The Orange Dog

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe got Augie on October 23rd, 2012. It took me since we got Pickle (April of 2011) to convince Nitram that a lone dog is a lonely dog. It took Pickle and Augie five days (I thought it would be much longer) to become inseparable.

This is Day 3:


This is Day 5:


This is about 6 weeks later:


Augie is a Boxer/Whippet/Pit Bull mix — about half Boxer for the most part. When we got her from a local rescue, she was 30 pounds and still suffering from mange. She looked to be about 5 years old, with a permanent worry in her face.


Two months later she was almost 40 pounds and  fit, and one of the happiest dogs I’ve ever seen. Dr Fitch had said Augie was barely 2 years old (good teeth!) and would “fill out.” She sure did. We thought we were getting a dog only a few pounds larger than Pickle, and ended up with a 40-pound galoot who leaves muddy footprints, sand, grass, debris, and general awesomeness everywhere she goes.


Augie also leaves farts everywhere she goes. They’re horrifying, room-clearing. I looked up Boxers and it turns out that they unfortunately have a high incidence of death by flatulence — their human’s death, that is. I’ve had to keep a bottle of natural organic lavender air freshener on the bedside table so I don’t suffocate in my sleep. I found out that Boxers also have the longest tongues of any dog, so that explains that humongous piece of sliced ham hanging about 18 inches out the side of her mouth.

We’ve taken to calling Augie the Orange Dog and Pickle the White Dog when we don’t want them to know we’re talking about them. It’s still working — they haven’t  figured out their colors yet.

I asked Nitram not too long ago if after not wanting another dog, could he ever imagine living without Augie.

He said, “No way.”


5 responses to “The Orange Dog

  1. Scottish Bitch from hell

    She looks so guilty in that last photo!

    • You know, last time you commented here (not your fault it’s been so long, obviously) you were, I dunno, Linda or something like that. WP wanted so badly to trash this comment because of your name.

      But I think you should keep that name. I love it, and it’s, well, basically true.

      And yes, doesn’t she? But her “I am eversofuckingadorable” look and her “I am everOHsofucking guilty” look are pretty much the same. Dunno whether to kiss or kill her half the time!

  2. Scottish Bitch from Hell

    What part of the name upset WP? Oh, I know, it was probably the Scottish thing.
    Actually, looking at these again, the funniest is the second to last, with Augie sprawled out over the WHOLE couch, and Pickle crammed neatly into one corner. I bet a lot of couples could relate to that.

  3. Where have I been? A two dawg family? Yay! Love Augie’s sweet face despite the manufactured aroma from the other end. LOL.

  4. Awwww so cute!

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