Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Good, the Bad and the Vicious -- Continued

I shouldn’t have used “vicious” in an earlier post’s title without finishing the vicious part of the tale. A reader may have thought I was characterizing Tommy’s behavior at Farnsworth Park as vicious but that’s not what I meant.

I’m not sure what to say about that wild behavior but it’s not vicious.

Janine’s assistant once said, “Tommy does everything with exuberance!” She was one of Tommy’s biggest fans. I’m pretty sure Janine would not have chosen that word to describe him though. But that’s another story…

Last weekend’s theme was exploring neighborhoods to check out houses for sale. Saturday night was beautiful Northeast Altadena. Sadly, it’s pretty much out of my price range.

So Sunday afternoon I walked Tommy down El Sereno in Pasadena. I guess you could say it’s the ‘hood.

We passed a couple of young guys who seemed very interested in Tommy. They mumbled to each other as they eyed him, and I caught the comment, “Man, he must be vicious wearing that thing.”

And so I had to turn and give them the Snoot Loop spiel.

“It’s not a muzzle. It’s a Snoot Loop. It’s like a halter that horses wear…”

“Oh, yeah?”

They were intrigued, so I continued the explanation. Then I said with a smile, “He can still bite with it on.”

They both busted out laughing when I said that. And that made my day.


  1. There's a cute house for sale on Walpallo/Santa Anita. A woman I know (three dogs) lives next door and the neighborhood is very nice.

    (About Tommy -- various breeds are known for various accomplishments. Pits excel in demonstrating unqualified love for their human.)

  2. That adorable green house?! I saw that the other night. It was listed on redfin but it has since been delisted. Please keep me posted if you hear it's up for sale again. Thanks!

    That is a lovely way to describe the accomplishments of pits. And I think it's true. Very loyal and loving.

  3. That loyal quality in pits makes them extremely trainable. I once knew a pit (purebred Staffordshire) named Echo who practically spoke English.

  4. It is amazing how much they can learn. Janine/J9 called it inter-species communication. And then she'd say "how cool is that?" Pretty cool I'd say.

  5. Thanks for stopping by to see Daisy! We are loving your blog and your stories. I started with the "snoot loop" with Daisy, worked really well and we finally after several years graduated to a martingale collar.

  6. I love Daisy! I'm glad you're coming by to read about Tommy. I had to google martingale collars. I've seen them but I didn't know that's what they were called. Maybe I'll try one with Tommy at some point.