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I Love small Dogs!

I love small dogs-001My friend Rachel from Fluffy Tufts made this for my facebook page: I Love small Dogs. I LOVE it!!  All you dog lovers – hope to see you over there!  I have also added a page above for my puppies, Daisy and Dexter if you want to see some really cute puppy pictures 🙂


God Bless

Developing A Thirst

The last few days our Bichon Frise puppy has exhibited some strange symptoms causing us concern.  Yesterday we finally took her to get checked by our Vet.  They kept her all day in an attempt to get a urine sample to determine if her symptoms were a result of a bladder or urinary tract infection.  She had a lot of trouble giving them a little sample and they even had to give her a pack of water put under her skin on her back to help.  Finally at almost the end of the day – she peed!

me and daisy

We have noticed that Daisy does not like to drink water.  She does not seem thirsty most of the time.  We have tried several different types of bowls, ceramic, plastic and finally stainless steel – we were told this is by far the best choice for them.  She is afraid of stainless steel.  We don’t know why.  Maybe it’s because she can see her refection?  Maybe it’s because her tag from her collar makes a clanging sound?  It’s a mystery.

Then we adopt Dexter – a 6 month old male Shih-Poo.  Dexter is a true Alpha male and will take over any and all food, toys and water bowls.  If Daisy was freaked out about drinking water before – she REALLY is now!

So finding out that our pup is suffering from a severe dehydration problem and was suggested that we put many water bowls around the house – we are doing just that – adding a third to Greg’s office upstairs where she likes to hangout and sleep during the day.

I know that I myself do not drink enough water.  After reading the following article posted below – I found that lack of water can be the cause for many of our ailments including migraines!  I remember hearing years ago, “Have a headache?  Drink a glass of water”.  I don’t always do it.  I’m afraid I don’t feel very thirsty and usually have to force myself to drink.  I don’t have trouble with tea or coffee – but plain water is difficult for me.  However I have disciplined myself to only drink water when going out to eat and sip on that instead of soda or other drinks.  Because it’s better for me – and let’s face it – it’s cheaper too!

I need to drink more water.  I need to develop a thirst.  Water.  Life giving water.  Sounds like something I’ve heard several times over many years –  Jesus referring to himself as Living Water.  Isn’t it interesting that He would refer to Himself as something so basic – and yet in its simplicity has the power to give life?  It’s a great physical and spiritual lesson.  Drinking more water will not only help us to live in this physical body but feed and nourish our spiritual selves as well!

Help me Lord to drink your water and take this lesson learning to develop a thirst for things that have to do with you as I seek your face and listen to your voice.

Enjoy the following website and information on water – you will be amazed!   Benefits of Water

God Bless


What’s The Deal?

Yesterday we visited a couple of animal shelters on the east side of Seattle.  They are impressively run – have informed and knowledgeable staff on hand.  The website is up to date and colorful.  Many animals pictured in need of fostering or adoption.  Because we too want to do our part – “save a life” and all that, we first turned to those places when thinking about a companion dog for our year old Bichon Frise puppy.

The choice to get a dog in the first place is a hard one.  We took our time.  We researched and researched.  We were appalled at the price of puppies.  Even more shocked at the price of adoption from a shelter!  We decided on a Bichon Frise puppy from a breeder some 150 miles from our home – got to meet both parents on site – was happy with the breeder who LOVES these dogs and owns 3 adult dogs herself.  The temperament fit with our lifestyle.  And we knew what we were getting and could train her to be used to music students coming and going out of our house.

Choosing to get a 2nd dog is even worse than deciding on the first one.  When visiting the shelters it became apparent to us that not just any dog was going to fit the bill for us.  We found a few cute little dogs – but upon further inspection, there was something about them that we knew would be an issue.  One poor little thing was what Greg called “street smart” or “kennel smart” and had all her defensive’s on HIGH ALERT.  Who can blame her?  It’s a “dog eat dog” (no pun intended) world out there – calling for growling and barking at all the other cell mates.  Most of them did this incessantly – something we are not used to.

