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Tag: puppy love


It’s Thanksgiving! Besides delicious food, this day is a great reminder of what we have to be thankful for. No matter how busy things are or how stressed you can be, Thanksgiving is a chance to slow down and reflect on what is really important in life. Of course, family and friends are at the top of the list, but the other things that I am blessed with this year are…


The loves of my life. I love them to pieces. I am also thankful that all of my foster pups found good, loving homes.

Best Friends

The Cubbies

Go Cubs GoFinally, after 108 years, the Cubs broke the curse and are World Series CHAMPIONS!! I mean, no more needs to be said. #gocubsgo


Even though there is a lot of divisiveness in our country now, I hope everyone remembers what a wonderful place we call home. Our freedoms are unmatched anywhere else in the world. If we work together and do our parts, we can continue to make America the best place in the world. I am incredibly proud of my country and thankful to all of the men and women who serve to protect us.

North Carolina

My home and favorite state. I love our mild fall days. I love that the color on the trees is peaking for Thanksgiving day. Whether spending time in the city or the country, NC has so much to offer. Blue skies to make you smile for days.

Nice view for a run

Can’t believe I’m saying that, but last year I was recovering from a stress fracture. This year, I completed a half marathon and just finished running a Turkey Trot. I don’t necessarily love running, but I am so grateful to be able to do it. Some people don’t have the ability to do this, so I am appreciative of being able to walk and run.


Happy Thanksgiving to you! Enjoy the day with your friends, family, and delicious food. Also, did I forget to mention how thankful I am for pumpkin pie?! I must go get some now!


Foster Pup – Luigi

“Oh, Luigi.” I’ve been saying this several times a day for the last month. Exactly a month today, actually. I thought he would have found his fur-ever home well before this point. I mean, he’s cute as a button (I call him Buttons sometimes).

img_1862They say Luigi is 2-3 years old, but I really think he is younger. He is all puppy. Everything about him is puppy, and if I had that expectation and more patience, it would be adorable. There is a big difference between a puppy and a mature dog, and through this experience with Luigi, it frustrates me that people don’t know the difference. People, if you plan on adopting a puppy please know they want to play and their energy is boundless! Even the cute ones can be crazy!

When Luigi got to our house, his skin was irritated and he had kennel cough (actually passed it on to Schatzi and Amie). It turns out he had a flea allergy, so we had to doctor him up and get him healthy.

Finding a Home

Luigi needs an active home. He loves to be involved in everything in your life. Whether it is going on walks, riding in the car, sitting with you on the couch, I mean, he even swam in the laimg_2022ke to be with me. He didn’t love it, but he didn’t hate it either. The boat on the other hand…he loved the boat. I’ve never had a dog who wants to be a sidekick. It’s the only word I can think of to describe him. Even when he rides in the car, he perches next to you (see picture!) I mean, he is just so darn sweet!

Since he has so much energy, and his previous family didn’t do any training (besides house training), we are working on commands. He is doing well with them. He lays down and stands up now. He’s catching on quickly.

If you or anyone you know is looking for an adorable, sweet-tempered puppy, Luigi is on PetFinder.

But let’s be real, he’s too adorable to not post a bunch of pictures. How can someone not love him?!


He loves, loves to play with toys. He can’t get enough of them!


What a boat dog! He loved the wind blowing in his face


Even puppies need their sleep! It’s tough boating all day. He was too sweet looking…but I woke him up because you should sleep at night.



Just a funny guy


Luigi loves the furniture! This is one of is favorite places to sit…he even taught Schatzi how to sit like this. Oh dear…



Schatzi and Amie

I realized I couldn’t have a blog and expect you to get to know me if I didn’t introduce my two favorites in the world – Schatz and Amie.IMG_1284

They are both Shih Tzus. Although they have similar coloring, they are not biologically related. I adopted Schatz (the bigger one sitting up) when she was just a baby. She is really funny, being more of a person than a dog. She watches TV and even memorizes commercials. She hates horses or when people are angry or clapping – but she does love to watch drama shows (like The Bachelor and Real Housewives), animal shows, and golf…yeah, she’s weird.

Amie is a sweetheart. We rescued Amie 5 years ago when she was found at the Mason Creek Puppy Mill in NC. Amie was one of the mama dogs (no knowing how many litters she had) and in very bad shape when we adopted her. She weighed 6.5 pounds, her fur was so thin you could see her skin, she had diseases, and she couldn’t walk well. The SPCA told me they thought she could have arthritis or something. Today, she weighs 9 pounds and LOVES to run. Not just run but sprint. I think she didn’t have any muscles built up for walking before, but she really appreciates life. She’s super funny because when she eats, she either takes a few pieces of kibble to the carpet to eat or she sits in front of her bowl. Again, not regular dog behavior, but it makes us smile.

You’ll hear me harp on about how poorly some people treat dogs. When Amie was rescued, she was just one of 300 that we rescued! The man involved didn’t even get punished. Just a slap on the wrist. COMPLETELY not acceptable in my world. At least Amie is happy and well-adjusted now. Dogs are simply the best!

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