The Happiness Tag


My pal Sammy, from One Spoiled Cat has tagged me to pawticipate in the Happiness Blog, so here goes:

Five things that make me happy

1.No big secret there…..Mama makes me happy, cause we’re a team, just like peas and carrots.

2. Selling Happie Blankets (like the one I am sitting on).  We have all kinds of designs, they are fun to sell, and we are helping homeless dogs.  As a rescue guy myself, that means a lot. And when we sell a blanket, we get VERY HAPPY!  When we hear how much our customer loves their blanket,  we get very happy, and  if they send a photo, we get moist eyes (mainly Mama).  We have a goal of selling a blanket in all 50 states.  So far we are in 14….only 36 to go!  When we make our goal of 36, we will not only be happy, we will be OVER THE TOP HAPPY !

3. Riding in the car.  I love to ride in the car and can’t wait for the temps to go down, so I can resume going most everywhere with Mama.

4. Going for my monthly groom.  I love my Groomer, and, I get to play with The Fab Four, 4 other Scottie pals.  Plus, I get to see my Auntie Karen who has to be my #1 fan.  The woman is crazy about me I tell you.  Ashley our Groomer lets us run around  and play in a big, gated area the entire time (except when we are being bathed or clipped)  Then we become The Frisky Five and we are all zonked out by the time our Mama’s come to pick us up.

5.  All of my new friends.  For a guy whose previous owner turned him in, I think my life has gone from zero to 60 in no time flat. I love reading about my  friends and their adventures.  I love making new friends.  And when I get their responses on my blog…well, it all makes me happy.

5 Songs That Make Me Happy

1.You Were Always on My Mind…..Elvis, Willie Nelson,

2. Shut Up And Dance With Me

3. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me  Dusty Springfield

4.  Downtown  Petula Clarke

5.   You Can’t Always Get What You Want  The Rolling Stones

Five Friends to Tag

  1. The Adventures of Indy & Lucy

  2. Tails Around The Ranch

  3. Speedy the cheeky Rex Rabbit

  4. Animal Couriers

  5. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy

    Remember those immortal words….Don’t Worry, Be Happy!


The Purposeful Life Becomes More Rewarding!



Greetings from the Fulfillment / Quality Control Department of Happie Blankies, Scottie Division!   I am happy to tell you that quite a few pups and their Hoomans have jumped on the Help Homeless Dogs  Train.   Case in point – Meet Carson from the North Texas Scottie Rescue.  Carson prefers the back of his blanket ( he selected our classic grey Scotties on a red background, with a grey plaid back).  His Hooman reports that it is hard to get Carson off his blanket.  But I digress.  Carson and his  Hooman chime in regularly to Testify as to how much Carson loves this blanket.  You can’t make this stuff up..


Check out Chewie, a Champion Agility Dog…..he lives in Florida and he selected our Pineapple blanket to use in his car……



And do  meet Franky….Franky and that  one of a kind  Flamingo blanket  are like peas and carrots.

Here is where the magic happens!  After our customers have selected their blankets, we wrap them in tissue, tuck in some information about the blankets and what the proceeds are used for,  and head  to the Post Office!

 Here we are, deep in the heart of our Operations/Quality Control Center……I am hard at work as you can see.happie-blankie-skyler-doing-quality-control Mama has to do the tissue, the notes, and the PO Priority  Mail prep, but hey……she needs to feel useful…..

happie-blankie-our-dining-room New designs arrive weekly, so we try to keep everypawdy and their Peeps informed.  If you wonder why you haven’t been invited over for dinner, you can clearly see that the dining room has been repurposed.  That’s all for now!  Mama and I want to thank everyone who has helped us help homeless dogs…you know who you are, and YOU ROCK !  Keep sending us your photos and your testimony.  And Car Dog, Sky Man  says a special  thank you for jumping in at every opportunity you get to spread the word.  Arooooo!

Skyer on Hart2Heart blanket

Happie Blankies – how we are leading a more purposeful life

Happie Blankie Red Plaid Scotties Red backHappie Blankie Lick, Bark, JumpHappie Blankie Grey Scotties Red Background plaid backSkyer on Hart2Heart blanket

Mama and I volunteer with a local dog Rescue, and there are always  big medical bills  for our dogs.   Their teeth fall out because they haven’t had dental care, they have heart murmurs…the list goes on and on.  One of the ladies in our group decided to make fleece dog blankets in honor of Happie, her beloved rescue who has crossed the Bridge, as a fund raiser.  She calls the blankets Happie Blankies.  Some of the fleece patterns have Scotties on them, and that’s how Mama and I became in charge of Happie Blankie Sales, Scottie Division.  But there are other cute patterns, and we have friends who have other breeds  of dogs, so we are what Mama calls equal opportunity Blankie sellers!  You can see me modeling my Blankie, and here are some of the other patterns we have on hand. Happie Blankie Sweetie Wheaties pansy backgroundHappie Blankie Sweetie Wheaties blue and black floral background

Happie Blankie Red Plaid Scotties, same backMama is full mode is learning about all the sales sites on FB, what you can and can’t post – you know the drill.  Then when we get our orders, we go downstairs to our Fulfillment Department (our dining room table), wrap the Blankies up in tissue paper, write a thank you note and make a Post Office run.    Just in case you’re in the market for a  blanket for your dog, or great Christmas gift,  the  Blankies measure 24 X 30, and they are $30 each plus shipping.   Please consider a donation that is going to help a homeless dog, and pamper your pet.  Operators are standing by!

