say cheese

by | Wednesday, July 18, 2012 |

back in october (i’ve never claimed to be timely) we had the pleasure of being photographed by adrian hitt, an accomplished nashville pet photographer.  i should start by mentioning that i absolutely hate having my picture taken - the hatred is alleviated only mildly when there’s a dog with me in the photograph.  i’m finding i’m having to get used to it more and more as dave’s interest in photography increases but the idea of a “photography...

everyday heroes

by | Thursday, July 12, 2012 |

a few weeks ago we had a visit from family, including our niece and nephew, jazlynn & tyler, 5-year-old twins who are full to the brim with awesome sauce.  we had many activities planned but there was also a hurdle we were hoping to clear.  ty has been scared of dogs since infancy – he’s fine with all other animals, loves them in fact, but dogs are a no go for him.  can you imagine he scored us as an aunt and uncle???  what are the chances…an aunt and...

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...

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