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Eliot’s Contractual Obligations

Eliot’s Contractual Obligations

In the past six months, Eliot has turned into a much older dog than he was a year ago. Earlier this year, he lost his hearing seemingly overnight. I feel like one week he was coming when I whistled, and the next I was trying to teach him hand signals for “come.” He’s not the first deaf dog I’ve had. BT couldn’t hear or see for the last year of her life, maybe more. Though Eliot losing his hearing didn’t bother…

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My 5 Heart Dogs

My 5 Heart Dogs

This morning on Facebook I was nominated by a friend to do one of those 5 day Facebook posting challenges. Now I typically hate those kind of things, but this one was about dogs… and well, I love dogs. Because I cannot follow directions, I modified the rules to suit my fancy. As I typed up probably my longest Facebook status ever, I thought no one is ever going to read all of this… if only there was a platform for long…

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Texas Bluebonnet Horse & Dog Portraits

Texas Bluebonnet Horse & Dog Portraits

Getting bluebonnet pictures were really important to me this year. Even though I’ve admired the amazing wildflowers in Texas for seven years now, I’ve never actually taken any kind of bluebonnet pictures. Maybe that’s because of this hilarious tumblr that makes fun of people squatting in the bluebonnets for pictures, but mostly I’ve just been lazy. Originally, the plan was to meet my roommate at a little patch of bluebonnets by our house and take some photos of the dogs….

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Dr.Dolittle

Dr.Dolittle

My entire life I’ve wanted to be able to talk to animals. I’m sure I’m not the only blogger who feels that way, but being able to speak with my menagerie has been towards the top of my superhero wishlist for a long, long time. Since I haven’t been bit by a radioactive spider or struck by lightning recently, I’ve found other ways to fulfill my Dr. Dolittle dreams. It all started with a stuffed lobster dog toy that Tim gave puppy…

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Eliot Looking Fabulous

Eliot Looking Fabulous

Before all the dog sadness this weekend, I was sent one of the most magical YouTube videos I’ve ever seen. Please pause your life for two minutes and watch this amazing comedy clip, which had me giggling out of control at my desk. After speaking with said friend about how funny we found this, she said that she wished I had a dog wig for BT. I didn’t have a dog wig, but I do have real wigs… BT didn’t…

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The Dogs Take On Downsizing

The Dogs Take On Downsizing

There have been lots of challenges and adjustments in the new apartment. For me, I’m still struggling with the change of being located in the center of cool culture to now living in a sea of toll roads and Chili’s restaurants. PS – I do not like Chili’s. Anyway, the dogs are doing well overall. I figured Eliot would adapt pretty quickly because even though he has a tendency to bite faces, he’s moved with me 7 times and is the best…

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BT’s Attack – 1 Year After

BT’s Attack – 1 Year After

One year ago, my little fur family got turned upsidown when my springer spaniel, Eliot, attacked our elderly Boston Terrier, BT.  As a result of the attack, BT had several puncture wounds in her head and damage to her eye.  Though we worked closely with an emergency vet and our regular vet, after a week we decided it was in BT’s best interest to have her eye removed.  The incident was heart breaking. I’ve written about my feelings during and…

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Eliot’s Agility Career

Eliot’s Agility Career

This post could also be titled “I feel compelled to always jump at least one animal competitively over fences.”  There’s only been one extended period of time in my adult life when I didn’t ride.  I filled some of that time with model horses and the other bulk of it was spent learning agility with Eliot, my springer spaniel. When I first got Eliot, I wanted to do therapy dog work with him.  Of course since that was the plan, Eliot…

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Selfie Sunday – Working Through It

Selfie Sunday – Working Through It

I’ve been talking a lot about my dogs here lately, and while I gave y’all a pretty thorough background of Eliot’s aggression and our recent issues.. I didn’t say what we’ve been working on to fix it.  I realize this situation can’t continue without a serious intervention.  We can’t risk our dogs getting hurt over and over again, and Eliot isn’t happy either.  Faced with the possibility of re-homing him or euthanasia (worst case scenario, but let’s be honest… it…

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Spaniel Rage

Spaniel Rage

On Sunday, I told ya’ll a bit about my heart dog.  I didn’t mention how we used to joke about “Spaniel Rage” when he was this adorable fluffy puppy, even going so far as to call him “Rage” as a bit of a joke from time to time.  Joke.  Haha, so funny. When I had Eliot as a puppy, I knew that socialization was extremely important.  Not to be cocky, but I’m pretty dog savvy.  He got interaction from other dogs…

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Selfie Sunday – Heart Dog

Selfie Sunday – Heart Dog

We all know the phrase “heart horse”, so it should come as no surprise to any animal lover that heart dogs are equally as common.  What I didn’t post about much this week, is how stressful my heart dog currently is right now.  This is not a post about that though – this is a post about our happier days. I got Eliot for my 21st birthday.  For months, and I do mean months, I had been begging my parents…

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A Benefit of Working at SmartPak – Famous Eliot!

A Benefit of Working at SmartPak – Famous Eliot!

Eventually I’ll actually write up a real post about my work experience at SmartPak, but a former co-worker sent this to me today on Facebook and I was just tickled. That’s my pup, Eliot! You can view the full email blast by clicking here.  It’s been a rather interesting/stressful week, so this made me smile for sure. Eliot is also the cover puppy for one of the SmartPak canine Supplements, SmartCanine™ Healthy Weight. If any of y’all are looking for…

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