The Bionic Dog

This is such a heart-warming, tear-jerking story I just had to share.  At 5 weeks old, Naki’o a red cattle dog lad was left behind in the cold Nebraska winter to basically die.  He ended up stepping in an icy puddle of water, which froze his paws.  He lost all 4 of his paws to frostbite.  A kind soul took him in and raised funds to have his back 2 paws fitted with prosthetics.  Orthopets, who fitted him with the prosthetics for his back legs decided to donate 2 prosthetic legs for his front legs.  What a lucky dog and he seems to be getting around like a champ!

Click HERE for the full story.


The Birthday Boy

Pongo turns 2 today and I don’t know who is more excited about it: him or me?

I told myself I was going to keep things simple this year and avoid the crazy lady label of last year, when it came to making goodies for Pongo to share with his daycare friends.  But, that idea was quickly thrown out the window.  I actually think I out did myself this year which makes me even CRAZIER and possibly the laughing stock of doggie daycare!

Last year, I spent hours looking for dog biscuit recipes and cookie cutters, and then making 3 different doggie treats with some pretty rank baby food.  Luckily this year, I was able to avoid putrid baby food by using recipes out of The Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook by Bubba Rose Biscuit Company.  I found this on the clearance table at Barnes and Noble this winter and what a gem of a find!

So instead this year, I spent a good chunk of time choosing which receptacle to place the dog biscuits and party favors in, and then deciding how to decorate the receptacles.  I guess I have to obsess about something, right?  After much thought and consideration, Pongo’s daycare friends are receiving: 1 Ohm My These Are Good dog-shaped biscuit, 1 Dragon Slayers bone-shaped biscuit, and 1 tennis ball all enclosed in a very cleverly (in my humble opinion) decorated chinese food box.

A very Happy Birthday to our sweet boy, Pongo!

Arctic Valley

Pongo and I went for our first hike of the Summer today, which was long overdue!  We headed up to Arctic Valley to explore for a couple hours.  Driving up toward Arctic Valley, it looked like we were going to be completely socked in by some ominous looking rain clouds; but as we rounded the last corner that took us to the trailhead parking lot, low and behold: SUN!!!  Well, brief moments of sun but at least no rain, and that’s what’s important!

Who’s That Stud?!?

Well…figuratively speaking….

Pongo is now sporting his brand new, bad a** Doggles.  They were ordered under the guise of “keeping Pongo’s eyes safe.”  Personally, I think Steve ordered them with the vision of him in the driver’s seat and Pongo as his co-pilot cruising around town in a sporty Mini Cooper.  What more could two stylin’ guys ask for?

Two Taking On Seattle

My sister Sarah, who lives in South Carolina met me for 4 days in Seattle before I headed back to Anchorage. We packed the days with gardens, hiking, markets, posing for some fabulous “Senior” pictures, and nightly dinners at my new found love: Whole Foods.

Saint Edward State Park

After hiking, we ate an incredibly scrumptious vegan lunch in Bastyr University’s Cafeteria.

Pike Place Market

I was in Fiestaware heaven at this store…

Watch out for the man who runs off with your baby to the public restroom?!?

Chuckanut Drive

University of Washington Botanic Garden and Bellevue Botanical Garden

We found a Hobbit door!

I need to give a big shout out to Michelle for telling us all the places we should explore while in and around Seattle.

Thank you, Michelle!


We made it safely to Seattle from Bozeman and got Bev, my mother-in-law settled in with her very gracious Grandkids. I am patiently waiting for my sister, who is flying in from Charlotte, NC to play in Seattle for a couple of days before I head back to Anchorage. Unfortunately, her flight was delayed which caused her to miss her flight to Seattle. She arrives tomorrow. This is the first time I’ve really been alone since coming down to the Lower 48. And now that things have slowed down a bit, I’m realizing how much I miss my boys!