Happy Birthday, Miss Mango!
Our Mango is three. I reminisced recently about the mornings that she greeted me… back before she just stayed… before she was ours and we were hers. She loved so much.
Mango is love. She still greets me every morning. Every activity excites her. She rides to every destination with focus and anticipation.
When we leave her, she misses us. If we return from a photo-shoot, she smells the other dogs and her nose sniffs all over us.
Mango loves. Mango is love. Mango is three.
Imagine walking along Kalakaua Avenue opposite Waikiki Beach on a crowded Sunday morning. Without warning, four little furballs at the end of their leashes round into your path pulling a diminutive Japanese lady in their wake. That is how I met my November calendar models, Pinocchio, Casper, Bambi, and Atom.
The four Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are named for animated characters. Pinocchio, Casper and Bambi are easy, but Atom is an animated Japanese character that Americans may not know. Pinocchio, Casper and Atom are male. Bambi, the only female, was a puppy at the time. The boys were very secure with their manhood; they did not mind the leis or the flowers in their fur. although they did pull the flowers off in an attempt to eat them. Three of the four made my 2014 calendar cover as well, but Atom decided to be uncooperative and missed his “Warhol’ moment.
Alas, the tiny models have left Oahu and they are living in Japan. Thanks to Pinocchio, Casper, Atom, and Bambi. November is a family portrait.
“THE NEW CALENDARS ARE HERE! THE NEW CALENDARS ARE HERE!” I suddenly feel like Steve Martin with his new phone book in “The Jerk.” I am SO dating myself!
The “2014 I (Paw) Hawaii” calendar begins with Mango, Blarney and November 2013. This year, my pet calendar was produced by the Madden Corporation’s “Island Heritage.” THE CALENDAR IS SIXTEEN MONTHS STARTING WITH NOVEMBER 2013. If you haven’t bought a calendar… WHY NOT?!… it’s time to buy the calendar now. When you buy it and hang it, you will have my puppies on the wall… IF YOU BUY IT NOW!!!
So, where do you purchase MY CALENDAR?! YOU CAN PURCHASE MY CALENDAR AT Longs, Wal-mart, K-Mart, ABC Stores, military exchanges and a whole bunch of other places through the islands. It can also be purchased on line through Island Heritage’s website. Here’s the link- http://www.islandheritage.com/2014-i-paw-hawaii-trade-calendar/item61410000.
I assure you, it will make you smile!!!!
Faster than a speeding bullet or faster than something bullet-like that would be legal in Hawaii. More powerful than a locomotive or more powerful than something that a modern teenager with an i-Phone might recognize. Able to leap tall buildings… OK, maybe this is all pushing the metaphor slightly… maybe trying to hard to make Superman seem half as great as Blarney, or, as we like to think of him, Super-B.
The idea of our dog as a Super-Hero is nothing novel. Other pets have tried:
Krypto was a white lab who was purported to have been Superman’s pet on Krypton. Krypto had his own TV show, “Krypto the Superdog.” Living next door to Krypto was Streaky. Streaky, a cat, could not stand to have Krypto be the only furball with super powers, so he got zapped he became “Streaky the Supercat.”
Ace the Bat-Hound made his first appearance in “Batman #92” in June, 1955. Ace was a German Shepherd, then a puggle (beagle-pug), then a black Great Dane. As Ace struggled with his identity, he also struggled with his role, sidekick or bon fide superhero?
Blarney has no such identity problems. Blarney knows he is a superhero.
I’m not sure why, but October 1st seems to be that magic date when people start calling to request holiday photo sessions for their furry friends. It never fails, 1 October, the phone is ringing off the hook. Almost all seek photographs for their holiday cards. I soon found myself considering the genesis of Christmas cards. My curiosity overwhelmed me, so I woke the WHOLE house to turn on my MAC(chachime) and to Google “Christmas Cards.” This is what my search yielded:
The first batch of Christmas cards were sent by an English dude who was either too busy or too lazy to write and send individual notes to all his friends and family and, well, he didn’t have a Twitter or Facebook account. Concerned that his friends and family would realize his laziness, the English dude added an extra touch… he hired an artist to create an image of a happy family hugging and toasting to the holidays. But apparently, it wasn’t such a good idea because critics felt it promoted intoxication. I too did that one year. I got our family all gussied up (the cat wore a top hat and tail) and we raised our champagne glasses in the picture. My Mother had the same reaction as those first English critics. I quote my aforementioned maternal DNA contributor: “Oh my god, I hope you didn’t send this to my relatives.” Yes, I did… and, oh by the way, they’re my relatives, too… and, fortunately, they have my sense of humor and not my Mother’s.
