Sunday, July 29, 2012

Black and White Sunday #2

We are teaming up this week with You Did What with Your Weiner and Dachshund Nola to host a Black and White Sunday blog hop. Black and White Sunday is now an official blog hop, so hop along with us!  Please keep in mind that this is a soft launch of the blog hop, as are still working out some technical stuff.
Want to join the hop? Just follow the rules below, click on the link below and connect your post.
1) Please ONLY SUBMIT A PHOTO. Black and White Sunday was created as a way to give bloggers a break from writing and to connect with more bloggers by not having to read through an entire blog post. If you MUST include text, please keep it to a bare minimum (preferably a sentence or two).

2) Please only submit a black and white photo (no color). The goal is to get people to try something different and step outside of their comfort zone.
3) Right click and copy the badge (we are currently working on developing a code for it). Paste it into your post so others know that you are participating in the hop.

Saturday, July 28, 2012


Whatever makes you happy!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

D's Birthday Photos

Here are just a few pictures of D's birthday dinner at Anton and Michel's' in Carmel, CA.  Elegant décor and old world charm are just a few words to describe the atmosphere - and the
food was pretty outstanding.  We had a three course dinner that consisted of a soup or salad, your choice out of six very appealing entrees, and the chef’s dessert of choice.  We left quite full and very satisfied. When we got home the girls were eagerly waiting to open presents with their papa.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Blog the Change for Animals

Last week I shared with you our dog rescue story and today we are joining Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue, a special online global event held on July 23, 2012 stressing the importance of dog adoption. is proud to partner with Blog Catalog, Dog Rescue Success and YOU to harness a
global online community to help save the lives of dogs in need.

My Dog Rescue Story

On October 3, 2010, D and I went to our local pet store to pick up a few items for our Golden Retriever – waste bags, some treats, and maybe a toy.  There was an adoption drive going on that day, sponsored by a local rescue outfit.  As we passed by the area where they had set up shop, we noticed the sweetest little creature walking among a group of children, passing from lap to lap.  This little Dachshund caught my husband’s eye, and I suspected that we’d be circling around to see her again.  A few steps down the first aisle, D confirmed my suspicion, declaring, “I’m going back to look at the dog.”  I continued on to
gather the items on our list.

When I rounded the corner back to the adoption area, I knew almost immediately that we’d be giving the dog a new home; the look in D’s eyes told me so.  It turns out that the group of kids we’d seen with the dog when we first came in were all from one family, whose mother had been on the phone trying to talk her husband into okay-ing the adoption; evidently it hadn’t worked. 
We had previously discussed adding another furry friend to our family (down the road, of course) but the opportunity didn’t just drop – it JUMPED into our lap and we had to consider it a gift. This little girl, originally named Betty Jane by her foster mother, quickly became ‘Penny’ on our drive home; Penny just sounded like it should be her ‘forever’ name.  The agency told us that she had originally been owned by an older lady in the process of retiring and moving, who was not able to care for her dogs any longer.  I don’t know how many foster families Penny had stayed with after having been given up, but her last foster family had wonderful things to say about her.
This was the first adoption for either of us.  We were aware that there were going to be some adjustments for everyone as the dog acclimated to new surroundings – and a new sibling. We knew that we were going to have to deal with a few curveballs - both immediately, and down the road. How old was this dog? Had she been well cared for? Was she well-adjusted? Housebroken? Socialized? We also knew that the process of answering these questions could take some time; we could ask Penny any of those questions as many times as we wanted - she couldn't answer. 

