Tuesday, July 29, 2008


How Many Dogs Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb?

Have you ever wondered what pets do when there is no one else in the house? Here's one:

Golden Retriever:The sun is shining, the day is young, we have our whole lives ahead of us and you're inside worrying about a light bulb?

Border Collie:
Just one!?! And I'll replace any wiring that's not up to code!

I can't even reach the stupid lamp!

Toy Poodle:
I'll just blow in the border collie's ear and he'll do it! By the time he's finished rewiring my house, my nails will be dry!

Go ahead. Make me!

Puh-leese dah-ling, let the servants.......

Oh me, me, pleeeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Can I?

Irish Setter:

Let the border Collie do it. You can feed me while he's busy.

Cocker Spaniel:
Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.

Doberman Pinscher:
While it's dark, I'm going to sleep on the couch.

Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark......

Jack Russell Terrier:
I'll just pop it in while I'm bouncing off the walls and furniture

Irish Wolfhound:
Can somebody else do it? I've got his hangover....

Mastiff's are NOT afraid of the dark.

Basset Hound:

Yo quiero taco bulb.

I see it, there it is, it's right there...

It isn't moving. Who cares?

Australian Shepherd:
Put all the light bulbs in a little circle.

Old English Sheepdog:
Light bulb? LIGHT BULB? That thing I just ate was a light bulb?

German Shepherd:
Alright, everyone stop where you are! Who busted the light? I SAID, "STOP WHERE YOU ARE!!!"

Hound Dog:

Pets do not change light bulbs. People change light bulbs. So the question is: How long will it be before I can expect light?

(Author Unknown)


Quite good, isn't it? You can get more pet dog jokes and stories at Carl's Rott'N Pages.

Picture sources:
Dachshund - http://www.dogslife.com.au/breeds?cid=7745&pid=145638
Alaskan Malamute - http://www.justdogbreeds.com/alaskan-malamute.html
Chihuahua - http://www.dog-breeds-explained.info/Chihuahua.html
Jack Russell Terrier - http://www.agilitybits.co.uk/breeds/jrt/jrt.html
Old English sheep dog - http://img467.imageshack.us/img467/5761/nikoncampics113zf3.jpg
Cat - http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2298/2288952155_f3f615ee1f.jpg?v=0

You may also click the picture and it leads you to the source.

Friday, July 25, 2008


Furry Friday 002: Dog for sale

... beach included!

max, the smiling dutch
Max, at 4-5months old

Keeshonds are often referred to as the smiling Dutchman because of their origin and their perpetual good-natured grin. Isn't it evident in the picture?

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Monday, July 21, 2008


Max, the cross-breed Keeshond

As mentioned in previous posts, Max is not a pure-breed Keeshond. However, she does possess several characteristics of her breed. So what is exactly a Keeshond?

Keeshonds are originally from Netherlands and is closely related to the German spitzes. It was known as German spitz in the old times but had been re-named as Keeshond after the Dutch patriot Cornelis "Kees" de Gyselaer, the leader of the Dutch rebellion against the House of Orange in the 18th century. The Keeshonds then became the symbol of the commoners against aristocracy.

Here are bits of information about the Keeshond, from Just Dog Breeds:

Keeshond Temperament
Affectionate, loving, and good natured, the Keeshond is a dog that loves to be around his human family. These dogs thrive on attention and love, and enjoy getting involved in the family fun and activities. Some can be quite demanding in terms of the affection and attention that they require, and without it can become bored and start barking a lot. Spirited and happy, the Keeshond is a sociable creature, and is very friendly towards just about everyone. He will bark to raise an alarm, which can make him a fairly effective watchdog, but he is too friendly to qualify as a guard dog. Known as the 'smiling Dutchman' because of the way that he bares his teeth in a cheerful, grinning fashion, this dog makes for a great family pet and companion. The Keeshond is fine for inexperienced dog owners as well as for the more experienced, but he can have a willful and independent streak - although training using positive methods should not prove too much of a problem.

The Keeshond is an intelligent breed, and is quick to learn obedience commands. These dogs get on very well with children, and most will be fine around strangers. Early socialization is important in order to reduce the risk of increased timidity in some Keeshonds, and a peaceful environment is essential as these dogs are very sensitive and have very powerful hearing. When it comes to other pets, the Keeshond tends to get along well with them, which means that he is ideal for families that already have pets in the household. The Keeshond's eagerness to please his owner along with his intelligence and learning rate means that he will usually do well in terms of obedience training.

