Marty's Joke of the Day

Marty's Joke of the day is an internet column that I've written for more than 5 years.
I tell humorous stories about my "sweet wife" and raising our 4 young sons, named #1, #2, #3, and #4.
After 5 years of story telling, in August of 2005, doctors found a brain tumor in son #4.
Our focus here has changed little as we still try to find humor in our lives.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Kirby v. Buddy

Monday, March 07, 2005

Well, we got a puppy. Before we left to pick him up, I decided to talk to each boy individually and ask what they wanted to name the dog. 3 of the 4 boys liked “Kirby”, but son #4 insisted on “Buddy”. Anytime anyone referred to the dog as “Kirby”, son #4 would put his hands on his hips; give a dirty look, and yell, “NOT Kirby! His name BUDDY!” So, after an hour of that, everyone started calling the dog ‘Buddy’. So, Buddy it is. It’s kind of has a “Buster” ring to it (our old dog), but not too much. And, Kirby and Hoover just didn’t fit.

On the way up to get him, we made a couple of stops. At each stop son #3 would tell anyone who would listen, “We’re get’n a dog, and it’s Purebred!” He told the lady at the gas station, the clerk at the fireworks store we stopped to look at, and the waitress at the restaurant. When we got home with Buddy, we walked down to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Son #3 said, “Yeah, and he’s Purebred too!” Grandpa smiled and said, “Do you know what Purebred means?” He said, “Um... No... I guess not.” Grandpa said, “But you know it’s special, right?” He smiled, “YUP!”

Buddy is a cute little dog, only 7 weeks and 2 days old today. My sweet wife got some dog training info off of the internet, and read most of it to us while we were driving. It says you can train a dog when he’s 10 weeks old, but he’s so smart, we’ve already house trained him. Well, sort of. He hasn’t gone in his kennel or in the bathroom yet (his house for now), but we have to take him out side every time he whines. When he goes, we really praise him. But it wasn’t fun the 4 times during the first night, but got better when it was only 2 times last night. We’ll see how it goes tonight.

I’ll try and post pictures soon.

Enjoy today’s Jokes!

Reader Comment Section:

How about Chester? That's a good name for a dog......LOL
~Your #1 Sister

[Just like your uncle, if you ever came to town, you’d be confused
and try to take my dog home with you...]

Marty, I don't know anything about Masterguard personally, but as a
firefighter I can tell you that it is a good idea to have smoke
detectors in every sleeping area/bedroom, plus one in high risk
areas (like the kitchen or near the fireplace) and one in the
approach to the sleeping areas of your home (like the hallway or at
the top of the stairs). You should also ask about carbon monoxide
detectors and look into fire extinguishers. It's also a great idea
to get the family together and come up with an evacuation plan (2
ways out, meeting place, etc) and practice it. This is probably a
good place to start: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/safety/escape/
~jeff B.

[Great info!]

As a followup to my original message: Just yesterday we had a local
man seriously injured in a fire because his family did not have a
meeting place designated and he believed that they were still
inside the house and went back in to look for them. The family was
already out and safe but he didn't know that. Also, I can't stress
enough that you need to not only come up with a plan of escape, but
you must practice it (especially with kids).
~jeff B.


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