The Mysterious Case of the Dandified Dog

Apparently someone has been getting into my Hercule Poirot mysteries while I’m not around. He may be enjoying them just a little too much…

“Mon Dieu! But I am handsome, no?”


Has Jacques Finally Met His Match?

(Or… Someone Got the What for!)

Jacques likes to share his thoughts with the various creatures around our house. He usually shares his thoughts incessantly at the top of his lungs. He likes to give bunnies, leaves, wind, thunder, coyotes, raccoons, anyone or anything in the general area the what for when he’s outside. I let him do this for a few minutes, but because I don’t want our neighbors to hate us (and because it drives me crazy), I don’t let him do it for long. It never fails – as he trots towards the house to come inside, he looks over his shoulder and barks a few more times. He has to have the last word. Has to. I would say I don’t have the heart to tell him that the coyotes don’t care, but I do tell him. I tell him all the time. Apparently he disagrees with my take on the situation. Anyway…

One day he had been outside for a while and was uncharacteristically quiet, so I went to check on him. I found him staring up at the power pole our yard. He was very focused. It took me a minute, but I finally saw what he was staring at – a squirrel.

IMG_2714I stood and watched as the squirrel crept down the pole and onto the tree, closer and closer to Jacques. To my amazement, Jacques sat very still and didn’t make a sound. The squirrel came to within about five feet of Jacques before reconsidering his actions and running up the tree and back onto the power pole.

squirrelIt wasn’t until the squirrel decided to start crossing the power line that runs above our yard that Jacques started going crazy. I watched for the next few minutes as the squirrel ran across the line with Jacques following below. As Jacques ran and barked, I could hear the squirrel yelling back at Jacques! It was the funniest thing – the squirrel would run, stop, yell at Jacques then start running again. The squirrel finally made it into the neighbor’s yard and came back to give Jacques a piece of his mind. It is the first time I have ever seen someone else give Jacques the what for and/or get to have the last word with Jacques around. It made me wonder if Jacques had finally met his match!

Listen closely and you can hear the squirrel telling Jacques off! (I apologize for the camera angle – it initially happened so fast I just started recording without thinking about it.)

Furry Flashbacks – Shining Lights

As Rocky got older, he started having more and more “senior moments” – you could see it in his eyes. It was as if “the lights were on but nobody was home.” I never really understood that expression until I experienced it with Rocky. When “nobody was home,” he was always friendly (he never met a stranger!) but would often just look through you. But when the “lights were on”… I don’t know how to describe it. It was just so wonderful and filled my heart with joy to know in that moment he was right there – really there – with me. His light was shining so bright.

I’ve been missing Rocky quite a bit lately. These are two memories from the not-too-distant past that really make me smile, so I thought I would share.

One morning, Rocky and Jacques were outside. I went to call them inside and found them on the far side of our backyard. I watched them as I called their names. Rocky looked up and saw me, and – I swear – he smiled from ear to ear then started galloping towards me with his tail wagging and jowls flapping the entire time. Once he reached me he started circling me (like a cat does when they’re rubbing up against you) and smiling. In that moment when he first saw me, he genuinely looked so happy to see me. It made my heart melt. And watching him circle me while “smiling”… brought me sheer happiness.

Rocky... circling and smiling (while getting his butt scratched, of course)

Rocky… circling and smiling (while getting his butt scratched, of course)

A few weeks before Rocky crossed the Rainbow Bridge we had to confine him to the carpeted portions of our house because his legs weren’t strong enough to walk on the tile floors, meaning he could no longer greet us at the door when we came home. One afternoon I came home and saw Rocky behind the makeshift barrier that kept him off the tile. He spotted me and started barking like crazy. As I moved closer to him I could see that he was really there, really in the moment. And at that moment he was so happy to see me and I was thrilled to see him. I stepped over the barrier and was almost knocked over by his exuberance. He was so happy to see me – he whimpered and kissed my face as though I had been gone for years. His tail wagged – something I hadn’t seen in a while. I hugged him and told him how happy I was he was there and he continued to whine and kiss me in return. It was an absolutely beautiful moment. I wish that moment could’ve lasted a lot longer… but I guess that’s what makes it so special. His light was shining so bright in that moment. I am incredibly thankful that I was there for it.

My handsome boy.

My handsome boy.

Live in the moment and let your light shine. Life is doog!!!

Our First Award! We’re So Proud!

liebster award

Jacques’ Dog Blog was graciously nominated for this award by our new friend, Kona (a.k.a. Mr. Baloney Head) This is our first award! We are so excited!! Thank you, Kona, you handsome devil, you! (Seriously, you should check out his blog – he is so cute!)

Mr. Baloney Head asked us to answer these 11 questions he pawed, er, penned himself. I will be answering for Jacques since he is a terrible typist.

1.       Why do you blog?

Jacques is a clown. He likes to make people laugh, so I thought I would share the laughter by blogging about his (mis)adventures.

2.       What is your favorite type of animal in the world, real or mythical?

Jacques likes squeaky toy animals. I would say those are his favorites.

