Mooka "the trick-dog" passes away
by, 06-01-2011 at 12:03 PM (648 Views)
My long-time canine companion, Mooka had to be put to sleep last evening. She was a 14 year old Rat Terrier. I named her Mooka because when I was in the pet store and asked for her to be let out of her cage so I could see her, I started calling her a "moo-cow," because of her white body with splotches of black...kind of like a dairy cow. She wasn't a dog that did tricks (as the blog title might imply), but she earned the title "trick-dog" (aka Trickman's dog) when she appeared in an issue of EGM2 magazine, particularly EGM2 #50...the transitional issue that brought about the new name and design for the magazine, Expert Gamer. This was a fun issue, as the staff had a bunch of rented costumes for a photo session that would later be superimposed into the issue, pitting staffers against one another in the ultimate fake fighting game, XG Fighter Gold: Hyper Drive Alpha Super Cheezy. I played a hidden, unlockable character (of course), and my costume consisted of a tall top hat and a shiny silver sequin jacket over a dress shirt, pants and a bow tie. In one of the fake game's screen shots, Mooka pops up on the lower-right hand side of the screen, in typical MK2 "toasty!" fashion. She is mentioned as having a Dog Chomp move in a previous game (also fake) called EGM: The Mega Bout. It was fun to share a bit of gaming history with her, and poke a bit of fun at the myriad of fighting titles that were prevalent at the same time.
Thanks for sharing the spotlight with me, little Mooka. You'll be missed.