One Liner Wednesday- In Dog I Trust

One-Liner Wednesday – Written Off

Hamish Macbeth 2014
by: A.M. Moscoso

“If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.” — James Thurber

I’m hoping that Hamish Macbeth puts in a few good words for me.

 I think he will.


Hamish Macbeth 2020
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Alas Poor Mr Snowball, We Knew You Not

Hamish Macbeth’s toys from Barkbox arrived as usual, but this time I couldn’t find the box cutter so it took me awhile to open it.

Hamish Macbeth could smell the chimken and peanut butter cookies, he cried he begged…open the box oh please! But it’s safety first so I took my time. I use using a box cutter after all.

Hamish Macbeth was not happy.

I put the box on the floor and he grabbed one toy and ran to the backroom, jumped on the bed and killed the Snowball toy.

As you will see, he considered his actions before he tore the tag off of Mr Snowball’s head but there was no stopping him in the end.

He had a point to prove to the other toys.

“Fair is foul, and foul is fair.”

(Macbeth Act 1 Scene 1)


“There’s daggers in men’s smiles.”

(Macbeth Act II, Scene III)

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“Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.”  

( Macbeth Act 1, Scene 4 )

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“By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.”  

 ( Macbeth Act 1 Scene 4 )

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Performed By Hamish Macbeth RDP Goodbye on My Enduring Bones.

The Cookie Jar

On Friday I had to take my dog, Hamish Macbeth  to the Vet’s- his paw was bothering him and he had been licking at it for almost a week.

At one point the swelling went down and flared back up so there was no googleing ‘ how do I cure my dog’s itchy swollen paw’ for advice ( because I’m not trusting my dog’s health to the interwebs ) and it was off to the Vets for us.

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Hamish waiting for the Vet- he’s pouting because we had to leave reception and he was having fun out there!

Here’s the thing about Hamish, he considers the discomfort of an exam or an inoculation a very small price to be paid for getting to be around other cats and dogs and people who are animal friendly- plus he gets so cookies so it’s all good in Hamish Macbeth’s books.

He is cookie jar half full kind of personality.

Lucky for Hamish it was only a slight infection and we went home with some drugs and by Monday I knew he was feeling better because he spent the weekend playing with his toys and jumping up and down on the bed- which he had stopped doing when his paw started to bother him.

But if you ask Hamish what the best part of the visit was- he’d probably say it was the nifty new toy he got…others have referred to this toy as


Remember though- he’s a half cookie jar full kind of personality:

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That’s right.

Hamish loves this thing.

He loves bopping me with it and then running off. He figured out how to careen off the walls with it when he’s running around the house. He even figured out a way to trap my cat under it.

Here’s the thing.

When we left the Vets Hamish was not happy. I mean his foot hurt, he was a champ when the Vet had to handle it and examine the spaces between his nails and the pads, but that could not have felt good. He had also been having loads of fun and when it came time to go…

he wouldn’t get in the Jeep.

So I had to pick all 84lbs of him up from the ground  and lift him into the back seat of my jeep and then I had to clip his seat belt onto the back of his harness ( did I mention he was sitting on his seatbelt and wouldn’t move off of it…BOL Hamish ).

Once he was set I told him he was a good boy and that we would be home in a jiff- and instead of smooching me which is something he does when I put my face next to his-

he sneezed on me.

In case you are curious- I did no get bent out of shape or angry.

Hamish is a Cookie Jar Half Full type of personality and he’s entitled to an off day or an off 10 minutes  and if he can end that off day by turning THE CONE OF SHAME into a nifty new toy how could I ever be angry with him?

He makes me laugh and smile-always.

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Hamish Macbeth and Darwin

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This is Hamish Macbeth, I’ve written about him a lot because I happen to think he is the most pawsome dog in the Universe.

Before I go on I will say that I know your dog is pawesome too – all dogs are. It’s science. Anyway back to my story about Hamish.

Hamish is very good at following rules and doing as he is told..but we sort of have a running battle going on.

There is one rule he bends at tests and probably spends a lot of time thinking about how to get around it.

It’s the house rule involving his big brother Darwin.

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Hamish dumped this toy in front of Darwin and trotted off- but there is a method to his madness because the house rule is that Hamish is NOT allowed to go near Darwin’s food dish.

I had no idea that Hamish was eating Darwin’s food- I was giving Darwin extra because I thought he was just developing a robust appetite.

What I ultimately noticed was that Darwin’s weight was staying the same-even with the extra food he was taking in.

Hamish on the other hand put some weight on and his breath smelled fishy.


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So I noticed that all of the sudden Hamish was dropping toys around Darwin and walking by me with his best boy in the face world- note, he was nowhere near the dining room at these times.

Eventually I was so used to this toy routine that when Hamish added a pit stop at Darwin’s bowl, I didn’t even notice.

But I did catch on and now Hamish has taken to doing this:

He’s been lining up his toys by Darwin’s dish- doesn’t matter if there is food in the bowl or not. In fact, he’s left toys in front of the dish when there was food inside of it.

Plot twist.

I wonder what is coming next?


Hamish Gets Groomed

Over the weekend I was a teeny bit stressed because I  had to leave my dog, for the first time ever with people he didn’t know. He did great with them of course because he’s confident and secure- me, not so much.

I’d decided to take him in for his first visit to the Dog Groomer because, let’s face it a hose and oatmeal doggie shampoo and a quick brush when he runs through spider webs or goes crazy at the dog park and rolls around is better then nothing, right?

Well, I think it is but it’s not exactly thorough and my dog is awesome and deserves better from me

I’d found a great Vet Clinic and because Hamish Macbeth was so fond of the staff I decided to pull the trigger and get him groomed there.

Here are the results.


Homeschooled and home groomed BOL.

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I used the same camera for both all of the pictures- Hamish’s fur really IS that bright and shiny and since he had his ears cleaned he’s been holding then up more. Plus his pointy raptor nails are gone.

I loved the bandana they put on him, but Hamish’s signature color is pink so I’ll ask if he can get one on his next visit.

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So Hamish will now be visiting his Groomer every eight weeks and before special occasions.-

From the smile on his face, I have the feeling he’s looking forward to it too!