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What to Look for in a Dog Friendly Apartment Rental

Mar 14, 2013

Dog friendly apartment tips for dog owners

One of the most frustrating things for any pet owner is finding an apartment that will accommodate their four-legged companion. While an individual might not have too much trouble, it is often the “No Pets Allowed” sign on apartment complexes that makes it difficult for a pet owner to find a home.

So, what should you look for in an apartment? Is there something special? Is there an easy way to go about finding one? Luckily, the online world has made it easier for pet owners to connect with one another, sharing ideas and theories concerning their pets and homes. So when it comes to finding an apartment, things are looking up for dog lovers.

Higher rent?

Initially, pet owners are always going to face higher prices when it comes to renting. The rationale behind this is: more inhabitants equals more rent. While some apartment complexes will allow pets, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll approve the idea of having dogs around. If they do agree to let the dog stay, the rent will be much higher, as will the deposit. The deposit is just in case there is extensive damage or failure to pay rent, and while some owners are sure their pup is well trained, the leaser isn’t as confident.

In this case, getting out of a security deposit (larger ones for pets) will take some finesse on your part. Don’t be shy about asking your leaser what you can do to avoid a higher deposit. For the most part, leasers will want to see records of shots, good behavior, and previous tenant recommendations. Putting together a portfolio for your dog is just as important as constructing one for yourself. You’d be surprised at how differently a leaser will act towards you and your stay with them.

As an extra option, it’s generally good practice to introduce your dog initially. Choose a neutral area where the leaser can meet your dog and become accommodated with them. If you’re going to be leasing an apartment from them, it’s a good idea to do this up-front so that your dog will know who is at the door when they show up (no barking or disturbing the neighbors is a big plus).

Pet guidelines

With the portfolio and meeting taken care of, you’ll want to get a feel for what is and isn’t allowed on the premises. What are the rules of the complex? Is there a curfew? Where can one walk the dog? It is good to know this, so you don’t feign ignorance when something bad happens. Remember, ignorance is no defense.

You also need be concerned with certain topics such as the leash laws. What are the laws of the city? Pet ordinances? Does your rental contract coincide with city rules and regulations? While the lease agreement may not mention some of these, not all cities are pet-friendly. Some may ban certain breeds, such as the pit-bull dog. Be aware of what the city ordinances state before moving into an area.

Finding a place

When it comes to locating these pet-friendly areas, things can seem like a hit-and-miss adventure. Luckily, the online world has made it abundantly clear how important our companions are to our living needs. These sites will hopefully help some of you pet owners out there that are searching for a friendly place to live.

• Peoplewithpets.com provides a large network of cities that are in general pet-friendly. You can locate hotels, apartment rentals, and even find a nice park to play in while on vacation. http://www.peoplewithpets.com/
• For the most part, cities are often inclined to promote their welcoming nature to the four-legged companion. Metro Animal is the St. Louis area pet-friendly guide for rentals in the entire area. http://www.metroanimal.org/rental/main.html
• Los Angeles also offers their own directory http://www.peoplewithpets.com/aptmetro.asp?metro=Los%20Angeles
• As does Portland, Oregon at Portland Pooch.com http://www.portlandpooch.com/directory/housing.htm

While not all cities will have their own directory, many of the larger cities- where finding an apartment can be extremely difficult in general- do offer a directory to make the search easier for you and the pup to find a good place to live.

If you’re looking to rent in the city, be sure to investigate the rules and ordinances applying to your four-legged companion. Also, be prepared to pay a little extra and invest some effort into proving that you’ll both make excellent tenants on your search for a new home.

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High Adventure with Your Pooch

May 16, 2012

Adventures are best when they’re shared, and who better to share them with than your ever faithful companion? There are so many things you can do, but you are always left with the concern: “Can my dog come too?” This is often one of the most difficult questions that pet owners have to constantly ask themselves. And the answer commonly leaves us looking for a different activity for both us and our dogs to enjoy.

