Archive for the ‘Dogs’ Category

Oh goodness finally an update!

Well, well, where does the time go? And how to start up again after standing still for so long? Here we go!

In December I moved back into my mom’s house and my divorce became official on Valentine’s Day. It was a bitter holiday for sure! Flash, my wonderful (and now only) dog, did bring me two dead birds as his Valentine’s gifts. They were precious to him, so I guess I should be thankful! ūüôā Dogs are great!

What else? Let’s see… I thought signing up for Match.com was a great idea, but it was instead way too much way too fast! So I’m on invisible and waiting the paid six months out. If you are thinking about it though, I have nothing but good things to say about the site and most of the people I met; it was just way too soon for me. Maybe some other time!

So between tax season, dating, and my growing dog walking and pet sitting company (Lucky Mutts), I’ve never been busier. I haven’t even had time to make more than two cigar boxes in the last six months! But life is returning to a new normal and I’m enjoying it. I’m much more active than before (imagine a dog walker being more active!), I’ve lost 25 pounds because my eating habits are so much better and I’m reconnecting with friends and making new ones too. I’ve discovered that I absolutely love dancing and have been trying to get in as much as possible, even if I’m a tad terrible! I’m also much more social than I remember ever being, which has been a fun growth for me. And I’m pretty much trying anything new anyone throws at me. It’s a good time for growth all around!

Anyway, as things settle more, I will be posting regularly again and getting my butt in gear with the cigar boxes too. I look forward to reconnecting with everyone! Have a sunny and barktastic day!

Sunny view from my new space

Etsy Store of the Week – RoverDog

I’m so sorry for getting this week’s Etsy Store of the Week feature out so late in the day! This past week has been exhausting both mentally and physically for me and I needed the day to recharge. In order to recharge I stayed up way too late last night playing with a new skill (screen printing), slept in way too late, watched a football game at the bar with hubby and then saw the new Harry Potter movie! It’s been awesome and much-needed. So now I’m finally sitting down for long enough to tell you about this week’s featured store: RoverDog which makes the most stylish coats for dogs that I have ever seen!

RoverDog¬†creates her stylish pet clothing in Toronto¬†and then ships all over the world. And while I’m not usually that big on dressing up my dogs (Ok, except for the holidays!) we now have a wonderful little chihuahua that has decided that mildly chilly is just too cold for her. So on my journey to find something comfortable, warm and not too frilly for Bean, I found it can be frustratingly difficult to find what I want in a dog coat. And then came along RoverDog! This is what I want, and isn’t this dog just dapper?

Skipper peacoat for dogs by RoverDog

Taking a look through the shop, I also stumbled upon a cute little number for my nephew-dog-in-law, a yorkie owned by my very preppy and high-end business working in-laws:

Tie and oxford shirt for dogs by RoverDog

And the models in this shop couldn’t be cuter!

Anorak for dogs by RoverDog Pea coat for dogs by RoverDog

These are made to order so if you have troubles fitting a particular dog you can get exactly what you need! And because these are made to order, the last day that you can purchase one and expect it for the holidays is December 1st, so hurry up and pick one out from RoverDog!

So do you dress up your dogs for warmth, charm or fashion? Let me know!

Goodness Gracious!

Bean, the chihuahua, cuddling up for a nap

Bean asking, “Are we done?” after a long walk and just a short nap.

Goodness gracious I’ve been busy lately! I’ve just started with a new software for Lucky Mutts that is completely online. Cloud software if you will. It keeps track of almost everything and lets both me and the employees check schedules anytime. Also, customers will be able to book online, receive automatic confirmations and pay online too! I’m so excited about the convenience that this is going to bring to me and my clients!

Yes, that may sound dorky, but I’m a young business woman! Most of my interests are inherently dorky!

