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Friday, August 14, 2015

The newest Puppy


The newest member of the Day household. While there can't ever be a replacement for the Dainty Flower, I have no doubt that Spacebunny's new Ridgeback will prove to be a fine, upstanding member of the family. Or that he'll do an excellent job protecting the "puppies" that she loved so much.

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Anonymous Steve August 14, 2015 5:47 AM  

Hail to the Dark Lord's Night Hounds!

May their fangs be ever needle-sharp, and feast on the deliciousest of Snausages!

Anonymous Logan August 14, 2015 6:01 AM  

Beautiful. What's his name?

Is it true Ridgebacks have extremely high exercise requirements? I'd love one but being a single guy I'm not sure I'd have time to handle a high-energy dog.

Anonymous Buckeyecopperhead August 14, 2015 6:07 AM  

If he doesn't have a name yet, name him "Himza" so you can say "Himza good boy, yes him iz"

Anonymous Steve August 14, 2015 6:08 AM  

Logan - if you're looking for a low-maintenance pet, my advice is get a cat.

Cats are beautiful, mysterious, and independent.

They make great companions, but they won't demand you give them attention every waking moment.

And women love cats, so kitty can be your wingman when you bring a girl back to your place.

Anonymous Logan August 14, 2015 6:31 AM  

I don't mind cats but I'd want a pet that's loyal, and I'm not sure how loyal cats are to their owners. Most cats probably don't give a rat's ass about them.

Cats are also nihilists. The way they play with mice? Damn. Nietzsche would've love cats. A Superman? No. A Superpussy.

Does any member of the Ilk have any experience with Akitas? They're one of my favorite breeds but they have a bit of a reputation for being stubborn and hard to train. But they're loyal, intelligent, confident, courageous, calm and easy-going dogs.

Blogger #0006 Hammer August 14, 2015 6:35 AM  

He needs a dog-tag. Sad Puppies logo on one side and VFM number on the other.

Blogger D. Lane (#0067) August 14, 2015 7:06 AM  

I don't mind cats but I'd want a pet that's loyal, and I'm not sure how loyal cats are to their owners. Most cats probably don't give a rat's ass about them.

I dated a girl who owned a cat. It once tried to assassinate her sister's dog by forcing it off of a second-story bridge, evidently because it was bored. Make of that what you will.

Blogger totenhenchen August 14, 2015 7:13 AM  

Cats embody all the Machiavellian personality traits of a malicious PUA.

Blogger Michael August 14, 2015 7:28 AM  

Are you going to take him to obedience school? That's what we ha e done with all of our dogs; they turned out outstanding!

Anonymous Steve August 14, 2015 7:33 AM  

Logan - do you really want brainless, slobbering loyalty, or do you want AWESOMENESS?

Yes, cats are evil. Yes, kitties think of nothing but murder all day. Yes, their main hobbies outside sleeping and eating involve cruelty.

But those aren't their only virtues.

Cats are clever. Cats are comical. Cats are clean.

They will never leave poo in your favourite handmade English leather brogues. Unless you piss them off.

And don't let anybody tell you cats don't care about their owners. They do. My favourite cat runs down the stairs, miaowing all the way, to greet me when I'm back from a business trip.

Yes, she would eat my face if I died and she was left alone with my decaying corpse. But she'd feel slightly guilty about it.

Anonymous SWW August 14, 2015 7:36 AM  

Why's he so sad, Vox?

Blogger James Dixon August 14, 2015 7:55 AM  

> I don't mind cats but I'd want a pet that's loyal, and I'm not sure how loyal cats are to their owners.

Varies widely with the cat. In my experience, if you get a stray at your house that asks to be let in, you've probably got a keeper. Stray cats that want a home tend to be very loyal to those who give them shelter and food.

> Yes, she would eat my face if I died and she was left alone with my decaying corpse.

It's an old joke, but only a few bites. Then she'd start meowing for a fresh corpse.

> Why's he so sad, Vox?

The place he came from only had Tor books in their library. He hasn't seen the Castalia House books yet.

Blogger HalibetLector August 14, 2015 7:57 AM  

Yes, kitties think of nothing but murder all day.

This is appropriate: how much do cats actually kill? - http://theoatmeal.com/comics/cats_actually_kill

Blogger Joshua Dyal August 14, 2015 8:13 AM  

He looks insufficiently rabid. In fact, his expression appears rather sad, although I suppose that's probably more to do with the face structure of the breed than his actual demeanor.

Blogger Jourdan August 14, 2015 8:18 AM  

That is one cute puppy! Congrats on your addition to the family.

