JoJo’s Journal

This is another edition of JoJo’s Journal….bark!  This week I can’t wait to show you my new toy.  Actually, it is not really a toy, although I have a lot of fun with it and play with it almost every day.  It is actually a piece of equipment that I have fallen in love with since my roommates here on Glen Road brought it home for me.  What is it?  You all know my love for diamonds, pearls and treats, but it’s none of these.  Here it is…the big reveal.  It is a doggy high chair and here I am sitting in it!

I mainly sit in my high chair during meal time on Glen Road.  It took my roommates some time to figure out that I was not running under the table and barking at them during meal time because I wanted to eat.  That is just silly as I have my own food and treats.  I don’t want their food as well.  I just wanted that eye-level boost that keeps me from feeling left out.  I want to see everyone at eye level and be able to listen and join in on the conversation.  This clip-on high chair is a great alternative to having to pick me up and sit me in your lap while you are trying to eat.  That’s not comfortable for anyone involved.  My high chair makes me feel a part of the dinner crowd and now I don’t have to make a nuisance of myself in order to be a part of the action.  I love it! 

Let me tell you how my high chair works.  My high chair clips on to tables or counter tops up to two inches thick using the same rubber-grip technology used in child clip-on booster chairs.  Easy-slide straps help to adjust the height of my high chair without tools.  That’s good because Glen Road is not known to be very good with using tools.  There are two inner tether straps that can connect to my leash to keep me safely inside the high chair.  I have to tell you that we don’t really use this feature as I am thrilled to be in my high chair and would never jump out.  Recently, I’ve wanted to take several of my daily naps in the high chair.  It is so comfortable.  My high chair is made of easy-clean nylon with an inner, removable cushion for my comfort.  You know that I am the Queen.  The best part–it is machine washable for those rare times I eat a little treat inside of it and get it a little dirty.  I do need to tell you this….it is only for small pets up to 10 pounds.  Big dogs need not apply.  Thank god because there would be nothing more ridiculous than seeing an 80 pound dog hanging off your counter top.  🙂  You can find my high chair and other pet items at a great website called Doctors Foster and Smith, http://www.drsfostersmith.com.  Feel free to see more pictures of me in my high chair in the gallery below.  I’m glad you stopped by again at Acorns On Glen and caught up with me….bark.  I’ll see you next time!  What crazy toys or equipment do you have in your home for your furry pet?

JoJo’s Journal

This is JoJo’s  Journal….BARK!  I’m back and what a difference a week makes.  I spent most of the day on Saturday at the beauty parlor.  My salon is a very exclusive one called Bone Jour.  When I go there, my stylist takes me into the shop and bathes me, cuts my hair and then dries me very well.  She also cleans my eyes, ears and trims my paw nails.  Then I get to play with the other doggies that are there for the day in the playroom.  I know I’m spoiled, but please don’t tell anyone.  When I get home, everyone on Glen Road tells me how cute I look and then I have to take a nap.  All the excitement just wears me out!  When in doubt about grooming your dog (or any animal), a great website to visit is http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/grooming-library.aspx.  The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) website is a great resource to use when you have questions about the care of your pets.  Now take a look at my before and after shots.

This is before:

This is after (don’t I like like a puppy again):

Side view.  This is before:

This is after (don’t I look like I’ve lost weight?):

Do you think I look pretty?  Let me know what you think in the comments section.  As well, tell me about your pets.  I would love to know about your little ones and make some new friends.  Do you have any pet grooming tips you can share or can you tell me what you would like to read about in my upcoming posts?

  Love, JoJo  xxxooo

JoJo’s Journal-My Rawhide Adventure

This is JoJo again and it’s time for my journal.  As a diva Yorkie, I like all things nice….and expensive….given as a gift….from my boys.  Much to my surprise, I was told that a new treat was on its way to me and I was excited.  What could it be?  Diamonds, caviar, pearls, a new cashmere sweater to brave the cold?  The list is endless.  My suitor came in with something behind his back.  Flowers….maybe red roses.  BARK!! 

