Friday, August 31, 2007

Gibbon Supermodel

CONGRATS to my best bud Gibbon, who is the featured dog model on the homepage of Urban Hund!! Looking good buddy...watch out, the babes will be all over you now! ;o)

This website has some really pawesome collars and dog apparel. Check it out!

Dog of the Week: Submissions Needed!

Pups, if you want to be showcased as Pop Dog of the Week (see sidebar), please send me an email with the following info:

Name
Breed
Age
Favourite food
Favourite activity
and Fun Fact about yourself!

Don't forget to send a photo of yourself too!

Children

I don't know about you pups, but I'm a bit skittish around children. They like to squeal, grab, pull and generally smother. When I'm out on walks, it's worse. They run full speed up to me, just wanting to "pet" me, but do I know that?? All I see are these little beasts coming at me! So naturally, if I'm caught off guard, I sometimes bark. Then my poor human gets the "hairy eyeball" from the little beasts parent...like I'm vicious!! Hmmpphhh!

To add to my point, yesterday during my evening walk what do I witness? Children in charge of a dog (we'll call him "Buddy"). Two small kids (human says they looked about 7 and 11 years old) were supposed to take "Buddy" for a walk. On their way, they see the playground. What's a kid to do? Be responsible and give "Buddy" his exercise? No, when we see them, "Buddy" has his leash tied to a fence post as the children are playing.

Is "Buddy" happy? Well, if you think straining at your leash to get away, yelping to the point of a loud, shrill noise is happy, I guess I've been missing out!

I know not all children are like this, even my own "human cousins" who are ages 4 and 6 are very good and patient with me! Plus, they let me chase them in the backyard!!

So pups, be careful of the small beasts they call children, while they can provide some fun, and often good table scraps, they too can be a bit scary. Always keep your eye on them!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Dream Jury for Vick


BOL!! Thanks to Liza for this!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

I'm a Lucky Dog!

I love getting mail! Today I got to go the the post office with my human to pick up a parcel. What a surprise! It was for me!!

My friend Bonnie sent me a pawesome package of my favourite treats: Lucky Dog Biscuits! Yummy! They are all natural goodness, so for you pups concerned about healthy choices, these are the cookie for you!

sniff-sniff, what's that I smell?

oh-oh it's doggie treats for me!

I'm a lucky dog! Thanks Bonnie!!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Dogs Named Simba

This Simba, a beautiful Chow, exemplifies the "lion-ness" of our name.

Punishment is over

So I decided they suffered enough, BOL, and when I woke up this morning it was business as usual! Boy was my human mom happy!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Cold Shoulder


So I've been giving my pawrents the cold shoulder. I think today will be the end of it, you pups can let me know.

Last night it rained. My pawrents were going out, without me, and wanted me to do my biz before they left.

In. The. Rain.

Needless to say, I was NOT impressed. Of course I couldn't concentrate to go when the rain was beating down on me! What were they thinking??

Anyway, they left me nonetheless and upon their return, I was not speaking to them.

They did look devastated. I almost felt sorry for them. Those sad human eyes, wondering why I wasn't coming for a snuggle on the couch. Such manipulators! They even offered up cookies, thinking that would make everything ok.

They just don't get it. So how long should I make them wait before it's all wags and kisses??

Let me know pups!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Wascally Wabbits, Canada Geese and the Joys of Running Free!

So last night during our late night walk, I encountered a rabbit! I almost didn't even notice him, since it was so dark out. But then we almost walked right into him! He took off across a church lawn...then stopped right in the middle. I guess he though he was safe. Hehe. He doesn't know me very well!

Too bad my human mom wasn't so accommodating! She wouldn't let go of my leash, but she did run with me onto the lawn to scare the bunny! I would have caught that wascally wabbit if I had the proper chance.

So this morning we got to go to Frenchman's Bay, which is a small little beach area near us, and they have these huge fields for running around. Well, I guess for humans to run around...dogs are supposed to stay on-leash. But it was early, and my human mom let me break the rules!

We played fetch with my West Paw Bow Wowza Ball and I even met a cool dog named Rain who zoomied around the field with me!

But the best part: chasing the Canada Geese!!! Ohhhh I love to chase! There were some geese at the other end of the field, and as soon as I was let off leash, I was off like a rocket! BOL! Those geese took off honking away so fast! BOL! Human mom didn't really like that so much, cause I ran so far so fast, she thought I wasn't going to come back. But I'm a good boy, and I did!

After though, Rain's human mom told us that we could have gotten a ticket for that! YIKES! Apparently, it's illegal to chase the geese...them being our national bird and all. Party poopers.

Pups, there's nothing like the freedom of running off-leash, so make sure you tell your pawrents to try to get you to an off-leash park this weekend and zoomie your little hearts out!!

