The Wolf Family Dogs

I would like, to begin with, to say that though parents, husbands, children, lovers and friends are all very well, they are not the dog. -- Elizabeth Von Arnim (1866-1941)






April 15, 2016 - Present


April 14, 2016

Here's a shot when Debby, who was fostering Toodledip, brought him over for an introduction.  He climbed into my lap. 

April 15, 2016

Toodledip came home on April 15, 2016.  He came from The Rescue Inn, Inc. pet rescue in North Olmsted.  He was being fostered by Debby.  Here is a link to his original Adopt-a-Pet listing.  Here is his original Facebook post.

The most loving, happy, playfull, polite dog I had seen in my search for the next member of our household.  While not trained, he is well behaved.  While bat poop crazy full of energy, he directs it properly.

We had a wonderful first day.  He ran and jumped and played and played and played.  He is about a year old and looks like a Jack Russell Terrier.  He is definitely a hunter.  When walked around the acreage to the east he found something we walked past every day: a skeleton of a deer that got caught under a fence and died.  I am not going to post the picture here but here is a link.

We went for our first car ride and he did great.  He got to go to PetSmart!!!  He did great in the cart and heaped love and kisses on anyone going by.  Then we went to Pizza by Robert, our ABSOLUTELY best and most favorite pizza anywhere, and we picked up a pizza.  Co-owner Kathy stopped out and he heaped love and kisses on her.  He is all the character he can possibly be!

One thing Toodledip did know at the end of the day, he was sleeping in a bed, not in a crate!

April 16, 2016

 Toodledip had a great day.

 We started clicker training and he immediately learned down.  He is working hard on stay.  He is trying to figure out shake.

He helped Dad put down some PVC piping below where the fence was a bit too high off the ground.  He kept taking Dad's stainless steel safety wire.

He played with Matt quite a bit.


It is good to have a buddy in my home office again!






Toodledip's first fire.  Note Grace warming the south forty. 


April 17, 2016

And ... Toodledip loves to fly!  I told him that he could be navigator or engineer, whichever Grace did not want.  But Grace said she wanted to just be passenger, so he was both:



April 18. 2016

Here is Toodledip's first walk in the park.  To get a full size version of the image on the right, click on it.  Then try to find the MANY deer.  Some are standing.  Some laying down.

Now, mind you, Toodledip had to spend about sixteen hours a day in a cage crate.  He will never see the inside of a cage crate again!  Take a look:

April 24, 2016

May 1, 2016


Sometimes we forget the damage, like when Kelly ate a dining room chair.  Here's a shot to document Toodledip's adventures.  This used to be my headset.  He really has not been bad, still ....






May 6, 2016

Toodledip's first bicycle ride!

May 23, 2016

Two does came out after Tootledip during our walk in Rocky River Metropark this morning. No big deal. It's time for deer to have their babies, their fawns. When they do, the mother can become protective of the area where the fawn is located. She will try to drive you from the area. She is just protecting her baby.

This is where the crazies in the North Olmsted kill-off-the-deer crowd gets the idea that the deer are going to take their children, drag them in the woods and have their way with the children. Ain't so. Tell your kids to leave the deer alone. They'll move the fawn after you leave.

May 25, 2016

As chipmunks go, George wasn't the handsomest. Nor was he the most viral. The girls just didn't see George. One morning, George decided he needed a higher profile. He needed to make his mark! He needed the girls to see him. He knew just what to do. If he were to run out in front of one of these dog-beasts that walk down the open trail, the girls would see his courage and all go giddy over George. He would be George of the Jungle!

“Here comes one now”, George exclaimed and gave the jungle his mightiest squeak. He had to get the attention of the girls so they would see his bravery. They did hear him. They did look. Another animal, who thought of himself as “Toodledip, Dog King of the Jungle!” also heard the loud squeak and was quite amazed to see a chipmunk run right under his nose! The chase was on!

Across the path they went and George did a great job of avoiding the dog-beast. Sort of. George didn't know dog-beasts can dig. Off George went again, this time again over the path to a tree. Surely this dog-beast can't climb a tree, right?

Luckily for George, the dog-beast stayed on the ground while George climbed. It was somewhere between six feet high and six feet six inches high when George came to the realization that he was a chipmunk, not a squirrel. He quickly went over all the things chipmunks were and weren't. Tree climbing was on the weren't side of the equation. PLOP! George landed inches from the dog-beast and, unfortunately for George, into the jaws of the beast.

