Friday, December 29, 2006

No More Squeak

I don't know why Mom keeps buying me these toys. They last for such a short time and then she takes it away so I don't eat it and barf. I can always sniff them out when she "hides" them on the counter or in the wastebasket. And, since I've been quite a good boy, Santa brought me a couple of cool, new toys for Christmas that I haven't been able to destroy yet.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Just Horsin' Around

Just Horsin' Around
Originally uploaded by NmB Photography.
The folks were finishing Christmas prep this morning. This was the last gift to wrap but first they had to get me all riled up - Bogie.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Another Christmas Outfit Post

I see lots of you Wires dress in shirts, coats, hats and even boots. That's just not for us. However, Mom did make me this red, satin bowtie and I think I look extremely handsome in it. She also wants to get me this Land's End coat- but just because it's fluorescent so I will shine in the dark.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

One-Eyed Bogie

Mom's been wanting a shot like this for a long time. Why, I ask you? My ears are even cut off.

Had a great romp with the cockers again this morning. When they get loose they tear around in circles in MY back yard. Holly's almost as fast as I am.
One-eyed Bogie

Friday, December 08, 2006

My Christmas Outfit

Mom made me this bowtie a while back but she's never satisfied with her photos. This one doesn't show it off either but I'm pretty curious about this singing/piano playing snowman. Yesterday, I chewed on Dad's shoes AND the day before I got into the garbage so I'm back in my crate this morning. Rats - I love to keep an eye on the backyard from my cushy chair in their bedroom.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

AKC/Eukanuba Dog Show

Hey everybody,
Don't forget to tune in to the second day of the dog show tonight on the Discovery Channel. The Wires (and other terriers) will be on tonight. I went nuts watching it last night and they had to get really tough with me about jumping on the TV screen. I finally settled down when we watched the end of it in bed together.

Here are the results from the first day. We did not know WHAT a PBGV was until this handsome dog won in the hound group last night. I see why they use initials - that's a long name.

Friday, December 01, 2006


Thanksgiving is great, isn't it? Did you guys get some tasty turkey last week? I LOVED it.

Sorry it's been so long since our last update but Mom's been spending lots of time on the computer doing Christmas cards and stuff. What's more important than this blog? I don't know. She's even thinking about converting this to a photography blog instead. Go figure. Guess I need to be more entertaining (or naughty) so she has lots of blog material.

This picture was from last Saturday. I had loads of fun with Erin and Kelby. Kids are great, aren't they? We heard on the Today show this morning about this boy who saved his family from being robbed after coming out in his Power Ranger outfit and brandishing a sword. He scared them away.

It was so warm last Saturday we had a weiner roast. Today, it's snowing and blowing and Mom got to stay home from work. How cool is that?

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Foot Surgery

Foot Surgery
Originally uploaded by NmB Photography.
Something weird is going on. Mom has been home since about noon yesterday. They left me out of the crate and took off for the hospital cause she had to have surgery on her foot. When they came home, they found I had torn up some papers (as usual). She has to lay on the couch for a few days so she took a BUNCH of pictures of me at my post - guarding the backyard.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Bad Law in China

Have you read about the horrors that are happening to dogs in some Chinese provinces? The government has initiated a one-dog rule due to an increase in rabies cases. Only 3% of dogs in China are vaccinated for rabies.

Here's the story in Yahoo. Dog owners like Loke, in the story, have been scrambling to hide their pets in the face of a new crackdown which allows only one dog per household and bans breeds taller than 14 inches. In our newspaper, on Wednesday, a Fox Terrier named Ding Ding was included with the story. If you play the Yahoo slide show you will see three photos of Ding Ding (numbers 23, 24 and 25). We feel so bad for those owners that have to give away the pets that they love, or worse, see them taken by the police.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

New Toy

Thought you might like to see me silence this new toy. It took me 12 minutes!

Dad told Mom a funny story when she got home from work today. They have been leaving my crate door open and I've been pretty darn good. In fact, when they get home they find me sitting inside my crate with my tail between my legs. So, Dad decided to surprise me by not opening the garage door when he got home. Instead, he snuck around to the back of the house and caught me laying on my footstool. Boy, was I busted. He's almost as sneaky as I am!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


I had a brand new experience yesterday - I got a ham bone! They never shared their bones with me before, just toast, cereal, dry-roasted peanuts, popcorn, cookies, etc. Bones are the best! I love to chew on things more than anything else and this really puts my big teeth to the test. How about you guys - do you get to chew on real, meat bones??

Monday, November 06, 2006

Last Weekend

We went to Iowa City last weekend and though I've matured in many ways, I still barf in the car. Mom thinks I'm pretty good to always barf into a bag for her, though.

