Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Busy puppy

Sunbathing Seven

It's such hard work when you're a celebrity puppy. The pupperazzi are hiding around every corner and you have to put in an appearance at all the notable events. Seven-Five has been working the scene at adoption events, on TV and even at fundraisers, doling out kisses and hugs to all of One Tail at a Time's Team Trivia supporters.

Seven at Team Trivia

In between all the schmoozing, she found time to get spayed, have an appointment with the specialists at CVES and meet with Robin from Paws to Embrace to get fitted for a leg brace. Phew. The consensus is that she will likely need an operation to fuse her wrist when she is fully grown. In the meantime, the brace will give her added stability and hopefully help prevent any other problems.

Of course, Seven has no idea why we're such fusspots because all she wants to do is play. In keeping with her movie star lifestyle, she made a video journal of the fun she gets up to in her spare time.

It's a bit long but don't miss the end - although I caught it on my iPhone (no, Miss Moviestar Seven does not approve of my quality control) it's pretty adorable...

Friday, April 20, 2012

Adopt-a-Bill: Blake

Blake's rescue in New Jersey has the following to say about him:

"Blake is a three year old American Bulldog/Pit Bull Terrier mix, who looks more like a cow than a dog. He was found as a stray in Manhattan and brought to the shelter, and we were contacted when this poor boy was showing signs of depression after being in his cage for about a month.

Blake is an AWESOME dog! He is fun, playful, and obedient. He can sit and give you his paw, and he adores toys. Be prepared to buy strong toys, though, because he loves to rip them apart in about 5 seconds flat. Blake is a big mush - he loves to crawl into his foster mom's lap and sleep under the covers on her bed. He happily gives kisses to everyone that comes into the house! Although he is gentle he is very strong and therefore we would not recommend a home with small children. Blake loves the other dogs in his foster home and plays wonderfully with them. His foster mom gave him a much needed bath and he was very stoic - he didn't seem to like it too much but he constantly reassured her that he was OK by licking her face throughout the whole ordeal.

Blake weighs about 55 pounds, but he is VERY thin and you can actually see his hip bones and back bone in his pictures. He should probably weigh about 70 pounds, and his foster family is feeding him three times a day to fatten him up. He has a gorgeous white coat with black spots and the most beautiful eyes we have ever seen. Blake his housetrained, crate trained, up to date on all his shots, neutered, and microchipped. All he needs now is a family to call his own!"

It sounds like all this guy needs is a snuggly bed and some extra kibble. If you're interested in learning more visit the Shelter Survivors Website or email

The Adopt-a-Bill series highlights adoptable dogs from across the country that look like our very own Bilbo. Unless otherwise noted I have no personal experience with any of the rescue organizations featured. Always do your own research to ensure you go through a reputable rescue when searching for the perfect new family member.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Celebrity Puppy

We're still alive around here but it's been a heck of a month and it looks like it's going to keep up for another week or so yet. However, it doesn't seem fair to leave you hanging without a cute puppy fix so click HERE for Seven-Five's fifteen minutes of fame (well, more like four) on WGN news yesterday!

And for those of you who haven't followed her antics on facebook, check out her playdate with two-legged Fifty:

I've got some adorably cute video of her and Billy's games which I'll try and edit this week, but we'll be back regularly once I've got through a rather intense bout of last minute house-guests, taxes, concerts, new job-starting, closet reorganization, multiple baby-quilt making and driving tests!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Adopt-a-Bill: Boomer

Look at that handsome boy! This big guy is two years old and quite the softy. He's a little shy at first but always very sweet and he loves everybody.

Boomer is available for adoption from the Tri-Lakes Humane Society in Missouri. His sister Bella is at the same shelter and though they can be adopted separately, she would love to come along for the ride when her brother finds a forever home.

