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Showing posts with label dogs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dogs. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

dog days at the park

Today we went to the dog park. It was a momentous occasion - neither dog had been before! The county we live in doesn't have a county accessible dog park, but now we have access to one that we can utilize.

katelyn carter dog park

The park was well kept and very nice. It had a water fountain for creatures of the two- and four-legged variety. There was a covered trash can and access to poop bags. I'd been to dog parks before with none of those luxuries, so it was good to see.

katelyn carter dog park

There weren't any other dogs there today and we didn't stay long because it was around 88 degrees, but they had fun having a little freedom. They'd both have more if someone (ahem, Jeffery the wandering sharpei...) didn't run off every chance at freedom he got. We left a little earlier than I had anticipated, though, because someone pulled up with some very large dogs while we were lounging in the shade and since this was our first trip off leash and they were already tired and hot, I figured we should head home.

We'll definitely be back to visit on a cooler day! Right now, they're sprawled out on the bed fast asleep. Bums.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

the life of a dog mama (and 7 weird things)

the life of a dog mama katelyn carter lucky bandit blog

I am a Dog Mama.

Sure, I could be labeled as a Dog Owner, but it's more than that. 

I don't claim that my dogs are the equivalent of human children. Of course they're not - they can't open doors and fall down the steps, open the dish detergent and spread it in the kitchen floor, or pinch me with their little grubby fingers. I don't have to save for college, I just have to clean up their slobber when they get excited. Oh wait, so do human parents...

Jokes aside.

Having dogs could not make me happier. I come home, they're happy to see me. I can look like a lunatic in clothes that are fifteen sizes too big and eat cookie dough on the couch and they're happy to see me. I could be sick as all get out and they still cuddle. You get it.

I'm the mama to two amazing dogs. Jeffery, a former stray sharpei, and Kaine, a rescued American bulldog. I personally rescued Jeffery off the side of the road, horribly skittish and formerly abused (his story is a doozy for another time), and Robbie had rescued Kaine before I met him. We really lucked out with these guys. They're great - they're impeccably housetrained (they came to us that way), they only chew their own toys, and they listen really well. I'm not one to boast, but come on, they're really good dogs.

lucky bandit katelyn carter dogs

They have a bit of a lazy side, too.

So how do I know I've crossed from Dog Owner to Dog Parent? Here are a few bizarre things I do relating to the dogs:

1. Shopping trips aren't just for groceries and toilet paper anymore.
I go down the pet aisle whether I need something or not. I'm sure there's a toy on sale that they'd love, or some new organic treats they might find tasty. Is a pet store near my planned shopping destination? Of course I'm going to pop in "just to take a look". And probably walk out having spent $30 on toys they'll destroy in five minutes but it makes them happy so I had to buy them just so they had the fun of destroying them.

2. They're included on my souvenir list.
I don't know how many times I've said  - "We need to find something for the boys - I told them I'd bring them something". This could be when we visit my mom and stepdad in Tennessee or if we just take a day trip to Richmond.

3. I tell them where I'm going when I leave the house - so they don't worry.
I've been told I am utterly ridiculous for this one. I always tell the boys where I'm going ("Off to work, guys!"), how long I'll be ("It'll probably be a late night, guys."), and that I love them. Every time I leave the house. I know they can't actually perceive that I will be gone all day and that they still miss me, but I like to think that maybe they do understand and it gives them peace of mind.

4. Dog hair doesn't matter anymore.
Do I own a lint roller? Yes. How is there any hair left on the boys when it's all over my clothes? I don't know. I used to care. I used to lint roll before I left the house. And before I catch any crap - we sweep. We vacuum. Frequently. We have hardwood floors - there's no carpet for the hair to stick to, so it floats and whisps and swoops around. My method of minimizing the hair is to take the clothes from the dryer, put them directly away, and get dressed immediately before leaving the house. It's the best way I've found other than spending trillions of dollars on lint rollers.

5. I ask them how their day was.
When I get home from work I've usually been gone at least eleven hours. I always ask them "What did you do today, boo?" and though they don't answer, it's become quite the habit. I like to assume they're recounting their days - nap, chewed on bone, nap, laid in that sun spot, drank some water, nap, tore apart a toy, nap.

