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  • PHOTO: War, peace, puppy

    from The House of Two Bows 雙寶之屋

    Friday April 11th, 2014 at 10:05 AM


    Photo by Francis Stafford, 1911

    Caption from book: Insurgents resting on the banks of the Xiang River, a branch of the Yangzi River that runs through Hankou. Note a dog is snoozing by the soldiers in the foreground, reflecting a peaceful moment between battles. [Lu Hanchao, ed., The Birth of a Republic: Francis Stafford's Photographs of China's 1911 Revolution and Beyond (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2010), p. 57.]

  • Drama-free Dremelling and ‘spoiled’ dogs

    from The House of Two Bows 雙寶之屋

    Monday April 7th, 2014 at 09:00 AM

    Bowpi is an angel about getting her nails filed by Dremel. Shes easy to physically manipulate, and will just flop into my lap like a sack of sand during the process.

    Yes, note the pouch of Fruitables treats nearby. I spent several weeks warming up both Bows to the Dremel after I first got it, conditioning them to associate the sound of the motor with treats, then working them up to the whirring file making contact with their toes. I dont consider the food a bribe; its a mood enhancer, putting...

  • Bowdu vs. tissue box

    from The House of Two Bows 雙寶之屋

    Friday April 4th, 2014 at 09:00 AM

    Bowdu caught himself a wild box of tissues.

    By the time I had found him with his prey, he had already gutted the thing, and all that was left was the cardboard hide.

    It was still worth rolling in

    and flinging around for a bit

    before a couple victory laps around the yard.

    He knows how to improvise, whether I like it or not Hes got toys of his own, but its the interactive, disassemble-able, pilfered objects that are always much more fun.

    Note: Photos from early March, right when Bowdu began...

  • The Cost of things: March 2014

    from The House of Two Bows 雙寶之屋

    Wednesday April 2nd, 2014 at 09:00 AM

    This is my fourth year of tracking pet finances at the House of Two Bows. This is an ongoing effort to get a practical sense of what it costs to keep two 20 ~ 30 pound adult dogs in an area of the US with relatively high costs of living. Previous posts in this series can be found under the category of finances.

    The Cost of (Pet) Things for March 2014:

    Food: $83 [previous month, $10] Treats: $31 [previous, $12] Grooming: $13 [previous, $8] Vet & Medical: $80 [previous, $121] Accessories and...
  • FILM: Legend of the T-Dog 命運狗不理

    from The House of Two Bows 雙寶之屋

    Monday March 31st, 2014 at 02:07 PM


    Film: Legend of the T-Dog [Mingyun gou bu li 命運狗不理] Director: Li Tian-chueh 李天爵 Performers: Wang Po-chieh 王柏傑, Lin Ruoya 霖若亞, Blackberry 黑莓 (T-Dog) Animal trainer: Chen Ying-jie 陳英傑 Breed featured: Taiwan tugou, Formosan Mountain Dog, Golden Retriever (brief), French Bulldog (brief) Production information: Dilu Quan 的盧犬, 2012 (Taiwan)

    Ah Dou is an aid at a hospital where several people are rushed in for bizarre, life-threatening emergencies. Each time, there is a mysterious black dog chasing...

  • Better

    from The House of Two Bows 雙寶之屋

    Wednesday March 26th, 2014 at 08:37 AM

    The Bows are doing better.

    Bowdus looking extremely scraggly now that hes lost nearly all his underfur. A few tuft remain to be plucked. At least his skin is not raw and red anymore, and hes not frantically itching his chest.

    This round of shedding produced a lot of dandruff along his back. I didnt actually shampoo his back when I gave him the medicated bath that threw his skin oils out of whack, and I havent bathed him again since. Just letting him shed it all out, with some manual...

  • Health update on the cusp of spring

    from The House of Two Bows 雙寶之屋

    Thursday March 13th, 2014 at 11:37 AM


    A health update is called for, as weve had a titch of trouble recently.

    Last Wednesday, I brought Bowpi in to the vet. Shed been cough-wheezing for a while. Itd reportedly started in November, when I was still in Taiwan. I certainly noticed it when I came back a sporadic, whuffing sound that came on when she was balled up, either getting into or just emerging from sleep. RJ figured it was due to the unusually dry winter weve been having in California, and as it seemed to come and go, we just...

  • PHOTOS: Taiwanese dogs of the Japanese resistance, early 1900s

    from The House of Two Bows 雙寶之屋

    Saturday March 8th, 2014 at 01:25 AM


    As I was mining the archives in Taiwan, I always kept my eyes open for canine sightings. The difficult and wondrous thing about dogs is how ubiquitous they are, yet unindexed. I found them chronicled in books that are not specifically about dogs, but on closely related topics such as Taiwanese indigenous resistance to Japanese colonialism. What we now know of the Formosan Mountain Dog is closely aligned with the history of Taiwanese aborigines, or yuanzhumin 原住民.

    Dogs were seldom depicted as...

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