Farewell

Honestly, I still can’t believe I’m writing this post. Our beloved Sherman, the “blue speckled pup” after whom my blog is named has died. We are so very devastated to lose him at only eight years old. Sherman was diagnosed four days ago with an aggressive form of lymphoma. The only treatment his excellent vet…

Mammal Mondays: The Fugitives

Happy Victoria Day to my fellow Canadians! Here we are, ten days after Miss Wendy the Enormous joined us as our latest foster dog. She has been an absolute dream: this dog is so eager to please that she goes to her kennel on command, and she walks right beside me on a halti. After…

Mammal Mondays: The Raisin Pie Incident

Greetings, friends. It’s been forever since I wrote for our little blog, a problem I hope to start remedying soon. Monday morning, as in many homes, is generally the roughest one of the week in the dollhouse. This one was a doozy. I baked The Electrician’s grandpa his favourite dessert, raisin pie, last night and…

Mammal Mondays: Going Nowhere, Fast

Winter is here, obviously, and we have returned to supplementing our dog walking with a little indoor recreation. Our treadmill, which you may have read about in earlier posts, is still going strong. It’s probably the best fifty bucks I’ve spent, really. Sherman is a short-coated mutt, one who doesn’t hold up well after about…

Mammal Mondays: Seasonal Walking

Walking with The Shermanator is a treat and a joy in the warmer months. We trek all over the place, him trotting gleefully beside me while I bop along to whatever is on my iPod. Here is a photo from one such walk, taken in happier times: Sadly, the season of gleeful walks has ended…

The Halloweenie

This week’s Mammal Monday is happening a couple of days behind schedule, but it’s better late than never, so here we are.  Monday morning liftoffs are typically the roughest launches of the week. I guess I wasn’t surprised when I bent over the tub to start my bath at shortly past seven, and the shower…

Mammal Mondays: Hide and Seek

Nothing melts my heart quite like watching a big hairy man play with a big hairy dog. Fortunately for me, I have one of each. The Electrician loves to spend quality time with Sherman, and has taught him many things, including a few tricks I’d rather my dog not know. Of all the games they…

Mammal Mondays: A Visit to the Vet

People joke all the time about how miserable it is to take their animals to the vet. I don’t know what happens in other people’s houses, but my animals are happy to go to the doctor. Leroy even forgives me for tricking him into his crate with chicken–because come on, it’s chicken–once we get to…

Mammal Mondays: The Pedometer Made Us Do It

I bought a new iPod nano yesterday. This one is a major improvement over my existing model, a seven or eight year-old 80 GB classic that is overkill for walking with Sherman and to work. My new iPod is also a lovely colour blue, which makes my heart happy. Because my MacBook is so very…

Mammal Mondays: Sleepover with the In-Laws

In case I haven’t mentioned it often enough, my husband is fantastic. Admittedly, I’m a huge fan of hyperbole, but not so much that I’ll claim to have the best husband on the planet. I’m not about to state The Electrician takes home the gold medal for husbandness, being that there are so many men…

Mammal Mondays: Spotted Sentinel

Summer in Alberta means long hours of golden sunlight, vibrant green spread enthusiastically to the edge of the horizon, and thunderstorms that startle a person from her bed sometime around three in the morning. Summer also means opening every window I can after dinner in the hopes some cooler air might sweep through the dollhouse…

Mammal Mondays: Just Us Chickens

As much as we enjoy having foster dogs in the dollhouse, for the last two weeks it’s only been me, The Electrician, and our own two mammals. Sherman and Leroy aren’t exactly “low maintenance,” but being home with two fully trained creatures is certainly less work than also keeping a foster dog in the house…