Happy

Say hello to our little friend…

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They called him Pistol

We named him Happy

We named him Happy

Mitch was working at Brookdale yesterday doing his maintenance gig when 10 minutes before he was to come home, this little guy needed a new forever home.  He’s had a tough go of things for the last few months, after moving into the assisted living facility with his owners, they both became unable to physically or mentally care for him.  The staff had hoped to keep him as a community dog, but unfortunately a resident repeatedly slapped him in the face when he wouldn’t stop barking  (and admitted to doing it) which resulted in a bite, and rightfully so!  Since it did happen though, they had to find him a home and quick.  Thankfully Mitch was at the right place at the right time.IMG_3230

Charlie (our golden) took to Happy like they’d been buddies forever. Milo, on the other hand, takes a little longer to make a new friend. So he’s a little skeptical.

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Milo’s thinking…what’s your deal, you gonna steal the spotlight or what?

Happy’s been giving Milo space and time to adjust, and it seems to be working.

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But Charlie and Happy are already running around outside playing together

Milo's a mama's boy so he'll just need a little time to warm up to our new family member.

Yeah, I know, I can be a little selfish… but I’m a work in progress too!

The best part is… Mitch now has his own cuddle bug.  Milo is a mama’s boy, which I love because I’ve always wanted a dog that would pick me first, but I know how Mitch feels wanting to have that same thing. Believe it when I say Happy takes the cake when it comes to being a lap dog.  He’s the best. He just wants to be loved.

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This is him at the assisted living facility before Mitch brought him home. He’s just laying on one of the residents feet.

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So after a bath

and meeting the boys

and meeting the boys

Happy is happy to be home

Happy is happy to be home

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Thanks for loving me!

 

One Week In and A Pound Without

It’s official, we’ve been eating right for one week and we’re each exactly 1.2 lbs less than when we started. It’s been time consuming trying to figure what to make, getting all the ingredients and preparing it. A huge change for us, because it used to be, okay, lets have tuna helper and a can of peas.

 

First time ever our fruit basket is full… of fruit

First time ever our fruit basket is full… of fruit

Going from one, sometimes two meals in a day to eating FIVE times a day takes some getting used to. We’ve done real well actually and enjoyed six days at the gym.Mitch’s taken to running and is already up to a mile, I on the other hand am happy if I run a minute.

Had to buy another electric grill since ours is lost in storage. We've used it every day since we got it.  Drain cup is a pain but cooks really well so far.

Our new electric grill. We’ve used it every day since we got it. Drain cup is a pain but cooks really well so far.

Sunday was our cheat day and we definitely itched a couple scratches, Mitch’s was a burger and mine was Doritos and root beer. To our surprise we didn’t binge out on tons of unhealthy foods.

 

Bush's Chili beans have a great recipe…and add a can of rotel. Delicious.  ( Since we're eating good I didn't add the ketsup it calls for.)

Bush’s Chili beans have a great recipe on the can, add a can of rotel for more of a kick. Delicious. ( I didn’t add the ketsup it calls for because of the sugar )

There are a couple things we’ve noticed since changing our eating habits. The shopping is more frequent, we don’t go down many of the isles and our cart is never overflowing with random snacks and junk. I don’t think we’ve ever been so proud as to put our stuff on the belt before, just seeing how healthy we’re eating.

Fish, Sweet Potato with cinnamon, salad and tomato…. How sweet it is

Fish, Sweet Potato with cinnamon, salad and tomato…. How sweet it is

Having breakfast really does effect how the rest of our day goes, we are both so much more active and involved with doing things instead of just blah, please pass me the candy, blah, when can I be couch commander, blah, blah, blah. Our energy levels have seriously increased.

Mitch's blueberry and banana whey protein drink

Mitch’s blueberry and banana whey protein drink.  We’ve used the magic bullet for years and wouldn’t go without!

Mitch, who was never much of a water drinker, has taken to drinking a gallon a day, and now has as many visits to the potty as I do, sometimes more! It’s been fun to hear him comment about having to go again, and again, and again.

Chicken stir fry with wheat rice.  Really good! As you can tell, we'd already made a good dent in it.

Chicken stir fry with brown rice. Really good! As you can tell, we’d already made a good dent in it.

 

One thing that we’ve found to be profoundly useful is the app MyFitnessPal. It is beyond awesomely cool. It adds up your calories and if you have a smart phone you can scan the bar code of whatever package your using and it will upload all the nutritional data into you diary. I’ve never, a day in my life before counted my calories but with this app it makes it fun and so easy.

