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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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