Rhapsody in Bloo

A dogumentary of my life with my hooman

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Lessons from my furry Valentine

Valentines Day

Since the 17th Century people have been celebrating Saint Valentine’s day by exchanging tokens of their affection to the ones they love. It can be very romantic and a good excuse to take time to appreciate that someone special in your life. For me that someone special is my dog Bloo.

You might think that because of this (and the fact that I have dog blog), I might be a little dog crazy. This could be true (but seriously, look at that face!).

This year, on Valentine’s Day I’m celebrating all the gifts that Mr. B. has given me. He’s given me the gift of love, companionship, entertainment, security, and the thought of coming home to someone who is excited to see me every…single…time. He reminds me daily what sacrifice and comprise means and how we should always live in the moment.

So this Valentine’s day, in the midsts of our busy lives, let’s take a moment to reflect on the gifts we receive daily from the ones we love.

Happy Valentine’s Day.


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Training a reactive dog

dog parkBloo and I have been together now for a year and a half. During our time together we’ve been working diligently on his separation anxiety, reactivity and basic dog manners. He has come a long way.

When I first got Bloo I couldn’t walk him on a leash near people, dogs, squirrels, cyclists or anything moving basically, without him lunging, barking and pretty much going nuts. It made for some stressful walks for both of us.

In the last year though, through repetition and lots of patience, we have made loads of progress. We can now walk down the street on a leash while runners run by, cyclists ride by and people walk close to us. We still get a bit distracted by squirrels, in Bloo’s defense they are just asking to be chased. We also still have some work to do when we see other dogs on a leash.

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A smile is worth a thousand words

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They say a smile is worth 1,000 words. Well on this particular day, it was worth over 1,000 likes, on Facebook that is.

The above picture was taken at Bloo’s doggie daycare last week.

One of the things I love about Oh my Dog daycare, aside from the fact they take good care of my dog, is they post pictures of every dog, every day, twice a day on their Facebook page.  And Bloo is either very photogenic or they take some pretty darn good pictures (maybe it’s a little of both). Either way, it’s the highlight of my day when he’s there.

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A strange walk in the park

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Yesterday, I was walking my dog in my neighborhood. As we walked by his favorite field, he relieved himself in the exact same spot he does every day.

On this particular day there was a game going on in the field, so cars and people where coming and going around us. As I gathered my lavender-scented poop bag from my pocket to do my duty, this strange man came walking towards us.

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You know you’re a real dog owner when…

dog blanketAfter living for over 4 years without a pet, the art of becoming a doggie mamma again continues to amuse me. It amazes me the things I now get excited about and also the things that don’t actually gross me out anymore. You know you’ve gone off the deep end have become a true doggie mamma when:

  • Your favorite birthday gift is a blanket made of all the pictures of your dog that you recently posted on Facebook (thanks again Kim).
  • Your shipment of lavender-scented poop bags arrives at your doorstep and you’re not only excited to open it but you can’t wait to take the dog out so you can use them.
  • You drive into your driveway and you breathe a sigh of relief because no window screens are missing, no windows are broken and the dog is still safely inside
  • You no longer care that there are paw prints on your car seats and nose drool on the car windows
  • You sacrifice a bike ride for a long game of stick
  • In your free time you volunteer to help raise money to build a dog park in your community (and recruit your friends to help with events – thanks ladies, you know who you are)
  • You’d much rather stay home cuddling with your pooch than going out on a date – men are too much trouble

Owning a dog is a true lesson in patience and love and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

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Busted, with one paw in the cookie jar

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Me loves cookies…

The other day the UPS guy dropped off a package to my house which was not actually mine. The address was my number but not my street. The box was addressed to someone who lived on the other side of town. So, I brought the package in the house put it on the stairs and had every intention of driving it over to the correct address on my way home from work.

The next morning I woke up to some drama in my house. I called in to work and let them know I wouldn’t be there as I had to take care of the water filling up my basement. A friend of mine came over to assess the situation and recommended we go straight away to the hardware store and buy a pump to pump out my basement. Which we did.


The box

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11 Reasons why my dog is better than a boyfriend

dog blogWhen I asked the universe for true love. I got exactly what I wanted — a dog.  Bloo and I have a very simple relationship. I love him and he loves me. It’s literally that simple.

Though we don’t speak the same language per se, we do communicate quite well with each other. He knows when I’m sad, I know when he’s scared,  and we both know when the other needs a little attention. Our relationship is simple, loving and much easier than most.

As a woman in a place where single women outnumber the single men, dating can be daunting and finding that perfect guy can seem impossible. But when I think about my 50 pound pooch, I realize my relationship with him is much easier than with any guy I could ever find. Here’s why:

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Play like a dog

Dog playBloo and I can attest to the rumor that rescue dogs don’t know how to play. I know it sounds weird. I mean how can a dog not know how to play tug, fetch or ball? Doesn’t that just come with being a dog?

But when I first got my pooch, this was one thing among many, he just didn’t know.

Because I don’t have kids, I will admit, Bloo has become my surrogate child. I love him that much. Which is why I am doing everything in my power to give him the best life I can. But as our dog trainer reminds us, he’s still a dog and needs to act like one.

So aside from teaching him how to sit, stay, give me five, and come on command, I had to teach him how to play like a dog. And, like anything, it has taken a lot of time.

All our work seems to be paying off though. Now, not only does Bloo play tug, but he also plays fetch. He’ll fetch it, bring it back and drop it so I can throw it again. Here’s proof:

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Love, Doggie-Style

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My little snuggle bug

I’ve always loved dogs and my dogs in particular. I’m one of those crazy dog ladies (hence the dog blog), and yet I’m still amazed at the lessons of love my little pooch continues to teach me.

I was watching a sappy movie recently (I also love sappy movies), and one of the lines was, “Love is a gift.” This dog reminds me of this gift every single day. He loves me so much, as I write this he is licking the crumbs of my breakfast off my lap.

He does a lot for me. He comforts me when I’m sad, he starts my day with kisses, and he’s always so happy to see me when I come home that he jumps up as high as he can to kiss me. I know he never meant to give me that bloody lip.

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