How about them pups? Artie.

Well, we still have our lunatic dogs, incase anyone was wondering.

And those said lunatic dogs are still our best man-pets

pretty much Scott & I can’t imagine our life without them (which some may find pathetic lol)

But really. How is having 2 gigantic dogs, a small apartment annnnnd a baby?

well, to tell the truth, for the most part, it’s wonderful.

the apartment is small but works for us- and i can totally clean it in like a 1 1/2 (we’re talking vacuuming, dusting and laundry!)

The baby is (a-duh) fabulous and cuter than i ever imagined

and the dogs… are the dogs!

Typical.

Yes we have our bad days- but the “bad days” usually only last about an hour- make sense? Like when they know the mail man has arrived, which is usually around Gordies nap time, and Artie decides to sound the alarm so to speak. That = a bad hour. because for that next 30-50 minutes Artie shamefully sits by the door (because he knows he’ll get in trouble if he barks) and does his shallow deep woofs. It’s seriously like this.

Artie: BARK! BARK! BARK! LETEVERYONEKNOWTHEMAILHASARRIVED! BARK!

Me: ARTIE! GO TO JAIL! kick kick

Artie, with his body as close to ground as possible makes his way to the corner

after a few minutes he’ll army crawl to the door and go (in his deep voice) woof.

:pause:

woof.

Me: Arrrrtieee quuuuiet.

:pause:

woof.

and this continues until he gets distracted by something else.

 

But other than that Artie simply stays out of my way. He follows me around the house, doesnt get tangled in my legs and rushes to Gordies room when he hears him cry or makes noises (which is cute bee-tee-dubs)

But Artie spends about 90% of his day staring at the ground awaiting for a reflection to pounce on and chase.

So seriously, if its been one of those days where i just neeeed Artie to get out of my way, i open all the blinds and put on his collar and Leo’s collar (for extra reflections) and waaalaaaa. Artie is occupied until the sun goes down. literally.

to el parque

It was a gorgeous day! I could not not be outside- especially with fall & winter approaching rapidly. So the crew & i packed up and strolled on down to a nearby park

Of course the dogs we’re on there best behavior and didnt eat nor roll in anything questionable (right..)

and of course Gordie stayed awake for the short 15 minute walk (15 minutes in babyland is like 5 hours)

needless to say Gordie got a short little nap in and the pups.. well…. they (meaning Leo) found a new scent that im not to fond of. That dog loves his rotting mulch.

but we had fun!

and it must of been Arties birthday or something because there were seriously flocks of birds flying from tree to tree constantly

which mean endless amounts of bird shadows to chase

which then translates into one tired dog.

However all that dog needs is a 10 minute nap and he’s all wagging his tail recharged and chasing more shadows and reflections. Not cool.

Leo was perfectly content laying next to me and Gordie in the shade while we watched little kids ride by on their bikes whilst Artie ran a couple miles.

Once Gordie decided to wake up he was completely fascinated with the kids on their bikes! He wouldnt break his stare for anything (trust me.. i tried)! He just stared at them, concentrating on their movement. No blinks. Nothin. (i must say- his mama was quiet the stareer in her days)

I love park days- they just make the day seem more… relaxed.

oye. the life of a poor dog owner.

So this post is going to totally force me to step out of my comfort zone.

Which i hardly ever like doing.

But here it goes.

So we have this dog- Artie. Most of you are familiar/met/love him.

But this dog has been semi-accident prone lately.

He’s a high performance dog. Who is constantly chasing, fetching, running and swimming.

Well, about a week and a half ago Artie cut his front left paw on something.

well this semi-small cut grew, deepened and expanded to the width of his whole paw in a matter of days.

As you can imagine it was pretty nasty & smelly.

We tried everything we could think of. Super glue, bandages, gauze, medical tape,you name it! Because yes. Were those kinds of people. The cheap ‘i-dont-want-to-pay-more-than-100-bucks-at-the-vet’

Spare your hate comments- because I could care less.

Anyway,

We took him to the vet grudgingly because after a week of playing vet & self medicating, we could see it was just getting worse and worse and reeked of infection.

To sum it up, the vet said it was beyond self healing and would remain an open festering gash- which would inevitably lead to all sorts of infections and then death. So they needed to go in, scrape out the infection & dead skin, let it bleed and stitch it up nice and tight to prevent further tearing.

goodness..

Now, im just going to come out and say it. Before this little event and his other brush with death the Husband and I were against spending anything over 100-200 bucks to save our dogs life. If it was meant to be it was meant to be. We’re poor college students living on one minimum waged income (glamorous. i know). We simply could not afford to treat our animals in such ways.

I know, sad, but our personal needs must come first.

but in all honesty- when we were faced with the possible death of husbands man-dog-friend we needed and wanted to try to prolong his life. So we did. and we’re biting the bullet and will be spending the money required to fix our little buddy up.

Artie lookin like an old lady in the front seat after surgery

So here we are. A baby coming in 12 days and trying to save every penny my husband makes during his summer internship so that we can live once we get back up to school- and we get stuck with a hefty medical bill. A vet bill non-the-less. Stressful & frustrating right?

& between baby bills, ultrasound bills (which are ridiculous btw), school bills and soon hospital bills- We’ve literally saved nothing near to what we anticipated and planned on

So here it goes. (stepping far out of comfort zone)

We have a little paypal donation going to help pay for Artie’s paw bills.

This isnt a scam.. I promise. It’s legit. and you can find the button at the top right hand side of our blog or at the bottom of this post.

