How we treated our dog’s nasodigital hyperkeratosis — wait, what?

hyperkeratosis dog paws, almost feathery in texture

I thought to write this since as an animal-lover, finding a solution to our woof’s problem lifted such a weight off my back. Hopefully it helps someone else’s puppy out too. A few weeks ago, Casey started limping. We first assumed it was a pulled muscle since she does this often up north when she runs around. She had been roughhousing (ruff-housing?) in the snow a lot with Junior. After a few days it hadn’t resolved itself though. I checked her paws quickly and they seemed a bit cracked. … Continue reading

Denim whale’s big brother has arrived!

I made a more robust version of the DIY denim whale from last week! I like his tail details. Now that I’m becoming a little more familiar with my sewing machine, it was easier to do the cute little top-stitches. See the original post here (includes link to denim whale tutorial by a lovely Finnish lady). How do you like my whale?   Related articles DIY denim whale – great baby room or toddler gift project! DIY: Turn your regular jeans into skinny jeans… right … Continue reading

DIY denim whale — great baby room or toddler gift project!

One of the sucky parts about having a bunch of jeans I no longer like is that I very rarely find projects that involve denim that I think don’t look cheesy or cheap. Something about denim that only looks good on the legs, and occasionally, if you’re feeling adventurous and young, a jacket. We’re getting the baby boy’s room ready lately. My youngest niece came a lot earlier than expected (in fact she was born on our wedding day), so we figured — just in … Continue reading

Bears in a Tree

Here are the bears we saw cooling off in a tree on a very hot day a few weeks ago near Grundy Lake. Of course, the first time I forgot my camera at the cottage before a boat ride was the first time I ever saw a baby bear peeking out of the bushes along the lake. Lesson learned. NEVER. LEAVE. CAMERA.   Share the post “Bears in a Tree” FacebookTwitterShare… Continue reading

Dog Tummy Rumbling

This morning is a tired one. Junior was trying to climb up the side of the bed, which was strange and somewhat irritating, until Miklos discovered what might have been the problem. The puppy’s tummy was growling like mad, loud enough we could hear it from across a room. We think it scared him a little. I suffer the same affliction sometimes when I’m not even hungry, though it’s easier for me to climb into our tall bed. Ignoring the scarier answers found on Google (I know), … Continue reading

Look Who I Found in the Cat Bed…

While I was cleaning today, somebody snuck into the DIY cat bed I wrote about a while ago. We kind of love this guy. Now if only he’d stop crying and growling all night when we crate him. He slept uncrated last night on a pillow beside Casey. I’m OK with it, he didn’t run around or anything all night, and he was quiet. I don’t want him to affiliate the crate only with us leaving him, however, because I’m pretty sure he’ll always hate … Continue reading

New Puppy Pictures!

I promised them, and I almost never break a promise made on my blog.  Here they are: Cute pictures of our new puppy, Junior. So, a bit about our new German boxer puppy: We got him at 8 weeks old He came from a litter of 7 He’s got 4 paws He has 1 natural tail (not docked) and 2 natural ears [and we like him that way! In Germany, they don’t dock ’em anymore… I won’t start a debate, because really it’s the internet] … Continue reading

New Puppy

Hello folks. I know I’ve been neglecting you something fierce lately. I’m sorry! I love you! Yesterday was a big day. Casey turned 2; it was Valentine’s Day, so I got some beautiful flowers and to spend a wonderful day with a Miklos; and last but not least, we got a new puppy. Originally, we hadn’t planned on getting another dog until Casey kicks it years from now, which to us meant never again, because she is going to live to be 200, so we’ll be … Continue reading

Free & Easy Cat Hammock Bed DIY

Cats love to sleep.  One common bed you’ve probably seen at SPCAs and cat rescues is the cat hammock.  When I saw this cat hammock on Pinterest today, I thought “what a great idea for a cat hammock at home.” We had tried putting them in Casey’s old crate before, but for some reason the cats didn’t like the idea of walking into a metal cage.  Maybe I could’ve thought that one through better. So I thought, good idea!  A cozy option they’ll enjoy without … Continue reading