On another front, I also am taking classes¬†in order to be a tax professional again¬†with H&R Block for this upcoming season. You can come and see me at the H&R Block on 4th and Keystone once tax season starts up! That is if I get hired back. Every season we have to take and pass classes in order to even be considered for rehire. I’ve taken 15 hours, but need at least 24 hours total. I’d also like to test up in certification from the basic Tax Professional to Tax Specialist 1 or 2. We’ll see! I only have a few more days to take and pass all the required exams.

Plus I’m trying to keep up with Etsy and my cigar boxes! It seems that when I don’t have time, I want to work on them. And when I have plenty of time, I’d rather not! Darn me!!

Oh, before I go! I forgot to mention that I’ll be planning a Poop-Scoop-A-Thon to help clean up Horseman’s Park and the Steamboat Ditch Trail as a part of Lucky Mutts‘s continuing¬†community outreach commitment. At the event I’ll be collecting donations for The Humane Society of Northern Nevada as a part of my Presents for¬†Pets campaign (which is part of the larger campaign put on by NAPPS).

More details about all of this should be coming out in the next few days – especially all the stuff relating to Lucky Mutts! I’ve been able to get a lot done for LM and plan on doing more.

Ok, well. It’s 12:16 and now Wednesday morning. I should get to sleep in order to be rested for my dog walking clients! Have a bark-tastic night/day! ūüôā

(Addendum: That was a lot of links to add!)

Oh so excited!

So today, one of the Etsy sellers lucky enough to be featured on the front page was mooshygooshies. And I was immediately drawn to the item that was shown:

Mooshygooshies's custom metal key chains with dog silhouettes

Aren’t those just up my alley? Dogs AND crafts! I couldn’t be happier. Ok, maybe if she somehow worked Fat Tire beer into the listing… ūüôā

Anyway, I immediately contacted her as the rest of her stuff is just gorgeous. Clean lines, graphic prints¬†and more dog themed items. I’ve asked her to come up with either a pit bull silhouette (I’ll forgive her for overlooking the second most common “breed” in America!) or if she could base a silhouette from Muttley’s¬†adorable mug. I gave her the link to the picture that my business logo is based on, and quite possibly the best picture of Muttley ever. Take a look at it on the front page of my business site here. Wait, you didn’t know that I also run a successful pet sitting and dog walking business, besides my slowly (hint: quite slowly) emerging craft business? Where’ve you been?! I even have an employee! Check it out!

Anyway, enough self promotion. The cute little cards that mooshygooshies offers is what I’m ordering for my annual Thank You cards and gifts for clients of Lucky Mutts this past year. Last year I included little treats for the pets and¬†a Belgian chocolate treat for the humans. This year I’d like to top that by a little. Nothing crazy, but everything totally adorable! And yummy too. I’ll probably be making the pup treats again this year, but maybe a little gift too?¬†Who knows, it’s still early. Though I would like to get these out around Thanksgiving.

Why Thanksgiving and not the holidays? Am I being that politically correct? Heck no! Well, actually in a way… But the main reason is that Thanksgiving is a time to remember those you need to be thanking and for thanking the abundance in life. What a perfect time to thank my customers for keeping me fed the last year and to wish them a happy holiday season. And marketing wise, it’s pretty good timing!

Why even blow money on clients? Because they are the best! They pay me to play with their dogs! They trust me to love and attend to their most cherished ones. It’s a responsibility and a task that I enjoy doing and I’ve been able to craft a wonderful business out of my clients. My small business has allowed me to grow as a person and stretch my creative (and sometimes ADHD) mind in new ways. Lucky Mutts has allowed me to be the wife I want to be, the dog owner others dream about and quite possibly one of the happiest women on earth.

See! I’m getting on all emotional-grateful and I haven’t even ordered the thank you cards yet! Off to play one last game of mah¬†jongg before retiring to bed with my latest marketing required reading. I hope all is wonderful in your world and that you cuddle with your fur-kid with extra love tonight. They deserve it!

