Saturday, February 28, 2009


Camera Critters
I have missed this fun meme for the past couple of weeks, it's been so crazy around here, by the time I remembered, it was too late. I hope I got it done in time this week, if not, you can at least enjoy the pictures. :) To see more cool critter shots head on over to the Camera-Critters blog and click away.
This week I chose a few pictures of my Miniature Dachshund rescues. Both girls came from a horrible and I do mean horrible situation. Tink, the little Chocolate girl on the right, had birthed 6 litters of puppies before she was 5 years old! She was terrified of being outside and didn't know what to do about the grass being under her feet! Apparently she had only been out of her filthy little crate long enough to be bred and whelp puppies. Dumplin' came from the same lady, but I got her when she was very young so she didn't have to go through all that horror. Thank doG. They are the sweetest little dogs (when they want to be), and I have enjoyed their companionship for nearly 10 years now.
Dachshunds are listed in the Hound Group with the AKC, and don't let their small size fool you, they are true hounds and tough little cookies! They are noisy, they are loud, they are master diggers, they are fearless, they are bossy, they are cuddlers, loving, and make great ratters. If you think you might want to learn more about Miniature Dachshunds, please check out the National Miniature Dachshund Club website and learn more about these wonderful little dogs.
These shots were taken at the dog show in Chattanooga last year. When we go to dog shows, all of our dogs go, not just the ones that are being shown, and the Dachshunds always take it upon themselves to stand guard over their domain. (The Chinese Crested that managed to sneak into a few of the pictures is Racy, she was entered in the shows that weekend)
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the pictures and again, be sure to check out all the other Camera-Critters blogs.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Good Grief Charlie Brown!

This week has been as long and stressful as last week. I took the day off tomorrow so I could wind down and hopefully get caught up on things around this house. I can't remember the last time I was this far behind in everything!
I heard someone say one time~
"The hurried-er I go, the behind-er I get!" that's me in a nutshell lately!

In the past 2 weeks, I and/or my dear Hubby have:

~Rescued and began fostering another Bull Terrier that has OCD issues
~Met with the ADT guy to get an alarm and security system on the new house
~Met with the man that is laying the tile in the new house
~Worked on/installed a new heat pump in the new house
~Worked VERY long days in both businesses
~Put a chain up across the driveway to keep the nut that used to own our new house from coming and going as she pleases
~Met with the same nut to have her remove her husband's ashes from our property
~Met with the Sheriff's Dept to keep the whole "Us vs. Nut" scenario calm
~Dealt with forty-eleven phone calls from same nut
~Handled forty-eleven and one phone calls from stupid telemarketers
~Had Lizzy the foster at the vet because she chewed the end of her tail off

I could go on, but I'll stop before I throw myself into some dark cave somewhere and never come out. I have lots of material for blog posts coming up, that's for sure!

Until then, enjoy a picture or two of my sweet Bullie boy with his birthday pressie, he turned 1 year old yesterday and has been carrying that toy everywhere with him. :)

Until tomorrow (I hope)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Just a Quick Post

I realize it has been a week since I last posted and wanted to give everyone an update. Chico, the little foster Bullie we had here went to what we hope will be his forever home this past Friday. So far, the reports I am getting from his new owner are all positive, he just loves him! I knew he would, Chico is an awesome boy. :)
Meanwhile, practically as soon as Chico left here, I got an email about another Bull Terrier needing rescue in Knoxville. So, Sat afternoon, hubby and I headed out to pick her up. What a sad little girl she is. Her name is Izzy and she has some issues. She is very sweet, but she is a "spinner" She is going to take a little more time to work with and evaluate than Chico did, but I do believe she is worth the effort. She needs some structure and stabilty to start with, then we can go from there. She has been in 6 different places, counting ours, in the last 2.5 months! No wonder the poor baby has issues! You can see where she has chewed the end of her tail from the stress she has been under.
Keep us in your thoughts as we try to help her get back to a normal life and hopefully find her own forever home.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Fun Pictures

JoJo had become very good at using his feet to do all kind of things. We gave him a couple of those waffle balls with bells inside that you get from the cat toy section, he loves them. He holds them in his little foot and shakes them like maracas while muttering all kinds of things under his breath, not sure if he is singing or just jabbering, but it's cute.

