Monday, January 04, 2010

Made in the USA

To ring in the New Year, I acquired a playmate for Princess.

I know. I know. Like I don't have enough shit to take care of as it is. But when there are already 24 barn bunnies, 10 or so yard and house bunnies, 2 cats, 4 chickens and 1 dog - what's one more?

Meet Fugsley, whom I have dubbed the Ugliest Dog in the World, yet she is also among the Sweetest Dogs Ever, rivaling the Princess herself. It it hard to capture her ugliness, which is part bull dog and parts unknown. Dachshund? Beagle? She has a mere tail stub, large polka dot ears, and a left rear quarter panel in brown brindle while the rest of her is mostly white. With spots. Her front paws point outwards like a ballerina's. Estimated age is 9 months, and she appeared on a big-town woman's porch about sicks months ago ~ from who knows where. She comes to me from one of the local, private dog shelters that is trying to place several of their charges in the face of economic hard times.

I've had two dogs at once in the past, and have rather missed the raucous play that two canines are capable of. The running, barking, and tussling. We have spent the last three nights on the couch, as Fugsley is not quite house broken, so I can take her out at frozen hours of the night to relieve herself.

Oh, and yes, like much of the midwest, southwest, east, southeast, etc., we are in the throes of minus 32ยบ temperatures, day and night, and shall be for the neckst week, at least. Caring for the outside critters is no fun, although they all seem to be taking it in stride. Big red hen has been giving me an egg just about every day.

In other news, I took several stairs at once, out in the barn, when one foot flew forward and my amply padded behind went bump, bump, bump, and bump. There is a bruise the size of my hand on my left cheek. It hurt like hell, but I am mostly over the Shaken Baby Syndrome. Still have a bit of a headache, but nothing is broken and that is a good thang.

It is difficult to take a good picture of one's behind without a tripod and a timer. Hope this isn't tmi.