Pet Blogs United ROCKS!


We are so excited to be “Pet Blogger of the Week” over at Pet Blogs United!!
PBU is a wonderful site full of great blogs devoted to pets of all types. We happened on them several months ago and have met lots of fellow bloggers, like Catfromhell and The adventures of walking 2 dogs

Oskar and his person, Pam started PBU to bring all of us pet bloggers together. thanks! Unfortunately, Pam is currently in the hospital, so please send love, licks and healing thoughts their way.

On another note, PBU is offering up to $15.00 of goodies from their friends over at Pets Direct UK
Here is the link What a deal!!!! There is some awesome merchandise over there, so DO check them out!

If you like our blog, please follow us and visit us on twitter and facebook, too.

Well, that’s all for now. We have to go see our last sunset on the beach before our road trip back to Atlanta.

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(Almost) Sailing to the Bahamas

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Well, our vacay is almost over, and it’s been interesting, to say the least.

Mommy, Diddy and me went on a sailboat that we rented from someone diddy knows. When we got on the boat, mommy did that thing where she purses her lips and doesn’t speak. Diddy tried to reassure her that all would be ok. “I warned you” he said. She didn’t think the 3 of us could live on this boat for 2 weeks. But, an adventure is an adventure no matter what, and this was their 20yr anniversarary trip.

Mommy spent the rest of the day organizing, cleaning and provisioning for the Atlantic crossing to the Abacos, Bahamas.

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The next mornining we set sail down the intercoastal waterway (ICW) to the port of St Pierce, FL. Five hours into the trip, sputter, sputter. That’s the sound of a sick boat.

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Wishing it away, we continued on, before dropping anchor at dusk. Sunset was beautiful. And I went potty on a little island. I like potty breaks, because we get to take dingy rides!! Next morning, sputter was back. Diddy went to a marina and called a mechanic, who “fixed-it”.

NOT

That afternoon, sputter came back. Diddy was really upset, because our “weather window” was ideal for crossing. See, you have to make a 20hr ocean crossing with no land in sight, your boat better be healthy, and the weather needs to cooperate. There just arean’t service stataions in the middle-of-the-ocean.

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To make a long story short, we did not make it to the Bahamas. Mother Ocean said it was not  to be, and we respected her wishes.  But, we did have 6 days of beautiful saling with lots of dolphins playying beside the boat. We also saw manatees and tons of birds.

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Kizzy and Roxy were really happy to see mommy and diddy back.

I love sailing! 

What are some of your almost avantures?

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Wordless Wednesdays

3 pups on a glacier

This shot was taken at the Athabasca Glacier along the Columbia Icefields parkway. The journey by car stretches 144 miles between Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta, Canadia, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.

Global warming is evident here, as there are markers showing the rate of retreat (average 16 feet/year). The glacier is still magnificent at 6 kilometers long and 1 kilometer wide.

If you haven’t ever seen a glacier up-close and personal, 3 pups suggest you hurry!

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10 Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Dog


Considering getting a dog? Not sure where to begin? Here are 10 reasons why you should check out your local shelters.

Save a Life
Adopting a dog from a shelter saves lives. The HSUS estimates that 3-4 million pets are euthanized at shelters each year. When you adopt, not only are you saving the life of your new companion, but you will be freeing up space for another dog in its place.

Temperment-Tested
Shelter dogs have usually been pre-screened for temperament. Shelter employees and volunteers can often assist you in choosing one whose temperament suits your needs.

Affordable
A shelter dog is more “affordable” than a dog purchased from a breeder. Breeders charge into the thousands for pedigreed pets. Shelters and rescues typically charge under $200, including vetting.

Pre-Trained
Many shelter dogs have been family pets and are already trained and housebroken. Adopting an adult dog often saves you from suffering through the destructive “puppy-stage” problems.

Selection
You’ll have plenty of selection to a variety of dogs. Young, mature, large, small, active, docile, you name it, they’ll likely have it. I went looking for a golden retriever when I found my little terrier mix. 14 years later, he is still an active, healthy member of my family.

