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The Time Mina Played Chicken with a Car

Thursday started out a normal day… I woke up, showered, fed the dogs, etc, etc. I took some time out of my morning to finish a wreath for the front door and hang it up. While I was hanging the wreath, Mina sneaked her way out the front door. It did not take me long to realize she was sitting in the front yard looking at me all innocent like. I’m thinking, what a good girl not leaving the yard. Yes, she went outside without me but ya know she was hanging out in the yard. I was ok with that.

The second I stepped foot outside that little booger took off running down the street. She was at least three houses in front of me…I forgot to mention that it is freezing and I have no shoes or jacket on…. I would get about 2 feet from her, lunge for her and she would take off again. It was clearly a game for her. She was having a blast while I was becoming more agitated. The inevitable happened and she decided the road was a better place to run from mommy than the neighbors front yards. As she is playing in the road, an oblivious woman comes flying down our street. I am jumping up and down waving my arms and screaming like a lunatic to get her to stop so I can grab Mina… this woman just waves to me like I was being a friendly neighbor. I knew it. This was it. Mina was going to get hit. At the last second Mina decided to run back into our front yard, thank goodness because the woman had no intention of stopping. I think chased Mina around the car for a solid 5 more minutes until I finally pounced on her, spanked her butt, told her BAD GIRL and slung her furry butt back inside. I was so upset and mad at the same time.

Charlie never did this sort of thing. My parents are trying to convince me that Charlie was an abnormally easy puppy and Mina is the norm. Either way, I am glad she is safe but I will definitely be more careful with opening the front door next time.

Pet Photography

Although I took several photography classes in college, I still consider myself an amatuer picture taker. My father in law gave us a nice Canon digital SLR for a wedding gift. My goal is to learn how to use it! What better subjects to start with than my furr children. From my short experience with this particular camera, I think the key is patience with dog shots. Charlie and Mina were more interested in smelling and licking the camera than posing and seeming happy for my photo shoot. You would think they don’t understand English at all!

I sat down in the mulch during lunch and just waited for the dogs to settle. After about 20 minutes of waiting, they finally started to look like their cute natural selves that I was trying to capture. They look so calm and innocent in these pictures. Very deceiving!

Throughout the growth of the blog, hopefully you will see some improvement in my pet photography! I really enjoyed taking these of the dogs. Maybe a new side career?? Petsmart does it, why not me!

Happy Halloween!

First Halloween in our house = SUCCESS! Although we moved back into our house Friday evening we were able to pull Halloween off without a hitch. Charlie was a bumble bee and Mina a butterfly. – pictures coming soon. They left their costumes on long enough for a few pictures which I am happy with. Poor Charlie’s bee outfit was too small… will be recycled after this year. The pet sizing charts seem to always be off. Mina’s outfit was too big even though she fit within the sizing guidelines for a small. The same with Charlie but opposite. Travis seems to think it is a sign that dogs are not meant to wear outfits. I disagree. I think they don’t mind dressing up if the outfit is comfortable. Maybe my next business venture should be making outfits for dogs? Day dream…. go!

 

All You Need is Love…

Inspiration

What prompted me to start a blog about dogs? Well, I have always been a huge animal lover and advocate. There is no dog or cat that I don’t want to meet. My love for animals started at a young age. Growing up in the country, my family was able to have a wide range of animals. All of whom, I felt a connection with. I have always been inspired by how happy dogs are to just to be scratched or have a ball thrown for them. They wag their tail as a sign of happiness. Years later, I now have a  wonderful family with the sweetest husband and our two four-legged children. Some might say I am slightly obsessed with my furr-babies Charlie and Mina. I think those just don’t understand the connection we share. My husband would fully agree that Charlie and Mina live a pretty awesome life with us. They are our world and will remain a part of our family forever.

