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A Summer Without Baseball

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Bobby has played baseball since he was 5 years old.

What stared off as quick little T-ball games eventually turned into travel baseball.

For anyone who a child that plays a sport where they travel you know how time consuming that sport can be.

Practice for travel baseball usually starts right after Christmas with games starting in early April and ending in late July or early August.

Practice is just about daily and games are played on weekends and week nights.

It’s a full time commitment for both the player and the player’s parents.

We’ve always been fine with that.

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I Need A Break From My Break

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Bobby and Gracie were on Spring Break last week and for once I actually remembered to request some days off from work so we could hang out.

Unfortunately the weather was pretty crummy but we were able to sneak in a quick trip to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

I was pretty surprised that both of the kids were game for going.

We haven’t been there since they were teeny tiny.

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Little Girls #GetTough On Dog Fighting

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In honor of National Dog Fighting Awareness Day (NDFAD) on Wednesday, April 8, the ASPCA is asking animal advocates across the country to Get Tough on dog fighting. This brutal form of animal cruelty occurs in every part of the country and in every type of community, and it must be stopped. The ASPCA is working to eradicate dog fighting by assisting in raids and rescues alongside law enforcement agencies and by advocating for stronger laws and sentencing for those who commit this terrible crime.

To help the ASPCA get the word out we are sharing ways that you can help take against against dog fighting.

I decided to take to my daughter, because who better to spread the word then the next generation?

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A Bird And A Butterfly Came To Visit…..

We had a gorgeous Easter weekend and you could definitely feel Spring in the air.

The birds were chirping and the butterflies were out and about.

One little birdie paid Sherman a little visit.

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At first I thought the birdie was possibly looking to grab some fur for his nest but he wound up sticking around a little longer.

Either he was a little cold or he really liked Sherman.

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Sherman was oblivious to the whole thing.

Then a butterfly paid a little visit to Leroy.

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What’s In Your Easter Baskets? (Pssst…..I Need Suggestions)

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I’m trying to fill up the Easter baskets for the kids and just like every year one is easier than the other.

I always try to keep the candy in their baskets to a minimal which makes things a bit more difficult.

Gracie’s always the easy one.

You can fill her basket with hair ties, nail polish, fun lip gloss, cute outfits, sunglasses and everything in between. Light on the candy though because she’s a little candy monster and her teeth have already cost me a fortune.

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Let’s Talk About Muddy Paws.

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This puddle found me. I did not find this puddle.

We’ve officially hit mud season here in Ohio.

I thought it was going to skip us this year but apparently that was just a teaser.

For those who aren’t familiar with mud season it’s more commonly called Spring.

April showers bring May flowers, right?

Right.

Well March and April showers also bring mud.

Mud equals muddy paws.

Muddy paws equal an aching back and a muddy house.

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They’ve Got It All Wrong

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Sherman and Leroy have taken an interest in football over the past week and they really don’t seem to care that it’s not football season.

Sherman got a new football to replace his old nasty football and he has grown quite attached to it.

Sherman only plays with these types of toys so he grows very attached to the new ones that he gets.

I’m actually getting a little jealous of their relationship.

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His Future Is Bright And That Is Priceless

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Yesterday Leroy had another recheck.

His last recheck was January 16th and it was a great recheck that included normal levels and big jump in his weight.

For yesterday’s recheck the plan was to check his cobalamin/folate ( B12) status but he’s also had some issues with urinating more than normal so we wanted to check that out too. While the urinating was enough to gain my attention it was pretty intermittent so we just monitored it.

Leroy’s on steroids so urinating more than normal can be a side effect but because long term steroids can cause issues in some dogs we wanted to make sure his kidneys were functioning properly and that his long term steroid use didn’t induce diabetes. Of course, we also wanted to rule out a urinary tract infection.

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PupJoy. A Pet Subscription Box Customized For My Dogs

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PupJoy is a new subscription pet box that just launch in January and I was contacted by them last month to see if I would be interested in reviewing their box.

I  know what you guys are thinking.

Not another pet subscription box review.

I hear ‘ya.

I’m not huge into reviewing pet subscriptions boxes because there are so many of them out there right now but after checking this one out I was intrigued and I think you will be too because it’s unique.

Here’s the low down on the PupJoy Subscription Box.

What PupJoy Is:

PupJoy is a customized pet subscription box proudly built in Chicago. They understand that every dog is unique and that we don’t live in a one size fits all world. All their subscription boxes come with clear-labeled healthy dog treats, unique well-crafted dog toys and artisan accessories that are sourced from small suppliers who are focused on creating quality, responsible products.

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I Wish There Was More To This Story But There Is Not

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So remember how last Monday I said that last week was kind of crappy and that things kept happening that I didn’t see coming and they were making me cry?

Well the bad news is that this week wasn’t much better. The good news is that I didn’t cry so maybe those hormones went and straightened themselves out.

I would love to start off with a big elaborate story that leads into this but I don’t have one.

Last week I had a collapsed lung.

I don’t know when it happened but the pain started on Tuesday.

I didn’t know I had a collapsed. I thought I had a pulled a muscle but the pain was pretty bad so after day 2 of thinking I had a pulled muscle I went to see my doc.

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