Monday, June 29, 2015

RIP, Corbin

As I'm sure most of you have heard by now, sweet Corbin has passed on.  A sudden illness came over him, and his family helped him pass over the rainbow bridge on Saturday.

I had a kitty who had a myriad of health problems from the moment I got him, and I paid through the nose to keep him healthy and comfortable over the years.  I think that's what drew me to Corbin, who also had a variety of health issues.  I prayed for him over the years just as I have for all of my own pets.  I was sad when he got sick, and I got excited when he would overcome some hurdle and I'd think everything would be OK again.  I never met him, but I still have a great deal of love and affection for him.  My heart broke for Corbin, and for his family, when I read the post first on Facebook and then on blogger that the time had come for him to cross the rainbow bridge.    I will miss him.
Both pictures of Corbin used with permission of owner.

Corbin was special in other ways too.  His blog extolled the virtues of pit bulls, and did their part to ensure that people were educated about the breed.  He was also a foster brother to many other doggies, and helped to show Diamond and many others that there is love and goodness in the world.  Best of all, he was one handsome dude!!!  Who could resist that sweet face?
Pets come and go, but it never gets any easier when it's their time.  I've learned this from experience.  Corbin was well loved and will be greatly missed.  Run free, sweet boy!

Friday, June 26, 2015

FFHT - Fractured Fryday Hairy Tails

It's been awhile since I participated in this, so I figure it's high time to do another one!  This is a true story, and happened long  before Shiver and Chico came along.  I was still living with my parents and they had gone out of town for a few days.  This is the story from their beagle's point of view.  
Hello, I'm Angel the Beagle.  I really am an Angel now.  I died about 6 weeks before Sprinkles' dad died - four long years ago.  I was his dog, and my name fit me to a T because I had such an angelic personality.  Everyone loved me!  

My mom and dad had gone out of town for a few days, so Sprinkles took care of me.  I slept with Sprinkles in her bed, along with her Fox Terrier.  The first night, everything was fine.  The three of us crawled into the bed and slept the night away.  

The following night, I decided the three of us in a twin bed was much too crowded.  I couldn't sleep, and tried to figure out what to do.  Then it hit me -- I needed to get Sprinkles out of the bed so I could have it all on my own!  But how would I do that?  I thought about it for a few minutes, and came up with an idea.  

I knew that I needed a good excuse for waking Sprinkles up in the middle of the night.  Otherwise she'd be really angry at me, and I couldn't have that!  So I got up and scratched on the bedroom door, pretending I wanted out.  Sprinkles crawled out of bed and turned the light on.  When she asked me if I needed to go out and was just about to open the door, I jumped back in bed!  She laughed for half a second, then turned out the light and crawled back into bed.  She knew I just wanted the bed to myself.

It was still too crowded, so I waited about a half hour and did it again.  Sprinkles fell for it all over again, only this time she didn't think it was so funny.  This went on throughout the night, and we were all really tired in the morning since none of us got any sleep.  I tried it once or twice the next night, but Sprinkles had caught on by then, and she didn't get out of bed.  

Finally my dad came back from his trip and I got to sleep in a king size bed again.  

Monday, June 22, 2015

Monday Meanderings

This was an interesting past week.  I had two interviews on Tuesday, one with the Chief of Staff for the mayor and the other at the local courthouse.  The Chief of Staff interview was more of an informational interview since I wasn't actually applying for a specific position.  Even so, I got some good advice.  The courthouse interview went well, and I remembered to use certain skills that I learned from the leadership conference a couple of weeks ago.  However, I knew I blew it when a specific question was asked and I couldn't remember the answer and made one up.  It was not a good answer and I immediately kicked myself, but I still couldn't remember the answer so I left it at that.  Disappointingly, I didn't get the job.  It's a learning experience though, so it's all good.  

I was invited to attend a luncheon on Wednesday, so I went thinking maybe I could network a bit.  Plus it was free food and hey, who doesn't like that?  I didn't get to network quite as much as I might have hoped, but I had a good time and that's all that really matters.  The luncheon was more of an awards presentation for various non-profit agencies from all around the state.  The agencies each made a short video about what they do, so it was interesting to see what is available here that I wasn't aware of before.  

Thursday, I went to a job place that helps people get jobs.  I don't really like the program, so I'm not sure if I'll continue on with them or not.  I keep telling myself I should try it for a few weeks first, but I think I've talked myself out of it.  I do think it's a good program - it's just not for me.  

