Ode to Margaret

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Somebody stole my scarf!


She won’t let me have it back…


If the blog post written by James was an ode to my little man, this one is for Maggie ‘Britney Spears’ Thatcher.  Yes, that is her full name.


Top 5 Margaret Memories


5) The way she cried her way into our bed the night we brought her home from the rescue group.  Slept there for the past 1,825 days, give or take.


4)  The time she ran into a glass sliding door… I saw it happen in slow-motion, I swear.


3) The time James and Maggie decided who wore the pants.  One day four years ago, Maggie and James got into a big fight while we were all hanging out in the living room.  They snarled and fought enough other, and Maggie totally kicked his butt.  James wouldn’t look at Maggie and slinked along the edge of the wall instead of walking by her.  I think I know who’s Alpha…


2) The time I let her lick my fingers after I cut up a roasted chicken breast.  She ended up shoving my fingers down her throat and trying to gnaw them off.  I think she thought I was the chicken.


1)  The day she got her teeth cleaned.  The Husband picked her up from the vet.  The vet had to knock her out to perform the cleaning, and afterwards, Mags was drunk on the anesthesia.  She sadly howled the entire drive home – she is a dach-hound, after all – and then passed out in bed, head buried in the blanket with her butt on the floor like a party girl.   I died.


What’s your top memory of your pet?



  • Meagan September 20, 2011, 10:29 pm

    Felix, our cat, at one time didn’t understand the concept of glass. So, my family and I were out on our porch standing outside of our bay windows. I was watching Felix out of the corner of my eye and all of a sudden I saw her ::leap!!:: into the window. Slow motion. She was fine, and it was hysterical.

  • Angela September 20, 2011, 10:39 pm

    The last pic made me laugh out loud! What a cutie.
    my fav memory of my cat is when he was a kitten and used to do the ‘crab dance’ in front of the mirror. quite the you tube sensation he is. 😉

  • Michelle September 20, 2011, 10:40 pm

    My recently adopted shepherd/retriever mix Oliver REFUSED to sleep in his crate his first couple of nights, also crying his way into my bed.
    However, his best moment with us so far is when he fell asleep on the bottom “floor” of the coffee table with is head resting on the floor. I’ll never get over his weird sleeping positions!

  • Jen September 20, 2011, 10:40 pm

    Probably not the most politically correct pet memory, but I’ll share it anyway cuz it soooo brought the LOL’z) Best memory ever of our old cat, Spock (RIP buddy…1990-2008). So back in my highschool days, my then boyfriend and I decided to smoke a joint together (this was one of the 3 times in my life that I smoked pot…I’m not a fan). Anyway, we’re sitting in my basement, all pie eyed and higher than a kite, when dear old Spock decides to come down and enlighten us. That silly cat sat in front of us and sneezed probably 30 times in a row (if you’ve ever seen a cat sneeze, you know what a funny sight it is). He finished up on his last sneeze, gave his head a shake, then walked away. I have never laughed so hard in my life…it was perfect timing. I have many funny memories of my old furry friend, but that’s one of my fave’s…it’s like he knew he had a chance to steal the spotlight, lol.

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 20, 2011, 10:44 pm

    Omg, that picture is so funny! The best memory I can think of with our dog is when she was 8 months old. We still lived in FL and I took her behind the house around the little lake all the houses backed on to so she could run around. Somehow she found a dead snake (a big one!) and picked it up in her mouth and proceeded to run around with it flopping around and me screaming and chasing her to drop it! So it’s more a memory of me looking like an idiot than something funny she did but, in retrospect I think it was pretty damn hilarious. At least from the neighbors perspective.

