My Dog Leads Two Lives

My Dog Leads Two Lives
I've learned not to worry. I know he'll be back.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Omar Blue and The Dog Called Horse

I was busy doing as little house cleaning as I could get away with, wanting to get out in the fresh air. Seventy something degrees, in February. What a treat.


Omar was complaining because I wouldn't let him out until he put his bones away. I caught him trying to sneak out the back door. I could tell by the way he was dressed in his cap and bling, he was on his way to the hood to see some of his buddies.






"Oh no you don't!" I told him. Bones away first."


Off he went into his room to hide more bones. He thinks I'm as fond of bones as he is but at least that gets them out of the middle of the floor.


I was silently laughing as he walked away. Then it came! One of those sounds that always sends mixed feelings through me. A low bark.


Omar had dashed from his room before I even heard it. "Ma, I'll be right back," he said as he ran by me.


Of course, I ran straight for the window.




 
Oh no! It was Freedom, from K-9 Town, and he was pacing.
 
I just love Freedom but he hardly ever comes unless there is a big problem. I could tell this was the case from their body language.
 
 
When Omar came back in he was moving fast. He was no longer my baby boy, he was Omar Blue, pack leader.
 
"I gotta go, Ma," he said. "They got The Dog Called Horse."
 
"Oh no!" was all I could get out.
 
The Dog Called Horse was the nicest super large dog you'd ever want to meet. We call him Horse for short.

 
Omar said, "He found a place where little puppies were being abused; instead of waiting for Freedom as they had planned, he went by himself. He got caught and they took the puppies back too.
 
I told Freedom to take some of the K-9 Town pack with him. They'll get the puppies.
 
I'm taking some of the others. We're going after Horse. Don't worry Ma, I'll be back as soon as we get him."


 
Oh my gosh! I had to go too. Maybe I could help. I grabbed my camera (habit) as I called upon my Mojo to work. Thank goodness it did.
 
When I came out of my Mojo trance, I was in an unfamiliar place, on a street I'd never seen before. I don't know how much time had passed and I have to admit I was a little afraid that getting home wouldn't be as easy.
 
There were other people on the street, all looking in one direction.
 
It didn't take long to see why!
 
I started hearing dog noises and from around the corner they came. I recognized my K-9 Town pooches instantly, running fast, with The Dog Called Horse in the lead. They had got him, just like Omar said they would. But now they were being chased.
 
 
I didn't like the fact that Omar was in the very back, knowing what a fast runner he is. He had told me once before, that's how he made sure none of his pack were left behind. He's such a good leader but that still worries me.
 
Though the rider after them was fast, somehow Omar and his pack out-distanced him. I've never seen anything like it. Their feet were barely touching the ground as they ran by.
 
I'm still wondering where this place was. It looked and felt so strange.
 
After Omar Blue and his pack had passed, I waited until I saw their chaser return without them to call on my Mojo to get me back home. I was trying to be cool but was very relieved when I got back.
 
It was only then that I could look back on what had happened. Wow! What an adventure.
 
Omar came home a little later. His friends dropped him off with his assurance that he would be following shortly.
 
 
When he came in, I asked about The Dog Called Horse and the puppies. He said Horse was fine and he had promised he would never do anything like that again. "His heart is always in the right place, Ma, but he's a little hard-headed sometimes."
 
At that, I said to myself, "Look who is talking." 
 
He said the puppies were safe and already enjoying the loving care of the K-9 Town females. We both knew, Freedom and the others would leave no stone unturned until they found the puppies and got them to K-9 Town.
 
As Omar started to leave to catch up with his pack, I jokingly asked, "Weren't you supposed to be putting your bones away?"
  
 
We both laughed out loud, as he broke into a run.
 
I watched, as I always do, as he caught up with the others, on that path behind my house that somehow leads to K-9 Town. They were whooping it up, talking about what they had just done, then they were gone....
 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Omar Blue - Puppy Games

 
Omar started back to work today as BiggSiss mascot. He's feeling fine now, thank goodness, and was ready to go. He likes letting people know that there are ways to become proactive against abusive situations that they might know about or unfortunately, be victims of.




After work, he didn't even come in to get undressed. As you can see, he had something on his mind.


I went out front. "Okay Omar, spill it!" I said.
 
He started, "Alright, Ma.
 
The K-9 Town puppies are learning to play ball. They asked if they could have their first game at leader Omar's other home today, which is here.
 
