Tag: good dogs

Dec 08, 2014
By Michael Rupured

My Perfect Little Dog

Few things are more adorable than a six-week old chihuahua puppy. Within days of my ex getting a dog I didn’t especially want, I accepted the little darling and took an active role in his upbringing. Early socialization is important, especially with nervous breeds like chihuahuas. Perhaps as a result of all the early attention, Tico is a smart, fun-loving, and courageous little dog who has never met a stranger. Tico is also unmistakably the ex’s dog. Despite my early crotchetiness, his preference for the ex sometimes hurt my feelings a tiny little bit. Yeah — the dog hurt my feelings. I’ll own it. Enter Toodles. As with Tico, we took her everywhere. Fearing she too would prefer my amiable ex over her crotchety daddy, …

Apr 26, 2012
By Michael Rupured

Puppy Primer, Part Two

In the middle of the night last night, it dawned on me that before I give out advice about raising puppies, I need to establish some credibility. And of course, I also thought of several more tips. I offer the following true-life story as evidence of my dog-whispering ability. How’s that for an intro? We got new carpet in all the bedrooms today. The work that went into getting ready for installation made me appreciate the old carpet for lasting as long as it did. Getting ready for new carpet isn’t something I want to do very often. The garage is piled high and some of it ain’t coming back in. Because we moved things around–including the kennels–the dogs were …