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Thursday Thirteen #81

February 21st, 2007

Let’s have some happy puppy stories on this blog — enough sadness. My dog, Wacky Dog, was Good Dog and Crazeeeee Dog and he was awesome. So my Thursday Thirteen is in his honor…

And this post is in honor of Leanne, who is saying “No more Thursday Thirteen.” I am hoping she changes her mind. Because I love the Thursday Thirteen.


13. One time a pig truck drove by us on the highway. An extremely large pig truck that was full of smelly, yummy, snorting pigs. You have never seen so much happy sniffing in your life as my dog that day, with his head hanging out the window, tongue out and drooling.

12. There was the time two girl dogs fell all over him at the park. No, I cannot go into details, but he was Happy Wacky Dog. Then there was the time I was throwing a tennis ball for him and a guy driving by yelled, “Sit, Ubu, sit! Good dog!” out the window at him, which cracked me up.

11. When we first got him my husband said NO DOG ON THE BED! Which explains why a week later there we were, napping happily with Wacky Dog snuggled between us. On his back. Legs waving in the air. Snoring. (This is my happiest dog memory.)

10. About a week after that, we couldn’t find the dog. Called for him, and up he popped from under a quilt on the floor, where he was completely covered up, snoozing. Woof!

9. I have beautiful memories of Wacky Dog and Wacky Girl, age two, racing laps around our kitchen, into the entryway, the dining room, and back into the kitchen. (This is Wacky Girl’s earliest memory, and how sweet is that?)

8. My son’s second-earliest memory is of his sister chasing him around, into the kitchen, the entryway, the dining room, and back into the kitchen, with Wacky Dog chasing both of them.

7. The Dog Who Loved the Game of Pounce. Wacky Dog liked to watch us from across the yard, and when we’d call him, he’d skulk, wiggle, hold as still as he could, for as long as he could stand it, and then finally SPRING across the yard and race to us. Pounce!

6. The dog loved to howl and never missed any opportunity to do so. He could bay like the hound dog he was. We’d have “Family Howls” where we’d all throw our heads back and bay. The neighbors, they did not know what to make of this.

5. There was the time he crawled through the window.

4. There was the time our housesitter and her husband did not know what to do with him — he wouldn’t stay in the house (without chewing it to bits), you couldn’t crate him, he wouldn’t stay in the back yard (why should he, when he could sit in the front yard instead?) and they couldn’t take him with them.

Solution: “We put his bed on the front porch, told him ‘Stay’ and ‘Good dog!’ and he was still there when we got home!” What a good puppy. He loved everyone and everyone loved him. “People aren’t strangers to him,” one of my girlfriends said, “just friends he hasn’t gotten to know yet.” I loved seeing kids’ reactions to him. They’d ask, really quietly, “Is it OK if I pet your dog?” then would love all over him while he wiggled and smiled. He was a smiley dog.

3. There was the time he rolled in a dead porcupine at the beach. Actually, this was not hilarious to me at all, and only hilarious to him for the first couple of sniff-happy moments. Yowch.

2. When one of us would call, “Who’s there?” he’d bark like a maniac. Ditto if you just said, “Who” or “There?” Also, he loved squirrels, birds and cats, and didn’t mind sharing his yard, but when I would tell him, “Git ’em!” when I saw a squirrel, he would go into this barking frenzy and chase it out of the yard. Then he’d strut.

1. This one isn’t hilarious, but I am happy knowing that he had almost ten great years with us. (We’re not sure how old he was, but think he was one or two when we got him.) It makes me smile thinking of all the good times we had.

Love you, Wacky Dog. Miss you.

Your Wacky Family


  1. Raggedy says

    Thursday Thirteen has come to an end.
    I have enjoyed my visits here and consider us friends.
    Thank you for sharing your thirteens with me.
    The comments you left me filled me with glee.
    It is hard to believe it is really true.
    I am trying very hard to not be blue.
    Happy TT’ing!
    (“)_ (“)Š

    February 21st, 2007 | #

  2. ChupieandJsmama says

    What a sweet tribute to your doggy! I’m sorry for your loss. I’m glad you have so many wonderful memories. Happy TT and I hope they reconsider and I hope it won’t be our last TT!

    February 21st, 2007 | #

  3. Miranda says

    Awww….he sound so wonderful.

    Happy TT!!!

    Nice blog!
    I think we should still keep TT going!

