Friday, December 30, 2016

Foster Failure Friday

I hope all of you had a joyous holiday and are getting ready to celebrate the new year 2017! We have had peaks and valleys in the past year but all in all no complaints. My son Will and his high school sweetheart Ashley were married in October. That was the highlight of my year and what a beautiful event! I couldn't be happier or prouder of them both!! We then rounded out 2016 with an addition to the family that is! 

The Long Island Bulldog Rescue contacted me and said they had a dog who needed fostering. I had been pondering the thought of getting another bulldog to keep Nala company. She had become such a couch potato my thinking was that may activate her inner dog! I said yes and went to pick up a an Olde English Bulldog named Sylva. The rescue told me he was a healthy 3 years old and his owner had to surrender him since she was unfortunately being placed in a nursing home. She had been diagnosed with dementia.

At first I was hesitant. He kinda looked like a bulldog except he had long legs and an extended snout! His tail a corkscrew knot that pointed southwest! With a bit of an intimidating look he made one take a step back when approaching him.Well anyways it all depended on how he got along with Nala. He was not fixed so he was relentlessly bothering Nala! She let him he know in her diva manner that she definitely was not interested! When we got him home he was antsy. He played with every dog toy in the house and wore himself (and me too) out by the evening. The worst of all my dad did not like him. He felt he was too big and too active. I called the rescue and voiced my concerns that this may not work. They said give it time. My dad would come around and Sylva would relax and adjust to his new home. 

Sure enough both happened. Today I saw my dad petting him when he thought no one was looking and Sylva has found his place in the house where he plays second dog to the resident queen. He has proved to be gentle and loving and now that he is fixed could not be bothered giving Nala a second glance. I guess the old saying "be patient the storm will pass" is true! Okay Sylva ole boy looks like you found your fur-ever home!

A happy and healthy 2017 to you all! 

 So I am staying ....right?!
Nala on the deck with her new brother.

Regal looking in the morning sun!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Another Manic Monday

Sorry I have been away so long from the blog. Guess one gets lazy during the summer months. Not that we have done much this summer. We have pretty much been doing a stay cation all summer long. Nala is okay with that! The hot weather does not agree with bulldogs and their preference is the couch and the air conditioning on high!

We now look further to going for evening walks in the cooler air and meeting up with our other dog friends. A few months ago Nala lost one of her dog pals, Bailey the boxer. She was up there in age 9 or 10 which is old for a boxer. She was such a sweet girl and we will miss her very much!

Today we have moved out the old furniture in the family room to make way for new furniture being delivered tomorrow! Nala is confused by the empty room! 'What's going on here?! Where's the green couch?! Hope they don't take my couch in the living room too!"

Don't worry Nala there is just going to be more options for you to practice your art of the nap!  Have a good week all!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Too Much Tongue Tuesday

"Yes indeed that was delicious!" commented Nala as she finished her dinner on the deck! Wow Nala, I didn't think you had that much of a tongue in your little head! 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June is Upon Us

Sorry ...we are here! Just plain ole laziness not to post something for so long! Nala has been enjoying the nice weather and we just came in from an evening stroll. It takes us at least 40 minutes to go just around our block! Nala insists on stopping and waiting for people who happen to be walking behind us. She will literally sit her bum down in the middle of the road and not budge until they catch up with us! Seriously Nala not everyone wants to pet you!

We had a BBQ the other day and Nala must of ate something she should not of! The morning after was a little rough. I knew she wasn't well when she didn't eat her breakfast! Her stomach was making noises so loud that I could hear it from across the room. No fear though, by dinner time she was back to her old self and eating like a champ! I really have to keep a better watch on her! You know how bulldogs can give you that sad look, like they are so deprived! Peoples don't be fooled!

Nala a backyard barbecue.

"Yeah who could resist this face!"

Friday, April 1, 2016

April is for Fools

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Easter holiday! Nala had lots of fun visiting with friends and family. Though the Easter "bummy" as Nala refers to him left her nothing much except some hard boiled eggs. With that spring has finally arrived in the NJ/NYC area with trees budding and kids returning to their outside playtime. More people are seen walking their dogs which makes you wonder where everyone was during the winter months. Probably backyard business for the most part.It's time for everyone to put on their walking shoes and get out there! Right Nala! Nala?! ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ! Well at least some of us will!

" I had a horrible dream that I was the Easter bunny and kids were throwing rotten eggs at me. Thank goodness it was just a dream!"

"The outdoors isn't all it's cracked up to be!"

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Feeling Like Five Sunday

We celebrated Nala's 5th birthday on the 17th. We visited a local PetValue store where we got her bags of treat, bullie sticks and a new collar. Needless to say she was one happy camper!  To extend her birthday celebration she went riding in the car doing errands with her Pop on Saturday which also included a visit to PetSmart. This coming week also marks the 3rd anniversary of adopting Nala. Hard to believe it was 3 years ago that she came into our lives. She definitely helped to heal our hearts from losing Ozzie to lymphoma. She is a treasure and we are lucky to have her! 

If any of you out there are thinking of getting a bulldog or any dog for that matter, please consider adoption. There are plenty of deserving dogs out there looking for their forever homes! I don't know really who rescues is a win,win situation!

"Yup, I just too cute for words!"

Friday, February 12, 2016

Freezing Friday

With the polar vortex that is arriving in the area this weekend the cold can be life threatening! If you're cold your pet is cold. Do not leave them outside! If you see a dog tied outside don't hesitate to drop a dime on them! Call your local animal shelter or better yet law enforcement! Lets all stay warm!
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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Blizzard Saturday!

We are hunkering down for a full blown blizzard here on the east coast! The weather men/women are in their glory as they speak of this epic storm with now a possibility of up to 3 feet of snow! Nala has mixed emotions about the whole event. As the snow is piling up it becomes harder to find a spot to go potty....especially with the wind and snow blowing in your face! We may have to resort to peeing on the deck for now...Pop doesn't go for that but what the heck he can use the bathroom!

At least we are all safe and sound. Nala is getting a little bored though. We will have to find something for her to do...maybe there is a good movie on Netflix?

Stay warm and safe all!

"Okay lets binge watch Nurse Jackie!"
 Looking from the inside out!
"Okay what do you want to do...?!"

Monday, January 11, 2016

Let's Dance Monday

The weekend just flew by and here we are another Monday. We woke up this morning to find out that David Bowie passed away after a 18 month battle with cancer. An iconic talent of pop music he left a legacy of innovative sound and style. He will be missed.

Nala had her outing to Petsmart on Saturday. She loves to stroll the aisles and meet up with other dogs. It's a social event and she gets some exercise to boot! We bought her dog food which is now Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula, Healthy Weight. Its grain free, she likes it and does well on it. It helps to keep her girlish figure! I always feel bad when the cashier tries to give her a biscuit and she spits it out. She just doesn't like them! Maybe we need to suggest to Petsmart they need to get better quality treats to hand out! Nala will volunteer to be the taste tester!