A Brief Hiatus and Then Big Things


Sometimes life can take some very unexpected and yet very pleasant turns. Like today when my human mommy handed me this real-life bone–the first I’ve ever had–and said, “Enjoy this, Miss Harper Lee. You’ve earned it.” Wow, talk about your unexpected pleasant surprises! Mommy’s been kind of busy lately, so she feels a little guilty about not devoting her usual amount of time and attention to me. And she says she’s neglected my blog and all my blog friends, too, and that makes her feel kind of rotten.


I think, though, that she has a pretty good excuse: we are in the midst of a move. If all goes well, my humans and I will be moving from Baton Rouge to New Orleans in about a month. Please keep your fingers and paws and even your hooves crossed that things progress smoothly with contracts and inspections and stuff (I don’t really understand any of that, but Mommy says it’s utterly nerve-racking). And when those hurdles are cleared, the packing starts.


But my humans say it will all be worth it, and I believe them. Life is about adventures and opportunities. Just think of what fun it will be when I get to share with you my new life in New Orleans–new places to walk, new friends to meet, new experiences to enjoy. And oh so many new smells! For now, though, I’m going to give my mommy a little blog break so that she can focus on the move. I’ll miss each and every one of you over the next month or so, but Mommy says we’ll be checking in on you as we can. And I’ll have brief updates on Instagram (@thek9harperlee), so I hope you’ll visit me there. Until then, I’m just going to gnaw on this fabulous bone. . . and thank my lucky star that dogs can’t help pack. ;-)

I’m a Lucky Girl

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Today is a big day, friends. Yes, it’s St. Patrick’s Day. Humans far and wide will be wearing all kinds of funny green outfits and drinking all kinds of funny green drinks. Humans will look for any excuse to cut loose, right?

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It’s also my birthday. My sixth birthday. My humans and I have absolutely no idea where the time has gone. It seems like just yesterday that they drove out to the country to visit me for the first time . . . and I planted a huge kiss on my daddy’s face. That sealed the deal. My humans say that every single second they’ve spent with me has been pure joy, and I feel the same way. My face is getting a little grayer and I spend a little more time sleeping these days. Mommy says that just makes me even sweeter. Today we’ll join in the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, but we’ll also celebrate the last six years . . . special years . . . and we’ll hope that we’re lucky enough to enjoy many, many more.

Black and White Sunday: Snoozing with Style

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Thank you to Black and White Sunday Blog Hop hosts Dachshund Nola and Sugar the Golden Retriever.

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52 Snapshots of Life: Week 10–Mischief

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Remember how excited my human mommy was when she read that the theme for last week’s 52 Snapshots of Life would be purple? Well, multiply that by approximately 100 and you’ll have some slight inkling of the dread she felt when she saw this week’s theme: mischief.

I am not a mischievous girl. I have been a well-behaved dog since Day 1. (Yes, Mommy is fully aware of just how lucky she is. And yes, she also realizes that because she has been so lucky with me, her next dog will probably be a total wild child.) In my almost six years on this Earth, I have only had one moment of true mischief. I was just a few months old and I was “assisting” Mommy  while she planted some pretty new rose bushes in the garden. Mommy glanced up and saw me running around the yard like a crazy girl with something in my mouth. At first she thought I had picked up a branch that had fallen from a tree. But then she couldn’t figure out why that branch had such beautiful red leaves in spring. And then she realized that I had grabbed one of the newly planted rose bushes and created my very own Rose Bowl Parade . . . crazy puppy style. I don’t recall exactly what Mommy said to me when she finally caught me, but it certainly convinced me that mischief would not be tolerated.

Which brings us to this week’s challenge. Yesterday I received a package from my Florida friends Sully, Murphy Brown, and Carter. (They are @rowdyretrievers on Instagram.) It was filled with fabulous surprises, including this bone-shaped mold. I gave Mommy a look that clearly said, “We need to use that thing now,” so she combined a little fat-free plain yogurt and some peanut butter and started spooning the mixture into the mold. Before putting the mold into the freezer, she let me have a little peek. I couldn’t help it, friends. Yogurt and peanut butter are two of my all-time favorite treats. And yogurt combined with peanut butter? Well, I just couldn’t control myself. I had to take a little lick.

And do you know what? Mommy let me keep licking, and licking, and licking. It might not seem like much to you, but to me it was a moment of mischief . . . and Mommy and I both loved it. Oh, don’t worry. We refilled the empty mold and popped it into the freezer, so I’ll have lots of bone-shaped frozen yogurt-peanut butter treats to enjoy. Who knows? Maybe I’ll bury some of those frozen bones around the house . . . under a rug, beneath a sofa cushion. This mischief thing is pretty fun!

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52 Snapshots of Life: Week 9–Purple

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Purple is my color.

 I have three collars. They’re all purple.

And I have two feather boas, one purple and the other purple with a touch of gold.

When I’m wearing my purple boas and my “diamond” tiara, I feel like a princess . . .

. . . the Princess of Purple.

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Weekend Update–Complete with Grainy Phone Photos

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This past weekend I joined my humans for a whirlwind road trip to New Orleans. We had a fabulous time. We started our fun Friday afternoon at Wood Pizza Bistro and Taphouse in the Warehouse District. The day was beautiful but a little chilly, so my human mommy and I snuggled on the outside porch to stay warm. We had the perfect spot to greet everyone as they went inside, where it was nice and toasty . . .

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. . . and a beautiful view of the large patio area, where it wasn’t quite as nice and toasty. According to my humans, the pizza was fantastic. You’ll just have to take their word for that because I didn’t get even the tiniest little taste. They say they’re looking forward to going back and enjoying the patio on a warmer evening. I certainly hope I get to join them.

