Hope everyone had a great weekend! It was "Indian Summer" here (what us midwesterners call a spell of unseasonably warm weather after the first frost has already occurred), with beautiful sunshine and temperatures in the high 60s!
In addition to the beautiful weather, we enjoyed watching our Buckeyes dampen the hopes of Penn State's Nittany Lions by defeating them 24-7 on Saturday. So much for a "white-out"! Now we have to prepare for Iowa (who also had their record broken, no longer undefeated after losing to Northwestern), then our favorite rivals in Ann Arbor to round out the season!
I was finally able to catch up on some chores around the house, which included some serious vacuuming, to Brutus dismay (although he is actually getting better....). Brutus was able to get in some nice napping; seems like he got the message that he better rest up while he can, as things are going to get crazy soon - shows three weekends in a row after Thanksgiving!!
We also had time to complete our contest entires, the last six of which are shown here. Take a look at these ridiculous dogs (and cat!). Click on the title of the photo to link to each blog.
This is Lorezna, a Dachshund living in Mexico. She is undoubtedly the best dressed dog around, always looking fabulous in dresses made by her grandma (Lorenza is modeling her halloween. Her mom has made some adaptation in her life that many may consider ridiculous. She noticed that Lorenza was stressed by the hairdryer, so in order to keep her pup happy, she cut off her long flowing locks and went to a wash-and-wear kind of short style so that the dreaded appliance was no longer needed! Hmm.. If I used this rationale with Brutus, I'd never need to vacuum again (maybe get all hard floors??). Anyways, Twix's mom included some "Before & After"photos to illustrate her ridiculous change (although we really think it's just true devotion):
Spuds is a pitty that is all softie. I have to let you all hear for yourself what his "mom" (Spuds is her boyfriend's dog) has to say about the ridiculous things they do for him:
Well, lets just say Spuds knows when it's Sunday. It's like he has this internal clock for it. Ever since Spuds was a puppy he's been included in this tradition. He comes every week and gets to walk around the dining room table for everyone to feed him. Everyone is just as worried about making sure Spuds is fed as they are about feeding themselves, and Spuds walks in the kitchen when he's full and waits for Mama to get him his bowl of water. When family pictures are taken, Spuds is in them. We don't have kids, so he's in all the 'family pics' of me and Chad. He comes to every Christmas there to open his presents and wade around in the living room full of wrapping paper. He always gets a piece of cake when birthdays are celebrated. If Mama and Papa are on vacation Chad and I have to go to Bob Evans and bring him back pancakes or he's depressed all day, whining at the door to go to Mama's...
p.s. - Spuds, buddy - sorry to have left you out! Thanks for the reminder (see, I told you I was a horrible contest hostess!!)
This is Dixie, Sophie and Harley all dressed and ready for their big pug meetup. Whether or not we all think this is ridiculous, the pugs seem to feel that way - notice that none of the "Three Amigos" are showing their faces in this photo. To top it off, their mom custom-makes all the costumes by hand!
Poor Twix, she has some thinning-coat issues and is always cold. Her mom noticed by accident that she liked a heating pad, so now she has one of her very own that gets warmed in the microwave for her whenever she gets a chill. As if that is not enough, her mom goes through the ridiculous length of propping up Twix's head on a pillow and covering her up with a cozy blanket. That's one pampered pup!!
Bajas, and his brother Virus (the Devon Rex cat) live in Norway. Thier mom is quite the seamstress, and Bajas gets the ridiculous honor of wearing the creations. Guess he'll put up with pretty much anything - including this ridiculous hat, and a backback!
Many of us dog-people consider cats ridiculous in general, but Virus takes his feline-ness to the extreme. First of all, he thinks the screen-saver is alive...
... and also has the ridiculous habit of curling up just about anywhere he considers cozy (boxes, backpacks, ect.), and in some crazy positions to boot!
Here's poor Dory with her dad on Halloween. There are at least two ridiculous things going on in this photo: 1) Dory is dressed like a squirrel, and 2) she is being fed Cheetos!! Not many words needed to explain this, Dory - the photo speaks for itself!
Here are some new pals of ours, Mesa and Baily. They are two beautiful pit-mix rescue girls whose family just moved to California from Alaska. In this photo, Mesa is catching some ridiculous air in order to grab her very favorite thing in the whole world, her ball!
This is the third and final installment of the entries, the contest having closed last Friday night. In order to ensure that I picked up everyone's photos and didn't miss anyone (I've been notoriously bad at organizing, having to have several of you remind me - sorry!). If you are not featured above in this post, please check the list below to make sure that I've got you entered. Just click on the header to see the full post with each entry detailed.
I Need a Sugar Fix (Captain & Martine)
Oakley & Swisher (Talk to the Paw )
Lily, Piper & Carrleigh (Rocky Creek Scotties)
Woodrow & Sweetie (NY Bully Brats)
Oskar (The Daily Oskar)
Dexter & Mango (2 separate entries, Mango's Great Adventures)
Riley & Star (2 separate entries, My Maltese Kids)
Benny & Lily (Doggy Days)
Freya (Freya the Corgi)
Santa (I Am Santa, Miniature Schnauzer)
Results will be posted sometime next week. We can't wait to announce the winner!!