Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spring Photo Shoot

It's been so long since I last posted about about the polar vortex visiting us that it is now spring.  Thank Goodness!!  Complaining about the heat and humidity is just a few weeks

I took advantage of a beautiful day to get some new pics of the pups.  Thumper is always a good sport and gives me plenty of photo ops, but Lightning is like a sulky teenager and must be bribed to cooperate.

Please enjoy.  I haven't had the drive to blog much lately, but I have enjoyed reading a lot of yours.  

If you don't mind, let me know what your favorite picture is in the comments and why.  Photography is a hobby I've been trying to get back in to, and I'd really appreciate some comments about what works.

Thanks for stopping by!    


Is that a LIZARD?!?

Azaleas - did you know that they have a scent?  I didn't until I smelled them today.

Oh crap she's got the camera.
I am NOT going to look at the camera....
I will - Take my picture!

Yes, he's got some gray starting to show on his face.  He seems too young for that, but he's still a puppy at heart.

I am NOT going to look at the camera.....

I am NOT going to look at the camera.....

Did you say "inside"?  Is this torture over?  Really?

This is my serious can I go inside?
And I'm certain I've earned a milk bone for this.
Now I have to go inside.
I really being outside better.
 Guess I'll make the best of it and take a nap.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Polar Weather

The polar vortex came to visit.  We are not used to truly cold weather.  We did not believe the weather man when he said the temperature would not get above freezing.  But he was right.  Moms car had icicles on it when she left work, and the yard has ice, cold water, and icicles.  Going outside is not fun.  We want our summer back.  

Hey mom-can I have a litter box?  My toes can't handle the cold!

By the way, the weather channel lied.  The temperature stayed 29F all day.  Our local guys got it right.  


Monday, January 13, 2014

Monday Mischief: Yeah, You Caught Me!

For the first post of 2014, I thought I'd make it a funny one.

During the holiday, we were out of the house for awhile and had left the dogs out of their crates.  They are usually good dogs these days.  It seemed innocent enough.

My son had gotten back from a hiking trip the day before, and while unpacking his bags, he left a ziplock bag of goodies out.  Somewhere.  He says it was on the kitchen counters.  I can't tell you for sure, because when I found it, it was on the dining room floor in shreds.  I found a granola bar on my bed, Thumper in his grate with a granola bar between his paws, and THIS mess (see below).  He even ate what was left of the beef jerky and what was left of pack of hamburger buns.  I can not imagine why he dragged a bag of potatoes from the pantry.....did he think they were balls???  Picture quality is not great, but this all happened too fast to whip out the Canon.  Iphone had to do.

So here we go.....a new year, new mischief.  Let's laugh about it.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Meet the Blogger

Today, I’m participating in the “Meet the Bloggers” Blog Hop. It’s a chance for bloggers to come out from behind their cameras and their blogs and let everyone get to know them better.  So, here goes!

Meet The Bloggers

Here is what I look like.  I had to steal this picture from a friends Facebook page because I NEVER voluntarily get in front of a camera, and she caught me off guard before I could escape.  So you get a bonus here, too.  Since I'm never in a picture alone if I can help it....pictured here is one of my boys.  For those who read my blog, this is my Baseball Player, aka Football Player and Lightning's Boy.

So, the rules were to answer at least five of the questions.  Here are my answers.  I look forward to reading more about all of you, too.

What’s your favorite non-animal related book?   I recently read Pillars of the Earth and loved it. 

What’s your favorite non-animal related movie?   I was going to say Twilight, but then I remembered it has the wolves in it, so I guess technically it is an animal related movie and invalid.  Others I like....RV with Robin Williams is a favorite.  Makes me laugh every time I watch it.  Grosse Pointe Blank from years back is another one that still makes me laugh.  More recently, I enjoyed the Oz movie alot and the Hunger Games movies (although I must admit I find the premise of those books to be absolutely unsettling). 

What’s your favorite non-animal related food?  Chocolate.  Without a doubt.