This is a picture of Erin in my crate and Kelby trying to quick lock her in. She says my name so beautifully - it's music to my ears.

Last week I had to go to my Dr's office and get four shots -- YIKES! We found out that I gained 6 oz so I'm almost 19 pounds, now. Dr Heitzman said I'm very muscular ... that's a Wire Fox Terrier, for you! We're hunks.

Hey, where did my profile picture disappear to??? Mom will have to fix that right away.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006


I'm having a tough time figuring out this whole Halloween thing. The kids who keep ringing our doorbell tonight look pretty freaky but they get to stick their hands into our big candy bowl anyway! In between the doorbell, the big bowl gets put up on the high table so I can't get any of the chocolate. Guess that would make me too hyper - ha, ha!

Lots of dogs come along with the kids and I met a Westie in a pumpkin outfit. Mom made me a special red bowtie to wear for my costume. What did you guys wear?

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Great Weekend

What a terrierific weekend we had. Nothing real special except hangin' out at home. Oh, we did take a long walk in the park today. Mom turned around to watch a guy waxing his car and next thing she knew, I was nearly all the way into this hole. <Pretty cute "piece of tail", right?

Then, when we got back home it was time for my afternoon nap. Mom thought that was the safest time to do another out-of-crate experiment and boy, was she happy. I was alone in the house for a whole hour this time and didn't do anything naughty at all. I was too darn tired, I guess. Any way, I got some "good boy" lovin' and treats when she came home.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Lunch Play Time

Lunch Play Time
Originally uploaded by NmB Photography.
After I get stripped, I don't have enough hair in my ears to make them drop down for a few days.

Brrrr - they get cold inside, too.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Cuz Toy

Cuz Toy
Originally uploaded by NmB Photography.
Bogie's new toy was intact for about fifteen minutes. The "Dirty Rotten Kitty" laying to the side is a survivor - cloth seems to work better. Oh, well.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Bogie Kiss

Bogie Kiss
Originally uploaded by NmB Photography
Here I am being a really good boy with Paige last weekend. Since then, I've been in trouble every day for getting under the deck. I just need to find those darn rabbits or whatever they are. I eventually come out looking pretty grimey so they toss me into the sink in the garage. I hate that...

Monday, October 16, 2006

Miss Them Already

This is my usual post for guarding the back yard but I was so pooped this morning, I curled up to watch them get ready for work. Dinna ran me five miles yesterday and "my dogs are barking". That means my feet are tired. I usually sit on the bed and watch them while they get ready for work in the morning but I needed a pre-crate nap. Paige and I got along real good, too.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Top Dog

I wasn't Top Dog tonight. This baby came over with his Mom and Dad and they wouldn't let me near him. I really, really wanted to give him some kisses but it was "all about the baby." Mom spent some time taking pictures of him and LOTS of time holding him. He never cried once. It was Saturday and all I got was a bath...
pumpkin baby

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Neighborhood Friends

We met lots of cool people on our walk tonight but I love Kirsten the best. She's always calling my name, now, when she come out to play but, of course, I can't go running across the street without my leash on. So, we went over and asked her to join us on our walk but she couldn't. She was sad and so was I.
Kirsten and Me

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Our Walk Tonight

We got to go out in the country and walk on the Jane Addams trail again tonight. I love all the sights and sounds but not the car ride. I don't remember ever seeing cows up close before, have you? cowI sure wanted to jump out of the car and "herd" them or whatever we're supposed to do. car ride
Hey, where are our eyes?? I don't see my eyes OR the cow's eyes. Too weird.

There's No Place Like Home

It's so good to have them back. This is us playing in the back yard last night.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Where's Waldo?

Hey everyone,
You probably think I dropped off the face of the earth but I'm back! My folks took a vacation to Colorado and took me to a dog hotel. Nine whole nights without my king-sized bed or good treats to eat or my yard to play in. Mom thought I looked good, though, and was sure happy to pick me up early even though they had to pay dearly for it. Extra playtime and early pickup added to a pretty hefty bill.

So, out in Colorado it seems like everybody travels with their dog - well, almost everybody. Grrrrr... And the dogs are so well-behaved most of them are off-leash. Mom even saw two Wires walking down the street off-leash. That REALLY shocked her. She took lots of dog photos since they missed me so much. Here's one with Nic who DID get to go with them. This big, St. Bernard was in exactly the same spot when they went to Aspen two years ago. He's HUGE.
Nic and Waldo

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Ah, Now I'll Get Some Attention

Paige and her folks were here all weekend so I wasn't "top dog" in the house. I did get to go for a long, long week with Dinna and Andrew threw the ball for me for about an hour. This is me as soon as they drove out of the driveway waiting for Dad to come back to "our chair".

