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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.

chasing rodents





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.


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.


The BywaterYesterday the sun was out and it was 80 degrees.   Mom and Dad took me to the Bywater Pub in Asheville to celebrate.  I met 5 new dog friends and 2 cute little girls.  Everyone petted me and fussed over me I am handsome.  Everyone said I am SO BIG for 5 months it is true I am big.  Yesterday made me 5 months old I am very large for a puppy.

Mom and Dad said I was a good boy and Mom got me a hot dog from Teau Food.  It was delicious I want another one.   I want to go back there soon.  Mom said it is their favorite hangout in the summer we will go back I can’t wait I want to go now.  My Mom does not really have a pole sticking out of her head.

Enough Already

Takoda passed out after his little jaunt to doggie daycare.   What the hell is that?  I never had daycare.  I’m a cat.  I take care of myself.
Here I am in this picture, checking out the property.  I survey, I take action, I don’t put up with any crap.
Orange Boy CatI CERTAINLY don’t need any damn daycare.

That dog is a piece of work.  All I hear is, “Who is Mama’s good boy?” and “Did you have fun at school pup-pup?”  Makes me want to strategically puke hairballs and grass if you know what I mean.  I have been a GOOD BOY for 12 years now.   I was first, I have loved Mom and Dad through thick and thin.  I have been a GOOD BOY.  Those days are over.   I am about to take back some territory from the brat.

Rory Gallagher is no help at all, I’ll  have to do it  myself.  No problem, I wasn’t alone on the streets for the first 2 years of my life for nothing.  I’ll handle it.  That’s how I roll.

I Love Doggie Daycare!

You know why?  Because that giant 50 pound cat-chasing idiot is IN IT today.  That means Rory Gallagher has full run of the place without being chased by the monster.  I am Rory Gallagher, a fine cat.   This is me in Dad’s trailer.  Cute, yes?  Mom says I have pumpkin pie eyes because they are orange-y brown like that pie.  I took Takoda’s password so I could write this.  He won’t like it but I don’t care.Rory Gallagher

My brother-cat is Amos, he is 14 or 15 so he sleeps a lot.   He hates the dog even more than I do.  Takoda ruined our lives. Takoda thinks Amos and I belong in the bedroom so he chases us back every time we try to go into the living room.  He eats our food, too.  He inhales a bowl of crunchiness like it is air.  He is a glutton.  A pig.  A smelly dog.



Amos is brave, he is a fighter.

He will face off with that dog and hiss and scratch his nose.  Amos won’t let Takoda in our room, he has that dog in his place.  I hide behind Amos whenever I can.  Why should I risk this face if I can hide behind Amos the Warrior?

Takoda likes to chase me, I hate him.  He is nuts.  It was bad enough when I had to face off with hens, they were intimidating, but I was not afraid.  Mom and Dad say Takoda just wants to play.  That may be, but he wants to play “eat the kitty” so I have to  be very, very cautious.   Stealthy.  Sneaky.  Prepared at all times.  I stay outside and catch mice and voles all day.  I watch Takoda from the tall grass I know all there is to know and he is too dumb to figure it out.   I see his every move.

Amos and I get to sleep in the bed with Mom and Dad.  I like to play at 4:30 a.m.  No one else does.  Takoda has to stay in the living room.  That’s good, otherwise I would have to watch him  all night.  I can’t be everywhere all the time.  I have work to do.   I want to learn  to open the gate to let the dog out so he will get lost.  I watch how it’s done, if I had thumbs this would all be over.  At least we have doggie daycare.


Bath Time

I brought a dead raccoon to Mom and Dad today.  They were not as pleased as I hoped they would be, it smelled bad it was a furry skeleton with a full tail I was proud.  Mom said she will spare you the picture it is very bad.

I had consequences again, vanilla bath consequences.  I did not like that I was wet and I smelled like a cookie.  Mom and Dad said “TOO BAD, Takoda.”  I can’t go out now because it is chilly and I am wet Dad said I might get sick so I shredded my pee pad for fun.   They said I am pushing it.  I don’t know what it is how can I be pushing it?  Mom said I go to daycare tomorrow so she can spring clean I want to play run play bite run.

The other dogs will think I smell funny from consequences I wonder if they get consequences, too?

State Dog?

