Dog Days

Have you been following the recovery of Bruno, the Anaheim Police K9 who was shot in the line of duty? I’ve been tracking his progress via Facebook updates from here and here. I just love hearing about all the love and support this courageous guy is getting.

If you’re as super obsessed with your dog as I am (or looking to become a crazy pup parent), you might want to head on over to the OC Marketplace tomorrow and Sunday for Spring Pet Days. I got word from those helpful SoCal Honda dealers that they’ll be on site giving away some goodies like leashes and collars and helping you pick a furry new friend. Kevin has forbid that I attend because I’d probably come home with three. And Lord knows Baxter is already quite the handful (every morning I have to give him a quick bath because he goes out romping in the yard and comes back all muddy!) but sometimes I do think he’d love a companion to hang with while we’re at work. Maybe once we get a little better adjusted to life with a baby (read: more sleep). If you go, say hi to the dogs (and the helpful Honda folks in blue shirts) and let me know if you come home with a new furry family member!

Have you ever adopted or rescued a pet? Here’s how we met Baxter.

Happy Friday, friends!


I was contacted by SoCal Honda Dealers asking for my help in spreading the news about the event, which I’m happy to do because it sounds awesome. I did not receive payment or product in exchange for this post (though that would’ve been nice) and all thoughts are my own.

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Sweet Stuff: SuAmi Crochet Miniatures on Etsy

Okay, in full honesty I have no idea what you’d even do with these but @littlenuggetrepublic shared photos on Instagram of a lovely artist’s miniature crochet animals. And, they are just the cutest little things you ever did see. I mean, truly. Like throw pillows, they serve no purpose except to cause people like me to smile in pure delight. What intricate artistry! How do you even discover you have this talent? I’m riveted!  And good on her because over 2,700 people have purchased these miniature miracles in her Etsy shop and they sure aren’t cheap — the items range from $15-$220!

I think I should get this micro Baxter lookalike to keep on my desk at work, don’t you?

maltese SuAmi crochet miniature

You should get this tiny monkey guy to put in your medicine cabinet so when you get up in the morning and you reach in, bleary eyed and pissed off that it’s early and you’re awake, you see this little guy just hanging out, sitting on your dental floss, waiting to see you with a smile and a thumbs up to tell you to have a nice day.

monkey SuAmi crochet miniature

P.S. The pair of polar bears reminds me instantly of “On the Night You Were Born,” which makes me tear up a little. 

P.S.S. If Kristen Bell and I were friends in real life (let’s just pretend, shall we?), I’d get her this mini sloth to just hang out with her all the time. Because I’m a really thoughtful friend like that. 

3D Pet Portrait

I stumbled upon a roundup of awesome custom portrait artists on Design*Sponge the other day and just had to share what I found. You know how obsessed I am with Baxter, and after perusing a few of the shops on Etsy, I noticed that one of the artists, sian, does custom 3D pet portraits! Check this one out…looks just like Baxter! I want one!

3D pet portrait by sian on etsy

The Design*Sponge list of artists is a great roundup. I’m sure you can find more in many different styles from cartoonish to whimsical, line drawings to watercolors. I had a custom family watercolor portrait made (see it here) by Heartshug on etsy. Her shop was called something different before and it might have something to do with getting some negative reviews. I didn’t see any when I ordered and I will say that I was very pleased with the end result but the communication was frustrating and the finished piece didn’t arrive until months later (luckily I wasn’t in a hurry). And, it came in handy for our big “we’re having a baby!” announcement, so it all worked out in the end, right?  Right.

Meet Baxter

Our nameless new dog quickly stole our hearts and our household is forever changed. I’m routinely getting up early for walks, talking to the dog like he’s a person, and the matter of canine bathroom behavior is a regular topic of conversation. Definitely gearing up for parenthood, I’d say, and a whole new level of connection with my dear Daddy who really quite seriously treats his two pups like toddlers. It’s adorable and makes you want to roll your eyes all at the same time. And now I’m one of those people, too.

So, now our happy house is home to three, including our darling, mischevious pupster, Baxter.  Here’s what we know so far about Baxter:

  • likes to make chase after bunnies and birds.
  • aforementioned behavior has given us quite the scare a few times over, as we believe Baxter to be a runner.
  • because of above point, Baxter is now microchipped.
  • looks way better shaggy than he does groomed.
  • does not understand “sit,” “stay,” “come,” or any other regular dog command.
  • also, much to our disappointment, does not understand Spanish.
  • favorite ways to be entertained: running up and down stairs, chewing toys, stealing towels, pawing away at a rolls of toilet paper, eating toilet paper, pulling trash out of trash cans, army crawling across grass, watching traffic go by.

Our [nameless] new dog

My dream has finally come true – we have a dog! Mumbles found a stray dodging cars and wandering around in his office parking lot. He sent me the photos and although his white fur was practically black and a matted mess, he had such a sweet face. I demanded he bring that dog home and that’s just what he did. Good husband.

Poor pupster was covered in fleas so Mumbles lovingly gave him a flea bath and we could tell he was relieved already. Over the weekend his personality really started to shine through. At first we were a little concerned; he didn’t play fetch, eat treats, or make any noise, and he was extremely mellow. Now he’s playing ball, gnawing on bones, running up and down the stairs, and rolling over on his back for lots of lovin’ and giving kisses like crazy. He’s a goofy guy and Mumbles is enamored. So am I. I even wake up early to take him for walks, which, if you know me, really means something as I am not a morning person. We’ve been crate training him and it’s breaking my heart to leave him for work. Your heart would break, too. Just look at his little face.

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Perhaps the funniest thing about this fluffball is that sometimes he sticks his tongue out and his lips move so it looks like he’s mumbling. It’s a match made in doggy heaven!

So, what do you think we should name him? I always wanted a dog named Ravioli, but he really doesn’t look like a Ravioli. I might get over it because I love the name, but here are some other names we’ve been trying out too, and feel free to suggest your own: