Thank You, Contributors!

Thanks to all who contributed to my fundraising efforts for the 2010 Cause for Paws, benefiting the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. About 500 people (plus dogs!) participated in either the run or the walk, and together we raised $50K to help the shelter help animals and their owners alike.…

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Cause for Paws 2010 Pledge Request

Hi folks; asking for money. It's not for me, it's for the animals. I am raising pledges for A Cause for Paws Doggie Dash on September 11th. Your support will help the Humane Society of Boulder Valley provide food, shelter, medical treatment and behavioral rehabilitation to animals in need. I'm…

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Hidey Hole

Brenda's been telling me about this tree, this tree they pass on their walks, she and Hooper. Apparently there's a knothole at the base of this tree, where Hooper keeps one of his prized possessions -- a tennis ball. I was told where the tree was, and all I had…

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Now Why Didn't I Think of This Sooner?

Riding home from work tonight, I was struck by the nice dusk light and wondered aloud to my carpool buddy what it might be like to walk up the Shanahan Ridge Trail toward Fern Canyon. She was all about it. She said she often goes trail running around there with…

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Complications

Today has not gone smoothly so far. Hooper woke us up at 5:15AM, whining. He'd had gas all night, so I took him out, just in case. He leads me around on a tour of the neighborhood as he strafes the area. We get back, I try for another…

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Agile Hooper

We've been talking about doing this for months and months, and finally did it. We enrolled Hooper in a beginner's dog agility class at the Boulder Humane Society, starting up in a couple weeks. Hoop spent half the morning running and jumping in the ballfield today, and we've long thought…

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A Weekend of Dog

Man, I'm wiped out. So's my dog. This weekend I racked up a whole bunch of great experiences with Hooper, and we (and Brenda) are all tired out! Hooper ran with Jasper and Jackson for about an hour straight Saturday morning, which warmed my heart as I watched him interact…

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Happy Birthday, Hooper!

Today is Hooper's second birthday--sort-of. I mean, today is the day Brenda & I selected to represent that milestone for him; since he was a stray, we really don't know the day, but we know the general vicinity of the day based on his development when we adopted him a…

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Good News

I don't know that I did much more than allude to it, but Hooper hurt his knee a few weeks back, and we've been walking on eggshells ever since. He wiped out chasing a ball in the ballfield, and when he came up he was holding his right hind leg…

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Mind the Gap

Well, Hooper had a long day, but he's home, he's sleeping, and he's minus one tooth. The remains of one of his upper incisors were removed--in pieces--from Hooper's skull, and he now has "character" in the form of a gap in his toothy facade. He wobbled around the living room…

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Ouch!

Tonight in my biology class, I got my first test results back. Ace. My instructor even wrote on my quiz: "Good; I think this vet thing might be doable", and encouraged me to take a chemistry class as soon as possible. Then I got a text message from Brenda, asking…

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Hooper Takes a Dip

Ahh, Boulder. Scott Carpenter Park, just around the corner from our house, has a public municipal swimming pool that keeps the kids cool all summer. Now that summer is over, the pool is officially closed for the season--to people. Boulder being dog-crazy Boulder, that does not mean the pool is…

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Merle's Door

I finished reading Merle's Door last night; I cried like a baby through the last forty pages. At this point, since bringing Hooper home, I have read about a dozen or more books about dogs: dog training, dog breeds, dog behavior, dog health care, dogs; the last category includes your…

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Hooper, the Patron Saint of Kids Afraid of Dogs

Brenda, Hooper & I all piled into the car today for a drive to Denver, to attend a birthday party for some friends of ours. Partners Greg & Ted share birthdays a day apart. Greg aged a year today, and Ted did the same yesterday. And so a joint birthday…

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A Year of Hooper

One year ago today, Brenda & I brought Hooper home from the Boulder Humane Society. What a year it's been. Freshly grieving over the loss of our cat Emma, we both fell in love with this little, black Labradorish-looking puppy, and brought him home with us. He was afraid of…

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Mutt Components

So, now we know. Through the wonders of science and marketing, I was recently able to get the final word on Hooper's genetic makeup. Two weeks ago, I had to take Hooper to the vet for his rabies and distemper shots, and I seized the opportunity to have them also…

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News: Heartless Bitches can Raise Children and Pets (or, why I want to be a vet)

This shit makes me crazy. The local paper ran an article today about the booming pet care business, especially in dog-crazy Boulder. Here in Boulder, there is a "law" that encourages Boulder pet owners to refer to themselves as their pet's "guardians", not "owners". You know how I feel about…

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Basta

Hooper is a licker. In recent days, the temperatures have soared to the point where I wore shorts to work today. Never mind that it is supposed to snow here tomorrow, in April you take advantage of the warm sunny days. So I wore shorts today, and that means Hooper…

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Line

This is cool. What we got here is the last remnants of the 8" of snow that dumped on Boulder yesterday. The Colorado sun came out in force today, melting most of the white stuff; the final traces are hanging tough here in the shadow cast by the ballfield fence,…

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In Praise of Mutts

Sitting here reading Bark Magazine (which I realize outs me as an insane dog lover more than any of my previous admissions), I came across a quote: "A mutt is a dog. He is the stuff of dogginess, a creature allied to species, not breed, and untrammeled by human hand…

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Winter Hike, Hooper's Birthday

Today is Hooper's birthday, making Hooper one year old! In truth, we brought him home at six months of age, and he was picked up as a stray in Utah sometime before that, so unfortunately we really don't know the exact circumstances or conditions of his conception, birth and early…

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Shoulda Named Him Pele

Hooper is a soccer wunderkind. Like all of his other traits/habits/skills, we discovered this over time. It started with a yellow "utility ball" we found in the snow in November, a forgotten castaway from an Aurora 7 Elementary School recess. Upon discovering the lost ball languishing on top…

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Bacon Baking

Well, it's official. I am fucking crazy. At the ballfield tonight, exercising the dog, my neighbor Jeannie whipped out some treats for Hooper and her dog Joplin. She mentioned they were homemade. Instead of saying "take your homemade, organic, fair trade dog treats and your sixties-icon-named-after dog and get the…

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Update in Photos

Life goes on around here, the main story being the cat and dog, who continue to work through their issues. The gate remains, but Ellie is definitely interested in coming down and joining us. If only that damned dog wasn't down here: When one of us does take Hooper out…

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Poop Politics

Now that my wife and I own a dog, we have the pleasure of walking him, and picking up his deuces. One day recently I was out walking Hooper on his pee track (the short circuit around the public walkways in front of my condo) and he dropped a deuce…

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Weekend in the Mountains

It's been a while, again. First off, it's Facebook's fault. That's right, I joined Facebook and I can't seem to stop checking in every day to update my "status" message and see how many friends my friend Lauren has. But, that's not the purpose of this post. Discussion on the…

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DDC

DDC. Doggie Day Care. Hooper's there right now. See for yourself right here; click the link for the webcams, and check out the action in play area two. It's a full house today, and there are half a dozen black labs to boot, but you can still spot him; he's…

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Briefly...

OK, I know it's been a while. Here is what's on my mind: When you own a dog, you clean more than ever, and yet your place is generally messier. It's snowing on the high peaks. Winter is just about here. While I like the look of the mountains with…

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Doggy Day Care

Six hours, that's what it takes to tire him out. Like, I mean, really tire him out. Hooper spent six hours at Camp Bow-Wow today, his first experience with this so-called doggie day care deal. What a friggin' hoot. Brenda has a bunch of deadlines to meet, and since she's…

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Sunday

Best dog picture ever, for now:…

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The Short Sweet Dream of Teddy the Bear

All he wanted to do was to bring happiness and teething relief to a little puppy someplace. Endorsed by the American Kennel Club, this little bear toy came into our home courtesy of my sister Christina. While I thanked her for the gift, I predicted a short stay in the…

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A Month of Dog

Hooper has been hanging around the joint for a month now. He's changed our lives. First off, Brenda now gets up at 6:30 a.m. regardless of whether she wants to or not. She's the designated dog driver in the morning, and she's seen some amazing sunrises and met…

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Hoop's First Airshow

Boulder Municipal Airport (KBDU) had an open house today. Not an airshow per se, but there were a couple of cool airplanes parked on the ramp (including a very rare two-seat Supermarine Spitfire trainer) for inspection. I took Hooper to the airport for our very first "father-son" type outing. It…

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One Week

Hooper has been in our house, and our lives, for one week now. I have a week's worth of memories, that include racing to a peeing dog; picking up poop -- both outside and inside; checking under Hoop's belly for evidence of a pee stream in the black of night;…

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Hooper Swag

Announcement: Friends and family members, who may be thinking of buying a DVD copy or one-sheet for the 1978 film "Hooper", thinking it would be a great gag gift for us, don't do it. Because I already did.…

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Super Hooper

Kinda makes me want to get him a cape and name him Underdog.…

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I lied; His Name is Hooper.

ANNOUNCEMENT: After half a day as Primo, Hooper is once again Hooper, the name he was granted at the shelter. It just fits, we've decided. And, we can call him HooperSuperDuperPooper this way, which is like, excellent. Besides, unlike most people, when I first heard his name I did not…

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His name is Primo

We brought him home today. He was manic for an hour and I thought we'd made a huge mistake, but he calmed down and he's sleeping in his crate in the bedroom right now. I'm downstairs typing this because I don't want to wake anyone. He's adorable. He's afraid of…

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Sign

After our heartbreaking experience at the shelter on Sunday, I woke up Monday to an email from my friend Elissa who works at the Humane Society; Emma's ashes were ready to be picked up. So yesterday after work I headed back to the shelter, to pick up what was left…

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The Rough Road Ahead is Paved With Love

Emma is gone, and there isn't a damned thing we can do about it. I miss her; there are a hundred things a day that remind me she's gone: the ingrained look-down before I take a step, for fear of stepping on her; the look to the bathroom to make…

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