Oh, what a wild couple of days it’s been!  Click HERE to go to the blog I share with my sister and you can read about Snoopy’s first couple of days.  There are a couple of pictures there as well.

One definite highlight of these past couple of days of being off work to help facilitate the new resident has been the glorious sunshine that we’ve been able to enjoy together.  We’ve walked 17 kilometers since Tuesday night, all the fresh air has felt great!  It’s really good that it’s nice outside too because Ray and I are feeling a little trapped at home right now.  We can’t leave the pets home alone yet which means that either we go out seperately or we stay home.  This morning we were all (dogs and people) laying on the couches depressed with the situation and sleepy from being stressed out and we decided that enough was enough.  Seriously, I know it’s only been a couple of days but our little happy world has been rattled more than we thought and it’s making everything seem hoardes worse!

We four went for our morning 5k and then showered and we threw the dogs in the car and thought, “Sink or swim, just don’t eat my steering wheel!”.  We successfully went for a coffee and then shopped at Costco and no leather was chewed and no fur flew.  Following Costco I was feeling pretty confident so I left Ray home alone and headed to the gym (4am on a day off just seemed cruel!) for Thursday’s workout.

I am SO glad that I waited until mid day to do it because I realized how little energy I have in my early morning workouts!  I felt light as a feather in the warmup jog today, even increasing incline and drilling up the speed.  During weight lifting I managed to add weight to all the movements and felt really strong!  I was consistent all the way through, even up to the final movement, planking.  I had been doing 3 x 45sec of plank but today I got it up to a minute each which is quite incredible!

I’m not sure what I’m going to do going forward, I can’t really get up any earlier to eat first, I already go to the gym in the middle of the night.  I’m going to try and find something fast digesting that isn’t too carby for fuel and see how that goes.  If you are a morning gym-goer, how do you fuel?

Anyway, I should get going & grab a shower while both dogs are sleeping…seperate couches but same room so that’s a huge improvement.

For my friends who happen to be grain free, I MADE BUNS LAST NIGHT!  Seriously, actual buns that will hold filling.  Hamburgers and fried egg sandwiches!  Go HERE to find the recipe!  They are very, VERY good!  A bit time consuming to make and dirties a few dishes, but the four buns you get from it are SO WORTH IT!   (the hamburger picture are the burgers that I originally read about on GirlMeetsPaleo.  They’re delicious burgers to begin with but the addition of the Bacon Balsamic Onion Jam that goes with them is really just killer!)

Egg Sandwich Hamburger


Pressure Cooker!

I started writing a post last night and I was going to post pictures and then I was going to go around and read blogs and comment (because people love comments!).  So what happened?  I melted, that’s what happened!  My back deck, the one in the shade, was 34C (94F) at 7pm last night.  I rubbed my dog down with an ice pack for awhile and then fed her a beef popsicle (beef broth frozen into a disc).  I ate ice cream.  I struggled to not eat the entire container of ice cream because it was cold and sweet and HOLY CRAP I was hot!

 Grace was bugging the shit out of me last night.  Our normal routine is that she eats while I make dinner, I eat and then clean up and once the dishes are done, we go for a walk.  I really thought it would be best that we not go for a walk last night, pushed-in-face dogs suffer just that much more in the heat and she was already suffering pretty good.  But she was driving me crazy!  Crying and pawing and woofing and making sad eyes.  So……we went.  In order to make sure I didn’t walk too fast for her I wore my flip flops and we went only about 20 minutes.  She was happy and I was happy she wasn’t bugging me, life was good. 

I’m going out for a business lunch today, first time in over 5 years that I’ve been invited, so I’m looking forward to it, got all dressed up and everything!

 I really promise to try the picture posting again tonight.  In the meantime though, here’s Grace’s story about how she came to live with us and what life is like now.  Eventually she’ll be published as a success story on the rescue website….when I get around to sending them some pictures!  😉


My name is Grace.  Well, that’s what they call me now.  I’m around 3 years old.    Some bad people threw me out of a moving car along a California freeway and I’m really lucky that I didn’t get hurt.  I spent some time in the LA Shelter and then I went to LA Boxer Rescue.  Jennifer from Without Borders Boxer Rescue came to visit me and while she was there she found me my new family.

 That Sunday morning I got put on an airplane and a few hours later my new Mummy & Daddy picked me up.  Now I’m a Canadian girl (I haven’t seen snow yet though, ask me in the winter if I really appreciate that!).  I didn’t know them but they seemed nice and I was really glad to be out of the airplane so I hopped into the truck and we were on our way home.

 I’ve been in my forever home now for a little over a month and I can’t imagine being anywhere else.  I don’t remember much of my old life but I do remember my manners and how to be a very good girl.   I’m starting to learn what toys are and that they are lots of fun when mummy or daddy chases me around the house and we play tuggy with them.  I love my snuggles and trying to sneak daddy some kisses on the lips.  I am a very good walker and mum and dad take me out for lots of long park walks.  I am a bit nervous around other dogs but once we sniff and say hi, as long as everyone stays polite, I’m good to go.  I am quick to try and defend myself if another dog tries to intimidate me.  I’m learning that I don’t have to be in charge though; mummy and daddy do that pretty well.

