I’m Just Here for my Knee


We have a Four Legged Down!  Bailey has been having trouble on the steps.  The first time she didn’t come downstairs I assumed she had done something silly, but then realized it seemed like she was stuck.  In true “Beverly Goldberg” fashion I googled her symptoms and was convinced she was dying.  Thankfully we have a rational and knowledgeable vet who easily determined that she has a sprained knee.  Crisis averted!

Rufus had a panic attack just knowing Bailey was going to the Vet!  As I left the house he was in the window melting down and had the neighbor’s dog in a panic.

Bailey is such a trooper.  Her knee must be killing her and as the vet moved it in thirty directions she was not happy, but continued to be her pleasant self.  There is not a mean bone in this gal’s body.   Her attitude shifted just a bit when he mentioned that she had gained 8 pounds since our last visit and absolutely needs to cut back on food and exercise more.  As he was talking she looked at him like “I’m just here for my knee…why are we talking about my weight?  I am still working on my holiday calories!”

She is on pain meds and an anti-inflammatory for the next few days.  The doctor ordered lots of rest, but next week we have to start getting back into a shape that is not so round!

#Rescue #OnTheMend


The Crazy Boy

Every once in a while the “crazy” Riley takes over the house.  Today is that day!  He has been a wild man since 9am.  He has been on the go playing in the snow, helping cook a turkey and driving the two legged and other four legged nuts.  Rufus is hiding in the two legged’s bedroom hoping Riley doesn’t find him.  Bailey is under my desk as a last ditch effort to tolerate her buddy.  He has “talked” all day long.  He just wants to play, chew on their ears and cause a general ruckus!

At his age I am thrilled to see him be so spirited, but I can tell you that rest of the house is hoping he will pass out soon!


A Rescue Of Course!


Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!  Go for the Rescue…Adopt Don’t Shop!

The Four Legged are in their glory this morning.  The Two Legged is home for spring break which means I will cook more delicious dinners, there is an extra person to snuggle with, and their best friend will spend hours playing with them! Last night they were all up late working on one final assignment.  Less than 24 hours into break and we have already been to the grocery store and fired up the grill!  Rufus says “Gonna Be a Good Week!”

#DrSeuss #Rescue #SpringBreak


Some of us are upstairs catching up on work while others are apparently sleeping in!  Are you comfortable Miss Bailey?  Can I get you anything?? This dog is such a character.  She is a love bug and unless the mailman or a stray cat is on the property she never barks.  Bailey will spend hours sitting on the porch or in my bed!

We are constantly asked “Why do you have 3 dogs?”  I would have 10 if we could afford it and our neighbors wouldn’t kill us! The key to my sanity–a fenced in yard and peanut butter filled Kongs. When all else fails call Grammie for busy bones!

This weekend there has been an influx of posts on social media about dogs in need of rescue.  2 Million Dogs each year are euthanized because of over population.  Dog ownership is not easy, but I urge you to consider adopting from your local rescue.  This is the time of year when “Christmas puppies” have been dumped and they need a second chance.  Not everyone can take on a Rufus, but who wouldn’t love a Bailey???

#Rescue #SundayMorning

Employee of the Month

Earlier this week I saw a post on social media about a gentleman who works from home and names his dog Employee of the Month every Month!  This gave us a chuckle and I decided we should start thinking about our own Employee of the Month.  It is a tight race, but I think Riley might be a little ahead of the competition.

Riley is never late for work and is always the first one up the steps to the office.  He is quiet on conference calls and never snores at work! He take minimal breaks and is more than willing to eat lunch at my desk.  Rufus and Bailey better step it up…February is almost over!




Three Hearts

National Love Your Pet Day!  According to the Four Legged this is everyday at our house!  These three can drive you nuts, but then they curl up in a little ball next you with their head in your lap and you instantly fall back in love.  I was out of town for a few days and the Four Legged had their BFF Jill stay at the house with them.  I told Rufus before I left that he had to cooperate as we are running out people willing to sleep with him!

Our plane was late so I arrived at home about 4am and tried to sneak in the house, but I was instantly greeted by barking, kisses, and pure excitement! I braced myself against the stove because Rufus was coming at full speed for a hug.  All 110 pounds of him was trying to climb me.  Bailey has not let me out of her sight since.  Shortly after getting home my little Riley realized that I had been hanging out with his cousin Mila and is giving me the stink eye!  He loves Mila and keeps checking my bags to see if she is going to pop out. Mila taught him how to jump from one couch to the other without touching the floor.  A game I just love!

Today is a snow day in the burgh and the Four Legged are loving it.  As I try to work they are in and out playing in snow, watching cars slide down the hill, and grabbing treats.  Riley would roll in the snow all day if you let him.  The perfect way to celebrate Love Your Pet Day!

#Adopt #AdoptDontShop #NationalLoveYourPetDay

PSA February


Public Service Announcement: February

Just a reminder to everyone that for your own safety and sanity you should not breed a Beagle with any large breed dog.  Beagles are adorable.  They are probably the cutest breed in my opinion.  When they are puppies their ears are full size so they trip over them.  Their ears hang in their water bowls while they are drinking.  Seriously…so darn cute!  BUT–Beagles are crazy when it comes to food.  They live in a world where they assume you are not going to feed them.  They are always hungry and with the exception of lettuce I have yet to own a beagle that didn’t love all food.  I have even seen a 20 pound beagle body slam a doberman into a dining room wall to steal their hamburger!

Beagles are crazy.  Now when they weigh 20 to 30 pounds and are about a foot off the ground you just keep food up and make sure there is not a chair near by for them to push to the table or counter.  (I’ve seen it happen)

Enter Rufus…

Rufus weighs 110 pounds and reaches the counter when standing on all fours.  If he goes up on his back legs he is taller than me.  (I’m 5’10)  So when you are trying to let a ham rest after cooking there is no safe place to keep the ham.  We ate dinner at 4:15pm yesterday because we had no choice, but to cut the ham and then put it safely in the fridge.  Rufus can reach every surface in the kitchen and dining room.  Thank you to the genius who thought it was a good idea to breed a beagle with a larger breed dog.  I had plans to finish work, clean my office and then eat dinner, but ham at 4:15pm became the new plan!

#Rescue #Ham