Puppy Love!!

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Our sweet, mischievous dalmatian (who sometimes drives us insane ūüėÄ ) loves our babies!¬† I can’t believe how good he is with them, but then again dals have lots of babies of their own as a breed, and the males are actually involved with their pups – they’re good doggie fathers ‚̧

So he’s gentle and protective with our kids – it’s so cool to watch.

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Sweet face….

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He’s like our gorgeous nanny-dog who helps me watch the kids… kind of like the one from Peter Pan ūüėÄ it’s nice.

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And our sweet baby girl is about to turn 7 months this month!¬† It’s hard to believe how fast time has flown by.¬† She just got her ears pierced a couple of days ago, and she looks so beautifully feminine with those little baby earrings ‚̧

I’m so grateful for all the gifts we’ve been given, surrounded by love and crazy little kids!

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Stephanie

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So I always thought I was a cat person. ¬†I had no idea dogs – especially puppies – were such wonderful creatures. ¬†I had a dog growing up but since we lived in the country, I spent very little time with her, we never trained her, so she was pretty wild and independent. ¬†We never had a real bond between us… she wasn’t an inside dog, and I never played with her outside very much. ¬†Maybe it started with that little dachshund making it’s way into our garage and us keeping it a few days, trying to return it to whoever lost it. ¬†It was so sweet – so different from a cat – I couldn’t get over it. ¬†No one in the neighborhood claimed her, but she ended up being wanted by an awesome lady who works with my husband!

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But this dog… this little dal… is soooooo sweet. ¬†He has become my new best friend – seriously!

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He goes everywhere with us… loves kids (chases little kids though because they run away… lol must work on that). ¬†He’s friendly!!! ¬†Wants to please!!!! ¬†And oh-so beautiful.

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The Art of Achievement

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Another chapter from The Art of Living, brought to you by Super Dog, who seriously… knows how to live life.

You hold in your hand the camel’s-hair brush of a painter of Life. ¬†You stand before the vast white canvas of Time. ¬†The paints are your thoughts, emotions and acts.

You select the colors of your thoughts; drab or bright, weak or strong, good or bad.

You select the colors of your acts; cold or warm, fearful or daring, small or big.

Through the power of your creative imagination you catch a vision… you dream a dream.

You visualize yourself as the man you want to be.

You see yourself as a triumphant personality striding toward far horizons of constructive accomplishment.

You see yourself as a master servant of the race, ministering to human needs, radiating happiness.

You see yourself as a builder, making a creative contribution to the evolution of modern civilization.

You strive to make the ideal in your mind become a reality on the canvas of Time.

You select and mix the positive colors of heart, mind and spirit into the qualities of effective living: patience, determination, endurance, self-discipline, work, love and faith.

Each moment of your life is a brush stroke in the painting of your growing career.

There are the bold, sweeping strokes of one increasing, dynamic purpose.

There are the lights and shadows that make your life deep and strong.

There are the little touches that add the stamp of character and worth.

The art of achievement is the art of making life- your life – a masterpiece.

Meet the Newest Little Member of Our Family

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Yesterday we embarked on a 19 hour journey to pick up this adorable, energetic ball of JOY puppy! ¬†Our newest member of the family, “Super Dog!”

We all woke up around 3:30AM, had everything already packed and ready to go, jumped in the car and head off at 4AM to beat the traffic in our surrounding cities.

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We made a stop in Round Rock to eat some awesome breakfast tacos. ¬†If you’ve never had a Texas breakfast taco, you are missing out on something amazing!

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It was one of my husband’s favorite restaurants that he went to growing up.

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The baby had his own toy dalmatian to play with… ¬†happy baby!

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Donut stop!

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Everything really IS bigger in Texas…. ¬†The famous Round Rock donuts (Texas-sized) are great to share with friends.

Do Not Eat Alone.

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We passed miles and miles of country farms and fields… Texas country is so beautiful. ¬†We were supposed to sleep during the drive, and the baby actually did – for almost the entire trip that baby slept beautifully! ¬†But my son and I were too excited to get any real sleep – ¬†everything was just gorgeous!

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There is nothing quite like small town living. ¬†If you’ve never grown up in a small town, you might not understand what I mean, but having a community of people who know you – when you know you can’t go anywhere without running into someone that you know, its just a sweet existence that city living cannot replace. ¬†Growing up, I couldn’t go anywhere without seeing someone we knew, friends, family, parents of friends, teachers from school (lol try to explaining why you aren’t studying for a Chemistry test to your Chem teacher who sees you out at a fair with friends!). ¬†You’d see coaches while you were trying to eat pizza and drink sodas… church folk, and even your pastor!

