Sunday, May 24, 2015

So Happy!

Sandy is in Tahoe for the first time! Weather isn't so great but I'm still SO happy!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Me or the Steak?

It's so nice to know that I always have my own personal bodyguard to watch over me while I'm cutting up steak. Of course, it's me she's watching over and not the steak. Right?

Have a great day!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Beach Was Calling...

Last night around 6pm, I went outside to get something from my car. When I did, I realized what a beautiful evening it was going to be. When I walked back in the house and realized everyone in my family was doing something on technology, I said, "ok, let's go to the beach!" Of course, I got some push back from my teenage boys, "what? now? why? But, I was going to watch a movie? How long will we be gone? Blah...blah...blah...

But, I put my mama foot down and within 20 minutes, we left, dogs and all. The trip over the hill was a tight one, as we had a rental car for the day. It's a mid-sized sedan and we wanted to take it because it's a nice, brand new car, but with the four of us and two dogs, it was cramped, to say the least. We had the rental car for a day or two because we are down to one car right now. Why, you ask? Well, about a month ago, on a beautiful, sunny, Sunday afternoon, one of our cars was stolen, right from the front of our house, while we were home. Then the wonderful, upstanding citizens who took it, drove it to Morgan Hill and crashed it in to a ditch, totaling the car and leaving it filled with all sorts of disgusting items, including a blue bandana wrapped around the rear view mirror.  I just love San Jose, people. It's the best place to live...ever. I can't imagine every leaving it. I mean, where else can you live in a neighborhood made up of multi-million dollar homes and still have your car stolen, in the middle of the day, while you are home. Sorry, I digress.

Buddy was so happy because he got to sit up front, on my lap, and be the co-pilot. 

Which means, of course, he got to have the best view.

Sandy was assigned the role of "back seat driver",  where she discovered Dominic's lap makes a great pillow. 

Oh, my goodness. Look at that smile. It says, "ok, mom. You were right. This is so much better than being cooped up at home." :)

We did have to dress in layers, as it was a bit cool, but very, very beautiful.

The sunset was amazing, as always. 

Now, this is my kind of evening...being held close by my first born son, who I know will never leave me. :)

Her second time at the beach and she was taking it all in. 

While also living up to her name, as she can dig in the sand for hours. She, actually, won't stop unless you make her. 

3rd time's the charm. Not sure what song my kids were singing, but I think they may have a future in Drama. 

I'm looking forward to many more evenings at the beach in the coming months. Santa Cruz County is incredibly beautiful and being so close is one of the best things about where I live.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Simple Monday

Enjoy the simple moments... 

like taking the puppy to pick up your son from school.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Beach Time!

 Lucas and I took Sandy to the beach today. It was her first time. 

 I think she really liked it, even though, most of the time, she kept her back to the water and her face towards to the car.  I did get a walk out of her, finally. But, I forgot she was a puppy and would try to eat everything! There are so many disgusting things at the beach that the walk was not that enjoyable for me because I was constantly watching her and telling her "no. not yours. Leave it"...blah blah blah.   I finally just sat down in my chair to relax.

 She proceeded to dig a hole right next to me. She loves to dig and once she discovered the ease of digging in sand, she was all about it. I think she could have dug a tunnel all the way to Santa Cruz (we were in Aptos) if I let her.

Sandy's sand stamp. April 9, 2015. :)

By the way, I'm tired. Taking her to the beach wore me out. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Helping A Friend

I've never done a post like this before on the blog, but a friend of mine, Vicky, wrote to me and asked if I could post a story about a friend of hers that is dire straits. The friend, Brian, is also a beloved dog trainer, so it is fitting to share here. Thanks for reading and if you choose to donate...a big thanks from me.

From Vicky:

A friend of mine and I have started a fundraising campaign to help ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING COMPASSSIONATE DOG TRAINERS AND LOVERS OF DOGS who has had to endure devastating blows in his life recently. He has undergone bypass surgery last Dec., lost his roommate due to cancer along with the home that she owned (with acreage for his dog training/boarding/grooming business). His car was rear-ended in a recent accident, which totaled his truck. He has had to put some of his older dogs “down” due to these circumstances and is staying temporarily with some friends.

The health challenges, especially coming on top of loss of the property where his boarding and grooming business was situated, are circumstances that have made it now difficult for Brian to work at full capacity leaving his financial security in jeopardy.

For those of us who know Brian as a friend or have had the pleasure of working with him as dog trainer, know Brian is just simply one of the most generous and kindest-hearted GOOD PEOPLE you will ever hope to meet! If any ONE of his family or friends were in need of anything...he would do whatever it took to help us...because that's who he is.

Although Brian’s life has turned upside down, he remains positive. As friends of Brian’s we are trying to do whatever we can to help him get back on his feet and make life a little easier to help him find a home and rebuild his business.

I was hoping that you might consider posting a shout out on your Blog Full of Dogs site in the hopes that any dog lovers might be moved to donate even $5.00 to help Brian "jumpstart" his situation and rebuild his life. To make a donation, people can visit

Also, if you or anyone you know, has property in the country where Brian could rent a room and/or provide caretaking services in exchange for him being able to live with a few of his dogs, please do let me know.

Thank you so much for considering this information. I hope life is treating you well.