6. They get every pizza crust.
I know, they're not supposed to have people food. We feed them very high quality grain free food, so when we have pizza I give them my crusts. They've learned what a pizza box looks like. I do like to have them try vegetables we cook, too - obviously not anything that could harm them (I have the toxic food list memorized), but I'll have them try things like zucchini. Jeffery loves tomatoes, cooked/raw/sauce, he's not picky. We found that one out after he stole a garden tomato off the back porch thinking it was a toy.

7. I have a fierce, fierce loyalty to them.
Don't talk about my dogs. Don't yell at my dogs. Don't joke about my dogs. I protect them with the fierceness of a mama alligator (I even googled "most protective mothers in the animal kingdom" so I could be accurate). I am aware that Jeffery has a face that only a mother could love. Do not tell me this, I think he's the cutest dog I've ever seen and I will be irate that you said it. You know those stories of mothers doing insane things to save their children? One car is nothing - I'd throw that thing a mile to save these pups.

Guys, I know I'm weird when it comes to my dogs. I don't have human children, so they're my children. They love me unconditionally, why wouldn't I treat them like kings?

Monday, October 06, 2014

great gifts for dog lovers

Great Gifts for Dog Lovers

As a proud dog mama to our two rescues, I love getting dog related gifts. If you have one of those friends like me (or you're that friend), here's a nifty little gift guide to help you out if you just have no idea what to get that crazy dog mama or papa.

1. The Business Trip Bliss Top in French Bulldog from Modcloth
How adorable is this shirt? Perfect for that career minded friend that loves her pooch.

2. Housebroken Clothing's Shar Pei T-Shirt
I'm a sucker for anything shar pei. While I'm against breeding, we have two purebred rescues (25% of shelter dogs are purebred - but I love mixed breeds!), and I absolutely love breed specific items. Housebroken Clothing has several breeds to choose from!

3. Vans ASPCA Dog Slip-ons
Okay, come on. Shoes with dogs on them?!

4. Modern Dog Magazine
I got a subscription to Modern Dog magazine last year. I absolutely love it. I know magazines aren't exactly a tangible gift at the time of gift giving, but the dog lover in your life will thank you.

5. This Hanging Greeting Sign from Uncommon Goods
Spice up your friend's door with this quirky sign.

6. The Happy Hot Dog Clock in Orange from Bobby Berk Home
This would look really neat in a funky kitchen or small bath.

7. These Bulldog Slippers
You can never have too many pairs of slippers.

8. Pooch Related Jewelry
My mother actually got me the 'I Love My Dog' Pandora charm for my birthday, and I love it. It's not over the top, but clearly declares my love for my pups. This wire charm necklace from Metropark is adorable, too!

9. TOYS!
Sometimes, us dog people are just as happy with receiving gifts for our pups instead of something for ourselves. Their little wagging tails make our day. Target has some pretty cute toys, like this dragon and this lion.

And there you have it! Have fun picking out those gifts!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

diy t-shirt dog toy

diy tshirt dog toy katelyn carter

First, let me say that I did not create this DIY. I just want to show you my version. For the original tutorial, check out She Knows. I thought this was a great, quick little DIY for those old t-shirts and tennis balls that most dog parents inevitably have lying around.

diy tshirt dog toy katelyn carter

You'll need a few supplies. I grabbed this t-shirt out of our donate bin, my fabric scissors (these babies cut fabric like a hot knife in butter), and an old tennis ball that was under the tv stand (yeah, that's how we roll in our house).

diy tshirt dog toy katelyn carter

Make a few simple cuts. You'll end up with a super crop top and some fabric tubes. Unless you want to rock said crop top, toss it, and cut your tubes so they're strips.

diy tshirt dog toy katelyn carter

"Ma! Pet me! Why are you paying more attention to that t-shirt?"

diy tshirt dog toy katelyn carter

diy tshirt dog toy katelyn carter

This part is especially hard if you have a tennis ball fiend and an attention lover at your side. Kaine stole the ball twice and Jeffery kept walking all over everything trying to get me to pet him. After you have your strips, make an X and wrap the tennis ball in them and secure with your little piece of fabric. I wrapped this a little differently and wrapped three times, made a knot, wrapped it opposite and made another knot, then triple knotted it again on the opposite side.

