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Sadie, our mini-poodle, has taken a turn to the bossy side. She enforces a new command called “move.” When we ask Lily to “move” from the chair, sofa, bed or other restricted zone, Sadie begins to woof. We think she is trying to say “move” with us. Lily follows the move command – when and only when Sadie participates in the process!

Here is where Lily usually is when we ask her to “move…”


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My name is Cosmo and I’m a six-year-old Havanese living the good life in Atlanta, Ga. I came to live in my forever home when I was just nine-weeks-old.

After my human mom lost her 16-year-old Lhasa Apso, she found out about me and I’ve been making her laugh ever since. Some folks don’t know too much about the Havanese, but we’re actually known as the National Dog of Cuba. I’m small and sturdy, friendly and charming, and I’m more athletic than you might think by my fluffiness.

As the Havanese story goes, we evolved from our role as a pampered lap-dog of the aristocracy into a family companion responsible for being a watchdog, playmate and herder of the family’s poultry flock. I can’t speak for the rest of my breed, but I’m still pretty pampered and I’d herd poultry just as fast as you can say Dixie Chicken, if there were any in my neighborhood.

But going back to my beginnings, my mom had a hard time deciding on my name and she was telling her friend about all the traveling we were going to do. I was truly a cosmopolitan dog from the very beginning and that’s how I became Cosmo. I traveled to Chicago to visit our relatives when I was just 13 weeks old, and this past December I got to travel in my little bag to Italy! Did you know that dogs like going to Italy even more than people do? (click and scroll down to Who Let the Dog Out! to learn all about my Italian adventure!) My favorite part was going EVERYWHERE with my people, even into restaurants where I was served CHICKEN!!!

In addition to eating, one of my favorite pastimes is doing agility. I love to run fast and soar through the sky like Superdog. I started agility when we still lived in a condo and mom got tired of me dancing on the ceiling. Agility was the perfect outlet and it made me really, really happy… especially all the treats. Now I compete and get to socialize with lots of my friends at AKC, USDAA and NADAC agility trials.

But at the end of a long day, I like nothing more than sofa time with my peeps, belly rubs, a good chew and lots of treats! I sleep soundly at night knowing that every day is a Cosmo day!

Sadie and Lily, I’ll share my rawhide with you anytime! Thanks, Fairmount Dog Stories! You Rock!


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While the rest of the country is worried about whether or not Barack can keep his Blackberry, Fairmount residents are holding their collective breaths waiting to share emotional ups and downs with the Eagles today. The Fairmount Dogs, Sadie and Lily, were startled by a neighbor who yelled “I am so nervous I can’t stand it!” when she emptied the trash this morning. Sadie started barking and Lily was called to attention.

There are high dramas involved, like who will win the NFC Championship and middle ones, like will Kurt Warner or Donathan McNabb win the rival of the quarterbacks. Our own local drama has to do with the vibe that will emerge on the street with the game outcome. To be sure, no one we know expected the Eagles to be in this position. Now that they are, no one we know dares to hope out load that they could go all the way. The disappointment juxtaposed against the elation of the possible world we would inhabit with two championship teams in one year is just too enormous.

We are about to walk the doggies because now is the only time their friends will be around. In a little bit everyone will retreat indoors to hunker down around their favorite viewing devices with whomever they can stand to let see their emotions raw and on edge at the prospect of a Two-Fur. Here’s hoping all the local doggie shops stocked up with Eagle’s wear for pooches!

MM & RY 2009

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