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Three's A Crowd?

It's not unknown that I love critters, the more the merrier.

We currently have 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 guinea pigs (plus several tanks of fish, but they don't really 'count').

All of the critters (well, besides the fish, those are all John's LOL) are here b/c of me, b/c I wanted them. Sure, John likes animals but he doesn't love them like I do. He does interact with our critters, helps me feed and plays with them occasionally, but it's still no surprise that if it wasn't for me, we wouldn't have them.

So what's the problem?

I want a 3rd dog.

Yes, I know: Why?

I have no real answer to that. I've just been wanting a little dog for awhile now. I have my giant breed and now I'm wanting a toy breed. :-D

Yes, I partially want a little one so I can dress her up in those cute little outfits but I will not be that little dog owner that every one despises b/c they let them get away with rude, unacceptable behavior b/c it's "cute".

Is a …

One Year!

A year ago today, I wrote my first blog post. I was hesitant to even start a blog as I wasn't sure if I had anything blog worthy to write about. 

I've certainly stayed true to my blog description: "The ramblings and adventures of a SAHM with furry animals"; I've blogged about all kinds of things; holiday adventures, trips we've taken, doggy adventures or anything that's been on my mind. I've blogged about my fosters and of course I've blogged about my passion; Great Danes. I've shared stories about my kids; McKayla, Chris, and my family in general. I've talked a lot about my pets too; Katie, Rio, Guinea Pigs and my cats (although you can tell who the "star of the show" really is ;-) ) I've also used this blog as a diary of sorts with my Fitness Friday and Monthly Measure posts.
I've enjoyed every minute along the way. It's never felt like a chore. Sure, some days I felt guilty b/c I had neglected the blog but I never …

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today is Mom's Birthday, so McKayla and I decided to bake her a cake last night. Now, I'm embarrassed to say that I'm in my 30's and I've never baked a cake, never frosted a cake and certainly never written on a cake. With all that being said, I'm pretty pleased with how well it turned out. :-D

First we assembled the ingredients:

Then we poured the batter into the mixing bowl:

Then we combined the ingredients:

Then we mixed, mixed, mixed:

Must Rehome Today!!

Must Re home Today!!!! $10 OBO
Please help! After 2 long years of being on a waiting list for a dog, we have been notified by breed rescue that, at long last, our number has come up and...

We must get rid of our children IMMEDIATELY because we just know how time consuming our new little puppy is going to be and it just wouldn't be fair to the children. Since our little puppy will be arriving on Monday, we MUST place the children up for adoption this weekend!

They are described as:

One male -- his name is Tommy, Caucasian (English/Irish mix), light blonde hair, blue eyes. Four years old. Excellent disposition. He doesn't bite. Temperament tested. Does have problems with peeing directly in the toilet. Has had chicken pox and is current on all shots. Tonsils have already been removed. Tommy eats everything, is very clean, house trained and gets along well with others. Does not run with scissors and with a little training he should be able to read soon.

One femal…

How to avoid puppy scams!

(written and copied from my friend Tracy's blog. Thanks for letting me use it!)

I've talked to several people lately that have been interested in getting puppies - I think it's the that it's nice and pretty out, we need a fluffy friend to go enjoy it with

Before you do anything, I would say consider adopting! There are so many abandoned pets in the world that need good, loving homes and would be more than willing to enjoy the pretty weather with you! If you or someone you know is considering a puppy or an adult dog, be sure to check out your local shelter. There are PLENTY to choose from! There are also breed-specific rescue groups all over the place.

That said, there are pros and cons to adoption, and if it's not for you and you want to purchase a purebred puppy, I've got some tips that will help make sure you do it right and protect yourself from getting scammed.

First: Know Your Breed!
Once you've identified what breed of dog you want, get …

Congratulations Chris!

Yesterday was a proud moment for me.
Yesterday, Chris graduated from the 8th grade!
Some might say, and I'm inclined to agree to a degree, that graduating from 8th grade isn't a big accomplishment. More often than not now, kids are awarded for mediocre work so they won't be made to feel bad when others who actually applied themselves got an award.

BUT, in this case, Chris deserves his diploma:

Chris has learning disabilities. He's struggled throughout his school career to communicate with his classmates and teachers. His biggest issue is a speech delay, apraxia to be exact. He's been in speech therapy since Head Start and he IS making great strides but there's still that delay. With the speech delay, brings frustration and anger when people can't understand him and THAT brings up a whole 'nother list of "issues".

But I'm not here to talk about his shortcomings, problems and issues. I'm here to brag about how proud of him I am and just…

Mother's Day Adventure!

