Posts Tagged ‘dogs and tennis balls’

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)?

What do you hide from your dog?

May 15, 2014 36 comments

Yesterday I rushed home so I could take the dogs for a walk at the dog park before dark. After a quick potty break, I loaded the dogs up into the car and headed out.

Chuck itAs I drove down the street on our way there, I noticed a neighbor going into his garage. He had his hand behind hid back and in it he had a Chuckit Stick and ball. I started laughing. I can SO relate. If you have a ball-obsessed dog like Jasper, you know exactly how excited they get when they see the stick and ball.

I have been known to hide his ball and Chuckit behind my back too. He gets WAY too excited when he sees it, especially when we go to the dog park where toys are allowed. It is much easier to get him inside the park before I show him the stick and ball.

I don’t know about you, but I have had to hide a few things from my dogs over the years:

  • Dog treats
  • Peanut butter
  • People food
  • Me leaving home (Cupcake carries on when I leave.)
  • The water jug (Jasper likes to attack the water as I dump it out of their outdoor water dish.)

I am not above admitting that I have even snuck into the kitchen while the dogs were sleeping and quietly opened a package of treats (for me)  just so my dogs don’t come running to the kitchen to see if they can grab a piece of fallen food for themselves. I don’t know if you know this, but Sheltie ears are quite good at hearing package wrapping being removed. Cupcake is definitely the queen bee in this area.

I’ve got to think I am not alone in hiding things from my dogs, so I thought I would ask you.

What do YOU hide from YOUR dogs?



A dog and his ball (in pictures)

December 6, 2012 22 comments

For those of you who read my blog, or follow me on Facebook, you know that there are two loves in my dog Jasper’s life – sticks and balls. He has an extreme obsession with them and is relentless in letting me know it. Today, I thought I would share Jasper’s ball obsession… in pictures.

Jasper loves his ball (this applies to any ball, but most especially the one he has at that moment).


He loves chasing his ball…



Catching his ball….





Waiting for you to throw his ball…





Staring at his ball…



Holding his ball…





And, pleading with you to throw his ball just ONE MORE TIME…


Wordless Wednesday #32

February 23, 2011 9 comments

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