Dog blog

Washaway’s proximity to the Indian Reservation makes it a July 4 destination for those seeking professional-grade explosives. As an alternative, I’ve been staying in the city. I spent ten days dog-sitting for my neighbors’ six Chihuahuas.

Puppyland 35The adults are Choopy and Brandy. The strain of parenting is making them a little crazy.

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Brandy and babies

Brandy and babies

Puppyland 34Parenting looks hard. Choopy, their father, spends the day with his head under the couch.

Puppyland 14-2I’m a fan of giving pets names you can yell with confidence. I was happy to learn the puppies’ names are Culture, Knowledge, Understanding and Wisdom. “Knowledge! ATTACK!”

My neighbors do lots of funny yelling in the yard: “Have you got Understanding?”

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Courtney Love takes a bite out of Culture.

Courtney Love takes a bite out of Culture.

Culture is a boy who likes to spend time alone. Understanding is a headstrong blond girl who I think is channeling Courtney Love. Knowledge is the perfect little girl to hang out in your purse. Wisdom, the underdog, is bigger and clumsier than the others and gets left out of puppy games. Wizzy is my prince.

Wisdom

Wisdom

Culture digests the news from China.

Culture digests the news from China.

Understanding: a name with too many syllables.

Understanding: a name with too many syllables.

Knowledge, the smallest, is patient and mellow.

Knowledge, the smallest, is patient and mellow.

I'm sure someone's going to snap up Knowledge, but for now they are all mine.

I’m sure someone’s going to snap up Knowledge, but for now they are all mine.

E & puppies

Wisdom, Knowledge, Culture

Wisdom, Knowledge, Culture

Culture

Culture

Understanding leads the pack astray.

Understanding leads the pack astray.

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Puppyland 27-2As a cat owner, let me say that dogs are work. They don’t even use a litter box! Their home is like a goose convention, a minefield of tiny pooplets.

Knowledge

Knowledge

My cat, Hugo Montenegro, would never abide a dog 1/3 his size.

Wisdom is totally impractical. That’s what I keep telling myself. I’m lobbying my neighbors to keep him, so I can live vicariously, but they are partial to Culture.

Wizzy as a young lad.

Wizzy as a young lad.

Besides, aren’t these guys pretty much the direct descendants of wolves?

Culture and Understanding

Culture and Understanding

Wisdom and Understanding

Wisdom and Understanding

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Washaway Beach This Week is a blog by photojournalist Erika Langley. See more work at www.erikalangley.com.
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2 Responses to Dog blog

  1. Karen Ferry says:

    You are a VERY good neighbor. 😉

  2. Patricia Langley says:

    Hi Erika, We are just looking at the latest photos of the puppies and how cute they are. Clever names! Clever little piece that you wrote too. Good idea for you to stay safely in town keeping an eye on things! Happy 4th of July. Love, Mother and Dad.

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