Breed Choice
Whether you prefer a purebred or mixed-breed, you’ll have a broad choice at the shelter. Not all shelter dogs are mutts. According to the HSUS, approximately 25 percent of dogs in shelters are purebreds.

Healthier Dogs
Dogs adopted from the Humane Society have already had their shots and an overall health exam. Most shelters spay or neuter prior to adoption.

Discourage Puppy-Mills
The more dogs that are rescued from a shelter, the less demand for pet-store and puppy-mill dogs, ending a truly vicious cycle.

Role-Model
You will be setting a good example to others and encouraging more adoptions. Recently, I traveled across the continent in a camper with my three rescued dogs. Inevitably, people asked the same question,” what kind of dog is that?”. When I told them they were all rescues, many people said that they would like to get their next dog from a shelter.

Unconditional Love
Doesn’t that just seal the deal?

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10 Alternatives to Christmas Gifting



It’s that time of year again, when folks are dashing to the mall in search of that perfect something to give that special someone. Or maybe you’re looking for a gift for a co-worker, group member of relative. Well, instead of purchasing a token gift that is probably made in China, why not consider making a donation in their name? Here is a list that the pups have helped me compile, including some of my favorite charities.

Best friends Animal Society is my long-time favorite! That is why our family, including the 3 Pups, volunteered there this summer.

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection and advocate organization, acting through reform, public awareness, emergency response, sanctuaries and more. A great organization.

World Vision is “a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.” Examples of the many ways to donate are by sponsoring a child, donating ducks, chickens, goats, clean water funds, help sexually exploited women and girls or feed hungry families. Prices begin around $10.00 and up.

The ASPCA does what it’s name suggests-American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The American Humane Association helps to prevent cruelty to animals and humans.

Earthjustice is a “nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment. We bring about far-reaching change by enforcing and strengthening environmental laws”

The National Park Foundation raises funds to connect all Americans to their national parks through volunteerism, visitor experience, education and outreach programs. I have a whole new appreciation for the National parks after our 3 month camping experience.

The World Wildlife Fund The organization works to conserve the world’s most important ecosystems for the benefit of both the species and people who live there.

Heifer International helps people become more self-reliant by helping people obtain a sustainable source of food and income. Like World Vision, you can donate a little or a lot for gifts such as honeybees, water buffalos, trees or seeds.

Friends of Animals are helping free animals from cruelty and institutionalized exploitation around the world. They work for primates, marine animals and more.

Of course, you could contribute to any of your local shelters or animal rescue groups, as well.

If you can’t afford a monetary donation this year, consider having a pet food drive at work, school of at home. Rescue groups, shelters and food pantries are in desperate need this year, and always.

Thank you for considering a different kind of kindness this year.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and Mommy and Diddy sat on the couch and made a list of things that we are thankful for. We would like to share them with you.

Homeless Chance

We are thankful for a roof over our head and a warm bed to sleep in. It wasn’t that long ago that Chance was homeless, and the streets are not a good place to live.
We are thankful for food in our bellies. Sometimes it may not be the food of choice, but it sustains us. Many don’t have even that.

Family on a glacier

We are thankful for our family and families. They have helped to make us who and what we are today.
We are thankful for those who helped us reach our goals, however unattainable we thought they were. You picked us up and encouraged us to move forward, one step at a time.

The summit in Bhutan


Friends, old and new

We are thankful for our friends. Old and new. We are especially thankful for the opportunity to “make it happen” and reconnect with those we didn’t realize we missed.
But most of all, we are thankful for love. Giving and receiving love is what keeps us going every day.
Thank you each and every one of you, for being in our lives.

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PiBoIdMo. Say Whaaaat??????????

PiBoIdMo. That stands for Picture Book Idea Month, which it is. November, I mean. This month is PiBoIdMo. So I made a pact with myself to come up with a new idea for a picture book every day this month. Sounds fun, huh? Easy-peasy? Well, I’m here to tell you it’s not nearly as simple as it might seem.

