A dachshund, a jet-ski and a ski slope…

A dachshund, a jet-ski and a ski slope…  What do these three have in common?

Not much… except for this photo I just created.

My Christmas gift from a very, very dear friend was a graphic tablet/stylus pen. So I am now having a blast learning how to use it, get the feel, and create! I am not sure how I came up with this combination, but it sure was fun to make – and with the tablet, really was not difficult at all.

Jerry needs no help playing with his ball. Dog catapult machine.

jerry and his catapault machine

According to the description in the video:

I built the ball machine because I thought my dog Jerry, might like it and that it would be something fun for me to build. So after two years of on and off work, with many safety features such as IR proximity sensors to protect Jerry and my son from the machine, I finally complete.

Far from being a replacement for me, I was always right there with him enjoying his fun. And with all the troubles that I went through to build the ball machine, I still end up throwing more balls than that the machine could count! According to the computer, he played with the machine by himself only 3 times in his life.

I recently put this video on YouTube to keep alive my earlier memories of him and (hopefully) provide some “humorous distractions” for anyone that might drop by.

Please enjoy the video.

Personal note:  I know some people sniffle at this creation, “You should spend more time with your dog throwing the ball yourself…” etc.  Well, let’s face it and be real.  Life keeps us busy, joints and muscles get old and tired, and so on.  I would love to spend all my time playing with my dogs, but just cannot.  I think this is great!  If you notice, this dachshund has quite a bit of gray… excellent way to help keep an older dog active.



Adorable pictures of Corgi cross-bred dogs


The name Corgi literally means “dwarf dog” in Welsh.  Dwarfism is a dominant gene, therefore when crossing dwarf dogs, such as Corgi’s, with non-dwarf dogs, the gene takes over.  Here are some examples of what the results can be…

Corgi / Australian Shepherd

Corgi / Australian Cattle Dog

Corgi / Basset Hound

Corgi / Beagle

Corgi / Black Labrador

Corgi / Border Collie

Corgi / Chihuahua

Corgi / Chow Chow

Corgi / Dachshund


Corgi / Dalmation


Corgi / English Bulldog

Corgi / German Shepherd

Corgi / Golden Retriever

Corgi / Jack Russell

Corgi / Long Hair Dachshund

Corgi / Papillon

Corgi / Pomeranian

Corgi / Pug

Corgi / Sheltie

Corgi / Shiba Inu

Corgi / Siberian Husky

Corgi / Toy Poodle

Corgi / West Highland Terrier (Westie)

Corgi / Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie)

This one below is not a cross-bred Corgi, but is so fluffy and cute… and is winking!  I had to include it:


Top 10 most popular dogs in the U.S.

Top 10 more popular dogs in the US

No surprises here.  Well, the Yorkie did surprise me a little bit.  A would have thought a Cocker rather than a Yorkie…


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