Monday, January 7, 2008

Fun Monday #47: the furry and scaly edition


The chaotic Lisa is our hostess for Fun Monday this week. She picked a topic that I almost did when I hosted, so I'm glad I get to do this one. Here is her challenge:

Let’s meet your pets. I think most of us have at least one pet and I would like to see your fluffy or scaly pal. If you don’t have a camera you can tell us about him/her/them. If you don’t have a pet tell us about a pet you had or a pet you want. If for some weird reason you hate all animals we want to know why gosh-dang-it.

Frankly, I dealt with the menagerie that is the Planet of Janet here.

But a few things have changed since then. There was a third turtle in the tank that died while we skiing. The fish in the big tank ganged up on one of the oscars and ate it. J-bear was unhappy. Me? I'm mean enough to break into song: "The Circle of Life ..."

Everyone else seems to be alive and well, minus a couple of plecostomuses (plecostomi?) that ended up as fish food, too.

But all these finny things live in J-bear's room, and as long as I don't open her door, I don't have to see them. The pets that have the most impact on our daily life are the crapping-in-the-house dogs, Nike (aka OCD dog) and Domino.

These two ill-behaved lovies are half-chihuahua and half-maltese. We got the pick of the litter after one of Wonderhubby's co-worker's maltese knocked up his chihuahua. So, yeah, we picked 'em. Silly us.

Meet Domino.

The name came from the black and white theme of her fur. She is the bigger and more maltesey (aka hairier) of the two. She is also the smarter. One day she was trying to bring a stick in through the doggie door, but it wouldn't fit while in her mouth. So she dropped the stick, went through the door, stuck her snoot back outside, picked up the stick and maneuvered it through the opening. See? Smart.

I also believe she is the one who is crapping outside our bedroom door. Can't catch her at it, but I still think it's her, making a statement. Brat.

Now meet Nike:


We call her OCD Dog for a reason. She nudges the dog door four times with her snoot before she will go in or out. She sucks mercilessly on this green dog toy thing (someone said it was a peacock) and marches with her two front feet. Please don't suggest we took them from mama too soon. Both dogs were more than 9 weeks old before we took them home, and Domino isn't anywhere this weird. However, I do know that the nasty mama chihuahua apparently got tired of being harrassed by the four puppies and refused to sleep in the box with them at about 6 or 7 weeks. Nikester was obviously not ready to let her go.

Oh, and her name? Well, after the first time we saw the puppies, we started thinking of names. Drama King wanted to name them Death and Taxes. Uh, we declined that one.

Anyway, the name Domino came easy. But for the littler one? That was tougher. We remembered, though, that she had a white swoosh on her all-black back. Voila! Nike!

Everyone loved the name. We were set. But the day we went to pick them up, we realized ... oops. The swoosh was actually on the back of one of the boy puppies. Oh well. We had all agreed on the choice (not an easy task), so we went with it anyway.

Domino loves going for walks. Nike goes for drags.

Domino is brave and curious. Nike shakes if you look at her funny. Or if you feed her. Or if you pet her. Or ... well, you get the idea.

OK OK. I have gone on long enough here. I'm taking away from the time you could be reading other Fun Monday offerings. So go see everyone else's pets. God knows mine are too weird to get all this attention.

36 comments:

Gattina said...

I really like this Fun Monday ! It's so nice to read about everybody's pets and your dogs are so cute ! It proves again that "mixtures" are often prettier and more intelligent then pedigreed cats or dogs. I think you are very lucky with these little companions !

my4kids said...

Your pups are cute!
I like mixes in dogs like that you can have 2 that are complete opposites in looks and personality. We have puppies from the same litter that don't look anything alike.

Peter said...

A very good post Janet, cute pups.

karisma said...

Very cute puppies. Now I really must ask, how the hell did the Oscar get eaten! They are predators are they not? I have yet to see a placid Oscar.

The very nice man said...

Great name for the dog! Love the story!

Hootin' Anni said...

Love the poochies!!! LOVE their names. Enjoyed your description of their FURsonalities too.

Have a very FUN MONDAY!!

ChrisB said...

Oh they are so sweet looking (so I guess you can forgive the 'bad habits'!)
hootin'anni's comment 'FURsonalities' very funny LOL.