Talk about accountability.

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We finally got there!  The puppy was so sweet and took to our son immediately.

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The drive back took almost 10 hours because of stops and visiting with some family (Great Grandparents) along the way.  I had no idea traveling with kids would have so many potty breaks Рit was hilarious!

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The puppy was so cuddly I couldn’t believe it – so different from a cat! ¬†It slept most of the way, when he wasn’t cuddling with us… only threw up once in the car (at the beginning of the trip back), and didn’t have ANY accidents! ¬†He knew to wait until a rest stop to go in the grass smart pup!

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And the baby still had his own puppy to hold….

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The sunset on the way back was so peaceful and a perfect ending to a long long long trip in the car with 3 littles.

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When we finally got home around 10:30PM, this is what the puppy ended up looking like Рasleep on the floor board and hard to wake up (traveling is hard you know?).  LOL  So cute.

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And now… we’re officially a DOG family! ¬†‚̧

The Terror Next Door

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Our neighbor is the blonde one, the other was his cousin just visiting

I don’t know what the deal is with the Chihuahua breed.¬† We have the sweetest family next door, but every time their little house dog comes outside he feels he his responsible for barking as if we are heathens going to take over their property, and turn him into a¬†chorizo sausage.¬† It’s pretty hilarious as we’ve tried different tactics to make peace with him….¬† Once I held out a beautiful yellow dandelion flower through a hole in the fence.

 

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He ate it.

Maybe I should’ve tried bacon.

He barks as though he is a huge, terrifying dog – something fierce and to be feared!¬† Our two cats also find him amusing… they sit close by and quietly watch him foam at the mouth, barring his little teeth, and making the most ferocious bark he can muster.¬† They don’t even bat a kitty eyelash.

One time, my cat Ese, who is a lot like me, honestly, was a little closer to the fence than normal… and that dog was doing his usual barking that made his entire body lift off the ground.¬† The sound must’ve gotten to her, or maybe the vibrations from being too close to the sound source, but I saw her green eyes narrow, and her kitty paw lift up to strike him.¬† She let out a feline HISSSS that actually made the dog jump, stop momentarily, and then resume his routine.¬† Ese turned as if she knew she’d already spent too much effort for a cat, and walked back over to the patio where she relaxed for another nap.

Another time, the brick in the picture blocking the hole in the fence actually came down, more than likely from the vibrations of continual daily barking, and the little dog was free to explore our backyard.¬† I was just enjoying a cup of coffee and looking out the big windows to our patio, when I saw a tiny little yellow dog… only as big as a puppy!¬† I was excited… until I realized it was our Terror Next Door.¬† I have to admit, going out there to face him made me a little scared!¬† Would he really bite my ankles?¬† Was his bite as bad as his bark?¬† He certainly wasn’t a friendly dog by any means… thinking of the flower he ripped to shreds.

I mustered my courage to get outside and try to put him back, he was, after all, only the size of my foot… nothing to be scared of, I told myself.¬† I got outside, it was Quiet… the Terror Next Door was nowhere to be seen.¬† I looked around our yard carefully, afraid he might jump out at me from behind like a Ewok from Star Wars, and finally came to the conclusion that he must’ve found his way out.

I went back inside and tried to enjoy my coffee again… I looked out our front windows – it was such a beautiful morning.¬† And then I saw him, terrorizing the kids on their way to the bus stop!¬† Barking and barking, his little body lifting off the ground with every sound emitted… I knew I had to do something, he could get run over by one of the coffee-crazed workers, or worse, stolen by one of the children who merely looked at him and said, “AWWWWW.”¬† They didn’t know what I knew… they didn’t know what the little Terror was capable of!

I rushed outside not knowing how I’d round him up, but determined to get that dog back where he belonged, next door to us.¬† I came at him telling him to Go Home, and he barked his usual bark but backing away towards his house and front door.¬† I kept going forward, amused that he was actually afraid of me, the woman he barks at almost daily with ferocity!¬† I got him backed up all the way to the front door, and his owners came out – seriously the sweetest people!¬† They thanked me as I told them of his little adventure through our yard and on the street in front.¬† We laughed and I told him bye.

He growled.

Secretly I think he loves me… maybe I like him a little more than I thought, too.

 

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