Saturday, June 20

Husky Love



Upon marrying my husband, I inherited joint custody of a Siberian Husky named Kona. I call him my Bonus Son, and he has definitely introduced me to the world of dog ownership. My family only had fish and birds when I was a child. Robert's family was more of the dog and cat type. Kona has won me over though! He's 7yrs old now with a red and white coat, blue eyes, and 'happy face' markings. I have a system of cleaning whenever he sheds his undercoat. And we have a little routine to celebrate him with song and dance after he eats and is given a treat. 

We continue to support several local Husky rescues (shout out to Husky Haven of Los Angeles and Husky Camp!). It breaks our hearts to hear stories of how these dogs are returned or are found. For any of you considering being a Husky parent, here are some tips to remember: 


Exercise Needs - These dogs require rigorous DAILY physical activity. They won’t care if it is freezing cold outside, if you are sick, had to work overtime, had a hot date lined up, or if you had a long day filled with child care duties. These dogs will demand that they be walked or run until they are sufficiently tired regardless of the other things that went on in your day.

Property Destruction - If you don’t provide them with a thrilling daily adventure they will resort to going out into the world and searching for their own adventures. Left indoors, bored and unexercised dogs can destroy furniture, walls, doors, and pretty much anything that they can sink their teeth into. Put them outside to save the inside of your house and they turn your backyard into a lunar landscape complete with craters, rip up any existing shrubs, trees, and flowers, and destroy fences in an effort to escape from the yard. 

Working Breed Dog - Huskies, while being very intelligent, are also legendary for being notoriously hard to motivate and stubborn, making them a challenge to obedience train. For the most part they hate the tedious repetition of obedience training and before they will comply with a given cue, they will first analyze and evaluate if it is in their best interest to comply with the request.

Attention and Human Companionship - While these dogs may look rugged and tough on the outside, under all that fur resides a tender heart and a gentle fragile soul. These dogs LOVE to be with people and will suffer tremendously if they are ignored and excluded from everyday family life.

Seasonal Coat Shed - Imagine living in a snow globe but instead of snow, there is dog hair wafting through the air with every breeze that blows through your house. That is the reality of living with a double coated northern breed dog. There WILL be dog hair. Lots of it. Embrace the concept or opt to get a different breed of dog.


With the right owners and with the right training Huskies: Are always ready to go on an adventure at a moment’s notice. Love to be active (They’re a furry gym membership that you cannot ignore). Are intelligent dogs with clever antics that will keep you smiling and laughing. And are usually world class snugglers, cuddlers, and love bugs.


Advice from So You Think That You Want to Get a Husky by LoveYourHusky.org


Monday, May 25

Memorial Day Poppies



On this Memorial Day, I have been intrigued by the holiday's history and significance. My interested started when the Vanguard University Veterans Center wrote an article about it, so I did my own research about those who made this special day of remembrance happen. 

This poem In Flanders Fields was written by World War I Colonel John McCrae, a surgeon with Canada's First Brigade Artillery, in 1915... 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row, 
That mark our place; and in the sky 
The larks, still bravely singing, fly.
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago 

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, 
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie 
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe: 
To you from failing hands we throw 
The torch; be yours to hold it high. 
If ye break faith with us who die 
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow 
In Flanders fields.

In response, two women - Anna E. Guerin of France and Georgia native Moina Michael worked hard to start the sale of artificial Poppies that could be given to the families who lost someone in the war. The poppy became known as the "Flower of Remembrance" and was adopted as the official memorial flower for the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsThis was written by Moina Michael... 

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

#MemorialDay #WeRemember 





Monday, May 4

Pina Colada Song


I recently looked up these lyrics for a caption of one of my Instagram photos. The song is called Escape (The Pina Colada song) by Rupert Holmes from 1979. It’s quite clever! 

“I was tired of my lady, we'd been together too long
Like a worn out recording of a favorite song
So while she lay there sleepin' I read the paper in bed
And in the personal columns, there was this letter I read
If you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain
If you're not into yoga, if you have half a brain
If you like making love at midnight in the dunes of the cape
Then I'm the love that you've looked for, write to me and escape
I didn't think about my lady, I know that sounds kind of mean
But me and my old lady had fallen into the same old dull routine
So I wrote to the paper, took out a personal ad
And though I'm nobody's poet, I thought it wasn't half bad
Yes, I like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain
I'm not much into health food, I am into champagne
I've got to meet you by tomorrow noon and cut through all this red tape
At a bar called O'Malley's where we'll plan our escape
So I waited with high hopes and she walked in the place
I knew her smile in an instant, I knew the curve of her face
It was my own lovely lady and she said, "Aw, it's you."
Then we laughed for a moment and I said, "I never knew."
That you like piña coladas and gettin' caught in the rain
And the feel of the ocean and the taste of champagne
If you like making love at midnight in the dunes on the cape
You're the lady I've looked for, come with me and escape
If you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain
If you're not into yoga, if you have half a brain
If you like making love at midnight in the dunes on the cape
Then I'm the love that you've looked for, write to me and escape
Yes I like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain
I'm not much into health food, I am into champagne
I've got to meet you by tomorrow noon and cut through all this red tape”