Author: Jen

The Newfie Sandwich


The other day I was the doctor’s office getting my thyroid checked. (I have thyroid disease. Go me.)

Everything checked out just great and after the exam was over I went to hop down off of the table.

Being that I’m a bit challenged, when I hopped down I hit my knee on the side of the table, my knee buckled and I slammed down on the floor in the least graceful way anyone could fall off of an exam table.

My doctor abruptly turned around and said,

“Oh my goodness! Jen are you o.k.?”

Completely and totally embarassed I muttered,

“I’m good. I’m good. Darn knees, they just aren’t what they use to be.”

Of course that started a whole other discussion and the doctor asked how long I’ve been having knee issues.

“About 8 years.” I told her.

” Do you want me to examine your knees? Do you do any heavy exercises? Any recent falls?”

“No. I have Newfoundlands.”


4 Easy Ways To Check Your Dog’s Vitals From Home.

4 Ways To Check Your Dog’s Vitals From Home.

The other day Leroy was off.  I couldn’t pinpoint anything specific other than he was just not himself and that he was sleeping more than normal.

He was eating, drinking, urinating and defecating fine. No vomiting.

But he wasn’t following his normal routine. He wasn’t where he was suppose when he’s suppose to be. His internal clock was broken. He wasn’t impatiently waiting to go out for his last pee of the night and he wasn’t standing in the hallway squeaking his toy when I woke up in the morning.

Just like people, I believe that dogs have off days for no apparent reason, however, that doesn’t mean I don’t get nervous when it happens. That’s why I always do a quick home exam. If I know what Sherman and Leroy’s regular heart rate, respiratory rate, capillary refill time and temperature are I feel that I have a good way to determine if they are just “off” or if I need to call our veterinarian.

Before we get to it I’ll just say that I believe that routine veterinary care is the best way to manage your dog’s health, I also believe that a good dog owner is a well informed dog owner.

Grab a watch with a second hand and let’s go.


So You Think You Want A Newfoundland. Here’s 9 Things You Should Know

So You Think You Want A Newfoundland. Here’s 9 Things You Should Know

I believe that if 1/2 the people who think they want a Newfie knew the truth about Newfies, they wouldn’t have one. When you look up Newfies on the internet some of the sites can be deceiving. Sure they list the pros and the cons but most of the time these are coming from people who have never owned a Newfoundland before. They write articles on every single breed whether they know it or not and it’s not based on first hand experience..

You can tell the articles that are written by Newfie owners and the ones that aren’t. So here’s another one to add to the bunch. Written with love by a Newfie owner.

Newfoundlands drool.

They are suppose to drool. It’s a breed trait. Some drool more than others. Some can make drool jewelry while some can barely manage to spit out a tiny string. There is no such thing as a DRY MOUTHED Newfoundland. Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying and if they’re a breeder, shame on them. No reputable breeder can guarantee that a Newf won’t drool unless they are intentionally trying to breed out that trait which is altering the breed. Which is wrong. Very, very wrong. Sherman drools more than Leroy. Sherman has looser jowls. It’s just they way they are. I try to photograph the drool as much as I can because it’s suppose to be there. Don’t like drool? Don’t get a Newfie.

Gentle Giants.

Newfoundlands are the most loving and devoted breed that there is. Their heart is as big as their massive body and most would never harm a fly.  But I think Gentle Giant is a deceiving term. They can snuggle with the tiniest of creatures but give you a bloody nose in one quick second when they throw you a welcome home party every time you walk in the door. It’s not done on purpose, it’s done out of pure love, but there’s nothing gentle about it.  That lamp on your end table, will eventually come crashing down by a happy tail. And your toes……kiss them puppies goodbye. They will be stepped on by 150 pounds of love countless times. It feels like a bag of cement being dropped on your foot.  Your couch…….is not going to be gently used anymore. You better just devote one to the dog now and go buy one for yourself. Clean carpets? Even if you still have carpets in more than one room of your house after 3 years of having a Newfoundland, I laugh at the fact that you seek clean carpets. Clean for a day, maybe.

