This website reflects my Love of Macaws, Wolves and Dogs. You can see pics of my two Macaws Buddy and Lance, and pictures of my late Dogs McQuaid and Cody and Grant, and pictures of my current dogs Sophie, Vixen, Tommy and Vushki. I also have put together a montage of my favorite Wolf Art. I also express my opinions on various subjects here
First the animals in my life
and Buddy (After a shower)
Lance is a Blue & Gold
Buddy is a
Calico Macaw (a mixture of a Military and Green Wing Macaw)
and Cody, doing their cooperative digging thing.
was 75% Timber Wolf and Malamute mix
was a Siberian Husky.
and Grant chewing together
is probably a White German Shepherd and Husky Mix. She passed away 10/22/2012 at about 17 years old
is a blind Siberian Husky. He passed away on 1/21/2008 at about 12 years old
Here all four, Vixen in the front, Tommy to the left,
Sophie to the right and Grant at the back
My “Puppy” Vushki, he is over 115lbs now
Vushki and Shadow BFF
current Last Foster dog
Shadow – A smallish Malamute, was almost a perfect dog when I first fostered him, loved my dogs and fitted in really well. I adopted him out to a family and I got him back after 6 months. He reportedly had developed some major issues. I have had him for over 1 1/2 years now, he initially had some dominance issues at the dog park, but we got over that, he behaves pretty well now, and he walks relatively well with my pack. He still has severe separation anxiety, and can get very frustrated when he gets bored. He is very affectionate and has the best recall of all my dogs. Given his “issues” and his attachment to me and Vushki, I decided to keep him, so now he is in his forever home.
I am a veteran of the software industry.
Having done robotics research at QMC London University, worked at DeBeers in R&D, Atari Games (Coin Op), Silicon Graphics, 3DO and various startups, I think I have seen and done most everything in this weird industry.
Claims to “fame” are:
- I wrote “The Last Starfigher” Arcade game (never shipped). See clip
- Did the 3D engine used in Hardrivin’, Stun Runner and Steel Talons Arcade games.
- I managed the group that shipped OpenGL and IrisGL for the Indy and Indigo workstations.
- Wrote Splash the perl-like c++ class Library
- Wrote the voice and graphics engines for Multitude’s FireTeam the first online game with realtime full duplex voice team play.
- Was chief architect for the Firetalk voice chat program
- Founder and programmer for the e4 Networks voice chat and voice conferencing system.
Other than spending time with my feathered and furry family, I spend a lot of time hiking or walkimg with the dogs or at the offleash dog parks and work on geeky projects.
My favorite Dog poems
A Malamute Dog by Pat O’Cotter
You can’t tell me God would have Heaven
So a man couldn’t mix with his friends -
That we are doomed to meet disappointment
When we come to the place the trail ends.
That would be a low-grade sort of Heaven
And I’d never regret a damned sin
If I rush up to the gates white and pearly
And they don’t let my Malamute in.
For I know it would never be homelike
No matter how golden the strand,
If I lose out that pal-loving feeling
Of a Malamute’s nose on my hand.
Revisionist author unknown
What a piece of work is a wolf!...in form, in
moving, how express and admirable! In action,
how like an angel, in apprehension, how like a god!
The beauty of the world, the paragon of animals!
Here I voice my opinions on various issues that bug me, remember these are my opinions, you are also welcome to your own opinions
Following are the most recent ones…
Vixen was my alpha girl. She was so alpha she didn’t just lift her leg to pee, she lifted both back legs at the same time to pee.
She was a confident and happy girl. She passed on 9/7/2013 after about 4 days of steadily declining health. It was pretty sudden.
She had developed Cushings disease a year earlier, and had lost all the fur in her tail and had a few bald spots on her back and around her neck, but she was still beautiful. Then one afternoon she got into the food store and gorged herself on the kibble, she went down hill from there.
She appeared to have developed Diabetes and couldn’t walk very well and seemed to be in great pain. The vets were unable to explain why, and her blood work was all over the place. Finally I took her back the emergency vet and they did an ultra sound and found she had fluid in her lungs and several masses on her spleen and liver.
He suggested that maybe these masses were the actual reason for the Cushings and all the other complications, even though they did not show up on the ultra sound a year earlier. The gorging probably just accelerated the problems and her system could not cope with it.
