Friday’s Foto Fun – Fiona

Aunt Nan Peep had some fun with a photo of me! I have Skyler’s octopus, my special Happie Blankie, and am enjoying rainy day snooze!

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There’s nothing like a little nap on a dreary day. Or any day for that matter. Just ask Fiona:

Fiona snoozy

Here’s hoping you’re having a nice snoozy day where YOU are.

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Spotlight Thursday – Meet Fiona

Thank you Auntie June, Bacon & Houdini !


Spotlight Thursday

Welcome my friends to SPOTLIGHT THURSDAY.  This is the time that I will introduce you to one of my fellow anipals so you can get to know them better.  Some of them, you may already know.  We hope that you enjoy this series!

Name:  Fiona

Age:  16 months

Location:  In Federal Witness Protection Program

Web/Blog Page:  Facebook page:  Fearless Fiona

What were your first thoughts when you met your new parents? When Mama drove up, I started jumping and wagging my tail!  I liked her a lot, and my Aunt Karen, who came with Mama, started loving on me too. Then Mama picked me up, put me in the kennel in the back of her car, and I started crying.  We had a two hour drive home.  Mama had put my kennel facing forward.  They tried their best to comfort me, but let’s…

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It’s Pawty Time – You’re Invited

We so miss our Stuart, but the Pepstress keeps I glorious photos. Happy Birthday tomorrow (3/15) deal one. You are so missed!

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I love a good pawty. Stuart did, too. March 15 marks his 11th birthday. (In spirit.) So, let’s celebrate the boy. How’s that sound? Here are 11 images of Mr. Stu. The soul who still lives among us. The Stumeister who lived life at his own pace. He lived large.

Reblog, tweet and retweet his birthday post – scheduled for midnight – and let’s start celebrating. Leave a comment and share your memories.

Woot! Oh…and let’s say NO to hemangio – the dreadful cancer that took his life and so many others. For every comment, reblog, tweet or retweet on Stuart’s birthday, the Dad Peep and I will donate a buck to Stuart’s Fund.

Now THAT’S a pawty! Rock on Studebaker Boy!

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It Had To Happen……

Oh yes it did……I GOT OUT!


Yes friends and neighbors, I got out.  I sprang through a crack in the door, and was merrily on my way.  Mama was expecting a Shredder out of Raleigh (about an hour away), and was trying to get the stuff that needed shredding on the porch.  She thought I was far enough away…BUT I WASN’T and I sprang out the door.  Mama grabbed her phone and texted my next door Auntie Michelle that I was out and in her yard.  But hah hah, I got outta there really fast and in spite of their best efforts, I eluded them.  Then the Shredding Truck shows up.  Mama says to the driver, “My dog just got out, here’s your check and here’s what needs to be shredded….I have to go.”  Shredding man says “Oh no!  Yes, go after your dog”.   By now, Auntie Michelle had called our other neighbor Auntie Laurie, who adopts any dog or cat that no one else will (we all live next door to one another, kind of like the Bermuda Triangle of animal rescue) , and she was on the case….the three of them had tracked Aunt Lauries’  senior dog Hampton about two years ago in the freezing cold (and Auntie Michelle found him!)   So Mama raced over to Aunt Laurie, who had her car in gear…they started driving and looking and calling for me.  Mama was just smacking herself over and over again….Aunt Laurie was trying to soothe Mama…and then, Auntie Michelle texted….she had me!  Mama and Aunt Laurie careened around the curve….and there we were….Auntie Michelle had me by the collar and she wasn’t letting go!  Happy ending, right….WRONG!  Yes, happy to get me back, but when we got home, Mama got me wiped down, gave me treats,  and started looking for her 2016 bank statements.  HAHA HAHA  they had been shredded!  Well that was IT for Mama.  She drove to the bank, made the Rescue Happie Blankie/Tug deposit and broke down.  The Branch Manager tried to comfort her, but Mama had had it for the day.  She ordered copies of her checks, dragged herself back into the car, drove home and told me that it was going to be an early evening.  And it was.  I woke Mama up at 5AM to throw up what I had enjoyed on my romp, and when we came downstairs later this morning, the Mater found several “presents” that I had left downstairs.  She thanked me for at least leaving them downstairs, fixed my breakfast and took me next door to play.  I think she went back upstairs and crashed and burned.  But she denies this.  Anyway, I have been extra nice to Mama today…but who knows about tomorrow?

Meet Fearless Fiona !

Skyler here.  As Mama had posted earlier, she had to unexpectedly buy me a ticket to the Bridge at the end of December.  Shortly thereafter, she learned of a 17 month old female, who needed to find a home quickly.  Mama applied, and was accepted.  And that’s the Readers Digest Condensed.  Remember, I am always watching over Mama, now Fiona has the paws on duty. So here’s Fiona!

It was a bright, sunny day.  I drove for about two hours, and met Mama and her friend, my new Aunt, Karen.  Mama signed some papers, handed over a check, got my toys and food, put me in her car, and off we went.  I cried the entire two hours.  They tried to comfort me, but no luck.  Every once in a while, I would take a break, and they would relax, but pretty soon I would start up again.  Finally we arrived at my new home, and I ran inside.  There were toys, balls, beds, and blankets.   Looked like a pretty good set up.  I explored, and decided to stay.  So now here I am, protecting Mama, and continuing Brother’s work in Rescue, by helping Mama sell Happie Blankies & Happie Tugs to help other homeless dogs.  And, Mama made me a Facebook page, Fearless Fiona if you want to follow me there.  I think that’s all for now…I will be back.  Nice to meet you !

Yours Truly, Fearless Fiona


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!