I went to the post office yesterday and got a wonderful package from Kristen which contained several Lush soaps.  I could smell them through the cardboard box, and couldn't wait to open it up to smell everything individually.  I also got an amazing card from one of the state representatives I worked with at the leadership conference.  Lynne sent me an exciting package of goodies recently too, but I've been too lazy to do anything with any of it yet.   

This week I'll be volunteering on Saturday.  I also plan to go to visit a friend I made from the leadership conference sometime during the week.  I invited myself over (because I'm classy like that!) so I could meet her beautiful dogs.  What are your plans for the week ahead?

Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday Meme

I just read about Sasha's untimely passing and am so sad!  Run free, sweet girl!

My life is rather blah these days - mostly spent filling out job applications and willing the phone to ring for interviews.  I'll be attending a job workshop later this week so that will fill up some time, at least.  When I'm not busy doing that, I'm busy swatting the 87 flies in my house.  I can't figure out where they all came from, but I wish they'd figure out how to get out the same way they came in.  So you get a meme today...

Took this from here.

1.  How many dictionaries do you own?  

Exactly one.  Actually two - one is a Spanish to English dictionary.  I don't speak Spanish, so I don't ever use that one.

2.  Are you a touchy person, or do you prefer not to be touched by others?

I'm not an overly touchy person, but I don't mind being touched in general.  I do enjoy a good hug.  How about you?

3.  Describe a dream you had that was prophetic in nature.

I've blogged about this particular dream before, but I'm too lazy to find and link to it.

My father had just been told IRL that he had cancer and that it was terminal.  I believe he was in the hospital when I had the dream since he was in and on so often after that.

I dreamed that one day I walked out of class and he was sitting on a bench with my grandfather in the quad area.  I was surprised to see them.  (In real life, there's no bench in the quad, and my grandfather had died years before.  It all seemed normal in the dream though.)  As I approached them to say hello, my father began to lift up off the bench towards the sky before I reached them.  I watched him float up like a ballon, then looked at my grandfather, who was looking straight at me and pointing to my dad.

At the time, I somehow thought it meant that my dad would be OK - like he was saying he was watching over us and everything would be fine.  Now I think that it was grandfather telling me that my dad would be leaving for Heaven soon.

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one. 
It reminds me of a kid dressing up for Halloween.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

That's So Random!

  • Last week I attended an amazing weeklong leadership conference.  I learned a lot and made a ton of networks that I unlikely would have made otherwise.
  • After being gone for a week, I came home to two much thinner chi's who really missed me.
  • Because of the leadership program, I "met" a relative on facebook that I never knew existed.
  • I have no life, yet I'm still trying to catch up on everything I missed while I was away.
  • I met with someone yesterday in the line of work I want to get into and he gave me some useful advice.
  • I had a job interview earlier this week.  It seemed to go well, so I'm hopeful that I got the job.
  • A month after graduation and I'm still waiting on my diploma!  :(
  • Still one more day to sign up for Christmas in July!  So far I've gotten seven participants.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Welcome Dance

Woo hoo!  We are having a wonderful time at Sarge's Welcome Dance.  We're dancing the day and night away and you can't stop us!!!   The four of us have switched partners a few times, and we must say that Molly and Noodles sure are light on their feet! 

We've really enjoyed getting to know our dates a bit better, as well as all the new citizens of Blogville.  We can't think of when we've had a better time.  Much thanks to Yente Ruby for introducing us to the lovely Molly and Noodles.  An even bigger thanks to Sarge for putting this shindig together for everyone.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Quick Note

I'm attending a week-long Leadership Program this week.  I didn't realize it until I got here yesterday afternoon, but the program is very intense with 12-14 hour days each day.  Unfortunately, that means I won't be around much, if at all, this week.  I return on Saturday, so I'll be around shortly after.  

In the mean time, I've pre-posted a few posts. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Guess What?!

We're goin' to the Welcome Dance and we got dates and everythingy!!!  We (Shiver and Chico) were much too shy to ask anyone out on a date, so Yente Ruby was kind enough to set us up with Molly and Noodles!  

Since we don't really know Molly or Noodles, we thought that maybe we should let them know why we're both such a catch.

1.  I'm a shy and anxious boy, but fun and playful once I get to know you.
2.  I love to cuddle.
3.  I'm very romantic.

1.  While I may be small in stature, I've got a BIG personality!
2.  Unlike Shiver, I am not afraid of anyone or anything, so I'll always protect you should the need ever arise.
3.  I'm also a cuddler.

