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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Wednesday Pet-ley

Hello, dear friends.  Long time, no write.  My next post will tell you all about where I've been.  I am well-rested but battling a Mother of a head cold.  Next time I'm going to wear a gas mask when I fly.

Today is all about National Pet Day and I am linking up with Terri for Wednesday Medley.  Stop over and find out who else is participating.

1.  Have you ever had a special pet in your life?  
Will you tell us about it?

Mothers are not supposed to play favorites with their kids or their pets.  I'm going to break that rule and tell you that the best dog I ever owned is Gypsy, who is the fluff ball in the middle.  The other one in the picture, Jackhammer, our Yorkie, had more issues than Vogue.  He lived to the ripe old age of 17 and gave the term grumpy old man a whole new meaning.

The first time that I laid eyes on Gypsy, she was in a crate in front of Petco in The Woodlands, TX.  In those days, the Humane Society would display eligible pets for adoption on Saturdays.  My eyes locked with my sweet girl who at that time was a matted grey mess.

She was being fostered and I talked to the Mom.  She told me that she had been fostering for 15 years and had never come across a sweeter dog.  She was right.  

We lost sweet Gypsy three months after we moved to Massachusetts and it broke my heart.   

2.  Did you grow up with pets in your home?  
What did it teach you?

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I did.  My Mother was a huge dog lover.  My Dad - not so much. Our first dog was a black dachshund named Pretzel.

Pretzel taught me to be cautious when walking in our backyard. 

3.  Do you ever wonder what animals are thinking?

I don't like to brag, but I consider myself a pet psychic.  

I can prove it.

Chowdah is thinking:

How come I'm the only one who has to wear goofy get-ups?

Chili is thinking:

Obviously, there has been a mix-up.
I asked to be an only child.

4.  Sometimes a pet gets out and doesn't return for a few days.  What do you think happens to them when they go on a walkabout?

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I wouldn't know.
We have a don't ask/don't tell policy in our family.

5.  With cats and dogs being the most popular pets, what is the most exotic pet you have personal experience with (didn't have to be yours)? 

There were no exotic pets in our family.

We did have some goldfish for a little time.
Unfortunately, Sista murdered fed them brownies which led them to meet their maker.

We also had a turtle named Myrtle that lived in a gorgeous natural habitat like this one.
She passed away under suspicious circumstances.
Ahem, Sista.

6.  Please tell us something about your week so far. 

Our poor little Chili had more surgery yesterday on another one of her cysts.  The poor thing will be spending more time with her two least favorite accessories, the cone and the donut.

And I will be getting a second mortgage on the house. 

Until next time...

Gypsy Rose Lee

Preppy Empty Nester
Preppy Empty Nester

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  1. Welcome back! I can't wait to hear about your adventure - hopefully it involved an escape from the cold and some sunshine. Gypsy looks like such a sweet dog. I think we all have one pet that holds a special place in our hearts. For me, it was my white dog Celie that I got from the shelter when I bought a house back in my single teacher days. She saw me through marriage, 2 babies, and an overseas move. I was so sad when I lost her at the age of 15. Every dog since then has had a lot to live up to!

  2. I had a part English Shepherd part black and tan hound dog named Mingo when I was growing up. He was named after Mingo, Daniel Boone's Indian companion on the Daniel Boone Show. Now I am dating myself!! He was a precious dog and since then I have only had one other dog, a cocker spaniel named Taffy. I found that Cockers are very needy dogs and while pretty require a lot of care!! Hope you are on the mend with your cold Katie...flying on airplanes with recycled air during flu season is risky indeed.

  3. This made me laugh, of course. Someone once told me you shouldn't look down when you're walking, but keep your head up, because you could otherwise lose your balance. They obviously had never had dogs in their yard! 😊

  4. Poor Chili...I had hoped you would answer these questions. What is not to love about dogs?! I knew your wit would make my day.
    And yes, always wear a mask when flying. I am pretty sure planes are just a sickness tube in the sky. Hope you are feeling better.

