Thursday, June 19, 2014

Answers To The "Ask Murphy & Stanley" Questions

Thanks for the great questions.  There were a lot of them so grab a cup of coffee and plan on spending a few minutes with us. So without further ado, we give you our answers:

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs and Easy Rider asked:  We would love to see the view from your window....we saw a bit the other day and it looked amazing.

Answer:  We love our view and it also looks really pretty at night.  When the house was being built our builder put up a sign that said:  "House by Nilson Homes, View by God".

Me looking out window.  We have 3 windows in the living room, a large picture window and 2 side windows (that open).  This is a side window.

This is the top of the same window.
This is from the center window.  The blue sliver in the far distance is the Great Salt Lake.
Just to the left of the other view (notice same house as on top).  This pic was taken the next day.

This is the view from the front of the house when I am in my Barking Chair.  (It was an overcast day so the sky is washed out.)

Molly The Wally asked:  OK so our question is how do make sure the staff never lets the treat box go empty? She realized this morning we are out of dental chews. Criminal if you ask me. What can I do?

Answer:  Molly, is there a place like that you can order treats delivered right to your door?  How about BarkBox or something similar?  If not then you have no alternative.  You MUST report your assistant to the authorities because it IS criminal!  If this is a first offense they should just give her a written warning as long as she corrects her behavior!  Also, it might be helpful if you have photographic evidence of the empty cupboards to corroborate your complaint.


Frankie Furter and Ernie asked:  YOUR MAILBOX...... we remember when it was hit by the guy PARKING??? so he could use his phone SAFELY... a Before and After of the Mailbox would be super.

Answer:  They don't look a lot different.  When he hit the mailbox he didn't knock it down, he broke the mortar (and the handle and flag).  So in order to replace the metal part it had to be taken apart.  With the mortar broken loose from the bricks it was also no longer structurally sound.  The original brick (that matched the house) was no longer available so we had to just pick something close).  Here are the photos:

This is the new mailbox
This is the old mailbox before it was hit).


Hailey and Zaphod and their Lady asked:  Hmmmmm, we want to know how you learned to run with your people. Thanks.

Answer:  First we went on a lot of long walks, around 5 - 6 miles.  Then when we started running with our pawrents, we started with a shorter distance and then just built up to 6 miles (9.66 km).  It didn't take very long though cuz we were already in shape.  It is impawtent to watch the doggie to see if you need to take a break, a drink, or walk through a puddle to cool off hot toes.  The hardest part was learning to run along side and not trip our pawrents and leave them crashing to the pavement.  I am embarrassed to admit I did this to mom once.  Our pawrents wear a hands-free leash so it is VERY easy for us to trip them if we make a fast move in the wrong direction.  Mom used a clicker to show me where I should be when I am running.  Mom says it is good to start running very slowly just to make sure the doggie stays in position.

Yamini MacLean asked:  Now tell me, doods, how is that basement door working for you? Also, how high are you above sea level? The photo the other day made look like you are up knocking at Heaven's door!

Answer:  Our doggie door is still a "work in progress".  Stanley goes in and out quite easily.  I personally like it best when mom or dad walks me to the door and tells me to go out.  I usually ask them to break the magnetic seal and then will finish pushing it open.  A few times I have gone through without any help.  But I usually will not come back through it, especially without prompting. I prefer to just go up the stairs to the kitchen door.  I am training mom and dad to pay me off with our raw dog meat treats.  I do MUCH better if I know there is a pay-off on the other side.

Now for your second question. We live at 5,000 feet above sea level.  We are about 800 feet above the Great Salt Lake and 600 feet above the valley below us.  It is just enough that we sometimes get snow and the valley below us gets rain.  We are located on the bench of the Rocky Mountain's Wasatch Range (in the shadow of Ben Lomond Peak).  Our view is made even more impressive by the fact that the back of our property is a fairly severe slope.
Soggibottom asked:  How do you get your beautiful locks looking so spectacular ?

