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Wordy Wordless Wednesday – Celebrating 41 Years with Dogs

July 30, 2014

Did I say ‘wordless’? Okay, so it’s not completely wordless. Today is my 41st birthday. I do not dread this day (nor did I dread the big four-o day). These are the happiest times in my life. There have been a lot of bumps in my early years, but one great thing has been constant for all 41 of them and that is dogs. Let me share them with you.

I showed you a photo of this dog last week. Wendy wasn’t just special to my mom, she was special to me because she was the first dog I was ever exposed to.

Spaniel Mix Wendy

My mom was worried about how Wendy would react to me as a newborn baby. Luckily, Wendy adored me and she was very protective of me. She would sleep under my crib and she’d watch me carefully whenever anyone held me.

I showed you this photo last week too. While I was growing up, my mom had a number of dogs, but Cassie was the first dog that was considered my dog.

Cassie - Shetland Sheepdog

When my mom took Cassie in, I was just 10 years old. Cassie immediately attached herself to me and would only sleep with me in my room, even when it was my sister’s turn to have her.

After I moved out of my parent’s house I, of course, took Cassie with me. Cassie was getting older and I thought a new puppy would liven things up a bit. Cassie wasn’t as thrilled about Smokey as I was, but they did play from time to time and Smokey did put a bit of a spring into her step.

Me and My Dog Smokey at Georgetown Lake

My dog Smokey was my hiking buddy. We spent three days roughing it as we hiked around Georgetown Lake in Texas.

My Border Collie / Shepherd Dog Smokey

Here’s a better photo of my dog Smokey, also taken at Georgetown Lake.

More of My Dog Smokey

Smokey and I did a lot of outdoor things together. Swimming was one of his favorites.

After a year or so of getting Smokey, I started working for the animal shelter in Austin, Texas. Since then I adopted and fostered a number of dogs (and cats). I don’t talk about them as much as the others because I had to leave them with my ex after we got divorced. The divorce ended badly so I do not know what became of them. I can only hope he cared for them or gave them to good homes.

Beagle Mix Huckleberry Hound

Huckleberry Hound was rescued from the back of a Uhaul truck with 50 other dogs. The dogs were all sick with Parvo. Huckleberry was the only one that pulled through. He lived at the shelter for three months before I decided to take him home. Huck lived with me for four years before he got out of the fence one day and was struck and killed by a car. :(

My Dogs and Cat Huckleberry Grady Scrapper

Huck with Scrapper and Grady. Scrapper is the cat and he loved to walk on a leash outside. Grady was my dad and stepmom’s dog. They gave up Grady because they couldn’t train him. They do not have the dog-sense that my mom has.

Cats CleoPatra Scrapper Dillan

Patra (short for Cleopatra) is the tortoiseshell cat and is the first cat I rescued from the animal shelter. She was a stray and was in rabies observation for a week for scratching a child. She was going to be euthenized but I didn’t let it happen. I don’t remember how I got Scrapper, the white with gray kitty. And Dillan, the all gray kitten, was rescued from the jaws of a Doberman named Dillan.

Golden Retriever Molly McButter

I fostered Molly for a few weeks, during which time she earned the nickname of Molly McButter.

Foster Pups Skittles Max Puddles

From left to top then bottom right: Skittles, Max, and Puddles. These were foster pups I had for a few weeks.

My Black and White Cat Spider

I honestly don’t remember how I got Spider (so named because he often climbed the curtains and walls). He is one of the ones I was forced to leave behind when I got divorced.

Dogs Becky Anne and Sheba

Becky Anne, the G. Shepherd-colored Whippet mix, was going to be put to sleep because she wasn’t cute enough. Yes, it’s true. The man in charge of the shelter I worked at decided he didn’t like me and immediately ordered the dog to be put to sleep when he found out I took interest in her. Sheba is the Rottweiler mixed that was abandoned in front of my house. I guess her owners decided that since I already had five dogs, I wouldn’t notice the sixth! I had Sheba for two years before she got out with Huckleberry and was never heard from again, even though she was wearing her tags. :(

My Chow / Shepherd Mix Achilles

Achilles came from a box of pups that someone was giving away in front of Walmart. I had him for almost three years before he escaped from the yard and was never seen again. He had tags, but I lived in the country so anything could have happened. :(

If you’ve been following this blog, then you remember this dog. Like my dog Achilles, Sephi was named from Greek mythology (short for Persephone). My ex gave Sephi to me because he felt guilty for cheating on me. Of course, I didn’t know this at the time. Sephi was the only dog I was able to keep from the divorce. I couldn’t keep the others because I wasn’t working and so my ex got to keep our house.

My Chow Shepherd Mix Dog Sephi

Sephi was my sole companion for many hears after my divorce. She passed away at the age of 11 in November 2011.

My two current best buds are Maya and Pierson.

