June 21 /08

My buddy, Sparky, nominated me a couple of weeks ago for June's Awesome Blog Award over at Dogs With Blogs' Bone Zone.

THANKS again, Sparky. There's some stiff competition and I'm honoured to be in such good company. Exercise your right to vote, doggies. The polls are now open.

(If you vote for me - THANKS!!)
Click here to vote:

I'm in the doghouse tonight because of this:

Uh ohhhh
Mama walked into the kitchen and the strap from her sandle just popped right out of my mouth ... how do you suppose that happened ??


Just wanted to show you the decorative license plate Papa has on his truck... look like someone you know? ...

We've been doing our blog rounds for the Exchange and see that lots of you have received your goody packages. You all look so pleased with your new stuffs, and I'm so happy for you. If you've received your goodies, please let me know in a comment, if you haven't already, so that we can post you to the album.

Speaking of the Goody Exchange, I don't know what the heck's going on with the mail service, but I still haven't gotten my package from Beasley. I wait every day for the mail to come but it just doesn't arrive and that makes me sad. Should I bite the postman?

Please pray for my little friend Zoe, the adorable Yorkie I introduced you to a few months ago. She's been having seizures and is now on very strong medicine. She's only four pounds but she's fighting with all her strength to stay healthy.

Go Zoegirl

I was out on a walk this afternoon and bumped into a few of my sidewalk cronies. First, I met Lucky. Lucky always has lots to say about what's going on in the neighbourhood. He's my go-to dog when I need information about anything.

He was filling me on on what's been going on at the dog park during my absence.

Then we saw our big buddy, Winston. He was sitting on his porch overseeing the gardeners and his Papa planting trees. I like shootin' the breeze with Winston. He's getting on in years and just sits on his porch every day, watching the world go by. But he's a wise old Bulldog with lots of good advice for younger pups like myself and Lucky. Today, he looked very serious about his supervisory duties so we didn't want to disturb him.

Wise old Winston

Later on, my friend, Nakita, and I played with a huge stick. Knowing how much I love my stickeroos, Nakita let me have it all to myself. I love Nakita. She understands me. Maybe I'll marry her.

Anyway, that sucker was so darned big I could hardly pick it up, much less drag it home to my stick pile. So I chomped off a piece, carried it to the back yard, and did my most favourite thing in the whole world!

Chompity-chomp .... chompity-chomp

Mama ordered a couple of books so she and Papa could learn how to handle me in the ring all by themselves. They want to be prepared in case Darling Emily isn't available for a show. They're also thinking it might be fun to go through the whole show ring thing from a to z with me, instead of watching from the sidelines.

Mama's already assembled her own tackbox of supplies and she's been grooming me ringside all by herself the last couple of shows. They've observed and learned a lot about baiting, gaiting, stacking and all that, but there's stuff about technique and protocol, and what the experts call 'secrets' about good-handling that they feel they need to know.

That's all good, but I'm kind of wondering how I'm going to behave in the ring with one of my parents handling me. It could be tricky because my behavior with them is totally different than it is with Darling Emily, who I only see at shows. I've learned to stay in control with Darling Emily. Not so with Mama and Papa!

I can think of all kinds of oopsies I might do with my pushover parents by my side. What if I suddenly want to play? Or go for a walk? Or jump up and kiss them? ... or do a badboypoop? ... oooo, I don't think the judge is going to approve!! Then again, I really do miss my parents when I'm in the ring and I go all ADD on Darling Emily. But she really knows how to regain control ... my parents? Not so much.


Now I see that my blog is up in Russian. OK, is this getting wierd? yAhH!


Moco said...

Don't you just hate it when shoes jump into your mouth?
What is up with the mail service. Inferior.
We will do the circle of healing vibes for Zoe.

Mack said...

Hey Chef!
I got my teeeeeeriffic package awhile back from the ZooCrew! You are more than welcome to use a pic if you'd like for your album; here's the addy:

I will go visit that cutie patootie Yorkie and wish her a speedy recovery!

Happy Weekend!

Maggie & Mitch said...

Beasley must have sent you something so awesome that the mailman decided to keep it for himself?! grrrrrrrrrrr
Congratulations on your nomination, Chef! Good luck! We love your blog!
We're sending lots of AireZen Zoe's way!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Sophie Brador said...

Hey Chef, I hope the postman didn't keep your present for himself. I hear some of those maildudes like stuffies and liver treats and such.

I sure hope Zoe gets better.


4xBs said...

hi Chef, we're sorry that that darn shoe tried to get you into trouble. shoes are the worst for that.

congrats on being nominated. that's a huge honor. we're gonna go vote right away.


Lola Smiles said...

Bonjour Chef! I'm late in posting and just wanted to say I got my goodie package early last week.

At least the buds in your hood are friendly! Mine just bark at me all the time. Ya think it's cuz of my big ears!? :(

luv ya
Lola Smiles

The Zoo Crew said...

Don't ya hate when you get caught and there's no one else to blame? Good luck with the deserve it!!!


Mr. T-Bone Beasley said...

Chef...this is getting redicerous!!! I can't believe the package hasn't gotten to you yet! My human has steam coming out of her ears! She was so excited for you to get it like 2 weeks ago! I think you should definitely bite the mailman! I'll even bite my mailman so we can make sure that they are getting the message! DELIVER MY PACKAGE TO CHEF!! THERE ARE GOODIES HE MUST RECEIVE ASAP!!!