Back to the Christmas cards, and focusing on their sending, last year the U.S. sent 1.5 billion Christmas cards, which I find hard to believe because I only received 45. Where did the other 1 billion, four hundred and ninety-nine million, nine hundred and ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred and fifty-five cards go? My guess is that only Hallmark and I care about this. OK, there is some guy in San Francisco who may care…
Apparently, this guy in San Francisco sent 62,824 cards one year. Beyond the sheer ridiculous magnitude of the sending, the number is surprising because men only make up 15% of the Christmas card buying population and they normally purchase cards when they are in trouble. So, given the percentage, there were only a couple other really screwed up guys that year? Percentages?! I am impressed but obviously skeptical.
Mango is adorably cute.
Mango is a genetic anomaly: half Shar Pei, half rabbit.
Mango is love, pure and unconditional love. The idea that we took her away from an abusive human is disturbing. And, what if we had not built the wall? What if that crooked contractor had not come into our lives?
Mango may never be able to go off leash. As soon as Mango is off leash, she joyfully runs to everyone she can and announces, “I’M FREE!!!”
Mango is Miss October.
Rex worked. Rex and his human, Chris, were a team. They worked security. They rode in a government SUV, Chris and Rex. Rex had his own air condition. He was special.
When we met Rex, he had recently retired. Rex did not want to be retired, so he ate the furniture. He was not a small dog; his appetite was large. The furniture suffered.
We photographed the whole family. Besides Chris, Abby was Rex’s female human. Rex had two dog sisters, Mirabelle and Tina. Rex had a dog brother, Murray. Mirabelle was a precocious puppy, who tormented Rex. Rex tolerated her. We photographed them on a beautiful section of the North Shore. Rex loved the beach.
Rex is not the only working dog we have photographed, but the relationship between Chris and Rex was so special. Chris and Rex were obviously best friends.
Rex was a beautiful dog. He was loved. On Facebook, Chris posted a link to the “Rainbow Bridge.” Rex crossed over the “Rainbow Bridge” today.
He will be missed but not forgotten.
Our gray (blue) furball turns nine today. NINE! Time flies. Sham-Rock was so tiny when we brought him home… and he couldn’t or wouldn’t meow. NOW… well, let’s just call him verbose:
- Stands at the back door to go out to the courtyard: “MEOW!”
- Stands at the back door to come in from the courtyard: “MEOW!”
- Stands at the garage door to go into the garage: “MEOW!”
- Stands at the garage door to come in from the garage: “MEOW!”
- Walks down the hall: “MEOW!”
- Sits at the foot of the steps: “MEOW!”
- Insert any Shammy activity: “MEOW!”
Our little gray (blue) cat is nine, today. What a wonderful nine years it has been!
Bebe… What to say about Bebe? Really, what to say about Bebe…
I know these bits about Bebe. Bebe is a Maltese. Bebe is a very good girl and a very good model. Bebe’s wardrobe rivals Hokulani’s wardrobe. Bebe is truly, TRULY LOVED!
AND, OF COURSE, BEBE IS MS. SEPTEMBER!
Often, I stop and wonder at the fantastic support shared by members of the Pet Professional community. One such person is Brenda Kay Farmer of Scrub-A-Dub Dog Wash and Grooming in Aiea.
Brenda has always been willing to help me and I am so grateful for her support. While working on my first calendar, I had the crazy idea to make a dog look like “shave ice” surrounded by cones of “shave ice.” I asked Brenda, what it would take… she dyed her dog, Mana. The results were hilarious and wonderful at the same time. That photo is in my current calendar.
Then, Brenda’s Pomeranian, Sheba, was with pups… pregnant. I was excited, because I LOVE PUPPY BREATH… and, I love to photograph puppies because… well, THEY HAVE PUPPY BREATH!!! So, we photographed the Sheba pups. Just on a whim, I decided to put leis around their necks and put them around ukuleles and put them inside over-sized flowers. Sheba’s puppies will be in the next calendar.
I think Brenda is so creative, but as important, so nice.
Here’s the link to her site