Eau de Alpo

Paint peeling from a wall

And you thought I was kidding.  Seriously, these things are lethal.


Learn more about how this phenomenon came to be when you read PoopiterPoopiter tells the illustrated tales of Geordie (Bitey Dog) and Toby during their first year together.

Bitey Dog and Toby in POOPITER


Mr. Boombalatti Hides the Evidence

Dog dish half hidden under carpet

To Toby’s great dismay, I have had to put him on a diet for Lent.  Geordie’s pickiness over food has given Toby ample opportunities to become roly-poly by eating his brother’s leftovers.  The other day I found this going on in the kitchen.  In the background, I was pretty sure I could hear Shaggy singing, “It wasn’t me…”

Dog photobombs picture with dish and toy in background

I’m telling you, it was Blue Puppy who ate all the food!

As you can see, Toby clearly blames his little blue puppy for getting into the dishes and then trying to hide the evidence under the rug.

********************************************************************Boy's blue cardigan with red and white argyle accent

Speaking of blue, I bet there is a child in your life who would look very sharp in a blue, argyle cardigan.  Great for chilly days no matter the season, your boy (or girl!) will be both stylish and warm in this sweater.

The Biscuit Battle

Happy smiling Cairn terrier sitting next to flowers.

Last year when my beautiful Geordie was diagnosed with cancer, I was devastated.  The vet said my vibrant, active boy had only a few weeks to live so I made it my mission to make him the most spoiled, happiest terrier in all of history.

Geordie has surprised us all by continuing to live a full life despite his illness.  I am thrilled to have my puppy with me for far longer than expected.  What I hadn’t counted on was just how spoiled a little dog can be when he gets everything he wants.

For the past few weeks, he has been positively insufferable.  I have had to cut back on treats and special attention and put him back on the schedule he had before that fateful vet visit.  It has been a difficult decision for me because I realize that I may lose him at any moment.  What kind of a pet parent am I if I deny my puppy his final wish of Marro Bones?   Good or bad, I did it anyway.

Geordie hasn’t given up squawking for treats, but I have noticed that his eyes seem brighter and his tummy isn’t rumbling as much.  He even decided to take me for a walk today.  It seems like an obvious solution to keep a pet on a strict healthy diet, but it is difficult to do when the pet is getting ready to leave.

Geordie insisted that he have a say on today’s blog:

First, I have to tell on Toby.  He went to sleep in my bed, and he didn’t get in trouble at all!!

This evening, Mom took me out to pee.  After we came inside, Toby said he had to pee.  (Never at the same time, right?)  While they were outside, I very kindly helped Mommy open the jar of biscuits in the closet and eat them.  You can tell she likes Toby best because I got yelled at and he didn’t even though he was the one who got caught with the lid in his mouth.  Harrumph.  Why even have biscuits if you are not going to give them to me?!?


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Many items are on sale including this handmade olive green man’s cardigan.

Literary Langolier


Pamphlet shredded by a puppy

I don’t know how, but I ended up on a mailing list for a college that sends out newsletters every so often.  Sometimes the essays they feature are interesting, so I don’t mind reading them.

A few days ago a newsletter came that dealt with marijuana and lesser known scientific research on links between usage and mental illness.  As I was reading, Toby decided to “help”.  Each time I turned a page, he very kindly shredded it for me.  He was so enthusiastic that I had to read very quickly to keep up with him.

Perhaps hungry puppies could motivate students to do their homework faster?

(I am showing my age with that comment!)


Speaking of hungry puppies, don’t forget to pick up a copy of Poopiter.

Bitey Dog and Toby in POOPITER

Poopiter  is an illustrated journey that follows Bitey and Toby during their tumultuous first year together.   A fun read and a great gift!


Chocolate Mouse and Other Posterior Epistles

If you’ve known my boys for any length of time, you know that they are very communicative – from both ends.  It is easier to read their missives in the Winter because snow gives them a fresh, clean canvas on which to write.

Toby started our week with a perfect capital “W”.  In real life, it was much nicer and looked something like Times New Roman.  I played around with Photo Shop to try to create one, but mine looks more like caramel or butterscotch.

Chocolate W

Geordie was next with a cry for help.  At least the Photo Shopped version looks a bit more like chocolate.

Chocolate 911

Toby’s latest creation looked like this .  I am just hoping that Michael Eisner never finds out.

Chocolate mouse


To read more of my pups’ unusual lives, pick up a copy of Poopiter.  (In it, you can read their story, The Lao of Poo.)

Bitey Dog and Toby in POOPITER


Watch Out, Peppermint!


Toby and new stuffed girlfriend looking off into the distance.Isn’t this cute?  The two of them are even starting to look like each other!

Watch out, Peppermint.  Someone new is after your man.

This is Toby’s new “girlfriend”.  You may recall from Poopiter that my boy has a particular fondness for his toy peppermint.  Now, though, there is a new lady in his life.  This little gal doesn’t have a name yet, but I think she needs one.  Any suggestions?