December 31, 2010

2010's 10 Top Posts

Has it really been 2 years since I started blogging about my obsession with my dogs? My kids call me the "Crazy Dog Lady". I keep telling them, I find that a compliment!

The past year has been a learning curve in writing, a fun time meeting other dog enthusiasts, and an educational experience reading other blogs. Here's to our best of 2010, ranked by your page visits at Bark'n About.
The Ugly: 1 in 4 dogs will die from cancer. The Good: 50% if caught early are curable!

December 22, 2010

Wordless Wednesday ~ I'm Thinking?

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December 20, 2010

Frosted Windows

December 15, 2010

Kodee and Becky Tinsel the Town

BECKY!! What are you doing... NOW.
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This hand bag designer has a pretty good point - and sense of humor!
How Much Is That Doggy in Harvey Nicole's Window?

December 8, 2010

Winter Wonders!

December 3, 2010

Kodee's 4th Birthday!

Party! On December 3 we celebrated Miss Kodee's 4th Birthday! I promised Mom I'd be extra good. Really, I did try. It's just her present looked so yummy. Oh the shame, you'll see in the video below what happened.

First we want to thank Holly our blog friend for stopping by and remembering Kodee's birthday! Holly also turned 4 earlier this week so be sure to go wish her a Happy Birthday too!

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November 26, 2010

Cavs Speak

November 21, 2010

Why Mom Why?!

Hey guys! I entered myself in a photo contest. It was titled "Dogs in Winter Coats". Seriously what was mom thinking! Dressing a dog in a parka! I will never live this down at the next dog event... oh the shame of it all! Take a peek at how silly I look!
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November 17, 2010

Dogs We Meet On Our Hikes

Portuguese Water Dog. Don't You Just Love His Dirty Face!
As the name denotes, the Portuguese Water Dog developed in Portugal and is known there as Cao de Aqua (pronounced Kownd’ ahgwa), “dog of the water”.
~ Portuguese Water Dog Club of Canada
This Thursday, I am thankful for the many dog breeds I meet while out hiking. It's fun to get to know a breed I have not met before. Plus I enjoy any opportunity to fine tune my beginner photography skills.

Strolling along a path at the Rouge Park, in Scarborough, Ontario we were greeted by this large, friendly and off-leash dog trotting behind his owners. As we passed on the path, I raised my camera to take his picture. This big-eyed guy looked over his shoulder, stopped, turned around and posed.  As soon as he heard the camera "click" he happily set off after his owners again. It appears, being asked to stand while being photographed is a large part of his life! [Read More...]

November 12, 2010

A Royal Spaniel

November 11, 2010

Strattfordshire Dogs Come in 2's. How About Your CKCS Household?

I wonder if in the 18th century people already knew of a CKCS's desire to be in multiples? Upon getting Kodee, my breeder warned me, I'd get another. I scoffed. Not me, I have never owned more than one dog at a time. Yes, and I had also only owned Labrador Retrievers and one crazed Doberman. The Doberman is a whole nother story!

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November 5, 2010

Backyard Breeders Beware!

I love my dogs and honestly can say I will NEVER be without one. Dogs give me companionship, comfort and laughter. Daily they give me a reason to get off my butt and exercise. Certainly they have inspired me to write, photograph and blurt out bits of my opinions here!

I figure, if you keep coming back here to read, you probably find my ramblings thought provoking and fun or maybe it's entertaining to watch me unload. It could be, you thrive on subjecting yourself to torture. Who am I to judge!
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November 4, 2010

The ROYAList of Cavaliers; More Than a Pretty Face

Cavaliers King Charles Spaniels excel in so many ways. Most people think of them as "Lap Dogs". True, a Cavalier will always make itself at home on the nearest lap, but they are so much more! Don't forget they are also descendants of the Spaniel. True to their heritage, Cavaliers have an excellent sense of scent, they are quick on their toes, graceful movers who can whip up a zoom in a moments notice. People not really familiar with this breed, make the assumption they are low key, low energy, low motivated dogs. So NOT true! [Read More... ] 

November 3, 2010

Miss Kodee - Leaf Goalie Master

November 1, 2010

Loving Everything Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Musing 2: The Fun Stuff
[UPDATED FEB 28, 2011]

October 30, 2010

Boo! Happy Halloween!

And... the Out Takes!

October 25, 2010

Cutest Cats Ever!

You have to watch this! Even I who doesn't own a cat, can't resist. These two could do serious damage encouraging me to become a cat lover.

October 16, 2010

Who Do You Look Like

Our friend Honey The Great Dane stopped by and asked us to play a game called "Who Do You Look Like". Be sure to visit Honey and see the leggy gal they picked that looked most like her! Also visit her friend Golden Samantha because they choose a great photo also!