Nekked Lizard Lady said...

Sounds like the Nikester has some issues, but I bet all the love you give him, makes his life wonderful. Too funny about how Domino got his name! That sounds like something we would do. Ha! Very nice to meet your furry family.

laurie said...

isn't it funny how they have such different personalities?

no two snowflakes, and no two dogs....

nikki said...

Crapping on the carpet?!?! Another reason why I am pet free today. My mom's pets are terrible about this too!

kitten said...

They are so cute! We have mutts, but I wouldn't trade 'em for nothing!

Sandy said...

Both so cute but I'll bet the little OCDemon is the one who's wrapped around your heart!

susan said...

How funny that they are so completely different. But then again...my kids are not at all the same!

Pamela said...

I'm never surprised at personality differences in dogs or kids. Those are adorable little faces.

As for the potty outside the door - now that would be call for lock up in the bathroom all night. naughty naughty.

Kaycie said...

They are the cutest little dogs. One of ours is neurotic, and one is very laid back and easy going. The neurotic one -- the male. Of course. That's how it works in my house. ;)

Nan said...

I can't do crap in the house dogs. I have enough poop to clean up with my toddler. :^D Cute little dogies.

Joy T. said...

Awww sounds like little Nike has 'issues'. Both pups are absolutely adorable though!

The Rotten Correspondent said...

Well, I think they're both really cute, but of course I don't have to worry about piles of crap outside my bedroom door!

AnGlOpHiLe FoOtBaLl FaNaTiC said...

Haha. Did I laugh? Just kidding, J! I have NEVER seen a Maltese/Chi combo. They are great! And, as for the crapping? That just comes with dogs.

Junebug said...

Your dogs are cute! I like Domino's longer hair. Great names too.

Alison said...

They are very cute and I don't usually like small dogs!! My inlaws have always had chihuahuas and they were notorious for pooping in the house..sorry!!

Karina said...

They're cuties those two! Poor Nike, she has identity issues because her name was meant for a boy, not her! ;-) J/K.

mjd said...

I like your post comparing your two dogs. Being a human with OCD tendencies, I am partial to your Nike. Besides, look at that sweet face.

Robinella said...

What little cuties you have there! I don't have fish for a reason. The reason is they are all DEAD!

Blue Momma said...

Sounds like Nike got more than his fair share of Chihuahua!

Have you started playing scrabulous with the smart one yet?

lisa's chaos said...

I love their names! It would be hard to say who's cuter, Domino, no Nike, no Domino, no Nike. . .

Simply Jenn said...

They are SO cute Janet!!! Those little faces just ask for love. And as for your comment at my place, I'm thinking TetherBud. Bear could totally go Golden Retriever, right?

Jenni said...

LOL! I like Death and Taxes. When we were first married, Danny found two puppies someone had dumped on the side of the road--in a tied up trash bag. There was one boy and one girl. He brought them home and he and our buddy Dave named them Ivan and Ho.

Tiggerlane said...

Sounds like your pets need some serious "Dog Whispering," but I can't help. I watched every dang Cesar episode, and I'm still more of a Dog Yeller.

Sauntering Soul said...

They're both adorable! My cat pees on my clean clothes sometimes if she's mad at me. I'm glad she hasn't pooped on anything though!

Julie said...

Oh Domino and Nike are precious. We had a couple of cats one time that the boys named Laverne and Shirley. Laverne didn't make it too long, the dog liked carrying her around by her neck. But Shirley lived to be an old lady, I mean man. Yep, Shirley was a boy but he was so fluffy they assumed it was a girl hence the name. I assumed they checked. Oh well. We tried to call him Sherman for a while, but Shirley was stuck. No wonder the thing went crazy. :)

Kaytabug said...

Great story! Loved their differences, just like our kids all have different personalties and behaviors!

sirdar said...

What little sweeties!! They are sure cute, even if they are not good :-)

Jo Beaufoix said...

Ahhh, they are gorgeous. And I love the names. Names are so difficult aren't they?

-Ann said...

What cute pups!

The new Fun Monday topic is now available. :)

Canadian flake said...

awwwww so cute...thanks for sharing the pics

 
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