Got money?

You’re going to need it. I’m not just talking chump change. I’m talking college savings. I’ve been there and failed. I thought I was prepared. I was not. I had enough cash to cover the routine care and a few unexpected health issues but I did NOT have the cash for a major medical crisis. Newfies are double if not triple the size of the average dog, so are their medical bills. I remember taking Sherman and our Beagle in for a dental cleaning years ago. The Beagles final invoice was like the deal of the century. It was like buy 1 get one 1/2 off.  Even though it’s too late for me, I recommend pet insurance to anyone who asks. Several Newfie owners that I have talked to use and love Embrace Pet Insurance OR start that Newfie college fund now.


The Making Of A Chocolate Easter Bunny…….

Sherman bunny

One would think that the making of a chocolate Easter bunny would be simple.

You simply melt the chocolate, pour it into a bunny mold and out comes the sweetest chocolate bunny you ever would see.

This is not the case when you’re working with the type of chocolate bunnies that I have.

The chocolate is the easy part,  but even so……..they don’t melt very easily.

And forget about pouring them neatly into the mold. The don’t conform to normal chocolate bunnies.

The Making Of A Chocolate Easter Bunny…….

They pour where, when and how they want AND they they will be as bad ass as they want to be.

And the most important part.

The part that makes the chocolate bunny THE bunny.


How To Keep Dog Towels Smelling Clean During Mud Season

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How To Keep Dog Towels Smelling Clean During Mud Season

Dog towels.

Most dog owners have them.

Newf owners have them in every single room of their house.

They’re used for a variety of dog messes.

Pee-pee accidents, intentional and not.  Muddy paws.  Wet dog.

To wipe up vomit, diarrhea and every other bodily fluid that can come from a dog, including massive amounts of slobber.

To soak up the water in front of the water bowl because some dog has to stick his whole snout in it.

My dog towels always get washed separately because they’re gross and I’m going to be honest, they never smell 100% clean and fresh when they come out of the dryer. I remember one time I took the load of towels out of the washing machine and there was still a hint of pee smell on them, so I washed them again. And again. Then I just threw them out.


Just Do It. How My Dog Ate My Overtime


The other day I had the chance to snag some extra hours at work.

It was more “behind the scenes” work than actual work but it was still paid work.

Since I wasn’t going to be there an outrageous amount of time I decided to bring Leroy along to get some socialization. Not that he needs socialization but Leroy likes to suck up attention and he’s a master at it, especially when I take him to work with me.

It started off great.

For the first time ever Leroy walked up the dog ramp that I’ve been trying to get him to use for the last 1 1/2 years.

It was a big win for us.

When we arrived at work you could tell he was pretty proud of himself for using the ramp because his swagger had a bit more swag to it.

Before settling in he was hoovering around my bosses work bag. It didn’t strike me as odd because she has 3 dogs at home so I assumed he was sniffing them out on her bag.

A little snooping and he was all done.

We both went about our work.

About an hour later he was back at the bag again and I told him to back off and he did.

A few seconds later I turned around and saw something hanging out of his mouth.

What the what?


Barks n’ Brews-All For One. The BREW Kettle

Happy Friday!

Our local beer is finally featured!

It’s about time, right?

Well hold onto your basketballs because it doesn’t get much more local than this one.

All For One is  brewed by a local brewery, actually right in my hometown, The Brew Kettle.

This isn’t a new beer. Well it is but it is not THIS year new. It actually came out last March but I wasn’t drinking craft beer last March so this beer is new to me.



The Brew: “”The Cleveland Cavaliers teamed up with a local brewery to create a limited release beer for the team called, “All for One.” The India Pale Ale is crafted to appeal to a wider range of beer drinkers.” All For One is a Session IPA and is a “hop forward brew without the bite (4.75% ABV, 35 IBUs). It’s packed with big fruity, citrus flavor and brewed with the addition of the spicy character of rye malt.” Brewed in Strongsville, Ohio.  (Hometown to ME!)  The Brew Kettle opened its doors in the fall of 1995 as Ohio’s First Brew-On-Premise Microbrewery.


