I need a dog

Pints and Pups was this weekend.

I dragged myself out of bed, picked up Barbara, and headed over to Golden State Brewery in Santa Clara for some snuzzles with doggies and BEER!

It was fun to see old friends and to hang out with Barbara.

Drinking beer.

Barbara, in case you didn’t know it, is my “sister.”

We look so much alike people mistake us for sisters.

I got to check out the rescued dogs brought to the event by Thulani Senior German Shepherd Dog Rescue.

They rescue senior German shepherds that have been abandoned by their owners in their old age.

It’s heartbreaking.

I got the feeling like these dogs were searching the crowd for their person and not finding him or her.

They kept looking off into the distance.

Oblivious of my attempts to garner their attention.

But I loved on the doggies anyway and perhaps even signed myself up to volunteer with Thulani next weekend.

Of course, you MUST know that my favorite breed of dog is German shepherd, on account of I’ve had two and they were THE BEST DOGS.

I miss them terribly.

So I was incredibly pleased when friends took it upon themselves to paint an image of my Wendy girl from a picture I gave them.

It’s stunning!

Warms my poor little heart to see her again, in a painting.

This is actually a picture of Wendy around 3 years old, taken when I was rescuing her from the Tri-Valley Animal Shelter.

She somehow managed to sit long enough for me to snap a photo.

Wendy was never the sort to sit still for any length of time, so I was especially pleased I managed to get that photo of her.

And just like this picture of Mac (below), my first white German shepherd, it has become my quintessential photo of Wendy.

I need a dog.

 

 

New Guy

Lives in Pacific Grove.

Has a 9-year old daughter.

I’ve always wanted to wind up with a man who has nothing but girls.

Seems kinda cool to share my boys with him while enjoying the camaraderie of his daughters.

I could use more feminine energy in my life.

In any case, he is rather nice.

I’d like to pat myself on the back for picking a good one.

It remains to be seen if he has any of those offensive qualities that so many of the men I date seem to have.

But so far so good (he hasn’t asked to cum on my face or see my tits).

We’ve bonded talking about our dogs.

He has Luna.

I have Wendy.

In my experience, dog people are good people, so this is just more proof (in my mind) that he’s a decent guy.

I could use a nice guy at this junction in my life right now.

Ironically, his username has the word “jaded” in it, which of course I asked about because hey, if he’s truly jaded, I think that I’ll take a hard pass.

But no, turns out he just uses it because he thinks it makes him sound edgier. Cool.

Cool?

Cool would be ubiquitous. Or auspicious. Or chivalrous.

But jaded?

We shall see. . .

Dogs make me bold

wendygirlGenerally, I am fairly shy when it comes to approaching men because:

  1. I don’t know if they like me, and
  2. I’m never sure if they’re single.

The two notable exceptions to this rule are:

When I stood on the seat in a hot tub to show a male friend my hip tattoos, thereby thrusting my naked crotch in his face, and

When I told a guy (on a dare) in a bar in downtown San Jose that I was going to go home and masturbate thinking about him. That got his attention QUICK!

In any case, for the most part I let the men do the approaching but I’ve discovered something that makes me bold and eases the way for me to approach a man.

Dogs.

Yes, dogs.

I have a dog. A big white German shepherd named Wendy who is literally the most rambunctious dog I’ve ever had. I heart her.

The other day, I saw a profile pic for another burner, someone I’d never met. He was handsome and his profile pic included – get this – a WHITE GERMAN SHEPHERD.

Yes folks, we own clones of each other’s dogs.

So I clicked on his profile.

Single.

So I clicked to add him as a friend.

And he added me!

Woot!

So now we’re friends.

Then, I was surfing through the South Bay Beer Hounds posts when I came across a guy with black dogs. The polar opposite of what I have.

And I was smitten with those pooches. Plus the guy was rather good looking as well.

So I added him as a friend and explained that I liked his dogs when he added me back.

Unfortunately during the conversation he conspicuously used the pronoun “WE” which let me know he’s not single, but hey… more friends is always a good thing.

So there you have it.

Dogs make me bold.

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Spoiling the fur baby

I have two fur babies at home – my sweet and cuddly Princess and my wild and wicked Wendy.

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My youngest son, who wants to be a veterinarian, is particularly sensitive to Wendy.  He spends time with her, cleans her food and water bowls, and even gives her baths.