 I love food, I’ll do just about anything for a treat…except swimming; I didn’t really appreciate that.  I love blueberries, cherries and nectarines as treats; mummy tells me I’m weird that way.  I also have an uncanny ability to hear an ice cream scoop cutting through delicious vanilla ice cream from several rooms away and I can hardly stand waiting for a taste.

I went camping this summer for the first time and I had a really good time.  I found sunny dirt holes to lie in and bugs to chase.  I was a little apprehensive about the campfire the first night but I got used to that pretty quickly.  I really wanted to try a marshmallow but daddy put the kibosh to that.  The best part of camping was that we got to go fishing every day in The Big Boat.  Mummy & daddy weren’t sure how I would do but I just laid down and took a nap.  I got braver with walking around on the boat and eventually I parked myself on the bow and helped with the navigation.

Mummy & daddy also have noisy motorcycles, I did NOT like those at the beginning, and I would bark and try to chase after them.  Daddy’s buddy has some pretty noisy ones too and I don’t really like it when he brings them over.  I’m definitely getting used to them though, every time they get off those noisy things I get lots of rubs and kisses so maybe it’s not so bad.

I’m a relaxed, mellow girl, I love napping on my mum’s pillow and going for long walks every day.  I can’t remember my old life…but I don’t care, this one is everything I could have asked for.

Fast & Furious

It is blissfully sunny out (finally!) and I am insanely busy at work so have been getting there early to start work…which eats into my blogging time.  😉

An update of things ongoing in point form, shall we?

  • Grace is catching on to life with us…in most respects.  It is becoming apparent that she never spent any time outdoors.  She is nervous and insecure about absolutely every little noise, movement, breeze or bug.  It’ll take time but she’s a smart girl, she’ll get used to it.
  • We are more careful about keeping her under our control (leash) than we were at first, now that she’s gaining confidence her little firecracker personality is coming out and she has no hesitation about chasing cats in our neighborhood or even chasing a motorcycle down the road at top speed.
  • We discovered yesterday during a visit with our adoption co-ordinator that she was not abandoned on the side of the freeway as we first understood.  She and her brother were tossed out of a moving vehicle at freeway speed and the car that was behind her car pulled over and went back for them while the owners just sped off.  I just about puked when I heard that.  And then cried. 
  • I rode my motorcycle to work on Friday for the first time!
  • Going back a little ways since I haven’t been posting much, our family dinner worked out absolutely beautifully, everyone was on their best behavior and got along well enough that I would not hesitate to do it again (and we may, in September)
  • On the exercise front I have walked 40.1 kilometers in the last 7 days.  This is, apparently, enough for me to not only maintain my weight but to help strip off a little more fat in the legs and belly and replace with lean tissue.  Perfect!  Especially since, because the weather is gorgeous, we are certainly drinking more than we do when it’s raining out. 
  • There was a cougar reported in our area late last week, freaks me the hell out!
  • We went to a dinner party at Ray’s ex wife’s house last night, she was at our house on Saturday with George so they could meet Grace and she is coming to Ray’s mom’s b’day dinner and then to our house for coffee & cake this coming Sunday.  I am definitely struggling at this point, I don’t mind her, she’s a nice person, I love her dog…….but it’s a strain on my good humour and sociability to crank out a happy face when nerves and upset is what I’m feeling inside.  And Ray, per normal, pays absolutely no attention to my discomfort whether I specifically mention it or not.  It’s a problem.

So, that’s what HAS happened, and here’s what’s coming:

  • Grace has a vet appt tomorrow.  We thought she had an ouchie foot because of all the walking however it could be because of how she was….um….surrendered.  She needs to get that looked at.
  • Tara is coming over for dinner on Wednesday so that we can drink a nice rose in the driveway and so she can meet Grace
  • Ray’s mom is turning 75 on Sunday (hence the birthday dinner and get together at our house).  She just took a tumble yesterday and may have broken her wrist…which is not great, she’s not a great exerciser to begin with and has little confidence in walking to begin with and this won’t help.  Plus, she’s going to Israel and Jordan in September so she needs to get up and going.
  • Saturday we have a Harley meeting, a chiropractor appt (that Gracie gets to go to…and he offered to take a look at her and see if he can help her at all) and then a memorial service in the afternoon. 

So that’s about it. It’s too beautiful here to spend anytime indoors and I’m too busy at work to do anything but swear and bang my head against the desk.  Three weeks from now we’re going on holidays as well and that is going to be crazy to get ready for, we’re camping just the two of us and our dog and also towing our big boat up there and going to spend at least a week on the water fishing and swimming and hanging out… this point I have requested two weeks off and only had one approved so we can’t even determine how long we’ll be gone for….which really blows.