So who did Mom pick to be me? None other than Amanda Bynes! Well not exactly Amanda Bynes but close - her character in Hairspray; Jenny Pingleton.

October 12, 2010

The Huntress and Her Side Kick

October 9, 2010

A Fall Excursion; Leaves, Feathers and My Gals

YA! Bring on those colourful leaves, cooler weather and day-trips! We had a really hot, long summer with temperatures over 30 Celsius most days.  That meant we had to curtail our long hikes. Becky turned one in June, so she hasn't perfected my stellar, easy going, walking stride. Becky has a walking style that brings to mind a freight train bombing down a hill without a driver. That combined with soaring temperatures meant we had to be careful outside. [Read More...]

October 4, 2010

Embarrassing Snap Shots

October 1, 2010

Beating Canine Cancer

The Ugly:     1 in 4 dogs will die from cancer.
The Good:   50% if caught early are curable!

Cancer is on the rise in dogs. Odd as it seems, it's partially due to the fact our pets are living longer and healthier lives. Oncology drug development, pet owner health education on prevention and early detection, better breeder programs with attention to reduced inbreeding are some reasons.
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September 30, 2010

Go YELLOW on Livestrong Day!

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September 29, 2010


September 24, 2010

Whitby Heritage Days

Last weekend we scurried to downtown Whitby for Heritage Day celebrations. Before I tell you about it, check out that poor dude in the photo to the left. Man was he stuffed! He didn't really have a lot to say and he smelled like the stuff thrown about a country vegetable garden. Becky was going to nibble on his pants. I told her to leave him be, he had enough worries. It was apparent his owners had tied him to a post and LEFT him!

The streets looked like an old fashioned farmers market. Mouth watering stuff folks; fresh baked goods, veggies, fruits, kettle popcorn, and honey. Becky and I love kids and today they were a pretty excited bunch while they explored the wagon tours, pony rides, railway trains, and crafts.
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September 20, 2010

Wet Dogs Rock

September 13, 2010

Monday Morning Musings

September 5, 2010

Laugh or Cry

The concept behind the product may be genius but oh dear, I just can't!

August 23, 2010

Oh Kodee...



August 22, 2010

Paws Up for Autism Dog Services!

Autism%20logoAt least once a week we like to venture out to a new walking spot. Sometimes we make it a day-trip to explore new communities. Other times we take a mini exploration in our own community. We explored a new uncharted bike path (for us anyways) last summer in Oshawa.

It was along this path, terror stuck a Labrador retriever named Scotland, a service dog to an Autistic child this past month. Fortunately, Scotland was with an adult and the child was not present at the time. I can only imagine the fear Scotland and the adult walking him felt when they were suddenly attacked by the two dogs who had jumped over their backyard fence. To date, the owner of the dogs that attacked Scotland have not been found. Needless to say, it is my wish (along with many other residents), that they are and held responsible.

August 1, 2010

50% of dogs in University of Guelph's VSTEP program killed

Photo Credit: CTV News

University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College is dedicated to animal health care and a leader in North American Veterinary Colleges. That is why it's difficult to understand why the Veterinary Skills Training and Enhancement Program (VSTEP) is currently under fire by public scrutiny. In this program International Veterinary students are taught Canadian Veterinary criteria so they may practise here. The International students perform basic spays however these procedures were not supervised. The bottom line was numerous botched spays that resulted in ending 10 out of 20 animals lives.

July 27, 2010

Lacey Dances the Night Away!

EEK!! We have been away too long!! I am so sorry; really not much of an excuse but we have been spashing in water, running up hills, chasing raccoons (got it on camera), seeing great big Tall Ships (yes pictures to follow) and more. We can't help it -  we are having a blast this summer. Promise though we will be posting all our adventures and pictures soon!

In the meantime, watch this cute video of our friend Lacey! Look at that tail wag!


June 19, 2010

Woofstock 2010!

Last weekend the weather almost threatened to ruin our annual trip to the St. Lawrence Market in downtown Toronto! The rain gods blessed us and held off (on Sunday anyways - sorry to any suckers that went on Saturday :P ). Thank goodness as June 12 and 13, 2010 marked Woofstock Toronto! We left Kodee and Becky at home as it was a long drive, loads of dogs and selfishly I had shopping on my mind!

June 12, 2010

Pinecone Tales

Miss Kodee has an OBSESSION with pinecones. And at times *insert rolls eyes* she displays tiny little guarding issues over them.

FINALLY one day we sat her down and hammered out an agreement. Miss Kodee graciously trades her pinecone(s) for a treat... OK maybe 2 treats... well if its a tasty pinecone we might have to bargin up to 5 treats. This is the deal; she gets the treat(s) and we promise to post a memento photo here. Oh dear, we did warn you she is a "Princess" [Read More...]

