Sunday, April 26, 2015

Prom Night

How many proms do you think I've attended? Two? Five?  How about over 20!?!  One of my favorite extra-curricular responsibilities as a teacher is chaperoning the prom. I'm not going to lie, the music is AWFUL. But it's not my prom, it's the students', and they seem to have more fun with every passing year. Nearly all of them danced the whole time, and the chocolate fountain was a big hit too. 

Anyway. . . in honor of this year's prom season I've decided to devote a post to Wiley and Jenny in their spring finest. Our good friend Jenn, who has been making them a steady supply of "pretties" since the school year began, took some baseball fabric I found and really went to town with it. She made Wiley a bow-tie:

And a regular tie.

She made each of them a scarf. Wiley is wearing his with his tie, which I told him I thought was a bit excessive but he does what he wants. 

And she made Jenny a skirt!!!

I wasn't sure how shredded my hands would get trying to put the skirt on Jenny, but she cooperated since food was involved. 

However, she definitely was not digging it.

She did a lot of rolling around despondently.  She also needs to work on proper decorum for a lady. 

You can see what Wiley thought of the whole situation.  

Wiley was putting on quite a performance to show me how he would behave if I took him with me to the prom. This was one of his dance moves.

Jenny abandoned the scarf but went and put on her finest jewelry. 

They even showed me how they'd dance together. 

Not much longer after that, Jenny walked right in front of Wiley while they were posing. Is it a coincidence that he's licking his lips? Hmmmmm. Not sure. 

I did at least get one pose of them actually behaving.

Now, I haven't been updating the blog like I should, but I did want to share that Wiley had a benign lump removed from his back a few weeks ago. He's rocking his scar, as you can see below.  His hair looks like a reverse mohawk.

Thanks for checking in with us! We hope you're having a lovely spring or whatever season it is you're experiencing wherever you are. Do you have a rescue story to share with us? Email me at

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I won't pretend to be Irish, and I've never done much of anything to celebrate to celebrate the holiday. My heritage is mostly Pennsylvania German with a healthy dose of Polish, and you know we like to celebrate our holidays stuffing our faces with food so there's no room for beer. BOL. 

However, I can't pass an opportunity to dress the furbabies up, especially when they look so good in green. 

Jenny's eyes are usually quite green, so her accessories really show them off. 

I tried my darnedest to get her to wear the glasses. She rubbed on them, bit them, licked them (you can see her tongue in the top left picture), but there was no way I was going to convince her to leave them on for a picture.

As I was taking the pictures, something happened I've never seen before. While I was focused on Jenny, Wiley took his head band off. When I looked back, he was just casually holding it in his paws. I swear I did not stage this! He's just chilling with his props.

What a clever and silly boy! Anyway, Happy St. Patrick's Day out there to all of our friends, Irish and otherwise. For those of us in the Northeast, this holiday means we're even closer to the end of winter! Woo-hoo!

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Paw Patrol

So tell me something. What do you know about Paw Patrol?  Because I have to tell you, up until yesterday I knew pretty much nothing about it, and Wiley assumed it just involved him hanging around waving his paws.

Now, if you have young children, you may know that Paw Patrol is a show on Nickelodeon. Wiley and I found out about it when our family's invite to a birthday party came in the mail last month. Of course once Wiley stole it, it got a bit hard for me to read. 

Anyway our niece, Sadie, turns four today, and yesterday was her absolutely adorable party. 

I'm not usually one to fuss over the details, nor do I lose myself on Pinterest in the party-themes and decorations section, but I lapped this party up, and I think all my fellow animal lovers will agree with me.

As you can see, the doggy theme was carried out quite thoroughly.  Even the take-home doggy-bags were pretty close to the real thing!

During the party one of the games was to spin a wheel and then do some sort of dog dance, like rolling over, or wagging their tails. BOL!

After the games all the kiddos got to adopt their own dog! 

Did you notice the "water bowls" in the pictures of the decorations, above?  Sadie told me she was going to give it to her new doggy, but you can see where it wound up instead. 

Foam masks were part of the fun!

I tried to get a picture with the girl of the day, but we couldn't stop singing Frozen songs, and by we I mostly mean her, so we couldn't get one that was just right. Notice my paw scarf!

We did a little better with Hubs, whose bond with Sadie is above and beyond the average Uncle-Niece tether. If you've never read this post, as soon as your done here go check it out. It's pretty incredible.

Sadie finished by opening her gifts, of course.

And, since we do live in the Coal Region of NE Pennsylvania, I would be remiss if I didn't pass along some of the human food for the festivities, namely the Perogie Stromboli. We have a large Polish-Catholic population, so during Lent the restaurant adds a little something to the menu for those who forego meat on Fridays! It's incredible.

