Dec 14

Wordy Wednesday: I’m Going to Grandma’s

That’s it. I’ve had it. I’ve done everything I can to make him hate me. I lick his nose all the time. I bark at him when he gets off the couch, when he comes in from a walk, when he’s getting ready for a walk. I just don’t get it. Why does he love me SO MUCH? Last night, he really crossed the line.

I mean WTH? Do I want to cuddle? NO, I do not want to cuddle. YES, there is plenty of room for both of us on this bed. But does that mean we both need to lay here together? NO.

As you can see, I had no choice but to go to my man cave. At least he can’t fit in there. This morning, I packed up and asked mom to take me to Grandma’s for a few days for some peace and quiet. IMG_3848-0.JPGAt least I know that Allie isn’t going to try to cuddle with me. Mom begged me to change my mind, but let’s be honest – with mom and dad going to Minnesota and Moby’s buddy Michael coming to stay at the house, Moby is just going to be all the more cuddly. Don’t worry though, I told mom that she could pick me up when they got back to town. (Sorry, Michael for making you take over the cuddling duty – I just couldn’t take it anymore!).




Sep 14

Our Trip to Maryland (aka Leaving the Boys in Search of Farm Animals)

On the 5th of September, we woke up extra early, gave Moby a kiss (Boney was already at Grandma and Papas), assured him he would have an awesome time with Greg and started driving north. Our destination? Crystal Springs Farm in Keedysville, MD. It was an 11 hour drive – leaving at 5:30 in the morning, we could have easily done it – but we decided to only go “part way” to Fredericksburg, VA the first day. This allowed me plenty of time to make several rope bones in the car. I ran out of fleece with about 2 hours left!IMG_3126.JPG

At 9 hours, we wouldn’t have too far to go the next day. Joe went to school in Fredericksburg at Mary Washington College WAY back in the day ;) They were having First Friday so a lot of shops and galleries were open later that evening. We enjoyed a nice walk around downtown, stopped at some nice stores (my favorite was Dog Krazy!) and got a good nights rest. As luck would have it, there was a gun show in Fredericksburg that weekend (Joe claims he didn’t know this when we stopped) but it allowed me some time in the fitness center before we started to our final destination.


Dog Krazy selection – couldn’t come home empty handed!

We live in a beautiful area with ocean views, marsh views and beaches. But there’s nothing like the rolling hills of Virginia – especially when you see the open pastures full of horses or cows or my favorite…grapes! We stopped at a cidery on the way to the farm. It was good, but not my favorite. We stopped in small town just 15 minutes from our final destination. Boonsboro, MD was having their Boonesborough Days Festival and Joe’s friend Nick from Duvall Leatherwork had a booth set up. It was good to stop in and see him (I met him for the first time!) He has some awesome leather goods – from belts to dog collars and leashes to growler caddies!

We finally arrived at the farm – just in time to help set up for that evenings entertainment – a fire dancer, a hula hooper and a burlesque dancer were all coming out to the farm from the city! A large group of people showed up and we had a great time. Since that would take up our evening, we had to be sure to feed the animals beforehand (that would become my chore for the week!).

We had to feed Teddy and Sadie (the dogs), Buddy, Holly and Charlie (the sheep), Boarge (the boar), Violet and Chessie (the sows) and Chessie’s piglets. There are also chicken, but they tend to eat everyone else’s food, so I didn’t have to worry about them.

We had a long weekend (into the week) full of visits to a meadery, a cidery, several wineries (Hiddencroft, Doukenie, Breaux, & Hillsborough) and a distillery. Added to this fun was incredible home canned veggies (Carrie is awesome!), cheese, crackers and catching up with friends!

We had some exciting times at the farm (Boarge managed to escape his pen twice – luckily he, like most men, will answer to food), visited Antietam Battlefield, strolled downtown Frederick and Hagerstown, ate some super yummy food, drank some super yummy wine, and relaxed and enjoyed time with friends! We even made time for a morning trip to meet Melvin and Jake (and Tracey)!

We had a great week, but were happy to arrive back home to our own “farm animals.”

Thanks, Emily & Troy for hosting us for the week – we can’t wait to come back and work on some projects with you!

Readers – if you are even remotely in the area of Keedysville, MD, we suggest friending Crystal Springs Farm on facebook – watch for open houses, entertainment and fresh pork! It’s worth a stop in to see the historic farmhouse that also served as a field hospital for the Battle of Antietam!

Sep 14

Please Excuse This Interruption in Service

Mom and dad went on vacation. I’m staying with Grandma, Papa and Allie. Moby is apparently having a week long frat party at the house with his bro, Greg. (BTW, I totally should have gotten an invite to that – pugs know how to party hard!) Anyhow – we’re taking a break from the blog for a week. But stay in touch with us on our Facebook page and we’ll be back before you know it!

