Follow-Up Friday – November 28, 2014

Welcome to this week’s edition of Follow-Up Friday, the post where I highlight reader’s comments, answer questions and generally just wrap up my week.

You Make Me Smile – November 30, 2014

Do you smell what I smell?

Do you smell what I smell?

JanK said, “When one dog is sniffing away, then the other has to run over and join them to see what they found!”

That’s exactly how it works in my house too Jan!

Jan said, “When all four dogs converge on the same smell, I am so jealous because I feel left out with my inferior nose.”

I get that, sometimes I do too.  But most times, I’m just grateful I don’t smell the things they do. :-)

Plucking My Last Nerve

That's just a load of tosh.  Look at this face, would I do something like that?

That’s just a load of tosh. Look at this face, would I do something like that?

Repoleon said, “My dog Obi once ate an entire small pizza while no one was looking. He must have sucked it out of the box carefully because the box was in the same place on the counter and the lid was closed.”

Oh my gosh!  How do they do that?  My trainer had her dog eat her sandwich out of the wrapper while she was standing three feet away and never heard a sound.  The wrapper was intact.  Those dogs have mad skillz.

Mary asked, “That dog… the hell do you survive?”

I drink. ;-)

Monika said, “I often wonder what gets into Sam’s little pea brain when he pulls stunts like pulling a pumpkin muffin (let the raunchiness begin–I know I’ll never be able to say muffin again with a straight face!) ”

LOL a girl after my own heart. :-) 

Jan asked, “Are you going to dedicate your book to her?”

I should shouldn’t I?  I’ll could call it, shit my dog ate.  How many of you would buy it? ;-)

Jan K said, “Oh, I was waiting for YOU to give ME advice on how to deter Luke from doing these things. LOL Did I tell you that lately he’s started sticking his head in the kitchen sink looking for things?”

LOL if you’re looking to me Jan, I’m sorry, you’re screwed.  I have nothing. LOL  And no, I did not know he’s been sticking his head in the sink.  Delilah does the same same thing. My suggestion?  A large board you can place over the sink.  You can place stuff on top of it too.  That was the only way my turkey got defrosted. :-)

Jackie Bouchard asked, “So… how does she get stuff out of the sink?? Is she that tall? Does she jump up on the counter? ”

Yes, she is THAT tall, when she stands straight up on her back legs she is almost as tall as I am.  And NO, thank God she hasn’t figured out how to jump on the counters!  Please don’t tell her it’s even possible.

Houndstooth said, “Ha ha ha! Delilah, don’t ever change! What would we all laugh about if you did? ”

Maybe the little black mischief maker at your house? ;-)

Emma said, “At our house, dogs aren’t the problem, it is that damn cat bro Bert. He jumps on the table in the middle of a meal to grab food. He is a menace! If we have company over, he has to be locked up or he will be in the food. Hey, maybe you would like a nice male cat???”

No thank you.  I draw the line at cats on the counters and the table….it’s a pet peeve of mine. :-)

My Dear Friends

Pamela said, “Brokering world peace, eh?”

Yes my dear.  You are very amazing at presenting differing opinions without alienating people.  It’s a gift.

Peggy Frezon said, “I share your dream. I’d love to have a nice piece of country where I could relax and look out at the birds and critters while I work. Although I do work from home writing books now, I am in the city and the view is not so good! Also, while we’re at it, we might as well write bestsellers, right?!”

Give me a ticket on that bus Peggy!  And you are already well on your way!

JanK said, “Our second dog was a Lab mix. She looked just like a black Lab but her personality was more of the golden retriever in her. She never got into things like Luke does.”

See that’s Sampson.  He’s a golden/labrador mix and he would never even dream of doing some of the things Delilah does.

Emma said, ” Sorry, but your troubles often make us laugh and your writing style is great!

Well thank you Emma, I try to see the humor in the situations and always hope it comes across that way. 

Happy Thanksgiving – Barks and Bytes

Say a prayer for our service men and women today.

Say a prayer for our service men and women today.

Thank you all for the beautiful sentiments and Thanksgiving wishes.  I could swear I wrote that I am grateful for you, my readers, for your support and friendship  But when I re-read the post, I see I didn’t.  Please accept my apologies and know that I am truly grateful to have all of you in my life.

That’s it for me, have a wonderful weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving – Barks and Bytes

Welcome to Thursday’s Barks and Bytes.