Starting with the highest adventure, parasailing and paragliding can put the wind and fresh air in your faces as you soar high above the ocean or other types of landscapes. Lately, both activities have allowed both us and our pets to get into the air. While no company in the United States is readily equipped or insured, to take your pooch up in the air, many individuals have concurred that their pups also enjoy the feeling of the wind in their faces. After all, they do enjoy sticking their heads out of windows and enjoying the cool breeze. Places like San Francisco and Hawaii http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2011/01/kui-the-paragliding-dog/ have become a hotspot for owners and their dogs to be able to take to the air and enjoy the sights and experiences. Because paragliding and parasailing can be performed from boats and in the right conditions, possibly many other environments, it is possible to find places where you and your dog can enjoy this type of adventure together.

Currently, there is no specifically manufactured harness available, but the practice has incorporated the use of sturdy units that support the dog’s chest, and then attaching them directly to your harness while they sit on your lap, much like the British pet lover Jimmy Rimsk has done in this instance:

http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/857601-forget-walkies-this-dog-likes-to-go-paragliding-instead. Custom harnesses have been constructed, and YouTube is littered with videos of dogs and their owners soaring the skies. As the trend catches on, we hope to see professional paragliding companies joining in on the adventure.

Achieving an extra bit of altitude might take you in a different direction. Have you ever considered exploring the mountains on a llama trek? How about your dog accompanying you on a llama trekking adventure? Unfortunately, the industry avoids allowing pets into their facilities, based on the fact that dogs and llamas don’t seem to get along very well. But that doesn’t mean you can’t experience an adventure that takes you into the great outdoors. Maybe your dog would like to go kayaking with their owners down a river. This is actually growing in popularity, not just because of the adventure, but because it can also help train your dog effectively. The Canine Center for Training and Behavior http://www.morefunthandirt.com/ is a unique school for owners and their dogs that incorporate the bonding process and the role it plays in healthy relationship development. Located in Austin Texas, this facility is dedicated to providing a natural and adventurous environment for dogs and their owners to share and develop. Amongst trail hikes and Yoga, the Kayaking experience seems to excel beyond the average experiences that dogs are used to.

For those unfamiliar with kayaking, it is a small vessel, normally seated with no more than two individuals. With the use of a paddle, you can control the direction of the kayak as it shifts and shakes with the current of the river. For your dog, this is an experience that helps them learn the art of balance and agility as they shift their weights to compensate for a change in direction. A recommended addition to the kayak is a shower or yoga mat for your dog to stand on, so they will have extra traction during the adventure. The cool water and adrenalin rush you get is extraordinary, and when combined with the companionship of your dog, it is possibly one of the most memorable moments you will experience with your dog.

Remember that adventures come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re sailing with the wind or with the river, the real adventure is that you get to share it with your dog. The world is full of adventure, and it only gets better when you can share it with your favorite companion. Whether it’s high up in the sky, or navigating the adventurous currents of the river, you can share an awesome experience with your pooch.

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Fun Picture Blogs if You Love Dogs

Apr 27, 2012

Something that never seems to get old to any dog lover is seeing their fellow dog owners enjoy the company of such a valuable companion. However, dog blogs never seem to be complete without an exotic picture that says: this dog is indeed unique. These simple pictures let us know that dogs around the world, whether they’re sleeping or running through the snow, are enjoying the time of their life. And that gives every owner the priceless feeling that we too can enjoy the time of our lives with our best friend.

Ready, Set, Action!

Amongst the variety of blogs, an all-time favorite is to have a blog that portrays your dog in action. Pictures have the awesome ability of catching our four-legged friends in motion, whether they’re playing or even eating a bowl of pasta, such as the unique http://dogseatingpasta.tumblr.com/ , that focuses on odd pictures of the cutest dogs enjoying a variety of this human dish. This of course is a favorite for anyone that has ever seen Lady and the Tramp. But, action doesn’t stop there, especially when your dog has seemingly taken on a few characteristics of their owners. Such sites as http://fuckyeahdogsoncomputers.com/ (the name is legit, even if it is a little vulgar) and the awesomely titled http://dogs-looking-like-people.tumblr.com/ really appeal to dog lovers, making you realize that having a dog that’s just like you are can be both silly and attractive.

