Sunday, October 28, 2007

Idle Hands Are The Devil's Playground

or something like that.

First things first.

Thanks to all of your for comments and emails about the loss of my dear departed Toilet Kitty. His death was very traumatic and sad, I'm not ready to share it with you yet. But all of your condolences and kind words and well wishes were really, really nice and very comforting. It meant a lot to me. And if Toilet Kitty knew about them ... well, he wouldn't give a shit, because he's a cat and they don't care. But at least one of us does.

So anyway.

Now that my bathroom is empty, I decided it was best to refill it as soon as possible. And because I do everything in a big way, I went out and stuffed it with these:

Ha ha! You should see the look on your face! I'm just kidding, I didn't put these in my bathroom.

They wouldn't fit. I put them in the Northwest corner of the shoebox-cum-apartment that my border collies let me live in. It surprised me to learn that if I didn't usually keep a deep freeze full of dog food in that area, I could fit a small table and chairs there and eat like a normal person, as opposed to balancing a plate on my knees and swatting away dog tongues while I do it. Also, the deepfreeze looks like crap in the living room.

But a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. Yesterday this sweet Australian Shepherd mix was picked up by Animal Control. I guess she was so grateful to them that she bestowed up on them 8 little presents in the middle of the night. Come morning, some of those 8 little presents were dying because the shelter floor is cold cement. One had already passed away.

When the shelter called one of my volunteers this morning with a desperate plea for help, and then she called me, I said "No, absolutely not, no freakin' way am I taking a litter of newborn puppies." Then I hung up the phone, called Adrian and sent him out to Chilliwack to pick them up.

*Le sigh* My next tattoo is going to say S.U.C.K.E.R. and it's going straight across my forehead, behind which there is no brain or sense.

(Anyway, ladies, I should mention that Adrian is still single. And still looking. And if there is anything that will tug at a woman's heartstrings, it has to be a big man carefully carrying a load of small puppies up the stairs swaddled in a blanket and cradled in his arms . For the first time ever, he almost didn't repulse me.)

Now I have all these puppies in my apartment. And my dogs are mad. The Mad Teeth (tm) are flashing left, right and center. Red Dog remembers very clearly the day I brought home Wicked and he didn't like it then, and doesn't like it now. Tweed doesn't like the fact that Mama Dog gets a big bowl of food all to herself and he can't have any of it. Piper doesn't like the fact that there are things cuter than her in my apartment. Woo's just an idiot and keeps sitting on the coffee table. We've had four visitors today, which is four more than we usually have (puppies make Food lady popular!) so my dogs are going off their nuts with the excitement of it all.

But you don't want to hear me babble on about having puppies in my apartment. You want to see photos.

There are 3 girls and 4 boys. Two very dark merles, two lighter merles, two white pups with some merling, and one almost solid black little non-conformist.

There will, of course, be more photos to come. Right now, I am just letting them settle in and get comfortable. You know that apartment you had just after college, and you shared it with one or more other people, and it was a one bedroom and you cleverly made a partition with an old sheet so you could have some privacy? Yeah, that's me now. Except my roommate is 7 little hairy potatoes and their Grand Potato.

What I need now are names. There are, doG willing, 7 pups remaining. Snow White and the 7 Dwarves is out, because we used those names on a recent litter. So we need names in a "Seven" theme for the pups. When they are old enough, assuming I haven't been taken to the Bin by the nice men in the overly white coats, they will be neutered and adopted out to new homes through our rescue. If you have some name suggestions, please leave a comment!

And so my homies don't feel left out, here's a shout out to my own dogs.

The Furry Orange Sausage trying to camouflage himself from squirrels:

Piper tries to overthrow The King

The Tongue

And Donut is ... Donut. Probably doing something bad.

ETA: I ALREADY got called mean names for the phrase "almost didn't repulse me" with respect to Cookie Uncle and this post has only been up for 10 minutes! Here is my penance.

Ladies, the Dogman:

He doesn't seem to repulse the woman giving him the eye in that photo, does he? *nudge nudge, wink wink*


Riva said...

oh my oh my oh my!!!!!

you could name them after the 7 deadly sins...


hehehehe...I would bet those would be huge adoption plusses! ;-)

or there are the Brady's (and you have the right sexes!):

Cindy (or Thindy if you prefer)
and the little rebel black pup is obviously Cousin Oliver!!!

I think you must go buy wieners for the other make them feel might abate the Mad Teeth(tm) a little.

And shame shame for saying Cookie Uncle is repulsive! He is obviously a wonderful man who you are just too good of friends with. I have those too...wouldn't trade them for all the Romeo's out there! :-)

hugs to the resident pups and kit as well as the potato (Brady) family...and of course you in your sadness.

