Bowl

Black-and-white photo of Yara holding a metal dog bowl

Adventures in Dog-Sitting

When Dad and Keith went to NYC a few years ago, the dogs spent the entire time moping about, being incredibly despondent. So, I’m happy to say they’ve reacted to this trip far better. Yara has been pretty much glued to my side since I arrived, while Eli and Uschi have been tearing up the house in an endless playtime.

Honestly, not much has happened. The shepherds definitely know they outnumber me and seem to have combined their efforts to drag me out of bed as early as possible. So far they’ve forced me to brave the below temps at 4 a.m. two days in a row.

Mealtimes have been delightfully uneventful. Everyone has eaten their respective meals with absolutely zero issue.

The weather unfortunately has still been far too cold to let them have some good outdoor fun, but the weekend is supposed to warm up a bit. So, perhaps we’ll get a chance before we get dumped upon by yet more snow.

Dog-Sitting

Uschi and I are at Dad’s for the next week while he and Keith are in Florida. Given the horrendous cold weather we’re having currently I am more than a little jealous. But for their part the dogs seem thrilled. Yara’s been practically glued to my side since we arrived and Eli and Uschi are playing as hard as ever.

I brought my camera, so hopefully I’ll get some fun photos to share. And if the weather cooperates, perhaps I’ll get some time outside with the dogs. They all certainly enjoy all that white stuff out there.

EPI Calendars

Each year epi4dogs.com asks members of the community to submit photographs of their dogs1 who have survived EPI. These photographs are then turned into a calendar with all of the proceeds going towards EPI research and awareness. It’s become quite a popular event and a few years ago there were so many photos that two calendars were created.

Well, this year there are NINE! And guess who’s December in #3? Here’s a hint:

Yara sitting in front of the decorated holiday tree at Dad's

Anyway, if you’re looking for some cute and adorable in your 2015 calendar, I highly recommend these. And you can even feel good about yourself for helping sick animals.

  1. And recently added cats, too.

Painting

Because Photoshop can be fun to play with and also I’ve been working on several different web and graphic projects lately:

Portrait of Yara edited to appear as an oil painting

In other news, today registration begins for the yearly National Service Animal Eye Exam. In fact, I just finished registering Uschi and scheduling her appointment for next month.