Wednesday, December 31, 2008



I know it's New Year's Eve and all, but Casey and I have decided to spend a quiet night at home. We are going to have Chinese food and kung fu movies. WOOT! Casey made a wonderful New Year's Eve breakfast, which we shared with Mom this morning. This afternoon, we've just lounged around. I've been sitting reading with Indiana on my lap. He's feeling better today, but still not quite his usual self. I've been thinking about what a great year 2008 has been for me. There were a lot of "firsts" for both me and Casey:

1. I continued my pursuit of better health.

2. I began my first running program.

3. I ran my first 5k.

4. I applied for and got my first passport.

5. I went on my first cruise ship.

6. I left the country for the first time.

7. I bottle fed and raised 3 kittens for the first time.

8. I raised 3 puppies at the same time.

9. I saw my first foreign beaches.

10. I went to Miami and Ft. Lauderdale for the first time.

It's been a great year of "firsts", but there are a few things that remain a constant in my life.

1. A wonderful, loving husband that makes my life and my home a wonderful place to be.

2. My wonderful family and their good health.

3. All of my wonderful friends: online and in person.

4. All of my fur babies that make my life so wonderful.

There are still some more firsts that I like to do in 2009. I had a whole list earlier, but I can only think of a few right now.

1. Run my first half marathon or at least begin the training for it.

2. Become a U.S. Master Swim member.

3. Take horseback riding lessons.

4. Continue my quest for health.

5. Take another beach vacation.

6. Visit with my friends more often.

7. Never miss an opportunity to be with my family and friends.

To all of you, I wish a very happy and healthy New Year! If you go out, please be safe and have a great time! Here's to a wonderful 2009!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

All Is Well

It's been a long day of vacation today. We left the house to take Indiana to Dr. K's around 7:15 this morning. We got him there and settled in by 8:00. We grabbed some breakfast and headed back to Mom's to have coffee. At lunch today, Mom and I met with my oldest friend, Jennifer, and her mother for lunch at Casa Mexicana. We had a great time visiting and catching up. It was so much fun. After lunch, I just came back home and lounged around for a bit. It wasn't long, until Dr. K's office called to let us know that Indiana was doing fine and was ready to come home. We picked him up and got him back home. He's still really sleepy and a little slow moving. He did have a few cookies, a few kibbles of dog food, and a dollop of peanut butter, so nothing is wrong with his appetite. We have to go back in 10 days to have his stitches removed. He's resting comfortably on the couch right now. Shingo really missed him today. He was really out of sorts the whole time he was gone. I have a feeling that Indiana will feel much better in the morning. The vet tech told me I could use some Neosporin on him, if I need to. We'll see. I'm just so glad that he did o.k. and it's over now.

Monday, December 29, 2008

My Big Boy

My sweet, little Indiana Bones has grown up on me. He's going tomorrow morning to be neutered. I would have had it done several months ago, but I just didn't feel like it with the Bell's Palsy. Indy will be a year old the first week of January. I can't believe how fast this first year with him has flown by. It's time for him to go though. All of his little boy hormones are making him a bit bossy with Shingo. We have lots of growling from time to time, and this will fix the problem. I'm feeling a little guilty about taking him tomorrow. It's just the worrying mother in me, I guess. All the rest of the animals in the house are all fixed. He's the last dog. The three youngest kittens haven't been fixed yet, but they won't be a full six months, until next month. They'll all go then. Anyway, I've been giving him lots of extra love and cookies tonight. I had to take up all of his food and water an hour or so ago, but he ate really well until then. Anyway, I know that Dr. K will take good care of him. He will be in the BEST possible hands. I'll just worry anyway, until I have him back home safe and sound tomorrow night. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the best. I'll give you guys an update, when we get him back home tomorrow.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

On the Agenda

There was so much that I need to do/wanted to do today. Unfortunately, I woke up with a slamming headache. I've just taken some more meds to get it to go away. Hopefully in a bit, I'll feel better. I want to go run this afternoon and/or go to the park and ride my new bike. Casey and I need to make a Wal-Mart and TSC run for dog and cat food. We have a couple of movies that we need to finish watching. I also need to start the week off from work deep clean. Maybe my head is pounding, because I have so many things I need/want to do, and I can't decide which to do first. Anytime those meds want to start working is good with me...

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Maiden Voyage

What a GREAT day. I just got back from seeing Marley and Me with my mom. It was sooooo GOOD!! It made me laugh and cry. It wasn't nearly as good as the book, but it was still very, very good.

After I got back home, Casey had my bike all adjusted and ready to go. It was a nice, warm day. Very good for bike riding. I was a little bit worried that I wouldn't remember how to ride, but I guess they have that saying for a reason. I got on and just took right off. Casey got LOTS of pictures of the first time out. Those will be forthcoming. I'm using the OLD laptop, and it doesn't have a USB 2 port. As soon as I get them uploaded, I'll post them. It's supposed to storm and turn a little cooler tonight, but now I can't wait for tomorrow. I hope it's not too cold to ride. Now, I just have to think of a good name for her. I'm thinking maybe Redbird, but we'll see. If anyone has any suggestions, please feel free to comment. It's a Schwinn Point Beach cruiser bike; bright, shiny red. It has a great place on the back to add a basket. Once I get that and a bell, she'll be complete.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Did You Have A Very Merry?

I know that I sure did. Santa was very, very good to me this year. Casey gave me a big, red, Schwinn cruiser bike. He also gave me a very sweet gift for our 10th married Christmas. He gave me a 1 carat, diamond marquise ring! How sweet was that? My mom gave me a really pretty silver bracelet and blue topaz jewelry. My brother gave me shower stuff to use after I run and swim. My friend Elaine gave me a really cool polka dot swimsuit cover up and some great books. I don't think I could have had a bigger Crhistmas at all! Even the animals at the Zoo had some great gifts. The puppies got 2 huge bags of Christmas cookies from PetCo, and my brother also gave them a huge box box of homemade treats. The kitties got a big box of catnip. Casey got lots of cooking stuff, some cookbooks, and an iPod Nano.

