Friday, February 28, 2014

a peaceful sunset

as the sun peacefully sets here on the west coast, bailey is off in dreamland, no doubt dreaming of more sunshine.

until we meet again my friends-

Thursday, February 27, 2014

the calm before the storm

we are expecting back to back storms, so the girls are enjoying the last bit of sun before the storms arrive.

until we meet again my friends-

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

tiny kibble for tiny dogs

wordless wednesday? ya, i don't think so. BOL

i finally found a kibble that bailey can eat without any problems. it is now fresh from the canadian company, petcurean. it is made specifically for small breed dogs.

on the left is her old kibble (orijen six-fish). it is small but not small enough. she had trouble biting the kibble and would get scared each time she would crush it in her mouth. so i ended up having to cut each of her kibble into 2-3 pieces. (the things we do for our doggies, right?)

with the much smaller and thinner kibble, she has no trouble eating and she doesn't scare herself when she chews. BOL

it is made with 100% fresh turkey, salmon, duck & omega oils. it is also grain free with 0% rendered meats, 0% by-product meals, and 0% gluten, wheat, corn & soy. the ingredient list also lists a healthy assortment of fruits, vegetables and herbs.

of course i give this to her in addition to her regular diet of fresh cooked chicken, assorted veggies (she loves cauliflower), cottage cheese...

thanks to blogpaws for hosting the wordless wednesday blog hop!

until we meet again my friends-

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

santa paula inn

after the holidays are over, the decorations are put away and the ball has dropped in times square, we like to go on a weekend getaway. this year it took us a little longer but we finally found time to schedule our weekend away. this year we spent a day in ventura, stayed the night in santa paula, then the next day, on to santa barbara. it was a fun little trip with no plans and no time table. i even left my computer at home! (though i did take my ipad mini.)

we stayed at the dog-friendly santa paula inn, a quaint little b&b. with only 14 rooms, it was nice and quiet. nothing like the larger hotels where you have people coming and going at all hours of the night, talking loudly in the hallway and waking weary travelers from a sound sleep.

bailey enjoyed her stay and was on her best behavior.


if you are ever in that neck of the woods, i would recommend this little place. it's off the beaten path for sure, but that's usually where you find the hidden gems.

until we meet again my friends-

Monday, February 24, 2014

an unwelcome guest

bailey got this close to a grasshopper...

then it flew away.

this is monday mischief blog hop.
click here to find more mischief

until we meet again my friends-

Friday, February 21, 2014

tiny thumbelina

we were going through some boxes in the garage the other day when i came across my tiny thumbelina! i've had this doll ever since i was a little girl. i packed her 7 years ago when we moved to our new home and she's been there ever since. (yes, i still have things packed in the garage that never made it into our home. lol) but how could i have forgotten about her? well, i have no idea how that happened. i'm just glad i found her and she's back inside, where she belongs. she is now proudly seated on the bed in our guest room.

"hey, are you hiding treats behind that camera?"

tiny thumbelina

until we meet again my friends-

Thursday, February 20, 2014

living la vida loca (throwback thursday)

this is one of my favorite pictures of bailey. it was taken in may of 2012 for cinco de mayo. olé!

until we meet again my friends-

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

all you need is love...

and a dog.

(love shirt available at kibbles place)

thanks to blogpaws for hosting wordless wednesday blog hop!

until we meet again my friends-

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

product review: fromm grain free treats

" sent me a package!"

"can i taste one?"

