Day 90 And Everyone is Still Alive

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Bailey always ready for the Camera with her brothers Riley & Rufus

We made it 3 months and everyone is still alive and I have some of my sanity left! Guess what?? 3 Dogs is crazy. Don’t let anyone tell you it is easy. Don’t go to the shelter and think “I want to be like them!” Believe me you don’t! We have about 3 days a week that are easy peasy…the rest of the week is like running a zoo, but I do love it! And I am happy to give rescues a home. It kills me to know how many dogs are not as lucky as these 3 fools!

Riley needed a buddy. He loves having the big dogs to play with. Bailey is the silliest girl you have ever met. She loves everyone (except the mailman) and enjoys life. She doesn’t care what is on the agenda for the day as long as someone tells her she is a beautiful dog. She loves compliments!

Rufus is my Everest. It took weeks to figure out his moods, sounds, eye rolls, and needs. He definitely did not have good human interactions prior to coming here. Bailey probably had no human interaction which is why she LOVES you to tell her how pretty she is! Rufus has the biggest heart and sleeps on top of me almost every night. I have to roll him over multiple times throughout the night as I can’t sleep with him on my chest! I thought Riley was a Stage 5 Klinger, but Rufus takes it to a whole new level. He is so strong and has to protect me and the house. Almost to the extent that it is overkill. Riley is his assistant. If Rufus is barking you can bet Riley is right next him! Most times the two of them actually have no idea what they are barking at, but will always back each other up! The good news…I don’t think anyone is going to break in anytime soon!

Things we are still working on….
1. Not acting like the world is ending when the mail lady arrives.
2. Not humping each other.
3. Not barking on the porch before 9am or after 9pm. If you live near us…we are trying!
4. Not stealing treats from each other.
5. Not blocking Uncle Ed from coming on the porch or in the house. 

Every day is an adventure…get ready!  #Rescue  

Can’t Live Without You

A loud boom in our house could be anything and half the time the source of the noise is never found.  On Sunday evening I was upstairs working and I heard a loud boom!  I came downstairs, but didn’t see anything off.  I noticed that the dishwasher was not lit up.  I started the clean cycle earlier in the day and by now it should be “clean.”  I opened the dishwasher and the water was still in the bottom.  Oh dear!  This dishwasher is just 1 month old.  I cancelled the cycle so that the water would drain.  I added more soap and nothing happened.  She just died!  She is Brand New?! I opened Google while trying to get Rufus to stop touching the dishes.  I switched to voice command so that I could use both hands.  The dishwasher is my favorite appliance.  You’ve seen how much we cook.  I can’t wash dishes all day long!  I really can’t live without you! While trying to trouble shoot on Lowe’s website I made the comment “I can’t live without you.”  Thank you to google assistant Air Supply’s “Can’t Live (without you)” started blaring from my phone.  Are you kidding me??  Google…this is not the time!  I didn’t need Air Supply giving background music so I gave up and will tackle calling the manufacturer and Lowe’s today.  In the meantime we are back to paper plates!

#Rescue #Lowes #Dishwasher #AirSupply #IntheKitchen #AdoptDontShop


Mother of 3 Four Legged


I’ve been debating about the future of the blog.  I’m not a mother of 3 Four Legged anymore.  We have had plenty of silliness since Riley passed, but it just isn’t the same without him.  Looking at the calendar, which in reality no longer is necessary since we very rarely leave the house due to Covid 19, today is the Annual Friends of Jupiter Pet Walk.  Bailey, Grammie and I signed up to walk and Rufus made a donation in Memory of Riley since he is not great at attending events with large crowds.  The proceeds from the event benefit 7 Rescues and We Love to Support Four Legged Rescues! Due to Covid 19 the walk is now virtual and I will include the link below.  You can sign up to walk and win prizes from your neighborhood! Thinking back to the 2019 walk I can’t help but giggle!  It was raining, similar to today. There were hundreds of dogs all excited for the walk, but in true Riley fashion he saw the Bake Sale and was off and running!  He never met a cookie he didn’t love.  As we walked back to the truck I realized Riley had two bags of cookies, but I only paid for one.  You know he wasn’t giving up that second bag so back to the bake sale I went!  Riley usually refused to walk on a leash, but he saw a pot belly pig in a stroller and had to investigate.  By the time he realized he was walking he had already made Grammie walk a mile! This was Bailey’s first charity walk.  She was a little noisy, but walked like a pro and made a lot of new friends.  While we were at the walk our neighbor called to let me know that Rufus howled the entire time we were gone.  Just to clarify he was in the house howling.  We might need some new insulation!  I believe that was the last time we left Rufus home alone.  Now we call his Big Ed to come over and hang out with him! It is hard to believe that just one year later Riley isn’t here stealing cookies and making us laugh.  He got sick fast and left me to handle Rufus on my own!  Riley picked Rufus and Bailey at the shelter so I hold him 100% accountable for our daily shenanigans. Today we will take a walk and probably bake some cookies.  If we have learned anything from Riley you should always go to the Bake Sale First, life is short.


