Jul 14

Wordy Wednesday: Advice

I’m a pretty smart guy. I know lots of things. I told mom that I we should have a “Dear Boney” column. She told me that it wasn’t fair for me to have two days a week when Moby only has one. I say, I’m older and should have more privileges. She says blah, blah, blah.
So, for the next month or so, Wordy Wednesday will become Wisdom Wednesday. Do you need advice on something? Email me with your questions at Boney@WoofSSI.com or leave comments below. I promise I will answer everyone over the next few weeks.

I can’t wait to hear from you!

Jul 14

Hamsters, Guinea Pigs and Photos, Oh My!

I’m assuming because you read this blog, you love to look at cute pics of pets. Well, how about this one?


photo courtesy of @hamster_guineapig

Tell me this isn’t one of the cutest photos you’ve ever seen!?!


photo courtesy of @hamster_guineapig


photo courtesy of @hamster_guineapig

If you are on Instagram, I highly recommend that you follow @hamster_guineapig. She has more followers than I could ever hope for, but she hopes to hit 2000 followers by August. Let’s help her out (and in return, we get to see more cute pics of hamster and guineas!)

photo courtesy of @hamster_guineapig

photo courtesy of @hamster_guineapig



Jul 14

Moby Monday: Barking

Recently, I have been trying something new to get mom and dad’s attention: barking.

I heard mom say that she might call my trainer Roy to help out with the situation, but I don’t know what “the situation” is. I mean, I bark, they pay attention. I bark, we go outside. I bark, they talk to me. Seems to be working pretty well to me.

I know I shouldn’t be so greedy with my time, but I just don’t feel like a walk in the morning and play time at night is enough. I want more walks. More playtime. (I think that’s why mom has been talking to different sitters lately). Mom says she can’t take me for walks at lunch right now because it’s too hot. I say “It’s not to hot to sunbathe.” Apparently, she’s worried about the road being too hot on my feet and tells me that the grass in the back yard is not the same aa my sensitive little paws on the road. I say I’m tough – I can handle it.

Do any of you bark for attention? Does it work? Should I do something else instead? Should I be content with my walks and playtime? What is your walk/playtime schedule like? I need some stats before I go to mom with a new plan of attack for what our day should look like!

Jul 14


So…a couple days ago, I was scrolling through Instagram and saw a post by BarkBox (which is a subject for another day!). The picture had a photo of a dog on his back and a big “censored” bar over his you-know-what. Immediately, I tagged Oh Melvin, because well, if you read the blog, you know why. If you don’t read the blog, put it on your daily list of to-dos. For real. It’s good stuff.

Sorry…back to the topic of point. The comment with the photo said “Excellent us of the ‘Junk Blocker’ sticker from the BarkCam app.” Immediately, I was like “BarkCam App?!? Why haven’t I heard of this before?” Off I went to the App store and sure enough, there it was.

I cannot even begin to tell you how awesome the BarkCam app is. But let me try anyway. When you take a picture, you can choose from a variety of sounds – so if you don’t have a photogenic “smile for the camera” pooch like we do, they’ll at least hopefully look in your direction. There are filters to choose from, just like Instagram. There are fun little stickers (censored bar, sunglasses, wigs, etc) to decorate your already adorable pic of your pooch, different caption bubbles, and you can even make Memes!! I mean, for real…what else do you need?



20140717-152610-55570072.jpgI should note that this app is not just for dogs, though in my opinion, dogs make photographs that much better! You can use the app for taking fun photos of yourself, your cat, your guinea pig, your fish, whatever.

So…what are you waiting for? Download BarkCam today!! (Oh, and I’m sorry if our Facebook and Instagram pages are inundated with new strange pics for a while!)


Jul 14

Thankful Thursday

20140717-095312-35592901.jpgWe want to take today to say Thank You! Thank you for reading our blog and for following us on facebook and instragram (@mloehle). Thanks for making us realize that we CAN make a difference.

It’s funny how much I look at Moby and Boney and think “there are no other dogs like them” and while that is true, many of you share the same challenges that we do, the same funnies, the same smiles. It’s good to know (through your comments) that there are others out there that feel the way we feel.

Moby would like to throw a special thank you out to Bonnie and Paul – he got the card in the mail that said you made a donation to Great Plains SPCA in his honor and he blushed with gratitude!

Boney would like to thank all of his loyal servants readers and is happy to know that he’s not the red headed step child – that in fact, he has quite the following himself.

THANK YOU for being you. For loving us for being us. We’ll continue to try to entertain you throughout the week with posts and pictures. It’s hard not to be entertained by a pittie and a pug, right?

As a thank you, we’d like to know what you’d like to hear more of from us. I am in awe of some of the great blogs out there that post every day. I struggle to not only find the time, but also to come up with something that I think will peak your interest!  Let me know what we can do better! And please, send your friends our way too!


Jul 14

Wordy Wednesday: How to Train Your Mom


Every morning, I wake up and go to her side of the bed (I don’t want to wake dad, he needs his rest!) and either jump on her or kiss her. Sometimes she tells me to go back to sleep. Usually if she says that I know my alarm clock was wrong and I can hit snooze for a few more minutes. When it is really time to get up, Mom gets up out of bed, picks me up and walks me down the hall to the dog door. From there I go outside and do my thing. Then I come racing back in, where she usually has my breakfast ready to go. If she’s slow moving, I make sure to throw a few woo-woo-woos her way. After all, 4am or not, my breakfast is nothing to be slow with!