I’ve searched on-line like Ebay Classified for pets (this is where we found Daisy) and Craig’s List in our area.  There are MANY dogs and puppies on there.  Problem?  Most want an obscene amount of money.  It doesn’t surprise me when they are purebred, even though we did NOT spend very much on our pure bred (and she has papers too) because our breeder believed that even people who don’t have much money should have the awesome opportunity to own a Bichon.  I have really appreciated that.  Especially now.  But what really surprises me are those that sell mixed breed puppies for $400 and up!  Good grief.

The adoption fee at animal shelters for a small dog or mixed breed is MORE than what we paid for our pure bred puppy over a year ago!  We just can’t justify it.  It seems to me that we would have more people adopting animals if people could AFFORD it.  I mentioned this to one of the workers who was helping us at the shelter.  I don’t think she appreciated it.  They should interview families and care more about the care and love that these dogs will receive than recovering their “fees” for boarding these dogs.

The bottom line is this:  We would like a companion puppy for our Bichon Frise.  Even though my husband and I work from home and have plenty of time with her – I think she might appreciate another dog to wrestle and play with.  I think it must get lonely for her.  We were told that a male small dog would be the best playmate for our female.  Also a consideration would be a similar temperament dog – like another Bichon, a miniature poodle or a mix of either of these two with other small breeds.  A low maintenance dog will be best because of the high cost of grooming.  But we simply can’t afford the high costs that everyone is asking.  We would have liked to “rescue” a dog – but to rescue a dog who is already an adult and set in their ways is a risk to bring into our home.  It is simply not an option for our dog and for our home and even if it was – we cannot afford the adoption fee.  What we are really looking for is another puppy we can train and who will be raised to fit into our lifestyle and our other dog.  An owner who cares more about that puppy getting an excellent loving and attentive family – then making $500-$1000 on each pup.

I know that many animal activists are not going to like my opinion on this.  But the only way my opinion will change on this is to lower the cost for people to adopt and more people could enjoy having a their first dog or would maybe be willing to adopt a second one.   We cry out “save a life” – “save a dog or cat” and then make it so difficult to own one.  Dogs are expensive – need grooming, shots, good food and a lot of time and energy.  Why make them SO expensive to purchase, knowing how expensive they will be to own?

We were lucky.  We never thought we would be able to own a pure bred like our Daisy.  She is a gift and a little miracle to our family.  We need another miracle puppy to take into our home and love.

Do your research – there are breeders out there not looking to make money – just looking for loving families to take care of their animals.  The right one will care more about you than your money.

Just something to think about.

God Bless

Lessons From The Bully Stick


I received a delightful lesson yesterday from my puppy.  Daisy is a pure bred Bichon Frisé and full of love and playfulness.  Yesterday I had a very full day of teaching and Greg was off removing Christmas lights off houses far and wide.  Every once in a while before the heavy part of my teaching began I was able to take little breaks from preparing – and go play with Daisy with all her toys.  We played tug-a-war for a few minutes, I chased her with the Swiffer (her personal favorite thing to do as she gets all excited and jumps, runs and barks) and squeaked all the squeaky toys making a lot of noise for her.  After a time she tired of all these things and found the bully stick in the picture above and proceeded to chew on it – quite forgetting all about me, or so it seemed to me.  I waited until she was fully occupied and then tried to sneak out of the room and back into my office.  Immediately upon my rising from the recliner in the family room – she was ON ALERT and fully abandoned what she was doing and rose to follow me.

This was such a curious thing to me.  Especially as she seemed to be ignoring me.  But clearly SHE knew I was still there.  And she still needed an audience and full approval from me.

I experimented.  I brought her bully stick into my office.  I set it on the mat in the picture.  Nothing.  I sat in my office chair and told her, “get your chew stick”.  The result of that conversation is the picture above.  “What chew stick?”

It was a great lesson for me.  It was me that she wanted all along.  And as long as I am with her in the same room paying undivided attention to her – she will play with them.  But she will take me over the toys any day.  The toys always come in second.

I think that God must feel like that with us.  He allows us to be preoccupied and distracted.  But at the end of the day – He just wants us.  No toys and other time-wasters.  Just pure devotional and heart-felt recognition.  Peace and comfort from just being together.  He wants to be first.

