When I was 10 and was on summer break the world was my oyster.
I would wake up whenever I wanted and then conquer the world in my own little way.
Telling stories, making mud pies, blowing bubbles and just being happy and 10.
This is why I love having Gracie home for the summer.
She likes to conquer the world in her very own way.
She’s very creative and she likes to create things and experiment.
Last week was experiment week for her.
She comes up with these ideas on her own. Well she has a little help from YouTube but she finds them and then puts them into action.
Last Monday she did the water cycle experiment, which shows the continuous movement of water on, above and below the surface of the Earth.
Or in this case the continuous movement of water, using ice cubes and sunlight, above and below plastic wrap over a large glass mixing bowl with a drinking glass inside. Close enough.
I’ll admit. It was pretty cool. Water formed in the drinking glass.
Next up she did something called walking water. She filled plastic cups up with the water and some with food coloring. Then folded up paper towels and the goal was for the paper towels to soak up the colored water and change the regular water (that had no color added) to other pretty colors.
It didn’t work out well. I think she needed to add more water but who am I to say?
The next experiment was one of the funnest ones because it had to do with bubbles.
It feels like it’s been quite awhile since I’ve given a Leroy update.
Probably not but I feel it’s due.
Well no news is good news right?
I hope so!
All seems to be going well and Leroy will be getting a recheck in the next month.
He’s had some small issues that we’ve been monitoring and ONE soft poop incident which scared the living daylights out of me but it quickly resolved without any intervention.
Due to some side effects we took a deep breath and stopped the Prednisone about 3-4 weeks ago. We had been watching this closely and trying to cut back as low as we could on his dose but we were still seeing some unwanted side effects that were hitting Leroy pretty hard so after consulting with the vet we took a leap of faith and stopped the steroids. I’ve been holding my breath since because we had assumed that steroids were in Leroy’s future indefinitely. It’s still too early to say if he can be without them long term.
He’s still maintaining his appetite but we’ve cut back his food because I think he’s kind of becoming a fat ass.
I’ve never worked in an office before for a variety of reasons so I’m not sure exactly what it’s like on Take Your Dog To Work Day but I can only imagine that it’s similar to what a preschool would be like if a dog ever came to visit.
Oh its’ a dog! Nobody ever taught me how to approach a dog so let me just run up and invade its personal space!
So who are the parents of these children who approach dogs in this manner out in public? Well they could be some of your co-workers.
Just in case that’s true, and most likely it is, here’s a few tips for you to hang up on your cubicle on Friday to avoid a bad situation for all parties involved.
1. Ask before you approach. Always ask your co-worker with the dog if it’s ok to approach. One would hope that people are only bringing dogs to work with them who are comfortable in these types of environments but you never know. If this is a dog’s first visit to the office they may be overly excited or nervous. If you ask before you approach everyone stays safe.
2. Wait. If the your co-worker has stepped away for a minute and the dog is alone, come back later. Unless you know this dog very well and this dog knows you, you are both better off waiting to meet. Put your hands down and walk away.
3. Always approach the dog from the side and do not get in his face. Never go to pet the top of the dog’s head first and don’t grab the ears or tail. How would you feel if you were meeting someone for the first time and they moved their hand in fast to your face. I personally would go for a karate chop.
Sometimes I’m not proud of the things that I do.
I do weird things.
Or I look at things in a weird way.
Not like freaky weird but weird as in some people look at me odd when I do or say certain things.
While the weird things that I do and say can apply to all aspects of my life, they mostly apply to things that I do with the dogs.
Now….. I personally don’t think that the things that I do are all that weird but some of the people that surround me the most, who aren’t as dog eccentric, see them as a bit odd. They don’t love me any less for it but they do shake their heads in wonderment sometimes.
I know I’m not alone in this. I know there has to be other people that do or say weird things when it comes to their dogs.
So I’m just going to lay it all down now with some of the things that I did over the last week that might be considered weird by other people and see how weird I actually am OR how not weird I really am.
1. Sniffed dog butt. Not the actual butt but the area that surrounds the butt. Hey, somebody smelled like fresh poop and I knew it wasn’t me because I had just took shower. I didn’t lift a tail to look I just took a quick sniff. Nobody’s butt actually smelled like poop so maybe it was the cat. (I don’t have a cat but it’s easier to blame one than to figure out where the mysterious stank came from)
2. I tasted this new thing that I bought for a Leroy. It’s called a Leanlix. It’s kind of like a training treat but instead of a treat they lick the stick. There’s something like 1 calorie in 40 licks so it’s a lot less fattening than treats. (we’ll talk more about that later if your interested) Anyway, they come in several different flavors and I bought Leroy the hot dog flavored one because it has a probiotic in it. Well when I opened it and took a sniff it smelled so much like a hot dog that I couldn’t contain myself and I tasted it. Don’t worry, I didn’t actually lick it, I have some standards. I just ran my finger across it and gave it a little try. You know what? It did kind of taste like hot dog.
