Puppy Love

From the minute we brought Bean home from the hospital, Big Molly has been right by his side. She used to lay down where ever he was – next to his bouncer, next to the swing, next to him on the floor, and even in his room at night. She was hopelessly in love with him. As Bean has gotten older and more mobile, Molly and Bean have stayed tight. They go everywhere together. Today, I was sitting in the living room and out of nowhere, Molly walks by with…

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Coping

They say that when you’re pregnant, your dogs can sense that something is up.  With Bean, this was true.  Lucy and Molly stayed closer to me, were quieter, and were gentler during my whole pregnancy.  And then Bean came along and their lives changed forever. This time around is slightly different.  For one thing, the dogs don’t sense that something is up.  They KNOW.  And they KNOW exactly what’s going on.  They’ve seen this before.  And, trust me, they are none too pleased about this unexpected turn of events. Each…

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I am Thankful

I am thankful for a roof over my head, a job that makes me happy, and food on our table every night. I am thankful for medical insurance and even more thankful that we haven’t had to use it yet. I am thankful for cool, evening breezes and for bright sunny days. I am thankful for my dogs who seem to love me even when I don’t make time to love them back. I am thankful for palm trees and sandy beaches. I am thankful for each person who comes…

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A Day at the Dog Park

(Warning: This post is about poop.  Lots of poop.  Proceed at your own risk.  Just be thankful that my camera cord is still missing and so I don’t have any pictures to share.) For the first few years of Lucy’s life, I was living in college apartments.  That meant that she learned how to walk on a leash pretty good because I had to walk her every day.  She got so good that she could actually go to the bathroom on command. “Go potty, Lucy.” Done. But when we got…

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Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds

Once upon a time there was a little mutt puppy named Lucy.  She was beloved by her owner named Katie and all was right with the world. Together, Katie and Lucy explored the world together. It was a happy time, even if Katie did often insist on dressing Lucy in ridiculous outfits. Lucy loved Katie so much that she even forgave her for The Hat Incident of 2003. And then Katie married a boy named Chris and though Lucy needed some time to adjust, she eventually came to love Chris,…

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Kill It Till Its Dead!

This afternoon when Bean woke up from his nap, he was really fussy (read more about Bean’s reoccurring fussiness HERE) so I took him out to our back yard where Chris was playing with the dogs.  Only, I couldn’t find Chris.  Or the dogs. So, Bean and I walked over to the side of the house where we found this: A fence with two different colored stains?  Yes, but that isn’t alarming. Chris’ tiny little rear end up sticking out?  Yes, but that isn’t alarming.  Just kind of cute. A…

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The Things It Takes to Sell a House Today

Chris was offered the job in Orlando in December and, as exciting as it was, the first thought that came into our heads was, “The house.” In case you aren’t aware, the housing market right now?  Well, it ain’t exactly jumpin’.  In fact, its barley breathin’.  Especially in areas like Connecticut where home inflation was really soaring before the recession.  Which, coincidentally, is exactly at the peak of when Chris and I bought our home.  We over paid.  But all the cool kids were doing it at the time and…

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My Dog Hates My Baby. So the Baby Must Go.

Poor Lucy.  Poor, poor little Lucy.  Since the Bean came along, her life of privilege has become a life of the very un-privileged. She used to be able to sleep in our bed.  Now she can’t because the baby has turned sleep into a very precious commodity in this household and beds are for very special sleeping humans.  Lucy now has a pillow on the floor. On the floor. Like an animal. She used to be able to bark to her little peanut-sized heart’s content.  Now she can’t because she…

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Distractions.

I think I have discovered the secret to being a happy person. A routine. I can always tell when things are a little off kilter in my life by looking at my routine.   If something drastic changes, it takes a little time for me to adjust and get back into a groove again.   I’m a creature of habit. I blame my Dad.   He’s one structured man.   And I seem to have his genes. At my house, we’ve gotten into a pretty great routine in the evenings.…

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Attn: Residents of PA

Well, I’m getting ready to tell you the saddest story ever. I would normally advise you to look away from the sadness, but I have to tell you in case anyone out there can help some very dear friends of mine. My friends, Sarah and Jon, were traveling through Pennsylvania this past Sunday and they got into a car accident. They were fine, but their car was totaled. The absolute worst part of the ordeal was that their family dog, Bailey, jumped out of the car right after the accident…

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