  5. You could definitely put out your shingle - Pet Psychic Extraordinaire. Loved all the cute pictures of your babies.

  6. I’ve missed you terribly Katie Clooney! Now I can finally shower and greet the day with a skip in my step, so to speak��! The most exotic pet we ever had we’re ducks! Named Chauncey and Clarence by way of my older brother. We made a pen in the garage but they kept escaping??? My mother was not a fan as the ducks were quite “prolific “ in their daily business. She drove my brother and the ducks to Butterfield Country Club and made him release them at the entrance pond of the club for a better life. That was before we knew what duck a l’orange was ��. Glad you’re back, give Chili some hugs from us.

    1. KTG!!!!!! Is that really YOU????? I am so delighted that wrote a comment. How long have I known you and yet have never heard about Chauncey and Clarence?? Now I'm wondering how many other family secrets that you are keeping from me. Happy Nat'l Love Your Pet day to Chloe.

  7. I can always count on your blog for lots of smiles!!! Love your dog stories and the pic at the top with the two little girls is just precious! Dressed up doggies pics are also cute!

  8. Katie, we have the same cyst issue with our little girl. Have you tried dog pajamas? We use them instead of the donut/satellite dish. You can get them on Amazon for around $14. The sizing can be misleading so for your info ours is a 15 lb Bichon and she wears a medium in everything.

    1. Lauren... thank you so much. Chili is about that size. I am headed to Amazon now. Hope you have a great week. You have made mine a lot better!

  9. Get Well Katie!!
    And Get Well to your sweet little girl.
    Are you getting snow?

  10. Katie, I have wondered where you were. I hope you were off on an exotic trip or perhaps making wedding plans. I also hope that you and Chili get well soon.

    Have a great week.

  11. What a fun post about pets! Love it. I think everyone has at least ONE special pet that sticks in their heart.

    Can't wait to hear where you have been----xo Diana

  12. Well, I was just about ready to say "free at last" for Chili till I got to the end of your post. Poor fellow. Here's hoping it's a quick recovery. He must be getting pretty used to that cone by now.

    A totally delightful post. And I'll look forward to hearing about your travels soon!

  13. We have a six year old Yorkie named Oliver whom we fondly refer to as Mister Grumbles. He’s our first Yorkie, we’ve always had Corgies.... wow! What a difference in personalities!

  14. Enjoyed your post. I hope your poor Chili makes a quick recovery and that you get rid of your cold.

  15. Poor Chili. If mom isn't putting him in outfits, then the vet is! :)

    My daughter had a Westie for a while (she still lived at home, my first introduction to a granddog) and Sugar had so many allergies; the skin allergies, eye issues, ear infections... we adored Sugar (our Sugar Babe!) but will never have another Westie again.

  16. Sorry to hear Chili had to have more surgery. Hope things improve soon. I had a cat has a child, though we had a family dog when I was really young. We had a pet parakeet for 18 years.
    I bought my first Lhasa when I was single. Keats was a puppy that friends found for me Houston. He was the love of my life until I met the Chef. Then the two had to share me! We had Keats for 15 years, and it broke our hearts when we lost him to cancer. Fast forward 20+ years, and sweet Sadie Mercedes came into our lives. Talk about the sweetest dog! We definitely have one with this precious girl. Joy and love 24/7!

  17. Your sweet dog makes me anxious to adopt another one. Hate to even get started thinking about my favorite dog, Ginger. I can get somewhat wrapped up in stories about her, which let's just say...wears my husband out.

  18. Happy that you are back. Is Gypsy a Wheaten? She looks so much like our Sadie. Look forward to your next post.

  19. Glad to see you are back. I can tell Gypsy was sweet just by looking at your photos. I always love seeing your dog pics and your two characters are always hilarious in their little outfits. Have a great week!

  20. Welcome back indeed! This post gave me the biggest smile of the day! You know how I adore our Daisy Mae and seeing the shenanigans of your two cuties always brings me joy!

  21. I remember Gypsy, she was a doll :-)

  22. Oh I enjoyed your post so much! Your dogs are so super cute. My Mandy wanted to be an only dog too. Hahahahaha, she has never let me forget it either. Loved your answers!! Enjoy the rest of the week.


