"Igor the Mighty", City Life, Dogs, Humor, Life, Madison WI, Senior Citizens

Liar, Liar Pants on Fire, Your Nose Is Longer

Liar, liar, pants on fire
Your nose is longer than a telephone wire

Ask me, baby, why I’m sad
You’ve been out all night, know you’ve been bad

The Castaways

OK, here’s a question for all you dog owners out there. Do your dogs fake poop?

I take Igor out for one last walk every evening around 11:00 PM and we always walk the same route. He noses around until he finds a place he wants to pee and that could be anywhere but he always stops in the same spot to poop. A spot which he seems to need to locate exactly by smell–I mean he really snuffles around to find it and I’m patient, I let him take his time.

Then he takes the pooping stance. You know that “Omigawd I’ve got to dump a big one and it ain’t gonna be pretty” contorted dog stance? The one that makes you look away and pretend that that isn’t your dog on the end of the leash you are holding in your hand. The one that makes you cringe because it looks like something so damn painful is about to happen. The one where they get “that look” on their face, like they’re concentrating on something very important.

OK so he makes the stop and takes the stance and does the poop dance. You know, the poop dance. Those four or five steps a dog takes when they are are all hunched up in the contorted poop stance with that far away look on their sweet faces while they are actually realeasing the poop from their colon. THAT dance.

Ok, so Igor does the poop dance in the same place every night but I’ll be damned if I can ever find the evidence. I swear, there is NEVER any poop there. I thought, well,  maybe I just can’t see the poop. I’m old, bad night vision and all that but when I went back to look the next morning I could never find any evidence of any poop either.

Now Madison is a really clean city but I really, really doubt if there is a poop patrol out there cleaning up after Igor and me. But one never knows and Madison has laws about leaving pet waste laying around. I don’t want to be breaking any laws. Especially not shitty laws.

My friend Kathleen has started walking with us for the past few nights and she couldn’t see any poop either. So tonight she reminded me to take my flashlight and brought hers along as well. We decided we were going to solve this shitty  mystery. Dogs just don’t FAKE pooping.

Igor fakes pooping. Every.single.night. He goes throught the ritual of pooping but he doesn’t poop. He pretends to poop!

Why? Why does he assume the stance, get that look on his face, and embarrass himself and me every.single.night? What’s with that?

By the way, did you know that Dachshund literally means Badger Dog?  Pretty appropriate dog for Madison folks to have, eh?  There are all kinds of them in the downtown area.  Most of them are miniatures.  I have one of the kingsized ones.  Or maybe he’s a Large Economy Size.  Compared to the Mini’s, he’s a giant!  I’ve actually met one with blue eyes!   That is a really cool dog!

My daughter’s greyhound has red eyes though–that’s even cooler.  I thought it was my camera making her eyes red and kept trying to take the red out until I really looked at her when I was taking a picture of her to be sure the flash wouldn’t catch her eyes.  She’s ebbil!

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Apartment life, City Life, Dogs, Downtown Madison, Life, Madison WI, Off-leash Dog Parks, Pets, Play

Working Like a Dog

It’s been a hard day’s night, and I’d been working like a dog
It’s been a hard day’s night, I should be sleeping like a log
But when I get home to you I find the things that you do
Will make me feel alright
You know I feel alright

John Lennon & Paul McCartney performed by The Beatles

I took Igor to the dog park at the bottom of Broom Street last night around 5ish when all the pups and their Moms and Dads were there but he was way too overwhelmed by everyone–people AND dogs. He really is a shy dog.

The people there were really nice and friendly but my dog just isn’t up for socializing yet so we went back early this afternoon when we had the park all to ourselves and he was overjoyed to be off the leash and allowed to run free.

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It’s absolutely fantastic that the city provides a fenced area for folks to take their dogs to play in the downtown area. I’d hate to think that Igor would have to spend the rest of his life on a leash.

There are four off-leash dog parks in Madison. We are about six blocks from the dog park downtown and I feel very fortunate to live so near one. The dog park permit is $20.00 a year, $10.00 for Senior Citizens and Disabled People (that’s me!) or $3.00 a day. That’s a bargain!

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"Igor the Mighty", City Life, Classical Piano, Dogs, Fazil Say, Igor Stravinsky, Life, Madison WI, Memory Lane, Pets, Professional Wrestling, State Street, Veterinary, WISCONSIN

“Igor The Mighty” Stravinsky! errr… Who?

 

Igor Stravinsky – Le Sacre du Printemps For Piano – Fazil Say

I got a dog. The primary reason I got a dog was because of the worrisome increase in the crime rate in downtown Madison. This is probably still one of the safest cities of its size in the US but there have been some pretty violent crimes in downtown Madison recently.

I decided I absolutely needed a dog when I had to get a restraining order against someone who lives in my building. Security locked buildings don’t protect in cases like that and I’ll be damned if I’m going to move! I like where I live.

This is my Dachshund/Beagle (Dachsle)

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Igor

Igor’s name was Snoopers before I got him but I thought that was a pretty lame name for such a manly fella so I renamed him because he looks exactly like the dog my baby brother brought home when I was 11. Except he’s at least three times as big. That dog was named after “The Mighty Igor” a huge weight lifting wrestler of the 1960’s because he was so tiny.