Chicken Cobb Salad, We also invested in a food scale, worth it's weight in ounces… haha

Chicken Cobb Salad, We also invested in a food scale, worth it’s weight in ounces… haha

 

Now onto the “Day’s of our Dog Lives”…I would like to pass onto other dog owners with the leashes that retract.

Retractable leashes, handy and hurtful.  Yes, that's also a poo bag container and mace.  Got to be ready for crap to happen either way.

Retractable leashes, handy and hurtful. Yes, that’s also a poo bag container and mace. Got to be ready for crap to happen either way.

Please don’t try to stop your dog by grabbing ahold of the rope when they are running. I accidentally did that the other day when Milo saw another dog and decided to run towards it. I felt the sting and when I looked down, OUCH.

I'm sorry… can I have a treat now!

I’m sorry… can I have a treat now!

 

After posting about us making it into town and our colorful welcoming crowd, I heard from a friend that “TLO” passed away the following night from a heart attack. I’m glad that we had a chance to give him a wave goodbye as we pulled out of the drive. Our condolences go out to his family.

 

Doing much better and cute as ever

Doing much better and cute as ever

 

Pink Monkey Problems

Everyone knows how much I LOVE the dollar store. I mean everything’s a DOLLAR! Mitch and I made a trip to the ol’ dollar store before leaving Port Angeles, and while roaming the isles we came upon the dog toy section.

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going monkey crazy

We rarely get the dogs chewy toys because Charlie has a habit of destroying them in minutes and then proceeds to swallow the particles as he tears them apart. Paper towels, socks, toilet paper, stuffed animals and plastic toy particles have all found their way out his derriere.

I am as handsome as I am hungry for stuffed animals

I am as handsome as I am hungry for stuffed animals

We did have Kongs but they got moldy and since traveling the boys haven’t had any toys. With that said, we decided to treat the them. We got Charlie (the golden retriever) a sturdy chewy rope and Milo (the little white underbite doggie) and a long limbed stuffed pink monkey.

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I figured that we’d supervise their chewing time and throw them away once they got destroyed. The night passed, company came by, visiting occurred and then it got late. The pink monkey was forgotten by all, except for the dog with an insatiable appetite. Can you guess what happened next… Yep, in the morning there was only an arm that survived.

What? He ate the pink monkey!

What? He ate the pink monkey!

I kept telling myself there was no way Charlie could’ve swallowed that whole thing and the remainder of the monkey parts were just lost under the couch or the kids threw it away that night.

Where oh where did my pink monkey go?

Where oh where did my pink monkey go? 

A week later Charlie had horrible diarrhea. We’d seen particles of the monkey throughout the week of walks, but how much more was still up there. Was it lodged in his intestines and the only thing that was getting by was fluids and he would have to have surgery?! I was beside myself; a nervous wreck and I felt like the most horrible mom in the world that I didn’t hide the monkey that night. How could I have been so forgetful? I was the one who wanted to get Milo the monkey, and I knew what Charlie liked to swallow them, why wouldn’t I be more vigilant about it? I could’ve just killed him or cost us thousands of dollars for surgery to get it out? Of course we’d get the surgery, but has it been in there too long, is he too old for surgery? Oh the worry!

Our wonderfully loving Charlie boy, contemplating what his next snack is to be

Our wonderfully loving Charlie boy, contemplating what his next snack is to be

Before bringing him to the vet, we’d taken him outside plenty of times, and every time I would pray that he’d poo the pink monkey. I got so obsessed with wanting it to come out that I began making grunting sounds when he was squatting trying to poo. (Crazy, I know, she gets that way sometimes!) Every time I thought of the possibilities of what may happen tears came. How could I be so irresponsible!? Mitch didn’t think it was the monkey at all; he kept bringing up the raccoon poo, deer poo and every other poo Charlie got ahold of at times when we would give him a sliver of freedom from the leash or even on the leash just walking around. There was no convincing me of anything but that darn pink monkey.

I got an itch and I'm gonna scratch it

“Oh my tummy”

 

Long story, short ending… he had a parasite. The vet gave him a shot for the squirts and antibiotics to give him at home. The next day, YAHOO we got normal POO! Praise the Lord, he answered my crazy constant prayers and never again will I let Charlie near a stuffed animal.

 

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Monkey see, monkey poo!