Sunday, January 25, 2009

Small bones with Bluebeards

Charlie the dog blog: Written by a dog

This morning we met up with some very fun friends of ours we haven't seen in awhile. It was magical. Amber felt her shoulders lift when one of her all time favorite crushes showed up, and she had a lovely conversation with him. Plans were made for the weeks coming up over breakfast, and everyone hugged and smiled when we parted. The day became lazy with phone calls, cleaning, and good old television. It was the perfect day all things considered. I am a big bully sometimes because I am a little dog. Sometimes when people and pups feel small they bully other people to make them feel bad. Amber had been bullied by someone she was once close to, and made wrong for asking for the smallest thing (a DVD to watch) and it made her feel really bad. I cuddled with her and reminded her that people would not treat her that way if they really were there without expectations. She has moved on from the situation, learning enough to write an entire text of what she will never accept in her life again. This person held her hostage by restricting any love/friendship/kindness/giving without having his own will enforced. Adjustments in This new way of life will take practice, but as Amber's girlfriends remind her "bluebeards are a mirror of what you feel you deserve". Being in a relationship where you are shown little love, but with alot of expectations makes a bully feel big, ,even when Amber knew deep down she deserves someone who gives unconditionally as she does. LIfe is full of learning. May she not think she only deserves small anymore. It taught her not to ever bully anyone emotionally herself. Being a person who deserves the best means believing you deserve it first. Only then, will she be taught that she does deserve to spend time with magnificent people who contribute all that they are to this world. I only bark at big dogs out of fear, but once fear is removed, I will be a friend to even the greatest of Danes.

Here are 25 Random things about Amber that I asked her to write:
1. My mother had a fake I.D. on her when I was born, so my real/fake first last name was Everhart
2. My mom hitch hiked cross country with me in a papoose on her back
3. I was adopted because my mom robbed a bank, and was sent to prison
4. Parents owned a head shop “The Abovo” head shop, childhood smelled like incense
5. I baptized my cats in a kiddie pool so they could go to heaven, at 8 I was baptized Mormon
6. When younger sister Celeste came home from hospital I said “nighty night, outside!” and put her in my toy box.
7. I played the violin and sang a lot as a child in church
8. I used to have a lot of freckles and hated them
9. As a child I put on productions of singing, dancing and plays using all the neighborhood children as my cast, and charged the adults a quarter to watch
10. My dad taught me to drive in the snow of Utah
11. I’ve lived in a tent, a storage unit, a car, a trailer, and a mansion
12. My favorite book is The Diary of Anne Frank. My favorite movie is Little Women, reminds me of my sisters
13. A stranger left a black haired rag doll on my porch as a kid. The note said: From someone who loves you. To this day it is the best gift I have ever received
14. Journey and Def Leppard remain on my play list for all time and eternity
15. I believe in love
16. My biological mothers line is Cherokee, my bio father is unknown, but thought to be Jewish
17. I love to cook, but rarely eat anything I cook
18. I imagine what someone looks like naked when I meet them
19. I love organization, but I am not organized
20. My first film crush was Ralph Machio in Karate Kid, then Eliot in E.T.
21. My family owned a movie theatre for awhile, and I would run the projectors
22. The home that has my heart is 394 West Center Street in Logan Utah
23. Greg Brooker and Margo Romero hold special places in my heart
24. My biological brother Tommy is now in a box on my bookshelf may he R.I.P.
25. I have a tattoo of a turtle because I asked God for a sign once, and turtles popped out of the ocean, dancing in the waves



WUff WUff
Charlie the dog
xo

Friday, January 23, 2009

Fairy "tails"

Do fairy tales make it difficult to live a simple life? Sometimes I wonder about this. With all the fairy tales of a prince charming storming in on a fiery steed to save the day, it makes simple things feel a bit more..simple. Romance is on Ambers mind alot but she rarely acts on it. Most of her romance is saved for the pages of her writings, and each day I wonder when the time is that God will bring someone new in her life. Someone last night said something brilliant, and that was that if you want the mate you desire become the mate you want yourself. This really rings true and this year has been one for the texts. With many of our friends in worse situations, it really is a time to feel blessed with who we are and what we are, rather than to worry so much about what will come. True love lasts a lifetime and we have had it, and it is still with us.