Friday, September 01, 2006

Guess How Much I Weigh

Today, Dad took me to the vet and I got weighed. Kanzi used to head straight for the big scale and just lay down. They always used to tell her that's not the way for a lady to act, but she did it anyway. Me, on the other hand, had many things to smell so it was a little more tricky. Anyway, I weigh 18.5 pounds. Mom thought I was probably up to about 22 since I'm pretty tall and she thinks I feel much heavier. Guess muscle weighs more than fat, right? I'm constantly running from the front yard to the back yard and chasing away squirrels, mice and crows. A Wire's job is never done.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Funny Photo

Mom snapped this picture of me this afternoon during our lunch break. Grass EaterMom or Dad still come home everyday to let me out of my "kettle" as Kelby calls it. Sometimes they take me for a walk or sometimes I just get to romp around in my back yard or lay in the sunshine on my deck. Then, in the evening, lots of times I get another walk. Yesterday, I got two and today I just got one. Tonight we met a new neighbor dog named Truffles. He's part poodle and was so nice. His Mom takes him to the Dog Park almost every single day.

Monday, August 28, 2006

First Play Date

I didn't even know what a play date was until last Thursday. Mom made the arrangements to meet Diva and her Mom at our Humane Shelter. We looked for them first at the Small Dog area but there were only two other little dogs that were afraid of me there. So, we moved on to the big dog area and then to the pond. Isn't this pond beautiful? Especially with the sun shining on the corn field behind it.
Diva and I had a super time chasing each other around. Then, one of my other neighborhood puppies came so we both chased him. He is only four months old, though, so he went under his Dad's legs sometimes to get away from us. Hope we get to go again soon.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Nellie the Cat

Here's a video of Nic and Jason's new kitty cat that they just rescued from their Humane Shelter. I can't wait to play with her, she's so beautiful. They actually named her Nervous Nellie but she's really warming up to them, now. Hope she's "warm" to me, too!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Got My First Mouse Today

Woo hoo!@ I nailed my first mouse in the garage this morning. I've been working at it for a long, long time. Mom and Dad were pretty darn pleased with me.

Mom had to make a quick trip to the grocery store and thinks it's time to "teach" me how to behave outside of the crate. She took the steaks off the counter but oops, she forgot the butter stick. I was looking so guilty when she came in the door - tail between my legs and my ears down. I'm a dead giveaway. She thinks it's progress because I'm a little more sensitive about the scolding now. I went and sat in the corner for a few minutes before doing some big-time grovelling.

Yeah, it's Saturday!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Weekend Update

Wow, it's been over a week since we talked about me on the computer. Mom is too busy now because school is starting at her college and Dad was gone all day to the PGA championship so I was stuck in my crate the whole day. I'm feeling very neglected.

Last weekend was lots of fun, though. Jason and Nic were here with their folks and Paigey was here with hers. Paige is pretty bossy with me but I love her to pieces any way. The boys are good at throwing my toys. The best part was playing with those Magic Bubbles. I love to run and jump after them and snap my teeth.

Dinna and Mark took me running every day with them. It was cool to get all that exercise but oh, my aching feet. I've got a blister that I'm working on fixing now.

The two cockers from two doors down finally came into my yard for a visit. The younger one and I spent about fifteen minutes seeing who could run fastest in circles around our back yard. You know us boys, it's all about how fast you can run and that's it. Holly, on the other hand, was super smart. She cut me off and nearly caught me time after time. I never caught on - just ran faster. It was a hoot!

I'm trying to get together with my friend, Diva, but so far it hasn't worked out. I'm just aching to meet her. Be sure and vote for her over on Barkslope, ok?

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

New Friends and Dog Blogs

I see we have a couple of new friends that have joined the cyber world for dogs. Hey, Bogart, you are a handsome devil. Poor Boagart has the itchies like Axel. Mom and Dad have been putting that gunk on my back, too, and Mom keeps saying, "He better not get fleas or he can't sleep in our bed anymore." Here's a recent handsome picture of me in the garden.

It was actually an Airdale that first got my Mom and Dad thinking they wanted a terrier. They saw one that was lost out at the lake and followed up to make sure the owners had claimed it. That dog was really nice and didn't bark and just stuck in their mind. Then they figured they should look for a smaller version and started hunting for Welsh Terriers but instead they found me - YEAH! Welcome, buddy. Check it out. Bogart's blog.

Then, we have another new dog blogger, named Buster. Buster's blog is called the Fox Terrorist. Buster lives in Florida and looks like he gets to tear around on the beach. Dude, you're so lucky. His blog is hilarious so check it out, too.Welcome, y'all.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

What is that Thing in MY Yard?