What a Mother's Day!
I can guarantee you that nobody had a Mother's Day like Leslie, Kathleen, Holly and I had. It was wild and crazy. It involved seeing a Dwarf House, a Porta Potty on the side of the interstate, stopping on the interstate (and NOT b/c of a traffic jam) and getting sunburned. We also saw quite a few characters you don't see on a daily basis (well, WE don't any way).

But first, let me tell y'all about the before:
I hemmed and hawed about going. I felt guilty. I would be leaving my kids, on Mother's Day. It somehow felt....wrong I guess. Like I was escaping from what made the Holiday "my" day. Part of the issue was Chris was going to his Dad's that day and I wouldn't see him again for another week or two. I drove John, Dad and Mom crazy with my indecisiveness. I kept going back and forth, weighing the pros and cons.

So what finally helped me make a decision? Chris.
I flat-out asked him if he'd be upset if I was gone …

"Boy Snakes Have No Hair"

The other day, John decided he needed to mow, so he and McKayla went down to the garage to get the lawnmower. A few minutes later, McKayla calls me, wanting me to "come ere!".

This is what they found.

Do you see the tail at the very bottom left corner? You can sort of follow his tail into the cage.

Can you see him now?

Ok, now I know you can see him here.

And how do I know for a fact that it's a he?
Well, b/c McKayla (in telling Grandpa what we saw) insists that it's a boy snake b/c he doesn't have any hair. LOL! She's basing this off of Daddy, who shaves and has no hair and girls who have long hair. :-D
Then Grandpa, being silly, asks her if he was wearing any shoes. She, says no, b/c he just had a tail. Grandpa then tells her that he saw a snake the other day wearing a blue shirt, shoes and sunglasses. She laughs and tells him that he's silly. I then tell her that I think Grandpa is pulling her leg in which she replies "But he can't reach my fo…


It's that time of year when colors galore come out of hiding. When newness and growth abound. And yes, when vehicles turn yellow and people turn blue from sneezing.
I take great pride in my flower beds. Some of these flowers were here when we moved but most of them were planted by my own hands. That's not an unusual feat in itself but if you realized how much of a green thumb I didn't have, you'd understand my sense of pleasure and accomplishment in something as simple as flowers growing where I put them. :-)
First off are my Iris's. My front flower bed started out with Dutch Iris's and while I loved their fragrant flowers I detested their leaves; spindly, thin leaves that just flopped in a jumbled mess. I pulled quite a few of them out and gave them to friends and then planted these Iris's that sport several colors of the rainbow.


Today was one of those days that make it so hard being a foster but at the same time feel so good. Days where all your work, love and kindness takes fruition.
The day when your foster goes on to their new home. It's certainly a bittersweet time. You know from the minute they showed up at your doorstep (literally in Mya's case) that they aren't meant to stay here. Their time with you is brief but you can do so much for them in that time.
For those of you that don't know Mya's history, I'll give a brief recap: She showed up at our house back in Jan. She had significant hair loss (demodex mange), scars and was thin.

We cleared up the mange and fattened her up. We took her to pet stores and for car rides. We snuggled on the bed or couch with her. And yes, there were some arguments with her over chewing stuff she shouldn't or accidents in the house but she was still a sweetie.

The Sky is Falling!!!

When My World Came Tumbling Down

Those are all excellent post titles if you're a Guinea Pig and THIS happened to you:

There they were, minding their own business, doing Guinea Pig things. Munching away on some Timothy hay or popcorning around their cage when BAM! their world literally crumbles around them.

Poor little guys! They didn't know what hit them and neither did we! The best we can figure is that the dogs, bouncing in their excitement that we were home, bumped into the cage, causing mass chaos.
I needed to clean their cage anyway, but this wasn't exactly the way I had in mind. What made this even MORE tedious is that a LOT of these grids where zip tied together for added stability. I wished I'd gotten a picture of the conglomeration of grids we had just to show you the magnitude of this endeavor.

Monthly Measure 5/1

It's that time of the month again, no, not that time; time for my Monthly Measure.
Luckily there's not much of a change. Losing is better than gaining (well duh! unless you're wanting to gain that is) but I'll take the difference. Especially when I'm not really doing anything to change the fact (I know, I know).
After mentioning on my last Monthly Measure that I wasn't sure if we were measuring correctly or not, Mom sent me a link and we used that for this go around. For the most part, we've been measuring in the right place, except for my hips, so there's a "bigger" difference there but not by much (woohoo!).
Here goes it:
No weight gain. Lost 1 inch in bust.
Stayed the same in waist.
Gained 1 1/2 inches in hips.
So, happy there's no actual weight gain showing. I know I keep sounding like a broken record here but although I'm not doing any actual exercising, I'm pleased to see that I'm staying at roughly the same weight and i…