Wednesday, September 22, 2010

You can make a difference!

Today I signed up to be Facebook pals with Barack Obama and Stephen Harper. WOOHOO! Well, I’m not exactly their Facebook friends but I LIKE their pages so that’s close, isn’t it?

I wanted to go and say hi to Stephen Harper at the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa but Cathy didn’t think that would work out too well. He’s always got lots of RCMP and bodyguards around him.

I guess I do appear a bit threatening since I’m so big and boisterous. That must be why a lot of neighbours hide when they see me coming. Or maybe it’s because of Tanner. He does have that effect on people, too. And don’t even get me started about Tyna.

I like being friends with politicians almost as much as movie stars like Angelina Jolie. Did you see me on her shirt the other day? *Whistles* I bet you Brad was jealous when he saw that.

Rory had a question on his French homework this morning that got me thinking.

If you could change the world, what would you do?

As a furry friend (I’m even including cats and rodents here, aren’t I generous?), you might not think you could do much to make a difference in this world but you’d be surprised. Even changing your small little world around you can have an impact. We are all connected in the great circle of life.

*Breaks into song*

The Circle of Life,

and it moves us all.....

Oh, oh, here comes Elton John and he doesn’t look happy that I sang his song without paying royalties. Sorry, Elton. Didn’t think you’d mind. After all, you’re rich and I’m not.

Anyhow, where was I? *Comes out of song filled reverie*

Here are ten things we furry friends could do to make a difference in our little worlds. This mostly pertains to dogs, but I’m sure cats and rodents can gleen some gems out of my words of wisdom.

  1. Eat lots and lots of petfood and pet treats to keep the petfood industry afloat.

  2. Chew your toys to bits so that your humans have to buy you more. Chew up things like slippers and sunglasses so that humans have to replace them. Good for the economy. These are tough economic times we live in and we need to help the best we can.

  3. Think green. I do my best and play with the boys’ old holey socks as toys. *Violins gently play and poor ol poverty stricken Loup chews on his old sock and munches on his mouldy rain-soaked, low-grade dogfood* O Woe is me! This must be how depression dogs felt. Maybe I’ll run away and catch a ride on the rails like the Littlest Hobo. You remember him, don'tcha?

    “Travelin around from town to town.
    Some day, I think I’ll settle down......"
    Uh, where I was I? Oh yeh. *Shakes head and rattles brains*

  4. Dig lots of holes and rip out the grass to help aerate the lawn. This also helps cut down on greenhouse emissions from not having to mow so much lawn. Naturalization is where it’s at!

  5. Eat up leftovers so they don’t go to waste and be sure to gobble them up with glee to make your human feel good. Be sure to pre-rinse the dishes with your tongue so that the dishwasher doesn’t get clogged.

  6. Look as adorable as can be for when your humans want to take your picture. Nothing brings them more joy so go along with it if you can stomach it. I draw the line at the cute outfits though. Winnie might like it but I’m too macho for that kind of thing, unless it’s a leather jacket. *hint, hint to Cathy*

  7. Make sure to stir up a little excitement now and then to keep your humans from becoming too complacent. Make sure they take you for a walk as it’s good for them to get outdoors and breath fresh air instead of spending hours hunched over their computers. Also a dogfight now and then is good for keeping them on their toes.

  8. Stir up some trouble by pooping on the neighbour’s lawn while on walks so that your humans get a chance to get to know their neighbours better. It’s a lonely world and neighbours just don’t bond the way they used to. It’s up to you to break the ice.

  9. Be happy to see every human you meet on your walks. Jump up on them with great enthusiasm and sniff them all over. Even though they may seem surprised, scared, or annoyed, deep down they love the attention.

  10. Make sure to give licks and cuddles to your humans a few times a day. Always be happy to see them. They work hard and endure a lot of stress in their lives since they’re humans and humans love stress. It gives them a reason for living, I guess. I don’t get it myself and would rather play. It’s our job to give them lots of unconditional love. It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there. Just what does that mean anyhow? Do dogs really eat each other? That’s just gross.

