Check Out The Fence Built For Jesse

22 03 2009

Recently, February’s addition to Spike’s Pack, Jesse, had a fence built for him by his Dad, who documented the process with a photoblog of the events over at the Trukindog’s Den.

The following pictures from top to bottom are my fence project to give Jesse a large play & exercise
Pic. 1 The beginning
Pics. 2, 3 & 4 The base trench is dug & the gate & center posts are set & waiting for the concrete to dry.
Pic. 5 The gate latch/fence end post is set & concrete drying, the gate is hung & waiting for height adjustment
Pic. 6 The Boss/Jesse inspecting my work.
Pic. 7 The first section of fence is up & secure.
Pic. 8 The second section of fence is up & secure.
Pics. 9 & 10 The job is done !

Now Jesse has a big safe place to play & exercise.

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Live Chat With Spike!

7 03 2009

UPDATE: Thanks to all who joined me in the chat tonight.  I look forward to doing it again.

This Thursday at 9 PM EST, I will be hosting a live chat for you to ask me your dog behavior questions.  I am using a neat service called TinyChat.  For those of you that have dog behavior questions, but you have not yet submitted them to me, now is your chance to do it without the delay necessary for me to write an entire article addressing your question.  Please note: I may use the situations from the chat to help other families struggling with similar issues.

To participate in the chat, check back HERE at 8:50 PM on Thursday, March 12 to get the link for the chat.  Click it and join in.  It really is that easy.  My friends that use Twitter will see a tweet in my stream at 8:50 PM as well, with a link to the chat.

If you have an in-depth or uncommon question for me, please send me a short e-mail ahead of time describing the issue, so I can fully develop my suggestions to you.  My paw pals, their families, and other interested parties are all welcome to join.  I intend for the chat to last until 10 PM, but I am happy to extend it if necessary.

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Spike’s Pack: March 2009 Nominees

7 03 2009

It is time to introduce the nominees for Spike’s Pack for March 2009.  Voting will commence Sunday morning at 12:01 AM and conclude Tuesday night at 11:59 PM, all times EST.  Congratulations to all those nominated, and good luck in the voting.

Nominee #1 – Webster Lee

spikes-pack-webster-leeWebster found his mom as he was on the lam.  His mom had no idea at the time, of course.  When she pulled into a parking lot, in customary fashion, she opened the door and talked to him.  After a half hour of coaxing, he got in the car.  He went home with her, and he considered his options.  A life of uncertainty or a loving home with four females?  He eventually worked his way into the house where the ladies promptly fell in love with him, and he had a home.

His mother, being the responsible dog lover she is, immediately placed an ad in the paper to find his owner.  The owner saw the ad, responded, crushing his new mother.  She had fallen hard.  As luck would have it, he had fallen quite hard himself.   After three days, the original owner called again and said that he was miserable.  He would not eat, and he was generally depressed.  She asked if Webster could return, as he was heartbroken without the love he experienced.  His new mom welcomed him back into her loving home, and they have been together ever since.

Nominee #2 – Duke Richard II

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Duke Richard II is 3.5-year-old Jack Russel mix, adopted from the Austin Humane Society.  At the time of his adoption, Duke was a scruffy dog with a long wiry white coat and a bad case of heartworm. His adoptive parents had him shaved shortly after they took him home and were quite surprised to learn he had TONS of spots underneath all that white hair!  Duke underwent heart worm treatment (that was a scary time) and is now healthy and happier than ever. Duke has the most personality of any dog I have ever known.  He loves to dance, cuddle, play, and keep the squirrels out of the yard.

Duke has a younger sister, Sophie, who was also adopted from the Austin Humane Society.  The two of them LOVE to play and wrestle, but most of all they love to spoon.  On a warm Austin day, you’ll find Duke swimming in Lake Travis and enjoying some Frosty Paws.

Like Spike, Duke is a working dog and very computer literate, writing his own blog.