Blogger Nate August 14, 2015 8:25 AM  

my God... there's a 170 pound dog hiding in there somewhere.

Blogger RC August 14, 2015 8:30 AM  

What a beautiful pup!

My fine watchdog is nearing her end (and we will miss her greatly) but I need to pick up a good dog and get through training before she's gone. Any advice on breed from you dog experts?

I live in the country but only a half mile from town, so I need a dog that likes to stay home or can be trained to do so or he'll be going to the pound. He needs to be of sufficient strength to intimidate coyotes in pack and bobcats and be smart enough to distinguish between friend and foe. Our current dog is a mix so is not repeatable. Our other dog is a middle aged black lab with a dog IQ of 65, worthless but happy.

Blogger Remo - Vile Faceless Minion #99 August 14, 2015 8:39 AM  

This is the stuff that's important. If the day ever comes that I can't appreciate the day a new puppy comes to a home I'll know my heart is truly dead. That's a good companion, protector, and friend you got there. Congratulations.

Anonymous cheddarman August 14, 2015 8:39 AM  

Name him Nate. He will have an awesome name to live up to.

Anonymous Steve August 14, 2015 8:40 AM  

James Dixon - It's still funny, cos it's true.

HalibetLector - Brilliant. How can you not love a furry little murder machine?

Blogger S1AL August 14, 2015 8:47 AM  

Logan, I'd recommend a pitbull mixed mutt. Very loyal and friendly, and energetic when outside but they also love sitting on couches with their owners, so just walking them is fine.

Blogger Nate August 14, 2015 8:50 AM  

"Any advice on breed from you dog experts? "

Ridgeback or Dogo Argentino

Rottweilers and Dobes are good options too depending on what you're looking to keep away. Black folks are terrified of both. Don't know what the deal is there... some cultural thing.

Anonymous HardReturn¶ #0030 August 14, 2015 8:53 AM  

Congrats on your new pup! Dogs start out joyful and playful, becoming loyal and dutiful--all admirable traits.

Blogger Sad Puppy August 14, 2015 9:09 AM  

Love the puppy. Does it have some other pups to play with? At that age they make a funny sound if you pick them up :P

Anonymous A Visitor August 14, 2015 9:10 AM  

@6 YES!!!!!

Very cute puppy, Vox. Congrats!

@18

I'd recommend a German shepherd or a great dane.

Anonymous Quartermaster August 14, 2015 9:18 AM  

@6
He is worthy of membership in the VFM, but no number is worthy of him.

@11
He’s sad because hammer has tried to demote him to a mere VFM with a number.

@17
My Black Lab hated Coyotes and we had no trouble with them as long as she was alive. She teamed up with the Blue Heeler to control Groundhog numbers of the homestead as well. She attached herself to the kids and defended them from any threats. She died in a fight with a pack of Dogs that got after my daughter one evening. The memory of her valor still brings tears. Talking with friends who also owned Black Labs, she was typical. I don’t think you could do better than a Black Lab as long as he/she knows their territory and remains within it.

Anonymous Krul August 14, 2015 9:28 AM  

Big paws...

Anonymous Curlytop August 14, 2015 9:35 AM  

He's adorable but he's going to be big just the way my family likes them. Look at those paws :-)

Blacks don't like German Shepherds either but you need to be really careful due to overbreeding. A good Belgium, German shepherd is worth the work.

Blogger IM2L844 August 14, 2015 9:55 AM  

Mega, *laughs* I like it. Big balls require mega-dickbags.

@18 He needs to be of sufficient strength to intimidate coyotes in pack...

When I was a kid, we lived in the country with a nice pond and a creek that ran across our property, so lots of coyotes. We got a standard Airedale Terrier. He grew into 50 lbs. of pure muscle. His personality was all business all the time...very serious...kind and loving, but not interested in playing. He never roamed far or for very long, but would occasionally come home covered in blood...never a scratch on him. We didn't hear the coyotes as often after that. He never bothered our other pets, livestock or visitors, but he chased a meter reader up a light pole once. He had just the right amount of discretion. Died of old age.

Anonymous ThirdMonkey August 14, 2015 10:06 AM  

We had a racist German Shepherd growing up. She barked and growled at anyone who came to the house, and no one got out of their car until we came to the door. We came home one time to find the meter man who was Indian (casino, not hotel) backed into the corner between the house and garage. He had been there over an hour. Then we moved to Mississippi for a couple of years. Not a fan of the brothas at all. If me or my sister left the house, she went with us. She saved my sister, who is 90% deaf, from a rattlesnake, and she saved me more than once from bullies. She wasn't a very good cowdog, but I saw her jump right in the middle of a nasty cow that was charging my dad while horseback. All our neighbors and friends hated her, but we wept bitterly when she died.