& you dont need a paypal account to donate! Which is awesome in my opinion!

The total bill set us back $525.00 (medication, exam, sedation, stitches, antibiotic shot etc..)

Yeah i know. Yikes.

So if you can and would like to help us out we would be eternally grateful!

theres no minimum or maximum amount you have to donate- so feel free to donate however much you feel comfortable with.

every dollar (& prayer) will help us out 🙂

Ode to Artigas the dog.

Dearest Artigas,

You are Scott’s (dad’s) best dog friend- he simply wouldnt be the same without you.

You will do anything he tells you to do and do it 100%

except for shake-you laugh at the simplicity of that command and trick & are almost offended when asked to perform it.

For you like complicated, impressive tricks. Like lumber-jacking or chasing butterflies.

This week we have discovered a giant gash on your paw (and ring worm…)

a big gash. like, separation of muscle and flesh.

did you whince? no

did you limp? yes.. but only for or a day or so & then back to sprinting up hill sides you went.

like a champ.

it was only when we saw bloody footprints on our walk did we notice you were injured.

Now you are forced to be lazy with your gimpy paw all wrapped and sanitized and forced to wear the Cone of Shame.

But do you let that Cone bring your spirits down?

nah- you make it a fad & strut your stuff in it.

get better bud.

Memorial day weekend: Saturday

We decided to kick this Memorial day weekend off right-

With sunshine, guns, fishing poles, some good food & awesome company

Even the bump and i got in some shooting- though, i was a little worried that it may be to loud for the little man. But he seemed fine and was sleeping the whole time.

Atrtie is defiantly Scotts ‘crazy-active-all-american-man’s-best-friend’

Any guesses to where Leo was?

Yeah… either frantically trying to get into the truck cab or hiding under the car.

this is his ‘i’m-scared-and-must-get-as-close-to-the-ground-as-possible’ face

He’s more of cuddle, sun bathing type of dog- which is just perfect for me.

Welp folks!

there you have it.

the bump and i, with gun in hand, in all our fantabulous glory!

We greatly enjoyed it if i do say so myself.

and yes- i do refer to the bump and i as a ‘we’

because we are two- a duh!

The one who goes on a many waddling’s

Every morning and every evening i try to make it outside for a little walk.

Walking, ahem:waddling, is an excellent way for me and the bump to get our exercise on- so i try to get out often.

The pups, of course, love every second of the little adventure- which usually begins and ends with them bounding in the lake and stream we walk by.

Artie= natural swimmer, hence his calm serene-like swimming

Leo= well, he’s obviously not made for swimming.

Leo is more of a sink than a swim kind of dog.

(i like to think it’s due to how thick and heavy he is, but i’m afraid he’s just uncoordinated & spazy)

–>>>

Now, I’m a Southern California girl through & through and will never ever not like So. Cal

but lemme tell you something, Northern California has got it going on.

Nature is close to you!

Greenness, wild flowers, rolling green hills, lakes, creeks and beautiful trees are only a few steps away!

I’m seriously falling in love with how pretty it is up here!

oh and yes, there are an over abundance of logs for Artie to lug around.

& theres a sneek peek at my 33 week bumpage.

but i’ll share more on that tomorrow 😉

The one who has a billion pictures of her dogs.

Our trip to So-Cal flew by!

It was nice to visit family, see friends and be care free.

No work, school or stress!

Just sunshine, laughter and yummy fudgesicles.

oh, and the beach of course!

annnd the whole week i was there i only managed to snap 3 pictures… and thats of us at the dog beach.

what is wrong with me?

yoga and little shoes

Most mornings/afternoons i try to get my yoga on.

Yesterday i rolled out my mat and then went to change into my oh-so stretchy pants.

Then i came back to find this.

within a matter of seconds they had migrated from the living room sun spot to my mat

and apparently my yoga mat is 1000x more comfortable than the carpet

oy vey pups.

Also Leo loves to awkwardly stare at me while in tree pose. it’s like i said a magic word like “outside” or “dinner”

Maybe tree pose means something exciting in dog language?

He’s cute, but very distracting, especially when trying to balance on one foot.

balancing+laughing at the faces Leo makes+baby bump= a very unsuccessful tree pose.

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Yesterday i was bored and finished exercising sooner than expected. So i decided to go “window shopping”.

Bad idea.

thankfully i was smart and left my wallet in the car

good idea. (gold star for me husband!)

Because seriously, i was on a everything-baby hiatus

me and other moms-to-be were oooing and awwing at every little newborn thing

holding onesies up to our bellies, imagining what our little ones will look like.

it was the best!

seriously?!! i about died when i saw these!

not to mention all the little outfits, hats, bibs and sandals!

Goodness… i don’t think i’ve ever been this excited and anxious to meet this little guy!

June 19th hurry up and get here! Im ready to meet our little one!!

The sun is up, the sky is blue

The pups and i spent most of the day outside enjoying the beautiful spring weather!

63 degrees? Hello!

and you know i was getting my tan on while waddling my bump to-and-fro on the trail!

and I may or may not have been humming ‘i’m sexy and i know it’ while struttin my stuff.

Now, can we please take a second and admire the determination of this dog?

For almost a half mile he lugged his log friend around.

rolling it down hills, dragging it back up said hill and almost taking out two bikers!

Artie, you are the definition of determination.

You make us oh so proud!

Leisurely walks

Sometimes a walk around the block with my loves is all i need to make my day special!