The site http://cooldogs.tumblr.com/ is a favorite for putting our lovable friends in a “Too Cool” situation. Dogs with sunglasses- check. Dogs chilling in the car window- check. This site has exactly what any dog owner loves when they picture their own dog just being cool.

What they’re doing when they don’t think you’re looking

Of course, candid cameras often take the best picture. Remember that any faithful dog believes in the honorable law of: I’ll wait for you forever. So, to really display the depth of a dog’s mindset, the site http://dwfth.tumblr.com/ is dedicated to displaying exactly this particularly adorable quality that strengthens the bond between humans and their dogs, even if we aren’t always there to see it.

Seeing is breathtaking

Perhaps a favorite amongst dog owners is witnessing a dog with a view. Perhaps one of the most breathtaking sites that displays these beautiful shots that say more than a thousand words with each picture is http://dogsandgreatviews.tumblr.com/ . If you adore seeing dogs, and you love seeing them enjoy some exotic and beautiful scenery that enunciates their breed and origins, you’re guaranteed a great view on this blog.

Dogs and their expressions

There is also the natural expression that we love to see on a dogs face- more commonly the squishy face. One of these popular sites, http://squishfacedogs.com/ , is completely designated to flaunting the cuteness of the natural expression of many dog breeds. While not all dogs are naturally squishy faced, you may find yourself playing with your own dog’s face, giving them a massage and changing their expression, even if it turns out a little squishy.

The names we give dogs, and the names they give themselves

Naming your dog isn’t always as simple as it sounds. Some like to be exotic (Jayne Cobb, the regulator) while others love Deogee (DOG). With so many creative names that owners can come up with, sites like http://namesfordogs.tumblr.com/ have completely dedicated their blog to finding new and exotic names that you can vote on or get ideas from for your dogs. This blog really gives a dog owner the opportunity to be creative with their dog’s name, providing an extra bit of character to their companion’s title. But, just remember that while you call your dog one thing, they may be calling themselves another (Dante the Infernal House Runner).

Dogs and their companions

Of course, we can’t forget the pictures we love to take WITH our dogs. Many sites, such as http://cooldogs.tumblr.com/ and http://menandtheirdogs.tumblr.com/ love to display pictures of owners and sometimes other people posing with their four-legged friends. And what could be better than seeing dogs interacting with their companions. You get to see anything from a simple hide and seek game to a set of smiling faces (yes, dogs do smile, even if some don’t believe it).

Any owner knows that most dogs don’t like getting their picture taken. They turn away at the last second, or decide they want to play, rather than sit still. Perhaps this is what makes dog pictures a great and unique addition to our blogs. If you like dogs, and you love to see them in any situation from action to resting, be sure to check out some great pictures that will please any dog lover.

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Great Dog Sites

Apr 25, 2012

While the rest of the world has sped into the digital era, we’ve seen a growing demand for publicity on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook erupting with new faces and personalities. And, like their human counterparts, our dogs want a place in the public eye as well.

While blogs have been a great outlet for publicizing our favored friends and associates, social media has become a great source for really defining the personality of a dog and even providing a little insight into what they are thinking.

Dogs as entertainers

We’ve all seen dogs rise in fame, often maintaining their actual names in the movies they’re acting in. https://twitter.com/#!/cookiedabooboo is a well renowned dog actor, making appearances on such television shows such as Desperate Housewives. But to really give the dog a voice, this Twitter site is dedicated to providing a voice for Cookie and effectively creating a character that enjoys telling its owner what to do (which many of our spoiled dogs enjoy doing).

Oprah is the rather foul-mouthed advocate of rapper 50 cent, often holding nothing back when it comes to offering an opinion. But, this just goes to show that even dogs have a few rights that we humans take for granted when it comes to speaking our minds. You can find this furry and funny minded dog on Twitter as  http://twitter.com/oprahthedog. It’s definitely a site for anyone that enjoys a few laughs and entertainment.