I hope that everyone had as big of a Christmas as I did!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Calm On Christmas Eve


I'm just sitting here, taking a few minutes to enjoy the calm that come before all of the Christmas craziness. I'm sitting here with all of the puppies curled up around me, thinking of how lucky I am. It's been a GREAT year for me, and I've learned so much about myself. I think I love Christmas Eve even more than Christmas. I like the feeling of anticipation. There's a pretty big storm blowing through right now. I hope those of you that are traveling get to your destinations safely. May all of you have a joyous Christmas tomorrow. I hope that you all get everything that you wished for. I'm lucky to have every one of my readers. You all don't know how much you mean to me.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Day Before Christmas Eve


The holidays are upon us. I just wanted to take a minute to wish you all a VERY Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I hope it's everything you've dreamed of. I'd like to share a special Christmas story with you. I know that I posted it here a couple of years ago, but it's so good that I wanted to share it again. A legend, if you will...

The Night The Animals Talked

In the frosty mountains and on the snowy fields of Norway, there is a legend that draws children to all kinds to stables and stalls throughout the country on each Christmas Eve night. They are hoping to hear a miracle. They are waiting to hear the animals talk.

Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem. This was no abandoned place, but was a working stable, filled with animals of all kinds. Into these humble surroundings, encircled by the innocent creatures of God, the Savior of man came into the world.

Now according to legend, at least, Christ's birth occurred at exactly midnight. Inside the stable, the animals watched in wonder as the new-born babe was lovingly wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed in a manger. Suddenly, God gave voice to the animals and immediately they began to praise God for the miracle they had just seen. This went on for several minutes and, just before the entrance of the shepherds -- who had hurried to the stable because angels had told them the Christ had been born there -- the animals again fell silent. The only humans who had heard them were Mary, Joseph and, of course, the Christ child.

The legend of the talking animals persists to this day in Scandinavia. And every Christmas Eve, wide-eyed children creep into stables just before midnight to hear the animals praise God for the wondrous birth of His Son. Of course, adults scoff at this. "Old wives tales," they grump. "Those children should be home in bed, not out in the cold waiting for the family cow to preach a sermon."

But the children know -- or at least believe -- that animals really do praise God at midnight every Christmas Eve. And who of us -- those who believe in an all-powerful God -- can say that it really doesn't happen?

Monday, December 22, 2008

Things You Wish For...

Isn't it funny how you get something on your mind, that you wish for, and it just won't go away? I've found myself in that position the last couple of weeks. All of you know that I run. My dream is to have a big dog that will run with me. My three little ones tire out, before my mileage is done, especially in the summer. My big dog, Fergie, is a couch potato. Her idea of a good time is sleeping by herself on my bed. Even a walk around the block is out of the question for her. She's just NOT interested. Shiloh, my 11 year old, is out of the question. So that leaves me with an opening for a big, running dog. I think that I have a 5k coming up in February, and we're allowed to bring out dogs to run. Nothing would make me happier.

When I used to walk Bear, over on the other block, there was this big, sweet, black Lab named Betty. She always used to keep us company on our walk. She always had the sweetest disposition. I picture a running dog a lot like that. I'd love nothing better than to have a Black Lab to keep me company on my runs. I know that I have a full house right now, so a Lab is out of the question, but that doesn't keep me from wanting one. I love my dogs to pieces, but without Bear, I get so lonely out walking or running. I talked with one of the ladies down at the shelter. We have several Black Labs down there. My hope is to go a couple of times a week and get them and slowly teach them to run with me. There's a big run in May called "See Spot Run", and I hope to have one of them trained to run with me by then. There's several there, so hopefully one of them will enjoy it. I have a feeling that I may have to recruit Jennie to help me a bit. I totally think it's do-able though. Still doesn't keep me from wanting a Lab of my own though. Maybe one day...

Friday, December 19, 2008

What Am I Thinking?

Well folks, I've taken the plunge. I just finished registering and paying for a semester at school, after a four year break. I think that I'm ready. I took a break, because I was REALLY burnt out and needed a rest. I think I'm pretty much good to go now. I'm participating in a program that will accelerate me through the rest of my classes. I was eligible, because of my junior standing and my number of credit hours. I just hope that I haven't bitten off more than I can chew. I was a little worried about it on my way over to the business office, but now that I'm official, I'm kind of excited. It will be nice to finish up these last few classes and get on with my life. So look out Spring 2009! Here I come! Now, Casey and I are both students!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Anyone With Cats...

...will understand this. This is EXACTLY the reason that I can't have a Christmas tree this year, with my three newest kittens. There is no high place that is too high for them...unfortunately.


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Checklist


I spent the better part of the afternoon with Mom wrapping the final Christmas gifts yesterday. This is the first year that I'm NOT going to spend most of the late night Christmas Eve wrapping gifts. Let me tell you, it feels good to be done. I don't mean to gloat or anything, but I AM DONE SHOPPING FOR AND WRAPPING MY CHRISTMAS GIFTS!! I have absolutely NO idea how I managed this accomplishment, except to say that my family has really simplified Christmas. We only buy what we can afford and enjoy our time together. It helps that my family is really small too. This is the least stressed out Christmas that I've had in the past 10 years or so. Of course this means, I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. I'll slink around in fear until December 25th at 4:00 p.m. HEE HEE!!