You'll end up with little tails - make a few cuts, braid them, snip the ends, and you're all set!

diy tshirt dog toy katelyn carter

diy tshirt dog toy katelyn carter

diy tshirt dog toy katelyn carter

Kaine is our resident toy enthusiast. He loved it.

**Remember to always watch your pets with any toy you give them. If any part of a toy is tattered, broken, or coming apart, throw the toy away.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

humane society of caroline county fun dog show 2014

Last Saturday Jeffery and I went to the Caroline County Agricultural Fair and participated in the Humane Society of Caroline County's Fun Dog Show.

We had initially intended to only participate in the costume contest, but some of the other contests seemed pretty fun and we had a nice group of participants that encouraged us to try. I'm glad we did!

(All photos courtesy of the Humane Society of Caroline County.)

katelyn carter dog show caroline county

Jeffery was dressed as Carl from Disney's Up - I made his costume myself. His little sweater (all the clothing was thrifted - I actually cut the sleeves off of a Calvin Klein boy's shirt for this, haha) came undone so you can't see his candlestick cane with mini tennis balls, but he was so adorable. A huge thanks to Megan and Neeti at Legends - we lost two balloons, but the third stayed up just enough for him to show!

katelyn carter dog show caroline county

He actually ended up taking home the blue ribbon for the costume contest! I was so proud! Other than trying to play with a few of the other dogs (which were so sweet), Jeffery had such good behavior.

katelyn carter dog show caroline county

katelyn carter dog show caroline county

We actually ended up taking home two more blue ribbons - the musical hoops, which was a version of musical chairs, and the tennis-ball-in-spoon relay. We got second in the biscuit stacking contest. It was so fun!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

we had a busy day yesterday!

Yesterday Jeffery and I went to the 12th annual Richmond SPCA Dog Jog and 5k Race. It was a lot of fun! We got there early, which in the future I will not do. Don't get me wrong, I love my dog, but it's exhausting tugging an excited dog around that really just wants to sniff every other dog's butt.

I haven't told Jeffery's story here on the blog yet (that's to come!), but from what he was when I found him as a dumped stray, he's come an amazingly long way. Of course he was excited with the dozens of other dogs there. He did really great with people petting him and dogs checking him out. He really loves big dogs - after all, his brother, Kaine, is an American bulldog. He had no qualms of running up to huge dogs and gettin' all in their business. 

sharpei dog jog katelyn carter

We picked up our registration packet then headed back outside to look around at the vendors a bit. We met lots of adorable puppies - a gorgeous Irish Wolfhound, tongue-lolling labs, a really pretty Akita puppy, and a few Great Pyrenees. As far as I could tell, Jeffery was the only sharpei there, unfortunately. He's really the only sharpei I've ever seen in person, and I'd love to meet some more!

Around 11am the Dog Jog was due to start, so we lined up and waited for the signal.

sharpei dog jog katelyn carter

Once we started, Jeffery did great. We walked beside an absolutely beautiful Italian Mastiff for a bit, then Jeffery was back on his mission to be at the head of the pack. Since the Dog Jog was only a mile, we finished pretty quickly and headed back to the car to start the hour drive home (though that will be cut in half once we move!).

sharpei katelyn carter

Someone was a really tired puppy. He slept and panted most of the way home. But the fun wasn't over yet! We stopped by my grandparents house so they could see him. When he was initially "caught", I lured him into their fenced in front yard with bologna. They saw a lot of him, and my grandma was the first person after me to touch him. They love him like their own. Of course my grandpa fed him a can of food while we were there because he'll never be fat enough for them, even though he's fed more than enough at home!

When we went to leave I noticed my brother next door so we walked down to see him. Jeffery met someone new - the horses!

sharpei horse katelyn carter

He was really curious. The horses, not so much. 

sharpei horse katelyn carter

After a few minutes and my brother remarking how clean Jeffery is now compared to when he first came to me as a stray, we packed up in the car and headed for home. This little puppy was tired. He came home, ate his bully stick, and took a nap.

sharpei katelyn carter