Dogs in politics

One rare and rather surprising area to see a dog in is politics. While it’s a rather unique situation, dogs such as Sutter Brown have found their way into the top ranking official statuses of the world, and exhibit their profound desire to really press their views on life. Found at http://facebook.com/sutterbrown on Facebook, this four-legged politician really dishes out the facts and views regarding how a dog interprets the world, and provides plenty of insight concerning bone taxes and other doggy political processes. Combined with both humor and fact, this is a definite like for any dog owner.

Dogs represent: tumbler, schools, even blogs

Dogs are found in every aspect of life, even business and education. So, to provide a little doggy insight into these worlds, Tumbler has actually put a doggy advocate as a spokesdog for their business. http://tommypom.com/ is a site dedicated to the furry Pomeranian Tommy. Though small, this dog has a big voice, helping to endorse one of the fastest growing social media sites on the internet. Filled with pictures and blogs, you get a dog’s-eye-view of what it’s like working as an intern for Tumblr.

http://twitter.com/sullyburger is a site dedicated to the cutest of cute puppy mascots for the site Cuteness.com. This furry representative flaunts his cuteness to really provide the character that is needed to endorse a site that focuses on being cute. And what dog isn’t?

http://twitter.com/butlerblue2 is a Twitter site dedicated to the Butler University of Indiana, promoting the importance of education and its value to society. Full of school spirit, this bull dog is an excellent representative of determination and effort that is needed to accomplish any goal you set your mind on- for both dogs and people. He’s definitely something to like and admire, even if you don’t attend their school.

Dog’s life

We can never forget those that represent the everyday dog-life, which is where such sites have dedicated time and effort to supporting their four-legged friends like Rocky the Chihuahua. These tales tell of Rocky’s adventures with his companion, and while fictional, are actually based on the everyday events that this clever pup enjoys taking advantage of. And you’d be surprised at what dogs can really get away with when you spoil them. The blogs http://blog.porchpotty.com/category/the-adventures-of-rocky/ really give an exotic outlook on the world through a dog’s eyes as they interact with companions and friends alike. Rocky is definitely mischievous in real life, and definitely shines as a bit of entertainment for the everyday dog lover.

Another site that definitely says: I think like a dog, is http://twitter.com/mikeythebrat , who does indeed live by his name. Full of sassy quotes and some great humor, this Twitter site is a favorite if you want to put a few words in your dog’s mouth.

Throughout the internet, you can find dogs representing anything from products to politics, giving dog owners something to really enjoy through a slight bit of dog humor and some interesting facts. These sites really give an effort in creating a dog’s character and personality, allowing us humans to associate ourselves with some of our best friends in the world: our dogs.

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ROCKY ADVENTURE – A Thief in the Night

Nov 14, 2011

My ears alert me to something awry. My sweet dreams of grassy fields and tasty treats have been interrupted by unknown sounds. I’m used to the occasional rumble of a car out on the road, but this was very different. This sound came from inside my home.

I drop down to the floor, the jingling of my tags and the patter of my paws the only noises for now. Whatever it was has stopped, but still my curiosity has gotten the better of me. After a sniff of the air, I exit the room and proceed to investigate.

My eyes take a while to adjust to the darkness as I navigate from room to room, searching for the source. Then I catch the scent of something new. An awkward smell, then it’s joined by food- an assortment of food at that. Like there’s a festival going on and no one bothered to tell us about it.

I enter the kitchen, the smell now filling my senses, only to discover a catastrophe has taken place. Food and garbage are everywhere! A shadow moves and dives for an open window. I bark furiously at the invader, angry that the trespasser has destroyed my lovely home.

I’m still barking furiously when the lights flicker on. The old man stands there, his own eyes squinting in the blinding light. I proceed to tell him about the invader, but his expression is grim as he observes the scene for himself. Please, you gotta believe me…

The old man wasn’t too happy with the situation. He blamed me for destroying the kitchen. But I guess I can’t blame him. The culprit got away clean as a whistle, leaving me holding the consequences. That just won’t fly- not in my home.

So here I am, waiting for trouble to arrive. The day flew by, and the old man had softened up by afternoon. He brought some new foods earlier, but I could tell he was still a little upset with me. My usual treats were forgotten, and even the affection was neglected.