Well, to my horror, I was given a rawhide treat.  You know, one of those leather logs that dogs chew on for hours on end.  Absolutely not….no way.  Go directly to jail; do not pass go; do not collect $200.  Sniff….well it does smell good.  Lick…..nice taste.  Chomp….what have I got to lose?  The end result was a treat I treasured.  As with most things in our life, the simplest things are usually the best things.  The things we remember and treasure forever.  A gentle kiss from a lover, a hug from your child, a homemade Valentine, a bouquet of dandelions from your front yard.  Yes, even a rawhide treat.  Remember to keep it real and celebrate the simple things in life.  Tell me what has been your favorite simple treat? 

Meet JoJo…bark!

This is the dog that lives on Glen Road.  My name is JoJo and I would like to introduce myself and tell you a little about me.  I am a girl Yorkshire Terrier…a diva yorkie.  I was born in 2007 and am 3 years old.  I was purchased by my owner when I was very little and named after her (Josephine) and her late husband (Joseph).  They were often times referred to as the “Jo and Joe” team so it only made sense to shorten that up and call me simply JoJo.  I lived in Boynton Beach, Florida most of my life, where it was warm and I could look out over the Intercoastal waterway.  Last fall, I made the move to Connecticut and to the house on Glen Road.  When the acorns fell on the roof during that autumn, I barked almost every time I heard the cracking noise of one hitting the shingles.  My throat was sore for months from all that barking, but I’m over that now.  It is cold here now and my neighbor dogs tell me that my first winter here has the most snow that they have ever seen.  Many days this winter I didn’t even want to go outside because the yard was too cold for my little paws.  I eat and drink out of two small bowls that are red and white and have a little dog painted on the bottom.  While I am very small, I do like my food and tend to lick my food bowl clean every morning and every night.  I like to play with my toys and like my family to throw them and then watch me run after them.  I sleep in the master bedroom every night and have been known to snore loudly even though I am so little. 

So this is the beginning of what I hope is a frequent contribution to “Acorns On Glen”.  I’m calling my contributions “JoJo’s Journal“.  Don’t all blogs need a dog’s perspective?  I do have a unique perspective given I see things from less than a foot above the ground.  Please feel free to leave me some comments—what would you like to hear about from me?

In closing, our house is very supportive in the rights of all animals.  Always be kind to your pets and other animals you meet along the way.  You never know what they will do if you treat them poorly.  I am lucky to have a great family.  My friend (may he rest in peace) did not.  He hated them!  Here are his thoughts post his passing:

The Revenant by Billy Collins

I am the dog you put to sleep,
as you like to call the needle of oblivion,
come back to tell you this simple thing:
I never liked you–not one bit.

When I licked your face,
I thought of biting off your nose.
When I watched you toweling yourself dry,
I wanted to leap and unman you with a snap.

I resented the way you moved,
your lack of animal grace,
the way you would sit in a chair to eat,
a napkin on your lap, knife in your hand.

I would have run away,
but I was too weak, a trick you taught me
while I was learning to sit and heel,
and–greatest of insults–shake hands without a hand.

I admit the sight of the leash
would excite me
but only because it meant I was about
to smell things you had never touched.

You do not want to believe this,
but I have no reason to lie.
I hated the car, the rubber toys,
disliked your friends and, worse, your relatives.

The jingling of my tags drove me mad.
You always scratched me in the wrong place.
All I ever wanted from you
was food and fresh water in my metal bowls.

While you slept, I watched you breathe
as the moon rose in the sky.
It took all of my strength
not to raise my head and howl.

Now I am free of the collar,
the yellow raincoat, monogrammed sweater,
the absurdity of your lawn,
and that is all you need to know about this place

except what you already supposed
and are glad it did not happen sooner–that everyone here can read and write,
the dogs in poetry, the cats and the others in prose.

I’m just joking with you.  I don’t know this dog.  Billy Collins is a favorite poet here on Glen.  We last saw him live at a broadcast of “A Prairie Home Companion” in Manhattan.  So you know, Billy Collins is an American poet, appointed as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. He is a Distinguished Professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York and is the Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute, Florida. Collins was recognized as a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library (1992) and selected as the New York State Poet for 2004-2006.  Billy Collins has been called “The most popular poet in America” by the New York Times.

Until the next edition of “JoJo’s Journal”……peace and bark!