My leetle fren' has more fun than Hugo and Mahmoud!

"Say 'ello to my leetle fren'"

I would have loved to have made that the title for this post, except I saw it in Pajamas Media and didn't want to plagiarize Fausta, nor do I want to imply any moral equivalency between Coco's normal and wholesome love life and the disgusting displays of affection between Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

But maybe I'm wrong in using the word "disgusting." Perhaps I shouldn't be so judgmental. Aren't displays of affection, after all, matters of personal taste?

Let's take this as an example:


If they love each other, why shouldn't that be cool with me? I mean, sure, I'm not turned on, but just because that picture does not turn me on does not mean it isn't someone else's thing. Hugo has just as much right to his little "fren'" as Coco does to hers:


So maybe it is all relative after all.

Anyway, Coco and her little fren' were getting very frenly this morning:


Despite his having been "fixed," Tristan is ever the suitor (to the point that he's been accused previously of behaving immorally), and while there's at least as much discrepancy in size between the two of them as there is between Hugo and Mahmoud, since when has size been a bar to a climate of mutual understanding?


Personally, I think Coco is cuter than Hugo Chavez, but then, I'm biased. (I also think Tristan is cuter than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who, let's face it, would never take first prize in the Shih Tzu show ring.)

While I hate to read politics into these things, Coco was the consummate diplomat today, as she was dealing with a dog who couldn't possible engage in the sort of rambunctious roughhousing she engaged in yesterday with another suitor.


I'd never tell Tristan, as I wouldn't want to hurt his feelings, but because I don't think he reads this blog, I think I can safely share the full story of Coco's two-timing extravaganza with the readers. Last September, Coco befriended a huge puppy named "Trey," who kept growing, and whose owners kept in touch with me.

This was how Trey looked in September when I photographed him and Coco dancing cheek to cheek:


But contrast that with yesterday, when Coco was paid a visit from Trey, now grown into a huge young stud:


Once it became clear to Coco that Trey had the size advantage, there was no need for diplomatic niceties.





The above might look violent, but both dogs were having the time of their lives, and there were lots of fun and games, like tug-of-war with an infuriating yellow smiley toy:


(Could Hugo and Mahmoud have had as much fun playing tug-of-war with, say, an effigy of Bush? I seriously doubt it.)

Coco and Trey ran so fast I had to use the camera's athletic event setting to catch them:


Finally, they shared a drink together:


But Coco turned out to be the more hyperactive of the pair and eventually, Trey was worn out by his crazy leetle fren'!


I know I'm just engaged in speculation, but I sincerely doubt that Hugo and Mahmoud had that much fun together.

But I want to be fair. So if anyone can show me a picture of Hugo lying in the mud like that with Mahmoud standing over him, I will immediately issue a retraction.

(And an apology.)

MORE: Any filthy minded readers who think the picture of Hugo and Mahmoud is a graphic depiction of GAY PORN, please think again! This is a clean blog! We do not tolerate GAY PORN here. The dogs pictured above are not having sex, so there is no sex with animals! Since the dog pictures above aren't even straight porn, how could there be GAY PORN?

You Google visitors who want GAY PORN or other hot action, you've come to the wrong place. We do not traffic in the stuff here.

Anyone who is irritated at me for failing to provide graphic pictures of GAY PORN, I suggest taking it up with Hugo and Mahmoud!

(Clean idea courtesy of M. Simon.)

UPDATE (01/16/07): It's probably worth reminding readers that this post could earn me prison time in Venezuela:

Ten days ago Chavez handed Izarra a still-bigger stick: a new penal code that criminalizes virtually any expression to which the government objects -- not only in public but also in private.

Start with Article 147: "Anyone who offends with his words or in writing or in any other way disrespects the President of the Republic or whomever is fulfilling his duties will be punished with prison of 6 to 30 months if the offense is serious and half of that if it is light." That sanction, the code implies, applies to those who "disrespect" the president or his functionaries in private; "the term will be increased by a third if the offense is made publicly."

There's more: Article 444 says that comments that "expose another person to contempt or public hatred" can bring a prison sentence of one to three years; Article 297a says that someone who "causes public panic or anxiety" with inaccurate reports can receive five years. Prosecutors are authorized to track down allegedly criminal inaccuracies not only in newspapers and electronic media, but also in e-mail and telephone communications.

The new code reserves the toughest sanctions for journalists or others who receive foreign funding, such as the election monitoring group Sumate, which has been funded in part by the National Endowment for Democracy. Venezuelans or foreigners living in the country can be punished with a 10- to 15-year sentence for receiving foreign support that "can prejudice the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela . . . or destabilize the social order," whatever that means. Persons accused of conspiring against the government with a foreign country can get 20 to 30 years in prison. The new code specifies that anyone charged with these crimes will not be entitled to legal due process. (Via

No legal process? Gee. Maybe I should cancel my travel plans to Caracas.

posted by Eric on 01.15.07 at 03:45 PM


Loved the pics. Thanks for brightening up my evening.

Barbara Fuhs   ·  January 15, 2007 6:12 PM

Well as long as we are interested in different strokes for different folks you might find this amusing:

XXX - and no there is no pornagraphy involved. None. Zero. Except for one single word in the whoe piece: pornography.

M. Simon   ·  January 15, 2007 9:20 PM

Beautiful pictures. There are few things as enjoyable to watch as two dogs at play.

John   ·  January 16, 2007 9:08 AM

Thank you Eric! You've made my day - heck, my week!

Fausta   ·  January 16, 2007 9:00 PM

Fausta, thanks for coming, and thanks for the idea!

Eric Scheie   ·  January 17, 2007 12:07 PM

Great pics Eric! Like Simon says, it's great to see two beautiful healthy dogs at play. I especially like that pic of them sharing the water bowl.

Is it just me, or is Coco looking at Trey like 'he's cool and all, but kind of a doofus'?

Harkonnendog   ·  January 18, 2007 5:37 PM

Coco is an incredibly sophisticated dog. The owner of a Beagle who admires her calls her "Audrey Hepburn." She doesn't think Trey is a doofus or a dolt, but I think she's aware that he is a rather large (and somewhat awkward) puppy.

He's only eight months old, and it is puppy love on his part. Were they humans, Coco might be risking criminal prosecution for encouraging him, but to my knowledge there are not yet animal morality laws. (Except possibly the laws which require sterilization...)

Eric Scheie   ·  January 18, 2007 11:37 PM

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