Still Growing

The little man has been doing great.  The girls haven’t corrupted him into being a barker yet, and hopefully it will stay that way.  He’s still just so easy – he’s happy and easy and content.  Coulee is playing with him regularly now and the house has been quite chaotic because of it.  But it’s nice to see them all having fun together.

We’ve started doing off leash walks these past few days.  He’s been fantastic.  He stays nearby and comes running at full speeds when you call.  He loves to watch the geese when they fly overhead.

Poor dude managed to get Cherry Eye last week.  We’ll be getting it fixed on Dec 16 – we felt waiting until his neuter was just too long.  His brother Oliver (aka Kermit) also got it and he’s unfortunately got it in his second eye too.  We are hoping that Summit’s second eye goes before the 16th if it is going to! I’ve been editing it out of most of his pictures because frankly I’d rather not remember him like that.  It’s isn’t too gross, but it isn’t flattering either.  He is great at taking his eye drops which is great because we are doing them 4 times a day.

I still need to get a decent family photo but we’ve been practicing…

The girls are doing well. Lacey’s recovered from her surgery and all the stitches have finally fallen out.  Her hair almost covers the scar and I’m sure once it is full length you’ll never know.

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Our 2015 Family Holiday Cards (Designed, Sent, Done!)

As you guys know, I design greeting cards on the side, which includes a yearly collection of holiday cards. And while I do continue to give these cards out to friends and family each year, I decided that I wanted to do something different this time. First, I wanted to include a picture of Essley on the card. This is the last holiday season where she’ll be our only little one, and I felt inspired to do something special that just included her. Second, I wanted to find a way to make the addressing and sending of the cards itself easier. There is a lot of fidgeting going on when I try to sit in a chair for an extended period of time these days (this baby belly is large, guys), and between that, being busy for work, and preparing for the holidays and baby boy’s arrival in a few weeks, addressing, stamping, and sending Christmas cards just felt like another big project to squeeze in.

Around this time, I was introduced to a company called Postable, and my holiday card woes and worries were instantly relieved. For real. It turns out that Postable prints, stamps, addresses and mails all of your cards directly to everyone for you – which, as they say, basically saves you thousands of hours of agony and a life of carpel tunnel. (Or for nearly 9 month pregnant people like me, a whole lot of lower back pain.) I fell in love with their card collection too, which is highly curated and filled with beautiful, stylish designs. I also fell in the love with the fact that the paper they use is 100% post-consumer recycled or tree-free 100% cotton, which my regular readers know is a big deal to me.

It took me a while to decide which card to get, but I ended up picking out this sweet and simple “Peace and Love” design. The process of personalizing the card with Essley’s photo and our names in the signature was genuinely one of the easiest experiences I’ve ever had designing something online. And it took less than a minute! Adding addresses to the address book was super simple too (I just imported a spreadsheet I already had). Once that was done, I chose a font from their collection (I went with one of the “smart” handwriting fonts that honestly looks exactly like my husband’s handwriting), checked out, and bam, my 2015 holiday cards were designed, addressed, stamped, and sent in a matter of minutes. Pretty amazing. Oh yeah, and there’s no waiting around for weeks to get your cards printed either. Postable prints them right away and they reach your recipients in 3-7 days. It’s like a holiday miracle.

Robbie and I are both so happy with the way our holiday cards turned out this year, and I’m so glad that I was able to get the type of card I wanted and find a way to (majorly) simplify the entire process. I can’t wait to use Postable again in the future for invitations and thank you cards.

Have you sent out your holiday cards yet this year? Have you ever used Postable?

This post is in collaboration with Postable.  


Bubby and Bean ::: Living Creatively

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Passing Strangers

The seeming sadness of the dog doesn’t go unnoticed by the motor cyclist.


La tristesse apparente du chien ne passe pas inaperçue pour le motocycliste.

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Roxy after her bath

Roxy, slightly damp, after a bath.  Roxy lives in Monaco.

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Wednesday’s Wacky World of Dog News

I’ve had so much other stuff to tell you about over the past few weeks, I haven’t been able to share much of what’s going on in the dog news world lately. Without further delay, here’s a roundup of all the news that’s fit to print. West Valley (AZ) Puppy Mill Bust The Maricopa County […] Dog Blog

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Meet the AKC ACE Honoree for Exemplary Companion Dog

Mufasa, a Bernese Mountain Dog owned by Kristen and Robin Greenwood of Bel Air, Maryland who won Best of Breed at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2014, is as an ambassador to his breed, purebred dogs and the American Kennel Club. This Bernese Mountain Dog greets visitors to his owners’ dog wash business […] Dog Blog

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DonnaNewPicCroppedQuestion: My dog is always looking for something to eat on the floor and sometimes is not even a food. Now he’s start to eat his own poop. Should I give him some of those super foods to test if he has some nutritious deficiency?

