Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Where Would You Be Without Your Dog

Paul showed me this fantastically written article by W. Bruce Cameron from the Denver Post. I just had to share it for all you dog lovers. Read it and then ask yourself "Where would I be without my dog?" I would be scared I was going to have a seizure just about anywhere, so Charlie I guess you are a keeper. Plus, who would I have to cuddle with? Paul? I dare say NO. 

 Cameron: Your dog's crucial role in your life 
POSTED: 11/29/2011 01:00:00 AM MST 
By W. Bruce Cameron 

As part of his ongoing home-improvement project, my dog recently chewed the little tassels off the throw pillows on the couch. He was just ripping up the last one when I walked into the living room and he was so proud to show off his industriousness that he took the pillow and shook it like a rat. "See?" his expression seemed to be saying. "Where would you be without me?"

Without a dog, I would have tassels on my throw pillows instead of little stubs of yarn that look like small worms. The pillows seem to function just fine without the tassels, so perhaps it isn't a problem. Though they are called throw pillows, I never actually throw them, but I'm sure if I did my dog would approve. Maybe without tassels, they'll go farther when I throw them.

The question is an interesting one to contemplate, though. Have you ever asked yourself where you would be without a dog?

Without a dog, any time you accidentally dropped a piece of food on the floor, you'd have to bend over to pick it up.

Without a dog, squirrels won't have any reason to come into your yard to taunt.

Without a dog, you'd never have anyone in your life who thinks you invented bacon.

Without a dog, a lot of people will know you by your name instead of knowing you as your dog's parent.

Without a dog, you'd have to hump the neighbor's leg yourself.

Without a dog, you'd never have anyone demonstrate how important it is to stop every day and smell the roses ... and then lift your leg on them.

Without a dog, no one will listen to your opinions for more than a few minutes without interrupting to tell you their opinions, which you won't find nearly as interesting. A dog, on the other hand, thinks everything you have to say is absolutely brilliant and fascinating, especially if you're holding a piece of food while you're talking.

Try this with your spouse, and you'll see what I mean — a wife will give you maybe 5 minutes, tops, and it doesn't seem to matter whether you're waving a piece of chicken in front of her nose. There's also an inverse relationship between the number of years you've been married and the number of minutes she'll listen to your big, fat opinions. A dog, though, will always pay attention (unless you drop that chicken).

Without a dog, you might eventually forget what road kill smells like.

Without a dog, there's no one in the house who thinks driving with you to the store is one of the most fun things in the world. No one who is excited to the point of ecstasy to see you come back to the car with your bag of groceries. No one who thinks the drive back home with you is every bit as fun. In short, no one who can turn every mundane thing you do into a joyous occasion.

Without a dog, you'll be without at least one creature who thinks you are the smartest, most decent and heroic human being on the planet.

Without a dog, you might never know the joy of owning custom-chewed shoes.

Without a dog, some of your tennis balls might get really dry.

Without a dog, no one will think you are the most amazing cook in the world just because you can open a can.

Without a dog, you'd have to figure out what to do with your spare income. (With a dog, yourvetfigures out what to do with your spare income.)

Without a dog, you'll probably not take walks every day, and you'll probably never carry little bags for dog poo, either. Studies show that just adding those dog walks to your schedule can help you lose weight, live longer and battle stress (though no one has ever claimed that picking up dog poo does any of these things). Having a dog in your life lowers blood pressure and wards off depression. In short, without a dog you won't live as long or as happily.

So why would you want to be without a dog?

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Paul, Jack, Charlie Pants & I wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a warm Holiday Season!  Don't forget to buy your sweet pet some yummy treats like these doggy doughnuts or these gourmet dog treats!

image via Party for Paws

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Gifts

 I watched the movie "The Family Stone" last night and it was all about everyone being together at Christmas. Seriously awkward movie, but I like it anyway.  I may take my brother-in-law's advice and head to the beach for Christmas. I like that idea.  Also, I want Paul to get a job that moves us to the beach.  He is looking. Does anyone know of any jobs preferably West Coast? Something that deals with conflict resolution.  I would move tomorrow to the beach if I could.

Okay lets talk Christmas Presents. I have no idea what to get anyone this year. I am wondering if I can take the "I am a poor grad student graduate and have to pay student loans off" approach.  I desperately want to send out Christmas Cards this year.  Is it tacky if I just send out a virtual Christmas card? You know-save the trees and all that jazz.  Also, any thoughts on inexpensive but rocking Christmas gifts that I can buy online so they will ship easily to Utah?

Want to know something I want for Christmas-Paul does not want me to get one of these and I can understand why.  I am sick and tired of having to carry Charlie everywhere in a blanket in the winter because despite my best efforts of making him wear sweaters and coats he is still freezing (he has no undercoat). Not to mention he always pees on everything I put him in. So I want to get a dog stroller.  I know ridiculous.  But I want one anyways- as long as I don't look like her. That is ridiculous. Gear PG8030IB Ice Blue Ultra Light Pet Stroller

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Rain Coats for Dogs

What do you think about rain coats for dogs?  I think they are a bit silly, but I am sure Charlie would love one to keep him warm and dry.  Now that it is beginning to feel like springtime here in Virginia the rain is starting and Charlie is mad.  I found this picture of a min-pin in a rain coat and just had to post it.  Those ear holes are a riot.

Here are some other great pictures
dogs yellow rain coat

Monday, December 12, 2011

Online Singing Lessons, Vocal Lessons Online

Have you heard about Charlie Pants Music?  It is a virtual music studio offering online vocal lessons to students around the world. 

