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Yesterday I celebrated Oliver’s 7th birthday. Woof Woof! To the Best. Dog. Ever.

I treated him like a proud and happy momma does. Took him to his favorite beach. Threw the ball until he was luggage. Then took him home (after a good dog wash, of course, no sand in my house!) and, gave him lots of yummy treats, and big smoochers. Even gave him a spoon full of peanut butter!

And then… I might have gone a lil crazy and decorated him with birthday garlands. Yep, he gave me the evil eyeballs with that, but he got extra treats. And  geesh, it was the first time I’d ever celebrated his birthday. And he deserved some fun and festive-ness.

On mornings when I’m not eager for his runs or walks, or when I’ve come home and realize this situation isn’t what we both planned, he is ALWAYS wiggles and love. I’m so thankful and invigorated by him. He truly is my light. My light with four legs.

Four-five months after Tim passed away, I found out that Oliver had cancer tumors that had to be removed. After a hefty vet bill, the vet said he’d have at least 4 more years. I was heartbroken. I wasn’t ready for him to go yet, but thankfully, Oliver’s still got plenty of time. It was just another wake up call, that we should never take our loved ones for granted.

It’s so easy to get caught up in our busy, busy routines and lives. Work is always nagging. Tons of excuses. Tons of distractions. Whatever it may be. But cherish and honor the time you have with friends, family, husbands/wives, mates, etc.

I’ve made a promise to consciously enjoy my time with Oliver. To relish it. His bouncing energy is so uplifting and hilarious. He constantly makes me smile, even when I’m in a bad mood, stressed out, or feeling lonely. His unconditional sweetness and goofiness, is such a gift.

So with that, here’s photos and Video from our fun-filled morning.



And then… I had to try party hats and garlands.




And the best for last…


Thanks Jollie Ollie, for making my life awesome! xoxo





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Ollie cuddle

I came down with a head cold this week. Some people put phases on the level of a cold. I feel like I hit the phase before you call it the flu.

And because I’m old school with this blog, meaning I don’t schedule my posts in advance — I just write freely and spontaneously— which has put this blog on a slight hold this week. So, I thank you for your patience, as I was getting all proud of myself for squeezing back into a consistent routine with this.

Here’s a picture of Jollie Ollie keeping cozy and warm. I’m hoping to be feeling better and blogging back tomorrow. Just in time for the weekend, right? Maybe this cold was telling me to enjoy ANOTHER (unproductive) week off. So kind, isn’t it.

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Just got back from a 10-day trip back East to visit my family. I’m glad to be back in paradise, but miss my family. Took Oliver to the beach this morning and we both had a hoot.

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This photo was taken back in 2007. I love how candid the first shot is. And the second shot makes me smile. Oliver looks a bit goofy, and Tim’s got a sassy grin, like he’s about to make a joke of some sort.

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puppy super bowl

The big Super Bowl game is just days away! But you have to check out Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl Super Bowl Sunday at 3pm E/P.

These adorable sugars below are part of the “starting lineup.” And there’s even a Piglet Pep Squad!  How great is this?

And the great bonus… you can adopt ALL of these pups… ok, or one of them. Go to the Puppy Bowl website and check out the videos and all the puppy photos. Definitely a mood lifter!

And if you’re interested in adopting, check out your local rescue. We got Oliver at the German Shorthair Pointer Rescue.

Enjoy the game and adopt don’t shop!!



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