RIP James - Stay Funky!
To Aire is Divine
Mom made this cool video of me - it's a study of my profile, basically - and while it was much lighter on her computer before she loaded it onto YouTube you can still get the idea - you might want to turn off the background music (just below my chatty-box on the left side) for maximum enjoyment...
First we had to fight our way into the post office - no one even noticed me this time to kick me out or ask what I was doing in there which made mom’s life a little easier. As I’ve already been there I wasn’t that fascinated with anything, so it was easy to be relatively calm.
I was the good protector of the table and of mom (occasionally jumping into her lap - she thinks it’s hilarious so I do that for her from time to time), watching out to make sure that no strangers got too close (that didn’t have any food for me).
Then we had to carefully approach the great evil-doer, Jiffy Lube. Yes, the ones who provide my Bogie Beetle with it’s vital fluids on a tri-monthly-ish basis. Usually they don’t let me sit inside but today mom put on her very own version of the puppy dog eyes (see, it works for ANYONE) and she and I sat watching old reruns of I Love Lucy until they had done their evil work. Luckily they didn’t suggest any pricey extras like they usually do, or I would have had to go into full Evil Dale mode…
As a final stop, we pulled into the Petco parking lot. Wheeee! Me love Petco. I slide around the floor like it’s an ice skating rink and I can see cats in boxes. Then I can try to steal bones out of bins conveniently (perhaps stupidly) placed at dog-nose height. Nothing looked that appetizing today however, so I just peed in two places. Now Petco used to have these little cleaning stations - you know, some paper towels and spray cleaner and plastic baggies with a little trash can - on the ends of their aisles but not any more at this particular Petco… mom had to run around actually asking for something to clean up my pee. The workers looked confused. Yes, I peed on your floor and now mom is being a good mom and wants to clean it up. Why is that so hard to understand? Anyway someone finally showed up with paper towels from the bathroom (no spray cleaner) so mom wiped up the pee and then she had to ask again for a plastic baggie. Luckily she’s relatively quick so before he could get away she asked where the trash was. Oddly there is no trash can available for the general public (???) (don’t they know who I am???) so she pawned it off on the lucky clerk. Amazing.
Then I got to run a bit in the park with Heidi and dad, which is always fun. A little exercise like that (running up hills, trying to stop her from biting my face) always tuckers me out.
So I guess I can get back to the important stuff - trying to get to my presents under that tree.
Cruising along Colorado Boulevard in Old Town Pasadena, I had my head out the window checking out the holiday shoppers and just loving being admired...
Just don't be cuter than mine, ok?
Tonight I spent a little alone-time with their fantastic cards and lovely presents... you girls make me feel so special!!!
These were from my dreamgirl Sunshade my Canadian cutie, I cannot believe how beautiful and personal she made my card!
And the "Airedale Taxi Service" sign is perfection!!!!! I'm completely over the moon for Miss Sunshade and think she was especially good at directing her mom and making amazing cards...
And this was from Faya, all the way from Switzerland!!! My European babe! I think she looks especially fetching with her Santa hat cocked jauntily to one side, don't you? Thank you for the beautiful calendar, I wish Los Angeles was so pretty!!!!
And of course who could forget my FANTASTIC Airedale ornament (looks just like me!!!) from Maggie! This has been the ONLY ornament on MY tree (yes I have my own little silver one - I'm not afraid of it anymore!) ever since I put up my tree. So I can look at it over and over and think of my pretty Aire-girl, Maggie.
Looks like I've got my ladies on many continents... girls you make my Aire-heart beat so much faster!!!!!
You ever lovin' man,
It was a benefit for the Echo Park Animal Alliance, and it was held in a pottery studio here in Echo Park. So mom, dad and I drove over to get Heidi and her dad and we walked over to the studio. It was FULL of dogs and pottery, so mom quickly navigate me toward the back door away from the hubbub (ok, especially away from the pottery) and we signed up for our turn with Santa.
I admit that I was a bit - ahem - over-excited, and the main voice that everyone could clearly hear throughout the studio was mine. But there were sooooo many dogs, and sooooo many people, I was a little overstimulated. And of course ready for my closeup.
When it was my turn to sit with Santa mom showed him the best way to grab ahold of me (ok, I was still trying to get toward a cute little fuzzy girl who had caught my eye), then they started jumping up and down and ringing bells. Well ringing bells catches my attention because that's what I use to get mom to get up off of her butt and take me outside so I perked right up and stopped wriggling. Snap! Photo taken.
I think I look kind of huge in this photo compared to Santa, but mom assured me that while I am a big, beautiful boy that there is something a little off in the perspective of the photo that makes me appear rather massive. Massive but adorable, no complaints.