  • Sara @ RunnerWife September 20, 2011, 10:45 pm

    I would say the funniest moment with one of my cats was right after we got her. She is kind of like your dog, she is not “all there” and when we used to have her chase something she would just keep moving her head in a circle and go crazy. She is the sweetest kitty ever, but you can look at her and tell she is just not all there! I still LOVE her to death though!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 20, 2011, 10:48 pm

    We love our pets, but Maggie (our cat that passed away two years ago) has got a special place in our hearts. She was abandoned when she was about 5 days old. Her eyes were still closed and she could not even go poop on her own. I bottle fed her and my husband, Tony, did potty duty (pun intended). She was so small that her ears were not even on top of her head yet. She was the sweetest little thing. When it was time to eat, she would come into the kitchen and climb from the floor all the way up my pants, on my back and up over my shoulder while I was mixing her bottle. Gosh I miss her!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb September 20, 2011, 10:49 pm

    awww. we just adopted a second puppy and i will never forget, after HATING her the first 8 days, our older one let the puppy sleep in his big comfy bed with him 🙂

  • Sarah @ w30 September 20, 2011, 10:52 pm

    Maggie Britney Spears Thatcher – love that name!

    One of the sweetest memories I have of Ella (my cat) is after she had a minor surgery where she had to be under general anesthesia. When I got her home, she kept trying to follow me around the apartment, but was still drugged up so she would walk sideways and fall over. Then she’d meow pathetically, stand up and try to follow me again. She was so confused and scared, and so flippin’ adorable! I quickly gathered up everything I needed so I could just sit still with her in the living room. Poor thing!

  • M September 20, 2011, 10:54 pm

    Uh oh, sounds like Maggie could be bulimic!

  • Anne September 20, 2011, 10:55 pm

    The way our tiny little dog (okay, well she’s a shepherd/corgi mix) loved bounding through the snow that was at least a foot taller than she was. She loved it!

    • Brittney September 21, 2011, 1:25 am

      That is the most precious thing I have ever seen!

      • Anne September 21, 2011, 2:04 am

        Thanks! We like her! 😀

        • Caitlin September 21, 2011, 8:01 am

          i loooove her!

        • Anne September 21, 2011, 9:39 am

          Thanks, Caitlin! I like how James is also a small dog / German Shepherd mix. It’s so funny how that works.

  • Kristina @ spabettie September 20, 2011, 10:56 pm

    poor sweetie on the pillow! I love it!

    Basil is the same way, he runs into the screen a lot. He also chases flies outside, and has caught a couple. He spits them out.

    see his Halloweenie costume this year?



    • Caitlin September 21, 2011, 8:02 am

      yes i love his little shell!

  • Shannon @ My Life As I Live It September 20, 2011, 11:11 pm

    For some reason why our pups were young, even after they had been fixed, our girl dog would hump the face of our male dog to prove her dominance, hasn’t happened in years, but when it did it was hi-larious!

  • JenATX September 20, 2011, 11:11 pm

    OMG hilarious post… my fav memory is of my cat (RIP Buckets). He would climb up into trees and not be able to get down so my boyfriend would have to climb the tree & bring his back down tucked into his shirt. SO funny to see that little rescue mission

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 20, 2011, 11:18 pm

    Funny I just wrote about pets today but I don’t have any pets right now…they’ve all passed on. Fave memories of my pets..the way that my dogs would just be so HAPPY to see me and that they are just so…happy. Wagging and just happy to be alive 🙂

  • Ashley September 20, 2011, 11:22 pm

    One of our pets names is Frank. Frank is a special dog, you see. He loves food. Like he lives and dies by his meal times. Anyway, one day we were taking Frank to my sisters to bake cookies, but we had to stop in the grocery store for some more ingredients. We grab our stuff, get back in the car, and notice this funny smell. We couldn’t figure out what it was, and then we look in the backseat and find a half eaten stick of butter on the floor. Gross!!

    • Caitlin September 21, 2011, 8:02 am


  • Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine September 20, 2011, 11:30 pm

    That picture is completely hilarious. My dog chewed a hole in the wall once. No one knows why.

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 20, 2011, 11:32 pm

    Hilarious post and photo – I just can’t stop laughing 😀

  • Deva @ Deva by Definition September 20, 2011, 11:39 pm

    That picture made me crack. Up. My fav memories of my pets are from when we first brought home Maggie and Dorian (2 of our cats): they came from a rescue and had only known hardwood floor. Maggie kept kneading the carpet with her back paws, and Dorian crawled under the loveseat and fell asleep for HOURS. I remember peeking under our loveseat and seeing this teeny kitten curled up in a ball passed. out. It was funny!

