Favorite Video Friday – #DogsFetchingBallsFail

December 5, 2014 4 comments

This morning's ball playing session with Jasper. #picstitchI always like to joke that Jasper is like the worst Wide Receiver in football. He has a terrible habit of running ahead and not looking back to see where I am throwing a ball. Thus, he often not only misses catching the ball, but he also often misses seeing where it landed. (Luckily, we have cue words that allows me to guide him to the lost ball.)

I think Jasper’s own #dogsfethchingballsfail history is what made me sit up and take notice when I came across this gem. I hope you will get a kick out of it.

Feel free to tweet your own pics of your dogs doing the same thing. You can tweet me directly @melspetpals. I would love to see them. :)

Happy Friday everyone!


Wordless Wednesday #216 – Braving the cold winter wind

December 2, 2014 10 comments

Yes. I tend to go a little overboard for my dogs. Am I alone?

November 30, 2014 29 comments

If you ask, I am sure many people would tell you that I tend to go a little overboard where my pets are concerned. (I know for sure my family would!) I tend to buy them things that I think will enrich their lives and make them happy.

I think in the case of my dogs, I wanted to make up for the bad lives they had early on. I also want them to have lives that is enriched by a wide variety of fun experiences. (What’s the fun in having a dog if you can’t enjoy the fun they have with you?)

So while I do have a logic behind what I do for my pets, I also know that I am not the norm.

After all, I …

Buy dog games for my dogs, just so they can work their brains on a cold winter’s night.

Waiting his turn

Can you help me mom? This one is hard! #doggames

Game night!

Have at least 20 tennis balls so my crazy Sheltie has plenty to play with throughout the year.

Ball in play #Sheltie

Jasper action shot

A morning walk alongside the Mississippi River with my sister and dogs. Jasper had fun. :)

Purchased a leather couch immediately after the last one got rained on (don’t ask) just so my puppy mill girl, Daisy, could have her “safe place” back again.
A rare moment. She let me take pictures of her.

Take my dogs to a wide variety of parks so they can explore something new and different.

Cupcake and Jasper on the footbridge. #lebanonhills #mn

Photobomb. Courtesy of Jasper.

I'm going in #Daisy

Hello turtle! #nature #sheltie #turtle

Hide treats in the yard so my dogs can have fun using their noses and their brains to find them.

Is there something in there? #doggames

I think there’s a treat in there.

Cupcake smells cheese. #doggames

Maybe the treat is in here!

I think mom his some treats under here. #doggames

Yup. There is most definitely a treat in there.

Even placed a step stool next to my tall bed just so my dogs can come up when they want.

The bed and the step up.

But this weekend I think I may have gone a little overboard (even for me). On a trip to Costco I found a dog bed that was the absolute ultimate in dog bed luxury.

How could I resist?

It contains orthopedic memory foam with cooling gel and has a plush pillow top cover. It’s softer than a baby’s bottom and it is so squish-able, in that memory foam kind of way, that even I want to lie down on it.

It’s too bad I didn’t think about the size. Hmmm… crazy? Overboard?

Maggie on the new dog bed.

So, what over-the top-kind of thing have you done for your pet(s)?

Black and White Sunday #106 – Paws Crossed

November 29, 2014 11 comments

Paws crossed.

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 – The Singing Shepherd

November 28, 2014 7 comments

I don’t know about you, but I like to sing. I sing in my house. I sing while driving in my car. And, I sing to my dogs, wherever we are.

Thankfully, they they do not seem to mind my singing, not even when I make up songs about them.

The only time I was ever joined by a singing dog was when our dear friend, Henry Carl, joined us for a jaunt to the dog park. Unfortunately, I’m not sure I can say with any certainty that it was because he loved my singing. Instead, I suspect he may have been crying out from the pain it brought to his sensitive ears.

Maybe that is what this German Shepherd pup was trying to convey, but his vocals were so impressive I could not help but share. I hope it will bring you a smile.

Happy Friday everyone!

We are thankful

November 27, 2014 12 comments

Two Shelties are better than one, but three Shelties are better than none.The Casa del Mel crew (Daisy, Jasper, Cupcake, Maggie and I) wants to thank you to all of you for being a part of the No Dog About It community. We love that you share your stories and your experiences with your dogs with all of us.

Knowing that many of you are not worrying about a lost dog, because yours came running back to you when you sat down or opened a car door, is  something I am truly grateful for.

Happy girl #DaisyHearing how Maggie’s story has helped many of you and your puppy mill dog is inspiring. I am grateful I can share your joy at the small steps forward. Each one is truly a celebration.

Knowing that many of you have found comfort here when you were faced with the pain of saying goodbye to a beloved pet is something I never expected, but I am so truly grateful for. It can be such a sad and lonely moment and it helps to have others who have been there before. I am beyond grateful to coniatthebeach, who has offered some of the kindest and most supporting words to those facing this difficult decision. Coni, I could never say what you do with such support and empathy. Thank you.

Wishing all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with friends, family, joy, laughter and your beloved pets. God bless all of you.


Wordless Wednesday #215 – Daisy from above

November 25, 2014 6 comments

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