The sound of leaves rustling pulls my attention to the open window. It stays open to let the fall’s cool air in. While it might be good for the atmosphere, I am sure that it is an irresistible entrance for any thief- a guilty thief that not only took our food, but took my pride as well.

I’m up in a flash, and move to hide in the shadows near the window. I want to catch the vermin once he’s done the deed, so that I can clear the good name of Rocky. Then I see them, the little paws…or are they hands? The critter pulls itself up and through the open window. After the thief approves of the area, it slumps to the floor and waddles to the cooler. I manage to wedge my nose behind the edge of the window and swing it closed, blocking any escape.

“I have you now!” I pounce without mercy. Well, maybe just a little bit of mercy. After all, I’m a nice pup. The thief screeches in alarm and pins itself against the wall and stands up on its hind legs just like a man. Then I realize that the culprit isn’t much bigger than me. I can handle this situation with ease. “I have you now, thief!” I bark furiously, calling for the old man to see.

The lights flash on, just like I had planned. A raccoon stands, very afraid, in the corner. “It’s just a baby raccoon!” the old man says drowsily.
I tilt my head in wonder. I study the critter and agree. It’s too tiny to be grown up. “Where’s your mama?” I ask the thief. “You’re in trouble now.”

“Mama!” the raccoon squeaks, its eyes lighting up.

“I’ll call Christy, she’ll know what to do with you,” the old man said timidly as he picked up his noise box. He always speaks at it, but I still can’t figure out why. It doesn’t do any tricks like I can.

I’ve still got the critter pinned to the wall when our neighbor, Christy, arrives. She has her own crate, ready to capture the villain. It takes a bit of skill and a little luck, not to mention a handful of sweets, but she gets the baby raccoon in the cage. She talks to the old man for a few minutes while I sniff the area to make sure everything is secure. I give one last bark at thief as they leave.

“See, it wasn’t me!” I tell the old man. A relieved expression proves his agreement. Then he offers a few words of approval- and a long neck rub as he carries me back to bed. That feels so good!

Author:

Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories.  Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own Rocky Adventures.

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ROCKY ADVENTURE – Rocky Meets an Old Friend

Nov 7, 2011

Today has started off so well. Last night’s party has left us both a little tuckered out. We both stayed up late, scaring the “monsters” with our own costumes. So while the old man was sleeping, I helped myself to a little bit of the leftover pie (but please don’t tell him). Izzy’s lady companion makes the best apple pie, and no matter how I try, I can never resist the temptation.

I continue licking my lips clean of the guilty crumbs as I settle down on a comfy spot on the sofa. The sun shines in on this particular spot, keeping me warm inside the cool house. I yawn a bit, and lay my head down to nap- and let my tummy settle back down from all the excitement.
I awoke to the sound of the old man’s third leg thumping around in the hallway. I can see he’s a bit lively despite his recent nap. He has my leash in his hand, telling me it’s time for walkies. And I couldn’t agree more. I’ve the urge to relieve myself suddenly. He latches on as I lick his hand in excitement. Walkies has to be one of the best times of the day (next to eating, of course).

The door opens and lets the sunshine light up the day. Then after a moment to adjust the old eyes, we head out into the world to see what trouble a couple of fellas can stir up. We start out by giving me a moment to do my business and then it’s onward, towards the end of the block.

The old man’s third leg clomps on the sidewalk behind me, the rhythm telling me to slow down or speed up. I found that it’s so much easier to walk with him than to try to walk him around like all the other dogs around here do. I think it’s so funny when I see their little legs working furiously as they tug their companion around instead of just keeping pace with them. I’ll be honest- I tried it, and found that half the time I couldn’t even breathe because my collar was choking me.

“Hey, Rocky!” a voice interrupts my thoughts. I turn to see an old friend, his head hanging over the Johnson’s fence. Either that pup was trespassing, or Mrs. J got herself a new friend. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

“What’s up, dog? How you doin?”  Ace says to me through the fence line. He was always a mischievous rascal, looking for trouble just so he could dig a deeper hole. But, I have to admit, we used to have some fun times together back before we were taken to the cages.

