It's July 4, American Independence Day

Clarification: In comments for the post below, some of you are congratulating Mama for her role in organizing the Atlanta Boxer Rescue. She had nothing to do with it other than knowing Carmen and making a donation. Sorry if the post was misleading. All the credit goes to the amazing Carmen and her team.

July 1 /08

Today is Beauty's Sweet 16

It's also her Gotchaday. Fifteen years ago, Mama chose my catsister, Beauty, at the shelter and brought her home. She was about one year old - no one knew for sure because she was a stray.

It's funny because the night before, Mama was drawing a picture of a cat and then she met Beauty and she looked exactly like the drawing. Mama says Beauty has been a joy to live with since the day she arrived. I think she's a very nice cat when she wants to be, and she's real pretty, too. She's got the tiniest paws I ever saw. She doesn't always want to play with me because she's just a silly old spinster but I love her very much. So on her special day, Mama put a bow on her and gave her kisses and cookies. HAPPY SWEET 16 & GOTCHA DAY, CATSIS!

It's also Canada Day ...

Mama's friend, Carmen, has been working hard to organize the Atlanta Boxer Rescue. She and her team finally formed a board, applied for business and non-profit applications, planned events and organized rescue operations for homeless Boxers in the metro Atlanta area.

They've been waiting a long time for this day to come. They've talked about it for years. Carmen says that Atlanta has been in desperate need of a large, thorough Boxer-specific rescue organization. Now they have assembled a board of dedicated and talented people who will work to find Boxers their forever homes.

You can visit their website at: if you are able to donate time and/or money, or just to see what Carmen and her team are doing. Congratulations and best of luck, Carmen!

June 30th /08

Well, it's Monday morning and where am I? At work, of course!

Papa often takes me to his office. Don't forget, I'm a Working dog! When Papa's on the dock, I'm right there with him, sleeves rolled up and working hard. When he's at his desk, I'm lying by his feet or carousing around looking for hugs from the staff, which I always get.

Part of my job is to run around the dock and find wooden sticks and planks. It's tough work and it doesn't pay that well, but the benefits are excellent. I get breakfast, lunch and snacks, water, transportation, playbreaks with the secretaries, snoozetime and cuddles. Sometimes other people bring their dogs to work too, so there's sometimes some goofing off.

Here I am on the dock with a big, slippery stick. Mama stopped by and that's her calling me "Poupoun," one of my nicknames, and that's my silly Papa barking in the background and telling me to find a smaller stick because this one was really a heavy plank and it was making me clumsy.

Have a great week.


Maggie & Mitch said...

Hi Poupoon, It looks to us like you have one tough job to do at work! Hey, somebody had to do it, right?!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Sophie Brador said...

Chef, I got all excited when you said dock. I was thinking of a dock in the water, and I loooooooove water. Your dock is good too. Just think of how far a tennis ball could fly in there. Can I go to work with your dad sometime too?


p.s. You look great!

Abby said...

Hi, Chef...

Are you making a stick pile at work, too??

Abby xxxooo

Mango said...

That is one weird stick. I wonder what the tree looks like.


Sparky said...


Thanks for dropping by my blog, man! Sorry I disappeared again, but I'm out of the garden and back online now!

Man, you are having a BLAST with that stick! I've never seen anyone who loves sticks as much as you do!


Lola Smiles said...

Hey Poupoune! lol, love it. worries, my mama often calls me 'gidoune'..

You're so very lucky to go to work with your Dad.

and yes you look great Chef, a very playful girl you are!

luv ya
Lola Smiles

Gaia the Airedale said...

You make work look like tons of fun Chef! You are so goofy!

puppy breath,

Lorenza said...

Hi, Chef!
sure is nice to go to work with your Dad! I can see how much enjoy being there!
Kisses and hugs

happy said...

You get to go to work too? Ooh I'm so jealous!

Yeah, a motor for my carrier is brilliant!

Simba said...

Fat fat daddy took me to work once. It was lot more boring then that.

Simba x

Niamh said...

You did an excellent job running up and down with that big stick.

That is so great that your Mama's friends have formed a Boxer rescue group. I know two dogs from a Boxer Rescue group here and they are terrific dogs.

Your friend,

Toffee said...

Happy Canada day to you too!
woof, eh?!

The Puppies said...

We could watch that all day!!! You are so cute running back and forth with that stick... we are hoping you will post more videos of stick chasing time!!
the puppies

Sparky said...


Congratulations to you and Clover on winning the featured blog of the month! That is totally pawesome!


Gunner said...

Chef, that's awesome that you get to go to work!

Sorry I haven't been by started a new job and geets putting the computer away.

Have a great CANADA DAY!


Momo & Pinot said...

Happy Gotchaday, Beauty!!!
Happy Canada Day, fellow canadian friends!!!

It's a bootiful day here in Toronto. Hope you have a good day!

Momo & Pinot

Pedro said...

We had a cat that lived in our house named JuJu that looked alot like Beauty. JuJu was mean-mean but I guess she was pretty. She had blue eyes. JuJu got sick and died last winter. I don't really miss her but I think my mom does...

Gus & Louie said...

Beauty is just beautiful. Happy Gotchaday Beauty.
That is so wonderful of your Rents to start that great shelter.. Way to go Mom and Dad..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Eric said...

Happy Gottcha Day Beauty, you are one pretty kittie! And a Happy Canada Day to you Chef!!