Ok, so I have come up with some ideas that I think would make kids laugh and their parents smile. Ideas. Now I just have to put each of the stories together in a creative way that has a clear beginning, middle and end. A story arc. A conflict and resolution in a completely fresh story that editors will beg me for. Oh, and ideally it will be under 500 words. Yeah. Right.

Fortunately for me, I have plenty of inspiration running around the house. Between Kismet, Roxie and Chance, there is always something going on. Chance stands on the back of the chair and barks at falling leaves outside the window; Roxie’s daily clockwork reminders-“time to go out, time for dinner, time for a walk”  and Kismet’s soft whimpers and running paws while dreaming of his younger, more agile days of play are the simple observations that inspire me.

If you hadn’t guessed, my stories, on the screen and in my head, revolve around dogs. I don’t have kids. I don’t have friends with kids that I see often, and I don’t have nieces and nephews coming for visits. So I write what I know. I write my passion. And if it strikes a chord with my readers, all the better.

Now excuse me while I go let Roxie out and persuade Chance to curl up with Kismet for a while.

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Happy Howl-O-Ween!!

well, it’s that time of year again, mommy dresses me up like i’m an idiot or something and takes me to the nursing home for my gig there as a Certified Therapy Dog with Happy Tails Pets.
i thought being certified meant dignified, not to be made a fool of. this year she made me wear this stoopid thing-y on my back and mommy said i was a bucking bronco. well, if that’s just not the dumbest thing i’ve ever heard!!!

Yee-Haw---NOT!


Well, If that’s no bad enough, she made me go through my whole trick routine, and i basically made her look like an idiot. i was howling! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

You want me to WHAT???

adding insult to injury, she didn’t make my brothers kizzy or chance dress-up. nope, they got off easy.
oh, well, it’s almost over, so, until christmas, when she makes me wear my mrs. santa clause outfit, i’m off the hook.
from our home to yours, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!
Arf!

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Leash Locket-Product Review

Looking for a convenient way to control your canine? Leash Locket may be the answer for you!
Leash Locket is a new and innovative device that offers the convenience of a retractable leash but substitutes those bulky handles for a palm-sized 2 oz. gadget that hooks right on your dog’s collar. A traditional clip hooks to the collar’s D-ring and is kept snug on the collar by means of a tiny yet powerful magnet.

The palm-sized Leash Locket


Originally, I was skeptical about this product, but once I learned how to utilize the magnetic feature that keeps the Leash Locket from dangling from the collar, I realized that this is a device whose time has come.

Roxie loves her Leash Locket


Although I’m not sure I’d use this on a daily basis, since I walk my 3 pups together, I love it for taking Roxie (the only one I’d ever let off-leash) for play-time at the park. She can run to her heart’s content without tripping over her dragging leash. If I need to gain quick control over her, I just pop the Leash Locket free from the magnet and voila—she’s contained on a 6-foot lead. The locking mechanism works well, and the “ribbon” type nylon lead is sturdy.

6-foot lead


This is a perfect solution for hiking, camping, and playing at dog-friendly parks when your dog needs the ability to run free. It would lend itself well to a harness, as well.
The Leash Locket comes in 4 colors (Blue, Black, Red and Pink) and 2 sizes-Small (for dogs up to 55 lb.) and Large (up to 90 lb.) Roxie, my mixed-breed herder, weighs 28 lbs and it was the perfect size. When I tried it on my 10-lb. Bichon, it seemed a bit bulky, but he tolerated it fine. Oh, and here’s the icing on the cake-Leash Locket donates a portion of each sale to help abused and neglected animals through the Leash Locket ASTRO Foundation.

*Disclaimer- I was sent this product to review for free. My review of this item is unbiased.

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Foto Friday

Are you ready for Halloween???

Lil Punkin' gobblin'

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