Shiver would like to offer Molly a bribe these beautiful roses.
Chico would like to present Noodles a bribe these beautiful irises.
Thank you ladies for agreeing to be our dates, and we look forward to attending the dance with you.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Dogswell Happy Hips Jerky Treats

My boys are big fans of Chewy.  This month we had an opportunity to try Dogswell Happy Hips Jerky Treats.
We received a 5 oz. bag to try.  Some of the peices were medium sized to large, but easy enough to tear apart by hand.  Dogs with bad or few teeth can still enjoy this jerky since it's so soft.  Both chi's have really enjoyed them and can't seem to get enough.  

I was excited to have Shiver and Chico try this because they usually use a different product and wanted to compare them.  Chico has luxating patellas, and sometimes he'd walk funny because of it.  The other product works really well and has eliminated some issues, but the store we get it from doesn't always have it in stock (so I usually buy more than one bag at a time).  If they ever stop carrying it, it's nice to know I have a backup plan!  I know that the patella (kneecap) and hip and two totally different things, but this jerky seems to work just as well as the other product he usually takes once a day.  Quite honestly, I did not see any changes in Chico whatsoever over the past 2 weeks, so I would most definitely recommend this!  I worried that he would go back to walking funny again or that he would be stiff while he was on this, but it never happened.  There truly was no difference!

The chi's loved the taste, and I loved that it only has 4 ingredients.  These jerky treats are grain and gluten free and contain no corn, wheat, soy, or fillers.  A 5 oz. bag is only $5.25, which is less than I pay for the other product that Chico has been using.  

I mentioned yesterday that Shiver had a recent diet change and that his body didn't adjust well to it.   I just want to stress that this is NOT the change I was referring to!  I'm 100% certain it was the food change that made him sick, and he's doing much better now that he's back to his regular food.  (Sadly, my poor carpet will never be the same!)  This jerky has nothing whatsoever to do with him being sick.  We've got a bit of the jerky left and he's still enjoying it as his morning treat, even if his appetite isn't quite back to normal yet.

Sorry, I don't have any pictures this time.  My iPod is my only camera right now, and my charger just stopped working a couple of days ago.  Unfortunately, I didn't get the pix uploaded before the iPod died.

We were not compensated financially for this post, but were provided free samples of dog treats in return for our honest opinions.
Still plenty of time to get in on my Christmas in July swap!  

Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day to all of my US bloggy pals.  I will be attending a Memorial Day Service this morning in honor of my father who was a veteran.
Sorry I haven't been around much lately.  Shiver hasn't been feeling well, and I've been having to clean up after him a lot the last few days.  I changed his diet out of convenience about 2 weeks ago and apparently his body has not been adjusting well.  His diet is back to normal now and he seems to be feeling better.  I'm hoping the next 24 hours will bring the turnaround he needs, otherwise we'll be headed to the vet's office.  Thankfully, Chico was not affected by the diet change, but he's back to eating his regular foods too.  
Still plenty of time to join in my Chirstmas in July swap!  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Christmas In July

Welcome to Christmas in July, fka Doggone Dog Swap!  This isn't a swap for yourself -- it's a swap for your pets!  No, we aren't swapping our pets, although sometimes I wouldn't mind trading mine in, lol!  This isn't limited to just dogs – cats and exotics can participate too!  Basically, you'll each buy toys and/or treats for your swap partner and they'll do the same in return.  You never know what you might get!

The deadline to enter is Friday, June 10, which gives you three weeks.  Once your swap partner has been chosen, you'll get an email with your swap partner's information.

I've listed the ground rules below.  If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.  

1.  You'll enter each pet you have individually.  Since I have both Shiver and Chico, I'm going to fill out the questions below twice (one for each dog).  I'll try my best to swap doggies with doggies, cats with cats, and exotics with exotics.  Depending on the participants, you may be partnered with someone who has pets of a different species than you do, so please keep that in mind.  That's where the questionnaire comes in handy!  You'll also have your partner's email and blog address, so that you can contact them with any additional questions.  

2.  The minimum spending limit before postage is $20, the maximum is $30.  If you're swapping for more than one pet, I'll let you use your best judgment on how much additional to spend. 