Friday, August 24, 2007

What To Do When It's Raining

My buddy Pipo asked this question yesterday, as the remnants of Hurricane Dean are leaving a lot of cities with rainy weather.

Well, of course I told him to practice some new training skills, do some fun dog games...but then my human dad came home today with the BEST new toy (however frustrating it is for me)!!

Two words: Pen Light.

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Product Review: Kong Wubba

How much do I love my Kong Wubba??

Let me count the ways!

W is for Whacking the Wubba against my face as I shake it in my mouth
U is for the Undeniable pleasure I get from the squeaking noise it makes
B is for the Bounce it makes when I miss catching it
B is also for the way it makes any dog playing with it Boisterous
A is just to say this toy is Amazing

Get yours here!

Dogs Named Simba


Latest installment, this Simba is a Basset Hound from California. LOVE those ears!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Pop Dog of the Week: Denali

Check out the sidebar, cause this week we celebrate my spicy little tamale, Denali! She is a bundle of energy and full of love! Congrats D, your are POP DOG of the week!
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Remember pups, if YOU want to be featured here, just email me your photo and the following information:

Name
Age
Favourite Food
Favourite Activity
Fun Fact

Miracle Dog: Dalmation Rescued After Four Days in Storm Drain

After four days of searching and digging for their dog, a West Virginia family has found their buried dog alive.

In heroic efforts, the dogs owner, Larry Thompson, never gave up hope that his dog Alex would be rescued. Alex went missing Thursday, and after an initial search, Thompson heard noises from a nearby storm drain where he found Alex had fallen in.

After four days of digging, where most would have given up, a man in tears finally rescues his best friend.

He was rushed to the veterinarian on a stretcher to be checked out. The vet said that Alex is dehydrated, but he is doing well.

Thompson said: “I would have gone to any extent to get him out. It was the humane thing to do. I just couldn’t leave him in there to die, to suffocate. I’m just so glad we kept digging. Now all I have to do is clean up this mess I’ve made of my yard.”
Good luck Alex with your recovery! Our prayers are with you and your awesome "pawrents"!!




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Cold Snap


Brrrrr...feels like Fall already! Booooo!!! I had to put my hoodie on for my walks!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Illegal DVD Sniffer Dogs Awarded Medals!


Two black Labradors Lucky and Flo pose for photographer after receiving medals from the domestic trade ministry before they ended a six-month assignment in Putrajaya, Monday, Aug. 20, 2007.


The world's first dogs trained to identify optical discs by the scent of their chemicals, Lucky and Flo were loaned to the Malaysian government in March by the Motion Picture Association, a U.S.-based watchdog.

These pawesome dogs helped find 1.6 million DVDs and other optical discs, three DVD replicating machines and 97 compact disc burners, worth $6 million.

Twenty-six people were arrested during the raids.

Two paws up for these amazing pups!

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Midnight Run

Well my human used to be an avid runner. Sometimes, she would take me along. Lately, I hear her complain about work, whatever that is, and being too tired.

But last night, she put on my collar and leash, and what I though would be our late night pee break became a midnight run!

Not far, but we hit the local soccer fields (two giant fields side by side), and off we ran! I loved it! She had to tell me to slow down! BOL! SLOW DOWN! But you just told me to run!

Well, I hope there's more running in my future! It makes me sleep like a baby (which of course, my human likes, I don't wake her up at the crack of dawn!!).

Monday, August 20, 2007

Life's a Beach!

My "pawrents" took me to Cherry Beach for a nice romp. To my surprise, I ran into my buddy Rocco, and another Manchester - Coco!!

THREE OF US AT ONE BEACH!!

It was loads of fun. I can't wait until September 8...we are having a Manchester Meet-up at the same beach! 10-15 Mannie's in one place! It'll be PAWESOME!


Me, Rocco and Coco (I'm on the right! BOL!)

My human dad with a cute Mini Aussie we met, Kilo.

Me and Rocco, with another black dog (BIG STICK!!)

Sunday, August 19, 2007

My New PFD (Personal Floatation Device)!!

OMD! My human got me a PFD in order to help me feel more comfortable in the water...she's such a great human mom, but sometimes doesn't get that I'm built for speed on land. Land only. No water. Doesn't she know I'm so sweet cause I'm made of sugar and might melt if I'm in the water???? *sigh*.

Arrggghh! Mimi! Take it slow...

Helloooo! Can some puppy say "deer caught in headlights??!!"

On the beach area...where I'm most comfy!

Why do I look so stunned???

Apparently we're going to another beach today...the embarrassment continues!

Day at the AAC Agility Nationals

So my human wasn't allowed to bring me, since there would be approximately 650 dogs competing...they wanted to keep the spectators human only...but she took some nice photos of Digger during competition.

