can't see it from the floor, so I'm undecided as of yet.

candle mold converted for christmas

You all know Woman loves plants, and she was especially excited when she found this cool poinsettia at Home Depot. It's called Ice Punch, and apparently only sold at Home Depot.

ice punch poinsetta

I'm all ready for Christmas. Now, bring on the presents! ... please ...

Tuesday, December 08, 2009


I pooped on the rug this morning. Do you know how cold it is out there? Quite cold indeed. Do you want to squat out there? I didn't think so. Woman says I need to learn to use the toilet if I'm going to potty inside. Silly Woman. The rug is the toilet!

Friday, December 04, 2009

Happy Birthday Utter Page!

I can't believe I almost forgot to wish one of my favorite women a Happy Birthday today! Happy Birthday, Utter Page!

page and hootie

You're probably wondering why I call her Utter Page. Well, it has nothing to do with cow boobs, obviously since those are "udders" and not "utters." It all has to do with this Paige we know who is 4 years old:

paige on christmas eve

This Paige deemed Page to be Utter Page, because obviously Paige is Paige and Page can't be Paige too. We thought it was so darned cute that we too now call Page, Utter Page.