Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Turtle and the Niko

We rescued a turtle from the side of the road one day to put him in the woods away from traffic. But before we took it to its new habitat, we brought him inside to meet Niko. 

Niko's got a knack for sensing what's different.  I bet he'd be great at those games where you look at 2 very similar looking pictures and you have to pick out what's different. As slow moving and inconspicuous as the turtle was, Niko was bothered by it right away. He probably smelled it.  Niko barked at the turtle and sniffed it. The poor turtle stayed in his shell.  We didn't keep the turtle inside very long, we spared them both the torture.  The turtle was brought to the woods and Niko stopped barking.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Niko's got a new outdoor toy. It's a frisbee with a whole in the middle. He loves fetching it.  He also likes holding the thing in his mouth, run, around, and toss his head back and forth like with his other toys. 

At times when he does this with the frisbee, it flips over his head and on his neck. The first time it happened, it was so cute and funny. The frisbee landed around his neck like a necklace. Niko was stuck and couldn't get it off and it drove him nuts. He eventually shook it off him. I was able to snap a few pictures the next time it happened. He looks like an act in a three ring circus.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Niko. Jealous?

I might have mentioned it before. Niko is not a cuddly dog. He only shows affection when we come home after not seeing one of us for more than a few hours. He'll spend maybe 30 seconds to greet and lick us. That's about it. Oh, there's also when we have food. He would stare us down until the food is gone.

Sometimes we wonder if he even likes us. Would it make a difference to him if we gave him away? Would he miss us? Probably not.

I found a furry toy (a woodchuck?) that is stuffing-less. Great idea since Niko, like most dogs, is infamous for ripping the stuffing out of his toys. This thing became his favorite toy in no time. When  Ed got his hands on the woodchuck, he held it on his shoulder and made "meowing" noises to be funny. In an instant, Niko became alert to the sound and barked. He lunged at the toy and gnarled and gnawed at it as if to kill it. 

After that, we experimented with a few things to see the cause of this reaction. The meowing sound really gets to him, even if we're not holding the woodchuck. It explains the time I held a cat on my lap and Niko growling.  We then tried talking to the toy like it was Niko. We said endearing things  we usually say only to  Niko. Boy, did that get to him! He didn't want us talking like that to anyone but him. Ah- ha! Niko does like us. Well, he's a jealous dog, to say the least.

Saturday, July 10, 2010


For those who have practiced Yoga, you  may be familiar with the downward dog position. It's one of my favorites.  It is often referenced as a dirty joke in movies whenever Yoga is present. 

This Yoga move is based on a stretch that dogs do. Niko is a pro at downward dog position.  When he wakes up in the morning and whenever he feels the urge, he stretches his front paws out in front of him, sticks his butt in the air and it gives his spine a good stretch. He also goes into this position when he plays or chews a bone. It is similar to the play stance, where his behind is lowered and his tail wags as he looks on to another dog or whoever he wants to play with.