Friday, September 26, 2008

Friday Flashback - Roy

Roy came to us at age 10 after being picked up as a stray by rescue. His early history is unknown.

Despite his rough times, he possessed an innate sense of fun and love for life. He could amuse himself for hours with a tennis ball. If you weren't able to throw it for him, it's ok, he'd happily toss it himself and chase it down.

He was an expert thief and world class hider of his pilfered treasures. He loved to steal our shoes and clothes and tuck them away for safekeeping. But if anyone got too close to his stash, he would have to take his things to a new hiding place. He chose these places very carefully, sometimes moving his booty from one place to another for hours, then making sure it was carefully covered and camouflaged, so no one could ever find it. ;)

He also loved his bath. I've never seen anything like it. Most dogs tolerate it at best, but not Roy, he reveled in it. He would lean into the hand rubbing him down and moan in absolute ecstasy and total relaxation. Once, he became so relaxed, he tipped over into the side of the tub. When the rubbing, rinsing and drying was all over, he'd shoot you a look of total dejection.

We miss our quirky boy and all the fun and laughter he gave us.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Avast, Me Hearties!

It's International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Tis time again to bring out the pirate in all of us and celebrate the seafaring life....or risk findin' yerself hangin' from the yardarm!

Hoist the anchor, set the sails and have fun!


First Mate: Poop Deck Rachel (Jingle)
Boatswain: Frownin' Audra Hornigold (Louise)
....and our fearless Captain: "Machete" Mae Blythe (Deb)

"Yes, I am a Pirate, 200 years too late...." - Jimmy Buffett (Pirate Looks at Forty)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Outerwear for Stylin' Hounds

Received a customer request to make her two Bassets the nattiest in town and I'm pretty proud of how their ensembles turned out.

Her boy Hound just had to have a custom Driving Cap to show off his handsome face with a Snood attached to keep his neck warm.

Of course he needed a matching coat to complete the look. We made it all from a wonderful brown wool tweed, lined in a coordinating taffeta.

His "sister" couldn't be outdone, so she requested a fabulous 1920's inspired Red Italian Wool Coat and custom Cloche Hat/Scarf, trimmed in Faux Persian Lamb Velvet, also lined with taffeta.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Friday Flashback - Maggie

We were only privileged to share our lives with Maggie for 2 1/2 years, but we made the most of our short time together.

She came to us at age 9 after being given up by her second home. She was deaf and they said she snapped if startled. I guess they couldn't take the time to try not to startle her.

She was one very angry girl after being displaced and finding herself in yet another new home. It took nearly a year with us for her to truly come out of her shell and blossom into the wonderful girl we knew she was. But once she did, she made us laugh everyday. Maggie definitely marched to the beat of a different drummer. When you're deaf, you can't hear the same drummer everyone else is marching to, so you make up your own beat. She would bark and poke her nose at inanimate objects. Her favorite thing to "do battle" with was a large stand-up cardboard cut out of the Hushpuppies logo dog. She would bark at it and poke it with her nose until it finally fell over, usually on her, then she would run away, then return, sniff it as if to check to see if it was 'dead', then walk away quite pleased with herself.

Our smooshie girl, developed renal cancer and had to leave for the Rainbow Bridge shortly after diagnosis, but her light still burns bright in our hearts.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Friday Flashback - Barney

This week, please meet Barney, aka The Barnilator. He came into our lives at age 11 and we had the joy and honor of being owned by him until age 15. Please check out his full story at
He stole my heart from the moment I saw first saw him and he will always own his own special piece of it.

Please visit art4milkbones blog to see her tribute to her special Barney too.

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