Mammal Mondays: A Sleepover with Bowser

Sometimes I am a super hero on a very small scale. My long-time friend texted me last Thursday to see if I could look after her puppy on Saturday because she was called out of town on an urgent trip. It’s no secret that I lurrrrve puppies. The Electrician finds me cruising the local humane…

Summer in January?

I went out to my physiotherapy appointment this morning in a tank top, jeans, and a sweater. It was like a vision of the spring to come, and it’s pretty much unbelievable. This is Alberta in January, usually a long, dark, month of brittle cold, and here we are with bright blue skies and above-freezing…

My Friend the Spelling Champion

One of the great things about blogging is meeting so many fantastic people. I should qualify that statement by admitting that blogging has introduced me to many nifty people I’ve never had the opportunity to meet in person, but from whom I hear several times a week. I don’t talk to my cousins that often….

A Big, Juicy Thank You

Today marks the 200th post here at Blue Speckled Pup! It crept up on me, really; only a few weeks ago, it seems I was at post 170-something, which makes perfect sense mathematically –numbers so aren’t my thing– and suddenly here I am, writing post number 200. If you haven’t been following along, that’s two…

I’ll Rise, but I Won’t Shine

I was a busy girl last night; I was actually far more productive than I thought I could be. For months, my kitchen table has been largely hidden by piles of old stuff from school, bills that I’ve paid but not filed, and notes for pieces I plan to write but haven’t gotten to yet….

Mammal Mondays: Puppy Love

It’s almost a year now since the Sherminator came to live with me. He has many nicknames, this spotted dog, and the latest one is Hairy Squatter: we’ve been reviewing all the Rowling movie adaptations so we’re ready to see the final battle for Hogwarts and the universe on the big screen some time this…

Mammal Mondays: Happy Birthday Sherman!

The booger boy is one year old as of June 19th. I realize I’m writing this post a little bit late, but I thought putting the dog’s birthday ahead of Fathers’ Day would be in poor taste. Happy (slightly belated) birthday to the blue speckled pup. Sherman started out looking like this: Today, my birthday…

Harnessing Farts

Every day of my life in the dollhouse, I’m in grave danger of gas poisoning. The gas that threatens me doesn’t leak from the stove or billow near the floor in the furnace room. It doesn’t seep from the hot water tank and it isn’t even generated when I mix poorly labelled cleaning supplies. Let…

Mammal Mondays: Pup in a Box

Sweet Sherman is crate trained, meaning that he sleeps in his kennel when I’m at work, and when I need him out from underfoot so that he doesn’t attempt very bad things, like attempting to steal hot food from the top of the stove. Crate training is a pretty standard practice among dog owners right…