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Jul 17, 2006



Berg. Berg. Berrrrrg. [Looks up at door for a second]



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perfect pic for this heatwave. I'ma do this in a few mins... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

E. Collison
 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 11:06 AM


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E. Collison
 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 11:12 AM

That sweet pup looks like I feel.... is it time to go home yet?

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 11:15 AM

Head bigger than body? Perhaps it's just the pic perspective.

Love the paw pads and the 'had enough' expression.

Jay Fry
 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 11:16 AM

I think that place is on jupiter. That dog definitely has to put up with lots of gravity.

juggle geese
 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 11:17 AM

GUYS. Laying on the porch is hard work.

Are there extra points for paws-stretched-out-ness?

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 11:18 AM


Elaine Benes
 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 11:25 AM

Is "berg" a new Cute-ism? I must confess that I sometimes need help the first time, as I did with "ehn". Meg?

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 11:38 AM

the perfect porch pup!!!
in a minute I'm-a roll over so be ready to scratch my belly.

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 11:40 AM

I think berg is that funny grumpy noise old dogs make sometimes. At least that's how I hear it.

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 11:41 AM

oh man. nice to see an old feller making the cute cut. I want to skritch him on the head....

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 11:45 AM

I think many people underestimate the cuteness of old guys. Check out his stache!

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 11:48 AM

omg omg omg, that is the cutest doggie evah!! i just love that face and the scruff on the face thats mooshed omg too cute!!!!

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 11:51 AM

I love old pups. I also think its adorable when you see the old owner walking the old pup. You just know there is a major bond there.

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 11:52 AM

oh and i forgot, i wanna so totally scritch his tummy!! roll over feller!

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 11:54 AM

I thought "berg" was the doorbell, the annoying kind that's like a buzz, not a ding-dong. And that our graying-in-the-cheeks friend here has no interest in seeing who's on the porch, cuz he's old and ornery. Did I get it right? Do I win something? :-)

A Fine Morsel
 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 12:00 PM

This picture is absolutely perfect to describe the way I feel today.


 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 12:01 PM

methinks "berg" is a soft upwardly guttural breath exhalexplosion, that which makes doggy muzzlepuffs poof out over their teethsies and their graying whiskerhairs to suspend in mid-air. tisn't hard to replicate, human-wise. i do it all the time when frustrated at work

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 12:09 PM

muzzlepuffs!!! I couldn't think of the word!! heehee

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 12:14 PM

Now *that's* a hot dog!

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 12:29 PM

he looks wilted!! even his ears are droopy. aw. someone get the old man some water :D

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 12:50 PM

Wait a minute - I see that this anerable pooch pic is via Petfinder.com. Does that mean he is somewhere out there waiting for a forever porch of his own to glumph around on?

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 01:04 PM

Nan, I always heard that sound as "brrf". Then there's "wuf," which is the microbark you'll get from a dog who realizes you're a stranger and should be barked at, but otherwise doesn't give a damn 'cause it's too hot out to care, really.

good old whatshername
 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 01:07 PM

This is too cute!!!

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 01:10 PM

Streeee ... oh, forget it.

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 01:13 PM

Berg indeed. I have just finished loading a 22' moving and feel just this tired.

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 01:18 PM

Poor old guy deserves a nice rest on the porch. Sleepy, lazing about animals are always cute! I just want to skritch him behind the ears and make him happy!

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 01:31 PM

Now of course I am looking at Petfinder.com and am dying to adopt about 53 more dogs. At the Philadelphia SPCA they have a special adoption fee for purebreds of $300. Does that sound ridiculous to anyone else?

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 01:40 PM

"microbark", heeheeheee.
Loves me the old doggies. Was at a party yesterday and the neighbor's old old doggie wandered arthritically in, lured by the siren smell of grilling, beggin' for treats. Of course I gave him one, I'm the biggest sucker evah for the fuzzfaces.

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 01:45 PM

There are all these wonderful theories about what "berg" really means. Can we have the solution, now?


(Incidentally, in Norwegian berg means mountain, but that doesn't really work here.)

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 01:52 PM

Maybe Berg is the dog's name.
Berg. berg. Berrrrrrg.
Berg's not moving, he's content on the porch.

