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I think my dog broke…


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AkA how to camp with a dog and not have a gross, dead-bug-infested, dirt-and-pine-needle-encrusted water bowl.  I always felt bad for Zoso when he would sadly poke his nose at his collapsible water bowl while out camping.  Inevitably, some giant and terrible insect had committed buzzy suicide into his water and he found he was no longer all that thirsty…

This past weekend, we knew we would need something more portable for the little beagle because we planned on hiking around with him for hours during the hottest day of the year.  Year?  Maybe even decade.  It was HOT.  And a little water bowl that doesn’t clean out well just wouldn’t do.

Luckily, while shopping for gear at REI, we came across an excellent solution to our problem: the Gulpy Portable Water Dispenser!  This thing is amazing!

You fill it with nice, cold water and clip it to your belt or backpack.  Whenever it’s time for a water break, you just pop open the bottom, squeeze the bottle a bit and let your pup drink the fresh, clean water that comes out!

We ended up getting two bottles (one 20 oz and one 10) so whoever had Zoso for the time being could take one with them.  This came in super useful when we were driving because I was able to reach the back seat and squeeze some water out for him (no, I wasn’t the one driving).  No mess and able to use it in the car!  How incredible is that!?  This really is the perfect camping accessory if you have a pup, or even just for a long walk or a day out with the dog!  I can’t recommend this enough!

Now, at $9, the REI price isn’t too bad.  But if you want to know a secret, we were also able to find them at TJ Maxx and Marshalls for only $4!  So wherever you may find this bottle, I totally recommend it for your pups hydration.  It is worth any price at all just because of its convenience and ability to keep the water nice and fresh inside.

But don’t take my word for it.  Just look at this happy face:

Thank you Gulpy water bottle!

Thanks to my sister for these pictures.

In this post I’d like to introduce you to the ancient art of dog-stretching:

First, warm it up with a nice hug.

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My husband and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary on Sunday.  This year has gone by pretty fast!  And there have been lots of changes – some good and some heartbreaking.  We’ve made friends, we’ve lost family, hell we even got new family!  We’ve molded our house into something more like a home and we’ve found a sort of balancing point with all these crazy animals.

It’s not always easy, but I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us, together.

Love ya, hot pants!


Note: black eye acquired during racquetball.

With all due respect and credit to the amazing Dr. Seuss.

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

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Right now I’d love a good nap in the warm summer sun.  Preferably near an ocean.

Quote of the week is courtesy of Pandaid on SomethingAwful:

My cat is racist. She prefers white mice toys over other toys. She’s also brought me 5 toys today, meowing to announce her victory. This is a record for her. Number 6 may be in the works.

Robins nest live!  Watch the babies hatch… eventually!

Pittie walking gear – sometimes it takes a while to figure out the best gear for your routine.

Dorothy the chicken looks like a fine, feathered friend.

Shaved kitty bellies are the softest things on earth.

Maple has such a sweet little smile.

Born Again Daisy – a tearjerker of a story.

Cats rule, dogs drool.

More baby lambs!  I am foaming at the mouth from the shear cuteness of it all.  See what I did there?

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That's all I am to them.


You want me to walk?  In the rain?

Only posing like this for food.

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And by hiking, I mean a rather nice stroll.

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