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Probe: Feb. 8, 2002

February 16, 2002

QUESTION: How's your furry friend, Snoop Doggy, getting along? — Dog Lover, Westmorland

He's still a dog — and a gangster. We're starting to recall the good ole days when we didn't have a dog when we could eat without locking the dog in the bathroom.

As we told you earlier, Snoop Dog, when he knocked on our door two days before Christmas, was a little dog. We took him to the veterinarian two weeks ago.

The vet recorded his weight at 8 pounds and his age at, "four months and 10 days." Snoop got his puppy shots and was pronounced free of fleas. So why does he scratch so much?

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"Maybe dry skin," said the vet.

Today he seems twice as big, and more agile every day. He's into everything. Not even a 2-year-old is as active as Snoop.

He lives to get a pack of cigarettes so he can shred the package and scatter the cigarettes all over the house. He chews up writing pens, leaving ink stains on the carpet.

Snoop Dog decided he wanted a phone. He's sneaky. After our brother-in-law, Richie LeMay, plucked his cell phone from Snoop's paws, the dog waited patiently until he was in Richie's car to gnaw the cord that linked the phone to the cigarette lighter.

He won't eat anything we don't eat first. But no matter what we've got, he has to have some, even after we've established that he hates it. He hates but has to have avocado, nuts, milk, butter pecan ice cream and bananas. He loves vanilla ice cream and he's starting to pretend to eat bananas while rolling a bit of banana over the carpet until it gets lost in the fiber.

Recently we sat with our sister and Richie, cracking nuts. Snoop tried to eat nuts with us, picking nut shells from the ash tray, laying a ring of shells around the container, but he could never figure out what we liked about nut shells.

Finally he got a whole walnut and tried to crack it, sending the nut skittering and chasing it across the floor. Hours later he cracked it but spit out the nut meat inside.

Now we have to call our credit card company and explain, "We would have sent you a check but our dog ate our pen." And that's the truth!

QUESTION: I live in Calexico and I don't get involved in politics. I got up one morning and there was a small candidate sign on my lawn, so I took it off. Neither my mother nor I asked for it.

I found out later this is happening to a lot of people. This isn't right. The candidate's people need to be more considerate. Can the candidate get in trouble for that? — Voter, Calexico

We suppose he could be charged with trespassing or vandalism (defacing your lawn). Will he? Probably not. Folks around here are pretty tolerant of our citizen politicians.

That includes us. We see the enthusiastic (and amateurish) campaigning as democracy in action. Happily, a candidate of moderate means can run in Imperial County and even get elected.

What can you do about a politician who puts a sign in your yard without permission? You can complain to the cops — or mete out your own punishment. Vote for the other guy!

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