Mischief Monday: Fine Motor Skills Required

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Last Wednesday night, Mom intended to get started on her Kitchen Counselor Servings Newsletter.  Instead, she spent 2 ½ hours on the phone with this person called Mr. AT&T.  We heard everything because she had Mr. AT&T on speakerphone.  This thingie called the internet connection wasn’t working.  She followed all of pleasant Mr. AT&T’s instructions.  He would ask Mom, “so, can you get online now?”  Mom would reply, “unfortunately, no.”


  • sat on the floor looking at the back of the thingie I try to melt into when it storms (CPU unit for you computer folks),
  • played with lots of wiry thingies,
  • clicked,
  • rebooted,
  • asked Mr. AT&T to check with his superiors,
  • she had lots of that patience stuff.

Many times during their conversation, it seemed like Mr. AT&T spoke French while Mom spoke Portuguese!  (not really, you know what I mean!)

Anyway, somewhere during hour number two, Mr. AT&T asked Mom to check this modem thingie.  Mom realized he meant gateway and told him she would need to go into another room.

JJ and I dutifully followed Mom to lend support.  Mr. AT&T asked what color the lights were.  Mom said
green.  He asked her to unplug/plug which required Mom to figure out lots of wiry stuff again on the floor.  She did and nothing changed.  Then Mom had a technical epiphany.  Look at what she saw.

She told Mr. AT&T, reconnected the wire, and poof, everything improved.  She hung up with Mr. AT&T (after a bit more stuff that messed up other parts of her computer like this Outlook thingie).

Mom assumed her contemplative (vocabulary builder) face.  She looked at me, then JJ, then Puffy, then Fluffy.  This sizing up looking process took about 5 minutes.  The hour chimed 11:30 p.m. and Mom told JJ and I that we were off the hook.  She told chatterbox Fluffy that she knew he didn’t do it.  She glared at Puffy and said, “How did you do it this time? Only you have the fine motor skills to fuss with that wire, Sir Puffy.  Look what you caused.”  He stared Mom down indifferently, feeling quite proud of his technical skills.

Another great wiry day.

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The Antarctica Shiver Diet

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Since JJ joined her/our forever home in December, we’ve wondered how she kept her svelte shape.  Theories circulated the neighborhood:

  • She never stops moving, particularly when she first arrived.  She seemed like the poster K9 for First Lady Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign!
  • Mom watched how she digested her new kibble and slowly integrated tidbits of veggies and fruit.  (We are her Kitchen K9s after all!)
  • Some thought I, Jet, the Gentleman, purloined (vocabulary builder) her food and dental treats when Mom could not see. (The nerve!  In truth, the opposite is true, ok, not really, we’re even Steven, Mom insists upon fairness!)
  •  JJ maintains a spectacularly regular elimination regimen.  Fiber?  Not for this girl!
  • Maybe her appetite did not fit the typical Golden (I love EVERYTHING) or K9 (we sniff, we taste, we inhale!) patterns.

The secret escaped this weekend.  JJ participates in the Antarctica Shiver Diet.  Never hear of it?  The basics go like this:

  • Watch for dark clouds.
  • When you hear booms or streaky lights, she begins to shiver like a scientist in Antarctica.
  • Add pacing for the duration of inclement weather, including rain minus the booms and streaky lights.

If she wore a shiver-ometer, which measures energy burned from severe shivering, her calorie count would go negative.

Now, I’m not one to judge, because you know how I feel and behave with booms and streaky lights.  I wanted to share the situation in case you had an interest in following this diet regimen.  Mom would like you to know that she’s open to shiver protection suggestions.

Another great except for the shivers, day.

P.S. Mom hopes tonight’s weather will ease, since the nighttime pacing includes pacing on Mom’s bed, whether Mom’s in it or not!

Uh Mom… I Need a Flat Screen with a Remote Please

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DOGTV… you read correctly, DOGTV, the newest channel to hit cable.  Mom says they’re testing programming right now in this far away place called San Diego.  Imagine, eight hours of daily programming where the sounds, color and pace reflect our K9 sensitivities.

  •  Red and green – OUT, blue and yellow – IN.
  • No  ambulances, high pitches or blaring sounds, no sir-ee Bob!
  • Waves of calming shows for our researched resting times.
  • Activities like surfing, running and fetching to stimulate us during our busy hours.

And don’t make fun of the slug moving across the screen, you skeptics out there.  These DOGTV humans studied our brains, behavior and all that kind of stuff.  They filmed on our level, down loowww to the ground.  Back in those analog, dinosaur tv days (sorry Mom), we did not reap many benefits.  Now we can physically take advantage of huge screens, digital, high def and better sound.

Start saving your $4.99/month Mom, DogTV is crossing the country.  And… you know what’s next… yup! CatTV!

I know, this product works best with only dogs, but, Mom, come on… I’m a manly man and we need our REMOTE/TV combo.  Love ya Mom!

Another great TV day.

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Blanket ID?

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On Thursdays, Mom tries to catch up on her email in between lots of writing assignments.  JJ and I keep her company, usually gnawing on a bone or hoof, napping at her feet  or playing with toys.  Occasionally, we have a wrestling session.

Puffy and Fluffy hang out with her, too, sometimes in front of the screen, or on the keyboard.  Mom gently repositions them, letting them know she loves them, however, must take care of business.

