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Your Fur Babies – Capture the Everyday

These are the pictures and descriptions I wrote up for my pets and posted on NextDoor, a great free app that helps with lost and found pets, recommendations for everything from babysitting to automotive repair, and inside scoops for yard sales and local fundraisers (i.e. bags of mulch delivered to your home!).


Saminda/Sam
100 pounds
Chocolate Lab
no chip, very friendly, mostly deaf, wears pearls with her leather tack shop collar with WRONG phone # (our old land line). Call (XXX) XXX-XXXX.


Boss/Bossy-Boo
70 pounds
Boxer, Pit, Retriever Mix
Rescue, drug/bomb canine training dropout, wary of men; loves kids and small dogs – TOTAL Ladies’ Man! Fixed, no chip, usually wears bandanna with his leather tack shop collar with WRONG phone # (our old land line). Call (XXX) XXX-XXXX.

Jeez, they look like mugshots!  I hadn’t realized how small I had to take them down to go on my NextDoor profile! But it’s incredibly handy if Boss jumps the fence. Sam isn’t likely to go that far from her food bowl.

I love them both to pieces, and do all I can to keep them healthy and happy. We actually recently started making our own dog food! That’s a post all on its own, but our dogs enjoy free run of the house and large back yard; including sofas, beds, and random human guests they use as pillows.

We started out with cats! I still miss a sweet ball of fur curled up against me, purring. What sort of fur-babies do you have??

Oh, and next week’s topic is Spring Break: Share memories, plans, tips, whatever!



I Have Doodle Fever

three doodles

Please don’t tell my dogs, but I’m obsessed with Golden Doodles. I thought Chocolate Labs would always be “our dogs”, then we adopted Boss (who I’m not entirely sure is a dog at all) and I swore all our dogs would be rescue animals. Then I met Barkley. And Sadie and Maisey. And saw pictures of Penny. Instagram will be my downfall. Seven reasons I’m attracted to this breed? Easy!

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Word has it second-generation Doodles don’t shed. A lack of fur tumbleweeds around here would be lovely.

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 They look like talking teddy bears – and feel like them, too!

— 3 —

Every Doodle I’ve ever met is remarkably sweet-natured, gentle, and loving. I mean my chocolate labs have always been awesome, but Doodles may be the perfect family dog!

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Lots of gorgeous curls, but they tolerate being trimmed short for the summer if you prefer. Gotta love a dog with options.

barkley shaved

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The cuddliness factor cannot be emphasized enough. These dogs were made to snuggle, and I’m all about the doggie snuggles.

— 6 —

I love Newfies and St. Bernards, but the drool is a bit off-putting. No excessive drooling with a Doodle.

— 7 —

Now I realize I could split the difference and get a LabraDoodle, and that may be what we end up doing when the time comes. But for now we are at our two-dog max, and I’m fine with getting my Doodle cuddles wherever I can. But be warning: If you post pics of your Doodle on Instagram and wonder why this woman you don’t know is following you. . . it’s just me, getting my Doodle fix!

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Ten Things John and I Talk About While Watching The Walking Dead

Top Ten Tuesday at Many Little Blessings

*spoiler alert: If you’re not watching the current season, but are watching old ones trying to catch up, don’t read this post yet.*

— 1 —

The episode where Lori’s baby was delivered by emergency C-section during a zombie attack and her young son had to shoot her in the head after her death to prevent her from becoming a zombie was not something I would have chosen to watch with my fourteen-year-old son. But we’re big fans of the show, and so there we sat when it happened. John scooted closer to me and wrapped him arms around me, and I’m not sure if he was looking for comfort, providing comfort, or a little of both. Either way, we’ve had quite a few “What if. . .” discussions since then.

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We both quickly agreed that we’d shoot (or otherwise destroy the brain of) the other after death to prevent each other from becoming zombies in the event of a Zombie Apocalypse. Michael refuses to join in these discussions, and has in fact stopped watching the series since that episode, but we John and I agreed we’d “take care” of him and other family members as well.

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Then we discussed pets. Would dogs become zombies or would the zombie infection be species-specific? And if dogs don’t become zombies but their barking attracts zombies should they be taken along on our quest for a safe location? We decided we’d take the dogs, but make one of our first stops a pet store that sold those awful shock collars that train dogs to stop barking.

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We spent an entire commercial break deciding on our preferred weapons. We both agreed that guns would be a poor choice because you’d surely run out of ammo before you ran out of zombies. John decided on a club/baseball bat sort of weapon. I decided I’d need something that required less brute strength – perhaps a machete or a hatchet. John, of course, questioned my ability to be accurate with either of these considering I once severed the end of my thumb using a mandolin slicer. He’s got a valid point.  I’ll be the wimp attacking zombies with a paring knife and won’t make it through the first episode.

— 5 —

Both of us agreed that one’s position in the pre-zombie world should not necessarily dictate their position in the post-zombie culture. Choosing medical personnel for your team? Give me a guy in prison for vehicular manslaughter who was once a field medic in Iraq over a dermatologist any day.

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Michonne’s zombies-on-a-leash idea? We both thought this was a winner, and that for safety’s sake ideally the jaws and arms of infected corpses should be removed before they woke as zombies. Have I totally freaked you out yet?

— 7 —

Would you trust a town like the town Andrea and Michonne found, with its green lawns and back-slapping Governor?  John said he wouldn’t be fooled for a minute, but I have to admit I’s be easily sucked into a sense the normalcy and safety the town seems to provide on the surface.  I’m a “joiner” and a “planner”.  I’d be meal-planning for the masses and hunting down qualified teachers within forty-eight hours, blithely ignoring the zombie gladiator fights and the fact that no one knows the Governor’s name.

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Is staying in the prison a good idea?  At first, I thought the prison was perfect.  Nice tall fences to keep the zombies out.  But you just can’t make a prison feel like home.  You can turn the exercise yard into a garden, maybe paint the cells, but there’s just way too much negative energy there.  John’s still in favor of the prison idea, but I suspect he’ll change his mind before the season ends.

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What should you pack in your “in case of Zombie Apocalypse” duffel bag?  I think this will be an ongoing discussion.  My priorities lean more towards books, thick socks, antibiotics, and toilet paper, while John’s lean more towards stuff you’d find in the hunting section of a sporting goods store.  In fact, a saw a really cool electric wine opener the other day and my first thought was, “That’s great, but I’d still need my Pampered Chef one for the Zombie Apocalypse ”  Maybe I should watch more Project Runway All-Stars and less Walking Dead.

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Here was the toughest question of the night, and it came from John. What about people who can’t follow directions or keep quiet in order to avoid attracting zombies? Wow. For those of you old enough to remember, this took me back to the final episode of M*A*S*H, in which Hawkeye (Alan Alda) was on a bus with a woman who smothered her baby to keep its cries from alerting the enemies nearby. My best response was that it’s your moral obligation to try to help those weaker than yourself, but if you’re dead you can’t help them at all. Think about the speech you get from the flight attendant before lift-off. Put on your own oxygen mask first before you help anyone else, even your own child.

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