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Petmate Durabed Dog Bed

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 | Animals with 4 Comments

This Christmas the dogs earned themselves some nice big gifts. I bought myself a much needed used laptop that is spectacular and absofrickinlutely nothing wrong with it. I also bought myself a Nookcolor so I am able to read my books without having to take them back to the library before I am done reading them since I have limited time due to my classes. Best monies I’ve spent if you ask me.

I got the dogs a Petmate Durabed Dog Bed from PetSmart. Initially I did this because my first floor is concrete and since they are in the kitchen while I’m at work Pepper’s bed was getting sort of flimsy and she was having to keep getting up from the floor all the time. Pepper’s into her teenage years now and I wanted her to be up off of the floor and have an easier time getting in and out of her bed. So while I got one for Pepper I figured why not Stormy too so I can get rid of the extra large kennel that she was using to get some more space in my kitchen. I was mistaken on that part as you can tell how big these large beds are but I swear they LOVE them. I mean I just took this picture and usually Pepper is upstairs in her bed and Stormy is laying next to me on the couch.

Took me about 20-30 minutes each to put together and I did that last night. The beds can be washed if necessary and since I didn’t like how thin the filling was I put that old comforter on top of them which was big enough to spread across both. Best 40 bux/each I spent. The frames are metal so I’m hoping they will last a long time. I also bought some 1 1/4 in rubber leg tips so it won’t slide around on the tile floor. There are 4 different sizes and had Stormy been a little less weight I could have gotten away with the medium size but she’s close to 50 lbs so I went ahead with the large size as I don’t want it to collapse when she is in it. After having put it all together I could have gotten the medium because I’m sure it could take her weight.

Spoil your animals people, and do it with these beds.

Crazy Weather

Monday, October 25th, 2010 | Animals, Nature with 1 Comment

So the weatherman this morning said we’d get thunderstorms this afternoon. Sure okay, no problem. What he didn’t mention was all the havoc that came with these ones.

I get in the car and hope I get to hear a traffic report because I know it is going to be bad, the sky was already turning black. What luck, I get a traffic report until I heard it. Apparently all hell broke loose in Summerville with pouring rain and flying debris. Lightening struck some of our marshes and that was on fire. Then at the end they said this just in the water at the beach was on fire too!! Tons of accidents and now we have a tornado watch going on with hail here and there.

So I make it home through all of this to have to clean up the kitchen floor because one of the dogs had gotten sick :/ Nasty smell. I have the backdoor open right now to vent the place. Thank goodness for a covered back porch lol

Florida Bound

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 | Animals, General, Nature with Comments Off on Florida Bound

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Growing up we used to go to Florida on an almost yearly basis during the summer to visit my grandfather and great grandfather. I still go to Florida on my own vacations either by myself or with friends although I haven’t really had a vacation in almost 10 years and that will just have to change now that my car will be paid for next month. We never made it to any Disney attractions but I took myself to SeaWorld one year. I loved watching the penguins and even got a front row to see Shamu. I was drenched at the end of the show but luckily I was wearing my bathing suit at the time under my clothes.

The last time I was down there we stayed in Kissimmee for week on a spur of the moment kind of thing at the end of August. Each day we did only 1 major event. The first day food shopping of course. Then one day was a movie, another shopping at a pottery barn. Some of the things I cannot remember it has been so long but after that one event it was always pool time and then dinner and lounging. One day we were supposed to go to the Animal Kingdom but I left a couple days early and missed it. I wanted to walk through the Animal Park and see all the wildlife from Africa to Asia as well as take a tour through the jungle paths and the Cretaceous Trail which holds living plants and animals that have managed to survive since prehistoric times.

Next summer for sure I am going back whether with friends or by myself again. I plan on visiting the Animal Kingdom this time and hopefully get to play with some of the wildlife like the monkeys. At the very least maybe they will have a petting zoo. Staying at the Walt Disney World Animal Kingdom Lodge would be ideal since that is the place I am most excited to see and would most likely go near the end of August again because I think most families are heading home to get ready for school by then. I’d recommend every parent take their child to Walt Disney World because I feel like I’ve missed out on something even now since I have only seen SeaWorld.

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Does Your Pet Have Its Own Blog?

Friday, September 10th, 2010 | Animals with 1 Comment

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of the Cuteness Pet Community. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’ll admit it, if I still had my cat I’d probably have a blog for her. When I get my new cat I most definitely will start one for her too. I don’t see the point in having one for the dogs though because well, they just don’t do anything that spectacular compared to what my cat did. They cannot climb high places, toss everything off of my desk because it was in their way, nor swipe the knick knacks off a shelf. They can just sit there and look perty though.