I was just minding my own business when around the corner of MY house comes a golf cart. I was shocked when Mom and Dad drove right up the driveway in a strange-looking vehicle. Huuh??? What is it? I let them know I wasn't happy about it.

Tonight, Mom and I are home alone as Dad had to go to Chicago. We are watching Stuart Little II. I just love that little white mouse and the big, white cat named Snowbelle. The mouse looks nothing like the nasty brown vermin that I'm after in my garage. I'm sitting on the stool about two feet from the TV staring. Occasionally I jump up there to see if I can grab one of those cats.

A couple of weeks ago I figured out that I could get from the back yard to the front yard. I had been too terrified that I would get shocked, but you know us terriers, we're always testing our boundaries. Mom really wanted me to stay in the backyard since they leave me out sometimes when they're gone, but, that's the breaks.

Mom believes I've finally given up my disgusting habit of shredding the kleenex in the wastebaskets since she hasn't seen any evidence for a while. She thinks I might have matured enough to try the next out-of-crate experiment. Mmmm.....

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Dogs on My Radar

I have encountered a dangerous-looking dog in my back yard. Actually, we think it was a coydog and I went crazy when it came sauntering through MY backyard. We saw it both Sunday and Monday evening. Mom's nervous that it's going to go after me but Dad says I'm way too tough to tangle with. This is what a coydog looks like - have you ever heard of them?

On a lighter note, dogs saving lives have been in the news lately. There's the story of Belle, the beagle, who used her owner's cell phone to dial 9-1-1. We also heard on the radio about a couple of dogs that are receiving awards for finding a boy buried in the sand but we just can't locate the story on the internet. Do you know any stories like these?

It's finally a cooler day today so I should get a couple of decent walk out of Mom and Dad. That is, if I can ignore the varmint that I smell in our garage. I had to be drug inside this morning with my little heart pounding - I need to find that varmint!

Monday, July 31, 2006

Jane Addams Trail

Here we are in cooler times walking on the Jane Addams Trail near our town. Jane Addams was pretty famous, I guess, and was born in a small town north of here. We actually know the people who just bought this awesome acreage. Jane Addams started the Hull House in Chicago. It's been blazing hot here just like in most of the country so this picture makes me long for nice, cool walks in the country.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Videos and

We were just reading Axel's blog and so decided to jump onto the YouTube bandwagon. We have some short videos of me when I was a wee pup but they are pretty dark. I'm just crazy about watching them, though. This video is one of Paige with Jason and Nic's cat, Sunny. Everybody loves Paige's toe-toes - including Sunny. I'm so sad that I never got to meet Sunny but he went over the Rainbow Bridge.

Thanks for sharing the links to the other Wire videos, Axel buddy. I was so curious about how theose other wires got into our computer!

Monday, July 24, 2006

Another Weekend Trip

I went to Dubuque again - I think this is my third trip. Despite no food all morning, I still got sick when we stopped in Galena. I got to see Barb's old golden, Samantha, again but she didn't like me any better than she did last time. And, I liked her ALOT, if you know what I mean. She turns up her lip and gives me a low growl and just ignores me. Can you believe that? This is the rainbow we saw when we started our trip back home.
You know how I have this kleenex fetish and continuously drag and shred the kleenex out of our bathroom wastebaskets? Well, being my usual nosy self I ran right up to Barb's second floor and found their wastebaskets to plunder. Mom was embarrassed by my audacity. Mom also left me out of the crate for 20 minutes last Friday and I proceeded to pull the garbage bag through the small opening that that darn kid's lock allows and shredded the bag to pieces.

Speaking of cute, I got lots of compliments in the past few days when I was out walking with Mom. One lady said over-and-over how "beautiful" I was and another told me I had a "pretty face". Man, I'm a handsome boy dog - can't they see that? Anyway, remember to vote for me on the Barkslope dog-of-the-month contest. OK? A big thanks to all of you pups who already voted. If I could see you I'd wag my tail and give you some good licks. (Doesn't that poor little Eugene dog look sad in his clothes?)

Thursday, July 20, 2006

What are you Afraid Of?

I'm not afraid of anything at all. We had big thunder storms and lightening here last night. Mom said there is 4 inches of rain in the guage and that lake is in the back yard again. Wow, I thought it was cool. I'm not scared of fireworks either. I try to figure out what they are and where they are coming from but I don't run away and hide. Are you Wires afraid of thunderstorms or fireworks? from Curious, Bogie

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Itty Bitty Barker

Mom was thrilled to get home yesterday and find our Itty Bitty Barker had been delivered. Melissa Schultz is the artist and she loves animals! You can find lots of other dog sculptures, too, so check them out. We wanted it, of course, because Barker is my last name. Looks like she doesn't have any Wires available right now but I bet she will soon.

