Wordless Wednesday 5.21.14

20140316_125219With all the craziness around here, sometimes I have to remind myself to slow down and enjoy the little things… like how pretty Isis’s paw is in the sunlight while she naps on my lap.

I’m very, very far behind in my blog posts, but I’m hoping to post an update soon. The good news is, we’re all doing very well.


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Adoptables: Strawberry-Blonde Collie Mix

One of my friends has recently stepped into the world of fostering, and I’m so proud of her for filling a desperately needed void. A little over a month ago, Brit arrived in Denver as part of a transport via Rez Dawg Rescue. Before I go any further, let me show you how beautiful this young lady is…

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See, she’s a gorgeous strawberry blonde. Who happens to be looking for a family to love and call her own.  

Brit has a wonderful personality, super soft fur, and expressive eyes and ears. Even better, she’s adjusting to life in a home faster than expected, mastering potty training in only a week. She’s also making great progress on basic commands like “sit” and her leash manners. Even though Brit came from the streets of New Mexico, she’s very people oriented and is gaining confidence meeting new dogs while out and about.

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“Sit” is super easy for such a bright pup.

Brit is perfectly sized at roughly 30 pounds, and although she’s gaining some much needed weight, it’s unlikely she’ll ever be a big girl. And with those perfect floppy ears, she’s irresistible!

If you’d like to learn more about Brit, feel free to check out her adoption listing over at AdoptaPet. She’s a gorgeous pup with a wonderful personality, who would love to find her fur-ever home soon.

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Have you had your veggies today?

Isis has!

She cries for spinach every single morning while we pack our lunches for the day, and she’ll go in the fridge when the door opens if she doesn’t think she’s being fed her ‘treat’ fast enough.

Do your pets eat human food?

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Big News: Denver to DC!

So after a month of not posting any updates, I have some exciting news to share. In June, I’ll be moving from Denver to DC for a one-year position (which will hopefully be extended once I’m done)!


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Part of the reason I’ve been delaying posting any updates on this move is because there have been so many aspects to sort out. The first one is the biggest… our family will be living apart through this upcoming holiday season. I’ll go ahead to DC and the rest of the “herd” will stay behind in Denver while the hubby finishes up a project at work.

There are still a lot of details for us to sort out, like specifics of the move itself, but the good news is that we have the actual housing part sorted out. The cautious part of that news is that it will involve Diggs and Isis moving in with another cat and dog for several months. Now, we know that Diggs likes the dog, Xena, and gets along fine with the cat, Cat. Actually, Cat is pretty good at making his opinion known with Diggs and has the weight to prove a point if he needs to.


Not one of my best pictures, but at least you can see both pups together!

However, Isis may present a challenge. It’s been a long time since I’ve tried to introduce two cats to one another, but I’m hoping it will go as smoothly as possible. There are lots of things I hope will help, like using our Feliway and keeping them separated for an extended period of time until they get used to one another. Cat has had another cat move in and out of his home and did pretty well, but that cat was much older and pretty much stayed to himself. So it’s hard to say at this point what the first round of introductions will look like. I know moving is never easy, but I do feel better that Isis will have Diggs and her dad around to help make her more comfortable.

Other topics we’ll have to tackle at some point is the actual transportation of the animals. When we adopted Diggs we were warned about his tendency to get carsick, which our experiences confirmed rather quickly. He does ok with our short trips to daycare, training and the vet, but I don’t know how he’ll do on a longer drive. Hopefully the overall improvements we’ve seen in his digestion will help the car sickness for the trip. Right?

Diggs in the Car

These pictures were taken while the car was stopped, I promise.

We will definitely have to work on getting him to lay down while he rides instead of standing/sitting the entire time, although he’s pretty good at sitting if he’s asked to. Additionally, I suppose I now have my final motivation to get him a safety harness for the car. Has anyone tried the Ruff Rider line of harnesses? Since my car really isn’t dog friendly, like an SUV or hatchback, and has leather seats, I’m always worried about him sliding around and bumping into the seats when I stop. And he never gets to ride in the front seat anymore because of my concerns with the air bags. So driving across country should be interesting, to say the least.

Have you had to be away from your pets for an extended period of time? Or have you tackled big moves with the pets? 


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Wordless Wednesday 2.26.14

Diggs in Boots!

His stride is a little different in the boots, but I think he moves pretty well on the concrete. It’s definitely more natural in the snow covered grass.

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Sometimes We Struggle…

I wish I could say the day-to-day aspects of our lives were easy, but that would be a half truth. Some parts of it are very easy (or have gotten easier), like Diggs’ willingness to eat his breakfast and dinner. A year ago, I would spend ~30 minutes trying to coax him into eating at each meal, sometimes bribing him with beef or chicken stock. Now, he runs towards his bowl when I mention “kibbles”, and we’ve had to find creative ways to slow down his actual eating. It’s a complete 180!