I’m already teaching him to not do those things but he continuous. He just eats dog food twice a day. He’s highly active although I don’t have too much space. He’s 2 years old and is a fox mix.

Answer: Thank you for writing in. It is possible for dogs to have nutritional deficiencies or underlying medical conditions leading to ingestion of food, feces and non-food items (often called pica). It is very reasonable to get your dog checked out by your vet. This is especially true if he is thin or having issues with diarrhea or vomiting also.

Also, dogs who pick up things from the ground are also more likely to have issues with intestinal parasites, so this should be checked out. However, many of these types of food and non-food seeking behaviors are not related to an underlying medical condition.

It is more commonly a compulsive behavior with an oral fixation issue. I would recommend you speak to your veterinarian about some training tools for your dog specifically. Here is an article about poop-eating that may help: Why Does My Dog Eat Poop?

Good luck.
Dr. Donna Spector

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Rosh Hashanah (Happy New Year) Wishes from a Furry Friend of Mine… Frankie!

Frankie Wishes all L’shanah tovah


Wondering what your Jewish Pet Parents are celebrating? Here is a Rosh Hashanah “cheat sheet” written by Wendy Thomas Russell on PBS Newshour.

Holiday: Rosh Hashanah

Pronounced: ROE-sha-SHA-na

Religion represented: Judaism

Date: The 1st and 2nd of the month of Tishrei in the Hebrew calendar. In 2015, the holiday starts at sunset Sept. 13 and ends at nightfall Sept. 15.

What it is: The Jewish New Year

Not to be confused with: Yom Kippur, which occurs 10 days later.

How important is it?: I asked my friend and former editor Jason Gewirtz. Here’s what he said: “Rosh Hashanah is a big, big deal. It’s the start of the Jewish new year. Yom Kippur the next week is only slightly bigger. [On a scale of 1 to 10], I’d say Rosh Hashanah is a 9.5 and Yom Kippur a 10. There’s nothing bigger than the two of them. They’re tied to each other. The period in between is supposed to be a time of mending any fences, if you will, and reflecting on things that can be improved from the previous year… It’s said that on Rosh Hashanah, you’ll either be written in or out of the Book of Life for the coming year. But on Yom Kippur, the book is sealed, meaning you’ve got that time in between to screw up or make your righteousness known.”

The good stuff: Foodwise, this holiday is associated with apples and honey (symbolizing a sweet new year), as well as pomegranates and challah (braided bread). Also, in lieu of stupid hats and tasseled squawkers, celebrants sport the traditional yarmulke and blow a cool-looking horn called a shofar.

Conveying meaning to kids: At dinner [a few years ago], I explained to my daughter that Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time for reflecting on your life and challenging yourself to become a better human being. I served apples and pomegranates and asked Maxine to come up with one way that she might improve. Coincidentally, she had been reprimanded for “being silly” in her kindergarten class that morning, so her idea of self-improvement was to better follow her teacher’s instructions. I said my own resolution would be to spend less time looking at my phone. (Then on Yom Kippur, we checked in with each other about how well we did. The results? Well, a bit meh on both accounts. Luckily, we’re not religious…) As for children’s books, I recommend “Celebrate: A Book of Jewish Holidays” by Judi Gross and Bari Weissman.”    Read full story

May you be Inscribed in the Book of Life!

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Growing Up

I’d forgotten how much time a puppy takes up.  Thank goodness for Lacey – she keeps him entertained for most of his waking hours.  He’s had 2 sets of shots so we’ve started leash walks around the neighbourhood.  We are having some trouble with traffic noises but he recovers very quickly so hopefully he’ll figure it out.  He isn’t noise sensitive to anything else that I’ve discovered.

He’s happy to meet people and other dogs.  He’s come to daycare for a few hours and did great.  He was more reserved than I expected but he was pretty happy the whole time.  He likes to sit back and watch the action before getting involved.

He is very polite and will patiently sit and wait for cookies and is also very polite with other dogs. I guess growing up with two crabby dogs has some benefits.  :)

Anyway, here is a summary of a month’s worth of photos.  He’s changing so fast!

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Friday Funny: Scaredy-Cat

Or maybe I should say, scared of cats! Enjoy your weekend! Until next time, Good day, and good dog! Dog Blog

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