Hi! I’m Mort and here’s my report.

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This is a special The Mort Report News report! And because I don’t have a camera, I am goings to draw you what happened! That’s right, you get DRAWINGS BY A DOG in this Mort Report.

The girl tells me that sometimes there are earthquakes. This morning, that’s what happened. It went a little like this: we were all sound asleep, and then we weren’t:

The earth shook - earthquake and dogs!

The whole earth shook for awhile! None of us knew what was going on.

So it was like that for awhile and then it stopped. Us dogs had WTF faces on! And THEN things got weird! Even though it was a time that we ALWAYS sleep, the humans got up and turned the lights on. Then they started talking all animated-like with loud voices, looking at their glowing toys and tapping on them. They said things like “6.0” and “Napa” and “wow that was LONG!” and then they said more words and stuff.

The humans talked and talked all excited-like!

The humans talked and talked all excited-like! They looked at their glowing toy things and then they talked animated some more. As a dog, I didn’t know what it meant.

The humans never talk to each other at this time! So us dogs sat and waited until they stopped and turned off the lights again.

The humans being weird and the world shaking really made me worry (it didn’t really make the other dog worry, but I pay attention and worry). So I needed to use the girl as my pillow for the rest of the night.


I used the girl as a pillow. I don’t think she minded… I don’t think…

And then we woke up and it was all normal again! Actually what happened next was the best! The humans took us dogs to the place I love the most: the beach.

Dog running on beach with toy

The stuff with the dog toys was the best.

Dog balancing on a large piece of wood

I even did some #dogperching!

Two dogs happy on the beach

Both of us dogs are doing good!

So my report to you is this: things were weird, but then they were great!

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About Author

Jen deHaan is graphic designer, small business owner, and dog person living in Bay Area, California. Jen enjoys learning about dog training and behavior, and has taken several courses and seminars since 2010. She also contributes articles to leading websites, such as Victoria Stilwell's Positively . It all started with a great dog called Mikey (aka "dude"), loved and lost but remembered forever. Jen also runs a freelance business focusing on graphic, web, and UI design at FoundPixel, and a small business creating hand crafted dog products at Stylish Canine.

  • Melody

    haha love your depiction, Mort!

  • That’s an awesome graphic! Sorry about the earthquake! I’m glad you all are okay!

  • Love your drawings! So glad to hear you’re all safe. Those earthquakes can be scary. (My brother lives in the bay area, so we heard all about it from him!)

    Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats

  • Emma

    Love those photos in the dark! Mom has been in earthquakes in Asia when she was flying. She was always alone in her hotel room and said it was rather scary. Glad you all are fine and got to go to the beach!

  • Bailey

    Glad everyone is OK.

  • Kate Obrien

    We know the feeling…glad it was up there and not down here and also glad everything is back to normal…for now.

  • Love the graphic!! So glad you guys are safe!

  • Sue Kottwitz

    Paws down the best report about any earthquake – love those illustrations! Glad you’re all okay and no damage.

  • Cathy C Bennett

    Jen you know I’m a huge Stylish Canine fan, so this post was the best! Love the graphics, and enjoyed the story. Happy everyone is ok and what a great day for Mort to play at the beach!

  • Talent Hounds

    Hahah I agree earthquakes are weird!

  • Glad everyone is ok! Love the drawings and it sounds like you had a blast at the beach.

  • Fun!! Love the drawings Mort!

  • Asia Smyth

    Great report, Mort! Glad you’re all ok and that you had a blast at the beach! Also really love the drawings! :)

  • Dolly the Doxie

    OMD an earthquake! Hey I thought dogs were suppose to sense those things before humans and their flashy things? Were you sleeping on the job? Glad you are all okay. Hope mom will stop LOL soon! Love Dolly

  • Sharon Seltzer

    Mort you did a good job reporting the earthquake. I’m glad you weren’t too shaken by the event.

  • Tenacious Little Terrier

    Mort, you’re a great artist! Glad you all are OK.

  • Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets

    What a great story, Mort, and the illustrations are hysterical! So glad everything was OK and you ended up at the beach!
    I originally read this on my phone this morning but had to come back and see the pictures in full size. :)

  • Walks With Rama

    LOVE the illustrations! We haven’t been through an earthquake before. We get hurricanes. I think the earth moving would scare me much more!

  • There’s not much that is more mischievous (or worse!) than an earthquake. Can’t imagine having one wake me up!