Then there was a special guest appearance by Sadie's Grammy's dog, Fluffy!

Now, I know you're wondering, Fluffy?  But Fluffy had just come from a haircut, so he wasn't totally living up to his name here. 

 Fluffy, pictured above with Sadie's older sister Olivia,  is from the same shelter Wiley came from, Hillside SPCA!  All the food bowls used for decoration at the party will be dropped off at the shelter soon.

Overall it was a special day for a special girl, and I thought the theme might just be one worth passing along. Remember- adopt-don't shop! Happy Birthday Sadie!

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Puppy Bowl 2015 and Other Cute Things

Welp-it has been ages since we shared some love here. I missed the whole month of January! Yikes! I had planned on doing a few posts over my Christmas break and then my mom wound up in the hospital and one thing led to another and here we are. I was inspired to write a post today though because I just have too many cute Puppy Bowl-related images to not share them all in one place.

Wiley and I broke up with the NFL long ago, pretty much after Michael Vick was re-hired. 

As time as gone by the NFL just continues to become more egregious and offensive in their standards of acceptable behavior, and the Ray Rice incident was enough to make us say "NFL? What's that?" 

 We do love football though, so we spend a lot of time watching college football, and once that's over we mostly wait for spring training for baseball to start. BOL. 

Nonetheless, we will certainly be watching the Puppy Bowl and any and all animal-related offshoots of Superbowl Sunday, like commercials with dogs in them and the halftime kitty show and the Kitten Bowl. 

When we were online Christmas shopping this year I happened to find some Puppy Bowl coaching and cheerleading Halloween costumes on the Animal Planet website at 75%! 

 I knew Wiley would be cooperative, 

but I am very surprised I got Jenny into the cheerleading costume without getting scratched or bitten. 

She most definitely will be trying to kill me in my sleep though.

Usually I use carrots to get most of Wiley's cute poses, but when Jenny is involved I just use her regular dry kibble, for both her and Wiley, and then I don't feed it to her in her bowl that day. 

Here they are gobbling it up. 

Wiley then immediately goes back to posing,  while Jenny usually paces and meows at me, which is why it is so hard to get a clear picture of her.   

Here she is glaring at her brother for being so cooperative and getting more rewards. MOL (Meow Out Loud)!  

She's come a long way since we got her though, and she gets a little better with posing each time. Check her out in my balaclava! 

Now, if you don't mind too terribly much I think I'll catch you up on what we've been doing since the new year began. First we celebrated on New Year's Eve.

We even partied a little with Fanny and Leroy.

Then Wiley was up to his usual antics, starting with stealing the remote.

And when he was feeling really ambitious, he got both the remote AND his precious tennis ball in his mouth at the same time.

In the span of less than a week, he licked my yogurt and berry smoothie while I was in the kitchen cleaning up spilled coffee, then casually wandered into the kitchen thinking I wouldn't notice.

Then he stole a 1/2 full container of Greek yogurt off the counter a few days later and I didn't notice until it was too late to do much about it. Guess he's into healthy eating these days.

Of course we've had some bitterly cold weather here in Pennsylvania, so Wiley's been dealing with that.

But he loves the snow so much that he stood directly in the path of the snow flying off the snowblower just because I was holding his ball and he was hoping I would throw it.

Of course I indulged him.

It's no secret Wiley loves the snow, but the downside is that he is usually very demanding while we're out there trying to clean it up, barking at us to throw his ball. However, I must share his clever little trick he developed all on his own, to pass the time while we used the snowblower.


Lastly, he and Jenny have been helping out in the kitchen by mostly making a nuisance of themselves. He loves to steal from the recycling-don't worry, there are no eggs in that carton.

There was one day when Wiley was actually really helpful, until he started giving cooking tips. 

And Jenny is as bad as any cat I've ever seen, stealing food as soon as I turn my back. Here she is eating cabbage out of the crockpot!?! What kind of cat does that?


That just about covers what we've been up to here. We are anxiously waiting for spring, as always. We are finding little things to enjoy along with the way, and spending as much time with Daddy as possible before his college baseball season really gets going and we don't see him as much as we'd like. Here Wiley and Jenny are welcoming him home on a snow day when we got out of work early.

Um, is it just me or does Wiley look like he's feeling a bit left out here? BOL. Poor neglected baby. 

Mostly though, for Wiley it is business as usual.

Well, we are off to try to make the most of our bleak weather and our weekend. We hope you can do the same and enjoy the Puppy Bowl-remember every animal that's part of the show is a rescue! And you can always catch it when it re-airs if you missed it the first time. The puppies will be just as cute, I promise!

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