Answer:  We just have a bath every week to 10 days and a trim every 3-4 weeks. Mostly we get our good looks from good genes.

scotsmad  asked:  What happened to the people down the hill? Are they any nicer to their puppy?

Answer:  They do the minimum required to stay out of trouble.  T-Bone (whose real name turns out to be Gemini) spends a great deal of time in the house.  He isn't totally housebroken though, cuz we overheard an admonishment as he was put outside.  He has a doghouse for protection from the elements (the outside is unfinished wood but it's more than the other dogs ever got).  Unlike the dogs before him SO FAR he hasn't had to endure long periods of time on his chain in inclement weather.  We are trying to decide if Josh has moved out of the house as we haven't seen him in quite some time.  But it is sad to watch T-Bone just watching me and Stanley play and wishing he could do the same.

Misaki asked:  My question is, why is my food bowl always empty??

Answer:  Your people have not been trained properly.  They believe this nonsense about doggies needing only certain amounts of food.  They have a fridge and pantry available for when they get hungry and you should too.  We suggest a gentle reminder that they are being cruel and if they don't change their ways then you will have to turn to authorities, or Oprah, for assistance.  At a minimum there should be treats on the counter so you can reach them during a counter-surf session, and a continuous feed food bowl that holds a MINIMUM of 10 pounds of dog food.  Anything less that this is just wrong.

zooperson Lady Caroline asked:   How's the doggie door doing? I wanted to print your picture,but mom says your "taken." What does that mean?

Answer:  Please see above for the answer on the doggie door.  As for what "taken" means . . . well, uh . . . that is complicated . . . I admit I am crazy about smitten with the funny, smart, beautiful, clever, excellent mixologist cute Ruby but we have only been on one fun, fantastic, wonderful, glorious date.  At this point we have not discussed the details of our relationship.  So I guess the official answer is this:  "How the heck do I know, I'm a guy!"

Madi and Mom asked:  Where were you born, how many pups in your litter and did you come with your names or did your peeps name you?  Oh and what colors were the other pups and what color are your parent pups?

Answer:  Me and Stanley were born near Salt lake City.  We have 4 sisters (all dark reds) and 1 other brother (same color as Stanley).  Our mom is Daisy and father is Guss.  Mom and Dad gave us our names when we were 2 weeks old.  Both my other brothers were named Stanley and at 5 weeks I picked this Stanley to come live with me in our forever home.  Mom knew she loved me and named me Murphy the same day my eyes opened when I was a tiny puppy dog.
Our litter
Our dad - Guss

Our Mom - Daisy
Tweedles asked:  Where do you two sleep? In bed with your pawrents?

Answer:  Of course!  We started out in kennels but as soon as we learned about going to the bathroom outside we got to sleep in the big bed.  Stanley usually sleeps along the bottom of the bed but I like to move around (but mostly next to mom).  Sometimes mom and I share the same pillow.

Idaho PugRanch asked:  Has there been any progress on the dog park proposal??

Answer:  Yes!  It is moving forward so far.  The mayor was supposed to present a plan to the city council on June 10th but when mom did not see it on the official agenda she asked the mayor if it was moved to another day.  The mayor responded to her with this statement:  " . . . upon further review our staff needed two more weeks to develop some budget recommendations for this matter, and it will be brought back on July 8th. We are actually considering some additional ideas, including a longer-term plan for a full Dog Park and needed to do some more research. Hope to see you on July 8th."  We thought that sounded really pawsitive!
Jazzi asked: Your yard seems so cool on the hill, do you have more yard space?  Are those your pretty flowers in the picture and how do they get them that nice? 

Answer:  Me and Stanley like running and playing on the hill but we don't have a lot of space.  The grassy area of our yard is very minimal.  Our house is only on a 1/4 acre lot.  The flowers in the photo are at a nearby park and they are cared for by professionals.

Duncan asked:  How do you gets your people to blog so regularly? Your assistants don't need to take these long breaks my mom seems to need. Is your assistant uber-organized? Help!

