Izzy turns 9!

I know I’v’e said this before, but time sure does fly! It seems like it was only yesterday that I brought this cute little roly poly puppy home! But last week she celebrated her 9th birthday!

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In dog years she's 9
In hooman years she's 56
If she were a Disney character she would be Eeyore
If she were a human she'd be the laziest teenager ever
Her favorite food is pretty much anything
Her favorite thing to do is be by my side
She loves Florida only because she can swim in the ocean
She prefers to ride in the front seat of the car
She hates it when you blow air in her ear
But we love her to the moon and back!

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I’ve always enjoyed doing something special to commemorate Izzy’s birthday. I know she doesn’t really care, but honestly, it’s just an excuse to get out my camera and photograph her. One day I’ll be grateful that I have these photos marking milestones in her life.

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This year, I decided to do something simple. I picked up a box of Puppy cake in peanut butter flavor and some peanut butter ice cream. Once I cooked the cake, I used a bone shaped cookie cutter and cut out enough to make a 3 layer cake. Then I used a smaller bone shape cookie cutter for the top layer. The box comes with mix to make icing - it’s really simple, add enough water to the consistency you want and spread it on top or in between the layers. Izzy enjoyed her cake in about, oh, 4 or 5 bites. The hard part was keeping her from chowing down before I got any photos of her with the cake!

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The morning of Izzy’s birthday, the first thing I thought about was how my other golden retriever, Mika, was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma 3 days after she turned 9. Seven months later we said goodbye to her as she lost her battle to cancer. While Izzy shows no sign of illness, I know it’s probably just a matter of time. Canncer is so prevalent in the breed causing the average age to be younger than it used to be. Knowing this, I intend to treasure each day I have with her, while keeping all my fingers and paws crossed that we have many more years together. Happy birthday Izzy!

Happy Mother's Day

To all moms everywhere - Happy Mother’s Day! Whether you’re a mom to a 2 legged child, a furry kid or a child in heaven, this is your day to celebrate all that you do to make our lives better! This is the first photo I’ve had taken of me with all 3 of my girls. However you spend your day, try to make it a point to get at least one photo of you with your kids. It’s so important to capture these family moments with all of you!

Trina with Izzy, Kita & TIllie

The best nurses a girl can ask for!

Spring has arrived here in Florida! Though when it’s green pretty much every day of the year, I haven’t figured out what makes this season different than any other one. Except for the pollen. Oh my gosh! Some reports I’ve read have suggested pollen counts are really high this year because of a mild winter. I don’t know if that’s true, but I do know my head aches, my throat is scratchy, my sense of taste has decreased, my eyes are watery and just generally don’t feel very good. This isn’t anything new, I’ve suffered from allergies off and on for several years. However, not usually this early in the season. Medication helps alleviate the symptoms, but mostly all I want to do is sleep or just sit still trying to prevent the feeling that my head is going to explode. I’ve had worse symptoms in previous years, so I know I’ll survive this bout. Even if at times, I find myself questioning that!

Being under the weather is also hard on my dogs too. They don’t get as much attention, and because of the pollen, I spend as little time outdoors as possible, which means short, like really short, walks. I can tell my girls are antsy - they have a lot of pent up energy. But they also have been a source of comfort for me.

This weekend for example, when I curled up on the couch and watched TV for several hours (I rarely watch television, so this is a huge anomaly for me), Kita curled up right there with me. Izzy laid at my feet, giving me big brown sad eyes every time I tried to cough up a lung or used up yet another box of tissues blowing my nose. Tillie did her best to fight her way to my side to comfort me in her own way as well…bumping my arm to get me to pet her. It was all very cute and very sweet. Even though it meant mustering up more energy than I felt I had, I truly appreciated the effort my 3 furry nurses made to try to make me feel better.
It’s hard not to feel cranky and irritable when you don’t feel well. I do my best to keep an upbeat attitude, but I know I have my moments when I fail at this. Having these 3 pups to cheer me up does my soul so much good. They may not be able to “cure” me of my ailments, but they sure do make it easier to suffer through these allergies!

