Saturday, August 28, 2010


After posting about The Tramp, I had numerous requests for a post on Miss Truvy. I originally posted about her over a year ago so I'm doing my very first repost. Enjoy!

Meet Miss Truvy.  We rescued each other seven years ago from the DC Animal Shelter. When we met she immediately started wagging her tail and licking my hand. It was a great introduction but I wanted to mingle. When I cam back to her, she had just eaten and was curled up in a ball with the sweetest look on her face. In all that madness and noise she was sleeping peacefully. I new then we were meant for each other. My friends always say that she won the puppy lottery that day, but I say we both won. 

Truvy has won the gold ribbon at the DC Pride of Pets twice for Most Mysterious Heritage. When people ask what kind of dog she is I always answer, "The Best Kind." Truvy is full of energy, tons of personality and always makes eye contact - like she's trying to bend me to her will. It's very effective. She loves to cuddle and is pictured here comforting my sick nephew.  

Truvy is an alfa. In fact, she's an alfa among alfas. My last bf had a beautiful yellow lab who was also an alpha and Truvy, all 20 pounds of her, would totally control 70 pound Quincy. She would chase her, take the tennis ball out of her mouth, play tug-of-war until Quincy gave up and every few days would climb up on Quincy's back and start humping her. We knew that Truvy was showing Quincy her dominance but we used to joke that Quincy was thinking, "Ahh, just a little more to the left."

And if you were thinking, Truvy, where do I know that name from, yes, she was named for Dolly Parton in Steel Magnolias.
Truvy on me, "Daddy, take me for a walk now."

After a first year of hardships and abuse, Truvy has mastered a life of love, comfort and security.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


According to, today was National Dog Day! In honor of the occasion, I got Truvy and Tramp frozen, natural marrow bones. They're only $6 each and they'll eat/play with them for hours and hours. I love making them happy.

Happy Birthday to the very sexy CB at The Mangina Monologues!

Happy Birthday David at David Dust!

and me.

True Blood Explained In 60 Seconds

There was lots going on True Blood this week but all of it fully clothed so here is a funny video explaining True Blood in 60 seconds.

Thanks to Joe.My.God.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


I love this pic of Tramp. When he get's his summer cut, it reveals the black stripe down his back - it makes him even cuter.
I don't know why it has taken me so long to write this post but it is long overdue.

Tramp came into my life close to sevens years ago now. It was a stormy night and my mom was trying to get the Thanksgiving groceries into the house without getting totally drenched when she looked down there was this soaked but adorable dog. Tramp, as he would become known, started jumping on my mom with his tail wagging a mile a minute.

My mom didn't have the heart to send Tramp back into the storm and decided she'd care for him while trying to find his owners. This was fine with my 7 year old nephew who wanted a dog of his own. Christopher bathed Tramp, walked and fed him and spent too much time playing and falling in love with him. Asking people in the neighborhood, calling the shelter and placing an ad didn't find Tramp's  owners. It was decided that Christopher would get Tramp for Christmas. 

I came home for the holidays and having heard all about Tramp. On the night of the 23rd, I had just walked Tamp and my dog Truvy and as I was taking of their leashes, Tramp pushed the door open and was gone like a shot. This wasn't the first time Tramp had made a break for it, he had taken off several times but my nephew was always able to catch him. I chased after him for over a mile but every time I got close , he'd just sprint away. I knew I had just broken my nephew's heart and dreams and ruined his Christmas.
I love letting Tramp's fur grow out and getting all fluffy!
He is a pedigree Cairn Terrier (same as Toto), is almost ten years old and about 3 lbs overweight which is a lot when you only weigh 20 lbs, but we're working on it.
But I also love his summer cut. (taken the same day as above)
We searched the neighborhood, checked the shelters and eventually placed an ad. Nothing. Then, one day, about a month after Tramp took off, we got a call. This college kid had found Tramp and like us, had taken care of him will trying to find his owners. It turns out, he had found Tramp's owners but didn't like them. He said that they seemed disappointed to have Tramp returned and he felt bad leaving him there. After speaking with my mom, they came up with a plan for him to go to the house and ask them if he could take Tramp because he had really grown attached to him. They said yes instantly. Unfortunately for my nephew, his grandfather (my sister's family lived in his house and cared for him) changed his mind and  said no to Tramp. 

I decided to adopt Tramp because I thought he'd be good company for Truvy. I was now single and Truvy, who was used to having a stay-at-home daddy and a big yellow lab for company while I was at work, was now single too. They got along great but Truvy is a true alfa dog and Tramp is more like a laid back surfer dude who really likes to chill out.

I named Tramp after the Tramp in Lady and the Tramp because of his desire to take off. It was the night I chased after him that I said, "If we ever get him back we should name him Tramp." After all these years, he'll still take off but I've come to the conclusion that he's not running away so much as he's running to something. He has grown much more affectionate, playful and loving. 

Tramp's favorite spot only he's usually sleeping.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Carl and Bert, moved to Texas and Bert always wanted a pair of authentic cowboy boots, so, seeing some on  sale, he bought them and wore them home.
Walking proudly, he sauntered into the kitchen and said to his husband,  'Notice anything different about me?'                  
Carl looked him over.  'Nope.'                  
Frustrated, Bert stormed off into the bathroom, undressed and walked back  into the kitchen completely naked except for the boots.        
Again he asked Carl, a little louder this time, 'Notice anything different NOW?'                            
Carl looked up and exclaimed, 'Bert, what's different? It's hanging down today, it was hanging down yesterday, it'll be hanging down again tomorrow!'                              
Furious, Bert yelled, 'AND DO YOU KNOW WHY IT'S HANGING DOWN, Carl?'          
'Nope,' he replied.                          
Without changing his expression, Carl replied, 'Shoulda bought a hat, Bert. Shoulda bought a hat.'

Thanks to Just a Dude Talking About Life!

Monday, August 23, 2010


Since Tampa Bay was so popular last week I went back but choose the 31-35 age grouping and all I can say is that these people must have had a hard life because most of them look a lot older and have had what good looks they may have had ruined. 

The best of the bunch and with the name to match - James Laycock.

He'd be so much more attractive if he didn't look so sad.

A young Tom Colicchio?

Turnaround bright eyes!

You have to spread the bronzer evenly and all the way to your hairline.

She's 31!!!

Oliver called, he needs his bowl back.

35!? And the stache isn't helping.

I bet he was cute not so long ago.

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