Friday, July 23, 2010

Cute Animal Pictures

because I'm short on words today. Girl brought Layla to visit! Sophie immediately tried to start a game of "Chase Me." I had a problem with this, because Layla suffers from Canine Body Dysmorphic Disorder, which, in dog terms, is known as

Ugly Dachshund Syndrome.

I feared for my end tables and lamps. I'm fond of them. Sophie would shoot through the space between the loveseat and end table, and Layla would follow. Yeah. We moved the game outside, where somehow, without the potential for furniture destruction, they sat around on the patio.

We then moved into my bedroom (following Girl, who just had to pee but you know you can't do that without a canine entourage) and a spontaneous game of Hide and Seek ensued. I wish I had video, but my camera battery was almost dead and I knew video would have killed it in ten seconds - I will be better prepared next visit, because it was truly hilarious - Layla was SO excited, and Sophie shot out from under the bed and back under at warp speed, peeking out from the dust ruffle, to Layla's great joy! Here are some action shots:

Earlier this week, Sophie experimented with sharing Murphy's crate for a nap. After I snapped this, Murphy ever-so-politely hopped over her and moved to the other crate.

And yes, I still have cats. I rearranged the small back room/former porch space a week ago, and dared to put a plant on this cabinet near the window. Within 48 hours they'd killed the plant and then shoved the pot off the cabinet. This is their new space. One of these pictures was taken at 8 a.m. and the other around 6 p.m., but I'll be damned if I can tell you which is which. They do leave the cabinet to eat, and (at least so far) to potty. Otherwise, they are forming their own Synchronized Sleeping Team.


Anonymous said...

Not only the problems perceiving the available space to 'shoot through like a Bondi Tram!', but a REALLY well-organised Lab can clear a coffee table with one swipe of the tail.

Gae, in Callala Bay

besshaile said...

Murphy looks like the ref in that shot - all he neeeds is the striped shirt

Catherine said...

Gae - we had a Golden Retriever when the kids were small, so I know to move all glasses and other objects out of tail reach when she comes over.

Bess - that was exactly it - he didn't join in the game, he just observed to make sure it didn't get out of hand. I wish my camera had been fully charged for video, but I'm sure we can get them to do it again.

Anonymous said...

Many moons ago (nay, many DECADES ago), when my parents were breeding and showing Pekes, we had a stud dog, Shardee, who would actually bust up bitch fights if they got too serious.

He was a big heavy dog (for a Peke) and he had a simple technique - take a good run and charge straight at the middle of the fight. A loud snarling bark for emphasis. The battling bitches were scattered to the four winds and to battered and breathless to fight again for a while.

Gae, in Callala Bay

Catherine said...

The charge-with-snarling-bark is Murphy's technique too, but he's too small to batter anybody. He has to rely on the force of his personality, which is of course enormous. :-)

Anonymous said...

Shardee (don't blame us, he had that name when we bought him) was a BIG boy for a Peke - probably 14 lb. And Pekes are (supposed) to be built solid for their size.

Shardee was bought in, not for his show ring beauty (he was good, just not brilliant) but for the fact that he represented a good concentration of a particular blood-line, at that time much out of fashion, and boy did he pay off. I don't think he ever did much 'outside' stud work, but he put some REAL quality into our pups. I was in early teens at that time and in heaven - surrounded by dogs and pups.

Gae, in Callala Bay