The Adopt-a-Bill series highlights adoptable dogs from across the country that look like our very own Bilbo. Unless otherwise noted I have no personal experience with any of the rescue organizations featured. Always do your own research to ensure you go through a reputable rescue when searching for the perfect new family member.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Puppy Dilemma

Puppy Seven

Hmmm, the big one is asleep, what shall I do with him?

Puppy Seven

I could lie on him.

Puppy Seven

I could play with him.

Puppy Seven

Or we could snuggle in the sunshine.

Monday, March 26, 2012


Photo: Life With Alfred

Seven wanted me to hand over the blog to her for Puppytalk but I suggested she might find it a bit tricky to type with her front paws. She's agreed to let me write today's post as long as she can chip in from time to time.

Nom nom nom
Photo: Life With Alfred

If you follow our facebook page then you already know that she and Billy hit it off straight away. For all his quirks, I'm always very proud of the way he deals with our fosters. Whether they're shy or rambunctious, he usually hits the right tone with them. In this case, he tumble plays without getting too rough and shows plenty of patience if little shark teeth latch onto his jowls when he's trying to snooze. ["Ha ha, didya see! My whole head fits in the big goober's mouth" - Seven]

Puppy kisses
Photo: Life With Alfred

I've never had a puppy in the house before so I have to keep my wits about me ["Mom is so mean, she wants to keep all the chewy toys to herself - even the really nommy ones like shooos and computer why-ers" - Seven]. Luckily puppy kisses and hilarious Billy-Seven playtimes make up for the extra work and 'accidents' in the house.

Photo: Life With Alfred

The biggest challenge is trying to balance play with keeping her restricted. It would be great to take her out and about to socialize her, or let her tumble around with Billy until they're both worn out. However,  she needs to take it easy so as not to exacerbate the problems with her front legs. ["Okay, these silly peoples just don't understand. I mean, I feel sorry for the big one having four boring matching paws but seriously, I can beat him up the stairs if foster-momma would just put me down" - Seven]

She has an appointment scheduled this week to meet with a specialist so we'll soon know more about the next steps to making life a little easier for her.

What's up?

If you'd like to support Seven-Five's rehabilitation, please consider donating to Dutch's Fund, One Tail at a Time's fund for dogs with special medical needs. Click HERE for more information and to donate now.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Big News!

It's been a year of rather significant changes around here and quite a wild ride at times. Now the dust has settled I'm so thrilled to share my 2012 developments.

1. My new office mate

Snoozy pup

You may have noticed me mentioning working from home on and off for some months now, but it wasn't until early this year that I made the conscious decision not to take another full-time arts position and to continue consulting. It was a scary step in some ways but it opened me up to all sort of new possibilities - see below - and I'm enjoying the flexibility to try new projects, not to mention having a cuddly office mate. I'll be posting pics of my new office soon too - the result of the painting project I hinted at a couple of weeks ago.

2. My new venture


Taking some time off from the frantic grind that is arts administration enabled me to rediscover my creativity, albeit in an unfamiliar outlet. I blogged a little about this in my handmade holiday series before Christmas, but I didn't want crafty ramblings to overtake the doggy theme of this blog so you can hop over to Daisy Aslett to read about my new creative adventures. I'd love it if you'd join me there from time to time, though I've got some dog-related crafts coming up which I'll share here too. It's in the early stages yet, but my Etsy store is up and running too, and you'll hear more about that when I post the designs that I'm currently working on (of course, if you like my Daisy Aslett facebook page you'll get early notice!).

3. My most exciting news...

Summer dog!

I saved the best for last!!!!!! Yes, it is definitely worthy of six exclamation points. I'm beyond thrilled to announce that I'll soon be starting a new part-time position as Development Director for One Tail at a Time. If you've read more than a couple of posts on this blog then you already know how much this organization means to me and can guess at how excited I am. I can't wait to tell you more so please check back next week when I'll tell you all about my journey to getting involved with OTAT.

P.S. The Puppy has arrived! There's a video on my facebook page but I think this is more than enough exciting news for today so you'll just have to wait until next week for puppy blog updates.
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