Monday, June 24, 2013

Sorrow, Celebration, Betrayal, and SWIMMING!


Two friends made their final journey recently.

Miss Blueberry, the ever elegant Greyhound.
We will miss you, elegant lady. I hope that Bunny is up to filling your place as the queen of the household.
You can visit her blog here.

And Remi, the giant Dalmatian (well, not really, he's a great dane dog).
Our giant friends are never with us for long. Remi was just seven (like my Mango).
You can visit his blog here.


Momma passed her stupid exam. She's now a certified actual Project Management Professional (makes me wonder what she's been doing the past 87 years operating without a license).


Did anybody read momma's blue words yesterday?
Did everybody in blogland know that she was on a puppy quest besides yours truly?
It isn't about "get a puppy" or "don't get a puppy." It's about trust.
What else has she done without consult?


The cement pond next door opened just in the nick of time. It is surface of the sun jungle hot here and I, for one, think that nothing heals sorrow, or feels more like a celebration, or lightens the load of betrayal like a dip in the pool.

Try it, you'll see what I mean.

Sorry for the blurry photo.
Momma should have used the high speed action setting on the flashy.
I ZOOM through the water. She calls me her little otter. 

Dexter done!

P.S. From Mango Momma - thank you for all your considered responses to yesterday's post. It is wonderful to read many different experiences and perspectives and to know that there is a community of crazy dog people who spend a lot of time considering what is best for their beloved friends.


  1. Dexter, I love when you can get back in your cement pond. I am not a swimmer, but I do enjoy seeing you. Mommy especially loves the side of the pool pictures with your paws up on the edge. Mommy is a sucker for an adorable face like yours(giggles). My Mommy has thought a few times about a live in pal for me. I have let her know in no uncertain terms that she is on the wrong path. Congratulations to your Mom on her test, now she can focus on what is impawtant, like you

    Loveys Sasha

  2. The good thing is we have Blogville to REALLY show our crazy dog loving sides! Others just don't understand.

    You are a fantastic swimmer, Dexter.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & roxy

  3. How did you sneak a post about puppies by us that we missed? I must go see what this is about!

    Thank you so much for your kind words about Blueberry! We are having a hard time believing she is really gone. We'd be happy to let you have a picture of her if you wanted it!


  4. You mean to tell us that in all this "get a puppy/don't get a puppy" thing, your Momma didn't even consult you?!? *sheesh* Talk about a dictatorial autocrat! Maybe you can blame her betrayal on the mental fits she was having over this certification thing. (And do your Momma's employers know that they had some unlicensed amateur working for them?!?) At least you can finally retreat to the cement pond!

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

  5. Guess woo won't be getting a little Siberian sisFUR after all ;-)

    PeeEssWoo: Khongrats to The DOH - I think this khalls fur an extra slobbery tennis ball! BTW, I'm sure Angel RH was with her during the exam slobbering the answers to her pea brain ;-)

  6. Gee Whiz Pea.... WE thought your momma was gonna give you a Surprise Puppy fur your Birfday or somethingy... OTHERWISE we would have WARNED YOU instead of having Idiot MOM talk fur 87 hours on your blog. Sorry about THAT buddy.

    WOW Dexter... you are a MAJOR Swimmer fur SURE. YOU have SUPER NEIGHBORS, BTW!!!

  7. I want a pond like yours!


  8. Wow, Dexter - such deep words from you...almost thought we were hearing from the Relentlessy Huge for a second! ;-)

    Congrats to your Momma about her exams! My human, Paul, says that exams get harder & harder as you get older so it's a real achievement. :-)

    Oh, and we're SO behind with everybody's blogs - feel really bad! - so we missed your previous post. Going to check it out now...a new puppy???!!!

    Honey the Great Dane

  9. You must be happy that your mom passed her test so she can stop ignoring you. I sure wish I had a cement pond to go swimming in. All I have is a sprinkler to attack, but it does make me cooler.


  10. Congrats, Mango Momma - off to Bunny's. thanks for the news. I'll be back.

  11. Congratulations on the exam pass.
    Dexter, please go and give Momma and extra lick on our behalf.
    Bertie and Gail.

  12. Congratulations to your momma, Dexter! You sure do look happy taking a dip in the cement pond!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  13. Dexter, you are absolutely right! A good swim fixes anything! Stumpy went swimming in Gloucester yesterday and afterwards forgave me for bringing those two bichons with us.

