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Big Boo Boo

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Our big girl had shoulder surgery last week.  The first night she just whimpered and moaned and I felt so helpless.  It has been 6 days since her surgery and she is progressing well.  It is becoming a full time job just trying to keep her quiet and still.   She is ready to explode with pent up energy and frustration.  One more week and then we can allow her to go for longer walks and gradually move up to a little bit of freedom and running around.

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Hypothermic Half Marathon

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This morning the skinny guy and I completed our 4th (me) and 2nd (Don) Hypothermic Half Marathon.  This is the first year that the race hasn’t lived up to it’s name.  It was a balmy zero at race start and 4 degrees celsius and sunny when we finished.  I forgot my ice cleats at home so I struggled a bit with traction but otherwise it was great.  It is hard to believe that the weather is this mild and beautiful for Edmonton in February.

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Beautiful Morning Workout

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Finished 18km (-2 degrees)

What a difference a week makes.  Last Sunday’s workout was unbearably cold.   Contrast that with this morning’s balmy -2.  Even though we went 2km further (18km vs 16km) we sure look a lot fresher and less frosty at the end.

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Finished 16KM (-31 degrees celsius)

This is what I looked like after spending a couple of hours outside with the temperature at -26  (-31 with the windchill).

 

 

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WIP

I have managed to keep up with the 365 quilt challenge.  I’ve got my first 21 blocks of the year done:

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My Quilts of Valour WIP is on the longarm getting ditched while I decide how I want to quilt it.

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And finally, I have all the blocks pieced on my baby quilt so I am in the process of sewing the blocks together.  I haven’t decided if I am going to add any borders.

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Linking up to:

Design Wall Monday @Patchwork Times

Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story

WIP Wednesday @Freshly Pieced

WIP Wednesday @The Needle and Thread Network

Needle and Thread Thursday @My Quilt Infatuation

 

 

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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2015 Blog in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 30 trips to carry that many people.

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New Puppy Bed

We started making this raised dog bed over two years ago.  The various pieces have spent 2 winters on our deck waiting for some attention.  Well I’m thrilled to say we have finally assembled it and it has Spirit’s seal of approval.  I think she will find it nice and cool to have the air circulating underneath her.  It creaks and groans with all her weight on it but it should support her just fine. (Thanks Auntie Patty for finally lighting a fire under our butts to get us to assemble it)

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My Sous Chef

I decided to make some homemade vanilla bean ice cream for our girls weekend.  When I was done I let the “kids” do the pre-wash on the plastic churning blade.  Spirit’s big, fat head dominated and she managed to get three licks in for every one my old boy Wally got.  If you look closely you can see 3 muzzles as all the dogs try to get their share of the ice cream.

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FAL 1 for 3rd Quarter

I’ve got my first finish for the 3rd quarter of the finish-a-long hosted by Adrianne at On the Windy Side (here is my original list).  It is a lap quilt made with  “Scrumptious” charm packs.

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Linking up to:

3rd Quarter Finish-a-Long @On the Windy Side

Design Wall Monday @Patchwork Times

Made by You Monday @Skip to my Lou

Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story

Sew Cute Tuesday @Blossom Heart Quilts

Too Cute Tuesday @Funky Polkadot Giraffe

Handmade Tuesday @Ladybug Blessings

Link Tuesday @Freemotion by the River

LAFF @Richard and Tanya Quilts

Finish it up Friday @Crazy Mom Quilts

TGIFF @Crazy Dutch Bird Quilts

TGIFF @Quokka Quilts

Can I get a Woop Woop @Confessions of a Fabric Addict

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Tribute to Bella

Life has a way of really testing us.  The day I published the post about Wally and Bella’s reunion I got a message from her family saying that she wasn’t doing well.  She had stopped eating and had trouble breathing.  They took her to numerous vets and the prognosis was not good….she had cancer.  I had wanted to get Wally and Bella together because my boy was so old and I wasn’t sure how much longer he would be with us.  I never dreamed that we would be losing Bella first.  Three days later I got the news that my beautiful girl was gone.  We are devastated……I can’t imagine how her family is feeling.

I think Wally has now outlived all of the puppies from his first litter.  I’m so blessed to still have him.  I put together a slideshow of pictures.  I hope that it will help her mourning family.  It starts with a picture of Misty, Bella’s Mom.  It shows the puppies when they were just minutes old and goes up until the day Bella left us when she was 6 months old.  Bella was the darkest puppy in the litter and she wore a baby blue grosgrain ribbon collar.      Goodbye my beautiful Bella….Tango, Ming and Tasha will keep you company over the rainbow bridge.

