As Declan gets older, he and Baxter are getting to be better buds. I think a lot of it has to do with Baxter eating all the food scraps Declan throws off his tray, but it’s also that Declan is more aware of the dog and thinks he’s funny when he runs really fast, licks his face and plays with squeak toys. We’re practicing petting Baxter instead of the usually hitting Declan does…but it’s coming along slowly.
While I was home the other day, Declan and I had a fun time trying to find Baxter in various locations throughout the house. Baxter’s not that great at hiding, which is totally fine since Declan’s not that great at finding…but it got a few giggles out of Declan, and it was a good way to exhaust him before naptime by crawling all over the house and taking a few steps as he’s learning to walk.
Since Declan and Baxter are my two favorite obsessions, you know I followed those two around with my iphone to take pictures. So join us for a little hide and seek, won’t you?
A grayish Baxter trying the camouflage strategy in our game of hide and seek. Probably would’ve worked better if he didn’t need a bath.
“Hmmm…where is that dog?”
Aha! Got you!
Good spot, B. Just not quite hidden…
Found you again!
I love this clever shirt from National Mill Dog Rescue, an incredible organization that rescues dogs from puppy mills. They have 10 days left to their goal of selling 500 t-shirts so hurry and get one for yourself and everyone you know. Because when you wear it people will be like “oh, hey, that person is funny AND they like dogs. That’s good people right there.”
Visit the National Mill Dog Rescue website to learn more about their mission, see photos of furry friends, and how you can help them.
P.S. A photo of Baxter’s sad face urging you to adopt a furbaby like him (he was a stray).
For how close we are to the beach, we don’t get there too often. But ever since Baxter discovered sand crabs on the beach in Virginia, he’s loved playing in the sand and waves. Mumbles and I had a rare day to do nothing at all last weekend so we leisurely got ready, got in the car and headed to Huntington Beach. We didn’t realize the US Open was going on until we got there and couldn’t find parking but we lucked out driving around and found a super cute sidewalk cafe called Sit Stay Cafe where Baxter got lots of love from strangers and the employees, who even brought him out a doggie treat for breakfast while we enjoyed our meal. Dog people are the best people, I think. Especially at the beach.
After a yummy breakfast (and delicious coconut coffee – my fave!) we eagerly headed over to the dog beach and let Baxter roam free — look how happy he is!
For some reason, Baxter loves to roll around in the sand. I think maybe when he gets wet, he thinks that, like carpet after a bath, if he rolls around in sand it will help him dry off faster? All it does is leave him looking like Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean. Right??
Here’s the dirty mongrel we had to take home to bathe! (and my super frizzy hair — this is why we can’t live near the beach. I’d be a mess all the time!)
P.S. Follow more of our [growing] family adventures on Instagram.
These photos are totally fake but I almost spit out my coffee when I came across them because they’re so gosh darn cute. A few of them remind me of Baxter, except we haven’t tried to get him on a wakeboard…yet.
Nick Radford is a wonderful photographer I follow on Instagram (@_nickradford). Lately he’s been posting photos of a baby squirrel he rescued interacting with his loving dog, Maverick. The cuteness is killing me.
P.S. Baxter totally would’ve tried to eat that little guy already.
Every day when I leave for work my heart breaks a little bit saying goodbye to our boy, Baxter. I can’t help it — he’s just too gosh darn cute! Here’s what our little guy has been up to the past few months…
Finding a new friend in our cream colored shag rug…
Waiting for Mumbles to get home…
Being adorable at my parents’ house…
Causing mischief after pulling a Houdini out of his crate and enjoying an afternoon chocolate snack…
Being adorable at home…
Hanging out with Mumbles in his travel crate in Havasu…
My brother-in-law, Deputy T, sent me this awesome photo of a dog that reminded him of Baxter. (sorry, not sure of the source.)
It was extraordinarily funny because what he didn’t know is that I had just purchased a cream-colored shag rug (this one, to be exact. and I swear the gradient shades of cream looks very subtle in person — not like the photos.) and Mumbles sent me this photo soon after he had laid out the rug. Baxter was apparently rolling all over it, going to town with what he’s deemed to be a long lost furry friend of his own. Man, does he love this thing. Can you spot our little guy?!