In my budget, I have a line item for Wendy – a small but sensible monthly stipend I can spend on her.

This month, I purchased a Bark Box for her.

Can I tell you HOW MUCH FUN my son and I had breaking open that box and tantalizing the dog with tasty treats shaped like baseballs, a stuffed squeaky baseball bat, a plush hamburger (which my son is sure Wendy will destroy in 3 days), and a jerky stick, etc?

baseballbat hamburgerI guess the theme was BASEBALL and boy, did Bark Box hit one out of the park for Wendy

So I’m here to tell those of you with fur babies of the canine variety, that BARK BOX is INCREDIBLE and doesn’t skimp on their treat boxes at all and they’re SO MUCH FUN to open and watch your dog play with.

Here’s a link to their site, if you’re so inclined to sign up yourself and your fur baby. And no, I don’t get a kick back. I just happen to think they’re AWESOME!!!

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And. . . let me take a moment to remind you that there are lots of pets out there looking for homes.  If you’d like to expand your home to include (another) pet, consider going to your local animal shelter and adopting.  The closet animal shelter to me is the Human Society of Silicon Valley (LINK).  If you can’t adopt, consider donating to a NO-KILL shelter.

The best dating accessory EVER

with dogSo I’ve been online dating off and on for the better part of a decade.

Long enough to learn a thing or two about human behavior and dating.

I actually wrote a letter to the Men of Match sharing some of my feminine knowledge with them… let’s call it little bits of wisdom I’ve picked up on over the years.

And so I just want to take a moment to write down what I’ve discovered is THE BEST DATING ACCESSORY EVER…

Your DOG!

I’m not kidding.

Your dog* makes you sexier.

I assume it’s for several reasons.

  1. Women just inherently love, soft, fuzzy, lovable creatures. We’re just built that way.
  2. Having a dog means you are good at taking care of something and we like that characteristic in a man.
  3. We associate the dog’s sense of loyalty and affection with you and that makes you much sexier in our eyes.

So I’m not surprised to find out via the highly scientific online resource for love and relationships, Your Tango, that a man is three times more likely to get a woman’s phone number if he has a dog with him than if he is poochless.

Go figure.

Must be something in our genes that makes us like men with dogs more. The affection. The reliability. The love for someone other than themselves.

So in honor of my steadfast belief that dogs really do make us sexier, here are my two pooches – Wendy and Mac.

I would pretty much throw myself at a man with a German shepherd dog (especially a white one).

IMG_8300* Personally, I’m partial to men with BIG dogs as opposed to men with LITTLE dogs, but that’s just my preference.  I like my dogs like I like my men – taking up a lot of space.  LOL

Need a rescue?

Have I mentioned that all my pets, every single one I’ve ever had, has been adopted from the shelter or rescued from the streets?

There are many reasons to adopt a pet rather than buy one from a breeder. The primary reason to adopt is that you when you do, you’ll save a life. About 2.7 MILLION ADOPTABLE dogs and cats are euthanized EACH YEAR in the U.S. 2.7 MILLION ADOPTABLE PETS. That’s a staggering number!

Also, if you adopt, you won’t be supporting puppy mills and pet stores which put profit over the welfare of the animals. Most animals raised in puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with inadequate medical care. By adopting instead of buying a pet, you can be certain you aren’t supporting cruel puppy mills with your money.

The bottom line is that you can go to your local shelter or contact a rescue group and you will likely find dozens of healthy, well-socialized puppies, kittens, and adult pets – including purebreds – just waiting for that special home.. YOURS!

And just to give a little shout out to my fur babies, here are a few pictures of Wendy (my feisty white German shepherd) and Princess (my adorable Burmese lap cat).

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Definitely a N-O

Readers meet Dave, who looks great on paper and in pictures. Note Exhibit A: Dave’s profile picture.

imageDave and I exchanged a flurry of emails yesterday evening. We had a lot of similarities: his family is Polish, my family is Polish; he has two big dogs (see Exhibit B)…

image…I have a big dog; he’s a vegetarian, I’m a… no wait, I’m not.

In any case, I was totally sold until he got on the phone with me…

…and SOUNDED LIKE MICKEY MOUSE ON HELIUM.

But truthfully, I didn’t totally rule him out until he told me he’s a 46 year old pizza delivery boy.

And just like that, the spell was broken.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!!!