The event was great, lots going on, and she says she can't wait to get me trained and in the ring! Aroooo! I can't wait either!

Overview of the grounds

Digger starting his run

Go Digger Go!

On the A Frame

Good boy! After his run..with his new ducky!!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Cheer them on! Go Soshi! Go Digger!

Two of my pup pals, Soshi and Digger, are competing at the AAC Agility Nationals this weekend, so let's wish them our best as they compete for the top prize!

Digger - Manchester Terrier

Soshi - Shiba Inu

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

YUM!!

So my human came home with some PAWESOME treats from our local pet store, Pet Cuisine & Accessories.

New Wellness Pure Bites - YUM!!
Zuke's Mini's
Lucky Dog Biscuits, and
Merrick Flossie's!! MY FAVE!!!

My human loves these, as she can get lots done while I work away on this!

So do what you can to get your to your local pet store to get yourself some yummy treats!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

As Seen in Modern Dog Magazine!!


Check out the Fall issue of Modern Dog Magazine...my human mom's artwork will be featured in it!!!

Here is a shot of a painting my human did of me! You can check out more of her work at www.popdogpress.com.

Enjoy!

Spotlight Sport: Agilty


With the AAC Nationals this weekend in Ontario, Agility is our Spotlight Sport!

Agility is a sport in which a handler (human) directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for time and accuracy. The course is different for every race, created by the judges at the tournament. Handler and dog must have a cohesive relationship as the dog is instructed to go through the course through the handler's signals and body language. Off leash control is a must!

It is an exciting sport to watch, and requires great teamwork. Some of the obstacles seen on an agility course are:

The A-Frame
Tunnel or Chute
Tire
Weave Poles
Jumps
Teeter

There are various games within Agility that a dog can compete in.

Standard
, follows the dog through the designed course, usually 15-20 obstacles must be completed in a predetermined order.

Gamblers
is a course where the team will start the course, and at designated time frame the team has a certain amount of time to complete obstacles for points. So the Handler decides which obstacles are most important to gain the most points in the time alloted.

The best part: ANY dog can compete! They have height classes, so any pup from Pomeranian to Great Dane can be an agility star!!

I'm hoping to begin my agility training this fall. I'll keep you all posted on my experiences!

For more information check out these agility organizations:
AAC - Agility Association of Canada
NADAC - North American Dog Agility Council
USDAA - United States Dog Agility Association
CKC - Canadian Kennel Club

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Tip of the Day! Don't Forget Your Flashlight!

Don't go hiking at night with a black dog and no flashlight!

My human and her friend took me for a hike last night around 8:00pm. Still pretty light out...but deep into the woods...it. got. dark. fast.

No flashlight, I totally vanish against the black of night. She said thank goodness for the jingling tags on my collar...so she could put my leash back on me!

We did meet up with a cool German Sheppard pup named Moose! We zoomied for about 10 minutes in the dark, then we had to head back.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

My Fave Five: Classic Cartoon Dogs

My buddy Finn got me thinking...he posted about the top ten fictional dogs of all time, and then posted his own. As I thought of mine..I realized they were mostly all classic cartoon dogs. Human mom has exposed me to some fine TV watching!

So here are my Fave Five Classic Cartoon Dogs:

Dino: The Flintstones dog, who every day ran over Fred when he arrived home from work. (Just like most of us do!!) He was ever watchful over Pebbles and always added great comic relief!

Muttley: First appearing in Hanna-Barbara's Wacky Races, Muttley was the sneaky sidekick of Dirk Dasterdly. While quiet on words, Muttley had that trademark laugh when the plotting to cheat during a race.

Hong Kong Phooey: "As fast as he can be!". Classic take on bumbling doggy janitor by day, and kung-fu butt kickin' crime fighter by night!

Scrappy Doo: "Puppy Power!!" The mighty mite cousin to everypup's beloved Scooby-Doo, Scrappy came onto the later shows with his bravado and skill to offset Scoob's scaredy-cat attitude. I love Scrappy.

I think of all, my top fave has to be...
Sam the Sheepdog: Brought on as a running gag with the Looney Tunes, Sam the Sheepdog would clock in on the fields, as would Ralph (aka Wyle E. Coyote). Off to work, Sam watching over the flock, and Ralph forever trying to lure one of the sheep into his clutches. But everytime, poor Ralph's plot was foiled by Sam, who just happened to be at the right place at the right time with little effort put in. Simply genius.Who are your favourite classic cartoon dogs??? Comments always welcomed!

Dogs Named Simba


This Simba is a Lhasa Apso from California. He loves to give kisses and eat Grandma's chicken soup!