Answer:  Mom does 99.99% (or more) of my blogging for me.  If you ever see Stanley's name on a post or comment, that is dad assisting him.  Mom is NOT organized at all!  I asked mom for a tip and she said that being able to take photos on her cell phone really helps.  She looks at the photos to see what they are saying.  She reads our minds all the time.  Then she will often sit down and set up 4-5 days of posts at a time.

Val asked:  We are wondering if you are still doing agility and do you think the mayor will put some agility equipment at the new dog park you're working to get???

Answer:  Yes, we still work on weaving, tunneling, and the balance beam.  We haven't been doing our jumps too much but mom said she will try and remember to get them out for us to work on.  (She is always worried me and Stanley will twist an ankle on the many holes we dig in the lawn and flat-space is a problem.)  The mayor has made comments that suggest to us that he is looking at putting in agility equipment at the dog park.  We should know more on July 8th when the plan is presented to the council for a final vote (see comment above regarding this issue).

Jeanne Pursell asked: We would like to know how tall you guys are...and how much you weigh? We think somewhere we read you two are mini-golden that right?

Answer:  Yes, we are mini Goldendoodles but I am more mini than Stanley.  I weigh 21 pounds and am 17" tall.  Stanley weighs 36 pounds and is 20" tall.

Whitley Westie asked:  What are da meaning of life? Just kiddin, BOL! I are really asking what your favoritest toy is.

Answer:  Me and Stanley play with lots of different toys but my favoritest of all is my ball!  Stanley's favoritest is probably his monkey.
Sweet William The Scot asked:  Since you have that magnificent view that goes on and on forever, have you ever seen anything strange, spectacular, weird or unusual in the sky?

Answer:  We see the fireworks from about a dozen different cities (maybe more) at the same time.  We also see various types of weather as it comes across the valley.  It is very cool to watch a storm front come past us.  We haven't seen a UFO but we're still watching!

Golden Woofs! SUGAR asked:  We want to know more about Utah. Is it dog-friendly and special places you can take your dog.  We have to install the talking app on our phone, what is it again? 

Answer:  Utah is not what we would call very dog friendly (that would be Oregon!).  There are cities where dogs are not even allowed in parks!  We have magnificent national parks (5 of them in fact) but doggies are not allowed on trails.  However, doggies can go on trails in state parks. We see others post about Pet Expos but we don't have anything around here even close to the same caliper. The weather in Utah is typically very nice but we do have 4 seasons (sometimes in the same day).  We have very low humidity and more often than not, totally sunny blue skies.  Where we live mosquitoes are not a problem, you can go out at night, but closer to the lake there are mosquitoes.  Fleas are pretty much a non-issue and ticks are not really common (lack of trees).  A swimming pool for doggies recently opened in the SLC area but otherwise there aren't many special places for dogs.  It is unfortunate that many owners are lacking responsibility and ruining it for others.

The app is called "My Talking Pet" and is very easy to use.  It is available on Android and Apple products!

Thank you so much for the wonderful questions!!  Maybe we should have an official day in Blogville where everyone asks each other questions!

Murphy & Stanley


  1. Those are all wonderful question and answers. One thing we always look for is a dog friendly place to live

  2. Wow, that's really view! You can see even mountains ( I never saw real mountains, except a wood pile, but I'm not sure if that counts). I feel sorry for T-Bone, it's so sad that some people in your town are like the evil people here in my village...

  3. We so enjoyed everyones questions and answers. You guys are clearly too lucky dogs! Have a great day!

  4. standing ovation and squealing loudly at this most wonderful Ask Murphy and Stanley.
    We love love love "House by Nilson Homes, View by God". Your home was built with love!
    Your peeps Gus and Daisy and your litter was beautiful
    Hugs and thanks
    Madi your bfff

  5. That was fun reading all the answers. That view from your house is pawsome. We thought it was interesting that you can see fireworks from different cities. Benji doesn't like Fireworks, so I guess we won't be coming over for a visit on the 4th of July! Butt the other 87 days or so of the year, we will surely come and visit you. :)

  6. Pawsome Q&A doods. We loved your answers. We were just thinking about what was going on across the road the other day. So glad T-Bone is being treated better. Poor little fellow probably longs to come out to play. Nice one and play bows to you. I will get photographic evidence next time my snack box is empty. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  7. Wow…. dat was so much fun. We should have a Question day.

