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Spike Gets A Perfect Start In His New Home #APIfish

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API Perfect Start


When I was growing up the first pet that I could call my own was a bird named Georgio. He was a finch and he was as quite as could be but after a few nights of him sleeping in my room him and his cage ended up in another room with my sister.

My second pet was a pair of newts. Unfortunately, they didn’t make it very long.

My third pet was a kissing fish.

He lived an extremely long time.

Fast forward to my kids.

I think it’s extremely important for kids to have their own pets that they are responsible for caring for. It’s a requirement in my house. They can’t go to college without having cared for at least 2 pets of their own.

Bobby has 2 fish and a guinea pig that he calls his own.

His fish have been alive for EVER.

Now it’s Gracie’s turn to have a pet she can call her own.


The Newf Of Sleepy Hollow


There once was a Newf who lived in the small town of Sleepy Hollow.

He lived there with his little friend named Jack.

Jack was different from the other residents of Sleepy Hollow because when he was younger he was involved in a small hunting accident that led to him being decapitated.

Jack’s head was never found but a local doctor was able to stitch on a pumpkin that looked very similar to Jack’s regular head.

Since Jack was odd looking he was rejected by the towns people except for a goofy looking dog named Leroy.

The Newf of Sleepy Hollow

One day Jack and Leroy were out exploring the woods of Sleepy Hollow. Leroy was carelessly running through the thick woods and accidentally ran into a stray tree branch.

Jack once again lost his head.


Leeo Smart Alert. Because When I’m Not Home My Dogs Can’t Call Me If The House Is On Fire.

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Leeo Smart Alert for National Animal Safety and Protection Month

Whenever I leave the house I have to double check to make my curling iron is unplugged, all the oven knobs are in the “off” position and the furnace is at the correct temperature. On occasion I have even been en route to work and made a U-turn to come back and triple check those things.

I also panic when more than one person in the house a headache. Is carbon monoxide leaking into the house? No one fall asleep!

I’m a little paranoid when it comes to things like this and for good reason, because it breaks my heart every time I hear about a house fire.

It’s one of my biggest fears.

That my house will burn down when no one is home except for the dogs.

Which is why I’m super excited to share a great new product and app just in time for the end of National Animal Safety and Protection Month.


Hill Work With Sherman (Video)

I’ve written many time how I implement hill work into Sherman’s exercise.

We started it pretty much as soon as he was recovered from his torn cruciate. It began as a low impact way to build back up his muscle mass in his rear legs.

It was one of the several treatments in his rehabilitation.

We’ve continued it over the years to help keep his muscles strong.

We normally do it 2-3 times a week. More in the Fall and Winter and less in the Summer.

Normally we do hills that are only about 5-7 feet tall and we do it about 4-5 times.

Lately we’ve upped the bar and moved onto a hill that is almost triple that.


The Healing Power Of The Double Bird When You’re Walking The Dog


I feel like I constantly write about the healing power I get when I walk the dogs, especially this time of the year.

It truly is the healer of all healers.

Whenever I feel the need to heal or cool off or be by myself or want to curl up in a ball and disappear for a few hours, I walk the dogs and almost instantly I’m healed.

Deep breath in. Walk. Deep breath out.

Take for instance the other day.


A Day Off From The Weekend

Do you ever come off of the weekend feeling exhausted and needing another weekend?

Like a weekend from your weekend?

That’s exactly how I’m feeling tonight after a weekend filled with events and mom emotions.

Here’s a look at went down:

On Friday Gracie had her first school dance. It was a Halloween dance and I was filled with emotions. Happy for her to experience such a fun and memorable event but sad when I dropped her off and she didn’t turn around to wave goodbye.

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This picture really hit it home for me on how fast time is flying with her. She was 5 in the first picture and is now 10 going on 18.

Sherman and Leroy sent her off in style and wished they could of walked her all the way into the dance but WE weren’t allowed to get out of the car.

Then this happened.

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Where did my little Bobby go?

When people say time goes fast when they’re kids they really mean it :(


The 2nd Annual Old Mother Hubbard #CreepyCrunchers Dog Costume Contest Has Begun!

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Old Mother Hubbard #CreepyCrunchers Dog Costume Contest

I’m pretty sure I’ve made it clear over the years that Halloween is my all time favorite time of the year. I’ve had so much fun over the years thinking of ideas for Leroy and then putting them into action. He makes for the perfect candidate for any dog costume.

I think my all time favorite has got to be the Scarecrow costume. It cost me a total of $0 and it was just Leroy all the way. Of course it was before his brain was fully developed. 😉

Elvis Leroy wasn’t too bad either.

This year I’m still going back and forth on if I’m going to dress him up. Last year we didn’t do anything because he was recovering. This year I really want to do it and I think I have a pretty good idea of what the creation will be, I’m just not sure if I can make it come together the way I want it to. So we’ll see!

I’m not sure if we’ll be entering any contests this year since I’ll be coming in at the last minute but I wanted to pass along one of our favorite contests that we’ve seen from one of Sherman and Leroy’s all time favorite treats-Old Mother Hubbard.


To Shed Or Not To Shed


Most Newfies shed moderately year round but they tend to shed the heaviest in the Spring and Fall.

This type of shedding is often referred to as blowing coat because that is exactly what happens.

Blowing coat normally takes place in the Spring and helps keep Newfies nice and cool during the Summer months and then again in the Fall to make way for a new undercoat to grow in to keep them nice and warm in the Winter months.

There is absolutely nothing you can do to stop them from blowing coat because it happens on it’s own. For the next several weeks you just deal with it and you brush and you brush and you brush.

Sherman and Leroy are blowing their coats right on cue this month.

This is a pile that I brushed out of Sherman in about 20 minutes.


There’s probably at least 20 more piles of that waiting to come out this month.

That’s just out of Sherman.

Leroy probably has about 30 more piles that need to come out of just his chest.


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Old Fashioned Advice From The Pizza Shop


This picture has nothing to do with this post but I don’t have a picture of a pizza.

We recently had a new pizza shop open up in town.

As a family who loves pizza we’re always excited when a new one opens up close by.

We lucked out with this new pizza shop because it is GOOD. Good pizza, good prices and good people.

We’ve gotten pizza from this place 4 times now and I’ve gone to pick it up twice. Each time I’ve gone to pick it up I’ve arrived a little early and I’ve had encounters with 2 different elderly men each sitting at a small little table by the window waiting for their order.

On the first encounter the elderly gentleman and I quickly got into a conversation about old time pizza shops from Cleveland. Lucky for me my husband grew up in Cleveland and he’s made me very familiar with the best of the best. This got me in good with the old man as he was pretty shocked that I knew some of the classic pizza joints from his old neighborhood.

Some joints we agreed were good and some we agreed to disagree. It was a fun conversation and I left with a smile. Lucky for me I had accidentally left my phone in the car or I’m pretty sure I would of missed out on that conversation.

Earlier this week was my second time to the new pizza shop and again, I accidentally left my phone in the car. As I walked into the shop the nice girl behind the counter told me it would be just a few more minutes so I turned around to look for a place to stand and then I saw an elderly man sitting at the same table as the other man was just a few short weeks ago.

We smiled at each other and then I awkwardly tried to find something to look at on the walls. A minute or so went by and the man said “And how are you today young lady?”

I replied, “I’m good. How are you young man?”


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