  • Tracy @ Tracy's Treats September 20, 2011, 11:50 pm

    Oh my gosh, that last picture literally made me laugh out loud. She looks so confused! So cute! The dog as I had as a child used to howl every time I played the piano. Not sure if that’s a good thing, but my family sure got a kick out of it!

  • Amy September 20, 2011, 11:51 pm

    My favorite memory is of my first kitten, Fritter (he wasn’t the first family cat, but he was the first who was MINE), who I got when I was 9. I did absolutely everything with him, and the thing he loved the most was to take rides in my Barbie camper. It was big and pink, and I’d push him back and forth down the kitchen hallway while he hung his head out the window. When he got older (and way gianter), he LOVED to be held; when you picked him up, he’d wrap his arms around your neck and hug real tight.

    Gosh, I miss him.

    • Caitlin September 21, 2011, 2:14 pm

      I love it when cats give hugs!

  • Sana September 20, 2011, 11:51 pm

    Maggie is so your party girl 🙂

  • Eleah September 21, 2011, 12:33 am

    Ha! I love the teeth cleaning story. We are taking one of our cats in on Tuesday for her first dental experience. She is not going to be happy about it, as she is a calico with quite the little attitude!

  • Christine @ BookishlyB September 21, 2011, 1:14 am

    Awwwwww! I think my current, most recent memory, is of my 7th month old chocolate lab falling into the pool face first to get his ball, coming up for the air, and then taking off to get it. And he has not mastered the art of swimming, let’s just say…

  • Brittany P.S. September 21, 2011, 1:18 am

    That picture of maggie killed me. Butt on the floor. BAHA. Think I woke my roommates in attempts to contain my laughter.

  • Ari @ Ari's Menu September 21, 2011, 1:20 am

    The first time Winston growled and whined at me for a full minute because he wanted to be on my lap, and the first time Clementine ran circles around my neck. Oh and the first time Winston met Clementine and he didn’t know how to play with a puppy that small so he just kind of lightly pushed her with her paw and she fell over. Basically every single second with my puppies–it’s so hard to choose!

  • Brittney September 21, 2011, 1:28 am

    I just had so much fun reading through these comments! My favorite memory of my cats, Kaluha and Sebastian, was this time my mom was imitating one of her friends and screamed. Kaluha was laying down and literally jumped 3 feet in the air, and Sebastian took off down the hall at lightening speed. (He’s a BIG cat and I have never seen him move so fast!) Kaluha ran after him and they sat at the end of the hall with their eyes as big as saucers screaming. I don’t know why it scared them so much but gosh it was SO funny.

    • Caitlin September 21, 2011, 2:18 pm

      It was prob a little bug or something 🙂

  • Jen September 21, 2011, 1:35 am

    LOVE Maggie & love the way you love your dogs! 🙂 When I was growing up, I had two “outdoor” dogs (don’t judge – this was a long time ago and in the country – everyone had them!) 🙂 Anyway, our beloved mutts normally HATED the car – they totally associated it with a visit to the vet – but, every time we came home from a trip, they would jump into the backseat with us kids as soon as the door was opened!

    BTW, we DID have people feed them while we were away – hahaha. 🙂

  • Khushboo September 21, 2011, 1:38 am

    Hahah number 3 is my favorite- you go girl!

  • Katie September 21, 2011, 1:43 am

    My cat, Kirby, was a real sasspot when I first adopted him (he still is, but his manners have improved slightly over the past 2 years). A few months after bringing him home, I walked in to find him sitting on the kitchen table. I went over for the 2346th time and said “NO. Bad cat. Off the table.” He stared at me with his “I don’t give a sh*t” honey badger ‘tude, and then smacked my face with an audible slapping sound. Pretty much sums up our relationship.

    • Jen September 22, 2011, 12:53 am

      Hahahaha…this is so funny! We had a cat that loved to sprawl out on the dining room table…if I, my 6’2 dad, or any other member of the family happened to pass by and/or scold him, he would just give us this “what are YOU gonna do about it” look. But…if he so much as saw the tip of my little mom’s hair through the doorway, he would leap up & RUN! Soooo funny! 🙂

  • Amanda September 21, 2011, 2:48 am

    My cat, Yoda, likes to knock things over. For fun. Just to watch them fall. She also goes into ‘beast mode’ and ‘beastings’ occur. When the beastings occur she tears off and goes running around the apartment, shreds some tissue paper, and then finds something to kick. She’ll kick anything: towels, crunchy ball, the remote control, etc. She’s adorable. Just recently I had put my fiance’s baseball caps on top of the couch, all lined up. It looked nice. Then Yoda climbs up and knocks them down… one by one…. and she looked him in the eyes as she did it. It was priceless!

