Category Archives: Pets

Sadie’s on the Naughty List


Alternate title: My mother-in-law is a saint.

My mother-in-law was nice enough to watch Sadie for a weekend in November and a week in December while we went on much needed vacations.

We thought we had her house locked down.  There were baby gates blocking the cats’ area and the basement.  The pantry cabinet was clamped shut with a bungee cord and Sadie still got into trouble both visits. Between the two visits she ate:

  • Can of Pringles (from the pantry tied up with a bungee cord – I don’t understand how – it was still tied up when she got home)
  • Loaf of bread and sandwich thins (see pantry above)
  • Handmade turtles (the candy) in tins ready to deliver to the neighbors
  • Box of cherry cordials wrapped and under the tree for a gift
  • Sprinkles for decorating cookies with the grandkids
  • Bags and bowls of cat food (broke down the baby gate to get in there!)
  • Cleaned out the litter box (broke down the baby gate multiple times!)
  • Scattered her make up bottles and lipstick all over the upstairs hallway
  • Dug in the kitchen trash every time she was left in the house.  Fortunately, no food was in there.  Sadly, that lesson was learned on a previous visit.

We were mortified!  The worst part?  My mother-in-law slept on the sofa multiple nights since Sadie had to go out so often with an upset tummy.  She was so glad to see us take Sadie so she could get a normal night’s sleep!

But other than that she was an angel…


Looks like we’ll have to learn how to crate train a 5 yr old dog who hates being confined so much she bends the crate door to get out.  Wish us luck!


Sadie Saturday– A Sneaky Week


I’m just sitting here remembering the awesomely sneaky week I had.  Somehow my parents got lazy about the counter, pantry and trash and I took advantage of that!  Here are all the things I ate just this week:

  • An entire loaf of wheat bread
  • An entire package of fig newtons (apple cinnamon – yum!)
  • 1/2 jar of peanut butter – even got the lid off!
  • and one that still has my parents stumped – the crotch out of three pairs of underwear!

Sadly, now there are more closed doors and a renewed vigilance by mom and dad.  Don’t worry, I’ll lull them into complacency in a couple weeks…

Sadie Saturday–I Feel Great!

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I guess it’s true that “you are what you eat” because I must have been eating some yucky stuff.  I have lots and lots of allergies.  It’s no fair because it’s all the good stuff: chicken, potatoes, corn, and all kinds of other delicious things.  Mom has been depriving me of all those yummies for so long you would have thought the problem would go away.  She even had me on this expensive prescription food.  It stopped the ear infections but I still scratched and scratched and licked my paws until I made myself yelp.  I would bite into my back to scratch it which would then make my neck all sore. I never wanted to go for walks or move too much.

I guess Mom was worried I wasn’t getting better so when it came time for a new bag of food, she called the doctor to see if there was a different option.  We got new prescription food and within a few days I stopped scratching.  I don’t lick my paws anymore which means I don’t stink (I never noticed that in the first place but Mom and Dad always had to comment on it). 


I feel like a new dog!  I’m so energetic , I actually like going outside and even walk fast or run sometimes (let’s not get too crazy– I am still a Newfie with neck issues so my bursts of energy are pretty short)!

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The only problem is the food.  Mom says it looks like Corn Pops, whatever those are.  I just know it doesn’t fill me up so I constantly have to remind them I’m STILL hungry.  Granted, I would eat anytime, anywhere, but it’s true this time!  I’ve had to step up the whining to levels never reached before. I will not relent.  Every afternoon I stay right by her side with a constant whine so she won’t forget me.   I’m getting a little more food every day but maybe I can trick them into lots more!  Wish me luck!

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Feline friday–Livin’ on the Edge


All cats have their quirks. That’s part of their charm.  One of Kirby’s quirks is that, no matter where he’s sitting, he has to be on the very edge.  He’s been like that since a little kitty 15 years ago. 


Look at those cute wittle paws!



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Every morning, Kirby makes sure to get in the way hang out on both my husband’s and my sink.



Sadie Saturday–My Plot

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My mom is such a slacker.  She hasn’t posted anything for over a month.  She’s been reading a ton, sits in her office all day working on that computer and every once in awhile she puts a bunch of clothes in a box on wheels and goes away for a couple days. She says it’s for work to buy my kibble but I don’t like it at all.

But to the real issue at hand here.  I know I look a little ashamed above but I’m not!  I’m glad that my plot to destroy the vacuum is working! I was proud enough to come lie down next to my handiwork.

I’ve heard that some of my dog friends bark at the vacuum and try to attack it.  That’s way too much effort and mostly ineffective.  I act like I’m not afraid but I always move out of the way (though not far enough that I can’t keep my eye on it.) I don’t trust that loud machine.

See, I’m very hairy and while they have to sweep a lot, I purposely scratch and scratch on the rugs (my allergies are still bad) so all my fur falls there. You can see Ollie contributes his white fur to the effort as well.  He hates the vacuum more than me.  Every time Mom vacuums, she has to stop and untangle the beater brush.  I’m able to get so much hair wrapped around the roller it stops working.  Success!  The next step in my plan is to hide the scissors so the vacuum can’t be fixed and stays broken!

We don’t talk about the dustbuster.  That machine is evil.

Feline Friday–What is Wrong With This Cat?


This cat is so strange. Among his many odd quirks, Ollie loves to play with the hair off Sadie’s brush. So gross.


Whenever I brush Sadie, which we have to do often, Ollie comes over for some brushing of his own.  And then he tries to sniff and play with the fur. Yuck!


I think maybe he needs some new toys if he’s this desperate for something to do.

Sadie Saturday–I won’t Be Held Back

As if a pillow barrier will keep me away when you eat pizza on the sofa….

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Pillow down (and I got a pepperoni)!