Now, for that shoe...just that all that is dogly you didn't choose to eat any of those shoes that the humans call "juicy" I think you mighta been sent away if you ate that "juicy."

I feel like I've been missing you Chef. My human...well...she sucks. I mean CRAP!!! She acts like she's got so much going on...but I know she doesnt...but I guess maybe she does. But she just doesn't understand that her "busy" is keeping me from all that is Chef!

I am hoping you get the package this week. If not, my human will be making a trip to the post office, to exchange some not so nice words...

I hope you and your family are having a good weekend!

Mr. T-Bone Beasley

Pippa said...

Oooh. Those small sandals are nice aren't they? I have only snacked on one once, but I would certainly recommend it. I particularly like plastic ones.


Pedro said...

Hey Chef!
Just so you know, I got into a little trouble myself this week by peeing on something I shouldn't have peed on. Oh well, water on the computer as I like to say. I'd be happy to give you my vote but I'm a little confused. Do I just click on that link and leave a comment voting for you? Let me know dawg! Hope you're having a good weekend!

Butchy & Snickers said...

Hey Chef,
Big congratulations on your nomination. We voted for you!! Poor little Zoe. We're sorry she is so sick. We sure hope they can get the medication to control the seizures very soon. Sending wirey zen to help her out.
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

Moondance Huskies said...

Hi Chef!
We received our package from Butchy and Snickers and Mom finally let us have it yesterday. She said we had to wait until the weather was nice so everyone could enjoy it. There are pics on my blog...feel free to use any of them. I have to do a "Part 2" to put us the rest of the pics. Thanks for thinking up the Goodie Exchange! It was a great idea & I hope we can do it again. Hope you get your package soon. Pawsitive healing husky energy is heading to Zoe. Hope she gets better soon!
Happy husky howls,
Skye and the Moondance Huskies

Southbay Girl said...

Hi Chef, I hope zoey is doing better! I don't like eharing about sick doggies! It makes me sad!

I saw the ribbons you won for being you! They are awesome!! I'm sure your humans are very proud of you!!!


Emily Burdon said...

Hey Chef!! It's your handler here... Way to go on all those recent wins in the show ring! You're really pulling it together!! Way to go!! Let's keep it up...

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Clover said...

Oh boy, it's so hard when shoes get chewed and then you can't remember how it happened. Shoes are dangerous!
Congrats on your nomination for the Awesome Blog Award! I am running with you. :)
Love Clover xo

The Puppies said...

we love shoes (especially Opal the boxer)- those looked like really yummy sandals! It's been a while since we got to eat any sandals...we are jealous!!! Mom keeps all of her shoes up on the door of the closet now! :)

Nevis said...

Congrats at the nomination! Bark! :P

Mango said...

Hope those translation tools work OK. BLog in Russian? Have you gotten any fan mail from there?

Good luck to your parents trying to show you. Momma says its much harder than it looks (well, at least for her).


Asta Marie said...

Chef....Dewey always does the visiting but I thought I would come around this you are a multi-faceted doggie there aren't you? As for the flip-flops...they have a way of making their way into places they shouldn't be...sort of like a magnet....I'm sure that you didn't realize that it was even in your mouth.

Gee you have a lot of very nice friends...but the bulldog looks intimidating...I bet he scares a lot of people away just by staring at them.

How exciting for your Mom and Dad to try and show you themselves....We have a lot of friends that have been successful at showing their own wires but somehow when a well-known professional handler is in the same ring, they always win. Go figure........

Do you think the border people think there might be something other than doggie goodies in your goody box? Maybe that's why it is taking so long to reach you. Since 9-11 the whole world is all in a panic mode... for good reason... but it makes things so hard for doggies and good people to understand how the friendly trusting world that they used to live in has been lost forever. I don't think we will ever feel completely safe again.

Congratulations on your ribbons...I guess it has been too long since we last are such a handsome fellow, I can see why you are doing so well at the shows...keep up the good work and hide those sticks from never know who may steal it when you aren't looking.

Asta Marie, WFT

Crikit, Sparky & Ginger said...

Chef! Buddy! we've missed so much and we missed you bunches! We've had trouble getting into your comment site all day or we woulda been here sooner. We jus trotted over to say hi and then we'll be back as terminator would say to catchup on everything.

Love Licks & waggin TX tails barking loud now that we can again. xo

Abby said...

Hi, Chef...

Congrats on the nomination...Your Blog is really awesome!!!

I get in trouble alot for eating my sister, Chrissy's shoes...I'm just collecting them in the computer room so she can find them in the morning when she is getting ready for work...I don't know what the fuss is all about...

Abby xxxooo

Peanut said...

I bet you were just bringing that shoe to your mama and it decided to get you in trouble. That winston looks like a wise old guy. You are lucky to have him in the neighborhood.

happy said...

Can't blame us for barking at the mailman...they are so slow!

Congrats on the nomination! You have a great blog! Good luck!

Keeping paws crossed for Zoey's recovery.

Ooh the bulldog sure looked wise. Nice to be sitting around and watching the world pass by.

Oh yes, I've received my goodies. Finally!