Sake Gumi

The adorable face you see above is the reason why Happy Hour is dry this week.  Everyone, say hello to Moonshine, an 11 week old Border Collie-Retreiver mix we picked up this past Sunday from the North Shore Animal League, which happens to be one of the largest no-kill shelters in the universe or something like that. As the title indicates, she is indeed a handful.

Last night I came home from my day job with plans of getting down to business and writing about the planned topic for this week, Spanish vermouth. I was going to mix a cocktail or two to share, and Vanessa was going to photograph it, and everything in the world would be as it was supposed.

Well, not soon after I came home did I realize  that I no longer lived in my world. Nope, I now live in her world.  It is a world filled with games that make puppies very happy and drive humans to drink (except that I had no time to even pour myself a glass).  One of these games is called "Chew the Shit Out of this Poor Schmuck's Leather Briefcase that His Mother Gave Him as a Law School Graduation Present."  Another notable game she likes to play is "Take a Shit on These Two Idiots' Bed," which is not to be confused with the another game with similar rules called "Take a Leak on These Two Idiots' Bed."

I definitely crossed the threshold into insanity for a few brief moments over these last couple of days, and during one of those moments I thought to myself, "two could play this game," but luckily Vanessa was sane enough to prevent me from taking a dump in Moonshine's sleeping area, which would have been the equivalent of me crapping in my own bedroom.

I now have to add 'patience' to the long list of virtues I need to acquire, so I guess not all's lost in the big picture right?  All kidding aside, I love dogs and we've been talking about getting one for far too long, and I'm glad we finally pulled the trigger (that was actually the name of my last dog who passed away several years ago).

That said, I leave you with an apology, and a few photos of Her Adorableness, which Vanessa was able to take today during one of her brief moments of tranquility.


As you can see she's a big fan of my Saddam sandals.




Trust me, looks can be deceiving.  See you next week (I hope).

*Got a cocktail question? Hit me on twitter @paystyle, email me at payman(at)lifesacocktail(dot)com, or simply drop me a comment below.
Column: Happy Hour


  • Super cute! Congratulations! But, border collie lab mix! Wow, you’ve got a lot of herding ahead of you!

    PS. I found “Culture Clash” by Jean Donaldson and “The Other End of the Leash” by Patricia McConnell helpful when we got our puppy.

    erik_ellestad on

  • Welcome to the UmamiFam, Moonshine! You are definitely the best looking member. (Sorry, guys).

    kayoko on

  • Erik – Yeah it’s going to be interesting, especially since this will be the first time I’ll be raising a dog without a backyard. Luckily we have a big apartment (by NY standards). Thanks for the recommendations, I’ll definitely check them out.

    Paystyle on

  • And omg Pay, the Saddam Sandal CRACKS ME THE FUCK UP.

    Good luck in these next couple of months… er, years???

    kayoko on

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