Monday, September 20, 2010

Cassi Olson & Ziggy and Bowie

Who is in the photo at right?

My name is Cassi and I maintain a blog named 'get yourself a virgo.' It is my creative outlet, and a stepping stone for becoming a published [read: paid] writer someday. Currently, I work in the industrial sector for a stevedoring company, and my husband, Gabriel, is a musician. In this photo, I am with our two furry children, Ziggy and Bowie. Ziggy is a two-year old Basenji / Cattledog mix. Bowie is a three-and-a half-year old Siberian Husky / German Shepherd hybrid.

What's the occasion for Coffee with a Canine?

Gabriel and I always have coffee with our dogs, at any time of day, but this particular day was special. We were celebrating 10 (that's right, ten!) years together. We started dating on August 4, 2000, we were married October 3, 2009, and this photo was taken August 4, 2010.

What's brewing?

"Cowboy coffee," which my husband made in a percolator on our outdoor barbecue. It's Folgers.

Any goodies to go with the coffee?

For us, we had homemade peach cobbler, warmed in a cast iron skillet on the barbecue.

Any treat for Ziggy and Bowie on this occasion?

Our dogs, believe it or not, don't like treats, so they gnawed on sticks--much to their enjoyment.

How were you and your dogs united?

Ziggy: Friends of ours rescued her when she was about four months old, and when they brought her to our home, she adopted us.

Bowie: We found him listed for adoption on Craigslist when he was seven weeks old. Even before meeting him, we knew he was ours.

How did your dogs get their names? Any nicknames?

We are big David Bowie fans, and when we met Ziggy and saw her split eyes, it was too perfect. Plus, her personality is just so "Ziggy." Both our dogs have only about a thousand nicknames.

To name a few, Ziggy = "bee sting munchkin; weasel; the verm; subject misses; yittle..."

And Bowie = "mister; bowie-son; buddy bear; the wolf; handsome; oh dis man..."

Where are your dogs' favorite places for outings?

Our dogs are much more well-behaved off-leash, so whether we're at Stinson Beach, CA at the off-leash beach, or out in a local field, they prefer to run free.

If your dogs could change one thing about you, what would it be?

They would probably want me home all day with them. I work full-time, but when I'm home, I'm all about them.

What's each dog's best quality?

Bowie is very intuitive. When I am not feeling like 'myself', he is right there beside me to lend support and comfort.

Ziggy is very inspiring and motivating. Being a basenji, she has an endless supply of energy, and she loves to spread it.

What's each dog's proudest moment?

When we first got Ziggy, she was wild/untrained. In our old home, we had a doggy door that led out to the back yard. She was quite skittish and didn't feel comfortable going through the doggy door, until one day Bowie ran through it, turned and stuck his head through the flap and barked at her to follow him. She did, and she never hesitated again. She also never had any accidents in the house, thanks to Bowie. I am so very proud of both of them...especially of big brother for teaching her the ins and outs of being a domestic dog and member of our family.

Visit Cassi Olson's blog, get yourself a virgo.

--Marshal Zeringue