Thursday, March 15, 2012

Hero dog! Hero dog! Hero dog!


Ah, what a night!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, a chipmunk was running loose through my house. I wondered what the thing was doing in my house and why none of our cats were around to get rid of it.

While I was fuming about my cats, Broccoli the Dog was lurking. Yes, she laid eyes on the chipmunk at some point and – apparently – hung around until the little beast came out of hiding. Broccoli chased the varmint through the house, caught it and (get this) ran to the door so I could let her outside to dispose of the pest.

How’s that for efficiency? Good dog. No, she’s more than that – she’s a hero dog. Indeed, she’s about 15-pounds of Boston/Rat Terrier fury who took care of a problem our slacker cats weren’t around to handle.

Broccoli is the second rat terrier-like dog I’ve owned. My first one, Cobb, was a purebred miniature rat terrier who spent a good deal of time killing snakes in my yard. I’m sold on the breed.

Remember – rat terriers, whether purebred or mixed, aren’t just dogs. They’re hero dogs.

A chipmunk is loose in my house and my cats are completely worthless


So, there I was – watching a rerun of Black Sheep Squadron and relaxing.

You know, kicking back after a long day while watching Pappy Boyington and his gang of scruffy, fun-loving misfits dogfight the Japanese into submission in the Pacific.

My fun was interrupted, however, as a chipmunk ran out of my kitchen, glared at me and then ran off to hide somewhere. That’s right – a chipmunk.

I probably should have grabbed my iPhone and gotten a picture of the critter, but I was too busy thinking about two things.

First of all, why the hell was a chipmunk in my house?

Second, where the hell were the cats that are supposed to take care of such things?

As I didn’t have a picture of a chipmunk, I grabbed a still of that loveable Chip from Disney’s Chip n’ Dale fame. That’s how chipmunks are supposed to look, see – animated, smiling and wearing Hawaiian shirts. They’re not supposed to be running through my house and looking, well, like real, live chipmunks.

Is there a point to all this rambling? Yes, there is. I’ve long suspected those cats we have are worthless and now I have proof. I’ve got one that can kill the songbirds outside my house well enough (she leaves them on my porch as proof), but she’s nowhere in sight when there’s an honest-to-goodness critter in my home.

Songbirds are wonderful things, see. They chirp happily and – most importantly – say outside. Letting them live would be a good thing to do. That particular cat butchers them like crazy and leaves the poor beasts where I can find them, but she’s nowhere to be found when it comes to taking care of a pest that’s made it inside my home.

The other cats are worthless, too. We’ve had four of them infest my house and none of them are in sight. Perhaps they’re outside resting up so they can be fresh and ready to go when the songbirds emerge.

Except for the one cat, of course, that hides under my bed and only shows up when she wants food or to hiss at someone.

Meanwhile, there’s a chipmunk loose in my home and I suppose it’s up to me to lure it outside. Typical.

Update: Broccoli, our Boston/Rat Terrier mix, caught the chipmunk and toted it outside. Good dog!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wordless Wednesday–Girl Scout cookies


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Monday, March 12, 2012

Horoscope for the week of March 12

Dr. Zodiac – our resident mystic, soothsayer and all around swell guy – was almost late with this week’s horoscope because he was confused over daylight savings time.

Dr. Zodiac tells me that daylight savings time is actually part of the stars’ ongoing scheme to make us all miserable. While we’re dismayed over oversleeping and being late to work, being generally grouchy for a few weeks until the shock of switching over to daylight savings time, etc., seem terrible to us, the stars think its all pretty funny.

Hopefully, they’ll be too busy laughing at us to torment us too much over the next few days. Let’s see what the stars have in store for us this week, shall we?


Mar 21-Apr 19

Remember – St. Patrick’s Day isn’t one of those truly religious holidays that give you an excuse to celebrate it for about a week. Sober up and get to work, Aries. You can have your green beer on March 17 like any other American. Unless you’re Irish or Catholic, what are you doing getting so revved up over the holiday at all? Your lucky number this week is 17.