At one point I had my cat in sort of a pet challenge where she was up against other cats and was winning at some point but then left it by the wayside. Pet Cuteness Community has a battlezone which is essentially pet challenges that you can submit your pets photos to enter against other animals. They are not limited to just cats and dogs either.

This particular pet community lets you set up a profile for your pet. For those who did not want to be known for having a blog for your pet, this is the community you can use because there are a lot of pet owners getting to know other pet owners just by setting up a profile of their pets here. Set up was super easy although the verification email did go to my spam folder so be sure to check that when registering. Already have Pepper up and running except for a picture and it took less than 3 minutes. Honestly, the bunnies are the cutest. If you think your pet can out cute a bunny send me a link.

If the community is not to your liking then check out their shopping section for your pet carriers, food, toys, etc. You can also rate the items listed so others can know if it is a good item or not. Since it is a fairly new community the learning section for pet groomers, breeders, veterinarians, rescues, etc is still not up yet but it is only a matter of time before we see a comprehensive list of services throughout the country.

Stormys Lost Weight

Friday, July 9th, 2010 | Animals with Comments Off on Stormys Lost Weight

Every now and then I check both the dogs collars to make sure they are not too tight or too loose depending on if they gain or lose weight. Now Stormy is overweight but recently her collar has been really loose which makes me think she’s losing too much weight too fast. Oddly enough when I checked Pepper’s collar hers was a little too tight. And I’m like what’s going on. Pepper is getting up there in age as she is 12 this year so this didn’t go over to well in my mind. She had some blood work drawn when she had her last surgery which I believe makes it about 4 or 5 surgeries now for either lipoma removal and/or her nails being quicked because they grow so freaking fast.

After a while I got to thinking about when I had them in puppy jail (ie the kennel) for when I was in Tennessee for our kidney camp. They immediately take their collars off when I drop them off and place cheap paper collars on with their names until I come back to pick them up. I figure they must have mixed them up when they put them back on the dogs right before I picked them up. Both of their ID tags fell off because the metal got rubbed away and both of their collars happen to be blue. Go figure.

All this makes me wonder though if I shouldn’t just get them both back in to see the vet to have them checked out just in case they weren’t mixed up. More money out of my pocket that I don’t have at the moment obviously and they both are healthy. Sometimes I wish pet insurance is comparable to our health insurance in price and what they pay for because it might be worth obtaining. Searching around to compare pet insurance might be worth my while. If I could find one that includes puppy jail even better. That’s at least a one time a year deal although if it were cheaper maybe more. Homeowners could use this for the liability part of it should an accident happen at the house. Think about it.

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Hawaii was Exempt

Saturday, February 13th, 2010 | Animals, Nature with 1 Comment

Hows that for ya USA? Every single state has gotten snow this year now except for Hawaii. Lucky lil SOBs. People down south can’t drive in snow. Hell, they can’t drive in rain but tack on cold weather, freezing ice on the roads and snow? Wooo boy look out. I read the paper this morning and there were between 60-80 accidents in a 12 hour period.

At least I didn’t lose power for any length of time. It did cut off/on about 5-6 times though. There is still some 40,000 odd homes without power. Of course the trees couldn’t keep attached with the snow and came crashing down. Heck, even some of the power lines didn’t have enough strength to stay up. I did get a few pictures though. Enjoy.


This was the very beginning of the snow. I had just left the gym from a class and was welcomed to that. I knew I still had to get to the store to get some stuff for the weekend since it was a long weekend for me. I needed to get stuff for the crockpot so I could munch on that all weekend and not leave my house. So far so good. Haven’t left at all today lol


This was taken at night before I refused to go back outside and look at the damage. You can see some flakes float on down in front of the lens as I took the picture. I needed a comparison for when I took snapshots in the morning obviously. Can’t really get a good feel of the depth because of the darkness but that’s all I had. By then the dogs weren’t too thrilled about having to walk through it much less pee or poo on top of it.

These few I snagged this morning. Obviously there is much more snow on the car than there was last night. Just now watching the news and they said we had upwards to 8 inches of snow overnight. Lucky me. I know my yard didn’t get quite that much but somewhere in town did. The walkway was covered last night though and thawed pretty fast in the morning.


Snapshot of a side view of the front of the house with some bushes. At least they are still standing.


Here are some shots of the backyard with one of the dogs out there. She didn’t like it much when the wind was kicking up and spitting some of the snow off of the tree limbs onto her. She kept hopping around and freaking out sort of and then ran to the door to be let in lol



This is the view of my next door neighbors backyard. She looks like she got more snow in her backyard than mine and as of now, most of it is still there too. There is a huge tree limb down in my other neighbors yard from the pine tree. Other than that, just watching me some Olympic games.