Until next time, live in the moment and make sure to take some time to play today like I do.

Love Loup

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Out of the Loup

Out of the Loup
Great title, eh?

Thanks, Sandy er Mrs. Young, (She’s a teacher. Gotta show some respect here) for that great title. Hope you don’t mind that I stole it from you. My name is pronounced “Lou” in the French (meaning wolf in case you didn't know but I'm sure you did) I still think it fits nicely and rolls off the tongue like speaking French words. Love speaking French. Great language.

Anyhow, back to the point of my essay. Don’t want Melanie, Cathy’s essay teacher, to tell me I’m meandering and have too many dropped threads and too little focus. Then again, I have been told I’m extremely hyperactive so lack of focus is often a problem for me. Maybe I'm ADD (Attractive, Delightful Dog, that's me, ;))

Good thing I’m so incredibly handsome and charming to make up for it, right? *Winks and grins showing teeth that make a ping sound when the light hits*

Do you ever wonder why you’re living at this place and time? Do you ever wonder what your purpose is for being here?

Why wasn’t I born as another dog in a different country or even a different century? Why am I a dog and not a spider? I think I’d like to be a spider. They spin the coolest webs, don’t they? Such smart insects, er, arachnids, I mean. Love that word, arachnid. Spiders do such great things eating stupid insects like house flies and mosquitoes. I hate flies and mosquitoes pestering me. Another reason to love winter. Sorry all you summer-loving people out there

Spiders are even smarter than some dogs I know whose name starts with T and ends with R. GRRRR! Stupid dog. Wish I could spin a web and wrap him all up in it. Wouldn't want to eat him though. That's just too gross. Anyhow, where was I?

Oh, yes. I do tend to ponder these heavy questions when I’m here in the backyard twiddling my paws or when I’m working as a bouncer at Winnie’s Restaurant. If I was like Tanner I wouldn’t worry about such things and would only be concerned about my next meal or walk. Life is so simple when you think in those basic terms.

There must be some reason for me being here in 2010. Have you figured out your purpose? It’s hard to figure out what our purpose is. I know Cathy struggles with it a lot, the poor dear and she’s fifty already. She’s always trying new things in the hopes that she’ll find herself some day. Silly girl. Why does she need to find herself? Did she lose herself somewhere? I don’t understand the concept myself. So New Age. Maybe she’s hoping that one day everything will all magically fall into place, a lightning bolt will strike, and she’ll truly understand what she’s been put on the Earth for. Somehow I don’t think it works that way.

In my opinion, you find yourself and sense of purpose when you stop navel gazing and look outside yourself. When you take more of an interest in the world around you, you discover who you are. When you reach out and connect with others, you discover lots about yourself. When you use your talents to help and bring joy to others, that’s true purpose.

All it takes is a leap of faith and willingness to take a few risks. And a belief that you have something worthwhile to share with the world. We all have something to share, no matter how small. Well, I don’t know about Tanner having much to share but anyhow, you get my drift.

This navel gazing stuff is stupid, don’t you think? I like to ponder but I’ve never been much into navel gazing. I can’t see my navel anyhow. Too much fur.
I think we’ve lost touch with our sense of purpose in our quest to find happiness and self fulfillment. Happiness isn’t a constant thing in life anyhow. Sadness is part of the journey. The sun doesn’t shine all the time. Get used to it.

Sorry to rant. Don’t mean to lay guilt trips on anyone. Just pondering as I often do. Being such an intelligent and articulate dog can be a curse at times. It would be much easier to be like Tanner and be totally governed by the primitive brain. Poor dog. He can’t help it really.

Anyhow, have a great weekend and enjoy your long weekend for folks in North America having Labour Day. Don’t mind me. Just ol’ Loup pondering as usual. It’s either that or dig a hole for Tanner to fall into which is what I’ll do next. Woohoo! Can’t wait to see his face! Mwhahahaha!