Who’s your favorite actor?  I can't say that I have one who is absolutely my favorite, but there are several who will draw me to a movie.  The first that come to mine are Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, and Matt Damon.  Mark Wahlberg, too, unless it's a movie about a grown man with a talking foul mouthed teddy bear.

What’s one thing you have to do every day?  Pray.

What makes you feel fabulous?  A hot bath after an active, busy day.

What do you wish you were more skilled at?  Conversation and social interactions.  I think I'm pretty bad at it.  I'm an introvert and much happier behind the scenes than in the scenes. 

What’s your favorite holiday?  Thanksgiving.  Without the the fuss and hoopla of Christmas, I love it.  Just family and food and catching up.  No presents or pressure. 

Favorite meal?  Pizza.  I could eat it everyday.  I used to say Mexican, but I've eaten so much of that this past year I can't even stand the thought of smelling it.


If your pets could talk, what one word would THEY use to describe you?
Thumper would say SLOW.
Lightning would say FAST.
How is your pet most like you?  Lightning is a worrier and tad neurotic.  If you've read my blog any, you may have picked up I'm the anxious type myself.  Thumper is very independent.  I tend to be that way too, so I guess that's how he is most like me.  Otherwise I don't see much similarity.  He's very much the opposite of Lightning and goes with the flow very well. 
Other than blogging, what are three things you do that bring you joy?   First, spending time with and talking to my boys.  They have grown into amazing young men, and I always enjoy their company.  Second, going to training classes with the dogs.  Third, getting away from the craziness of urban/suburban life. 

What’s one thing you could do to be more kind to yourself?   I could cut myself some slack and tell my inner anxious person to just be quiet.   

What drives you nuts about your pets?   First they want in, then they want out.  Over and over and over. 
What melts your heart?  Seeing the outreach from the blogging community when someone loses a pet or has a need.  Service dogs.  Seeing people come alive through therapy and service dogs, and seeing the healing that pets can bring to people.  

If you didn’t have your current pets, what pets would you choose to have?  Probably a border collie for my dreams of one day having an agility dog, and most likely a golden retriever.  But I can't imagine not having the two dogs I currently have, and they both just happened into my life.

Thanks for reading.  I enjoy all the comments and getting to know you.  If you have a question or a comment, leave it below for me. 

Now on to the hop:


Thursday, December 12, 2013

When they just get to be too much.....

I'm feeling like a horrible pet parent tonight.  Does anybody else ever reach the point of just wanting to board the dogs for a few days to get some peace?  Mine are driving me CRAZY.

Lightning wants in and out and in and out......all the time I'm home.  I can't just let him go wander around the yard because he keeps finding crap and eating it and getting sick.  Every time I look up, he's staring at me with the pleading, imploring, big brown eyes.  See the pics below - all the way the end - for proof.  Could you tell that face no?  I can't, but I really want to stay where I am in my warm cozy spot.    It's freezing ass cold outside, and I have no desire to be out in it.  I really admire all the folks who live where it's really cold.  I don't know how you do it.  I just want to stay inside with a few blankets and fuzzy socks and watch Thor (the movie....we didn't get another dog and name him after a Viking god....though that would be a great name for a dog).

Then there's Thumper.  Thumper thinks wherever I am, he needs to be.  Like in the very same space....the same spot on the couch....the same spot on the bed.....the same spot when I'm standing.  There is no getting away from him.  And he loves to watch TV so he's quite happy to steal my blanket while I'm watching Thor and Lightning begs.  

I don't understand what's going on with them.  Does anyone else experience this with their dogs?  How the heck do you handle it?  Maybe I should run away......hmmmmmm.

Anyway, I leave you with some pictures from my evening with my two codependent slightly neurotic dogs.  Love these stinkers....but I really would like to just stay warm and watch my movie uninterrupted.

Hi mom i want to play ball.  
I still want to play ball.  but i will steal your blanket and just hold on to my ball if you try to throw it.

what's that Lightning?  time to go out?  


Mom i want to go out.

Come on mom, I want to go out.

Mom did you hear me?  i know i'm not really talking but can't you read my mind?

Mom?  The door is to the it?