Well o.k., I still need to get the puppies their Christmas treat bags. I went to Petco last week and just had a heyday of a time filling up Christmas bags at their treat bar. I was SO excited that I couldn't wait and have already given out most of them. So, I need to go back early next week for refills. It's SO hard not to spoil them! I suspect that I'll grab a few chews and toys to add to the mix too. Hmmm..seems that I may NOT be through after all!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Slip Slidin'


Last night, as a surprise to us all, we came home in driving sleet and snow. We didn't think much of it, because the weather forcasters claimed that it was "nothing to worry about. No accumulation." Well, that's when they always get it wrong it seems. I had planned to go on my nightly run, after changing into my running gear. I made it across town and to the Rec Center. I started to get out of the car and nearly slid down in the parking lot. After some quick thought, I decided that I'd better run my errands and get myself back home. It's a good thing that I did. By the time I got home, I had already seen a fender bender and the side streets had started icing over. Most all of the area schools were out today. In Shelbyville, we had a lot more ice than snow. Further north in Murfreesboro they got a lot more snow. Casey and I got out the door early this morning, since we had no idea what condition the roads were in. We did just fine in Bedford County. As a matter of fact, we even saw the snow plow out scraping that layer of ice off the highway. We hit the Rutherford County line, and things started to get a little dicey. We did a little slippin' and slidin' but overall had no big problems. The drive sure was pretty though. I regret that we didn't have the camera with us. This is the first time in many years, that I can remember having snow or a snow day this early. I have a feeling that it bodes of things to come this winter. The good thing about it is I have a little hope for a white Christmas this year! Seeing snow on the ground sure does put you in the Christmas spirit!

Everyone stay warm and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

A Visit With Santa Paws

This past Saturday, Bedford County Animal Control held its annual Christmas Open House. Since Indiana wasn't even born last Christmas, this is his first Christmas. I decided to take him to visit with Santa Paws. All of the proceeds from the pictures were donated to the Shelbyville-Bedford County Spay/Neuter Committee. Get ready for tooth rot....


Thursday, December 04, 2008

Hello again!

Oh my! I didn't mean to take such a long time to make a post after Thanksgiving. I hope that you all had a fantastic holiday. Ours was terrific this year. Casey cooked everything in the world this year, I think. We had turkey, dressing, green beans, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, spinach gratin, dressed eggs, cranberry sauce, rolls, pumpkin pie, and cheesecake. A mighty big feast for only 6 folks. On Friday, I put up the outside Christmas lights and after dinner we went to visit some friends. On Saturday, I just hung around the house and rested. I still get really tired.

I've been really busy at work this week. We are having our annual student Christmas party. So, I've been out running around for the last two days getting supplies and food. This is the first chance I've had to sit down and blog all week.

Gotta run. More things to get done.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I Rescued a Human Today

This piece is so touching that I had to share it with you all:

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.

I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.

I would promise to keep her safe.

I would promise to always be by her side.

I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today. Written by Janine Allen CPDT, Rescue Me Dog's professional dog trainer. Janine's passion is working with people and their dogs. She provides demonstrations for those who have adopted shelter dogs, lends email support to adopted dog owners that need information beyond our Training Support Pages, and aids shelter staff and volunteers in understanding dog behavior to increase their adoptability. Copyright 2008 Rescue Me Dog;

Happy Thanksgiving!


I just wanted to take a quick moment to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!! We all have SO much to be thankful for this year. Blessings all around!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Ode to Nashville

Oh Nashville, how I heart YOU!! I'm so glad that I'm only a short car ride away!!!!

Let me count the ways.....

You Totally Rock Out!!

1. Jace Everett

2. Kings of Leon

3. Paramour

Friday, November 21, 2008

This Afternoon...

Well, Casey and I are going to pick the car up this afternoon. A little pricey, but avery quick repair thankfully. Afterwards, we are going to pick up a Christmas gift. It's the last of our Christmas shopping. For once, we are ahead of schedule. We're usually the ones that are out shopping like mad on Christmas Eve. Last year there were so many people out shopping, that we got stuck trying to get out of the Target parking lot for over 45 minutes!! Why can't they just make straight entrances anymore? Why all of that spaghetti crap anyway? Getting to stay out of the madness will truly be a welcome change this year.

Nothing big is on the agenda tonight. We were going to go to the drive-in and see Madagascar 2 and Beverly Hills Chihuahua, but it's just way too cold outside and too expensive to keep the car running for four hours straight. So we've rented Wall-E, and we are going to stay nice and cozy in the house. I'm going to swim straight after work, so I'll definitely be ready for a hot shower, hot meal, and my cozy p.j's. Tomorrow, we're going to see Twilight, and I can't wait....

Have a nice evening everyone!

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Two steps forward. One step back. That certainly feels like the story of my life today. This morning, my car wouldn't start. We got it jumped off fairly quickly. We figured the culprit was the alternator. We took it in for a look. Turns out the connection was just loose...BUT they found that my axels were cracked and needed replacing ASAP. Now, Casey and I know this mechanic as a friend, so when he says it has to be done, it HAS to be DONE. So now, I'm just waiting to see if everything gets done today. Otherwise we can pick it up tomorrow, along with a hefty little bill. I guess that's just life, but it sure is frustrating.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Hello Clone Trooper Fans!

For the last month or so, or really since the new Star Wars: The Clone Wars series debuted, I've been getting LOTS of hits from folks looking for Clone Trooper pictures. Welcome to you all! Since I'm a member of the 501st, MidSouth Garrison, I get LOTS of pictures of Clone Troopers and Clone Trooper armor, so keep checking back. For now...





O.K., I'll Admit It...

Yes. I'm a long time fan of the Twilight series. I was lucky enough a few years ago, to meet Stephenie Meyer, before all of the hysteria. I'm also woman enough to admit that yes, I DO have my Twilight ticket already! I'm also looking forward to seeing if the movie lives up to the book and all of the hype. Anyway, here's my Twilight encounter.....

