I was asked by Tor Publicity to review The Love Dog by Elsa Watson. You all know I am a big reader so I said yes! And then we moved, and then work went live and then I got a new job (more on that later) and then Alaska summer came. Suddenly I remembered I was way behind on my promise to review the book in January! EEEP SORRY!!!!
Once I picked up the book, I couldn’t put it down. I will admit that at first I was a little put off by the fact that the dog wrote parts of it but reading his sections I felt like it was really a dog writing it and not a dog/human character.Having lived in LA, the plot seemed very plausible to me.
Overall I give it two big thumbs up and think that everyone should get the book at read it! It is now out for all to buy.
Once summer finally arrives (it snowed last weekend but we think thats all done now) its go go go time in Alaska. We have planted our seeds and will have to move them outside soon. With all the sun, the garden grows fast and needs lots of tending. We are building raised beds and a greenhouse this year too. So far we have: Winter Squash, Butternut Squash, four kinds of potatoes, onions, tomatoes, artichokes, strawberries, tomatoes, cucumber, watermelon, cantaloupe, beets, rutabagas, parsnips, carrots and lettuce. Um yeah I think thats it….
Another favorite summer activity is hiking. With all the sunshine we can even go late at night. Mostly Baily and Mesa partake because 7 mile hikes are too much for Tori and Big Carl (though BC protests being left out). We go in groups with other friends that have dogs or just as a family. The beauty of Alaska still amazes me.
We also have a very active social life at our new house. With all the land its a popular spot for bonfires. We also have people over to help us work on the upgrades and end up having many BBQs. This past weekend one of our friends graduated from college so she had a celebratory bash at our house that included groups of friends playing music inside and out. The music ranged from blues to folk to bluegrass. We had 3 people bring accordians, a sitar and many other cool instuments . The dogs loved all the attention and have yet to wake up from all the partying. Mesa even broke down pit bull barriers by making friends with people who had never met a pit before but thought they were scary thanks to the media. Mesa convinced them to snuggle with her all night and love pit bulls. Good girl Mesa.
So needless to say I may be in and out all summer. When I do get down time, I like to use it to sleep!
For this week’s adoptable dog we have Willow. Willow is with the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation in Toluca Lake, CA.
Willow is a super fun loving young girl. She is insanely sweet and just loves to play and cuddle with her best friend (Turtle, a tiny chihuahua also available for adoption). Turtle loves to lay on top of Willows back and its one of the cutest things you will ever see! They are just the funniest pair. Willow and Turtle were abandoned at a Home Depot in Lancaster,CA . LBWF took them in and they have been a staff favorite since!
If you are interested in meeting and/or adopting Willow please fill out an application on our website
So CA adoptions due to home check
To adopt Willow, please visit the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation website or Willow’s Petfinder page.
The hubs and I have been talking about doing this for years and now that we are back home we thought it was finally time. So we are happy to announce…
WE GOT CHICKENS!!!!!
Oh what, you thought I might say something about having a baby? Nope, not for us. This weekend we went and picked up our 13 new additions. We had planned to build a new chicken coop this summer (the one at the house is OLD and GROSS) and getting some chickens in a few months. Well I went to a birthday party and met a lady who had just hatched some chicks. It was her first time and she was told to not expect more than a handful of her 40 eggs to produce. To her surprise 26 chicks were born. She asked if anyone wanted any. I texted the hubs and we agreed we could make it work.
So this weekend we build a brood box (the chicks are only 3 weeks old and can’t go to their coop till about 8 weeks). We are now starting on building a coop and will need to crank it out! We went with intentions of picking up 10 chicks but there were three more she didn’t have room for so we added them.
Now when it comes to the pups I knew that Tori and Baily wouldn’t care. I figured Mesa would be intense and Big Carl was my wild card. Well I was spot on with Tori, Baily and Mesa. Big Carl has decided the chickens are HIS. If any of the other pups get too close he growls at them and makes them leave the chicks alone. It makes me giggle! We brought them home in a dog crate and set it up for a couple hours in the living room with their heat light while putting the finishing touches on their brood box. Mesa found it very entertaining.
Mesa intense? Never….
Hopefully most of the chicks turn out to be hens since we got them to be egg layers. Eventually they will go to freezer camp when they stop laying but we aren’t at that point yet. If we have one rooster in the bunch that will be fine. More than one would be a problem! Here are the little ones.
For this week’s adoptable dog we have Shrek. Shrek is with the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation in Toluca Lake, CA.
Shrek an approximate 2 year old BIG DOG. An American Bulldog mix, with long legs, medium coat and a cute somewhat curled tail.
He is happy and loves to go for walks and play with dogs that aren’t afraid of his size! His adorable face and expressions will win everyone’s hearts!
He was a shelter favorite but his time was up and LBWF rescued him in his last hour and we are sure glad we did!!! Easy dog to take care of.
He likes to play with toys and deserves a great fun life!
Neutered and micro chipped. Up to date on shots
Southern Ca adoptions only due to home checks.
To adopt Shrek, please visit the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation website or Shrek’s Petfinder page.
For this week’s adoptable dog we have Ellie. Ellie is with the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation in Toluca Lake, CA.
Ellie is a sweet girl who hangs out with her bonded brother Beni,. Ellie and her brother where owner surrenders because their owner was ill with cancer and could no longer take care of them. She was heartbroken so please find it in your heart to take them both! Their mom was a Golden Retreiver and Alaskan Malmute and their dad was Lab and Chow. The only Chow we can see in them are their tongues that have black on them.
Ellie walks well on leash and is very loving. He and her brother Benji ae a joy to be around. They entertain themselves so not much for you to do in that department.
Please if you would like to set an appointment to meet Ellie fill out an application and tell us why you are the right forever home.
Southern Ca adoptions only due to home checks.
To adopt Ellie, please visit the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation website or Ellie’s Petfinder page.
One of the most common compliments we get about Big Carl (after the obvious “His ears are awesome”) is “Your chihuahua is so friendly.” For the most part he is. He likes to bark at men a bit but other than that he is more than happy to let anyone snuggle with him.
He LOVES women. Especially women with boobs. This dog loves to cop a feel. He either rests his head on them or puts his paws all over them.
Chis are typically thought of one person dogs. They bond with someone and that’s it. BC is far from typical. We live a rather social life. When we were in LA we had to walk the dogs all the time due to no yard and BC was no exception. He loves walking so he got to experience a lot of things and people. When our friends Alex and Joe would visit they would occasionally take him home for sleepovers.
In Vegas we didn’t walk as much due to the heat and having a yard but we had lots of people over, some with kids, some with their dogs. We spent time at dog parks and went to events.
In AK we have people over all the time. Again there are lots of kids, babies and music (we have a folk band living with us and sometimes I come home to a bluegrass session in the living room).
When I took the pups to their new vet in AK, the vet could not stop raving about how socialized BC is. She normally had to carry chihuahuas out of the room but he willingly walked with her on the leash. We talked about the life we lead and how BC was never one to be carried and is very independent which helps a ton with his socialization.
How do you all socialize your dogs (especially if yours is considered a one person dog)?