Love and Licks,

From Loup

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Loup’s ten tips for enjoying life

I haven't blogged for a while but I have been vacationing in France with my friend Winnie and the Bama girls so it's a bit difficult to find an Internet cafe that lets dogs blog.

Wish I had an iphone. Sigh. Then again, this way Cathy can't find me on the streets of Paris. She's mad at me for taking her credit card to buy my red scooter. If only she could see how much fun it is, I'm sure she'd change her mind. I love my red scooter! I just know that in time, she'll come around and let me keep it. She's a softy deep down.

I haven't had much time for reflection lately what with all the touristy stuff of shopping (Man, can Winnie and the Bama girls shop. They're unreal! Who knew little Cairn terriers had so much stamina?)

We've also done a bit of sight seeing going up the Eiffel Tower which was great fun. Now that we're at a sidewalk cafe that has Internet, I thought I'd gather my thoughts for a few moments to be able to pen these words of wisdom. I know you've probably missed my words of wisdom as much as I've missed blogging. I don't want to lose all my faithful readers so here you go!


These are my Ten Tips for getting more out of your life. Try them. They work for me!

1.Play like a puppy and enjoy yourself. I’m happy go lucky and ready to play anytime. Wanna join me?

2.Don’t be afraid to look foolish. I do it all the time and I don’t care what people think about me.

3.Don’t take yourself so seriously. I never do that. I’m too busy having fun.

4.If you want something, then by all means go for it! Full speed ahead. If you don’t go for it, someone else will.

5.Live in the moment instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about tomorrow. I never regret and I never worry about the future. Now is all there is.

6.If you have a conflict with someone, growl a bit, bite each other, air your differences and move on.

7.Enjoy your food instead of feeling guilty or not even paying attention to what you’re eating.

8.If you’re bored or sad, sing a song or listen to music to lift you out of your doldrums. Arf, arf, roooooo!

9.Feel confident about yourself and be proud of your strengths and talents. Don't compare yourself with others. Be happy with you!

10.Don’t let someone else’s bad mood spoil your day. I don’t let Tanner’s jealousy or Tyna’s brooding ruin my good mood.

Have a happy frisbee kind of a day!

Love Loup

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Proud to be Canadian

Today is Canada's 143rd birthday and I'm pretty excited about that, aren't you? Well, maybe if you live in another country it might not mean as much but you get the idea. You all have your special days that are meaningful, too.

I guess Queen Elizabeth thinks it's a special birthday too since she's in Ottawa today celebrating. Good ol Liz. Wish I could meet her. Even if she prefers corgies to huskies, she still sounds like a great lady and is pretty spry for 84 years old. Wish I could meet her and lick her hand. Brian got to see her drive by yesterday when he was walking in Ottawa. He's so lucky. I never get to go anywhere or see anything like that. Good thing I enjoy reading about the world as I don't get to travel much. Still, I am a dog who focuses on the positive so I don't dwell on my situation or blame anyone. One day I'll break off my chain again and have a good tear around the neighbourhood. That'll be fun.

Anyhow, back to why I like Canada before my two or three readers dwindles down to no one.

I think I live in a great country with so much to offer. Sure we have our problems like too many taxes with a new one starting today in Ontario. Aren't we lucky? Geesh. *looks in wallet and weeps*

Since I'm a dog who lives in the moment and focuses on the positive, I want to talk about what makes Canada such a great place to live.

I love all the wide open space and the clean air. Since going for walks is just about the best thing there is aside from jumping in a mud puddle, I would say that Canada is lucky to have an abundance of space. How lucky we are to have clean beaches, forests, oceans, lakes and rivers to visit any time of year. How lucky we are to have trails to hike, mountains to climb, rivers to paddle, and parks to enjoy.

I love the freedom, too. There are no police or soldiers roaming the streets harassing us for every little thing or demanding bribe money. There are no landmines to worry about stepping on. No gunfire to dodge. I'm a lucky dog not to have to worry about such things.

