Monthly Archives: April 2011

Where the Wild Snorkies Are – A bed time story for naughty doggies!

By Storese Meatstack as told to Opie’s Mom

Inspired of course by Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are – Our family’s favorite bedtime story!

The night that Opie put on his Human suit and made mischief of one kind

And another

His mother called him “WILD THING!”

And Opie said “I’LL EAT YOU UP! Or GRRRRRRRR!”

So he went to bed without eating anything.

That very night in Opie’s crate a blanket forest grew until his ceiling hung with soft flannel and the wall became the world all around and a freeway tumbled by with a private van for Opie and he drove all through a night and day and in and out of weeks and almost over a year to where the wild things are.

And he when he came to the place where the wild things are they roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws. They also yipped their terrible yips and barked their terrible barks and howled their terrible howls!

Till Opie said “BE STILL!” And tamed them with the magic trick

of sniffing all of their butts and they were frightened and called him the most wild thing of all

and made him King of all wild things.

And now, cried Opie, “Let the wild rumpus start!”

Play Wild Rumps Video Now Please 🙂


“Now Stop!” Opie said and sent the wild things off to drink water.

But Opie – King of the Wild things was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all.

Then from far away he smelled duck, potato and liver treats and little boy feet.

So he gave up being king of the wild things

But the wild things cried, “Oh please don’t go we’ll eat you up – we love you so!”

And Opie said, “No!”

The Wild things yipped their terrible barks and howled their terrible howls and sniffed each other’s butts, but Opie got his leash and caught the magic van ride home

And drove back over a year and in and out of weeks and through a day and into the night of his very own home

Where he found his supper waiting for him

And it was still…. In the bowl!

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Friendly Friday – My Guest Book and Guest books in general


Hi all,

Opie here!

Happy Friendly Friday Everybody!

I was watching Mama clean out some shelves this weekend, and she had all these interesting looking books. She had a really pretty lacy book that had all kinds of ribbons and things on it. She said that was the book that people signed at her and Daddy’s wedding. It looked quite chewable to me. I don’t know why she gave me such a dirty look.

Then she pulled out another book! This one was pretty nice too, but not lacy. It was blue with fun blue designs all over it. Mama said that this was the family event guest book – she had it divided up into different events – Gregory’s Baptismal, His first birthday party, Michael’s Baptismal, his first birthday party. There was even a section in there for Mama’s birthday. She won’t let me tell you what number it was. (Let’s just say it was a mile stone!) I asked her what these books were for.  Mama says they are records of every person that every came to those events. It’s nice to look at them and remember the event and how much fun it all was. They are like memory books of good times. I asked Mama where my book was!


She Told me that MY BOOK is actually on this blog! WOW! She says that all my blog buddies can sign it and leave a greeting and their picture if they want.

My book is located two places all the time on the blog. I have a page devoted to it and it’s also at the bottom … the very, very bottom of the home page. And its also…



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Since this is Friendly Friday, I’m going to post it in this posting so you all can put up a picture and a greeting. My book is really cooler than Mama’s because it has a virtual map on it. So I get to see where everyone is from too! That’s the neatest thing about the internet. I have friends in all over the U.S., but also some cool places like Malaysia, Australia, Singapore, Canada and Great Britain!

Just call me Opie – International Snorkie of Mystery.



So please sign my guest book today in honor of Friendly Friday. You can sign it any day, but today seems like an especially good day.

(Mama says she has to approve each entry so it won’t necessarily show up right away when you sign it, but she’ll check it all day and approve as fast as she can.  Mama also says as an added bonus bloggers should put their web sites down so that we can visit them .)

Your Pal,


International Snorkie of Mystery

Snorkie Report: Who Rescued Who? Rescue Dog Detects Cancer


Snorkie Report: Dogs continue to be amazing helpers of humans

Check out this informative video!


The moral of the story — Pay attention to your pet paying attention to you.  We love our Mamas and Daddys.

We can protect you more than you know.

Have a great rest of the week!

Your Pal,


Wordless Wednesday: Back Yard Domination – Or Empire of the Snorkie

My Domain



Zip —– Zip — ZING!



What’s this piece of roof doing here?

I smell a squirrel!





This is my yard.



Yeah, that Opie is one lucky hound- dog!

Hi All,

Opie’s Mom here. Currently, it is 5:30 in the morning. I’ve been up since 3:30 AM trying to get a certain little white Snorkie to go to sleep.

He caught a whiff of some creature outside and was making all kinds of racket. We tried calming him in the bed. Nope!

I took him into the other part of the house brought a blanket to sleep on the couch. Opie’s Dad has a 6 AM meeting and was trying desperately to get some sleep. As soon as I pulled my blanket up, Opie found every squeaky toy in the living room and proceeded to play with it.

This poem popped into my head as he started throwing his heavy elk bone across the hard wood floor.

Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child must work for a living,
But the child that’s born on the Sabbath day,
Is fair and wise and good and gay.


Yep, that Opie is full of grace, because that’s what has certainly been protecting him this morning. Some of you may be asking why I don’t just throw his furry butt into the back yard to face the creature he so wants to confront?

Well, here’s a list of the possible creatures that could be out there to confront the 20 pound Snorkie.


Feral Cat






With the exception of the rat, all are bigger than Opie. They have teeth claws and nasty fleas, ticks and or West Nile. Yes, we have that here. Indeed, just a couple of weeks ago our local paper reported that few of the dead crows laying in the gutter had West Nile virus. So, confront one of these teeth and claw or disease bearing beasties… no. The burglar. Well, it’s too early in the morning for me to kill a burglar who kicks my dog ( Yes, I would do that!) Too much paper work! And heck!  I went to Church on Sunday! Definitely a commandment no-no. So, he’ll just have to traverse my yard unmolested. I trust the CCPD ( very big and very mean) to kick that larcenous booty. I’ve got friends in blue.

But what if he has just has to pee or poo? Well, I’ll clean it up in the morning or later this morning, or he can hold it. He had his last personal business run at 11 PM and that should be enough! Until 6:45AM!

So, bleary eyed, bad tempered and personally wrecked for the day. This dog is being protected for his own Danged Good!

Tuesday’s child is full of Grace.

Say good morning Gracie!

Have a good day fellow bloggers!

I’ll probably have to have a nap in the afternoon or the rest of Opie’s family will be wearing my tooth and claw marks.

Did I mention that my totem is the bear?

Take care,

Grumpy Opie’s Mom

The ABC’s of Us — Opie’s Fur Challenged Family!

We got this idea regarding the ABC’s from our friend Gus of According to Gus who evidently got it from somebody else. We agree that this is a cool thing to do share a bit of information!

You get to learn a little bit more about us – not just our beloved Opie, but maybe a touch more about Opie’s family. I may monkey with the letters a little bit though. Feel free to do your own ABC’s!

So here goes!



  • Age – well Opie is one year and four months old. Opie’s mom is ageless! Opie’s Dad is ageless as well. The kids are 9 and 12!

Pity us!



  • Best Day Ever – I have three “Best Days Ever”! When each of my boys were born and July 11, 2010 when we became Opie’s furrever family!



  • Chore I really dislikeALL OF THEM, but Thank God I have kids. So under the guise of “character building” I can get them to do a lot of my chores. Heh, heh, heh! I’m working with Opie on the laundry chore. Yesterday, he brought a sock to me at the washer. Now, if I can get him to drag the entire basket…heh, heh, heh!



  • Dogs — We love dogs and especially our Opie! I’ll take doggy love from anybody. My youngest is a bit shy around strange dogs, but that’s a good thing. He’s less likely to get bitten than some kid just running up to anyone’s dog and grabbing at him or her without permission. Opie’s great with kids – our kids. I’m not so confident about other people’s kids. They are just shorter strangers as far as he’s concerned.




  • Essential Start to the day – COFFEE the way hubby makes it – Fair Trade espresso grind in our own little coffee maker. Coffee restores MY brain cells. Opie requires a quick sprint to the back of the yard to police the squirrels and take care of some personal business. The boys require Cheerios.




  • Favorite Place for Opie chill – He’s got a couple of favorite spots. Under my chair while I’m typing at the computer and as close as he can get in the bed to Dad who is obviously the Alpha Dog in the house. His favorite position is actually on top of Dad, paws on chest, belly to belly and back legs resting on the bed. Dad calls him “Heater Dog.”



  • Greatest Brag – Just get me started on all the kids… you name it I can brag about it. You’ll see. I apologize in advance for this affliction.



  • Height – We are a family of giants with a Lilliputian dog – just kidding. However, my 12 year old is 5’6″ and the tallest kid in his class. (Oops, what did I say about bragging? My bad.)





  • Instruments – Me – piano, and yes, I still play. Boys – Electric Guitar – Yes, they ROCK and ROCK HARD!!! Dad – learning acoustic, but doesn’t practice so…., but he’s a great practice coach for the boys. Remembers everything said in the lesson and then throws it back in their faces reminds them of it!


  • Job Title – Managers of Opie Family Monkey House. Kidding! I’m an adjunct professor and Opie’s Dad is a Computer guy. (Frankly, I have no idea what he does. I feel my eyes glaze over when he starts talking to the other computer guys.)


  • Kids — 3 counting Opie! 4 if I count Opie’s Daddy.




  • Location — Los Angeles Area



  • Most Annoying Habit – According to SOME people, I snore, but SOME people are like pots calling the kettle black! SOME PEOPLE can wake up people NEXT DOOR! And that’s all I’ll say about that! Opie’s most annoying habit is chewing on Michael’s socks while Michael’s feet are still in them. We think he thinks they are small white mice and he’s exercising his genetic imperative to hunt these Michael – Mice – Toes…. Or he’s just being a brat.