Blogger Iowahine August 14, 2015 10:13 AM  

My husband says cats play Army all day. Ours became more fond of us after we all left him in the care of a neighbor girl for a month. Low maintenance is good in a cat. I once knew a Siamese that needed the human interaction and energy drain of a dog, plus, it "talked" constantly. It was horrifying, but funny. Happily, being that its owner was gone a lot, it finally adopted another family down the street, where it was seen sitting in that family's window. Best solution ever.

Blogger Iowahine August 14, 2015 10:14 AM  

My husband says cats play Army all day. Ours became more fond of us after we all left him in the care of a neighbor girl for a month. Low maintenance is good in a cat. I once knew a Siamese that needed the human interaction and energy drain of a dog, plus, it "talked" constantly. It was horrifying, but funny. Happily, being that its owner was gone a lot, it finally adopted another family down the street, where it was seen sitting in that family's window. Best solution ever.

Anonymous Claymore August 14, 2015 10:21 AM  

It looks like he just turned away and said, "Good day, Sir."

Blogger haus frau August 14, 2015 10:48 AM  

Logan, I had an akita-bullmastiff mix. Excellent gentle, guard dog. Akitas have a reputation for being aggressive but I don't think they are any worse than german shepherd (I've owned two of those). They are pig headed stubborn, independent, and can be hard to housebreak though, personality traits associated with Nordic breeds. If your akita gets out of the yard, he may not come back. They just keep wandering. I like my GSD's because they really are a personal body guard. A GSD will follow you everywhere. My deceased GSD got out of my yard once and tracked my car two blocks away at the bagel store.

Anonymous Huckleberry August 14, 2015 10:50 AM  

Akitas are good dogs but if you live somewhere that never sees a single day of winter weather, they get a little weird.
Labs can do a lot of things, but in my experience they're either very smart or very dumb. Never encountered an "average" lab. German shepherds are good guard dogs and will go down fighting for you, but they're not as strong as some other breeds. Ridge backs are great and were bred to hunt lions. That's not nothing.
The best dog I've had though is a Burnese mountain dog. Strong, tough, natively protective of the property's perimeter and fast for as big as she was.

Blogger Feather Blade August 14, 2015 11:03 AM  

Great Pyrenees are pretty good guard dogs. My Grandfather used them to protect his sheep.

I can only assume that since they could blend into the herd, the coyotes never saw them coming.

Anonymous REG August 14, 2015 11:05 AM  

Steve at 4. "And women love cats, so kitty can be your wingman when you bring a girl back to your place. "

I've seen some of your girl pictures on previous posts.

Logan, get a dog, any dog, you don't want Steve's girls coming to your house.

PS; Good looking pup, Vox.

Blogger haus frau August 14, 2015 11:07 AM  

RC have you considered getting a working ine livestock guard breed like a great Pyrenees, maremma, or kangal as your next farm dog? They bond with your livestock, even poultry and they are bred to kill fight off all of those pests from foxes to wolves and mountain lions. FB has a couple livestock guard dog pages with lots of information and breeders around the country.

Anonymous RCPete August 14, 2015 11:14 AM  

We live in (big*) coyote country, and our lab/Aussie shepherd cross hates them. OTOH, she's the runt of a litter of 21(!), so is a bit south of 50 pounds. When she was younger, she'd scour our acreage for ground squirrels, but the half-lab meant she'd eat things she shouldn't. When she was 2-1/2, we adopted a border collie mix, and the lab/Aussie was a great momma. When that puppy needed herding, she'd do it. Now they take care of each other.

* The local coyotes get nasty, with some possible cross breeding with wolf and a dog/wolf cross. Between 2 and 4 footed predators and the odd great horned owl, we keep the dogs in at night. After dark garbage runs involve a 1911 along with the flashlight.

Blogger dc.sunsets August 14, 2015 11:16 AM  

I miss my last mutt so appreciate the photo of a cute puppy.

Given, however, the number of stories my (teacher) wife encounters of large breed dogs mauling kids, I cringe when I read people celebrate dog aggressiveness. There's a youtube of a dogo locked onto the neck of a much smaller dog (which is giving off a nauseating "scream" as the moron dogo owner, a woman, uselessly tries to call off her animal) I'll never forget. If the dogo was locked onto the neck of my dog, I'd likely put a round through his thoracic vertebrae hopefully with the owner providing a bullet backstop.

Oh, I accidentally shot her. Twice.

Big, aggressive dogs require masterful training.