My buddy, Axel, thinks I should post a direct link to the dog-of-the-month voting on Barkslope. Here's the link for July. Thanks for your vote, too Mackie. Mom and I think your black-and-white photo is very artsy.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Vote for Me

My Mom entered me in the Barkslope, Dog of the Month, photo contest. It would be really woofin' if you would vote for me on their website. I know, I know, there are some other great looking pups out there including one named Diva. Is she the same one that has written to me on my blog? What a hottie!

I don't really know why Mom cares if I win a photo contest. They love me the same if I'm all muddy from being under the deck and digging or if I've just come home from the groomer.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Happy Birthday to Me

Yep - I'm one year old now as of July 15th. I'm so honored that Axel wished me a Happy Birthday - thanks buddy. I'm sure he saw it on the Yahoo group calendar. I added some photos from my party - well, it was really Dawn's cake but the other photo shows the presents that I got from Mom, Dad and the Andersons. It was super cool to spend it in Iowa City with the kids. I was really good with them so nobody had to spank me on my birthday. Birthday Cake (Dawn's)My Cool Presents

On the way to Iowa City I barfed all over the inside of Dad's truck. So, on the way home I rode with Mom, of course. She didn't give me anything to eat all morning and I tried my best not to get sick. I closed my eyes half-way, my ears were back, I drooled buckets, I shook like a leaf but I managed to keep down my cookies.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Old Man River

The Mississippi river sure is bigger and dirtier than our little lake. We stopped on two different sand bars. At the first one I got to dig as much as I wanted (which is alot). At the second one I found a huge clam and met this delightful dog named Dixie. She's a mixture of King Charles Spaniel and German Shepherd. Isn't she a beauty? I did my crouching thing when she came over to our piece of the beach and then, too soon, she was gone. I now believe in love-at-first-sight. Here I am already missing my Dixie dog friend.

Mom and Dad were astonished when we spotted a bald eagle flying real close alongside our boat and were able to follow it landing in a tree. We saw herons and cormorants and some curiously large fish jumping in the water. We watched a barge go by and yearned after many large houseboats. Oh, well, we were happy to come home and sleep in our own bed.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Upcoming Birthday

I think my special day is almost here. I will turn one on July 15th so we should celebrate next weekend when we celebrate Dawn's 36th birthday. Mom went shopping in Rockford yesterday and brought home a sack that smells like some new treats. Maybe there are new toys, too. I haven't had a new toy for an awfully long time. I'd love to have a party and invite Roxie from down the street. We want to go play at the dog park together and wear party hats, although Mom and Dad are anti-clothes-for-dogs. We are looking forward to seeing the clothes that Butchy and Snickers' Mom is going to create - she's a designer and talented gardener!

Friday, July 07, 2006

Another New Trick

Hey, guess what. Not only can I change the channel on the TV but I also know how to lower the volume. No, I don't use the remote - really. I just get so excited when I see those dog tricks that I jump up there and start pushing buttons.

Mom had a few friends over for lunch yesterday and she was so impressed at what a good boy I was. I didn't bark when they came and hardly jumped on them at all when I got to come in and meet them. That was after Dad took me for a walk and I was powerful thirsty. Two of Mom's friends had used our ladies room and the other was about to enter when I beat her to it. They came in and saw me half-way into the stool getting a huge drink. She decided she'd use the bathroom at work after seeing that! I just don't like my bowl water any more now that I've discovered the icy cold stool water.

Here's a photo Mom took of me guarding the front yard. We had a good day at home today since Mom's off on Fridays in the summer and I hear we're going boating at the Mississippi tomorrow and I get to go.

Saturday, July 01, 2006


Hey Wires out there,
Do you like the sound of fireworks or do they drive you nuts? Do you bark, are you scared or do you wonder what in the heck is going on all of a sudden? I just growl at them.

I have a new trick! Last night when we were watching Ultimate Dog Championships on Animal Planet, I got so excited to see a Jack Russell competing in the Fly Ball contest. I jumped up to the TV to get a closer look and I changed the channel. Mom and Dad just laughed and laughed - they thought I was very clever. The fastest dogs were the border collies, of course, but there was a speedy little rat terrier, too.

This morning on our walk we met a new dog. Sally looked so much like one of those fast border collies that I did my submission routine and started crouching low long before we got to her. She was a friendly pup and we hope to meet her again soon.