    • Caitlin September 21, 2011, 2:18 pm


  • Samantha September 21, 2011, 2:56 am

    There are just too many! We sadly had to have our 13 year old blue heeler put down the SAME WEEK we moved to Japan (a few days before we flew out) due to age and health problems. But she’s been with me longer than my husband. She used to ride on my horses saddle when she was a pup and I’d be walking along by my mare. When we brought our now almost 9 year old son home from the hospital she’d stand on her hind legs with her front paws on the pack n play anytime he’d cry and if she could reach him when he was crying (if we were holding him, in the carseat, etc) she’d lick him once then lay her head on his leg. The way she’d lay sprawled out across the floor like a frog with her hind legs stretched out behind her. The way she’d lie under the recliner end of the couch anytime the husband was there, never leave his side and whimper anytime he left the house if he’d just returned home from a deployment. The way she wagged her tail and buried her face in my knees when I said ‘goodbye’ to her before she was taken to the vet the last time.

    • Orla September 21, 2011, 4:14 am

      They are amazing memories. I shed a tear (or 5) there at the end. Sounds like an amazing dog.

    • Sonia (the Mexigarian) September 21, 2011, 12:16 pm

      I always tear up when reading or hearing about pets passing. The innocence and love they offer us, even when in pain up until their last moments breaks my heart. I lost my shep mix pup, Eclipse in summer’09 (she passed by old age at home) and Hubby had to put down his Rhodesian, Mira at the vet Christmas Day ’09. Will never forget her tail wagging and her eyes saying ‘it’s ok. i love you.’

  • Allie September 21, 2011, 3:10 am

    When Obie was a little pup, we lived in a fourth floor walk up. At night, when I’d take him outside right before bed, he’d sit on the top step and look at me with these sad, sleepy eyes that just begged me to carry him down the stairs. I’m a sucker, and it worked every time (until he got to be too big to carry).

  • erica September 21, 2011, 3:39 am

    i love when our dog ollie gets excited to see you, he runs around at your feet with his body curled into a u-shape. it’s the oddest, and cutest thing 🙂

  • Orla September 21, 2011, 4:12 am

    The day I saw Charlie in the rescue centre & he was so skinny and unwell. We got a picture of him on that first day and you could play the xylophone on his ribs. You should see him now. The happiest, best fed and loved dog ever. And a great big brother to puppy number 2, Dave. He was such a sorry state that first day there was no way he was not coming home with me that day.

  • Mia September 21, 2011, 6:57 am

    too many to count….first of all, she does this for hours: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMa1lT7Uixc very entertaining to me, but drives my husband nuts.
    I also remember when we first brought her home at 10 weeks, we put a NY Mets blanket in her crate and she peed on it right away – good dog! (no offense Mets fans!).

    • Caitlin September 21, 2011, 4:35 pm

      I love it!!!!!!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg September 21, 2011, 7:17 am

    That last pic of Maggie is so sweet!

  • Kris September 21, 2011, 7:28 am

    I took pics of my last girl after she had her teeth cleaned. The vet said “it’s just a little valium”. I’ve never seen a sadder sight, crossed eyes and all. Still I took the pics …

    We have a new little IG boy. Seven months old and we’re his fourth home. We’re going to have lots of memories, but right now my memory is that when I was supposed to pick him up on Saturday, instead he went to the vet and had OVER 300 ticks picked off him. People who aren’t responsible shouldn’t have pets. They deserve so much better.

    • Kris September 21, 2011, 7:31 am

      I’m going to add my second memory is how he slept in DH’s lap on the patio at World of Beer right after we picked him up on Sunday 🙂

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews September 21, 2011, 7:46 am

    Your dachshund posts make me laugh so hard that I nearly cry! I freakin love dachshunds.

  • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food September 21, 2011, 8:11 am

    ohh I just LOVE your pups!! Pups like people all have their own special little quirks don’t they 🙂

    My pup is all about licking and (lightly) gnawing on feet – including visitors’! 😛

  • Molly @ RDexposed September 21, 2011, 8:17 am

    I need a copy of that first photo!

    My funniest beagle memory that comes to mind: I had began falling asleep on the couch one night and my beagle came back to check that out. She left the room and had came back along with the bone that she had been chewing on ALL day. She climbed up to the back on the couch and dropped the slobbery bone on my head! Was she sharing? Did she want to play so needed to wake me?

    I felt like Charlie Brown with my first thought though: You dumb beagle! (But in the most loving way! 🙂 )

    • Alyse September 21, 2011, 9:16 am

      Love beagles. They always want to share. 🙂

  • Verna September 21, 2011, 8:21 am

    That is so awesome! My dad was holding my sister’s kitten. I don’t remember if he was talking to her or blowing in her ear or what, but she put her little paw over his lips. It was the cutest thing. Our animals aren’t that amusing. ; )

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat September 21, 2011, 8:24 am

    It’s amazing how much dogs can enhance your life! 🙂 My favorite moment is the way my dog reacts when you come home – like you’ve been gone for years and she couldn’t be any happier to see you! 🙂

  • Katherine September 21, 2011, 8:42 am

    Hahah “like a party girl”. That is a great story 🙂

    One of my top memories of my pup Truman is when I first got him as a baby- all 2.5 pounds of him. I was living alone for the first time and as much as I didn’t want to leave him alone, it was time for me to take a shower. I put his bed in the bathroom so I would hear him if he got into anything. He couldn’t stand it, and kept yelping and crying and trying to jump into the shower with me but couldn’t reach. I eventually wound up showering with the curtain open so that he could see me and not freak out.

  • Katy @ HaveYouHurd September 21, 2011, 8:49 am

    Omg this is hilarious. I love Maggie’s middle name (Britney fo’ life!) and her scarf pic…so cute. My favorite memory of my corgi, Wrigley, is the time she chased Santa down the street. I had a bunch of girlfriends over for a little get together around Christmas time and we were all sippin’ on some “eggnog” (if you know what I mean) and having a grand old time. All of a sudden we hear loud music coming from the street. We opened the door and there was a giant firetruck with none other than Santa Clause himself at the helm, waving to all the children (and drunk 20 something’s in my front yard). Wrigley heard the commotion, saw the slightly opened door and bolted for Santa! She chased the fire truck all the way down the street. Two of my BFF’s did not even blink before they took off after her, bobbing and weaving along the street, wiping out left and right. Eventually Wrigley was caught and saved…but we will never forget the night she tried to go home with Santa!

  • Alyse September 21, 2011, 9:15 am

    I also had a puppy who was a bit… dim. His name was Wiley, he was a mix of all sorts of hounds, and he lived to be 18. He was my brother for my whole life basically, from the time I was 2 until I was 20. No dog will ever live up to him. *tear*

    HOWEVER, back to the dim part. When I was 16 and declared to my family I was to be a vegetarian, my mom bought me a couple vegetarian cookbooks. One of them had this gorgeous tomato stew on the front all big and luscious and amazing. Wiley thought so too, I was showing it to him (we had talks and shared many things, of course) he stuck out his tongue and did this humungous slow-mo lick of the cover! It was the single most amazing thing ever. Unfortunately he couldn’t tell me how the stew tasted.

    • Caitlin September 21, 2011, 4:38 pm

      That is a really cute story.

    • Mia September 21, 2011, 5:31 pm

      lol. my dog always licks the weirdest things as well. She loves to sit on the sofa and lick the upholestry – weird!

  • steph September 21, 2011, 9:16 am

    bahahaha! i’m surprised maggie let you put the scarf on her!

  • Ali @ Around the VeggieTable September 21, 2011, 9:17 am

    My cat was a break-up gift from my ex boyfriend. It was basically like, “here I got you this adorable kitten…and also I’m breaking up with you.” So the first few weeks of her life were spent with me in a state of complete devastation. My favorite memory of her though is that when I was crying my eyes out, she would climb up my arm and lick the tears right off my face. Such a good girl. That guy was a total jerk but I’m glad he was in my life because I have an awesome kitty 🙂

  • Alett September 21, 2011, 9:21 am

    Oooh! Love, love love the picture!