“Well, it looks like someone got a new friend,” the old man says as he reached out to pet Ace’s bobbing head. I don’t care though. Okay…I got a little jealous.

“Hey, what say you and me get out of here and dig through some garbage for stuff we ain’t supposed to eat? I can’t stand it here. The old lady keeps feeding me this crunchy stuff, and they get mad at me when I do what I want.” Ace tells me with a wily grin on his face. “I’ll come get you tonight. Then- we can bust the other guys out and really show the town!” Ace finished his proposal by dropping back down off the fence and proceeding to chase his tail. Real geniuses.

I tell him that idea is not his best one. Ace stops and turns his attention to me, his expression puzzled by my choice. I tell him he has a good home, and that all dogs need a two-legged friend. I motion to mine and tell him that sometimes they carry a spare around. Dogs and their peoples are made for each other- helping, loving, and caring for one another, so that together they can handle anything life throws their way.

I bid farewell to the tail chasing Ace, and we head off down the way. He’ll probably forget everything I said in a few minutes. But I won’t. I look up at the old man and think to myself: I sure am lucky I found you.

Author:

Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories.  Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own Rocky Adventures.

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ROCKY ADVENTURE – All Hallows’ Eve, Part 2

Oct 31, 2011

Though we enjoyed our treat without interruption, the night would not end there. For the two of us, that sugary apple pie has actually given us a second wind. And now, the youngsters, still dressed in their monster disguises, have begun to arrive even more consistently. The old man has his bucket of treats (which he has done a good job of keeping out of my sneaky reach) and offers them each a handful. Guess he’s just that nice of a guy. I would have kept the treats to myself, especially after those rascals scared me earlier.

After a while, the old man decides to spice things up for us. He dresses up in an old lab coat, pulls on some of his rubber cleaning gloves, and finds some wild goggles and adds them to his persona. He looks in the mirror for a moment before ruffling his hair into a tangle. If I didn’t know better, I’d say he looked quite mad. Then it’s my turn. I don’t like getting too dressed up, but the antennae with the little bobbly eyes doesn’t bother me much. A cape made from an old t-shirt adds to my charisma and I become…Super Alien Rocky.

I race around wildly, chasing the bobbly eyes on my head and enjoying the fluttering of my cape. No matter how fast I go, those bobbly eyes still evade my grasp, bouncing around and taunting me. It’s fun though, and I bark an approval to the old man, who also seems to like my costume.

We take a seat at the piano, and the old man begins to play a creepy tune. It starts with some deep, rumbling notes, offset by the occasional high pitched ones. After a few chords, I find myself howling to accompany the eerie music and tapping my paw upon a few of the keys to add some melody. Though this would often disturb the old man, he too joins in and howls into the night.

The doorbell rings again, so we pause for the moment and I rush to the door. I beat the old man there, eager to say hello to the disguised youngsters. When I look back, I notice the old man is coming, but only on two legs. In all the excitement he must’ve forgotten about his extra one. I run back to the piano and fetch it for him. The wood is heavy in my grasp, but I manage to handle it.

By the time I get back, he’s already handed out the goodies and closed the door. He looks at me, and I look at him, and he tells me what a super dog I am. I know this, but it’s always good to hear it once in a while. I tell him the same, and his eyes confirm that he understood.

We continue to greet the oncoming swarm of youngsters, and when they see us, they are quite frightened themselves. I guess that’s what makes this day so fun though. I realize that it isn’t about being frightened or even scaring each other- it’s about everyone- pups included- having a good time.

Author:

Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories.  Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own Rocky Adventures.

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ROCKY ADVENTURE – All Hallows’ Eve, Part 1

Oct 24, 2011

The street has been full of activity today. Creatures wandering around out there have been moving from house to house. People seem frightened as they answer the door, but give treats to the monsters anyway. When they’ve come to our door, I bark to warn them that this is my house, but the old man answers the door anyway. He acts scared, but it seems more playful than true fear. He gives them some treats from a bucket (I’m sure I’ll help myself to those when the moment seems right) and the creatures leave as quickly as they came.