I found him on Petfinder.com. I was keeping an eye on the Dane County Humane Society website well. I had also looked at a few rescue organizations. Boston Terriers in particular. The ad said his legs are twisted but they don’t hurt him, they just look funny. I thought that was a funny/suspicious thing to say in an ad but some people just don’t have a clue about advertising so I sent an email and asked for pictures.

His legs do look funny but not that bad and omigwd he looks jut like Igor the first so I asked to meet him and I was really impressed with his personality and how healthy he looks.  On closer inspection it looks like he is double jointed and may have a club foot but nothing medical going on that is going to cost big bucks to manage.

Nevertheless I wanted to get him checked out right away and besides, my building management says I have to have vet certification that the dog I get is healthy and up to date on all of his shots so Tuesday I called Badger Cab and asked them if they would take me and the dog to the Veterinary. They would and they did! Yay Badger Cab!

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Badger Cab

We went to see Dr Mike Kohn the Petinaryat 1014 Williamson Street. He took care of my son’s American Buldog who had some pretty serious skin allergies for years until son’s roomate won the dog in a custody battle and moved out of state.

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The Petinary

Dr Kohn put my concerns about his front legs to rest right away. My Dachsle has some Basset Hound in him so that’s why he’s such a big guy. Basically he’s just a mutt. <grin> A very handsome mutt. My building manager brought one of her colleagues who works for the same corporation but in another building up to my apartment to see him because she thinks he is such a cutie. <grin> Everywhere we go he gets grins.

Mr. Adorable hasn’t been taught any city manners though and when we were out for our walks he was really dragging me around. My arm hurt from trying to control him and using a cane, I was afraid to go very far and definitely wasn’t about to try to cross a busy street until I had better control of the situation on our walks. Dr Kohn recommended the Gentle Leader Headcollar rather than a choke collar which were available right next door at MadCat Pet Supplies.

It’s magic! It stopped the pulling instantly and Igor is now walking at a heel with me making the decisions about where to go. He doesn’t like it because he can’t have his head and do whatever he wants to do but it isn’t hurting him.

They only had Hot Pink but I figure it takes a real man to wear pink and he can deal. I’ll have to get someone to help me take a picture of him with it on. I took him to the bank and pharmacy at the beginning of rush hour after two practice sessions and although he was nervous he did very well.

I love this city so much. Dogs are not only welcome here, he got treats at both places!

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State Street at Noodles & Co.

 

This was part of our route although this picture was not taken Wednesday. This is the bus stop at Noodles & Co where I catch the bus to go almost everywhere I go by Metro.  It’s about two blocks from home if I take the short cut and three almost four if I don’t.

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PS Did you notice the pictures? They were taken with my very own Canon PowerShot 460 and manipulated with Xandros Linux DigiKam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"Igor the Mighty", City Life, Crime, Dogs, Downtown Madison, Madison WI, Pets, Police, The Isthmus, WISCONSIN

Ain’t Nothing But a Hound Dog

 I memorize every line
I kiss the name that you sign
And darlin, then I read again right from the start
Love letters straight from your heart

by Elvis Presley (words and music by Edward Heyman and Victor Young)

OK, here’s a question for all you dog owners out there. Do your dogs fake poop?  I take Igor out for one last walk every evening around 11:00 PM and we always walk the same route. He noses around until he finds a place he wants to pee and that could be anywhere but he always stops in the same spot to poop. A spot which he seems to need to locate exactly by smell.

Then he takes the pooping stance. You know that “Omigawd I’ve got to dump a big one and it ain’t gonna be pretty” contorted dog stance? The one that makes you look away and pretend that that isn’t your dog on the end of the leash you are holding in your hand. The one that makes you cringe because it looks like something so damn painful is about to happen. The one where they get “that look” on their face, like they’re concentrating on something very important.

OK so he makes the stop and takes the stance and does the poop dance. You know, the poop dance. Those four or five steps a dog takes when they are are all hunched up in the contorted poop stance with that far away look on their sweet faces while they are actually releasing the poop from their colon. THAT dance.

Ok, so Igor does the poop dance in the same place every night but I’ll be damned if I can ever find the evidence. I swear, there is NEVER any poop there. I thought maybe I just can’t see the poop. Bad night vision and all that but when I go back to look the next day I could never find any evidence of poop.

I really doubt if there is a poop patrol out there cleaning up after Igor and me. But one never knows and Madison has laws about leaving pet waste laying around. I don’t want to be breaking any laws. Especially not shitty laws.

My friend Kathleen has started walking with us for the past few nights and she couldn’t see any poop either. So tonight she reminded me to take my flashlight and brought hers along as well. We decided we were going to solve this poop mystery. Dogs just don’t FAKE poop.

Igor fakes pooping. Every.single.night. He goes throught the ritual of pooping but he doesn’t poop. He pretends to poop!

Why? Why does he assume the stance, get that look on his face, and embarrass himself and me every.single.night? What’s with that?

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