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PA camp trip with the pooches

we loaded up the pop-up camper and hit the road for a two hour trek inland – destination Otter Lake, PA

being this was Buddy and Lexi’s first time camping, i planned a mid-week trip, versus one on the weekend, when the camp site would have more visitors. so wednesday to friday it was, just enough to get away from civilization for a bit

Bud was super anxious for the first and last quarter of the ride. he’s got this idea that anything after 20 minutes of being in the car that we should have already been somewhere … little did he know what he was in for! Lex got her sniff on almost the entire ride, being a hunting dog i can only imagine the new smells she was salivating over

we got to camp just before the sun set, strung the pooches up on their 25 foot leads and got to setting up camp. we cracked up many times on the trip catching the dogs in their element, taking in all of the new sights and smells – and bugs and lizards and frogs. little miss took care of eating most of the bugs before they got to us!

it didn’t take long before the fire was blazing and we were all sitting around enjoying the relaxing-ness that comes with camping – with a stream that ran right along the site, it was a very nice set up they offer (def will be planning a return trip)

5am the next morning came WAY too soon, “do you guys HEAR all of these birds?!” (Lexi) – she spent most of her time at the site with her eyes in the sky. if that girl isn’t a bird dog, i don’t know what she is!

we took a short ride back to the NJ side of the Delaware Water Gap to Worthington State Forest for a nice hike that touched on the Appalachian Trail and a picnic at Sunfish Pond – the dogs did GREAT especially after learning how to properly “heel” in their 8-week training session they just went through

JC got his fish on once we got to the top – a sunny snagged on the first cast!

Lexi intently watching her pops fish

Buddy strutting his stuff

we headed back to camp after a great afternoon spent in the woods and some more fishing down by the river. dinner and relaxing around the fire, then the RAIN came around 11:30pm… luckily we had the pop-up and got a card game of WAR going at the table while we listened to the rain coming down around us

i don’t know if it was from being worn out from the hike or her settling into her elements, but Lexi didn’t have us up the next morning quite as early – thank goodness!! we took our time packing up camp and hit the road home with a stop off at Hog Dog Johnny’s… the pooches didn’t wake up the entire ride and slept ALL weekend long as well… gotta love it!

(some more pics HERE)


… friday funnies …

these clowns kept us quite entertained on our camping trip. I’ll write more about our adventure next week, but here’s a little sneak peak:

Lexi domineering her ‘territory’


my view almost the entire ride there


Buddy giving me his ‘please save me from this crazy beast’ face




frozen strawbs

i never thought the day would come that i would be wondering what to do with all of the strawberries i have growing amongst the flowers in the bed out front! what started as an experiment with three tiny plants when we first moved in has turned into an almost 8′ by 8′ spread of plants that keep expanding their presence every year – gotta love those strawberry runners, huh?!

 fighting off the birds hasn’t been too big of a problem this year – knock on wood – so i have been picking about this much every couple of days

and since we can’t consume them at the rate they are ripening, i devised a way to savor the ruby goodness for months to come

give them a rinse, cut off the stem, slice into quarters and toss them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet in the freezer overnight

in the morning, slide them into a freezer bag and viola! instant preservation

they can be thawed out in the fridge, put in yogurt so they thaw out on the way to work and keep the yogurt cooled, pop them in the blender to make a smoothie – so many possibilities!

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Buddy and Lexi are about to embark on their FIRST camping adventure – more pictures to come!


natural defense

with the weather starting to warm up and the pooches spending more and more time outside, it’s all more the reason to make sure they are safe guarded from fleas, ticks and mosquitoes

Buddy: "who moi?!"

being i kinda have a thing for sticking to the natural paths as much as possible, something inside of me wasn’t sitting right… it seemed off when i’d apply the chemical based flea and tick repellant once a month between my dog’s shoulder blades. what is IN this stuff? why do i have to limit MY physical contact to it if i’m putting it right onto MY own dog’s skin?!

Lexi: "you're putting THAT on me?!" lovin' the stoic face!

hearing about ‘Natural Defense’ by SENTRY came at the right time! my SIL has been using it on her dachshund for a while now and couldn’t speak more highly about it. what’s there to not like?

it’s naturally derived from plant based oils

it smells good AND prevents fleas, ticks and mosquitoes for a month!


it still leaves a bit of an oily slick on their back for a while, like the chemical based one, but i’ve figured out a way around this! put an old t-shirt on your pooch until the oils soak in

he may not look pleased, but he secretly loves the t-shirt!

as for deterring a certain someone from stealing the socks from the hamper… maybe there’s another natural remedy out there on the market?!

caught red handed

peering eyes

how cute is this idea?!
a dog bone shaped window for the fence!

i can’t figure out if installing something like this would cause Buddy and Lexi to bark more or less… is it not being able to see the evil intruders on the other side of the fence that sets them off, or would being able to see them coming just add to the madness?! i know Lexi’s answer – she just likes to listen to herself!

i’m voting on putting it to the test :0)

… now where’d my jig saw get to …

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last year’s Valentine’s Day post was about when/why V-Day got started and the oldest known Valentine’s Day card (if you missed it, check out the deets HERE)

i also had a piece that is too good to not repeat:

in appreciation of V-Day, join me in sharing the love by sending a free e-card to your virtual valentine right from freekibble’s website. when you participate in their daily trivia game (which entails just one interesting fact) 10 pieces of kibble are donated to shelter dogs and cats – 710,980,500 pieces of kibble have been donated since April 1, 2008

we wouldnt have our adorable Bud-man and Lexi-girl today if it werent for the shelters and rescue groups helping strays, abused and neglected animals who need love and homes too. give ’em a hand – it only takes a minute, and look at how cute the cards this year are:


this one's for you CC ❤

A Pet’s TEN Commandments

A Pet’s TEN Commandments

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I only have you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I chose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me fr being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can’t bear to watch. Don’t make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.