Friday, June 29, 2012

Eat More Sprouts!

Hello Everyone

As some of you know, I am hosting the Tuneful Farting Event at the Blogville Olympics 2012. Tuneful Farting will take place on 4th August and I will be accepting your entries between 9th July and midnight GMT on 18th July. Please remember that late entries cannot be considered. The event is open to all creatures great and small!

Lets face it, farting is funny, so get creative with your entry.We are unable to accept videos so your picture will need to capture the....ahem...essence of your tunefulness!

You may just want to send a picture of you or any of your friends letting one rip......

Is there no privacy in this place?..... Pervert!
Or perhaps picture manipulation is your thing!

Or maybe you'd like to draw a picture of you in the act..........

This is what the love-puppy of Puddles and me would  look like...not that's ever going to happen....obviously....

All pictures can be with or without captions.

So everyone, please get practicing and have your cameras or crayons at the ready. Eat more sprouts and eggs and curries; do whatever it takes!

For the 2012 Olympics, Blogville and The Cat Blogosphere are joining forces. To get full details of all events click HERE

Remember send your entries to me between 9th and 18th July  at declansdogsblog(AT)gmail(DOT)com 
Please remember to include your name and blog address. 

I am away at the computing black hole called Ganny's for a week from Monday 2nd July. Other Mum is in charge, but she probably won't have time to do a lot of commenting. I'm just hoping KC doesn't get her paws on my blog again!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Nearly Wordless Wednesday 27/6

Oi! That is not "just a pretty bird" you're looking at. I'll have you know that's my Missus! 

Leave an alternative caption and you could win the Purple Sparkly Toilet Seat for June!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Busy Busy Busy......

I've been soooo busy this last week......

Rushed off my paws........

I've barely known which way is up......

Not a moment to myself.....

I can hardly think straight......

I'm absolutely shattered......

Sometimes I just don't know how I cope with the pace of life.....


Friday, June 22, 2012

Dusty's Competition

Don't Forget to Enter My Competition!!

To celebrate Dusty's first birthday on 27th July, Life with my dogs is having a competition!

All you have to do to enter, is to do a post including your favourite picture of your pet. Closing date is 27th June and then Dusty will post a page showing all the pictures. Dusty's Mom will then ask everyone to vote for their favourite. Votes must be in by 25th July and the winner will be announced on Dusty's birthday. Simple huh?!

The winner will receive a hand drawn picture of their entry in either pastel or graphite.

Well Mum has a beautiful ink drawing of Uncle Flynn, and she'd love to have one of me to hang next to it! So without further ado, here is my entry for the competition. I hope you'll agree that I look very hunky. Hehe!

Don't forget to visit Dusty and enter the competition too!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Nearly Wordless Wednesday 20/6

KC was being hounded by the paparazzi! 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Are you startin' to get ready for fartin'?!

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to tell you all a little bit more about the Blogville's fantastic Olympic Games. The Games will open on 27th July with the competition proper beginning on 28th. The closing ceremony will be on 12th August.

Those of us who are hosting events really hope that EVERYONE will join in and at as many events as possible.   Here is a list of all the events and a link to the blog that is hosting.

Frankie Furter - Olympic Comittee

Posey - Parade of Athletes
Roo - OPENING Extravaganza
Jazzi -  Window Nose Art
Sarge -  Swimming
Oscar -  Crazy Sleeping Singles   and  Synchronized Sleepers
Bertie -    Bouncing
WHN -Cross Neighborhood Walkabout / Catch me IF you Can
Benny and Lily - Beach Ball
Madi   Gymnastics -  
Lily Bell and Muffin - Couch Potato Peeling
Mona and Weenie -Tongue Curling/Raspberry and Critter Stalking
Pip - Discus / Frisbee
Goose - Stick(s)
Bert - Pole Jumping
Murphy and Stanley -  Marathon Chewing
Puddles -  Digging
Declan - Tuneful Farting
Casey - Keep Away
Rubie and Poots - Equestrian
Mayzie - Camera Avoidance Kae Kwon Do
Shasta and Shiloh -Synchronized Peeing
Ruthie - DE-Stuffing
Susie and Sidebite -Free Style Zoomies
Ruby and Penny -  Roaching and Rolling
Bailey and Katy -    Squirrel Hurdles
Indigo -  DRAW your Peeple
Lulu - Snack Sack Race
Frank the Tank - EXTREME Weather Sports
Max - Turbo Track
Luna and Cynder -Snoopendous SniffAthon
Mollie Jo - The Great Tennis Ball Tournament
Uji and Izzy -   Bathtub Wrestling

If they haven't already done so, all of the hosts will be posting before 9th July to let you know exactly what is required for their event, but basically it will be a photo and / or narrative. So for example, I am hosting  Tuneful Farting (well I am a Greyhound!) on Sat August 4th, and will require you to send photos (no videos please) of you...well... farting! It can be with or without a caption and feel free to photoshop to your hearts content if you can't squeeze a real one out hehe!  I'll post again with more details at a later date.