  • Nicknames – None, other than honey pot, sweetie, and Stink boy! (This works for any of the three kids!)


  • Overnight Hospital stays – Two. Got a nice baby as a parting gift each time! 🙂


  • Pet Peeve — People who walk their dogs in our neighborhood off leash.
    • Read
      the Skid Marks on the road people!
    • We live in the city – C-I-T-Y!
    • These people haven’t noted the flattened squirrels, opossums, ravens other unrecognizable smashed creatures in the road? Makes me tighten my grip on the leash!



  • Quote from a MovieMelvin Udall:  “It’s not true. Some have great stories, pretty stories that take place at lakes with boats and friends and noodle salad. Just no one in this car. But, a lot of people, that’s their story. Good times, noodle salad. What makes it so hard is not that you had it bad, but that you’re that pissed that so many others had it good.” As Good as it Gets ( Greg Kinnear and Jack Nicholas)



  • Right or Left Handed:  All of us are right handed, but Daddy is a lefty. Therefore, he is Eeeevilll!


  • Silliest Day — A couple of summers ago – we pulled out the old Slip and Slide or as I like to call it Slipped Disc and Died. News flash – Adults are not made of rubber ANYMORE. Back away from the Slip and Slide!


  • Time it takes for the straw to break the camel’s back – Repeating myself 4+ times to certain small male humans, then something cracks in my brain. Think “Lion’s Roar” from the movie Kung Fu Hustle!


  • Underwear:  No commandos here! Well, Opie is goes commando all the time, but that’s a good thing. Way less laundry for me!


  • Greatest Victory: Convincing my kids that to get a dog they had to keep their room clean for 6 consecutive months, then getting Opie 8 months after the initial challenge! Well done boys!



  • What or who are our favorite musical artists?! We LOVE Pandora. It creates amazing playlists for us automatically. Just to represent all the family tastes – here are the top guys for everyone – Jimmy Hendrix, Foo Fighters, Beethoven, U2 and Nirvana and Devo, Anita Baker and Christina Aguilera and Pink. That’s just a sampling. Opie likes Squad 001 (Culver City Fire truck Siren) He can really howl to that!


  •   X-Rays you’ve had:  Dental, ankle, foot, finger – do ultrasounds count? So, lots of those during pregnancy!


  •   Yummy Food You Make: Almost Flourless Chocolate Cake. Yes, it rocks, and no I’m not putting the recipe on the net.

This is NOT my cake. Mine disappears faster than anyone can take a picture of it, but it looks very much like this. (Yes, I know … bragging again. Tee Hee!)



  • Favorite Zoo animal – It depresses me to see the animals in the zoo, but if I have to say which ones I like watching it’s the Silver back Gorillas. I like watching them watch us. Spooky! Where I’ve seen them? Fort Worth Zoo and the San Diego Zoo. Excellent zoos – the animals don’t seem too depressed. Just mildly discontent and bored.


Well that was fun! I hope you enjoyed learning about our family. I invite you to try this little exercise yourself.  We’d love to learn more about you, too!

Have a great week!


Take Care,


Opie and His Whole Family

Happy Easter – Opie’s First Easter and ….

His First

Easter Egg


What the heck are these things – hmmmm?

I can’t quite figure this out… smells like….something….sweet!


Happy Easter!


Snorkie Questions: Do I Have Too Many Toys?

Or Please sir, may I have some more?

As you can tell, I am a much beloved member of the family!

Over time, I’ve managed to collect a few prized possessions.

I’ll admit that some are more prized than others.

Ahhhh! Elk Antler, my old friend!

When I look at you with my beautiful brown eyes and my big black nose,

how can you deny me a few paltry toys as a poor substitute for your affection?

I love you. Please buy me something.

I’m always thinking of you. Can’t you think about me too?

Remember I’m all about unconditional love, but a toy would be very nice!

Do I have too many toys? Do I have too much love for you?

I think we both know the answer to that question.



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Snorkie Report: Rattle Snakes in My Town? OMD!

A Snorkie Public Service Announcement

Hi all,

Opie here,

Mama was reading an article in the local Culver City newspaper. She’d give you the link, but for some reason this article is not online at their website. The article is about rattlesnakes. Evidently, here in Southern California, we are entering a danger zone regarding these snakes. We are about to enter rattle snake season. I’ve never seen a rattlesnake, but Mama has. She grew up in Texas. She’s seen a lot of scary snakes — Water Moccasins, Rattlers, as well as Copperheads. Lori Fusaro, the author of the article states that “300,000 dogs and cats are bitten by venomous snakes every year.”
Yikes, that’s enough for Mama and me to take notice.