Other parts we still struggle with, like inappropriate chewing. The latest victim, the corner of my box of very expensive contact lenses. In the short time of my shower, Isis managed to knock the box off the counter and Diggs decided they looked tasty. Luckily, he only got the cardboard and didn’t manage to damage the packages inside, but that’s only because my hot water heater is smaller than I’d like it to be. Now, let’s be honest, they weren’t intentionally working together to be destructive, but the timing is pretty convenient, don’t you think?


Sometimes it does seem like they’re getting awfully cozy, doesn’t it? I wonder what they talk about when they’re not wrestling with each other.

Logically, I know that half of our training battles would be resolved if I helped create a more ideal situation for Diggs. He wouldn’t be able to chew tissues from the waste basket if it wasn’t at face level or had a lid on it, but that’s not the style of trashcan we have. Getting a different style would be easy, easier than some of the other changes we’ve made, but it’s just one I haven’t taken care of yet. He and Isis wouldn’t have colluded to destroy my contacts if the box had been put away instead of left on the counter. This is my last semester of classes in graduate school, and my schedule is more than full attempting to wrap everything up. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for other things, so I’ve had to work hard to carve out time for important things, like training Diggs. I know he needs to be challenged, mentally and physically, and I know it improves our bond together. So sometimes I struggle with housekeeping, but it’s worth it to see the progress Diggs is making in other areas.

What are you struggling with lately? Have you had any successes, big or small?

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Wordless Wednesdays 1.29.2014

A cat is a cat, whether I’m at home or not…

Proof that Diggs likes other cats besides Isis. This was his first time meeting Fi at a friend’s house. Isn’t he behaving like a gentleman?

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Wordless Wednesday

Following up on last week’s post about Isis

Isis in the Tub
She was surprised I found her hiding spot under the umbrella!

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Our Sunny Sunday

Yesterday, the weather in Denver was gorgeous. Diggs and I decided to take a quick jaunt down to a local park with a lake to enjoy the nice weather while it lasts. Fair warning, lots of pictures in this one.

20140119_094342Once we got to a more empty part of the path, Diggs got to go off leash. As you can see, he really enjoyed being able to wander on his own. This was about the edge of my comfort zone though, but he was a good sport about coming back.

20140119_094411There were lots of things to sniff between the sidewalk and lake, he barely lifted his head up the whole time.

20140119_094415Something in this bush was super fascinating. Who knows what it was?

20140119_094430A duck, a duck! Actually, a pair of ducks who caught his attention.

20140119_094434Until something else made a splash near the shore.

20140119_094518But he had fun exploring the dock. This is especially impressive considering his initial fear of water. We came to this park 14 months ago, and he wouldn’t go out onto this dock. Hurray for improvements!

20140119_094520More sniffing…

20140119_094529And more sniffing…

20140119_095257And more sniffing. Are you seeing at theme yet?

20140119_095512There was a ball out on the ice. See the red dot?

20140119_095546Diggs was debating whether or not he could get to it. The leash was my answer, a big “no”.20140119_095550

But a dog can dream, right?

20140119_095555Especially when he sees that the geese can walk on the ice.

20140119_095620But the geese weren’t nearly as interesting as another dog coming our way. See the ear swivel? That’s the Diggs version of full attention.

20140119_095942And that was our walk around the park. Hello, pretty weather!

Edited- I was so excited to hit “publish” that I forgot to ask how everyone else’s weekend went? Did you and your four legged family get to do anything fun?

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The Secret Life of Isis

I realize that I write and post about Diggs, both here and on Facebook, far more often than I do about Isis. This is due in part to her being a cat, who is happy to do cat things all by herself, and partly because she’s keeps weird hours. Let’s be honest, her most interesting activities happen when I am practically unconscious, thus, I don’t always know what she’s been up to. So, you might be asking yourself, “How does Isis occupy her time?”.  Allow me to share 🙂

Isis spends a lot of her time hiding behind things and under things, debating whether or not to pounce on unsuspecting feet.

20130122_225200She also spends a HUGE amount of time sleeping, at least the way I see it. Luckily, sometimes that sleeping pulls double duty as cuddling, and she decides to hang out with me.20140111_133119When the weather is nice enough, she loves to spend time out on the balcony.

IMAG0086 IMAG0307We do have wildlife netting on the balcony to make sure she doesn’t fall off…

20130805_102534… but she does like to lean really far out to look at the world sometimes.

Occasionally, Isis will watch tv with us. On the left side, she’s watching Happy Feet and on the right side she’s watching a video (don’t ask me which one).

Isis watching tv And she also absolutely loves plastic bags. She plays in them, she sleeps on them, she hides her toys under them and then pretends she can’t find them. A very cheap form of entertainment that she adores. Her favorite kind are the HUGE ones from Kohls. You would think it was Christmas if we leave one of those on the floor for her.

20130430_222454What makes your cat (or dog) unique? How do they spend their free time?

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