Jan 15


That’s what his name used to be. It’s funny how much emphasis we put on a name “fitting” someone – whether it’s a person or a four legged companion.

I knew that Moby’s name used to be Logan, but had forgotten about it until it came up in conversation this week. When his Emily and Daniel were his foster parents, they decided that he needed to a new start, including a new name. One that would make him realize he was an awesome dog and that he could conjure up all his braves and find his perfect family. That name? Moby Wonderdog.


Do I look like a Logan?

When we adopted him, we kept Moby but dropped the Wonderdog. It’s not that we didn’t like that name – we just decided that his middle name would be Hawkins – in honor the his foster family. Of course, he would take on our last name. So his new name would be Moby Hawkins Loehle. It fit him well. Of course, once he came to live with us, we realized that “Moby” and “Boney” sounded an awful lot alike! It can make for a pretty confusing conversation sometimes.

Boney – whose full name is Bonaparte Nelson Loehle – was named after Napoleon Bonaparte. It fits him well as he has is known to be bossy for his size. Napoleon’s nickname was also Boney – and he had pugs. So it was the perfect fit. His dad didn’t give him a middle name when he got him (gasp!) so I gave him my maiden name as his middle name. It seemed fitting and kind of made my becoming his mom official.



My first dog, and the only dog I had as a child was a poodle. His name – Lexington Christian Michels. He came with Lexington (I think he had some super fancy name from the breeder, but I honestly don’t remember). Christian and Michels were family names.

I had only recently gotten Brutus when Lexington crossed the bridge – so I hadn’t given him a middle name yet. It seemed fitting to pass the name down, so he became Brutus Lexington Nelson – until I married Joe and he adopted Brutus and his sister, giving them his last name as well. Dixie was never meant to be Dixie. I originally named her Hannah Grace. It didn’t seem to fit her – so it was changed to Dixie Hannah.

Do your dogs have middle names? Do you give a lot of thought to giving them names or did they come with name?



Jan 15

Hump Day

Moby said today is an important day. I said “It’s Wednesday” and he said – nope it’s hump day. Then he offered up his leg to me and I was like – Um…


Thanks, but no thanks.

Turns out, Moby misses Rufus, his foster brother. Apparently, he overheard mom and dad talking about how Rufus isn’t doing so well. Moby said that Rufus used to use Wednesdays as an excuse to hump his leg. And Moby never minded. Rufus played with him more than I do. That’s not saying a lot, since I don’t play with Moby. I yell at him. It’s much more fun (for me).

Anyway, I’m not going to go around humping Moby’s leg, but I wanted to send a shout out to Rufus and let him know that we’re all thinking of him and his family right now. Thanks for being a good big brother to my brother and teaching him that little dogs should rule the roost (and have every right to hump/bite/bark at should they want to). I guess I have to agree with Moby (just this one time though) about how cool you are.




Jan 15

Baths and Furniture and Hiking, Oh My!

Our 3-day weekend started off with a bath for a certain someone.


I’m not THAT dirty, mom!

He enjoyed the Jolly Ball a little too much and ended up with dirt/mud all over the inside of his front legs, on his chest and muzzle. I LOVE that he LOVES the Jolly Ball, but it gets him sooooo dirty!

Saturday started off pretty uneventful – Joe went to a monthly Silhouette shoot (where he got match winner in one round and 1st AAA in the second round) and I watched a bit of tv before heading into town to do some errands with a friend. But what made my Saturday morning, was the new piece of furniture that showed up!


Now, instead of all the electronics in a big pile in the corner, they are all organized on this piece (as of the picture they had not been organized yet). We have been looking for a piece of furniture for this part of the room for a while! We wanted something a little eclectic, but not too crazy. This fit the bill perfectly and it was a major score on pricefalls.com! The cabinet and drawers are metal and the top is wood. I LOVE it!

Saturday afternoon, we worked in the yard on our newest project – a covered outdoor kitchen! We got posts secured Saturday evening and worked more on that project on Sunday while Boney enjoyed some time in the screened porch and Moby laid in the grass chewing on sticks.

Sunday morning, we both started our new running regimens – I haven’t really ran since November when I did the last half marathon and I’ve signed up for a couple 10ks this spring, so I need to get back on that!

Monday, we decided to go down to Fort Clinch (where I took Moby a few weeks ago) to hike the 6 mile trail. It was a good way to spend our day off!


Boney made it clear to us Monday evening that we weren’t relaxing enough. He hopped up in Dixie’s chair, gave us the pouty face and insisted we sit down and relax. We felt obligated after being gone most of the day – so he got his way as usual!


We’re looking forward to a short, busy week – working more on the outdoor kitchen and going for lots of walks!


Jan 15

The Pet Shop

Shortly before Brutus turned 10, I heard about Yellow Brick Home for the first time. Shortly after that, we found out our time with him was coming to an end. So, what better birthday present than to get him a custom portrait from The Pet Shop (a division of Yellow Brick Home)? Okay, it was really more a present to us than him, but let’s be honest – if someone were to commission a portrait of you, wouldn’t you feel pretty good about yourself and know that those people really loved you? We were thrilled when the piece arrived and awed at the detail that goes into this little thing (it’s only 4″ x 4″)!


After we got that, I decided that all of the dogs needed one – but felt it was “fair” that everyone had to wait until their 10th birthday to get one. Lo and behold, right before Dixie’s 10th birthday, her lymphoma was detected. So again, it seemed that it was a good time to get the portrait. Once again, the detail was amazing and it couldn’t have depicted our girl any better.


Well, Boney is turning 10 in a month (cross your fingers that he stays in good health!!) so it’s his turn for a portrait. I’m going through the process of choosing photos to send right now. Because I was kind of a procrastinator (not usually what I’m known for), his portrait won’t arrive by his birthday. But don’t worry, he has some other awesome stuff coming his way so this will just be a reason to celebrate again!

