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What Were We Thinking ?

walt and charlie

One of my most recent posts documented the purchase of our newest family member.  The fact that there have been very few posts since, may have something to do with that purchase.  You can look back and see what a very cute and cuddly puppy he was.  Well fast forward that several months and you have 40 extra pounds and a somewhat destroyed house.  We have always been dog lovers and dog owners and this has been an entirely new experience for us.  I guess it is always a good idea to research a dog breed before you purchase.  If any of you have seen the movie “Marley and Me”, well Walt puts old Marley to shame.

The other day I was looking at articles about Weimaraners and read the following:

Weimaraners are devoted and loving members of the family. But they are not the type of dog to follow rote commands or have predictable habits. Though smart, Weims can be selective about when and how they use their intelligence. For example, they may yawn while being taught how to “stay” or “roll over,” but the moment you turn your back, they’ve figured out how to turn a doorknob and sneak outside. 

Weimaraners have the tendency to rule the household if they are not trained properly. A strong-willed owner—with the time and ability to train, socialize and play—is almost essential. As with most dogs, neglect or poor treatment of a Weim can lead to destructive behavior that could include property damage, excessive barking and soiled carpets.

Very gentle and kind, Weimaraners can inadvertently knock things (and people) over. For this reason, they are probably not the best apartment dwellers. Make sure they get plenty of exercise and (if possible) a yard to play in.

On the subject of yards, Weims are very good at escaping them. Known to unlatch gates and jump fences, they can also dig like groundhogs.

Maybe I should have read this earlier, but then maybe I would have missed out on one of the most loving dogs I have ever known.  He may cause a lot of property damage but he has stole my heart.

walt and santa doll

Don’t worry mom, I will protect you from this scary man in the white beard.  I know he got away the first 10 times I tried to get him, but he isn’t getting away this time.  I am just waiting for you to leave the room.  This won’t be pretty!!

walt and christmas tree skirt

So what you are saying is that I cannot wear this pretty gold Christmas Tree Skirt.  Why didn’t you just come out and say that the first 20 times I took it off the tree!! Oh and about all those ornaments–they just were so fun to watch roll down the stairs and break!









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The Best Day for the Best Dog


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There are people that come into you life and make such an impact that you will never be the same.  I have had a few people in my life like that, but to be honest, I cannot think of anyone that has made an impact on me like Layne.  Now for those of you that know me, you know Layne.  He came into my life when my crazy son purchased him his freshman year at college.  He did that without asking his landlord or all of his roommates.  He became a constant companion of Jace that first year of college and could be seen sitting in the front seat of his truck wherever he went.  There was something very unique about Layne from the start and he wasn’t like other dogs.  We joked a lot that he never knew he was a dog and politely tolerated the other members of the canine species.  He was much more comfortable around humans and felt that was where he belonged..  He did not know what it was like to sleep on the floor, much less outside.  He preferred a bed and his favorite spot on the couch.  He was known to whine at the feet of visitors that had mistakenly sat in his spot. When Jace left on his mission, I know that leaving Layne was the hardest thing he had to do.  It would have been much easier to leave a steady girl.  I was given the job of taking care of Layne while he was gone.  I think those first few weeks that I missed Jace so much, I filled the empty space with Layne.  I think it was at that time we developed the bond that would grow and last for years.  We both missed Jace so much and having him close by me helped in a way that I cannot explain. The plan was that Jace would take him back when he returned, but by then the bond was not to broken.  He was mine. I cannot express in words the joy that dog brought me and the rest of the family during the ten years we were privileged to be his family.   Many times I would express what I would do if I ever lost him, but nothing prepared me for that day. I have often wondered why Layne meant so to me and I think I understand.  Layne loved me with all is heart.  Many dogs love and give love vey easily.  For Layne, his love and loyalty was given to a select few and those that had it, had it unconditionally.  Layne for some reason, chose me to love the deepest and I feel so honored to have had that.  When I was around, he could not be budged away from my side, even for his favorite treat cupboard.  He felt my happiness and my sorrow and had a way of easing the latter.  Every day, I looked forward to pulling in the garage, yelling out where is my boy, and listening for his impatient whine and scratch on the door.  He always brought me a gift to the door, whether it was a pillow, a sock, or anything he could find.  The joy was so evident in his eyes and I so looked forward to those moments. I can’t tell you how many nights Dave and I slept cramped to one side of the bed so Layne could sprawl out between us.  And for some reason, most nights it really didn’t matter. Several weeks ago, Layne started having some labored breathing.  It would come and go and I tried to convince myself it was nothing, but down deep I knew there was something wrong.  Within a week, the breathing became worse and he started losing weight.  Knowing that I was in for some bad news, I took him to the vet and my worst fears came true.  His lungs were full of cancer and they told us the best thing to do was to put him down.  As we left the vet’s office, I cannot express the sorrow that I felt. Jordan and I took him home and then proceeded to give him  his perfect day.  First I fixed him scrambled eggs and ham.  Then we bundled him up and put him in the car.  Jordan sat in the back seat and held him up as it was getting so hard to breath. We stopped for McDonalds and then ice cream and then headed to Antelope Island.  We just drove and drove with his head out the window watching the things that he loved so much.  Jordan and I just drove and cried.. When we got home, he was getting so much worse that I called Dave and had him come right home.  It was then that we went out in the backyard and said our goodbyes.  Dave had the difficult task of giving the medication, but it was done in such a loving special way, that no one else could have done the same for him at the end. This was probably the hardest thing I have ever done but I would not change anything.  You cannot hurt so bad unless you love so much.  I feel sorry for those that have not experienced this kind of unconditional love Layne taught me so many things and I am better because of him