There is also not a lot of crime compared to some places in the world where people fear for their lives and belongings on a daily basis. I can't even imagine what that must be like.

I feel so grateful for those Canadian soldiers serving in those parts of the world that are unstable and unsafe. They risk their lives daily in their quest to bring freedom and security to other countries. Thanks soldiers for all you do for us.

In Canada, we are lucky to have lots to eat unlike some places where people are starving. We have lots of land for farmers to grow food and raise livestock. There are lots of farmers around where I live. They're the best! Thanks farmers for all you do for us.

One of the best things about Canada is how caring and accepting Canadians are. Sure, there is some racial intolerance and hatred around but for the most part, Canada is a caring nation. We help each other and welcome people from other countries, helping them find their way in a new land.

We live side by side, with different religions, different languages, and different cultures. And it works!

Canada is a great place to live and I can fully understand why people from other countries want to come here.

I'm a lucky dog to be Canadian.

"Oh Canada, our home and native land
True Patred Love in All thy Son's Command
With Glowing Hearts we see thee rise
The True North Strong and Free
From Far and Wide Oh Canada
We Stand on Guard for Thee."

Enjoy your poutine, your Tim's coffee and donuts, your barbecued hamburgers and hotdogs, your butter tarts, your flipper pie, your lobster, your feves au lard.

Enjoy whatever you like to eat to celebrate this day. I'll be thinking of you as I tuck into a bowl of dog kibble. (Woohoo, the excitement of it all. YAWN!)

And go see some Fireworks to end this wonderful day with a bang. Wish I could go the fireworks here. Maybe Brian will take me. A dog can only hope, can't he?

WOOHOO! Canada is the greatest!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Life is like doing laundry

Watching Cathy put out laundry on the line this morning got me pondering as I often do.

I am a deep thinker as you know.

That family sure does a lot of laundry and the Tide company must love them.

I'm glad I only have my fur to worry about. So much easier.

Did you ever realize how our lives are a lot like doing laundry?

There is that continuous pile of things that get thrown at us. We work through the pile and manage to get caught up with a fresh clean pile of clothes as proof of our efforts. Then bam, another dirty pile cascades down on us to take its place and the process starts all over again.

Some loads are particularly grimy and need rewashing. Even then, some stains never come out. That's just the way it is.

Some folks' laundry is much dirtier than others. Best not to air your dirty laundry with others as the saying goes.

And of course socks go missing and no one never knows where they've gone. (No, I don't have any in my doghouse.) *whistles and stares up at the sky*

Then there is the never ending sorting and folding that needs to be done again and again. Our basket is never empty and we always miss something.

But when you catch sight of those brightly coloured clothes flapping in the wind on a sunny day and catch a whiff of the fresh clean scent, how can you not feel happy to be alive?

I know I do.

Happy laundry day, everyone!

Love Loup

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Favourite Movies

I saw this on another blog of children's book reviewers and thought it would make a good topic to talk about. Since I'm not much into book reviewing, I'd better not post on their blog unless they want my views on Proust or Balzac.

I'm not much into children's books like they are unless it's the story of "Balto" or "Husky in a Hut". That's Cathy's area of interest. Also it might confuse them to have a dog posting and I don't want to scare all those nice people. Then again, it might stir things up. Heheh I know. I'm wicked. Mwhahahaha

If anyone else wants to talk about their favourite movies, feel free.

Oh NOOOO! Cathy is bugging me to say what her favourites are. Geesh, that girl. Go get your own blog is what I tell her.

Well, I did say people could share what their favourite movies are so I guess I'd better let her post.

If anyone has a blog, why not link it to mine and we can share about our favourite movies. Sounds like fun. You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours. And I like my belly scratched too while you're at it. *rolls over onto back for a belly scratch*

Eight Below is such a great movie with all those clever huskies starring in it. And what a heartwarming story, too. That guy was so terrific going back to Antarctica to rescue his team. Awwwww. It really is my most favourite of all.

