The new GSD, who has been renamed so many times you'd think she'd have a personality disorder, has finally settled into her new name; Caoimhe... pronounced "Keeva" it is Irish for 'beauty'. You'll note all of our dogs have Irish names. For years, all of our animals had names from various Trek shows (yeah, we're geeks.) We have a cat who's going on 14 now, named Kerzon Dax. We didn't keep with any specifics on the names on the cats though, as we have Kerzon (aka Kooshball), Tigger 'TigTig' (my daughter's cat), Salem aka 'George' as in "George of the Jungle...watch out for that tree!" he used to run and splat right into a wall *sigh* and Solo (yes, Hans Solo, leave me alone!)
So, unlike most people who talk to their animals, mine is often a two way conversation. Well most of the time it's a one way conversation as I'm constantly telling people "they have no clue what you're saying you know." I proved this to my neighbor recently when I looked at Connor and sternly said "Couch lantern spider filter!" and he calmly laid down, eyes looking directly at me, ears back but relaxed, awaiting his next command. My neighbor looked at me like I was crazy, well maybe he thought we both were. But it doesn't matter, I know how my dogs think, and they know how I think and we communicate fairly well, they are extremely intelligent beings and I pick up what they are trying to say well enough to do as I'm told. ;)
Recently I've had to start sharing the computer too, having to block the doggy porn sites is getting to be annoying, do you know how many are out there? ;) I thought I'd share a conversation we had a few days ago...
[Rock] Mom! Mom! Mom! MOM! Momma! MOMMMMMAAA!
[Rock] Look Mommy, Keeva found a pickshur of meee! I's onna innerwebz! Izza pickshur of meee! Momma look!!!
"Why yes it is! That's the picture that was chosen of you for the cover of Off Lead and Animal Behavior Magazine."
[Rock] I 'member when you tooks it, I wuz swimmins an you pointed da big eye at me.
"Yep, that's the camera, the same one I'm always pointing at you guys."
[Connor] Shudda been me
[Rock] Shuddup Bonbonbutt
"Rock, don't talk that way to your brother"
[Connor] I'm much more handsome than a GSD, how stoopid, haffa have 'dog' inna name, cuz someone might thinkz he'z a weasel with that nose.
[Rock] Leas' I'z not a BOREDr Colic! All you do is whine about nuffins!!! hahaha!
[Connor] I do not! I killded an effelant!
[Rock] No you dint!
[Connor] I did! Momma tooked da pikshur of that too!
"Alright you two, that's enough!" [Rock] [Connor] Yes Mommy.
[Rock] Can we go swimmins now? [Connor] Yeah, can we? [Keeva] I wanna go too! [Keenan]Me too! [Cailly] I wanna go! don't forget me! I'm right here! I gonna go too right? I go swimmins too k? [Banshee] I'd just as soon graze in the garden then find some shade, ok mom? [Pooka] I'm with you mom, wherever you go.
Check out Rock's cover shot, along with the magazine including some kick butt articles online at
Off Lead and Animal Behavior Summer 09 Edition
Until next time...
Uni & The Underdogs