My Dogs Maya and Pierson Having a Ball in the Fall

Maya was adopted by a family with two toddlers and an infant. After one week, they posted her on Craigslist and I was the lucky responder. Pierson was rescued from Pierson Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

That’s all the words I have on this very special Wordy Wordless Wednesday. For more doggy fun, check out the blog hop link below.

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A Few Words About Drawing Rocky for Wordless Wednesday

July 16, 2014

Just before my mom was diagnosed with brain cancer, her dog Rocky passed away in his sleep. My mom really loved Rocky and wanted to have him memorialized with art. And not just art from anyone. She wanted me to draw him. :)

Portrait of Rocky the Dog

It really helps me to draw a dog if I have a great photo, and my mom had the perfect one of Rocky.

Third Sketch of Rocky the Dog

It took a few sketches to get the proportions of Rocky right.

Drawing Rocky the Dog Step 1

I traced the sketch onto acid free pastel paper. As always, the first color I added was to the eyes and nose using pastel pencils.

Drawing Rocky the Dog Step 2

The next part was coloring Rocky’s open mouth. This was actually far more difficult that I first thought it would be.

Drawing Rocky the Dog Step 3

Drawing Rocky the Dog Step 4

Drawing Rocky the Dog Step 5

I’m almost done!

Drawing of Rocky the Dog - Pastel

The final touches were adding Rocky’s whiskers (which is something I almost always forget) and adding texture to his long neck fur. This photo is actually a little dark compared to the original. Imagine the fur as white as in the previous image.

I was lucky enough to be able to complete this drawing while my mom was visiting me (which was just before I moved to Iowa). She was able to watch me draw and got to see me finish it. And I am proud to say that she absolutely loved it!

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Almost Wordless Wednesday – Four Letter F-Word

July 9, 2014

Okay, so it’s not quite wordless. Is it ever?

The four-letter f-word at our house has a whole different (and much better) meaning.

Cute Dog Pierson

“Did someone say FOOD?”

Maya Handmade Dog Collar

“I’m pretty sure you said you were going to give me food for posing in this new handmade dog collar from our friend Yinghua.”

(Admittedly, the photo of Pierson is from a while back when we still lived in Kansas. But it isn’t a photo I have posted before. Maya’s photo, however, is recent. Our friend, Yinghua, made this for Maya and sent it to us just after we moved to Iowa.)

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Not Quite Wordless Wednesday – My Mom

March 5, 2014

I’ve told you in the past about my mom, about how I got my love for dogs from her and about how my mom was the dog rescue lady in our town. Recently, we’ve found out that she has brain cancer. So today I am going to share just a few words about this special woman. She’s not only made a difference in my life but also in the lives of others, including the lives of many dogs. Of the many lessons she taught me, the most enduring thing is that dogs are family too. I love you, Mom! ❤•.✿.•❤

Rocky Standing Over Mom

My mom recently lost her dog Rocky. This is him standing on the top of her chair. Rocky was a very lovable dog but he loved my mom more than anyone.

Solo the Border Collie Mix

My mom survived lung cancer a few years ago. This is her after recovery and with her dog Solo.

Mom and Goat Sandy

My mom loves all animals. This is Sandy, her goat… just one of the kids ;)

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Wordless Wednesday – Toys All Over the House

February 19, 2014
Pierson Kibble Drop Dog Toy 1

One dog, three dog toys. Two dogs, thirty dog toys… maybe more.

No, I don’t have children. But one might think so with all these toys all over the place. It never fails that the moment I put them all away, Maya or Pierson suddenly want the dog toy on the bottom. Sillies. :D

Dog Toys All Over the Floor 001

De-stuffed bunny, piggy bottle buddy, two red owl blanket toys from Petco with the owl heads torn off, invincibles gecko, and a homemade dog toy made form a scarf and a tennis ball.

Dog Toys All Over the Floor 002

That green thing in the background is the toy box. There are lots of toys piled around it. On the dog bed is an antler horn and the orange invincibles gecko. That brown thing is the blanket. Pierson sometimes considers the blanket a toy.

Do your dogs leave their stuff all over your house?

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Wordless Wednesday – More Snow Than We’ve Ever Experienced

February 5, 2014

Yesterday just snowed and snowed. It ended up being well over 12 inches.

Pierson in 1 inch of Snow

In the morning, Pierson checked out the newly fallen snow. This is about 1 inch.

Maya in 1 inch of Snow

Maya was a little bit interested in the snow yesterday morning, but 1 inch wasn’t enough for her to get excited about.

Pierson in 3+ Inches of Snow

This is early afternoon and Pierson is laying in about 3 inches of snow.

Maya in 3 Inches of Snow

Maya’s having some fun in the snow now. She’s looking for a snowball I threw.

Pierson in Snow Looking for Snowball

Pierson is looking for another snowball I threw.

Pierson Looking at All the Snow

Pierson doesn’t quite know what to do with himself and all this fluffy white snow.