3.  *You'll need to email me and your partner a tracking number for the package you sent out* and to let me know when you've received your goodies from your partner.  This part is crucial!!!!  A tracking number is provided automatically on your receipt if you're using the post office, FedEx or UPS.   Anyone living outside of the US is exempt from this rule.  If I discover that you received a package but never sent one out, you'll be outted and blacklisted from participating in the future!!!  Fortunately, this hasn't been an issue in the past, and I'd like to keep it that way.  I'll do my best to match pets from the same country, but please note if you are outside the US, you will most likely be partnered with another international pet.  If you live in the US and cannot mail internationally, please let me know.  Mailing to another country can sometimes be costly, depending on where you’re sending a package to, so I would hate for anyone not to participate because of that.

4. You must post about the swap once you receive your package.  We wanna see what you got!  If you don't have a blog, you can still participate.  Just email me the pictures of your loot, and I'll post them on my blog for you. 

5. You have until Friday, July 24th to get those packages mailed out. That's five weeks to go shopping and get those goodies sent. 

6. This is the most important rule - HAVE FUN!!!!!

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, no matter what your pet is, email the form below to sprinkles at everythingisbetterwithsprinkles1(at)hotmail(dot)com.

1.  The name of your pet and what kind you have 
2.  Male or female
3.  Breed of pet and size (small, medium, large, xlarge)
4.  Is there anything your pet cannot have?
5.  Is there anything in particular that your pet really likes?  Examples of this might be a certain kind of toy or treat.
6.  Your address.  Your information will only be shared with your swap partner.
7.  Your blog address, if you have one

Monday, May 18, 2015

It's Official!

I'm a college graduate!!!  It was a LOT of work, but I did it!  

College was an amazing experience.  I went to plays, watched musical performances, wrote essay after essay after essay after essay after essay, rode around with a cop for most of a shift, job shadowed someone, wrote essay after essay after essay after essay after essay, attended various events that I would not have had the opportunity to otherwise, read a bunch of incredibly dull textbooks, wrote essay after essay after essay after essay after essay, met some amazing people, got into the art museum for free every year, wrote essay after essay after essay after essay after essay, went to the aquarium for a class assignment, got up super early every day, spent most weekends and breaks doing massive amounts of homework, and oh, did I mention that I wrote essay after essay after essay after essay after essay?!  

I remember at the end of my very first semester that a friend who was graduating said to me that she always felt like someone would approach her and say that she wasn't really smart enough to attend college and that she clearly had no idea what she was doing!  I thought I was at least somewhat smart before attending school, but quickly learned that I really didn't know much of anything - about anything!  While I definitely learned stuff from all the textbooks and research, I learned much more about myself.  

This past semester was particularly difficult.  I took on 17 credits, had two very time consuming class projects, worked, and had a bunch of personal stuff going on.  But I made it through, and am very proud of myself.  I made the Dean's List again, with 4 A's and a B.  

The ceremony was really nice.  It was three hours long, but didn't really feel like it.  I sat next to a friend, and we chatted about what we thought our lives might bring now.  He's headed to law school in London.  I have no idea what direction my life is heading.  

I felt bad that my dad couldn't be there with me, but there was a point in the ceremony that a wide smile came over my face suddenly, and I could feel him in my heart.  He couldn't be there physically, but he was there in spirit.    

As much as I'm glad it's all over, I know I'll miss it.  I tried to take it all in at the end, but it was so hard because I had sooooooooooo much homework.  One class had an extensive reading list each week.  Somehow, I had at least 2 essays every. single. week. and sometimes more.  Those class projects were extremely tedious and time consuming.  It was hard to keep on top of everything, but I had to because I knew it would all be over if I ever fell behind. 

The first week of June I'll be atttending a weeklong leadership course offered by my school.  Luckily, I was offered a scholarship so I don't have to pay.  One of my friend's will be attending too, so I'm looking forward to catching up with her.  
And then...  Who knows what the future will bring?  I'm scared to death, but also excited to find out!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Missing In Action - But Not For Long!


I've been out of the loop for a bit, but that should end very soon.  I graduate this Saturday!  Very exciting, but also very scary.

This last semester has been a nightmare with one essay after another after another after another and well, you get the picture...  I'm finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  I have one more final exam today, and a final paper due Friday.  It's been a LOT of hard work and I can't believe the end is so close.

Sadly, I have no job yet.  So I'll be home a lot and will be around to visit everyone this coming Sunday or Monday.  I have a Chewy review to post and it's time to sign up for Christmas in July!

I hope you all haven't forgotten about me.  I've missed everyone and am very much looking forward to getting back into the loop.  So tell me what I've missed since I've been gone!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

***If all goes well, I will be walking across that stage to pick up my diploma exactly one month from today!

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