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

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?


Jan 15


February has two birthdays coming – Boney will be turning 10 and Moby will be turning 4.

March brings a couple sad days – we said goodbye to Dixie on March 11. Brutus’ birthday was March 19. But it also brings a happy day – we adopted Moby on March 14. The Fosters are coming for a long weekend to celebrate Moby’s first Adopt-a-versary!

That got me to reminiscing about how I fell in love with Moby to start with – though His Foster’s Blog! I think most of you already follow Our Waldo Bungie – either through their website or through Facebook (or both!). I’d been following them for a while when they first brought Moby home. At the time, I didn’t think anything of it, since they’d had such great luck in adopting out their other fosters. Turns out, Moby would be different. That’s okay by me though – he became a celebri-dog, started his Sirius Republic collar collection, and learned about being brave. And I fell in love. And I brought him home. And we found new friends. It was a win-win all around.

Read about Moby from start to end (scroll down and read from the bottom up) – there are some GREAT pictures of him (though really, can he take a bad picture??).

Jan 15

44 days.

Until this.

46 days until my Adopt-a-versary. And what better Adopt-a-Versary present than Foster Mom and Dad visiting me! I’m counting down (mom is giving me a few treats every day until they get here!)

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

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

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!


Nov 14

Moby Monday: Grammie and Grandpa

This weekend, Grammie and Grandpa came to visit me! Well, they said they came to visit all of us, but I think they just didn’t want to hurt mom, dad or Boney’s feelings. Grammie brought lots of treats which she was happy to hand out whenever she went into the kitchen. Grandpa had a bum shoulder so he couldn’t play tug as much as last time, but he still played a good bit with me. We went for long walks and I showed them around my favorite walking spots. We relaxed a lot too. They had to leave to go home today, but I made sure they had a little dog hair on them so they’d remember what a great time they had with me and come back soon!