Aug 14

Moby Monday: A Long Weekend with Nat

First off, Thursday was my FIVE MONTH adopt-a-versary! And what did mom and dad get me? A new friend!!

Mom and dad left on Thursday to go to Chattanooga, TN for the TN State Silhouette Championship (dad was shooting, mom went for fun). They took Boney to Papa and Grandma’s and they left me all alone to enjoy the weekend with my new friend, Nat. Nat had come over for dinner on Wednesday night to play with me and for mom to give him all my instructions (come on, mom, don’t embarrass me by telling him about my nightmares!).

Nat had to work late on Thursday, so Grandma came over to feed me. It was nice to see her without Allie and Boney – I got some extra love and cuddles!! When Nat came home, I wasn’t really sure what to think, as he’d only been there with mom and dad before. It took me a little while to realize that he was going to be spending the weekend with me, but once he started dishing out the treats and getting all the rope bones out, I knew we were going to have a great time!


We played and played and played. Then we would rest/snuggle on the couch together. Then we played some more. Watched a little TV on the porch and played some more. He even had some friends over that played with me too!! It was super awesome and I got really tired out!

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All in all, I missed mom and dad, but I had a really good time and I hope Nat doesn’t wait until mom and dad are gone again to come play with me. Mom told me he was moving away though, so I might not see him for a while. She also told me that I have another friend, Greg, coming to stay with me very soon! I can’t wait!!

Jul 14


Moby is a GREAT traveler…moby 13but sometimes Mom and Dad need a vacation by themselves to regroup.

It’s been a while since Joe and I have been on vacation together. When Brutus got sick (in 2012) we didn’t want to go anywhere – not knowing when his last days might be. When Dixie got sick shortly after, we were in the same boat. We did manage to take a trip to Gettysburg, knowing she was in the good hands of Papa and Grandma, but still thought about her constantly. When she went into remission, we took a long trip to KC (when we met Moby for the first time!), but other than that, we’ve been homebodies. Either one of us will go for a quick getaway while the other stays home, or we’ll just opt to stay at home together.

After we got Moby, we were supposed to go on a trip north to Maryland, but we weren’t comfortable leaving him then. He was still acclimating to life with us and his braves were having a hard time showing themselves.

Well, his braves have been great (for the most part) lately and we felt like we were ready to take on an adventure. So – we planned a short weekend trip and a long week trip. The kicker? We needed a sitter for Moby. While Boney will be spending time at Papa and Grandma’s with Allie Gator, Moby is a BIT too high energy for them (and despite his recent proficiency in our dog door, I’m not sure if he’d be brave enough to use theirs). So, I asked around and found a few young men who are happy to be Moby’s new BFFs! Bonus: they stay at the house while we are gone, so not only does Moby get a Manny, but we get a housesitter as well!

Because Moby has to go slow with new people, we invited everyone over for playtime or a dinner first and go from there. So far, he’s been great – “You want to play tug?!? You want to play fetch?!? You’re awesome! Can you move in?”

For the first time in a long time, I feel confident that we’ll get some time off and won’t worry about what our boys are up to (we’ve been promised texts, photos and updates!). To prepare for our trips, I’m making all my lists and notifying our vet in case of emergency.

Do you have a sitter? What do you do when you travel?


Jun 14


On Friday, I laid out all of Moby’s gear for our Saturday fun day – hiking at Magnolia Spring State Park!


We got up early Saturday morning, had breakfast and then Moby waited (im)patiently for us to pack all the gear into the car.


Hurry up!!

A quick stop at Grandma’s to drop off Boney and we were on the road!


We got to the park about 10:30, made a quick stop in the visitors center to get a map and started on our hike. There were several short trails, with the longest being about 1.5 miles. Moby wore his Ruffwear backpack which had water, a collapsible bowl, sunscreen, liquid bandage, an extra leash and poop bags.

Moby did well, but we realized that even though we were in the shade most of the time, it was too hot for him to wear his backpack. So, next time I’ll bring a day pack and carry all of his things. I’m also going to take him for longer walks in the morning to get him conditioned to going further. We choose a state park with short trails because we knew this may be a problem. As long as he could rest from time to time, he had plenty of energy to keep going!

We also joked that we would rename him “Caballito” due to his horse like mannerisms. While hiking, Moby discovered something new to be afraid of – tree roots that go into the path. At the first one, he jumped a foot in the air and then avoided all other tree roots whenever possible.

Do you take your dog hiking? Do you have any good tips for us for next time?

Apr 14

Did I ever tell you about the time Moby…

gave me a fat lip?

I'm sorry! I didn't mean to do it!

I’m sorry! I didn’t mean to do it!