  8. Hey Doods!
    Wow, these were super questions and I really liked all of your answers! It's so cool to read more about all of us and I totally agree that you have a gorgeous view from your territory. I don't think I'd be at all amused with a bath every week. Yikes! BOL
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Furiend

  9. You have a gorgeous view. Can you see really good in your neighbors houses at night?
    Lily & Edward

    1. Actually, the group of houses on the west side of the hill typically leave the windows exposed so they can enjoy the view. When our pawrents moved in they would stand on the deck and remark that the moon was out. And they weren't speaking about the REAL moon either. Luckily the people eventually put up blinds!

  10. Just fantastix Dood's I wouldn't want a bath every week though Bawahhwahhhhaa Great post xxoxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  11. HOW in the PUG did we miss sending questions to you doods, was our MOM sleeping on the JOB or what the HEY!!!! We sure enjoyed reading all your questions and your answers....I think we should have a question and answer day on blogville, great idea...
    stella rose

    1. We better have a Q&A Day Blogville wide!

  12. Shucky darn I wanted to here you saw a meteor or maybe a satellite or a weather balloon or YES a UFO.
    Sweet William The Scot

  13. We really enjoyed this!!!! Great to see the questions and then read your great answers! It would be fun for everybody to do it!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Greta

  14. Wow! You guys live in an amazing place! We wish that there were mountains around here, but all we have are bayous. Plus mosquitoes! I love visiting your blog!

  15. Okays, you didn't answer MY question....Murphy, how do you stay soooooo handsome??!
    Just sayin'...
    Oh, and all the other questions are FABulous too...hehehe
    Ruby ♥

  16. Great learning about you guys and where you live. You're a bit like us in that we don't have a BIG yard either, that's why we go on long walks and to the river. We love that.

    Thanks for answering all those questions.

    XXXOOO Bella Roxy & Dui

  17. All those fireworks? Yikes! Mom says "cool"! She's nuts!

  18. Hari Om
    Thank you so much for all this work!!! BEN LOMOND???? Did Scots settle there then? (sorry that's an additional question!) I live not far from the original in the Bonny Land itself... Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  19. Thanks for answering all our questions. We love your view.

  20. Gosh this was fun! We loved readying all the questions and the answers too!
    Its fun to learn all about you's,,, and I just knew you slept in your pawrents bed!
    Happy Days!

  21. That was fun!!! Thanks for answering my question -- hopefully it guilted my mom in to posting more regularly :)

  22. This was a really fun post! I enjoyed getting to know y'all's better.

    I was thinking about asking about your neighbors who didn't take very good care of their dogs. Glad to have an update. I really can't help but wonder why in the world they would want to have a pet if they aren't going to care for it properly.

    I would LOVE to be at your house on the 4th of July to watch all of the firework displays!

  23. Howdy Murphy and Stanley, great questions and answers mates. We love the views from your house. We do feel sorry for ya though having to have a bath every week. Sheesh, Rory would rather eat horse poop. Hehe, actually he would LOVE to eat horse poop. Have a good weekend. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  24. This is the BESTEST Blog Post! It should win an award or something!! You are actually much smaller than we thought...not sure why we thought you were bigger! I think we have you mixed up with Fiona and Abbey...but I think they are regular goldendoods!! This was awesome learning all about you guys! Thanks!! xo Chloe and LadyBug

  25. LOVE the views from your windows. Interesting that you guys don;t have much mosquitos , fleas n ticks. That's too bad that they don't allow dogs on parks ... irresponsible dog owners ruin for other. Golden Thanks. This is a FUN Q&A :-) Golden Woofs


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