It’s time for my favorite challenge of the year. The Pet Blogger Challenge hosted by Amy from Go Pet Friendly. I love this challenge and look forward to it ever year and this will be our 6th year taking it! Wow. 6 years! That’s hard to believe!
Let’s get to it!
1. How long have you been blogging? And, for anyone who is visiting for the first time, please give a quick description of the subject of your blog. I have been blogging for almost 6 years. It all started on 04/23/2010. My blog is about a little bit of everything but it is mostly consists of stories of Sherman and Leroy.
2. What is the one thing that you accomplished during 2015, either on your blog or because of it, that made you most proud? Continuing to blog. It’s been a struggle the last 2 years and so I’m happy to still be here doing it. 6 years is a long time and we’ve lost many great bloggers over the years so to still be here with some of the veterans makes me proud.
3. Which of your blog posts was your favorite this year and why? (Please include a link.) It has to be The Newf of Sleepy Hollow. I always have so much fun with our Halloween posts and since we took the previous year off because Leroy was recovering, this year was extra fun.
Welcome to our first Barks n’ Brews post! Barks n’ Brews is a new Friday feature here and you might want to check out the Barks n’ Brews page to learn more about it before you read on.
If you just back from reading the intro page, thank you. This post will make a little more sense to you now!
Our first first beer featured on Barks n’ Brews is none other than a local favorite by Great Lakes Brewing Co. Ohio City Oatmeal Stout. “Dark and roasty yet light and smooth as a fresh coat of snow, our Oatmeal Stout will kick your cabin fever and inspire you to toss another log on the fire.”
It’s no surprise that I get a lot of questions about Sherman and Leroy. 2015 seemed to top the most emails that I’ve ever received regarding them.
So I thought I’b break it down and answer them all at once plus a few thrown in that have been asked withing the last week.
How do you tell them apart? Believe it or not, Sherman and Leroy couldn’t be more different in appearances. (I answered this question on FB last month) It’s hard to tell this by pictures but here’s the deal: Leroy is bigger. He outweighs Sherman by about 30 pounds. Sherman is stockier whereas Leroy is more leggy. Sherman has a rounder head than Leroy. Leroy is a lighter brown than Sherman. Sherman is more of a dark chocolate and Leroy is just milk chocolate.
Where are Sherman and Leroy from? This is a very popular question. Here’s the answer-Sherman and Leroy are both from the same breeder, Bydand Newfoundlands in North Dakota. They are not from the same litter. Leroy’s mother is Sherman’s sister .
I, Sherman aka The Chosen One, do solemnly swear to do my best to keep the follow resolutions for the year of 2016.
Fight Father Time. Just because I’m getting older doesn’t mean I have to show it. Mom has the best technology working for me. She’s got this under control and all I have to do is relax and let things happen.
Keep Playing Daily. Play keeps me young. I might not be able to sprint across the yard like I use to but my mouth can still catch even the biggest of toys.
I, Badd Badd Leroy Brown, declare my resolutions for the year 2016 as follows:
Eat Healthier. I will continue to be aware of what goes into my mouth, ;down my throat, through my intestines and into my stomach. Inedible objects will not be consumed by me. This includes, but is not limited to, pistachio shells. Even though, technically, pistachio shells are considered to be edible by some. It makes my mom mad so I won’t. Even if someone drops them on the floor.
Improve my concentration and mental skills. I would like to lengthen my short attention span. Perhaps play with a toy longer than 30 seconds. I will NOT give up on my Kibble Nibble ball until every last single piece of kibble is gone. My mind needs to keep working in order for me to flourish. I have a brain and the size of it does not matter, it’s what I do with it that counts.
I saw over at My GBGV Life that Emma and her mom did a fun post looking back at their accomplishments of 2015 and I thought it sounded like a great idea so I wanted to join in and share our year in review.
It’s a great way for me to look back and see how the blog’s doing, what works and what doesn’t.
2015 wasn’t a bad year for us. As far as life in general, there’s been worse and there’s been better. It was a middle of the road year. It certainly came with ups and downs and there’s definitely room for improvement.
As far as the blog goes, it was the same as above. Middle of the road. I got what I put into it and the straight up fact is that I could of put more into it. I tend to zone out at the end of the year so I ended up weak but we still had great moments!
Let’s get to it!
Top 3 Blog Posts of 2015
So You Think You Want A Show Dog. Here’s 9 Things You Should Know.
This post was shared far and wide and even ended up highlighted in a few online forums and online magazines. I’m very proud of the success of this piece seeing as there is so much negativity that surrounds the show world. I’m glad that I could shine some light here.
We hope that everyone had a great Christmas with their families and loved ones. Here at the My Brown Newfies homestead we sure did.
It always amazes me how fast the holidays go. So much preparation and stress and it’s over in minutes. My main goal at Christmas is to always make sure that the kids have a happy Christmas and since that was accomplished I had a happy Christmas. It came with a small emotional breakdown on Christmas Eve day but it was a much needed emotional breakdown that I’m sure many can relate to. A walk with Leroy and some time sitting on a big tree branch in the woods sobbing was what I needed to pull myself back together. Even big girls break once in awhile, right? Right.
I can now say that I have a cleaner, fresher head on my shoulders to head into 2016 with and that is exactly what I needed.
One of the highlights of my Christmas was giving the kids both a present that they wanted but weren’t expecting. It came with a small practical joke and my gift was seeing how respectful they were when getting a gift that they thought was their “real” gift when it wasn’t even close. A reassuring gift that we are doing something right in this parenting thing.
I saw this saying the other day on Facebook and it immediately made me think of Leroy.
From the day that we brought Leroy home we knew he was a different than all the other Newfs.
To this day, 7 years later, we still can’t determine if Leroy is too smart for his own good or if under those antlers there’s a pile of rocks.
It could go either way.
His mind is just not constructed like the average dog’s mind.
His body is a wee different than all the other Newfs.
Leroy doesn’t let that stop him. He lets his goofy light shine through every single day.
So our holiday message this year is for all of us to be more Rudolph.
Let your lights shine brightly and without hesitation.
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The day that we brought Sherman home to our family was one of the happiest, stressful, scariest and rewarding days of my adult life.
It was the first time my husband and I would spend the night away from our children. The drive was filled with darkness, sleet, snow and speedy Michigan drivers. The conditions that night were so bad that we considered turning around but we couldn’t because this was going to be our children’s first puppy.
Besides my life flashing before my eyes on more than one occasion, my mind was filled with questions. Was the house safe for a new puppy? Would the puppy like the kids? Would the kids like the puppy? How am I going to handle a puppy and two small children? What if the kids are allergic? What if the puppy hates us? What if he gets sick? Do we have everything we need?
I had all the emotions of a new puppy owner but the one thing that never worried me was the mess that a puppy could bring to an already bustling household. Sure I knew potty training was going to be involved and we were going to get little accidents all over the house for an undetermined amount of time but I never, ever worried about that or all the stray pet hairs and slobber that were in our future.
I brought out the Santa hats last week and both the boys rolled their eyes and walked away.
I think the sight of the Santa hats makes them want to vomit.
They know that the Santa hats mean sitting still for ever and me saying “These dog damn Santa hats.” or “Don’t move your head for 15 seconds.”
“Dog damn it Leroy, STAY THERE.”
“No Sherman, please don’t lay down.”