This morning was still, and there was no one in the house. It felt lovely for us, and we hesitated to do anything to get the day started because it was so nice and zen right where we were. I am still working on my book, and insecurities about it have been lingering in my doggie mind. That just wont do, and Amber is helping me to overcome them so that I can push through, and get it done well. The lessons we have learned ourselves should be shared, and we hope to share the ideas we have with the world. There are always treats and rewards for good things, if they are done with the right intentions.

Special prayers go out today for Heather, Charlotte, Toni, and Jade. May these beautiful girls feel the light of a beautiful world within them. We hope all their fairy tails come true.

Wuff Wuff

Monday, January 19, 2009

New Dog in the white-house



"As I prepare to assume the presidency, yours are the voices I will take with me every day I walk into that Oval Office -- the voices of men and women who have different stories but hold common hopes; who ask only for what was promised us as Americans -- that we might make of our lives what we will and see our children climb higher than we did," Obama.

I'm barking with excitement over the hope of change within the new presidency. It's the countdown and the first black president will be taking over our country, and leading us towards a new change. I feel very blessed this year, and I am blessed to have you readers sharing my experiences along the way. I believe in the new president Obama, and feel that he is just the human to get things in order. I also like him because he loves dogs, and is inviting a new dog into the white-house. That's the kind of human I dig, a doglover.

Tonight Amber starts a book reading with her mentor Katia G. It's going to open alot of thought, just as good books do. Our scene is ready to start rehearsing with Luca, we are doing Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner.



I'm saying "we" loosely as I have no personal part in the project other than cheering Amber on as she does what she loves. Amber and I love historical events, and for her to get to play a fascinating real person will be alot of fun. Margo is directing the piece, and Jeff is doing the camera. Wearing the old clothes of the 40's will be so much fun, I just hope Amber doesn't smother me with kisses when she is wearing the famous RED lipstick.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Train




In Lumiere's short film "Arrival of a train" the brothers set out to film an everyday situation, of a train coming into the station. Spectators came for miles to see the short film, but when the train headed towards them on the screen, audiences panicked, screaming to get to safety. It was something they had seen quiet often but it was shown to them in a way they couldn't comprehend. It's a great life lesson really, things aren't always as they seem, the train wont hurt us, and if we look at things in a different way, we can enjoy them fully.

This weekend our car is in the shop. It was moody when Amber tried to start it the other day, and finally we had it towed to a shop. It's not a good time for this to happen, but it stressed Amber a bit more because her job is ending next week too. It takes effort to look at things like the film, and know that things may not always be how they seem, and really we are okay, and life is on track.

Wuff

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Listen to the Alpha doggie

This morning we slept in till' 9 AM. In the old days we wouldn't even go to bed until that time, and today we feel we got that extra snore in. Life is wonderful, but it's because we work so hard to keep it that way, it isn't always easy.


Our dear friend Toni is going through a hard time with her sobriety, and asked to get the word out that she needs the help. Rob is looking to get her into Betty Ford treatment center after a suicide attempt. Our other dear friend Margo has a niece in the hospital from the same thing. Her niece is not as lucky as Toni so far, and is in critical condition. The problem starts in our mind, and grows from there. If we don't stop and check our thoughts in with someone wiser than us, it can spiral out of control into something deadly. Most of the time our own "self thinking" is wrong, and our "bright ideas" are not so bright. It takes a village to get it right sometimes. Sure, we can manifest our own destiny. But having others help us guide the way is important for our survival. Looking to the Alpha dog's in our pack for guidance will keep us safe. Sylvia Plath had her pack, but chose to ignore them and struggled with her own destiny.

