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  • Saw my first bobcat yesterday! I wanted to chase it, but the human said no. Silly human. No pics of the encounter, unfortunately.

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  • Today I’m focusing on “bringing the outside in,” just like on HGTV. The human is threatening to vacuum.

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  • It’s a beautiful evening in So Cal to keep an eye on the neighborhood cats.
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  • My human doesn’t respect my dislike for the black cat that keeps running up and down the street. She says my shrill, loud, and intense barking and growling from the window is excessive. If I was allowed into the front yard, I wouldn’t need to be shrill. Just sayin’

  • My human isn’t adjusting well to Daylight Savings Time. So it’s a little dark now at 6:30 am. I still need my morning walk!

  • My owner thinks she’s funny.
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  • At the Carpinteria Bluffs Preserve. The first lizards I’ve seen this year, except for the ones in my backyard, and they don’t count.
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    • I’m so jealous you are in Carpinteria! I love it there. My parents have a place on the beach there – but it’s rented out. Did you see the seals?

  • Avocados are in season. I love to eat them, even though my poop turns green.

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  • Phew, I’m still sleeping off the last of the Xmas treats. This year I scored a big new bone, which I buried in the back yard, and some biscuits. How did you make out?
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  • @karenhurlbut-scruffy What’s all this wet stuff falling from the sky?
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  • I lost a toenail yesterday. Ouch! I’m calling it a sports injury because I was chasing a couple of squirrels at the time. This has not been my month for injuries, but at least I’m fine!

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  • I was stung by a bee on my leg on my morning walk. Ouch! I’m fine now.

    I’d rather sting like a bee, like Muhammad Ali.

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  • Scruffy posted an update 6 years ago

    Hey fellow canines. I’m both a member of Meow Woof Chirp and I write for the blog! I’m almost 9 years old so I have tons of experience being a dog. If you have topics or concerns you’d like me to cover in our weekly newsletter, let me know.

    • Hi, Scruffy! One topic that might be of interest to many dogs is how to pass the lonely hours while our people are away at work (without getting in trouble later, of course!) Future topic suggestion: what are the “hot” gifts for dogs this Christmas? They never seem to cover that on the Today Show!

  • Scruffy posted an update 6 years ago

    I’m digging a well. Just doing my part to help during the SoCal drought.
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  • Scruffy posted an update 6 years ago

    I mapped my neighborhood. Lizard Lane is slowing down as summer ends, but all food drop zones (schools) are back open again.
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  • Scruffy posted an update 6 years ago

    Tomorrow is Saturday, which means a longer walk for me! Last Saturday we went to Caroline Park, home to many bunnies. Prospect Park tends to have more squirrels. Either park I win!

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  • Scruffy posted an update 6 years ago

    Woof.

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  • Regardless of breed or training, all dogs perform some level of home and land security. Even toy-sized dogs can be ankle-biters to defend their families. (In fact, toy breeds often perform better than larger dogs. Have you ever seen an Irish Wolfhound try to bite an ankle?)

    Despite our tremendous talent, humans often choose electronic security alarms to protect their homes, sometimes at great financial expense. But these alarms have drawbacks. For example, if a friend or family member needs to access the home, the alarm can’t detect that the person means no harm. Dogs know exactly who is allowed on the premises and who should be chased to the curb.

    Dogs also offer variable response according to the severity of the threat. An alarm system has one response: ear-splitting noise. The entire neighborhood can hear it. We canines can customize our responses, from a “wuff” at the mailVariable response based on severity of threat.man so he knows we’re watching, to half-crazed maniacal barking. And if we’re able to look out a window, we can respond directly to our intended target.

    I’ll share some examples. This first video shows an appropriate response to a man walking a dog on the other side of the street.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uisKyztXi8w

    People rarely walk their dogs on my side of the street, and I take full credit for that. Okay, moving on to a bigger threat. In this situation, there was a CAT in the middle of the street. That’s right, a CAT.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3MVspwSz9s

    As I said before, dogs can vary their response. I reserve my half-crazed maniacal barking for when CATS dare to enter my front yard. Unfortunately there’s no video footage because CATS no longer come any closer than the middle of the street.

    Who knows why humans insist on using their silly electronic alarm systems. I dare any CAT burglar to enter my territory. The ankle you lose may be your own.

    WOOF WOOF,

    Scruffy

    Scruffy is an eight-year old female Terrier mix, turned over to an adoption organization by her original family when she was two. Now in her forever home, she enjoys eating, walking, snacking, hiking, chasing lizards, munching on treats, snoozing, chasing bunnies, barking at cats, chewing bones, riding in the car, napping, chasing squirrels, and belly rubs . . . in no particular order. Her favorite pet celebrity is Snoopy because he writes, fights the Red Baron, dances, gives great smooches, and has a giant supper bowl.  Her profile on MeowWoofChirp be found at: http://www.meowwoofchirp.com/members/karenhurlbut-scruffy/.

  • Scruffy posted an update 6 years, 1 month ago

    So yesterday was National Dog Day? Hmm. In my household, every day is dog day!

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  • Scruffy posted an update 6 years, 1 month ago

    Successfully negotiated a 1.5 hour walk this morning. Chased squirrels. Life is good.

  • Scruffy‘s profile was updated 6 years, 1 month ago

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  • Karen Hurlbut has registered Scruffy as a new pet 6 years, 1 month ago