Aug 15

The Side Porch

A couple of months ago, we decided to tear off the deck that was on the side of the house and replace it. It was small, old and starting to deteriorate. We figured the side of the house could use an update and Joe wanted to start planting herbs (we finally declared our garden a failure after 3+ years trying to grow vegetables).

We decided to extend the deck to the edge of the house and all the way to the backyard fence. We also extended it about a foot into the side driveway. We knew we were going to build a railing around it for the herb planters to sit on. I didn’t want traditional slats for the rails though. We looked at a couple different options and decided to use farm fencing. It was lightweight and the dogs can see through it just fine. My other request was to have a gate – so that the dogs could be on the side porch without the fear of them being able to escape.

The weather has been nice here lately (not squelching hot) so I’ve been working with my office door open and the fan blowing. The boys go back and forth from the porch to in front of the fan. Boney relaxes on his shade lounger while Moby prefers to sit in the sunspots.

We keep Moby on a 20′ lead while the door is open. We have a carabiner that locks the gate shut, but if he REALLY wanted to, he could hop over the side. Lucky for us, he’s a little too scared of things to do that, but we want to be on the safe side just in case! The 20′ gives him plenty of lead to be able to go out all the way to the edges and come back with no problem.

We were really excited about this project because except for a few construction design questions and one cut that we needed special equipment for, we did this all on our own! Joe’s dad is great to help us with our house projects and we love that he likes to do it, but it makes us feel good when we accomplish things just the two of us!


Aug 15

How to Play Sticks

Sticks is one of my favorite games and anyone can play! It’s pretty simple and there are no real rules.

Step 1: Have the mom (or dad) gather sticks. They can do this in your yard, walking the neighborhood or asking friends for sticks. Note: It is important to always maintain a good supply of sticks. Be sure to remind your mom that she needs to get more sticks when you see the supply getting low.


Step 2: Have the mom pick 4-6 sticks from the stockpile.

Step 3: Have the mom throw the sticks, one at a time.

Step 4: Chase the sticks and pick them up.

Step 5: Repeat steps 3 & 4 until you have all the sticks. Note: You can choose to either keep the sticks or drop them to make the game go longer. How long the game lasts is completely up to you.

Step 6: Once you have all the sticks you can fit in your mouth, find a nice place to relax and death all the sticks. Sometimes it will take a few games of Sticks before a stick can be totally deathed.

Here is an example on how to play:

Do you have any games that you like to play?

Aug 15

Has It Really Been Two Months?

It’s easy to get out of the routine of regular blogging. Sometimes I think – why do people want to read about the same thing all the time? But then I look back at the blogs I follow that don’t regularly blog anymore (I won’t be cruel and mention any names, but you know who you are!). Reading about other people and what their dogs are up to is a way to gain insight on things that I might be going through myself – or I might know someone with the same kind of issues. Our lives are not perfect and although I try to present everyone in a good light, there are times when I just want to scream (this week was one of those).

In a nutshell, this is what has happened in the last two months:

Mom sliced open and broke her big toe (right foot). It was 6+ weeks before the skin healed and unfortunately, the bone will remain broken (aka crushed) unless surgery is preformed. For now, I’m opting to see how far I can go without surgery.

Mom went on a trip with some other blog friends to Myrtle Beach. She had a great time and really enjoyed getting to know each of them more. Despite having a broken toe (she couldn’t get in the water!) it was a good time for relaxing.

Moby started laser therapy for his back. Our own vet didn’t have the laser equipment, so we were referred to an awesome vet down in Kingsland for the treatment. It’s an hour drive one way, but it definitely seems to be working. Moby has been for 6 treatments in the last 2 months. Our regular vet recently got the laser, so we’re going to start treatment there today.

Mom and Dad went on a camping trip and rented a Little Guy (teardrop trailer). Boney went to stay with Grandma and Papa while Moby had a new sitter, Sienna, come stay with him. He first met Sienna just before mom broke her toe – which worked out perfectly because Sienna came to walk him while mom couldn’t. Moby loves Sienna – she takes him for walks, plays stick, cuddles and gives lots of treats!

