wmtc: what i’m reading: pit bull: the battle over an american icon

If you have an opinion about pitbulls, chances are good that it’s based on myth, misinformation, and even disinformation. I know a good deal about dogs, and I thought I knew a lot about pitbulls, yet I was constantly amazed and enlightened by Bronwen Dickey’s Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon. Here are some ...

wmtc: "what kind of dog is that?" part 2: in which we learn more but feel like we know less

You may recall, we decided to have Diego’s DNA examined to see what breed mix he is. Here’s what the folks at DNA My Dog have determined. Supposedly Diego is 37-74% German Shorthaired Pointer, 20-36% German Shepherd, and 1-9% Collie. I just don’t get it. Diego looks nothing like a German Shorthaired Pointer. Other than ...

wmtc: in which we answer the burning question: "what kind of dog is that?"

At the beach! Diego’s favourite place. What kind of dog is that? People ask this all the time. All our dogs have been rescues, but most had recognizable breed markers. We could answer “white Shepherd-Husky cross” or “Lab-Shepherd mix” or “Jack Russell-Fox Terrier cross”. Of course those dogs probably had many other breeds in the ...

wmtc: pupdate, pressure, and poor customer service

Diego at the beach Three weeks after losing Tala, Diego became violently ill. The usual home approaches didn’t work, but when the trip to the vet didn’t work, I was really worried. Seeing this dog — normally the picture of happiness, with a voracious appetite — so quiet and sad, and unable to eat, was ...

wmtc: update from the land of the missing white dog

We miss Tala a lot. Of course. Need it even be said. Somehow I have gone from abject grief to poignant acceptance quicker than I expected. I have no idea why this is. With each dog we have said goodbye to, eventually I get to a place where, thinking of them, I feel sad but ...

wmtc: tala

We must say goodbye to our sweet Tala today. At the vet yesterday, we got the worst possible news, and we know we must do this right away. I’m grateful that it’s a clear decision. Tala, Tala Bobala, Talabo, T-bo, T. Skinny Face. Princess Tala. My Little Girl. She started life in a puppy mill ...

wmtc: what i’m reading: welcome to the goddamn ice cube

Canadians might be disappointed to learn that Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North is not about Canada. We sometimes refer to Canada as the Great White North, but the Canada that most Canadians inhabit has little in common with the stark landscapes that author Blair ...

wmtc: pupdate: happiness is a cancer-free dog

Tala’s stitches were removed last week, and we got the full biopsy results: clean margins all around. The surgeon says she does not expect to ever see us again. A week later, I’m still feeling waves of joy and relief. Allan takes the good news in stride, by not letting himself fully contemplate the bad ...

wmtc: hooray for tala

Tala is doing great! Of course she was exhausted and a bit wobbly when she came home, but now she’s well rested and back to herself. And she looks a whole lot better without a disgusting, oozing tumour sticking out of her side! More importantly, there’s a 75% chance the cancer won’t come back. Look ...

wmtc: in which i ride an emotional roller coaster and get off at the top

Short version: Tala has had surgery and has a very good chance of remaining cancer-free. Whoo-hoo! It’s been a crazy couple of days. Monday afternoon we hear the biopsy results. Tuesday morning we have X-rays done. Our vet recommends a top surgeon who is in the area. She has a cancellation, that very afternoon! I ...

wmtc: i’m not ready for another broken heart, or, nothing says mortality like your sick dog

Tala has cancer.  As it happened with Cody, We found a lump. First I was sure it was a cyst, then I was hoping it was a cyst, now I’m just hoping it’s not an iceberg.  There’s a big ugly tumoury thing sticking out, but this type of sarcoma is known to have internal tentacles. ...

wmtc: diego is on tv! (and dogtopia is amazing.)