Keeshond Appearance
The Keeshond is a medium sized dog, with a very distinctive appearance and a sturdy build. The double coat of the Keeshond is dense, straight, and long, and these dogs have a beautiful, regal looking ruff of dense hair around the neck. His small ears stand erect on his head, adding to his alert expression. The coloring of the coat is a beautiful, rich gray, with black and cream, and he has a luxurious pluming tail that cascades over his back. The weight of the Keeshond is around 35 pounds for females, and between 40-45 pounds for males. The height of these dogs is around 17-18 inches.

Friday, July 18, 2008


Furry Friday 001

Welcome to the first week of Furry Friday Fun and my Wordless Wednesday entry too! For the first entry, here's a photo of Max when she was around 6months old.

One day after her morning walk, she spotted this white flower lying on the footpath. She ran to where it was and curiously sniffed and sniffed the flower and turned to my husband and I who were following her closely. I suddenly thought she liked the flower so I picked it up and pinned it to her leash. I think she loved it, she even posed for the camera.



Don't you think she's lovely?

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Sticky Post: Furry Friday - The Beginning

My husband and I love to babble about our pet Keeshond, Max. We have stories of her in our other blogs accompanied by her photos. We, my husband and I, both decided that along with the creation of her own blog, we also created a photo meme dedicated to all animals out there - furry or no furry, with or without tails. We call it Furry Friday and it starts today.

The rules: There aren't really any rules to go by, except that:

- you post a photo of your choice of animal (they can be your pet/s) every Friday
- it can be any kind of photo - fun, crazy, etc., but please, no photos depicting violence, abuse or pornography
- the photos must be taken by you or any member of your family
- you may also include a story to accompany your photo
- leave a comment here so others can visit you
- and lastly, you may grab the Furry Friday logo and display it in your blog to link back to this site

That's all we ask, folks. The idea behind this photo meme is to show off our furry friends and have fun! So come join us here.

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Max in Kep

In late 2006, my husband, Max and I moved to the coastal town of Kep due to my new job assignment and what a mad, roller-coaster experience it turned out to be! I would like to share with you one of our experiences. It appeared in our other blogs and since the post mentioned something about Max, I decided to re-post it here. Read on.


Reigning in Kep

After two weeks of workshop/project meeting in Phnom Penh and field visits to the pilot sites, I am now back in Kep... and we (R, Max and I) were welcomed by a heavy downpour. And it just wont stop raining!!

For a researcher based in the province, this means delay in planned activities. Rain brings difficulty in doing our work. For one, the soil in Kep, as in the countryside, is reddish and clay-ey. When its raining, the road is virtually un-passable... sticky, slippery, and will bury your vehicle (and you) if youre stubborn enough to go on. Our shoes and flip-flops get coated with the sticky soil, and hardens like cement when it dries up, making them impossible to wear again.

(Its still raining...)

With only a motorcycle (R says its not even a motorcycle, its merely a scooter!) as our means of transportation, we could get sick easily. Sore throat, cold, cough, fever, flu, etc. – name it - we may be unfortunate targets of all these. And not to mention the constant wet clothes syndrome, now, you picture that while we smell it :P.

Riding home from work (school for R, office for me, and chicken-chasing for Max) means dodging frogs, dogs, and all sorts of bugs. You can see the frogs and dogs by the reflection of the headlamp, haha, from their eyes (red-eyed frogs, can you believe it?). Bugs cant be avoided – they just hit you when you least expect it. One word of advise, shut your mouth while driving at night, or you might end up scraping bits of them off your teeth when you finally get home! Well, there are also bugs which target your eyes – but you cant close your eyes when youre driving, right? So what to do, any suggestions? Should I open my mouth so the bugs avoid my eyes, or should I close my mouth and open my eyes?

There is a positive side to riding at night, we see free lightshows courtesy of the yellow fireflies :D . There is no electricity yet in Kep, (although rumors abound about its imminent arrival), and the fireflies light our way to the guesthouse. Whether the fireflies remain when the electricity finally arrives, that remains to be seen.

We came home today in the afternoon and saw a mob of schoolchildren trying to coax a monkey out of an isolated roadside tree. The monkey looked terrified, and so did Max when the crowd turned to look at her. Shes a monkey-colored dog. She gave an alarmed glance as if to say -please hit the gas!.

