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Koda Went To The Groomer Today!

He is one wore out pup! But he looks Soooo Cute!20150415_221425And the Groomer’s dog is ROCKIN’ the Hot Pink Do! Pretty sexy for a 13-year-old!

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Review: The Icing on the Corpse by Liz Mugavero

I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person. -Audrey Hepburn
Maybe your weird is my normal. Who’s to say? -Nicki Minaj

I have one word to say about The Icing on the Corpse. Quirky. What else can it be but quirky and funny when it is set in Frog Ledge, Connecticut? Especially when the mystery occurs during the annual Groundhog Day Festival. A festival that the whole town truly gets into – in a ‘way-over-the-top-everyone-dresses-up-like-a-groundhog’ sort of way.

Kristan “Stan” Connor has the honour this year of being the ‘Goundhog Gift-Giver’ to the star of the festival, a groundhog named Lilypad. As the owner and chief baker of Pawsitively Organic, Stan is thrilled to gain the notoriety, and the possible new business for her canine and feline bakery. Only things don’t go as everyone planned, when much beloved Helga Oliver, the town historian, is found in a crumpled heap at the bottom of the stairs in the museum basement. Who would want to hurt good natured Helga? Why? And is the cause a more modern one – like the guy who wants Helga’s job as the town historian? Or has something in the past come back to haunt the town?

Stan’s ‘I’m really too old to call a guy my “boyfriend” boyfriend, Jake, is devastated to lose the woman who has been like a grandmother to him all his life. The family response ranges from whacky to just plain mean, and the addition of a celebrity ghost hunter show to the mix makes this one wild ride.

I received this book from the publisher in return for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.

Who Says Love Has To Be Human? Wonderful Dog Audio Books

booA Dog Named Boo: How One Dog and One Woman Rescued Each Other – And the Lives They Transformed Along the Way

Written by: Lisa Edwards
Narrated by: Meredith Mitchell
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:09-18-12
Publisher: AudioGO

You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness | [Julie Klam]


You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness

Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins 

  • Unabridged Audiobook Release Date:10-28-10
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio

 

Love Is the Best Medicine: What Two Dogs Taught One Veterinarian about Hope, Humility, and Everyday Miracles | [Nicholas Trout]Love Is the Best Medicine: What Two Dogs Taught One Veterinarian about Hope, Humility, and Everyday Miracles


Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love | [Larry Levin]Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love

Written by: Larry Levin


Only January 8 And Already SO Tired of Winter!

Blech. Bitter cold, snow, slick roads (I don’t get on em, but you should hear my housemate rant . . . “Hey, Jackass! Just because you have 4-wheel-drive doesn’t mean that you won’t slide over the side – that shit don’t work on ICE!) That sort of thing. As for me, I rarely leave the house, but of course, the last time I did I managed to pick up he latest bronchial bug that is going around. Hack, hack, wheeezze! Again. Blech. It isn’t even pretty any more, as the sun came out for a couple of days and the foot or so of snow melted off into blotches here and there, leaving nothing but mud (now frozen mud, but still) in it’s place. There was some light snow tonight, so if I squint just right it looks like we have the pretty stuff again.

Why did I go out in the first place, you ask? Well, HiJinx and I went over to the shelter to check out a white Boxer. She and I both thought maybe another white Boxer would be a good addition – someone for her to play and cuddle with. She was so adorable – solid white, still had her long, natural tail, and only about 40 lbs. So, we got there, I met her, she was sweet and adorable . . . and then she met HiJinx. Oy. What a beeyotch! She turned into this vicious attack dog. Well, the heck with THAT! So much for YOU sharing couch space at my house!! Pft. Ya don’t know what you could of had there, Cujo. Premium food, handmade cookies, tons of cuddles and toys, and the wonderful, sweet and adorable HiJinx to play with! Too bad, so sad sucker . . .

Of course, as we are leaving, who do we see but Coda . . . apparently he is the third dog some woman has brought to the shelter when she got bored with them. Is that not the Cutest face! He is 400-lbs of personality in a 10-lb body, and HiJinx is having a ball with him. Of course, she used to play with 4-lb Peanut, so little is no problem for her. So, two little dogs instead of one big Boxer, but lap dogs are OK to. Coda is apparently a Shih Tzu. I looked them up, and found this description:

James Mumsford, an American teacher and composer, perhaps described the Shih Tzu best: “Nobody knows how the ancient eunuchs managed to mix together: a dash of lion, several teaspoons of rabbit, a couple of ounces of domestic cat, one part court jester, a dash of ballerina, a pinch of old man, a bit of beggar, a tablespoon of monkey, one part baby seal, a dash of teddy bear, and, for the rest, dogs of Tibetan and Chinese origin.”

Yep, that seems to be Coda right down to his DNA. He is sleeping on the back of my chair right now, all curled up.

