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Hannah Sheflyand

Brian and I often joke about how Charlie needs to get her lazy dog butt up and do some work around the house to earn her keep. Then I saw these photos of actual working dogs and felt I needed to run home and start training my lazy great dane to do something more then eat, sleep, fart and cuddle. I love these photos and the hard work it portrays. It is one of those weeks where photos are really inspiring me and changing my mood drastically day by day.

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Hannah Sheflyand

Brian and I often joke around on how it is acceptable to be grumpy once your a retired old person and that Brian is very excited to let loose and be able to do that. Yesterday he sent over this awesome comic by Wes & Tony from Amazing Super Powers that I could not stop laughing at because it is so a Brian moment to be.

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And an addition to Brian’s grumpy faces (with some Charlie love) below to hopefully add an extra smile to your week 🙂

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Hannah Sheflyand

What a week! Other then this blistering cold, I have had a very busy yet fun week which made it fly by. I woke up about to write a few more posts and realized its already Friday. Truthfully all of December flew by so I am not surprised that another week followed in the same path.

I am not a fan of the winter and the shorter days definitely make me feel moodier and lazier and the way I have found to combat that the easiest is by making plans to be out of the apartment more often. In the summer I usually just enjoy spending the afternoon at the dog park, reading out in the sun while Charlie runs around, but now it is even too cold for that. For this winter, Brian and I have found more small concerts to go to, spend more time out with family doing lunches or dinners and of course lots of Russian sauna dates. Charlie has had the short end of the stick though, while we are away for weekends and when we went to DC and Charleston, my mom very graciously took care of Charlie, and Charlie loves spending time with her, but I feel I don’t put in as much effort in the winter with her. Do you have that same feeling with your animals?

Because I was feeling so guilty I started looking for fun dog activities to do indoors and came across dog ecards (very unproductive session of googling). I cant believe I have never seen these before, and I am probably the last one but I thought I would share my favorites which made me crack up and think of Charlie and my life with her.

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I just wanted to also chime in and wish everyone a great holiday season. While Hannah & Brian are away I get to spend my time in upstate New York in a winter wonderland. I am super excited to be up here because it’s almost always snowing and I love love love playing in the snow!

I wanted to share my new favorite video with everyone before you dig in to your own big holiday dinners.

I watched it about a hundred times cracking up over the moody teenage golden, the pittie who stole the other dogs food and especially the growling dogs under the mistletoe 🙂 What did you think of the video? Did you know all the dogs featured in the video are from an animal shelter?

I don’t know if you are aware but I came to Hannah through an adoption, she was not my original owner. As I got older I got too big and too much work for my previous owner and he decided to give me away, I got lucky to find a new parent with time and energy to spend on me. I want to stress the importance of not giving a puppy as a holiday gift. Getting a dog should be a very thought out process with many conversations on not only how cute the puppy will be when you first get him/her but also what will happen down the line when the puppy is grown up, full of energy and sometimes even getting into trouble. However, if you do decide to get a dog, consider adoption, you can end up with someone as awesome and cute as me!

Here is the making of the above video which also goes into detail about the company’s work with shelter animals:

Thank you for reading and watching and I hope everyone has as an exciting time, as I am right now, over the holidays!

Hannah Sheflyand

We spent a beautiful weekend outside of the city. We stayed in a little town near Woodstock and up there the weather was colder and the leaves already started changing. I was happy to bundle up in a comfy sweater and a warm cup of tea, and spend my weekend enjoying the view from our porch.

How are you doing with the fall weather slowly sneaking in? This time of year kick starts me into baking again, there is always a hiatus with the heat in the summer. Now that it is a little chillier I thought it would be fun to start with experimenting with pumpkin. My first go at Pumpkin bars had some great flavor but the texture was more like dense bread rather then chewy thin bars. My second attempt was successful enough that I am excited to share this simple yet delicious recipe!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Bars (with an Optional Lactose Free Cream Cheese Frosting)

Ingredients:

1 cup of gluten free flour (I used Bobs Red Mill)

2tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking soda & 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 cup pumpkin

1/2 tsp vanilla

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 cup powdered sugar

4oz vegan cream cheese

1/4 cup of any butter softened (I used goat butter)

1/2 tsp vanilla

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Hannah Sheflyand

Its been a very busy week for Brian and I. He started back at school and I have been running around with Charlie and the new foster dog Moose! Brian is also officially moving out of his apartment this weekend so we have been going crazy trying to sell the last of his stuff (if anyone needs some furniture) that is not fitting in our little studio. I wish this would be a nice relaxing weekend but it wont be with everything going on, hopefully next weekend though 🙂

On the up side, this week I have been receiving tons of news and videos filled with Great Dane stories. Have you heard about the Great Dane from Oregon who ate a huge amount of socks and survived? I felt it was a perfect mix between Charlie and my last dog Maggie (who ate everything when left alone). There have also been some very cute pool party videos… I hope watching some will lift your already happy Friday spirits.