I’ve been watching all the action from the front window. I sit on the piano, my favorite perch, and watch everything to make sure my home is safe. The old man emerges from his room, his own business done as I can hear the sound of water running. In his hand is my leash, and I know what that means. It’s time for walkies. I hop down wag my tail to show appreciation. He beckons me and puts my leash on. Then it’s out the door and into the realm of these monsters.

Though I’ve been a little frightened of them, I’m still curious. I want to get a closer look at them on their own turf, and perhaps even snag some of those treats they’ve been getting. We head down the road, making our way towards Izzy’s house. The old man likes the lady that lives there. She usually gives him a pie or two for us to share. That means I like her, too. Hopefully she has something for us today.

Unfortunately, when we pass by, no one comes to greet us. Even Izzy isn’t out in the yard today, which surprises me. I sniff around the fence line and leave a message for him. Then we’re on our way again.

We continue to walk, and I enjoy the fall air and the sweet smell of the crunchy leaves. That’s when someone grabs my tail. I yelp and turn to defend myself. One of the monsters has me! I retreat quickly, unsure of what these things are.

Then the mystery is revealed. A mama snatches the monster up and reveals the secret. It’s nothing more than her own youngster, out looking for some mischief of its own. She talks to the old man, telling him that she’s sorry about how her youngster acted. Then she tells me how cute I am and tries to pet me, but I don’t want her to. So I growl a little. Though the mystery is solved, I’m still a little uncomfortable with the situation.
She retreats as well. I’m not usually like that, but that really scared me. If they had a tail, I’m sure they wouldn’t like it if someone grabbed it while they were minding their own business. I snort and tell the old man we should get back home. I don’t really want to walk around anymore.
When we pass by Izzy’s house, his lady comes out to say hello to the old man, and indeed she has a treat for us.

“Yes!” I yelp excitedly. “An apple pie, my very favorite.”

I can feel myself begin to drool already. The old man asks her where Izzy is. She tells him that he didn’t like the ghouls and goblins and was inside watching the Discovery Channel. I laughed. He always acts so tough, but a kitten would spook that guy.

The old man thanks the lady, and I bark a “thanks” as well. Then we head back to our home, where we can hopefully enjoy our treat without any more tricks.

Author:

Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories.  Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own Rocky Adventures.

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ROCKY ADVENTURE – Pick Me!

Oct 17, 2011

It’s bedtime. The old man snores a bit, though it is not as bad tonight. Usually, his sleep keeps me from my own. The day was exciting, and I’m sure we’re both a little tuckered out. We went for a walk, saying hello to some of the dogs and neighbors. The old man seemed really happy today, especially after chatting with a lady down the road. She gave him a pie she had made just for him (although he allowed me to have a piece, and I love apple pie). I can’t help but notice the difference I’ve made in his life, and he’s changed mine as well.

I think back to the time before I was brought to my home. I spent a long time in the cages, and before that is just a distant memory that has faded with my newfound happiness. The cages, though, were not so wonderful. There were lots of dogs, but few of them were my friends. Most were busy chasing their tails out of boredom, and the rest just sat around- waiting for someone to take them home.

The cage I was in held three other pups and me. They played together a lot, mostly wrestling and chatting with one another. They constantly talked about their days of freedom and cat chasing, the bigger pup often teasing the basset hound about his short legs. We played around when the days seemed to long, but most times, they were a little too rough for me (I’ve got a big heart, but my body isn’t exactly dog-tastic).

On that special day, two strangers arrived at the door, looking and examining each of us. I couldn’t understand what they were saying, since every dog in the kennel was barking wildly. I just sat and stared at them. I’ve always been able to hold my composure, not letting anything get me wound up or out of control.

They looked and pointed at the others in my cage, all three of whom were going wild with excitement. I put my paw on the cage door and gave them my best “Pick me!” look.

Well, it worked.

On the way home, I was super excited, but remained outwardly calm. I nudged my new owners with my nose, enjoying their scent and affection. The woman held me tightly, telling me how cute I was. My tail wagged to agree.

We stopped at my new home. A nice place, not huge, but big enough for a pup my size. The door opened up, and I sprang out and began sniffing my new surroundings. I marked a few spots and then proceeded to smell the fresh air. There was a garden near. I detected fresh fruit and some flowers, probably roses. Then my new family called to me, so I followed them into the house.