I enjoy Snow Dogs, as it is great fun and those dogs really show the owners who's boss. It makes me laugh every time I watch it. I wish I had a role in that movie as they looked like they had a great time making it.

I'm clever enough. I could easily have been in both movies. When is a talent agent going to spot me and make me a star? Guess not much is going to happen when I'm hidden away in the backyard. Even more reason for me to blog this way. Self promotion and establishing a platform is the key to success according to everything I've been reading.

Cathy has insisted that she post a few of her *Gag* favourites, too. YUCK! That girl has absolutely NO TASTE!

Cathy just adores "Jane Eyre" and has watched it umpteen times. She says that Toby Stephens as Mr. Rochester is the absolute best. Cathy can't resist him wearing those riding breeches and boots. Much sexier than any of the other actors who have played the role. Drool, drool, drool. Her words, not mine! *Rolls eyes at Cathy's immature behaviour.*

Cathy loves the book and the whole story of orphan Jane finding happiness with the lonely and brooding Mr. Rochester.

Her words not mine. Gag! Gack, this girl needs to get out more if this is what her favourite movie is. Sigh.

Her other favourite movie is no other than the sugary sweet movie of "Sound of Music."

Cathy recalls going to see it when she was 12 years old and being so captivated that she went back the next night to see it again. She has the music and knows all the lyrics to the songs. Heck, she could probably recite all the dialogue too since she's seen the movie so often. This girl needs help, I tell you! GAG!

So what's your favourite movie? I'd love to know.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Feeling unmotivated? Me too!

Ever had one of those days when you can't seem to get going on anything? I get those occasionally. Lack of motivation and procrastination sneak in and before I know it, the day is gone. YAWN!

As a dog, people probably don't think I accomplish much anyhow but I'll have you know that I'm very productive and I'm a deep thinker. I might not say much but I'm taking it all in whether you think so or not.

I read Proust and Balzac. I've even started a book by Stephen Hawking, the brilliant physicist who writes about black holes. Boy, if he wants to see some black holes, he should visit the back yard. I've got some beauties back here. I'm hoping that Tanner will fall into one eventually and be sucked into oblivion. A dog can always hope, can't they?

Anyhow, in an attempt to cope with this lack of motivation, I've turned to the trusty Internet for help as I know I'm not alone in my affliction. Surely someone out there in the virtual world can offer some advice for my plight.

I found a few helpful hints in coping with this condition that I'd love to share with you.

1. Create goals and deadlines to achieve them - Yes, those deadlines can be a powerful motivator. Cathy swears by them she says. She says she needs that adrenalin rush. Looks too exhausting for me.

2. Get some exercise and a change of scenery. Go somewhere out of the routine and see how it changes your perspective. Oh Cathy, how about a wallllk? Huh, huh? I promise I won't dislocate your shoulder yanking you down the street.

3. Carry a notebook for ideas - Geesh! Where am I supposed to carry it? Dogs don't have pockets. Who wrote that dumb idea? Good thing I have a great memory and keep all my ideas intact to write on Cathy's laptop later.

4. Try something different. Take up a new hobby or join a club. I've always wanted to try sky diving or bungee jumping. Kinda hard when I'm here in the backyard though. I never get to go anywhere. *POUTS*
There's always the historical society. They might not like me chewing on all their artifacts and destroying their fragile documents though. I know! The gardening group! I'll help them dig holes for planting their flowers. Only problem will be getting me to stop digging.

5. Get enough sleep and eat properly. I never have trouble with either of those except when Mr. Skunk happens by like he did last week. I didn't sleep a wink after that. PHEW! What a stench!Or if Cathy forgets to feed us when she's engrossed in writing one of those dumb stories she likes to write. I tell you, I'm the real writer in this family but I never get much recognition just cause I'm a dog. It's not fair.

6. Surround yourself with supportive friends. Avoid those negative types who drag you down. Tanner is one of those types. He constantly aggravates me. I'll keep digging that hole and hope he falls into it one of these days.