Love Haze

I’m experiencing Love Haze.  I didn’t know that there was such a thing but about 20 minutes after Grace moved into our house, family, hearts this haze descended upon us.  Dog things that bugged me before (shedding, bits of dog food all over the floor, eye boogers, snoring etc….OK, it’s any wonder that I agreed to get a dog!) don’t.  She’s my baby and while I know that having a dog is nothing like having children, this is still amazing to me.  I’ve lived with a dog for almost the entire time Ray and I have been together, but she was never mine.  Brandy was never so excited to see me when I got home.  She never, ever snuggled with me on the sofa, never followed me around.  When we were home alone she’d go and sleep in the front room while I was in the family room.  She was Ray’s dog through and through and we never really bonded to each other.

Bliss-face with the car window open, sniffing away!

I had to apologize to Ray last night because I did not, for one second, understand the love he had for Brandy.  When Grace saw me come up the stairs when I got home from work and her little face lit up and her entire body started to wiggle with excitement I completely understood.  When she presses her little forehead so hard into my chest while I’m petting her, it absolutely melts me.  My rule had always been “greet humans first” because he would always greet Brandy before he would acknowledge me.  Now I understand how impossible it is to resist that wiggling body and excited happy face.

Snuggle time in the morning after I’ve gotten ready. Makes it darned hard to get off the sofa and go to work!

Anyway, dog- love aside….well….there isn’t really an “aside”, there’s not much else going on right now.  I can’t go to the gym for this week or next, Ray is on graveyards and doesn’t get home until 6:30am, it’s not like I can get up at 4:30am and leave Grace alone for a couple hours with no walk first thing in the morning.  So I’ve been getting up at 5am and walking the little sausage for about 4-5 kilometers before Ray gets home from work.  It helps to tire her out so that she’ll sleep while he’s trying to sleep during the day.  Worked yesterday, hopefully today as well.  I’m not toooo worried about the lack of gym but I would really like Ray to get all of our free weights and plates back from the person we lent them to so that I can at least do something while I’m on doggy duty for the next two weeks!  Of course after dinner we walk for another 4-5km so hopefully that’s enough to get me by for now.  Grace has already dropped a bit of weight, she has a waist again and starting to get a bit of loose belly fur so that’s great, hopefully Ray and I can do a little of the same!

How can you not love that face!

The sunshine is out for the next week or so which feels amazing and makes the 5am walk feel so nice and refreshing!  I imagine we’ll be adjusting for the next few days so there may be little for me to post.  If you want to, follow me on Twitter, that’s always fun and a great way to interact!

Amazing Grace

Not the song, Amazing Grace, the dog, amazing Grace!  Well….her name is technically Gracie but we prefer Grace and she doesn’t really care!

Saturday afternoon we got a call and a few pictures and a very small write up about Grace and we were told if we wanted her that we just had to say so and she would be arriving by airplane to Vancouver International Airport on Sunday at 2pm.  We said “Yes” and now she’s here!  We are absolutely thrilled with her, she’s calm and so sweet.  She’s three years old, walks amazingly on a leash (full heel with no prompting) and absolutely loves us.  Us.  Both of us.  Me included.  That was (perhaps irrationally) a fear of mine because our previous dog had been with Ray for 8 years before I came into the picture and she and I never really bonded.  This one though?  Loves me too!

Her story is kind of sad, she and her brother, a chihauhau-weiner cross, were abandoned on the side of a freeway in San Francisco.  The authorities found them and turned them in to the shelter.  The little brother dog was adopted but they were having a hard time adopting her out so they contacted LA Boxer Rescue figuring a more specific rescue organization would help.  While she was at the shelter in San Fran, a pitbull escaped his run and bit her in the side so she came to us with her left side a bit bald and having just had her stitches out.  Even after her dog attack she still has no aggression to other dogs and just wants to play with them.   She knows sit, stay, lie down, shake a paw.  She is also…..fat.  She’s a little sausage with legs, around 7-10 pounds overweight for her size.  They figure she was probably even fatter before she got into the shelter system because they certainly don’t feed them enough to maintain her mass!  The girl who brought her to us said that normally when they come out of the shelter system they are little bone-racks…..we’re not even positive this one has bones!  LOL!

She loves to walk, gets very excited when her leash comes out but she is also very obedient and will sit down to get her leash on and stay seated while you open the door until you invite her out.  Very well behaved.

I won’t be a crazy loon of a new dog owner and talk about her exclusively or bore you with nothing but pictures of her, I know that she’s absolutely adorable and sweet to us and that gets boring for other people.  However, today is her 3rd birthday, the day she became a Canadian and her first day in her forever home and that means she gets a few pictures on the blog!


Warming her belly on sunny concrete while Ray and I had a driveway beer in her honor!

About an hour after we’d gotten home. Waiting to eat for the first time.

We were having a chat about how sweet she was. Obviously she was soaking that up!