Etsy Store of the Week – BowWowBeds

The Etsy Store of the Week is BowWowBeds, makers of quality dog beds and crate liners. These durable dog beds are made from 100% cotton duck canvas. So what the heck is duck canvas? And will my bird-hunting spaniel go crazy to tear the bed to shreds? No, cotton duck canvas is a term used in textiles to refer to what we would normally call canvas, it is a heavy-duty fabric used from shoes to camping materials. So it will stand up to some wear and tear from your four-legged friends!

The pictures this week were much harder to pick than normal because the models are absolutely gorgeous! BowWowBeds¬†focuses on large dog beds as they have a Great Dane and saw the need for quality larger beds. So the pictures have lots of wonderful bully breeds and many of what I am guessing to be great customer photos too. Rather than picking one bed to be my choice more than the others (heck I just want one for my spaniel pup since he did some heavy damage to his first bed), I just want to showcase the wonderful pictures of BowWowBeds’s quality product in use.

BowWowBeds handmade quality dog bedBowWowBeds handmade quality dog bed

BowWowBeds handmade quality dog beds puppyBowWowBeds handmade quality dog beds car liner

What a great¬†use in that truck! And that adorable Harley puppy is actually laying on a liner from BowWowBeds¬†put over a crib mattress. With larger dogs, not only do they need a bigger surface area, but many of them have more aches and pains in joints because of their size and quick growth, so a softer surface like a mattress is just perfect. Of course, Muttley’s only 56 pounds and four, but she always finds a way on the bed! And now Flash (52 pounds and 1.5 years old)¬†is learning to beg too, so it’s not just big ones that like the comfort!

The following¬†was taken from their Etsy¬†feature on Quit Your Day Job. For those of you not addicted to this regular feature on Etsy, it is a series of interviews with people who have been able to turn their craft into a fulltime job that supports them and their families. In this article, we learn that the business was primarily Amberlii before it was succesful enough for her husband, Kent, to quit his day job and help the business to grow. Anyway, here’s the part of the article I found to be the best boiled down philosophy of buying from small businesses:

There is a person behind my product and when you buy from me you get [me]

I think that’s just right! Here are the pertinent links for BowWowBeds:

Half Marathon Training Update!

Saturday’s long run this week was a rest run, so only 5.5 miles! Ha! Never thought I would say “only 5.5 miles!” The training is coming along, mostly well too. I’m starting to get nervous about these longer distances coming up though!

  • 15 May¬†¬†¬† 4 miles¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† XdoneX
  • 22 May¬†¬†¬†5 miles¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† XdoneX
  • 29 May¬†¬† 5.5 miles¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† XdoneX
  • 5 June¬†¬†¬† 6 miles¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† XdoneX¬†¬†¬† ¬†really only ran about 5.4mi of this
  • 12 June¬† 6.5 miles¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† XdoneX
  • 19 June¬† 5.5 miles¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† XdoneX
  • 26 June¬† 6.5 miles
  • 3 July¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 7 miles
  • 10 July¬†¬† 7.5 miles
  • 17 July¬†¬† 8 miles
  • 24 July¬†¬† 5 miles
  • 31 July¬†¬† 8.5 miles
  • 7 Aug¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†9 miles
  • 14 Aug¬†¬† 6 miles
  • 21 Aug¬†¬† 9.5 miles
  • 28 Aug¬†¬† 10 miles
  • 4 Sept¬†¬†¬†¬† 7 miles
  • 11 Sept¬†¬† 10.5 miles
  • 18 Sept¬†¬† 11 miles
  • 26 Sept¬†¬† 6.2¬†¬†¬† –¬†¬†A Sunday race at Lake Tahoe, my 6th 10k
  • 2 Oct¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†12 miles
  • 9 Oct¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 5 miles
  • 17 Oct¬†¬†¬†¬† 13.1¬†¬†–¬† Half Marathon time!

