Belated Birthday Celebration

I admit it: Pongo is one spoiled dog.  Who in their right mind throws their dog a belated birthday celebration because Mama and Papa were out of town on his 4th birthday last Sunday?  We do.

Here’s Pongo doing what he loves to do when he sees presents–ripping into them!


As you can tell, this was not his favorite present.


A new bobble-ball to replace the beat-up, chewed-to-pieces old one.


And, a new bully-stick.



I think the best part of the celebration though was Grandma Bev’s present, which I had never heard of before…Frosty Paws.


Oh boy, was Pongo in doggie heaven!

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And 30 seconds later–it’s gone!  I wonder if dogs get brain-freeze?


Pongo was one happy boy after his birthday treat and celebration!



Off The Bed!

When it comes to Pongo following directions, I am usually pretty firm.  He does it or goes to time out.  I just couldn’t bring myself to pick him up and carry him to time out when he wasn’t listening to a word I was saying, as I was trying to make the bed.  He was totally cracking me up and being an overly-tired goofball!

Happy Belated Birthday, Sweet Boy!

Our now more adult looking, more mature (at times) Cattle Dog turned 4 yesterday.  It was the first birthday Steve and I were not with him to celebrate.  Instead, we were up in Fairbanks for Steve’s high school reunion, enjoying the Fairbanks’ midnight sun.  This picture was taken around 10:30 PM.


This year, there was no crazy dog lady baking cookies or cupcakes for his daycare class. Instead, he spent a quiet birthday with the other love of his life, Miss Sue.  On the agenda for the birthday boy’s day:

1) Sleep in since the day before he had to get up at the ungodly hour of 6:00 AM; he was not happy about that at all!


2) Take a nap because he had been up only a couple hours and it was needed.  I honestly think there are times when he is the laziest Cattle Dog around (not complaining though)!


3) Take a walk with Miss Sue.


4) Play a little frisbee.

Overall, I think he had a very good birthday despite Mama and Papa’s absence.

Happy Belated Birthday To Our Crazy Boy, Pongo!


Summer Time!

Talk to any Alaskan and it’s bound to come up: the amazing weather we’ve been experiencing.  We went from this on May 17th…37 degrees and SNOWING!

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And, I’m not complaining one bit!  Summer has gotten off to a busy but incredible start!

It’s kind of bittersweet though that I am writing about our splendid summer on Summer Solstice, which arrived at 9:04 PM (Alaska Daylight Time) today but here’s a recap of what we’ve been up to since my last blog on May 5th (gulp!):

Immediately after school let out, I headed down to Seattle for a week.  I met my parents there and like always, we had to keep them busy.  So we worked on a few house projects (installed a shower and re-did a front porch) at my in-laws’ house.  It wasn’t all work and no play though.  We took some time to explore the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit which was absolutely breathtaking!

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Steve then came down to Seattle for a day and a half to visit his family before we jetted off to Las Vegas.  He attended a conference, while I sat by the pool catching up on my leisurely reading.

IMG_0075All of this travel and transition was tough on Pongo but thankfully, he was in good hands as Miss Sue was staying with him.  He was one lucky boy as she sure knows how to comfort him and dish out the love!

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Dock-Jumping At Big Lake




I think someone is finally pooped after an hour and a half of playing in the water!

IMG_0103Happy Summer Solstice!