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Rocks....continued

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We are moving right along with painting and hiding rocks in plain sight. Everywhere we go, we carry a few rocks with us to put outside stores or businesses. I like to put them inside stores on shelves. I put one of my little chickies on top of a carton of eggs at the grocery store; wonder if it's still there?

People (some) are so ingrained now not to take anything that doesn't belong to them, so some rocks may sit awhile. My Daughter had her first one found and posted in the group, she was pretty excited.

I had put one of mine in Walmart, a woman found it and gave it to  her visiting mother from Canada to take back with her. The mom and I are now FB friends.

So these are some of my favorites, cured and ready to go out into the world. I wish the weather was nicer so we could go a little further than the local grocery store.














Dottie Returns

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We have a returning dog with us for almost two weeks. Dottie is the Jack Russell who had pretty bad allergies. She gets shots now so it was like a miracle to not have her scratching all the time. She's a fun little thing and loves her walks and cuddling up with her blanket. Her Mom was so happy that I was available the whole time, otherwise she would have to be boarded at her Vet's office left in a cage, except for potty breaks. I can't imagine ever having to do that to a pet.

The Kid and I made a snuffle mat and Dottie was the first one to use it. What is a snuffle mat you ask? It's good for dogs that eat too fast or who need a little mental stimulation, so you can hide food/treats in it. Commercial mats run about 40 bucks but I found directions to make one. One dish mat and one and-a-half fleece blankets turned into this tiny mat for less than 15 bucks. It was a fun little project and all the dogs should love it.



After Dottie, I don't have another booking until m…

Rocks In My Head

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My Dear Daughter and I have taken on a new craft. We still enjoy coloring but haven't been doing much of it lately. We joined a FB group that does rock painting. But what makes it fun is that we paint the rocks, write the groups name on the back, post (or not) a picture of the rocks and where you are going to hide them. Either people in the group can find them; or if someone else finds one they can join the group to show what they found. You can either re-hide the rock or keep it.

All of that is totally optional though. The real object is to make someone's day when they find a treasure. On vacation last year The Kid found one lying on railing at a tourist lookout area. At that time we didn't know it was a 'thing'. It is totally a thing and every community probably has their own group. It reminds me of hiding Easter eggs, but year round.

I started small and it's very evident which ones are my first. I look online to see how to draw certain things or just look fo…

Repeat And A Newbie

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Last week we had a previous border stay with us again. Beau is the Mini Aussie who is obsessed with playing with a ball. He was pretty laid back the first day because his Mom had already worn him out. But the next day, right on cue, he wanted to go out and play. We set up a three times a day schedule and we all have a turn. It gets kind of boring after awhile because that's all he wants to do. He's supposed to be back two more times this spring but at least the weather will be better and a little more enjoyable.

We had a trial one night stay with Koda recently and then he came back for a longer one. He's a 10 year old mixed breed and is two months out from having knee repair surgery. He's using to playing with other dogs but has to keep from running so we were a good fit. He gets a walk around the block everyday, which he really enjoys.

It's hard sometimes to keep your mouth shut when you see a dog that could benefit from less food. He is very overweight which prob…

Rant

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I haven't really complained about anything in awhile and I don't want you all to think I'm getting soft in my new roll of Faux Dog Mom.

This one couple I sit for in their home has been challenging me mentally recently. Not the wife, she's lovely. He's nice too but a micro-manager and nit-picker. And although he's nice when he's doing it, it still bugs me. He explains over and over about how to feed the animals and now the cats have a new feeding regime; he has to explain that too. Oh and he talks so loud! He's not elderly but maybe he has a hearing problem. Or maybe he has always talked like that. Their home has very high ceilings and his booming voice just echos in there and seriously grates on my introverted nerves. When he calls me, everyone else in the room can hear him.

After my last long stay of about 3 weeks, I wasn't expecting to hear from them until later this year. But when his Mom died, he called me. After we set up dates and times he pro…

Blogaversary

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I haven't printed a book of my blog for a few years now, but they were having a sale that I just could not say no to. Plus not writing as much saves some money too so I was able to print the last two years very economically. While looking back at dates I realized that the end of February will mark 11 years of blogging for me. I know many of you have been blogging much longer, so congrats to all of us as we near or have passed our milestones.

I am trying to type this on a new tablet I bought before Christmas.  I could probably do better on my phone! It's a 10-inch 2-in-1 tablet which means you can use an attachable keyboard or just go with the touch screen. It had great reviews but I didn't read enough to realize it isn't HD, which I am very spoiled by on my other tablets.

The keyboard is obviously tiny but also glitchy and not smooth in scrolling. It's not as fast as anything else I have. But it has more storage than anything else I have, so that is its saving grac…

Drum Roll Please.....

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As 2017 exited, I tallied up all my doggy figures. We have boarded or sat 39 dogs and 5 cats with several of those being repeat customers. My first actual month of business was February and I made a whopping $190.00. By December I hit $1428.00 for that month. I'm sure many sitters just over the holidays exceeded what I made for the year, but I'll take 1-2 dogs over 15 at a time any day.

The Kid got hired as an intern at a local non-profit agency that helps foster children transfer smoothly into the foster system. They provide things a foster family may need or advocate to get kids from sitting in a dshs office into a home quicker. The Kid will be start or improve their social media presence, go to meetings and functions already scheduled, and learn everything she can about their agency. Even though the director is a doggy client and it probably made for an easier interview, I'm proud that she wasn't going to back down and presented to them what she could for them. Thos…