Anyone else feel the same way about their furry kids? Leave a comment and share your story!

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Thanks for reading!

xoxo

 
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Izzy turns 8!

I almost let Izzy's birthday go by without even wishing her a happy day! I had all these intentions of having a birthday cake smash photo session for her this year. I even bought a puppy cake mix a couple of months ago in anticipation of making this happen. The next thing I knew, it was the day before Izzy's birthday and I had nothing planned nor prepared. Her party was going to have to wait a couple of days. Thank goodness she has no idea it's July, let alone her birthday!

After baking her cake one evening, the next afternoon I set up her surprise. I don't think Izzy had a clue what was going on. That is, until I got out my camera gear and set up my equipment. She's learned that when I do this, treats are involved. So she's always ready to be photographed! Baking the cake was easy - just add an egg, water and oil to the mix then cook for about 20 minutes. I chose the pumpkin flavored mix and it sure smelled good! It's suggested that you use a 6 inch cake pan, but I only had a 9 inch one. So the cake was more thin than I would have liked. There wasn't enough batter either to make a double layer cake, but in the future I would buy 2 boxes and do this. I also didn't have enough icing and wished I had some yogurt on hand that I could have put in the freezer and used.

It wasn't the prettiest cake I ever made, but I don't think Izzy would mind. I set her up at my dining room table and began snapping away. At one point I sang "Happy birthday" and she seemed to really enjoy that. Mostly though, all she wanted was for me to give her the ok to eat her tasty treat! And just as I predicted, she loved it!

Sometimes it feels like it was ages ago that we brought home this tiny little 8 week old puppy. Other times, it seems like it was just yesterday. It's true what they say, time does fly. I can't imagine our lives without her!

Happy birthday Izzy!

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Lessons from the Dog - Make Your Own Fun

Bitter cold. Bleak. Cabin Fever. The months after the holidays can be hard ones, even for those who love the snow and cold. Short days, long nights. Temperatures so low it's hard to spend much time outside, some days 15 minutes is all that our bodies can stand. Winters are a great time to catch up on movies we've been wanting to see, or binge watch a favorite TV show or snuggle under a blanket with a great book. But it doesn't take long before it feels like the walls are closing in on you and you feel cabin fever.

Even the dogs get antsy when they can't get outside and stretch those legs running around the yard. I know my girls have been begging me for walks even after we've taken a short one if that's all we can manage. They go to the toy box and drag out their toys more during these days than any other time of the year. If I happen to be nearby, they'll try to entice me in a game of tug of war or chase. Boredom. That's what they are suffering from. So somehow, someway, they find a way to entertain themselves. 

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Izzy will chase her tail. Kita will grab Izzy's tail and yank on it. They both run laps around the first floor of the house chasing each other. But if one wants to play and the other doesn't, they find ways to entertain themselves. It's comical really! Kita will pick up a toy, toss it in the air and pounce on it! She also gets the zoomies where she runs up and down the stairs making these funny noises - not quite a growl, or a bark, nor even recognizable as a dog sound! It makes me laugh every time. 

It's the dead of winter and it feels like spring is never going to come, this is a good time to take another lesson from our dogs - make your own fun! So what can you do to entertain yourself? If you have some excess energy do some jumping jacks, run up and down the stairs, or a yoga sun salutation. If you need something that will take up a lot of time, work on a puzzle, figure out how to solve rubik's cube, or get a coloring book and colored pencils and work on it. 

As a SAD (seasonal affect disorder) sufferer, winters can be especially hard for me. With day after day, sometimes week after week with little to no sun, I can easily get sad or depressed. Knowing that I'm prone to this, I prepare in advance to deal with it by coming up with a bunch of projects to work on. These include a list of books I want to read, movies I want to watch, work tasks I want to do that I never have time for and house projects like de-cluttering and sorting piles of stuff that just seem to accumulate over the year that I never know what to do with. But I also need to do something for fun to help me get through these dark bleak days. I'll pick up some juggling balls and juggle for a bit. I also have some BOP IT games that are fun to play even by myself. 

What are some things you do to make your own fun?

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Lessons from the dog - Make your own fun