I so wanted to stay present in this creative endeavor and I’m failing just as I start. This summer is proving to be very busy and I don’t predict any let up until September. Here are my goings on at the moment and I’m going to try harder.

We’ve had a house guest for almost 3 weeks now who leaves tomorrow and it will be good to get the house back to ourselves and in order again. The kiddo is getting over a bad chest cold that I conveniently caught after being coughed in the face for 2 days and it’s sticking around for me as well. Gud has doubled in size since we got him last month and is now 26.6 pounds. He’s healthy and happy and loves to chew on hard things like raw hides or sticks or mulch. He’s really good with the crate training and is getting better with walking on the leash these days. He’s not really into chasing things except people and he nips at your clothes so we are trying to stop that behavior. Dave got a promotion at work and has a company truck now which is awesome. Not only for him but because he doesn’t have to pay for gas anymore which is SWEET!!!! I’ve taken on some new responsibilities at work which could transition me into a new role at some point which is also good. All of these things have kept the stress levels pretty high at our house for the past few weeks. Hopefully things will settle down more as we approach some trips.

Dave and I will be going with friends to see the POLICE in philly next week. He’s super excited as he’s a big fan. I’m excited because he is and I also like them well enough. It will be our first overnight trip without the kiddo and we are planning to stay over 2 nights. Hopefully all will be good with that.

In August we are going to the outer banks, NC for a week with family friends. That should be a really fun time and we are really looking forward to it.

Sorry I don’t have any photos this time – hopefully soon! You’ll have to take my word for it that we’ve had 3 awesome tomatoes from one tomato plant and 2 more are just about ready!!! I’ve hung the strawberry pot so that the critters would stop eating them and the enjoyed a few of those too. There are 6 green peppers that I’m patiently waiting to turn purple.

Happy Summer until next time!!


We’ve been busy with our new addition – Gus the greater swiss mountain dog. I hope to update frequently about him…we’ll see how this goes.

Week 1: Age 10 weeks, 16 lbsGus_10_weeks

Training: Gus is a smart little fellow. He only whined for about 10 minutes the first night in his crate. Now, he doesn’t mind it and doesn’t whine for more than 2 minutes. He’s taken to his collar and leash. He is doing well with the few walks we’ve gone on with him. He seems to know the sit command but doesn’t hold it for very long. Pretty cool for a little pup!

Eating: He is a very overzealous eater. It’s not put down fast enough and it’s gone in microseconds. We work each day with hand feeding and petting while he eats to make sure he never becomes food aggressive. We have cut back on the amount he’s eating to a little less than ¾ of a cup 3 times a day since he was having “loose” potty instances. We give treats (which are pieces of his kibble) sometimes in the day – to entice him to get in the crate or work with him on sitting. He’s more interested in the treat than the activity. We also gave him a raw hide on the advice of the breeder that he liked them while t

here. I was watching closely as he ate the 3″x4″ piece of the cow hide. I looked up at “So you think you can dance” for a minute and an half then looked back down and it was gone. VANISHED! He was looking for it so I thought it got under something. No, he’s just a pig and devoured it practically whole. I was worried for a minute that it will have problems coming out and figured he didn’t choke on it going down so it shouldn’t be a problem.

Playing: Barking at the cats seems to be a fun activity. Especially after the kiddo has gone to bed. Chewing on things too. I found out after the fact that chewing the fur off of a tennis ball is a fun activity. We have since hid those. He likes a new nlyabone Dave got him, but he’s almost chewed that up already. He’s not into Kong toys yet and they are the ones that he shouldn’t be able to destroy. We spend a lot of time saying “off”, “down” and “no biting”.

Family: Annabella is doing better each day with the addition of Gus. She’s okay with petting him if he doesn’t look at her and she like to give him his toys (while he’s in the crate), but if he should look at her or walk towards her she screams something like “NO HURT ME”. Then she turns to me and says “Doggie hurt my shoe!” Or “Doggie hurt my baby!” It’s very hard not to laugh. Each day is better and I’m sure in no time she’ll be running WITH him.

Other: Gus’ naming ended our months long “discussion” with Dave coming up with the name. It’s a fitting name…more so than Dude, which we originally decided on. About 2 hours after he was here, I yelled DUDE, Stop! And Dave responded with “WHAT DID I DO!?!?!”

I’m not quite sure.