On the Twelfth Day of Christmas: Farewell Noel

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And on the twelfth day of Christmas . . . I sat beside my reindeer friend Leon (that’s Noel spelled backwards) as we watched the sun set on another yuletide season.

Tomorrow the decorations will magically disappear (well, it’s like magic for me because I sleep through most of the activity), but I hope that the spirit of Christmas will stay with you all through the year.

Thank you for joining me in celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas.


On the Eleventh Day of Christmas: Fading into Black and White

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And on the eleventh day of Christmas . . . I could see the season fading into black and white.

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

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On the Tenth Day of Christmas: My New Raincoat and a New Challenge

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And on the tenth day of Christmas . . . I took my new rainy-day style to the streets. You might recall that last week we had lots and lots and lots of rain and I had a little difficulty finding a raincoat to fit my extra-extra-long body. Well, friends, the soggy weather has returned, but fortunately my new raincoat arrived in the mail a few days ahead of the first raindrop. So just before dark, I slipped into my new dog boots, snapped up my new raincoat, and headed out for a brisk walk.

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I absolutely adore my new raincoat. It’s lightweight and fits perfectly. Best of all, it looks nice with my new dog boots . . . which I am also starting to love. So bring on the rain, Mother Nature. I have what it takes to weather your storms.

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Today I’m joining The Lazy Pit Bull for a fun new weekly themed photo challenge called 52 Snapshots of Life. You can click here to connect with The Lazy Pit Bull and learn more about the challenge, and I have to thank It’s Dog or Nothing for introducing me to this new challenge.  By the way, this week’s theme is New. Were you wondering why I italicized the word new throughout this post? Now you know! You can click on the link below to see other bloggers’ Week 1 photos.

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On the Ninth Day of Christmas: Slumber Party

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And on the ninth day of Christmas . . . I get to go to a slumber party! I get to spend the night with my friends The Big Dogs while my humans have a little alone time. Even parents of furry four-legged children need a night alone every once in a while. And is there anything better than going to your friends’ house for a good old-fashioned slumber party? Surely you remember when you were slightly younger and went to slumber parties. Your friends’ houses were always more exciting than your house, and your friends’ parents were always more fun than your parents. My mommy has packed my overnight bag with food and fun toys and my bed is clean. Now it’s time to get this slumber party started. I hope no one wants to tell scary ghost stories. Then I’ll be up all night. 🙂


On the Eighth Day of Christmas: Happy New Year!

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And on the eighth day of Christmas . . . my humans and I welcomed the New Year.

Wishing you peace and prosperity, health and happiness, and all that is good in 2015 and beyond.

Cheers!


On the Seventh Day of Christmas: Shopping Around the World

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And on the seventh day of Christmas . . . I am celebrating the time-honored tradition of the post-holiday sale with a little Shopping Around the World. Today, bloggers from near and far are joining my friends Bacon and Fozzie to let us know what they pay for five seasonal items: soup, a real Christmas tree, cold medicine, a hot drink, and a random item of each blogger’s choosing. So I sent my humans out into the world with their shopping list (actually, they just shopped in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA), and this is what they found.

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SOUP: Trader Joe’s Organic Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup–$2.79–My human mommy loves this soup . . . so much so that I didn’t get even the tiniest little taste. There are four servings in each box. Simply pour the contents into a bowl, microwave for a couple of minutes, and enjoy. Mommy says it’s delicious.

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REAL CHRISTMAS TREE: Your Basic Five- to Six-Foot Tree from Lowe’s–$34.98–My humans and I go the fake route when it comes to trees, so the weekend before Christmas we set out on a mission to price real trees. We were shocked to discover that most places no longer had trees in stock. We were also shocked to find out how expensive real trees are. Mommy just purchased a new fake tree this year for less than $50, and it’s pre-lit. Sounds like we’re going to stick with fakes.

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COLD MEDICINE: Walmart’s Equivalent to Zyrtec–$4.47–When it comes to colds, Mommy’s a real believer in prevention. She washes her hands like a crazy person and takes Zyrtec allergy relief tablets when she needs them. This month she was feeling a little frugal so she bought the Walmart equivalent with 14 tablets. So far so good, knock on wood.

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HOT DRINK (CAN ALSO BE A HOT TODDY)–Catdaddy Spiced Moonshine–$19.99–Technically it’s not a hot drink . . . it’s not even a hot toddy . . . but my humans say that it really warms you up from the inside out. The bottle says that it has “hints of vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon.” Mommy says that it tastes like Christmas. It certainly has the ability to bring out the jolly in the humans.

