I got a new ball after popping my first one.
Endless fun for the weekend.
I just returned from my walk feeling rather thirsty. Mommy poured a glass full of ice cubes.
One of my favorite sounds in the world is the refridgerator ice dispenser. That sound means I get to slurp ice cubes out of my water bowl and then wack them around the floor...
barked by Cairo at 8:19 PM
This is what I believe...
And I live in the land of the free where I can run to my heart's content (if those nosy cops don't catch me for violating leash laws)
While running at my favorite park today I met a new friend, a male Boxer named Ruger
We played awhile and then chilled. I am an alpha female and I dominated him thoroughly!
I'm the queen of my castle.
barked by Cairo at 8:14 PM
The following is an important public service announcement which was passed to me via email. I have edited and shortened the original content and included some links. The author of the original work is anonymous.
I believe this is necessary because the public is too vulnerable to deceptions such as short sound bites and quick headlines. The news media pumps out a few stories about “killer dogs” and all of a sudden the public transforms into a mob à la Frankenstein with pitchforks and torches ready to slash and burn the evildoer of the day. This piece deals with one of our current national obsessions: the war on pitbulls.
There's a lot of bad press going around for the nation's nicknamed "Bully Breeds" and it's exactly that: bad press. Many folks only knowledge of these breeds is the brief flashes they see on the nightly news, portraying them as consistently vicious beasts whose personalities and tempers can't be trusted or predicted. What they don't know is that these dogs aren't born bad--it's the nature of the bad people who train them. These breeds tend to be more loyal and more eager to please, and for this, they became easy and cheap targets of rings of humans up to no good. Little do these news watchers know about the POSITIVE sides of these breeds simply because it isn't made public knowledge because it isn't what sells newspapers or grabs in viewers.
I've worked in the shelter industry. I've seen these breeds cuddle up to children and be their very best friend. I also have first hand knowledge that any breed can be trained to fight by raising them with harsh techniques, under socialization, etc. I've seen everything from Labradors to Jack Russell Terriers with "dog fight ring" scars.
And punishing the breeds by banning/restricting them -- rather than by enforcing laws against the people who commit these crimes and train these dogs, people who also tend to be committing other crimes such as drug smuggling and weapons trades -- all we are doing is punishing the wrong end of the leash.
We're making innocent animals born without these traits and abilities suffer the consequence with their lives, we're punishing the good owners who actually follow the rules and license their dogs and spay and neuter. These folks won't follow a law regarding ban anymore than they already follow the laws about not training aggressive dogs, illegally breeding them, and fighting them.
It's time to speak up and remember some GREAT things about these breeds that so often go overlooked because it's just too easy to believe all you hear on the news:
Did you know America's first and most decorated war dog was a Pitbull?
Did you know Pitbulls were the first choice for Guide Dogs because of their intelligence and non-aggression toward humans, but upon test runs, store owners and the public said they looked to fierce so they changed to using more physically-accepted breeds like retrievers?
Did you know the ban in Denver, Colorado caused many families to be left with no other choice than to euthanize their children's loving pets?
Often times you need to read between lines when you hear of stories of bad breeds. It was tragic when the little boy lost his life to his family’s two pet pitbulls, but what was more disturbing was that his parents never introduced the dogs to the boy in his entire life and locked the boy in a basement with a shovel across the door as a means of "babysitting" when they left him that night... When he came out, he appeared to be an intruder in the home, and the dogs did exactly what they were trained to do by the (rather neglectful) parents.
Yes it’s awful when we hear about a bully breed attacking someone and causing pain, but we somehow overlook the details that the dog spent its life in feces-ridden conditions, tied to a tree by a heavy chain, alongside a dozen other dogs being equally trained for horrible purposes. Whose fault is it? It certainly isn't the dogs who want to spend their life unloved and neglected, anchored to a pole that weighs twice as much as they do.
Who is the first real victim? Hint: four legs and floppy ears.
barked by Cairo at 1:13 PM
I don't particularly care for bath time. Neither do my blogger friends Zack and Isabella. But I'm generally a good sport. Daddy gets in the shower with me and uses the detachable shower massager. My very short fur allows me to dry quickly.
All clean and now it's time for a nap.
barked by Cairo at 8:53 PM
taken today on Cairo's daily walk
Daddy, look out!...there's a four-legged flying monster behind you! Run!
Ok, I'm kidding. Any excuse to go running!
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Check out Cairo's recently updated Flickr page for more photos (now with categories!)
And here's a slideshow for y'all.
dog boxer pets
barked by Cairo at 8:58 PM
Here's a poem that is apropos to Cairo's situation...
The Dog Ate My Homework
by Sara Holbrook
The dog ate my homework.
You've heard that before?
This one ate the table,
then chewed through the door,
Broke into the living room
with his munch mouth,
snacked on some carpet,
lunched on the couch.
He chewed up some albums,
then swallowed the mail,
even ate pretzels,
though they were stale.
He garbaged down everything
left in his path
and still wasn't full
when he found my math.
He chewed tops off bottles,
then drank all the pop,
as far as I know,
he still hasn't stopped.
If you don't believe me,
then give Mom a call,
if she still has a kitchen,
or phone on the wall.
She'll answer and tell you
my story is true.
The dog ate my homework.
What could I do?
barked by Cairo at 9:01 AM
It's time for some direct canine political action.
Remember what happened last year during Hurricane Katrina? The government forced people to evacuate without their pets. Relief shelters would not admit evacuees who had pets.
Well, the Humane Society is promoting the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act (PETS Act) and I recommend you go sign their petition. This bill has bi-partisan support. It doesn't matter what your political orientation is, everyone has pets that they love and care for.
More action items here from the Humane Society.
This will be Cairo's number one issue during her presidential campaign.
Would you leave me behind Mommy and Daddy?
barked by Cairo at 7:59 PM
Daddy woke me up early this morning. I wanted to sleep in, but nooo, we always do things his way. He says that he is the alpha dog in this house. (I think he's been watching Cesar Millan's show too much).
He put my collar on and set me up in the passenger seat of his car.
Maybe it's Take Your Dog to Work Day and Daddy is taking me to the office?
But then I realized we were going to doggy day care. I couldn't stay at the house today because termite inspectors were coming into my backyard.
So I played at day care all day long!
When Daddy picked me up I had to sit on a towel because I was dirty from playing all day. We got home and Daddy gave me a bath.
Maybe if I'm really good Daddy will take me to the Coolbaby Dog Theme Park in China.
barked by Cairo at 7:49 PM