Very best, Vicky

Monday, March 30, 2015

Selfie with Sandy

This is it. The best I could get. Trying to get a selfie with a puppy is like trying to get one with a bird flying through your house. Of course, I was just using any excuse to get close my little baby. She is such a handful and it's like having a newborn again, but she's so much fun. I unapologetically love, love, love her. I hope that she "knows" that.  :)

Monday, March 23, 2015

National Puppy Day

On this beautiful evening, I plopped myself in my favorite spot in the backyard and enjoyed a small glass of wine in honor of Sandy on "National Puppy Day" 2015. I have to say, with her on my lap (and Buddy under my legs) and that liquid touching my soul, I didn't have a care in the world. Best 30 minutes in a very long time.

For her present, I bought her a new stuffed bunny. She loved it. Broke it's neck about 20 times. :)
And in case anyone is keeping tabs, I love that girl with all my heart.

I never knew, until I read this quote, that Meryl Streep is my soul sister. 

Well said, Sister. Well Said.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sandy Update!

She LOVES to dig up the bulbs in the yard. This is her, "what, mom? I'm not supposed to bring these to you?" look. She hates to go for walks, which has been really hard for me. The first week was fine, but then all of a sudden, she's like, "nope. hate this. thanks for asking." Ugh. It is the one truly frustrating fact of life with her. I'm not sure what it's all about, but to be my dog, she has to love to go on walks. Can't wait to take her the beach for the first time. I'm hoping to go tonight. Maybe that will change her mind about the beauty of the walk, because the trail did nothing to sway her mind. 

We've decided that we will celebrate her birthday on my birthday, October 28. Because she and her litter mates were found on the streets, scrounging for food, we have no way of knowing her actual birth date. But, based on what we've been told about her age, she had to be born in late October. That fact didn't suprise me at all. She's a total Scorpio...soulful eyes, stubborn temperament, somewhat aloof, pensive (see her thinking in the picture above? It's a curse for Scorpios.) and sweet, sweet, sweet.  So far, her true Scorpio quality is her fierce loyalty to her family. I think she would take out a person trying to walk in to our house uninvited, no matter her size. We tell her she's "tough".  :)

Oh, yes and regarding her relationship with Buddy.  It's still a work in progress, but, as you can see, there is some improvement. I admit that when this little scene played out, I was a nervous wreck. I was sitting her on the couch we have outside and Buddy jumped up. I almost had a heart attack.

 But, in some circumstances, like sharing the outside couch, they have a tentative truce. Buddy still refuses to play with her, but as long as she's not nipping, barking or getting in his face, he settles down. But, she enjoys pushing his buttons. She knows he's gonna freak out, but she pushes anyway. They are in definite competition to be alpha, but I think Buddy is winning so far. She is puppy and came in to his pack and Buddy, being the lower man on the totem pole with Dingo, is standing his ground to be the boss. She definitely growls at him (with full hair standing up on her back) and doesn't want him to come near her food or her chew toys. At that point, we have to separate them, as Buddy will never, ever back down from a fight and I'd like to avoid that scenario, thank you very much.

This is one of my favorite times. Every day I go out in the backyard and sit on the couch with both dogs and just enjoy them and the sounds of life going on around me. The outside couch is the only piece of furniture the dogs are allowed on and it's a treat for me too because I get to have them close. Sandy is definitely my little princess and even with the work she brings to my daily life, she is filling a void in my heart that I didn't know I had. Our new relationship is a simple, uncomplicated, unconditional and innocent love and it's just what I needed right now in my life. Thanks, girl.

Meanwhile, I have to admit that I need a VACATION! I'm so burnt out right now on life and it's time for me to "Peace Out", people. 

Where am I going? I have no idea, but it has to be somewhere. I was supposed to go to Dallas the last week of this month for my oldest son's national soccer tournament, but in the end, he wanted his dad to go. No hurt feelings. I get it. It's a guy thing. So, they are going and it will just be my younger son and me (plus the dogs) at home for a week. But, Spring Break is coming up and I'm going to take that week off from all things work related to go do something. We all know Tahoe is first on my list, but my kids don't really want to go, for some reason. My version of heaven would be to go by myself, just one time. I would be in solitude happiness because, as much as I love them, taking my kids on any vacation still means work for me. Most people don't understand my fantasy of going away by myself. They think it's weird. All I can say is, if wanting to go on a solo trip, makes me a weirdo, anti-social, recluse or any other derogatory terms, sign me up. I don't care. It's who I am.

Of course, I must admit, during nights in Tahoe, I get a little scared. If have to take the dogs out, I try to focus on the most beautiful nighttime sky (nothing quite like it), but can't help but look over my shoulder for the many coyotes and Lord forbid, a bear! To be by myself means I wouldn't sleep, but I could take a wonderful nap each day. Ok, ok. I'm digressing. I'll share my fantasy for a solitary vacation another time. 

Happy Sunday!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Happy 13th Birthday to Lucas!

 Wishing a Happy 13th Birthday to my youngest son, Lucas. We celebrated tonight with family and this weekend is his celebration with his friends. Can't believe I now have two teenage boys in the house! Good times, people.

My sweet nephews joined us, of course!

As for the Princess of the House...well, let's just say that with a house full of people, she had to be contained behind a gate in a separate room. Sorry, girl, can't risk you going out the front door. Also gotta givie her my apologies on the blue leash. It's Buddy's, but I placed her pretty pink one somewhere and now I can't find it.

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