Friday, July 21, 2006

Oh, we took Mojo to bepu the other day where we supervised the unloading and moving of the container. There were a couple of semi-stray dogs there that weren't that friendly. They did give Mojo some unwanted gifts: fleas and ticks. Yuck! So Mojo was frontlined again (it was about time) and bathed. He was pretty patient, and basically hung around watching the moving etc.

We've bathed Mojo a couple of times since we've been here, but last time we bathed him we tried something new. Usually we towel him off and he rubs himself against the bath mat (or floor towel) to speed up the drying process. This time we left him with three towels. What did he do? He rubbed himself against all three towels, pushing is face and body into the towel...and sliding them (and himself) all over the bathroom!

He did need more drying, but he did a pretty good job getting most of the water out of his fur (hair?).

One thing about the Philippines is that we don't need a hairdryer to dry him off.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Mojo's slowly learning to poo outside. That's one benefit to living in a house: you can just send your dog outside and they poo. He still stays inside during the day so his pads are still required, but his solid waste is now usually dropped outside on the ground. I'm not sure how that started, but it's much nicer than him pooping inside.

We got his ticket back to the US the other day. Strangely enough, the US has no specific documentary requirements for importing dogs except for a rabies vaccination. The airline (Northwest) requires a health certificate on the way in, but that usually isn't a big deal. We'll have to get his Philippine papers again, but we've gotten used to doing that.

Our container is released today, which means a ridiculous number of Mojo's toys will be available soon, as will the rest of his dog food; they don't seem to sell "Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers' Soul" dog food here, so that's his only supply unless we get a bag in Utah. Maybe we'll pick up a 25lb bag, or figure out how to import it :)

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Why would Mojo be cooler with long hair? Because longer hair moves more in the breeze, when there is a breeze.

With short hair and wind, the wind doesn't really seem to penetrate to the skin - it just flows around the dog. With longer hair the hairs sway in the wind, which allows wind to get to the skin.

Is is for real? Well, look at a field of corn. When they're short they don't sway much. When they're tall they sway back and forth like crazy.

In any case, Mojo definitely isn't as hot as he was when we got here. I credit his longer hair, though it really be that he just got used to the hot weather.

We're slowly finding places to bring him, though it's pretty hard. We were at the La Mesa Dam Eco-Park last weekend. Mojo seemed to like being out, though he got really muddy (the rains have come, and are soaking everything). We walked in the UP park area too, but it's not as much fun as walking around in Oregon. Sigh.

Mojo seems to have adjusted pretty well. He stays at the house and plays with the yayas. I'm not sure what else he does, really. But what else do dogs do?

Adam & Mojo seem to have come to an arrangement of some sort. Mojo actually seems to have taught Adam how to play with toys in the first week, which I didn't know was possible. Before, when you threw a toy, Adam wouldn't really know what to do. Now if you throw it, Adam goes and gets it. He doesn't come back, though he does like being chased. How about that?

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