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Wordless Wed: Bee Hunter

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Little Rock Star

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This is not exactly a “Wordless” Wednesday post.  This weekend Spirit participated in her first dog show. It was the Northern Alberta Canine Association All Breed show. Everything started Thursday night when Coreen (the breeder) gave Spirit her second bath and groom in less than 2 weeks. She was a lot more relaxed and less stressed for this bath than her first one. Even the high powered blow dryer didn’t phase her.

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On Friday morning, Jo-ann (the handler) showed her and Spirit worked with her beautifully. So well in fact that she got a best bitch in the 6-9 month old puppy category. She then went on to compete with all the winning female Berners and she got reserve (second best) which gave her two ribbons for the day. Coreen and Joanne were so happy with how well she showed that they nicknamed her “Little Rock Star”. Spirit’s Mom Sophie was amazing in the show ring and her nickname is “Rock Star”

On Saturday morning Spirit won best bitch in the 6-9 month old puppy category again. Then she went on to compete in the winners bitch category only this time she won it beating the dog that beat her on Friday. The win gave Spirit her first two points towards her championship.
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I was in total shock. Spirit was absolutely horrible for Jo-ann…the complete opposite of Friday. She constantly sat in the ring and she was just not listening to her. I barely had a chance to digest the win when all of a sudden Jo-ann is handing me the leash and telling me that I have to show Spirit in the best of winners category because she will be competing against her older brother Axl (previous litter) and she had to show him instead.

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It was almost a blessing because I had all of about 30 seconds to panic and then I had to grab the leash and run into the ring. I felt like a fish out of water. I kept apologizing to the judge for not understanding what she wanted me to do. The good news is that Axl won the best of winners category and it gave him all the points he needed to finish his championship.

Next came the best puppy in breed category where the girls compete against the boys for the first time. I handled her again. Her brother handsome Samson had won his 6-9 month old puppy category too so that meant Spirit had to compete against her brother. Although she won, it was a bitter sweet victory. It just didn’t feel right competing against her beautiful brother.

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Sampson and Spirit NACA 2015

Spirit’s first in the Winners’ Bitch category meant that she moved on to compete in the best puppy in the working group. Since she was so horrible for Jo-ann and worked beautifully for me both times, we all decided that I would show her in the afternoon. She competed against 8 or 9 different working dog breeds and she came in fourth which gave her a beautiful big white ribbon.

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Here is her official winners picture.

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Sunday morning was an exact repeat of Friday except that I showed her in both rounds. She got a best bitch in the 6-9 month old puppy category and reserve (second best) in the winners bitch category which gave her another two ribbons.  In total she won six small and  1 large ribbon.

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Here are just a few more pictures of Tailspin’s Berners at the show:

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Spirit and Axl

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Axl, Spirit, Samson and Bentley (Axl’s brother)

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Bait & Gait Class and Mock Dog Show

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Samson, Axel, Ryder and Spirit

This morning Spirit and I took a Bait and Gait class as a warm up for the mock show this afternoon.  She did pretty well for a dog that loves to sit….a big no no for the show ring.  Then this afternoon the handler took her and worked her in the mock show.  Her brother Samson, her big brother Axel (same parents first litter) and the breeders’ Newfie Ryder were all in the same show.  Axl made it to best in show but lost to a beautiful Golden.

Spirit was so wiggly every time the judge touched her and when she tried to look at her bite.  She made the cut for the female working dog group but ended up losing to a cute boxer.  I think it was a great experience for her that hopefully will have her better prepared for the real show. The handler Jo-ann said she did a good job so hopefully she will do her breeders/grandparents (Steve and Coreen Johnson of Tailspin Bernese Mountain Dogs) proud next week at the Northern Alberta Canine Association all breed show.  This video is for you Coreen since you didn’t get the opportunity to see your grand-daughter “strut her stuff” in person.

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Bloggers Quilt Festival Entry #2

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Here is my second entry into Amy’s Creative Side’s spring Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  I chose Leftovers IV for the original design category. I had tons of left over strips and tiny rectangles after making my Blue Odyssey quilt. So far I have made 4 twin quilts from the leftovers and there are probably enough scraps to make 1 or 2 more.  To read more about this quilt and see more pictures please click here.

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival

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I thought I would try something new. Twice a year Amy’s Creative Side hosts a Blogger’s Quilt festival. There are numerous categories and it is open to quilters of all experience levels. You are allowed to enter two quilts and each much be in it’s own blog post.  Here is my first entry:

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I t is a king size quilt that I made for my Niece’s wedding present.  I has 24 unique house blocks (several are reproductions of homes that have sentimental meaning to her) and 25 plain blocks with unique free motion quilting designs.  You can read more about this quilt and see more pictures here.