    FAVORITE memory wow that’s a tough one.

    Well here’s a memory kinda funny but not necessarily my favorite -> Toffee the chihueagle went garbage bin diving and found a used feminine hygiene product & carried it downstairs. Upon seeing what the “goodie” was I said “Toffee drop it!”…which she did. Then Riley the Jack Russell scooped up the “treat” and proceeded to swallow it WHOLE! I was SO worried that we’d be taking a trip to the ER for foreign body removal! I watched him closely over the next few days. He was acting so normal. Still eating/drinking no vomiting or diarrhea. It got to the point where I was second guessing if he ACTUALLY ate it. Anyway, 3 nerve-wrecking days later he vomited it up no worse for the wear. Did I mention that I am a veterinarian?

    If I had to pick a favorite memory it would have to be when Toffee & Riley served as the ringbearer/flower girl for our wedding 3 years ago!


  • Laurie September 21, 2011, 9:30 am

    Caitlin! So funny! The scarf looks good on Maggie! She is such a trooper! My dachshund ‘grins’ at me when he greets me at home!

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) September 21, 2011, 10:04 am

    Adorable! Mine is the time I was sleeping and Hubbs put peanut butter on my toes and let Koda go to town. It was the best way ever to wake up from a nap! I couldn’t get her off my feet 🙂

  • Bridget Henson September 21, 2011, 10:08 am

    Haha! That picture of her passed out is amazing. We just had the same thing done to our mutt who has hound in her as well, this past Monday. She was a wreck and I think she held us accountable for why she felt that way and wanted to be pet but would not make eye contact with us, so she’d back here butt into us like “you know what you did, now pet me”.

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy September 21, 2011, 10:08 am

    My old cat had a similar reaction to anesthesia once! Our female dog is totally the alpha in our house too! Favorite memory … the first day we brought Buffy home (as a puppy!) she climbed up our stairs and the next day she got in our recliner. She’s a brave lady.

  • My Blonde Moments September 21, 2011, 10:17 am

    Aw that pic of her passed out is so cute!!! I love dogs, they are so entertaining!

  • Mary September 21, 2011, 10:20 am

    Our Husky Tika…

    When we first got corbin (our lab) he smelled like a barn. We were driving home (of course we had tika) and all of the sudden I smelled poo! I lifted corbin up only to look back and find Tika pooping in the back seat!


    When we first brought Tika to Florida to visit HB’s Parents… They have a pool in the back yard, they had the door open and tika sprinted out the door and right into the pool. She had no idea what it was or what had happened, We died watching her flounder around until she got out on the steps.

  • Natasha September 21, 2011, 10:26 am

    My top two: I was teaching the Lab to wait before taking it. I put a piece of popcorn on the table in front of her and told her leave it. She was staring so hard at it. I said every word-except take it. She was so focused. I then slapped my hand down covering the popcorn and her eyes just bugged out. I swear the look on her face was Oh my god, where did it go?! We were rolling over laughing!

    Second: My shepherd cross Maya is super stocky, and a little…slow. I was playing ball at my in laws one day and threw her the ball. It too, was like slow motion. It sailed just over her head and she leaned straight back to retrieve it and fell straight backwards on to her back not sure what just happened! Don’t dogs instinctively know to turn around? Haha! Apparently not! It was so funny, and EVERYONE saw her do it. I think we hurt her feelings when we were crying laughing at her!

    Furbabies are the best!

  • Tammy September 21, 2011, 10:56 am

    my favorite kitty memory is when my nosy cat stuck her head in one of those plastic grocery bags… then she got scared and ran off…but the handle stuck around her neck (it was empty) and the whole bag caught wind, having a parachute effect..she freaked out,I guess bc she though it was chasing her and we had to catch her and remove her “cape”.. HI-LARIOUS.

  • Theresa @ActiveEggplant September 21, 2011, 10:56 am

    Awww…sweet Maggie! She’s one dog that I’d just love to meet someday!