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After our early dinner, my humans headed to the Pelicans basketball game and I got comfortable in the Marriott Residence Inn New Orleans Downtown (it’s actually in the Warehouse District, but that’s its name). Just for the record, I didn’t spend the whole evening lounging on the bed . . . although that would have been pretty sweet. I stayed in my travel crate like a good girl.

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It seemed as if I had just drifted off to sleep when my humans returned from the game (they were super happy because the Pelicans won) and we headed out for a little wine and dessert at Tommy’s Wine Bar. There’s a small alcove just outside the entrance to Tommy’s Wine Bar with two bistro tables. It’s the perfect people-watching location. It’s also the perfect place to get lots and lots of love from humans who are passing by. I love getting love from humans.

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 The next morning my humans enjoyed breakfast in bed while I did a little up-close-and-personal begging . . .

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. . . which worked, because my human daddy let me lick the little peanut butter container. Is there anything better than peanut butter? Yes–peanut butter in bed! The rest of the day was a bit of a blur as we toured New Orleans from one end to the other and had a late lunch at Juan’s Flying Burrito Creole Taqueria on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District. Once again, I received more than my fair share of attention from the humans who were passing by. Did I already mention that I love attention? Well, the best was yet to come.

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My humans knew that it just wouldn’t be a trip to New Orleans without a visit to my all-time favorite watering hole, The District. (You can click here to read all about the time I discovered The District.) It was a bit quiet when we first arrived, but that changed very quickly when buses and buses of Tulane University students started to arrive.

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They were having an NCIS: New Orleans-themed sorority exchange and everyone was dressed up like characters from the television show. (That nice young lady on the right wasn’t really a prisoner; that was just her costume.) Even with all those pretty college girls, I think I was probably the most popular female in the whole place. I cannot begin to tell you how many students petted me and kissed me and said how soft and sweet I was and how much they missed their dogs back home. I think I brought them a little comfort and joy that evening, and that made me feel really good. After we told them all good evening and went back to the hotel, my humans could not stop talking about how impressed they were with each and every Tulane student we met. They were intelligent, outgoing, and passionate about their college studies and professional plans. They made my humans feel very, very optimistic about the future of our world.

Shopping Around the World Goes to the Dogs

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This month Shopping Around the World is going to the dogs . . . at least for me. Take a look at the February list from my friends Bacon and Fozzie, our Shopping Around the World hosts:

  • Random condiment of your choice
  • Random frozen meal of your choice
  • Random dessert/something sweet of your choice
  • Random fruit of your choice
  • Random item of your choice

Do you see these three magical words–of your choice? Well, this month I got to make my choices, and my choices are totally about the things that I like. So let’s grab a cart and hit those aisles.

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Random condiment of your choice–VetriScience Perio Support; $32.00 for 16 ounces on Amazon.com: Technically I guess this isn’t exactly a condiment. It’s actually a daily support formula for dental health and hygiene (that’s what the container says). My human mommy sprinkles this on my dinner every night and it has a super yummy scent and taste, so in my book it’s a condiment. I started using Perio Support about six months ago after I had my teeth cleaned. (You can click here to see my embarrassing photos from that exciting experience.) So far, so good. My teeth are a beautiful pearly white. And about that price . . . Mommy had a choice between the 4-ounce container for $16.00 and the 16-ounce container for $32.00. Mommy’s not a math wizard, but even she knew that the 16-ounce container was a much better deal . . . and she says that it will probably last at least four years!

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Random frozen meal of your choice–Frosty Paws; $4.29: As much as I wish that I could make a meal out of Frosty Paws, I know that it’s actually a treat, but humor me here. Frosty Paws are found in the ice cream treat section at the human grocery store. Each box contains four little cups of the most divine frozen creaminess you’ve ever licked. Mommy tends to buy these, put them in the freezer, and forget that they’re there. I think I’m going to have to start giving her some gentle reminders.

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Random dessert/something sweet of your choice: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Dipped Dog Bones; $14.25 for a box of 12 on the website: Two of my favorite humans–Miss Gaye and Auntie Meredith–surprise me with these extra special treats, and I love them for that. This is what the website says about these sweet treats: “Our dog bones are dipped in a white chocolate flavoured confection which does not contain cocoa bean products or theobromine and are therefore safe for dogs.” This is what I say about these sweet treats: “They’re fabulous!”

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Random fruit of your choice–Bananas; 59 cents per pound: To say that I love bananas would be an understatement. I am totally and completely and absolutely mad for bananas. My human mommy and I have made a number of special treats with bananas: Banana-Peanut Butter-Yogurt Frozen Treats, Bow-WOW Banana Biscotti, and Banana-Oat Cookies to name a few. But my all-time favorite way to eat bananas is with my human daddy in the morning. By the way, you might have noticed the beautiful green leaves and bright pink flowers in the background. Daddy and I finished off the bananas earlier this week, so Mommy had to use an old photo. I hope this glimpse of spring made you smile.

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Random item of your choice: BarkBox; $72 for a three-month subscription: This is an unnecessary extravagance, and my mommy knows that. I don’t need to receive a BarkBox every month. I have more than enough toys; and I couldn’t begin to eat all the homemade treats that Mommy and I bake, so I share with all my friends. But I get so excited when my mailman, Mr. Leroy, rings the doorbell and delivers my special box every month. In fact, I’ve started to think that every box delivered to our house is mine. So, Mommy will continue my BarkBox subscription . . . at least for a little while.

Shopping Around the World

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That concludes our little shopping spree this month. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of my favorite items in each of the categories. If you’d like to see what other bloggers around the world bought and how much they paid, click here to connect with Bacon’s blog or here to connect with Fozzie’s blog. Until next time, friends, I have some Frosty Paws to eat.


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