Dear Husband, Please Kiss Them Goodnight


Today I leave for Nashville to attend the BlogPaws conference.

I’m road tripping with my parents which hopefully will be a blast and nothing like the last road trip we took when I was 15.

There’s a reason for that.

It was a nightmare.

I was 15.

Now I’m 40.

Now I know I WANT to spend time with them.

But……….I’ll be gone for 4 days away from my family.

I will miss all of them for sure but I know that they are in good hands.

My husband can handle it and he can handle it well.

Actually, he kind of reminds me of Mr. Mom, except he doesn’t fold clothes all that well.

Well maybe he does, it’s just not the way that I do it.

But he makes dinner, cleans the house, helps the kids with homework, feeds the dogs and so much more.

He knows the routine and rarely varies from it. (I know your reading)


Happy Memorial Day


We hope that everyone has a safe and fun Memorial Day!

Thank you to all the veterans who have served or are serving our country.

It’s been a tradition of ours to post about the Buddy Poppy on Memorial Day since many people aren’t familiar with it or can no longer find an area that has them. We are lucky enough to have a local store that allows veterans to give them out and it’s always something that the kids and I make sure to do on Memorial Day weekend.

If you are unfamiliar with the Buddy Poppy you can visit this post here that we wrote a few years ago.

As for what we have been up to this weekend-we’ve been getting the garden planted, sunflowers planted and Sherman has been trying to make friends with the snake who has taken up residence under the dog ramp.

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Welcome to the MONDAY MISCHIEF Pet Blog Hop! The hop that wraps up the weekend!

Time For Pet Paw-Looza! Pet Sampling Event! #PetPawLooza

If you’re anything like me you might always be on the look out for great pet products to pamper your dog with.

I seriously get excited over NEW dog things.


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Which is why I’m so excited to be one of the hosts for the Pet Paw-Looza sampling event that is taking place next week by Sampler. Sampler partners with your favorite brands and gives you the chance to send product samples to friends via Facebook.

What is this sampling event that I speak of?

Pet Paw-Looza is an online sampling event that takes place for 1 week and it gives YOU the chance to find great pet brands and new pet products and possibly try them out.


12 Reasons Why Dogs Shouldn’t Have iPhones


Leroy got the iPooch phone the other day that ALL the dogs in the neighborhood have been raving about.

I was totally against the idea but he flashed those puppy dog eyes at me and I couldn’t resist giving into him.

I’m sorry that I did because his new phone caused me nothing but headaches this weekend and now I know why dogs just shouldn’t have iPhones.

1. Leroy refused to turn the sound off on his phone at bedtime and his stupid “Who Let The Dogs Out” ringtone kept me up ALL night, both nights. WOOF WOOF.

2. It was IMPOSSIBLE to carry on a conversation with him because he kept texting his buddies. LOOK AT ME WHEN I’M TALKING TO YOU.

3. He went over his allowed minutes so now I’ll have to pay an over the limit fee. Because I have extra money for that. NO I DON’T.


If Your Dog Eats Rocks, You Should Probably Read This.


This is what Leroy USE to look like

It’s been a little over 8 months now since Leroy came home from the hospital.

I was looking through pictures the other day and the images of him are heartbreaking.

It was heartbreaking to see him this way when it was going on and it’s just as heartbreaking to look back at them today.

One of the most gorgeous and strong dogs that I have ever known looked like one of the most sickly dogs I have seen. He was down to skin and bones. Muscle atrophy had sent in, hair loss and sores covered his body.


He needed assistance to get up.

It was these days that we questioned his quality of life and how much time we should give him to try and recover.

At times we underestimated him.


Mother Lets Dog Almost Get Eaten By Snake

Last week I read this story about a man who punched a bear in the face to protect his dog.

After I read the story I thought to myself, “I would totally punch a bear in the face to save Sherman or Leroy. Who wouldn’t?”

That’s so easy to say if you’re NOT actually in the situation.

I mean of course in my mind I think I’m a hero and would do whatever it takes to protect one of my own.

