Friday, December 31, 2010

The Doggy "Guilty" Look

Does my brudder, Lightning, look guilty?? Well, according to Alexandra Horowitz at Barnard College, New York, don't be too quick to judge. Lightning read about an experiment that shed some light on the subject:

What Really Prompts The Dog's 'Guilty Look'

Horowitz was able to show that what humans interpret as a 'guilty look' in a dog is really just the human's interpretation of their pet's 'guilty look'. Humans tend to anthropomorphize their pet's behaviors and the interpretation of the 'guilty look' falls into that category. The 'look' exhibited by the pet is a reaction to the owner's actions upon discovering the naughty deed, not a reaction to the actual deed that was done by the dog.

Hmmph, I could of told Mom that! Being naughty is fun!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Do Pessimistic Dogs Have More Anxiety?

My brudder, Lightning, has been doing some reading and he found an interesting article on separation anxiety that he wanted to share.

Dogs showing separation-related behavior exhibit a 'pessimistic mood' according to an article published in the October 12, 2010, issue of Current Biology.

The article suggests that dogs that demostrate 'pessimistic' behavior are more likely to show separation anxiety than dogs that exhibit 'optimistic' behavior. The author, Mike Mendl of the University of Bristol, notes that most owners believe that anxious pets are 'fine' and do not seek treatment for their pet, however, pets may actually benefit from treatment for anxiety. Mendl believes that treatment is very important to ensuring good dog welfare.

The link above describes how Mendl tested dogs for 'pessimistic' versus 'optimistic' behavior.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Backyard Romp in Da Snow

My hooman brudder finally got his present in Japan, exactly one month after Mom sent it. He said it went to Sydney, Australia first for some reason before showing up in Japan. Now that is some well traveled Goodie bars!

Well, anyway, we were bored today so Mom took us outside to play. She shot the video and we romped. We love the snow. Yeah, we are black labs. Yeah, we are water dogs, but we were born in Minnesota! We do not know that there's no duck hunting in the snow. We just like it! It is fun to run and roll in the snow with brudder,,, crazy brudder! ps, we got a little carried away at the end and Mom had to tell us to behave! We just boy dogs for goodnes sake!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lost in Da Mail!

...My hooman brudder lives in Japan. He is a teacher at a high school in Osaka, Japan, employed by the JET (Japanese English Teaching Program). Last month, Mom sent him a package Priority Mail (USPS) on November 26. In da package were several items that he had asked for that he misses from the US: toothpaste, deoderant, undies, a face mask for his hockey helmet, and ten Nut Goodies that he was craving!

The package never arrived! It usually only takes one week for a Priority Mail package to travel from Northern Minnesota to Osaka, but not this time! Mom was not really intending for this to be his Christmas present. She was going to send something else, but now she is wondering if she should send another package. Where did the Nut Goodie package go? Should she use the USPS again?

She called the post office and registered that the package was lost. They said it will take at least three weeks to trace the package and they had no info in their database except that she had dropped it off on November 26!

Poor brudder! Not only is he not home for Christmas, but his package is lost in da mail. Send him a Twitter greeting at @bennyjpn and wish the poor guy a Merry Christmas. Hopefully it will cheer him up!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Poo Gun Store for Serious Shoppers

We were thinking, why not put poo guns up for sale for the serious poo gun player that likes to #pawpawty all day and night? So, here is da store! If you need one, just click on da link below and make a donation. Your new weapon will pack a wallop for da animals!

The Citrus Shooter: Orange you glad this ain't pointed at you?

Eco Friendly Flinger: Made of all natural materials for shooting all natural materials

Doody Dart Gun: Accurate and powerful, for farty fun or fast blasting

High Powered Shooter: For shooting sloshy stuff a long ways!

The Little Lady: For packing heat under that pretty outfit

Make My Day: For the serious player that needs rapid fire and lots of ammo

Serious Doody Shooter:  For Wild Pawpawties only!!! Don't use this at home!

The Slosher: Small but accurate, for watery shots dat sting with odiferous ammo

Snub Nosed Shooter:  for the James Cagney personalities

Space Aged Shooter: for the 21st century ammo that is out of this world!

Zig Zag Zinger: for the player that has papers (if you know what we mean!)

Zippy Zonker: for the player that likes to put a spin on their sin!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Long Time No Write

Wow, it has been a long time since we wrote on our blog, but our friend, BearBearD, inspired us.  Mom went to England to Shannon and Rob's wedding in October, and it has been hectic here ever since.  We wanted to share a picture that Mom took of our brudder, Chase, on Thanksgiving.  It was a beautiful sunny day. We went outside snuffling snow mice while Mom took pictures.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Well, it has been a very long time since we have posted an entry in our blog, so it is about time.