We are really hoping that you'll all join in. Chihuahua or Great Dane, Kitten or Tiger (blimey!) Terrapin or Giant Tortoise, Goldfish or Shark - we'd love to see you all there! (well I might be lying about the shark hehe!)

Now for the boring old rules bit! Each host will include their email address in their post for you to use and will start accepting your entry from 9th July However, what you've really got to remember is that all entries must be in by Midnight 18th July. (local time of the host) Not  a second later, no exceptions - you have been warned! And if you don't like it, you go and talk to Mayor Frankie Furter; he'll put you straight! His email address is frankiefurter(AT)wildblue(DOT)NET 

I'm quite tired just talking about it all, so I'm off for a quick fart kip! Catch you all later.

Send your entries for the Tuneful Farting Event to me between 9th & 18th July
at: declansdogsblog(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Friday, June 15, 2012

Blogio and other useful Welsh phrases......

I don't know about you, but I really like to have something to look forward to. So I was really happy this week, when the Mums told me they had booked a holiday cottage in Wales for us all (well not KC...) to go to in September. Mums have been to Wales a few times, but I've never been. The last time they went, they took Flynn with them.

Perfect Uncle Flynn, of course, only ignored Mum 75% of the time had better recall than me so could be let off his lead. Ironically he didn't much care for beaches. Mum says she hopes we might be able to find a safe quiet beach where I can have a run too. But I digress...

 There are stereotyped images associated with every nation, and although these are exaggerated images there is sometimes a modicum of truth in them. The French wear berets and cycle around with strings of onions around their neck, Australians are all blond surfers who only ever cook on barbecues. And then there is the English. Now they of course, with their imperialist past, feel there is absolutely no need to speak a language other than their own. They are all born with the certain knowledge  that if they SHOUT LOUD ENOUGH IN ENGLISH everyone in the world can understand them. 

Now my Mums really try quite hard not to conform to this stereotype. There are a lot of tourist destinations close to where we live and they are always mightily impressed by the number of French/German/Japanese people who stop them and ask for directions in perfect English. So if they visit somewhere where English isn't the first language, they try to have at least one or two useful words up their sleeves. Pretty much everyone in Wales can speak English, but around 22%  do use Welsh. The percentage is higher in North Wales, where we are going. So I thought I'd share with you the highly useful words and phrases that Mums have picked up over the years.

Araf - slow. Other Mum finds this particularly useful to yell at Mum as she zooms along Welsh narrow country lanes.

Popty Ping - this is colloquial Welsh for a microwave oven. Good isn't it?!

Bwrdd Smwddio ( board smoothyo)-Ironing board. Can't imagine why either of them know that. 

Moron - carrot. It is important to make sure everyone knows you are speaking Welsh with this one, otherwise you are likely to get punched.

Asgwrn Grefi (assgoorun grayvee) Gravy Bone - now that's more like it!

Moch Glust (mokeh glurst) Pigs Ear. - Well that's me just about sorted I think.....

Milgi - greyhound. As in "that's a very handsome Milgi you have there"

Wisgi - whisky. Wonder which one of them learnt that.....?

Mwy o wisgi - more whisky. Now I know which one of them it was....

Fodca 'da leim - vodka and lime. God they are so predictable.......

Un beint or cwru (ian baint or coo roo) - one pint of beer. Fine but what about the crisps to go with it?

Creision (crayshon) crisps. Oh well done Mum!

If any of you out there are fluent Welsh speakers and would like to let me know more useful phrases, I'd be terribly grateful. "My dog would like a pint of lager and a bag of Wotsits please" would be really handy for Mums to learn before we go... hehe!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wordless Wednesday 13/6

Declan just couldn't understand why he hadn't won The Rear of the year Award

I think Ms Purty Butt might have beaten you to it mate......!

Give me your best alternative caption, and you could win the Purple Sparkly Toilet Seat for June!

Monday, June 11, 2012


I am so excited because I have received two lovely belated birthday presents.