Ive lost my top setOh, about Max. She goes with us to work, of course. We could not bear to leave her alone, lest we come home and find puppies everywhere. So shes side-saddled between me and R. She doesnt get motion-sickness at all, in fact, she likes it. She huddles behind R when it rains (its still raining), and puts her nose in the breeze when its sunny. And how she jumps at the sight of boy-dogs. Sigh. Yes, our Max is now a teenager. We dont allow her out without a chaperone. Villagers find Max highly amusing (funny face?) because shes tame and approachable. Unlike other dogs I know. Shes a good ice-breaker wherever we go. No she doesnt break the ice literally (I havent taught her karate chops), but she gets everyone talking.

(Its still raining...)
Well be spending the next few days visiting the target villages, all the people should be in when we go around because... it will still be RAINING!!!

Wednesdays and Saturdays are internet days. We go either to Kampot town or Kampong Trach (a district of Kampot) to read and reply to emails, and to update blogs as well. Dont ask me how far these places are from where we are staying, well find out – when it STOPS RAINING!!!

Now its stopped raining, thank heavens. But what to do at 9pm in Kep?

Generators provide some electricity here. Where we are staying, it is turned on at 5:45pm (dusk), and turned off at 5:45am (dawn). So to have a cup of hot coffee, Max gets R up at around 5:30am to turn the electric kettle on (the water boils in about 15mins). Later than that and he misses his usual morning caffeine fix. Of course he can get coffee at the restaurant, but hes still enjoying his new little coffee filter, the same kind the Vietnamese use. While me? Im still snoring, under the sheets, at 7am.

At night, theres not much to do. No tv, no radio, no nothing. We amuse ourselves by counting how many times R gets bitten by mozzies, and then connecting the dots. Or counting how many back flips can Max perform after sitting on ants. We also like to watch the spectacular sunsets and then count the tiny lights from the fishing boats catching squid in the sea. We eat the very same squid in the local restaurant the next day.

Here are some of our friendly neighbors:
polka-dotted gecko frog in Kep rhino beetle

The hotel crowd in the restaurant changes everyday. From the unwashed backpackers that dont want to leave, to French snobs who walk out after 20mins, falling from the backs of their motos as they leave!!! Oh what a lovely day that was. The guesthouse staff couldn’t hide the smiles on their faces. Even the moto driver couldnt suppress a giggle. I can still picture them now.

(Its started raining again.)

Just for a little atmosphere..... I can hear a quiet Bob Dylan coming from somewhere close, mixed in with the calls of frogs and crickets and the sound of raindrops hitting huge leaves. Theres a small lizard on the wall next to the bed, and a huge one over the outside of the door catching flies over the light. The mozzies are biting nicely (thank you) and Max is finally sleeping. I better go get some sleep now, for tomorrow, all three of us will brave the sunshine, hardyhar, and go to Kampong Trach to connect to the outside world.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Wordless Wednesday 001

Hello... this is Max's first entry to Tails Tuesday and Wordless Wednesday. She's actually appeared here many times and, because we have lots of amusing stories about her and she loves her photos taken, we thought it's about time she has her own blog.

Max, a half-breed Keeshond, at 10mths old.

Come join the Wordless fun here.

How we got Max

This post was written two years ago in our other blog. I just thought of re-posting it here to let everyone know how Max came into our house. Here goes:

We have a new addition to the household.

She arrived here about 2 weeks ago, we found her hanging around the traffic lights at Sihanouk and Monivong, smiling at the passers by.

Meet Max.
Spitz or Keeshond, we're not quite sure.

First job..... bath time, we can tell where she's been.

She knows what's coming.....
"uh-oh" *sigh*


Then we needed to lay down a few "guidelines",
1) 10pm curfew.
2) No dating without a chaperone.
3) Do NOT raid the milk in the fridge.

"Yeahh, whatever you say pal."

Monday, July 14, 2008


Welcome to My Dog Spot

My Dog Spot is an account of Max, a cross-breed Keeshond, of her life and adventures in the Kingdom of Cambodia. This is a pet blog that contains pictures and stories about Max, and a photo-meme called Furry Friday. This blog also also includes news, tips, information and all things dog!

Come read about her life and view her pictures.