Do you have any videos of your dog or kid or whoever swimming? Charlie is deadly afraid of the water so I doubt we will get her into a pool or the beach water for quiet a while.

Have a great weekend everyone!

P.S.- The picture at the top of the post is from a hilarious photo book called Underwater Dogs.

Hannah Sheflyand

There is something truly amazing about having any pet in your life, but the responsibility of a living being is tough and a much bigger responsibility then even my always dying plants.

I take Charlie to the veterinarians once a year for annual bloodwork and heartworm testing, vaccines (as needed), and any supplements and medication subscriptions. The rest of the year I keep an eye out for any symptoms that may signal something is off with her, especially since she cant speak for herself.

Working as a veterinary technician for many years I have witnessed countless critical pets who could have come in in better condition if they had some care from their owners back when symptoms started. One huge thing I found to be helpful is to have a pet emergency first aide kit in my apartment and in my car. I think its an easy way to prepare for the worst, it takes almost no time to make and costs very little if you build it up yourself. The first aide kit should never replace veterinary care but having it around eases my mind that in any situation I can help my pet out. All this seems like a lot for a pet, but they cant fend for themselves, so it becomes our responsibility.

1st step: Make an emergency contact list and place one on the fridge and one in your car’s first aide kit. I put each on an index card and include Charlie’s regular veterinarian, the closest emergency veterinary hospital and ASPCA poison control (800-426-4435). As a huge emergency precaution I also keep a copy of her vaccines in the car and a recent photo (in case she gets lost and pictures need to be posted anywhere).

2nd step: Build the first aide kit with all your medical pet essentials. I bought a human first aide kit from the local pharmacy and added/removed a few items. I made sure to keep gauze pads, wrap bandage and vet wrap in case of any nicks or cuts. Latex gloves are also a plus to help with any sticky or bloody situations.

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3rd step: All the items in case of a medical emergency would be sufficient for a human first aide kit, but with a dog or cat, its good to have a few more items around. I keep a weeks worth of food in the car (make sure to change it out every few months), about 2 gallons of water, a bag of treats (to help coax a nervous dog), bug spray, emergency sleeping bag, a fleece blanket, paper towels & plastic bags, a flashlight and a swiss army knife.

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I also always keep an extra collar and leash in the car and at home. It might seems a little over prepared but there have now been a few times where a freind or family member has spotted a dog loose on the streets and no one had anything to grab the dog with. A few handy treats, a collar and a slip leash has helped get the loose pet back into safe hands.

I fit all the stuff into a cute double plastic box and keep it tucked under the back seat of the car, and another box under the bathroom sink.

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Have you made or bought a first aide kit for your pets? Here is your chance!

Your veterinarian can provide many helpful tips on what else you can pack but the essentials are definitly covered above. If any questions, please dont hesitate to ask me.

P.S.-Highly recommended extra step: Get your pet microchipped!

Hannah Sheflyand

While looking for ways to organize the closet I came across Ikea Hackers. I am amazed I have never found this site before but I am happy I finally did. Our studio apartment is filled with Ikea furniture and we have had to do our own minor hacks to fit our furniture into the small spaces. I will have to share our apartment furniture pictures some point soon but in the meantime how cool are these hacks to make dog beds, I am putting Brian on a mission to make one for Charlie soon.

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This bed only requires 2 Ikea pieces, a dog mattress and some paint.

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I love the simplicity of this bed and Charlie would love having a little cave space of her own and its just 2 pieces of Ikea furniture drilled together.

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This bed is not realistic for the space in our apartment but I hope we can build something like this for Charlie once we get a bigger space. It also doubles as a guest bed for visitors, though I doubt anyone would want to sleep over a stinky snoring Charlie all night 🙂

Do you have ikea furniture in your apartment? Have you used the Ikeahackers site before?

Hannah Sheflyand

How cute is this video explaining the World Cup games? Brian and I watched it over and over and over and couldn’t stop laughing.

Any plans for your weekend? Have you been following the World Cup?

I am planning to spend the weekend in the Catskill Mountains relaxing with the cooler weather and hopefully going on my first hike after my foot surgery. I think Charlie has really been missing exploring and being off-leash, and I have missed taking cute pictures of her (like here). Unfortunately Brian is stuck at home studying. I will be back in time on Sunday to watch the finale for the World Cup together.

Hannah Sheflyand

I love the rain, but you know who doesn’t? Charlie. Every time I have to drag her out into the rain, and then bring her home and have to endure the wet dog smell, I vow to myself I will buy her a raincoat.

Here are some ridiculously cute raincoats that Charlie will probably look pathetic in but I will torture her with anyway.

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My favorite: Mountaineering Raincoat, $31

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I will most likely be getting this raincoat for Charlie since Kyjen has great quality products: Outward Hound Designer Rain Jacket, $45

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I think Charlie would “enjoy” this one the most but it’s a little pricey: Great Dane Raincoat, $111

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Brian promised that if I buy this one for Charlie, he will get a tracksuit to match: Full Body Raincoat, $110