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Goodnight, Sweet Boy

Some Mondays are way, way worse than others. It is with heavy hearts that John and I tell you our crazy boy Takoda is no more. Our big, furry monster decided to go for an unsupervised run yesterday at noon and didn’t come back. We whistled and called and called and whistled. He came home three times and from 20 feet away he looked at us and grinned and took off again, white flag tail high. He was not a dog who listened well, he thought little of commands and direct orders. And it has been really cold, so he had been more confined than usual.

We live in the country, you know. He was shot on a neighboring farm – someone thought he was a threat to livestock. It’s breaking our hearts, but we understand how it happened. There was a killer pack of dogs around here until a month or so ago, they did a lot of damage. Some of the farmers are justifiably trigger happy. He never knew what hit him, we don’t think he suffered at all.

John picked Takoda up in his pick up and brought the boy home. We loved on his big, warm and furry body and buried him in the woods at the back of our land. Takoda liked to dig holes and chase moles and jump in the leaves back in those woods.

We loved this boy hard for the fourteen months he was ours.


My Work is Never Done

I realize I have been too busy playing outside to blog.  Mom said I will lose my fans unless I get to work, but I have been working all day!

First I had to walk Dad early in the morning fog.  It was pretty we like spider webs.  Sometimes webs get on my face I don’t like that.  But I like the morning walks, I am quite handsome in the morning sun.

Then I had to walk Mom up to our new house site on a very steep hill.  new home

Then I had to walk down the hill past where we live to get to the river.  There was a mole under the grass, so I had to dig.

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Then I had to dig some more.  It’s my job I must work.  There are moles everywhere I must dig, dig.

Also last night Mom left the gate unlatched I ran.  I ran down our hill, up the hill to see Esa and Sam and No-name we ran.  Mom had to come get me I did not come when Mom and Dad called, I was tired but I still had to dig.  My face gets dirty and my paws get dirty but I must dig.  If the mole gets away I have not done my job.   Mom won’t let me kill the moles she puts them back and I have to leave the area.   I like when they try to fight me I weigh 70 pounds and 9 ounces now.  They cannot win.mole

chasing rodentsherding dogI am very handsome with dirt on my face I am a working dog.  Mom made me go in the river I liked it.  I got the dirt off of my white parts and shook all over Mom and got her pants wet she does not care.  Mom said she expects no less from me I don’t know what that means.

When we walk back up the steep dirt road to our house it makes me tired.  I lie down in the grass and I won’t get up I pant I am tired.  Mom tells me “TAKODA GET UP, I AM HOT.  Let’s go get some water and cool off.”  Mom is not wearing a black fur coat she does not know hot.  Plus, I do all the digging and I just had all the water I need in the river I am not thirsty I just need to lie down.

I get burrs in my fur.  They are not very attractive so Mom pulls them off and I eat them all.  She said I don’t have to eat them but I think it is another one of my jobs so I eat burrs.  Then I nap for several hours so I can walk Mom again later.  My work is never done.


Art In Autumn

I got to go to an art festival in Weaverville today it was great! Mom was a volunteer all day so Dad took me to see her on Main Street. There were a lot of dogs and even more people. Dad walked me in the Nature Park the sun was warm and I got a lot of attention because I am very handsome. People patted my head and touched me and remarked on my looks I liked it.

Mom said the art talent was extraordinary, I don’t know that word but I got some feta cheese. Mom got some pottery I tore the bag and one piece broke. Uh-oh. It was fun anyway I like Weaverville because Weaverville likes dogs.

All Fixed

Mom and Dad took me to the Vet’s office and I got neutered.   I don’t know what that means, but I did not like it at all.   My tummy got shavedshepherd,neuter itchy itchy.   I was dizzy all day and I could not have food in the morning I did not like that I was hungry.

Mom said I had to get fixed so I would calm down.  Dad said he was breaking the man code.  Mom said Dad was being silly it was not HIM being neutered.   Dad said if I weren’t crazy he would put his foot down and I would not get fixed at all but since I am wild he told Mom to ahead and she did.

I am sensitive, Mom had to take me to Dr. Wootten’s office 6 times to let everyone touch me and give me treats so I could get my blood work done.  I am too sensitive they did not get my blood I went crazy. I like Evelyn, she gave me a lot of treats I let her touch my legs but I did not like it.  I got Mellow-tonin before I went for my neutering.  Mom said I would relax it made me sleepy mellow I liked it.

I like Dr. Wootten she is smart and pretty she is nice to me even when I am crazy.  I got liverwurst and cheese on a stick so I would be good.   I know Dr. Wootten thinks I am very handsome I weigh 65 pounds.   I am fixed and handsome and I still get in trouble almost every day so my neutering maybe did not work.  I made Mom go to the hospital.  Bad dog.

