I got her to take a different photo that shows me in all my glory. I mean whole could resist all those warm goodies? I espescially like Dad's undies.............
Friday, July 16, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
It's even pink, my favorite color! Mom said I can wear it as long as I'm in the house. She doesn't want to take a chance of me losing it outside. I don't think that's fair. What's the point of having jewelry if I can't show it off to Angel, the stuck up Chihuahua at the end of the street. Sheesh.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Mom told me that she has some new jewels to put on our necklaces (she calls them collars but collars are for dogs and I'm a little princess - maybe Poncho wears a collar - not me). Anyway, she said she'd take some pictures to post as soon as she gets us fixed up. The woman who makes them is a niece of our friend Jan. I can't wait! I deserve jewels!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Oh yeah, the big dogs got their first snake of the season yesterday. That means Poncho and I are now officially on restricted outdoor strolls. We can't run around in the back yard as much anymore. Stupid snakes.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Mom and my doctor finally figured out what is wrong with my tummy. I have hook worms. Gross. Like totally gross! I don't know why I'm the only one who has such a bad reaction to them. Dr. knox says the bigger dogs can throw them off on their own. But Poncho isn't much bigger than I am amd he never has the same problem. So I had to take medicine twice and use a special apllication of medicine to keep them out. Not fair. Not fair at all.
On a side note, Mom had a laundry basket on the floor in plain sight and when she threw Poncho's buddy for him to chase he ran right into it. You should have seen the look on his face. I guess all is right in the world....
Monday, March 8, 2010
Look what Mom got us! It's a Buddy - Poncho's favorite toy! He's already hogging it and won't share. I don't know why he likes it so much. It has a pretty ugly face. He stands there like an idiot making it squeak non-stop until somebody gets within 5 feet of him. Then he runs to his bed and guards it. Mom's gonna have to make him share or I'm gonna get real mad.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Here's Poncho's latest find. He already ate Mom's cell phone. What dog in his right mind tries to eat a battery? Guess that's why Dad calls him "Special".
We've had nothing but rain here for weeks. Blah. Sometimes I don't think the sun will ever come back out. I tink it's Rae Rae's fault. She must have been doing her rain dance last week. Mom needs to call her and tell her to stop. It's boring not being able to go for walks. Thank goodness Kiki keeps looking in the window. Otherwise we wouldn't have anything to bark at!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Anyway, I didn't know it at the time but Dr. Knox didn't need a sample and she even gave me a cuddle to make me feel better about all the laughing (she's a good doctor). Now I get to eat the good canned food from the vet for at least 6 weeks. That's got to be at least 9 months in dog years. Yea!!!!!!
Poncho got out the front door this afternoon. Mom swears she let him out on purpose but I don't believe her. That would be unfair to me and I'm the princess of the house. He got to go with Mom down to Jan's house which is about 2 miles away (Kenz tells me it's actually closer to 200 feet but she's a giant compared to me). Mom thinks he runs like a greyhound (yeah right - more like an italian greyhound) but she's right about one thing, he does love to run. I love running too you know but Mom says the difference about Poncho is that he comes back when she calls and I don't so I have to be on a leash at all times. WHATEVER. Like I said, I'm the princess around here.
Monday, February 1, 2010
This is what Kenz looks like when she gets back from breaking out of the yard. Muddy and lame. She ends up having to be helped up onto the couch 'cause her hip hurts so bad. I wonder why she keeps doing it if it hurts her so bad. Maybe she's faking it. I know I would if I wasn't allowed on the couch when I'm dirty. Of course I never get dirty so I don't have to fake anything.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I knew I could count on Kenz. She's half Border Collie (which means she's smart). She's the one who taught me how to perform that doggie-hex last night. OOPS. Did I just let the dog out of the bag? Mom's gonna kill me when she reads this post. I better go work on looking cute so I don't get in too much trouble...............
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
The canine IQ test results are in:
Even the average dog has the mental abilities of a 2-year-old child. The finding is based on a language development test, revealing average dogs can learn 165 words (similar to a 2-year-old child), including signals and gestures, and dogs in the top 20 percent in intelligence can learn 250 words.
