Tino

What’s in a Bark?

What’s in a Bark?

Dogs bark. It’s a fact of life. Some bark more than others, some howl, some yip, some have a deep resounding bark. It’s one of the ways that dogs communicate with us.   Sally was probably what I would call an average barker. She’d let out a bark or two when someone knocked at ... »

Why do Dogs Howl?

Why do Dogs Howl?

Does your dog howl? Of all of our dogs, only Tino howled, and only occasionally – mainly when he heard fire engines or the ice cream truck. It was odd because those two don’t have the same pitch or tone at all. They sound nothing alike, so why did he howl to them? Steve could also get Ti... »

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

You are probably familiar with the Dr. Seuss book, “Oh, the places you’ll go”. It was his last published book and has evolved into somewhat of a motivational tome for graduates, or anyone facing a life change or challenge. I just think it’s a fun book with some fun quotes tha... »

Does Your Dog Have a Best Friend?

Does Your Dog Have a Best Friend?

We mean besides you of course. Does your dog have a best ‘dog’ friend – someone they play with, go on adventures with, share trouble-making schemes? Is it another dog in your household, a neighbor dog, or someone they play with at the dog park?   Jack and Maggie are both loner... »

What Tino Refused to Eat

What Tino Refused to Eat

Many years ago, my dad came to stay with us for a few months while my mom had back surgery and we prepared to move them both out to California to be closer to us. We still had Sally & Tino at the time and Tino and my dad were great friends…as you can see. Both Sally & Tino also knew ... »

Tino’s Burial Ground

Tino’s Burial Ground

When we first rescued Tino and his brother Bernie, they were sick and emaciated. They had been abandoned at a local park and from the looks of them they had probably been living on the streets for at least a couple of months. To say they loved mealtime was an understatement. Even sick with distemper... »

Tino and Buddy

Tino and Buddy

I’ve been asked to write more Tino stories, so here’s another favorite.   Our Tino was a sensitive and perceptive dog. Even though he kept to himself and was very independent, he was also very affectionate and sensitive to family dynamics. Whenever one of us was sick he stuck a litt... »

Tino Meets the World

Tino Meets the World

I haven’t written about our dog Tino in awhile, so I thought it was time for another Tale of Tails, Tino style. When we rescued Tino, he was sick with distemper. Very sick. He and his brother Bernie lived in our backyard and carport recovering for weeks. We had to euthanize Bernie once the dis... »

How Does Your Dog Deal with a Disrupted Routine?

How Does Your Dog Deal with a Disrupted Routine?

Most dogs love routine. They know what time meals are served, when walks are supposed to happen, what it means when they see a suitcase. Life is pretty predictable. They also like to liven things up. We’ve written before about how excited Jack and Maggie get when we take a new route or drive t... »

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day from SlimDoggy and all of our dogs past and present.     »

SlimDoggy Flashback | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy Flashback | Wordless Wednesday

This is a photo of our Sweet Sally Brown, her brother Tino and her bull terrier girlfriend, Lucy. Lucy used to come over for play dates every afternoon before dinner. They really wore each other out. They’re all gone from us now, but they were sure a lot of fun and we miss them.     »

Tino & the Rabbits

Tino & the Rabbits

As you know, we have a million Tino stories. Mostly because everyday was a new adventure with Tino – it’s part of what made him so special. Tino loved chasing critters. He didn’t care what it was – squirrels, coyotes, possums, but his favorite was rabbits. Or maybe they were ... »

Poor Tino

Poor Tino

A few weeks ago, I read a great story over at our friends, Something Wagging This Way Comes about funny blog posts, outlining a collection of some of her favorites. One story was a somewhat disgusting but hilarious poop story and it inspired me to share my own disgusting but funny (now) poop story. ... »

The Dangers of Distemper

The Dangers of Distemper

Those of you that follow SlimDoggy know of our dog Tino and if you’ve read Tino’s Tale of Tails you would know the story of his rescue and the fact that he had distemper when we first got him. He was one of the lucky ones, his brother Bernie who we also rescued wasn’t so lucky and ... »

Do Your Dogs Protect Each Other?

