Friday, October 20, 2006

OOOooh, it feels so GOOOoood!

Butch's favorite things, in random order, are sleep, rawhide chews, belly rubs and back scratches. I feel all warm and fuzzy when I watch him enjoying the first three items on that list, but the back scratching? That just makes me laugh.

I promise I don't intend to flood you with home movies, but this scene is repeated around here at least a couple of times a day, and I can't wait to share it with you. Turn up your speakers, ladies and gents, and let me introduce you to Iiiiiiitchy Butchieeeeeeee!

20 comments:

  1. More dog movies, please! Butch is so funny.

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  2. Ruger does the same thing, but because he's little he rubs on the bottom of the library couch. Silly things, dogs, that's why we love 'em!

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  3. Are we sure he doesn't have some itchy skin condition that makes him need to do that?

    It is hilarious though. Dogs have no shame.

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  4. What an efficient scratching post the fence seems to be. He's so much fun to watch.

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  5. Javagirl, I've read that blind dogs become more vocal, and I think that's true in Butch's case. I'll keep the camera ready.

    Kat, my daughter's Yorkie has started making these noises when he scratches his back, too. It wouldn't be nearly as funny if they did it quietly.

    Murray, I do think Butch has some kind of seasonal allergy thing, because I notice him scratching more at certain times of the year. The vet doesn't seem to think it's significant (said to give him a Benadryl if it concerns me). Don't know if you've read any of my past posts, but Butch is blind, and I think touch sensations are important to him. He likes a LOT of petting, rubbing and scratching.

    Annie, that particular section of fence is right next to the fig tree, so he can turn around a few times and get the full-body massage.

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  6. Butch is a good boy.

    But I have a question for you. Why is it that when you post a comment on my blog, my Sitemeter doesn't indicate that anyone visited my site. What sort of web voodoo do you use?

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  7. Mike, there must be some kind of wireless stealth thing going on between your blog and mine. My statcounter shows me when you've been to my site, but it almost always shows you stayed 0 seconds. I've tried to convince myself you're just a very fast reader.

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  8. I didn't know he was blind; that's interesting. We have a deaf cat who is very touchy-feely. He likes to always be in contact with me somehow, whether it's by lying on my foot, leaning against me or just placing his paw on me. I think he uses touch to make up for not being able to hear.

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  9. It's fun to come back and see feedback. Velvet, I didn't know figs grew in LA. I am imagining a tree full of treasures. Like bananas, they're a good source of potassium. Do you eat them, cook with them, make jam from them?

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  10. Velvet...I saw a bumper sticker yesterday and thought of you...."Forget princess, I want to be Queen!"

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  11. That is perfect. I love the sounds he makes. Cheyenne is scratching terribly these days - I have put her on Benadryl and she's worked up a hot spot. Vet appointment Monday a.m. She doesn't act as funny at Butch thought, she just parks her butt at my side and turns to look at me as if to say, "Come on, you know the drill, get busy."

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  12. When you got an itch, gotta scratch it! What kind of sounds does he make? I'm thinking it's moans of pleasure.

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  13. Murray, your cat sounds like a sweetheart. He must have decided that you're a guy worth "owning."

    Annie, I love the fig tree--especially the smell of it--but I don't actually like figs. This is a small tree, planted just last summer. It's produced more fruit this year than we expected, but not so much that we've had an excess. My daughter likes figs, and her two llittle dogs are nuts about them. 15-pound-Lucy ate six figs yesterday before we made her stop and go inside. I do remember that my mother made some tasty fake-strawberry preserves out of figs, so we might try that if there's a good crop next year.

    4th Sister, if that bumper sticker made you think of me, then you must also remember that my chances of queendom were destroyed by the birth of my little sister, the good and gracious child, right? And the sad thing was, she didn't even WANT to be queen; she just wanted to be a horse.

    DI Alison, Butch does the same thing as Cheyenne. He backs up to me, parks his tail at a near-90-degree angle to his body, and pushes his butt into my hand. I actually heard myself whining to him this morning, "Butch, that's enough, okay? I don't wanna do it anymore."

    Janet, "moans of pleasure" would be very close...maybe "growls of pleasure" would describe it a little more accurately.

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  14. i don't know what the dog was saying but our dog went into a barking fit when you vedio played and she couldn't see it, it was the sound.

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  15. Aside from the rawhide, Butch and I have a lot in common. The neighbours don't like it when I defile their fence though. People are much more tolerant of dogs.

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  16. Haha Goooorgeous! Doggie heaven! He is so funny and you are getting too good at this Velvet. More of the same please. :-)
    Sandy

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  17. Wonderful video...what a great and happy dog your Butch is. Won't bore me a bit to see more of your pup antics!

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  18. Patsy, hahahahahaha! It's so funny to think about what must have been going through your little dog's head when he listened to this. Our dogs are very interested, too. They can't figure out how Butch's voice can be coming from atop my desk while they can see him standing right there. My little Yorkie granddog, Winston, listened for a minute and then started crying. "It's too confusing!"

    Jay, welcome! As long as you didn't make those pleasure noises,
    you could probably scratch your back on the fence around here without anybody looking at you too strangely.

    Sandy and Carmon, thanks. I've tried to make videos a couple of times this weekend, but the dogs are wise to me now. As soon as they hear the camera, they stop the video-worthy thing they're doing and come running over to see what I'm up to. We'll get our timing right one of these days.

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  19. I've been reading that dogs have allergies the same as humans do, cats do as well. Cap gets all itchy when the season change. I mix Skin so Soft by Avon with water and spray it on him then brush it in really well. It helps. I do the benny pill sometimes but mostly I use the skin so soft mix. I put it in a spray bottle and then massage it in. He thinks he's getting the royal treatment with the massage and all. Also, if you wipe his face and paws down each day he should do better about itching. The vet told me that too. Even though they don't sweat they do have sweat glands and those glands get irritated by environmental stuff like cig smoke, pollen, freshly cut grass and stuff like that. wiping their face and paws helps relieve some build up.

    Austin

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  20. Austin, those are good tips, and I haven't heard them before. I'll give 'em a try. Thanks.

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