When we dropped off Tala and Diego for their vacation, a film crew from Breakfast Television was there. The results are here, and Diego is all over that video! (There doesn’t seem to be a way to embed it, so please click!) If you look carefully, you can see Tala in her crate, behind all ...

wmtc: off to vancouver

I struggle to find time to write even a small fraction of what I’d like to post here. But there’s one thing I’ll always write about: my travels. And there are never enough of them. This morning we are flying to Vancouver, our first time there. A few days later, Oregon and a mini family ...

wmtc: dogtopia: a dog hotel comes to mississauga (and we give it a great review)

When we travel, we’ve always had someone stay over in our home with the dogs. In almost 30 years of dogs, we only boarded our dogs once. It was not a good experience, and we never did it again. Also, for many years, our schedules also required a dogwalker. So we’re accustomed to paying for ...

cartoon life: max solves the middle east crisis

Okay, not really. The Middle East crisis is a pretty big crisis and I can’t solve it. But — We’ve been avenging ourselves on Middle Eastern countries for 911 and fighting a “war on terror” now for 14 years. Did we win yet? Has terror stopped? Does anyone feel safer?     I’ve given […] ...

wmtc: a gray rug, a black kong, a happy white dog

We need to get rugs or carpet runners for Tala; she’s slipping on the wood floors when she and Diego play. But with one heavy shedder and one heavy drooler, we’re not too keen on buying nice rugs. While looking for something else at Ikea, we found a rug they were promoting: $17! They’re not ...

wmtc: in which we (re)adjust to apartment life

On August 30, 2015, we marked 10 years of life in Canada. On August 31, we moved from our rented house to a high-rise rental apartment, likely our last move for a very long time. The move itself was an absolute nightmare, a Murphy’s Law Spectacular. I don’t even want to bore you with the ...

wmtc: preparing for the inevitable and diego’s mid-term report card

As the days count down until we move from house to apartment, I’m having trouble shaking my sadness. I’m very aware of the privileged position I’m in. We were able to find a really nice apartment, and although moving is expensive, we’ll be able to absorb it. Right now we have a ridiculous amount of ...

wmtc: dogs, apartments, and anxiety: in which diego returns to school

As I mentioned (almost a month ago now), our pack of four is moving to a new den. We’re going to stop renting houses, as we have done for the past ten years, and move back to apartment life. Although I’ve adjusted to the idea, I’m no happier about it. I’m heartsick that we’ll no ...

centre of the universe: Bones in my pocket

So I’m sitting on the chesterfield, having my tea and thinking how nice it would be to have a patio I could sit on to have my tea and do some writing of a lovely spring morning, when what to my wondering eyes should appear to port side but a little damp black nose and ...

centre of the universe: Why we can’t be friends when you’re in Hawaii

My cousin is in Hawaii right now, and I have vowed that she and I can NOT be friends until she is home. Now. She’s a professional photographer, so all of her pictures of her little “vacation” are fucking gorgeous, and because I am not at all petty or jealous, I’ve decided that I’m going ...

centre of the universe: Storytelling Month – Dogs

To celebrate Storytelling Month, I’m going to tell you at least one story per week in  February. These are all true stories. You know how you sometimes get in to the middle of a situation and then you wonder “how the hell did I get here?”, and then you spend the rest of the night trying ...

wmtc: pupdate!

It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted a pupdate. The short version: Tala is doing great! You may recall that some years back, shortly after we adopted Diego, our Tala was diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome. Thus began a long, slow process of rest, rehabilitation, and experiments with medication. Our little girl’s wild ...

Dead Wild Roses: How to tell if your Dog is involved in a Sex Scandal

Never doubt the frown.  🙂 Filed under: Humour Tagged: Dogs, Frowning, Humour

wmtc: garth hudson returns to big pink

This week, Columbia Records released The Basement Tapes Complete, six CDs of music made by Bob Dylan and The Band at the house they lived in – the legendary Big Pink – in West Saugerties, New York, during the summer of 1967. Although The Band, and Bob Dylan, and Bob Dylan and The Band, are ...