Do Your Dogs Protect Each Other?

Much has been written about the dogs being “pack” animals and having protective feelings for their human pack members, but do dogs feel protective of their canine pack members? Given that Jack mostly ignores Maggie, I often wonder what would he do if we had a run in with another dog or c... »

Dear Labby, Why Does my Dog Bury Things?

Dear Labby, Why Does my Dog Bury Things?

Dear Labby,   My dog buries thing all over our yard – his toys, treats, shoes, anything he can get his jaws on, he buries. Why does he do that and how do I get him to stop?   Buried   Dear Buried,   Your dog is just following his instinct. When dogs were first becoming dome... »

Do Dogs Have Favorites?

Do Dogs Have Favorites?

We all know that we have favorite foods, favorite movies or TV shows, favorite books even favorite people. But do dogs? Do dogs really prefer one toy over another or one food over another or one person over another?   My totally unscientific research says ABSOLUTELY!   Let me offer evidenc... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

Last week we posted a photo of Jack playing “hide & seek” and admitted that he wasn’t very good at it. His brother Tino, however was a master. How is your dog at hide & seek? We’re having a little contest over on our Facebook page, so check it out and enter.   ... »

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Coyotes

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Coyotes

I was working on a post for next week about coyotes, actually reworking a piece we had written for Dogster last year and I realized with all the Tino stories I’ve told here, I never wrote about any of his run-ins with coyotes.   Today, I’ll share a few – there were more, but t... »

How is Your Dog’s Hearing?

How is Your Dog’s Hearing?

Here’s another Tale of Tails, Tino edition. A few weeks ago we talked about his sense of hearing and smell when he tracked us down in Big Bear. Today I have another story about his sense of hearing and I bet many of you can relate to this skill.   We live in a gated community (believe me,... »

Tino at Big Bear

Tino at Big Bear

We wrote about our trip with Jack and Maggie we took to Big Bear a few weeks ago, but we have gone to Big Bear for years and all of our dogs have enjoyed it and had lots of adventures there.   We typically get a cabin right on the lake so that the dogs can enjoy the beach and Steve can pretend ... »

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Just Go For It

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Just Go For It

Today we wrap up our “Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs” series. We have already written about having fun with fitness, the importance of variety when exercising, the value of proper rest, and eliminating excuses. Today’s tip is about learning to just go for it.   I was in a Bikram Yoga class... »

Tino and the Red Ants

Tino and the Red Ants

I haven’t told a Tino story in awhile and this one is a doozy. This dates back probably 11 years ago, when we lived in Pasadena and Tino was probably about 5 or 6, so he was in his prime. We frequently ran and hiked in Cherry Canyon, a nearby open space area with miles and miles of trails. &nb... »

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

This photo is an oldie but goodie. It’s from a vacation we took about ten years ago to Santa Barbara. Sally and Tino didn’t usually sleep together, but it was kind of cold and rainy, so they decided to snuggle up. No room for us left on the couch though. We’re joining the Black &am... »

The Things We Do for our Dogs

The Things We Do for our Dogs

I was looking for a photo for Wordless Wednesday the other day and came upon this picture of Jack that I took awhile ago and haven’t used yet. He’s walking down a ramp we built off our back deck that goes down into the back yard. We built this ramp – actually it’s the second ... »

Foxtails: Blessing or Curse?

Foxtails: Blessing or Curse?

I was reading an article the other day about foxtails and the dangers they pose to our pets. We live in an area where there are a LOT of foxtails – on almost every trail we take Jack & Maggie they are growing wild alongside the trail. Once they start to dry, they can become very dangerous... »

SlimDoggy | Sepia Saturday

SlimDoggy | Sepia Saturday

    We’re joining Ruckus the Eskie for Sepia Saturday. Ruckus says: All are welcome to join. Please share your best sepia pics of pets, families, experiences, nature, etc   »

