It was nine years ago this weekend that Toni became our first dog-daughter. She showed up at our friends home with no identification. They tried to find her owner to no avail and were unable to keep her themselves. When Jeff and I found out about her, we instantly brought her home and welcomed her into our family.
This is a scanned photo of cute little Toni as a pup …
and here she is today …
Growing up, Toni was rambunctious and mischievous. I still have a hole in my couch from her chewing puppy days. I can’t count how many times we have had to jump in the car to find her after realizing she had escaped the back yard from either digging under the fence or at times jumping/pulling herself over the fence. As a pup Toni struggled to make friends with other dogs, we have never returned to our local dog park after a incident when another dog made the mistake of getting a little too close!
She continues to be pretty high energy, but has slowed down a bit. She now enjoys hanging out with Penny and Otis and she welcomes a quick “hello” from our dog neighbors. It makes me sad to see her mellow out. It forces me to reflect on the fact that she will not be with us forever … I’m tearing up as it write these words. Toni has taught us patience, the importance of enjoying the moment, and brought pure joy and love into our lives. She is our first born, the #1 dog in our home, and the prettiest pup I’ve ever seen.
“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!
Yesterday was Cyber Monday, and there were some fantastic deals to be had. We did partake in the super-sales, Jeff bought a yard trimmer (ours broke down a few months ago) and we bought a laptop for me! (Yeah, now I can blog at Starbucks!)
Now, thanks to Amazon, the animals in our lives can also get some fabulous gifts at great prices. Today is Pet’s Tuesday on the popular website. Amazon has also released their Pets Holiday Gift Guide!
With the pups by my side, we did some searching for great doggie gifts. Here is what our pups are hoping for this year . . .
Penny’s Wish List
Toni’s Wish List
Otis’ Wish List
They sure have been good this year, so maybe one or two of these may end up in their stocking. (yes, our pups have their own stockings!)
What’s on your wish list?
We are thankful for so much this year, as always our health, family (human and canine) and friends are at the top of the list. However, there are a few more things to be thankful for as well . . .
Toni: “I am thankful for bike runs, walks, car rides, scratches behind my ears, the big bed I get to sleep on, treats, my sister and brother (kind of), and my parents.”
Otis: “I am thankful for couches, lizards, squirrels, peanut butter, treats, car rides, my sisters and my parents.”
Penny: “I am thankful for tennis and racquet balls, long walks, belly rubs, treats, my sister and brother, and my parents.”
Veterans Day 11/11/11
Today we honor and remember our past, current, and future Military members.
by Christopher Dion
She is my guardian angel
Clad in 2 tone fur
Ever there beside me
In the darkness as in the light
Her nose ever seeks out
That which would destroy
She walks head long into danger
All to see me safely home
No gold or glory does she seek
Merely my love and a little praise
No truer angel has man ever known
Than this dog that walks beside me
In this far off foreign land
My baby is 7 years young today! Happy Birthday to the best dog in the whole world! (except for Toni and Otis of course)
Due to work events/hours and just not wanting to deal with the dogs freaking out each time the doorbell rings, we do not partake in too many Halloween activities. However, that doesn’t mean we are totally amused by the creative costumes that we see, especially of course canine-costumes. Here are some of our favorites: