Top 20 Fears of Dooley the Bulldog

Dooley’s new home. Fortunately she lets Courtney and I live there too.

Well as many of you know, Courtney and I have bought a new house here in Oklahoma City and have been living in it for a little over a month now. It has been wonderful so far, and we really enjoy it. Courtney has started a new job doing marketing for a local bank, and I am getting used to working from home. Anyways, I just thought I would give you an update on Courtney and I as well….Now on to what you really read this for….DOOLEY! This is a really long post, and I have a couple stories before I unveil the list. So, if you want to ignore the stories and get straight to the list just go to the end of the post.

New Terrain

Dooley’s New Backyard

Dooley has some new stompin’ grounds here in Oklahoma and so far has enjoyed it greatly. It has taken her a little while to get used to going to her own backyard, but she is getting there. She does have some new fears here in the backyard that have caused some problems with her getting spooked and not using the bathroom, which brings me to my first story…

We often have pretty clear skies here in Oklahoma, and one day while I was letting Dooley outside she lazily walked out toward the grass and did her usual thing – looked in every direction before getting too far out there. It’s like she is crossing a street or something (except more elaborate, like she is crossing an 8 lane highway with no speed limits and killer cars on the road that look for bulldogs). She looks Left, Right, then Right again, then Back behind her, then Forward, and then Up. Looking up is usually the problem when Dooley goes outside. She could see a bird flying or maybe a leaf in the wind, but the other day it was a jet. Not even really a jet, but the contrail of a jet (or at least I think that’s what you call it). It’s the white trail a jet leaves behind after it passes. It’s not like she could hear it or anything, she just saw the white line in the sky and thought it was Armageddon out there. She turned around and went back in the house faster than she had moved anywhere in her life. I know many of you are thinking, “Wes, surely it was something else. It is not possible for a dog to be afraid of something 20,000 ft in the air,” but I assure you, my friends, that this was the case. It even happened again 3 days later.

Photographic Memory

Many times throughout her life I have questioned Dooley’s intelligence, but I have come to the conclusion that she is really a genius with a photographic memory. As you saw in the previous story, our dog is what you would call “visual.” She has an unbelievable ability to see things and at the same time notice when something is out of place, even if it’s just an inch or two off. From a new flag outside to simply a misplaced bicycle, Dooley often notices any small change to her surroundings. So, to prove the photographic memory, I must share yesterday’s experience.

Courtney and I have been grilling outside more often and we happened to run out of propane the last time we grilled. So last night I took the old, empty tank to trade out with a new one. Keep in mind, Dooley never saw me move the propane tank, nor did she see me put in the new one. Last night when we let her out, first thing she noticed was the new tank. I need to further describe that the tank is the exact same size, shape and color. It just happened to have a slightly different wrapper on the outside. Dooley immediately noticed the change and became uncomfortable, which solidified my theory that she has a photographic memory.

The List – Top 20 Fears of Dooley

Dooley at work. Most days Dooley just sleeps beside me while I work at the desk.

20. ) Fans

19.) Wind

18.) The Refrigerator

17.) Motorcycles and Big Trucks (probably a good thing)

16.) Any inanimate object held by a person

15.) Zombies (but then again, who is not afraid of the undead)

14.) The American Flag (probably any flag, but that is the only one she as been exposed to)

13.) The light reflected by watches or shiny objects onto the ceiling, but she loves the laser pointer

12.) Birds in flight, but not birds on a fence

11.) Bicycles

10.) Swiffer or any broom

9.) Any yard equipment including mowers and hedge trimmers, with one exception: She kind of likes the Weed-Eater

8.) Most cleaning supplies

7.) People talking when she can’t see them

6.) Pet Gates

5.) Trash Bags

4.) Packages of toilet paper that are sitting on the ground (Must be at least a 12 pack)

3.) Trees that sway too much

2.) Vacuum

…..and the number one thing that Dooley is afraid of….

1.) A closet that holds a vacuum or has the potential to hold the vacuum

It was a tough call, but she is probably honestly more afraid of the closet that holds the vacuum than the vacuum itself. (Proven true in three different households)

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat

Courtney and I have a table behind our sofa, which was first put in place last Christmas for our Nativity scene. The table has always been an interest of Dooley’s. She figured out at a young age that she could almost get on the table, and tried often, however we never let her. Never. About 2 months ago Courtney was sitting at the chair in front of the table and fell victim to Dooley’s ability to be cute and encouraged Dooley to get on the table. That was the end of it. Now anytime we are sitting at the dining room table and not paying attention to her, she turns into quite the mountain goat and stands on the table to try and be at eye level with us. That is my theory at least. We have since tried to deter her from getting on the table, but to no avail. Dooley is a determined dog. Once you let her do it once, she turns into an unstoppable force looking to defy all of our efforts to domesticate her.

Apologies

I apologize for the lack of updates on the Dooley Dog Blog. Courtney and I have been pretty busy over the last few months and Dooley has too! Since our last post, Dooley has met some of the grandparents, recovered from swimming bacteria, chewed straight through two of our dining room chairs, attended two puppy parties at Salty Paws, cheered on Oklahoma State, became a pirate, became a hamburger or “The Hamburgler”, and carved a pumpkin. Check out some of the more recent photos below:

Dooley on the Couch
Dooley Lookin Good on the Couch
Dooley Meets Some of the Grandparents
Dooley In Trouble
Dooley The Pirate
Dooley Cheering on Oklahoma State
Dooley tired after carving her pumpkin
Dooley was a Hamburger for Halloween but quickly became the Hamburgler after stealing treats from other dogs at the puppy party at Salty Paws

Birthday Dog

Dooley’s birthday is today! (4th of July) To honor such an occasion we decided that ridicule would be the best present we could give Dooley. So we dressed her up in a pink birthday girl outfit that is way to small for her and put a birthday hat on her as well.

