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(Before we start… I miscalculated when adding up the fees needed for our February Bucket Fund horse, Troubadour.  I did not account for his gelding procedure – $250.  Today is the last day of February (gulp!) so I have listed some of my personal jewelry below, hoping to make up for my error.  Also, if you have any spare Starbucks change, here is the link to donate.  THANK YOU!  All donations are 100% tax deductible.)


Trying to take pictures of crazy wild puppies is tough – for me, anyway… And it is especially difficult to take photos of a BLACK dog.  Now I know why they are the last to get homes at shelters.  Black dogs are almost impossible to photograph!  Oh sure… you can take a photo, but they just look like black blobs.  Their eyes don’t show – so no expression.

I think my dogs need a professional.

But for now, here was our day today.  Rainy walks (pulls) and naps!

VIOLET is the white pup.  VIVIENNE is the black pup. Same litter.  Mother was a Walker Hound.  Father was ???  They think the neighbor’s Lab, but not sure.

Violet (white) is much more exuberant and happy-go-lucky.  She loves love and insists on hugs.  Violet is much better on the leash.  She is bigger than Vivienne, and thicker, but she is losing the power struggle.  Oh and Violet sounds like a Tweety Bird when she whines.  Exactly.  Like.  Tweety.

Vivienne (black) is smart, small and fierce.  She always looks worried because she has these curious wrinkles on her forehead.  Vivienne demands attention but not necessarily affection.  She want what she wants when she wants it.  I should have named her Veruka Salt…  Vivienne is always in the lead.  She’s the brains of the operation.

Oh, I cannot use the ‘measuring gate’ anymore because they can jump over it now.  We took it down.




Vivienne has outgrown her harness and another will arrive today!  (Actually, the one she was set to grow into – Violet’s old one – they destroyed in an epic tug of war.)

Naptime. Every few hours. They usually cram themselves into one bed.

Violet is very good on the leash.

Vivienne won’t sit still and is very difficult to photograph. Oh, and she does this thing… she stands and paws at you.  I’m trying to break her of this habit.

I’m using a biothane rein to walk them.  Clips on each end, nothing to hurt the hands.  Easier.

Either they are perfectly together…

Or far apart and Vivienne is pulling Violet around.

So far, they don’t want to get near the horses. (It has stopped raining for a moment – here we see Annie in front, Missy Miss behind her and Mo down the hill.

Unfortunately, the cats are so used to Scoutypants that they let the pups do whatever they want. So, here I’m begging Bagherra to PLEASE school the pup. But, so far, she hasn’t.

These puppies are hyper nose dogs. I’ve never had a puppy so driven by scent.

Violet is a very sweet girl.

Vivienne will sneak up on me while I’m working and paw me. She wants what she wants when she wants it.



Starbuck’s money?  Car seat change? No amount is too small, it ALL ADDS UP!   Troubadour’s story linked here.  To donate, click here!   All donations are 100% tax deductible.  THANK YOU!

*Below are pics taken today.



I’m trying to boost our Bucket Fund for our February horse, Troubadour! This necklace I purchased for myself. It is sterling silver, signed on the back, front has Mother Mary and “Keep the Faith”. Chain is lovely with a secure looped back. 18″ chain. Pendant with bale is an additional 2″.

2)  My Personal Beautiful Beads Necklace! Only $125!

Mixed and matched Gemstones and Czech glass beads. Wear long, doubled or tripled! Gorgeous colors. A little bit of everything but subtle and soft. Crystal bead at closure. 54″!

To purchase, click here!

3)  Greek Bronze Horseshoe necklace! Only $54! – SOLD!

Reversible Bronze horseshoe pendant with Greek copper beads and Czech glass bronze and crystal beads with Labradorite gemstone closure. 18″ Pendant is an additional 1.5″.

4)  ALL AMETHYST! Only $90! – SOLD!

REAL AMETHYST GEMSTONES – round beads and raw nuggets of gorgeous amethyst! Even Amethyst nugget at closure. Striking alone or layered. Dress up or casual! 17″

5)  PEARLS AND SHINE necklace!  SOLD!

I LOVE THIS ONE because it layers with almost everything… and is so pretty and soft on its own. Cream and white Czech glass pearls, silver and cream and crystal Czech glass beads with crystal closure. 24″.


He is too skinny to have his gelding surgery yet… they think in 4 more weeks, maybe.



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Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 | Filed under PUPDATE

Today, a Puppy Update!

Whirling cyclones.  That is how I would describe them.  Spinning, barking, whining, howling, dirt spewing, wrestling, crazy, boneless, totally bonkers puppies!


My former puppies from the last 20 years have been Mastiffs.  Mastiffs are big, lumbering, quiet, silent, sleepy and mostly lazy babies.  They stay that way most of their lives, unless duty calls.

I didn’t realize how amazingly easy and simple it was to raise Mastiffs.  So.  Easy.


When I first started this blog, I had Nadia and Nomar.  Here is their baby pic.  They were English Mastiffs and we loved them dearly.  Nadia passed at 8.5.  Nomar lived until he was 11.5.  They were amazing and awesome.  Great dogs.  HUGE, great dogs.

Nadia and Nomar. English Mastiffs. They were awesome dogs and very quiet puppies.


Then, 6.5 years ago, we adopted Atticus and Scoutypants.  When they were just puppies, Atticus was poisoned and died.  Actually, all three dogs at that time,  were poisoned.  Scoutypants and Shiva survived.  As you all know, Scoutypants passed in December.  No words.

These were Italian Mastiffs.  I never heard Scouty bark, ever.  Or maybe once.  She was silent.  They were both quiet puppies and mostly very sedate.  Scouty was a calm, silent, quiet adult.  The perfect office dog.  She was a huge, big, fierce, bulldozer of a beautiful girlfriend.

Atticus on the left, Scouty on the right. This was our Xmas card that year.

Atticus in back, Scouty in front. Quiet, calm puppies. Calm, quiet adults.


Vivienne (black) and Violet (tri) are littermates.  Except they don’t look like littermates because one takes after the Mom (Walker Coonhound) and the other takes after whatever Dad was… we think Lab/Pit.

They are adorable.  No question.  Vivey is the thinker.  Very smart.  Learned to sit immediately.  Violet is the lovey-dovey, rolley-polley, brute of a puppy.

These guys fight constantly.  Or play… but it sounds light fighting.  No one gets hurt, but no one ever wins, either.  Which is why, I think, they keep the battle going.  No one has taken the lead in putting her paw down.  I think Vivey is actually the tougher one, but Violet just sits on her.

During the day, they are mostly in the backyard, ruining it.  They run and play, sleep and eat, all day long.  You’d think they’d be worn out by bedtime, but that would be a glorious dream.

They wake us up at 11pm, 2am and 3:30am and 5am.  We are hoping this will end soon.  Google says that they sleep through the night at 16 weeks.  4 more weeks to go.  (Begging doggods and crossing fingers…)  Thank goodness they are cute or  Hubby and I would have moved out by now and left them the house.

These were their Craigslist photos. 7 weeks. Adorable, right?!

They follow me all around the yard from inside their yard. (Yes, the house is still gawdawful carney blue.)

Hubby took this on Xmas day. So, 2+ weeks ago. They never stop moving. Most pics of them are a blur.  (Violet and Vivienne)

Here they are on the other side of their yard. They are getting bigger.

I’m using the puppygate outside of my office as one of those measuring walls. On the left is 11 weeks. The right is 12 weeks. (I need to position myself at the same place from now on…Because I know they are bigger this week, but since i was further away from them, they look the same size.)




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