Category Archives: Our Dogs

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Don’t throw those dryer sheets away! They’re great for dog hair!

Do you get excited about repurposing something you have already used for its original purpose and finding a totally new use for it before it meets the trash? I love doing this and I wanted to share with you one of my repurposing ideas for used dryer sheets! We have 3 very hairy fur babies and keeping up with shedding fur especially in the summer is a challenge! No matter how much you brush, fur-minate and bath the “tumble fur” abounds. So here’s my helpful hint for everyday pick up on hard surface floors. With 3 pups the need to remove “tumble fur” occurs daily! One fast way to get at it of course is to use a sweeper and dry sweeper pads, but if you need to use 3 and 4 of these a day for one room, this really adds up quickly to a lot of money and a lot of waste. You can only use these once, at least that’s how it is at our house, and then the trash is a must! But wait there is another way that works almost as well and totally adds new life to another wise discarded item! So here’s how it works: I save the used dryer sheets and when its time to gather up the fur and dirt on my kitchen floor, I take 2 used dryer sheets place them over lapping and crosswise over the face of the sweeper and attach in the usual way as if I was using a dry sweeper pad made for the sweeper!

2 Dryer sheets ready to be attracted to sweeper

2 Dryer sheets ready to be attracted to sweeper

Attaching first dryer sheet

Attaching first dryer sheet

 

 

This is better for the environment, saves money and for everyday use fits the bill! I discard them in the usual way and never feel guilty that I needed to use so many just to get the floor de-furred. I discovered this one day when I had run out of dry sweeper pads and looked around to see if there was some thing else I could use and low and behold drier sheets looked very much like the sweeper pads and it had always bothered me that all you could do was throw these clean perfectly good dryer sheets away. I have included pictures so you can see how it’s done and the results. It always feels good to be a little frugal and slightly ahead of the fur tide!

Securing dryer sheets

Securing dryer sheets

Attaching 2nd dryer sheets

Attaching 2nd dryer sheets

 

 

 

 

Ready-to-Go

Ready-to-Go

In Action

In Action

At Work!

At Work!

Well Done!

Well Done!

In the Trash you go!

In the Trash you go!

Puppy Hike at Hanging Rock State Park, NC

Hanging Rock State Park

Hanging Rock State Park

I love love love to go anywhere my father goes. He likes to take us all on hikes and we all help out by carrying supplies and water. ACE always gets tired first, so we like to stop by a creek so he can cool off and rest. What a big baby!! My biggest job is to make sure my father has enough kisses. Whenever I am in doubt, I just make sure and give him a few extras as long as my sister doesn’t feel I’m over doing it. She can be so bossy. What a pain!!
 
- Gina
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Gina in the Garden

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I love to spend many hours in my garden on pretty days. I love to watch the birds and run after squirrels. The only problem I have is when my neighbor Taffy (a miniature daushound) also comes out and barks and barks and barks. She can just get me worked up and before you know it I have the fence in my mouth and am pulling it back and forth. My mother doesn’t like me to do this and says it is not lady like but Taffy is just soooo annoying. Then mom makes me come in and says I have to be a GOOD NEIGHBOR!
 
 
She started it first. I will try to do better next time … maybe!
-Gina

Puppy Logic (Drain Pipes)

We don't need drain pipes!

We don’t need drain pipes!

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Don’t you find it incredibly annoying when you see a small animal (like a squirrel or chipmunk) waltz right into a drainage pipe. It just makes the hair on the back of my neck stand straight up! I mean, so what if I bite the pipe into strips trying to get them?

That pipe was too long anyway. Seriously, someone could have tripped and hurt themselves walking though that creek bed!  (You know how people can be, walking around without really examining the consequences.)

Sometimes you just have to take matters into your own paws, and help make a change for the better! Anyway, this still isn’t as bad as when I pulled the gutter spouts off the house. (You know how parents can get so picky over these things.) I mean, what’s more important – rodent control or drainage? Really.

You get the picture!

Patch

The “Caesar Tree”

The “Caesar Tree”

Caesar Tree with Dad, ACE and Gina

Caesar Tree with Dad, ACE and Gina

We visited the Caesar Tree to see how much it has grown since our last visit.  It is doing quite well. It is a Little Gem Magnolia and actually had 2 blooms on it. The first we can remember seeing. We lost our dear sweet Caesar in 2008 and when we could start breathing without crying, we knew we needed to do something to make sure Caesar was never forgotten. So we decided to plant a tree in his memory in one of his favorite spots. We chose the Little Gem Magnolia because it is a beautiful tree and we had wanted to plant one in our own yard, but didn’t get around to doing it.

Shortly after the tree was planted, we made a trip to visit it and make sure it was doing well. At that time we had Rutledge (Caesar’s litter mate), ACE and Gina with us. ACE & Gina were still little puppies. We saw the tree and stopped the car. Dan & I got out briefly by ourselves, with tears in our eyes, went over to the tree and made sure that it was OK and that we could see the little sign with Caesar’s name. Everything was in place and going well. We stood there for a moment and peacefully reflected about our wonderful boy and how much we missed him. With that, we returned to the car and drove a short distance away and got everyone out of the car for a little walk.

Patch visits the Caesar Tree

Patch visits the Caesar Tree

We started our usual walk in the regular direction for this area, but Rutledge kept making us go the way he wanted us to go. And since we where quite used to giving Rutledge his way, we all followed dutifully. Before we knew it, we were hell bent on our way back to the Caesar Tree. Once we arrived Rutledge, without having stopped anywhere else along the way, went right up to the Caesar Tree. Smelled it and proceeded to Tinkle right on the tree! When he finished we where astounded. After this action, he simply marched us all back to the car. He was done with our walk and ready to leave, but he wasn’t going to go anywhere without officially visiting the Tree himself! It seemed as if he also needed to make a tribute to his brother.

Caesar's Plaque

Caesar’s Plaque

We lost our dear boy, Rutledge, almost a year ago now. It still breaks our hearts and we miss the both of them so much. Rutledge always did thinks his own way and Caesar LOVED just being Caesar. We know they are having fun together in heaven at the “Rainbow Bridge”.

Can you guess where the Caesar Tree is?

 

A Special visit from Cousin Liza

A Special visit from Cousin Liza