Have you met Felix and Louie?


Meet two of my co-workers.  Felix and Louie.  They do A LOT of sleeping on the job…but the boss doesn’t seem to mind.  For some reason, they can get away with a lot!

Dog Days of Summer

The dog days of summer are here, and to make things a little more bearable, I’d like to introduce a couple of new friends from the warehouse.

Sky is a two year old yellow lab, and Willow is a one year old Havanese mix.  They have been coming to the office occasionally since they were puppies so they’ve learned that car trips don’t always mean shots and when the delivery folks come it means treats. What they have not mastered is relaxing.

Baxter, the resident Cockapoo is an 8 year veteran of the office and knows that when I walk into the warehouse to pack something up or check inventory, he can comfortably hang in his chair and be assured that mom will be back shortly.  Sky and Willow have not gotten this memo…they follow me constantly!

I must be in eyesight at all times; if I go to the bathroom, they lay outside the door with their noses pressed to the bottom crack to make sure I don’t escape through an escape hatch.  If I go behind the rock bins for too long, they come to check on me, even though they can hear me and see my feet!

But, when they came in with me this week, they had a new strategy – the middle!  That’s right, they laid in the middle of the warehouse so they could see and stare at me in any direction I went!  And, it worked…brilliant!  They actually laid still for 10 whole minutes while I was out there! Of course, they got some wrestling in with each other, as puppies do, but I know they still had their eyes on me.

I’m going to try to keep up with their warehouse antics and post more photos of their cute faces.  They make me smile, I hope they make you smile, too.


Dog Gone Crazy

Tux Pet 3628p

Meet my nephew, Tux. Yes, he’s a dog, but he’s my brother’s dog so that makes him my nephew. Now that we have that established, let me tell you about Tux. His name comes from his black coat and the adorable white stripe down his front – which makes it look like he is always dressed in a tuxedo. Very formal, this boy. Anyway, Tux is 4 years old and crazy. I mean the running, jumping, barking, basically how a dog is supposed to be crazy, but maybe a little more and this in turn makes the people in his life crazy!

Besides crazy, Tux is also what I call a “runner”.  If given the chance he will spring out the door and loves a good game of tag. Except he seems to like being ‘it’ so he never gets caught. This is what really makes the people in his life crazy.  A couple weeks ago,  Tux got out and decided he didn’t want to play tag, he just played run. He ran into some woods about ½ mile from his house and the game turned into a sad round of hide and seek.  My brother, his wife, friends, family and neighbors all tried to help find Tux that evening but he must have honed his craft, because he was well hidden.

We hung posters, made phone calls, drove around neighborhoods, lit up social media and prayed that Tux would come home.  After 2 agonizing days the phone call came, Tux had been found!  He was dirty and hungry but oh so happy that hide and seek was over!

This weekend I got to hang out with my brother’s family and see Tux. I decided to give him one of our Pet Blessing Coins because even though he is crazy, he really is a sweet blessing in the lives he has touched and they sure are happy to have him home. I hope the message on the back of the coin ‘Protect My Pet’ rings true for a long time to come for this crazy boy!

~ Suzi

Scrapbooking has gone to the dogs

Scrapbooking is one of my great passions and many people run away from it because pages can look very complex and hard to recreate.   Not true!

For this adorable page I wanted to really focus on the picture of the dogs but added a few tokens from www.CourageInStone.com to make the page really “talk” to you.  I chose the 3 inspiration coins (Frog-Smile #6471, Bee-Happy #6475, & Flower-Joy #6534) and used only the word side of the coin to add some interesting emotions to this page.  Then I used the Friendship Blessing Coin (# 3628mm ) which has “Friends Forever” on the reverse side as a final touch.

This page, as well as these dogs, will bring smiles for years to come!    ~Suzi

The peanut shoot is pooping strange things

About 2 months ago, we were playing with Baxter and Bynum in the warehouse (hey, we all need a break from work once in a while!)  The dogs have many, many toys (all strewn about the office) but one of their favorite is a squeaky orange duck.  Watching Baxter and Bynum play fetch is quite a site.  Here is how it goes:

Step 1:  Throw toy.

Step 2:  See Baxter race as fast as his furry little legs can take him to catch said toy.

Step 3:  Watch Bynum frantically chase Baxter (and surpass him), barking furiously.

Step 4:  Watch Bynum pickup toy in mouth.

Step 5:  Watch Baxter steal toy from Bynum.

Step 6:  Watch both dogs race back and deposit toy.

Step 7:  Repeat.

We were having a jolly good time, when Brenda got a bit overzealous and launched the duck at just the right angle, causing it to soar high through the air…and land right into the large packing peanuts dispenser shoot.  We have not seen it since.

Now, you don't see this everyday!

Until today.

It was with great joy as we all watched the duck re-emerge from the peanut shoot.  And it was certainly a happy reunion of duck and dog.

And now, as I write this, the sounds of squeaker toy fill the air once again.  All is right with the world.

A dog and his toy.