Dorkie Moment #5

Everyone who knows Kirby knows how much he loves to go for a swim.  We take him to the lake quite often throughout the summer.  It was mid-afternoon and hot when we came upon this large water fountain while on vacation in New Orleans.     

Kirby thought the water looked so cool and inviting.  The longer his tongue hangs is a sure gauge as to how hot he is...

He was trying to reach down to the water for a cool drink...

I told him to stop and wait as I pulled his water bottle from my bag.  He stood back up and looked at me. One minute he was standing there, the next minute he had jumped right in!  I didn't capture his jump on film since I wasn't expecting it.  I did catch pictures of Doug pulling him out.

Oh how he wanted to jump right back in and swim.

I can never stay angry at that sweet face! After all he just wanted to cool off.

It really was funny and, heck, the truth is we would have let him swim to his heart's content if we had thought we wouldn't get in trouble.

Just a dorky moment in a Dorkie’s life...

Dorkie Moment #3

Grrrrr!  Kirby the guard dog!

Kirby loves everyone but he does take his job as guard dog very seriously.  If he's outside and someone is walking by the house he will give his most ferocious sounding barks.  If they stop to pet him, he will give them licks.  If they keep walking past, his barks will quickly change to whimpers of come back, come back!

I have a large front window so if he is inside the house and sees someone walking by he will bark as he runs to the front door, then the back door and back to the window.  He acts as if he is patrolling the area for possible intrusion into our home.

Last Sunday afternoon we were hanging out at Doug's apartment.  Doug was in the bedroom and I was in the kitchen when we heard Kirby growling and barking with a very unusual urgency in his voice.  We both arrived in the living room to witness Kirby jumping up at Jessie, actually nipping at his hands and legs, as he was attempting to come through the front door.

Jesse is one of Doug's good friends and comes over often.  In fact Kirby and he have met before.  The problem it seems was that Jessie walked in without permission which Kirby didn't happen to think was the proper thing to do.  Kirby was making every attempt to block his entry into the apartment.  The little dog syndrome had arrived!

As soon as Doug said "it's ok", Kirby immediately stopped.  A few seconds later he walked across the room to the couch, jumped up on it, and settled down as if nothing had happened.  Our little dorkie with the courage of a lion protecting his loved ones.

If you are wondering if we punished him, the answer is no.  The lesson we learned was that a loyal dog can be fearless.  Oh, and knock before entering someone's home.

Just a dorky moment in a Dorkie's life...

Dorkie Moment #2

Kirby can always make me laugh. It's been said a picture speaks a thousand words, and I clearly have the funniest picture in my mind, but alas, I just didn't have a camera in my hand to capture it. It all happened so fast. The best I can do is try to visualize this Kodak moment with words.

To set the stage you have to know how fastidious I am about toilet lids always being closed. I suppose it goes back to my childhood but in my defense I did watch an experiment on MythBusters where they placed toothbrushes on the walls all around a bathroom. A few days later their testing showed that flushing the toilet caused fecal matter to spray out into the room landing on every single toothbrush. So even though we can't see it, it's there. That's enough reason for me to close the lid before flushing! Just something to think about.

Anyway, back to my story. Whenever I'm in the bathroom Kirby likes to either settle on the bathmat or up on the toilet. The other night I was cleaning the bathroom counter when I heard a big splash. Turning around to look, I saw Kirby with his front feet on the toilet seat and his entire back end in the toilet bowl. As if frozen, he just looked at me. I swear he truly had a shocked look on his face! In the next second I just couldn't help but laugh out loud. Kirby, embarrassed, or maybe insulted by my laughter at his expense, scampered out of the toilet before I even got to him.

Of course in the next second I prayed that whoever left the lid up had thought to flush the toilet! Luckily, the only damage done was to Kirby's pride. Although I have noticed that he checks to make sure the lid is down before he jumps. So funny! 

Just a dorky moment in a Dorkie’s life...

Dorkie Moment #1


I may be a little bit biased but as far as I am concerned Kirby is the best little dog bar none!  I could go on and on about his intelligence and many talents.  He does, however, have his dorky moments.

One has to be that he must have privacy in order to poop.  I find this hilariously funny.  I mean, he is a DOG and dogs poop anytime, anywhere.  Being the good petparent I am, I always carry his poop bags whenever we go somewhere.  Heaven forbid someone should happen to step in my dog's poop!  It turns out I rarely need them.  In fact that little blue bone container (how cute is that?) may never need a refill.

It all started when he was a puppy being house trained to go outside.  Every time I took him outside, I would say "go potty" or "go poop".  The moment he did as requested I would clap my hands and say "good potty" or "good poop".  

Then came the afternoon Kirby decided pooping was a private matter.  We were in the backyard when I saw him in the poop position.  I clapped my hands and said "good poop". Immediately he stopped, went behind a small hydrangea bush, and proceeded to poop.  I could actually see him watching me through the leaves!

He can wait to go for 8 to 9 hours but one day this past summer we were at the lake and he simply had to go.  Lots of grass everywhere but he only cried and pulled on his leash until he was taken a short distance to some nearby trees.  There I was holding the end of his leash while he went around to the other side of a large tree to do his business.

To this day he will not poop in the open public for all to see!  He also prefers that I never praise him when he must perform this task in his own yard. If it’s raining or really cold and windy I take him to the side yard so I can stay under the carport so there isn’t anything he can hide behind. It tickles me that he seems to appreciate my not noticing what he is doing.  Whenever he gets in his poop position I pretend to be busy with something even though from the corner of my eye I can see him watching me the entire time. 

Years ago I had a cat that I tried to train to use the toilet.  It never workedbut Kirby is pretty dang smart so I'm thinking maybe he could learn that trick? But then he would have to learn to flush the toilet and put the lid down.  Mmm, something to think about.

Yup, I can hear me now, "So what if your dog can catch a flying frisbee four feet in the air, my dog can poop in the toilet!"

Just a dorky moment in a Dorkie’s life...