Birthday Outfit, Dooley the Bulldog
Please don't think differently of Courtney and I for doing this to our dog.

To be honest, I don’t think she really minded wearing the outfit, but we did not leave it on her for long. The real present came later in the form of a tasty treat made out of organic plain yogurt, strawberries, and blueberries in the shape of an American flag.

Dooley's Treat
Dooley's Birthday Cake

Dooley is now 1 year old. I think we are going to have to start calling her a dog instead of a puppy. They grow up fast. Does anyone else think its a little strange that we are doing more to celebrate the birth of our dog than the birth of our nation? Happy 4th of July!

After the Surgery

Dooley returned from the vet today. Her minor surgery went well! Her lump was removed. The vet says it was histiocytoma, which is fairly common in young dogs. Dooley has managed to catch or get pretty much every ailment that young dogs can get, but hopefully she is past all if that and will be as healthy as possible from here on out. Dooley not only came home with a bandage on the foot, but a cone to stop her from biting on it as well. Her attitude toward the cone can be summed up by the photo.

Healthy Puppy … Almost

A few weeks ago, Dooley’s vet informed us that she is free of her skin problems! Her coat is full and shiny, and she has completed her last skin treatment.

Around the same time, a pink bump started growing on her paw between two toes. The larger the bump grew the more Dooley would lick it and chew it. The vet said if she could not leave it alone the bump will need to be surgically removed.

Well, as much as we have tried to teach her to leave it alone, Dooley will not stop licking her toes! The bump is now the size of a dime and bright red all of the time. This means that Dooley will be going under the knife Friday. We’re pretty nervous about the surgery, but we hope that getting rid of the bump will improve her life.

All of these health issues, and she is only 11 months old! We truly hope that once this bump is gone Dooley’s second year will be healthier than her first!

Dooley’s Decision

I don’t know how many of you noticed or not, but the World Cup started today in South Africa. It is a big deal for Dooley on many levels.English Bulldog with Soccer Ball

For starters, Dooley is a soccer fan. As seen in the picture, Dooley is also an avid soccer player. Her skills are a bit limited, but that is all overshadowed by her shear determination to play.

Secondly, some would consider Dooley a “hooligan”. While playing and watching soccer, Dooley is often overpowered by her enjoyment of the game. The enjoyment sometimes turns a bit physical, and her enjoyment can be construed as aggressiveness. (aka. she mistakes your hand or foot for the ball).

Third and probably the biggest reason why this year the World Cup is a big deal to Dooley is because the United States must play England in their first match of the tournament. Dooley is having a tough time in deciding who to cheer for in this matchup. She is torn between her American home and her English roots.

After discussing it with Dooley over a bite to eat she told me her decision. I think most of you will be happy to know she is cheering for the United States and she is predicting a 1-0 win for the US.

Getting Better

As many of you know, Dooley has struggled with skin problems and allergies pretty much most of her life. She is having to go through a couple processes where the medicine she has to take makes her tired, and honestly she looks kind of depressed. For the past couple of days she has done nothing but sleep and mope around the house. As I was looking at her on the couch tonight I thought she looked like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh.

Kind of close, huh?

To be honest, Courtney and I can’t complain about this even lazier version of Dooley. It’s kind of nice, but I think we will be happy to have our happy go lucky bulldog back here in a day or two after she recovers. Lets hope this takes care of some of her health issues!

Is it fetch, or is it catch?

Dooley chewing on the tennis ball
Every night for the last week or so, Courtney and I have been trying to teach Dooley how to fetch. Generally, this consists of us taking a tennis ball with us outside and letting Dooley chase it down in the grass by the house. The first few days Dooley was great! It actually seemed to come naturally to her. I know most of you are thinking, Dooley is a dog, of course playing fetch comes naturally to her, but if any of you have met Dooley you know she is anything but natural. So we were pretty excited about he fact that something seemed to be working out for once. Dooley is getting some exercise, she is getting used to the outdoors, and we were having fun watching her get the ball and bring it back.

I don’t know exactly where we went wrong but somewhere over the course of the last couple of outings, Dooley has managed to turn the game into more of a keep away match. Dooley chases the ball, but has decided that it is not fun to bring it back, instead Courtney and I pretty much just play catch and Dooley just runs back and forth between us.

Well, she used to run in between us, today it was more like a light jog or maybe even just turning around to face whoever had the ball. The level of laziness is pretty shocking sometimes. I often have thought how many people in the other condos have seen Courtney and I chasing down the tennis ball instead of the dog and made fun of us.

Dooley Goes for a Walk . . . In the sound

Dooley the Bulldog
Dooley after her exploring the great outdoors, including the water behind the house.

Courtney and I have been pretty liberal about putting Dooley on a leash when she goes out lately. Normally, Dooley’s typical outings to the great outdoors consist of walking no more than three of four steps past the bottom of the stairs, doing her business, and then come running back upstairs as fast as she can because a tree looked at her the wrong way and she didn’t like it. Our dog questions and is somewhat fearful of pretty much everything outside including birds, cats, the wind, and sometimes sticks that look suspiciously out of place to her.

Well, the last couple weeks we have been trying to take her out more often and let her explore to get used to things outside of her cushy condo lifestyle.

Courtney and I decided to go outside to play with the dog, and Dooley decided that she did not want to play with the tennis ball we brought with us. Instead, she thought it would be more her style to run into the water behind the house. Thus, the black muddy paws in the picture. Next time we will have to keep a closer eye on Dooley the Bulldog.