Tino Mischief: Episode 476

Tino Mischief: Episode 476

If you follow SlimDoggy, you know the stories of our dogs, particularly Tino who we rescued in the late 90’s. Tino was quite a character and turned into a great family pet, but when he first came to us he was not a ‘domesticated’ dog. He tolerated us being around, caring for him an... »

Tale of Tails: Tino – Final Chapter

Tale of Tails: Tino – Final Chapter

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. Author: Unknown Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death. Author: Omar Bradley The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your re... »

Tale of Tails: Tino Hide & Seek

Tale of Tails: Tino Hide & Seek

We haven’t had a Tino “Tale of Tails” in quite some time, so I thought I’d dig into the archives for a Tino story. As I’ve said before, Tino was a real outdoor dog. He preferred to spend his days out in the yard even though he had free rein to come and go through the do... »

More Christmas Memories

More Christmas Memories

This will be Jack’s third Christmas with us and Maggie’s second. I hate to admit being a scrooge, but we haven’t had a real Christmas celebration at our house in several years. Yes, we’ve celebrated it with family and gifts and all that, but I haven’t decorated the hous... »

National Mutt Day Mischief

National Mutt Day Mischief

Tomorrow is a special day in Dogdom…it’s National Mutt Day. I know we have all sorts of special days and months for our pets, from Senior Pets Month to Deaf Pets Month and Pet Wellness Month and Feral Cat day – I mean just look at this list! But today is a special one, it’s N... »

Tale of Tails: Tino and the Surprise Visitor

Tale of Tails: Tino and the Surprise Visitor

One of my more scary stories of Tino has to do with a trip we took many years ago. We are not big travelers and we like to take the dogs with us whenever we take a vacation. Frequently we rent a cabin on Big Bear Lake and it’s a great relaxing time swimming, boating, hiking. We also like trave... »

Black & White Sunday 9-8-13

Black & White Sunday 9-8-13

Tino, snuggled up with me for an afternoon nap. He usually preferred to spend his days outside, but sometimes he would come in on the weekends and just want a little cuddle – especially as he got older. He’s been gone over two years now and neither Jack or Maggie are cuddlers, so I miss ... »

Wordless Wednesday 8-21-13

Wordless Wednesday 8-21-13

Tino taking a break, reading the Sunday paper.   BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop!   »

Monday Mischief – Senior Style

Monday Mischief – Senior Style

August was designated Senior Pet Awareness Month by BlogPaws. We appreciate the special honor and treatment for seniors as the older guys are very dear to us – to most of us I think.  We have written several posts about seniors this month including: Exercise Tips for Senior Dogs Exercise Alter... »

Wordless Wednesday 8-14-13

Wordless Wednesday 8-14-13

An oldie, but goodie. Our chocolate lab Sally with Tino and their friend Lucy. circa 2000       BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop!   »

Tale of Tails: Tino and the bird.

Tale of Tails: Tino and the bird.

When we lived in Thousand Oaks, our house had a small courtyard in the front. The courtyard was gated with a locked gate, so we frequently left the sliding door to the courtyard opened for Sally & Tino so they could go out and sun themselves while we were at work all day. Tino in particular love... »

Wordless Wednesday 7-24-13

Wordless Wednesday 7-24-13

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Is my Dog Weird?

Is my Dog Weird?

I posted a question on our FaceBook page last week asking about weird behaviors your dogs perform. I was prompted to do this by some of the odd habits and behaviors of my own dogs and wondered if others had the same experience. Well, based on the feedback, you sure do. Let me start with my stories. ... »

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Deer

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Deer

In our continuing series about Tino and his mischievous run-ins with various critters, our next installment is about Tino & the deer. This happened many years ago – Tino was in his prime, probably about 4 years old. We frequently ran & hiked in a place called Cherry Canyon in LaCanada,... »

Doggie DNA

Doggie DNA

I wrote a FaceBook post yesterday regarding Canine DNA tests and asked whether folks had them done and what they thought of the results. I posted a picture of our dog Tino and asked what breed people thought he was based on his looks. We got lots of interesting answers from Rhodesian Ridgeback/Shar ... »

