Happy 4th!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 | Gryffindor, Indigo, Ozzy | Comments Off

July 4th used to be one of my favorite holidays. I have such great memories of family, friends, parades, etc. But right now, for the sake of Indy, I just want it to be done.

The poor girl is not having a great week. We’re having fireworks galore, it’s consistently in the mid-to-upper 90s, and she’s stressed. And lets not forget – heat means we turn on her dreaded nemesis – the ceiling fan!

So while I still do love the holiday, I beg of you – please think of the dogs. Don’t blow off the quarter stick of dynamite. Don’t setup unsafe fireworks in your back (or front) yard. Not just because of the safety of the humans around you, but because of the dogs. Many of them freak out with that noise, and whatever else goes with it that humans just can’t detect.

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Happy Anniversary? Birthday?

Friday, September 2nd, 2011 | Alex, Beowulf, Dogs, Gryffindor, Indigo, Ozzy | 3 Comments

Or maybe it’s Happy Blogiversary?

Either way, Indy, Ozzy and I (plus Alex, Gryffin and Beowulf) have been doing this for three whole years. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading, as I have definitely enjoyed writing.

To celebrate, we’re doing a giveaway. It’s not the same as the past two years – it will not be based on comments. I haven’t been blogging enough to do that, methinks, and I want it to be different. So, we’re doing a trivia contest! Which means one lucky person will receive some gifts from Indy and Ozzy!

I’ll bet you’re wondering what gifts Indy and Ozzy could possible give you that aren’t bio hazards, right? But never fear, I monitored their online shopping, and I think we’re good. The winner will receive a couple of things, but some are not determined yet. I will wait to see the size of the winner’s dog so they don’t end up with something bigger than their dog. Suffice it to say that those prizes will be Indy’s and Ozzy’s “favorite things”. (Ozzy is a HUGE Oprah fan…)

The one prize I know for sure is a Mountain Smith K-9 Cube, valued at $60.

It’s quite neat. It includes:

Drop down food tray
Collapsible water bowl with PEVA waterproof liner
Collapsible food bowl with cinch cord
Removable PEVA lined Food container for overnight stays
Removable interior divider
Unique top pocket access to plastic baggies
Two side mesh pockets for tennis ball carry
Soft sided Frisbee

Hmm, maybe I should keep it for myself. But the dogs really want one of YOU to get it, so I guess not.

So, on to that trivia contest thing. Here are your questions.

Why are we called “Swiss Lick” Swissies?
What particularly gross thing of Indy’s did Gryffin eat? (Yes, it made him sick.)
Who won our first anniversary giveaway? What did they win?
Who was visiting on Indy’s second birthday?
Name one thing I learned from Gryffin?
What did Beowulf receive for the Christmas of 2010?
Where did Ozzy take his “Puppy 2″ class?
What did the 2010 anniversary contest winners receive?
Name one thing I wish breeders did with puppies before they go to their new homes.
When did Indy get fixed?

Submit your answers to me via email at All entries must be received by 10am central time on Wednesday, September 7th. In there is a tie, the winner will be chosen at random from the group of those with the same number of correct entries. All the answers can be found in blog posts over the past 3 years.

Good luck, and thanks for reading!

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Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 | Gryffindor | Comments Off

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Things I learned from Gryffin

Monday, January 3rd, 2011 | Gryffindor, Swiss Lick Swissies Canine Cancer Fund | Comments Off

It’s been a year since we lost Gryffin. We could be all melancholy, but he’d rather we laugh a bit – or at the very least, smile when we think of him.

Instead of the sad mumbo jumbo, I figured I’d share some of what I learned from Gryffin over the years to help get you to smile.

1. I am the most beautiful [person] in the world.
2. Absolutely everyone loves me. A lot. Why wouldn’t they? See #1 if you are unsure about this.
3. When in doubt, smile. It’s hard for anyone to be upset or sad when they see my winning smile.
4. Never underestimate the power of a well placed, room rumbling, ominous growl. I think it makes teenage boys wet themselves.
5. Playing practical jokes on unsuspecting people, dogs or cats is always a great way to provide amusement in my day.
6. If I am going to dish it out (see #5), I have to be able to take it as well.
7. It’s always better to ask forgiveness (employing #3 works) than permission.
8. Winter weight is ok. It will burn itself off when I run around the yard sniffing everything during/after the spring thaw.
9. Sharing food is just not cool.
10. Watch out for the bitch. There is no such thing as a good day for one of them.

