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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

Like usual, I haven’t blogged in awhile. Until something really inspires me, I just… don’t. And what other to inspire me than the cute face of a puppy! A cuddly, fuzzy, waggly puppy! You see them in a pet store and think, “I want one!” or “What a great Christmas gift!” Well sure! Who wouldn’t want a puppy for Christmas?! That was one of the top gifts on my wish list!

Before you pick that puppy out, you need to think first:

  1. Am I ready for a puppy?
  2. Am I financially ready for a puppy?
  3. Have I done my research on this breed? (Some breeds will end up costing more money for vet bills, grooming, and feeding.)
  4. How much time do you have to devote to a puppy right now?

What are your thoughts now?

I am not at all trying to stop you from getting a puppy. I think puppies are probably the best thing to ever happen to this earth because they are awfully cute!🙂

I just want you to think before you buy. Make sure you are ready for the responsibility. It’s just like having a child.

2PJt4

All I Want For Christmas Is…

All Dogs Go To Heaven

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August 31st, 2012 was one of the worst days of my life…

–14 Years Ago —

When I was seven years old, my dad brought home my second sister. He walked in the front door and out poked a little black nose from under his jacket. We had a Sissy, and here was our Sassy. Just like Sissy, I instantly fell in love with that little puppy. I think my mom about went nuts when she saw what he had done! We had one that she was getting use to, but a second!? You can’t bring home a puppy and expect 3 young kids to let it leave…🙂

Time went on and my mom got use to having two Beagles. Even though they could be handfuls at times, they were worth the trouble!

As all of us grew older, so did they. It was amazing how they grew into their names! Each of their names described them perfectly! I just remember when I would wrap my arms around my Sassy and just hug her. She hated it. Not really, but she pretended🙂 I know she did. It was that bark that said, “Oh my gosh, let me go!” But the slight wag of the tail that was saying, “Hey, I love you too.”

Eventually all three of us kids were off at school and now the dogs were the children of the house. When we came home from school to visit, we would always get a warm welcome home with the crying, wagging tails, and running around the house! It was such a good feeling to know they remembered and still loved you.

The years went by and again, everyone was getting older. Including my puppies.

I’m pretty sure our dogs are the most spoiled dogs EVER! I remember when my mom and I went to TJ Maxx and found a couple of dog beds, looked at the price and decided we just wouldn’t tell dad. A lot of the times I would come home, I would also bring them some special treats. Spoiled little puppies, but I loved to do it!🙂

–14 Years Later–

Sassy started to go blind in her old age and started having some health issues. We did what we could to make her better and most of the time it worked. It started getting to the point where she was getting very old and it was very noticeable. I was home one weekend and she was up and excited to have me home, and the next she just wasn’t able to get up to greet me. It was a hard sight to take in.

August 31st, 2012 was one of the worst days of my life…

Sassy passed away. I can’t even begin to tell you how I felt and how I still feel. She was and still is apart of our family. I think about her everyday and remember what a wonderful dog she was. I knew I loved my dogs with all my heart, but I don’t think I realized how much that was until that day. Many tears have been cried, and I wish I could bring my puppy back, but I know she is in a better place waiting at the “Rainbow Bridge” to greet me someday.

“If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.”

Cheers To 21 Years!

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So last weekend was Maddie’s 21st birthday! Needless to say, we partied it up on Friday night at midnight! The words I remember were, “I’m not going to get too drunk tonight.”

This was the “not getting drunk” part.

Shall we see how we didn’t get drunk?

 

And the tequilla to finish it off…

It was a very fun night that included breakfast at 3am! Keep in mind, we only had two hours to be at the bars on Friday night so I would wrap it up to be a success! I was impressed!

So to my lovely Maddie, I hope you had an amazing 21st birthday! One that you will always remember! Err… Have pictures to remember it! I am looking forward to going out with you many more times! It will always be 5 o’clock somewhere…

Must Love Dogs

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So I have come to realize that I don’t blog unless I feel very strongly about something that I want to share. I want to do my part and speak for those who can’t speak for themselves. This brings up the title of my blog, “Must Love Dogs.” For those who don’t know me, I have the biggest heart for animals, especially dogs. Any kind! You name it, I love it.

I volunteer for our local humane society (sfhumanesociety.com) and also tweet for them (@SFHumaneSociety). I have recently decided to start volunteering for another organization in town which is the Sioux Empire Pit Rescue.

So this little into brings me to what I really want to talk about. Pit Bulls. There are so many horrible things said about this breed, but why? I went to an adoption event for the Sioux Empire Pit Rescue (SEPR) and met the dogs they have in their care. I have to tell you, they are some of the nicest dogs I have ever met. And guess what? When I asked the foster parents about the dog and what their story was, most of them told me the dog had been dumped off by someone who didn’t want them or they were only kept to have puppies to sell. Yet they where so happy, it made my heart melt.

I watched a clip of a video tonight that someone posted. There is now a spat going on between McDonalds and Pit Bull lovers. Have you seen it? Watch it. What are your thoughts?

Honestly, who would go up to a stray dog and pet it anyway? You shouldn’t do that for ANY dog. It isn’t safe, but for them to specifically say Pit Bulls, was wrong.

Here is a short video that will tell you a little more about the breed.