Here are a couple of the flower pictures from Mom's garden. Dad and I do most of the watering because I'm crazy about the hose. I bite at the water and bark and chase the hose all over the place. I'm a nut!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

New Friends

Wow - we have new friends posting in our comments section. One is from Singapore and one is from Tasmania. How cool is that! We totally love to read about friends in other parts of the world. Keep on writing little wire buddies.

Alot has happened in the past couple of weeks. Even though Mom has been too busy to write much she's back now - for good. She just travelled out to Ohio and left Dad and I alone again but we did just great together. Mom wasn't too happy that Dad let me chew up more of the kids' tub toys. Big Bird has been de-capitated. Like Butchy and Snickers' mom, she likes to take pictures, too. Here's one of Nic in Ohio - he's shaggier than I am!

I've been swimming in the boat again and had another stay at a dog hotel - a different one this time. I went to the groomer to be totally stripped so I just can't stop looking at my pink tummy with the black spots.

Erin and Kelby were here last weekend and I was pretty grouchy on Saturday. I don't know what my problem was. Since I don't see them very often, I sort of forget how to act. Anyway, it's just back to the three of us again. Ah, I have them all to myself.

Have you been to the YouTube website? I love to watch TV and video on the computer. There are some crazy dogs out there. Check it out -

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

I'm in Trouble

Last night, Mom decided it was time for another out-of-crate experiment. They were only gone for a quick trip to the Garden Deli for ice cream but it doesn't take very long to wreck a shoe and grab kleenex out of the wastebasket, does it? This time, Mom was really, really, really mad at me because I did some damage to her newest and most favorite shoes from Von Maur. She hollered at me so loud that I slunk into my crate and tried to stay out of her way the rest of the night. I stuck real close to Dad cause he didn't seem too mad.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Mom's Back

Yeah - Mom' s back from her birding trip to the Outer Banks so we can get back to the computer now. Dad bought us a new computer while she was gone so we're pretty darn excited about that. Dad and I got along just fine while it was just the two of us guys - every day he told Mom that I was being a good boy other than squeezing through the tiniest opening to get under the deck and get dirty.

Today was great because I got to go swimming and ride in the boat for the very first time. I like the boat better than the car. Dad threw me in the lake at the end of a long rope so I started swimming for the other side. Dad reeled me in and then he did it a couple more times. After I got up to the side I smelled something tasty under the dock and just couldn't stop obsessing over it so we pushed off the boat and kept on exploring. Some fishermen asked if I was going skiing since I'm at the end of this long rope! Maybe next time.

Swimming was great but I got really tired so I've spent the rest of the day napping which is quite unusual for me. Mom only has to work four-day weeks in the summer time so we'll get to be together more than ever.

I'll close on a meloncholy note, we lost Great-Grandma yesterday. She was 87 years old and was just too tired to live any more. Mom and Dad and Aunt Barb and everyone are very sad but are glad she's in Heaven with Great-Grandpa, now. I only got to go to the nursing home once to see her but she gave Mom and Dad some good advice about me, like usual. She said as long as they kept taking me outside during the night I would keep wanting to get up. So they ignored me and we all slept through the night. She was a very, very smart lady.

Love, Bogie

Friday, May 12, 2006

Photo Opportunity

Woah - I can't believe it's been eight days since Mom has written about me. She's really been a slacker. Thought you might like to see this photo that Mom took of ME and these cute girls last weekend in the park when the weather was so great. I had just been to the groomer the day before so I deserved the center spot in the photo.

These days, Mom walks so slow because she's either looking through the camera or through some other funny-looking things she puts on her eyes called binoculars. You see, she's preparing herself to go on this long bird trip to the Outer Banks. That's coming up next Saturday. She's going to leave us boys for nine whole days. Dad will probably spoil me rotten and let me get up too early. But I wonder if he'll come home to let me out of my crate at lunch, too. I couldn't stand being shut in there for eight whole hours. Mom thinks he's going to go bezerk having total responsibility for me for all that time. During that trip we won't be able to write at all unless she shows Dad how to do this. Naaah, he'll never learn.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Something's Under the Hot Tub

ObsessedI have recently become obsessed with the idea that there's a critter living under our hot tub. I can't think of anything else. I was rooted to nearly the same spot yesterday evening hoping for a better smell between the cracks. I can't hear anything and I can't see anything but I sure can smell something. When my folks pick me up my little heart is pounding so hard in my chest - I'm on hyper-alert. When Dad came home from Chicago he aimed the flashlight down there and then this morning he imagined that he saw this "critter" streak out from under our deck. When Mom let me out at lunch I immediately went right back to my spot. She was so thrown off she forgot to take my fence collar off of me before carrying me down the driveway for our walk. Yikes!! You know what they say about terriers being strong-willed and stubborn...

