Thursday, May 14, 2009

Why Rufus Is Not Allowed In The House At The Moment

It all started out innocent enough. Rufus and I were outside having a grand old time playing The Best Game Ever.

Loving His Chuck-It (tm)

When out of the corner of his eye, he spotted IT.

I Am Praying He Doesn't Swallow It

Ooooh, I may look sweet and innocent...

Roo With His Light Halo. Definitely Doesn't Deserve It

He tried SO HARD to resist the temptation.

It's So Bright!

But, alas, Rufus has the self-control of an eight-year-old child, and the poo was CALLING HIS NAME.

Rolling in Poo

Poo is to Rufus what catnip is to kitties. See the possessed-Rufus-eye?

It's His Favorite Thing To Do



I think it's safe to say he was very pleased with his new cologne.

Very Pleased With His New Cologne

Where was Stella during all of this, you might ask?

Off somewhere being stoic.


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Why, It's A Major Award!

Two, as a matter of fact. And both of them are from our good friends at DOUBLE WOOF!

The first is from about a week ago (oops, my bad about the delay!), and it's...

The rules are:
1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.
2) Pass the award to up to 15 other blogs that you've newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

I pass it along to:
*Pooches For Peace
*Life With Dogs
*Two Dachshunds and a Puppy
*Dughallmor Beagles

Now for Number Two:

Here are the rules attached to this award:

1. Link the person who tagged you.
2. Copy the image above, the rules and the questionnaire in this post.
3. Post this in one or all of your blogs.
4. Answer the four questions following these Rules.
5. Recruit at least seven (7) friends on your Blog Roll by sharing this with them.
6. Come back to BLoGGiSTa iNFo CoRNeR (PLEASE DO NOT CHANGE THIS LINK) at and leave the URL of your Post in order for you/your Blog to be added to the Master List.
7. Have Fun!

Questions & Your Answers:

The person who tagged you: Rufus & Indie
His/her site’s title and url:DOUBLE WOOF!
Date when you were tagged: May 12, 2009
Persons you tagged (see below)

...and my little dog, too!
Crazy Coulee & Little Lacey

Sunday, May 10, 2009

An Apple A Day...

Keeps the doctor away...too bad doggies can't have apples. It would have been a double bonus for Stella, too, because apples keep dentists away, too. I'm a clean-teeth-freak. Yeah, the rumors are true--they exist.

Stella's getting a bit, er, less young, so I took her to the vet on Friday to get her first dental done. I signed all the necessary paperwork, and as I was leaving...

Stella gave me the most desperate "Don't leave me!" look I have ever seen, and then she was scrambling on the linoleum floor trying to follow me out. I felt like the most terrible doggy-mommy on the face of the planet.

You know what they say about payback, though.

When I went to go pick Stella up, the vet tech brought her out from the back room. Stella hustled up to a complete stranger who was paying at the reception desk, and she was wagging her butt so hard and acting like she was going home with this lady.

The vet tech was like, "Uh, no, Stella...Your mommy's over here."

I couldn't believe how much of my dog they shaved just to clean her teeth. I can just imagine all the tubes and things poked and prodded into my dog just so she can have nice pearly whites. I'm glad the same process isn't used on humans. Her teeth are nice and sparkly white, now, and I was relieved to find out everything is in good shape. I don't know about you guys, but I have one of those dogs where it seems like every time I drop her off at the vet's office, they call me halfway through the day to say that she has some other thing wrong with her. Le sigh.

Stella with her patches:
How Could You Do This To Me? (Week 18/52)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Friday, May 1, 2009

Fights 'N' Floods

We'll start with the fights. Play fights, of course. Cuz doggy-mommies are against real dog fighting, right PoochesForPeace?

Poor orange birdy had a bad night.
Rufus was rather concerned for his well-being.

Stella, don't hurt him! He's my fave!

Concerned For Birdy

Um, I think I better hang on to him for you. You know, just in case.

Are you SURE you want this toy? (Week 17/52)

Stellers tried to make a break for it down the hall, but Rufus wasn't having any of it. Check out his rebound off the wall.

Rebound Rufus


Doggie No No

Stella has no shame.

And then our street turned into a sewer. Oh, the joys of living in the country. Not.

Sewage Stream

All of this will basically end up in our basement in the next few hours, and let's just say, it's not JUST rain water.

Our Neighbor's Waterfall

Hey, mom, my dream came true! A giant doggie swimming pool in MY OWN FRONT YARD!

Um, Rufus, try no.

Is That A Giant Pool For Us To Play In?

Friday, April 24, 2009

Fantastic Fridays

Today is absolutely Gorgeous with a capital "G"--the sun is out, the wind is keeping it breezy, not a cloud in the sky! We went outside to work on my Flickr 52 Weeks For Dogs Challenge, which was to capture one of Stella's smiles, a near impossible feat sometimes. She always looks so serious.

