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Dog Safe Foods




I said to my husband the other day, ‘for as many dogs as I’ve had in my life; I’ve never had a relationship with one like I do with Duke’ (and more & more daily with Delilah).  maybe that comes with age, NO maturity (because that doesn’t necessarily come with age).  I’ve said time and time again, I’ve has learned so much beginning with my sons’ dog Harley about dogs – I can’ just watch them all day anymore (maybe that comes with age?).

Long ago, whatever was leftover didn’t get thrown away, it went in the dogs bowl!  I wonder if the life expectancy of our beloved canines are longer now because we know better?  I’m sure most o the items at the bottom of this list were fed to our animals!   I DO give my dogs table scraps, I know some people are against this.  I am, however, much more cautious about what I am passing to them.

Feel free to save the picture and post it on your fridge!

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Happy 4th of July


Independence Day is fast approaching!  This year it ends up on a Thursday with many companies closing on the 5th for extended weekends.



‘Chicken Soup’ For The Dog Lovers Soul


I’m sure you all know the feeling… sore and scratchy throat, cough, headache! It seemed to be a weenie of a cold and travelled quickly from my head to my nose down to my chest within a few days. Other than a tickle in my throat, I thought I had it licked. A few days of feeling bad and coughing like crazy and it was gone! Woo Hoo, Cold 2013 was a minor event, in and out before spring even started!

Yesterday I woke up and was so congested and weak, every breath I could take followed with about a 30 second coughing fit!!! I couldn’t even walk up a flight of stairs without getting out of breath. I felt it creeping back over the weekend but didn’t think anything of it since it wasn’t so bad initially. Cold 2013 came in like a lamb but surely was going out like a lion. UGH!

Well, if there is a positive to being sick, it’s my furry buddies who didn’t leave my side.


I spent the entire day on the couch and they were right there with me, one at my back/feet, the other in front in ‘spoon’ position!


Almost makes not feeling well worth while, ALMOST!

Here’s to hoping Cold 2013 doesn’t hang around, hubby started with the same symptoms today! Let’s see if the puppers are into snuggling with Papa too!


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! ~


Forget the Pibble knees…


I had intended on having this post be a part 2 of Whats With Pibble Knees and how breeders of all dogs, not just pitties, are ruining the quality of ALL breeds!  They don’t care about what the outcome is, they just want numbers.  The more in the litter or the more litters per year, the more dollars they get, whether its puppy mills or dog fighters.  In a perfect world, EVERYONE would just go to a reputable breeder to get their dogs.  Shelters would be extinct!  It would be an honor to breed dogs, create life and get quality living, breathing beings; they would care what was produced!  They would go to wonderful homes and would be taken care, as family members, until they die!  Teaching their human children the right and wrong way to treat animals so that when they had their own homes, the process would start all over again. OK I’m back from Lalaland!

Every time I started writing or thinking about the direction the post would take me, I found myself getting angry, sad or disgusted just thinking about what happens to animals in puppy mills, basement cages or secluded dog fighting ‘arenas’.  That’s one of the reasons I started fostering!  I couldn’t stand going to the shelters, seeing the animals in cages, barking like crazy, pleading with their eyes to get out.  Maybe I’m a weenie, I don’t know!  It broke my heart!  On the other hand, I’m not a person who would do well in a customer service job because I would most definitely give you my opinion and it was surely coming out when I was thinking about backyard breeders, puppy mills or dog fighters!  It would not have been a positive post!  Anybody interested in reading these posts are more than likely dog/animal lovers, have dogs/animals of their own or volunteers with dogs/animals/shelters and they already know what comes and goes, the horror stories about shelters/abused animals and how dreadful people can be and feel the same as I do ANYWAY!!

There is probably not, in recent history, a more prominent backyard breeder, dog fighter, animal abuser than Michael Vick and his Bad Newz Kennels!  After Michael Vick’s 51 pit bulls were seized from his property in April 2007, two rescue groups took most of them in — Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah, and BAD RAP (Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pit Bulls) in San Francisco. Don’t get me started on this topic!

Finally, the positive and the direction this post SHOULD go…

Although the Vicktory dogs don’t have perfect stories, most have perfect, positive endings!  If you follow any of them on Facebook (and if you don’t, I suggest you do), you can see that although they still have some issues and health problems, they are wonderful dogs, in fantastic homes with loving families who are willing to do the work that they needed, not only for the Vick dogs but for many other fosters as well!

Today, instead of beating a dead horse and  bashing people who do everything wrong when it comes to animals or pitbulls, read about where a few of these dogs are today, 5 years later!  All because of the work of loving people who didn’t think these dogs should just be discarded.  They knew they deserved a second chance and, OBVIOUSLY, rightly so!