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Critters II

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Critters II

If you read our blog, you know about our dog Tino. If you don’t, you can read previous stories of him here. Today’s story is about Tino & the squirrel. Tino lived to be about 14.5. Since we rescued him from a wilderness area, we’re not really sure of his age – but he was ... »

Wordless Wednesday 6-12-13

Wordless Wednesday 6-12-13

It’s time for BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday blog hop! »

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Critters

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Critters

I have so many stories about Tino and one kind of critter or another – enough to fill a book. There’s: Tino & the rabbits – so many of those, at least a monthly story about rabbits Tino & the gophers Tino & the possum Tino & the skunk Tino & the coyotes (too man... »

Wordless Wednesday 5-15-13

Wordless Wednesday 5-15-13

  It’s time for BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday blog hop! »

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Crawlspace

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Crawlspace

I’ve written at length about our dog Tino. (See Tail of Tales) and told much of his story, but I have a million mini-stories as he had many humorous adventures. We retell them all the time: “Remember when Tino…” This story is about Tino and the crawlspace. We live in Californ... »

Black & White Sunday 5-5-13

  We’re joining Black & White Sunday Blog Hop. Thanks to our Blog Hop sponsors: YouDidWhatWithYourWeiner My Life in Blog Years Dachshund Nola   »

Wordless Wednesday 5-1-13

Wordless Wednesday 5-1-13

  It’s time for BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday blog hop! »

Tale of Tails: Tino Part 6

Tale of Tails: Tino Part 6

Chapter 6 – Strength The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings. Kakuzo Okakaur Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. Mahatma Gandhi One day I noticed what appeared to be a scratch on Tino’s eye – just a little cloudy grey spot on his p... »

Black & White Sunday 4-14-13

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My Dog Somehow Knew His Friend Was Going to Die

Our guest post: My Dog Somehow Knew His Friend Was Going to Die is posted on Dogster.com today. Check it out.   http://www.dogster.com/lifestyle/my-dog-knew-friend-going-to-die   »

Tales of Tails: Tino Part 5

Tales of Tails: Tino Part 5

Chapter 5…..Patience  All things come round to him who will but wait. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. Phaedrus  Our lives moved on uneventfully and we learned that Tino was a dog with many interesting quirks.  One which evidenced itself early on, when Bernie w... »

Tale of Tails: Tino Part 4

Tale of Tails: Tino Part 4

 Chapter 4………Gratitude  Gratitude is the memory of the heart. Jean Baptiste Massieu If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. Mark Twain   Tino settled in to his life with us extremely well.  He blended... »

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

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Tale of Tails: Tino Chapter 3

Tale of Tails: Tino Chapter 3

Chapter 3…….Perseverance What does not destroy me makes me strong. John Milton And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. Jerry Chin Putting Bernie to sleep was extremely difficult, but we knew it had to be done. Watching the seizures tak... »

Tales of Tails: Tino Chapter 2

Tales of Tails: Tino Chapter 2

Chapter 2 – JOY None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. Henry David Thoreau   Happy the man, and happy he alone, he who can call today his own; he who, secure within, can say, tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today. John Dryden   The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may m... »

Tales of Tails: Tino Chapter 1

Tales of Tails: Tino Chapter 1

Chapter One – Fortitude Life is like an ice-cream cone. You have to lick it one day at a time. Charles M. Schultz (Charlie Brown)   I’ve learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances. Martha Washington &nb... »

Introduction to “The Book of Tino”

Introduction to “The Book of Tino”

Every dog-lover has a story to tell about a dog that crossed their path.  It may be a big dog or little dog, a smart dog or a ‘not-so-smart’ dog, but the common thread is they learned something from their encounter.  It may have been a very simple lesson about the joys of life and the contentment fo... »

Senior Pets and Their Achy Joints

Senior Pets and Their Achy Joints

Oh My Aching Paw… I came across this article on senior dogs and their joints and thought it needed to be shared. http://dogingtonpost.com/helping-soothe-your-senior-dogs-aching-joints/ First and foremost, if you notice signs that your dog is having some difficulty getting around (or difficulty... »