I kind of said yes. I knew you'd want to see them and some of my Pack that are bringing them. Right, Ma?"
 
Caught off guard, I had just figured out what I was going to say, but I didn't get a chance.


I heard a noise coming from the backyard. I went around the house and saw poodle Sophie Jean and little Polo from K-9 Town, with Major Diggs giving him orders from the other side of the yard.
 
 
I also noticed my niece Pepper's handsome Labrador, Kingston, who was spending the day with us. He had invited some of his friends to see him referee the puppies. Omar and I laughed when he told me this because Kingston wasn't used to the K-9 Town pups' level of energy. You'll see how he made out later.  But hearing what his roll was going to be broke the ice and Omar took this to be his answer.
 
 
Everywhere I looked there were puppies and dogs with balls, either ready to play, or already playing. I didn't realize I had sent so many balls to K-9 Town.

I made me some hot chocolate, bundled up and went back out. Omar had my lawn chair waiting for me.

Some of the older dogs sat near me.
 
 
You may remember Omar's dear friend Batdog? She took time out from patrolling New York and Gotham Cities to come referee the games too. Look at her showing her ball handling style. Omar says she promised him she'd stop working so hard and start having more fun like she's doing here.
 
Later, she's watching the game closely because she knows the puppies aren't beyond throwing tricks into the game. Here's an example.
 
 
One of the refs is calling time out for this team, for using unnecessary roughness. Boy are those puppies angry.
 
This mom had a team of her own. They may look calm now, but they went wild on the field.
 
 
The little ones below found a shady spot and were waiting patiently until they decided to run out on the field and grab the other teams' balls.  Now they are on a time out penalty.
 
 
The game was a real thriller. Look at Polo. He's using one of the "fake out" plays  Major Diggs had just taught him. Lil Blackie cried fowl because Diggs hadn't showed it to him, so everything stopped so he could be shown that move too. Then they continued. By then I was falling out of my seat with laughter and the canines were howling.
 
 
After staying up most of the night practicing, these three were lazily sizing up the competition. They ended up falling asleep and were so comfortable, they wouldn't wake up when it was time for them to play.
 
 
Here's referee Boxer Bella (It may be brother Buster. I couldn't tell from where I was positioned.) about to throw in the ball for the last play of the game.
 

 
I found out later that this little blue Pit had spent his time taking and hiding every ball he came across. He got caught because he couldn't control his last batch. 



 
 
 
By the time he was caught, the puppies had had all they could take of this ballgame thing. They quit playing ball and started playing their normal games. Not that there were winners or losers, anyway.
 
The last ones off the field were the same as the first ones on the field.
 
I watched Major Diggs and the proud little Polo as he yapped excitedly. They were so cute.
 


 
My niece picked up Kingston earlier, and just called me.
 
She said Kingston is so beat, he didn't even stop for a snack. Instead he went straight to bed and was asleep while we were talking.
 
I had to share this. I hope Kingston's buddies aren't looking.
 
 
All in all, it turned out to be a wonderful day. Omar was right to bring the game home but of course I'm not going to tell him that. I'll just wait and see what he and his K-9 Town Pack have in store for me next.
 
I'm sure I won't have to wait long.
 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Omar Blue - Don't Worry I'm Okay


Hi my friends. Don't worry, I'm okay. We caught it in time.


Ma had been watching two bumps on my legs about the size and hardness of marbles. Our vet operated and found low grade cancer in one of them. I don't need radiation or anything, but I have to take special pills. The cancer specialist says I should be fine, but we have to watch carefully, forever, just in case.


I tried to stay away from the stitches but I couldn't so now I have to wear the Cone of Shame.




Luckily, I'm not feeling bad, but Ma is making me take it easy.


Just for a while though.


Please be careful like my Ma everyone. Keep checking us to make sure you don't feel anything.


I've had plenty company. The females from my Pack at K-9 Town came to see me. They were dressed up in the new collars Ma sent them for Christmas. Aren't they something.




They wanted to make sure Ma knew how to take care of me. They think they can do better, but felt pretty good after seeing me and giving Ma lots of instructions before they left.

Ma likes when members of my Pack come to see us. She knows how much they love and depend on me.



They'll be fine, now that they've seen me.

I won't have to wear this thing much longer, if I can't bother my stitches.

Thank goodness.

Bye everyone. See you soon. Don't worry, I'm okay.