The first day was simple enough. While not completely at ease, Penny seemed happy to have two warm laps to inhabit; we still kept a careful lookout for any snarling or snapping, either at us or at our Golden.  The first night we discovered that Penny really didn't like night time. We put her in her crate without too much fuss or resistance, but once the lights were out and she couldn't see us, the crying started.  We mitigated this easily enough by putting her crate up on an ottoman next to our bed so that she could hear or smell us better.  It worked really well in the long-run, though for about two weeks the first twenty minutes of bed time every night were rough.
Penny tolerated our Golden’s curiosity and “hey-are-you-my-new-play-buddy?” attitude remarkably well, but overall she was at best indifferent toward her new sister. D and I practiced getting the dogs together, making them share the same lounging space. Penny didn't seem to be terribly interested in fetch or tug-of-war, or much else beyond lounging.  She may have snarled once at the Golden, but never got possessive over food or any toy that may have captured her attention.  This was a big relief considering D’s tales
of his family’s Dachshunds.
The first real surprise with the new dog was the fleas.  We’d never had to deal with them before.  Penny definitely didn’t dig our numerous attempts to rid her of her riders… bathing, bathing, bathing and more
bathing.  She also didn’t care for her first visit to our Vet’s office, where she was diagnosed with a mild yeast
infection in her ears; not uncommon in floppy-eared dogs.  She weighed in at 14.4 lbs. – a little on the
chunky side for her long frame.  What we did learn from the vet was that she is was just a little over a year old, and had probably given birth to a litter or two before she found herself at Ginger’s Pet Rescue.

Our first attempts at crate training were quite interesting to say the least.  Penny was not used to
being in a crate, and she exhibited a lot of separation anxiety.  Every day we were changing the bedding… it
was as though every time we left the house, Penny was sure we weren't coming home, so she relieved herself.  We were really sad about this.  How was it that she could hold it all in for eight hours a night, but couldn’t last even three hours during the day when no one was around? D and I spent a good deal of time patiently introducing the crate to Penny as her own safe place to relax when no one was around.
Now let’s fast forward to the present…  None of the issues Penny exhibited persisted beyond about four months (don’t worry, the fleas only took two weeks to eliminate), though she was – and still can be a tad ‘talkative’ – when no one is in the house.  After the first month of adjustment, Penny began to wow us with new, crazy and hilarious personality traits, beginning over the Thanksgiving weekend with the most incredible
frenzied romp in the snow. Just about every week after that something unique would emerge that just made our hearts jump with joy.  This dog really loved us, and our patience was paying off!  She’s now a svelte 10
lbs. girl (who still does not care for baths) who willingly runs into her crate when we tell her to go to bed; who – when not in someone’s lap – is snuggled up so tightly with Luna that it makes your heart melt; who actively seeks out play time with her sister.

Penny definitely has her little quirks (like finding her voice now at almost three years of age) but to think of ourselves without her in our lives is unimaginable.  While I’m sure the trials we faced were mild compared to many others, our adoption story is really about pushing ourselves out of comfortable routine, patience, and
wanting more than anything to be a second chance for a beautiful, blameless creature that someone else has given up on!
Here are a few ways you can join this topic of conversation-
  • Blogging about a Dog Rescue related topic on July 23rd, 2012
  • Adopting a companion:
  • Donating to a local dog rescue organization
  • Fostering a dog
  • Volunteering at a local shelter or rescue organization
  • Sharing this post across all forms of social media and
    encourage others to participate!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Black and White Sunday #1

We are teaming up this week with You Did What with Your Weiner and Dachshund Nola for our first installment of Black and White Sunday.  I have recently been experimenting with the black and white setting on my camera, so to have a weekly scheduled posting will keep me practicing with it.

Friday, July 20, 2012

‘Tuesday Trekkers’ or ‘Pipers Parade?

On Tuesday Penny and I walked with our new dog group - and I am ashamed to say that I still don’t know this particular groups name, but they either call themselves the ‘Tuesday Trekkers’ or ‘Pipers Parade’. Today’s walk included a lunch at a nearby dog friendly patio, and knowing this would be taking place I opted to leave Luna at home.  I knew that managing a bouncy Golden, an Iditarod racer, and a camera was going to be a bit much.  Here are a few photos of the group – and let’s just say that I am totally envious of you professional dog photographers out there! 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Smart Dog USA Photo Contest

Say Cheese! 

