Thanks-GRAN-iving and Things We’re Loving!

How did everyone enjoy their Thanksgiving? For me it was a bit of a wild last 2 weeks. First I was in Texas for work and then I came home (after a flight cancellation and scurrying to get my butt out of San … Continue reading

Weekend Tails, the Week Ahead and What I’m loving

Hello!

How was your weekend? Ours was filled with equal parts adventure and relaxation…we started Saturday off with an adventure: taking Tucker to the Arboretum in DC! Saturday mornings are usually what we refer to as “Dadder-days,” meaning Jason gets up and takes care of Tucker while I sleep in. They go off on various adventures while I sleep the early morning weekday walks away. However, this weekend I crashed Dadderday as we both wanted to check out the Arboretum. I had been there once before when I first moved to the DC area and knew it was dog friendly as I went there in springtime with my mom and Spenser who had to come down and sniff out DC to make sure it was OK.  However, the Arboretum is huge so we were in a completely different section this time. It’s a great place to bring your dogs as they have trails, paved and unpaved and it wasn’t too busy (though in fairness, we were there early and it’s also fall where nothing is blooming). I wish we had more time there but we had to go on our next adventure….

Tucker at the Arboretum

Tucker at the Arboretum

Off to Dogma, where Tucker got groomed. He’s been groomed once before and he really just needed a really good bath, comb out and trim which is exactly what he got. One side note, our local news recently did a story on groomers and the dangers of cage dryers. Please make sure that your groomer doesn’t use cage dryers!! Tucker returned home exhausted and I spent the time cleaning out my closet..

Yesterday was a basic stay around the house and walk around the park and neighborhoods kind of day though he did get to go play with his girlfriend Maisy since she was out in her yard. That was a nice respite as this week I’ll be traveling for work which means that Tucker and Jason will spend a lot of bachelor time together (probably watching Netflix).tucker111415arbor11 tucker111515b

Things I’m loving!

A new feature…I’m working real hard on giving this blog the love and attention it deserves. I’ve started a Facebook page for it and an Instagram specifically for this page is coming. Bear with me as everything is a work in progress and with work and holiday travel, it might take some time to get everything looking fabulous. I wanted to share a few things that I’m loving this week:

  1. DVGRR’s Extraordinary Give: If you are a first time reader to this blog, Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue (DVGRR) is very near and dear to my heart. My family adopted Oliver, a DVGRR rescue this February and he is the sweetest big fellow you ever met. Tucker, Oliver and Spenser have quite the bond and it brings me such joy to watch them together. The ExtraOrdinary Give is on November 20th and it’s Lancaster County’s largest day of online giving. DVGRR will be accepting donations. Please follow the link and give to this great cause.
  2. Great Dane With a Special Purpose: This story melts my heart. This Great Dane named George serves a very special purpose: as a service dog for a little girl with a rare medical condition. In this week of really horrific news, this is a bright spot.
  3. Reunited and it feels soooo good: Last week, our breeder Catherine with Ivywest posted a photo of Tucker’s brother Leo on Facebook. That led to photo sharing and story swapping of other siblings. I love hearing stories and meeting new puppy people – especially when they are related to Tucker!
  4. One non-dog thing: Ok, you may not think I have much of a life outside Tucker (I do! I do!) but I’m super de dooper excited about the news that the Dixie Chicks are touring in the US this summer. I absolutely love the Dixie Chicks and can’t wait to see them again!

So what did you do this weekend? Share your pup photos and stories with me either blow or in an email to me via the Contact section above.I’d love to hear from you all!

 

Saving Pets Challenge 2015: Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue

I would like to take a time-out from Tucker’s adventures and tell you about an organization that is very near and dear to my heart. You may have read about the Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue before, and now I’d like to request your support for this great organization.

How did you become a dog mom/dad/family member? Some people get puppies from breeders (that’s what we did) and some people adopt dogs from rescues and shelters. Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue, located in Eastern PA provides new beginnings for displaced Golden Retrievers and Goldendoodles. Since 1993, they have placed over 4500 golden retrievers and other DVGRR dogs into homes. My family first became acquainted with the organization when we were looking for a sibling to join Emily,the golden matriarch of our family. At 5 years old, we had noticed that she really enjoyed when other dogs stayed with us and thought it was time to get her a sibling. While we didn’t go with a DVGRR pup at that time, we started supporting the organization and other friends adopted through DVGRR.

Fast forward to the end of 2014 and the start of 2015—Emily, our golden matriarch passed away at the age of 13, leaving a void in our family’s life. My parents weren’t sure what route they wanted to take for their next dog. They have Spenser, an 8-year-old sweet golden retriever and wasn’t sure if they wanted to get a new puppy or adopt, but knew that Spenser missed having another dog. They started looking and put in an application for DVGRR which was approved. After they were approved, they could set up appointments to visit the dogs that were ready for adoption. They wanted to see Oliver, a sweet 4-year-old golden who had been picked up as a stray and not claimed. Off they went with Spenser to meet Oliver. All 3 of them immediately fell in love with Oliver and Oliver was adopted by our family and was in his fur-ever home that afternoon.

My brother Oliver!

My brother Oliver!

We miss Emily everyday but Oliver (or as I call him Oliver Wiggles) has brightened our days. He exhibits many of the same Emily quirks which is uncanny and has become a real love to all family members. We are forever grateful for DVGRR for all the care they gave Oliver and for all the care they give to other dogs. I constantly remind Tucker how lucky he is–some dogs have faced horrible circumstances in their lives, but organizations such as DVGRR have helped those dogs undergo incredible transformations. I would love to be able to adopt a DVGRR one day when we have a little more space for 2 goldens!

Oliver and Tucker goofing off

Oliver and Tucker goofing off

brothers!

brothers!

Now, how can you help? Well that’s easy! DVGRR is participating in the Saving Pets Challenge 2015, a fundraising campaign in which animal shelters, rescue groups, and spay/neuter clinics from around the country compete for over $100,000 in grants toward innovative programs. It’s a one month challenge and the organization that raises the most wins a $50,000 donation. ALL DONATIONS GO BACK TO DVGRR.

So, could you spare a few dollars? I know that you can! Please go here to donate (it’s my mom’s personal fundraising page for DVGRR) And if you are looking for a golden retriever, check out DVGRR’s Available Dogs page. Maybe you’ll find your next fur-child!

Tucker models a DVGRR bandanna

Tucker models a DVGRR bandanna

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.
Carly

Editor’s Note: I’ve since learned DVGRR has helped over 4500 goldens. Please consider helping this great organization today!