We worry about our Allie when she is so far away in Oklahoma. She is the light of our world, and she is missed beyond measure. It is with alot of prayer that we trudge through the times we are apart. Brian has been spending time at our house again lately, and he has been on his best behavior and not causing as much stress as he used to. I hope he gets a job soon so he can buy me a big juicy bone. I'm tired of eating my own poop, and a bone would be nice. The sun is shining here in California and there are wonderful things all around. We just have to look extra hard sometimes.


People matter, dogs matter, animals matter, and life matters.

Friday, January 16, 2009

It was brilliant









This is the last week of work for Amber on WRECKREATION NATION with Dave Mordal. What a great journey it has been for us. So much has been learned, so much...there are not enough words for it even. There are alot of projects that Amber and I are working on during the break from Television, but it will be bittersweet saying goodbye. The office is not full of bubbly co-workers as the last days wind down. Amber has one more shoot in New London, and then it's going to be so quiet that the crickets will sing. We are living the best life we have ever imagined, and Rob Fox made it all happen by believing in us even though the credentials were not there. After booking many shoots, and showing up to do the hard work, he feels his decision to bring us on board was right on spot.







Nothing in the world can bring on perserverance. Talent will not, nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persisience and determination alone are onmipotent- Calvin Coolidge





Allie had something to be proud of. Her mommy did something good. Amber has had so many adventures on this job. She did things she never even knew were out there. Soapbox racing, alligator wrestling, chess-boxing, and even saw a castle in the middle of the Colorado mountains built by one man alone.




Having faith that if the work was done, we would get our chance paid off. We hope that a second season of the show is picked up, but we are in complete gratitude that we had this opportunity. It was brilliant.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Bionic Dolphins





There have been so many event's since the last time my paw touched the computer, that I'm not quiet sure where to start. We just went on the road for a film shoot, and there is always so much to learn out there that sometimes it's a bit scary. We flew into Sacramento on Monday, and drove for a couple hours in a caravan to our location in Redding. Once there we mic'd up the characters and interviewed them on their creation of mechanical dolphin boats. After hours of shooting we settled into our hotel for the night. The next morning we were up and went out to the lake to film the Bionic dolphins in action. One of them didn't start, and caught fire. The second and third worked beautifully. Amber scrambled to take production notes while on a follow boat as we crashed through the currents following the speeding characters. There were ducks I wanted to chase, sun, and beautiful mountains surrounding us. It was a tiring, but blessed day. Amber felt proud that she found this story, and that it will be airing on the Discovery channel soon. It turned dark and we headed back to our room where we tucked in and watched our creation on Wreckreation Nation. What a cool job (other than dealing with the all male crew) this is. It is very humbling and fills me with gratitude everytime my nose itches with discontent. Life is what we make of it. Like the dolphins, we jump in and out of hoops, and sometimes we land on our sides, but we are capable of doing it right, and by trying and trying to do it well, our life becomes magical.

Wuff

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Friends and Love






Three dogs, a cat, two fish, and a roomate. We have a wonderful full house of joy, and I feel incredibly blessed. Amber had a best friend years ago named Charlotte Louis and I was named after her. This week Charlie called and said she was coming to California to live. Amber was excited, anxious, worried, and nastalgic about it. They had so many adventures together as youngsters, and they certainly got in alot of trouble together. It's a loving relationship between the two of them, and I am glad that they are re-connected. It's wonderful when you build up the kinds of friendships where even if they go away for awhile, you can pick up the phone and know that there is love. I have experienced many wonderful relationships with Amber along the way..Heather Dean, Charlotte Louis, James Cooper, Laurie, Judymay Murphy, Heather Dodson, Dawn Tingle, Sandy Castro, and all her Tony Robbin pals. Everytime I feel lonely and cuddle up to Amber, I remind her of all the blessings we have, and she reminds me of how important it is to remember. Life is such an interesting journey, and if we look at it through our hearts instead of our heads it is magical. Damon, Amy, and Bill will never be forgotten. Lisa Cassileth, Margo Romero, Greg Brooker, Erin Affourtit, Katey Sagal and a stranger we met on the side of the road once long ago, Monty Brooks, will all keep a special place in our hearts. The sun is shining in Hollywood today, and it's hard to believe it's winter in some places. If you have friends, you will always be warm inside. xoxo
Wuff