Landscaping at Skyler Acres

As you may recall, it was PawPaw who wanted a back yard.  Mama not so much.  But PawPaw prevailed, and then, of course he transitioned to the Bridge.  So here’s Mama who loves plants and shrubs, but doesn’t necessarily want to wrestle with them.  In one respect, we are fortunate because we have a long, rectangular yard  with no grass…it is all “natural”.  These yards are not easier than grass yards.  They always need tweeking and Mama has had her epic struggle with Virginia Creeper, leaf gathering, ivy (she HATES ivy),  weed and vine pulling. Last year, we had all the ivy ripped out….80+ yard bags…it was EPIC and took 6 days.  But it got things a lot more manageable for Mama. Here is he who wanted the yard, and Casey, who along with Josh and Noah appreciated it.Jim and Casey

Foxtail fern and geranium

This is Mama’s of Summer gardening. This is our fox tailed fern, a gift from Florida, and a Geranium in a pot from a yard sale.  It reminds us of Italy.Backyard birdbath, my house 2014

We are also great fans of whimsy.  Our bird baths are planted with moss and Sedum…and Scotties of course!Basil Parsley & Turtles

Mama also loves the Dollar Store, where these Turtles came from.  We try to create little tableaux.Bottle Tree exampleMama really wants a bottle tree.  I mean really wants.  Stay tuned!

Front Porch needs more plants

Our front porch steps need more plants….Mama got busy yesterday and potted a bunch of stuff for the back deck.  But she could come around to less is more…especially when it comes to watering all the containers…….

Mercury in Retrograde Ferns

These are our Mercury in Retrograde Boston Ferns.  Mama had just come home with them and tried to hang the one to the left.  It slipped out of her hands and fell between the front porch and that hedge.  Mama got really mad at Mercury in Retrograde cause it has been messing with us, so she removed her glasses and forced herself between the bricks and hedge, retrieving the fern.  Boy she was mad!  The pot  had cracked when it fell,  which was really going to send her over the top, till she figured that it could be duct taped. I call it our Redneck Boston Fern, but so far so good with the duct tape…keep your fingers crossed!Needs flowers

We stole this out of a neighbor’s yard can.  It was going to be thrown out so we liberated it and will put some flowers in it.  We think it’s pretty cool.  I was a bit embarrassed that we were liberating someone’s yard waste, but Mama said to pick up the pace on our walk and no one would be the wiser….Skyler at gate Sept 2012  Here I am snoopervising Mama in the backyard…..Noah loved the backyard too, but he could be trusted not to find a way to sneak off.  I keep telling Mama Scout’s Honor, but so far, no progress……MVG and Noah

Towers gift from neighbor

These towers were a gift from a neighbor.  Mama just placed them…they are heavy as can be, and have pegs to secure their bases.  Saint Frances (left) is talking to our Gargoyle (by left tower)  We think the Gargoyle looks like PawPaw….heh heh !  The deer will probably eat our Hostas, but right now we are enjoying them.  There is a lot of shade in our back yard, so the Hostas  (we have several kinds) get nice and big, and I guess the Deer say, “Yum yum!”  I myself am not interested in eating Hostas, so I don’t know what they taste like.Yard Art

Hah Hah….another one of Mama’s jokes…….She loves that Rooster too!Broken but beautiful

Here’s our front yard bird bath. Our Dragonfly has a broken wing, but you know who says it adds to mood. Sure.Casey on deck

Casey could also be trusted in the back yard. I am getting a complex.  Mama sez to chillax because I am staying on leash.  It was a condition of my adoption.  I will say that even on leash  I get to explore as much as I want to. Pineapples from neighbor

Here’s our last project.  Deciding where to put these pineapples.  They weigh a TON.  Mama barely got them home, and is not looking forward to moving them again.  But we do want them out where we can enjoy them…..we’ll keep you posted!


Wags and Waves for Forrest

Dear Miss Bev and Family…what a beautiful tribute to Forrest! Mama and I send our love and empathy at this most difficult time. XXXXXX Skyler Braveheart



When everyone’s pal from Down Under in Australia, Forrest Green, passed away recently at home with his family on a sunny day, we all felt lost.   Especially Forrest’s wonderful family.   We all know how awful that loss can be.   A good blogging friend, and special Australian friend of Bev Green, Forrest’s “Mom”, Miss Sharon of GENTLE STITCHES blog contacted me and my Mom and asked if we would be interested in helping out an effort to pass on a little LOVE to Forrest’s family in the form of a blogosphere tribute to Forrest………her idea was to have everyone post a photo of themselves “wagging or waving” to Angel Forrest over the Bridge………..We jumped on the idea and have tried to help spread the word with other pet bloggers and friends of ALL FUR ONE AND ONE FUR ALL.    Also my Mom designed the above “badge” so that those who…

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an announcement for a tribute day

Mark your calendars for May 10th!