  • He taught me to love with all my heart
  • He taught me to be loyal
  • He taught me that you don’t have to be perfect to be loved
  • He taught me the joy of simple things
  • He taught me not to hold a grudge
  • He taught me to always greet others with enthusiasm
  • He taught me the importance of giving gifts to others
  • He taught me that you should always eat treats
  • and so much more……..

Layne I miss you every day but I know that it would not be Heaven if you were not there waiting for me with a pillow. Video of Layne’s last ride!!!!!!

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Posted by on July 2, 2015 in My Favorite Things



Happy New Year

Like many things in my life, this blog has taken a back seat to Christmas preparations, celebrating, eating, and eating and spending time with my family.  It has seemed like it came so fast this year and was over even faster. Jace and Krystal have been here over the break with their 2 little ones, Stella and Quinn.  So it has been a wonderfully, crazy full house.

This was our first year experiencing the in law sharing and may I say, I do not share well.  It was terrible having Jace and Krystal gone for Christmas Eve and Christmas morning.  They did make it in time to go to aunt Heid’s house on Christmas day and participate in our very competitive yearly game of MAD GAB.  Jace was heard to say that everyone should marry orphans or at least someone that hated their family.  I think he missed us.  At least we had the dogs.  We spoiled them rotten.  The very large box of DOG TOYS was demolished in record time. Most were shredded down to the squeakers within the first hour.  Much like children, they only wanted the toy that someone else had and there were some very tense moments.


I do think they had more fun than everyone, especially Kallie who experienced her most adulthood Christmas yet, receiving pots and pans and a crockpot!!!!  It was fun reminiscing about their favorite Christmas.  I am sure Kallie will not look back and say it was the year she got pans!!!!

It is Sunday night and Jordan goes back to school tomorrow, I go back to a full week at work,  Kallie is back to work also so we are all in a little bit of a funk.  I hate the let down and more than that I hate everyone leaving.  I have loved having everyone around.  I have cooked more in the past 3 weeks than I can remember and I have been in heaven.  I will try to remember the wonderful time we have had and enjoy the somewhat slower pace of January. Jordan and I both have to find something to plan and look forward to or we will be in deep depression.  I do know that it cannot include eating or shopping.  Time to budget and diet.  Oh how I hate January.

So for the next week, I am going to share some of the things we made and cooked over the holidays.  You’ll love them.  At least we did!!!!!


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