Those Eyes

I am thankful every day that these beautiful girls grace our lives.  These two are our daily bit of joy.  Both rescued from shelters under extraordinary circumstances- Cedar from Yakima County at just 5 weeks old,and Tahoe from Grant County in her final hour due to exposure to a deadly virus.

We just know they hold more wisdom and patience beyond their years and more love to give than we could ever receive.

Good Dogs. Very Good Dogs.

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Four Hands, Eight Paws

I love a family photo shoot. I love more when I get a chance to include furry children in the mix.  As a fellow dog rescuers and newlyweds, Erica and Kyle, love their kids- Andy and Bella.  Both rescued, it is more than clear that they live the good life.  They were so much fun to work with- happy and in love. And for the record, Bella managed to chew through her leash in record time when it was time for Kyle and Erica to get a few photos solo. These guys were a blast.

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The Happiest Place on Earth

…for dogs and their owners in Thurston County.

We have been dog advocates for several years, and have rescued our girls from what could have been a terrible end to their sweet lives. Luckily, thanks to Yakima Humane Society and the Grant County Animal Shelter, we were connected and it has been love ever since.

We try to make it to the Thurston County Dog Park at least every week, but winter can really slow us down.  It has been really cold and crisp out this week, so we loaded up the dogs and let them go run out the cabin fever that has taken over us all!

From I-5 it doesn’t look like much. To be honest, there isn’t much for humans, but that’s kind of the point.  There is a seperate fenced playground for kids, a few picnic tables, some newly planted trees and a walking loop.  For the dogs, there is a dogwalk platform, teeter-totter, tube, and hurdle in the big dog section. There is a timid/small dog area as well offering these things only, well, smaller. Boots are advised most of the time, its a little muddy all the time. It is maintained by Thurston County Parks, Soundhounds, and other volunteer groups. We love this place and hope it only gets better as time goes on. DogPark-4a



Radio Silence and the Smell of Cinnamon

I have been outrageously busy, crazy, and manic for the last few weeks. This weekend offered the opportunity to unwind, do laundry, and generally appreciate the home we’ve made. I wanted to smell cinnamon since the holiday season is upon us, so I went way back to the archives of my childhood memories, to make cinnamon ornaments.  Back then, we used a little star cookie cutter. This year I went for tiny trees and hearts.  I had a few furry helpers around the house to watch the progress. Holiday

This recipe is super easy and relatively inexpensive.

For supplies, I used my homemade apple sauce, cinnamon and glue from the local dollar outlet. This batch cost me less than $4.00 to make two dozen 3 inch cinnamon ornaments.craft-1-2a

I use these little holiday reminders instead of gift tags and plan to use them to complete the homemade christmas bundles I will be passing out.

Here is what you will need:

1 Cup of Cinnamon

1/3 cup Applesauce

1/2 cup white glue


Directions: Add Cinnamon and Applesauce together until dry blended. Add glue using a spatula and mix into a dry ball of dough.  Give it a 15 minutes to settle, then separate into quarters. Using a rolling pin on a hard surface, roll to 1/4 inch and use cookie cutters in any size. Using a toothpick, create a hole through for hanging.  craft-13acraft-2acraft-4acraft-8a

craft-11acraft-3acraft-6aYou can either bake for an hour at 200 (f) degrees or air dry overnight, flipping occasionally to make sure they stay straight thoughout the drying process.  Be sure to have your helpers nearby to keep an eye on things.craft-5a


Fellas and Dogs

I had a chance for a quick evening session with two sweet boys and their dogs. We used Wonderwood Park in Lacey as a backdrop. Its one of my favorite parks in the area because it has beautiful trees, a mix of paved and unpaved trails, and there are always families there.  The boys were silly, and the dogs were sillier. It always adds a fun element of suprise with two wiggly Dachshunds and an overly affectionate Pomeranian.