Belly Flops

Mom said, “Let’s go to the river, Takoda!”  I was excited.   We went for a walk, We have a long driveway with 2 million rocks.  Down at the road I saw Daisy 2 from next door I ran.  Mom tried to run with me I ran faster and faster, way faster than Mom.  Mom yelled at me I did not listen I was excited I ran after Daisy 2.  Mom fell on the road she cried out I did not listen.  Mom said her belly flop knocked the wind out of her she could not breathe.

Another dog Esa checked on Mom I ran with Daisy 2 I forgot about Mom.  Uh-oh.  Mom was bleeding, she did not chase me she was crying she went home.   Mom had bruises all over her tummy and her arms and legs and her arm was swollen and her hand had a rock stuck in it.  injuryretractable leashes

I was wearing my 26 foot retractable leash for dogs up to 110 pounds.  I weigh 62 pounds I am big and handsome.   I ran away with Daisy 2 and 26 feet of leash bouncing behind me.

retractable leashI ran with my long leash I got stuck on the mountain.  When Dad came home, he and Mom looked for me they called me and called me.  They drove, they  walked, they yelled they said they feared the worst.  I am a  puppy I don’t know what the worst is but I don’t think it happened to me yet.

I broke my leash after three hours and I went home.  I did not chew it I snapped it in two I am strong.   Dad said that box had false advertising I broke my leash it was not easy, though, it hurt my neck.

Mom had a big gin and tonic and an ice pack.  Dad was mad at me for hurting Mom I did not mean to I got excited.  Dad was also mad because he paid a lot of money for my new leash the day before.  (Because I snapped the one that was for dogs up to 60 pounds.)  I did not want to hurt Mom I am a good boy.  Mom said the jury is still out, she said I am a challenge.  She said some other words, too but she said I could not write those in here or I would be in even more trouble.

It took a month for Mom to get better.   Then I did it again.  Mom asked, “Takoda, where’s your ball?”  I saw it I ran.  I pulled Mom off of a ledge in the yard she did another belly flop in the rocks on the driveway and hurt the same elbow again.  Dad was there, I got in trouble.   He said I am a pain in the you-know-what.   I don’t know what, but I think he meant the elbow.

Mom’s elbow still hurts and it is still swollen I feel bad I love Mom.   I have a pinch collar now I will try not to hurt Mom again.

Bark Park

Mom and Dad take me to the Bark Park in Asheville sometimes so I can run run run until my legs shake.  I like that it feels funny.  I drink a lot of water there the other dogs chase me I chase them, too.   I have friends there one of my friends only has three legs I don’t know why but he is very fast he can run as fast as me and I am fast as lightning.   His Mom is an Occupational Therapist I don’t know what that means but she rescued him and gives him a massage every night he is lucky. My Mom said that is the strongest back leg in the world.  Carrier Park My other friend has his haircut like a lion I think it is silly but he gets a lot of attention so he likes it.  Mom calls him Mr. Mane.  He has big fur on his face and neck and the end of his tail I hope Mom does not get my fur like that I would not like it.  Look at my tail it is beautiful I don’t want a lion tail. dog park asheville My other friend is Mocha she was the only girl dog at the park that day she was popular we chased her she flipped over she was very cute.  IMG_0965All the boy dogs chased her she was tired but I think she liked it we played a lot.  She has a pink harness it is very attractive. One day there was a very aggressive boy dog there his name was Leroy.  Mom called him Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.  He was all teeth his Dad did not pay attention until there was snarling I was scared.  He was little but he was mean.  He came after me a lot and I ran away faster and faster so he could not getLeroy me.  I don’t like mean dogs I like playful dogs.  Mom pushed Leroy away with her foot so he would not snap at me any more.  We went to the little dog side of the park to get away from Leroy.  Mom asked the people with little dogs if I could come over because I am sweet I don’t bite other dogs they said yes.  The little dogs didn’t play very much so we went home I was bored. I like the Bark Park I can run for an hour without stopping then I lie down so Mom knows it is time to take me home.   I sleep in the car I am tired.  When I get home I get a treat and I get to drink a lot of water and I take another nap.  That is a good day.


I have a sweater and a duck and some bones to gnaw.  Mom gave me her sweater it is blue I put my head on it for my nap.  Sometimes I fight with my sweater I love my sweater it smells like Mom.  I have a duck it  squeaks I like the duck it honks.  I get bones I am a lucky dog and I am very attractive, also.  See for yourself.