Saturday, January 14, 2017

Omar Blue - The Takeover - Shocka Din meets King Cat Sateer


Hi everyone. I haven't seen you since my birthday. I've been working. Don't forget I'm our company's mascot. Ma says that's a big job and I'm an excellent mascot for BiggSiss. I'll be with you as soon as I get undressed.

In the meantime, take a look at how Me, Ma and Sister Joy's work is paying off. We're in one of the popular magazines. Richmond Magazine.




I'm back now. We're settling down. Ma got a fire going.

Remember the vicious timber wolves that arrived at K-9 Town. There is going to be trouble, that's for sure. We're just waiting for them to start something. 

In the meantime, I'll fill you in on what happened shortly before they arrived. Ma has decided to make this another chapter in her book.

- - - - - - - - - -


Shocka Din and his band of ferocious timber wolves continued in search of Omar Blue and the town they intended to overrun.

As they focused more on their surroundings, there came an overwhelming sensation that something wasn’t right. The timber wolves walked in almost complete silence.
Shocka’s acute senses had never failed him. The feeling that something was about to happen consumed him.
 He was about to alert his followers when there came a barrage of rocks, sticks and undetermined objects, all aimed at them.
Coming from the trees.
They looked up and were amazed to see “cats,” running through the branches like monkeys, every once in a while crossing their paths at high speeds, showing absolutely no fear of him or the others. How could this be? Why were they being attacked?
By cats!
If only they could catch a few to make examples of them, but they were too fast. They were only blurs.
Shocka looked around for the leader. There had to be one. This was no random attack.
Finally, he saw what he was looking for. Their eyes locked for a long moment, then King Cat Sateer let out a low meow, and as quick as they had appeared, all of the cats were gone.
As they travelled back to Catdom, King Sateer thought to himself, “Omar wouldn’t mind that we had a little fun.  I want those timber wolves to recognize early that this land and its inhabitants are unlike any they have intruded upon before.
A small lesson indeed, compared to what is in store for them when they reach K-9 Town.” He chuckled as he picked up the pace to a run that would have them back at Catdom in no time at all.

- - - - - - - - - -

I'm not the least bit surprised at what my friend King Cat Sateer did. If you recall, I told you he was planning something when I visited him. I'm just glad Shocka Din didn't catch any of that brave bunch.

I don't need to worry about those cats because after Major Diggs, King Sateer is the best strategist I know. I've seen him and his cats outwit adversaries when the odds were against them, many times.


I'm going to dose off for awhile now, then I'll be headed for K-9 Town. I miss my pack when I stay away too long. They are always so glad to see me. Ma understands. There is nothing like it. 

Thanks for coming to see me. I'll be back soon.











Sunday, January 1, 2017

Omar Blue - The Birthday Boy




It's my birthday today, January lst. Ma says all my friends celebrate on my birthday.


Thank you for celebrating my birthday.


I had a party. I'm just getting back from making sure everyone got home safe. Especially the little ones. They all live in the neighborhood.


We had fun talking about the party as we all walked together. I didn't tell Ma how much noise we were making. Lol. That was some bunch. Dogs and cats. We all got along.


I told them as they arrived to "leave the hostility at the door." They did.


I took a group picture.



I'm back home now. Me and Ma just finished straightening up. It's been a wonderful birthday but now I'm pretty tired. I couldn't wait to get off my feet.




Ma says there is always someone watching over me, but I never see them.

I'm just taking a little nap, then I'm going to finnniishhh celebrattttin........

Luv youuuu......



Monday, December 12, 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Ma reminded me that I need to say thank you and Merry Christmas to all of you nice readers who visit us and like knowing what's going on with me and my Pack at K9 Town.

Thank you! and Merry Christmas! from me, Ma.....and of course, Santa.

 
 



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Omar Blue - The Takeover and Shocka Din's Quest

Omar and I have been pretty busy with our company, BiggSiss and the Thanksgiving Holiday but I got an update from him regarding the Timber Wolves that are at K-9 Town, planning to take over.

I asked if he should be spending more time with his pack at a time like this? He said there was no concern, especially since they like bringing him updates every day when he's away. He says I can't imagine how fast he can get to K-9 Town if there is trouble. I know that's true.

I hear low barking at the back door right now.

OMG! it's Bulldogs Betty and Jim. Aren't they a cute couple?

 

I listened and took notes so I wouldn't forget anything.