Wednesday, May 03, 2006


Do your Mom and Dad give you Greenies to freshen your breath and clean your teeth? I had a few of them when I was a wee pup and didn't know better, but now we're worried that they won't digest in my gut. Goodness sakes, I barf enough already. There are lots of stories out there but here's one from CNN.

We also had this story in our Saturday paper about how much money owners spend on their pets. But we're totally worth it, right?

Monday, May 01, 2006

Weekend Update

We had a very busy weekend. On Saturday morning we worked outside and I got to go for a nice, long walk with Dad. After we came back in, Dad, of course, needed a little nap so I went downstairs with him and Mom got on the computer (typical). I thought I smelled something yummy coming from the direction of the kitchen (my sense of smell is way more acute than my sight or hearing) and so I very, very quietly snuck up the steps and found a nice chunk of Muenster cheese laying on the counter. Mom didn't realize I was even upstairs until she came out to the kitchen to put the cheese away and found an empty bag laying on the counter! They always comment on how I eat food so much slower than old Kanzi girl but this time I had it all wolfed down by the time she found me.

After our rest and relaxation time we got ready to drive to Dubuque. That windey hiway 20 makes me sick on a good day and this time I had undigested Muenster to barf up - what a mess. Then, we get into Barb's house and Sam, their golden, decides to show me she's the alpha lady and curls up her lip and gives me a low growl. She did this about three times until I went away and curled up on the carpet. Barfing always wipes me out anyway. I wish I could have played with their cat, but I had to stay on the leash all the time.

They did some shopping and ate at Bishops while I rested in the car. It rained on us all the way home and so we had a late night. I actually was so exhausted that I let them sleep until 7:20 on Sunday morning. Man, did they appreciate that. I woke up to white-caps on the bird bath - brrrrr. Dad still took me for a walk before church and Mom took me for one in the park in the afternoon so it ended pretty good.

Dirty DogSince Mom and Dad have been planting, dividing and digging in the gardens, they leave me perfect digging opportunities. I had to have a quick bath before they left for work this morning - "I'm a sight", as Opie Taylor used to say.

Butchy and Snickers sure have some awesome photos on their blog. They have a beautiful place to explore with ponds, birds and frogs. Check it out!

Friday, April 28, 2006


Yikes - Dad practically cut off my foot on Wednesday night. Well, I may be exaggerating just a little. He decided to be bold and try to trim my toe nails all by himself. This was really pretty silly, since we all know we have problems getting me to keep still when he holds me and Mom does the trimming. Anyway, Mom came home from the store on Wednesday evening, and there I was looking quite forlorn and locked up in my crate. Since this is highly unusual, Mom mistakenly assumed I'd been naughty. Dad sheepishly admitted he'd cut my toenail "a little bit short" and there had been blood involved. Well, it's actually cut half off but since it wasn't bleeding any more I was totally ready for my evening walk. The vet says we can put some neosporin on it a couple of times a day but if it's not bothering me (and it isn't) then everything's cool. Dad felt pretty awful about hurting me, though, and was sure we would need to make an emergency visit to Dr. Heitzman.

BTW, Jennie, Terence and Diva - we live in Freeport, IL, just west of Rockford and would be so excited and puppy-pleased to have you all come and visit us here for a playdate. If you truly want to set it up, email us at the address listed in our profile. P.S. - maybe we could get Roxie to join us, too. The more wires the merrier.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Tub on the Deck

Wow, we're just so busy working outside these days we don't have much time to write. Last weekend I was shocked to find out that underneath this thing that I've been standing on (to see into the dining room), there's a big tub of water. My folks are into coming out here in the evening and taking a nice, hot soak and looking up at the stars and the moon. Meanwhile, I prowl around the outside and keep a watch for coyotes and cats. Sometimes I relax enough to curl up on one of their towels.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Weekend Update

The weekend started out with bad storms in Iowa. Our family that live in Iowa City called us from their basement on Thursday evening. They had taken both kids down there and they didn't even wake up. Thankfully, they were all ok but there was lots of damage from a tornado in the downtown area. This is one of the pictures they took.

We had lots of company over the weekend and with the little kids around it always means I get to clean up after them. Unfortunately, I found some Easter chocolates before it even got into their hands and we think it gave me some "bad dog" symptoms. I was extra grouchy and hyper and needed a couple of "time-outs" in my crate. Mom finally figured out the cause when I barfed up a bunch of tin foil wrappers in my crate.