We live in the city, but weirdly, Culver City is very creature filled. We have opossums, raccoons, foxes and the occasional coyote in and around our town. Culver City is also home to several feral cat colonies as well.

I know there are at least two on my street. I have a hard time keeping them out of our yard. Mama says before I came she was usually good for can of tuna for the little grey tabby, who has had about two litters that my mom knows about. Mom is allergic to cats so she keeps her distance. Mrs. W. down the street feeds a big white and brown tom. Bottom line — we have a lot of critters. It stands to reason we have rattlesnakes as well.

Just above the dog park, my beloved Boneyard, the people park is full of hiking trails. It’s very woodsy and isolated up there. Mama says people hike and run up there all the time. It’s a perfect place for rattlesnakes to live because it is quiet and uninhabited – a true mini wilderness with plenty of game and peace and quiet. We won’t even mention our L.A. friends who live in the canyons. They definitely have snakes! L.A. is kind of weird. It’s dry and lush at the same time. Nice quiet hot dry spots for snakes and nice shady nooks for other types of critters too.

Mama’s not a hiker, but she has lots of athletic friends who like to hike and bring their doggies too. Lori Fusaro’s article in the Culver City News was an eye opener.

Here are the key facts from her article. (This would be so much easier with a link! Sigh!)

  1. Rattlers come out of hibernation in the Spring when they first emerge from hibernation and in the late summer. (Okay, clearly entering that period)
  2. Rattlers are active at dusk. Think about the time you and your doggy go hiking!
  3. If your dog gets bitten, take him immediately to the vet (Horn honking crazy time here. If you have a siren – USE IT!)
    1. Carry your dog because the venom effects them quickly.
    2. Smaller dogs are effected even more quickly. (Gulp!)
  4. Do not try to suck out the venom. (Don’t try it on humans either – stupid westerns!)
  5. Don’t put ice on the wound.
  6. Soap and water are good to clean the wound with.

If your Mama or Daddy is a big hiker, you all may need some special dog training classes on how to avoid getting bitten. There are trainers that specialize in this. (Think of this as an opportunity for MORE TREATS!) Lori didn’t have any specific recommendations.

Oh and here’s good news and bad news – Good news –– there’s a vaccination that dogs can get that can lessen the effect of a snake bite. Bad news – yes another &%$@ shot. However, I think I’d rather have a shot than be bitten by this loud viper.

So all you guys be careful out there! Mama and I will stick to the city sidewalks and the dog park, but you nature  freaks lovin’ types take heed. Be careful!

Many thanks to Lori Fusaro, author of “Rattlesnake Season is Coiled to Spring,” Culver City News, 4/21/2011, page 11

Another good source of info is

Your Pal,


Kind of Wordless Wednesday – Melodrama at the Culver City Boneyard!

Opie: Walkin’ the walk, strutin’ my stuff at the Bone Yard!

Butch: Hey you — Snorkie! You dog enough to play ball with me!?

Opie: Sure, but are you dog enough to jump the fence? It’s straight kibble for me if I do it.

Butch: Sure thing! Meet you by the water fountain… I’ll need to get a running start.

Be there and bring all those new tennis balls under the tree.

Jazz: Psst Snorkie – Over here by the poop can – Saw you talkin’ to Butch. Be warned! He hogs the ball.

Do yourself a favor and stick to the small dog side of the park! Butch is bad news.

Opie: Thanks Bro! You’ve done me a solid. I won’t forget this! No way that lard butt jumps this fence! Heh, heh, heh!

Jazz: Well, forget I said anything.

You never saw me and I never talked to you – Got it. I ain’t no snitch!

Fanny: Opie, you shouldn’t talk to those big doggies.

I don’t like the smell of their hind ends. That Butch has been in the time out pen three times this week.

He never does anything his Daddy tells him, and he has chewed up all the tennis balls on their side of the park.

Opie: Fanny, I’m not sure I like your elitist attitude. We dogs are all equal under the fur.

Fanny: I’m just trying to tell you he’s using you for tennis balls, you dumb mutt! Didn’t you notice they have zero new tennis balls on their side!

Opie: Dumb mutt am I? I wasn’t so dumb while you were trying to play bitey face with me under the bench.

Fanny: Well, I never!

Opie: Well I never either. I’ve was fixed as a puppy!

Fanny: You cruel dog! You’ve broken my heart! I’ll never sniff your butt again! Go on and play with Butch. Enjoy yourself with your new cool friend! (Sniff!)

Opie: That’s the way the dog biscuit crumbles baby! I’m just not a one pup kind of canine.

So here he sits.

Opie, the lone Snorkie. Willing to walk on the big dog side, risk the loss of

new tennis balls and shun the prettiest pooch in the park.

He’s a bad boy.

And that’s the way he likes it!