Nominee #3 – Buddy & Granger Tylka
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Buddy and Granger Tylka are the best boys a Mom could wish for.  They eat all of their breakfast, use the potty outdoors, play nicely together (even when they rough-house) and let their sister dress them up in Boas and Mardi Gras beads when it is tea time.   They like to hang out together all of the time, they are brothers, but brothers from different mothers!  Buddy is a rescue pup who is 11 years old and was adopted 8 years ago.  He is ½ husky and ½ golden is is a lovely fluffy golden sweetheart.  Granger is going to be 4 soon and he has been Buddy’s brother since he was 4 weeks old.  He’s a Georgia Brown Dog  – he’s brown and he’s from Georgia!  With great personalities, and lots of love they would like to join Spike’s Pack!
Nominee #4 – Cici Hecht

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She is a 2 year old Dalmatian polka dottie pink bellied pit bull mix.  She was rescued from a bad situation in Las Vegas, NV when she was six months old.  She has one polka dot ear and muted polka dots all over her body and one black ear and loves to show off her belly.  She likes to use the couch in the picture to camouflage herself when playing hide-and seek.  She is the sweetest, friendliest dog on the planet and loves to practice tongue foo.  You’ve heard of drive by’s, Cici offers lick by’s to strangers and all who walk nearby (she has a foot fetish and also enjoys untying shoe laces)… She is available for foot washing and shoe cleaning/untying  services.  Cici is also available for tail wagging, sniffing out cats, chasing bikes, skateboards and motorcycles, and bug and lizard stalking.

Cici’s friend, Bruce wrote this poem for her:

Dog exists. Wherein lies the proof?
Inspired once again, this time by CiCi, the pink-bellied pit,
who consistently breaks local tail-wagging ordinances.
Yes God spelled backwards is Dog.
And we bow and say Wow!
God, many perceive to be in the heavens, but dog is on earth;
four legs on the ground. Yes, they say all dogs go to heaven,
however Dog is a bridge, between man’s instinctive nature, (the garden) and the mind, as Dog has adapted to please Man.
A wag of the tail, shining eyes, a playful gait and a grateful Soul,
all reminding us of a certain perfection. All of this encourages us not to take life too seriously, to be playful in the moment.

Nominee #5 – Snickers & Sonny Bear Miller

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Snickers is a Fourche Terrier — a Westie/Yorkie mix.  He was adopted from a rescue in Chicago, IL. when he was a year old.  Snickers was very fearful and slow to trust when he was first adopted, but with time, patience, discipline and love, Snickers came around.  Now, he loves to run around Grant Park, chase his friends in the dog park and get as many belly rubs as he can from his Mom.

Sonny Bear is a Yorkshire Terrier who came to live with Snickers and his Mom in 2007, when he was only 6 months old.  He came from a home where he was kept in crate up to 20 hours a day.  The owner could not take care of him and asked if he could join Snickers’ family.  He fit in immediately!  Funny thing though:  His name was originally Snickers! For about a week, Sabrina had two dogs named Snickers, but changed Snickers II’s name to Sonny Bear.  It fits him to a tee!  Sonny Bear loves to play fetch, wrestle with his brother and play in the dog park.

Their Mom feels like the luckiest woman in the world to be able to provide a forever home to these two beautiful and loving dogs!

Nominee #6 – Oliver M.

spikes-pack-oliver-mOliver is a 7 month old Beaglier, a mix between a Beagle and a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, and his parents think he’s the cutest puppy ever!  His cute face and ears get him out of most trouble.  Oliver is almost done with housebreaking, and he is a very fast learner, but he can be awfully stubborn!  Oliver has 2 cat siblings – one is an older brother, Steve, and the other is a same-age sister, Maya.  Oliver plays with his brother and sister very well – just like a puppy – biting, chasing, rolling around!  Steve is a bit of a loner, but we can tell Oliver and Maya will be life long friends.  When Oliver was a 6 week old puppy he had a black face, head and ears with some white markings.  Within the first 2-3 months his entire head and ears turned blonde! His parents could not believe he was the same puppy!  He loves sneaking into the bathroom to grab some toilet paper to chew on, as well as chewing up moving boxes!  Most of his relaxing time is spent with us in bed at night or next to us on the futon in the office.  Oliver is very social, and he loves being around people – Just HATES being in his crate!

Again, congratulations to everyone for being nominated.  Don’t worry if your favorite pet does not win the March vote, because all nominees will be included in future votes as well, just like the Hall of Fame for my favorite sport to watch on TV with Mom, baseball.  Once nominated, potential packmates will not be forsaken, as I want to grow my pack to its full potential.