We were looking at our friend, @BearBearD's blog where he was wearing a beautiful Indian headdress, and it got us thinking, "What would my name DogThunder be in Cherokee, or Lakota, or Chippewa?" Well, mom has a friend at work, (Dr. Fred Ness) who speaks Lakota, so she asked him! Dr. Ness said that many Native Americans have names with 'dog' in it, like 'Red Dog'.

As a people, the Lakota prefer the term, "Lakota Natives."
Lakota is a dialect of the Siouan Languages. "Lakota" means "Alliance of friends." We found a really terrific website as a reference, and we downloaded the dictionary.

Dog / SUKA/ shue - kah

Thunder(clap)/WAKIYA HOTOPI/wah-kee-yahn hoh-dohn-pee

So, DogThunder would be SUKA WAKIYA HOTOPI!

We also found brudder's name, Lightning!

Thunder(lightning)/WAKIYA TUWAPI/wah-kee-yahn duen-wahn-pee

Wow, that is so cool!

Thank you to for the beautiful graphic!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Saturday, April 3, 2010


We's were supposed to wear black to da NYC Loft Pawty, but when we's put on da black tux, you couldn't see us. We's might of well been in our birfday suit, so mom bought us a white suit.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Tag! You're It!

Dolly ( tagged me in this photo game. Here is how it works:
  • Go to your blog and scroll down to your tenth photo
  • Post your tenth photo in a new blog entry and tell a story about it
  • Pass it on to five other bloggers
So I followed the directions, and here is what I got.  Dis is me and brudder outside dis winter. We were playing in da snow!  We are so dark black dat you can't even see our faces! BOL!

I am sending this link to five other bloggers to carry dis on! Sorry if you have already been tagged!  Can't wait to see the pics!


Sunday, February 7, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Hi everybody!

My dear furriend @BrutustheDane honored me with this award. I am so please he would think of me. He is very special and furiendly. Here is the link to his so you can learn more about him. Here is the award he gave me!

So I am supposed to say 10 things about myself that no one knows and then give the award to another 10 furriends. So here we go!

10 Things About Myself
1. I love to take snow baths.
2. I think my brudder is pretty special.
3. Squirrels are actually my furriends and playmates.
4. I love to sleep on mom's bed when she isn't home. (shhhhh, don't tell anybody)
5. I hate having my nails trimmed.
6. I am very obedient and never venture outside of da yard.
7. I am very verbal and talk to mom a lot.
8. I have a very deep voice.
9. I love to chew on my brudder's ears.
10. Mom likes me da best (she told me you know).

10 Furriends Who I've Given the Award To

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Our Pawpawty Hit the News

Our Viva Wags Vegas pawpawty for anipals in Haiti hit the news this week. Here is the link:

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Pawpawty for Haitian Animals

This weekend we pawpawtied for animal shelters in Haiti and raised over $1000!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sometimes My Brother Bugs Me When

We's started our own Twitter Hashtag #sometimesmybrotherbugsmewhen so that we's can get some things off our chest! Now, that brudder of mine, Lightning, he thinks he is so smart. He always has the ideas. He pushes me away to get pets. He never returns the favor when we's grooms him. Mom throws da ball and he just sits and looks at it! He stands on da porch and tells me where to hunt for da squirrels. So we's need some blog therapy and dis is it! It is free ya know and well worth the typin' time. He never wears any costumes for #dudefests or #pawpawtys. Who does he think he is? Yeah, yeah, I know. Da alpha dog. da leader of da pack (of two). Da idea man. Da primo dogo. Da numero uno peto. Oh, who cares? I am happier bein' da follower. Much less think time then. Look at all da calories I am conservin' by not thinkin' so hard! Besides, mom likes me best. (whispers softly) 'She told me you know'.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Another great #Dudefest this weekend, celebrating Hank's 10th birthday. We's had to post a picture of da cake when Bait jumped out of it! Too funny! Dis cake has got to be placed in da #Dudefest Hall of Fame!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Get Out Yer Poo Guns, Boys!

Clean and oil up da poo guns boys, we are having a Dudefest this weekend, Jan 16-17, honoring HankTheDoggy's 10th birthday! We's can't wait! We's going to check out our costume trunk to see what duds we have to wear. Here's da link if yous want to join us!