When I was a kid I use to sit in the backyard for hours with a bottle of bubbles.
Mystical orbs floating all around me.
So thin and fragile yet they could soar so high.
Filled with all the colors of the rainbows when the sunlight hit them just right.
Sometimes I would run around the yard trying to catch them before they floated out of reach or before they were popped by a tree branch.
Other times I would sit and watch them float away and wonder where there destination was.
I thought you guys might be able to relate to this one.
A few months ago my fridge took a crap.
We knew it was on its way out but we thought that if we ignored it, the fridge would magically fix itself.
That didn’t happen and finally one day the ice cream turned to soup.
So we set out to find a new fridge.
I had dreams of fridge with an ice maker and water dispenser in the door. Isn’t that what we all dream of?
I quickly realized that the fridge of my dreams was out of our price range right now but I didn’t want to settle for the next 15 years with a fridge that I kind of liked.
Luckily we were able to get our hands on fridge that a friend had sitting in their garage.
We do genetic testing on our human babies to ensure they are as healthy as possible, but what about our dogs?
Since I wanted a purebred Newfoundland I was able to do my research and find out what health issues they are commonly predisposed to. Going a step further, before I made the commitment to a specific line of Newfoundland, I was able to weed through traits that I wanted and those that I wanted to avoid and I was able to do that because of genetic testing that was performed throughout the line. Did it give me perfect dogs? No. But it gave me as close to perfection as records could allow me to see.
Knowing your dog’s genetics can let you know what health issues to lookout for. It can even help you develop an appropriate diet and exercise plan for your dog so he or she can live their happiest and healthiest life.
If you have a mixed breed dog, have you ever wondered what breed your dog actually is? Knowing specific breed information can be a huge help when it comes to the proper nutrition, training and overall healthcare of your pet. Plus, understanding the breeds that make up your dog enables targeted care and in some cases provides lifesaving information.
Mars Veterinary, the industry leader in canine genetic testing, just released their next evolution of the canine DNA test—Wisdom Panel® 3.0— which not only expands the breed screening coverage, but the medical applications as well with the new MDR1 Genetic Mutation screening.
The calendar says that summer officially begins on June 21st but Bobby and Gracie’s last day of school was Thursday so that’s when summer starts around here.
I always love having the kids home for the summer because I get to see their adorable faces so much more than I do when they’re in school.
Maybe I’m stretching the truth there a little bit.
There’s perks to having the kids home and there’s some disadvantages.
Disadvantages include them eating me out of the house, fighting over computer time with Gracie and being Bobby’s chauffeur. He’s 13. He has a social life now..
Advantages include being able to sleep in because I don’t have to get anybody off to school, chore sharing and driving Bobby absolutely nuts. Obviously, I get an A+ in that class.
One day into summer vacation and we’re already hitting some of disadvantages because I was low on snacks and the kids found my secret stash of popcorn that I keep on hand for Leroy and they ate it all.
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For those who may have not heard we won Best Humor Blog 2015 at BlogPaws.
For those who have been reading this blog for a few years, and probably those who have been reading for only a few months, you know I’m a mess.
Well I can grantee you that I kept up that messiness I am when my name was called Saturday evening.
First of all, I never expected to win. Of course I wanted to win but it wasn’t expected. I was just honored to be nominated. There were 3 other amazing bloggers up for the nomination also and every single one was deserving.
Second, I’m not a public speaker at all. AT ALL. That’s why I write a blog. It comes out better here. Don’t get me wrong, it comes out wrong here too. I spell things wrong, I fumble things….etc. It’s the same thing in person…just 10 times worse. I promise.
I’m not gonna lie right now.
I just got back from BlogPaws and I’m exhausted.
If I was a good blogger I would of written my post before I left for Nashville but of course I didn’t do that.
I have a good excuse but I’ll tell you about that later.
I have a post written in my head but putting it here right now would be challenging and awkward and filled with a ton of typos because I can’t see straight and I’m not going to proofread it.
Honesty is the best policy.
So I’m tired and have 2 posts all written in my head and sometime this week I will transfer those “mind” posts over here.
The good news is that both the dogs survived without me and Leroy has not left my side since I got home.
I wish I could say that all he wants is to snuggle BUT in reality all he wants to do is hump me and he’s invading my personal space and if he tries to hump me all night we’re going to have problems.
So goodnight. I hope.
P.s. I’m sorry this was so lame. I’ll make it up to you.
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