Pierson in Snow over 12 inches 001

By 9:30 pm, we had over 12 inches of snow and are expecting another 1-2 inches. Pierson is loving it.

Maya in Snow over 12 inches 002

Maya was enjoying the snow until she realized she had to go poo. Where to go?

Me in Snow over 12 inches 003

Either I’m very short, or this snow is really deep. This is definitely over a foot of snow.

Me in Snow over 12 inches 005

Here I am at about 9:30pm standing in over a foot of snow. Too bad it is going to be really cold tomorrow. I could make a really cool fort with all this snow.

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Wordless Wednesday – Great Stuff from The Petter & Loving Pets

January 22, 2014

Welcome to the Wordless Wednesday blog hop! I’ve got a couple of cute photos of Maya and Pierson showing off some new stuff they got. Sorry Pierson is so hard to see. I should have taken the photos with the light behind me rather than behind him. Oh well, I hope you like them anyway:

Maya Pierson Canister Planner

We’re two lucky dogs to get all this great stuff.

Pierson and The Petter Planner 2

Pierson’s new planner.

Pierson and the Petter Planner 1

Inside The Petter planner.

Bella Canister from Loving Pets

The lid seals in freshness so well that I can pick up the canister by the lid and it won’t open. It is still easy to open, though, when I want to pull out some treats.

Any of you doing the K9 Camp challenge? The Petter is 2014 pet planner for dogs. It’s a great way to keep track of and document your pet’s activities.  The Bella Canister is from Loving Pets. It’s great for storing treats. The lid automatically creates an air tight seal in order to keep treats fresh.

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Mostly Wordless Wednesday – Petco Toy and Bandana

January 15, 2014

Look what Maya and Pierson won from Petco through the All Things Dog Blog! I don’t usually have Maya and Pierson wearing bandanas because bandanas were Sephi’s thing. But you have to admit that Pierson looks darned dashing. :)

Maya Pierson New Petco Toy

Yes, Maya. You get to play with the toy too. But the bandana goes to Pierson.

Petco Stuff from All Things Dog Blog 003

Well, Maya. You’re going to have to wait until Pierson is done with it.

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Wordless Wednesday – Happy New Year & A Texas Holiday

January 1, 2014
Maya Happy New Year

Welcome to 2014!

Happy New Year!

I love the holidays because it allows me to end the year on a happy note. Every year we go to visit my parents in Texas. This year was no exception. Here are some photos from our visit:

Texas December 2013 Heron Pond

Pond by my parent’s house. Can you see the heron in the middle of the photo?

Heron Pond Texas December 2013 015

Can you see the heron flying away?

Maya Pierson Texas December 2013

Pierson and Maya pose in front of the Christmas tree. A couple of those are theirs.

Texas December 2013 028 Maya

Maya looks on as everyone opens their Christmas presents. “Where’s mine?”

Maya Texas December 2013 024

Maya sniffs the pretty red bow. “Is this mine? What else did I get?”

Pierson Bow Texas December 2013 025

Pierson is a little nervous about all the chaos. He sits by me quietly looking on and I put ribbons from presents around his neck.

Pierson Ginormous Squirrel

Pierson loves the ginormous squirrel dog toy given to him and Maya by Joanne from http://www.fleecedogharnesses.co.uk/

Maya Squirrel Dog Toy

“Finally, a present for me!” The ginormous squirrel dog toy comes with 6 little squeaking squirrels .

Maya Squirrel Dog Toy and Niece

Maya plays with her dog toy while my sister and my niece plays with her new toy.

Family Playing Hungry Hippos

Pierson looks on as my niece and nephew, my brother-in-law, and my husband play Hungry Hungry Hippos.

Maya Sleeping Texas December 2013 041

Maya is pretty tuckered out after all the presents are opened. She didn’t even notice the bow I put on her belly.

This is part of the Wordless Wednesday blog hop hosted by Blog Paws.

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Tis the Season to Cuddle

December 18, 2013

Happy Wordless Wednesday!

My dogs Maya and Pierson are generally not allowed on the furniture. However, there are days when I’m not feeling well where I just want to cuddle. Maya and Pierson really look forward to these times. They know exactly what it means when I start putting the blue sheet on the couch and they get so so excited. Here are some photos from our most recent cuddle time.

Maya and Pierson Cuddle on Couch 1

I love cuddle time as much as Maya and Pierson do.

Maya and Pierson Cuddle on Couch 2

Cuddle Time! But wheres mom? Cuddle time just isn’t the same without her.

Maya and Pierson Cuddle on Couch 4

Yin Yang

Maya and Pierson Cuddle on Couch 5

Maya makes a nice pillow for my dog Pierson.

Maya Cuddling on the Couch 1

Maya loves to rest her head on my lap. She always gets the “shotgun” position on the couch next to me.

Pierson Cuddling on the Couch 1

Pierson likes to cuddle, but he gets hot easily and so eventually scoots to the end of the couch.

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