State Dog Material
State Dog Material

Takoda here.  Most days I am allowed to go next door for a little while and play with my friend.  My friend is long-legged and skinny, a stray and he is young like me he is brindle stripey.  He stays with a man who does not want him but no one can catch him he is too fast.  The man feeds him but his other dogs get the food they are very big and strong.  He runs faster than me that is very super fast.  Mom and Dad thought he was a girl-dog Mom said “she” looked like my Uncle Robert and Aunt Karen’s dog Daisy, who is a Plott Hound, the state dog of North Carolina.  I want to the be state dog of North Carolina.  I am very handsome I should be the state dog.  Daisy lives in California so I do not understand why she is the state dog of North Carolina that does not make sense.  Vote for Takoda state dog!  My cousin Daisy is cute she can be state dog of California.

Daisy of CA
Daisy of CA

My friend is too skinny he does not get as much food as I do Mom said his hip bones make her sad.  Mom and Dad try to feed him but he is afraid of all people.  Sometimes Dad puts food on his driveway for him.   Mom calls my friend Daisy 2 she thought he was a girl until this week.  Mom has wanted to catch Daisy 2 and have her fixed so she won’t have puppies that nobody loves.  I don’t know why anybody would not want to love a puppy.  That is dumb, puppies are the best things ever just look at me I am a puppy everybody loves me.  Mom has tried to get a picture of Daisy 2 but he is too fast.

This week my Mom’s friend Elizabeth from San Diego came to visit I loved her.  San Diego is in California I wonder if she knows Daisy?  Elizabeth brought me a rope toy with bones I like it.  Mom and her friend Elizabeth took me for a walk to the river we saw my friend Daisy 2 and Mom said he has a pee-pee now he is a boy so we won’t have puppies that is good.  But Mom said she still wants to get Daisy 2 fixed so he won’t make puppies and she does not want me to make puppies.  I don’t know how to make puppies I don’t care we went to the river!  Mom made me stay on my leash but I got to run in the creek and I got to jump in the river I love cold water on my paws.  Then I jumped on Mom with wet paws and got her shirt and pants wet she said “Oh Takoda get down!”  I tried to jump on Elizabeth but Mom made my leash short Elizabeth said I am very good dog.  There was a man at the river he smiled he did not have many teeth I think his puppy teeth fell out I smelled him he smelled okay.  I loved Elizabeth she let me sleep next to her bed.  Mom and Dad sleep with cats I loved Elizabeth.

Elizabeth has a dog her name is Gracie I don’t know her.  Mom and Elizabeth talked about Gracie they said she runs she likes to chase rabbits she likes snow and being unruly I would like to play with Gracie.  Mom and Elizabeth and Gracie used to live in Illinois near each other they miss each other.  Gracie goes on a kayak and hikes.  I like to hike.  I don’t know kayak what is that?  Gracie could be the state dog of California she is very cute but she got in trouble at her hiking class I like that.  I get in trouble all the time.  After we went to the river, we came home and Mom and Elizabeth talked and talked and talked they said they had not seen each other in two and a half years a very long time.  At midnight, Mom took me out to do my business I ran.  I ran and my leash broke and I was free it was a beautiful warm night I went to see my friends.  Mom was upset she said I scared her I was sorry but only a little sorry because I saw Daisy 2 and Esa and Sam next door and the moon was out we ran.  Mom said she could not go to bed until I got home I made her worry but I came back it was not that long.   It was a good day I slept on Elizabeth’s floor.

Gracie of CA
Gracie of CA

Elizabeth can fly she flew back to California all by herself.  My Mom and Dad cannot fly, they walk I did not know any people could fly.  I wonder if Gracie can fly?  I want to fly, I run.  Mom said she just saw this picture of Gracie on Facebook with a dirty face.  I get dirty face too I might love Gracie.

You Have Gone TOO FAR

My puppy teeth are coming out Mom thaid that ith good, but it makth me talk funny.  I have big dog teeth and puppy teeth now they are mixthed up and I have to chew thingth.  I did dethtruction three timth thith week and today Mom thaid, “TAKODA, YOU HAVE GONE TOO FAR.”  

I thought I wath going to obedienth training lath week, but the lady canthIMG_0103eled it becauth it thnowed and the thchools were clothed.  Mom and I played in the thnow.  I liked that.  But then I got bored tho I did dethtruction.  I wath going to do my dethtruction at obedienth thchool inthead of home but they left me no choith.  I did it at home.  Firth, Mom had to work.  Dad thent her thith picture on hith phone that wath the firth time I got in trouble thith week.


Dad thaid, “I hope you were finithed with thith People Magathine becauth Takoda read it today.”  I only got in a little trouble becauth Mom had already read it.

