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I’m Back…


I know it’s been forever since I’ve posted anything and I’m sure you’re all wondering where I’ve been.  Well, in short, we lost my Mom at the end of July, switched voice over ip phone systems at work (what a nightmare), took a long weekend with some of my favorite girls, had a new server installed at work at the same time our installer lost his Dad and his backup had family emergencies as well.  (deep breath in, ssslllooowww exhale out).  With all that we are also attempting to sell my Moms house without an agent and I think it’s starting to weigh on my husband who has been acting as the real estate agent since he is bi-lingual.   I think it may be time to find a pro!

That’s a lot, isn’t it!? Well don’t feel too bad for the ol’ hubby because in the midst of all that, my boss came to me in September and asked if I wanted (ha ha) to go to a conference in, of all places, Orlando!  For those of who you don’t know my husband, over the last 30 years he has connived 🙂 a trip to Orlando between 8 – 10 times.  To say this is one of his favorite vacations would definitely be an understatement!  He earned this one though, so while I sat in a hotel conference for 8 – 9 hours a day, he putzed around Orlando sending me texts of all the places he’d been!  Not a bad way to see Disney if ya ask me!  (Don’t feel bad for me either, we took some time for vacation as well!)

Honestly, I’ve had this blog on my mind for some time since my mom passed away in July but never really came up with anything that I felt would warrant a post.  Today, I got a tag on Facebook from a lady I know who works with a rescue group (Chicago Pit Stop to give them a plug) who has been trying to get me to foster for them for some time.   My first thought was that there were puppies at Chicago Animal and Control that needed rescuing and they couldn’t be pulled until she had a foster home set up (her tags make me nervous because I am SSOO ready to foster again).  To my surprise, this is the picture she tagged me in!  Can you imagine how tickled I was!   OK, I’m biased, but aren’t my babies gorgeous!



Darwin, Duke, Delilah and Dixie!

Fosters puppies are coming soon too!  Feelin’ the urge!

Don’t forget that October is breast cancer awareness month also!  My mom was a breast cancer survivor <3!!



Wearin’ O’ Da Green


Having just come back from Ireland in October, I feel that much closer to my irish heritage!  Duke on the other hand,



When my children were younger, I used to make goodie bags for holidays filled with smalls toys, candy and/or goofy holiday trinkety things!  This tradition carried on well into their late teens.  My kids are older now and those little things don’t tickle them like they used to!  SSSSOOOOO, maybe I have too much time on my hands (hahaha, if you could only glimpse in my head all the things I want to do but do NOT) but I now find that putting my animals in holiday garb a more fun and fulfilling holiday past-time.  I don’t believe the puppers are all that enthused.


Until of course, the treats come out!  Then they go from


We’z tyerd of dis dressy stuff-eez



Watcha gotz der Momma?


Me furtz pweez!

It’s at that point that I know I have them, and I can’t do just about anything!


Demz bedder be duh gud tweetz!


Ser-wee-us-ly Momma ??? Eben I feelz sowie fer Dudesters!