First of all a parcel arrived with a New Zealand postmark and naturally my heart missed a beat! When I opened it, all my wishes came true as it really did contain a present from my love Beryl.  It was the best sort of present, something really personal that Beryl had obviously put lots of thought into. It was her very own NZ bandana that she wore last year in her Dancing with the Doggy Stars video! You know what's the most romantic thing of all though? Beryl hadn't let her Mum, Sue wash it, so it still smells of my beautiful girl! I have told Beryl that any thoughts about a subscription to "Bitchz Magazeen" have been completely forgotten.
Ahhhhhhh..... Eau de Beryl............
For those of you who don't know her, this is my gorgeous girl.
I don't think I will ever want to take it off again........
Thank you very much Beryl, Mum-in-Law and Frankie!

 Then just when I was thinking how lucky I am, a parcel arrived from Aunty Lynne and the hors d'oeuvres Dip Bridge & Elliot

As many of you will know Lynne is a demon crocheter and so she has made me this lovely ball.

Apparently it is stuffed with old socks which Aunty Lynne says she has washed. I'm a little disappointed at this, as I don't think you can beat a smelly sock. Nevertheless, it is very nice and chewy!

Aunty Lynne, being a very good judge of character, has obviously realised that Mum is the jealous type. So she took the precautionary measure of making something for her too....

Mum gets really cold feet (I know this as she keeps trying to wedge them under my nice warm chest-humph!) so these are perfect for her.

Thank you very much Aunty Lynne & the Chewies. Crocheting Rools Okay. Yeah!!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Blogville Olympics Badge

Hello everyone. Just a very quick post.

I was having a word with Frankie & Ernie about the Blogville Olympics and offered Other Mum's services to make a badge for everyone taking part.

If you're hosting an event or just competing, then please feel free to grab the badge and display it on your blog. Good luck to absolutely everyone!

Deccy x

Friday, June 8, 2012

2nd Annual PeeMail Competition

Reilly & Denny over at Cow Spot Dogs are holding their second annual pee mail competition! Just write a post containing a photo of you reading pee mail and add a caption. Click on the link to get all the details of how to enter. Entries must be in by 16th June. 

So here is my entry:

"Ummmmm... Labrador 2012. A really very fine vintage...."

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Nearly Wordless Wednesday 6/6

Mum said the boy who had been throwing stones at me was fat.... but I know he was just big boned. Hehe!

Don't forget to leave me your best alternative caption and you could win the Purple Sparkly Toilet Seat for June!

Monday, June 4, 2012

RSPCA 42 Teeth Campaign

Hello everyone! 

First of all I'd like to wish a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my very charming friend Corbin the Pit Bull.  Corbin has very generously helped me out with today's post and we'll be hearing more from the Birthday Boy later...

Pictures of Corbin kindly provided by his Mom!
As you may know, The idea behind Pitty Post Day is to try and dispel the negative thinking about Pit Bulls and other so called "dangerous dogs". 

By happy coincidence I was contacted  by a a very nice lady called Helen, who is the Online Community Manager for the RSPCA here in the UK, and asked if I would support their 42 Teeth Campaign by writing about it on my blog. Then I heard about Corbin's Pitty Post Day..... Perfect timing!

There is a lot of information on the RSPCA  website about the campaign, so I'll try not to go into too much detail here, but I think a bit of background might be helpful.

The Dangerous Dogs Act has now been in force for 21 years and has failed to address the issues of dangerous dogs and irresponsible owners. The coalition government (that'll be my mate David again....) has announced proposals to update the Act, which the RSPCA believes are woefully inadequate. The 42 Teeth Campaign has been brought about to highlight the shortcomings of the Act and new proposals, make clear what changes do need to be made and to give UK citizens the opportunity to get their opinions heard by the government. 

Perhaps one of the most controversial parts of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 is Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)  There are four specific breeds of dog that are banned in the UK. Pit Bull Terriers, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Braziliero. However, if any dog matches the characteristics of a Pit Bull it may be a  "banned type". A dog type is not a breed. Whether your dog is a banned type depends on what it looks like, rather than its breed or name. Now that isn't me being cynical. That is a direct quote from a government website. So you can see what the RSPCA and all responsible owners are up against. I'm a greyhound and nobody expects me to be vicious, but if I was hurt and tormented and beaten, I certainly could be. But because I'm tall and skinny with a long nose, I'm fine as long as I behave. If I had a blocky head and a big barrel chest and was the sweetest guy in the world, it's possible I could loose my life.  Ridiculously unfair isn't it?

One of the RSPCA proposals is putting and an end to BSL. They believe there are now more Pit Bulls in the UK than there were before legislation came in in 1991, so even if it was a good thing, it hasn't worked!  

