My First

Last Thursday and Friday we watched an American Pit Bull Terrier. It was my first encounter......ever, with any of the Bully breeds. I've seen them from a distance which was fine with me. I've never had a bad experience with one, just really didn't want to have anything to do with them. But I'm willing to try anything once!

The owner brought her by to meet us. She's only a year and-a-half old and he is the third owner in her short life. One owner didn't treat her very well so when he found her in Las Vegas he brought her home. He's very protective of her and she has separation anxiety so he was kind of hesitant in leaving her anywhere. He actually reached me by accident, as a family member had referred him somewhere else on Rover but he messed up.

He was satisfied that we would be a good fit and he brought her by Thursday morning. Angel whined a lot off and on so we just kept her distracted with a walk, toys, treats and a bit of wrestling. She's really …

Cleaning Out Memories

I found out that if there are no dogs in the house, we can get a whole lot more done. Our latest dog was the many-time repeater Sadie. Other than that, I've had bookings, cancellations, and general annoyances which left gaps in my calendar.

So I decided we should take advantage of the down time and get some cleaning done. Cleaning out that is. Since The Kid moved out of her apartment, we needed more space to put those things that she will need some day. I told her no more storing of crap in my bedroom because I got to that room first. Moved all furniture, vacuumed and cleaned the carpet. We've been going through closets, cupboards, and all corners. We've taken at least 10 boxes to charity so far, and a box of children's books to a crisis nursery center.

We had a great time going down memory lane with boxes of pictures of when The Kid was a baby and all the daycare and school things I saved. I was going to give it all to her someday when she moved out but I'm glad w…

Boggles The Mind

In a week's time I heard something regarding both sides of our family that just boggles my mind.

My Husband's youngest son called to wish him happy Father's Day. As they're chatting my Husband asked him what he was doing. His reply was, "moving." The house they left was brand new when they moved in 3 years ago. So why move? Because when his wife's parents are there to visit, the house is too small. 2300 sq. feet is too small for 4 people? I can really tell who wears the pants in this family. Her parents live in China and I can't imagine them visiting that much to warrant buying a bigger house. We've been invited once; and remember, this is the daughter-in-law that we are not allowed to hug. We haven't seen them for over a year and that was only for dinner when they came into town.

For now, they are going to rent the house instead of selling, for $2300.00 a month. That's 5x our house payment. We definitely don't travel in the same circl…

Good Ol' Jake

I was supposed to have a dog for a 10 day stay. That would have been my longest stay for boarding and a good chunk of change for the summer. An out of town daughter of a elderly man in town set up the entire stay for him. He was going to fly to her house and then to California to visit his older sister.

I picked up Big Jake to make it easier for Harold and brought him home. Jake is a 9 year old English Setter who has had to slow down because his owner has Parkinson's and can't take him out much anymore. He's overweight and his toe nails are way too long. I bought some clippers and planned to work a little bit at a time over the 10 days. His toes are turned sideways because of their length and I know his feet must hurt and he walks funny.

But he is so loving and affectionate. He'll put his paw up on your leg and lie his head into your hand as you pet him. Dang, why do we have to fall in love with almost every dog? We got him to chase a ball around the yard a bit and I…

For The Love Of George And Popcorn

This is George, and I love him. He's a 5 year-old Border Collie/Lab. He is just the coolest ever and his antics and mannerisms are more like Nellie than any dog we've had. I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record about comparing every dog to her, but George takes the prize winning ribbon for that.

I swear Nellie whispered in his ear and told him about her favorite place to dig, right in-between the Peony bushes. She also told him to trample through the garden to get to the corner of the yard to observe the world. And she told him when he sees a cat while walking to turn into a stone wall that cannot be moved.

We didn't take him anywhere but he did keep us busy with walking and playing. Two walks a day are pretty mandatory and chasing him while he has a toy is too. His idea of 'fetch' is us throwing a ball and then chasing him to get it back. I've played this game before although I am a bit slower at it.

His mom was late picking him up due to fligh…

Crazy Busy and Another Year Older

Lo and Behold, today is my Birthday!  This picture is when I was a few weeks old. I have pretty much the same disposition.

I know The Kid will be making me a scratch carrot cake and has ordered me something special. She always puts a lot of thought into her gifts. I will probably have to wait until her finals are over for both. It's not like I'm going anywhere, so it's all good.

I went to a rummage sale at the Park where my Mom lives last Friday. As I went out her door she kiddingly told me to look for a birthday present for myself. I just breeze through and don't stay long. I spotted a brand new Himalayan Salt Lamp for 20 bucks. I've been wanting one for a long time and I had them hold it so I could go back to her house to get some money. I think she was surprised that I took her up on the offer; we got a good laugh out of it. It was probably the easiest shopping experience she's ever had! I also spotted a movie style popcorn maker. OMG, I was in heaven! I ha…


As it got closer to Memorial weekend I didn't have a dog booked. First I did, then they cancelled, so we just decided to have a nice family weekend putting up our yard swing, and working on a project.

Saturday morning at 7:00 I got a last minute request for a little cutie named Sadie, just for the night. She's a 7 year old Wire Fox Terrier. I am already booked with her next weekend so we had done our meet and greet earlier in the week. She's really sweet and it wouldn't be a bother at all so of course I said yes.

We did get the swing up as well as the disc golf basket. Sunday morning we headed to the cemetery to put flowers on my Grandma's grave as well as my Step-Dad's (or as my Mom calls it, her future home). The Kid always takes pictures so at least my Mom feels like she's a part of it. Right behind the cemetery is a short little trail and we took Sadie for a walk. We haven't been there for a long time and this is one of my favorite pictures of Nelli…