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Time Travel


Check out this little fuzz ball…

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Check out this fuzzy monster now…

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A little less than a year later and she’s still trying to fit into her toy bowl.

Have a great day! Try to do something you think you can’t do! 😉 


Sunday workout

I got up this morning thinking, “man, I really need to get my workout in”.

Instead I started the day out with homework (and Monsters, Inc.) and swiftly lost motivation to work out.  So, I decided I’d take the dogs for a walk.  It’s a beautiful day, mid-70’s, and we haven’t been on a walk in a while.

Admittedly, we have not been all that great about teaching our 7 month old Stella how to go on walks.  I’ve tried, and failed many times.  So, we just don’t do it.  I usually resort to taking them to the dog park to run around… completely opposite of what I want her to do on the leash, but still so good for the both of them.

So today, I started with taking Stella (the aussie) out for a few laps around the block to get her a little tired before I brought out Tinsley (the chug).  We got some water, harnessed up Tins and off we went! I tried to keep it pretty close to our house as I know Stella’s inability to walk on a leash.  We live pretty close to a city building and voila! I found a set of stairs that would be great for a workout!

The pups and I did 10 runs up and down the stairs, stopping for water halfway (for them, not me). I definitely worked up a sweat!

Then we moved over to the park right by our house… there’s an awesome bridge that goes over a pretty wide river that I frequently use to end my workouts as an added challenge.  Well, I decided that we rocked the stairs so well, we might as well do 10 runs up the bridge!

Lesson of the day: It’s always important to wear a really good sports bra when you’re taking your dogs for a walk – you never know what kind of workout can be inspired. 🙂 

2013-06-16 11.50.01Me and my running buddies… best picture I could get of us post-run…all they wanted was water.

Your funny for the day….

Took Stella to the vet then headed to the Post Office to drop off a few packages.

I was inside for no more than 10 minutes and this is what I came outside to….

2013-02-05 09.40.31The best part is that I wasn’t the only one out there laughing at her and taking pictures….

Poor thing just wanted to turn on the lights and clear off the window with the wipers.

Oh Stella … how many more times can I say that life truly is sweet????


Today is the little nugget’s birthday!!!

2 years ago I had ended a long-term relationship, moved back to Michigan, started a new job… Despite all the changes in my life, I new I was missing something. So, I went in search of a puppy – around 2 years old so I didn’t have to train it too much and it was already over that dreadful puppy stage.

Instead, I ended up with this.

Not a 2 year old established dog. A 3 month old Chug mix puppy who was formerly named Sadie. Yes, a Chug. A chihuahua/pug mix.

I had been looking at (Sadie) and her brothers and sister on PetFinder and had gone to visit them twice. On the second time, I played with her, filled out the paperwork, was approved, and SURPRISINGLY walked out with a bag of dog food and a puppy! Whoa! I had NOTHING for her! My friend Jackie went with me to the Southwest Michigan Humane Society and took all these adorable pictures of the unnamed pup, so loved!

We quickly stopped at the dollar store to get a cat collar, two toys, and some treats. Then, she went to work with me because I had to go right in!

She was a hit with all the women’s basketball players! And so began the name hunt.

I wanted it to be something to do with her being a “Chug” and of course something with Dave Matthews Band. We threw out names like Stella, Coral….. and ended up with Tinsley. It fits her like a glove.

She has seriously brought so much love and joy to my life. I couldn’t ask for a better companion and a better dog. Since the beginning, she has opened up to Mike and he has accepted us as a package deal and has turned into an amazing padre. He thinks that she and I are quirky and a little weird, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. She is such an amazing part of my life.

Today, she is celebrating her second birthday, complete with additional gray hair on her beard, itchy ears resulting in an ear cleaning, and a bath for her greasy chihuahua coat….all the things she hates but welcome to the real world Tins.

This morning has been a complete Tinsley celebration and I am sure it will continue throughout the day. Growing up, we had a yellow lab named Scarlett and she always got a pancake on her birthday and I like to continue that tradition. Additionally, Mike’s family has a singing birthday candle that makes it’s presence at every birthday…. so we combined the two traditions! And she got spoiled with bones, food, a new toy and pig ears!

Again, I can’t stress the love she has brought to my life. And it wouldn’t have been possible if I didn’t make the choice to adopt.

Please consider adopting pets. They need love and a good home. Find your local shelter and check out the animals and give a pet a chance. You won’t regret it.