The inside didn’t smell as lively. There was something…sad about it. I looked around, spotting a piano and a comfy looking couch. My family walked through the home, calling out for “Daddy,” but I didn’t follow them. They walked down the hall and went up the stairs. I followed my nose instead. The back door was ajar, so I nudged it open and looked out. A man was sitting on the porch. He seemed lonely, I could feel it. I walked up next to him and sat down, too. He was staring at his garden, the plants beginning to wilt. I nudged him with my nose, and let out a small grunt. It surprised him, but his expression quickly turned to relief. He stared down at me, his eyes brightening up.

“Hey there, buddy,” the old man said. “Where’d you come from?”

I told him that the others were looking for him, but he didn’t seem that concerned about it. Instead, he scooped me up and put me in his lap. Then he began to pet me as he examined my expression. My tail wagged, and the sadness faded from his eyes, just a little at first. But as time went on, he learned to be happy again. I guess he needs me just as much as I need him.

Author:

Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories.  Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own Rocky Adventures.

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ROCKY ADVENTURE – A Dog Day Out

Oct 10, 2011

The day has been fairly uninteresting. This morning, the old man slept in longer, which he seldom does, until I nudged him with my wet nose to tell him it was time to eat. He did smile at me when he awoke though, informing me that my job was well done. Sometimes, I think that if I weren’t here, he might not want to get up and share the day with the world.

Such it has been for a while though, often reminding me of the old days when we could go for our daily walks and play around in the park. Before he got his third leg, he seemed to be a little faster. Since then, he’s slowed down, having trouble getting down the steps in the back yard, so that he can play in his garden. The front door isn’t as bad, though. Only one step drops off into the grassy yard, and is easily manageable.

Now, I’m sitting here, a little bored, waiting for the old man to wake up from his nap. After the time seems to slip away, I get a little anxious, and a mischievous thought enters my mind. I hop down from my spot on the couch and go to check on the old man. He sleeps still, not quite soundly though. His snoring is loud enough I can hear it in my own dreams. I won’t bother him right now, in fact, it’s better if he’s asleep while I slip out for a walk of my own.

I’m careful not to let the doggy door squeak as I slip through, and now free, I rush out into the yard and take care of some quick business. Then my journey begins. I won’t wander far, I promise myself. So I start by sniffing around the fence. A couple of messages are left for me, and a strange one that I am unfamiliar with. I write them back.

Further down the street, I run into Izzy. He’s a lot bigger than me. What’s always made me laugh is that just because he’s an Australian Sheppard, he thinks he has to talk like that guy on the Discovery channel. Though he is sometimes full of himself, he’s really a great dog. He tells me about his new toys and how his lady lets him do whatever he wants because he’s the boss. (That’s by far a lie – he does whatever she wants him to. He talks big, but loves her more than anything else in the world.) We chat for a bit until his lady calls him inside. He obediently responds, proving my point. I laugh and continue on my way.

I continue to trot along, sniffing here and there. Then a new scent catches my nose, so I follow. It’s very strange. I think it’s another animal, maybe a cat! A “meow” solidifies my thoughts. The rascal is hiding in a bush, and the chase is on. He dodges left, I follow. A sharp right, but I stay on its tail, barking my war cry and challenging the cat to go faster. Then up a tree and onto a high branch, the cat escapes me. I continue to bark for a few moments more, before realizing that I’m quite lost.

I look around, but everything is unfamiliar. I run back to the sidewalk and try to retrace my steps. I walk up and down the walkway for a bit before catching my own scent. I mark it, just in case, and rush back towards home. I get lost once more, but spot Izzy’s house across the street. I know where I am again, and make a mad dash back for home.

I rush through the doggy door, spotting my old friend at his piano bench. He’s just now finishing one of his favorite classics. I hop up on the bench just in time. The old man moves his hand to the far side of the keyboard, but scratches behind my ear instead of finishing his song. I raise a paw and hit the last note in timely fashion.

Author:

Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories.  Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own Rocky Adventures.

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