Sunday, December 4, 2016

Black & White Sunday

Though she was born in early March, Neeko's middle name is Christmas. I have a cat named Noelle, who was, in fact, born in December. It's the most wonderful time of the year for me.

I have always been a fan of Christmas, the spirit of the season. The general goodwill, festive air, cold weather, decorations, giving of gifts, and music. I love Christmas music.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

This is How He Rolls - Faolan Scent Rolling on All the Things

I have written about why dogs scent roll in the past. Faolan is a champ at it. Seriously. If it smells good, unusual, or disgusting, he will likely scent roll on/in it. Continue reading for several video examples of Faolan scent rolling on various foodstuffs and household items.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Selfish Reasons I am Thankful for My Dogs

It's Thanksgiving Day in the US, a day to gather with friends and family and reflect upon that of which we are thankful. I have many things to be thankful for. I have a great job, fantastic friends and family, good health, and a roof over my head. Of course I am thankful for my dogs.

I could list all the generic reasons I am grateful/thankful for my particular dogs, but they would be the same ones every other dog owner on this planet would list. Instead, I give you some specifics.

They don't eat poop. Dog poop anyway. All of them are guilty of indulging in other species' poop via rolling or eating, but thank goodness they don't eat their own or each other's poop.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

October 2016 Expenses

It's November!! Yay!! November and December are historically my favorite months out of the year. The weather gets cold, snow starts flying, my dogs are fluffy. My birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas. What's not to love.

Seeing as how it is the first day of a new month, I have calculated my expenses from the previous month.

I got a new phone last month.  For the last several years, I have used a budgeting app that I paid for a long time ago.  When I restored the new phone from the backup of my old phone, the budgeting app did not transfer. I was heartbroken.  Apparently the app is no longer even available in the app store. So I had to go through my bank transactions for the month to figure dog-related expenses. (I pay for nearly everything with my debit card.)  Does anyone have a budgeting app they would recommend?

October 2016 Expenses

Food - $92
Health - $24.77

Total - $116.77

Bam. That's how it's done. Health was, of course, the cost of Bruce's prescription.

The $92 spent on food actually purchased quite a bit of food. 140 pounds to be exact. I love my sources. I purchased 80 pounds of boneless turkey chunks and 30 pounds of turkey hearts from a poultry processor in a neighboring state, and 30 pounds of duck necks from a local meat locker. I am fortunate to know several folks who come together to place large orders of meat, and one person will make the drive to pay and pick up all the meat.  Because of this, I can get meat at wholesale or less than wholesale prices. For example, the turkey hearts were 70 cents per pound. Can't beat that.

I am hoping that November expenses are similar. It is currently bow season for deer in Indiana, and gun season starts soon. Hopefully my hunter friends come through for me.