Category archives: Dogs aka Life as a Wookie

  • Winter Fun for Everyone!

  • When we lived in the city I really wasn't very fond of winters. Winter meant even worse driving or commuting conditions, gross grey frozen dirt/snow banks, and lots of hibernating. The only fun winter brought came when we left the city and headed skiing or up to our cottage where we could really enjoy the great outdoors. Now, living in the country where the snow stays white and you can make t[...]
  • Saying Goodbye: Grieving the loss of a pet

  • On the afternoon of December 12th our family got smaller.... We said goodbye to our sweet Hermann. I have trouble breathing just writing that. My chest is tight, my throat hurts and I'm fighting back the ugly tears. There have been a lot of those. Our hearts are broken, and yet I know they will mend. We have over 10 years of amazing memories. He was a gift. He was truly o[...]
  • Right as Rayne: Happy healthy dogs

  • There are some conversations no one ever enjoys having, but they're necessary.  A few years ago DH and I had one of those conversations.  It was hard.  I cried.  Yet, we had to talk about it because the 'it' was the life of one our family members, our sweet Hermann-Maier.  The conversation was about what we would do 'at the end', when our sweet Hermann would be happier across the rainbow bridge.  [...]
  • Meet Boomer

  • Meet Boomer. Boomer (or Boomie) is part of my girlfriend Julie's family and has been a source of constant joy ever since his entrance.   I got to spend some time with Boomie when I spent a few days at her house helping with childcare, and just fell in love.  He's a fun dog who joined me on my runs, and kept my feet warm sleeping with me at night. Boomer, like Hermann and Eddie, LOVES his[...]
  • Life lately: mini projects & Fall prep

  • I feel like it been forever since writing a post! Although I do admit, going from complete master bedroom makeover, to bar cart, to dining room buffet I'm a bit worn out.  Me and my power tools and paint brushes needed a teeny tiny break. Not that I really took a break.... Fall means our winter wood order arrives.....which means I get to move and stack a full face cord of wood:)  Check out m[...]
  • Responsible Dog Owners and what they look like

  • What does a responsible dog owner look like? While we all have varying degrees of standards of what we find is and isn't acceptable, there are some basics I think we can all agree on.  And if you don't agree, clearly you're wrong.  Just kidding.  Kind of.  When it comes to a dog's health and happiness, I don't mess around. So, here are things a responsible dog owner does before even gett[...]
  • 9 Reasons to celebrate your dog's birthday

  • Today is our sweet Hermann's 9th birthday!   And since the moment this little sweet thing came into our lives, I can't imagine life without him.  Which is why we celebrate his birthday (and every day!).  Knowing how precious our time with our pets is, I'm a firm believer in celebrating their life.  And what better way than a birthday party! I don't mean loot bags, invited guests,[...]
  • Tips for summer fun with dogs

  • We all love summer, including the dogs, but summer also means different schedules and new places to explore.  We love taking 'the boys' with us as much as we can, so I've pulled together my list for making sure your pets are as happy and safe on your summer vacation as you are! 1. It may seem like a no-brainer, but make sure your pets have up to date vaccinations and tags.  This is especial[...]
  • New puppy? 10 Questions to ask your vet

  • Maybe it's just the weather, but I'm seeing lots of new puppies around.  Who doesn't love puppies?!! When we first got our sweet Hermann, we were overwhelmed with choices on possible vet clinics.  Narrowing down the selection came after asking lots of questions and finding a vet who just seemed to click with us, and our boy! When we moved to the country we had to find yet another vet, so I k[...]
  • Easter FUN with Dogs & Rayne Treats

  • So last week I was chatting Easter with the lovely and talented Heather from Heart Heather, and you know what this awesome lady said?! "You should do a doggie Easter egg hunt!" That woman. A genius. So we did and it was SO. MUCH. FUN. Supplies needed: dollar store plastic eggs Rayne Apple Pumpkin treats (or your dog's favourite) a smile:) Sponsored Post Disclosure: As I [...]
  • My dog is a celebrity!

  • So I've been keeping a secret in for a while and I can't even say how exciting it is to write this post, to share the BIG news!!  There is no font or ALL CAPS big enough.  This is so exciting!:) Hermann-Maier is a celebrity!!! Our sweet Hermann, the oldest of our dogs, is going to be appearing on EVERY package of Rayne dog food!! Well, to be more specific... the kangaroo variety he and Eddie[...]
  • Tips for feeding a happy healthy dog

  • Brace yourself, I'm about to brag. Our dogs are very well behaved. This isn't really my doing though, it's DH's.  He is officially "Master Trainer".  And for the dogs, he rules the roost. For us the dog training bible is The Art of Raising a Puppy, by the Monks of New Skete.  And the key to dogs is consistency, both in routine and appreciation for good behaviour (and discipline for ne[...]