My friend Bev probably won’t like me saying this because she isn’t one to talk about her charitable works but I will say it anyway. Bev and her husband Phil have worked tirelessly to help animals for many years often using money from their own pockets. This includes wild native Australian animals, domestic pet animals and farm animals. When Bev’s dog Forrest was called to cross the Rainbow Bridge last week I knew a tribute was in order. Bev lives in country Victoria and I in city Victoria, Australia.
I talked about it to Pam and Sammy from the blog one spoiled cat and they made my idea a reality. May 10th is the day – and it will officially be “Wag or Wave for Forrest Day” all across the blogosphere. That’s right – all of us who want to pawticipate can post a photo of us either wagging a tail or a…

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Other than that, how was the play Mrs. Lincoln?



Right after our guests left  and Aunt Becky had cleaned, Aunt Susan arrived all the way from Portland, Oregon!  Mama was asleep when she got here. Aunt Susan’s plane was stalled in Chicago becuause POTUS was there, and nobody could leave until he did.  So that put Aunt Susan at our house around midnight.  Mama had showered with some strange smelling stuff and had changed our sheets and towels, taken her magic pill and boom, we were asleep when Aunt Susan arrived (she knew we might be asleep).  The next morning at 3 AM, Mama got up and showered with that strange stuff again.  She and Aunt Susan left the house, and I thought they were going to an Estate Sale or yard sailing, but no.  Several hours passed, and Aunt Susan came home….without Mama!  Where the heck was Mama?  Aunt Susan said I paced and paced.  She could hear my toenails clicking along on the floor all night as I went from room to room.  You know how Mama likes to jump out from behind doors and tries to scare me?  That’s what I was thinking as I searched and searched.  No Mama.  I was pretty irritated.  I love my Aunt Susan, but where was Mama?????

The next day,  Aunt Susan  fed and walked me , and got a very hard time from some of our neighbors.  “What are you doing with Skyler?” was something she heard a lot. She said one neighbor really questioned her closely. How did she know Mama?   Why was she here with me?  When the answer was revealed, that Mama was having Thyroid surgery, and Aunt Susan was here to help, more questions….Why was Mama so secretive about the surgery?  Answer: Mama didn’t think anyone would really  be was supposed to be a quick overnight dealio.  Key words…Supposed to  be.MVG with Skyler after Thyroid Operation April 9 2016

Aunt Susan left again, and this time she came back with Mama.  But Mama wasn’t herself.  She smelled weird, I couldn’t  climb on her chest, and I couldn’t lick whatever it was that ran across her neck.  Mama changed her clothes and quickly got in bed.  I was allowed on her lap, and behind her legs.  I took those options.  Turns out Mama had a very rough time with the anesthesia and a migraine style headache,  so she  had to spend longer than planned at the hospital.  She gave everything they fed her back…in a liquid form.    But finally,  after she, Aunt Susan and Aunt Michelle argued and threw a bunch of  hand grenades, she got the magic shot, slept for two hours and when she awoke, felt a lot better.  They still kept her until they were sure she could keep food down.  Only then did they let her come home.  And get this:  When she was in the Recovery Room after the surgery, she looked at her very kind Nurse and said, “Where is my dog?  Have you seen my dog?”  He said, “Madam, your dog is not here, so sorry, why don’t you just put your head back down and go to sleep?  We will have a room for you shortly.  I won’t leave you until you get put in a room”   And true to his word, he stayed with her until a room was ready, and took her to said room.   Once she got home, Aunt Susan and Aunt Michelle  bustled around, getting us comfy. They had cooked up some good things for Mama, including crushing up her pills so she could  get back to normal.   I watched Aunt Susan smacking the pills with the rolling pin and then putting them in Gelato, Tapioca pudding and other good things.  Mama got all calm and we went to sleep.

Sadly, when we awoke, it was time for Aunt Susan to got home to Portland. She has a husband and two sweet boys, who I really like, and her husband had to go out of town on a business trip. Mama was so grateful to Aunt Susan for making such a huge journey with such a short turn around time.  And she is grateful to Aunt Michelle for always being there for us.  We have the best friends and neighbors!

So today marks the tenth day since surgery, and Mama and Aunt Michelle went for the follow up  appointment.  The good news is that Mama can put Neosporin on her incision.  The sort of bad news is that there is more ahead.  But now, I am experienced in these matters and can deal.  I just know I can.  With Aunt Susan and Aunt Michelle of course.