Favorite Video Friday – “Happy” Doggie Style

April 4, 2014 7 comments

I am in love with Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy.” I find myself singing it in the car, in the shower and at work. I even watch the 24-hour happy fest on 24hoursofhappy.com on occasion. What can I say? It makes my feet move.

Maybe that’s why this doggie version of his song was such a hit with me. I bet you’ll be singing it to yourself all day long. :)

Happy Friday everyone!

What the heck breed is a Teddy Bear dog anyways?

April 3, 2014 26 comments
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Teddy Bear

That is the question I posted on my Facebook page last night. I asked the question after seeing a posting for a missing dog that listed the breed of dog as Teddy Bear. Ummmm… What?

Two thoughts immediately ran through my mind when I read that posting:

  1. What the heck is a Teddy Bear?
  2. Who the heck is going to know what a Teddy Bear is so they know what to look for?

I can reassure you that the dog has since been found (thank goodness), but it led me to ask the question of my friends “What kind of breed is a Teddy Bear dog?”

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Teddy Bear (Listed on the same site as the picture above.)

 

Here are some of the answers I received:

  • A pom mix?
  • Never heard of it.
  • Shichon or cross between a shih tzu and bichon.
  • Also called a Zuchon.
  • Bichon and Pom and Shitzu (I think).
  • It can be any mix usually toy anything that will sell.

I Googled it and came up with this:

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Teddy bears are “designer dogs,” hybrids of two or more breeds. Most commonly, their parents are Shih Tzus and bichon frises or bichon-poodle mixes, although breeders continue to experiment with adding other dogs, such as schnauzers, to the gene pool. Because of their small size and sweet nature, teddy bears can be perfect pets whether you live in an apartment or a large house.

Apparently, according to this page, they are also great therapy dogs, perfect for people with allergies (yeah, right), and smart and easy to train. 13_8_2012_12_30_44_SAMYOAD-233x300

The most likely reality is they are also mutts (yes mutts) with a cute name and numerous health issues that cost thousands of dollars and were raised by puppy millers looking for another quick buck. I can’t wait for the new waves of puppy mill breeding dogs soon to be headed to your local shelter (after a raid of a breeding facility).

To steal a phrase from a friend (Thanks Marie!): “Good Grief. People will do anything to say they have a “rare or special” dog breed won’t they?”

Yes. And, people will pay anything for a dog with a cute name.

 

Wordless Wednesday #181 – The Camera 360 Effect

April 1, 2014 18 comments

The perfect Sunday morning.

March 31, 2014 12 comments

Happy girl #DaisyI woke up today smiling, thinking about what a great day it was yesterday. 60 degrees. Windows open. Snow melting. Dogs playing. Don’t we all want to know that our weekend was well spent?

It got me to thinking about what made yesterday such a lovely day. Here are just a few of the things that made my day:

  • Waking up to the sun peaking through the blinds.
  • Listening to the male cardinals singing their love songs to all the little ladies in town.
  • Cuddle time with Daisy (she loves her morning belly rubs).
  • Playing ball with Jasper before all the neighbors are up and about. Just me, him, and the cardinals.
  • Soaking up the sun shining through the windshield on the way to the dog park.
  • Listening to From the Fire by Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald on the way there.  It always seems to center my soul.
  • Walking at the dog park without a jacket and watching the dogs run through the woods and say hello to their buddies.
  • Walking and laughing with friends.
  • Talking to mom on the way home.
  • Playing ball in the backyard with the dogs.
  • Taking an afternoon nap.
  • Reading a good book.

To me that is a perfect Sunday, what does your perfect Sunday look like? 
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Black and White Sunday #77 – Skyscapes

March 29, 2014 17 comments

The last remnants of snow.

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Clouds over the dog park

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My thanks to our hosts for this blog hop Dachshund Nola and Sugar The Golden Retriever.

Unfortunately, WordPress.com doesn’t allow Java script so I can’t provide a direct link to the linky, but you can join here.

Favorite Video Friday – Running around on the bed

March 28, 2014 8 comments

It’s Friday and I feel like celebrating. It’s the end of the work week AND we are looking at 60 degrees by Sunday.

OMD! Could it be? Spring????

Could spring really be on its way? [Well no, 12 inches of snow are expected on Tuesday. But, who cares??]

I want to celebrate!

This weeks video seemed the most appropriate for the day. It features Mr. Pepper, a dachshund, who has just been let on the bed for the very first time. PARTY!!!

Insert me running around on the bed saying “Spring is here! Spring is here!”

Too disturbing? That’s okay. I get it. Mr. Pepper is much cuter anyways. :)

Happy Friday everyone!

Wordless Wednesday #180 – Up Close and Personal

March 25, 2014 23 comments

 

 

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