Feb 15

Weekends are for Parties!

Boney celebrated his 10th(!) birthday this past Monday and Moby’s 4th birthday is tomorrow, so what better way to celebrate than by having a joint birthday party?

We invited some family and friends over for burgers, hot dogs and cake. The boys had a great time, got LOTS of treats, and enough attention to tire them out for the night AND the entire day Sunday! Thanks to everyone that came out to celebrate with us!











Feb 15

They Say It’s My Birthday!

That’s right! Today is my birthday! And I’m 10! That’s a pretty big deal in this house.


Last year, my birthday was on a Sunday, so mom and dad threw me a big party.


This year, since my birthday is on a Monday, I’m having my party next weekend. I’m pretty excited to have some friends over and I’m guessing if mom had this big of a spread for my 9th birthday, I can only imagine my 10th! The only downside is that Moby has a birthday next week, so we’re having a joint birthday party. I guess that means double the treats though, so I won’t complain.

Mom said I get to open my birthday presents tonight at dinner. I already got 2 Sirius Republic harnesses (and I’m pretty sure I heard here say there’s one more) but I don’t know what else I’m getting. I hope there’s a pig ear in my box!

Since it’s my birthday, I’m going to take every opportunity to lay in laps, take naps and eat anything I want. Happy Birthday to Me!

Feb 15

Miranda’s Monday: Are there ever enough hours?

Between walks, workouts, projects, play time, training and work, when is there ever time for sleep?

Our day starts pretty early and we have a routine, but sometimes it seems like there are never enough hours. Here’s our typical day:

5:30: Wake up
5:45: Breakfast time!
6:00: Take Moby (and sometime Boney) for a walk
6:35: Training time
6:50: Leave for Crossfit
7:15: Crossfit
8:30: Get ready for work
9:00: Go to work (gotta make money for treats and collars!)
4:30: Go home (except for Mondays and Thursdays when I go to a second job for an hour or so)
5:00: Dinner time!
5:30: Project/training/walk
6:00-8:15: (Tuesdays and Thursdays) Walk to class, class, walk home
8:30: Bedtime for Mom!

Sometimes we swap walk and crossfit time when I have to be to work early. Sometimes we get up at 5. Sometimes I end up falling asleep on the couch because I’m exhausted. I usually try to fit some me/couch/wine/snuggling time in there, but it doesn’t always happen. I’m struggling to find some time to start running again – I have some races coming up and I’d be lying if I said I was ready!

I know I can’t be the only one with a hectic schedule. Do you have any tricks to finding more time in the day?


Feb 15

Going to the Dentist

February is National Pet Dental Health Month! As usual, mom had made an appointment for me to go see the vet dentist to have my teeth cleaned. It’s not my favorite thing to do, but I gotta keep these pearly whites looking good for the ladies! Besides, dad lets me kiss him a little more after I get my teeth cleaned.

IMG_4213.JPGI put on my (what else) Say Cheese! harness from Sirius Republic, hopped in the car with mom and headed to see Dr. Cooke at Island Animal Hospital. When I get my teeth cleaned, I am anesthetized, but all my bloodwork came back completely normal last week, so I was ready for it! Dr. Cooke said I had moderate tartar and calculus on my teeth (I didn’t know my teeth knew how to do math!). I had one loose tooth that had to be pulled, but he said other than that, my teeth looked good!


Before on the left and After on the right

Mom felt bad that I had to have my tooth pulled, so she called Grandma and asked if she would pick me up so I had someone to watch me after I was discharged. It was a nice surprise to see Grandma. I’ll admit, I was a bit groggy, but her lap felt really good! I got a goodie box full of treats, a toothbrush, toothpaste and fluoride for my water.


I have to have soft food for a week, but that’s not a problem because I am back on Sojos (I’ve gained a couple pounds and am trying to get it back off). Dad picked me up from Grandma’s and mom was at home waiting with my dinner. I got an extra large dinner since I had to skip breakfast due to my appointment. Mom and dad had somewhere to go last night, so they left Moby with instructions to look after me.

I have to admit, he was a pretty good little brother last night. He laid next to my man cave almost all evening until mom and dad got home and then I got to sleep with them!



I slept pretty good, taking turns cuddling with dad and Moby (maybe he’s not so bad after all!) and then woke mom up with fresh breath kisses.


Check out my pearly whites!

Do your parents make you get your teeth cleaned?





Feb 15

Project Update: The Outdoor Kitchen

If you know us, you know we always have a project. Usually, we have multiple projects going on at the same time. Our latest project? An outdoor kitchen.

Our backyard has been an ongoing project for a few years. We are lucky enough to have 2.5 lots to call our own. Shortly after Joe got Boney, he fenced the yard in. After Brutus, Dixie and I moved in, we put in a dog door. Then we replaced the old shed with a new and larger workshop/shed. Next, came the patio and firepit. Then we added on a screened porch where the deck was. (See what I mean about always having a project?)

The outdoor kitchen actually came about because I wanted a place to mount a pull up bar. I’ve been doing crossfit for 2 years now and still can’t do a pull up. I know this is my fault – not enough practice. I thought it would be great to be able to practice at home – instead of after a WOD where I was exhausted.

Then we came up with the idea of covering it and making the area into an outdoor kitchen! We recently had natural gas run to the house, so we could get a natural gas grill (and never run out of propane mid-grilling again!), have a built in table for prep and storage – it would be perfect!

Lots of steps were involved and we still have some work to do, but here’s where we are so far – with a few pics of the “supervisors” thrown in for good measure :)

Do you have a lots of projects at your house?

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?