Hey there! Welcome to my blog. I'm a free dog living in Portugal and I write about my life as an artist and street dog. This blog is a way for me to have more of a connection with other dogs (and people), to share ideas, experiences and some of my art. I love to hear what others have to say so feel free to comment on any of the posts or to contact me via e-mail. If it's your first time here, you might want to check out my first post and read on from there. You can also have a look at my profile in the column to the right.

Friday, April 20, 2012



I’ve got some pretty tech savvy friends. My best friend Rita, for instance, spends a lot of time at her person’s bookstore where she meets many interesting people and learns about many things.


Rita is the one who introduced me to something called Instagram. It’s an iPhone/iPod (or in my case iPawed) application that allows users to edit photos in creative ways and then share them online. A whole community of “Instagrammers” has erupted. I’ve been participating for about six months and I’ve enjoyed connecting with many clever and creative Instagrammers.

One follower of mine (and whom I follow - hi @hiker083, oh and hi @rosselion who started the dogtionary thingie) suggested I participate in a little Instagram game called dogtionary. The idea is to post a photo of a dog and add the identifier “A is for Aussie” or “B is for Border Collie” etc. Then write a description or definition for that dog. It’s a fun exercise. If you are a registered Instagram user, just search for #dogtionary to see all the entries.

Here is mine: P is for Podengo
easy chair
And here is what I wrote for the description:

Portuguese Podengo
this ancient breed
built to hunt
lightning speed.

Wire haired or smooth,
large, medium, or small
ears like a donkey's
alert to all.

Sharp of wit
but not of tongue
ages well
forever young.

Loving and silly
watchful and smart
independent yet loyal
an incredible heart.

Not one to argue
your reason nor rhyme
Portuguese Podengo
a character sublime.

Unfortunately I can’t seem to track down any way for non Instagrammers to see all the entries, but I’ve just put up a page (click on instagrams at the top of this blog) of some Instragram photos I’ve done over the past six months, so at least you can have a taste of what all the Instagram hype is about.  I will add more from time to time, so check back every now and then.



  1. Beneath that fur there lies a poet!

  2. Glad you put the Instagram photos at the top of your blog Ruca, it was nice to see your entries. Keep well.

  3. Loved this post, Ruca! The Instagram page is wonderful...thanks for thinking of us non-Instagramers. :)

  4. Dan, thank you for that, although I don't think I quite qualify. I'm just stringing a few words together. Actually, this is part of a larger topic which I address in my upcoming published journal (yay, it's getting closer!).

  5. Ann and Serena, I'm glad you enjoyed the Instagram page. I just wish there was a better way for non iDevice users to participate. Oh, well actually it's recently been opened up to the Android market, but still, nothing for laptops or pcs.

  6. I've been seeing loads of people on FB talking about Instagram and didn't know what it was. I'll have to give it a try!

  7. Yes, Celia, definitely check it out. It's a lot of fun.


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