Why do we put up with those types? I really wish there was that Facebook feature in real life where we could hide or block aggravating dogs/people or better yet, just Delete them out of our lives completely if they were getting us down. Wouldn't it be great? I wish Tanner was on Facebook just so I could delete him off. Mwhahaaha!

Thank goodness for good friends Tyna and Al. There are also my casual buds in the neighbourhood who like to meet for a "sniff the butt" break (equivalent to a coffee break for you humans, don'tcha know?) There are also those annoying ones who like to pick a fight with me. They should know better than to pick a fight with Loup. I'm tough. I've lived on the streets. GRRR! *BEARS TEETH* Don't mess with me!

And I do appreciate my online furry FB pals, Winnie, Jody and Thio (Even if she is a cat, she's OK!) They're always there to encourage or support me. Thanks, guys. And my human friends Caz, Jen, Wendy, Marie-Andrée and Jane are great too. I love having all my women admirers. It's true. I am pretty fantastic after all. *Puffs out chest*

All this advice about motivation has totally exhausted me. I'm off for an afternoon nap. Talk to you all another time. Hope you all have an active and productive day. YAWN! ZZZZZZZZZ!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Novelty or Nostalgia?

The boys bought a record player at the church yard sale this weekend. They managed to find a few old records to try and I could hear the music pouring out of Rory's room at various speeds as they flicked the speed button up to 78 and down to 16.

They think it's the coolest thing since they've never seen one before. It's such a novelty for them. Cathy can't understand the novelty but it does make her nostalgic and she remembers her youth spending many angst filled hours in her room with her record player for company. She'd play her single 45s with the little clip in the middle that always fell out. She'd sing along with the Carpenters and play her flute along with movie soundtracks. Okay, Cathy. You can stop now. I think my readers get the idea. They don't need to hear about everything you listened to. Don't want to scare them away or make them fall asleep.

Readers tell me I'm getting a little heavy handed and serious with my posts lately so I will try and lighten up a little. I am a fun loving dog after all. Must be all that Proust I've been reading lately. That guy sure can get serious about the most mundane daily experiences. I must say I'd like to try a Madeleine Cookie though. They sound yummy. Wonder if I'll revel in nostalgia about it like Proust does. I doubt it. Maybe a dog biscuit would do the trick.

Cathy gets very nostalgic lately. Must be part of the aging process. She is getting on in years, it's true. I try to tell her that looking back at the past too much isn't healthy. Live in the moment, girl! That's all you've got and you have much less of it left than you did in your youth. Don't waste it in the past. Oh, I'm getting heavy handed and preachy again. Sorry.

Interesting to see how old things like record players make a comeback again. "What goes around comes around" One of Cathy's friends said that. Seems especially appropriate when talking about a record player. BOL! Sorry. Can't resist a good pun though it might make some of you cringe and stop reading. I apologize. Or maybe you stopped reading before this.

The boys saw some record players for sale in the stores with new features like mp3 conversion capabilities. Things from the past get recycled like gadgets and clothes. The young people view them as a novelty while the older folks revel in nostalgia.

Nostalgia gives an idealized view of the past as a happier, gentler time "the good old days" as they call them. Like a faded photo with fuzzy edges, nostalgia tricks us into thinking that times were simpler and happier. The painful parts are forgotten.

I suppose one day I'll be like Cathy when I'm older and be thinking about the good ol days when Tyna tried to steal my paddling pool from under my nose and Tanner picked a fight every chance he could.

It's hard for me to be nostalgic when I'm only three and haven't been on the planet that long. Plus I live in the moment and don't think about the past much. I'm having too much fun now! Everything is a novelty for me.

Wanna ditch the nostalgia for now and come play "old sock tug-of-war" with me? I'll be waiting!

Friday, May 28, 2010



Today I'd like to focus on gratitude. What does a dog know about that you're probably wondering? Well, I am quite brilliant and have a great self-help library as well as all the classics in English and French so bear with me.