My friend, Kara sent me this cute picture of Miss Winnie all snuggled in her chair. I don't know what it is about these rotten Bull Terriers, but they do love being all snuggie under blankets. All of mine do it and as you can see, Winnie is no different.
Those of you that live in the south know what Goody Powders are. Kiwi, our little Green Cheek Conure seems to have a headache in this picture. All I had with me was my camera phone so it's not the best picture in the world, but at least I managed to get one. He had the best time with that empty packet AND he was quiet, so I let him keep it.

Now, I'm off to the grocery (YUK) and back to get some work done on my latest stained glass project....trophies for our upcoming dog show.

Enjoy the day,

Thursday, February 05, 2009

My Grandmother's Peanut Butter Pie

(*I changed the title of this post because feedjit was showing a bunch of visitors from google searching for things I would rather not have my blog associated with. Maybe the title change will stop the perverts)
Today I have a craving for my grandmother's peanut butter pie. I am so glad I got her to sit down with me all those years ago and call her recipes off to me so I could write them down. Granny rarely wrote any of her recipes down, she always went by sight when it came to making anything. If I tried doing that, the dogs probably wouldn't even eat it and they will eat anything! She passed away in Nov. 1982 and I cherish my collection of her recipes. Here is my favorite. Be warned, if you make this, you will be asked to make it over and over again, AND it is very, and I do mean very rich.

Granny Whittaker's Peanut Butter Pie
Stir together:
2 cups peanut butter
1 8oz pkg softened cream cheese
1 cup sugar
3 tbls melted butter
Add to mixture:
1 cup Cool Whip
1 tbls vanilla

Mix together well and pour into graham cracker crust (you can use Oreo crusts as well) Chill at least 6-8 hours, but overnight works even better.


Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Back pain & Stained glass

(silly little ice cream cone suncatcher I did for practice)

I started working in stained glass over 20 years ago and I have recently gotten back into it. I had forgotten how much I love doing this. I also didn't realize how much the cost of supplies had gone up! WOW! Talk about inflation!
I have Degenerative Disc Disease. I have 2 discs that, according to the Dr, might as well just be labeled as "gone" and one that is half-way there. On top of that, I have arthritis running the entire length of my spine. Not good news for a dog groomer. 28 years of standing, lifting, pulling, tugging and fighting with big dogs, combined with the genetic factors have finally begun to take their toll on me and made me begin thinking of another way to make money. I hope to be able to open an Etsy shop soon.
As much as I hate to admit it, I am slowing down, I can't do what I used to be able to do, I am in constant pain whether I am grooming or not, grooming just makes the pain more intense. Some days are worse than others.
Anyway, I decided to begin my stained glass work again. I am currently working on trophies for my home club, The Greater Kingsport Kennel Club. We have shows each year in May and we always try to come up with something different each year for trophies. This year we decided to give stained glass pieces.
I'm pretty excited about getting started and I'll be sure to take lots of pictures as I go along.
I have done a few pieces for other things, mostly dog-related, but mainly just for fun. I'm certainly out of practice, but it's like riding a bicycle, it all comes back to you once you get on and get started.

(suncatcher I did for the Silent Auction for Rescue at the Bull Terrier Nationals)

Wish me luck, and keep your fingers crossed that all those panes of glass I ordered last night get here in one piece, not in a ton of pieces. The company will replace them if they do arrive broken, but that would mean the whole process will be running behind.
(The Rainbow Bridge Tissue Box)(Best of Variety (Colored) trophy for one of the shows)

I'm sorry some of the photos are not that great, the flash is hard to contain sometimes. The tissue box was certainly a project. I had never done one before, but I was determined to get it finished in time for the Nationals so it could be put on the Rainbow Bridge table!
Until next time,
Bullie hugs and kisses all around,

Tagged Again

I know I'm getting old and can't run as fast as I used to, but tagged TWICE in one week? Man, I need to learn some new moves to get out of the way quicker. :)

Dannielle Over at 50 Fingers & 50 Toes caught me. So here we go, the same as the other picture folder tag except this time it's folder #6, Picture #6. Rules are the same as the last one.

The dogs found this big guy hanging out around our pond last year and DH rescued him. (He wouldn't have made it very long if he hadn't) Good thing for the turtle we have Terriers who can't keep their mouths shut when they find something new & exciting to play with or should I say torment?

We put him in the bathtub for safe keeping overnight, then took him out to the lake and set him free out there.

Now, the rules say I am supposed to tag 6 people, but I'm going to follow Mrs Mari's lead, and tell you, if you are reading this, consider yourself tagged. :)