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Narcissus is Alive and Well

Last week Mom celebrated the fourth of July by boating with friends on Clearwater Lake near Annandale, MN.

Every year, a local marine and boat outfitter, shells out money to hire a floating band (music ensemble atop a pontoon).  From 2pm to 8 pm the band plays, whilst hundreds of boats drop anchor, creating a floating city of scantily clad men and woman.

Many of these naked folks are heavily tattooed.

Mom noticed this year an abundance of people tattooed with various names.  She asked some of the people what the name signified, and all of them said “It’s my name.”


Like are you going to forget your name?

All of these folks were obviously under thirty, and Mom started thinking about the evolution of tattoos and names.  Years ago, hard core bikers showed their soft side by tattooing “Mom” on a large bicep.  Later, people sure their love wouldn’t fade, i.e. Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock, had the names of their loved ones scraped into their skins.  Eventually, people decided the name of their child would be an even better choice.  I mean, it’s not like your going to start to hate your kids ever, are you?

But, your own name?!

Perhaps Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, blogging have humans so consumed with telling people about themselves, that they have elevated their importance  to the point of indelibly printing their names, date of birth, and social security number on their skins.

Have today’s humans become the modern Narcissus?

Narcissus was a youth that knelt daily beside a lake to contemplate his own beauty. He was so fascinated by himself that, one morning, he fell into the lake and drowned. At the spot where he fell, a flower was born, which was called the Narcissus.

But this is not how the author of the story ended it…

The author goes on to say that when Narcissus dies, the goddess of the forest appeared and found the lake, which had been fresh water, transformed into a lake of salty tears.

“Why do you weep?” the goddess asked.

“I weep for Narcissus,” the lake replied.

“Ah, it is no surprise that you weep for Narcissus,” they said, “for though we always pursued him in the forest, you alone could contemplate his beauty close at hand.”

“But… was Narcissus beautiful?” the lake asked.

“Who better than you to know that?” the goddesses said in wonder. “After all, it was by your banks that he knelt each day to contemplate himself!”

The lake was silent for some time. Finally it said:

I weep for Narcissus, but I never noticed that Narcissus was beautiful. I weep because, each time he knelt beside my banks, I could see, in the depths of his eyes, my own beauty reflected.”

Well, party people, I think if you’re going to end up tattooing any name on your body it should obviously belong to your pet.

You know you want to.  Hell, even the celebrities are doing it.  Here’s Jennifer Aniston with her new tattoo.  It’s a small picture but she inked the name “Norman” on the top of her foot.  Norman was her corgi mix that died recently.

Hell’s yeah!

Power, and ink, to the pets!


Release the Hounds

Mom and I went up north to the Gunflint Lodge with some friends this weekend for “Woofta Uffta Weekend.”

Here I am with my new friends-Rebecca, Jethro, and Lola.

Human Rebecca just moved back to Minnesota from sunny California with my newest buddies, a redbone coon hound named Jethro who knows how to track vermin, and a blood hound bitch named Lola who keeps worrying about how far I wander to sniff…

I know what you’re thinking…are those California folk crazy for leaving the San Diego “nice weather every day” world?

Well, Minnesota may not have the most friendly weather all the time, but we’re blessed with fantastic folks-even the non furry kind, and an abundance of breathtaking natural splendor.

It was a fabulous weekend of long walks, squirrel chasing, and relaxation.

Here’s to my new friends-Jethro, Lola & Rebecca.

What a great way to start a bitch’s summer.

Please come to Boston…

Mom’s at it again.  She says she’s packing up the Righteous Bitch Goods and heading to Agile Canines Dog Training Center in Minneapolis (near the Minneapolis Farmers Market) for some sort of bizarre holiday.  Oh wait, I guess she said “Holiday Bazaar.”

The Bazaar is from 9 am to 6 pm and will benefit the Minnesota Boston Terrier Club and Rescue Program.  There will be baked goods for sale, face painting, a doggie kissing booth (they really should have hired me as I can’t hold my licker) and lots of pet and people products for sale.

This time, I’m bound and determined to stow away in Mom’s purse.  Enough of being left at home with Dad and the kids!  Besides, I’m sure she’d get a lot more customers at our booth with me “helping.”

We sure hope to see you there!

For more information on the event, click here.

P.S. Here is Lola who says get your buns to the bazaar!


Best in Show

Mom was gone all weekend at the Minneapolis Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show.  She told me she was busy trying to sell and promote our Righteous Bitch Goods…

Meanwhile, when she came home I could smell puppy all over her.

Boy am I pissed!

Turns out she was having a gay old time hanging out with some adorable havanese puppies and the Happy Paws Havanese crew.  What a traitor she is.  I guess MyAnimalActivist booth was a stone’s throw away from the ring where toy dogs were being shown, and so Mom spent time snuggling some chocolate havanese bitch named “Nautie.”  She keeps telling me I’d have soooo much fun with that silly girl.  Insert doggie eye roll.

Supposedly, she’s just trying to convince Grandma Patti that we need another Righteous Bitch in the family…

Looks like the convincing may be working?!

Mom and Grandma Patti had a blast cheering on Grand Champion Happy Paws’ Once Upon a Time “Pumpkin” who will be cutting off her beautiful long tresses now that she’s finished in the show ring.  I guess she is pretty lovely, of course she does look a lot like me in the face.  🙂

Mom says she met a lot of fine folks at the show.  She knew I’d want to see what kind of dogs I would have sniffed butts with, so here are some pictures Mom captured at the show.  She keeps telling me it was a hard venue to photograph in, something about the lighting?  What do I care?  They look like cool bitches and dogs to me.

Here is “Rico,” a Spinone who was wondering what the heck a cat was doing at a dog show?

A few rescued Greyhounds from Greyhound Pets of America MN visited with Mom.  She says they are so sweet.

Below is a rare sheep herding dog, seen in the movie Winn Dixie, a Berger Picard puppy.  He is from Picards of the Garden, just down the road from us in Buffalo, MN.  I wonder what he’d be like to play with?  Check out those ears!

Here is a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever who really wanted to eat the MyAnimalActivist kitty and puppy.  She had a lot of energy!

My favorite dog she met was a really beautiful Tibetan Terrier, “Rufus,” from Deep Acre Farms who looks sort of like a larger version of me.  She didn’t meet Rufus’s breeder until after she snapped this first shot, Mommy’s pretty sure this is Rufus, but she’s not positive…Woof Da.  It’s tough being an imperfect human, I’m so glad I’m a dog.

Downstairs there was a Meet the Breed area, where Mom spent some time with Doc’s What Lola Wants “Lola” the Boston Terrier.  I guess Lola is pretty cute…especially when she is giving high fives.  Okay, I admit it, she is beautiful!  Lola’s mom, Barbara, is the current Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue coordinator and you can find more information about MN Boston Rescue via the Minnesota Boston Terrier Club. 

Unfortunately for business, the weather was atrocious on Sunday and so Mom spent a lot of time visiting with dogs and checking out the sites.  I can’t believe how coifed some of these dogs are, and I thought Mom spent a lot of time on my hair?!

Congratulations to all the folks who worked so hard to make this day a success.  Kudos!


Posh-The Righteous Bitch


Supposedly the MyAnimalActivist booth was featured on the six o’clock news, but Mom cannot locate the clip.  The first one to find it gets a new bandana!