Feel free to spread the word about your choice (be creative by using forums, posting on web pages, and calling all of your friends and family) and vote as often as PollDaddy will let you.  Re-visit this same post after midnight on the 8th to kickstart the voting.  We will announce the winner on Wednesday.  Good luck to all of the nominees, their friends and family.

Get your vote on!





Spike’s Pack: February 2009 Nominees

30 01 2009

It is that time again to introduce the nominees for Spike’s Pack for February 2009.  Voting will commence Saturday night/Sunday morning at midnight and conclude Tuesday night/Wednesday morning at midnight, all times EST.  Congratulations to all those nominated, and good luck in the voting.

Nominee #1 – Webster Lee

spikes-pack-webster-leeWebster found his mom as he was on the lam.  His mom had no idea at the time, of course.  When she pulled into a parking lot, in customary fashion, she opened the door and talked to him.  After a half hour of coaxing, he got in the car.  He went home with her, and he considered his options.  A life of uncertainty or a loving home with four females?  He eventually worked his way into the house where the ladies promptly fell in love with him, and he had a home.

His mother, being the responsible dog lover she is, immediately placed an ad in the paper to find his owner.  The owner saw the ad, responded, crushing his new mother.  She had fallen hard.  As luck would have it, he had fallen quite hard himself.   After three days, the original owner called again and said that he was miserable.  He would not eat, and he was generally depressed.  She asked if Webster could return, as he was heartbroken without the love he experienced.  His new mom welcomed him back into her loving home, and they have been together ever since.

Nominee #2 – Jesse Scott (Trukindog)

spikes-pack-jesse-scottJesse is a Rottweiler/German Shepherd mix, and he lives with his dad in Mesa, AZ.  He has a long tail, but you can’t see it in this picture.  Jesse was adopted from the pound when he was just 6 months old, he had been surrendered there and abandoned.  When Jesse was found in the pound by his dad, the first thing he did was lay the side of his head in the palm of his dad’s hand and looked right into his eyes when he reached to pet Jesse.  His dad instantly fell in love with him and brought him home that day.
Jesse has lots of toys but his favorite is his tug rope, and he loves to go for walks and to the park.  He likes to chew on and play fetch with sticks, and he loves everybody he has met and all other animals, including cats.  Jesse loves to go for rides in his dad’s pickup truck, in the cab, not the bed.  Jesse has his own easy chair,  and it is his favorite place to nap.  His dad is not sure if Jesse is a bed hog, or if he justlikes sleeping snuggled up close to dad.  He has three canine cousins in the family, 1 boy & 2 girls that he loves to visit & play with.  Jesse weighed 25 pounds when he was brought home, and he is now 11 months old, weighs 65 pounds, and he still has a little growing to do.
Nominee #3 – Buddy & Granger Tylka
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Buddy and Granger Tylka are the best boys a Mom could wish for.  They eat all of their breakfast, use the potty outdoors, play nicely together (even when they rough-house) and let their sister dress them up in Boas and Mardi Gras beads when it is tea time.   They like to hang out together all of the time, they are brothers, but brothers from different mothers!  Buddy is a rescue pup who is 11 years old and was adopted 8 years ago.  He is ½ husky and ½ golden is is a lovely fluffy golden sweetheart.  Granger is going to be 4 soon and he has been Buddy’s brother since he was 4 weeks old.  He’s a Georgia Brown Dog  – he’s brown and he’s from Georgia!  With great personalities, and lots of love they would like to join Spike’s Pack!
Nominee #4 – Cici Hecht

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She is a 2 year old Dalmatian polka dottie pink bellied pit bull mix.  She was rescued from a bad situation in Las Vegas, NV when she was six months old.  She has one polka dot ear and muted polka dots all over her body and one black ear and loves to show off her belly.  She likes to use the couch in the picture to camouflage herself when playing hide-and seek.  She is the sweetest, friendliest dog on the planet and loves to practice tongue foo.  You’ve heard of drive by’s, Cici offers lick by’s to strangers and all who walk nearby (she has a foot fetish and also enjoys untying shoe laces)… She is available for foot washing and shoe cleaning/untying  services.  Cici is also available for tail wagging, sniffing out cats, chasing bikes, skateboards and motorcycles, and bug and lizard stalking.