3.       What is your least favorite type of animal?

There’s a squirrel, some bunnies, and a road runner that live around our house. I don’t think Jacques particularly cares for them. At least he doesn’t act like it.

4.       What do you do for fun?

Sleep. Eat. Run. Sleep. Play. Eat. Jacques lives for fun… except when he’s sleeping.

5.       What is your favorite weather, and why?

Jacques loves sunny, mild weather. Though really, as long as it’s sunny and not too cold, he loves it. He likes to go outside and “recharge his batteries” in the sunlight.

6.       How would you describe your personality?

Jacques is a highly strung, tightly wound, stubborn, unable to focus (or learn) snuggle bug of a clown. He’s perfect!

7.       If you could change one thing about your humans (or your pet if you are a human answering this) what would that be?

Jacques wants me to take him on walks more often – it doesn’t matter if he’s already gone on several that day… he wants to go on another one.

8.       What is your most prized possession?

While I would like to think it’s his family, I’m realistic. It’s his Lambchop squeaky toy. Hands down. He’s been through five of them.

Notice the TWO Lamb Chops on the bed...

Notice the TWO Lambchops on the bed…

9.       Where is your favorite place to visit?

It would be easier to pick places he DIDN’T want/like to go. (The local splash pad. He does not care for that place.) Jacques LOVES to get out and go!

10.   What is your most delicious food to eat?

Fromage, er, cheese!!! He loves cheese!! Carrots are a close second.

11.   What makes you smile (or wag)?

Jacques is a very happy guy. He wags his tail at just about anything. The wag that I love to see most though is when his Daddy gets home from work. If Jacques’ tail went any faster, it might just fly right off!! Jacques’ tail will wag super-fast and he will tap-a-tap-tap his feet on the tile floor dancing around his Daddy’s feet before jumping up and down and saying hi. Jacques will follow my husband around the house doing this until my husband stops what he’s doing and pets Jacques (which inevitably turns into a rasslin’ match). It’s really sweet.

 11 Random Facts About Jacques

1. Jacques is scared of bubbles. And many other things (though don’t tell him I said that – he’s got a delicate ego).
2. He will run through the house and then hop in the bathtub when it’s bath time.
3. He is a creeper. My husband and I often feel like we’re being watched and will look around only to see Jacques in the doorway staring at us.
4. Jacques is not a morning dog. DO NOT mess with him before 9 a.m. and/or before he’s had some snuggle time.

This sums him up... (not my image)

This sums him up… (not my image)

5. He grunts and grumbles. A LOT. He sounds like an old curmudgeon sulking through the house.
6. Jacques isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. I love him, but he’s not one for learning. I think he’s hoping he’ll get by on cuteness.
7. He is an absolute bed hog – specifically, he hogs my side of the bed and all of his Auntie G’s bed when she visits.
8. Jacques always has to have the last word. When he gets called in for the evening, he’ll look over his shoulder and give the coyotes/bunnies/raccoons/whatever a piece of his mind before coming inside.
9. He absolutely LOVES getting his head and ears rubbed/scratched.
10. He has a hilarious swagger when he walks that has been the subject of several comments by the neighbors. (In fact one day while we were out walking, a neighbor stopped us as he was driving by to tell us how funny Jacques’ swagger was.)
11. My mother-in-law inadvertently turned Jacques into a lap dog by letting him sit in her lap one weekend. Since then, anytime I sit down, Jacques magically appears, wanting the okay to jump up (it’s scary how fast this happens!). If he’s told no, he will walk away grumbling then throw himself down with a loud “harrumph!” If he’s told yes, he will jump up, make himself comfortable, and promptly fall asleep.

Now for My Nominees!

I’m still a relative newbie but am trying really hard. I’ve come across a number of very interesting and wonderful bloggers… Here are just a few (in no particular order):

The Scottie Chronicles is a wonderful and witty blog featuring Stuart the Scottie.

Within the K Streets is an entertaining blog that offers laughs, food for thought, and often beautiful pictures of places around Oahu.

Rubber Slippers in Italy is a unique and interesting blog about the life and culinary times of a woman who moved from Hawai’i to Italy.

My Questions for the Nominees

1. Which do you like better and why – daytime or nighttime?
2. Do you like taking naps?
3. How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? (Just out of curiosity…)
4. What’s your favorite pastime?
5. How would you describe your personality?
6. What do like most about blogging?
7. What do you like least about blogging?
8. If you could have one celebrity/ well known person read your blog, who would it be?
9. What is your favorite thing to eat?
10. If you could have a super power, what would it be?
11. If you could wish for three things, what would they be?

Should the nominees accept this award, here are the rules:

1. Acknowledge and accept the Liebster Award by leaving a comment on the blog where you were nominated.
2. Copy and paste the Liebster logo onto your own blog.
3. Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
4. Answer the 11 questions put to you by the person who nominated you.
5. List 11 random facts about yourself.
6. Nominate and link to 3—11 other blogs you enjoy that have less than 3000 followers.
7. List 11 questions for your Liebster Award nominees on your blog.
8. Inform your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.