Me, Stephenie Meyer, and Kim at Stephenie\'s request at the \"I Love Edward Cullen\" Party

Me, Stephenie Meyer, and Kim

My cool 1st gen, homemade fan sweatshirt that Stephenie autographed.

My \"fan girl\" sweatshirt that Stephenie Meyer autographed.

Looking forward to Friday night....

WOW...It's Been a While...

Yes, I am still around. I'm still recovering from the Bell's Palsy. It has been a slow, sometimes painful battle. I had meant to post more frequently than this, but I really just haven't felt like it. I am feeling better this week, so I'm trying to get back to my regular schedule. Hang in there with me...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

At the Races

I finally got my pictures downloaded from the camera of the United Way Spooktacular 5k. I've got them in a slideshow. Enjoy!

The Waiting Game

I'm still waiting on the results of my MRI, and it's nearly 4 p.m. I'm taking that as a very good sign. You know the old saying, "No news is good news." I'll update you guys, as soon as I know something. Anyway, I'm feeling just a bit better today. My left eye is still pretty watery, but it's more open today. My mouth may be a "tinch" better. It seems that the cortisone is working. Luckily today I don't have that terrible headache. I hope that means that the inflammation is subsiding. Thanks to everyone for the comments, e-mails, prayers, and good wishes. They are appreciated more than you guys will ever know.

I'm about to upload the pics from Saturdays' 5K, so hopefully, I'll have some to share in a bit. Stay tuned.....

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Quick Update

I just wanted to check in and give you guys an update on what's going on with me. I ran my 5K on Saturday morning. I did REALLY well. I finished in 32:33. That's a whole 5 minutes faster than my last time!! WOOT!! Anyhow, Casey and I came home and had some tasty hamburgers for lunch. After lunch, I decided to take a short nap, since I had gotten up so early. When I woke up, I had a nasty headache. This headache lasted all through Saturday night, Sunday, and yesterday. About 2:30 yesterday afternoon, I realized that I couldn't move the left side of my face! Luckily nothing else happened, and it didn't get worse. Years ago, I saw my father have this same condition. It's called Bell's Palsy. The nerve that controls facial motion gets inflamed and therefore, paralized. I had a suspicion that this was my problem. Anyway, I went in to see the doctor today. That was exactly his diagnosis too. Just to make sure, he sent me in to have an MRI. So, that took most all afternoon. I haven't heard the results yet, but I guess no news is good news. So, I'm just playing the waiting game right now. My head still hurts sometimes, but it is some better. Right now my left eye bothers me more, since I can't completely close it, and it dries out. I'm a little self conscious about how wonky my face looks. I can only smile on one side. So, I feel completely ridiculous. My eye also won't open real wide, so my eyes look lopsided. The doc gave me some cortisone, so hopefully, that will reduce the inflammation. I hope that I'm at least some better tomorrow. I want to go back to work, but I need a day or so to get used to this. So far, I've had to re-figure out how to drink, eat, and even blow my nose! It's just too weird. Sorry that this has rambled a bit, but I just wanted to give everyone an update on what's going on with me. I do have pictures from Saturday's 5K, and I'll try to get them posted as soon as I feel better. Everyone please send prayers and good thoughts my way that the MRI results come back normal. I'd greatly appreciate it.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Keep On Keepin' On...

Not much new news to report. I've lightened my workout load this week, to give my body some extra rest for the upcoming 5K. I ran a couple of days and swam a couple days. Now, I get 2 days of rest time. Rest time is good, because I seem to have tweaked my right hip. It seems it was more from swimming breaststroke than running though. Something a little rest can't cure.

The zoo brood is doing good. Since the weather has gotten cooler, they like to snuggle a lot more. They love Mom's gray, fuzzy blanket. When I bring it out, it's like telling them it's nap time. They just love to curl up with me, when I get it out.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Getting Ready...Again!

Sorry that I wasn't around much last week. Every week, since Celebration Pet Day has been SO incredibly busy. By the time I get home, I'm just too tired to blog. I'm getting ready for my 2nd 5K this weekend. It's the United Way 5K Spooktacular. I went and checked out the race course yesterday. The first part is pretty flat, but they have some REALLY big hills right at the end...and, oh yeah, speed bumps that we have to navigate not too far from the finish line. Geez! As if I wasn't a big enough klutz enough on my own, that they had to go and add speed bumps into the mix. Oh well, here's to not breaking something important! Hopefully, I will at least do as well as I did in the last one. I'm hoping to gain some time, since the weather will be quite a bit cooler than it was in August. I'll report my results, after the race this weekend.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Adopt A Dog Month


Just wanted to take a minute to let you all know that October is Adopt A Dog Month! So, if you are looking for a 4 legged compainion, please consider adopting from a local humane association, rescue, or shelter.

To celebrate, the ASPCA is sponsoring a "best dressed dog" photo contest. For details, click HERE.

I Went Away For A While...

Sorry about being away last week. I was SO exhausted from Pet Day, that I just needed a little time to recharge. Things are getting back to normal at the house. This is another busy week for me. My coworker fell last Thursday night at work and broke her foot. Now, she is tangled in all of the worker's comp mess. She is still waiting, today, to even get into see an orthopedist! Anyway, I'm working late two nights this week. Looks like all work and no play for me this week! At least I can head over to the Rec Center and workout/swim/run on my supper hours. WHEEEEEEE!!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Celebration Pet Day Wrap Up


Jennie Jones (Kindred Spirits Dog Training and Boarding), Me, The Comedy Canines, Dawn and her husband at Celebration Pet Day.

