Posts Tagged ‘Joy’

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…

 

Boobs and Coffee

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Things that have cheered me this sad week…

You ALL showed up with hugs and encouraging words after Piggy passed away.  And some of you just sat with me and sighed.  You are all wonderful.Wednesday I saw sixteen cats as patients, which I am pretty sure is an all time personal high.

My last two patients of the day Wednesday were two blond Pomeranian brothers, who took turns jumping onto my lap to get squoze then onto the floor to dance in happy circles then back onto my lap again.  One of them had tiny pom-sized sled dog boots.

My patients right before Happy Pom Kids were two of my favorite guinea pig patients.  Angela had to tell me to give them both back.  It was hard to let go.

The day Piggy died, the girls and I started a HUGE photo album project to cheer ourselves.  It is working.  Also, Russ found these pictures of Amanda (2) with Ebony…

and Abby (6 months) with Ebony…

who was just over one year old at the time.  Look how much she looked like Joy does now!  (I took this picture of Ebony (left) and Joy (right) today…

I don’t look for gorgeous black pets.  They just find me.My friend started a blog that I absolutely love.

Long, rambling disclaimer:If you let your kids read Riley and James for the guest posts written by kids, or the hamster pictures or other fun stuff, but you don’t want them to read the word BOOBS, have them skip this post.  The link isn’t kid-appropriate, but only because it is Things Grown-ups Struggle With That Kids Should Not Have To Yet, not because of inappropriate material or pictures.  We try to shield our kids from Almost Everything in the World.  I know I probably overstep, and I will pay for the therapy as they need it, but hilarious names for anatomical parts is one thing we definitely do not shield them from and even encourage them to learn. 

That being said, here is a very thoughtful, sensitive, multi-layered new blog by one of my very favorite people in the Whole Wide World.  It is about Life, but it also has a Cat I Love and a Dog I Love.  In fact, I love the whole family.  You would too if you knew them, I just know it.  Thank you Friend, for starting this blog the week I needed something to take my mind off the sadness of losing Piggy and helping put things in perspective, as you also do so well in Real Life.

Boobs and Coffee

by

Vera Jo

And finally, this Christmas 2010 picture of Piggy that I forgot I had…

AND this picture of Piggy that Dave drew cheered me.  I put it as my phone screen background…

May you have pets in your life as wonderful as Piggy and Friends in your life as wonderful as mine, and may you find reasons to smile, even during the most difficult of weeks.

Joy to the World!

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Joy to the World!

(Public Domain)

lyrics by Isaac Watts 1674 – 1748

music by George F. Handel 1685 – 1759

vocals by Su Smith

This started out being another play on Joy the Puppy’s name, but with Su’s help, became one of my favorite posts ever.  She helped me learn how to do the slide show and post my first youtube video AND did the amazing singing in the video.  Thank you Su!  You are wonderful.

Merry Christmas all!  I hope you enjoy our video!

Picture Credits:

Hills – Saddleback Mountain, West Virginia from Terry Cunningham ♥

Nature – River and moon from Kathy Andrews ♥

Heaven, floods, rocks, plains, truth, thorns from the Awesome Aunt Jeannine Menze ♥

Grace – Olivia ♥

Earth from Space from Free Use Photos of Photobucket (Thanks Tall Sexy Mailman!)

Bruce Hansen from Joyce : )

Lion and the Lamb from predatorpress

Dragon picture from pathlights

Rainbow Bridge from Ladyhawk

Crucifixion picture from dreamstime

Adam and Eve are Expelled from the Garden of Eden by Julius von Carolsfeld

Computer Genius bringing this project to the next level – Su and Russ ♥

Christmas Memories

Monday, November 29th, 2010

I was just informed at our family dinner yesterday that we will not be repeating the Purple Christmas Tree of last year.  Actually, it felt like an intervention of sorts.  Mom and Dad made a big, wonderful dinner.  Dave and Sara were there.  Russ looked into my eyes and said, “We still have purple dust in the living room.”  Both daughters nodded silently.  (We don’t.)

So, I am sad to say, the purple flocked tree may be, instead of a new holiday tradition, only a memory.  Because I will only have a plain old pine tree to show you this year, and because this is an especially cute picture of all three dogs together, I have posted here my favorite picture from Christmas 2009.

Ebony, Joy and Noodle, Christmas 2009

“What Happened to Russ”

Also, perhaps only a memory…my favorite Sunday School craft ever:  Peanut Baby Jesus.  Russ and I teach three to five year old Sunday School at Westwood Church.  For the past several years, we have made Peanut Baby Jesus with the kids.  (We stole the idea from the awesome teachers of Two Year Old Sunday School after our oldest daughter came home with one years ago.)