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Spirit the Cheerleader

We all got up bright and early to head to St. Albert so that I could participate in the Run Wild Half Marathon. Spirit was a great cheerleader at the start line and attracted tons of attention. There is something about a Berner puppy.  Everyone just wants to meet her and smooch her up.

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After the race we had to go to Spirit’s conformation class. Her brother, handsome Samson, was in the same class so we finally got a picture of the two of them together. Although Spirit is about the same height as Samson she looks dwarfed beside him. He also weighs about 13lbs more than her (that’s about 20% heavier).

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Spirit Goes Home Again

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This afternoon I took Spirit back to the breeder (Tailspin Bernese Mountain Dogs) so that Coreen (Grandma) could see her. I could see that Spirit definitely remembered her and was curious to be back at her birth home.

She was very excited to see her Mom Sophie again….unfortunately the feeling wasn’t mutual.  All was not lost because Jake, a beautiful 6 year old Berner, was quite nice and gentle with her.  She looks dwarfed by his huge head and 110 pound body.

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Can you caption these photos?

When I saw these pictures I couldn’t stop laughing.  It looks like Spirit was trying to give Hope a clear message.  In the first picture she is sound asleep with her nose parked in Hope’s behind and in the second one her eyes are wide open and see appears to be pushing her paw against the area that is offending her.

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Sleeping blissfully unaware of what is about to happen

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OMG….Hope farted in my face

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Surprise…she’s here!!!

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Last night the breeder called and asked us if we would like to pick up our puppy one day earlier. We have a snow storm coming on Thursday and she was worried about us making the hour long drive out to her farm in a blizzard. Very thoughtful and of course I would love to get Spirit as soon as possible. Well here she is. It was a very stressful ride home in the car. It looks like I am going to have my first puppy who is terrified of being in the car. We’ll work very slowly and hopefully get her more comfortable. We took just a few pictures when we got home and now she is crashed. Hopefully we will have a quiet night. Welcome to your new family Spirit.

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Pets on Quilts Blog Hop

Today I am joining the 2014 Pets on Quilts blog hop. Tilly loves to “help” by sitting in the middle of any and every quilt that I try to hand sew the binding on. She is so darn cute and flirty when she does it that I don’t have the heart to kick her off. Here are just a few of the many quilts her hairy, little body has graced.

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She even likes to “help” with the piecing:

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How can I sew with her cute face in front of the needle

Wally and Tango thought they should  be included in the blog hop too:

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Surprise

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Doesn’t Mother Nature have a wonderful sense of humor? NOT!!!!!! It is Good Friday, April 18th and they are forecasting up to 15-20cm of the white stuff.

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WIP

I ‘ve finished the quilting on my Kimono wall hanging so I just need to put on the binding and I will have FAL finish #2.  I’ve got my Shoji Screen wall hanging on the frame now.  Lots of ditch work to do before I can start having some free motion fun.  Still not sure how I am going to quilt this one….I would like to enhance the large peacock print and maybe something unique in each of the different coloured blocks.

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I have officially gone from being a quilt top maker to a real quilt maker thanks to my longarm.  Last October I had a huge pile of tops that had been hanging around for a few years.  After my Shoji quilt I only have two more WIP left.  A one block wonder that needs to have some borders added and an appliqué sewn on and a waterlily art quilt that is ready to be quilted.  Once they are done, I am officially up-to-date and have no WIP left (except for tons of binding to hand sew).  Wow…..I can’t believe it.

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Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story

Linky Tuesday @FreeMotion by the River

WIP Wednesday @The Needle & Thread Network

Whimsy Wednesday @The NY Melrose Family

WOW Us Wednesday @Savvy Southern Style

WIP Wednesday @Freshly Pieced

We did it! Wednesday @Sew much ado

2014 WIP  Size   Current status
Pink & blue batik  King   binding
Asian Shadow Box  King   binding
Kimono  Wall hanging   binding
Waterlily  Wall hanging   quilt top
One block wonder  Queen   piecing
Peacock  Lap   FMQ
Blue Hydrangea  King   FMQ
Dragonflies  Wall hanging   Binding
Charm Square Crib 2  Baby  binding
Charm Square Crib 3  Baby  binding
2014 Completions   Size
Charm Square Crib 1  Baby  Donated

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First WIP post for 2014

It is already the 3rd week in January and this is my first WIP post.  That either means that I haven’t done any work or I’ve been to0 busy working to take the time to post.  Unfortunately I haven’t been doing much quilt work.  Life has gotten in the way of the things I want to do.  Oh well it can only get better from here.