When was the last time that I gave that kind of un-distracted kind of attention to my maker, Saviour, brother and friend?  He deserves my full attention and more.  Clearly I am too busy if I do not have time each day to bask in His presence.

Help me Lord to stay focused on what is the most important.  Giving you first place in my schedule.  Every day.  With my full attention.  Help me to listen and learn.  Respond and act clearly.  Seeing the most important.  Change my heart.  Make my heart break with what breaks yours.  Keep me in tune.  Amen

Just A Tick?


The other day we had quite the adventure. Our puppy had been acting funny and protecting her mouth. We knew there was something wrong, but as she is a little drama queen, we tried to downplay her episodes and see if the sudden yelping and crying out at random times throughout the day would just simply go away.

Because we are first time dog owners and have never had a puppy, I'm sure we have once or twice jumped to conclusions about her throwing up occasionally – usually bile when she's too picky to eat. Or thinking not eating is a serious sign when she simply does not feel like eating. And there was that one time when something irritated her tummy and she kept throwing up. We finally took her in and the doctor told us it was fairly normal when a dog gets upset, that anything to further irritate the tummy will result in more throwing up. We made it through that long night and next day – gave her pepcid for another day or so and then she was fine.

But this was different. She would not let us near her mouth to see what was wrong. The more we tried the more she screamed. She would not let the nice doctor examine her – so it was decided that she would have to be sedated. A couple of hours later we got the call. There was nothing wrong with her. No reason at all for her to be acting so fussy. No reason why she would be favoring her mouth, wouldn't bite and play. Nothing at all. We brought her home and as the pain meds wore off she was no better – in fact she seemed fussier than ever – yelping and screaming out at random times – tail tucked down and under. I consulted with the Vet on the phone – as their office had just closed. I told them there WAS something wrong. I don't think she really believed me and sent me to another Vet office in Covington that was still open.

At this point we were feeling really silly – but we knew there was something wrong with our dog. The Vet was very nice at this new place. We explained what we had been through and that she was examined from stem to stern and that it was determined there was not anything wrong with her. He listened and examined the puppy who was not too keen on strangers after her ordeal. She did like him though, and soon she was at ease – although still appeared to be troubled. He would lean down and let her come to him and the gently pet her. After spending 20 or so minutes in the room with us – he explained he was going to take a closer look. We could tell he was not convinced that this was nothing. And he ruled out neck or mouth pain almost immediately after probing around. We could hear her yelping from a back room as he was taking a closer look. Within a few minutes he came back in the room and explained that he had almost missed it – but what he found when pinpointing the origin of pain – was a TICK. Attached to Daisy's lower lip on the outside, buried deep within her hair. It had burrowed its way into her mouth making it very uncomfortable for her to eat, bite or act normal.

After he removed it (more screaming and yelping) she was fine almost right away. The nurse said she even hugged her 🙂 I was so relieved for Daisy – but also SO GLAD I wasn't losing my mind – that I could have KISSED that doctor and almost did! He was amazed to find a tick as they are not very common here – and he was also surprised that she would have the reaction to the tiny tick that she had. However, we who know her – were not. She is like the “princess and the pea”. The tiniest thing troubles her – and even today she is still recovering from 2 shots of pains meds and so much man-handling. What a sweet sensitive girl she it!

When you know a person or animal very well – you just know when they are not acting normal – and no one can tell you differently, right? Can a thing like just a little tick cause so much drama? Now I know the answer to that. YES!


Well, that's my story. The true ones are always the most fun – I mean, you just can't make this stuff up!

Take care and God Bless


The Real Protector

We have a puppy.  A little dog who will never be much more than 10 or 11 pounds.  She is a lot of fun – and to be sure, so much more than I ever thought possible because she seems so human.  But I will never feel protection from her.  Just a lot of love.

