We Must Smell the Same

August 15, 2007

I marvelled at how Shyhound almost immediately relaxed around our various parents and siblings. He didn’t seem particularly interested in my step-father, so I deduced that family members must smell similar to a dog. He immediately accepted Wonderman’s parents and my mother as his superiors, but Teenage Sister appeared to be another puppy to him. […]

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June 29, 2007

As rawhide is to dogs what chewing gum is to humans, the canine equivalent of us watching television has to be a dog gazing out the window to his house/ apartment. Banjo has the attention span of a two-year old child, but he enjoys people-watching from our living room window. At first he was too […]

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Professor Hypercritterful

June 29, 2007

Our dog trainer said that Banjo is like the nerd at the back of the classroom, handing out answers to the algebra test to the rest of the class. Mine is a curious puppy.  I wouldn’t describe him as a old professor, but he likes to explore the world, and usually with his mouth. A […]

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Congenitally-Broken Tail

June 21, 2007

Banjo’s tail is broken. When he’s relaxed it looks like a broken arrow; when he’s boisterous, it’s curved, like a cane. Our first vet said it was probably slammed in a door, but our new vet says it’s a congenital defect, because he has sensation in it and it is perfectly hairy. Someone (and someone […]

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A Dog-Eared Photo

June 20, 2007

I am desperately trying to take the perfect photo which captures Banjo’s ears in all their glory. They are pointed like a German Shepherd’s, and are firmly-fixed at the base, but the tips flop like a Labrador’s, and the inside skin is a dusty pink.  Like a deer’s. The result is that my little guy’s […]

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Space Age Elizabethan

May 4, 2007

Banjo had a growth on his foot, and there was a tiny, tiny chance it was cancer. I was a bit freaked out, even though I knew cancer was unlikely. He had an operation yesterday to remove it, and, as it turns out, no biopsy was necessary. *phew* Anyway, to cut a long story short, […]

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Power Animal

April 2, 2007

I don’t have a power animal like some of my friends, but I will tell you this: I love dogs and the mere sight of one makes me beam. And the larger the dog, the larger my grin. I’ve always loved large dogs, especially Labradors, so I guess that Labs are the closest thing I’ve […]

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On Calling Our Dog Banjo

February 22, 2007

I picked out the name Banjo long before my dear little furry friend was even conceived. I don’t play the banjo, but I do like its merry twang. It’s both earnest and playful, and I imagined  our future dog wearing a red bandanna and trotting along happily, tongue hanging out, to a doo-wacka-doo-wacka soundtrack. 0 […]

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And puppy makes three!

February 16, 2007

I have a dog! He’s called Banjo, and he’s a 9-week-old, a labrador*/ shepherd mix, and currently weighs 7.8lbs… he’s supposed to get up to about 60-70lbs. Wonderman and I thought we were going just to pick out a puppy, but they wanted us to take him within a few days to make room for […]

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