Mom now works from home. Moby and Boney spend most of the day snoozing in the home office, but we take breaks on the new side deck that dad built for us – complete with a railing and gate! We can watch the neighbors go by and try not to bark too much.

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Tomorrow, Boney will tell you about a new piece of furniture in our house that he thinks was made just for him…

Apr 15

Gardening with Dogs

If it looks like a stick, smells like a stick, and acts like a stick, it’s a stick. Or at least that’s Moby’s interpretation of the situation.

Our backyard is geared towards having a place to relax for us and a place to play for the dogs. It’s shady and hard to grow grass, so on one half the of the yard our “grass” is actually weeds (FYI…weeks require way more mowing than actual grass!). On the other side of the yard, we have pine straw down. If we didn’t, it’d be pure dirt because for some reason, even weeds don’t really like to grow over there.

We have a few beds with some plants in them, but one in particular has not done well.


On the left is grass of some sort. Next to it, Rosemary. In the middle is a Philodendron (we call him Phil), on the the right is a Crinum Lily (we call her Carla). In the front, we’ve had a variety of plants over the last few years – most recently Lantana.  What’s left of the Lantana is shown below.

Yeah – hard to see, right? (The one on the right is camouflaged by all the clover!) That’s because of the above – if it looks like a stick, acts like a stick and smells like a stick, it’s a stick. And Moby LOVES sticks. So, one dying branch by one dying branch, our lantana has become nothing but an actual stick.

So, we set out to ACE Garden Center to get some new plants. We went looking for more lantana. Then it occurred to me – maybe we should check to see if it’s toxic to dogs since Moby likes it. Guess what? It is. Good news – it’s mainly the berries that can make them sick and Moby only cares about the branches. He hasn’t been sick yet, but we didn’t really want to test it out. So, we started looking at some other things and of course, everything we liked was on the list of what wasn’t okay. We never had an issue with Brutus, Dixie or Boney eating things, but Moby is a big fan of anything that he can carry or chew on in the back yard (including things that aren’t plants).


We ended up going with some boring ferns (but haven’t gotten around to planting them yet). Our search continues for a regional shade plant with color that isn’t toxic to the hungry hungry hippo aka Moby.



May 12

Fake Plastic Trees!

Posted by Brutus

My new bed arrived via the loud truck this afternoon! My Uncle Lee was nice enough to provide mom with some bed stuffing earlier this week so we could use it right away!

I’m sure mom will be taking lots of pictures of us enjoying it this weekend, but here is one of me making sure it is up to my standards.


May 12

A New Bed

Posted by Brutus

I realize it’s been a while since I’ve been in touch, but I’ve been spending most of my time sleeping, eating or begging for treats. Mom has a good selection of treats for me to choose from, so who can blame me for wanting to sample them?

When I’m not eating, I’m sleeping. As you may (or may not) know, Mom has a thing for Molly Mutt beds. We each have our own, though we all share. With summer right around the corner and warm weather almost daily, I like to meander out to the back yard and take naps in the sun. Mom wants me to be happy, but doesn’t like that I get dirty. She was very excited when she heard a month or so ago that Molly Mutt was coming out with an outdoor bed!

Mom logged onto Facebook today and the first thing she saw was that Molly Mutt Outside was available! So…this will be arriving for me soon


I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to share this one with Dixie (who also enjoys laying in the sun) or if I’m going to keep it all to myself.

What do you think? Do you have a favorite bed or pillow for relaxing?

Dec 11

So tired…

Whew! Last night mom and dad hosted a party for some friends and neighbors and as usual, we weren’t invited. However, after a while we convinced them to let us in on the fun. Everyone that was here kept commenting on how adorable I was (duh!). Mom and dad said we all did a really good job is socializing – even Dixie who usually runs to her room when there are too many people around. One of our neighbors gave us lots of treats so our bellies were FULL at the end of the night. We’re still tuckered out this morning…Allie had been in bed all morning!