Category Archives: Holidays

Happy New Year 狗

Happy New Year! Today marks the start of the Chinese Year of the Dog. Here at the Ranch, we celebrate dogs all year long but starting today it’ll have extra meaning. 

Even the Post Office got into celebrating which is quite remarkable considering how many dogs tend to be…ahem…less than hospitable with mail deliveries [yeah, I’m talking ’bout you, Sam!]. Look at the beautiful new stamp they created in honor of {wo}man’s best fur-iend.

We know that dogs are loyal, friendly, and kind but did you know that those born under the sign of the dog are said to have some of those same traits? Honest, easygoing, and helpful to others, uprights born under the sign of the dog are less likely to seek money and power and more likely to try to make the world a better place.

A dog’s lucky numbers are 3, 4, and 9, and unlucky numbers are 1, 6, and 7, so keep those in mind when you buy Lotto tickets. Lucky colors are red, green, and purple while blue, white, and gold are unlucky. Those born on the 1st, 6th, 7th, 17th, 21st, 24th, 26th, 28th or the 30th day of the month in the Chinese lunar calendar are said to be the luckiest. Though I’m not very well versed in Chinese horoscopes, the three links here provide a lot of info for those interested and provide the basis of material for this post.

So what’s in store for 2018?

2018 is said to be an unlucky year for people born under the sign of the dog. Thank goodness I’m glad to have been here a while. I have enough bad luck without tempting  Chinese astrology. It appears that years that share your birth sign are thought to bring bad luck and recommendations are for dogs to stay calm and try to relax. How do you get a pogo stick to relax for a whole year? Just wondering out loud.

New industrial projects or energy developments for 2018 are predicted to be successful, while endeavors based on greed and individual drive will likely be rejected. Familial relationships will be of significance this year. This could be seen as a year of hope that’s filled with the kind of dialogue that helps cultures achieve solidarity and reject indifference. We can only hope that rings true in 2018.

Got any thoughts on the Year of the Dog? Do you follow horoscopes in general? Not to sound creepy, but what’s your year/sign? For the record, I’m an Ox, something my family has suggested over the years.

On a separate note, our friend Friday is here which means the weekend is just waiting for us. Any plans for ringing in the Chinese New Year?

Live, love, bark❣

Happy Valentine’s Day

Hi there, Sam here. Well you all probably heard about Elsa over the weekend and how she had a seizure (she’s fully recovered and is making my life miserable fine now). I’m sorry when she has them but even more so this year because it kind of put the kibosh on my plans to see if sweet Lucy would be my Valentine fur-iend.  So today dear Lucy…this one is for you.  I hope you have a fur-bulous Valentine’s Day celebration. We all “woof” you.

Today is also Ash Wednesday and mom says we have to give something up for Lent. You think giving up my baby sister is what she had in mind? Just kidding, Elsa. I ‘woof’ you, too. Mostly all the time.

Live, love, bark❣

Ground Hog Friday

Today is Ground Hog Day where a certain pudgy rodent named Punxsutawney Phil from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania will predict whether Spring will be arriving early. Here’s a little background on this event celebrated in the U.S. and Canada, according to Wikipedia:

“A select group, called the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle, takes care of Phil year-round and also plans the annual ceremony. Members of the Inner Circle are recognizable by their top hats and tuxedos. The Vice President of the Inner Circle prepares two scrolls in advance of the actual ceremony, one proclaiming six more weeks of winter and one proclaiming an early spring. At day break, on February 2, Punxsutawney Phil awakens from his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob, is helped to the top of the stump by his handlers, and explains to the President of the Inner Circle, in a language known as “Groundhogese”, whether or not he has seen his shadow. The President of the Inner Circle, the only person able to understand Groundhogese through his possession of an ancient acacia wood cane, then interprets Phil’s message, and directs the Vice President to read the proper scroll to the anxiously anticipating crowd gathered on Gobbler’s Knob and the masses of “phaithful phollowers” tuned in to live broadcasts around the world.”

Even though Phil is a rodent and not a meteorologist, when you’re dreaming of Springtime, it’s probably a fun diversion to take one’s mind off Winter thinking this way.

We’re predicting a pawsome weekend and hope yours is beyond grand.

Live, love, bark❣

MLK Monday

Today is a legal holiday in the U.S. Eighty nine years ago, Martin Luther King was born on this date and today we celebrate his life. To honor this legendary civil rights leader, here is a video of his “I Have a Dream” speech. Given last week’s repugnant comments that dominated the news, it seemed appropriate to revisit the dream, especially today.

Hope you had a great weekend. What’s on tap for the week?

Live, Love, Bark! ❤︎

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! ❤︎

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! ❤︎

Happy Thanksgiving

Today is Thanksgiving in the US and on this national ‘howliday,’ we ‘paws’ and give thanks to all our family and fur-iends. Wishing you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. Just remember the operative word today. Woof!

Live, love, bark! ❤︎