Flash is loving these long runs and has actually gotten better on the leash because of them! He usually pulls so much that your arm wants to fall off, but he settles down now after a half mile. I think he knows that we go for¬†a long time and to conserve his energy! Once he gets home, he quickly curls into a ball on the couch, next to his Muttley¬†and Roger. After a while though, Muttley gets spunky feeling and starts to chew on his ears or paws him in the face to start playing. He always obliges, but falls asleep as soon as she’s tired out! They are absolutely adorable together. Here are some pictures I’ve taken over the last year of the two of them together:

Can’t you see why I’m happy almost every single day? These two little poops are the best reason for smiling!

What does a dog walker do on her birthday? Let’s find out!

Yesterday was my birthday, and also my husband’s (different years, but same city and same day of birth!), and so not only did I decide to treat myself to a wonderful day, but I took pictures of most of it too!

The first thing I let myself do is lounge in my bed for an extra half hour, I got all the pillows and all the blankets since Roger had already gotten up. Oh, luxurious laziness! But then the stirring of Flash and the grumpy snorts of Muttley got me up. A perfectly brewed cup of espresso and a little bit of time wasted online and I was ready to go!

First, off to Home Depot! I had to make key copies from a client’s keys. Yay for clients paying me! And wasn’t the lighting just magical in this picture? Love it!

I almost always listen to audiobooks, and my birthday was no different. Right now, I’m listening to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. So far I think that the book is pretty self indulgent, and it took until CD five to get hooked. Also, no time for cooking at home, so I had Del Taco breakfast burritos with no cheese. Yum!

Off to my first client of the day. This is Jenny. It was our last run together since her “parents” were returning home that day. She’s a goofy black lab mix who was too excited about our walk/jogs! A good dog! And then traffic as I drove through downtown Reno to get to the next house. Look at that perfectly blue sky though, just gorgeous!

More happy clients! After I was sweaty from all the running, I headed over to PetCo for some donation items for the Humane Society. One of my clients had a pet die a few days ago (not while in my care!) and my policy is to donate to the local shelters when this happens. A way for myself and the company to give back and remember a pet client.

While at PetCo I spied this cute little ferret! I wish I slept like that, I’d be a lot more limber. ūüôā The next picture shows what Lucky Mutts donated to the Nevada Humane Society: 3 lbs of rawhides, tins of cat food, little cat toy balls and some apple wood chunks for the rabbits. The new (well, not that new, but I still remember the old building) building for the Nevada Humane Society is just inviting! Again, note the beautiful sky.

After donating the items, I had to look at the dogs! I’m a sucker for a cute pit bull, but there were tons of dogs I would have taken home. Here are just some of the dogs that I could get pictures of:

After spending so much time with these wonderful pups, I had to go home and shower. I was stinky from sweat and dog kisses!

After showering attention on my own dogs, I was able to clean up, pluck eyebrows and actually apply makeup! Whoa! I got the mail and I recieved a birthday check! Woohoo! So I went straight to the bank to deposit it and then straight to Ross to spend it! I’ve been needing some summer shirts but haven’t had quite the resources to go look. Success! I found two wonderful shirt and a great purse and only spent forty dollars! When I was in the changing room, I suddenly noticed how terribly old my favorite non-dog-walking shoes were. So after Ross, I headed over to Famous Footwear and was able to find the perfect replacement shoes for only 25 bucks! Yay! I won!

I got home, changed into a new shirt and got ready for a dinner out with my mom, her long time beau, his son and of course Roger. We went to a wonderful local mexican restaurant called Bertha Miranda’s. Mom used to know Bertha and her husband (Jack er something), but I know she’s passed and I think he has too. Anyway, two pitchers of margaritas and a plate of crying pig later, Roger (designated driver, thank you love bug) drove us home. It was almost ten at night, the time I like to get into bed and read for a few pages. But no, I had to do homework that I blissfully ignored all day. So two hours later of excel and writing, I was able to turn in. I read a single page of my latest read before completely crashing.

It was pretty much awesome! So how does a dog walker spend her birthday? With dogs! And wonderful family too. ūüôā