Good Newz…

…and a smilearrow-down

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Darwin sez ‘How you doin’?’
Way to go Vicktory Dogs!


What’s in a name?



I guess Duke was appropriately named?  My husband is always sending me cartoons from the paper (<3 – you should see my fridge)….this one was right on target!!!  I’ve posted before about not letting your dogs in your bed.  According to dog obedience trainers, a dog should not be at the masters level because a master is not a dogs equal, therefore, a dog should NOT be in a humans bed.  I continue to fail at this!  Lately Duke has been nudging me at 4:30 in the morning to get into the bed.  Now to stop him is probably not a problem because we did do our due diligence in his training and I could just make him go back and lay down and he would eventually get it.  The problem is Delilah and the fact that she more than likely will not go back to sleep in the morning after Papa leaves for work at 5 am if I don’t let her stay in the bed and give her a neck scratch or two!  (Or is that my guilt telling me that?)  Both dogs sleep all night in their beds on the floor at the foot of my bed but still end up with me eventually!  Why should I continue to set myself up for failure, I guess part time master is not that bad, huh?


Duke and Delilah would agree!



Growing up…


…it’s not always pretty, but it is quite a ride and rewards come when you least expect them.

I was a young bride so growing up for me was fast – I met my husband at 16, started dating him at 17, married him at 18 and had my first baby at 19 (my second at 25)! Raising my children, or just going through life in general, has definitely been an education for me. From my youngest, I’ve learned not to let things bother you! He is a duck, things just roll off his back! From my oldest, I’ve learned not to judge a book by it’s cover! He has a gruff exterior with a huge heart!

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Yes world, this is my contribution to society!!!

I don’t remember thinking too much about what my children were going to be when they grew up, or myself for that matter! I guess we really did it together! I just lived my life, day by day, tried to do the best I could with what I had and wanted my kids to be happy in their decisions, no matter how much money they made. I know the mistakes I’ve made (some of which have bit me in the butt) and the moments that I deserved a pat on the back! For my youngest, his decisions changed often. For my oldest, he was what he is today at a young age! I now realize maturity hadn’t even kicked in yet for me to even think about what I wanted to be when I grew up! It just happened that way – I was a Mom!

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It was a bit the same way when it came to fostering puppies. I had met a sweet lady through work who was a big animal/shelter/rescue advocate. Somehow our conversations went from business to dogs. The rest, as they say, is history! We clicked! She became a wonderful friend (along with another girl from New Jersey) and opened my eyes to the animal lover that I didn’t realize that I was! We even vacationed together (which reminds me, its time to take that trip again!)


Here we all are at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah.
Sarah, Stacy, Char, Oscar & Joy!

One day, Sarah sends me this email about 5 puppies at PAWS that need a foster home! “Oh my, they sure are cute!” Their names were Ham, Lamb, Beef, Liver & Fish – what adorable names! “Sure Charmain, go ahead, fill out the application! No better way to find out if you want a 2nd dog – fostering puppies!” In the same moment that I click send, I’m excited, scared and wondering what in the world I just did, offering to take 5 puppies without so much as even talking to my husband! Can I even handle 5 puppies! 5 PUPPIES!!!!????? Within half an hour, I had a phone interview with PAWS and 2 puppies (thank goodness I didn’t have to take all 5) to be picked up the following day! I was again, A MOM!


Lamb and Fish, my first foster puppies!

If you have children (or husbands), I’m sure you have said, at least once in your life, “it’s like talking to a brick wall!” You never really know if your children are paying attention as you are raising them! I have, on many occasions, heard things my children have said or saw things they have done that tells me they heard it all, the good and the bad! At some point, they start making decisions on their own and you see the seeds you’ve planted grow! My oldest has had some eye opening moments over the last few years! He learned that companies aren’t always loyal to employees, no matter how much money you make them; that the loss of an animal can break your heart as badly as your closest human friend and the sad truth about how shelter dogs are euthanized ‘in bulk’!  He has also learned that there are thousands of dogs in shelters and the best way to see if you want a 2nd dog is to foster! YES, my oldest son has fostered his first puppy!

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Resting with Tracy!


Sleeping comfortably!

Ok, so maybe he has ulterior motives and already knows he wants a 2nd dog but it doesn’t take away from the warmth I feel in my heart knowing that that came from a seed I planted. For those mistakes I made that bit me in the butt, they are all erased by the care and concern I see in my son when it comes to animals, dogs and pitbulls!

Thank God for my children (,husband) and growing up….

P.S. I guess it would be no surprise to any of you if I told you that my son is a horrible foster father!  He is beyond a failure!  Unofficially, meet my new granddog! Looks like Brandon is keeping the puppy!

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Meet Darwin Von Doodlebug IV