Thursday, November 29, 2007

training update

I have been thinking long and hard about the Petra situation, and I think I am coming to a conclusion. I have a little more thinking to do and then I'll "come clean," so to speak, about what's really bothering me about her. But for now, I need to update everyone on what's going on with my job!

Besides the fact that is what I look like when I get home, I'm working hard. I don't have time to get into everything, so I'll give you the hightlights: 1) I have "manipulated" (as Massah says) my way into getting my very own RUG that my trainees carry around for me whenever we go outside, so that I don't have to sit on the cold, cold grass. I'm very proud of that accomplishment. 2) I have also found that by screaming VERY VERY loudly, I am usually allowed to stop doing whatever we're supposed to be doing (like lying down - I HATE that). Massah says it's because the girls are terrified of my shriek, but I like to think it's because I am so very good training the girls to do my bidding. 3) I no longer have to go outside like the other dogs when we practice "heeling" (I still haven't figured out what they mean by that...) and instead I get to go to a huge gym where people scratch my chin for hours on end. That one was pretty difficult to establish - I had to work hard on my "the blood is freezing in my veins and I can't move at all please help me!!!" face for a long time before they finally caught on to that one. 4) I have taught the trainees to play a form of bitey-face with me that they find immensely amusing. So amusing, in fact, that they would rather do that than make me sit by their side for no apparent reason for hours on end. Woot!

And now on to some not-so-good news: 1) I am known as "The Crack Whore" because I will do ANYTHING for a treat. I do not find that nickname funny or cute in any way whatsoever. 2) The trainees told Massah that I do not behave sometimes. CAN YOU BELIEVE THEY WOULD SAY SOMETHING LIKE THAT?!?! Jeesh. Just because I get tired at the end of the day and don't want to respond to any kind of command, I get stereotyped as the bad dog. I am offended. And lastly, 3) I am being forced to do things I do not want to do. And all because they offer me treats for doing it. I can not even tell you what I've done - I've "sat" on command, I've "stayed" (granted, for very short periods of time), I've "come" like some kind of robotic machine with no brain of its own... all because they offer me baby carrots. I'm ashamed of myself. But I'll do it again for another baby carrot....

Sigh. I only have two more weeks of work. I can make it.

Saturday, November 24, 2007


Well, there has been some discussion about the dog known as Petra Pie. No, I do not like her. Why, you ask? Just look at her:

And now look at this:

Does anyone see the similarities besides me?!?!?!?!?!?!?! I am staying far, far away from her. The only time I am anywhere near her vicinity is when Massah FORCES me to pose.

I do not like it. Not one bit.

Friday, November 23, 2007

new blog

My cousin Petra has a new blog! Check it out at:! I would post a picture of us together, but I don't like her enough to get my picture taken with her. It's a long story.... Here is what we have:

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

it's Petra!

Her name is PETRA.

And this is how I like her best:

And yes, like everyone has said, she is technically my AUNTIE. However, I call her my cousin because I get confused very easily about inter-family relationship labels. For example: Massah-in-law is really Massah's sister, so that theoretically makes her my aunt, but she will always be Massah-in-law to me. So Petra is my cousin. Because my brain is only so big. And you can't teach an old dog new tricks. :-)
You can go to Massah-in-law's blog to see more pictures of Petra. She's a cutie. But she's a crazie-doodle. I'd rather just look at her across the room, because she's very, how shall I say this... energetic. Fig must be teaching her things without my knowledge. Hmmm... must look into that....

Monday, November 12, 2007

here she is:

I have a cousin!

She's four months old, and I can't wait to spend more time with her and maybe introduce her to the world of blogging (I know, I know... recently I've NOT been a good example of how to blog)! I'm sure I'll have some good stories soon!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

it's me

Oh my dogness it's been FOREVER since I've been able to find a computer!!!!! We moved in with Massah-in-law (who is actually Massah's sister) and it's been crazy with all the moving boxes and working three days a week and Massah not having a computer... whew! But I am alive and well -- and I miss you all!!! I hope that in a week or so everything will settle down and I'll get some regular computer time; I'm missing all the exciting happenings in my friends' lives. :-(