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Friday, October 29, 2010

Sweet fit

Someone sent us a perfectly fitted red Outward Hound raincoat. Spike, not impressed one way or the other, tolerates the protection. I appreciate cutting down on wet-dirty-stinky dog hair, too. Instead of paying a fortune for dog coats to warm our recently groomed Spike, I cut leg slits into a fleece blanket ($3.99 at Grocery Outlet). Spike loves the added protection and puts his legs up to fit the fleece before we go for walks.

Plus he's awfully cute in fleecy black and white! People stop us all the time to remark on his little coat and how nice he looks. He ignores them, but I like to hear it.

We went to the dog park at Marymoor today, working on dog socialization. Spike's taken to growling at men the last 3 weeks, and rumbles at other dogs sometimes. A dog tried to bite him (both leashed, on our neighborhood walk = a friendly exploration gone wrong.) The other owner said her full-sized mutt had been attacked in the last week. He was dominating and unfriendly to Spike. We got out of reach in a hurry. Sooo, now we're working hard on eliminating undesirable domination stuff in Spikester.

Lots of room to run at Marymoor. LOTS of dogs to sniff and chase. Spike was herded by a little Maltese mix, and stood up to tell a Great Dane he was irritated with his attention. Funny, and friendly.


  1. spike, you look very handsome in that raincoat. And don't let any of those big dogs get to you....growl alot when they are near!
    Your doggie walks at Marymoor sound very exciting!!
    Hugs and wags, Mistaya

  2. He is such a beautiful boy! No comparison to the little smelly rag-o-muffin that I got in March. Thank you Rosemarie for loving him so much!

  3. Teri, he really is a special pooch. He even DRIES himself after a wet walk or shower. I've never had a dog like him. THANK YOU for sending him my way socialized and happy.