Apr 20-May 20

Contrary to popular belief, the stars to have a sense of humor. They believe that Smokey and the Bandit is the finest movie made by humans. They think the proper noun “Uranus” is as funny as you do and believe the phrase “rings around Uranus” is even funnier. Now you know (and knowing is half the battle). Your lucky number this week is 7.


May 21-Jun 21

Stop. Don’t do that thing that you’re thinking about doing this week? What thing? You know exactly what I’m talking about, Gemini, and you should be ashamed of yourself. Your mother raised you better than that. Now, you go sit in your room and think about the wrong you almost did. Your lucky number this week is 69.


Jun 22-Jul 22

Just get ready – daylight savings time will throw you for a loop this week? You’ll be late for work at least once, you’ll stay up far too late at least twice and you’ll forget what day it is around Wednesday. The stars have decreed it. There’s nothing you can do about it. Just get ready. Your lucky number this week is +1.


Jul 23-Aug 22

It’s time to waste literally hours at work by playing on the Internet. You’ll look at pictures of cats saying funny things. You’ll watch videos on YouTube. You’ll generally be about as productive as Congress. It happens to the best of us. Just enjoy it and don’t let your boss find out, huh? Your lucky number this week is googol.


Aug 23-Sep 22

The state lottery is a scam. That’s right – legalized fraud on the public. You will reach that conclusion only after spending every spare dime you have this week trying to win all that money. Consider it a lesson learned and thanks for doing your part to help keep my taxes low. Your lucky number this week is $1,000. 


Sep 23-Oct 23

Yes, those ASPCA commercials showing abused animals are sad, and that “In the Arms of the Doggy” song by Sarah McLachlan makes them even sadder. Still, starting up an animal shelter in your living room is a terrible idea and there’s probably a city ordinance against it. You’ve been warned. Your lucky number this week is K-9.


Oct 24-Nov 21

You’ll want to take up a new hobby this week. I’m serious and you’ll need to do it soon. Something that will take you out of the house. Away from the house and away from that telephone because, well, let’s just say the stars tell me you’ll get a phone call on your landline that you don’t want to receive. Might I suggest taking up tennis or purchasing a bicycle? Your lucky number this week is 867-5309.


Nov 22-Dec 21

It’s about a month before tax time. I’m just reminding you. You remember that time you waited until the last minute to file? You don’t want that to happen again, do you? Your lucky number this week is W-2.


Dec 22-Jan 19

You’ll finally get sick of it this week. You know what I’m talking about – that song declaring that it’s the age of Aquarius. What about Capricorn? When does Capricorn get an age? Your jealousy will force you into action this week, but be careful – it’s very likely that Aquarius will whip you like a yard dog. Aquarius has an age, after all, and you don’t. Your lucky number this week is 13.


Jan 20-Feb 18

Be careful – Capricorn is gunning for you this week. Don’t worry – you can whip up on any Capricorn you know, but be very scared if a bunch of them decide to team up on you. All this rivalry is ugly, isn’t it? Your lucky number this week is 1.


Feb 19-Mar 20

You can relax, Pisces. Why? You’ll finally realize the upcoming presidential elections don’t matter much. Obama? Gingrich? Romney? They’ll all be about as effective as Bugs Bunny. Actually, Bugs might be a better choice. At least he’s got a sense of humor and street smarts. Your lucky number this week is 11.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Weekend OTR–Adventures of Sea Hound

SeaHoundAvast, ye scurvy rascals! It’s another weekend and that means it’s time for another sparking old time radio episode. Rejoice!

What’s on the menu this week? An episode full of pirates, salty talk and all manner of adventure. Buckle up, landlubbers.

As usual, this weekend’s episode is courtesy of our friends at If you’re a fan of old time radio, you owe it to yourself to pay The Cat a visit. Of course, OTR fans should also head over to First Arkansas News every Sunday to check on the latest Lum and Abner comic strip. Yes, that’s an original series over there and you don’t want to miss it.

Having said all of that, click the below link to listen to this weekend’s OTR episode.