  14. Congrats to your momma! It's been really hot here too, so I bet that swimming pool feels really good!

    your pal,

  15. Congrats on deserve some well earned brain resting time now. That is one happy dude his his water element

  16. That's why we said ask you, BOL. So sorry to hear about Blueberry and Remmie
    Benny & Lily

  17. just watching you swim makes us smile here! I never swam like that. Prolly b/c I am a Moose not a lab. Very sad to loose some leggy pals. Wonder what momma's next project will be?

  18. Hey Dex! We think that last photo more than makes up for all the rest!


  19. Oh Dex, I'm so sorry to hear abouts you furends crossin' the bridge. I'll head on over...
    Now, Ma missed commenting on yesterday's postie (she gets distracted's my burden to bear...) butts she had to tell you that she laughed soooo much hearin' your Moms talkin' about Angus! Oh, she thought she was the only one who thought we were 'too much' at times!! She says that she now understands why peeps usually have TWO at once...they wear eachother out!
    (she wishes she knew this tidbit before....)
    Anyhu, Dexter, you shouldn't feel too betrayed ~ I'm sure YOU would always have the last word!
    LOVE your cement pond! That looks like some very refreshin' waters!
    Ruby ♥

  20. I'm glad you had the option of swimming Dexter. It is hot as the surface of the sun out there!

  21. That's nice that your neighbor lets you invade their cement pond!! How cool!

    So sorry to hear about our friends who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge. :(

    Elyse and Riley

  22. Dexter, sorry about the loss of your friends. Congrats to your smart Momma on passing her test - I knew she would! I didn't weigh in on the puppy debate because I have an obvious bias towards having two dogs around. Did the single dog thing for many years until we got Miss Panda when our old lab was 12. Puppy Panda learned a lot from that old lab (even some good things) and Jake the Lab found his inner puppy again for a little while. Jake passed away at 13 and Panda was so lonely. I hadn't realized how much she depended on him for company and advice. Enter Boston number 2, Sadie. Since Panda is such a strong personality, we did worry about bullying, but Sadie just lets things roll off her back and they compliment each other perfectly. It was the absolute right decision for our house hold. Besides, Mr. T stole Panda away from me and I needed a BT of my own! Now he's stolen them both! My vote is for a playmate for you, but after going to perhaps dog parks and figuring out what kind of dog you like to hang out with. The big dog/little dog thing worked very well in our case. Best of luck to you and Momma and I'm thrilled you have access to the cement pond again. Ann

  23. Howdy Dex, wowza that header photo made Stella drool a little. She's says you're one handsome labradude. Congratulations to your Momma. As if your Momma and the Master would need another pup with you around. Sheesh. Maybe you could chew up some shoes, pee on the carpet and stuffs just to remind them what it's like to have a pup hehehe.

    Sorry to hear about your friend Miss Blueberry and Remi. We are dropping in to offer condolences. Take care everybuddy. No worries, and slobber, Rory and Stella

  24. Mama is a bit behind in reading posts...and didn't even know about Blueberry and Remi...we feel very bad about losing our friends. Your cement pond is freakin' AWESOME and we love the two pictures...the one with the tennis ball and the header pic!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

  25. Love your new pic!!!

    Congrats to your Mom on passing her exam! Now she's "legal"! :)

    I had not heard about Miss Blueberry - I will have to head over there next. I did hear about Remi - very sad. Our dogs just don't live long enough, do they? :(

  26. I hadn't heard about Blueberry until I read this. How sad! :( I can't believe your momma was talking puppies without even discussing it with you first. How rude!

  27. Well, Hooray for Momma being all properly certified and whatnot!

    I think Momma knows what's best for you. For instance, she took you to the concrete pond, knowing that's best for you! And maybe some day she'll decide you need a new brother.

    We are sorry for the loss of your friends; it's hard to lose a giant personality like those.

  28. Hey Dexter!
    Wow, a big congrats to your Momma on her test! My Mom says tests make her testy...whatever...but a big WAAAHOOOO to your Momma. OMD that pool looks amazing. You're right, nothing soothes like a swimmie session. All of that cool, smooth, blue, wet, W A T E R!!! Ahhhhhh.
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  29. Congratulations to your Mom on the test and congratulations on getting to go swimming! Do you think you could over and show Leroy how to swim Dex?

  30. hello dexter its dennis the vizsla dog hay it wuz verry sad nooz abowt blueberry and i did not no yore other frend but i am always sad to heer that a frend has had to go away!!! i think it wuz a verry neer thing with tucker this week too but do not tel him i sed that!!! ennyway i am glad to see yoo ar having fun in yore konkreet pond eeven tho it is filld with skarry water!!! ok bye

  31. Me sorry about ur friends. (((Hug)))