Now I'm ready. Here goes.....

 
It seems Shocka Din couldn’t decide how he was going to handle this situation. He was by no means afraid, but all of this was so new to him. His curiosity was overwhelming. 

Besides the confrontation with Omar Blue, he thought about his followers.

In the short time they had been in this strange land an obvious change had come over them, especially the females, and above all, his beloved Hannah.

They were starting to spend most of their time with the K-9 Town females. They talked to each other a lot now and he often heard them laughing, which was something they rarely did before.

There was also something about the way they looked. The only word he could think of was ”beautiful.”

Things like this never mattered to him before, but this, he decided, made him proud.

He had also noticed the males looking at the females differently and using softer tones when communicating with them.

Shocka wondered if any of this had to do with Hannah’s asking him about settling down. He knew something was up. He’d find out what it was soon enough.

In the meantime he decided he’d take a walk. He would have loved to have Hannah with him but his plan might lead to danger, so he went alone.

Between the aggressive trees and cats and the mountain lions Hannah had told him about, this may not have been the best idea, but being alone enabled him to concentrate on his surroundings. He intended to find the answers to several questions he’d been mulling over.

He would start at the beginning, their arrival.

As he walked, though he couldn’t shake the feeling that he was being watched, a feeling of tranquility came over him. This land that held so many untold mysteries, actually gave him a feeling of peace.

He hadn’t felt this way in a long, long time, if ever.

He had to be mistaking these feelings, but he felt like he belonged in this strange place.

He put the thought aside. What could be better than wandering and seeking new adventures.

He thought about The Ghost, or as he now called himself, Wolf Bennie Ba. He remembered what had caused the mutual hate they had for each other. For the first time, he admitted to himself that they were alike in some ways and possibly could have grown to be friends. They were so young when fate turned them against each other.
 Shocka held no remorse except for the realization that his leading adversary was now taking a different path and the excitement of their encounters would now be a thing of the past.

Over the years they’d had many scuffles, the last one leaving each other close to death. The Ghost was the bravest animal he’d ever come across. He was fearless, and the worse the odds against him the more vicious he became.
 
There were those that would follow The Ghost just to be in his presence, yet he chose to follow Omar Blue and be one of many. Shocka’s curiosity was overwhelming. He had to find out more about Omar Blue, his followers and this strange land, where nothing was as it seemed.

This brought him back to his initial belief that The Ghost was trying to protect Omar Blue. There was something about that dog, but the one thing he had gathered from their introduction was that Omar Blue didn’t need protection.

The fact that he was the much loved and respected leader of a pack such as Shocka had never seen before said much about Omar, but the look in his eyes when he spoke to Shocka said much more.
 


When it came to “never afraid and always feared,” he had thought he and The Ghost stood alone. Equal, maybe, but above all others. Since arriving here and watching Omar and his followers, he decided there were many that would consider themselves equals and would fight to the death to prove it. Even the females, that Hannah and the others had gained respect and good feelings for.

The difference here was that none of them cared about such things. From the smallest to the largest, all were treated with utmost respect. It went even further. They considered themselves a large family. He had learned this from his own observance.

As Shocka walked deeper into the woods, he had no idea where the answers to his many questions would be found. Maybe from whatever it was that had been keeping an eye on him since he started this walk. He was ever alert and on guard.

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What you have just read is another unedited excerpt from the latest novelette in the Omar Blue saga "The Takeover," soon to be available.

 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Omar Blue - The Perfect Thanksgiving

Omar and I came to an understanding regarding how his pack at K-9 Town celebrates Thanksgiving. This, in addition to the fact that they celebrate all holidays and usually drag me into them.

This holiday is different.
 
While sitting with my Omar Blue
An idea came to me
Turkeys for his K-9 Pack
They celebrate too you see. 

 
I offered him some turkeys
Here’s proof he licked his lip
But instead of saying he’d take them
He offered me a tip.

Ma you always mean well
And the turkey sure looks good
But this ain’t the way we do things
Though it’s nice to know we could.
 
Take a look at two of my friends
Duce and Alexis are their names
They take charge of Thanksgiving
Including the puppy games.

Get a move on you all or no dinner for you

They send us out to get the meal

Thats all we have to do
Us males run out to do our part
The females have jobs to.
 
The puppies will be playing 
But that's their normal chore
Throughout the day they're snacking

Never missing a chance for more.
 

