Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sometimes the Husband is...Right?!

This weekend I learned a valuable lesson: sometimes it really is the best idea to listen to your husband tell you "no". Yes honey, I did just say that. No need to reread it.

Enter the dog in question, Milo. Or, Mort. I guess his name was Mort, according to his owner. She had found him in the snow in December, and was unable to give him the proper care since she was working so many jobs and going back to school. And, as we soon found out, for a lot of other reasons. She was going to give him to a shelter, but we said that if the dogs got along we would take him and give him a good home.

Sometimes I think we are too nice for our own good.

Mort is a 6 month old puppy. Adorable beagle corgi mix, just a little guy. When him and Bandit got together, they played for hours! We thought it was love at first sight.  So we took him home. The next 24 hours were, well...PURE TORTURE.

He did not slow down one second the entire time he was here. Either running, yipp-yapping, tusseling, or all of the above...he didn't get that after playing for 5 hours it was time to take it easy. When we tried to force him to sit calmly with us, he was panting and struggling so much that we could not even focus on a tv show. When we put him in his cage he tried to bite and dig and yapp his way out, and when we put him in a puppy play pen 3 feet tall HE JUMPED RIGHT OVER IT and took off sprinting. Not to mention pooping in the house...we had our hands full, that's for sure. But we thought we would wait it out a day or two to see if he could calm down.

But then the cat came down to check things out.

One second everything is fine. Louie is coming up to check out the new pup. And the next second, the dog is lunging for Louie's face making a horrible sound, and Louie, confused, is trying to get out of there as fast as he can. If we hadn't been right there, Louie's face would've been bitten off and we would've had two dead animals on our hands. The whole rest of the night, Mort had vicious eyes only for Louie (and Reese too when she appeared).

By the end of the day I was literally hiding in our bedroom with the cats trying not to have an anxiety attack. We had no choice at that point but to call the girl and give the dog back. I felt horrible knowing we couldn't be of more help, and felt even worse that the mister had told me it was a dumb idea from the very get go and I ignored him. So, here it is....

My husband was right. 100% right. For now, we are a one dog house. And here it is, on the internet. For all to see. Sigh. At least the house is quiet again, for now.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring Fever!

Wow! I have done a really bad job at giving you guys things to read...but I'm back! So much to talk about, I don't know where to start.

I guess I'll start with the biggest thing going on right now...spring fever! We had a few days of warm weather and sunshine, and boy did that get us excited! We had some friends and family out this weekend to help us build our very first flower beds. This poor, empty house is becoming full and pleasant, inside and out! It's come a long way already. We only have the beds right now (still too many cold risks to plant just yet) but I'll post again when we finally get some plants in here.

Here's one of the flower beds we did. I call this one the Ashley and Jill flowerbed, since we did it with no man help whatsoever (except for "that's not a perfect circle" comments...!). Makes the tree look much nicer than before, when it was taken over by some crazy unruly weeds. Oh and Pardon the sad winter grass, it won't be that way much longer.

 We're going to fill the bed probably with yellow lilies, or some other easy to plant seasonal flowers. Or tulips! If you can't tell, I'm a truly indecisive person.

Besides the new flowerbeds all around the house we now have a new front door too!! Boy does this really spruce up the entire house, inside and out! It lets in a lot more light and is really inviting without being over the top. I would highly recommend Window World for doors and windows, they have been wonderful with us through this whole process.


And the last best thing about spring fever is...getting outside! I have my 5k route all set up and am ready to roll. I may be moving slow, but at least I'm moving more than the people still on the couch! It's a lot easier to be motivated to work out when it's not 10 degrees and sleeting all week. Not to mention, Bandit makes a great walking buddy! Now that he is healed we can increase our walking distance together. It'll be great.

Yes, he is wearing a hoodie. He's cool like that.

I promise I'll post more exciting stuff. I think now that I'm out of that deep winter funk I'll have no problem sharing all the exciting things going on in our lives with y'all!