We all had a FANTASTIC time at pet day this year! We had a big crowd of people, and it looked like everyone enjoyed themselves. I actually got to see more of pet day this year, than any other year. I was especially happy that I got to see all of The Comedy Canines performance! They were SO good, and their trainer, Dawn, was a really sweet person. I'm hoping that they'll come back again next year. I got a lot of feedback, while I was there this year. Everyone seemed to really enjoy all of the programming too. I've spent the last three days trying to rest up. I was VERY exhausted, after everything was over. I had worked out at the Ag Center on Thursday night, most of the day Friday, and of course all day on Saturday. I don't think I accomplished anything on Sunday, except to wake up. I got up out of bed and went straight to the couch. That's where I stayed, until time for bed! Anyway, I'm glad that everything went smoothly. It won't be long, before we start planning for next year.

To see my photo album from pet day (come know you want to see the donkies, goats, horses, cats, dogs, etc.) click HERE.

Jump For Joy!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

2008 Celebration Pet Day Program Schedule

Here is the 2008 Celebration Pet Day schedule of programs:

10:30 a.m. - Celebration Pet Day kickoff by County Mayor Eugene Ray. Immediately following demonstration program by Nashville K9.

11:00 a.m. - Tellington T Touch by Amanda Oliver and Penny Case.

11:30 a.m. - Head on down to the Gazebo warm up ring to watch Candy Swan and her dogs from Mudbug Farm Agility and Obedience put on a spectacular display of agility.

12:00 p.m. - The Comedy Canines: Come and watch these amazing rescue dogs, and their trainer, Dawn, put on a great show.

12:30 p.m. - The Nashville K9s are back for their second demonstration.

1:00 p.m. - Foundation of Training information session and demo by Cynthia Hollis of Sit and Stay Dog Training.

1:30 p.m. - Miniature Donkey Coon Jumping and Donkey Cart Driving by Kay Allen of Blessed Assurance Farm.

2:00 p.m. - Celebration Pet Day Pet Show. Registration begins at 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Returing Guests to 2008 Celebration Pet Day

This year, we are pleased to have two returning guests. Their programs were such a HUGE hit last year, that they were requested to return.


The first guest is Kay Allen from Blessed Assurance Farm. Kay specializes in breeding Miniature and Standard Donkeys, Miniature Horses, Alpacas and Nigerian Dwarf Goats. She is doing a Coon Jumping and Donkey Cart Driving Demonstration at 1:30 p.m. in the main ring, under the pavilion.

Wanna know what Coon Jumping is? Click HERE. To read more about Kay and her farm, please read her bio from last year HERE . Be sure to visit the Blessed Assurance Farm booth in the vendors area!

Our second returning guest is Amanda Oliver. Ms. Oliver is the executive director for the Beesley Animal Humane Foundation in Murfreesboro, TN. The Beesley Foundations operates a low cost Spay/Neuter clinic.

Ms. Oliver is also certified in Tellington T Touch Therapy for dogs. What is Tellington T Touch?

TTouch - the Tellington TTouch - is a method based on circular movements of the fingers and hands all over the body. The intent of the TTouch is to activate the function of the cells and awaken cellular intelligence - a little like "turning on the electric lights of the body."

Ms. Oliver's program will include a demonstration and description of Tellington T Touch Therapy. She will have the other T Touch specialist in the state, Penny Case, with her.

The Telling T Touch program is at 11:00 a.m. So, if you want to learn how to use this technique to pamper your pooch, don't miss it!

Also, don't forget to visit Amanda Oliver and Penny Case at the Beesely Animal Humane Foundation booth in the vendors area.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Celebration Pet Day: Guest Program


This year, we are pleased to have Cythia Hollis of Sit and Stay Dog Training Center with us. Cynthia's program is called: Foundation of Training. This program gives tips and techniques of obedience training. Cynthia will demonstrate with participants and dogs from the audience. Her program is scheduled for 1:00 p.m..

More on Cynthia Hollis:

Cynthia Hollis has turned her love of dogs into a dream come true... that of her full-service dog care facility known as SIT & STAY Dog Training Center.

After acquiring her first dog in 1974, a German Shepherd named “Freedom”, Cynthia learned she had a natural knack for training dogs. In 1978 she earned her first obedience title (C.D.) with her German Shepherd named “Greta” and was hooked from that moment on.

She continued with Greta’s training, earning the next level (C.D.X). At the same time she became interested in breed competition (conformation) with an Akita, after earning his C.D. as well as several breed points.

Since 1981 however, the breed that has become her passion and dedication has been the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier ( Through this very sensitive-tempered breed, Cynthia has learned that harsh methods do not work with this breed, nor does she believe any other dog needs to perform through force or fear. Only gentle and positive methods are used to help your dog understand what it is you want.

Cynthia has earned over two dozen performance titles in Obedience, Agility, and Rally as well as having bred several Champion Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, including the #3 Wheaten in Canada in 1996: Am.Can.CH. Hollywood’s Just in Case. She has also bred and trained the first Wheaten terrier in history to earn the U.D.X (Utility Dog Excellent) title with Hollywood’s Happy Jack,( who was the #1 Obedience Wheaten in 1994. “Jack” remains the only Champion UDX in Wheaten history.

In addition, Jack’s grandson “Dagwood” (CH. Hollywood’s Dagwood Bumstead CD RAE NA NAJ) was the first Terrier in the country to earn the R.A.E. (Rally Advanced Excellent) in 2005.