Now doesn’t this sound good, Ma
Just  doing it our way
- - - - -
I had to admit it sounded great
K-9 Town’s Thanksgiving Day.
 
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!
FROM OMAR BLUE, HIS MAMA AND K-9 TOWN, USA
 


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Omar Blue and PuppySpot

 
I remember like it was yesterday, he started it.
 
With the holidays coming very soon, me and Ma know some people are planning on getting puppies.  
 

We're hoping everyone is doing their homework and picking little puppies that will be good for their specific families and circumstances.

Ma recently found a blog that is all about puppy stuff. It was a story on puppy-proofing your surroundings that first caught her eye (https://www.puppyspot.com/content/2016/04/18/puppy-proofing/) but she says the whole site is informative and entertaining. Worth taking a look at www.puppyspot.com.


 

These pictures are of me and my Papa. He's no longer with us.

Ma says I was a puppy in both of these pictures even though I was big for my age, as some of us are.  Don't mistake size for age and wisdom. We're just able to get into more mischief, she says.

Haha.



Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Omar Blue - Best Halloween Party Ever - 2016


 
Omar caught me off guard this year. I knew he had something on his mind because I can always tell and he was being an extra good boy.

He finally asked if he could have his Halloween Party this year. Weakling that I am, and  having such fun memories of last year, I said yes. He didn’t mention that the party was going to be here at home, instead of at K-9 Town. He only told me that I didn’t have to worry about anything, not even the snacks.

That was all I needed to hear. 

You may remember Zilly Boo from last year’s party. She was the party Greeter this year. I knew she has a drinking problem and she wasn’t able to hide the bottle before I saw it.  Luckily, she didn’t have a chance to get toasted before I took it.

She didn’t really care because she was happy that Omar let her be Greeter and she had some of her spider friends keeping her company while she hung around.

I decided I was going to find a spot and enjoy the party. I even put on some music for them (or me, hehe.)  I’d have some of Zilly Boos ghost wine. I had some last year and it was excellent and appropriate for the occasion.

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I went into the kitchen for the first time since much earlier. Omar’s good friend, Monet had taken over my kitchen and had already laid out the first batch of snacks. She said her Mom Gina Austin taught her how to make snacks.
Everything was neat and under control, she wanted the kitchen to herself, so I took Zilly’s bottle into the party. Omar introduced me to some of his friends that I hadn’t met.

Look at this little one. This is Heidi Witt from the Swiss Alps by way of Virginia. She said this was her first ever Halloween Party and she was having a real good time.
That was even before this handsome little pirate came ashore. He didn’t take his eye off of Heidi the whole night. She finally gave in and talked to him, but I don’t think his sweetness moved her. We all know the song, “Girls just wanna have fun.” They were so cute.
All of a sudden there was a commotion at the door. I could hear Zilly Boo yelling, “You can go in but there will be no politics at this party!"
I knew who it was without going to the door. That was Omar’s job anyway. It was Donald and Hillary by way of Lab Rescue, LRCP, the  wonderful Lab rescue organization.  Both agreed that they were just here to have fun at Omar’s Halloween Party. They needed to get away from the daily grind of politicking.  
Omar’s friends just kept coming. Some of the witches wore their best hats, like Witch Lexi Mattia here, and her friend Witch Lali below. They took up so much room that we decided to go outside.
 
 

That’s when Omar gave all of us his big surprise!
Tree Monsters from the outskirts of K-9 Town were outside waiting. They were wearing their scariest expressions and movements. Not only that but up the hill behind them, though we could hardly see them, were some of his pack, ready to escort the party goers to the next part of the Halloween Party.
The excitement was overwhelming once Omar let everyone know this was all a part of the plan and the big dogs found out the Tree Monsters didn’t mean them any harm. Needless to say they were all ready to go to K-9 Town.
I was running back inside to get my camera when Omar stopped me to say that I couldn’t go. I had a feeling that was the case anyway but thought if I moved fast maybe I could slip by. I didn’t make it.
They left not long after. To my surprise Zilly Boo wanted to stay with me, then I realized she was only staying to finish off her wine, but that was okay, she didn’t have to drive. We chatted for a long while, and she left to find some of her skeleton friends at another Halloween Party.
When I was alone, I thought about all that had happened and how much fun I had, knowing that Omar would be ready to tell me about the rest of the night when he returned.
I looked forward to it, as I dosed off, quite content.