Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Ramsey and Chad!

On March 27th, we celebrate Chad's and Ramsey's birthday around our house. Can you believe they were born on the same day, years apart? Clearly it was meant to be between these two.

I was wondering where we rated in the "crazy dog people" pool, and if others celebrate doggie birthdays at all, or perhaps the way we do - with some extra loving, some extra treats, and maybe a fun outing for the day.

Monday, March 26, 2012

go to bed, Pablo!

Pablo is a night owl. Nocturnal. Up at the crack of dark.

This morning my alarm went off at 5:11 am. I'm weird about alarms - I always set them on a odd number, and never on a 5. Nevermind my slight OCD - snoozing the alarm is probably one of my favorite pastimes. I spend hours a week snoozing after the first alarm sounds on my phone. It's likely not the best, healthiest form of sleep, but it makes me feel like I'm getting away with something. Breaking the rules a little before I give in to the corporate giant for the next nine hours of my day.

But Pablo, his favorite thing is to do

Saturday, March 24, 2012

follow via email

Just a quick note, I finally figured out how to make this blogging thing a little easier to follow. On the right side of the page, you should now see a "Follow by email" box. If you enter your email address, it'll send you a quick note, which you have to confirm, and then you'll get updates whenever something new is posted here.

Don't worry, I won't spam you. Pinky swear. I work in IT, and email spam is one of my least favorite things in the world.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

dog language

I've come to realize that we all speak slight different "languages" to our dogs. I'm assuming most of the differences are the products of our upbringings - things our parents said, or that we've heard our friends say to their dogs (or maybe kids).

It's really apparent at our house, where our kids dogs were raised separately for so many years, listening to our individual "languages." For example:

For going to sleep at night:
Chad says: "puppies ready to go nuh-night?!"
Brandy says: "puppies wanna go to bedtime?!"

Monday, March 19, 2012

Ramsey the Guard Dog

Don't worry, don't worry, we don't really encourage our dogs to be guard dogs - at least, not in the Hollywood-movie, killer-chihuahua-doberman-behind-the-junkyard-fence type guard dogs.

They do all bark at strange noises, and sometimes not-so-strange noises (really, Pablo - EVERY time I close the bathroom door?). The difference between them all, though? Suvi barks because she wants whomever is outside to come in so she can lick them to death. Pablo barks 'cause he's sure whomever is outside wants to steal his breakfast or his babies, and Ramsey barks because

Friday, March 16, 2012

traveling without puppies

We've traveled quite a lot over the last year, and it never fails, we post Facebook photos and the comments include "who's watching Ramsey, Pablo and Suvi??"

Well, we have the most amazing friends, family, and pet sitters in the history of the world, and they all help us out! Mostly, we rely on our friends Robbie and Danielle, who have been Ramsey and Pablo's puppy sitters for years. They lived right near Chad before, but we love them so much we asked them to continue being our puppy sitters even when we moved a few miles away, and luckily they agreed.

This means we can travel worry-free, because our pups get to be at home, with people they know and love, and that we trust completely. We are trying to plan a few dog-friendly roadtrips this summer though - maybe up to the North Shore of Lake Superior, Michigan, or somewhere in Southern MN.

What do you all do with your pups when you travel? Do you have a favorite kennel? Great dog-sitters? Or maybe your four-legged buddies travel with you everywhere you go?

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Snuggle puppy weather

It's been perfect snuggling weather around here lately. I couldn't believe how many puppy snuggle pics I found on my iPhone today - from just the past two weeks!