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Learning to Catch

Friday, December 10th, 2010 | Beowulf, Dogs, Gryffindor, Indigo, Ozzy | Comments Off

You know, I had an idea for a funny post. I was going to make it yesterday…

Most dogs take a while to learn to catch things, like treats. It took Indy, Gryffin and Beowulf weeks of trying to figure it out. I started with Ozzy on Wednesday. I threw a treat to him 3 times and it bonked him on the nose. I laughed. I tried again with him on Thursday. He opened his mouth for the first and caught it on the second.

There goes my funny post.

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Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 | Gryffindor | Comments Off

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Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 | Canine Cancer, Gryffindor | Comments Off

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Human emotions

Thursday, September 9th, 2010 | Gryffindor | 2 Comments

I can talk about human stuff, right? Don’t worry, it still has to do with dogs. Swissies even. Gryffin in particular…

So, I was going through some of my old, saved emails. Heck with spring cleaning – I’m all about the fall cleaning. I came across some saved emails I have from friends and blog readers from January. Early January to be specific. That’s when we had to let Gryffin go.


*sniff sniff*

OK, I’m back.

I decided to open a couple up to read them, and guess what? I started tearing up.

For the record, it’s great when that happens at work. I fully expected that guy from the corner office to chose that moment to stop by my desk. He is a dog lover, so I suppose he might have understood. Except he’d probably wonder why I was reading emails from January in September at my desk during normal business hours. Valid question, I admit. But I digress.

I know I’ve said this before, but it is important enough to me to say again.

Thank you.

Yes, you.

You are probably one of the ones that sent me an email or submitted a contact request through the site to tell me how sorry you were. And although I’ll probably never meet more than half of you, I want you to know that it still helps brush the cobwebs off my heart when I read those messages. And although I still tear up when I read them (heck, I’m tearing up now just thinking about reading them), it still makes me happy to remember just how many lives Gryffin touched, even virtually.

And just so you know, Gryffin would want you to comment on my blog posts. Frequently. And he’d want you to win a collar from 2HD. So make sure you get an entry (or 5) in by 5pm central time today!

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Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 | Gryffindor | 3 Comments

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Friday, September 3rd, 2010 | Gryffindor, Indigo, Ozzy | 3 Comments

Perhaps I shouldn’t have mentioned that Ozzy was doing really well. Did I jinx myself?

Probably not. I’m going to assume his “actions” are normal. I remember Indy going through these phases, but I’ll admit I can’t remember Gryffin going through this so early.

As I mentioned the other day, Ozzy is four months old. He’s been doing freakishly well on the house training…until Wednesday. I think he actually went about a week without any accident, but since I was out of town last week and the other human in the house can’t tell me when the last accident occurred, it’s really a guess. Most of his recent accidents have been swizzles until last night. He was supposed to be under the watchful eye of someone who is not me as I was working out. He and Indy were playing like crazy in the hall which means he’s going to need to go any second. All of the sudden, I heard that lovely sound of liquid hitting the carpet at a decently high pressure. Yup – he let it rip in the hall.

To be honest, the pee stuff doesn’t bother me that much. It’s part of having a Swissy puppy, and we clearly missed the signal there. What is kind of annoying is that he’s hitting a rather stubborn and obstinate phase a bit early. He doesn’t want to do any of his normal puppy pushup stuff (sit, down, stay, etc) without treats, when he previously was a champ. And not only does he expect treats, but now it needs to be the really good stuff. It can’t just be a piece of kibble or the normal training treats we use – it needs to be a chunk of bread or the dehydrated beef heart treats. But on the bright side, the use of said special treats got him to learn two tricks – paw and sit pretty – within five minutes. And he’s consistent with those tricks now, so we’re going to work on other paw, roll over, and probably an army crawl.

So I say we’re having setbacks, but that’s probably not a fair assessment. We have a puppy. It’s normal.

Don’t forget that each comment (unless it’s just gibberish…) that you make on my posts from 9/2 through 9/9 at 5pm central time count as an entry in the 2HD collar giveaway! Comment away!

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