Before I get into what I am thankful for this year, I’d like to let you all know, I am once again participating in the Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers hosted by Kol’s Note and joined by Dogthusiast, NEPA Pets and Wag ‘N Woof Pets.  If you haven’t heard of this, it’s a 24 day EXTRAVAGANZA.  Check back here beginning Monday where I will have details for each day’s prize.

Some amazing prizes here.

Some amazing prizes here.

This year I’ve tried to life my life with gratitude.  It hasn’t always been easy and there are many days where I don’t think about it until bed time, but when I lay down to sleep, I try to think of 10 things I am grateful for for that particular day.

First and foremost I am thankful for my family.  I am also thankful for my dogs and my friends.  I have a decent home and a decent job and I’m grateful for those as well. 

I’m grateful I live in a country where I have freedom of choice and freedom of speech and I’m truly grateful for the men and women who sacrifice so much to allow me those freedoms.

I’m grateful that Sampson has recovered well from his ACL surgery and I had the opportunity to snap some photos of him and Delilah playing the other day.

I've got the toy!

I’ve got the toy!


The woof you do!

The woof you do!


Hah, I got it back!

Hah, I got it back!

Long time readers know that my daughter served in the United States Army following in her father’s footsteps.  Both my nephews have served, two of my cousins have children serving now. My father served, two of my uncles served and countless others who I love dearly have made the sacrifice as well.  I’d like to thank all who serve(d) and remind YOU

Say a prayer for our service men and women today.

Say a prayer for our service men and women today.

Our wish for you today is really no different than our wish for you every day.  That you are surrounded by everything you love, that you are healthy and happy.  

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, from all of us at Heart Like a Dog.   

Heart Like a Dog


Welcome to Thursday’s Barks and Bytes Blog hop hosted by 2 Brown Dogs and Heart Like a Dog. The Barks and Bytes hop is for anything at all and all bloggers are welcome. You don’t have to be a dog blog to join. For new blog hoppers, a blog hop is list of links that is shared on multiple blogs. In order to be fair to all participants Linda and I ask you to please use the linky list. If your blog does not support a linky list, please link back to either Linda or I.

My Dear Friends

My dear, dear friends.  There comes a time in every blogger’s life when they must sit down with their readers and have a good ole’ heart to heart talk.

Blah, blah, blah, she loves to hear herself talk.

Blah, blah, blah, she loves to hear herself talk.

I like to think I’m pretty open here on the blog, in fact sometimes I feel like I share a wee bit too much.   So imagine my surprise when one of my absolute favorite bloggers, Pamela from Something Wagging This Way Comes, asked if I’d be interested in the Liebster Award. 

Are you a follower of Pamela’s?  Pamela is smart, level-headed and has a wonderful way of seeing both sides to every situation.  She’s raised an amazing dog, Honey and is currently prepping to sell everything she has and live on  a boat.  So if you’re not a  S’wagger (a term of endearment she uses to refer to her devoted readers) don’t waste any time, as soon as you finish reading this post, head on over an introduce yourself.  

For those of you unfamiliar with the Liebster award (Liebster means dearest in German) this award is bestowed to a blogger from a fellow blogger with rules stating you must answer ten questions and pass the award on to ten more bloggers.

The twist to this award is, the bestowing blogge gets to ask THEIR questions.  So first I want to thank Pamela for passing this award on to me, and after I answer her nosey interesting questions, I will pass it on to some of the blogs that are dearest to me.

1. What three personal traits are you most proud of?

  • I’m honest, I’d like to think it’s to a fault because I won’t tell you something that isn’t true.  Don’t ask me if the dress makes your ass look big, because I will tell you. 
  • Loyal.  Yup, I’m the girl you want to have your back in a fight.  I don’t like confrontations or fighting but when it’s my only choice, I’m both barrels in. 
  • Persistent. I don’t give up easily.  It might look like it, but I’m just regrouping and coming up with an alternate plan.

2. Why did you start blogging?

About nine years ago I wrote a children’s book about Sampson.  I went to a library presentation with a literary agent and she suggested developing an online presence so when a book was published people would be interested in purchasing it.  Sampson’s a good (boring dog) so I ended up writing mostly about the crazy one.

3. Why do you continue to blog?

I love the connections I’ve made with so many of my readers and fellow bloggers. And It’s damn addicting. I. Just. Can’t. Stop.

4. What does your dream life look like?

I would live on a large piece of land, with a small house, with lots of woods and trails.  I would work from home, hopefully writing books.  I would spend time with my dogs and the people I love.  I would have money to help animals or animal lovers in need.