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Experience and television



It was a late night and an early morning today. My tail is wagging as I prep packages of my new book to send out to publishers. I hope they like it, because I worked really hard on it. My human thinks it's pretty adorable. It's a good lesson to try new things that you don't know if you can do or not. I love doing new things, and trying to enjoy the process is important. Amber felt bad because she is still smoking and this is the year she wants to put down the pack of fags for good. Looking at defects that we want to erase are good, and keeping our minds open and knowing that with alot of work, and the grace of God these things shall pass in time. Banging her head against a wall will just cause bruises.

The premiere of the show Amber is producing WRECKREATION NATION premieres tonight on Discovery channel. Amber is so excited, and I am running in circles from the anticipation. It's a good show, and Amber and her other producers worked incredibly hard on it. It's a magical experience seeing idea's come to fruition on the television screen.
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Here are a couple of things we covered in the show:
Chess Boxing is a hybrid sport which combines the sport of boxing with games of chess in alternating rounds. Chess boxing fights have been organized since early 2003. The sport was started when Dutch artist Iepe Rubingh inspired by fictional descriptions of the sport in the writing of Enki Bilal organized actual matches. To succeed players must be both skilled chess players and skilled boxers. The new novelty sport Chess-Boxing is gaining attention rapidly because it is both mentally and physically challenging. It’s a combination of both boxing and playing chess, two of the strongest sports involving physical strength and intellect. In order to win you must use your hands, and most importantly your brain.

The two opponents start by playing chess for four minutes then the two opponents combat each other in two minute rounds of boxing. This is repeated until someone wins. A victory can be achieved by either knock-out or check-mate.

This game requires equal skill at moving pawns and throwing punches.

The sport had its beginnings in a comic strip by the French author Enki Bilal, titled Equator Cold. The last work in Bilals “The Nikipol Trilogy” features a blood-stained chess boxing battle set in a fictional apocalyptic city in 2034.

In 2003, the young Dutch artist lepe Rubingh decided to bring it to life, but with less brutality, and he organized the first match in a bar.
The sport is now governed by the World Chess Boxing Organization (WCBO), whose motto is "Fighting is done in the ring and wars are waged on the board." The first world championship was held in Amsterdam in 2003 and won by Iepe Rubingh himself. The First Chess Boxing World Championship took place in Berlin in 2005.
In 2007 chessboxer David Depto lost a dramatic fight against “Anti-Terror” Frank Stoldt for the world title who in turn lost out to Nikolay Sazhin in 2008.


And...

Falconry is a recreational event although some consider it to be an art. Falconry involves the use of trained raptors (birds of prey) to hunt or pursue game. The Falcons hunt for rats, mice, rabbits, or ducks, and extreme practice must be used to train the raptors as well as their owners. Dogs on the ground mark the locations, and the bird is set free to hunt for it’s meal, swooping through the air at speeds up to 243 mph. There are several different applications in training that take place to teach the bird how to respond to lures, to robo-rabbits, then on to live bait.

Historically, falconry was a popular sport and status symbol among the nobles of medieval Europe and feudal Japan; in Japan the sport is called Takagari. Eggs and chicks of birds of prey were quite rare and expensive, and because the process of raising and training a hawk or falcon requires a great deal of time, money, and space, it was largely restricted to the noble classes. In Japan, there were even strict restrictions on who could hunt which sorts of animals and where, based on rank within the Samurai class.