And all of the money goes to the Echo Park Animal Alliance so we all felt warm and fuzzy.
I have gotten MANY new Christmas cards but alas, the camera hasn't been working well lately (mom screwed up the zoom somehow - she tried to blame it on me at one point, hell I think she's tried to blame it on pretty much everyone at some time - and it doesn't always come out when it should, rendering it just an expensive piece of plastic). As soon as that little problem is solved, I shall post my newest friends pictures!
So does that really explain why I haven't posted for a few days? Well, mom seems to think that if there is no picture then there shall be no blog entry, because no one just wants to read about my adventures if there is no cute photo to accompany it. I'm not totally convinced of this theory. I think that my life is incredibly interesting to pretty much everyone in the world no matter what, so what if there is no photo? Or then of course - mom - why don't you get your priorities straight and either get that darned camera fixed or buy me a new one???
I feel better now.
Today's photo of Bogie on the Moon - just in case you weren't sure - is a (quick and crappy) PHOTOSHOP. I didn't really go to the moon. I couldn't travel back in time to play with Neil Armstrong. But see mom? PEOPLE STILL READ MY BLOG.
Everything in the mailbox was for meeeeeeee! Mom said she was happy that there weren't any bills for her but I just think that she's jealous that all the mail was mine.
Maggie's mom made me the COOLEST Airedale ornament to put on my tree, so I insisted that mom do that for me RIGHT AWAY so I could see how great it looks!
Of course a Christmas tree isn't complete without presents... and while I'm still working on finding a box big enough to mail myself to Miss Sunshade I did think of you today my dreamgirl...
I was out late, it was my last peepee walk of the night. Strolling with mom, mostly just wasting time and leaving a few calling cards for any evil critters who might think of coming anywhere near my apartment building.
And then I saw it... perfectly shaped, a good size for carrying with you (for the "girl on the go" as it were) I saw a fantastic pine cone that I knew that my dreamgirl would LOVE. I scooped it up gently in my massive jaw and pranced gaily back home. Mom was surprised that I was actually running to get back INSIDE the house as I'm usually running to get OUTSIDE the house, but she didn't see my prize.
But once inside I found the Christmas tree - MY Christmas tree - the one with the beautiful new Airedale ornament, and gently placed the pine cone at its feet. I looked at it, thinking of my dreamgirl, and was happy thinking how much she would love this!
What I didn't know is that mom found a pine cone too and snuck it inside in her jacket - she rolled it to me and I put it next to the other pine cone. So now it's kind of like the one pine cone for my dreamgirl Sunshade, and one pine cone for my new Airegirl friend Maggie!
So ladies..... HERE'S TO YOU!
After all of that excitement, I was content to check out all of my cool new cards from all of my great doggie friends, and drift off to doggie dreamland.
Your ever lovin' man (I do love my Aire-ladies),
Today the big announcement came - "The cards are ready"! So off we went to the post office to mail 'em. I insisted on doing this myself - they are MY cards after all - and luckily the guy in the post office was cool.
Well not at first... I had to do my patented move - sit, cock head to one side, lift eyebrow - and mom had to get all girlie on him, but then it was fine. So I got to personally mail all of the cards - hope you guys love them!!! I know I love getting mine!!!!
Here's a video of me and Heidi on Thanksgiving... she's making me work out before the turkey arrives (ok I guess it's good for my butt and all, but you can clearly see my displeasure at some of her tactics...)
More cards for meeeeeeee!!!!
Today I got my Xmas card from my terrier buddies, Butchy & Snickers!!!
This is the first one I've gotten that had a little separate picture inside, which at first I thought must have been something that I could eat. Alas, mom quickly told me no it wasn't something to eat and then I took a look at it and it was a picture of Butchy & Snickers so I realized that yeah, it wasn't edible. Just incredibly cute!!!
Here I am posing with all of my cards so far... and falling asleep.
Ah, today is my Aire-dreamgirl Miss Sunshade's birthday... dreaming of you my dearest and hope you have the best birthday ever!!!
When I wasn't helping (as I always try to do) I was playing with Heidi.
I do like to be a part of the festivities, and for this holiday that means helping cook.
The "main cooks" for the day were Dad and his friend KC. KC is Heidi's dad and it's their house. They're funny guys, and posed for this "American Gothic" portrait (well it must have been at least kind of funny, mom was laughing). Dad is wearing the big hat.
Yes the food fell wild and free, and Heidi and I were there to catch every tasty piece.
After the gorging it was time to do what the humans were doing - laying down.
Heidi was helpful in making sure that my beard was nice and clean after the bird extravaganza, but I have a feeling that it was because she was planning my next workout and that it was going to be a big one (to burn off all the extra turkey and trimmings)...