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Shop catMy family and I have always been animal lovers.  As a child I grew up with dogs, cats, horses, fish, birds,

and as an adult allowed my young son to bring home a snake. I made the mistake of telling him if he found a snake he could bring it home, all the while thinking he would NEVER find a snake.

Guess what?!? He found a baby California King snake and I had to keep my promise. Talk about a lesson learned!  He named him Larry Boy, after his favorite Veggie Tales character. To my horror, I found out from the day that slithering thing entered our house I was doomed to make regular trips to pick up pinkies from the smelliest store I’ve ever had the displeasure to frequent.  It was full of reptiles and creepy crawly things. Of course, Nico loved that place. The smell is still fresh (NOT) in my memory.

If you are unfamiliar with pinkies, no, they are not little fingers, but newborn mice. On more than one occasion I had to be their executioner and drop them in the snake’s cage. Thoroughly disgusting!  Finally, Nico grew disenchanted with caring for Larry Boy and I was able to convince him to release the snake on the hill above our house so he could be with his snake friends. Good riddance Larry Boy!

Birds are okay, but they are messy and hard to keep safe from the cats.

A boy and the family parakeets

Nico and parakeets

Over the years we have had an array of cats and dogs.Tabbies, Siamese, Feral, Golden Retrievers, Miniature Schnauzers, and currently we have two Chiweenies, which is a fancy way of saying they are a mixed breed of Dachshund and Chihuahua.  Ah, yes, the designer dog. Ha!

I never thought I’d have a Taco Bell dog, but my charming (and sneaky) daughter, Courtney brought a puppy home and it was love at first sight. In fact, when Courtney moved out to be on her own for the first time, we wouldn’t allow her to take the dog, Macy, for fear of something happening to her.  Then we acquired Oliver, Macy’s brother.  Is that the relationship? Not sure.  They both came from the same parents, but different litters and look nothing alike.

Macy Lou and Oliver

Macy and Ollie

We are not the only people who love animals in our circle of friends.  Frankly, I don’t trust people who don’t like animals.  Here are a few snapshots of our friend’s fur babies.

Melissa and her beloved Mamba.  Yes, Mel dresses her up!

Melissa and Mamba

Tofu, a rescue.  Not mentioning names but her parent’s bought her a stroller.  Notice she has her own pillow!

Tofu

Bella, another rescue, I saw in a shop in La Jolla. The sweetest service dog I ever met.

Lucky

As a family we like to travel but find it hard to leave our fur babies.  So, occasionally we take them with us.

Oliver, Dad’s copilot

Oliver the copilot

One of the last trips we took and brought our dogs was to Lake Tahoe.  We have friends there and decided to meet them for dinner.  We brought a portable crate with pillows for our puppies, and tucked them in for the couple of hours we would be gone.  The extra room in the hotel had a television so we left Animal Planet on to distract them.

When we arrived back at the hotel we were greeted by 8 lb. Macy.

Macy with her paw in a cast

Macy's Boo BooShe was so excited.  We went into the room to check on Oliver and found him still in the crate. Oliver is 25 lbs. and was so mad that Macy was able to squeeze out of jail, that he chewed the electrical outlet next to the crate that lead to the television mounted on the wall.  Thank God he didn’t get electrocuted and Thank God our friends are handy.  The boys had to go to the hardware store to fix the damage so we wouldn’t be charged for the destruction.

Dogs and their destruction

Dog destruction

Damage and Destruction

Even though we love our fur babies, they are not joining us on our next getaway.  Do you have any funny stories to tell? Please share!

xo,

Valerie

10 thoughts on “Man’s Best Friends. Can’t live with ’em and can’t live without ’em.

  1. Kourtnie says:

    Hahaha I loved this post! By the way, the fact that Tofu’s owner (ahem, you know who you are) have a stoller for her does not surprise me one bit considering she has her own spot at the dinner table 🙂

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    1. I forgot about Tofu at the dining table. She is so spoiled!

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      1. Florals By Mitzi says:

        Yes she is spoiled lol!!!! I love this blog about our beloved furry friends!! You forgot the cute photo of Oliver and Macy with their Christmas hats on!!! That was so cute!!

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  2. I loved your story on pets! The fat cat in the beginning looks like it rules the roost and is probably a warrior. The photo of Ollie and Macy makes them look nearly identical, but I will vouch, they do not look alike. Macy is delicate and lady like and Ollie is a chunky little boy with beady eyes, they are both very cute. Macy is demure and Ollie has the fastest tongue I’ve ever seen, even faster than my late Winnie’s.

    I love Ollie and Macy so much that I try to get them to sleep with me when I stay the night. They always sneak out after I fall asleep and go back to your room.

    P.S. I love the evidence photos of the damaged cord. I would have chewed the cord in half, too.

    😽

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    1. I’m glad you liked it! Being an animal I thought you would enjoy it.

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      1. Are you being an animal? 😉

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      2. Being an animal lover! 😉

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      3. Cheryl Kelley says:

        Only you could tell stories about the pets, and good ones I might add. All our pets are God given and we cannot live without them. I too agree don’t trust a human who the furs don’t like 😍

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      4. Thank you Cheryl. Yes, they are God given. I’m sure you know some stories 😉

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  3. Amy Westrick says:

    That was so fun to read! You are a much cooler mama than me! I know for a fact, that I would have had an immediate mind change if my son actually brought home a snake for a pet!

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