#FourLegged #Rescue #Adopt #AdoptDontShop #Pittsburgh #Jupiter #Covid #Walk #MakeTheMostOfTheDash


The Perfect Day


Rufus is embracing the Quarantine Lifestyle and yesterday he pretty much had the perfect day!  He slept until 9:45am and would have slept longer, but his BFF Jill arrived to take him for a morning walk!  After exploring the neighborhood and waking everyone else he came home for his “second nap.”  Around 2pm he played outside while waiting for his BFF Dale to bring treats to the fence for him!  He has trained Dale to bring him treats upon command.  Considering he use to try to eat Dale I suppose this is better! After the “third nap” he assisted in decorating the house for Easter.  I opened the front door so that he could “help” but would not let him out front to hang the plastic eggs on the tree.  He tried to convince me that he could be out front, but I’m not falling for that one!  Never trust a “known runner!” At 5pm I started browning ground beef for Sloppy Joeys!  Just when you think the day can’t get better one of his favorite dinners is cooking.  Going to be tough to top his perfect day, but Grammie and Big Ed just arrived with bones.  Might be two perfect days back to back!

#Rescue #AdoptDontShop #SloppyJoes #March #Pittsburgh

Puffy Paint


I don’t know what happened…while on social media earlier today I saw several families share photos in their driveways playing with homemade puffy paint.  I called my sister and told her that you just need flour, water, shaving cream and food coloring.  She instantly found a recipe and went to work.  Three hours later I received the attached photo.  I don’t know what happened, but none of the photos I saw on social media looked like this!  All of their children had on clothes and the paint featured inspirational messages and drawings.  I didn’t think a helmet was required, but this paint must be hardcore. My nephew has taken puffy paint to a whole new level!  Who knows…he could be the next Picasso!

#PuffyPaint #Driveway #GetOutside #Rescue #Adopt

Calling the Pros

Between the news and the rain Rufus has decided he is not leaving the couch. He is taking laziness to a whole new level!  I fought with him for over an hour to go outside this morning and I lost the battle.  He only got off the couch because one of our neighbors stopped by with bones.  Not going to lie to you…he didn’t have a good start to life so when I rescued him I let him pretty much eat anything he wanted.  I realized this morning he might need a “wide load” banner if this mentality lasts much longer! I just called his BFF Jill to come to the house and take him for a walk.  I may have lost the battle, but I will win the war!

Meanwhile in Florida the transition from weekend to Monday has not been as smooth as expected.  I am beginning to wonder if when Rufus is “talking” to the little two legged he is sharing shady behavior ideas!

8:24AM The little two legged is only allowed one juice per day and is not happy that he already drank his juice.

8:34AM My sister’s work status is updated to “Tiny Human fell down the stairs, going to investigate.”

8:35AM Enjoying breakfast on the couch.  No ring pop just yet! Ate 4 spoonfuls of oatmeal.

9:53AM We are in Pandemic Mode and the little two legged is playing with wipes.  Stop!

10:00AM Head outside for morning walk.

10:19AM Little two legged has thrown himself on the ground.  (according to the little two legged his mom obviously tripped him!)

10:34AM My sister is stress eating celery.  The little two legged has already been to time out twice this morning.  Aunt CAS clearly needs to head south to help my buddies!

11:43AM Orange Popsicle!  All is well and the little two legged is back to his Angelic self.  My sister is washing sheets thanks to sticky hands though!

12:51AM The little two legged has been a wild man all morning.  Dad comes downstairs for two minutes and little human is tucked into bed and sleeping.

Coming off the weekend freedom is tough!

#Rescue #AdoptDontShop #Toddlers

3 Alarm

3 Alarm Situation this Morning!  There is a black cat sitting on the neighbor’s porch roof.  As Bailey rounded the corner of the deck she set off the “hound alarm.”  Rufus immediately bolted from the couch and the neighbor’s German Shepherd also darted through her yard to provide back-up.  Clearly the three of them have discussed plans in the past as this was organized!  I am exhausted this morning so it took a moment for me to even realize why everyone was barking and darting through the yard! The cat continues to sit on the porch roof.  Rufus and the German Shepherd have given up, but Bailey will remain until either that cat is hers or it moves along!

Yesterday I spent the day packing and shipping Care Packages for Deployed Troops. We made 95 cases in less than 3 hours.  I don’t think we have ever worked that fast, but we were working against the clock to make sure that shipment made the weekend trucks. Most of the businesses in our area have been closed.  We are still permitted to operate since we serve a life-sustaining purpose, but who knows for how long.   While I was handling that process Grammie & Big Ed were in charge of the Big Dogs.  Rufus has now decided that he will wait on the couch and howl until you announce yourself.  Grammie was only able to lure him outside by telling him that Big Ed was on the porch with a bone!  At the rate he is eating bones we will run out before the pet store reopens so things could get crazy around here!