Yesterday it rained the entire day so we didn't get out for any exercise at all. The house is back to normal, now, with just the three of us.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

More Good Dog Stuff

Last night Mom was tired so we went to bed early to read. We just started, "Marley and Me, Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog" by John Grogan. That title got our interest right away. What a hoot! This book is on the bestseller list and since there were too many holds on it at our library we decided to take advantage of free shipping and make another order from Amazon. John's description of Marley in the car sounds a little bit like me. Marley drools profusely, like I do, and our folks have to keep a towel in the car to wipe off the slobber that projects onto the dashboard. So far, he doesn't seem like a bad dog at all - just an active one.

Dad and I took a spectacular walk right at sunset. We headed to the west to get a better view and when we turned back we were met by an equally beautiful rainbow that seemed like it was put there just for us. Dad believes it was a sign from God since he had had to talk to his mother about hospice earlier in the evening. Interesting, our devotion from Tuesday morning was called, "The Glorious Sunset."

Monday, April 10, 2006

Weekend Update

This was my role the entire weekend. I diligently kept watch so the squirrels didn't clean out the newly-filled bird feeders. I want all the seed dropped on the ground for myself! Mmm... tasty. Since Dave from Pet Stop came on Friday and made some new "corrections" to the invisibile fence, I stayed in the yard. Dad spent many hours putting up a barrier at the base of the deck. This morning while I was out I found the opening through the steps and managed to worm my way through and get nice and dirty. Dad's trying to figure out how to take care of that problem, now.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Indecent Proposal

Wow, I received the most enticing email today from a diva of a wire. Seems she fell in love with me by reading about me and drooling over my pictures on this blog. She proposed that we get together to "make some babies." Amazingly, she lives less than 25 miles from me! I was sooooo very sorry to turn down this offer but proposed that we set up a "play date" instead. You see, I would sorely disappoint her and her folks by not producing what they need. I just look like a hunk of a pup in my pictures but I'm sort of an in-between gender, I guess. Plus, she might change her mind after seeing this picture of one of my newer unpleasant habits - getting a nice, cold drink from the loo.

Slurpy licks to my diva from Illinois. Sighhh.....

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Another Break-Through

When Mom came home from Wal-Mart tonight Dad had some pretty sad news to report about my behavior. I must admit that I had another fence break-through when a cat came prowling along my fence line earlier this evening. I took off at the speed of light and the next thing we knew I was on the neighbor's deck trying to dislodge "That Darn Cat". That cat was purr-fectly naughty to run away from me since all I wanted to do was play with that darn cat and instead got a purr-fectly horrible shock in my neck. "Holy Crap"! It has been two weeks since my last break-through and when I ignored the two neighbor cockers this morning, Mom thought I was probably trained. A cocker was standing right at one of the flags and as I started to tentatively advance on it I heard the beep so I quickly retreated. Tonight, I was moving too darn fast to even send a signal to my "wire-brain" to STOP.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Faith - An Amazing Dog

We just heard about this incredible dog that was born with only her back legs. Her family taught her first to hop on them and now she walks everywhere just like my folks do. I was amazed when we sat and watched this video together. You will be too.


Last weekend was a totally new experience for me. I had a "sleep-over" at the groomers! Since I had to get groomed (I was too scruffy) the folks decided I should stay over as they were going to Chicago and I never get to travel there with them. I knew something was up when my bag was packed with Iam's, two leashes, harness and toys. They came back and picked me up on Saturday and I wasn't really that anxious to leave. I had a terrierific time! Those girls like me there and boy, do I look good again. But, when they came to pick me up they had Paige in the car so, needless to say, they didn't give me the attention I deserved after our separation. Here I am looking pretty forlorn after she and Dad went downstairs to play with the toys and shut me out! What's up with that? Paige was kinda' bossy and made darn sure I didn't run off with any of "her toys". I thought they were ALL mine.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Squirrels Fear Me

Now that I get to go outside by myself alot, the squirrels scurry away in fear. It's not fair they can climb a tree and I can't but I can get them up there and block their escape. I'm pretty darn good at that. I'm guarding the bird feeders in this picture.

Another out-of-crate disaster happened tonight. Every couple of weeks Mom gives me a test to see if I can behave on my own. I always disappoint them. I just had to try some of that Easter candy and it was inside a beautifully decorated paper mache egg. Now the egg is in the wastebasket along with another bunny that Aunt Betty made. Mom was super mad at me and yelled and everything while I stood there obliviously wagging my tail. I just don't get it.

Mom is starting to take away some of those little white flags. She tries to hide them from me but I know what's going on. Our neighbor, Craig, brought me a new ball to play with but I wouldn't cross through the invisible fence to get it - he had to come in and play with me. Wow, I have a new friend.