Friday, June 27, 2008

How to really impress your Goodreads friends!

Ms. Clotheshorse is a girl after my own heart. I love her style and indie-romantic photography (and I hereby confess to checking out various fashion blogs). She also knows how to budget - she has vowed not to shop until she finishes War & Peace! I should try something like this. If nothing else, I'd get through some really big books in record time!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Depressing post.

Like Bad Rap, I believe that the overwhelming majority of dog fatalities are preventable, and stories like this one just break my heart. My prayers go out to this poor child's family.

A dog that is left chained to a fence for months, neglected, hungry, and unsocialized - this is not a "family dog" that "turned on" its owner or a child. Living in an impoverished area of Oakland, I see miserable, unstable, frantic, chained-up dogs (usually pits, rotties, or German Shepherds, but sometimes even Chihuahuas) every time I take a walk around my neighborhood. Some of these dogs are clearly aggressive towards people, and I fear them. Despite all the recent good press for pits, I am reminded that we still have a very long way to go.

(Thanks to Bad Rap for the informative links.)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Searching for ...

As it turns out, half the fun of having a blog is reading your blog stats. Especially the Google searches that have lead readers to your blog.

Some of my favorites:

Can pit bulls herd sheep?

Um, not my pit bull. But in theory, yes. Still, I've heard that pit bulls are generally better at herding cows - they nip a bit too hard to be ideal for sheep.

Bread maggots + yeast

That does sound like something I would talk about, doesn't it? Believe me, if that combination comes up in my life, I will blog about it.

Bolting swiss chard can you eat it?

Yes. But mine usually bolts when I become so sick of the sight of the stuff that I don't have the energy to prune it back anymore. Right now it's bolting all over our tomatoes and potatoes. We keep saying, "Look, the potatoes are flowering!" only to discover that those are actually chard flowers. But I'm letting it make a mess of the garden in order to encourage a new generation of "volunteers" for the fall. By the time they come up, boiled chard stems might sound good again.

Folk art mobile homes

Oh, do tell! That sounds right up my alley!

Footwarmers pitbull poison

At first, reading this, I was imagining Omie poisoning herself with a pair of cute wool socks. But then I remembered those chemical footwarmers that people use in cold climates. I live in California. This is unlikely to come up.

Hypochondria blog

Oh, is that what this is?

Tips how to impress husband

I need those tips too! Falling ungracefully into dog-holes, screaming and kicking when Steve tries to disinfect my wounds, and cramming the freezer so full of whole grains that Steve can't find his frozen pizza - amazingly, this is not doing the trick.

I have three pit bulls is that too many?

It is not possible to have too many pit bulls, you lucky creature.

What do you do when you decide to be a poor, country-folk artist?

That is a really good question. Uh, start praying? Hang in there.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Blogging follow-ups.

Crouton ate a bunch of raw bread dough, swelled up to approximately the size of one of those Heineken mini-kegs, started acting liking he had drunk two of them, and ended up at the animal ER, getting intravenous fluids.

So much for my hard-core bread-making phase - I haven't had the heart to make bread since it almost killed my dog.

And remember those holes the dogs were busy digging? Well, I fell into one, and skinned my knees. Ouch! The bigger ouch came when I realized we were out of Neosporin and I had to use hydrogen peroxide instead. Wow. That &%$@ hurts.

We do seem to have the moth-infestation under control, thanks to daily vigilance from Steve. So the ick-factor in our lives is once again mostly dog-related (as it should be). Our cupboards are now lined with attractive glass jars full of beans and grains. The only problem is that our freezer is full to overflowing - it's a good day when you can open it without a pound of millet landing on your shoes. The general consensus in the household seems to be: "Inder really needs to work on that Depression-era mentality of hers. I hear therapy works wonders for pearl barley hoarding."

My new-clothing fast is over, and I did hit Target with Rebecca and score a couple of cute items that I'll be sporting soon. However, I am holding off on expensive items, including adorable, made-for-Inder suits. Saving money is no fun, but I was newly inspired after seeing the vet bill for Crouton.

Tyson is still up for adoption! What a cutie! With all the good pit bull news lately (combined with cute photos), I've sort of forgotten why we don't have a dozen of the cute little spark-plugs running around the house in a little pit bull pack. Oh ... wait ... what's wrong with this picture? Oh, yeah, and Steve reminds me of this. And that whole budgeting thing. Sigh.

Motivation: The price of our farm has been reduced - again!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Good news in the dog world!

The Dutch government has decided to lift its 15 year ban on pit bulls! (Or maybe it's 25 years? There is some confusion in the article.) Why? Because, after reviewing the policy, the government found that the ban "did not lead to any decrease in bite incidents." The evidence just doesn't support breed-specific legislation. It's so good to see those words in print!

See the photo of a white pit bull associated with the article? That's Teddles, one of the Vick dogs. Two years ago, when I first got Omie, I never dreamed I would see this much positive press about pit bulls so soon!

I don't think Omie knows she is a pit bull, but if she did, she'd be smiling (as it is, she's smiling at me in this photo because Steve is about to throw her a pine cone to chase - a real reason to be happy!).

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Yep, we're thugs.

As you may have heard, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is in support of local laws banning pit bulls like the one in Denver, which required the immediate destruction of any dog deemed to be a pit bull in the City, regardless of its individual temperament. And you can probably guess that I'm not in favor of such an approach.

To use some vocabulary that I learned in law school (but haven't had much of a chance to show off since), such laws are both "overinclusive" (because they implicate pit bulls who represent no danger to society) and "underinclusive" (because they fail to account for dangerous dogs that don't happen to be pit bulls). That is to say, pit bull bans are neither fair nor effective.

According to PETA:
But we must consider that nice families rarely come to a shelter to adopt pit bulls; almost without exception, those who want pit bulls are attracted to the "macho" image of the breed as a living weapon and seek to play up this image by putting the animals in heavy chains, taunting them into aggression, and leaving them outside in all weather extremes in order to "toughen" them. There is no denying that pit bulls are at a higher risk of suffering a horrible fate. - Jeff Haines PETA Spokesman (emphasis mine)
He has a point. I mean, look at our suffering "living weapon":

Before Omie came my way, I never considered myself to be a "pit bull person." Okay, I admit it, I wasn't even a dog person. But I saw this little brown dog in need, and she saw a face to slurp and a potential source of pillows and blankets. The rest is history.