Meanwhile in Florida the little two legged has mobilized and is now riding his bike through my sister’s home office.  He is the funniest and has me laughing every time we are on the phone!  It is much warmer in their city so yesterday they could play outside and wash the car.  I don’t know who gave this kid a hose, but you better take cover! My sister and her husband have to think outside the box since all of their normal weekend activities for a toddler are closed.

#Rescue #AdoptDontShop #Florida #ToddlerLife

Take Cover!

Rufus was just alerted that the little two legged has discovered the snare drum.  He is now sitting in the closet and does not want to be on Skype!  Last night while I read “The Cat in the Hat” via Skype Rufus howled from the family room.  Until page 52 I had no idea how long that book was!  Plus since I was on Skype and not in person I had to do a lot of voices and keep the rhymes in rhythm.  Needless to say I needed a breather after that book! The report from Florida last evening said that the little two legged was an Angel for the better part of the day.  Once it was time for bed the Angel did not agree & ring pops may or may not have been used as a threat to head upstairs!  I don’t know how he got hooked on ring pops, but we have created a tiny monster!

My sister and nephew are on Day 5 of working from home and as usual the little two legged has taken over my texts with his shenanigans!

8:14AM Time to brush our teeth and start the day.  Gotta get ready for all that sugar!

8:18AM PBS is showing yoga instead of children’s programming.  What?  My sister was depending on Sesame Street being the teacher today!

8:47AM Sugar has set in and the little two legged is running into the office bouncing and singing.  His lips are colored “ring pop blue” yet again! He is only allowed one per day, but he has convinced the household that it needs to be early in the day!

10:00AM Time for the morning walk to get the mail.  My sister mentioned to the little two legged that we should take off the dinosaur sweater since it is hot.  The little two legged has demanded to wear the sweater outside.

10:14AM The little two legged has sat down mid-walk and is demanding to know why my sister didn’t take his sweater off.  He is Dying!

10:25AM The little two legged has found the hidden snare drum.  Rufus has run for cover 7 states away!

10:39AM The little two legged has helped himself to a banana and is wearing Mickey Mouse Ears and the Dinosaur Sweater.

2:39PM The little two legged has informed everyone that the poop is coming.  My sister is now taking cover!

#Rescue #AdoptDontShop #ToddlerLife #WorkingFromHome

Whole Grain and Bran!

Day 4:  Rufus is exhausted!  He was up late last night on the phone with his little two legged buddy.  As my nephew was running around the house on a sugar high Rufus was howling in the background.  Every time the little two legged hears Rufus he yells “CAS!” (Cool Aunt Summer)  Due to the Quarantine Rufus is spending most of his time sleeping so we don’t have a lot of blog content.  I mentioned going outside today, but he is firmly planted on the couch! The little two legged is really hooking us up this week so Rufus made an agreement that he would make sure it “rained ring pops” if he keeps sending updates! While on the phone last night I asked the little two legged what he wanted in his next box and before he could answer his mom yelled “Whole Grain and Bran!”  Apparently our “stuck at home boxes” have featured too much candy and not enough whole grains! After the little two legged was able to get the phone back from his mom he told me he needed a dinosaur book.  Luckily our local bookshop is well stocked and shipped the book right away!  Didn’t even have to leave the house…

Meanwhile in Florida the little two legged’s dad had to go back to work today so my sister and nephew were left to their own devices!

7:47AM Day 1 without Dad.  How hard can this be? My sister made a wonderful breakfast for the little two legged, but he is throwing shade and ate a ring pop instead.

9:19AM Second Popsicle has been enjoyed.  Breakfast is still waiting if I want to fly down and enjoy it!

9:22AM The first meltdown of the day, but my sister told the little two legged he can’t do that so he went back to the family room to play.

9:42AM The little two legged found the Kleenex Box and has created a Tissue Dance!

10:00AM My sister scheduled a walk to try and break up the day and get some energy out of the little human.  Walk was a success, but now we are asking to carve pumpkins.  We do not care that it March…we want to carve pumpkins.

10:29AM The little two legged pops into the office to find out what my sister is doing.  Is she still working???

10:38AM Rufus sends the little two legged a video and he wants to carve pumpkins too. The little two legged is now yelling CAS!

10:47AM The little two legged took my sister’s art box and said “these are my toys” and walked away.

10:48AM Aunt CAS confirmed with Florida that markers have been removed from the art box.  Someone used markers to color the walls last night so there is a marker Quarantine in effect until further notice.

11:16AM Tiny human wants to know why we are not going to Publix for free sprinkle cookie?

