"Some of our greatest historical and artistic treasures we place with curators in museums; others we take for walks. " ~Roger Caras

April 14, 2014

Knee Surgery #2

Well, just a few weeks ago the incision site on Riley's knee from her TPLO surgery swelled up and started oozing blood/pus. The vet had warned us this was a possible result of the plate/screws being left in her leg long-term, but we decided to take the risk and see what would happen. They have advised that we immediately have all the hardware removed. We're looking at another $1-2k in vet bills for her second surgery. I've lost track of the total at this point, but it's well over $6k. I never imagined she'd be undergoing 1 surgery, much less 2 in her first few years of life. Please take the time to research any place you send your pup. I can't stress this highly enough. I'm thankful I've been able to prevent several other people from making the mistake I did. If I can save just 1 other pup from going through what Riley has experienced, I will be happy. It's amazing how even after all these medical procedures she still loves the vets! She's such a wonderful pup and I'm lucky to have her. <3

November 8, 2013

Life Is Busy!

Working hard at begging!

I haven't been blogging much. Not because I haven't *wanted* to, I've just been super busy. I'm currently studying for the CPA exam and this has been sucking up most of my free time. My poor pups would love to get back to hunting, but my weekends are now filled with watching videos and taking online practice exams.

Can we pleeeeeaaaase go for a hike?

The poor pups stand by the front door and cry on the weekends.We've been limited to long, neighborhood walks recently and they would love to get off leash and RUN! I hate dog parks, otherwise I would try another one. The one right by us has border collies that like to attack people.

Mom, you're so boring when you study!

I'm lucky Riley is such a good study buddy! We may squeeze a hike in this weekend if I can figure something out. *fingers crossed* The Vizsla group on facebook has been keeping me entertained lately. This past week we had several days dedicated to different Vizsla pictures. "Nose Day", "Paws Day", "Wiggle Butt Day", and today was "Funny Face" day. I love that group! They are so wonderful and it's fun to see all the different Vizslas from across the globe. If you haven't joined, you should!

October 17, 2013

Family Portrait

My best friend Bree recently paid for a photoshoot so my hubby and I could get our first professional photographs done since our wedding (4 years ago). My first thought was how can we include the pups in the photos as I consider them to be a part of our family! I was thrilled to find that my alma mater, Santa Clara University, would give me a photo permit to take pictures on campus right next to the church where we were married. Our amazing photographer Jeananne Sizemore from Art Whims Photography was willing to be patient and let us take our time getting the pups settled. What you can't see in the photo above is that I'm hiding several pieces of pupperoni in my right hand after *just* getting the pups to lay down, stay still, and look at the photographer. The entire process took at least 10-15 minutes, but I'm glad we made the effort because now we have this beautiful family photo to cherish forever!

We also took a few shots of just us. The pups were super jealous not to be included, of course! :)

Four years ago I married the man of my dreams. He loves me (and the pups!) more than anything and I couldn't have asked for a better husband. I can't wait to see what life has in store for us!

September 5, 2013

Varazs Vizslas: Senior Vizsla needs new "forever" home

Varazs Vizslas: Senior Vizsla needs new "forever" home: Rufus is a 9.5 year old neutered male Vizsla in search of a new forever home due to the deaths of his owners.

Please follow the link if you're interested in giving a sweet older Vizsla a furever home! :)

September 4, 2013

Yappy Hour 2013 Yelp Event

Posing for the photographer <3

Riley and I attended our first ever Yelp event together last week - Yappy Hour! It was held at the Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto. The staff there was super friendly and made sure we (and our pups) all felt welcome. Riley, as usual, had to be the center of attention and loved to lick peoples' hands as we walked by them. This resulted in many people stopping us to pet her, chat, and take her photo. She is such a rockstar. ;)

One of the many pictures taken by Riley's adoring fans
There was delicious food for both human and pup alike. Riley worked those baby brown eyes and ended up receiving treats from just about every human at the event! Some had her do a sit or down, but most just gave her a treat for being adorable, much to her surprise.

 The event was a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Silicon Valley. They do a lot of great work in our area for all types of different furry creatures. I also discovered they have a member-only dog park. You just pay a yearly fee and you get access to a nice clean dog park. All pups must be spayed/neutered, up-to-date on shots, and temperament tested. We're going to go check it out soon!

Doggie kissing contest!
Riley and I decided to enter the kissing contest and we won first place! I wasn't sure if I could get her to give me any kisses with all the distractions, but I gave her a big kiss on the nose and she proceeded to give me a thorough face washing! :)

Riley found a toy in her prize bag!


We received a bag of goodies from Rover.com and Riley promptly removed her new toy! She wanted to play with it at the event, but I had to put it away because the other puppies were getting jealous.

Ice-cream just for the pups

We ended the event with lots of dog treats from various vendors and a delicious ice-cream treat just for the pups! (You can make them yourself at home! Check out my recipe.) Both Riley and I had an absolute blast. Our next Yelp event will be Strut Your Mutt in San Francisco. Please visit our fundraising page to donate. Our goal is $50 and I will be personally contributing the funds to get us there! :)

Riley showing off her new, 1st prize harness!

August 21, 2013

Hubby's New Blog

 My husband started a gaming blog, so I wanted to share the link here in case any of you are interested in games. His first review is for one of my favorite games. Check it out!

The Tabletop Generation: Flash Point: Fire Rescue Review:   Flash Point: Fire Rescue The alarm goes off! You throw your boots on, slide down the pole, and hop on the engine, siren blaring.....