The Real House Pets of OFPL

Welcome to our newest blog where you’ll get the inside scoop on the beloved creatures who live with library staff. Discover the behind-the-scenes secrets, gossip, and latest news about these inspirational animals. Circulation Assistant Rachel H. invited Yahtzee to start things off because she’s a real trendsetter and perhaps a bit too spoiled to wait.

Yahtzee on her cutest behavior!

Hi my name is Yahtzee. I am a Chihuahua Corgi. My legs are smaller than other Chihuahuas and my body is a little longer, but my humans let me know I’m the cutest puppy in the world! I have been with my current humans for a little over three years. I don’t have a tail, but when I get excited I wiggle my butt and this makes my humans smile and laugh. 

I like laying in the sun in the mornings, after I’ve had some good snuggles with my mom under a super fluffy blanket. My favorite movie is Beverly Hills Chihuahua. It’s about Chloe, a pampered Chihuahua, who gets lost in Mexico while on vacation with her human. If you want to stay under the covers and watch more of Chloe’s adventures, I recommend the Dog Lovers Binge Box. It has the 2nd and 3rd sequels to Beverly Hills Chihuahua, plus three other movies: Hachi-A Dog’s Tale, Shiloh, and Underdog.

I am the protector of my household, and I need to bark at everything that gets too close to my humans. Birds, squirrels, rabbits, you name it, I bark at it. Sometimes I go after these black and white animals with huge fluffy tails and my younger humans sweep me up before I can get to it! 

I feel protective of my people because they rescued me from the side of the road! I was starving – nearly skin and bones. I’m grateful to my humans for taking the trouble to save me from that terrible existence.

If you want to know more about inviting a dog to come and live with you, be sure and check out this cool book: Rescue DogsWhere They Come From,Why They Act the Way They Do, and How to Love Them Well by Pete Paxton.

Sometimes when the weather is nice outside, my dad lets me into his garden and I get to smell all the different fruits and veggies. I can’t eat any of them though, or I won’t be let back in!

Yahtzee resting comfortably on the quilt made for her.

My humans let me sleep on a huge couch filled with multiple fluffy blankets that I can lay on or underneath. Quilts are my most favorite, and white blankets are my second favorite.

My younger humans like to rile me up and we run around the living room in circles, and sometimes we play tug-of-war, I always win! Then I claim my spot on the couch to regain my strength. My dad will turn the TV on and pet me until we both fall asleep.

I always love it when my humans fill the couch up and I get to sit in between them and get petted by multiple humans! It’s like heaven!

My favorite food is cheese. Whenever my humans cook with cheese, they call me the Cheese Police and give me a little bit with my food!

I love my new family and I plan on keeping them for a very long time!

Yahtzee, aka Snickerdoodle
Yahtzee waiting for the movie to begin.

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Korgi. Book 1, Sprouting Wings! by Christian Slade – Enter Korgi Hollow, an utterly charming fantasy world brought to life by former Disney animator Slade in book one of Korgi, an epic tale of the friendship between a young girl named Ivy and her dog, Sprout. Ivy and Sprout journey together through perils untold, facing many different foes along the way including dinosaurs, spiders and even a troll so big that he towers over houses. Slade’s illustrations are so expressive and full of life that the pages radiate the feelings of his characters, and the lack of dialogue is hardly noticed. The character of Sprout himself is adorable in the extreme. While there is some danger of over-cuteness at points, few will mind being drawn into this touching, exciting story suitable for fantasy fans of all ages.

Our Dogs Ourselves: The Story of a Singular Bond by Alexandra Horowitz – In this book Alexandra Horowitz examines what’s called the ‘dog-human bond’: examining all aspects of the complexity of this unique interspecies pairing. From her position as a dog scientist, she uses the science of dogs and dog-human interaction to ground a consideration of the various ways that dogs, as a species, reflect us, and how they reflect (sometimes badly, sometimes well) on us. And she goes beyond the cognitive science to consider the culture, laws, and human dynamics that reveal and restrict this bond between two disparate species.

Horowitz shows that when each person makes the decision to breed, own, or adopt a dog, we enter into a relationship that will change us. It changes the course of our days: dogs need to be walked, fed, attended to. It can change the course of our lives: dogs weave their way into our lives with their constant silent presence by our sides. This books is intended for the curious dog owner and science-lover alike, who wants to read good, intelligent thinking on dogs, not overly sentimental but not without heart. 

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