OpenID rufusdog August 14, 2015 11:42 AM  

Nice looking dog. The only thing I don’t like about the Ridgeback is that the ones I have been around have all been high strung.
Bullmastiff and American Bulldog are more my speed, only bad thing is they die too soon.

OpenID rufusdog August 14, 2015 11:54 AM  

I would say one of the finest value dog breeds out there if you are looking for size and agility is the American Bulldog. There are others but cost start to rise if you are looking for one well-bred that is likely not to have health problems.
American Bulldogs are relatively cheap and bred for function, not form. So many breeds today come with a list of health problems as long as your arm.
Another strategy is to look for a mutt litter with one half being the breed you are looking for.
Lab/Pits make a good dog and are so common you would probably only have to pay for the owner’s costs, shots.

Anonymous mistaben August 14, 2015 12:54 PM  

Oh please. This is obviously just a photo of a model ridgeback puppy that you found on the internet.

/scalzi

Blogger ajw308 (#98) August 14, 2015 12:59 PM  

All dogs die to soon. Kipling wrote of this when 'e spoke of "how all dog will break your heart."

Good looking pup there.

OpenID corvinus333 August 14, 2015 1:34 PM  

Hail to the Dark Lord's Night Hounds!

Maybe "Drago". Man, that story had enough plot twists to make Arthur Conan Doyle proud.

OpenID corvinus333 August 14, 2015 1:36 PM  

I meant "Draego". Crap.

Blogger JaimeInTexas August 14, 2015 2:00 PM  

Daniel Mills, a professor of veterinary behavioral medicine at the University of Lincoln, conducts an experiment to see how cats react to their owners being away. This is a variation of a similar experiment used on infants and dogs.

http://www.wimp.com/catsowners/


Anonymous JN August 14, 2015 2:05 PM  

@3 I named a dog Askem. When I told my sister, she just looked at me with horror. She thought I said Ass Cum.

Anonymous JI August 14, 2015 2:53 PM  

Am sorry your dog died, Vox. The new puppy looks like a fine addition to the Day household. Good dog, Good Day.

Blogger Updated LP 999/Eliza August 14, 2015 3:31 PM  

Aww, huggies for baby puppy! So cute and cuddly!

Blogger Feather Blade August 14, 2015 4:23 PM  

@48 I met a guy once who had named his dog "Phallic". That's great thing to yell in a public park in the summer.

Blogger VD August 14, 2015 5:12 PM  

Big, aggressive dogs require masterful training.

This will be our third Ridgeback, prior to which we had a Rottweiler-cross. We can handle them. We've never had any trouble whatsoever with any of them; they are absolutely devoted to the children. Ridgeback #2 does have to be watched around strange boys, however she only barks at them. She's a rescue and she is a bit odd, but she's extremely protective of her owner.

Anonymous Hen August 14, 2015 6:24 PM  

Aww. Thank God for the pitter patter of four little feet! Glad your hearts are able to take a new member of the quadruped family into yours; that goes a long way to filling up the longing for your sweet mama lady who passed. Best to SB. A puppy really does fill the heart -- they are so much work.

Blogger Banjo August 14, 2015 6:39 PM  

Congrats on the pup boss. Families just feel incomplete without a canine.

We rescued this guy as a puppy 3 years ago: http://imgur.com/a/5ql3U and a lot of folks have said he looks to have some ridgeback in him. I've never seen a ridgeback in person, and I'd like to see what the Ilk think.

Blogger collisioncat67 August 14, 2015 7:08 PM  

Yep, no traditional Christian family is complete without a family dog.

May yours be a true blessing and source of happiness.

Blogger VD August 14, 2015 7:26 PM  

a lot of folks have said he looks to have some ridgeback in him.

Doesn't look like it to me. Tail curves up, body line is too curved. The profile of his head is the one thing that looks somewhat remniscent of a Ridgeback. His mask is also much more black than any Ridgeback I've seen. But it's possible he's one-quarter.

Blogger bw August 14, 2015 10:15 PM  

More Red-Wheaten than just Wheaten...(former owner)

Blogger MidKnight (#138) August 14, 2015 10:58 PM  

Great looking dog.

Anonymous Clay August 15, 2015 1:56 AM  

Nice puppy.

It's too bad you won't let the ilk post pictures of their animal friends

Blogger Mrs. Widget August 15, 2015 8:26 PM  

Good Lord. Many of you have awesome canine companions. Loyalty, friendship, guard. And they want so little from us. Food, companionship, a scratch, maybe a treat, some play time. They guard us, love us, entertain us. Thanks for all the pictures. I think my four legged friend deserves some extra attention. Pardon me, I need to go play with somebody.

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