Every day I try to practice gratitude as a habit.

I'm grateful for having wonderful owners like Brian, Cathy, Rory and Eric. Some of my fellow dogs aren't so lucky and suffer neglect and abuse.

I'm grateful for Tyna most of the time. *rolls eyes* except when she's acting possessive of me or stealing my pool.

I'm grateful for Alex who is growing old with dignity. Hope I can do as well when I'm 15.

As for Tanner, welllllll... No comment. GRRRRR. As for the cats welllllll. Again, no comment. I'm not much of a cat lover. Hey, it's in the DNA. Can't help that much.

I'm grateful that Brian took me in and gave me a good home or I might still be wandering the dusty back country lanes seeking my fortune.

I'm grateful for my doghouse and for my food and water. Some dogs aren't as lucky. Some people, too.

I'm grateful for being healthy and robust, able to endure most things. They don't call me "Husky" for nothing.

I'm grateful for living in a great country such as Canada though the extreme temperatures are a bit hard to take but hey, I'm tough, I'm a husky as I said.

I even have a gratitude journal I write in. It's a little muddy and "dog" eared (Cathy just groaned when I wrote this) but I still write in it. Even people like Oprah keep gratitude journals. I think they're a great idea. If you're feeling grateful for what you do have in your life, you're not focusing on what you don't have.

If you're constantly thinking of what you're lacking in your life, you're bound to be miserable. We're especially guilty of this with the constant urge to have new things. Consumerism and materialism constantly make you feel you're lacking unless you have the latest fashion, the latest gadget, the latest technical gizmo. We keep buying in our quest to feel happy about our lives and try to fill that void that never seems to get filled.

That ol "keep up with the Joneses" syndrome is bound to leave a person feeling inadequate and lacking. So what if your neighbour has a brand new car and you don't? They probably have a lot of debt and have to work long hours to pay for it. It all breaks eventually and that new car will end up in a junkyard soon enough.

Comparing yourself is a self defeating behaviour, too. I never compare myself to others but then I'm pretty great so why do I need to? I've never wanted to trade my life with any dog but I know some dogs do, poor things. I know some dogs would love to be me and I fully understand it. I'm pretty fantastic, it's true.

Maybe that other person looks like they're richer, slimmer, smarter, prettier, and happier but are they really? Appearances are deceiving. They have their problems like everyone else and they're definitely not perfect even if they seem that way from outward appearances. The grass isn't always greener as they say. Cathy says to cut out all the tired cliches like "appearances are deceiving" and the grass is always greener". Sorry about that, Cathy. Them's the breaks. That's the way the cookie crumbles. Every dog must have its day. Those cliches, gotta love 'em!.

So practice a bit of gratitude each day and don't be surprised if you instantly feel happier and more content. It's a good life and we have much to be grateful about.

Gratefully yours,

Monday, May 24, 2010


Cathy often asks me how I can be so confident. Since it comes so naturally for me, I had to stop and think a while.

When you're as good looking and smart as I am, lack of confidence and low self esteem aren't problems for me.

I've been told I'm sometimes arrogant but hey, when you got it, might as well flaunt it, right? *puffs out chest and struts along*

I present myself with confidence and I think that is one of the most important steps to feeling confident.

Stand tall and look people in the eye. Speak clearly and don't be afraid to ask for what you want. Works for me! Uh, Cathy, isn't it my breakfast time? Honestly, where is she? It's 9:30 am already!

Where was I? Another thing is to focus on the good stuff in your life and not dwell on the bad.

Think of your strengths and achievements. That's what I always do. Be happy with who you are and get rid of that negative voice lurking in your head who tells you that you're no good. I don't have an inner critic myself but I've heard they're a big pain to have. A real nuisance. Kind of like Tanner who is always a thorn in my side. (Pardon the cliche! Hey, I'm a dog, not Proust. ;))

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here...... Oh sorry, I got carried away. I just love that Desiderata poem and the music is great. Cathy played it for me once and now I have that song stuck in my head.

