Dog sofa

I was looking for something unrelated on craigslist this afternoon and came across this in the free section. I’m still laughing because I know how hard it is to get MY dogs off of their couch when I’m trying to change the slipcover, much less sell it out from under them. Totally made my day.

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Dog therapists

Thanks to my dedicated team of home health care dog therapists, I am being well looked after today.

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Best. Medicine. Ever.

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Wow, I cannot believe I missed the entire summer. Those folks who are really observant will notice that my hair in the above photo is barely there. All spring I had not been feeling very well, mostly just drained and had no energy. I needed more and more naps in the afternoon. I had a swollen lymph node on my neck and a dry cough that wouldn’t go away since, like, December. Well, by mid-July, my temperature was spiking to 102, 103 and even 104 degrees, being brought down temporarily by a constant supply of aspirin. And everybody knows that can’t be good.

After nearly a month in the hospital, I received a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – which thankfully is 90% – 95% curable. Heaven knows there are much worse cancers or diseases one can have. Four days after my birthday in August, I had my first chemo treatment and like Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs, who was diagnosed with the same cancer almost a year ago, my expected treatment time is relatively short: six or seven months. God is good that I’ve got something curable and short-lived.

All through my extensive napping this past spring and summer, Rico has been glued to my side and lettering in varsity napping. Of course, Nemo is a professional, but for an active pup like Rico, putting the breaks on, curling up next to me every time he comes over, even not getting up when the other dogs go outside, this was a huge bonding commitment on his part. He’s almost ready to go pro.

I love this picture of him curled up on the pillow next to me, which I’ve often described to folks about his cuddliness, but hadn’t been able to get a good picture of before he’d move. Every night he spends with me, this is how we start off. Can you say, “puppy love”?

Online dating for dogs

Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Check out some of these hotties:

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BigBlackDogStudio: Online Dating for Dogs Album

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Pucker up!

Yesterday, Nemo and I went to Dogtoberfest here in town. Mr. Sociable was busy greeting all the people who came up to him as well as a whole lot of other dogs with mutual sniffing ensuing. Shot this cute photo of him at the tent of Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue. My dog is such a hunk, isn’t he? He could have made lots of money, but alas, we had other booths to grace.

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Btw, this is Nemo’s new FB photo (hee hee heeee)!!

Rico gets very emotional

I don’t know how I missed posting up this one from the other day ……. it’s so adorable! Heavy sighing, looking down the street, completely convinced his human is never coming home again. #LuvMyOtherDog

11-07-13 Rico believes Greg is never coming home

#LuvMyOtherDog

Seriously, how could I not??? Rico is so precious ….. and needy. At night when we go to bed, Rico has to get up on his pillow with his snout right next to my face, at least one paw stretched out touching me and will keep smacking me until I lay my hand over him. Once we get past this bedtime ritual, he will shuffle around until he gets comfortable, but this routine goes on every night he sleeps here.

In my studio space (read: garage), it’s much the same with his being able to reach me from the comfort and convenience of his dog chair. So what was I thinking when I shifted my laptop setup over one desk space the other day because now he can’t reach me from his chair. He has to touch or at least be able to touch at all times, so this change in decor has upset him a bit. All day yesterday, the little guy (okay, he’s 85lbs which isn’t that little, but he’s smaller than 130lb Nemo) kept pushing his nose up between the two chairs at me or climbing across the empty one from his dog chair. Gotta #LuvMyOtherDog !!!

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Me = dog dork

Since Rico’s human’s birthday is just two days apart from Rico’s, I absolutely couldn’t resist. Yeah, it’s totally dog dork of me, but hey. If you already know me, you’re not surprised. If you don’t already know me, well, what else do you need to know? 😀

Rico - Greg birthday card 10-18-13

Mirrors

….. are such fun! Once Nemo figured out that it was really him in the reflection and stopped stalking the large dog that was watching him, he relaxed – – – but he never really took his eyes off of that dog….. just in case. #LuvMyDog

10-08-13 Nemo at senior center

Valentine’s Day every day

I love how Nemo has been acting, and even more so lately. The more I work from home, the more adoring he is getting – not just those super happy moments when I come home at the end of a day or after going outside to get the mail out of the box, but on and off all day. He is such a huggy dog, it can’t help but make a girl feel good that she’s so loved by her faithful dog.

Back when I worked in mega-offices for twenty years, I always hated that poor Philphil (may he rest in peace) spent so much time at home alone waiting for me; now, I’m at a point in my life where I can spend nearly all day working here at home with Nemo nearby and be available to hug him whenever he wants – which is often.

Nemo Valentine

Getting some beauty sleep

While his human is away, Rico enjoys, nay, he revels in, the benefits of sleeping on the bed. Photo taken over my shoulder at 3:30 a.m. the other night and pieced together (thank goodness for automatic flash). #LuvMyOtherDog

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