The King


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Animals, Family, Family Pet, Humor | Posted on 02-02-2017

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Welcome to my castle.

My dog has three dog beds throughout our home. One in the family room, one in my office, and one in our bedroom. Each is by a heat vent. Well placed for his comfort.

Yet, Otis usually prefers to sleep on human beds. Because he is the king. And he knows it.

My daughter sleeps at the very edge of her bed so that Otis can stretch his limbs and sprawl out next to her. And she covers him with a pink fleece blanket with bunnies on it.

And then sometimes, Otis will sleep on our bed. The king bed. Of course.

Reminds me of Borat, when he visits an American hotel for the first time: “king in the castle.” Whoa whoa woowa!

The king. #yellowlab #labrador #dogsofinstgram #owningit #kingofthecastle

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Ring Around the House


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Animals, Pet | Posted on 18-11-2015

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Ring around the tub? No, we have ring around the house.

My dog Otis rubs his sides against the walls and halls, leaving a long, dark ring around the entire house. Much like the cat in the hat and the long, pink ring he leaves around the bath tub.

The children in The Cat in the Hat Comes Back cannot get rid of this ring. The stain transfers to a dress, the wall, shoes, a rug, the bed, the TV, then finally outside into the snow. The mess spreads. It takes Little Cats A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, and finally Little Cat Z to clean up the spot.

When I look into Otis’s eyes, I can’t help but laugh at the endless ring around the house. Who needs Little Cat Z when you have paint?

It happens.

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That kissable face!

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That Dog Sure Can Jump


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Animals, Humor, Little Story, Otis, Uncategorized | Posted on 19-07-2014

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Some dogs jump for frisbees. Some jump for tennis balls. Some jump for sticks.

Not my dog.

No. Otis jumps for fabric softener dryer sheets.

He likes to roll on them and smell all perfumey. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that they are called Bounce.

That dog can jump!

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Otis and His Fans


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Animals, Humor, Otis, Pet | Posted on 04-12-2013

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This is my dog Otis. But you probably already know this. Because Otis has more fans than I do. Some people have suggested that he start his own Facebook fan page. Makes sense.

I had some folks caption this picture:

  • “Who let that one fly?”
  • “Duuuuuuuude. What was in those brownies?”
  • “If I picture bacon it will come to me. If I picture bacon it will come to me…”
  • “Dear God, Please let me catch that squirrel tomorrow. Amen.”
  • “When I open my eyes I want a giant plate of bacon in front of me. One…..two…..”
  • If I have to listen to that story one…more…time…”
  • “I KNOW this is going to end up on Facebook!”
  • “I’m invisible. I’m invisible. I’m invisible.”
  • “Just let me rest for a second.”
  • “I have got a splitting headache….no running around to catch balls today….please.”
  • “I’m holding my breath….what IS that smell?”
  • “No paparazzi.” 
  • “OOOPS, I blinked! Take another one.”
  • “Happy place, happy place.”
  • “Oh please!!!!”
  • “Ohmmmm. Ohmmmmm.” (meditating)
  • “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas!”
  • “Lord, if you are out there, please do not let Obama add veterinary care to the Affordable Care Act.”
  • “Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto.”
  • “For what it lacked in sound, it has more than made up with smell. Seriously, what have I been eating?”
How would YOU caption this photo?

Does that Sofa Come in “Labrador Yellow?”


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Decor, Home, Pet, Pets | Posted on 07-10-2013

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Our family room is definitely a family room. It’s accessible, comfortable, and used–by all family members.

And when I say used, I mean the furniture looks like it’s used.

Plus we have a giant yellow Labrador who loves to rub up against the back of the chair, like a lion scratching against a tree. Yeah that.

Our slip-covered sofa and chair were dark grey and our dog is yellow, so you can imagine the hairiness. And the color contrast.

Thankfully, we don’t invest too much money in furniture. But I still like things looking nice. So, we ditched the old slip covers and trekked to Ikea to re-slip in “Teno light gray.”

Yeah, that’s what they call the color. I call it Labrador yellow. A perfect match.


Ode to Otis


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Animals, Dogs, Family, Family Pet, Pet | Posted on 10-07-2013

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What big eyes you have.

What a big muzzle you have.

What big ears you have.

What a big heart you have.


Wednesday is Date Night Around Here


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Animals, Pet, Pets | Posted on 07-10-2012

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Wednesdays are reserved for my honey.

Last Wednesday evening, we zoomed down the freeway. I was driving and he sat in the passenger seat. Roxanne by The Police was blaring.

It was an unusually warm October evening and the windows were half-down. The breeze made us smile. The moon was magical, lighting our way.

I reached out and held his hand. He looked back at me lovingly, knowingly. We didn’t need to say anything.

We were looking forward to our adventure ahead and were prepared, with drinks and snacks packed.

We pulled up and parked. We walked, side-by-side.

Dog obedience class.

Every Wednesday is date night with Otis.

Full of Zest


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Animals, Children, Family, Family Pet, Friends, Love | Posted on 26-09-2012

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If you have seen the movie Marley and Me, then you already know my Labrador puppy Otis, who just turned six months old. One word sums him up: zest.

Otis eats with zest. A bowl of food is gone in 5 seconds flat.

He drinks with zest. He slurps and then water drips down his chin.

He loves with zest. Always ready for a hug and cuddle (and maybe some accidental French kissing).

He snatches sandwiches with zest. One turn of the head and your turkey sandwich is gone.

He sleeps with zest. Stretched out, paws and belly in the air.

He shreds cardboard boxes with zest.

He digs large holes in the yard with zest.

He is lovable and a pain in the ass and playful and sweet and naughty. And he is already part of our family.

Here are pictures of him at the beginning of Summer and on his half-year birthday.

Otis at nine weeks.

Otis at six months.

Happy six-month birthday, you crazy-awesome big boy!

My Dog is A Genius


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Animals, Humor, Pet | Posted on 07-09-2012

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My Labrador is a genius. I need one of those bumper stickers that says “My dog is an honor roll student.”

I mean, he rings a bell whenever he wants to go out. And whenever he wants to come in.

In other words, that’s a lot of ringing.

I am expecting Otis to learn Carol of the Bells–my favorite Christmas song–in time for the Holidays.

Pippi’s Puppy Palooza


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Animals, Family, Family Pet | Posted on 07-06-2012

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Meet Otis. The newest member of our family.