I Will Always Remember…

I don’t know what I’m doing.

I haven’t posted to the blog since January and so many things have happened.  I have a new job.  Dottie has kept us on our toes with numerous injuries.  And, Boomer’s age seems to have caught up with him.

Boomer and DottieYou’d think that with all of that a post would have shown up but I just can’t seem to get myself to write anything.  The blog is starting to feel more like work than a hobby.  I just don’t have the time, the energy and the drive to make this an amazing blog that people would want to follow.

I don’t do reviews anymore, I don’t go through pieces submitted for guest posts.  Blogging seems to have lost its charm to me.

But at the same time I just can’t seem to let it go. I’ve put so much time (almost 3 years) and effort and pieces of my life into it. How do you stop; how do you delete it all?

Boomer and DottieAnd, the community, how do you walk away from such a great community of bloggers? Would I still be in contact with you all?  I’ve made some really great internet friends through the blog and will miss that interaction on my blog.

I’m going to leave the blog up for now.  In the future if I have something big to say I might post again.  I don’t want to throw away what I’ve worked on for so long.

But, it’s time for me to move on.  I still plan to follow the blogs I am now and will probably add even more.  I want to keep up with everyone.  I still care what’s going on in your worlds.

Boomer and DottieI want to thank you all for following, this is a bittersweet moment for me.  I’ve appreciated every comment and every like.  I will always remember when I wrote this blog, when I shared those times with you.

So what I’d like to do now is invite you all to connect with me through one of the mediums I’m still using.  I’ll be posting away on Instagram (my favorite media and the one to follow if you want to keep up with this dog mom) and pinning things on Pinterest.  I still have my Twitter account too.  The blog’s Facebook page will come down, it’s been too much to manage along with my own personal Facebook page which is still active.

I’ll still be adventuring with Boomer and Dottie.  I’ll still have lots of pictures of tasty food my hubby has created or that I’ve found while out and about.  And, I’ll still share the beauty I find in the world.  I’ll be around and I hope to see you all around too.

via Allison Mae Photography
via Allison Mae Photography

100 Happy Days Project

I decided over 100 days ago that I wanted to complete the 100 Happy Days Project.  I figured it would be a great way to see the good in everyday and share it.  Here’s a few of the photos I took.

Dottie and ice creamcollage 1As you can see there are lots of pictures of Boomer and Dottie and their cookies and toys.

53collage 2Plus some of the beautiful landscapes around Colorado.

56collage 4Of course some of the tasty treats I’ve had are included.

86collage 3And, then a few little odds and ends.

To see more photos and more of what this dog mom is up to follow me on Instagram!

Destroyer of Toys, Part Three

My boss and I decided that we were going to do an experiment with Dottie.  The reason being I took a toy home from work and she destroyed it in less than a minute!  Anyway, we decided to see if there was one out there that she couldn’t chew to shreds.

If you haven’t already read the posts Destroyer of Toys and Destroyer of Toys, Part Two you can check them out here and here so you can see first hand the destruction she can cause.

After some thought the Pickle was chosen as the toy to test.  It’s a treat dispensing toy that bounces, floats and is free of latex and vinyl.

the pickleThe first few times I gave it to her filled with peanut butter and she loved it.  She tried to chew on it and just couldn’t get the right grip.

the pickleThe next couple of times I filled it with treats and she couldn’t even get them out.  She gave up and walked away.

Dottie and the pickleThe times after that I just gave her the pickle to play with.  She tried to chew on it but she just couldn’t get her teeth and paws in the right places to rip it apart.

Dottie and the pickle She’s had the pickle since August and it’s still in one piece.  Dare I say that we’ve found a toy The Destroyer of Toys can’t tear apart?  Only time will tell as I keep letting her have it with and without food in it!

Meet Ebby!

Remember how I went back to Kansas last week to visit family?  And, how I finally got to meet my grandparents new dog, Ebby?

Oh my gosh, I love her.

Seriously, she almost ended up in a suitcase to come home with me.  She’s an absolute doll!

EbbyCompared to Boomer and Dottie she’s so tiny.  And, unlike the two of them she loves to snuggle.  I couldn’t get enough of her!

Before leaving home I packed up some yummy treats and several new toys and was determined to teach her some things.  I was on a mission!

You see she’s a retired show dog, had several litters and then was sold to my grandparents.  What they weren’t told was that she wasn’t housebroken, had never touched foot on grass, was extremely submissive, didn’t know how to play or really be a dog.  And, now my grandparents and my mom are helping her to learn these things.

EbbyWhen we weren’t busy cuddling, we worked on sit, stay, come and of course how to play.  It took a while but she’s getting it.  Her favorite toy that I brought was a stuffed carrot that squeaks.

I started slow and worked with her a few times a day.  And, was so happy when one day she came in from being outside for a little bit and instigated some play.  I was so proud of her!  After that she played more often.  She just needed to learn how to do it!

EbbyI miss that little mama already!  Don’t worry Ebby, I’ll be back and we’ll play and we’ll learn more sometime soon!