So be glad you are not a furry canine in my home, because you never know wutz da Mommaz may do!


~~~ Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig ~~~damaskclover  ~ Happy St. Patricks Day! ~

My dogs crack me up!


I’ve always said that I don’t trust people who don’t have animals in their homes, or at least the ones who choose to NOT have them. There are valid reasons why people don’t have an animal; cost, medical, time, space…but the people who actually make that decision to not have an animal kind of makes me suspect! I am also leery of anyone that my dog doesn’t like! There is this apparently friendly, pleasant gentleman that I sometimes pass while waking my dogs; he lives on my block, always say ‘hello, good morning and/or have a nice day’ on his way to church! DUKE DOES NOT LIKE HIM! I trust my dog!

Although our household went eight years without having a dog in he house, we still had cats! Now, don’t get me wrong, cats are hilarious! Kitty Meow Meow has the loudest meow when she gets a milk ring in her mouth and walks around the house as if she just caught the best tasting mouse!  She is also the first animal that came back in our house after we had to put down long time animals back to back due to illness, therefore, she is the oldest.  She has seen many a dog and cat come and go!  When she sees a new one come through the door, she gets this look on her face like “Another one?  What am I not GOOD enough for you!?”


Kitty Meow Meow

Picasso  loves to climb into plastic Jewel bags and get picked up while he bites holes in the bag! He also knocks the plays with the alphabet magnets I have on my fridge for my nieces.  I’m not quite sure how many are under the fridge at this point.  I also say that Picasso has middle child syndrome because he is the one with the most ‘issues’ (his nicknames are Piggy-fatso because he is first to the food bowl, scarfs the food down and then pukes unchewed food, or Sissy-Casso because EVERYTHING scares him)  but he is still my baby boy!


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Thumper came into our home after Katrina and completely took over the house.  He was the cocky new kid on the block and would attack your legs, bite you and ‘flick’ you off with his hind legs!  I actually had to ‘Cesar Millan’ him once or twice.  He has since become one of THE most loveable cats with the longest fangs AND has his own stuffed pet frog (we will keep secret what he uses it for)!!

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Kurly Q is Ryans’ girlfriends cat and has only been with us for a short period of time but made himself at home immediately and fits in perfectly!  Kurly is quite the lover to all, human, cat or dog!  He walks around the house and rubs up against anyone around just to get some attention.  He is very vocal and sometimes looks for Delilah, rolls on his back when he finds her for a kitty/puppy wrestling match, then proceeds to meow like crazy as if Delilah is killing him!  We would yell at Delilah for being too ‘ruff’ but then realized Kurly kept coming back for more and can truly hold his own against a dog!  Truth be told, I think Kurly would kick Delilahs butt!



Kurly Q or Mr. Q as I sometimes call him!

Dogs on the other hand are not as predictable as the cats! Awhile back we heard Duke whining while staring at the couch, this went on for some time.  I finally put a blanket on the couch and he happily jumped on the couch, gave that nesting spin, a plop and a satisfied sigh!  (REALLY?  Who is training who here?)  He thinks he is a lap dog even though he is 65 pounds and passes gas when he sits down and turns to look at the closest butt to see where that sound came from! I swear he sometimes looks at another dog, rather than he own rear end, as if pointing a finger!



Did I do that?

Delilahs nesting ‘dance’ looks like she is a bucking bronco.  She puts her nose down as if sniffing the blanket, quickly bucks her head up and spins around, never moves a blanket with her paws or anything like a normal nesting routine goes (maybe you have to see it!)  She has OCD and chews on soft things like pillows, blankets or clothing when you scratch her neck or when she can’t play with Darwin. Not to destroy them, it’s that itchy chew that dogs do when they are scratching themselves in sensitive areas using their front teeth!? Or she barrels back into the house from outside when it’s cold or wet and does this backwards scoot along the back of the couch either drying or scratching herself, we haven’t figured out which yet.



Today, Daisy walked around the house with a large Milk Bone in her mouth while Delilah followed her around hoping she would drop it. This went on for, no lie, almost two hours before Daisy finally laid down and fell asleep with the biscuit still in her mouth. She busted me taking a picture of her though!


MY milkbone!

My dogs will play with a ball and when it rolls under a couch will whine to get it, even when there are 2 others laying right behind them,  they get the biggest kick out of tossing something in the air just to chase after it or get this confused ‘where did it go?’ look on their faces,  look for items that they think you’ve thrown, bury raw hides just to dig them up later because they are better in their soggy state or choose the sparkliest cat toy over the longest doggie rope!

If you are reading this, you are more than likely an animal owner so you see why I don’t trust people who choose not to have animals in their homes?  How could you love (wow an honest typo) LIVE without them!?  Share the funny things your animals do!!!!