That’s just what mothers do.


Apparently not so in my case because I just about let my dog get eaten be a snake.

It all happened yesterday.

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As Mother’s Day was winding down and I was gleaming from all the love that I got, Sherman and I headed out to the garden so that I could plot my garden plans for the summer.

As we walking a snake slithered by and I dropped Sherman’s leash and ran screaming into the garage.


I know.

But wait….

It gets worse.


10 Dog Decals That Will Spice Up Your Ride



Source: CafePress

When we bought my car nearly 12 years ago it was my dream car.

The Suburban was a nice upgrade from our Jeep Cherokee.

It was big and had plenty of room for our future family.

I also secretly knew it would be a great car for my future Newfoundland (s).

Over the years my Suburban has never let me down.

It’s safely been our family’s main transportation device to every single function you can imagine. It’s been to several states and has been involved in some minor traffic violations.

It’s also been the only vehicle to transport the dogs from various dog related events, veterinarian appointments, walks in the parks, trips to grandma’s house and quick trips to the bank.

Over the years the car has become better known as the Newf Mobile.

It’s not the cleanest car on the the block.

It smells like dog. It has slobber and nose prints all over the windows and if you’re driving with the windows down, dog hair will fly.

I’m not embarrassed by it. It is what it is and I have my share of decals on it to let people know that this car is owned by dogs.

It seems like a lot of other people like to show that the vehicle they are driving are occupied by dogs also.

So if your looking to spice up your ride this summer, here’s some dog decals that might make your dog mobile a little cooler.

Hahahaha. He totally did. Twice. All 5 of them and the baby.

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Source: R.J. Creative Designs


To Trim Or Not To Trim


I’m hoping you guys can help settle a little “discussion” my husband and I have been having for the past few weeks.

Should I trim Leroy’s ears?

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with having crazy ear hair, I’m just normally a person who trims.

But to be honest Leroy’s hippie ears, as I call them, are really starting to grow on me.

They’re kind of a reminder to me of where’s he’s been over the last year and how far he’s come.

There was a time not so long ago that Leroy was covered in bald batches.


Meet The Newfoundland. 20 Fun Facts About The Newfie #purebreddogs


Today is National Purebred Dog Day. One of the main points of National Purebred Dog Day is not to say that purebred dogs are better, because we all know that ALL dogs rock, but more to introduce people to breeds of dogs that they may not otherwise know anything about and why we love them so much!

As a Newfoundland owner I get to see the expression on many faces when they first meet one of my boys. They are certainly a sight to see and not everyone we meet is familiar with just how awesome the Newfoundland dog  really is.

So today, on NPDD, I will share some fun facts about the Newfoundland for those who are meeting the breed for the first time, for those who are looking to find out more about this gentle giant or for those who just can’t get enough!

1. The Newfoundland is a large, strong, devoted dog from the working class. He is a multipurpose dog that is capable of heavy work both on land and in the water.


May 1st Is #NationalPurebredDogDay. #Purebreddogs

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May 1st is National Purebred Dog Day. (NPDD)

Did you know that in some states, like Colorado, National Purebred Dog Day is considered a holiday? It sure is!

On March 10th, the Colorado House and Senate passed Joint Resolution 15-1015, Making Colorado the first state to designate May 1st as National Purebred Dog Day.

The day was created by Susi Szeremy, a fellow blogger, breeder and dog show fancier. Last year Susi realized that there was a  National Dog Day, National Mutt Day, National Rescue Day, National Puppy Day and even a National Poop Scoop Day (she left of National Slobber Appreciation Day ) but there wasn’t a day to honor the Purebred Dog.

So Susi worked hard and created a day where Purebred Dogs could be celebrated and owners of Purebred Dogs could proudly but humbly display their love of their desired breeds without being shamed for it.

“National Purebred Dog Day gives purebred dog owners a public platform on which to celebrate the heritage, diversity and versatility of our different dog breeds.On one day at least, surely we can link arms to beat back the mischaracterization of purebred dog ownership by those who would see our demise.”


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