This is our 10 month old Bichon Frise named Daisy. 
She is a wonderful dog.  She likes to cuddle and play, be silly – and loves to make us laugh by dragging a shoe or slipper off and then turning to see our reaction.  She is not destructive like I’ve heard so many breeds of dogs can be – especially when left alone for long periods of time.  When we come home from being gone – nothing is disturbed – and we know she just runs upstairs to our bed and sleeps.  She is gentle and LOVES people – sometimes too much and gets TOO excited when first greeting them, but then soon calms down and enjoys just being near anyone.  She follows me everywhere – my little shadow, hanging on my every word.

But Daisy is NOT a watch dog.  I’m glad I was somewhat prepared for this before deciding on the right breed for us.  I wanted a companion dog – Greg works a lot at night and knew it would be important to have the right kind of dog to keep me company.  And having a dog around I just knew I would be safer as the dog would alert me,  bark or growl and scare away prowlers and the like – at least I thought.  

However, Bichons are lovers not fighters.  Alas – that sweet cottony white angel is too gently and timid to be much of a menacing presence to scare anyone.  But they like to think they are.  For example:  she will be out in the yard playing, something will spook her, like the dogs barking next door and she will run in the doggie door and look through the french doors to the backyard and BARK AND BARK her head off.  Even occasionally HOWL and GROWL with such LOUD DETERMINATION – all the while safe in her own home.  It is quite humorous and this can go on for a very long time – until she feels the danger has passed – or that she has exerted herself for long enough to tell “them” a thing or two.

Unfortunately for me – she also feels the need to “alert” me – or “them” of her superiority in the “wee” hours while Greg is out and I am trying to sleep.  It can be very alarming to be awakened out of a deep sleep with Daisy barking before even raising her head and then flying off the bed to tell “whomever’ or ‘whatever’ that she is the boss of this house.   This behavior puts me in such a state of panic – I actually think there really is someone in the house – especially when she won’t stop growling standing firmly on the upstairs banister – staring straight down into the dark downstairs.   Yikes.  The first time it happened, several weeks ago, I was quite alarmed, thinking there really was someone in the house.  I turned on my iPhone and called Greg.  He said it was probably nothing – and sure enough – it was.  It did freak me out a little though, if I’m honest.  It does not happen every night – just enough to throw me off, keep me a little off-balance and really mess with me!

Last night it happened again.  But by now I have realized what makes her jump thinking the neighbors have probably just come home and opened up their garage door, which sounds a great deal like ours when it opens.  Daisy is waiting for “Daddy” to get home and is always sleeping with one eye open – waiting for that glorious moment when she can fly down the stairs to meet him 🙂  We both know the real protector of our home –

It’s Greg.

God Bless

A Quick Fix

Today we made another discovery with our 7 month old puppy, Daisy.  She is not a normal dog.  She is picky like a cat.  She does not scarf down food – instead sniffs it and sometimes will eat it.  If it suits her.  She eats to live – not the other way around.

Because she is a small white Bichon Frise – she also has tear staining issues.  We’ve tried everything.  But since being on more of a raw diet (fresh meat, freeze-dried and air-dried raw) she is much improved.  We were also told to get stainless steel bowls for her water and food.  She had pink porcelain before – but just in case any dye could seep through – we decided to try them.

Well believe it or not – she was FREAKED OUT because she could see her reflection in the shiny new bowls.  We tried to coax her to drink her water but she would NOT go anywhere near those scary things.

So we returned them and got plastic.  With plastic there is no clanking of her tag against metal or porcelain – so a double bonus.

But with these new bowls – there was another problem.  They were scary and deep.

She simply would NOT put her face inside the bowl to eat her food.  Drinking was okay because she didn’t have to go as far inside the bowl.  But in order to eat – we would have to put her food on the floor beside the bowl or hand feed it.  Because she is still a puppy – it is important for her to eat – tough love doesn’t work for growing puppies.

But we made a discovery!  When we brought the food up higher in her bowl – she went right to it and ate it just fine!  So Greg got a plastic lid – and with a little hot glue – he glued in to the inside of her bowl.

Guess who is eating now? With NO PROBLEM.

It was such a quick fix – so cheap and very little effort. And now we can all relax and know she is getting enough to eat 🙂

It’s the little things in life – that cost nothing, that give the most satisfaction.

When was the last time you had a “quick fix”?

God Bless

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