Have you ever had art made from your dogs photos? What unusual pieces do you have?



Jan 15

Morning Rituals

Every morning, we have almost exactly the same ritual. Moby starts to wake up around 5 am and will jump out of bed somewhere between 5 and 6 (only the latter if he’s really tired). Then it’s time for me to get out of bed, wake up Boney, send him outside, feed the boys, and take Moby for a walk.

Boney is our rooster. If Joe isn’t awake when I let him out of his crate, he’ll be awake within seconds. If it’s extra early, I’ll pick Boney up and carry him to the dog door – this creates less “woo-wooing” and makes the morning a little quieter.


While Boney is outside going potty, I get the boys’ food ready. Moby starts eating before Boney is back in and Boney rushes through the dog door barking like I’m going to forget to give him his. While the boys are eating, I open the door to outside and open the screen porch door. Even though he has the dog doors down, Moby doesn’t really like to go through them when it’s dark outside – if I forget to open the door, he’ll wait patiently for me to do that for him.

After the boys have eaten, I clean their bowls, put them up and start to get ready for our walk. Moby sits – not so patiently, sometimes barking – waiting to get suited up for our walk.



Boney always sees us off at the door – he knows he gets a treat when we leave. Depending on how much time we have, our walk will be anywhere from 1-2 miles. Moby stops to sniff lots of things and gets barked at by a few of the other neighborhood dogs who are also out for their morning walks. He ignores them and keeps walking – I love that about him!

When we get back from our walk, Boney is always waiting on the other side of the door for us. He knows he gets another treat! If dad is up, Moby runs to the counter to greet him for the day, excited to see him.

After all that, it’s usually time for me to either get ready for work or head out to CrossFit. The boys find their respective spots (Moby on the big dog bed and Boney on the ottoman), curl up and take a long nap.

Do you have any morning rituals?

Jan 15

Word(less) Wednesday

Sorry folks, I’m too busy noshing on this delicious rawhide to give you a piece of my mind. Maybe tomorrow.


Jan 15

Miranda’s Monday: A Weekend Recap

I know, you were expecting Moby – but we’re shaking things up a bit in the new year. I know you all love Moby and Boney, but thought you might want to learn a little about the rest of the family (mom and dad, a.k.a Miranda and Joe) so we’re going to be filling you in on what we’ve been doing as well!

On Friday, I packed the car with two friends and we headed 7 hours north to Cloudland Canyon State Park. We were meeting three other friends there to participate in the Rum Bum Tours Cloudland Canyon 11/50m race. Three of us did the 11 mile and the other 3 did the 50 mile. It was my first trail run (I did the 11m!) and I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I loved it!

The trail was great – flat(ish) in some parts and technical in others, but had great views and passed by a waterfall – which I could have stared at for hours, but didn’t have hours to finish. We ran about 3 miles on road until we hit the trail – and started our decent into the canyon. According to the website, there are a total of over 1,200 stairs (600+ each way) that we had the joy of descending and then ascending! The trail ending up being 11(ish) miles – meaning most GPS trackers said it was more like 12.5 miles. It was chilly – temperatures for the 50m race started at 12 degrees and I think the high all day was either 32 or 34 degrees. The tube on our bladders froze almost right away – so unless you had another source of water (I didn’t!) you were out of luck until the aid station.

After my last half marathon, I said I wasn’t running any long races anymore (10k is my limit!). I had already signed up for this, and told my friend Erin that I didn’t think I was going to do it. She told me just to think of it as a fast hike and not worry about the time. I’m glad she talked me into it because I had a blast. I wasn’t worried about time at all so I didn’t feel bad about stopping to take pictures or hiking most of it vs. running. I ended up finishing in about 4:15 give or a take a few minutes. I definitely want to do another sometime soon! It was fun to be able to share the experience with friends and not feel pressured to have to PR a time. If you like hiking and are even somewhat interested, I suggest you find a trail race around you to try out!

Panoramic of the waterfall area

Panoramic of the waterfall area

Sunday we got up early and drove the 7 hours back home – we all had doggies to get home to! Moby and Boney were excited to see me – even if they did cuddle with dad all weekend long.

Moby snoozing at home with dad

Moby snoozing at home with dad

I hit the sack early – going to bed at 7pm! It’s a new week, I start a paleo challenge on Thursday and we have lots of projects around the house!

Stay tuned to see what Moby and Boney are up to this week!

Jan 15

Happy New Year!

We hope that 2015 brings you lots of snuggles and kisses!


Dec 14

Year in Review

I got an email from WordPress that they had my Year in Review for 2014 ready to go. I thought, what the heck, I’ll take a look. And what I found was pretty interesting – take a look for yourselves!


We started off 2014 a little rocky, with Dixie’s cancer coming out of remission. Although we miss our little girl every day, we were blessed with Moby. Boney has grown into the big brother title rather well and we are a happy little family!


Dec 14

Wordy Wednesday: Santa Paws


Why aren’t there any presents under the tree yet?

I always like it when it comes time for mom to put up the Christmas tree. The tree skirt is nice and cozy and it’s a good place to lay if Moby has stolen my bed in front of the fireplace. But I always wonder why there are never any presents under the tree.

Mom said there aren’t any presents under the tree because she and dad buy us the things we need all through the year. She also said that Santa Paws won’t come until tonight with his presents – and he’ll only come if Moby and I have been good.

I wonder if peeing in the porch means I’ve been bad. Surely, Santa knows that it’s been raining nonstop and the porch is technically outside, right?

I guess I’ll just have to wait until tomorrow morning to see if there is anything in our stockings. I hope your Christmas is filled with lots of toys, treats, kisses and snuggles!