San Antonio Snow!

I know! Snow in South Texas? Believe me, everyone else is just as puzzled as you are. By the sound of the news, you’d think Armageddon hit around 9:00 last night when the freezing rain started. “Don’t go out!” “Don’t drive!” “Hunker down!” Crazy.

So, I did what every other self respecting…err…crazy…dog lady does, and I took my dogs outside for pictures at 2 in the morning in case it all melted by daybreak. Aren’t you proud?

Outside my apartment

Piper refused to look at the camera.

Bailey looked, but he wasn’t too happy about it.

I took this through the window around 7:15 this morning. Yes, I set my alarm for daybreak to see how much we had before it melted. See? Texans in snow are a little crazy.

Around 11. Starting to melt because we hit 33 degrees for the first time since Tuesday at noon!

Someone killed her cat again…. Really she wanted to play so badly, but all the roads were closed, so we were stuck at the on-leash only apartment.

My sweet boy.‚̧ (You can see how weird the snow/ice mix was. It only stuck on flat surfaces – roads and grass – nothing in the trees or shrubs.)

I love the cold weather, I do. But I have discovered that I like it in 1 or 2 day increments. This whole week was enough! Now that we’ve had a 25 year weather event (really, SA NEVER gets snow!) I’m done with winter. Bring on the 60 degree temps this weekend!

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Newbie Link Up

I joined a Newbie Blog Link up Party! Click on the button below and go give Debbie and the other new bloggers some love!

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A sad little laugh

I have this shelf in my dining area with a sad, lonely little LAUGH sign.

There just wasn’t enough oopmh! It definitely needed some help, but I had some parameters: 1. it had to add some height, and at least a little color, 2. it needed to be fairly lightweight as that heavy shelf is in sheetrock with some rrreeeaaallllyyy long nails, 3. couldn’t cost more than $10.

Here’s what I came up with thanks to a trip to Michaels and a 20% off your entire purchase coupon. (love those!)

The grass sprigs are wired, but that really fine wire that once its bent one way, its stuck. I couldn’t have errant blades of grass, so I just used some floral tape to take the wrapping up a little bit higher to hold in those stragglers.

From this: (Yes, that’s a dog butt back there. My helpers are never far away.ūüôā )

To this: Much better – though apparently I could not focus the camera…

The finished product:

I like it! It fit into all of my parameters, and it looks nice in the dining area! I’m not thrilled with the candles, but decor is fluid and always changing, right?

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Music Therapy mentioned on ABC Nightly News

Senator Giffords was transferred to the The Institute for Research and Rehabilitation or TIRR in Houston today to begin the next stage of recovery. TIRR happens to have some wonderful music therapists on staff, and music therapy was even given a mention in the video at the link below! This is WONDERFUL publicity for us! Music therapy is a baby profession, first used after WW II, so anything like this that gives us mention on a large stage is welcomed with open arms.

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/facing-rehab-exhaustion-exhilaration-love-12734567

If you want more information about music therapy, visit the AMTA website here.

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New collars

I was featured!

Hi, my name is Linsey, and I’m addicted to making collars.

Here is Bailey’s new one:

Sure, its got a little pink, but real men wear pink.

And Piper’s frilly, girly collar.

Bailey’s martingale for rally.

Two gorgeous models.

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Blog the Change for Animals

I’m joining other bloggers in:

Visit the website:  Be the Change for Animals

I’d like to do my little part and showcase three of my favorite rescue organizations.

I’m sure that you’ve heard about dog rescues, and not just shelters, but breed specific or even all breed, no-kill, rescue organizations. ¬†They are groups of wonderful, dog loving people that do anything and everything they can, and sometimes more, to save lives.

I have the privilege of knowing many of these wonderful people, and have fostered a few dachshunds myself.  Rusty, Sadie, Jenny, Joey, Milo (who shared 3 years of his life with me), and Radley (who became a member of the family on his first night at my house.  foster failure!) helped me more than I helped them.

Rescuer’s Prayer

Now I lay me down to rest
I pray my soul can stand this test
Of watching critters lose their homes
While owners gripe and cry and moan
I long for strength of spirit and
I pray they’ll find a home again
Where they will know a loving heart
I can’t do much, but it’s a start……..
And spare me from the owners please
About the baby’s allergies
Or how they’re moving out of state
Or spitefulness ‘tween the cat and mate
Please keep me sane while dealing with
The woman who bought as a gift
A wriggling tiny ball of fluff
That now is playing way too rough
Remind me I should bite my lip
When confronted with, “he grew too quick”
“I didn’t know he’d get so large”
“He seems to think that he’s in charge”
Protect my heart when I hear them say
“I think we’ll breed our dog one day”
Sometimes I think it’ll break in two
Each day brings trials harsh and new
And if I die before I wake
I pray a hopeless soul you’ll take
My tears are gone, my faith is bare
Lord, please hear my rescue prayer.
~Author unknown~

Rescue groups, even if they are 501c3 Non-profits, run on donations only. ¬†Every dog they bring in gets fully vetted, spayed or neutered, and trained if they need it. ¬†Dogs usually are then transfered to foster homes where they remain until someone is interested enough to become their forever home. ¬†As you can imagine, there are limitations. ¬†Vetting isn’t cheap, and at times, groups have thousands of dollars in vet bills to pay. ¬†Anything you can give helps!

I volunteer for the following rescue groups from time to time, give them a visit, and maybe even a small donation!

Central Texas Dachshund Rescue

Heart of Texas Lab Rescue

 

A good friend of mine started this rescue.  She is a wonderful person with a huge heart!  Go give them a little support too!

 

Gulf Coast Dachshund Rescue

 

The next time you are thinking about adding a four legged family member, remember: ¬†Adopt, Don’t Shop!

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Money Saving Dog Toys

Are your dogs killers like mine?

Do your toy boxes look like toy graveyards? Missing body parts, squeakless squeakers, shredded limbs?

Its a sad state of affairs. I hate spending tons of money on new toys, because they last 5 minutes, and they are expensive!

My dogs LOVE these: Skineez Dog Toys They are stuffingless, which means no mess, and they flop around nicely. But they are about $10 a piece in stores!

So, I decided to take matters into my own hands.

You can get these at Petsmart for about $1.99 a package. So, for $4, you can have 10 new toys.

In the past, I have taken these squeakers and sewed them into freshly washed old toys and the dogs thought they were new. This time I wanted to take it further.

I got some double sided material at Hobby Lobby. Its fur on one side, and the cheetah side is pretty tough feeling.

I cut it into pieces, sewed up 3 sides, inserted a squeaker, sewed the fourth and done. I’m not going to win any prizes for beauty or creativity here, its about the dogs.

This one had room for 2 squeakers, so I sewed a line down the middle as well.

That lasted all of 10 minutes. Here’s what I learned:
1. The squeakers de-squeak very quickly, but that’s ok, because the little dog here prefers them that way. He likes that pouf of air and pop of plastic rather than the squeak.
2. The fur side is really easy to get through, and the cheetah side takes a little longer.

They are still playing with this toy about a week and a half later, so it wasn’t a total loss, but I needed to protect the squeakers a little more.

Here’s what I came up with – squeaker pockets. Simple fleece squares.

Insert those into the fabric pieces…

Made those double sided…

And now have a whole basket of new toys!

The dogs approve!

You know its a good toy when Bailey rolls on it!

This is why toys don’t last…chewing already.

So far, so good! Let me know if you decide to make some for your four legged friends!

 

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