Just give the Pit Bull a chance. They really are a fantastic dog and want to be loved and give their love like any other breed.

Check out your local animal shelter. Don’t shop, Adopt.

* You can follow the Sioux Empire Pit Rescue on Twitter *

Adopt a Pet. Save a Life.

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One thing I am extremely passionate about are animals. I love all animals! Big, small, you name it, I love it. I have three dogs of my own and love them to death! Two Beagles (Sissy and Sassy) and a German Shorthair Pointer (Moose).

Sissy

Sassy

Moose

Now, my parents didn’t get our dogs at shelters, but that is something I now really try and promote when I talk with people about getting a new family member. There are so many dogs and cats at shelters just waiting to find their forever home.

I went to our local humane society just the other day and saw all the animals. A lot of people visit, but not a lot adopt. As I was doing some research on statistics, I found that 7 million companion animals enter shelters each year in the U.S. and that 60% of dogs and 70% of cats are euthanized because most shelters (that I know of) are non profit and can’t afford to take care of all the animals that come into the shelters. The shelters rely on donations of money, pet food, toys, and blankets for the animals.

It is also extremely important for you to get your dog or cat spayed or neutered. There are so many unwanted litters in the world that come into shelters. If you don’t want a litter, then do something to prevent it.

I am also a very strong believer in animal welfare. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a part of PETA. I occasionally go hunting, my dad, brothers and especially my boyfriend hunt. But your pets at home are like a family member. They should be loved, taken care of, played with. I find it so sad when animals are neglected and abused.

Some people think I’m crazy for being as passionate as I am about animals. They say, “it’s just a dog” or “it’s just a cat.” WRONG. It’s an animal. It living, breathing, and wanting to be with you. They love you unconditionally and just want that love back. Why would you harm an animal when you wouldn’t want to be harmed in that way. “Do unto others as you would want done unto you.”

I could go on for quite some time about this topic, but will let it rest for now.

http://www.exposeanimalabusers.org

When your ready to take on the responsibility of a pet, think about adoption. Visit your local animal shelter.

Adopt a Pet. Save a Life.

Honolulu, Hawaii Started It All

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So I love to research things. Especially different places to travel. I’m sure I will talk a lot about travel on here and my dream destinations! I will probably add the occasional random thoughts every now and then so watch out for those!🙂

Since my families vacation to Hawaii was what pretty much started my love to research I figured I would talk a little about that and the wonders of the B.E.A.UTIFUL Hawaii!

First off, when my brothers and I graduated high school, we all got to choose a family vacation. My oldest brother, Shaun, chose Washington D.C. and we did a lot of fun stuff! We got to take a tour of the White House, go to Hershey, Pennsylvania to Hersheypark (which is an amusement park), and my favorite (drum roll please!) THE NATIONAL MALL! Which ended up being a park. Outside. No clothing stores. No food court. No shopping whatsoever. So I hope you caught on to my sarcasm because I am in love with shopping. However, my father was quite happy and makes fun of me for it still. (But I did get back at him for going to the Tysons Corner Mall in Virginia🙂 )

Tysons Corner Mall

Tysons Corner Mall

And now that I got off the topic of my having planned the fantastic Hawaii vacation, I will get back on topic.

But as I explained, we all got to choose a vacation. My other brother, Devon, decided to choose NOT go on a vacation. Seriously!? Anywhere in the United States! Pick somewhere! Let’s go on an awesome vacation! But no. He wanted a computer instead. So being the favorite child I am😉 , I talked my parents into letting me pick my graduation vacation a year early *dancing* Go Me! *dancing*

We did have to pick somewhere to go in the United States, so I chose the glorious Honolulu, Hawaii! Honolulu is on the island of Oahu, which is the second to last island that is furthest out. It is also the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands. Oahu has the highest tourism rate which typically ranges between 350,000-450,000 visitors each month! I am in awe that the island does not sink…

To keep everything in order that we booked, I decided to get a binder and keep information in there about things we were doing and reservation vouchers that we had for activities that we did. The website we used to book everything was:

http://www.hawaiiactivities.com

We did things like parasailing,

Parasailing

the Pearl Harbor Tour,

Wall of names at the Arizona Memorial

and went B.O.B.ing (my fav!)

B.O.B.ing

B.O.B. stands for Breathing Observation Bubble. They lowered you into the water on the little yellow underwater scooter and you just scooted around! Then they gave you bread to feed the fish! It was such an amazing experience.

We also did a dinner cruise, shopped at the International Market, and of course, spent pretty much the entire time laying on the beach🙂

As for a place to stay, I would HIGHLY recommend the Sheraton Waikiki! (http://www.sheraton-waikiki.com) Very reasonable prices and you can pick which kind of room you would like: ocean front, or non ocean front. It is right on Waikiki beach! You literally walk out the back doors and you are on the beach!

A restaurant I would recommend would be Duke’s Restaurant & Barefoot Bar. Duke’s was actually named after a man, Duke Kahanamoku. He is Hawaii’s most famous citizen and the “Father of International Surfing.” You can read a lot about him on the restaurants website:  http://www.dukeswaikiki.com

This vacation has been my favorite out of all of them! I love the warm sunshine! If you love beaches, sun, ocean, and relaxation, this is a vaca for you!

Aloha!