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The photos you've all been waiting for
Here's a picture of my Mutt Princess, my Heinz 57, my Little Miss Mashed Potatoes:

It's not the greatest photo ever—it doesn't do any justice to Stella's best feature, her gorgeous brindly coat—but it was the best I could get this afternoon while the dogs were running around the yard. I wish I'd gotten a better shot of Opus, who suddenly turned out to be some kind of PETA-type today when he finally got his first shot at a real live, non-canine, non-human mammal, a tiny little baby mole. He'd been digging at one spot behind a tree for about an hour, and eventually I went out to see what he had. At first I thought it was a mouse, but then I saw the big pink snout and I knew it was a mole. He acts bloodthirsty enough when there's a raccoon in the next yard, but he was just batting at this thing and worrying it without actually killing it. Now the Mr. is calling him The Mole Annoyer. Great for a growing dog's dignity, I'm sure.

And I wish I'd gotten a better shot of Lola, who at six months is the cutest little sugarlump of all time. It's amazing how much she's grown and how much stronger she's gotten in just two months. When she came to us she was a jangly bag of bones, just a Slinky in a furry sack. She wasn't skinny, necessarily—there was some padding in that fur-sack—but she was a weak little couch potato. She couldn't even get down stairs by herself. Now she's sleek and muscular, and she can run and jump and turn on a dime with the best of them, even outpacing Opus half the time. She has a trick of pogoing from side to side in front of me, backing up as I walk, that is just too cute to be legal. Next time I hope I'll have a good shot of her. For now here's a not-so-perfect one, taken with flash a few weeks ago:

Don't call the Humane Society on me just yet for putting that hoodie on her. I got it because she was being such a baby about going out in the cold. Not sure if it was the humiliation of having to wear a hoodie, or just the fact of growing up in general, but she's a lot better about that now.

Current Music: They Might Be Giants, "Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head"

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florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: February 20th, 2007 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Stella gets a lot of comments on the mismatched ears. There's a slight bite out of the left one, that seems to prevent it from folding down like the other one. I figure it happened when she was a stray early on in life.
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florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: February 20th, 2007 09:34 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Jacey's ears

Oh yeah, I see what you mean. I still think she's the most beautiful thing ever made.
yokospungeon From: yokospungeon Date: February 20th, 2007 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)
OMG I want to schnorfle their little muzzles!
I can't even read the words, they are so CUTE!

Stella has stolen my heart!
florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: February 20th, 2007 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure they'd be thrilled to schnorfle you too, believe me!

Thanks, Stella is a bit of a heartbreaker.
islandmomma From: islandmomma Date: February 20th, 2007 09:09 am (UTC) (Link)
They are both just gorgeous, and made me feel guilty that I haven't taken Trix for her walk yet, and it's a holiday here today, so no excuse! You do make me wish I had a yard for her to dig in though, not to mention a pal. Do they get on well?
florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: February 20th, 2007 09:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Don't worry, I'm sure Trixie loves all the fresh air she gets at the beach! Can she walk off-leash?

And yes, the dogs do get along nicely. There's always a bit of squabbling, but their tails are always wagging so I think it's all in good fun.
islandmomma From: islandmomma Date: February 20th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I let her off on the beach or if I'm really far from a road, but she wants to run with runners, play with kids and make friends with other dogs, and there are times when those 3 groups don't want a dog in tow, or a afraid of her. She's not in the least bit fierce, but she's fairly heavy, and she tends to bark a greeting. I used to get mad with her, but it's just her. She like to chase bikes too!
fsr44 From: fsr44 Date: February 20th, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're wrong. Stella's best feature is THOSE EARS!!! OMG, how cute is that one up/one down thing she's got going on? Work it, girl!
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