Anonymous said...

Your new tattoo should say N.U.T.S.
and the pups named after nuts - peanut, hazel, filbert, macadamia, brazil, almond, coconut, etc.

Thank you for rescuing doggies.

Natalie said...

Oh so cute!!!! But I don't envy you.... after dealing with young litters of kittens at work I am DONE with the newborns!!

I like the 7 deadly sins idea. HA!

Anonymous said...

How about the seven days of the week?

I love your picture of the mama--she is beautiful!

jewele said...

Maybe go with the potato theme???
Here is a starter list but I am sure their are even more varieties to choose from...

Irish Cobbler
Tater Tot

Thanks for doing such a wonderful job...
your rescue work, your blog and your photography!

jewele said...

Or a tribute to Toilet Kitty...

American Standard (A.M. for short)

riosmom said...

The number of stellar objects in the solar system visible to the naked eye — the Sun, the Moon and the five classical naked eye planets: Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn. The girls could be Sun, Moon, and Venus and the boys Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn. The mom could be Mother Earth or Mother nature. Corny I know. I liked the idea of nuts and potatoes. The days of the week is also good. Have fun - I don't envy you. I hope you find a foster home before they reach the running around stage.


riosmom said...

Not a group of seven but the major rivers provide a lot of names including the Rio Grande. :-)

Buzz & His Food Lady said...

I love the toilet theme!

Here's a theme from the show Heroes, which I spent all weekend watching in order to write a snarky snarky paper about the exact ways in which it sucks!

Boy choices:

Ted - radioactive
West - flies
Alejandro - consoles?
D.L. - walks through walls
Isaac - paints the future
Micah - controls any machine
Hiro - bends space and time

Claire - regenerates/heals
Niki - split personality/alter ego is very strong
Eden - you do anything she asks
Maya - kills people when she cries?
Monica - copycat, if she sees it she can do it.

Wendy said...

Just wanted to say I Love your blog, read it all the time!
Sorry to hear about Toilet kitty.
You're newest edition looks VERY MUCH like my Nicky, a Catahoula mix (no aussie in her)I love her (Nicky), she's a fabulous dog. but like you, my heart belongs to the BC's as well.
Keep up bloggin' I love to read your tribe's antics, and your commentary is a hoot!

The Border Collies said...

You're newest edition looks VERY MUCH like my Nicky, a Catahoula mix (no aussie in her)

Indeed. Catahoula would come to mind for Mama Dog as well, except that she has a liberal amount of butt fluff, typical of any self respecting Aussie, as well as a FUZZY half tail. I do wonder if she would have more coat were she a) a grown up dog (she is not, she is still very much a puppy) and b) if she had not just had pups. The bum hair and tail scream Aussie, so our best guess is Aussie X Lab. It will be fun to watch the pups grow up. Maybe at your house??

Anonymous said...

Oh my is right!!

I like the nuts idea for can shorten them to something they can grow into later (mac, coco etc)

Those dogs are sure lucky to have found you. Im sure Mom wont look quite so forlorn and sad next time we see a pic, now that she has you.

ACB said...

I very much love the Sins and was going to post that. The Toliet idea is great too, forgot Moen. You could go Mythological, trees, counties, countries, continents, candy (so close to halloween!), dog food? So so many.

Although I'm married, I think Cookie Uncle has quite the nice tookus in that photo. Growl.

On another unrelated note, have you seen the video of the trained Border Collie and it's owner doing a Charlie Chaplin routine? Soooo good. Best of luck with your new pups....oooh...Pound Puppies! lol

Faeri said...

Man Riva, I was going to post the sins! I guess you could also go with the seven graces. Fuck me if I know what they all are though...

Grace? Beauty? Charm? Sloth..oh wait.

Anonymous said...

Name them after the S Club 7 members!

Fiona said...

Pity there are only 5 Spice Girls, but you could make up a couple more.... or the seven wonders of the world. The seven sages of Greece may be a bit hard to pronouce.

Or the Shinto Seven Gods of Good Fortune seems appropriate for the lucky sausages:

Ebisu, god of fishers or merchants

Daikokuten (Daikoku), god of wealth, commerce and trade.

Bishamonten, god of warriors.

Benzaiten (Benten-sama), goddess of knowledge, art and beauty,especially Music.

Fukurokuju, god of happiness, wealth and longevity.

Hotei, the fat and happy god of abundance and good health.

JurĊjin (Gama), god of longevity.

Mary said...

Have you named your puppies? Here are my suggestions:
1. Professor
2. Gilligan
3. Skipper
4. Thurston
5. Lovie
6. Mary Ann
7. Ginger

Gilligan's Island (for those old enough to remember) Yea!

Thanks for posting, your pix are divine, and am just loving your blogs.