Random Rambling

I haven’t really posted here much, obviously. For some reason, writing down my daily thoughts seems much more time-consuming and slightly more boring in comparison to posting a photo on Instagram. So rather than express it all in a paragraph of “here’s a recap of what you missed”, I’d much rather do a countdown of most recent thoughts. It’s much more interesting when you add numbers or bullet points to sentences, so here goes…

1) Just recently discovered discount travel sites and I think I’m seriously in lust, not love though because that requires too much commitment.

2) Carrying a phone without a phone case is like a ticking time bomb. All it takes is one fall and it’s game over. It’s going on week 3, so apparently I enjoy taking risks all too much.

3) I have a not-so-secret obsession with left-handedness and believe that I should have been born left-handed and my ambidextrous abilities only solidify that statement.

4) I’ve been miserable with the California winter weather which means my spoiled self could never move anywhere that has true winters. Let’s keep it above 60 degrees pretty please.

5) Lastly, my mind has already fast forwarded to summer. Feels like June not February, so clearly I preferred to bypass a bunch of birthdays.

And that’s all she wrote.

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We did it for the “Gram”

Since my daughter has decided her newest hobby is chalk drawing, I decided to commission her to create something for @iheartmiles’ instagram account. The end result was nothing short of amazing, especially considering it was done in less than three hours (probably two and a half).
Two and a half hours of work for a handful of photos for Insta, sure why not.
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Oh You Fancy, Miles

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My fun loving, super active, always shedding and full of personality pup has been the apple of our eyes since he joined our family last September. Since he brings so much joy to our lives, we figured, why not share him with the world? His priceless expressions have brought endless smiles to us and we can only hope that he does the same for others. Recently, we were honored to make this list of so many Instafamous pups and were ecstatic to be included.

If you are interested in following him on Instagram his name is iheartmiles
A special thank you to BarkBox for including our little guy.

For those of you who have no idea what BarkBox is (almost half of the people I’ve asked have no clue), it is a monthly pet subscription which awesome toys and snacks. I often frequent the pet store or online stores in order to purchase these types of things, so to be able to have organic treats delivered straight to your door, nothing short of awesomeness and convenience. They offer different subscriptions, so there is one bound to suit any budget. They also select shelters/rescue organizations each month to donate to with each subscription. How amazing is that?!

As per their website – “We aim to surprise and delight with our monthly BarkBoxes that contain all-natural treats and other the coolest pup products in each box — things you can’t find at the typical big-box pet store. We have our treat and toy scouts scouring the country every month for the best toys and treats that will make your dog happy and healthy.”

Interested in 10% your order on BarkBox? Simply use IHEARTMILES to sign up for your barkbox today at http://ruv.me/iheartmiles

 

My Dog Makes People Happy, Really.

It’s been months since our beloved Angel passed away and we made the difficult decision to add another family member to our already crowded home of little monsters. After careful research of the breed and weighing all the pros and cons, we decided to add another boy to the brood.

Meet our new Siberian Husky, Miles Jacob.

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He has adapted to the tugs, pulls, pokes and the hands-on personalities of my little ones quite well. He is definitely a family dog as he enjoys spending time with ALL of the family members although the only alpha [fe]male in his life would be moi.

It wasn’t until Miles, that I realized that dogs truly make people happy. Let me clarify that statement a bit more. Previously, I was a bit of a skeptic about people absolutely needing a dog in their life to function. I still am a skeptic as I’ve seen people first hand try and work the system and claim that they need an emotional support animal, knowing that they are NOT in definite need. I’d like to simply leave that whole topic alone because that’s not where this post was heading.

What I noticed with Miles, and I’m not sure if it has anything to do with him being a husky, is that he gets a LOT of attention. With that attention comes strangers wanting to chat with us about him, wanting to take photos of and with him, and wanting to share their life stories about their own huskies or dog. True story. While we don’t mind all the attention he gets, what stands out the most is the way he can simply change someone’s demeanor from “leave me alone” to “oh my goodness you are adorable” while they smile from ear to ear.