It was our first visit to Kansas City, back in November 2013. I had lured my husband with the idea that we could go to Nebraska Huskers football game and meet Moby at the same time :) We met Moby, fell in love and the rest is history.

But…on our last full day there, we decided to play a little frisbee. If you know ANYTHING about Moby it’s that he LOVES balls and frisbees. So much so, that you have to have two of anything so that you can get the one in his mouth back. We were having a great time, but it was time to stop. So, I put the one frisbee up and went to get the other frisbee out of his mouth. Well, Moby also LOVES to play tug. We played tug with the frisbee, I told him to let go and….he did. The only problem there was that I wasn’t expecting him to let go, and the frisbee came up and hit me smack in the face! I was a little stunned, but felt fine. Until Emily looked at me and said “uh, you’re bleeding.”

This whole time, Joe was getting ready, so he came out to me standing in the kitchen with a bloody washcloth to my face. Not the best impression. All I could do was laugh. Of course, Moby did absolutely nothing wrong, but didn’t understand why we weren’t playing anymore :)

So, that’s how Moby won my heart. He gave me a fat lip :)

Can we play again?

Can we play again?

Mar 14

Kansas City

As I said in the last post, Kansas City is about 1000 miles away from our home. That’s a 17 hour drive. Some people might think we are crazy for dropping everything to drive 17 hours (there AND back!) to adopt a dog. But Moby isn’t just a dog to us, he’s part of our family. Would we do it again? In a heartbeat!

We had visited Kansas City in November and Moby’s Foster Mom and Dad showed us around quite a bit, but there were still some things that we wanted to do. Of course, first things first – ADOPT MOBY! Once that was under our belt, we had a list of to-dos.

First, we stopped for lunch at Taco Johns (Miranda’s FAVORITE fast food place). We don’t have Taco Johns in Georgia, so whenever we are in the Midwest, we have to stop (at least) once. We went home after that and told Moby that he was adopted, played some Chuck It! and went for a walk. Then we met Fido Fetch Photography for some pictures in Loose Park. Our boy was pretty tired from all that excitement, so we stayed in and Daniel cooked some amazing steak and veggies on the grill. YUM!! After that, we settled in for the night, with Moby of course joining us in bed :)

Saturday was going to be fun (aka Beer) filled. We started out late morning with a short drive around and went to Oklahoma Joe’s for lunch. There was already a line when we arrived at 10:45 (they open at 11) but it was worth the wait! When we left, the line was wrapped around the building! After Oklahoma Joe’s, we went to Boulevard Brewing Company for a brewery tour and tasting. Then we headed to the newly opened Kansas City Bier Company for another tasting. And finally, Beer Kitchen for dinner, drinks and friendly conversation. We met Crystal from Wayward Dogs and Beer Paws there (her and I went to high school together and I actually “introduced” Crystal and Emily through the blog world!) After all that good brew and yummy food, we had to made one final stop of indulgance before going home. Glace has the best ice cream in Kansas City!

KC Bier Company Beer Kitchen


Our bellies were full and we needed to get a good rest for the next days drive. When we got home, Moby was already packed and ready to go!

going home

Tomorrow read about our drive back and how Moby met his brother, Boney, for the first time!

Mar 14

…and Hellos

On Thursday, we started our trek across county to Kansas City. The drive is just over 1000 miles. We were headed there to pick up the newest addition to our family, Moby.

We arrived Friday, just before noon. We met Moby’s foster mom, Emily from Our Waldo Bungie at Great Plains SPCA (I can honestly say she has the BEST job ever!!) and got a tour of their amazing facilities! From there, we went to Unleashed – the rescue that we were adopting Moby through. It only took a few minutes to sign the papers and it was official…Moby was now a Loehle!

(Photo by Fido Fetch Photography)

To read about how it all unfolded and to read more about Moby, visit the Our Waldo Bungie blog this week. We’ll be posting later this week about our trip in KC, making a long drive with our new boy and more about Moby, including meeting his big brother, Boney!

Jul 12


Posted by Miranda

I love it when the UPS man comes. I love that the dogs can hear him from a block away. Today, a gift arrived for Dixie. A few weeks ago, on Fab.com’s Pet Thursday, I ordered a few items. One of them was a reflective collar lined with pink for Dixie. She often gets mistaken for a boy so I try to buy her girly things whenever possible.

Her collar looks great AND it’s from a manufacturer in Sweden (bonus for me, as I have Swedish heritage)! What I really like about the collar is its just a Velcro on, so she doesn’t have to wear it all the time – only when we go for runs.

The bad part (for Dixie) is that it’s too hot for her to run with me right now and she’ll have to wait until fall to test it out outside. Below is a picture of her modeling the collar in her favorite guard dog pose in her dads office.