Archive for January, 2008


Soccer Dog

January 29, 2008

My human grandpa got me a new toy! It is shaped like a soccer ball, and very fun to chew on – he knows I like hard toys to chew on. I play good soccer – I know the rules say you can’t touch the ball with your hands, but what about your mouth?


Hand Signals

January 28, 2008

These are some of the hand signals I know! But I can never remember the signal for a right-hand turn.


Moose Hunter

January 20, 2008

I’m a big game hunter!


Cold Outside

January 19, 2008

It is very cold outside. I tried to go for a walk, but my paws got cold and we had to come back in. Then I tried to play out in the yard, but it was too cold. I waited a few minutes before asking to go out again, because maybe it might be warm now! It was not. So I played inside instead.


Trader Jake

January 9, 2008

My human taught me that nothing in life is free. So now if I want something, I trade for it. My human uses little green pieces of paper or small plastic cards to trade for things, but I don’t have those, so I use a tennis ball or my squeaky ball. The squeaky ball is one of my favorite things – it must be worth one million green papers!

newspaper trade   The newspaper is very fun, there are many informative and tasty articles in it. My human keeps it up on the dining room table, so I have to really reach to get it, but of course I always trade a ball for it first.
shoe trade   I also like to trade for shoes. When I was a puppy, I used to destroy shoes, but now I just like to take them and drop them in the middle of the living room, to say “See? I could destroy that shoe, but I didn’t.”
dinner trade   Sometimes I try to trade for the yummy stuff I smell on the dining room table – I put my ball up there, but I don’t get anything. I must not be doing it right.

Magic Words and Phrases

January 6, 2008

I know lots of magic words and phrases! Some words mean a person, place, or thing, like “Jake”. That is my name, and when my human says it, she means me. A lot of words mean that I am supposed to do something (or stop doing something!). And there are magic phrases that mean something exciting is going to happen – those are the best!

Words that mean a person, place or thing

Dog park
Mounds *

Words that mean I’m supposed to do something

Lay down
Roll over
All clear
Put away
Find it
Drop it
Leave it
Walk nice
This way
Wait for car
Ah **
Hey ***

Other magic phrases that I know

Go outside
Go for walk
Let’s go in
Guard the house
Go for ride
Get in the car
Guard the car
Go see Brusca
Get your ball
Supper time
Sleepy time
Mama change ****
No work today *****

* This is the place where we get my food, and I get to go in – yay!
** Kind of like no, but more like I’d better find something new to do
*** Means “no” inside the house, means “get back on course” when out walking
**** When my human says this, I run up the stairs after her, because it means she is changing her clothes and putting on jeans or sweatpants, so she is home for the night and will play with me. Yay!
***** “Work” is what my human does during the day when she puts on fancy clothes and goes away. When she says this, I am very happy, because it means she’s going to play with me all day!