Happy Valentines Day From The Home Zoo

Posted by on Feb 14 2008 | Filed Under: The Zoo  

[Note: none of the actors in this Valentine’s Day message live in the Home Zoo]

The David Cross Look-a-Like

Posted by on Aug 21 2007 | Filed Under: Dog Run, The Zoo  

About a month or so ago The Lady came home from walking Ernie and said she had seen a guy that looked just like David Cross at the dog run. The Lady and I are both huge fans of Arrested Development (one of Ernie’s many nicknames is Mother Boy). David Cross played Tobias Funke, the extremely closeted, struggling actor/psychologist on the genius series.

I ask The Lady “Do you think it was him?”. “Oh no” she says… never one to be shy “I walked right up to him and said ‘You must get this all the time. Does everyone say you that you look just like David Cross?’ His reply: ‘Finally, a celebrity that looks like me!'”. I pointed out that if I were David Cross, that’s exactly how I would answer that question too.

A few weeks later she’s making small talk at the dog run with another regular and they’re talking about celebrity dog run sightings (Parker Posey has been spotted with some regularity). She brings up the David Cross Look-a-Like and the dog run yenta confirms my suspicions, “That IS David Cross!”.

A few weeks ago (I’ve been meaning to post this for a while a now) The Lady sees David Cross again… as she’s walking by him she says “Ah, the David Cross Look-a-Like”. He shrugged and smiled.

1 Year Anniversary!

Posted by on Jul 10 2007 | Filed Under: Dog, Ernie, The Zoo  

Today is Ernie’s 1 year anniversary with us!

As I type he and The Lady are out on the town, no doubt marking all the way up and down Avenue A. I know there’s a new spiral in his future and perhaps some cheese too!

I remember the first time he stepped foot in the apartment, he did what he does the first time he goes anywhere… he made a mad dash around the perimeter of the apartment.

Item number 2 on the agenda was to jump on The Lady’s bed and do what we call “the charm routine” (rolling & snorting with some light growling). He had us at that first charm routine.

AAAAAwesome (or not)

Posted by on Jun 30 2007 | Filed Under: The Zoo  

I’m very sad to report that the Home Zoo now has an Animal House as our new neighbors. The apartment across the hall has been empty for months. They gave it the typical tacky marble everything renovation. Given that it’s a 3 bedroom and likely to be out of control expensive we were figuring it would attract some 20 something nogoodnik party types with suburban parents to guarantee it.

Last night we started to hear the door slam shut several times. After awhile every time the door opened we would hear a loud group “Woooooooooo”. As the night went on it got more rowdy, at one point I heard a girl yell “I LOOOOOOVE this place!!!”. We heard several loud and heartfelt “AWWWWWWWWW-sommmme!!!”s and many, many “Woooooo!!”s. Just now as I’m typing I heard a “Woooooo!” and responded back with one!

We’re guessing they got up around 10ish because that’s when we started to hear a few more “Woooo!!”s. Apparently they can only communicate by yelling. At one point last night as I was walked in the bathroom I noticed a reflection out the window on the window of the building next door. It was the new neighbors, several large jock-y guys chugging beer, standing in front of their gigantic flat screen TV, Wooooing and grunting at a sporting event.

I’m hoping that The Lady, in addition to being the Drunk Whisperer, is also the Annoying Neighbor Whisperer. Astute with understanding animals and beasts of all kinds, she pointed out that we don’t want to start out on the wrong foot with them as it very easily could become a source of amusement for them to “annoy us”. Duuuuuuude!!!! She’s always been good with animals, we’ll see! (Wish us luck… Woooooooooo!!!!!!!).


Posted by on Jun 19 2007 | Filed Under: Mr. Littlehead  

The captain has had an ongoing semi-nasty ear wax situation. We’ve been taking him to the vet to get some squirts that have been drying it up.

I’ve noticed that his eyes look a little lop-sided. The one on the side with the waxy ear in particular. The pupil even seems a little fixed. I’m starting to wonder if he’s either lost or is loosing vision in it. I believe this is a possibility with diabetes, which he has.

We’ll have to have the vet look in to it this week when he goes in for his next squirt.

The Case of the Missing Tomato

Posted by on Jun 06 2007 | Filed Under: Ernie, Food  

“Did you eat my tomato?” asked The Lady. “No”, I said with a little attitude “Why?”. “It’s missing.” she replied. “Are you sure YOU didn’t eat it?” I asked back. “No, I bought two.”

This fascinating discussion went on for a few more sentences. I suggested that she look in Ernie’s “office” (pile of towels) given his history as Fruit Marauder (and that a tomato is technically a fruit, as The know-it-all Lady handily pointed out like a 12 year old teacher’s pet).

No sign of the missing tomato in the “office” (pile of towels). Later that day I received an email from The Lady reporting that she found the remaining seeds in the “office” (pile of towels). Case solved.

It’s Bikini Season!

Posted by on May 25 2007 | Filed Under: Mr. Littlehead  

And I’m happy to report that Littlehead is down to a svelte 18lbs, an all-time low!

Bravo, Captain!

The Drunk Whisperer

Posted by on May 25 2007 | Filed Under: Dog, The Zoo  

A couple of weeks ago I was awakened by a lot of barking. This is unusual as Ernie usually only gives a woof or two at a drunk stumbling up or down the stairs. When the barking wasn’t stopping I got up to hear the door knob jiggling. I put on my best scary voice and yelled “Who’s out there?”… a meek little voice answered “Mary”.

I looked out the peephole to see a really drunk girl with her head on the door trying to shove in a key. “You’ve got the wrong apartment” I say. “No I don’t” answers Drunk Mary. I tried again to persuade her that she had the wrong apartment. She wandered downstairs but I didn’t hear the front door open and close.

About 20 minutes later Drunk Mary was back… we repeated the same scenario. This happened 2 or 3 more times with about a half an hour or so in between failed attempts. As one can imagine, each time Drunk Mary came back, I was less and less “pleasant” about dissuading her from her stubborn and misguided attempts to get into my apartment.

The next time our hapless intruder came back I asked The Lady to handle it. As it turns out, The Lady is the Drunk Whisperer! She calmly and assertively said “Hi, please go away” and just like that Drunk Mary was on her way. It was just like watching the unruly dog suddenly walk nicely on the leash.

He’s one of Us

Posted by on Apr 24 2007 | Filed Under: Cats, Dog, Ernie  

It’s finally happened, Ernie lost one of his fangs. All of the cats are missing a fang, and lord knows The Lady and I have had our share of missing fangs through the years. As a matter of fact, I just got a gold crown a few weeks ago!

Last night I noticed that one side of Ernie’s face was swollen below his eye. I thought it might have been a bug bite or sting so I stopped by the vet’s office after our walk. Turned out to be two rotten teeth and an infection. We knew one of his fangs was bad, and the vet advised us just to keep an eye on it as might fall out on it’s own. No such luck for Ernie!

My Name is Ernie…

Posted by on Mar 26 2007 | Filed Under: Dog  

Thanks to flickr, bubblr and some other dog named Ernie I was able to create a droll philosophical comic strip where dogs ponder the existence of other dogs (or not).

My Name is Ernie by superterrific

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