Thursday, March 31, 2011


This is my little foster Yorkie pup, Keaton. He's less than a year old, and he came from a puppy mill that was shut down. Keaton has been here for 3 weeks now, and he is finally starting to trust us. In the beginning, with a puppy mill dog, you wonder if you are even making any progress, and then there is a pivotal time when it seems like it all starts to click in place for the dog. In the last 3 days, we have reached that point with Keaton, and it feels like we are finally making some progress with him. For the last 3 days, there have been no potty accidents in the house, and the coprophagia has been non-existent. It feels great to see him learning how to behave and play like a puppy. He even made a trip to the groomer, and she said he was "amazingly easy" to groom. I am really proud of his progress!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Friday, March 25, 2011

March's Last Blast

Almost every year, there is a late snowstorm in March, and this year was no exception. It started snowing late last night and is still snowing this morning. The dogs and I are not amused!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Week of Little Things

It has been a week since I met the transport and picked up Keaton and Quincy, and it has been a week filled with challenges and triumphs. We never thought we would have 4 little dogs running around our house and yard at once. At times it is a zoo, and at times we hardly know we have any dogs here. Mostly it has been a week filled with little things --- like watching Keaton and Quincy race around the yard (probably for the first time in their lives), like watching Keaton roll in the grass almost every time we take him outside (we can just see his pleasure at the feel of the grass on his little body), like watching Quincy actually start to look at us (instead of cowering in the corner with his head turned away), like feeling Keaton's kisses on our hand as we scratch his back and ears (probably the first kisses he has ever given anyone). Yes, they are little things, but they are huge triumphs for these little guys, and we have had a week filled with little treasures like this!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Today's Photo Shoot

This little guy is Pogo, a 4 year old maltese. Pogo just got his very first grooming, so I had to take some cute photos to show off his new look. Pogo is a puppy mill dog, but he is doing great in his foster home. His fur is so soft, and he is so cuddly --- he just melts in your arms!

Pogo is available for adoption from Wag N Train Terrier Rescue.

Monday, March 07, 2011

My life has gone to the dogs....

This is Keaton, a little 7 month old Yorkshire terrier. He is from a puppy mill in Kansas that closed, and he's one of our new fosters. He is quickly becoming a "momma's boy", following me around in the house and the yard.

And this is Quincy, our other foster puppy. Quincy is a 6 month old Yorkshire terrier, from the same puppy mill as Keaton. I didn't want to have to choose between them, so I agreed to take them both. Quincy is more timid, but I have no doubt that he will learn that he is loved.

Quincy's coloring is more like Zeke's, and Keaton's coloring is more like Mya's. When all four of them are out in the yard, we almost feel like we are seeing double!

This handsome guy is Teddy, a cairn terrier/pomeranian mix that I photographed yesterday. He is very friendly, cuddly, and photogenic!

All of these boys are available for adoption from Wag N Train Terrier Rescue.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Artist Retreat

Late in February I went on an artist retreat in Griswold, Iowa. The property is owned by Creighton University and is gorgeous. It has 157 acres of woods along the East Nishnabotna River, and this is the second time I have attended a retreat there. A small group of artists get together and rent a 9 bedroom cabin, and everyone does their own thing --- whether it be photography, painting, stitching, collage, hiking, or just relaxing. It is a great group of artists, and it is always a productive retreat for me!

This is the front of the cabin that we stay in.

This is the side view, showing the amazing deck that overlooks the woods.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Wordless Wednesday