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Sweet Birthday Girl

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Tilly, aka “the boss”, is 8 years old today.  She brings such joy to our family and rules the 4 legged members with a iron paw.

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Driving Snuggle Buddies


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Family Moment

I love it when we can start our mornings out on the deck enjoying our morning coffee/tea together.

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My girls chill-axin’

Tilly and Spirt hanging out together on the couch

Tilly and Spirt hanging out together on the couch

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Cone Head Druggie

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I can giggle now when I look at these pictures but at the time I felt so sorry for my little girl.  She woke us up in the middle of the night crying in pain.  We rushed to the emergency vet and we discovered that she had a very swollen and infected anal gland.  They had to drug her and open it up to drain it.  When we got home she had trouble standing and holding her head up with the cone of shame on.  I made a little nest for her in front of the fireplace.  When she was a little more conscious I gave her a little yogurt (that accounts for all the extra white around her chin) to help offset the negative effects of the antibiotics they put her on.

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Merry Christmas

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Snowball girl

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Tilly’s lovely long hair acts like a snowball magnet.

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Wordless Wednesday

When I have been sitting at my sewing machine for too long, Tilly likes to poke her head up between my legs and demand that I stop piecing and give her some loving.

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Remember Me? I need a little attention here!!!

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Wordless Wednesday

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Bath Time

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Shoji Screen FAL#3

I can’t believe that this quilt is finally done.  I made it back in 2009 or 2010.    It hung around my studio for years because I had no idea how I wanted to quilt it and I was afraid to tackle it on my domestic machine.  It was on my 2nd and 3rd quarter FAL lists.  I even had it on my frame 3 different times before I finally finished all the free motion quilting.  I used two layers of batting: a stiff fusible one (so that it will hang flat and firm) and a high loft polyester.  It gave amazing depth to the peacocks and the flowers.  I put a sleeve on it so that it can be used as both a wall hanging or a lap quilt.  I took pictures today in the shade and in full sun.  Although the full sun pictures fade out the colours, they definitely show off the dimension created by the quilting and the double batting.

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I just love how the quilting shows up on the back of the quilt….such dimension.

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And of course there has to be a picture of little Tilly parked in the middle of my quilt as I hand sew the binding on.  I love the bad-hair-day-mohawk-head.  I looks like  she was giving Don the evil eye because she was sick of the flash going off in her face repeatedly.

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Peek-a-boo

My little helper has to be on my lap no matter what I am doing.  She likes to peak around the monitor just to make sure I see her and to make sure I am not eating anything that she thinks she should have.

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Wordless Wednesday – Bath Time

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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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You want me to share MY bed?

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Wordless Wednesday – Mmmm Yogurt

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The ‘kids’ love licking the empty yogurt containers. I used to buy 500ml containers so they got to ‘clean’ one every 3 days. When I switched to the 1 litre containers they had to wait a whole week. They still join me in the kitchen every morning hoping that today is the day that the container is ready for their pre-wash cycle.

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Summer Treats

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Wordless Wednesday – Sleeping Beauty

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Wordless Wednesday – Goin’ for a drive

Hurry up Mom….lets go!!

Hurry up Mom….lets go!!

Keeping Mom's seat warm while she shops

Keeping Mom’s seat warm while she shops

Tilly and Wally watching the world go by

Tilly and Wally watching the world go by

Musical chairs - Tango and Tilly watching the world go by

Musical chairs – Tango and Tilly watching the world go by

Hanging out in the car can be exhausting

Hanging out in the car can be exhausting

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Wordless Wednesday – Cuddling

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Wally is so gentle and lets Tilly do whatever she wants

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Wordless Wednesday – Bad Hair Day

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Wordless Wednesday – Snuggling with my big brother

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Merry Christmas

From the Dog House to your house……we wish you a very Merry Christmas.  We hope you are surrounded by family, warmth and joy.

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Easter Celebrations Doggy Style

This morning we gave the ‘kids’ each a prime rib bone to enjoy on Easter Sunday…..better than chocolate eggs any day!!!

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Bed hogs

kidsinbedEven with a king size bed there is no room for the two-legged members of the family when all 3 dogs decide they want to cuddle in our bed. Seriously we do manage to fit all 5 of us in bed.

