Dog of the Day: Poof the Pomeranian

No, that’s not an instruction, it’s a name. Meet Poof, who turned four years old on St. Patrick’s Day.

Woman Holding a Pomeranian

Poof was tearing around at high speed, and it wasn’t very bright outside, so mom scooped her up so she wouldn’t just be a blur.

Woman Holding a Pomeranian's Paw

I’m not sure what the paw holding was really about, but Poof sure seemed to like it.

Pomeranian Face

They really do look like teddy bears.

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Dog of the Day: Tillie the Irish Music Critic

Quick post from the road today. Spent the evening at a nice concert, at the home of Tillie the dog. She still has good taste in music… here she is appreciating it from the front row.

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And here she is hanging out during intermission.

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Doesn’t she have great eyebrows?

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Dog of the Day: Pepsi the Australian Shepherd Who Stole a Fox’s Tail

No matter how many pictures I took of Pepsi’s tail, it would never match the grandeur of seeing it in person. It is amazing, and even moreso because this is a breed which isn’t even supposed to have a tail.

Blue Merle Australian Shepherd with Huge Tail and Heterochromia Barking

Not only a giant poofly tail, but the fur is SO SOFT.

Blue Merle Australian Shepherd with Huge Tail and Heterochromia Barking

See? Look at that tail. (Yes, he did bark a lot. But he didn’t mean anything by it. He just had a lot to say.)

Blue Merle Australian Shepherd with Huge Tail and Heterochromia Looking Happy

That’s not a bark, that’s just a happy face.

Blue Merle Australian Shepherd with Huge Tail and Heterochromia Barking

Those eyes.

Blue Merle Australian Shepherd with Huge Tail and Heterochromia Looking Happy

Now that’s a happy face.

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Dog of the Day: Watson the Golden Retriever/Border Collie Mix

Mom said she thought Watson was a golden/border collie… if she’s right, then this dog is probably both smart enough to run down to the office supplies place to pick up an ink cartridge for your printer so you can print out your taxes, and adoring enough that he won’t even judge you for waiting until the last minute to do them.

I think it’s a good guess, but I also put in a vote for ‘golden/Sheltie’, because of the fawn sable coloration of some of the fur (brown fur with dark tips), and because, although it’s hard to tell in these pictures, he’s smaller than a border collie, let alone a golden retriever.

In other news: I paid a visit to Tidus over the weekend. The poor pup! He’s recovering, and doing as well as could be expected for someone who just had major back surgery (and who is almost half shaved!) And I am assured that he is getting plenty of hugs, and lots of rest, and lots of un-fun but necessary physical therapy, and should be up and walking just fine again in the next couple of months. A much better outcome than it could have been, if he had had a less observant family.

Golden Retriever/Border Collie Mix

You can just tell someone is a total goofball.

Border Collie/Golden Retriever Mix

That stare.

Golden Retriever/Border Collie Mix

And there’s the goofy happy golden retriever expression.

Golden Retriever/Border Collie Mix

Ridiculously photogenic dog.

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Dog of the Day: Jake the Store Chihuahua

Jake (5) is the store dog for a UPS store down on Chestnut Street, in the Marina district of San Francisco. He will help you with your packages (especially if they contain food), and is always very snappily dressed.

Chihuahua in Striped Sweater

I’m always a little leery around chihuahuas, but Jake and the one I just dogsat (pictures soon) are slowly winning me over.

Chihuahua in Striped Sweater Sniffing My Finger

See the tail blur? Even when the rest of him was still (rare), his tail was wagging enthusiastically.

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Sea-Water-Day Supplement: Baby Elephant Seals

Autumn and I took a trip a couple of weekends ago up to the Marine Mammal Center, and saw all the baby elephant seals. They were amazingly cute, especially for something that grows up to look like this.

Baby Elephant Seal

Autumn and I both thought this (seal) pup looked like it was wearing shiny silk pajamas.

Three Baby Elephant Seals

Seal harmony. They make LOTS of funny noises. Also, the one in the lower right… that looks an awful lot like a smile, doesn’t it?

Two Baby Elephant Seals

Baby elephant seal kisses.

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Ever Wonder What I Do For a Living?

The research team where I work published something pretty neat on our blog today: an illustrated-and-infographic-laden history of spam! Check it out.

I work at Cloudmark, an antispam company that works with everyone from ISPs (Comcast, AT&T, Earthlink, Cox Cablevision, etc) all the way down to individual users. It’s not every job where you can come home and say ‘I spent the day fighting the Russian Mafia’ (a prolific source of spam). And even fewer where you can say that repeatedly and still have a pretty good chance of being alive.

 

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Dog of the Day: Pit Bull Mix

Ran into this rather patient pup hanging out on Polk Street. Quite a getup!

Tan Pit Bull Mix with Shirt

One flopped ear.

Tan Pit Bull Mix with Shirt

I can totally see this pup on a snowboard, can’t you?

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Dog of the Day: Eve the German Shepherd/Chow Mix

Just a quickie tonight, I need some extra sleep. This is Eve, who I mistook for a Gordon setter mix. She’s 8 years old.

Tricolor Chow/German Shepherd Mix

The floofy white thing in the lower right hand corner is someone else’s tail.

Tricolor Chow/German Shepherd Mix

Pictures taken in the park on Bernal Heights, which is a GREAT place to go for dog-watching.

 

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Dog of the Day: Get Well Soon, Tidus!

We interrupt this blog to bring you the following important news bulletin: Tidus (whom we have featured here, here, here, and here) is currently recovering from surgery following a ruptured disc. From what I understand, the prognosis is cautiously positive, but it couldn’t hurt to send good wishes his way.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Looking Adorable

Get well soon, Tidus!

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