Sunday, March 4, 2012

A Dog Named Moz

Introducing Moz the Dog

I met the loneliest dog in the world. He lived in the house behind ours and crooned mournfully at night. I know we live in California and he's a dog. He has a fur coat. But its been cold. Really cold at night and it just broke my heart to hear him and also to see him from my bedroom window wait all day for attention. Even when people were home, he was left out and just starred in the sliding glass window.

An outsider. A crooner. A lonely heart. Moz.

I finally had it with the sadness and decided to do what PETA suggests which is to offer to walk the dog. His family seemed quite happy to let me walk him-I gave the excuse that I miss walking my dog Maddy, who we lost to cancer over a year ago (which is true).

I took him for a long walk along the Santa Ana riverbed. I did the same walk Maddy and I used to do, however, Maddy was a black lab so Moz (who was formerly Toby) got quite a work out since he is much smaller. My thought was that if I tired him out, he would just sleep and not howl at night. 

I don't know about Moz (Toby), but I was exhausted after that walk. 

When we returned to his home his owner asked me if I wanted him. To be honest, I did not want a dog. Life is simple with a cat and I relished the peace. But I also know that I am a good companion and caretaker to my pets. I did not want to have to listen to him crying or observe his neglect any longer. Yet, I had to discuss this with Roland and the boys, of course.

Miguel was the only one who had an issue. He was attacked by a dog in Mexico four years ago and he tends to avoid dogs no matter the size. But we put forth the argument that this is the best way to get over his fear. 

Miguel is kind of afraid of the cat. Its just animals in general mostly.

Well, I need not burden you with the story much longer. Roland is such a star he agreed to try it out. So we picked up Moz after we went out for my birthday breakfast this afternoon-Sunday. 

We went for vegetarian food at Mother's Market. It was incredibly yummy and filling. 

So far, Moz is doing well. We have him separated from Bonnie, the cat, for now but he seems quite happy.

So much has happened this week regarding the human Morrissey. 

1. A number of people in Twitterdilly Arms watched Morrissey and Kristeen Young perform live in Buenos Aires, Argentina via En Vivo (live stream) together. 
2. Morrissey made another controversial statement regarding the Falkland Islands, basically saying that they belong to Argentina.
3. One of our Twitterdilly friends was quoted out of context in The Sun after the Falkland Islands statement was made.
4. Morrissey was photographed wearing a T-shirt with the words "Immaculate Conception", which was made on Twitter. Originally, it was a tweet posted by MorrisseysWorld and it was "The immaculate infection becomes the immaculate conception." 
5. Kristeen Young (Morrissey's supporting act) tweeted MorrisseysWorld. " Shattering misconceptions takes much longer thn dream & ear drum shattering. Concepts r bastards, esp. when coupled w/"mis"
6. The official Boz Boorer twitter account also tweeted MorrisseysWorld. 
7. Boz was dressed in drag and the guys in the band wore sexy bras on stage at their gig in Rosario, Argentina just after stating on twitter that there was going to be a small surprise at the gig. 
8. Morrissey once again denied being behind MorrisseysWorld blog (that's four times) and stated that it was "dangerous."

I am sure I am leaving something out. And I am merely listing what has occurred. As ever, if you want details of the above go to either or

I do not write as much about the controversy over MorrisseysWorld and the debate about whether or not it really is him as others. This is mostly because I don't know as much about it. I believe it is him but am just enjoying the fun part of looking for "signs." I am enjoying the people I am meeting on this  journey. I don't mind if I never "get there."

I do not profess to know Morrissey well (remember he did not marry me-see my profile) but one of the things I love best about him is that he does not fit the mold. I can't imagine him doing much in an orthodox way. I could not nor would not expect the usual approach to anything. 

I wonder if the same can be said about Moz, the dog? 


  1. I always enjoy reading your blog and what you did for Moz the dog is compassion personified. Take a bow...and tie it in your hair.

  2. What a lucky dog to have found you! xxx

  3. My dog Maddy passed away 2006 of cancer, she was a golden retriever and I still miss her so I understand what you've gone through, glad you took in Moz. I have 3 dogs now, 2 of them the owners couldn't keep, and everyone knows I've a soft heart and often end up with 'used' pets. Saw your tweet about WWE wrestling, my son and grandsons started at about age 5-6 and finished about age 11. My son is from Hulk Hogan era and occ. still watches local wrestling, because he works with some of the performers. He works as mental health counselor and believe it or not, some of the performers are aides who are were very gentle with the patients. My grandson's just stopped with the action figures and watching matches on TV last year, but they too go to the local matches. We have matches at the park after the 4th of July parade and it's much like you see on TV with the costumes and the fans heckling from the side lines. Now the bad news, the matches this year featured women wrestlers, and suddenly the 12 year old's were interested in wrestling again--thankfully without action figures. Hope you had a great birthday.