And the smartest?
Border collies, poodles, and German shepherds, in that order, says Stanley Coren, a canine expert and professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia. Those breeds have been created recently compared with other dog breeds and may be smarter in part because we've trained and bred them to be so, Coren said. The dogs at the top of the pack are on par with a 2.5-year-old.
Better at math and socializing
While dogs ranked with the 2-year-olds in language, they would trump a 3- or 4-year-old in basic arithmetic, Coren found. In terms of social smarts, our drooling furballs fare even better.
"The social life of dogs is much more complex, much more like human teenagers at that stage, interested in who is moving up in the pack and who is sleeping with who and that sort of thing," Coren told LiveScience.
Coren, who has written more than a half-dozen books on dogs and dog behavior, will present an overview of various studies on dog smarts at the American Psychological Association's annual meeting in Toronto. "We all want insight into how our furry companions think, and we want to understand the silly, quirky and apparently irrational behaviors [that] Lassie or Rover demonstrate," Coren said. "Their stunning flashes of brilliance and creativity are reminders that they may not be Einsteins but are sure closer to humans than we thought."
To get inside the noggin of man's best friend, scientists are modifying tests for dogs that were originally developed to measure skills in children. Here's one: In an arithmetic test, dogs watch as one treat and then another treat are lowered down behind a screen. When the screen gets lifted, the dogs, if they get arithmetic (1+1=2), will expect to see two treats. (For toddlers, other objects would be used.) But say the scientist swipes one of the treats, or adds another so the end result is one, or three treats, respectively. "Now we're giving him the wrong equation which is 1+1=1, or 1+1=3," Coren said. Sure enough, studies show the dogs get it. "The dog acts surprised and stares at it for a longer period of time, just like a human kid would," he said. These studies suggest dogs have a basic understanding of arithmetic, and they can count to four or five.
Other studies Coren notes have found that dogs show spatial problem-solving skills. For instance, they can locate valued items, such as treats, find better routes in the environment, such as the fastest way to a favorite chair, and figure out how to operate latches and simple machines.
Like human toddlers, dogs also show some basic emotions, such as happiness, anger and disgust. But more complex emotions, such as guilt, are not in a dog's toolbox. (What humans once thought was guilt was found to be doggy fear, Coren noted.) And while dogs know whether they're being treated fairly, they don't grasp the concept of equity. Coren recalls a study in which dogs get a treat for "giving a paw." When one dog gets a treat and the other doesn't, the unrewarded dog stops performing the trick and avoids making eye contact with the trainer. But if one dog, say, gets rewarded with a juicy steak while the other snags a measly piece of bread, on average the dogs don't care about the inequality of the treats.
To find out which dogs had the top school smarts, Coren collected data from more than 200 dog obedience judges from the United States and Canada. He found the top dogs, in order of their doggy IQ are:
At the bottom of the intelligence barrel, Coren would include many of the hounds, such as the bassett hound and the Afghan hound, along with the bulldog, beagle and basenji (a hunting dog).
"It's important to note that these breeds which don't do as well tend to be considerably older breeds," he said. "They were developed when the task of a hound was to find something by smell or sight." These dogs might fare better on tests of so-called instinctive intelligence, which measure how well dogs do what they are bred to do.
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"The dogs that are the brightest dogs in terms of school learning ability tend to be the dogs that are much more recently developed," Coren said. He added that there's a "high probability that we've been breeding dogs so they're more responsive to human beings and human signals." So the most recently bred dogs would be more human-friendly and rank higher on school smarts.
Many of these smarty-pants are also the most popular pets. "We like dogs that understand us," Coren said.
We also love the beagle, which made it to the top 10 list of most popular dog breeds in 2008 by the American Kennel Club. That's because they are so sweet and sociable, Coren said. "Sometimes people love the dumb blonde," Coren said. And sometimes the dim-wits make better pets. While a smart dog will figure out everything you want it to know, your super pet will also learn everything it can get away with, Coren warns.