In art and in other aspects of culture such as literature, falconry remained a status symbol long after falconry was no longer popularly practiced. Eagles and hawks displayed on the wall could represent the noble himself, metaphorically, as noble and fierce. Woodblock prints or paintings of falcons or falconry scenes could be bought by wealthy commoners, and displayed as the next best thing to partaking in the sport, again representing a certain degree of nobility.

We also covered soapbox racing, dolphin boating,pumpkin chunking, iron man, human dogsledding etc. WOW, what a fun year.


Life is blessed, and my favorite part of this new year is knowing that there will be surprises I never even thought about, and once I experience them I will wonder how I lived my life without them.

Wuff Wuff

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Changes for the New Year




There are so many furry animals that didn't quite get the same holiday blessings as I did. Please look at the website http://www.adoptapet.com and help make dreams come true this year for the animals.

It's a fact that furballs like me make life a fuller, and happier place to be. I could not believe the horror I saw when I looked up websites that showed dogs going to the market for dog meat. The bastards that would do that are unbelievable, and I am now going to do everything I can to help the animals that aren't as fortunate as me. Amber is finishing a copywritten book called "A BITCH"S GUIDE TO DATING"and is going to give 10 percent of all sales to the dogs that are suffering. IT IS HEARTBREAKING.

Prada shoes, and Gucci bags are usually the things that peak Amber's interest, but this is a new year, and new things are coming up that are interesting her. There are specific changes that Amber wants, and here are a few:
1. LIVE IN A STATE OF GRATITUDE AND GRACE
2. EAT HEALTHIER
3. LISTEN TO ALLIE CLOSER, MORE ACKNOWLEDGMENT
4. EXERCISE
5. SAVE MONEY
6. CLEAN HOUSE BETTER AND MORE OFTEN
7. FINISH TASKS, PROJECTS
8. WALK DOGS
9. CREATE REAL FRIENDSHIPS WITHOUT EXPECTATIONS, ESPECIALLY GIRLS
10. MAKE PRAYER A HABIT
11. STOP SMOKING YUCK FOR BETTER KISSING
12. DO NOT GOSSIP
13. DO NOT ACT LIKE A STRIPPER
14. DO NOT ACT “NOT SMART ENOUGH”
15. STAY ORGANIZED
16. VISIT ALLIE OR VACATION WITH HER
17. NOT GET SO REACTIVE OVER X
18. BECOME SOFTER, MORE BEAUTIFUL AS A FEMININE SOUL
19. STOP TALKING LIKE A SAILOR
20. LISTEN TO PEOPLE, INSTEAD OF JUST TALKING
21. WRITE LETTERS TO SEND IN MAIL
22. KEEP CLOSE TO FAMILY
23. FEEL CONFIDENT
24. FEEL PRETTY
25. LET GO OF EGO
26. SOFTER SOUL
27. NOT REGRET THE PAST
28. BE STRESS FREE/ MASSAGES/ FACIALS
29. FIND SPIRIT, REWARD SPIRIT
30. KEEP NAILS DONE, HAIRCUTS
31. GET A SOLID RELATIONSHIP WITH HIGHER POWER
32. CHOOSE FRIENDS INSTEAD OF THEM CHOOSING ME
33. FEEL “GOOD ENOUGH” FOR GODS COURSE
34. ENJOY CANDLES
35. GARDENING, PLANT FLOWERS
36. LISTEN TO MORE VARIETY OF MUSIC
Okay, so it's more than a few but it's a whole year we are talking about, so there is plenty of time to do these things. The main thing is to love herself, and love others. This is a great rule of paw.

Having wonderful friends, like the gorgeous talented Erin make changes fun! WUFF!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Cold

It's cold again in California..what a nice way to start the new year. We don't get cold here very often and it's the perfect time to snuggle up, and make sure we have all our goals in place. xo

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Pooch and Person New Years Day

Happy New Year to every pooch and person! THe horns have blown, and we have howled away 2008. It's time for fun new beginnings and many many wishes, and love. Allie is the best gift any pooch could have.