June 9, 2010

Hunting Pinecones

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June 6, 2010

Woofing About Turning One Today!

 Once upon a time a little spunky mischievous girl entered the world with a *thud*. 

June 3, 2010

Cavalier Fanciers of Southern Ontario

The last few months have been a blast of puppy fur flying, treats galore, mad dashes after laser lights and ohhh sweet boys! So where did I find such riveting action? Well, Mom and I have been attending handling classes with the Cavalier Fanciers of Southern Ontario (CFSO). Ha, that is Mom's version of the story. Reality is Mom drives us and then sits on a chair while my friend from Embee Cavaliers helps me learn to not be a freight train on a lead, to stand very still on a table and to flow when I walk! After all my registered name is "Dancing Queen! Boy, what I will do to get my lips on some good junk food.
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May 29, 2010

Winston: A Disabled but Spunky Corgi on Wheels

It's a glorious Saturday in Ontario, Canada!! Much to nice to be stuck inside. I had a wonderful post (on doggie shopping and anniversary presents) almost ready to *click into cyberspace*. Sorry folks the sunbeams are screaming my name to come out to play in the garden. So here is a quicky but so inspirational story instead. Meet Winston: a disabled but spunky Corgi for the 4th ever, Saturday Pet Blogger Hop
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May 12, 2010

Dog Has Kittens For Lunch... and Dinner... and Breakfast

Lily a Labrador mix could very well be woofed as Mother of the Year. She took on a litter of kittens to feed and care for. Lily even rescued one that fell into the water bowl.

This popular CBS News video has been barked about on a few sites but I wanted to post it for those who may have missed it.
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May 9, 2010

Sheesh! Does Your Dog Yip Yap During Dog Movies!

Everyone has seen Hachi: A Dog's Tale, starring Richard Gere. I am probably the last to watch it. Why? Well, I can tell you, it was NOT lack of desire! It was pure fear. FEAR Miss Kodee and Miss Becky would make hearing anything impossible. How many of you have dogs that bark at each and every animal sound that comes through the TV? Yes, we have those kind of pooches! Have a look at just how loud Miz Becky woofed. [Read More...]

May 8, 2010

On the Road Again!

Day-tripping season is here!! Dad chose today's adventure; an abandoned railroad track along the Beaver River in Blackwater, Ontario. Day-trips mean CRATE TIME for lil Sis Miz Becky lol!! You ask why the crate for Miz Becky? Well she likes to up chuck in the car! Before we retell our beaver hunt story with guard dogs in chase and me drooling over the smell of cooked chicken, let's dwell a moment on dogs that puke. [Read More...]

April 14, 2010

Documentary: Through a Dog's Eyes

Grab your tissues this is a documentary worth watching!

Take a sneak peek at "Through a Dog's Eyes," a PBS documentary about Canine Assistants airing April 21. Meet some truly inspiring recipients and their Canine Assistants in this one hour special.
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April 13, 2010

Pup-arazzi Photo Tips

I stumbled across a fun, dog loving film masters website called The Dog Files. It's the creative genius of Kenn Bell who combines his professional skills as a filmmaker with his love of dogs. Dog Files creates educational, funny and creative videos on obviously DOGS. It was here I found the helpful video "Pup-arazzi Photo Tips" featuring Jeff Tisman. The video gives good advice on how to get the best from your own efforts photographing your dog.
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April 9, 2010

I want this!! Kong Wobbler!!

We have a treat ball but this is better. I like it will challenge my little speed eating turbo gal Miz Becky!! If anything it might keep her occupied for awhile!! She is still at the puppy stage of wanting a lot of playtime. Let me know what you think!!
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April 6, 2010

Signs of Spring

Take a deep breath. Do ya smell it? Let those interesting smells travel through your nose and fill up your lungs! I smelt yummy worms, wet grass, bunny droppings, a dead mouse and a red squirrel prowling our property. Mom says you might not have the same appreciation for the signs of spring I identify with ;) [Read More...]

March 28, 2010

Helping Homeless Pets

Helping Homeless Pets established since 2006 gets help to pets who need a new home. They only support legitimate and ethical Pet Rescue organizations. Currently they are holding a survey competition for CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY. [Read More...]

March 26, 2010

World’s First Tribute to the Dogs onboard Titanic

Since we just posted on how to make your pooch famous it's only fitting today we bring you two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels celebrities. Meet Molly and Carter the mascots on the floating museum exhibit "Titanic Museum Attraction"  in Branson, Missouri.

If your like us and are too far from Branson to visit the museum, check out the website as its loaded with fun pages; Molly and Carter Webcam, Molly and Carter Photo Shoot and the best Jaynee's Dairy; a first class maid who writes about Molly and Carter's adventures. [Read More]

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