I was thinking boats ..harbour .. the pee.. when you said dock too..hehehe silly me but the dock you go to looks pawsome and perfect for stick collecting! Do you do any Sitting on the Dock of the Bay there too?

Wiry wags, Eric

Moco said...

I am finally able to catch up on the blogs. I had to make Grammie stay home from knitting tonight to help me. She has to learn what it important.
Beauty is a lovely cat. We all wish her a happy day.
You are lucky to get to go to work with your Papa. That looks like a great place to run and play.
We are hoping for the return of the terrier also. What in the world in wrong with these hoomans?
Your wekend looked like great fun. I like the napping and dreaming part really well.

Gaia the Airdale said...

Aww Beauty is cute! Happy Canada day wooo! And thats really special about the shelter, good job!

puppy breath,

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Rambo said...

looks like you had fun at your Dad's work! I never get to go with my Dad to work. G-Mom probably wouldn't let me go because she think I will get lost again.
Happy Canada Day!

Bella & Gabe said...

Beauty truly is a BEAUTY! Happy Gotcha Day Beauty!

Wow, Chef. Your mama and papa are really great 2 legged types. The rescue is such a pawsome thing for her to organize. We are checking out the website. And that is so cool that you get to go to your pawpaw's (or is it papa?) workplace. We'd love that but ours works for the government and the security in the buildings doesn't allow for us.

Happy Canada Day, Chef. We love you!

Woofs and slobbers from your Newfie pals,
'Bella and Gabe

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Sophie Brador said...

Chef! I'm all confused again, because I can't find where to leave comments on your Canada Day/Beauty Day post. Happiness to Beauty!!!!! and Canada!

I sure hope you get this. Mom would love for all of us to meet up some time. She is crazy busy until July 8th and then off for the summer. I sure hope we can meet up. I might be a snob, because I am a diva, but my mom will give you tons of smoochies.


Charlie Daniels said...

G'day Chef

Congrats for being a featured blog for June. Good stuff :-)



Pee.Ess. Happy Canada Day !

Mr. T-Bone Beasley said...

You make sticks look good! The other day I was at the pet store with my human and we saw a rubber stick! My human was gonna sent it in your Goodie box, but realized that she had already mailed it out! So maybe sometime later! I think you would look good with a rubber could bounce it around everywhere! Hehehe!

So, your package should find it's way to you in two weeks at the most! My human says that if it gets returned to her again she's gonna have a fit!

My human and I are so sorry you didn't get your package back on the 9th. Silly mailman!

Mr. T-Bone Beasley

Maggie & Mitch said...

Happy gotcha day to Beauty and happy Canada day to you and your family, Chef!
How awesome for your mom and Carmen and all of these other nice folks to start up a Boxer rescue in Atlanta! Bless you!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Clover said...

Hi Chef!
Congrats on your (our) win for featured blog! You were right, we tied! YAY!
Happy belated Canada day and I hope you have a great week!
Love Clover xo

Clover said...

And happy gotcha day to your sister!

Arabella said...

You really do like sticks don't you? My grandpa has three huge piles of sticks put away for winter but he's silly and uses them for burning (which is nice and warm). But, since the sticks are already in the house I get to spend winter nights chewing on them! It's the best, in the summer they make me keep sticks outside.


Lorenza said...

Hi, Chef!
Happy Gotchaday to Beauty!
I am still waiting for the mean mailman to bring my goodies from the girls! I hope it won't be a Christmas present! Like we say... Viva Mexico!
Kisses and hugs

Willow the Black Dale said...

Hi Chef,
Thanks for stopping by to check on me. I have not gotten my package yet. Herbies mom said she does have it but has not got to mail it yet.
Thanks for the check up. Stay strong and big!!!
love you,

happy said...

Happy Gotcha day, Beauty!

Mango said...

Chef, dude, the comment button totally vanished from your latest posts. What's up?

Congrats on your award. You totally deserve it.


the 4 Bs said...

hi Chef, that's so cool that you get to have your own job. we can tell that you take it very seriously. hee hee

happy gotcha day to your kitty sis.


Toffee said... I read that congratulations are in order??....

Bella the Boxer said...

Chef, what a COOL workspace that you've got! There's so much room to play--I'm going to tell Mom & Dad that they need a bigger office.

xoxo - Bella

Mr. T-Bone Beasley said...


I got New-Turd!!! Hopefully, if the mailman isn't silly this time, you should be getting your package next week! I hope you get it! I've been waiting for a month for you to open it! I hope you have a great weekend! Give your mommy some big slobbery kisses for me!


Mr. T-Bone Beasley

Mr. T-Bone Beasley said...

CHEF! You gotta a show this weekend! Woohoo! I will have my paws crossed for you! I'm sure you are gonna do awesomely great! I have faith!

The New-Turd thing wasn't such a big deal! I still wanna know where the new turd is, but coincidently losing my marbles by my butt wasn't so bad. I was groggy for just a bit yesterday, but have been running around all day today! Woo!

By the way...CONGRATS ON FEATURED BLOG! That is such an honor and you totally deserved it! You work hard on your blog and are of course ahem, very handsome at that! Woooooo Go Chef Go!!!

Mr. T-Bone Beasley

Toffee said...

okay...Chef we went out and bought you some treats this is covering someone's vacation this week so I don't think we can get to the post office until Saturday...ugh...she just doesn't understand!! so frustrating!