Jasmine’s Day Off


Canine moral hazard: When the trash smells like strawberries …

Jasmine works hard … and occasionally plays hard, too. She likes a lot of things, including margaritas. Strawberry margaritas to be more specific. How do we know that she likes strawberry margaritas?

Let’s examine the perp and the evidence:

One wide-eyed, “Who, me?” pup with a distinct swagger (and a hint of a stagger), one seriously chewed-up trash bag, a trail of scattered garbage and coffee grounds, coffee-colored paw prints, and teeth mark punctures in small strawberry margarita foil drink packets that were thrown out earlier.


Fortunately, she survived her gateway drug and binge-drinking experience unscathed, possibly thanks to the challenges (and metallic taste) of chewing through Mylar. Jasmine was okay, untraumatized and without the need for Alka-Seltzer in her water dish or a 12-step program for canines who can admit they have a problem.


  1. Kiyomi hasn’t discovered beer or wine yet, but slurping out of coffee cup while Daddy is distracted is just fine. The effects on a young puppy are not unlike that of a young child. A few slurps of French roast is enough to send a Sheltie running circles at speeds no mere mortal human can comprehend.

    There are times I’m convinced it sounds like “blah, blah, blah, Kiyomi. Blah, blah, blah, no. Blah, blah, blah, come here, treat.” If blahs are too negative in tone, hanging her head or emitting a soft whine is usually enough to solicit a better response from the nonsensical human.

    Love the autobidography! 🙂

    • mikemrc said

      That’s pretty funny. The idea of a sheltie on caffeine – when they highly energetic anyway – is like high octane doggie! Jazz is the sensitive one, Spunky is pretty bold. I learned the hard way not to scold Jazz for a lot of reasons. One being that it induces temporary incontinence! Luckily she was standing on tile. Good thing they’re so sweet (cute doesn’t hurt, either.) They do have a way of conditioning their humans. How’s a dog supposed to discern the difference between some of the nuances of socially appropriate behavior? Thanks for the response. Kiyomi is adorable. Where did you get that name and what does it mean?

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