"mmm, they smell yummy!"

as you can see, she was interested in them straight away. each treat measures a good 1" in diameter and are about 1/2" thick, so for my tiny bailey, i had to break them up quite a bit. [i'm sure they wouldn't be a problem for an average size dog.] surprisingly my little piggy she ate the entire cookie!

grain-free oven baked chicken with carrots and peas recipe

* * *
i chose to review the fromm cookies for several reasons:
1) made in wisconsin, usa
this is very important to me and the economy of our country. all ingredients are also sourced in the usa.
2) grain-free
dogs are carnivores, not herbivores, 'nuff said.
3) every ingredient is real food
there was nothing on the ingredient list that i couldn't pronounce (see for yourself) the ingredient list starts with chicken and ends with spinach.
4) family owned and operated company since 1904
when given the choice of supporting a family owned business or a giant corporation, i will always choose the family owned company.
* * *

bailey definitely gives this cookie two paws up. she's not really a cookie monster, so for her to eat the whole thing, that's saying a lot. plus i can feel good about giving it to her.

disclosure: provided bailey with the package of treats for our honest opinion of the product. the opinion stated in this review was written by me and was not copy supplied by fromm or chewy.

until we meet again my friends-

Monday, February 17, 2014

bailey sings opera

some people may view this video as just another howling dog. i say it is bailey practicing her operatic skills. what do you think? random howl or operatic aria?
[if the video does not load, here is the direct link.]

i am joining the monday mischief blog hop.
click here to find more mischief!

until we meet again my friends-

Saturday, February 15, 2014

sepia saturday: tethered to a hydrant

tethered to a hydrant,
i cannot walk away;
tethered to a hydrant,
i cannot even play.

tethered to a hydrant,
and people walking by;
tethered to a hydrant,
don't they wonder why?

tethered to a hydrant,
and left here all alone;
tethered to a hydrant,
won't you take me home?

(inspired by mani the staffordshire terrier.) please don't chain your dogs!

thanks to ruckus for hosting the sepia saturday blog hop!

until we meet again my friends-

Friday, February 14, 2014

{this moment} see beautiful: february 2014

because today is valentine's day, i am beginning this see beautiful post with my heart of hearts.

we made an impromptu visit to the beach to take some pictures of bailey. while she was taking a water break, i took this shot. the trio of lifeguard towers overlooking the ocean... beautiful.

this next shot was our sunset a while back. the night sky changes from moment to moment, so to catch this moment, i thought was quite beautiful.

why am i adding this table to my see beautiful post? because hubby made it for me! i told him i needed a long, narrow table for our patio room, so i could work at the window that faces our backyard. so he made one for me and i think it's beautiful. (ya, my hubby's the best.)

and again, my little bailey, who is always by my side.

the see beautiful blog hop is so we can all take time to stop and smell the roses. there is beauty everywhere if you just stop and take notice. life can get hectic but if we just take a moment to breathe and look around, you just may see beauty where you never noticed before.

follow the link to see more beautiful.

until we meet again my friends-

Thursday, February 13, 2014

bailey channels her inner prima ballerina

bailey is demonstrating the canine ballet fourth position. of course in the canine version, only the left arm is required to be in position, as the right is required for balance. BOL. notice her perfect posture and how she is holding her arm at a perfect shoulder height. c'est magnifique.

until we meet again my friends-

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

to daddy, love bailey

dear daddy,
i just wanted to tell you that i think you are the bestest daddy anydoggy could ever ask for and i love you so much...
and i love snuggling on your chest at bedtime...
and i love to find you home on sunday morning and mommy's still asleep and we have our special time together...
and i love that your lap is always available to me...
and i love how you never tell me no...
and i love that you chose to rescue me...
and mostly i love you becuz you are MY daddy.
happy birthday!
love, bailey

and i love when i am invited to go to coffee shops with you.

until we meet again my friends-

Sunday, February 9, 2014

xxii winter olympics opening ceremonies

in support of our olympians, bailey dressed in red, white & blue for the olympic opening ceremonies.

team usa enters the arena

shaun white!

the olympic flag

lighting the cauldron

once the cauldron is lit, the fireworks begin

firework display

go team usa!!!

did you watch the opening ceremonies?

until we meet again my friends-

Saturday, February 8, 2014

sepia saturday: up, please?

sitting outside of a coffee shop in pasadena, bailey is not happy unless she's on our lap.

thanks to ruckus the eskie for hosting sepia saturday blog hop!

until we meet again my friends-