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Dogs in Boots: A Tragedy

After the first round of snow blanketed Kansas City, I suited up Luke and Charlie Machete in their winter weather gear.

Due to his propensity to get ice balls stuck between his toes, I recently began putting boots on Luke during snowy walks.

As with most things, the golden retriever tolerates the boots. And as long as they stay on, they do keep his feet dry and clean. Sadly, he lost one boot in deep snow five minutes after this video was taken.

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Pro tip: Dog boots are not so good for trudging new paths through snow drifts.

This was first time I ever managed to get boots on Charlie Machete. He seemed so uncomfortable, however, that I did not make him wear them out of the house.

I am pretty sure if I had, a certain snide little elderpin would have never let the black lab mix live it down.

Let me know what you think of this video. Scooby’s cameo is my favorite part.

Have you ever put snow shoes on your dog?

Dogs in Snow

The white stuff is melting fast now, but before that happened I snapped some footage of these Kansas City canines carousing in the snow.

Let me know what you think in the comments – this is my first attempt at video editing!

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

It was a rough week, but it’s almost over now.

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Ah, yes. It’s Friday!

Luke is ready to play in the snow some more before it all melts.

What’s on your weekend agenda?

Return of the Blizzard

On Tuesday, the world outside our Kansas City windows looked like this. image

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In a follow-up to last week’s snowstorm, Snowpocalypse II dumped another 10-12 inches across the metro, and pretty much shut down the city.

The dogs and I didn’t mind too much, since it was perfectly possible to snuggle get work done on the couch in the home office.

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Can’t you see I’m working here?

And then, suddenly, it was no longer possible to be so productive. Right after I snapped that Instagram of Charlie Machete playing office, we heard a loud pop across the street.

A transformer had exploded, and the power would be out for the next 20 hours or so.

Reportedly, some 100,000 people lost power at some point during the storm.

As one of them, I feel incredibly lucky that friends and family offered us a respite from the cold overnight.

Bonus: The sleeping accommodations included a fireplace and Charlie Machete’s spastic girlfriend Roxy.

Wherever you are today, I send you warm wishes!

Have you ever been stuck with your dogs and no electricity? Share your story in the comments!

Snow Day in Kansas City

A big ol’ blizzard came through yesterday and turned Kansas City into a winter wonderland.

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In the end, the snow was as deep as Scooby is tall. Needless to say, that made going outside a real challenge for the elderpin.

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Charlie Machete, on the other hand, enjoyed every romp he got in the white stuff.

The weather wasn’t all fun and games, though. At least 7 cars got stranded right outside my house throughout the course of the day, and wrecks littered the roads and highways all over the city.

The Big Snow of 2013 (aka Winter Storm Q) led to a state of emergency being declared in Kansas City, with schools, businesses and even some medical facilities shutting down for the day. I felt grateful to be able to work from my warm, safe home all day, surrounded by the dogs.

How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?

Snow Day

Actually, it’s only a snowy day – not a the-world-stopped-because-of-the-white-stuff day.

But Charlie Machete was excited this morning to check out what fell from the sky.

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How’s the weather where you are today?

January is almost over. Have you done your Valentine’s Day shopping? Check out my gift guide for ideas.
Also – don’t forget to enter to win a festive wristlet from waggiwear.

This is What Saturday Morning Looks Like

“Do you think we can get them to bring us breakfast-on-couch?”

miniature pinscher and black lab mix snuggle

Scooby and Charlie Machete hope your final weekend of 2012 is starting off this comfortably.

If you would like to incorporate snuggling with Charlie Machete into your Saturday morning routine, check out his Midwest Adopt-a-Bull profile!

How will you and your dogs spend the last days of the year?

A Christmas Fit for Husky Dogs

Kansas City woke up this morning to white stuff and blustery wind.

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My fingers are crossed that we might actually have a white Christmas.

For at least two households I know in this metro area, it will be the first Christmas celebrated in the company of a beautiful husky mix with heterogenous eyes.

Could you stop Facebooking and pet me, please?

I’m not only referring to Minnie, my lovely former foster dog who now enjoys a pampered existence with my friend Holly.

There’s also Mia.

Several months ago, my friend Nicole, the Kansas City animal advocate I introduced you to last week, forwarded me this picture.

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The beagle husky mix belonged to some people in Nicole’s family who were moving and could not take the dog with them.

I helped Nicole spread the word. As luck would have it a family I knew was on the hunt for their first dog. And the dad had a soft spot for huskies.

Come back tomorrow to learn more about Mia’s happy ending!

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