Luckily for George, even Toodledip, Dog King of the Jungle had rules. One of the rules was a firm catch and release policy on chipmunks. George was plopped down on the path, now a prisoner of the dog-beast. The dog beast then left George. Funny, the dog beast seemed to never move his legs. It was as if nature itself was dragging The Dog King of the Jungle from George.

George got to live another day. He is doing he best to spin the story into one of bravery and bravado. As for the Dog King of the Jungle, Toodledip spent the next mile with his chest out, proclaiming to all who would hear, “I caught a chipmunk and his name was George!”

Oh!  Toodledip, Dog King of the Jungle also caught and imprisoned a toad.



 May 26, 2016

I have some of the most disrespectful deer on the planet!  How dare they not flee in fright at Toodledip, King of the Jungle!

May 30, 2016

First ride in the Mini Cooper ... and two happy puppies!

May 31, 2016

After a long flight to the Carol County Airport Restaurant.

June 5, 2016


Toodledip's DNA results are in!!!

I have a

  • Border Collie

  • Beagle

  • Pekingese

  • Irish Setter

  • Schnauzer

  • Basset Hound

  • Poodle

  • !!!

OK, let's break this down.


I thought I had a larger Jack Russell Terrier. Silly me.


I sent DNA via a DNA kit purchased from Amazon and offered by Wisdom Panel which is located in the USA. I told them I thought Toodledip was a large Jack Russell Terrier and I sent a picture.

The results were specific: There was NO indication of Toodledip being even close to a Jack Russell Terrier. Instead they said he was:


I sent the second to DNAMYDOG.COM and didn't indicate a breed and did not send a picture. Here is what they said:


There is such a mix of breeds in Toodledip's ancestry that not enough of any one breed is making itself known. He is his own dog; his own breed.


I have had a number of friends who had to put pure breed dogs down due to hip dysplasia. Hip Dysplasia makes itself known in pure bred dogs; it is a byproduct of inbreeding that is necessary to keep the breed pure.

I have had a whole lot of friends who are having pure breed dogs with alergies. Again, this is inbred.

Having a mix of genes eliminates these problems. Being a mutt is not necessarily a bad thing.

July 28, 2016

Toodledip has been having a wonderful time playing with a skunk who has taken up residence in my garage. Last night I installed a trap for the little bugger. Toodledip has had two dog-got-skunked baths. It has been about a week and a half of having to go outside before the dog in order to chase the skunk away. I am ready to end the skunk problem.

This morning: no skunk. Harumph!

After carefully checking the backyard this morning, Toodledip went outside only to erupted in his “I caught a skunk!” song. I ran back outside. Whew! It was only a raccoon peach thief. Toodledip's latest prisoner he has named Peach Thief. No bath today. No skunk, either. Maybe our great horned owl ended him. Maybe the skunk is a girl. Maybe she decided it was time to have babies.

Riding in the mini!

Here is a link to the video which may be faster.

October, 2016 -- is Toodledip getting bigger???


On a Rocky River tree in December, 2016:



Toodledip singing Christmas carols to the shop-with-a-cop procession on December 10, 2016:

Here is a link to the video which may be faster.







Toodledip watching a squirrel who is being watched by a hawk. I called Toodledip "Moosie" in this video:

Here is a link to the video file which might be faster.

March 3, 2017

You know you’re in North Olmsted if you’re walking in a March 3, 2017 thunder blizzard! TAKE THAT FLORIDA! Something you will probably NEVER have!! We have LIGHTNING AND THUNDER IN OUR BLIZZARDS and you do not!


March 7, 2017

It's been a while since I've had dogs young enough to compete for the same bed.


March 9, 2017

From our October, 2017 trip to the Outer Banks

(the trip between Hurricane Jose and Hurricane Maria)




Here is Toodle's special skill.  I always leave about a half cup of milk in the jug and give it to him.



Here is a link to the video which may be faster.

My Parabeagles at work with me:

Toodles would bring down a pair of walking socks, in case I forgot

Toodles waiting impatienly for the pizza delivery person




At the condo Toodles has figured out that he can lie under my glass desk and stare up at me while I work.

This is a link to a video in which Toodles hides the ball from Odo.

When he wants to, he can wiggle and cover himself in ivy, hiding from whatever he is hunting.








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