    My doxie Dottie has an affinity for running into doors…because she walks around with a fleece blanket “stuck” to her. Like most doxies, she really likes to burrow into the blankets. And at least once a day she gets up and walks around while it’s still on her, covering her face and all. I laugh every time we hear the telltale “konk” from her noggin hitting the wall or the door!

  • colleen September 21, 2011, 11:05 am

    There’s too many to choose from. But when our first baby, Lady (RIP,) was a pup she would hop around like a rabbit whenever she saw one, not sure what they were. And she would always plow through the snow with her nose then lick it off and do it again.

  • Nikka September 21, 2011, 11:26 am

    We have 2 dogs, Lulu & Bosley. Their dynamic is very similar to Maggie & James, she’s a bit crazy & the Alpha, he’s more subdued & can go anywhere. They are the most fun to watch play together and when they really get going Bosley makes these crazy walrus sounds. I l o v e it!
    There are so many memories, but one that I will always cherish was when I decided to dress Lulu up for Halloween. She was about 4 then and I already knew she was not a clothes wearing kind of a dog, but the outfit was just too cute! So I came home and put my fluffy white dog in her costume when she proceeded to look at me like I was an idiot and then ran to her bed to pout….for 2 hours! My puppy was officially a teenager. I never saw anything cuter.

  • Jennifer September 21, 2011, 11:41 am

    This is such a cute post and I don’t even like dogs.

  • erika mc September 21, 2011, 11:59 am

    My husband plays poker and he won one night so he left a big stack of $1 bills and one $100 bill on the table. Our chihuahua got on the table and of all that money he ate the $100 bill! We ended up pouring salt down his mouth so he would puke it up, which he did and we were able to piece the serial number together and the bank replaced it.

  • Susan September 21, 2011, 12:32 pm

    Not so much the actual pet, but…

    My family had an utterly spoiled, not-well-trained fat pomeranian named Snuffles. When Snuffles got too excited (like when she saw you for the first time in a long time), she would pee a little bit on the floor.

    One day I came home from college for a visit (probably Christmas). My family comes out to greet me, including my younger brother. He says – “Sue, I’m so excited to see you!”, and then squeezed the damp sponge that was behind his back – making it looked like he had peed because he was so excited to see me!

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness September 21, 2011, 12:32 pm

    oh my gosh, this post made me laugh out loud! I think maggie is the most adorable little dog! <3 xyx

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 21, 2011, 12:44 pm

    OH my gosh.. Maggie always reminds me of the dog on Hyperbole and a Half. So funny.

  • Amber K September 21, 2011, 12:54 pm

    That is so cute! Totally laughing at Maggie’s little doggy butt.

  • beth September 21, 2011, 12:56 pm

    I think this is my most favorite post you’ve ever written 🙂 The scarf and the “this” close to making the bed photos are too much! I have SO many favorite memories of my dog duke. He is a lab and LOVES FOOD, so there was the time i came home and he had eaten 20lbs of food in one sitting because i left the bag out and he looked like Tempelton from Charlotte’s Web, then the time he licked an entire container of cocoa into the rug and couch, but daily i find a knife here and a fork there or a spatula in my bed that he steals out of the sink while I’m at work:)

  • Rachel September 21, 2011, 2:39 pm

    I love this reader question! And I’ve loved reading some of other people’s favorite pet moments.
    I’ve had a lot of great moments with my childhood pets and my pets, but I have an all-time favorite moment my sister and I still talk about even though it happened 8 years ago.
    We had recently adopted a 6yr. Yorkshire terrier/mix, and he loved escaping through front doors. If he could get out, he would make a dash down the street with you running behind him (at the time he also didn’t know how to come when called). One day we were at our grandparents’ house. My sister and I were already out the front door, when my mom let him escape as she was coming out. He had this look of pure joy as he ran out the door, but his joy was short lived because he catapulted off their front porch, I assume not realizing there was a height difference between it and the ground, and slammed into the ground. However, he was not going to let the fall break his spirits and he quickly got back up with the same look of utter joy, but within his first few steps he realized his leg hurt and he went from complete joy to complete pain as he crumpled into to the ground.
    I’m not sure if the story does it justice, but it is only funny because of his expression. He was so expressive between the two emotions of joy and pain. Just in case anyone is worried, he was perfectly fine within 30 seconds, and he no longer runs out doors and he knows his name.