Rufus, OTOH, loves to smile, especially after a tasty snack of grass clippings.

Oh, hai!

Grass. Mmmmm. Tasty.

Ooooh this ball tastes so good.

Oooooh This Ball Tastes So Good

Ever since Rufus got, er, snippered, he's been obsessed with balls. It's the only thing he fetches consistently. I caught him thinking wishfully about balls.

Oh, balls. I missez you.


bwah hahaha! That makes me laugh!


He's lost his family jewels...priceless!

Nah, What's Up, Doc?

To get a real StellaSmile, I bringded out da COOKIEZ!


Uh, Rufus, I think you forgot something. (note the ball in background)

You bringded out da COOKIEZ, lady! Here I come!!!

Rufus, Uh, I Think You Forgot Something

I can haz cookiez?

I Can Haz Cookiez?



Then I got the Cookiez Stare Of Death until I relented and gave her what she wanted.

Gimme Cookiez Now!'s so LITTLE!

This Cookie...Yeah...Not Big Enough

She eated her cookiez anyway, and got all old-person-missing-her-dentures on me.

Stella Can Haz Old People Lips

Hey, Stella, did you leave any for me?

Rufus Scouting Out Leftovers

Friday, April 17, 2009

Up Close & Personal

This week was a bit hectic for me. I was a wee bit sick at the beginning of it, ants laid siege to my kitchen in the middle of it (shudder), and I'm pumped to do landscaping at the end of it. And now, for the dogs.

Rufus tried to help me get rid of the ants this week by sniffing them to death. Not so great for his sinuses.

Kisses For His Nose

Did I get one stuck up there, mom? Can you see it?

Silly Roo

And if Rufus gets a booger check, Stella wants one, too.

Lil Miss Chubby Nose (Week 16/52)

Rufus has requested that I show you his picture of his rollover. He is quite proud of it, and an exuberant roller-over-er. In fact, he usually does the first half of his rollover in midair as he is throwing himself down onto the ground.

Rufus: Upside Down

Yay for sunshine finally :)


Saturday, April 11, 2009

This Easter, Watch Out For Posers!

They can be very sneakyz lying in the grass and all, ready to pounce.

Mom, You Can't Be Serious. (Week 15/52)

They will steal your Easter eggz and your groovy little yellow Easter bucket and say it's theirs.

Is That Him? think this basket is YOURS? Psh! I dare you to try to come over here and take it. Just try.

Sniffin' Out the Real Easter Bunny

So this Easter, make sure your Easter bunny is real.

Watch Out For Posers

I leave you with a rose from Andykins. (And it wasn't even from messing up!)

Roses From My Andy

Monday, April 6, 2009

Pretty Little Angel Eyes

This entry was semi-inspired by Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey's blog.


Authentically Real

After I auto corrected white balance & increased the levels.


After I duplicated the layer, desaturated new layer, added layer mask (white), and painted Stella's eye black.

Brown-Eyed Girl

After I added a filter (artistic->softglow)


I put the coolest one first, because I'm still trying to get the second set right. This second image was also shot from the hip.


Original Angel Eyes

After I desaturated the image, added a new (transparent) layer, and painted Stella's eye blue with a round brush. I also changed the layer settings to "burn."

Pretty Little Angel Eyes

I highly recommend GIMP. It rocks. Yeah.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Sticky Situation

Every day, I learn something about my dogs. Today, it was the extent to which Rufus LOVES sticks.



Sticks give Rufus super-hero-flying powers.

Stick Awesomeness

Sticks make Rufus look like he is high (on life, of course).

Stick=Catnip For Rufus

Dun dun dun...


You lookin at my stick?

Back Off, Lady! My Stick!

It's mine. Go get your own (so I can steal it from you)

Don't You Be Lookin At My Stick

I said "my stick!"

Meanest Hug Ever
(Rufus, I do not condone violence.)

This week's 52 Weeks For Dogs Challenge on Flickr was to shoot from the hip. It was a blast, I tell you! You should definitely try it sometime.

From the Hip

And as always, Stella gives me the best come-on-lady-are-you-serious expressions ever.

*Sigh* My Love

You want to see my sexy face? Do I get a stick?

Rufus Sexy Face

And now, for a little shameless self-promotion. I started a new blog because I felt like I was imposing on Stella&Roo's space by putting up wedding pictures. This is my StellaStar Photography blog where I will post non-doggy picturage from now on. With captions, of course.

In other news, Rufus has officially learned "roll over" and "high five." Roofy, you do mommy proud.

Ps. Does anyone know if dogs should not eat sticks? I'm thinking that some trees are probably poisonous to dogs, and I'm almost positive I caught Roo actually eating the stick. I can teach him not to eat the stick, if it's bad for him...