The E vet was pretty certain they would not be able to stabilize her given the Cushings and diabetes complications. She was in obvious distress, and I helped her pass over the rainbow bridge with her head in my lap scratching the top of her head as she used to love.
I am devastated, she was only 10 years old, and it happened all so suddenly.
I love you my little Vixie and will miss you terribly.
Posted by wolfmanjm on Sep 08, 2013
Mishka was one of a kind dog. I never met a dog like him. He was happy and boisterous. He loved to goose people and would find the responses very amusing, and prance around afterwards. He had his own mind and did pretty much whatever he wanted. Taken from us way too soon a spark of happiness and a ray of sunshine has left us.
Posted by wolfmanjm on Jan 21, 2009
Correct me if I’m wrong ;)
It seems to me that San Jose has become one of the most dog un-friendly cities. I was watching a program called Dog Friendly Cities, and it seems that many large Cities (San Francisco, Miami, New York etc) are very dog friendly.
On the other hand San Jose is terrible by comparison.
For a start there are very few dog parks, and the ones that there are are very small, and are unlit, and close too early. In fact District 6 has NO dog parks at all! Everytime they try to open one someone complains.
The recent change in the Title 7 Animal control laws are prohibitive, dog unfriendly, and probably unconstitutional.
All San Jose Street fairs ban dogs, even though, last time I looked, dogs are allowed on City streets when on a leash.
You can get your dog seized by Animal Control if it pee’s on someones lawn and they complain, I hate to think what would happen if the dog were to poop on someones lawn! (Regardless of whether you pick up or not).
Most City parks ban dogs, even on leash. All school fields ban dogs, even though our tax dollars pay for those fields.
All establishments (except a few pet stores) ban dogs, and I have never seen tie outs or loops outside where you can tie your dog up if you want to go inside (to get coffee etc).
So I vote San Jose as THE MOST DOG UN-FRIENDLY CITY.
Thanks San Jose, I’ll be thinking about that next time you want to hike my taxes or have me vote for you.
Posted by wolfmanjm on Jan 26, 2008
Grant had been diagnosed with liver cancer. He had one tumor removed but the other was inoperable. He was on various medications which were designed to prolong his quality of life for a while.He did very well for a few months, and had a good few months.
Grant passed away Monday morning at 2am 1/21/2008. He was OK in the morning but sometime in the late afternoon something was bothering him. He seemed disoriented and was uncomfortable. I took him to the emergency vet at around 1am, they said he was going into shock, but couldn’t say why but it could be due to the cancer. I made one of the hardest decisions any owner has to make for their pet, and had them put him to sleep while he was in my arms. I couldn’t bear to see him suffer any longer, and it was pretty clear he was not going to make it through the night.
RIP by dear friend, I’ll love you forever.
Posted by wolfmanjm on Jan 22, 2008
Here are the dogs I have fostered and are now in their own homes with new families.
Jaeger and Moose – my first foster dogs, both Siberian Huskies and they were brothers. Really sweet and affectionate.
Tundra – Another good boy, a Woolly Malamute.
Misty – A Siberian mix and a really sweet girl.
Taz – A red and white Siberian, a real character. Ended up back at the shelter and never picked up
we placed him again, but was found with someone other than the person we adopted out to, and taken
away from them for abuse. We placed him yet again and the new parents seem very happy with him.
Tonka – A Mal mix, great dog played well with all dogs, a little mouthy with people but very affectionate.
Ended up being returned to a shelter by his adopting parents, I thought he had been euthanized and was very upset about that, but it turned out someone adopted him from the shelter, (not sure why they told us otherwise), and so far he is doing very well with his new family.
Kodi- A 5 month old Malamute puppy, he was HUGE for his age. Really sweet puppy. Saw him recently he is a huge boy, still a sweet puppy.
His new parents are very happy with him
Summit – A 1 year old Husky/something mix, really a huggable and kissey dog, loved to sleep on top of you all night! and cuddle up to you.
Kiva/Chloe – A 3 year old Siberian, very sweet and affectionate, needed to learn how to play and just be loved.
Posted by wolfmanjm on Aug 18, 2007