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4 Benefits Of Having A Dog Ramp. Solvit. +GIVEAWAY


Sherman’s never been one to jump in and out of out car. He prefers to be gently lifted. Sherman doesn’t realize that there’s nothing gentle about lifting a giant dog into an SUV but he tries to cooperate as much as he can.

Leroy’s always been one to hop right into the car.

No assistance needed.

He reminds me of a jack rabbit.

One quick hop and he’s in.

It’s the most graceful thing he does and giant dogs shouldn’t be able to jump that way.

Well both the boys and I are getting older and quick hops and lifting giant dogs isn’t getting any easier so we needed to look for something better for all involved.


A Summer Without Baseball


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.


I Need A Break From My Break


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.


Little Girls #GetTough On Dog Fighting


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?


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


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.


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?


Well March and April showers also bring mud.

Mud equals muddy paws.

Muddy paws equal an aching back and a muddy house.


PupJoy. A Pet Subscription Box Customized For My Dogs


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.


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


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.


10 Things To Keep In Mind When Searching For A Dog Breeder


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You’ve spent months researching a particular breed.

You’ve learned all there is to know about it from common health issues to grooming needs. Now it’s time to take the BIG step and find a breeder.

Before you begin your journey here are 10 important things to keep in mind.

1. You’re not looking for a puppy, you’re looking for a breeder. Unfortunately you can find a puppy anywhere. You need to find a responsible breeder to give you that puppy!  A breeder who will give you a puppy that is healthy and sound. Someone who knows the breed your looking at up and down. Someone who is NOT just looking to make a quick buck. Your puppy should come from someone who cares about his welfare, his breed and his future. You know what you want now find someone that has that to offer. For example-when I was looking for Sherman I knew I wanted a brown show male from German lines. I had done my homework and I had my reasons for wanting what I wanted so I just needed to find a breeder that could deliver that.

2. Give yourself plenty of time. Don’t expect to get a puppy right away. Many reputable dog breeders have waiting lists. Sometimes you only have to wait a few months and sometimes you may have to wait a few years. Some of this may be due to your preferences. I didn’t decide I wanted a Newfie puppy in May and got him in July. The litter Sherman was from was only planned when I first made contact with the breeder.  If you aren’t looking for specific qualities in a pup your wait time may be less.


5 Things I Didn’t See Coming Last Week


Last week was an emotional week for me.

I don’t know if it was because I was delirious from the melting snow and consistent sunshine or what but a lot of things kept catching me off guard and making me cry.

I’m not normally a crier.

I mean I cry…… but not over spilled milk, or puddles or poop.

But something last week kept triggering my emotions.

Here’s 3 things that caught me off guard and made me cry last week. It’s ok if you laugh.

1. Someone called Leroy a Mastiff. Leroy and I were out running some errands and someone stopped us and asked if he was a Mastiff. I politely said no and stated he was a Newfoundland. The woman said, “Oh. I thought Newfoundlands were fluffier. (insert big pout face here from me) And that’s when the waterworks started and the poor woman looked like a deer in headlights. I felt bad for her so I explained about Leroy being sick but that he was recovering and doing much better. She was so apologetic and that made me cry more.


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