Vocal lessons are  available for the beginner student all the way through to the advanced  and professional student.  Some reasons singing students love taking singing lessons online.

1. Don't have to battle traffic to rush to lessons
2. It is convenient and easy
3. Sound quality and quality of lesson are just as good as in person vocal lessons
4. Singing students can live anywhere in the world and study with Leah Stone, a certified Speech Level Singing Instructor.

Charlie Pants Music also offers in person lessons at its vocal studio location in Denver/Boulder, Colorado.   Leah Stone also travels regularly to teach singing lessons and vocal  classes in Boston, New York City, Chicago, Denver, Boulder, Washington  DC, Richmond, and Los Angeles.


- Singing lessons

- Guitar and Piano Accompaniment lessons

- Songwriting/Arranging lessons

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- Rock, Pop, Alternative, Folk, Jazz, Country, R&B, Indie, Broadway, and Classical lessons and more to all ages and all levels of experience

- Read about Online Singing/Songwriting Lessons 


- How to make your natural tone sound its best

- How to develop great vocal control

- Smoothing out the vocal breaks in your voice

- Vocal Stylization

- Stage Presence and Performance

- Songwriting and Lyrics

- Accompanying yourself on guitar and or piano

Contact the vocal studio today to learn more about how you can enhance your singing voice either by in person singing lessons or by online singing lessons via Skype.

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Family Christmas Card

So I wanted everyone to be in a festive matching sweater this year.  Paul already had his ugly snowman sweater as did Charlie, so I went to Michael's craft store and bought two snowman felt bags and cut out the bottom to make a snowman dress for me and snowman sweater for Jack.  Here is the family Christmas card this year.  What cha think?

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Make Glove Animals as Pet Gifts

Okay, on to better things and cute Christmas gift ideas. How would you like to make a cute gift using only a sock and a glove?  Try these little creatures out. I think they are adorable.  Tutorial HERE.
 Have a HAPPY Weekend.
image and tute by Martha Stewart

Monday, December 5, 2011

Charlie Goes To NYC

Back in November, I was asked to come and teach some vocal workshops for a couple of churches in Richmond, VA, East End Church and Bon Air.  So I packed up Charlie's and my suitcase and flew to Washington DC.  I taught singing lessons in DC for a day and then headed down south to Richmond, taught my workshops, and then headed back to DC.  The next morning, Paul, Charlie and I took the Tripper Bus, an inexpensive and awesome way to get from DC to NYC, and 4 hours later found ourselves in the heart of Times Square.

It was a cold day in NYC and Charlie wasn't all too happy to be traipsing around the city in only his little green coat. If he could of had it his way he would have been wrapped in a down blanket and carried everywhere. After lugging our suitcases around for what seemed like a zillion blocks, we found our hotel, Yotel.  Have you heard of it?  It is some new hotel in NY that specializes in affordable luxury.  I thought it was perfect.  We paid $150 for the night and were on the corner of 42nd Street and 10th Ave and could see the Hudson from our window.  Plus the staff was fantastic, especially Michelle, about allowing a service dog to stay at the hotel, they were just in love with Charlie.  It is always so nice to go to a hotel that knows the ADA laws and I don't have to spend 10 minutes arguing with them about why Charlie can stay there.

Our room was tiny, but what NYC hotel room isn't when you are trying to stay on the cheap.  It was extremely clean.  The bed was pretty snazzy as it rolled up during the day like a couch and down at night all by the touch of a button.  Here is what our room looked like.

The hotel also offered complimentary kitchens on each floor with an awesome and FREE fancy schmancy coffee/hot chocolate machine whipping up a variety of splendid drinks. 

While in NY we went and saw Mary Poppins the musical, which was fun but I wish we had gone to see something a little more exciting like Rock of Ages.  But I think the highlight of our trip was 2 things.

1. we ran into some old friends from our old neighborhood in Utah. I mean we litterally ran into them. Had no idea they were in NYC and bumped into them in Times Square.  How funny.  Out of millions of people jammed into that small area, who would have thought we would see someone we know.

2. We went sailing.  We took the Schooner Adirondack and went for a sunset sail.  We sailed past Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and saw the Brooklyn Bridge. It was such a fun way to see the Statue of Liberty. The captain passed out wool blankets and served wine, beer, soda, and Champagne, and you could bring snacks, if you'd wanted to.  Charlie was freezing and wrapped up nice and warm in his blanket, but Paul and I had a magical time.  On the way back to the dock the sun had set and all the lights in NYC were twinkling and it was so magical. I highly recommend it. I think we paid like $60 a person for a 2 hour sail.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Gift Ideas For the Dog Lover

Have you heard of Pinhole Press?  I am sure you have cause it seems like everyone is using it and talking about it, especially to make Christmas cards this Holiday Season.  Anyways, check out Pinhole's fun collection for Animal Lovers.  These could make the perfect gift for that animal crazed lover in your life.  Sorry images are a tad on the image to see it on Pinhole's website. It takes a second to be redirected.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Weddings

It seems like there are a lot of weddings this time of year.  Charlie Pants is a pro at going to weddings and being the talk of the show (don't worry he tries real hard to not up show the bride).  Check Charlie out at this wedding and this wedding and here stealing ice cream at this wedding.

I wanted to show you how I made Charlie's bow-tie for his weddings in case you are going to be getting married this month and want your dog to be a part of the ceremony.

PS. I love this Pug in a bow-tie