Of course, for those of you who remember, I rescued Scooter from the needle a few weeks back. It as been a rough road to hoe with him. He apparently suffers from Jekyll and Hyde Syndrome, a type of social aggression behaviour that is, literally, sweet-and-adorable one minute, rip your face off the next. And let me tell you – he does go for the face. It normally can’t be fixed (most require euthanasia, they are just too dangerous to allow to live). Can you believe something that adorable looking could be a teeth-wielding psychopath? Things weren’t looking all that great for a while, but apparently, with Coda here, someone his own size, he is starting to mellow out. I am not saying he is perfect, but my bites are healing up . . . and he adores the ground Linda walks on. Apparently, a J&H dog will bond rabidly with one person, and consider any other in the household a threat. He still has the occasional ‘ugly face’ (i.e. – here are my teeth, come over here and let me show you how sharp they are!) moments, but he pretty much has me trained – don’t come into his space and he won’t rip my leg off. He has actually been coming up and sitting in my lap, and occasionally sleeping on the bed with me (when Linda is at work) so hopefully we are making progress?

jinxballinmouthJinx is doing great with the whole thing. She still gets the boatload of the attention – and still would rather curl on the couch with G’Kar the cat rather than either pup . . . but that’s OK too as she plays with the new additions until everyone collapses!

As for book reviews? Nope. Haven’t done any. Between feeling like something scraped off the bottom of a troll’s foot and a couple of projects I am behind on, everything else has ground to a sad, wheezing stop. Hopefully, by February it will be better.

 

The Returns Do The Monster Mash!

My friend MK Clinton and her heroes from her smash hit books,

The Returns 2 ~ Showstoppers is out in paperback on Amazon!

The Returns (The Returns, #1)The Returns and The Returns 2: Showstoppers are doing the Monster Mash! Check them out in the video below, and if you haven’t read the books – well, why the Monster Not??

Funny, touching, and wonderfully creative, Melissa’s books are the cure for what ails you!

 

 

 

 


 

Just Because We Can

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So THAT Is How They Do It!

I have to laugh. I keep seeing these absolutely stunning yarn cakes.

No, not This kind of cake . . . yummylayers(though it IS breathtaking, isn’t it?)

 

 

 

 

And not This kind . . . (Though, you have to admit, that is darn cute!)

 

And then there is this one, which is even CUTER!

 

 

 

Nope. We are talking This kind . . .

sockyarnPretty, huh? So, I was wondering how it was done. Droppers pouring? Nah…. So, I was cruising around youtube, taking a break and giving myself a reason to remember that when my work is done, I can go down to my studio and play . . .  and look what I Found!!

Of course, I wanted to show you photos of a bunch of these multicoloured yarn cakes at a shop I found and fell in love with, but of course I can’t find it now…. Found it!

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So, next time I indulge myself with a dye job, you know what I am going to be doing!

And then, I happened to see something else that made me do a happy dance . . . I have a metric ton of acrylic yarn that I don’t like . . . bad colours, no colours, etc. So, I was thinking about giving it away, but there is some that I really like the texture of, just not the colour. Ta Daaa!!! Check this!

So, now I have great reasons to get my work done, so I can have some fun in the morning. Woooo Hooooo!!! So, yippee, skippee, time to work!

Hummm… and I have some gnarly acrylic based fabrics too –  great test subjects for doggy beds! Well, someone else’s doggy beds, cause my guys sleep in my bed . . . well, I guess it is really their bed, cause I wind up curled up in a tiny ball with them all spread out like rugs, hogging all the room!

Oh, and I found the cake photos on goodsearch.com/images!

Review: Dog Treat Cookbook: 27 Pooch-Approved Homemade Recipes

dogtreatsIf you are owned by four-legged children, you know how expensive pet treats can be. Especially the good quality ones! For example, a pound of sweet potato treats I found online is $14.95. That is a lot of money – especially when you can buy a sweet potato, or several pounds of them, for dirt cheap. And if you grow your own, well, you are making out like a bandit! And the Sweet Chews recipe in The Dog Treat Cookbook is dead simple. Cut up a sweet potato (or more than one) in 1/4” slices, dry, enjoy.

There are 27 recipes in this lovely little book in all, and all of them are healthy, fresh and homemade from human quality foods. This is much better and safer than buying treats which come out of China, where there are apparently on controls on production of anything – especially dog and cat treats!

Speaking of cats, though this is a dog treat book, I am looking at the Pick of the Sea Biscuits and thinking that my two whacked out cats would love those, and the Tuna Treats would have their ears perked up. Maybe they will even come out of their hidey-holes to get a treat (Nah. One lives in a closet, the other lives under the bed. I don’t see them coming out any time soon, but I can certainly chunk treats to them I suppose!)

Pumpkin Pie Cookies, Carrot Poppers and Doggy Breath Busters (Hey, Bella! The Breath

Cookie Good!!! Give Cookie To HiJinx! Now!!
Cookie Good!!! Give Cookie To HiJinx! Now!!

Busters are going to be the first thing I make – your breath is Rank, girlfriend!)

This is a well laid out book, with warnings about what NOT to feed your dog, what TO feed them, and why. Storage and baking tips are included.

Looks like I will be pulling out the mixing bowl and cookie sheet very soon!

Recommended. Most of these recipes look like they wouldn’t take 10-minutes to mix up and pop into the oven. How easy is that? Of course the Dogrios (The filling between the two cookies is cream cheese) are darling, and the Tutti-Fruity Dogsicles will be much appreciated in this hot weather!

M.K. Clinton’s “Returns” Is a True “Showstopper”!

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