Skip to main content

Puppy tails, squeaky toys and love

Just a few weeks ago we were alone in our house. Just me, Kyle and our belongings.

Then we found Rowdy. Or he found us. Either way, it's changed our home for the better.

Now it's full of barking, laughing, playing, chasing, chewing, jumping, loving, licking, and the occasional yelling of "No, no, no!" all thanks to Rowdy.

Yes, puppies are hard. They are unpredictable and untrained and unorganized. But we love it. We love him.

It's crazy how one minute you're freaking out because the dog started chewing on the Ohio State rocking chair you got as a wedding gift, and the next minute you're trying not laugh because he's discovered that he can chase his own tail.

I have to admit, we've been pretty lucky in the potty training department. He's learned to do his business almost every time we take him outside. However, he still has little accidents on mommy's kitchen floor, and dining room floor, and upstairs hallway.

That baby gate I thought would keep him restricted to the bottom floor? Forget it. Just last night the little kangaroo leaped right over it and up the stairs. Then he wagged that little tail with pride like "Look mom, I'm an athlete" and my heart melted all over again.

I mean, how can you not melt when you see this face?


I know the puppy stage doesn't last forever. I wish I could keep the adorable-ness without the untrained behavior. But you have to take the bad to get a whole lot of good, I guess.


  1. I think Rowdy needs to have a play date with Keena. They would be so funny!! :) He's adorable!
    Funny how pets are so much like much they have to learn, so much attention they need. Watching them as they develop their own personalities and quirks...::sigh:: amazingness!
    Miss you tons!


Post a Comment

Share your thoughts with me.

Popular posts from this blog

Worth the Wait: Archer's Birth Story

Archer Wilden Brigle Nov. 11, 2016 7 lbs., 10 oz. 21 inches long
Archer's delivery only lasted a few (intense) minutes, but the tumultuous story of his arrival started several weeks prior. My pregnancy lasted FOREVER (or at least it felt that way) and, even though I knew he could be late, I was on pins and needles looking for ANY signs of labor as each day passed by. 
Oct. 31 - 40 weeks  Despite my best efforts to kickstart labor over the weekend, I was still pregnant on my due date -Halloween. This was good news for Kenlee because even though we had already participated in our local trick or treat on Saturday, I was willing to go out walking again so she could trick or treat a second time with her cousins (who live in another town). 

Nov. 2  My 40-week appointment was on a Wednesday afternoon. I was nervous/excited because I decided I would finally get my cervix checked and see what kind of progress I was making. Even though I'd had no other signs of labor at this point, I hop…

Disney World DVC rental: How we stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge for a FRACTION of the normal price

As you may recall, I spent approximately 18 months planning and saving for my family’s first trip to Disney World. We stayed Nov. 15-21, 2015, and I have to say every bit of research and budgeting paid off – big time. And, I can’t wait to share everything I learned.
But before I dive into any tips or tricks, I want to set the stage with the “stage” of our vacation: our resort, Animal Kingdom Lodge. This place is so incredible, it’s hard to describe. From the sights (animals grazing on the savanna), to the sounds (genuine African drummers), to the tastes (Indian and African dishes) and the smells (OMG I asked if they sold incense so we could take the scent home!!), every detail added to an immersive, amazing experience. 

Now, you may be wondering how we decided to stay here. I wish I could say we chose it after a lengthy comparison of features and costs … but really, we just got one hell of a deal. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a sucker for a good discount or clearance sale. And I fou…

I'm a Marathoner! Recap of the Akron Marathon

WARNING: This post is nearly as long as my marathon. It's taken me nearly a month to put together, and it's probably too long and rambling at parts, but I don't care. You're about to read more than a race recap. You're about to read my memories of one of the hardest, craziest and most incredible days of my life. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


Part 1: The hills are alive If you were looking at elevation maps (hills) for a marathon course, which of the two below would you rather run?

Yeah ... That's a trick question – they’re for the same race ... my race! They’re just scaled differently, which is REALLY hard to see unless you’re some sort of map guru (which I am not). 
So when I saw the first map back in December last year, I didn’t think the course for the Akron Marathon looked so bad. Yes, it would have hills, but I thought they seemed comparable to the hills I run out in the country. 
Fast forward 10 months to when I saw the second chart … an…