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 01:55 PM

Maybe he's hungry, but not enough for a *whole* burger. (Bergur?)

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 02:07 PM

I can sorta hear this doggie saying "snorf" or "hrrrmph."
He's anerable and I want to stroke his paddy paws.

(Hey - I'm Norwegian, and part of my last name is "berg." Nifty, huh?)

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 02:10 PM

Somebody's got a case of the Mondays. It's okay, lil pup. There'll be another weekend soon.

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 02:15 PM

Ceebs, that $300 fee is rediculous. The only good thing about purebreds is showing them and breeding them. The SPCA would make sure the pup is altered... so you can't do either anymore. Purebreds are great, but if you can't show or breed them, you may as well get a mutt. They'll love you just the same!

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 02:19 PM

Wow. I thought I was the only one to use "Berg." Alternative spelling: "Blerg."

It is indeed a "hrumph" sort of noise, but less "meh" and more of a muttery "c'mon!" He's too hot on the porch, and no one is letting him in, but it's too hot to beg or baroo. So he bergs. Mutter mutter berg hrumph berg sigh.

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 02:22 PM

coolest dog ever..

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 02:58 PM

ceebs--that is ridiculous. The Philly 'burbs SPCAs charge $90 at most, altering and first vet visit included.

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 03:04 PM

Yay for old dogs looking cute! Here's my old gal showing off her best rule #3, with just the right hint of pink tongue:


 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 03:06 PM

Often rescues and shelters will charge a higher fee for "purebreds" or puppies. It makes sense, in a way, because folks often find those two groups more attractive than older pets and obvious "mutts." It helps defray the cost of care for the dogs who are left longer in their care because they are older or less "pure." Sad but true. I support the policy as long as it gives these other pups a longer time to find a home.

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 03:18 PM

But back to our friend Berg here. Dontcha love the Superman arm pose? He is really a precious pooch getting maximum underarm exposure to the coooooool porch. So sleeeeepy.

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 03:20 PM

Yeah, I thought the $300 fee was obnoxious. I know all shelters need the money but it makes me sad that some dogs aren't getting the same chance to be adopted as others. :-(
They have some gorgeous dogs there too. Most other shelters, you are right, charge $75-$90 from what I see. I'm in love with about 3 from a suburban philly rescue but I don't know that my Elvis would be (or my wallet) :-(

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 03:22 PM

Oops, I posted before I saw Sandy's post. Yeah, if they keep the dog longer (or until...) then I guess the higher fee is okay. Still though.. I think $300 is a lot. Is it costing them more to keep a purebred Papillon than a big ole mutt?

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 03:25 PM

I'm inclined to agree with sandy. I'm all for a higher fee for more "adoptable" dogs, if it brings in resources to support the older dogs and the mutts that people tend to overlook.

I don't see the appeal of purebreds, anyway. They seem to have more inherent health and behavioral issues than your average mutt does. And it also irritates me to see so many purebreds being owned by people who are really more interested in the image of owning an expensive dog than in simply providing a home for one of God's creatures.

 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 03:46 PM

Paw Paddies! If it's not already a rule PAW PADS SHOWING needs to be one!

Dickie Twinkles
 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 03:56 PM

I own a purebred pup. I did not get him for show purposes (he was last left in a litter of 9 and has unshoable markings)
I picked a purebred because I love cavaliers and did not see and cavalir crosses for sale.
A plus side to getting a purebred is that you are provided with a history of any medical problems and certificates proving they've been checked against them. Also, the temperment is pretty secure...basically you KNOw what you are getting!

Having said that...I picked Oscar purely on cuteness and would not at all be adversed to shelter pets. I have 4 shelter pets including 2 diabetic guinea pigs and a disabled rat.

Dickie Twinkles
 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 04:00 PM

On a slight tangent here but...

Has anyone noticed the extortionate prices of designer 'mutts'?
I think, for example, puggles are adorable and crossing with the beagle help aliviate a lot of the health problems of the pug...but they're such a trend I worry about these pups when they're not longer the latest 'thing' :/

Dickie Twinkles
 |  Jul 17, 2006 at 04:04 PM

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