Cici’s friend, Bruce wrote this poem for her:

Dog exists. Wherein lies the proof?
Inspired once again, this time by CiCi, the pink-bellied pit,
who consistently breaks local tail-wagging ordinances.
Yes God spelled backwards is Dog.
And we bow and say Wow!
God, many perceive to be in the heavens, but dog is on earth;
four legs on the ground. Yes, they say all dogs go to heaven,
however Dog is a bridge, between man’s instinctive nature, (the garden) and the mind, as Dog has adapted to please Man.
A wag of the tail, shining eyes, a playful gait and a grateful Soul,
all reminding us of a certain perfection. All of this encourages us not to take life too seriously, to be playful in the moment.

Nominee #5 – Oliver M.

spikes-pack-oliver-mOliver is a 7 month old Beaglier, a mix between a Beagle and a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, and his parents think he’s the cutest puppy ever!  His cute face and ears get him out of most trouble.  Oliver is almost done with housebreaking, and he is a very fast learner, but he can be awfully stubborn!  Oliver has 2 cat siblings – one is an older brother, Steve, and the other is a same-age sister, Maya.  Oliver plays with his brother and sister very well – just like a puppy – biting, chasing, rolling around!  Steve is a bit of a loner, but we can tell Oliver and Maya will be life long friends.  When Oliver was a 6 week old puppy he had a black face, head and ears with some white markings.  Within the first 2-3 months his entire head and ears turned blonde! His parents could not believe he was the same puppy!  He loves sneaking into the bathroom to grab some toilet paper to chew on, as well as chewing up moving boxes!  Most of his relaxing time is spent with us in bed at night or next to us on the futon in the office.  Oliver is very social, and he loves being around people – Just HATES being in his crate!

Again, congratulations to everyone for being nominated.  Don’t worry if your favorite pet does not win the January vote, because all nominees will be included in future votes as well, just like the Hall of Fame for my favorite sport to watch on TV with Mom, baseball.  Once nominated, potential packmates will not be forsaken, as I want to grow my pack to its full potential.

Feel free to spread the word about your choice (be creative by using forums, posting on web pages, and calling all of your friends and family) and vote as often as PollDaddy will let you.  Re-visit this same post after midnight on the 1st to kickstart the voting.  We will announce the winner on Wednesday.  Good luck to all of the nominees, their friends and family.

Get your vote on!





Spike’s Giveaway – Winter Snowman WINNER

15 01 2009

UPDATE: Through a very scientific process requiring multiple rocket scientists, a super computer, and many Red Bulls (collecting the commenters’ names, placing them in a hat, and drawing a winner), @shanajean and her Westie puppy, Darcy, are the winners of the Winter Snowman toy.  Thanks to all who entered, and we invite you to check back on Thursday for an announcement of the next giveaway item(s).

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In celebration of all of the recent snowy weather across the United States (unfortunately none for Tax and I to play in down in Georgia), Mom and I have decided to kick off a series of giveaways with a winter snowman to our readers.  It has a great squeaker in the belly, and it is filled with stuffing.  Tax has one, he loves it, and he has yet to rip out the stuffing, so it seems to be pretty durable.  The photo below shows the snowman hugging a plant.

Btw, the plant is not included.

Btw, the plant is not included.

To enter the drawing for the giveaway, do the following.

  1. AFTER 6 AM EST tomorrow (Friday, January 16, 2009), but BEFORE 6 PM EST Sunday, January 18, 2009, follow me on Twitter.  If you are already on Twitter, follow me here.  If you are not yet a part of Twitter, you can join here (signing up is easy, free, and only takes a few seconds) and follow me here.
  2. Send me a “reply” on Twitter, introducing yourself with “#spikegift” somewhere in the message.
  3. Leave a comment to this post with your Twitter username as your name.  It is imperative that you provide a valid e-mail address (it will not be displayed, except to the lazy Web guy), so that you can be contacted if you are the winner.

The winner will be chosen at random and announced as an update to this post before 11 PM EST on Sunday evening.





I Am Not Sure If This Is Safe, But It Sure Looks Fun

7 01 2009

I have never ridden in a motocycle’s sidecar, so I cannot recommend it.  Rose and her friend make this look like a lot of fun, and if it is anything like when I stick my head out of the window in Mom’s car, I am in!  Now, where can Ifind someone who rides a motorcycle?





WOW! This Guy Might Be More Impressive Than Tyson

31 12 2008