A Winter Coat

This is our first full winter back in Alaska. While most of ya’ll have had a brutal winter with the Polar Vortex, we have had the opposite. When the lower 48 was below freezing, we were in the 40s. Needless to say it was strange up here. We finally got a good snow a couple weeks ago so we are happy. The pups LOVED playing in it.

Recently we noticed that Big Carl seems to have grown a winter coat. Well I noticed and my Mother in Law noticed and kept talking about it. Last weekend my husband finally noticed it to. His hair is longer and thicker than it used to be. We haven’t changed his diet and the only thing we can think of is that its due to the colder climate. Has anyone else experienced this?

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Book Review: The Puppy Diaries

Oh wow it’s been a while since I’ve done a book review! Probably because it’s been a while since I have had time to read which is strange.

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I actually found this book a bit hard to get through. Not because the story was sad, but rather because of the way it was written. I expected a memoir type book but instead it read like a text book. It actually felt like I was reading the notes to a science experiment and not a story of raising a puppy.

Nope, not a book I recommend.

We’re still here!

I cannot believe it has been over a month since I last blogged. Work has been CRAZY busy. People management is not my favorite part of my job so between the stress of that and the long hours I have simply had no time. I plan to rectify that. I even missed Baily’s birthday! Bad dog mom.

Here are some pics to tide ya’ll over till I get a real post up!

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The trouble with vision

The trouble with getting old? Things start to fail. Tori has been back on track with her eating and energy but even before then we noticed she was having vision problems.

Mostly it had to do with darkness and stairs. At our house you have to go down stairs to go outside. The light at the top tends to burn out. I noticed that Tori would wait until I went down the stairs and turned on the light at the bottom before coming down. If for some reason I forgot or thought it was light enough she would start coming down and inevitably trip. There are two stair leading into the garage and this is the same situation. She has a lot more issues going down stairs than up in the dark.

Secondly, we have guest in and out of our house all the time. Used to be Tori would bark but as soon as the person appeared at the top of the stairs she stopped. Now guests comment that she keeps barking at them until they walk up close to her. It’s as though she can’t clearly tell who they are until they are close.

Of course Tori isn’t letting any of this get her down and we are keeping an eye (hahahaha) on it. Nothing much can be done as it is age related. It just makes us call her a grumpy old lady more often :)

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Auto Dog Fence Barrier – Review

The folks at Dog Fence DIY asked me if I wanted to review their Auto Dog Fence Barrier. I jumped at the chance. Like many people, I have used the metal ones that you install by expanding the bars until they are so tight that the fence doesn’t move. This works in theory if you don’t have a Mesa.

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Who me? I’m innocent

Mesa’s have giant block heads and a fear of crates. The fence looks like a crate and the head works as a battering ram. Put the two together and the fence doesn’t work! She is able to knock it over in a matter of minutes making the fence useless.

Enter the Auto Dog Fence Barrier. It is made of cloth and hooks around the headrests of your vehicle. Mesa’s are not afraid of this (we have a pop up crate that doesn’t scare her). Here is more information from the website:

Winner of best pet product by Fido-Friendly Magazine the Auto Dog Fence Barrier is a practical and affordable solution designed to keep your dogs safe on the road. The Auto Dog Fence Barrier is adjustable and fits the majority of car interiors. Keeping your dog contained in the back of the vehicle ensures your focus remains on the road by blocking the little space in the center console that serves as a route for your dog to move back and forth creating hazardous situations for everyone involved.

The Auto Dog Fence Barrier is made of soft canvas and can remain in the car even when you have additional passengers in the back seat. This barrier will not isolate your dog. You can still reach back and provide contact and comfort as needed.

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The installation was easy and it works great. We almost always have our seats folded down due to having 4 dogs and we love it. I recommend getting your hands on one if you too have problems with the metal barriers!!!

The best Christmas Gift of them all!

Now that the holiday season is over, its time to get back to the real world. While the rest of ya’ll are freezing, we are unusually warm here in Alaska! Our snow is melting! We want the cold weather back!

Luckily I am working in Tacoma this week instead of Omaha. Not only is it a shorter commute but I avoided the flight delay nightmares that many travelers had.

For Christmas, Big Carl got the best gift. A Giant Pink Unicorn. I always look at the giant stuffed animals and think they would be great dog beds. I found this one on clearance and knew I had to get it. So far the only pup who hasn’t used it is Tori. And Mesa is napping on it, no one has humped it… yet

How was everyone’s holiday? Are you staying warm?

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Book Review: Dreaming in Libro

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This is the sequel to Bark If You Love Me, though it is much more popular so many don’t know it is the second book about Libro. In this book, we continue through Libro’s life as he adjusts to life in NYC and all the quirks it has to offer. I found the book to be well written and it gives some of the background information from the first book so I can see how people would not realize it’s a sequel. This book takes us through the end of Libro’s life and how Louise copes with life post Libro. Overall I recommend this book for its laughs (and sometimes tears).

Book Review: The Dog Who Rescues Cats

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I am not a cat person. I know many people with cats who love them but I am just not one. I guess it doesn’t help that I am allergic to them. That being said, this book is about a man who adopts a dog after a work accident leaves him partially disabled. His neighbor convinces him it’s a good way to stop him from becoming a hermit. The dog he adopts has a knack for finding special needs cats. They also start feeding and giving shelter to the homeless cats in their area, doing catch, fix and release operations to curb the numbers. The stories of some of the cats are sad but overall the book is heartwarming and shows the compassion that animals have.

Meet the Bloggers – A day late

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Hey guess what? I’m behind! Surprising I know. Anyways I wanted to take the chance to let you get to know me a little bit more so here goes.

First off a recent picture of me. Well there are many with me in it on this blog but I’m normally being smothered by a dog. So here it is, just me:

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Ok now on to the questions!

What’s your favorite non-animal related book?

  • I read a lot of trashy romance novels. Currently I can’t stop thinking about the Fifty Shades trilogy

What’s your favorite non-animal related movie?

  • Empire Records. Damn the man, save the Empire!

What’s your favorite non-animal related food?

  • Hashbrowns. I will order them any time of day at a restaurant if I can

Who’s your favorite actor?

  • I don’t have one but the hubs’ favorite is Matt Damon so I see a lot of his movies

What’s one thing you have to do every day?

  • Sleep. Preferably also get a nap in but sleep is key

What makes you feel fabulous?

  • A good workout. Not only do I feel great but I get to eat more!

What do you wish you were more skilled at?

  • Being content in one place. Those who have followed for a while know we move a lot.

What’s your favorite holiday?

  • My Birthday. That’s totally a holiday

What’s your favorite meal?

  • Steak and potatoes (I’m a Midwestern girl originally)

What do you like to do in your free time?

  • Read, nap

What one word would people who know you use to describe you?

  • Jet-setter

If your pets could talk, what one word would THEY use to describe you?

  • Crazy

If you didn’t have your current pets, what pets would you choose to have?

  • Horses. We have a horse property and I plan to add some but that day cannot come soon enough!

 

So that’s me in a nutshell. Any questions?