Archive for June, 2011

Jacob and the Puppy

Friday, June 24th, 2011

A Story from Joy the Puppy’s Younger Days…

Our 10-year-old neighbor Jacob asked me if I knew what our puppy’s breed was yet.

“No,” I said.

“You need to go to the vet and get one of those blood tests so you can find out,” he said.   (I was impressed he knew about the Wisdom Panel.)

“I am the vet, Jacob!” I said.   (He gave me a look like I should know what she is then.)

“We took Raven to the vet for that blood test.”

I asked, “What did you find out?”

“We found out that she doesn’t have fleas. And that she needed a couple of shots.”

“I bet your puppy is a Black Lab and a black Terrier mixed together.”

I said, “I don’t need a fancy blood test Jacob! I have you!”

Ha!” he said.

I’ll bet he’s right…


The Dogs of Summit County

Friday, June 17th, 2011

We have been on a family vacation in Summit County Colorado for the past week. We are heading home Saturday. *sniff*

SO not ready to leave our Nelson family. Some are in Ohio and the rest of us are in Omaha. Even so, I still wish we all had more time like we have had this past week to just BE together. *sigh*

We do miss Omaha and our friends and the rest of our family! Here is the list of the dogs who have graciously stepped in for Joy the Puppy and Noodle the Poodle and Max the Cat to make our week full of amazing and beautiful pets. Thank you awesome doggies!

♥ Tiny Poodle in a backpack ♥ Long-legged Dachshund mix ♥ Boxer mix ♥ Boston Terrier ♥ Schnauzer ♥ 2 German Shepherd mixes ♥ Wheaton Terrier puppy named Myro with a dandelion necklace and headband (three way tie with Charlie Boy and Olive Girl for THE cutest thing I have seen all week!) ♥ English Bulldog who was in such great shape he almost looked like an American Bulldog – crazy! ♥ “Normal” English Bulldog ♥ 5 Golden Retriever mixes ♥ 9 Golden Retrievers including a Golden Retriever puppy *sigh* :) ♥ Lab Boxer mix who looked like my Raisin-in-law and came right up on our deck to say “hi” ♥ 2 Miniature Poodles ♥ Schnoodle ♥ Chow-Chow in a Breckenridge shop ♥ Chow-Chow out and about ♥ Australian Shepherd in a Breckenridge shop ♥ 2 Australian Shepherds out and about ♥ 2 Australian Herding dogs ♥ Weimaraner ♥ Pomeranian ♥ Fox Terrier ♥ Chihuahua X Pomeranian ♥ Lhasa Apso mix ♥ Doberman Puppy ♥ 2 Boxers ♥ Lilly the super-cute Chihuahua X Terrier with a “Caution – I Bite” harness in For Pet’s Sake Thrift Shop in Breckenridge ♥ Long Haired Chihuahua ♥ Standard Poodle ♥ Pug ♥ 3 Small Mutts ♥ 1 Medium Mutt ♥ 1 Big Mutt ♥ 2 German Shepherds ♥ 2 Old English Sheepdogs ♥ 1 Husky in a Breckenridge store ♥ 5 Huskies out and about ♥ Pomeranian mix ♥ Bichon Frise ♥ 3 Yellow Labs ♥ Yellow Lab mix ♥ 2 Border Collie mixes ♥ Greyhound ♥ Swiss Mountain Dog ♥ Yellow Husky mix ♥ 5 Black Labs ♥ Black lab mix who did not look anything like Ebony but reminded me of her so much she made me cry ♥ Chocolate Doberman mix ♥ Bishon mix ♥ 2 Pit Bulls ♥ 2 Chocolate Labs ♥ 2 Collies ♥ Dalmatian ♥ Short Haired Chihuahua ♥


Myro the Wheaton Pup



Lilly the Chihuahua X Terrier

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

We are on vacation this week with my parents and brothers and families in Summit County Colorado. Any time I get to spend with my family is my favorite time ever, and this week is no exception!

We’ve been taking pictures of Colorado “animals” so I thought I would share those with you…Happy Wednesday!












Life With Dogs

Friday, June 10th, 2011

I am starting a weekly writing project with Life With Dogs! I am joining the always awesome NEIL who has made the site what it is.  (See how far back you can go on the website and read his earliest posts – some are hilarious!  And they are all great!)  Already writing with Life With Dogs is AMY of Go Pet Friendly, another favorite site of mine.  And jumping in with me is NANCY of Good Dogz training, a friend and favorite!

I will be writing about dog health issues, with an emphasis on preventative care.  Truth be told, I was a little intimidated by the VOLUME of readers this website attracts, and it took me a full week to post my first post, (An (Un)Exhaustive List of What I Know About Dogs) which if you are used to the immediacy of my posts here on Riley and James, is a crazy amount of foot dragging!  So far, very fun…and not scary :)

Like I so recently said about the new CareFRESH blog, THIS is going to be fun people!

Here is a link to the site…If you love dogs, you probably already have it.  It is a great site.  I am so excited to be a part of the team.  THANKS NEIL!!

Life With Dogs



Veterinary Pen Holder

Monday, June 6th, 2011

I was helping take out trash at work the other day, when, for the first time ever, I noticed that empty blood vial containers look really cool.  Instead of recycling the one I found (I mean, like normal people recycle!) I took it home and wrapped it in wrapping paper, and now I hold my Sharpies in it.  It is my favorite pen holder ever.

It is super easy to make a veterinary pen holder…

1.  If you work in a veterinary hospital, go dumpster diving in your recycling container and find a test tube or blood vial holder.  Note:  The dividers in the boxes that hold purple top tubes will be too narrow to hold Sharpies or big highlighters, but will be fine for regular pens.  The one in the picture held red top tubes.

Also, if you dumpster dive in front of your boss, she may assume you are doing so out of necessity, not to make a Super Awesome Veterinary Pen Holder, and may give you a Pity Raise.  This is not as cool as a Merit Raise, but hey, it is something!

If you do NOT work in a veterinary hospital or other medical facility, ask your pets’ veterinary team to set aside a blood vial box or test tube box for you.  They may not have one to give you right away, but probably will not mind saving one for you!

2.  Gather your favorite wrapping paper, stickers (Secret Penguin stickers are the best!), clear wrapping tape (narrow), clear packing tape (wide) and scissors.

3.  Take the cardboard divider out of the box.

4.  Wrap the box like a present, tucking the edges of the wrapping paper into the top of the box.  Tape all of the loose edges with the narrow tape.

5.  Tape the four top edges of the box with the wide tape to reinforce it.

6.  Decorate the box with stickers (or whatever!) and put the cardboard divider back into the box.

7.  Add pens.

8.  Take a picture and send me a link to it!

9.  Make a pen holder for your favorite veterinary team to say THANK YOU for letting you dumpster dive/humoring your odd request.  They will probably get a kick out of it!