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A single woman's journey as a caregiver to an elderly parent, 5 dogs, a house….and most importantly myself

To Pee Or Not To Pee……WHO Is The Question!

Good Day To You!

Having to take care of an entire home and yard by myself (with a little help from the guy I pay to mow), is daunting at best. In the past year I’ve had to put a new roof on the house…can you say $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$?  And just a week ago, my A/C company told me the day was coming when I would have to replace my entire A/C system to the tune of $5,000.00!!!!  Let’s take a moment of silence to pray for me…….amen!!  So obviously, I have enough stress keeping up my house, without other fun things happening that make keeping the house clean difficult at best.  After using voluminous amounts of paper towels, and mopping constantly, it’s time to take a stand and deduce WHO IS PEEING ANOTHER LAKE MICHIGAN (or here in Florida, that would be Lake Okeechobee) ON MY FLOOR WHEN I’M NOT LOOKING??? The other day, no sooner had I cleaned up one deluge, then someone else came along and did it again….IN THE SAME SPOT!!!!  Did I mention I was trying to get ready for work???  Aaarrrggghhh!!


Star, modeling the newest fashion for male doggies, the Dingleydang Prison, or more precisely, the male diaper!

I have five dogs and I have whittled it down to two suspects.  Even though my Min Pin Bruiser likes to mark, he has a bladder the size of a grape, so him being responsible is physically impossible and my blind Cocker has never had an accident in the house.  So, I went to Petsmart yesterday, and yes I did!!!  I bought a DOGGIE DIAPER!!  It’s a drastic step, but I just cannot take it anymore and I’ve got to do something before my insurance company demands I purchase flood insurance!!!!!  I have started the wearing of the diaper with the first suspect, and I am thinking that if we can all go a week without a major deluge, my beautiful black Cocker Star is the culprit.  Star is the one that is always fighting with Bruiser, who has little man syndrome and thinks HE rules the roost…all 10 lbs. of him, and Star is also always trying to hump his brother Angel…both of which are signs of trying to establish dominance.

When I moved into my childhood home to be with my Mom, me and my Xacto knife tore up all the nasty carpet that my Dad never vacuumed, shampooed….nothing, which revealed hardwood underneath.  If you’re a caregiver to an elderly person, trust me, this is a wise move because my Mom’s hands shake and she spills everything; that’s why I serve all of her drinks in sippy cups. There have been “other” accident types by Mom that I won’t explain in detail, but suffice it to say, carpet would have made it a bigger disaster.  Also, I had ceramic tile installed in the kitchen and dining room.  If I didn’t have this type of flooring with an unstable adult and five dogs, I think I’d have to go work for Stanley Steemer!   More fun and games to come.  Until next time!


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Dogs are the Fucking Best

This guy knows what he’s talking about!!! Dogs make alot of people look lame!

Ryan Bolton.

In light of today being National Dog Day (damn right it’s a real thing), I present to you, the best fucking thing ever—lots of photos of dogs. Happy National Dog Day!

(And yeah, I know, there’s a lot more photos of Hank than anyone else. Chop it up as bias.)


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An Ode To Puppy Training

I think I’ve found a kindred spirit….

Waiting for the Karma Truck



Bogey, Oh Bogey

My patience has been lost

Your puppy licks are heavenly

Your belly is just boss


But Bogey, dear Bogey

Your head is incredibly hard

Your habits indiscriminate

Instead of in the yard


I do not mind the teething

The chewing or tripped-upon toys

The relentless teasing of your brothers

For you’re still a baby boy


Dear Bogey, my Bogey

Why is it you can’t see

How wrong it is to squat in the kitchen

And look at me as you pee?


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My Dogs Are Bankrupting Me! Woof!!!

"Money Pit #1", Bruiser

“Money Pit #1”, Bruiser

"Money Pit #2", Princess

“Money Pit #2”, Princess

Hi There Animal Lovers!

This past weekend I had to take 2 of my 5 dogs to get their shots and heartworm/flea meds, to the tune of $377!!  Now, I’m sure many that may read this are saying “Holy Cow, are you nuts…why do you have so many dogs?” Well, the bottom line is, I went to adopt a rescued cocker spaniel 2 years ago and found out that he and his brother came as a matched set, so, I got two for the price of one!!  Honestly, I have a cocker spaniel addiction….it’s the curly ears….or the cow eyes and their sweet dispositions….or, I dunno, I just cannot help myself!!!  At the same time, I had put my name on an older dog at the dog pound that looked alot like my cocker spaniel that died of cancer.  When they called and told me he had heartworms and might not survive being neutered (I hate that term!!), I knew if I didn’t take him they would euthanize him, so…..here I am with five dogs!!  I already had two.

But you know what?  I wouldn’t trade my babies for anything!  They keep my elderly mother company and when I come home, I am met at the door by sloppy kisses and unconditional love that is so sweet, and I am convinced they are the reason my blood pressure is normal!!  With all the caregiving I do in my life, my nurse practitioner says my blood pressure should be out the roof!! How many of you out there feel the same way about your pets? How many think I’m nuts?  Go ahead, you won’t hurt my feelings!!!  i would love to hear from you.

BTW, there is an organization called Vet Wellcare that has shot clinics in Pet Supermarkets and other stores across the nation, and they are a LOT cheaper than going to the vet.  Just my two dogs shots were around $150, but last time I went to the vet and paid for an office visit, and other assorted things that got tacked on, it was over $300!!!  So for half of what you would pay the vet, Vet Wellcare will set you up.  The only downside to it is, you have to wait in line for you and your doggies turn.  Kitties are welcome too!  I live in the Tampa Bay area, and another awesome organization that is even less expensive but not convenient for where I live, is called The Animal Coalition of Tampa or ACT.  This phenomenal organization was founded and is run by Frank and Linda Hamilton and I cannot say enough about their huge hearts and commitment to making animals lives better.  Kudos to them!!  I met Frank at USF when I was pursing my MBA and him his doctorate, and I knew immediately we were kindred spirits.  He and Linda are angels!!

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