Luka contemplating

Luka contemplating

18 October 2010

My other roommates

Hi all, this time I would like to tell you about my other roommates.

After we said goodbye to Midas and Bo it was just the four of us. Last year's summer we went into the campervan once more and after long hours of snoozing comfortably in the pillows and getting off for a wee and a snack every now and then, I found myself back at scooby. Some time later our human male servant also came to scooby, and soon I overheard the two of them talking about taking in another dog - maybe two. Well there are lots of dogs there and most of them are trying to get home with you, it's very difficult to choose. I liked some of the dogs at the patio but they were staying there because they had humans taking care of them already. Then one day, when we were just having a good sunbask on the scooby patio, they came out with two pups, one of which was already looking quite oversized. They were no galgos but very hairy, jumpy things and it dawned on me I hadn't seen the last of them when I heard our humans use the words 'your new brother and sister'. But then we went away from scooby just the four of us, and I had a great time at a festival somewhere in a far away and hot place with lots of other humans and dogs. I totally forgot about the brother sister thing but on the way back, I lifted up my head and pricked up my ears because I was smelling and hearing something very familiar, we were back at scooby! And when we left again, the two hairballs were with us in the van! They were called Sid and Nancy and although I didn't quite know what to expect I decided to make those two absolutely clear that I am the chairdog of the Naughty Doggies Alliance and I have oldest rights in this pack... 
That all went okay for a while in the weeks afterwards, but soon things started to shift. 

For one thing, Gaia was no longer allowing me to boss her around and she was mothering those two furballs like a real wolf mother. Instead of lying quietly on the couch all day she all of a sudden was bursting with energy and assertiveness. I was both startled and impressed by this unusual behaviour. The furballs also changed, although they still responded obediently to every snarl I gave them, their appearance changed and especially the girlie got incredibly BIG. Guido fell totally in love with her and started to court her, Fae just kept doing her thing and was left alone and fortunately the big one still duck under the table whenever I flashed my teeth. But the other one, he was confusing. He looked a lot like Midas but he behaved differently. He sometimes seemed to challenge me for a play but then all of a sudden started challenging my authority over the couch and we had some clashes - nothing serious but that was because main servant kept preventing us from really getting into a fight. She said something about me getting my coat ripped and needing stitches. I have to admit the one time I actually bit Sid, I spent a good hour getting rid of all that hair stuck between my teeth. Very nifty such a fur coat, I think I am going to demand one for christmas, better than that old wax coat I have. But apparently main servant was talking about my skin when she was talking about my coat... can't take that off, can I.
Anyway, now they are all grown up and the big one is superbig and barking a lot. Gaia now spends most of the day outside in a big kennel with Sid, they just don't get tired of playing. I have never seen her like this before, she looks so much younger! 
When we went for a walk people were going to the other side of the road when they saw Nancy coming up, and now main servant is talking us on separate walks. She says us galgos are doing perfect on the leash and Gaia as well, but those youngsters have still a lot to learn! Hearing her say that made me a very proud galgo girl!

They have a lot of learning to do and recently the humans started watching this bloke on the telly who does all kind of cool things to help dogs and humans with their problems, and they are teaching them to the six of us as well. I will tell you more about that later, and also about 'the others' that live in our house.

1 October 2010

the Naugthy Doggies Alliance

Before I tell you more about the latest additions to our pack and 'the others' in our house, I want to draw your attention on a very important institution we call in Dutch "de Booswigtenklup", known internationally as the Naughty Doggies Alliance. Tonto, Midas and me decided to establish this Alliance way back in 2005 as a platform to exchange experiences and give moral support to Naughty Doggies worldwide. 
We are frequently misunderstood, you know. Humans have a different concept of the many things we think of as good, and we hope to create understanding by explaining our motives. 
One of the things humans utterly fail to understand is our cleaning abilities. Humans have a very sloppy nature when it comes to food, they just leave good food behind on high places where they are easily accessible by flies. But when a good galgo (or any good other breed, for that matter) steps in and takes the responsibility of clearing the table, they call us naughty dogs... The first time I got a reprimand for clearing out some vessel containing perfectly good soup, I just didn't get what the fuss was all about. She just left it standing there, what did she expect? And especially us galgos are very good with our long snouts, made for clearing out these funny things they use instead of a decent water bowl. But rather than being grateful for our contribution to the welfare of our planet by saving them water and the funny bubbly stuff they use for washing up, they shower us with complaints and abundant use of that word "no". 
Same goes for our home decoration skills. Humans are so boring, using only the outside of pillows when the inside looks so pretty fluffy on the floor, and don't get me started on the things they do in their gardens... I have heard many stories from my friends, about parts of the gardens being cut off from them because the humans insist on growing tasty stuff there - plenty of it and you're not allowed to eat it. My main servant did it to me too when a part of the garden was fenced in and we were not allowed to go in and have a bite or help out improving the structure of the soil. There's yummie red fruits in there and big tasty green things and even flowers you can eat, but no, not for Luka. And they consistently fail to understand that to have a good sleep, you have to dig a little. Why are their couches so straight? No honest hound can make a good sleeping nest on that! And when we are out and about, cut us some slack, please! We will come back eventually, no need to shout or get fussy about us running away. Can't you see we're on an important mission?
So as you see we have a great deal of education to sort out when it comes to our human servants.  We need to stick together to get the message across. 
Naughty Doggies of the world, unite!
paws up, Luka