Beds, by Ruby

Murphy's new bed

What is it with humans and their need to give us a soft warm bed of our own?  AGAIN, we’re dogs.

This is my brother Murphy’s new bed and he obviously hates it!  The door mat seems perfect but now there’s all this fuss about why he’s not using the new bed.  Is it too soft?  Is it too puffy?  Does it smell too new?  OMG, let the old boy lay where he wants (I can say old because I am 4 years younger.  And he is gray).

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.  The only bed we’re ever going to love is yours.


French Drain, by Ruby

“My uncle sent this picture of my brother Murphy to Mary.  They were blah, blah, blahing about digging and some drain made in France.  I mean, I’m looking at how gray he is and how fabulous that toy is and how great that hole looks for burying his treasures.”


“Any who, I guess he got in trouble.  IDK, it’s what we do.  I just don’t understand the draaama every time we make a new hole.  Maybe, if there were some ground rules (ha ha, get it?  I crack myself up), we could stop some of the draaama.  Like, only dig in the gardens, not the grass.  Or, never dig in the same place twice so the grass can grow.  Or, never dig in the back yard where the kids play, only dig in the front.   There are enough other rules you expect us to obey, so why not some pertaining to this?  We’re smart.  I am anyway.  I could learn them and then decide for myself if they are worth following.”

“Poor Murph, he looks contrite.  I don’t get that either.  I mean, we dig.  Get over it!”

Snow boundaries

You all know we got 30+ inches of snow that is now almost melted.  Thankfully.  I like snow but it was wreaking havoc on Ruby’s invisible fence “boundaries”.  She couldn’t find the markers that indicate where her line is and she wasn’t getting zapped when she crossed it.  There was too much snow.

I didn’t know any of this until she wasn’t in the yard a few days after the storm.  Calling for her, she came running across the field behind the house (outside her boundaries).  I couldn’t believe it!  Looking at the tracks in the snow, it was evident that she had been visiting several of her neighbors!  She was very carefree about it, too, I might add.  Sneaking out just like like a teenager!

Now what?  I had to stop this before she found the road that was back there.   Putting her training flags back up wouldn’t work because the snow was too deep.  Plus, they’re white so she wouldn’t see them anyway!  My brother, Murphy’s dad, suggested I shovel the yard so the signal would transmit through the deep snow.  I hadn’t even finished shoveling my driveway so it was hard to justify shoveling the yard!  And, that would be a huge task with the amount of snow that had drifted.  I loved that I had been able to just open the door and let Ruby out knowing she would stay in the yard.  Not anymore.  Now I would have to go outside with her until a new plan was devised.  Did I mention we got over two feet of snow?

What about those reflector things that could be driven into the frozen ground and stick out above the snow?  I thought Ruby would be able to see them day or night.  They wouldn’t zap her but they could act as her boundary “markers” and she could get a firm NO when she gets too close.  Had to be outside with her anyway!   I thought it was worth trying.

It’s amazing how, just when I think I am 1 step ahead of her, I learn that she is actually 2 steps ahead of me!  But then I gain the edge again.  Until the next thing…



My brother

Murphy going



 I think they look alike.  They also apparently communicate via Facebook or something because Murphy has started digging.  My brother thinks it’s Ruby’s fault but I don’t know…

Murph hole

I guess he had to fill this hole in three times and Murphy is officially on the naughty list.  But, Murphy hangs his head when called on it and won’t make eye contact, as if he’s ashamed.  As if he knows.  Ruby doesn’t know.  She’ll dig that hole  a fourth time while you watch!


Murphy’s sad face

Sad Murphy

According to my brother, this is Murphy’s sad face.  He is Ruby’s older brother and I can’t believe he has anything to be sad about.  He’s got kids to play with, a nice yard, and he’s done with training classes.  It’s more likely his I LOVE MY MASTER face and I’ll let him do anything to me because I’m such a good pet.

wall sitter

Maybe this is Ruby’s sad face.  I’m not really sure.  It’s probably her FEED ME face.

The car

Ruby hates the car!  I’m sure it’s because the only places she goes are to the vet, to dog class, or to her spa!  Obviously, none of those things are fun for her.  Consequently she never hops right in to go.  Plus, we have a crate in the back of the car for her and that thing makes all kinds of noise!  By now she has gotten used to it banging over bumps (we live in a state where the roads are less than desirable due to the weather and heavy traffic) but she still needs a little coaxing- namely her leash- to get in.

Ruby’s brother, Murphy, loves the car.  My brother tells me he jumps right in every time the back is opened.  He doesn’t want to be left behind!

Murphy goingThat’s how Nicki was.  I remember one time some of my friends and I were having a yard sale.  At the end we were loading the cars with what was left so we could donate the stuff.  I was getting ready to go and we couldn’t find Nicki.  She had jumped into my friend’s mini van and settled right in.  She was going with her.  Wherever.  She didn’t even care.

Gonna need a new coat this winter

my old coat

We’re approaching Back-to-School shopping days and that means fall and winter are on the way.  Yuck.  This picture is from 2 winters ago and obviously, by now, Ruby has outgrown her L.L. Bean coat from her aunt.  Murphy lives in the south so he doesn’t have a coat to pass down to his little sister…

I guess we’ll have to brave the mob at the mall.

Ruby’s brother

My brother and his family have Murphy, Ruby’s brother from an earlier litter.  They have the same parents and therefore, the same genes and potentially the same “issues”.  Without going into the nurture vs. nature debate, Murphy and Ruby are different in many ways.  Murphy is a very well behaved dog and his sweetness is evident the minute you greet him.  Ruby is still working on both of those things.  Granted, she is younger but it’s proving to be a long haul for her.

Murphy loves his family and never bit them.  Ruby, well, you remember her biting.

Murphy even allowed my nephew to dress him up:

poor Murphy

And then again:

that's humiliating

What a good sport.  Murphy obviously doesn’t have any of the “issues” that Ruby has.  He’s a well-adjusted dog.

I wonder if he has an epi-pen?

Flip flops


There was this story recently about a dog (not Ruby) who ate something like 60 hairbands, 8 pairs of undies and a bandage.  My brother (Murphy’s dad) texted me after he read it and suggested that Ruby “needs to up her game”.  Literally 10 minutes after I read his text I had to take my Phillies flip flop away from her.  Now I’m afraid she can read and it’s GAME ON.

Phillies flip flop

I guess she reads the stats too because she obviously knows how their season is going.