The kitchen beggar

As soon as we start cooking dinner, this is where you can find the dog:

The stoic kitchen beggar

Our kitchen is very tiny, and so she’s constantly in our way, but what a cute, fuzzy stumbling block!

She pretends like she’s being a great help to us.

The stoic kitchen beggar

When she doesn’t get scraps, she goes and sits by the back door and pouts. Just look at that mask of stoicism:

The stoic kitchen beggar

In other Pyrrha news:

  • She has been doing really well with Guion lately. Her fear of him continues to diminish and she initiates play with him much more often. He even gets tail wags when he comes home! It’s heartwarming to see her progress in this area.
  • Trick-or-treaters were handled with aplomb, if occasional fear. We kept her at arm’s length from any of the kids, but she was able to see and sniff in their general vicinity and she didn’t growl or display any excessive fear, which I felt was a small victory.
  • Her fear of nail clipping has gotten worse. I haven’t changed tools or tactics, but she is SO panicky now that I can’t even get her to hold still. I’ve been treating her for when I touch her paws and touch her paws in the presence of the clippers, but then she refuses all treats when I actually try to use the nail clippers. Any advice here? I think I just need to start back at square one?

Wear a tail

“If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater… suggest that he wear a tail.”
— Fran Lebowitz
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I believe I side with Ms. Lebowitz on this issue; I’m generally opposed to dressing dogs up, mainly because I’ve never met a dog who seemed to enjoy it. Plus, putting dogs in costumes seems a little degrading?
No judgment on those who do dress dogs up for Halloween or other holidays, of course. It’s obviously fun for us. I just have to wonder if it’s fun for them…
Those sartorial thoughts aside, happy weekend everyone!

Pup links!

This pittie makes a pretty good lion. Oh, the things our dogs put up with. Source: oddballdaily

Dog-related links from around the Web this week.

Pet Lovers, Pathologized. The New York Times ran an interesting article this week on the paradoxical cultural perspective of animal lovers: It’s OK to love hunting and eating animals for meat, but if you express emotional dependence on an animal, you are suddenly “crazy”–especially if you’re a woman. A very interesting article; recommended. (New York Times)

The Hounds of Hitchcock. Guion and I watched “Psycho” for the first time last night, in celebration of Halloween, and so I thought this was a seasonally appropriate collection of photos, showing the great Hitchcock himself with his Sealyham terriers. (Pawesome)

Photo Gallery: Animals That Saw Me. There are only a few dogs in here, but what a neat collection. Photographer Ed Panar explores the interaction between himself as the subject, the seen object, by the animals he encounters. This series especially makes me wonder what the animals are thinking as they look at us. Fear? Mild interest? Expectation? (Flavorwire)

What Would Patricia McConnell Do? Kristine is right: This is the question I always try to ask myself whenever I’m interacting with dogs. (Rescued Insanity)

Weak in the Face of Puppy Breath. The “Tales & Tails” family goes to visit a litter of German shepherd puppies. Heart is bursting! (Tales and Tails)

How to Pick a Shelter Dog. Reflections on picking out a dog to adopt from your local shelter. (Dog Training Secret)

Diary of the Coveteur. Christine collects a series of photos from the fashionistas from the Coveteur and their pampered pooches. (Miles to Style)

Pine Everything. An “unhappy hipster” shiba blends in with his surroundings. (Unhappy Hipsters)

Did you dress up your dogs for Halloween? If so, what did they go as? Did they put up with the costumes?

Pup links!

You've got your Aussie and your Hunters. What more does a girl need? Source: Shirley Bittner

Elli and Forgiveness. A sweet post about how our dogs are often our moral superiors. (Identity: V+E)

Going Home: “The Perfect Day.” Slate published an excerpt this week from Jon Katz’s new book about saying goodbye when dogs die. Prepare to cry! (Slate)

Dealing with Breed Discrimination. Since we’re leaning toward adopting an adult GSD, breed discrimination is something that I occasionally worry about, especially with regard to renting and traveling. Amy writes some thoughtful points on how to be conscientious if you’re traveling with a dog whose breed is often discriminated against. Has anyone experienced this with their dog? If so, how do you handle it? (Take Paws)

2012 Calendar from River Dog Prints. I’m a sucker for cute calendars and these are adorable! (Dog Milk)

Halloween Costume Roundup. Will you dress your dog up for Halloween? What’s this year’s costume of choice? (Rescued Insanity)

Playground Police. You can always trust the dog to keep law and order. (Animals Being Di*ks)