Any prior Cheerleaders out there? If so I’m sure you’ll remember this ditty . . .
“R-O-W-D-I-E that’s the way we spell Rowdie
Let’s get Rowdie!
Anyone? … No? …
Oh well, this old cheer was ringing thru my head while I captured these photos of Toni and Otis getting a bit … rowdie:
Typically Otis and Toni ignore each other, but when they get rowdie it is so funny to see. Toni usually starts the match and 100% of the time it ends with Otis rolling over in defeat. Toni is definitely the Alpha dog in this pack.
I’m still trying to get a video of Penny when she breaks out into a sprint while chasing her tail at the same time! She is not good at giving me a heads up so I can fetch the camera.
The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life
I LOVE this book. Its also one of the few movies made from a book that I enjoyed just as much as the book. I think Marley & Me is a perfect Holiday movie. I might have to renew my Netflix subscription just so I can watch it this week! Below are some of the best quotes taken from the book … enjoy!
John Grogan, Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog
“A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. Status symbol means nothing to him. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his. It was really quite simple, and yet we humans, so much wiser and more sophisticated, have always had trouble figuring out what really counts and what does not. As I wrote that farewell column to Marley, I realized it was all right there in front of us, if only we opened our eyes. Sometimes it took a dog with bad breath, worse manners, and pure intentions to help us see.”
“It’s just the most amazing thing to love a dog, isn’t it? It makes our relationships with people seem as boring as a bowl of oatmeal.”
“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.
It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.”
“A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.”
“Then I dropped my forehead against his and sat there for a long time, as if I could telegraph a message through our two skulls, from my brain to his. I wanted to make him understand some things.
You know all that stuff we’ve always said about you?” I whispered. “What a total pain you are? Don’t believe it. Don’t believe it for a minute, Marley.” He needed to know that, and something more, too. There was something I had never told him, that no one ever had. I wanted him to hear it before he went.
Marley,” I said. “You are a great dog.”
“I had never thought of Marley as any kind of model, but sitting there sipping my beer, I was aware that maybe he held the secret for a good life. Never slow down, never look back, live each day with adolescent verve and spunk and curiosity and playfulness.”
I love getting cute pictures of the dogs. Our camera is always out so we can grab it quickly whenever a photo-op occurs.
As much as we like to take and look at the photos, our main subjects do not have the same enjoyment level as us. When the dogs see the camera they look away and the moment is gone.
Out of a series of 20 shoots, typically only 1 or 2 will be good ones. Here is a great example of our most picky subject, Toni.
Here is how this moment went . . .
Me: Hey Toni, look at mama!!
Toni: oh crap she’s got the camera again. I refuse to participate.
Me: Hey Toni – LOOK at me
Toni: maybe if I look this way she’ll leave me alone
Me: Yo Toni, I’m over here. Look at mama
Toni: is that a bird? a squirrel?
Me: come on Toni, just look at me once!
Toni: how long am I going to have to sit here until she gets the hint
Me: TONI! that’s just rude
Toni: ~yawn~I am so bored and my butt hurts from siting here
Me: Alright fine, you win
Toni: let’s shake and call a truce
Oh well, you win some and you lose some. I’m sure next time she will be much more responsive!
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas … “
My family always had a live tree for the holidays. I can clearly remember going to the big white tent where the trees were standing, line after perfect line. Big trees, small trees, full trees, skinny trees. The smell was intoxicating. After going our separate ways we would point out a tree to Dad and Mom and ask, “how ‘bout this one?”
It had to be the perfect size, no holes in the branches, the needles had to be not too soft and not too pointy, and you had to give the tree a good shake to make sure it wasn’t loosing its needles prematurely. After a very thorough inspection by the family and a final seal of approval from Mom, the tree would be ours.
Fast forward to current time, we now have a small artificial tree that sits in the corner of our Dinning/Family room, with a soft glow and just a few hand picked ornaments. I do miss having a “real” tree this time of year. However, the artificial version is a good choice because we don’t have to worry about the dogs drinking the tree water and/or eating the needles.
A week or so ago Jeff got the decorations down from the attic. After choosing the items I wanted to use (I do things a little differently each year) I got to work adding a little holiday cheer to our home.
Of course, the dogs are taken into account when it comes time to decorating. We do have touches of doggie décor throughout out home, and the holidays are just an excuse to add some more.
This year I purchased some new stockings (super cheep at the dollar store) because I was getting board with our old ones.
I wanted to keep our mantel in the green/gold color scheme. This is the initial mantel after I first put our items together …
It was ok but needed a bit more personality. I grabbed some felt and a pair of sharp scissors and got to work. With Penny as my helper, I printed out an image of each dog, placed it over the felt and cut out the silhouette.
I used some gold glitter paint to write their names …
and some fabric glue to attach the cutouts to the stockings …
While doing my quick holiday arts and crafts, I some some helpers …
Here are some other Doggie Décor items we have in our home this year. ..
The house feels so much more cozy when the decorations are out. I can almost understand why some families decorate so early in the year (you know who you are!). It’s kind of sad when it comes time to pack up and put everything away.
We hope you are having a joyous holiday season!
Good bye November – Hello December!
So I’m starting my resolutions early this year. One item on my list is to get back into doing yoga on a regular basis. I love how it relaxes me, helps keep me focused, and my arms need some toning up as well!
I have practiced yoga on and off for many years. The last year or so the only yoga I have done is at home using DVD’s, the Wii (I know that doesn’t really count), or by watching free On Demand videos. I like it, but I much prefer to be in a class setting with other like-minded people to push me along.
There really is not anything better than the feeling after an awesome yoga session. Jeff even has gotten into it by doing the P90X “Yoga-X” DVD.
When I do yoga at home, I do have some other participants that like to join in. The pups always seem to gather around and help bring some calmness to the room! Penny, especially, likes to join me. She will lie next to or under me during certain poses. She is very Zen!
The quality is not good but here are some photos of Penny and I doing some “om’s” with Toni and Otis chillin’ out as well. Penny is such a good dogi! (doggie + yogi = dogi) 🙂
There are several Doga classes being offered around the country (Yoga with Dogs = Doga). I wish there was a class near us, Penny would be a natural.
Each morning I try to get a picture of her doing her morning stretches – she of course does a perfect Downward-Facing Dog and Upward-Facing Dog pose. So far I haven’t been able to get the camera fast enough.
Apparently dogs don’t like to get their poses on camera, because I could not find many images online. But I did find photographer Dan Borris’s super cute website where he sells his Yoga Dog (and cat) books and calendars. Too funny!
A new yoga studio has recently opened in our town that has classes by donation only, no membership! I’m off to give it a try this evening.