    February 21st, 2007 | #

  4. Gabrielle says

    Maybe we need a meme for dog lovers? Great tribute to Wacky Dog…

    February 21st, 2007 | #

  5. Susan Helene Gottfried says

    AWESOME tribute, Wacky!!! What a dog; it must have been great fun having him in your life. May your next pet be even better.

    Happy *sniff* TT.

    February 21st, 2007 | #

  6. WackyMommy says

    May I just say, Internet and Thursday Thirteeners, I am a mess over here.

    February 21st, 2007 | #

  7. Mama Duck says

    Awwww, such a sweet tribute!!

    February 21st, 2007 | #

  8. problem girl says

    I’m sorry about your dog. It sounds like you’ve lost a real friend.

    February 21st, 2007 | #

  9. John says

    That was a very nice post. Buffy is more than just a dog to me, she’s family. Wacky Dog sounds like he was a great dog.

    My 13 are up.

    February 21st, 2007 | #

  10. Christine says

    A great tribute to your family pet. Thanks for sharing.

    February 21st, 2007 | #

  11. Rose says

    What lovely stories. I really like number 11.

    February 21st, 2007 | #

  12. Nancy says

    I am so sorry about Wacky Dog. Hugs coming your way.

    What great stories you have of him. I like the porcupine one. I bet it was hysterical until it started to hurt.

    February 22nd, 2007 | #

  13. The Artist says

    Sorry about your dog. I know that must be hard. But it sounds like you have some wonderful memories of him. And that’s even better!

    Happy Last TT!

    February 22nd, 2007 | #

  14. Darla says

    Awwww… What a nice tribute! Those are great memories.

    February 22nd, 2007 | #

  15. gewels says

    What great stories. I’m sure you miss him very much. Always hard to lose such an importnat part of the family.
    Waah- TT is going away? I just started playing

    February 22nd, 2007 | #

  16. Dane Bramage says

    What a nice tribute. He sounds like the perfect family friend and companion.

    As for the last T13 I go out with a nice round
    number. My Thursday 13 #30 is up. It is ironically 13 Thursday Thirteen Logos I made and used during the last 30 weeks. Stop by if you get a chance.

    February 22nd, 2007 | #

  17. Rhea says

    Oh, Wacky Dog. I didn’t know you. But I am sad for any dog that is no longer with us.

    February 22nd, 2007 | #

  18. Mindy says

    Quin at http://qcreport.blogspot.com/index.html could stand some comfort on the subject if you can spare the time.

    February 22nd, 2007 | #

  19. Jennifer says

    Loved the dog stories. I have two fur-babies too, so I share your enthusiasm for doggy hilarity. :)

    February 22nd, 2007 | #

  20. WackyMommy says

    Mindy, thanks, that helped. All of you — thank you.

    February 22nd, 2007 | #

  21. Ms. George says

    Thanks for stopping by my TT. What a wonderful tribute to your dog and I’m sorry for your loss. The porcupine incident had me smiling.

    February 22nd, 2007 | #

  22. LIB says

    That’s such a nice tribute to WD.

    “He who lives on in another’s heart and memory never really dies.”

    February 22nd, 2007 | #

  23. Jen says

    I don’t think I left a comment when you wrote earlier in the week about your dog. I was crying after reading the poem. I had my black lab for 12 years and got her when she was one, still miss her 8 years later. There’s always a place in our hearts for those who love us unconditionally and become members of our families.
    I hope to continue visiting your blog and let’s hope TT13 continues.

    February 22nd, 2007 | #

  24. Leanne says

    I am so sorry for your loss, and so glad to know you have so many things to smile about. I keep my old girl’s choker collar on my rear view window, she’s with me wherever I go.

    Hugs, and many thanks for being such a wonderful part of the TT community.

    February 22nd, 2007 | #

  25. Crystal says

    My two crazy fur babies run laps in the house too.

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It sounds like you gave Wacky Dog a good life, and vice versa. (((HUGS)))

    Happy (final) TT.

    February 22nd, 2007 | #

  26. mrsmogul says

    Wacky Dog is a great name. I never had pets. Happy belated Thursday 13!

    February 23rd, 2007 | #

  27. Shannon says

    This made me laugh… and cry, as we are putting down my beloved Arizona tomorrow. But it’s nice to know others out there who are getting thru it! Thanks!

    March 1st, 2007 | #

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