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Amazing Drawings

I found a talented local artist who did these spectacular drawings of our “kids”.  I just gave her pictures of the dogs and I got these wonderful keepsakes. I know that when they have all gone to puppy heaven, I will have these amazing drawings to ease my heartache.  She is particularly talented at capturing the eyes…they show the heart, soul and personality of our dogs.  People who have seen the drawings and know our dogs comment on how she has managed to convey much more than just an image.  I love them all but I especially love the one of Wally with his big, jowly puddles.  If you would like to commission a drawing of your beloved companion animal, get in touch with me and I will give you her contact info.

I surprised Don and got this extra drawing of Tango in her search vest that he can hang in his office at work.

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Big Puppy!!!

We spent another wonderful day at Patty’s acreage with all the dogs. It was great to walk the property without trudging through thigh deep snow…..but…..the damn mosquitos were crazy.  I’ve never seen so many in my life.  We had to bathe our entire bodies in deep woods off to keep from getting eaten alive.  There were so many that you could hear a loud hum.  The City is saying that we are experiencing the worst mosquito infestation ever in recorded history.  The annoying part is that this variety is out in full force during the hottest part of the day. Poor Hope got so many bites on her pretty, black face that she was all swollen and itchy.  She must have an allergy to them.

Even with all the skeeters we had a wonderful time.  Tilly got to meet a horse up close and personal…..I think the horse enjoyed it more than she did.

Wally managed to roll in everything stinky and disgusting that he could find. His beautiful golden coat took on a greenish patina from all the poop he ground into it.  We left the big dogs outside in the dog run so that they could dry off.  Tango managed to squish her fat head through the gate and got herself stuck.  Thank goodness my “mommy” instincts kicked in and I decided that I needed to check on the kids so we were able to free her before any damage was done.   It took two baths to get the green tinge and disgusting smell out of Wally’s coat.

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Before and After Look

I have to start out this post by apologizing to Tilly’s breeder.  Sorry Chris!  I couldn’t help it.  Our Tilly is not a prim and proper British girl.  She’s a gardener.  She loves hanging out in the backyard, digging in the mud and coming back in the house with leaves, twigs and mud intertwined in her beautiful, ruby fur coat.  I swore I was never going to trim her but I’ve had to reconsider.  First I tried just trimming her feet to get rid of her hairy, polar bear toes…..but it just wasn’t enough.  To top it off, she has managed to get huge matts in her ears and belly from gardening.

To make the process less traumatic, I hired a mobile groomer to come to our house so that I could be part of the process and make sure Tilly wasn’t too stressed out.  I was picturing a mobile grooming van pulling up on our driveway….but I got a Goth, heavily chained and pierced groomer who showed up an hour late with just her clippers, scissors and Hartz pet shampoo from Dollarama. I was so tempted to just say thanks but no thanks but I knew I wouldn’t be able to get an appointment with another groomer for several weeks and I just couldn’t take the mess any more.  She did an ok job but I insisted that she use our high quality shampoo and creme rinse.  Not only did I pay about the same I would have paid at a groomer’s shop but I was left with all the mess to clean up.

All things considered, I guess I am grateful that the first grooming was done in the comfort of our home but next time she is going to the puppy beauty salon….no more Goth groomer for us.

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Golf anyone?

Tilly just loves this golf ball.  She will chase it around the house and then run up stairs and watch it bounce down the stairs.  My only concerns is that Wally or Tango could get  a hold of it and choke on it (like Oprah’s beautiful golden did when she played with the Cocker spaniel’s small ball).  Tilly only gets to play with it when I can supervise everyone.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Last weekend we attended a fund raising event for H.A.R.T. (Humane Animal Rescue Team).  They had a professional photographer that donated her time to take Valentine themed pictures with proceeds going to HART.  I think they turned out pretty good.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your two and four legged loved ones!!

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Mmmmmm Yogurt

My ‘kids’ know that when I am having yogurt, they always get to lick the empty cup.  They especially like it when a large container is ready for their pre-wash cycle.  They all try to shove their muzzles into the bowl at the same time and they often end up with yogurt face.

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