Last year, we had one child in our class with a peanut allergy.  Being kindhearted, anti-anaphylaxis types, we thought it would be a good idea to use a shortened wooden clothespin for Peanut Allergy Kid’s Peanut Baby Jesus.

Russ is a carpenter…with no saws at church.  But there were steak knives.  Never say “whatever” when you are choosing appropriate tools for a task.  Russ tried to cut off the end of the clothespin, sliced his thumb, could not get the cut to stop bleeding (even with top-of-the-line veterinary intervention) and ended up at Urgent Care with several stitches.  He still has a scar.

Peanut Baby Jesus:  Materials: Bottom half of a disposable cup, squares of brown paper, craft hay, scrap of cloth, peanut, Sharpie, glue.  Assembly: Glue the brown paper squares around the outside of the half cup.  Fill the “manger” with hay.  Draw a face on the peanut and place the scrap of cloth over Peanut Baby Jesus.  Place Peanut Baby Jesus in his manger.

SAFETY NOTES: Use kids’ safety scissors to cut the cup in half and cut the paper and cloth.  Also, if you have a kid with peanut allergies in your group, choose a different craft!

Update on The Purple Christmas Tree, 2010:

Yay.  Thanks Russ : )

Update on Peanut Baby Jesus, 2010:

Click here!

 

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

You already know to keep your pets safe from scary, scary trick-or-treaters and even scarier Halloween candy.  And you know not to dress up a dog or cat or guinea pig with any objections to the celebration of Halloween, moral or otherwise.*

So instead of a list of pet safety tips, I present you with…The cutest set of Dominoes you will ever see in your whole entire life ever.

*Max the Cat decided to sit this one out.  He would not have matched the set anyways.

Piggy is the zero-zero Domino!  Ha!  I sprayed a quick (non-toxic!) line, snapped a picture and gave him a quick piggy bath.  He was mildly offended, and I was regretting involving him at even that five second level (we both were) until he saw his handful of cornflakes reward.  He is SO on board for participating in Halloween 2011!

Next up, Noodle the Poodle.  He was less inclined to be bribed by food, but was a relatively good sport non-the-less.  He was one-two, but did not want to show his whole costume.  Cute butt though, huh?

Joy the Puppy!

Joy and Ebony…Russ thought we should have them lay down at right angles for a picture (you know, like in a real Domino game…)  I thought they were doing well to lay on the same blanket at the same time without wandering off!

And the (almost) complete set!  By this time, Piggy was already back home happily eating his cornflakes, scruff still damp and sticking straight up.  I’d include a picture of that cuteness, but as you know, I have a difficult time getting good photos of our black pets.  I would say the morning went remarkably well.

Good job Dominoes!

 

2010 Nebraska Humane Society Walk for the Animals

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Phil the Puppy – ready for the Walk!

The 2010 Nebraska Humane Society Walk for the Animals was a very fun event!  The Family Finch Dog Pack consisted of Russ, Jodi, Erika Workman (an honorary Finch) and me and our kids and dogs:  ours-Ebony the Lab Mix, Noodle the Poodle and Joy the Puppy…and Phil!, Jodi’s-Taco the Belgian Malinois and Erika’s-Bella the Long-Haired Chihuahua.

We saw tons of gorgeous dogs and between us could identify all but one by breed (a BEAUTIFUL huge Great Dane shaped dog with tan and dark brown Mastiff-like markings).  We saw lots of friends and pet companies and rescue groups we love…

♥ ♥ ♥ Good to see you! ♥ ♥ ♥

Petsmart

Pug Partners of Nebraska

Little White Dog Rescue

Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue

Nebraska Border Collie Rescue

Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska

Three Dog Bakery

Oxbow Animal Health

Hayneedle Pets

Last we heard, Nebraska Humane Society was very close to meeting their fund-raising goals for the day.  That will help so many pets!!  Thank you SO MUCH for supporting Family Finch and the Nebraska Humane Society!

Grown-ups Left to Right:  me, Erika (with Bella), Russ, Jodi, the other dogs:  Ebony, Joy, Phil (in the carrier!), Noodle, Taco

 

Joy, Ebony and Noodle in a calm moment

The Beautiful Bella Workman

Gorgeous Taco Dog

Ebony and Phil chat before the walk

And we’re off!  A beautiful walk around the outskirts of the Nebraska Humane Society campus