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RANDOM ITEM–Gingerbread House Kit by Wilton, a Michael’s Exclusive–$8.99–Just before Christmas, Mommy was in Micheal’s craft center buying ribbon on sale when she spotted the gingerbread house kits, which were also on sale. She made her first gingerbread house–with my help, of course–last year, so naturally she had to make this random purchase. I have a feeling that gingerbread houses have now become a Christmas tradition in our home. One more item to add to the shopping list!

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Curious about what all of my friends from around the world paid for these seasonal items? Click here to connect with Bacon’s blog and he’ll put you in touch with all of the shoppers. Shop ’til you drop, friends!


On the Sixth Day of Christmas: Oh, LSU

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And on the sixth day of Christmas . . . we interrupted the holiday season to celebrate our LSU Tigers. My humans and I were super excited to watch the Tigers take on the Notre Dame Irish in the Music City Bowl. I temporarily changed from my Christmas collar to my LSU collar and special gameday bandanas. My humans pulled out their purple and gold clothes, and the LSU wreath even came out for a brief appearance.

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We certainly did our part, but on this particular day our Tigers came up just a little short. It’s a tough ending to a challenging football season. Fortunately, though, we still have six more days to enjoy the Christmas season . . . and that’s a season that never disappoints.


On the Fifth Day of Christmas: Back to the Monday Routine

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And on the fifth day of Christmas . . . my humans and I were back into our regular routine. Monday is laundry day in our house. It’s a New Orleans tradition to do the laundry on Mondays, so that’s what my mommy does (even though technically we’re in Baton Rouge, not New Orleans). Mommy and I were up while it was still dark outside. (To be totally honest, it wasn’t really that early but it was still pretty dark because we had yet another day of rain.) Mommy collected the dirty clothes and started the washing machine . . . all with my supervision, of course.

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And then Mommy put a big pot of red beans on the stove. Red beans and rice on Mondays is another New Orleans tradition. The beans cook all day long while mommies all over the city (and daddies, too) do the laundry.

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With the laundry in the washing machine and the beans on the stove, it was time for me to join my daddy in the home office. I love to “work” in the home office when my daddy’s in town. It’s totally relaxing. I sleep with my head wedged as closely as possible to the chair so my daddy has absolutely zero chance of moving. That’s our routine, and I was very happy to be back into a routine on this fifth day of Christmas.


On the Fourth Day Of Christmas: My First Pair of Boots

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And on the fourth day of Christmas . . . the rain continued, so my humans decided that it was time for me to get my first pair of waterproof dog boots. They are called Pawz, made by Top Paw, and I am still a bit undecided. My fabulous Golden friend Sugar wears Pawz year-round to protect her beautiful feet. (You can click here to read all about Sugar and her famous Pawz.) I figure if Sugar likes them then they must be good. The fact that they are purple is a plus, too. Purple is my favorite color.

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My new boots took a little getting used to. My humans started by putting just one boot on one foot. At first, I didn’t want to move. And then I didn’t want to put the booted foot on the ground. Then I got used to one boot, so the humans tried them on all four feet. Walking was a bit tricky at first, but I got the hang of it. Then I wouldn’t sit down with my boots on, but eventually I sat. I even went outside to . . . well, you know . . . wearing my Pawz. And finally I gave in completely and wore the boots to my bed to lie down. That’s when, mercifully, my humans removed the boots and said that we’ll try them again tomorrow. While I’m not completely averse to wearing my new waterproof boots, I do I have my toes crossed for brilliantly sunny skies and dry ground tomorrow. A girl can dream.


On the Third Day of Christmas: Rain, Rain, and More Rain

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And on the third day of Christmas . . . it rained buckets. The weather humans said to expect more rain tomorrow and more of the same next weekend. So my human mommy decided that it was time for me to have my very first raincoat, and she set off for PetSmart to do some shopping.

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A little while later, Mommy came home with three possibilities. This was my favorite, but there was just one small problem: Turns out I’m not an extra-large girl. I’m an extra-extra-large girl. The horror! The sizing must be off, right? Or maybe I’m a little bloated from the holidays, right? Actually, I’m not so much big as I am long. I know, I know, I know . . . that’s what they all say. But really, I am kind of an extra-long girl . . . or make that extra-extra-long girl. Unfortunately, there’s slim pickings at the store when it comes to garments for extra-extra-large girls, so Mommy turned to those Amazon people, who seem to have everything in every size. My new coat should be here next week. Hopefully, it will fit. Until then, maybe I’ll cut down slightly on the treats.