Here is the Max poem to end this post. I'm sure you're all just drooling in anticipation. I know I am. Or is it that I'm hungry and thirsty. OHHHH, CATHHHHHEEEE! WHERE ARE YOU???????? TIME TO FEED ME! Honestly that girl spends way too much time on the computer. How do Brian and the boys put up with it?


Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let not this blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams; it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

--- Max Ehrmann, 1927

Until next time, and remember Max's wise words, "Strive to be happy." That's what I do. Arf, arf, ROOOOOOOO!

Love Loup

Saturday, May 22, 2010

So superficial!

I just finished watching MTV Cribs with Eric. Talk about superficial with all that luxury and materialism! All those rich young people living the good life.

And all the commercials were for pimple cream, shampoo, underarm deodorant, and teeth bleaching. Everyone so obsessed about their looks. What about what's inside?

Luckily I'm authentic and don't need any of that.

So whaddya think? Is my photo showing my good side or should I use another one? Maybe I should get a portrait done in a studio by a professional. I mean, Cathy tries her best but she is an amateur. Luckily my amazing good looks shine through, despite her mediocre photos.

And I don't even need pimple cream with my perfect skin. I don't need fancy shampoo either. Mud baths do the trick for me.

The teeth bleaching might be an idea though. I am getting a bit of tartar buildup. How am I supposed to smile in photos?

The agony of living with such perfection weighs heavily on me but I have strong shoulders so I can bear it.

Til next time, have an authentic kind of a day!

Love Loup

Friday, May 21, 2010

It's almost the weekend!

I thought I'd put aside my hole digging for a moment to write another blog post just to keep all my readers happy. (Cathy just informed me that I don't have any readers. Oh well, a dog can dream, can't he? Bet you I'll be on the best seller list before Cathy is.)

Woohoo! A long weekend coming up and it's springtime. Everything is green and the lilacs are bursting into bloom. Long sunny days. What's not to like? I just love this time of year even if it is a bit hot for me. PANT! I am a snow dog after all.

So it's Victoria Day weekend they tell me. What's with this Queen Victoria stuff? Wasn't she some British queen who lived way back when? Funny we get a holiday and they don't over in England. Oh well. No one is going to argue about a long weekend now, are they? I think they should have a long weekend to honour my birthday but I'm not the one who makes the rules.

Speaking of rules, I bet you'd love to know my rules for living, wouldn't you?

Here they are:

1. Never regret mistakes but learn from them. (I regret fighting with that German Shepherd last week but I've learned not to walk on that street again).
2. Try and get along with everyone and accept that we're all different. (I do try to get along with Tanner but he's got it in for me and a dog can only take so much before he loses it!)
3. When you do have a difference with someone, resolve it quickly and don't let it fester and become worse. (Hear that, Tanner! GRRR!)
4. Keep an open mind and a positive outlook
5. Keep a song in your soul and realize that it's a good life despite the struggles. Arf, arf, roooooo!

And by all means, don't worry about stuff that isn't worth worrying about. It takes way too much energy that could be used for more fun stuff like catching balls and jumping in mud puddles.

Enjoy your long or short weekend wherever you may be!


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Live in the moment

I just don't get it. All these people worrying about tomorrow and regretting yesterday. Meanwhile now is going by and they're missing it.

Why can't people be more like me and live in the moment?

Do I regret? No. (Except I do wish I had that bone I dropped on my walk last week. Oh well.)

Do I worry about tomorrow? No. (It does help that Brian rescued me or I might still be wondering aimlessly on the back roads of Vernon. Then I'd be worrying about tomorrow but I knew someone would take me sooner or later.)

So many people also suffer from "Some day syndrome". Sure, I'll live my dream "some day" and they keep putting it off and "some day" never comes. Do it now is what I say!

If it isn't attainable all at once, at least do a little each day towards your dream so you feel you're gradually getting there.

And they think dogs aren't wise. Until next time, live in the moment like I do!