I was just going to post some family pictures this week but I have some exciting news to add to the photos.
Ron and I are moving this blog over to Ron’s website, rbued.com, in the next couple of weeks. This will allow us to have more control over some of the technical features. We think that this move should allow us to improve the look and feel of the site without changing the overall focus.
I am not very tech-savvy so I am not sure what effect this might have upon your ability to find me. I will be looking into that this week and hopefully we can make this move go seamlessly and painlessly.
Worth the hassle
I apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause and hope that you will find your way over with us. We are in hopes that this move will allow us to bring more value to your visit.
Thanks for being patient and sticking with us. Please feel free to offer suggestions that might enhance the experience.
Here are those photos that I mentioned. They are some favorites from our current household.
Over the past couple of weeks, I introduced you to my step-brother, Murphy the malamute. This week I thought you should meet a couple of characters that joined our family just a couple of years ago. Rusty and Scooter.
I call them the mutants. They look similar to a dog but more stretched out and squashed down like little four-legged caterpillars.
I’m not trying to be mean here, I love my little brothers like, well, brothers. But they are funny looking. (Don’t tell that to them, everyone lies to them and tells them how beautiful they are. People are so kind.)
Rusty and Scooter are long-haired, mini-dachshunds.
Interestingly enough, though Murphy joined our family in Germany and was born in Austria, he is an American breed, one of the oldest.
The two mutants, however, are a German breed, the name translating into German as Badger dog.
Yes, the larger version of the dachshund was bred to chase badgers from their burrows, while the smaller version like Rusty and Scooter were used to root out smaller prey such as rabbits and prairie dogs.
Small Dog Complex
Rusty and Scooter think they are that tough. They are the noisiest little yappers that I have been around…as long as they can hide behind me or our people when an actual threat might present itself, such as a cat or an unexpected noise.
Dachshunds are more common than I had realized. I guess it is like buying a VW Bug. You don’t notice them until you have one and all of a sudden, they are everywhere you look.
They have a strong pack instinct that can be a problem in groups.
Rusty and Scooter are fiercely loyal but are aggressive and sometimes are a menace to smaller pets. Luckily they are smaller than most pets. They are not great with kids unless the kids are well trained.
As you might guess, living with the mutants is stressful at times so if you are considering adopting one you will want to do some research and be sure that you have the patience.
Don’t Get Me Wrong
I love my little brothers but if you want a dog that you can relax with, and not worry too much about, you might want to get a Lab.
I promised some more info on the Malamute breed and some ideas of what it is like living with a Malamute like Murphy.
Think Hair Everywhere
Murphy has so much hair, a double coat, that you would think that when he got wet he would stay wet. Not so.
His fur sheds the water and when we go in for a swim my short hair stays wet longer than Murphy’s.
That same thick fur seems to shed from him in a constant stream of course hair that ends up everywhere and in everything. You can comb him out completely and in an hour you could do it again and get just as high a stack next to you.
And there will still be hair throughout your house.
Alaskan Malamutes: Energizer Bunny of the Canine World
Murphy has a lot of energy. He takes off running and good luck catching him. Just ask his human, Nate. Murphy just loves finding an open door and breaking out of prison.
Murphy loves his humans, Nate and the three kids, ferociously. Even Ron, who is Grandpa, gets close scrutiny when he is rough housing with the children.
Murphy is curious about everything, and he loves to dig.
Last summer, after arriving from Germany, he was personally responsible for the destruction of the BBQ patio and the garden pond. He went through two pond pumps by dragging them out of the pond.
He then decided to eat parts of all of the floating plants from the pond before digging up the hot peppers in the garden and dining on the tomatoes.
Know What You’re Getting Into
In other words, Malamutes are big and they are rambunctious and they like to get into mischief when no one is
around. They do not like to be left on their own and will find ways to entertain themselves that you do not want to come home to.
But they are smart and loving and loyal and hard workers. They require a LOT of attention but they will steal your heart that first day. The trouble will all be worth it if you know beforehand what you are getting into and can prepare.
I wanted to Introduce you to the newest member of our family. He is an Alaskan Malamute.
Murphy actually joined the family a little over a year ago while Ron’s oldest son, Nathan, was stationed in Germany. They came home to stay with us for a while when his tour ended until moving away for work.
They are returning for the same reason and so I thought I would learn a bit about his breed in order to avoid some annoying incidents I experienced while he was first here.
I did some research (well, I have no opposable thumbs so I asked Ron to help me out with the research) and found some interesting facts that go a long way toward explaining Murphy.
There is a lot to recommend him as a family pet.
Much the same as with Lab mixes, but you just can’t beat a good lab mix for a companion.
Talk to you soon with a little more about living with a Malamute.
Hi. I’m Chubby. I am a Lab/Shepherd mix and just celebrated my seventeenth birthday September 1st. My good friend and walking companion, Ron, normally writes this blog, but he is working on several other projects at the moment and so I suggested that I take over for a time.
I do plan to keep the general tone of the writing but we will be focusing more on some of the health concerns and social issues involving myself and the more than 150 million cats and dogs that now share this great country with you.
Now you may be surprised that a dog such as myself could even be writing a post, but recent studies have shown a canine capacity to learn language and even to recognize some rudimentary spelling. (Don’t try and sneak v.e.t. past me.)
I may even have a few thoughts from time to time about some of the silly things that you humans are prone to doing. How some of you can get by without a dog to keep you out of trouble is beyond me..