Cynthia Hollis has been teaching obedience classes since 1997. She opened SIT & STAY Dog Training Center in 2002 with the purchase of a building in Christiana, TN for year-round use. Her experience includes:

*Earning over 2 dozen performance titles in Obedience, Agility, and Rally, as well as, numerous Champions, all breeder/owner handled

*Certified in Pet First Aid with the American Red Cross

*Member MOTC (Murfreesboro Obedience Training Club) since 1989. Past vice president, class instructor, and Steward at numerous trials

*Certified AKC evaluator for the Canine Good Citizen Program (

*Member of IACP, International Association of Canine Professionals (

*Judged dozens of Obedience matches in the Southeast

*Regularly holds Obedience matches and SIT & STAY

*Member APDT, Association of Pet Dog Trainers (

*Two of her Wheatens have been registered therapy dogs with Therapy Dogs International (

*Has applied to be a TDI Team Evaluator (

*Member Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club since 1999 (

*Currently offers the “Happy Jack” Obedience Award for SCWTCA

*Involved in Wheaten Terrier rescue efforts

*Has had two of her Wheatens (mother and son) each play the part of “Sandy” in the play “Annie” with two different local theater productions


*Member Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce

*Donates thousands of dollars in merchandise and services each year to: PAWS Animal Shelter, Beesley Spay/Neuter Clinic, Habitat for Humanity, Special Kids,Heart GALA, Starry Night at St. Rose of Lima, Boys and Girls Club, Discovery House, On the 5th Day Animal Sanctuary

*Regularly visits nursing homes with her dogs doing pet therapy with patients

*Speaks at schools to children about responsible pet ownership

*Does obedience demonstrations at public and private affairs

*Has chaired the MOTC Christmas parade and walked with her dogs in every parade since 1989

Please come out and join us for Cynthia's program!

**Photographs and biography used with exclusive permission of Cynthia Hollis.

Saturday, September 20, 2008


I've been busy this past week putting the finishing touches on Celebration Pet Day. As you guys know, I've been putting the guest posts and info on here as well. I've got several more guests to highlight next week. Casey and I just trying to relax this weekend, since we know it will be crazy in a few days. We've had great luck this year. The community has been very supportive of us, and they have been just wonderful to donate to us. We are now down to just the last few final details. I really hope we do well again this year. Everybody keep your fingers crossed. I'm going to be getting some video of the events this year. Hopefully, I'll have some footage that I can share with everyone. I know that I'll have LOTS of pictures as usual too. Well, I gotta run. I've got some more things to get done before bed. More tomorrow.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

More Celebration Pet Day Guests...


We would like to welcome more special guests this year, the group from Nashville K9. Ali Hemyari and his group will be bringing his specially trained police canines and search and rescue dogs.

Here's a little about Ali and his team:




Their trainers have trained and worked with many law enforcement agencies throughout the state, which include:

Davidson County Rescue Squad K-9 Unit, Chief K-9 Instructor

Nashville Fire Department, Search and Recovery

Tennessee Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Task Force 2

Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads, Member

Franklin County, TN Rescue Squad K-9 Unit, Captain

Police Benevolent Association (PBA), Member - Capitol Hill Chapter

Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Member, Williamson County Chapter

Appalachian K-9 Club, Member

TN Valley DVG Schutzhund, Member

TN Valley Working Dogs, Member

Nashville K-9 Police and Schutzhund Club, Member

Intelligent K-9, Owner

Nashville K-9, Owner

Co-Director Jackson County (OK) Search & Rescue Team

Firefighter, Martha (OK) Fire Dept., Winchester, TN Fire Dept.

Tennessee Search and Rescue Dog Association, Middle TN Regional Coordinator

Member, National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR)


Licensed State of TN Police Dog Vendor

They will be doing two demonstrations during the day. One will be criminal apprehension and the other will be a search and rescue demonstration. One program will be at 10:30 a.m. immediately following Celebration Pet Day kickoff. The other will be at 12:30 p.m. So, come on out and join us for these unique demonstrations.

**Photos used by exclusive permission by Nashville K9.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Celebratio Pet Day Pet Show: Class List

Celebration Pet Day Pet Show
Class List
Saturday, September 27, 2008
2:00 P.M.
Bedford County Agricultural Center

1. Cutest Tail - Dogs can have long, bushy tail or short nubby tail.
2. Color Class - Dogs can be an unusual color or just a very pretty shiny color.
3. Critter Class - Open to any pet other than a dog.
4. Costume Class - Dress your pet ( and yourself) up.
5. Rescue Class - For dogs that have been adopted through a Humane Society or
Shelter . If your dog was a stray, it can be in this class too!
6. Best Trick
7. Puppy Class - Puppies under 11 months old.
8. Ugliest Dog - We mean this in the most loving way!
9. I Look Like My Dog
10. Special Needs Dog - For those missing a leg, blind, deaf, etc.
11. Prettiest Dog - Female dogs only.
12. Most Handsome Dog - Male dogs only.
13. Best In Show - All 1st place winners to compete - no fee charged!

Open to all dogs, mixed & purebred. Entry fee is $5.00 per class.
All classes are open to all ages. Awards in some classes will be divided into two age groups, 18 and under, 18 and over.
For information call Mary Jo at Puppy Palace (931) 684-7236 or Verizon cell (931) 224-2567.

Sponsor for the pet show is Puppy Palace of Shelbyville.
All proceeds will go to the Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association.

Dog show will start at 2:00 p.m. Registration to begin at 1:00 p.m. But come early to enjoy the demos, exhibitions, and fun for the whole family!


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Celebration Pet Day: Special Guests

I AM SO excited that this group is coming to pet day!!