5. What prevents you from living your dream life?

Me.  I don’t know how to get out of my own way.

6. How do you feel when your blogging is going well?

When I’m really on a roll it makes want to work harder, but when I’m in a slump, sometimes I have all I can do to put up a post.

7. Who makes you feel like your best self?

My support group makes me feel like my best self.  They are an amazing group of women who lift me up and support me.  If you don’t have friends that lift you up and support you, you need new friends.

8. Which bloggers most inspire you?

There are many, oh so many.  If you write a blog post, you’ve inspired me!  Narrowing it down though….Jodi Chick from Kol’s Notes.  Seriously, it’s like there’s three of her, she accomplishes SO much.  Amy from Go Pet Friendly.  She sold her house and travels in an RV with her husband and dogs and makes a living doing it! Mary Hone from Tales from the Backroad, she lives life on her terms, in and in an RV!  And of course Pamela who in my humble opinion could really broker world peace.  On top of that, she’s planning on selling her house and transitioning to a sail boat!

9. When did you do something that took real courage?

I got up this morning.  Just kidding.  I don’t think of myself as courageous, the men and women in our armed forces are courageous. People who are fighting the war on diseases, poverty and animal rescue are courageous.

10. What three things give you the greatest joy?

My family, my dogs and my friends.

And now I get to ask 10 questions and ask 10 of my dearest bloggers to accept the award and answer the questions.

  1. How long have you been blogging?
  2. Have your reasons for blogging changed since you first started blogging?
  3. Is your blog for fun or are you looking for something more?  If the latter what?
  4. How do you judge how well your blogging is going?
  5. What do you like to do when you aren’t blogging?
  6. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
  7. If you could talk to any one person, living or dead, who would it be?
  8. What is your favorite meal?
  9. How do you define success in your life?
  10. What accomplishment are you most proud of?

And now for my nominees.  I hereby bestow the Leibster Award to:

2 Brown Dawgs – I love hearing about Thunder, Storm and Freighter’s hunting and hunt test adventures, and learning a bit in the process. Linda is also extremely knowledgeable about many dog illnesses, she’s usually one of my first ‘go to’ people.

FRANKly and ERNESTly Speaking- These two dogs crack me up.  Frankie has been around Blogville for as long as I can remember, in fact I think he was the very first Mayor of Blogville.  Ernie came along a few years ago, but he fits right in and he can keep up with Frankie and that’s saying something.

Life at Golden Pines- I’ve been following the Golden Pines crew for a number of years.  The crew may change as crews are prone to do, but the love, the love never changes and the door at Golden Pines is always open for a dog in need.

My GBGV Life- Emma and her two sisters Katie and Bailie have a grand time in Minnesota with they Mom.  Whether they’re doing scent work or hunting down Snoopy statues, there’s always something that makes me smile.

Peaceful Dog-The picture of Fozzie in the header of Peaceful Dog is what first drew me in.  Kirsten’s free spirit and love of animals keeps me going back.  

Retro Rover-I love a woman who knows who she is and this lady sure does.  She is not afraid to embrace the era she loves and is comfortable sharing this on her blog.  Plus she has dogs with names like Weasley and Norbert and how can this Harry Potter fan not love that?

Sand Spring Chesapeakes-The Sand Spring gang consists of two humans, JoAnn and John, three chessies, Nellie, Gambler and Glory and one little Marsh Kitty (MK.) JoAnn is an avid hunter and trains her dogs for hunting trips.  Between hunting tests, hunting trips, dog shows and Gambler’s antics, there’s always something entertaining going on.

Talking Dogs at For Love of a Dog-First things first.  The talking dogs are Jeffie, Rudy and Rosie (Lil’ Akita,) Sue (the human) makes the most fantastic pet jewelry. She’s an incredible advocate for humane treatment of all animals, specifically farm animals and the eradication of puppy mills.

The Poodle (and Dog) Blog-Jan is awesome at finding stories about dogs in the news.  Whether she’s sharing the latest dog exploit with “she who must not be named” or sharing the sad plight of Chihuahuas in California, Jan shares it all with humor and grace.

Wag ‘N Woof Pets- The beagles Kobi and Sheba first drew me in, and goofy Luke keeps me coming back.  How Jan and her husband managed four dogs is beyond me, as I have my hands full with two.  I’m not sure if Jan’s ever had labradors before, but she’s finding out now exactly how fun they are.

So Pamela, I apologize for taking so long to get this up and I thank you again for passing the Liebster award on to me.

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