How I Spent My Day With Leroy In Facebook Reactions

***This post contains profanity so if your sensitive with that please move along.

Well Facebook has gone and done it again.

They completely and totally messed up my whole Tuesday morning by rolling out their new like button. I didn’t even know it was there until someone on Facebook said, “Hey, what do you guys think about the Like button?!” and I was like, whaaaat? I don’t see it. Where is it? And then I saw it but I couldn’t find out how to use it. I pressed on the little faces but nothing. And more nothing. Then I realized I had to hold the Like button down for a few seconds annnnd there they were. Then I hit the angry one when I wanted to hit the love one. Great. I just pissed someone off. Delete. Delete. Delete. DELETE!


Fucking Facebook.

Stop messing with my shit.

So the rest of the morning I was kind of concerned about it.

How is this going to affect my page?

Somehow, somewhere at some point in time this is going to fuck with what I already figured out about Facebook.

Damn it.

Well, what am I going to do about it?

The only thing I can do. Have fun with it.

So this is how I spent my day with Leroy in Facebook Reactions:

Wake up to Leroy sitting nicely by my bedside:


I love you Leroy.

Have some fun playing with toys. Get head butted.


Hahaha. You’re awesome.

Go to let the dogs out and Leroy races down the stairs knocking into my right knee which has been KILLING me for the past few days. So he knocks into me and I knock into Sherman’s bad knee. Sherman stops and sits down mid stair and I fall down and Leroy gets to the bottom and turns and around and starts barking at us like WE’RE the idiots.



The Senior Exam


Two weeks ago I took Sherman for his senior exam. I was about 3 months late on this seeing as his birthday was back in November. In my defense, it was THE holidays and time just got away from me.

Obviously, I wasn’t super concerned about rushing him in to get checked out the day he turned 9. He normally goes to the vet about every 6 months or so and aside from the heavy breathing, nothing pressing was taking place that I was aware of.

However, as I mentioned in his birthday post, the only thing to note WAS his heavy breathing. It’s something I wasn’t super concerned about. Yes he was breathing a little heavier than he had been in the past but to me, I thought it was just Sherman being Sherman. There was no sign of exercise intolerance, no lack of oxygen flowing, no coughing, regular heart beat and rhythm. It was just Sherman.

However, my paranoia eventually took over and I started second guessing myself, so I made the appointment one day after a nightmare I had where Sherman lost ALL his legs.

I know. Completely unrelated but I figured it was a sign.


Barks n’ Brews. Dirty Little Freak by DuClaw

Happy weekend of LOVE!

I know I was suppose to highlight a local beer today but I forgot that this was lover’s weekend so instead I’m picking a different brew. It’s my blog. I can do what I want.

This is actually one of the very first craft beers I tried over the summer.

A friend got me a “make your own 6-pack” for my birthday and Dirty Little Freak was one of them. What can I say? My friends just get me.  I’m a freak but not dirty. Well….sometimes I get a little dirty but not in the way YOUR thinking.

I’m choosing to pair this beer up with strawberries this weekend because I think they were just meant to go together.

Dirty Little Freak by DuClaw

Dirty Little Freak brewed by DuClaw in Baltimore, MD. ABV-5.8%. IBU-30. “Dirty Little Freak Coconut Caramel Chocolate Brown Ale, first brewed in 2014, takes the traditional American Brown Ale and gives it a sensual new twist – Coconut! This medium-bodied, 5.8% abv brown ale is a feast for the senses from its dominant blend of warm, roasted malt, coconut, caramel, and chocolate flavors barely restrained by a gentle hop bite, to its tantalizingly satisfying finish. But if you submit to our Dirty Little Freak, be warned: there is no safe word.”