This year we are more than pleased to feature: The Comedy Canines. These performing dogs, usually a troop of 10, are AMAZING!! Their performance is scheduled for 12 Noon for the 4th Annual Celebration Pet Day. In the heart of the Smoky Mountains you will find a unique group of dogs. A group of rescues that have been trained to educate and entertain. These dogs are known as The Comedy Canines. All of the preformers were rescue dogs/strays adopted by Dawn and trained for the show. To learn more about the dogs, click HERE.
The Comedy Canines
Through out the last several years Dawn and her dogs have been featured in several news stories, go to senior centers for pet therapy, traveled to Pet Star, worked at Camp Gone to the Dogs, been featured in commercials, ads and videos and performed at several charity events and schools.
The Comedy Canines with trainer, Dawn.
Practicing for Pet Star

Performing at the Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge.
The dogs are also available for media work. They are experienced in commercials, print work, movie and video. They are kid and dog friendly and love to work. Some of their credits include: Turner Classic Movie Channel Scotch Tape Saturn Cartoon Network D.I.Y. Network Georgia Power Atlanta Childrens' Museum Pet Safe Febreeze Bank of America To learn more about The Comedy Canines and their trainer Dawn, please visit:

Sunday, September 14, 2008

On the Mend

Well, I'm finally feeling more normal. I've been able to breathe most of the day anyway. I've managed to stay up all day today. I also managed to get the MOUNTAIN of laundry done that had piled up. I'm just sitting now relaxing for a bit. The three little, wild puppies are going crazy playing and running from one room to the other. They are all very well behaved, when they are by themselves, but they are like kids. They tend to act VERY naughty, when they are all together.

I just finished a six week beginner's obedience class with Shingo at my friend, Jennie's, kennel. He did extremely well. While we were there, he did everything I asked. We were in a group class, and he did really well with all of the other dogs. I was quite surpised at how quickly he learned the basics and was always willing to do what I asked of him. He is just now getting the message to apply his commands at home. He's doing much better the last couple of weeks here. He gets distracted by the two other puppies, but he's trying. It's working a lot better, since Casey has started giving LOTS of positive reinforcement too!! I highly recommend obedience classes to all dog owners. It helps to establish you in a true leadership position, and can teach you and your dog commands that could end up saving his/her life. If anyone close around is looking for a good group class, I have to recommend Jennie Jones and Kindred Spirits Dog Training and Boarding. Shingo did SO well, that I'm looking forward to the intermediate class that begins in October. I'll keep everyone posted on his progress. Eventually, before the end of next summer, I hope to have had all three puppies in the program.

Well, I'd better run. It's almost time for dinner and my new favorite show, True Blood. Toodles...

Friday, September 12, 2008

Woe Unto The Head Rot

I'm sitting here pretty miserable right now. After I worked all of last weekend and the first part of the week to get Casey well, I came down with the funk. I managed to drag myself feebly to the doctor yesterday. Due to my wonderful allergies, I now have a throat and ear infection. Repeat after me....YUCK!! So, I've just been laying here on the couch most of the day watching movies that I would have otherwise passed by. It's a good thing that we added new movie channels this week. Otherwise, I would have been sick and bored! I have lots of good books that I could read, but after just a little bit, my eyes start to water terribly. Maybe by tomorrow, I'll feel more like getting up and around. I hope that I can read tomorrow too. I miss having a book in my hands, when I'm at home. I just wanted to take a minute to let everyone know that I haven't disappeared completely. I hope to be back to my old self in a couple of days. The doctor has told me to stay home from work for a couple of days, which would be today and tomorrow. I feel some better today, but I'm at the in between stage. I'm tired of just laying here, but I don't really feel good enough to do anything yet. I'm starting to get fidgety. I suppose that a good sign though. I'll check back in over the weekend.

Woe Unto The Head

Sunday, September 07, 2008

What I'm Up To

I'm just sitting here on the couch chilling. I got to sleep in this morning for a change. Casey made a HUGE breakfast. We had french toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese grits, and hashbrowns. YUM! I managed to watch the ball game today. Afterwards, I took off to the Rec Center to swim my laps. I'm back home now. Casey is busy cooking supper, and I'm waiting for True Blood to come on. I've read all of Southern Vampire books, so I'm really looking forward to it.

Gotta run. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Friday, September 05, 2008

A Moment...

I just want to take a minute to wish my wonderful husband a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I Love you!!!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Over the Weekend

I had a pretty good holiday weekend. I had to work Saturday, but I was off on Sunday and Monday. On Sunday, I managed to squeeze one last outdoor pool day in. I managed to get my laps done in the indoor pool, and then I headed outside to catch some rays. I think that I spent about 4 hours at the pool on Sunday. I just can't tell you what an afternoon in the sun does for me. My whole outlook changed with just those few hours. Now, if I can just make it last for the next 6 months.

I was glad to hear that Gustav didn't do the damage that was anticipated. What damage there was was bad enough. Our campus is hosting a Red Cross shelter. There are over 450 evacuees here. Now, everyone's watching the next two storms, Hannah and Ike. It's just a terrible couple of weeks to live on the coast.

I hope that everyone had a great weekend!! BTW, I just want to take a minute to wish my sweet friend, Shanera, a VERY HAPPY 16th BIRTHDAY!!!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

In Harm's Way

As everyone prepares for the holiday weekend, many of our neighbors to the southwest are once again evacuating their homes in prepartion for Hurricane Gustav. I just checked out the latest stats, and it has been upgraded to a category 4. My thoughts and prayers are with all of my southern neighbors..may you be safe. Once again, I'm thinking about all of their pets, the homeless animals, the animal shelters. My they be safe, warm, and dry. This is a good time for everyone to review their families' disaster plan. What would you do, if you, your family, your home, your pet(s) were in harm's way? Plan ahead. If you don't have one, go ahead and make your family and pet disaster plan. Click HERE for Disaster Preparedness tips from the American Humane Association. You can also check out the Red Cross Disaster Preparedness programs HERE.

Labor Day...BLAH!!

Even though it's an extra day off from work, I've never really been fond of Labor Day. It's just the end for me. The end of summer. The end of my VERY favorite season of the year. I always know that the fall/winter depression is about to start. Days on end of gloomy weather, stuck inside. YUCK!! My beloved outdoor pool has already closed for the season. It just kills me to swim inside on a hot, sunny day. It's just not as much fun swimming indoors for me. I NEED that good healthy dose of sunshine. At least, I can still run outside. I hate fall so much that I can't even enjoy the last few weeks of summer for dreading the onset. That's it. I've got to move to south Florida!! So what if there's hurricanes. I can travel inland for those. I need my summer weather!!
The summer place that's my favorite...I'm missing it so....