Smart Dog USA is having a photo contest and you can help us win!  You can help us out by visiting Smart Dog USA's Blog and responding to our photo in anyway you want.  You can -
  • Like it!
  • Tweet it!
  • Email it!
  • Spread the news on Google+
  • Share it on LinkedIn.
  • Share it on Facebook.
They will keep track and combine the total number of interactions for each photo. The winner will be the one with the highest number of activity and they will count the number of interactions on July 31st, 2012. This gives us exactly 14 days to work hard.
So! Spread the news, share it with your dog’s friends, the neighbor, Pet sitters, Dog walkers, Everyone! They will announce the winner on August 1st, 2012. Wish us luck!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Smart Dog USA Travel Bowl Winners

And the three winners who will be receiving a collapsible travel bowl by Smart Dog USA are... Loretta, Jessica, and Carmen!  I have sent you an email requesting your information.  Thanks for playing, and thanks to Smart Dog USA!!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Wordless Wednesday #95

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Sunday Well Spent

“A Sunday well-spent brings a week of content.”

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Cannery Row

This weekend D and I walked down Cannery Row - a touristy street lined with sardine fisheries, fish house pubs, and a whole line up of boutique and gallery shops.  It was a little overwhelming with the 80 plus stores to look into, but the few that we shopped in made you feel like you were discovering some kind of historic hidden treasure.  We passed through candy shops, chocolate shops, gourmet food and wine shops (our favorites were the candy and garlic shops) … and even got to sample clam chowder that was being handed out on the Row.  Needless to say I walked out of there with a few bags in hand and cannot wait to go back
for more.
Talk about some serious eye candy!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Pacific Coast Highway

If driving the Pacific Coast Highway isn't on your bucket list, it should be.  No picture will do it justice, and whether it’s the millions of spots to take pictures, or the white knuckle driving of a two lane narrow road with no guard rail and a cliff two hundred and something feet down to the ocean below, it’s definitely worth a drive!  I should get double points for marking this off of my bucket list as not only have I driven this highway, I now live just a few minutes from this spectacular view.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

My Sleeping Dogs

Seriously, why would I want to get out of bed when I can cuddle with these two?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Review & Giveaway - Smart DogCollapsible Travel Bowl

Company - Smart Dog USA - - they supply travel solutions for dogs.
Product - Large Collapsible Travel Bowl With Carabiner.
What it is – It’s an expandable food and water cup that you can latch onto your pet’s leash or your bag while you are on your walks. It has a quick-release clip that attaches to leashes, belt-loops, purses, strollers
and much more. It’s great for traveling, camping, walks and pet sport events.
Our thoughts – It’s one of the cutest travel bowls I have seen!
We received a large collapsible travel bowl with a carbainer clip for review.  Smart Dog USA is based
in California and specializes in different types of fun travel bowls.  The company makes different types of bowls – this one is a pink collapsible bowl measuring 5.1” x 2.1”.
The bowls are easy to clean – just wash/rinse and dry.  It comes in a variety of colors including green and orange.  The bowl is very functional (does not tip over) and has already accompanied us on several walks.
A big thank you to Smart Dog for making such a cool product!
Giveaway – Smart Dog USA is giving away three of their Large collapsible Travel Bowls!  Yes that is right – three winners will recieve one bowl!! We have several ways to enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter; as always, you can enter with as many or as few methods as you like. This giveaway is open to US only and you need to be twenty-one years of age to enter. The giveaway starts on July 10th and ends at 12:01am Western on July 17th. Good luck!
Disclosure: Smart Dog USA is providing the prize for this giveaway; we were not compensated for running this giveaway.
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Monday, July 9, 2012

Welcome to My Life in Blog Years

What do you do when your life outgrows your blog? When I started blogging ( in 2008), life was pretty static, but as a military wife, static is very temporary - we seem to go through twice as many transitions - whether home or career changes - as anyone else I know.  My transition from a
dog-centric blog (Dog Blogging with Luna) to My Life in Blog Years is an expansion of my blogging repertoire to match my life.  In evolving the blog, I needed a title that reflected the many dimensions of life that it is intended to cover, but that still alluded to the blog's origin and its main 'cast.' Welcome to My life in Blog years... I hope you come back for more!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Happy Weekend!

Who loves being lazy on a Friday morning?  We certainly do!

Please keep in mind that after this weekend we will no longer be Dog Blogging with Luna, and will have changed to My Life In Blog Years.  You shouldn't have a problem finding us, but we will make sure to stop by and let you know of our new name and URL address.  We will also be featuring a neat giveaway on early next week, so you will have stop by to enter!
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