I have made some progress on my Asian Shadow Box quilt.  I finished the borders and it has been on the longarm for the last couple of weeks.  I made my own pantograph for this quilt.  I had some 11×17 graph paper that I used to create my design and then I just made a bunch of copies and taped them together.

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Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story

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WIP Wednesday @The Needle & Thread Network

WOW me Wednesday @Polkadots on Parade

Whimsy Wednesday @The NY Melrose Family

WOW Us Wednesday @Savvy Southern Style

We Did it! Wednesday @Sew much ado 

WIP Wednesday @Freshly Pieced

Needle & Thread Thursday @My Quilt Infatuation

Really Random Thursday @Live a Colorful Life

 

2014 WIP  Size   Current status
Pink & blue batik  King   binding
Asian Shadow Box  King   FMQ
Kimono  Wall hanging   quilt top
Waterlily  Wall hanging   quilt top
One block wonder  Queen   piecing
Peacock  Lap   quilt top
Blue Hydrangea  King   FMQ
Dragonflies  Wall hanging   Binding
Charm Square Crib 1  Baby   FMQ
Charm Square Crib 2  Baby  quilt top
2014 Completions   Size
 

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Chewed Slipper’s Surprise

We found this DVD in our mailbox this week.  It was a surprise from Lorena and Amanda, the co-owners of Chewed Slippers Dog Photography.  This summer we did a photo shoot with them. Wally is almost 13 and I wanted to capture some special pictures with him.  They allowed 2 dogs in the sitting so we brought Tango along so that Don could get some pix of him and her together in the Canadian Search Dog uniform.  I wish we had known how special the pictures were going to be because we would have paid extra to add Tilly to the session (sorry Tilly….next time we will include you).  We didn’t know at the time, but a few weeks after the shoot we found out that Tango has Degenerative Myelopathy and the future prognosis for her is not very bright.  It just makes the pictures of her even more special.  They took well over 100 pictures.  When we went in for our viewing, we were overwhelmed.  Several of the pictures brought tears to my eyes.  I am so glad we did the session.  If you are looking to capture some memories of your family (two and four legged) I highly recommend Chewed Slippers.

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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,200 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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Remembering Cash

It is with a very heavy heart that I announce that Tango’s brother Cash went to puppy heaven.  They discovered that his body was full of cancer so they made the very difficult decision to say goodbye.  Our hearts go out to you.

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Attention litter-bugs: puppycam ready to switch on

I have loved this breed for years.  I can hardly wait to see the new puppies and watch them grow.  I am hoping to add a Berner to our family in the future.

Attention litter-bugs: puppycam ready to switch on.

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Guilty Dog

I saw this YouTube video and I couldn’t stop laughing.  Anyone who has/had a dog can relate to this.  The lab’s facial expressions are just priceless.  Although Wally never looks guilty (that’s Tango’s specialty) he does have the classic Golden Retriever “love me/I’m so proud of myself”  slanty-eye-smiley-face.  Everyone lucky enough to be owned by a Golden knows that one.  Too cute!!!

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Snow…snow….go away snow!

Spring can’t come soon enough for us this year. According to the weather gods, our region hasn’t seen such a long, grey, snowy and bleak winter since the 1970’s. This picture was taken on the weekend. It shows Don standing in front of the snow mound on the side of our driveway. It is hard to get the perspective right……Don is over 6 feet tall and the snow is several feet taller than he is and this isn’t even the highest that it was. It is going to be well into June before all this white stuff melts away naturally. We might have to fire up the old snow blower to start breaking down the mound and throwing it into the middle of the cul-de-sac to help it melt quicker.

On Saturday we drove almost 3 hours south of here. As we got further away from home, there was less and less snow. When we got to our destination, the ditches and fields along the highway were bare grass. Quite a noticable contrast to what we have here.

It has been a really tough winter for Team Tango to train. It has been either brutally cold or they have been very limited on where there could go because of the depth of the snow. Even with 30″ snow shoes on, Don was still stinking a foot or more into the snow and poor Tango would do “face plants” when she was in a full run and the snow suddenly gave way below her.

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2010 blog in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,000 times in 2010. That’s about 12 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 112 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 185 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 59mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 1st with 123 views. The most popular post that day was Our Dogs.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were WordPress Dashboard, facebook.com, en.wordpress.com, mail.live.com, and mail.yahoo.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for lifeinthedoghouse.ca, lifeinthedoghouse, http://www.lifeinthedoghouse, puppy sleep, and http://www.lifeinthedoghouse.ca.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Our Dogs January 2010

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Photos February 2010

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My Quilts March 2010
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About Us January 2010

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Puppy Halloween Party October 2010

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