Friday, August 29, 2008

Back To School

Casey went back to school this week. He enrolled in Nashville State Community College's Culinary Program. He's taking an online class and one class on campus. He's SO excited and REALLY enjoying it too. Last night was the first meeting of his on campus class. They did the lecture portion, and then for their cooking portion, they got to observe the Italian Pastry Team work. They are in from Italy for a competition this weekend. He got to watch them color, heat, and mold sugar. He said it was one of the coolest things to watch! Casey's such a foodie, that I'm sure he was fascinated. I'm so glad that he's doing this. I know that he's just going to love it. He's hoping, after this semester, to get a kitchen job to start building his resume. Who knows, I may have the next Gordon Ramsay on my hands!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I DID It!!

I completed my very first 5k this past Saturday. It was the Fenton Payne & Fred 5k. I'm proud to say that I was able to run the whole race. That was my number one goal. My time wasn't too bad either for a first timer. My gun time was 38:37. My chip time or actual running time was 37:33. I managed to shave a couple minutes off my time while at it! WOOT!! I was anxious, when I started running, and that messed up my breathing a bit. I finally got calmed down. I think I could have made better time, if it hadn't been for that. Now that I've done it once and know what to expect, I think I'll do better. I had so much fun, and now I can't wait to run my next 5k!!


In the starting line.


Starting the run.

Running for the finish.

Coming into the finish line


Finally done!!


Friday, August 22, 2008

So Busy!!

Yesterday and today have been incredibly busy!! I'll give more details next week. I'm getting ready to run my first 5k tomorrow. I know that I just need to relax and have a good time, but I'm still a bit nervous. I'll have the whole story and pictures next week. Everyone keep their fingers crossed.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Soooo Busy!

I can't believe how busy I've been lately. We've been busy getting Casey enrolled in a Culinary program in Nashville. We finish the details this Friday.

I've also been busy planning for our 4th Annual Celebration Pet Day. We've really got some exciting stuff for this year's event. We've got a performing dog act coming, The Comedy Canines. All of the dogs are rescue dogs. Their show is based on rescue, spay/neuter, responsible pet ownership, etc. We've also got agility dogs coming this year. Mudbug Farm Agility is coming and giving demos. There's a lot more too! If anyone is close enough here are the details:

Saturday, September 27, 2008

10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Bedford County Agricultural Center

I've also been busy training for my very first 5K this Saturday. I'm participating in the Fenton Payne & Fred. I'm excited, but I'm also a little nervous. I just hope I'm able to run the whole race.

I've got to run for now. I still have TONS of stuff to get done. Toodles!

Friday, August 15, 2008

This Weekend

This weekend will go by in a blur. I've got LOTS of things I'm doing this weekend. Tonight, I'm going running. More preparation for my first 5k that is one week from tomorrow. After I get home, as I've done all week, I'll stay up too late watching the Olympics. Tomorrow, I'm going swimming. Saturday night, Casey and I are going to the drive-in to see The Clone Wars. Sunday, I may go do laps again. I'm not sure. I know that I have to get the house cleaned up. It's in a sad state right now. Busy, busy, busy. Everyone have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Night Owl

I am SO sleepy today. I stayed up WAAAAAY too late last night (Ahem...1:30 a.m.) watching the Olympics. I've REALLY got to stop doing that!! There's more swimming tonight, and I can't wait.

On a much sadder note, Casey and I had to have our beloved cat Lucy put to sleep today. Her kidneys were atrophied and failing due to nothing but old age. She had become unresponsive at the vet's overnight. Lucy was 17 years old. We've had her almost as long as we've been together. There is a HUGE emptiness in my house today. Lucy was the queen of the household. She ruled the cats AND the dogs. Goodbye sweet Lucy. You will be missed.


Monday, August 11, 2008

Olympic Haze

Those of you that know me, know that I'm riveted by the Summer Olympics. I watch or try to watch it all. I watched until 2 a.m. Saturday morning. Then, I started watching around 9:00 yesterday morning. I'm totally addicted. Swimming is my favorite event all, and yes, I'm a dyed in the wool Michael Phelps fan. The swimming has been incredible so far. The mens 400m relay last night was the BOMB!!! It was SO exciting!! I rewatched the video this morning and let me tell you, victory is SWEET!! If you haven't seen the video, check it out HERE. If you need me, I'll be by the t.v.

Exclusive Summer Olympics news & widgets at NBC!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Gratuitous Kitten Pictures

The kittens are getting SO big!! They are in that REALLY cute stage too. They have such neat personalities. Casey and I have become so attached that we are keeping them all. We have Ramsay (after Gordon Ramsay), Sookie (after Sookie Stackhouse from the Southern Vampire novels), and Trianna (after Trianna Orpheus, Dr. Orpheus' daughter on Venture Brothers). Enjoy the cuteness....







Ramsay and Sookie get ready to watch a little t.v.


Hanging out witht the pack


With "Mama" Shingo.


Ramsay and Indiana.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

A Good Day

It's been a good day so far. It's been beautiful, but REALLY hot today. It was the perfect day to take a break at the pool, where I just got back from. The water was absolutely perfect and like crystal.

Squinty from the sun.

Now I'm just waiting for Kim to bring me my copy of Breaking Dawn. I ended up not going to the midnight party, because I was SO tired from the night before. Kim had already pre-ordered our copies and told me she would grab mine. She's on her way now, so soon...very soon! Everyone have a GREAT weekend!!