Can we say it together: awwwwwww!!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Fun things to do with your pup - Link Love Project


Cross post from JohannTheDog Blog

There are so many fun things you can do with your pups. And I know that many dogs out there would love to have a list of things they can do with their Mums and/or Dads. So, I put together this Fun Things To Do With Your Pup Link Love Project, for us to all have a great list of activities!

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There are all kinds of fun activities for us dogs, right? Well, let's make a list! And get some link love in the process.

Instructions:

1.) Copy and paste the matrix of “Fun Things To Do With Your Dog” below, courtesy of Johann The Dog!

2.) Substitute the Host Tag and one of the “Activities” in the matrix with the name of a dog activity and URL of your blog, just like I did.

3.) When you get a ping back from someone that has your link in one of their “Activities”, practice good paw by copying his/her Host Tag’s anchor text (automatically the associated link will also be copied) and paste it over one of your “Activities” below.

5.) Encourage and invite your readers to do the same and soon this can grow fast. And if your not a dog, but your blog about dogs, or own a dog, you are also welcome to participate!

Host Tag: Disc Dog - Pop Dog Blog

1. Disc Dog - Pop Dog Blog
2. Agility - JohannTheDog
3. Watching TV and Chillin' on the couch with Dad - My Dog Finn
4. Activity
5. Activity
6. Activity
7. Activity
8. Activity
9. Activity
10. Activity

Important: Once I get a ping back from you, I will add your anchor text and the associated link you designate as “Host Tag” here, replacing one of the “Activity” from the matrix above. As more and more doggie bloggers copy and paste this matrix, the more backlinks you will have with your anchor text. If everybody who copies and pastes from your blog does the same, pretty soon this will spread and go viral. So, the sooner you participate, the more links with anchor text you will receive.

There it is folks. This should help you improve your Technorati ranking, SERP and Google PR and get you noticed with more blogs - we all like making friends, right? Please leave a comment here if you have copied from this matrix so that I can add you just in case your ping-back didn’t reach me.

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Fritz is the POP DOG of the week!

Check out this weeks POP DOG, (to the right), my buddy Fritz.

He is a rescue with a heart of a champion! He had to endure a scary situation this week. Fritz has some severe skin allergies, and after a trip to the vet, he was accidentally given an overdose of his medication, and we nearly lost our dear friend.

But he's a fighter! And I'm happy to say he's getting back to his usual self. Way to go Fritz!!

If you get a chance, check out his Dogster page, for some cool video of this smart pup.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Fun Times at TOTO!

So today I was invited to a doggie BBQ that my pal Jessie was hosting from Dog Paddling Adventures. It was located at a pawesome dog park two cities over from me in Mississauga, ON. Totoredeca Dog Park. 4 acres of fully fenced in fun!!

I arrive with Denali and Starr and it was non-stop doggie madness! They had a pool area, a shady wooded area for great tree sniffing, a small dog park for the little guys to peacefully romp around without getting trampled and an agility field!

Did I mention BBQ??!! Mmmmmm...so many kids..but not too many dropped any goodies for us. Believe me, I tried. But my human did break me off a little piece of hot dog! YUM!

On top of all that, I met one of my Facebook/Dogbook pals, Rocco!!! Did I mention he is also a Manchester Terrier!! It was like looking in a mirror!! We romped, and our humans oooohhhed and aahhhhed over us! Talk about embarrassing!

Anyway, it was tonnes of fun, and I'm pretty pooped. Enjoy some of the pics we took today!

Denali, chillin' after her pawesome run at Lure Coursing!
Starr, the supermodel pose at its best!
My brother from another mother, Rocco! (btw: I'm on the left!)
Manchester sandwich! Fun times with a cool Beagle we met at the park.

Tragedy! Animal Control Officer Under Investigation!


You remember the story I posted about two weeks ago, where a Rotweiller was rescued by a Toronto Humane Society Investigator.

One week after rescuing Cyrus from a sweltering car, Agent Tre Smith has been disciplined by the Ontario SPCA for doing his job. The Ontario SPCA suspended his agent's license pending an internal review. He can still work at the Humane Society, but can not investigate animal cruelty cases.

Smith isn't taking the decision lightly. "I'm shocked and stunned and deeply saddened," he said.

After rescuing Cyrus, the dogs owner came out to check on his car and Agent Smith handcuffed him to the car until the police could arrive. In order to save Cyrus, he had to get him to the Humane Society's emergency services, so he left the dog's owner on the scene, handcuffed to the car.

That's where the trouble allegedly began. The dog's owner claims he was attacked by a few passerbys, who had witnessed Cyrus's rescue, as he waited for the police to arrive.

You can tell Agent Smith what you think personally by posting a comment on the Toronto Humane Society's Blog.

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Stuff On My Mutt

HILARIOUS website! Send in those wacky pics I know we all have..and they'll post it here.
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