13 reasons why

Today is Henry’s (Hank, Fuzzy Peach, Budders) 13th birthday! It’s been a rough few months, but we’re here. Last night at his vet appointment (our monthly visits are kind of like walking into Cheers… where everybody knows his name) the doctor told me to get him a cheeseburger and celebrate the day!

So in doing so, here are 13 reasons why Henry is the best! (because every dog is the best dog ever).

  1. He has had the same stuffie since the first day we got him
  2. We had to teach him how to swim, but now he loves the water
  3. He loves his friends and family
  4. There isn’t a mud puddle he hasn’t enjoyed

  5. He loves snow
  6. He’s a pretty awesome big brother
  7. He hates cars but loves boats (kind of)
  8. He has worked by my side (under my desk) for 11 years
  9. His favourite place to be is in the woods
  10. Even as a model, he’s always been shy
  11. He puts up with kids, despite being an old soul
  12. He’s okay posing for the billion photos I’ve taken of him
  13. He makes me happy

xomeg

3 things

Happy National Puppy Day!

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It breaks my heart daily to know time is limited with this guy – Henry is eleven.

But today we celebrate – he snores… I work… tuna juice for lunch and an extra few rolls in the snow. Life is good.

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Here’s a snippet of a conversation I had with a woman in the morning (before sunrise) while walking Henry yesterday:

W (smiling): “All I need in the morning are three things:
1. See a dog
2. get some exercise and
3. the sun shines.”

M: “Well, you’re two for three already… hopefully the sun will come up and you’ll get all three.”

W: “Yes, and then I’ll have a f-cking awesome day! … sorry for the swearing.”

I think I found my soulmate.

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I hope you see a dog, get some exercise and the sun is shinning for you today.

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it’s going down (and up)

Over two years ago I wrote about my purple stairs and now, I am happy to say the day has finally come, phase two is complete – we have a stair runner!

Henry, our dear Golden is turning 11 this week so safer, gripier stairs have been on my mind as he has cataracts and has become a little slower and more nervous going downstairs in the mornings. I spent some time researching options online but in the end, I could not consider anything other than Dash & Albert. I’ve heard so many great reviews and the colours and patterns were hard to match (plus a company that puts dogs front and centre has my approval).

Luckly I discoverd the Halifax store Bellissimo is a supplier and I was able to see samples in person and even take some home to see how they’d look over our stairs. And, after a lengthy debate, my heart was set on Stone Soup. stairrunner_1Once we knew which one we wanted, the tricky part was figuring out how much we needed to order. Our stairs have two landings and since we were installing it ourselves, we were not going to get too fancy with diagonal cuts and turns on the landings.

Here are our measurements:

  • 11 treads (at 10.5″ each) : 10.5 x 11 = 115.5″
  • 14 risers (at 8.5″ each) : 8.5 x 14 = 119″
  • two landings (3′ x 3′ each) = 36″ x 2 = 72″stairrunner_2

I emailed Dash & Albert and they replied with this helpful formula for quantity:

((Rise + Run) x Number of Stairs) + ((Rise + Run of Additional Landings) x Number of Landings) = A

A ÷ 12 = number of feet needed

Which meant, we’d need one 12 foot and two 8 foot runners for our stairs! stairrunner_3

So our rugs arrived months ago and have sat in our basement waiting for the big reveal but summer came and interior home reno projects got pushed aside until last week when I hinted to Mike that we needed to get back into finishing a bunch of things that were half done. The list is long friends.

Obviously he took my words seriously because when I got home from a saturday morning run, everything was out and ready to go! DIY game time:stairrunner_4Turns out, it was actually not that hard – we didn’t loose it on each other and had the project was done in less than 5 hours. We laid a grip under the two landings and applied two strips of carpet tape on each tread and one strip on each riser. We used a staple gun to secure everything, which pinch in the lip of each tread nicely:stairrunner_5 stairrunner_6 stairrunner_7The rug was trimmed and folded under at two points but it’s hard to noticestairrunner_8 stairrunner_9Hello colours! David always asks why I choose to paint almost our whole house white and this is why… you get to have purple stairs and striped runners y’all! stairrunner_10 stairrunner_11 Oh, and the birthday boy is happy too.stairrunner_12

psst. I am not thinking of painting our bathroom door Purple to match the stairs since most of the purple is now covered. 

Here are some great step by step posts about installing a Dash & Albert Runner:

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dog days of summer

Anyone who knows me knows Henry – my side-kick who spends every day under my desk. He’s a bit of a shadow and I love him for it. So, in celebration of my fabulous companion and the dog days of summer, I though it’d be fun to do up a shopping guide for our furriest of friends. Sit pretty and enjoy.

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dogsA. Doggie Style Print / B. The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs / C. Furminator Fur Ejector Long Hair Shedding Tool / D. Tsavorite Dog Charm and Chain / E. Rope Ball Tug and Toss Dog Toy / F. Daplyn Grey Harris Tweed Dog Bed / G. Jamie Red Dog Bowl / H. Claudia Pearson Dog Plates / I. Big tote – Be the person your dog thinks you are / J. Waterhog Pet Place Mat / K. Treat Bag / L. LoveMyDog Harris Tweed Dog Blankets / M. DC37 Turbinehead Animal / N. Personalized Dog Bone Pillow / O. Chevron Dog Bed / P. Adelina Pink Liberty Print Dog Collar / Q. Found My Animal Carrier / R. Metal Engraved Buckle Dog Collar / S. Chalk Painted Dog Bowl / T. British Slip Dog Lead / U. Large Plush Durable Dog Toy with Heart Fortune& Squeaker / V. Ombre Rope Dog Leash

Photo: Taken with my iPhone: Wallace River, Nova Scotia
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