nothing draws a crowd like a crowd

by | Monday, May 14, 2012 |

i love this time of the year – the weather is perfect and we can all be outside together working on projects with the added benefit of worn out dogs when all is said and done.  there are some disadvantages to trying to get work done with 16 dogs, the main one being the energy expended trying to keep said dogs that i love to have around from destroying whatever it is we’re trying to accomplish.  they all have very specific behaviors when work is being done: reilley, dooley,...

mr. chewy (sponsored review)

by | Tuesday, May 1, 2012 |

(this is a sponsored review for mr. chewy) the good folks at mr. chewy were kind enough to send me a gift certificate to partake of their services.  if you’re not familiar mr. chewy is a great convenience website – they deliver pet food and treats right to your door.  they carry many great quality brands, from taste of the wild to natural balance to orijen.  my review is of the website itself, not of the products they carry.  the website is well organized, easy...

monkey business

by | Sunday, March 4, 2012 |

zig’s been with us about a month now and i can’t believe how much i adore the little monkey. he is quickly becoming universally adored by everyone in the family, barring a few hanger-oners to aloofness. he even turned benny, who seemingly thought he should remain the baby of the family and no one should come in after him but he’s begrudgingly accepted zig. he’s still doing horribly with housetraining (he’ll get there) and is very timid with new people and things but he’s coming along by leaps...

and we're walking

by | Thursday, February 16, 2012 |

reilley was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and arthritis several months ago.  it’s pretty severe so, along with regular acupuncture and chiropractic treatments, a few weeks ago we instituted daily “family” walks to try to aid him in building some muscle.  i should have put quotes around walks as well since reilley and i are the only ones actually walking – the rest of the hooligans spend their time running amok.  because of the mixture of rogue, fast-moving...

breaking 'em in

by | Saturday, February 11, 2012 |

i'm contractually obligated by carly to let you know when she does something good - today she once again proved herself to be the most welcoming colella...

360°

by | Thursday, February 9, 2012 |

it’s taken almost a full year but we’ve finally come full circle.  last year when we announced that we needed to find a home for violet we promised we would give another dog a home so we didn’t leave any footprint.  we remained in limbo until violet found a home and now that she has we’re no longer in limbo.  meet zig: he’s the newest colella and he’s a pretty superb addition.  he’s a puppy mill reject who was dumped in a kill...

hallelujah!

by | Wednesday, February 8, 2012 |

can you hear the choirs singing?  i can!  dave & i actually went away over the weekend...together – at the same time!  how did this shocking, long-awaited dream come to pass you ask?  well, ladies and gentleman, we got us a living, breathing pet sitter.  i can’t even explain to you what a big deal this is for us.  since our last real pet sitter, amanda, moved out of state a few years ago we’ve been floundering.  amanda has been amazing...

cereal killer

by | Wednesday, February 1, 2012 |

slater is officially totally unpacked and has settled in well.  after a few days of pack unrest things just fell into place and now it seems like he's been here forever.  i was a bit of a wreck in the beginning - having had to rehome violet scarred me and left me questioning whether we could ever successfully add another dog.  my inclination would have been for our next addition to be a puppy to ease slowly into the transition but life doesn't always allow for those choices...and...

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