  23. Hi Katie, you were missed! The photo of Gypsy and Jackhammer with your girls is so sweet. I also had a Yorkie named Misha. He lived to be 16 years old and was the love of my life. My husband nicknamed him "The Emperor", as any male Yorkie owner will understand! He was the funniest dog I have ever known and I still miss him every day. Time for a rescue soon I think. Love and get well wishes to you and Chili.

  24. Oh, my goodness, Chili and Chowdah are the absolute cutest pets and I'd want two just like them if I had pets. And, poor Chili, he's been through a lot lately. So glad you are back and I can't wait to hear what you've been up to.

  25. I am really getting my puppy fix today, reading about everyone's canine pets! Thank you for joining the Medley today and sharing your stories! Welcome back and now I can't wait to see your post about where you have been!! Joe and I are in week 4 of colds... over the worst but still coughing, coughing, coughing. Hope you feel better soon!

  26. Oh, my goodness, but you make me laugh! I loved your pooch pictures and the stories. You also reminded me I had one of those stunningly realistic turtle habitats, too. My resident turtle was Timmy. Who, now that I'm thinking about it, also died under mysterious circumstances. Thanks for the smiles and the memories. :)

  27. Oh I do hope you are feeling better Katie. I was ill during the holidays and the doctor said it was the plane! Not sure I want to fly before Christmas again. Yes, oh yes have I had my share of pets. The last one was Bentley of Briarcliff, a springer spaniel. We had his sweet love for almost 14 years and my heart was broken when he left us. Puppies and kitties were always around while my sister and I were growing up. Hope to get another someday when we settle down from traveling. Looking forward to hearing about your travels..........

  28. I'm sorry to hear you have been under the weather...feel better soon! Your answers always make me chuckle, Katie! Your pups are so adorable and your Gypsy was a doll baby...it hurts so much to lose a fur baby. Loved seeing all of the cute pictures!

  29. I'm glad that you and Chili are on the road to recovery. I've never had a dog, so it's interesting to hear about all their different personalities.

  30. It was lovely reading about the histories of all of your pets - even when pets die and we get new ones, the old ones never pass from our hearts - I like to think of them all lining up and waiting in heaven. Funny you should mention about the Woodlands - I spent a lot of time their with friends from college. It is a great idea to do adoption drives at pet stores - it isn't done here (we don't sell dogs or cats from pet stores) - but I do think our charities should get out and about more, getting the pets to meet the people. Only negative - I'd end up with a house full!

  31. Happened upon your blog from Pinterest. Your title struck a cord...thank you for the levity! Have almost always had a dog since childhood -- like you, my Mom is a dog lover, but my dad is not. We had a black and tan that looked like your Pretzel! Now, I've got Jack (Dane/Lab mix?) and Millie (golden doodle). Can't wait to follow your blog!

  32. Such a sweet post Katie! I have had some very special pets, a calico cat, named of course, Calico,{I was 4} a horse named Amigo, who used to get out of his corral and go roam the neighborhood and I'd have to go find him, and a sweet Shih Tzu named Sherlock Bones. When we lost Sherlock, it broke my heart and I decided I just couldn't go through that again...so now I have grandchildren instead, but I so enjoy reading about all my blog friends pets, and I do have a giant Greater Swiss Mountain granddog Ben!

  33. Welcome back!! We missed you!! In case you missed it you were mentioned in the comments section on The Vintage Contessa's blog titled Hollywood Been There - Done That! on February 8th. Hope you feel better soon :)

  34. Hi Katie,

    Sorry about you picking up germs on your flight, We just got home too and a lady behind us on the plane was coughing her head off. I had a scarf on and pulled it up over my mouth and nose...Stay tuned! Cute post...and darling doggie shots. Sorry your pup is still ailing. Yes, we had the sweetest...cutest Westie in the whole world named Duffy.

  35. It has taken me a few days to catch up on all the blogs I love to read...darn educational endeavors kept me from reading. Anyway, had to comment on the two adorable and fashionably dressed hooligans in the first photo of this post. Love seeing them in my designs. Have a great week.

  36. Welcome back! Sorry you’ve been sick . . . flight mask has become a travel essential. xo


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