As the campaign says, all dogs have 42 teeth (well I know some of you haven't, but you get the drift, right?!) and all dogs have the potential to be dangerous in the wrong hands. That's why the RSPCA believes that legislation should focus on the other end of the lead; the owner not the dog.It should focus on targeting irresponsible dog owners, who allow and even encourage their dogs to be aggressive and abuse or abandon their dogs. Dog owners need to be held accountable for their actions, including taking responsibility for their dogs’ behaviour and training. Other proposals are as follows:

  • Most dog attacks happen in the home, but current legislation doesn’t cover private property, so many irresponsible owners are not held accountable for attacks.
  • Emphasis on prevention by education and engagement.
  •  Compulsory microchipping and dog registration are vital, but details must be held in a centrally held government database which is kept up to date if it is to be effective.
  •  A comprehensive approach to tackle irresponsible dog ownership that prevents serious incidents from occurring rather than waiting for them to happen 
I think (I hope) that any caring responsible dog owner will want to support the RSPCA's campaign, but in this country breeds like the Pit Bull have been demonized for years. Given the trend in many cities  for "status dogs" whereby irresponsible owners are actively encouraging powerful dogs to be human aggressive - often by torturing them - it's little wonder that a lot of people are scared of Pit Bulls and the like.

Soooooo, if you don't know him already, let me introduce you to Corbin the Pit Bull. He may just help some people change their mind!

Vicious Pit Bull attacks his Mom!
"Hi, my name is Corbin and I'm a dog. When I was 4 months old, my owners brought me to the local shelter and left me there. They said I had too much energy and they didn't want me anymore. Wasn't I a puppy? Wasn't I supposed to have energy? Anyway, I was banned to the back of the shelter where there were a lot of other dogs that looked like me: big blocky head, wide chest, energetic wiggles. They called us Pit Bulls.

I stayed in a cage in the back for what seemed like forever, but it was really just a month or so. After that month, my day had come. I was on the list to enter that scary, dark, cold room and meet the Rainbow Bridge without knowing the love of a human, the joy of a game of fetch, the friendship of another dog. I wasn't given a chance. My picture never made it to the shelter website, adopters weren't allowed in the back where my cage was, I couldn't even put my charm on the employees because I was always so excited to see them, they labeled me misbehaved.

You see, I shouldn't be here. I shouldn't be able to have a blog of my own. I shouldn't be able to share my stories. I shouldn't be able to be a foster brother to those who once held the same fate as me. I shouldn't be able to meet people and change their views on the vicious dogs the media makes my breed out to be.

But I'm here. I was saved. I was one of the lucky ones.

Two rescue volunteers, Heather and Jen, came to the shelter that day. They put a leash around my neck and they said "Come on, let's go!" Well, they sure didn't have to tell me twice. I dragged them out of there and my front paws barely hit the ground! I stayed with Heather for 10 days before I met my mom. My mom wasn't planning on bringing a dog home the day she met me at the adoption clinic, but Heather said I needed a new foster home or I'd have to be boarded for the holidays. My mom is a sucker, so she said Ok. Well, my dad was a little less than thrilled, considering my mom said she wouldn't get a pit bull, or a young dog, or a big dog. Well... I was all of those things. BUT, I was just a foster dog... or so they thought.

You see, I'm quite a charmer and I'm very smart. So, my parents taught me how to be well behaved hoping it would help my chances of adoption. Of course, no one wanted me because everyone just knew I had my very own home already. So, after two months, mom and dad threw in the towel and I was completely theirs. I fit in so well and I loved them so much, they didn't have any other choice!

So, there I was. Corbin: Adopted. Since my adoption 2 years ago, I have been a big foster brother to 22 dogs, big, small, male, female, pitty, non-pitty. I've earned my Canine Good Citizens certificate last year and some day plan on getting certified as a therapy dog. I've started my own blog and I've changed a few minds about judging a breed as a whole based on the improper actions of a few mean humans. I've learned how to be a boating dog. I've won over the hearts of strangers. I'm a goofy boy who can make you laugh on your darkest days and warm your lap on the coldest nights. I'm a living, breathing soul with love in my heart and kisses on my tongue. I am a Pit Bull."

......and attempts to kill another dog!
There's really not a lot more to be said is there?! If you are a UK citizen, then please visit the RSPCA website and respond to the consultation on the governments proposals.

You might want to watch the RSPCA 42 Teeth Campaign video. However, please be warned that it contains acts and results of extreme cruelty which you might find upsetting. 

If you feel you can share this post on Google+ Facebook or Twitter (even if you're not in the UK) I'd be really grateful. Thanks for your time.

Deccy x