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian) September 21, 2011, 4:35 pm

    My family and my Hubby have always had pets. Our homes aren’t complete without them. I remember when I was young, our black lab Kormi would wrap herself around the kittens Winki had, and let them sleep on her. Our dearly departed Eclipse was freaking Houdini/escape artist. Countless hours hunting her down in the neighborhood. She even managed to break into the house with the goat Sebastian and they had a party in the brand new family room, in other words, huge mess to clean up. lol. They were chillin’ on the couches watching the TV they managed to turn on. Our cats. . . hmm Shadow (RIP) would climb any screen door she could find, dutifully putting holes in it, driving my mother crazy. Currently, Hubby and I have 2 cats and a pup of our own. Chloe falling off the cat tree with a BOOM is memorable. She is shaped like a snow man (tiny head, big body) and sounded like a bowling ball falling. Gambit running into the door on numerous times keeps me laughing (perhaps that’s why he’s slow) and Lando freaking out over a leaf stuck to his butt had me rolling on the grass 😀 No matter how dense, bright, small or large they are, these furry critters bring so much joy to my life. Love them, and miss those that have passed on to the great furry field in the sky.

    • Jen September 23, 2011, 12:47 am

      All of these stories are so cute, but the dog & the goat hanging out watching TV (after the big break-in)…HYSTERICAL!

  • HTPMom September 21, 2011, 4:58 pm

    Matilda, our calico cat, was so mellow and sweet. I recall the time I was going around the house putting away the cleaned clothes, and as I reopened one of my large drawers…there she was sleeping away. She’d been there only a short time – thank goodness. Aren’t cat funny the way they can slide by ya and get into odd places.

  • Brooke @ Tales of a Bride-To-Be September 21, 2011, 6:21 pm

    My Bonnie is a dachshund too and she has many “non-intellgient” moments. Once she was rolling on the floor playing with a stuffed toy and managed to roll herself under the couch and got stuck. I tried to help her but couldn’t stop laughing. She does this fake cry/howl to get attention so you pet her head..or give her your food.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat September 22, 2011, 10:16 am

    Your doggie posts crack me up, they have such personality! We took our beagle to get her teeth cleaned earlier this year and she did the same thing, only without the awesome picture at the end 😉 I also laugh anytime I come home to couch pillows on the floor or stuffing from a recently decapitated toy. My dog never gets in trouble because it’s too funny to be mad 🙂

  • Jojo:p September 22, 2011, 8:42 pm

    So far my favourite memory of one of my cats is me being really little and we just got them. The one I called Precious (RIP baby) was sticking his little paw in and out trying to get out. And my favourite memory of our other cat (poochie) was when we were bringing him home and we didn’t have a cage for him. So he was crawling around the entire truck!
    My mom recently got a puppy and he’s the funniest thing ever. Just like 2 seconds ago he hopped onto the back with his bone in his mouth. As soon as he got comfy the bone fell out of his mouth… (Now repeat 3 times) and he finally decided to give up and go to my mom
    Oh another one for poochie. He has and probably always will be a fat cat. (the vet office nick named him the might thor) any way my mom was sleeping on the couch and me being really little decided to play with him. I put him on the couch should and he knew what to do. He walked onto my mom’s shoulder and sat with his butt facing her

  • Sophie @ threetimesf September 23, 2011, 4:29 pm

    Haha I love (not in a mean way) the idea of Maggie running in to a glass door! My fav memory of my dog is the way she dances around when it snows because she hates the feel of the cold on her feet! 🙂

  • Joh September 25, 2011, 6:45 am

    Ugh this is so hard seeing as dobby is my favorite being ever! I remember seeing him at 2 days old when he fit in my hand. I remember bringing him home 9 weeks later. I remember when I shut the door on his nose and it broke and blood spewed everywhere and he was never mad at me but that door was NOT his friend and he gave the cutest little growl (at the door). I remember when he was finally okay after Lyme. But my favorite memory of him is the constant wonderful life healing cuddles!

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