Monthly Archives: December 2017

Fab Friday ~ December 29, 2017

It’s Last Call…for Friday that is. On this last Friday of the year, let’s welcome our old friend. As we prepare to welcome in a fresh clean slate, also known as 2018, let’s stop and savor today and rejoice at its 51 cousins who made life interesting all year-long.

From our house to yours, we wish you peace, love and a whole lotta tail wags. Have a safe and Happy New Year.








Live, love, bark! ❤︎

Wordy Wednesday ~ December 27, 2017

It’s the last Wednesday of the year and we’ve nearly made it through 2017. Hard to believe in some ways. The ups and downs, the losses, along with a whole lot of wonderful and beautiful. Never fear though, Friday is upon us and as always…it’s gonna be awesome! How will you spend the last Wednesday of 2017? Will you start the New Year out with a shiny new Christmas bike?

Live, love, bark! ❤︎

From the Desk of the Dog

Hi there, Sam here with the latest S.A.M. Report. S.A.M. being “Standards Are ‘Mazing,” that is. Mom hasn’t been able to post much lately so I put my paw down and wanted to update you since you’ve probably have been missing me us.

My grandma went back into the hospital and everyone’s been focused on getting her better. Luckily she has great caregivers so I’m hopeful I’ll get to see her and spread my magical poodle good Ju Ju soon. In the meantime while mom is helping her and the family out, I’ve been trying hard to be good even though I miss my mom. I’ve only run down the alley once in the middle of the night and my sister hasn’t even eaten any more of mom’s reading glasses. We’re both counting down the days and hours when some jolly fellow is supposed to arrive. If he’s wearing any kind of uniform, red or otherwise, I’ll be showing him my pawsome poodle security skills.

My mom came home for a couple of days to take me to West Pines for a visit. Our program doesn’t have too many dogs right now that can do WP and there wasn’t a replacement to fill in so mom took me back there. Pfft…as if they could find a replacement for Moi anyway. It felt good walking into that place and we also went to the hospital to pick up more of my business cards. I loved visiting with the volunteer staff at the hospital even though I was pretty wiped out after West Pines. The nice young girl who cried last month was there in a different building for out-patients and she remembered me. This visit she smiled so my pawsome poodle powers must have worked. I even got to visit with an Army veteran who told me he would be receiving a service dog to help his PTSD next year who will help him cope better. Seeing me made him smile and he was glad I made the trip. Another patient who also suffers from PTSD asked how she could get one and he gave her some suggestions.  She said her own pup helps somewhat (because that’s just what us dogs do) but she thinks she probably needs a professional service dog. Hopefully her case worker will provide her with enough advice to make it happen.

So…from our house to yours…we wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope 2018 is a pawsome year.

Live, love, bark! ❤︎

Wordy Wednesday

It’s December 20th and I’m just now starting to get into the ‘howliday’ spirit. Given last week’s unexpected and ongoing family emergency, I might be ready by December 30th. Then again, it might be January 30th. 😊 Are you ready for the jolly one? 

Live, love, bark! ❤︎

Monday Musings ~ December 18, 2017

Don’t know about you, but with Christmas a mere week away {gasp}, this meme kind of sums it up for me. Are you ready? Enjoy the week as you wrap up all your preparations for the jolly guy.

Live, love, bark! ❤︎

Fab Friday ~ December 15, 2017

Although we’ve been away taking care of unexpected family business the past few days, we didn’t want to miss our good friend, Friday. You did realize there are only ten days left to the big day, right? Yikes! Have a great Friday and an even better weekend. 🎄

Live, love, bark! ❤︎

Treat Tuesday

After a recent training class I took to help with Elsa’s meet and greet issues with little dogs, I’ve started carrying around high value treats in the pockets of all my jackets. Elsa really loves the dehydrated lung treats and really focuses on me when cued. Lately I’ve been seeing these long stringy drool bombs (ick-gag). The first time I laughed out loud thinking how funny it was. Now I’m starting to wonder what the…?? So much for ‘girls being all girly and dainty,’ eh? She didn’t seem to mind having this hanging down since she was insanely focused zeroed in on a squirrel across the street.

Do your dogs drool at the thought of high value treats?

Live, love, bark! ❤︎

Monday Musings ~ December 11, 2017

Yikes…just 14 days before Christmas! Are you ready? Wishing you a week of productive stick-throwing.

Live, love, bark! ❤︎

Fab Friday ~ December 8, 2017

Our favorite day has arrived and can I just say color me happy! Although time seems to be whizzing out of control toward Christmas, I’m starting to make a little bit of progress with the howli-day baking though Sam and Elsa keep staring at an empty treat jar hinting that I’m not as far along as I think. What about you? Any plans for the weekend?

Live, love, bark! ❤︎

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday ~ December 6, 2017

It’s midway through the week and I find myself day-dreaming lallygagging…instead of baking treats and mailing out howli-day cards. How’s your week been? Hope you’re ‘getting ‘er done’ better than I am.

Live, love, bark! ❤︎