Now, you might ask why? Why start a blog? The past few years have been, although amazing and wonderful, extremely trying on me. If you are curious a quick overview of what has happened:

We moved away from some of our closest friends to be closer to family and old friends = bitter sweet

Last year the love of my life asked me to marry him = amazing

I took a new job and immediately felt a pit in my stomach… you know the kind where you feel sick because you aren’t sure if you’ve made the right decision= confliction

Was texting while driving in traffic, frustrated after a day at work and slammed into a truck. First accident ever. I was fine, my car not so much. The guy I hit was super nice and did not want to call the cops because nothing happened to his car and so I wouldn’t get a ticket. = annoying

We bought our first house! Such a dream. = inspiring, proud feeling

Eight days after closing and moving into our new house, we were robbed. My laptop which is my lifeline for freelance graphic design work was gone. Travis’ computer as well as all of my jewelry – gone. Charlie had a cut on his head and was clearly shaken. We found out that our neighbor caught Charlie running in the street and put him in the back yard. We had not met most of our neighbors so they had no way of knowing that we did not just leave our dog running lose while we were at work. I won’t bore you with all of the details but you get the drift. It caused me to question all sorts of things. Religion, my career, the location we’ve chosen to live, politics, etc. etc. = devastating

Things started looking up as we crept closer to our wedding day 9.10.11. We both could not wait to make the ultimate commitment to each other = love

While prepping for the wedding I searched around town for the perfect spray tan as the beds scare me. While sitting at the bottom of an exit ramp at a stop sign waiting to merge onto busy Capital Blvd. in Raleigh, I was hit from behind and jolted into the busy highway. It happened so fast, and the impact was so hard I was in a daze of confusion for at least 3 minutes. As I realized what happened, I saw an unmarked police vehicle flying backwards swerving through traffic down Capital Blvd. towards me. He whipped his car in front of mine to block me from on coming traffic. He saw the whole thing happen. I was beyond lucky to walk away. I’ll take whiplash any day over losing my life. = eye-opening

Pretty much one thing after another kept happening until the wedding day, including work getting progressively worse. I was losing all creative inspiration and drive. I have always prided myself in being an unstoppable, hard-working employee. With this job, it is all I can do to make it in everyday. = career stress

9.10.11 Our wedding day was by far the most amazing day of our lives. It was perfect. With all of the trials from the previous year (see above), we decided not to take a honeymoon. I decided that was bull. We deserved to go on a trip. Just the two of us and a couple of strong drinks. Months before the wedding I used my freelance money to plan and pay for a surprise honeymoon to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Travis found out at our rehearsal dinner. It felt amazing to do something like that for my best friend. Still can not believe I kept the secret! = excitement

The Monday after our wedding, we returned home to pack for the trip. We were leaving the next morning at 4 am. Surprise! The refrigerator had been leaking water for who knows how long. Probably started as we walked out the door the Thursday before. It looked like a sprinkler was behind the frige and our wood floors looked like cardboard soaked in water. Our options were simple; 1. Cancel the honeymoon to deal with this, 2. Turn around and act like we didn’t see it and deal with it in a week, 3. Have a complete mental breakdown and cry. Option #3 happened immediately but my mom was not going to let options #1 or #2 happen. She drove 6 hours that night to come stay in our house while we were on our honeymoon and dealt with the contractors and insurance companies. We had no clue how bad it was. They literally demoed our floors, walls. cabinets, everything. The damage was much worse that expected. We had to pay our $2500 deductible again. -We paid it when we were robbed in February. We had to move in with my mother in-law because the house became unlivable.  = bad day

We welcomed sweet Mina into our lives at the end of September. She and Charlie love each other and we are hoping they will continue to be best friends. Mina’s carefree puppy attitude was a nice change from our stressed lives as of late. While listening to her cry as I left for work, I realized that although I am not where I want to be with my job, I have not made the effort to change my situation. This was it. The moment I realized that without taking a chance and a leap of faith, how would I get out of my current state? Do something. I told myself = refreshing

In a nutshell that is the year that has led me to this point. The point where I stop making excuses and saying I don’t have time or its too late in life. There is so much negativity in the world everyday. We are surrounded. I believe all people should learn from animals, especially dogs. Dogs by nature,  are easy to please, fun, loving, happy, grateful, low-maintenance, and most of all so darn cute. If people had a 1/3 of the positive energy of their dogs, there would be less crime in the world, less frustrated people causing car accidents, less of all things negative in the world, and more happy people. My challenge to myself with this blog and for you is to wag your tail often. Find a way to be happy and thankful everyday. Life is not promised, tomorrow is not guaranteed. It is too short to waste it not being happy. Wag your tail TODAY. I’m going to.