Just went to town with my mom. We wanted to grab a couple tacos and some potato oles (I will only eat those if they are dipped in cheese sauce). We took the convertible with the top down. Really cool on a hot day! BUT here is my opinion and my warning....
BE CAREFUL WITH DOGS WEIGHING LESS THAN 3 POUNDS IN A CONVERTIBLE! The wind almost blew me clear outta that car! Whoa! What a rush that was! If I was a kitty I would have sworn I lost one of those nine lives. Mom held me tight though and I made it home - all in one piece!
Oh yeah and I ate 1/2 a taco and some potato oles dripping in cheese yum! Pretty good for a three pounder. I'm tellin ya, I can put the food away!
I heard a commercial on television that said "We have to be their (dog's) voice because they have no voice." I was INSULTED. I do too have a voice! Mom and I argue a bit on this one as she says "but humans don't always understand, Miss Roo." But mom, that's their problem. If they are speaking for us, they should take the time to understand what we are saying!
My voice is my bark which can signal a variety of things. My voice is always a lot about body language. We dogs "hear" through body language more so than humans do.
Look at my photo here. Look at my tail. What do you think that tail might be saying to you? It's pretty high up and wagging very slowly. I am speaking to you even then. What am I saying? I am telling you that I am confident as I go outside but I am also alert as I check out a new spot. I am going out the door watching for whatever might be out there. That's saying a lot, isn't it? I'm saying even more!
My ears straight up say I'm alert and paying attention. My body language with my head down and weight on my back legs says if there's something bad out there, I don't want to fight with it. I will just run back inside!
So did you hear everything I said? Remember that you are also "talking" to your dog with your body. Be sure you tell your dog what you really want to say.
Stay tuned! We'll have more about body language as it's important that we undertand each other. I have much to say and I want my mom to know what I mean!
~~ Miss Roo
Okay, I'm going to jump up on my kennel box (I don't have a soapbox, actually I don't have a kennel either) and bark to you about equality.
I hear that humans are trying to get equality for dogs. They want dogs to have all the rights of humans and be equal to humans. That's a bit scary for me.
I watch the news sometimes with mom and I hear all kinds of things. I pay attention. I see on the news that even humans don't have equality with each other. I mean, think about it. Are humans really equal? If they are why does the rich movie star who dies get all over the news stations but if you died it would never hit the news? Or what about the really wealthy humans and then the very poor humans? Are they equal? I guess I don't understand human's view of what equal is.
I don't WANT to have equality. I think equality carries responsibility and I am not ready for all that responsibility. I am a dog, a little dog at that. I can't take care of myself. Yes, there are humans out there that don't want dogs to be "owned" by humans! They think all dogs should be free. That sounds wonderful to them but not to me. I would not survive the freedom that they make sound so wonderful. I need humans!
I think humans created us and tamed us to be pets so why shouldn't they continue to take care of us? I just don't understand this equality thing. It's a human thing and I want no part of it.
In the dog pack world, we do not consider ourselves equal to one another. Perhaps that is why I just can't understand humans preaching equality for dogs. We are not even equal within our own packs. Why would you ever think we could be equal to humans? In dog packs there is generally an alpha (the boss, the strongest), a beta (like you human's vice president) and the omega (weakest and least cared for). And then there is the rest of us which are generally followers. As you can see, we don't practice equality. Some of us are just not able to be leaders. We don't want equality.
I enjoy being "owned". I don't want to be equal to my mom. She loves me and I am happy with that!
I saw my mom dishing up ice cream into a bowl and thought "an ice cream night! Hooray! I love ice cream!" Mom took it to the living room and my mouth was watering for my bites of ice cream. I looked up at mom with the sweetest, most loving look possible and mom said "No, Miss Roo. This is chocolate and you can't have chocolate."
What?!!!! But it's ice cream! One of my favorite foods! Who cares about chocolate? I just want ice cream. Come on, mom! But she said, "Miss Roo, I can't let you have any of this. It's just not safe for you!"
"But mom! YOU are eating it!"
So mom explained:
Chocolate has methylxanthines in it. This is caffeine and theobromine. Dogs cannot break down and excrete those substances the way humans can. It poisons a dog's system. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, fevers, muscles to tense up, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, low blood pressure, seizure and even death!
Mom looks at me and lovingly says "I love you Miss Roo and one or two bites of chocolate just isn't worth. I love you to much for that!"
Maybe love is better than chocolate! Well, now I understand. No chocolate but lots of love!
This is the face of a wise girl! I'm not too old but old enough to have learned a few things along the way.
I'm looking forward to sharing the way I see things. I've got an opinion on just about everything and I like to share.
And no this isn't the "humans" talking. This is from MY perspective and it may not always go along with what people think but I don't give a gosh darn. I'm going to tell it like I see it!
I've seen lots in my short 4 years and I'm going to share it with you. Plus I'll tell you all the secrets my friends tell me. They don't care if I share it with people, just please don't tell your dogs!
You all have a great evening and I'll be getting back with you!