Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Destruct Diva

I am a puppy of many interests.

My human has mixed feelings about my hobbies. Sometimes she adds to my stable of names, and calls me La Destructiva.

I've recently started dabbling in books.

In particular, recipe books.

In particular, this recipe book.

It used to be called The Big Book of Juices and Smoothies.

Now it's not.

Dinosaur helped.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Footloose and stitchy-free!

Yay, I had my stitches out tonight! I feel so much better now!

I've been running around like a true nutty puppy, revelling in the un-stitchyness of life!

We still have to be careful for the next couple of weeks, so no off-leash or playing too much with other puppies, but I don't mind, I can always attack my human's feet, that's lots of fun!


Sunday, June 28, 2009

Games to play with your human

Here's a fun activity for those snuggle-at-home winter afternoons.

When your human is all rugged up on the couch, grab a corner of her blankie...

... and pull...

When you have achieved complete human deblanketisation, take full possession of the blankie, making sure you look both cute and smug.

Mmm... comfy..!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Ouchy, ow-ow!

Ow! My tummy is all hurty.

Sometimes when I go to the vet I have lots of fun, and sometimes when I go to the vet I come back with an ouchy-tummy. This is the third time. The first time was when I had The Operation, and the second time was a couple of weeks ago, when it turned out that my internal stitches from The Operation had become infected (apparently it takes months and months for the internal stitches to dissolve).

Anyway, once I finished the cheese tablets with pink tabletty insides, and then the yucky drops in my mouth followed by a cheese chaser, the vet discovered I had a thing called a hernia. That's where a bit of my muscles didn't heal together properly after The Operation, so I had a kind of hole in my tummy.

So last week I went back to the vet and came home with another hurty tummy, but not as many stitches as last time. My human has strict instructions not to let me do anything for two weeks (haha!, let's see how she goes with that!), so hopefully it will all be good.

I was a very sorry little puppy for a few days, but now I'm back to being nutty because of not going for long walks at the moment, and my human has to stop me from jumping up all over the place - I can't wait to get my stitches out so I can show my new tummy to all my friends!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Sasha by any other name

I am a puppy of many names.

My breeder calls me Blaizenoak Cup Cake, and my human calls me Sasha.

My human also gave me two middle names - that's three whole names all to myself: Sasha Grumblebum Velasquez. Plus my surname, but I have to share that with my human, so that's not really all just mine.

For nicknames, my human often calls me Sashabum, or Bummy. Or Little SB. Or Sweetiebum. I'm such a lucky puppy to have so many names!

Not many people know this, but "Sasha" in the old language actually means "she who consumes underwear".

You are probably already aware of my love of socks, but I also like bras...

And hats...

Well, ok, so hats aren't actually underwear, but they certainly are tasty!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Puppy-phenalia (part 2)

I was inspired by Honey's description of her winter jammies to share a few more of my winter bits and pieces.

Here's a picture of me in my new raincoat.

Actually, it's a picture of me saying "get this thing off me, what is it?!" But I did get used to it, and I was nice and dry (on top, at least), after our walk in the rain.

Because it's all cold and wintry now, my human decided to get me a snugglier bed than my usual cushion, which is nice and comfy, but can be a bit drafty. So she got me another bed.

When she first showed it to me, I sniffed at it and walked off. Then the next day I barked at it. And then she noticed I was being suspiciously quiet, and when she went looking for me, this is what she found...

Mmmm... snuggly... (and colour-coordinated...)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Puppy of Beauty

I've just been to the beauty parlour.

My human and I decided that we wanted to keep my coat longer on top, to keep me warm in winter, and shorter under my tummy and on my legs, so that there's less for the mud to stick to.

Doesn't my little yellow bow look pretty?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


When it was summer, going for a walk was a simple case of my human getting my harness, me running out onto the balcony through my dog door, her chasing me through the human door, me running back inside through my dog door, her coming back through the human door, me running back out my dog door... etc.

But now it's winter it's dark when we leave for our morning walk, and dark for our whole evening walk. So we need more stuff.

In the picture below you can see: my human's reflective cycling vest with little red flashing lights; her new raincoat (because it's tricky to pick up poo whilst holding an umbrella in the rain); her cycling jacket; my treat pouch with my new reflective collar; my harness; and my leash with poo-bag holder.

My human's very into wearing reflective stuff, because she says that when she's driving at night she quite often doesn't see pedestrians or cyclists until she's very close, and that if you are a pedestrian you think the cars can see you because you can see them, but that's not always the case. And you never know if your puppy is going to try to dart out into the street, or suddenly stop, particularly when you have to cross a main road at early peak hour in the dark. So we need all the help we can get.

This is my new flashing reflective collar. I only wear it when we go for a walk, it goes on over the top of my normal collar.

It has a thingy inside it which glows red, so not only is it reflective, but it blinks red as well. It's very good in the dark, especially for letting cyclists know where I am, as well as my human when we go off-leash in the park in the mornings.

Here's what it looks like when I'm wearing it, and you can also see my harness, which is a soft mesh from Puppia. My human prefers harnesses to collars when walking, because she's seen so many dogs being dragged around by their collars that she's worried about hurting my neck.

This is my normal collar. It's got white reflective stitching, which turns out to be very reflective, as you can see here. It also has my council registration tag and my name tag, with my name and phone number on the back. It used to have my microchip tag and pet register tag as well, but my human decided there were too many tags, and if I get lost someone can just call the number on my name tag, and anyway I have a microchip so they can always get me home.

Here's a close-up of my leash. My human particularly likes it because the pattern colours are reversed on the other side. My poo-bag holder is nice and soft, so it doesn't accidentally bash into things like my head. You can see my blinker on the right. Blinkers are also very good for visibility, but my human has decided she prefers my new reflective collar, because you can see it from more angles.

A very important part of our walk equipment is the treat pouch. We like to do some training when we go for walks (though how much we do depends on how many other interesting things there are in the park at the time). This treat pouch goes around my human's waist, and has pockets to hold the clicker and a spare poo bag. It's also big enough to hold a small torch.

This is our walking torch. My human uses it to make sure we're not walking into broken glass, in the spots where the trees hide the street-lights. And also to see what I'm eating.

The most important thing to take on any walk is, of course, me!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A week of walks

Because the weather in Melbourne changes all the time, I'm going to show you what a week of walks looks like for me...

Day 1

Day 2

Me with my reflective collar and blinker

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5
Trees in the street

Day 6
Clouds over the city

Day 7


Every day
Muddy cuteness