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Lynn’s Cast

Written on June 24, 2010 at 9:30 pm, by Doug Lefler

My wife fell, fractured her wrist and has had it in a cast for three weeks. I told Ziggy to take some time off from hunting the living dead to keep an eye on her.


One more week to go before the cast comes off and Lynn can resume her hobby of fighting crime on the weekends.  But I’ve asked her to be more careful in the future when she’s leaping from building to building in pursuit of a suspect.

Dedicated to 7XT

Written on June 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm, by Doug Lefler


Some people have reported problems logging on to  This was apparently caused by the volume of traffic to the site, which was more than our original web hosting plan could accommodate.  As problems go, this is a good one to have.  To address it 7XT now has its own dedicated server.

If anyone continues to have difficulties with the site, please let us know.  Or, if anyone who was having difficulties finds that their troubles have vanished, we wouldn’t mind hearing about that as well.

Bath Time

Written on April 19, 2010 at 6:18 am, by Doug Lefler



Nocturnal Battle

Written on March 22, 2010 at 5:35 am, by Doug Lefler

In the wee small hours of the morning…







A short time later…


Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Written on March 17, 2010 at 11:25 am, by Doug Lefler


A Cold Wind Blowing

Written on March 10, 2010 at 8:29 am, by Doug Lefler


Or at least, the Southern California version of cold.


Written on March 3, 2010 at 8:46 am, by Doug Lefler

…while patrolling in the park, we heard a shout.  There was a man engaged in hand to hand combat with an unseen opponent.  Although he was staggering, his hooks and jabs were tightly controlled, and his roundhouse kicks were impressive.  Ziggy wanted to render assistance (my Schnauzer has no love for invisible things; I know this because he barks at them all of the time).  But we had our own business to attend to and it was clear to me that whatever the man was fighting be it a spectral demon, combat robot in steal mode or reality, he was winning.  Sometimes you have to let people fight their own battles.

How to Train your Schnauzer to Take Out Zombies

Written on January 27, 2010 at 12:01 pm, by Doug Lefler

Is it only me, or is this subject long overdue for discussion on the internet?

Many people have seen police dogs being trained.  The handler wears thick padding protecting his gun arm.  The dog (usually a generously proportioned German Sheppard) clamps his canines on the assailant’s wrist and wrestles him to the ground.

Ziggy goes through a similar regiment when preparing for combat with the undead, but his involves an oven mitt.


Season’s Greetings

Written on December 24, 2009 at 4:31 am, by Doug Lefler


Merry Christmas

Buon Natale

Fröhliches Weihnachten

Joyeux Noël

Feliz Navidad

Nocturnal Patrol

Written on November 27, 2009 at 10:46 pm, by Doug Lefler


Twice a day I venture from home with a Miniature Schnauzer by my side. Women smile. “Ahhh — he’s so cute!” they say. I assume they are referring to the dog.  Ziggy would take exception to this if he understood human speech. These walks are not for pleasure. He is on patrol.

Ziggy sniffs as we go and I can see him making mental notes of “hot spots”, mostly near storm drains and man hole covers; places where “they” are likely to emerge.

Later, when my wife and I are asleep, I know he sneaks out and hunts the undead.

Most people think Miniature Schnauzers were bred to catch vermin.  Not true. In fact, their original purpose was to track down zombies, and rip them limb from limb. Ziggy must be particularly good at it.  How do I know?  Consult the facts. In the two years since we adopted him there has not been a single reported incidence of malicious behavior from animated corpses. Not a single brain has been eaten. Not one!  The only possible explanation for this is that Ziggy dispatches all zombies before they create mischief.  I have been tempted to follow him on his nocturnal excursions, and witness this activity first hand, but I don’t have the stomach for it.

Why does he do it?  Why risk life and paw to protect innocent people?  I’ve spent long hours pondering this question and come to the conclusion that it is simply what he does.  It is what he was born to do.   Ziggy asks nothing in return except a bowl of kibble in the morning, a dried chicken breast in the evening and a comfortable couch to nap on when he’s weary from combat.

But I sleep better at night knowing my brain is safe inside my head and there is a Miniature Schnauzer on guard outside the door.

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