I am the type of person that believes that a little bit of happiness can go a long way. By Miles’ fun loving personality making people smile, it in turn warms our hearts to know that he has created a brief moment of happiness for others as well.

Now here goes my shameless plug to follow him on Instagram just because he is adorable. @iheartmiles

Finding a Lost Pet – Helpful Tips

Angel & FriscoConsidering the recent tragedy, I thought I would post something that would be helpful for pet owners. Had I known some of this information, there may have been a different outcome. Some of these tips are from SLO Animal Services and I also added some of my own suggestions.

SEARCH THE NEIGHBORHOOD: By acting quickly, you may be able to locate your pet before he has the opportunity to wander too far from home. You can make a quick trip through the neighborhood in your car, but it is important to also canvas the area on foot. This will let you look more closely at areas you won’t see when driving by. If you take a regular path when walking your dog, follow this route. Otherwise, start close to home and work outward in increasingly large circles. Bring a leash or carrier and even some treats to help entice your animal back to you. Don’t forget to call out to your animal as you go – looking a little silly is a small price to pay for getting your pet back home safely. If you live very close to a freeway (as I do) there may be a chance they entered the highway. If so, I would definitely recommend getting on the highway to take a look, both directions. My dog was found only three exits north from where we live, so it’s a possibility. Please just make sure that you drive with extreme caution and look safely without posing a threat to other drivers.

PUT THE WORD OUT IMMEDIATELY: Talk with your neighbors and let them know your pet is missing. Bring along a recent photo and make sure that they have your phone number and address. Also, check with mail carriers, delivery personnel, and others who work in the area. Craigslist as well as many social networks such as Facebook and Instagram are able to get the word out immediately. Post something right away on Craigslist to let people know that you lost a pet and hopefully someone may help, even sightings are helpful. While you are searching the area, ASK PEOPLE who are out if they have seen your animal. Any amount of information that people can provide regarding a sighting can help your search.

CHECK LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTERS/VET HOSPITALS:  If someone has found your animal, they may bring them to the local animal shelter. Many places have hotlines that you can call to check. If your animal has been injured, he may have been brought to a veterinary facility. Contact the clinics in your area and provide them a description of your pet along with your phone number.

CONTACT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT: While this may seem like it’s overdoing it, it doesn’t hurt to let dispatch know that you are looking for an animal. Depending on your local police department, they may be able to let you know if someone has reported an animal that you may be looking for.

MAKE SURE YOUR INFORMATION IS UP-TO-DATE: Identification aids like microchips and license tags only work if your contact information is up to date. If your animal gets lost, contact Animal Services, your pet’s microchip registry, and any other pet recovery companies you have an account with to ensure that they have your most current address, phone numbers, and email address on file.

DON’T GIVE UP: If you don’t find your pet right away, keep at it. Many animals are reunited with their owners after several weeks or even months.

The most helpful piece of advice I would give anyone who has lost a pet is to ACT QUICKLY. Do not ever think that you are going overboard in your search because it is better to do all that you can do at that time, than look back and wish that you had done more. I would have asked more people who I came across if they had seen a dog pass by rather than just doing my drive around the neighborhood. The more people who are aware of your missing pet, the better your odds are of someone reporting something. I would never wish for anyone to receive tragic news like our family did and I hope that these tips can save just one pet from the same fate as our Angel.

 

Squats and Inappropriate Photos

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I just had my teen snap photos of my bum (for before and after comparison, of course).

I have officially jumped on that squat bandwagon. I am doing the 30 day squat challenge that everybody has seen on instagram, facebook and everywhere online. So, hopefully the photos of my rear will be motivation to get things in gear and continue the daily challenge. I’m actually looking forward to pushing myself and I suppose I’ll put some other challenges in the queue should this one prove to be successful.

Hopefully I will get signed off tomorrow from my eye doctor and be able to start running again since he removed the possessed muppet that I had in my eye (post regarding that may or may not follow sometime). In other news, cucumber water has been delightful to quench my summer thirst and makes drinking eight glasses a breeze.