Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Ode to a Mini Schnauzer

Getting a dog is one of the best things my family has ever done. And maybe one of the worst. But I think you'll see why we decided to see our canine glass as half full.

Here are some of the dog-related problems:
  • He smells. Bad.
  • He eats everything. Rocks, garbage, shoes, my student's mom's bag. In 6 months he's had a billion vet visits, 2 xrays and 1 overnight hospital stay with a $3000 endoscopy to get a rock out of his stomach. 
  • He gets all the furniture dirty.
  • Waiting for the Picasso's Basement Kids to arrive!
  • Did I mention that he smells?

Here is what he has given us: 
  1. Unconditional love.
  2. Smiles from my kids when I wake them for school. Including my 13 year old. Enough said.
  3. A mascot for the Picasso's Basement classes. He sits at the childrens feet and watches them make art. Then he eats some erasers. 
  4. Unconditional love.
  5. Moments of unbridled cuteness, particularly when playing with his toy Hulk Hand.
  6. Companionship.
  7. Unconditional love.

AND a constant source of drawing material! Here's what my 8 year old created: 

Once my son draws you you know you are really part of the family! 


  1. I look forward to meeting him, if not smelling him.

    That vet bill thing's a drag though. His poor, dearly departed dog-cousin Jou-Jou...yeah, she was also a canine money pit.

  2. Joxter is very excited about meeting you as well. I'm hoping I'll have time to give him a bath in the interim.

  3. Hi – Will you please post a link to your Blog at The Miniature Schnauzer Community? Our members will love it.
    Members include: Miniature Schnauzer Owners, Breeders , Rescues and Lovers.
    It's easy to do, just cut and paste the link and it automatically links back to your website…
    You can also add Photos, Videos, Rescues and Pup Classifieds if you like. It’s free and easy.
    Email me if you need any help or would like me to do it for you.
    The Miniature Schnauzer Community:
    James Kaufman, Editor

    Please? Good stuff!

  4. James, I would be happy to. Picasso's Basement has JUST become Picasso's Basement LLC and I'm looking forward to taking my art program to the community at large. My new mascot guessed it...a drawing of a mini schnauzer. I can honestly say I've never known a better dog. I'll post this later. Thanks for your comments and I can't wait to join the Mini Schnauzer community!