Then I bit Mom a few timth, that alwayth makth her real mad but I wath bored it wath not my fault.  I leaned on her legth to thay “Leth go out in the thnow” and Mom did not lithen, tho I had to take acthion and I tore her coat tho Mom would go out with me.  Then I bit her panth and tore them.  Mom thaid I was a little thit and if I kept it up my name wath going to be changed to Thit inthead of Takoda.

Today, I woke Mom up really early.  We had quiet time and a treat and I got a tummy rub.  It wath nithe.  Then I got to go outthide to do my buthineth.  I found out the back door was cracked and there wath a bag of trath out on the porch.  I did dethtruction again.  That ith when Mom thaid “TAKODA, YOU HAVE GONE TO FAR!”  Mom took my rib bone away and I had to wait on the deck while Mom cleaned the porch.  Mom said I was an ath-hole.  I think the coffee groundth were the real problem, they didn’t want that bread or thoth bonth.


Dad made ribth for the Thuper Bowl and I did not get any but I found them tho I helped mythelf.  I got in trouble.

Mom thaid they better not canthel my clath thith week, becauth I am dithobedient and a trouble-maker.  But Mom altho thaid I am very, very cute and that workth in my favor and altho my gumth hurt.  Mom and Dad laugh at me after they get mad.  I have heard them talk, I am adorable and cute and funny and thweet-natured, tho I get away with thom thingth.  My gumth hurt now.

Tools of the Trade

It’s me again.  Mom took me to puppy socialization class again last night.  Wheezer was not there, he graduated even though he humped too much.  So did Caramel and Laia.  I was the biggest puppy in the class by 15 pounds.  The blue ladies said I was good because I made myself small when I played, so the little puppies would like me.  I wonder why the other puppies are so small I am the biggest puppy in the world.  There was a new puppy this week, Radley.  He was a little Lab mix with a tail that curled up over his back.  He never shut up, YAP, YAP, YAP.  His parents said he was a chicken.  We had chickens at our house, I know a chicken when I see one.  He was a puppy he was not a chicken.

There was also a new puppy Nelson.  His Mom said that was because of Willie Nelson.  I don’t know who that is.  Nelson was fun he was not afraid of me he jumped on my back and we played.  Jasmine was there, too.  She is a Golden Retriever.  I got in trouble because I humped her too much and made her hide behind her Mom’s legs under a chair.  Taffy Two was still there, she grew a lot, like me.  I love Jasmine.  Jasmine does not love me.

photo (13)I want to show you my teeth and my nose.  These are the tools of my trade.  Mom said my trade is destruction and I excel at my trade.  My nose makes me get in trouble.  Last night Dad made fried shrimp it drove me crazy I didn’t get any but I got in trouble for trying to take one.  I had to go in my crate with a bone so Dad could eat in peace whatever that means.  I smelled 10,000 things in one day not my fault.  Mom and Dad say “TAKODA GET DOWN” all the time now I can reach the counter and the table.   I don’t like raw onions.

Today Mom and Dad put me in the truck and we drove and drove.  It was snowing, the truck made me nervous I wanted to stay home.  We went to a place in the mountains I had to be on a leash in the snow too many new smells.  We went into a foreclosure, Mom had to take pictures there.  It was cold and it made me nervous I didn’t like the foreclosure, it did not feel happy.  I thought they would leave me I was scared.  Mom picked me up and put me in the truck I was very glad so I went to sleep.

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These teeth are the tools of my trade.  Destruction.  Dad said they are fish hooks, he calls me “Grip.”  Mom said they are needles.  They hurt unless I have an ice cube or a cold bone to gnaw.  Chewing on Mom helps, too but she does not like that.  She said I am a pain in the ass and the hand and the ankle and I like boots but they won’t give me boots.  I eat snow.  Dad got me a toy box made of wood, I chew it on the corners.

Sometimes I get bored.  It has been very cold, I like cold I have thick fur but not this cold.  I have to stay indoors too much and Mom has only walked me once a day instead of two times.  Dad takes me in the truck but the gravel man came with a dump truck for the driveway I was not allowed out he said I might get rocks on my head dangerous.

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I got bored I had to do destruction.  Mom and Dad said it could have been worse.  I put my blanket with Dad’s blanket.  I emptied the trash.  I tore up the mail so they don’t have to use the shredder.  I ate part of the magazine so they don’t have to read it.

Even though the cats don’t think I like them, I pulled the stuffing out of their toy so they don’t have to do it.  I like to do destruction it feels good.  I don’t mind helping, it only takes a few minutes I have time.  I have to stop biting I am trying very hard.  Mom and Dad did not bleed this week at all, I heard them say that is good.  Also I am learning to stay DOWN.

Mom and I go to obedience class this week.  I think they will let me do destruction there.