11:32AM Just as my sister logs into a conference call the little two legged runs into the room and lets everyone know he went to the bathroom!

11:42AM The little two legged has 50,000 snacks and has found mom’s hidden fruit strips that cost $6 per box.  I have confirmed they taste amazing and that we should share!

12:18AM My sister has implemented a new plan.  Just let the little two legged do what he wants until she hears a loud crash at which time she yells “are you okay?” If he says yes she continues to work.

11:59AM The little two legged runs into the office and says “Hi Mom!  Bye Bye Mom!  See you soon!”

#Rescue #AdoptDontShop #ToddlerLife #WorkFromHome


40 Pound Bags

Day 3 of the Quarantine! Rufus got into it with the Fedex driver.  While unloading the 40 pound bags of dog food the driver mentioned that the government said we should not be stockpiling supplies.  HA!  With Rufus’ eating habits we will be lucky if the bag lasts us 10 days! When I mentioned that stat to the driver he said “How big is your dog?”  And that was the last word the driver said before Rufus was at the door.  Now he is upstairs playing on the Two Legged’s bed (Rufus…not the Fedex driver).  I cleaned the bedding so of course Rufus had to be the first on the blanket!  There is rain in the forecast so Bailey is maximizing yard time and even took a morning nap on the porch.  I picked up lunch from one of my favorite restaurants and their BFF, Jill, includes treats for the Four Legged.  Definitely a good day in Pittsburgh!

Meanwhile in Florida my sister and nephew continue to enjoy their time together!

9:00AM The little two legged needs his socks removed ASAP. They are killing him!

9:01AM The little two legged needs his photo taken with his ring pop.  He likes to keep me up to date on his snacking!  Not sure why ring pops are now a part of breakfast, but I have a feeling they will not be able to kick that habit!

10:21AM The little two legged is playing hide and seek with himself.  He is walking around the house with a blanket on his head and is in need of Eggs!

10:22AM My sister doesn’t realize her computer is not muted and while on a conference call tells the little two legged to use his opposable thumbs and get a Popsicle instead.

10:23AM Her entire office is laughing at her parenting!

10:55AM The little two legged is limping into the bedroom. (probably ran into something while the blanket was on his head) He is carrying a bag of Puffs and sees his other blanket.  He goes “oh blankie” and then sits down, stands up and walks away just fine with his Puffs.

11:35AM Since no one made him eggs and his opposable thumbs are tiny he ate an entire bag of Puffs.  I told my sister not to be judging us.  At a time like this we need Carbs!

Almost lunch time in Florida.  Wonder what the two of them are going to have?

#Rescue #Adopt #Puffs #Toddlers #WorkFromHome

Day Two From PA to FL

Day Two of 80% of America working from home!  I have worked from home for almost 3 years and after about 3 minutes of watching the news realize I already live the “quarantine lifestyle” on a daily basis!  Rufus is confused as to why the neighborhood children are not getting on buses and leaving for the day.  He really misses those buses that take them to wherever they go! Their constant outdoor basketball playing is interrupting his morning and afternoon naps!  He has gone outside twice to inquire as to why they are all here.  Bailey on the other hand is loving the kids and has spent most of the day watching them play.  Around lunchtime I took a quick break and started beef stew for tonight’s dinner.  When Rufus is not happy you need to have a lot of meat to turn his day around!

My sister and nephew continue to keep me laughing with their updates.  Enjoy!

8:26AM  Started the day with Green Pancakes for St. Patrick’s Day. Stop everything!  The garbage truck is outside and we must see the truck while enjoying another ring pop.

9:29AM The little two legged found the stash of fresh batteries and all of the Trains are ALIVE.

9:51AM The little two legged found the ergonomic rest from my sister’s desk and is wearing it as a hat.  Obviously she doesn’t need it!

10:40AM Trains have been seized by the “Florida Adults” and have gone into Quarantine hidden behind family photos out of the little two legged’s reach.  Being the cool aunt that I am (and based off the fact that I am several states away) I instruct the little two legged to take the house back by force if necessary!

11:05AM Knife is broken while trying to cut apart frozen hot dogs because one hot dog was not enough!

11:23AM The office has been infiltrated by the little two legged!  He is so proud of himself for winning the battle and taking mom’s chair!

11:53AM My sister attempted to use the restroom and the tiny human brought the playdoh into the bathroom for her to mold.  He is making the most of her breaks as not to bother her while she is working! (no photo of this endeavor!)

12:11AM My sister has confirmed it is considered essential travel to fly me to Florida to oversee the little two legged!

3:46AM The little two legged awakes from is nap and is demanding pasta.  Perhaps I gave him too much authority when I told him to “take the house even if by force!”

4:00PM The little two legged has discovered “Peppa Pig” saving the household from further attacks today!

#Rescue #AdoptDontShop #WorkFromHome #Toddlers #PeppaPig