Yesterday, while combing through 300 emails, she saw a picture with charms for our collars.  Pausing, the commentary stated: BlanketID – Never lose track of your pup again.  Since I have, on occasion, taken a brisk stroll, ok ran like the dickens off leash scaring the pants off Mom, she read more. “Snag one tag and six years of online protection, including ability to change and update your information whenever you need to. Each tag is waterproof, durable, noiseless, lightweight, and made in North America.”

JJ and I are already “chipped” (whatever that means), so, she wondered if any of our pals out in the blogosphere know whether this product duplicates a chip, or compliments a chip?

Oh, in case you want to purchase this “deal” from Daily Candy, BlanketID donates 15% of each sale to their Blanket Fund to help animals in need.

Let us know, because JJ and I wouldn’t mind some collar bling!

Another great “just in case” day.

With Gratitude and Appreciation

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Guess what?  Yesterday, we received our First Ever Blog AWARD.  It’s this thingie called One Lovely Blog Award and Miss Jodi from JodiStone  bestowed the award on good ol’ Jetty boy!  Ok, Mom too.  We did this thing called beam with pride.  After all, Mom and I started my blog to lift our spirits last October after Koko crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.  Check out Miss Jodi’s blog; she shares her life with Samson and Delilah (great names for great K9s).  And… Miss Jodi is one of the BEST blogpals a K9 can have; she writes fun comments to me all the time.

Here are the rules for the One Lovely Blog Award:

  • 1. Link back to the one who gave you this award – see above
  • 2. Pass the award on to 15 other lovely bloggers.

Since Mom has three jobs, writes the Kitchen Counselor blog, Servings, the Newsletter, Kitchen Counselor Facebook and Twitter, she can barely keep up with my dictation and fan mail.  So, please do not get offended if she cannot subscribe to all the blogs I ask her to.  We want to acknowledge many of our new blogpals, (and their lovely blogs) who have so warmly welcomed us to the pet blogging world.

  1. Bailey Be Good
  2. Basset Momma
  3. Bongo Dog Blog
  4. Brown Dog CBR
  5. DogsnPawz
  6. Dr. Rayya’s Online Veterinary Journal
  7. Fabulous Flo
  8. For the Love of My Dogs
  9. Fluffy Popcorn
  10. It’s a Weinerful Life
  11. Margs Pets
  12. Roxy the Traveling Dog
  13. Rumpy Dog
  14. Snoopy’s Dog Blog
  15. Twiggy and Onyx

3. Follow the person who presented you with the award.    Okie Dokie.

Another great grateful and appreciative day.

Wordless Wednesday: Million Dollar Mug

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Look at this face:

This is Red Tibetan Mastiff, Big Splash – price tag: 1.5 million dollars… Big Splash INDEED! (A Chinese coal baron purchased him.)

Uh Mom?  In relation to Big Splash, at $300 for my GRSF adoption, I was the bargain of the century!

Jetty, my word for you – priceless!

Another great priceless day.

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Tasty Tuesdays – Expo West 2012

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Thanks to Sugar and Kol for initiating Tasty Tuesdays, today is our second participating post!

While Mom and I did not have the good fortune to attend Expo West, the natural products trade show, we saw a slide show touting the top natural pet products from the event.  Here’s my take on the products.

  1. Nulo Natural’s Pet Food – Noted for their streamlined new packaging, I give it 4 paws up for a lovely new design.
  2. Cloud Star’s Wag More Bark Less soft & chewy treats – JJ and I love Cloud Star’s Buddy Wash Shampoo and their cookies.  Mom gets a kick out of the Wag More Bark less decals and products. We love treats in general, so, 4 paws up for their new treat.
  3. Zuke’s Pet Performance Hip Action – Mom uses Zuke’s treats on Spa Days only, so we have a soft spot in our bellies for this company.  They reformulated their hip action and gave it a new package.  I think that deserves 4 paws up!
  4. Precise Products Grain Free Precise Holistic Complete – We applaud Precise Products for providing healthy, tasty options for my fellow K9s and felines with allergies.  Mom has food sensitivities, so, she really gets it!  4 paws up!
  5. Castor & Pollux Pet Works Small Breed Adult Dog Food – JJ and I enthusiastically chew on this companies knots.  Even though I cannot relate to the word small, most of our walking pack (Dixie, Neve, Freddie, etc…) come in small packages.  Castor & Pollux rolled out this formula in new RECYCLABLE packaging (yippee).  A hearty 4 paws up, especially in time for Earth Day.
  6. Puppy Dust – Ok, who can resist the name?  K9s who need motivation to eat? Can’t even relate to that issue, however, for the K9s who do, this grain free, natural product sounds like a 4 paws up slam dunk (there goes Mom with her basketball references again!)
  7. Petcurean’s Now Fresh for Large Breeds – Now we’re getting somewhere I can sink my canine’s into.  Touted as the only dry food to use fresh meat and oils, the kibble also excludes grains, growth hormones and preservatives.  Uh Mom?  I know we just switched to Natural Abundance, but, gosh, this sounds 4 paws up yummy.  They mentioned coconut oil Mom, you KNOW how much I LOVE coconut oil.  Just saying…

Another great new natural foods tasty Tuesday.