After breakfast, mom picks me up, carries me back down the hall and puts me back to bed with dad. Then I sleep until he gets up to get ready for work.

As mom gets ready for the day, treats are usually given out on a regular basis. When she leaves, she gives both Moby and I kisses and makes sure he knows that I am in charge (duh!).

When mom comes home for lunch, she knows that nothing is more important than sitting on the couch so I can have a lap to lay on. Being lapless all morning really makes a pug tired and cranky. When she has to go back to work after lunch, more treats are shared.

When mom gets home from work at the end of the day, I tell her all about my day and also remind her to hurry up and get my dinner ready with a few woo-woo-woos if necessary. After dinner, I usually sit with dad because mom NEVER sits down (something about my hair everywhere and that she always has to be cleaning up behind me and Moby). If mom’s lap is available, I’ll woo-woo-woo at her until she picks me up and puts me in it. I curl up with her and the blanket (mom is almost never without blanket!) and take a little snooze.

When it’s time for bed (mom is usually the first in bed-something about me waking her up at 4 am) I make sure I give mom plenty of time to get good and comfortable in bed. Then, I run back to the bedroom, stand at the side of the bed and put on my most pathetic pouty face. She then gets up, picks me up and puts me in bed and we go to sleep.

Although she needs to work on some things, I think I’ve trained mom pretty well. Have you trained either of your parents?

Jul 14

Moby Monday: Antlers

Antlers are one of my favorite things. We have 3 antlers in our house. A small, medium and one large. I’m a very nice big brother and I share all 3 with Boney. Here are a few pictures of me with my favorite antler. Do you have a favorite chew toy?







Jul 14

Throwback Thursday


Jul 14

Wordy Wednesday: Don’t forget to clean your ears

I have ear issues. My ears produce copious amounts of wax. Deep in the ear. Up on the folds. Every surface possible. To keep my ears healthy, mom and dad have to clean my ears on a regular basis. I HATE our ear cleaning ritual. (Grammie says never to use the word hate, but in this instance it’s warranted.) It takes both mom and dad because…well, let’s just say my teeth are sharper than they look.
First, dad puts me in a bear hug. Then he tries to cover my eyes while mom does a preliminary cleaning with the medication soaked cotton ball. Next the medication gets squirted in my ear and my ear gets massaged (this part actually feels kind of good, but I’ll deny that if you tell mom!). Then a clean cotton ball is used to get the rest of the gunk out. Usually it takes 6 or so cotton balls to get me super clean. Finally, I get a treat (and mom, if you are reading this – one is NOT enough!).
When my treat is gone, dad lets me go and I jump down and chase everyone near me, barking and nipping at everything in my path.
Do you have any health issues that require regular cleaning? Do you have any tricks to make it easier?

Jul 14

Working on our Braves

Things That Scare Moby

  1. Kitchen garbage can
  2. Grocery Bags (mostly paper, but sometime plastic)
  3. Sudden hand movements
  4. Manhole covers
  5. Grates
  6. Select vacuums
  7. Baths/Shower
  8. Select yard tools
  9. Laminate flooring
  10. Extremely loud noises (very close thunder)
  11. Laundry basket
  12. Suitcases

This list is by no means all inclusive. Every day we seem to find something that makes him slink, shudder or run the other way. We work on his braves all the time.

He’s still conquering the dog door. 90% of the time (that might be an over exaggeration) he can handle the dog door. 10% of the time he doesn’t want to go near it.

Moby is special because unlike other dogs that we’ve had, he can’t be man-handled. Not that that is the proper way to introduce a dog to something anyway, but it makes it extra hard when he is scared of something because he doesn’t want to be touched. We go slow, usually putting the object on the floor, stepping away and letting him sniff it. Sometimes he’s willing to get close enough to do that. Sometimes he just slinks around it and barks, not really sure what he should be doing.

Moby’s foster family did an excellent job helping him with his braves for the 13 months that they had him. Without their diligent work, I’m not sure where our boy would be right now. But, because he knows that we’re not going to cause him any harm, he is a little more trusting and willing to look at things in a new way.

When Moby first came to live with us, he wouldn’t set foot in the kitchen. There were lots of loud noises, a shiny garbage can and just too many unknowns. He’s gotten to where he will walk around the kitchen and past the garbage can – as long as no one is standing next to it – he still freaks out and goes the other way whenever it’s opened.

When we walk in the door with bags from the grocery or other stores, he heads the other way. He’s gotten to the point we he’ll just step out of our path instead of going clear across the room.

When we go for walks, he avoids man holes and grates (I can’t say I blame him there, they scare me too!).

When it comes time for a bath, it takes about 20 minutes (and handfuls of treats) to coax him in to the shower.

Moby has lots of quirks and is somewhat shy, but he is slowly coming out of his shell. His braves are getting better and better every day. Are your dogs scared of anything? What do you do to help them overcome their fears?