Tuesday, May 31, 2011

It's that time of year again..

I hope everyone had a great long weekend!  Ours started off w/yucky weather, but yesterday was perfect!

We sort of skipped spring this year and went straight to summer.. but we didn't skip shedding season because of it... that's for sure!  Gibson has been shedding like crazy the past few months.  I usually furminate him once a week and most of his body had lost it's undercoat by now..  Except one area: His butt. For some reason, every year around this time, there is a build up of hair on his butt and nub and I can't seem to brush it out and his tail ends up getting bigger and bigger.  Well, yesterday I decided to change to a normal flat brush instead of the furminator on that area and this happened in three brush strokes:
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All that from just his butt fluff and nub.  In only 3 brush strokes.  Craziness.

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I think there is still more to go though.. such a fluffy little butt!!

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I did good, ma.  Gives me back my hairs :)


How is the shedding season going for you?  Does your corgi have an excess of butt hair!?

Friday, May 27, 2011

Good Luck Charm

I'm a White Sox fan.  Have I mentioned this? Well, I am.  I've been into them more so than usual so far this year.. since I'm pregnant and have nothing better to do w/my time ;)  Anyways..  I've really wanted a Sox collar for Gibson (and Ben wanted a Cardinals one for him.. sorry, I win!), but I could never find one that was martingale style.  I asked Pam from Big Doggy Bling if she could make one for me last year, but she could never find the fabric for it.

Fast forward to this spring when out of the blue I received an email from Pam letting me know that she found White Sox fabric and all I had to do was buy it and send it to her and she'd whip me up a collar!  Sweeeeet, right?  I followed her instructions, and a few weeks later, this little beauty showed up at my doorstep:
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(the collar, not the Gibson)

Love it!

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AND.. I should knock on wood while I say this.. it seems to have brought some luck to the team...*knock on wood*  They were going through a HORRIBLE slump the first month of the sesason and THE DAY that I put the collar on Gibson, things started to turn around.  *knock on wood*  Now they are starting to look like a real baseball team again, so yay!

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(haha, I just noticed the wine bottle rolling around in the background.. we're classy ;) )

So, keep up that good luck, Gibson!  You are not allowed to take this collar off til October ;)

Do you have any superstitions involving your pet??  Or is it just me? I did the same thing w/his Colts collar a few years ago :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Good to know..

I received this in an email from whattoexpect.com today about my 17th week of pregnancy:
Your baby is almost certainly listening up by now. In fact, loud noises — the dog barking, the doorbell ringing — will actually startle your baby (and also get him or her used to such noises; for instance, fetuses who regularly hear a dog barking will become babies who sleep right through Fido's outburst)

Nice!  Um, keep on barking, Gibson? lol

Speaking of the corgi of the blog.. Last night he went crazy!  Ben had a softball game, so we left for that around 6:30 and went to the bar afterwards (for some water, yeehaw ;) ).. so we didn't get back til after 9.   Well, Gibson was wired!  When I went to bed at 10, he wanted to PLAY.  He went back downstairs w/Ben when we turned off the light.. but then a few minutes later I hear him CHARGING up the stairs and zooming into our room.  I thought Ben was chasing him, but nope.  He zoomed right around our bed and decided to crawl underneath it (well, scooting himself underneath it.. I don't think he can stand up at all under there), came out the other side and then did about 10 zoomies back and forth through the hallway!  Haha, now THAT is what I call frapping, my friends.  There were track marks on our carpet this morning from it.   He just wanted to RUN!  And then... he wanted to sleep.  Poor guy passed out about a minute later :)  

Endless entertainment when you own a corgi ;)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Gooby Eyes

Gibson has a little secret..  He has gooby eyes...
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That's what me and Ben call it.. I guess goopy eyes would work too.  Whatever they're called.. they run all the time and I'm constantly wiping them for him.  And (confession) I've been photoshopping the goopiness out of his photos for the past 6 months.  I know, I'm terrible.... :)

At first, I thought it was allergies, or that his tear ducts were cloggged.. but now I think he just has sensitive eyes.  It happens mostly after we get back from a walk and has been happening since the winter (when things weren't blooming).. so I don't know.  It's not that big of a deal, but it's annoying.

Does anyone else's dog have this problem?  What do you do to help it?  I was putting warm compresses on his face, but it didn't seem to help.  I know it's not his food.. Maybe he just needs a pair of doggles :)

In pregnancy news, I took my very first bump picture, which I may regret posting here.. haha... but here it goes anyway:

I'm 16weeks, 3 days now and am doing great!  Morning sickness is pretty much a thing of the past, so yay!  Only a month til we find out the gender!!!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Snack Time

I have a new favorite treat to give Gibson.. It's the snack that smiles back...
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Goldfish!

This is another pregnancy thing of mine.  When I was feeling really sick.. Goldfish were all I could stomach.  Now they are a nice little snack when my tummy starts growling (which it is doing more often than ever! You'd think there was another person inside me ;) ).  

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Anyways, I kept my box of Goldfish on the coffee table, and every time I reached for them Gibson was very interested..  So one day I let him have one.  And he is in loves!   Not that that is any big surprise... but actually, after thinking about it, they make a pretty good dog treat!

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The ingredients are dog friendly, and they are fairly low in calories.. I would compare them to Charley Bear treats... Only cheaper than Charley Bears! And those are pretty cheap treats to begin with!   I got 3 large boxes of them at Costco for about $7.  That's quite a bargain for pupper treats (even if they really are just human treats..).

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So, in conclusion, Gibson gets Goldfish crackers as treats now.  I love them, he loves them.  It's a bonding experience ;)

Are there any other people treats that you think would be good for dog treats??

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Calendar Poll

Yep, it's almost that time again! 2012 Calendar contest time! That is, if you all are still interested in participating.. I'm thinking of changing things up a bit this year and wanted to get your opinions first.  If you could take the time to answer the questions below, I would be super grateful :)

Here we go..

1. Would you still participate if there was no free calendar as the prize?  This eats up over $200 of total donations collected for corgi rescue (BTW, this year's calendar was able to donate $500 to the Lakeshore Corgi Rescue.. $200 more than last year!).  Digital Calendars will still be given out to winners, since they don't cost me anything.  Is this ok? Or is the free calendar the main motivation for you sending your photos in?

2. How did you feel about the voting process last year?  Would you like to have finalists and vote again, or would you rather I just pick the winners by myself (and not have 30 finalists).  Is voting in the comments ok, or would you rather have a more sophisticated poll?  I've decided that I will not do a second calendar for the finalists not making the main calendar this year, if that sways your decision at all :)

3. While I won't do the second calendar for the finalists, I AM thinking of doing a second calendar for people who's corgis do not have blogs (although, those WITH blogs can participate as well)!  Which would be called... Corgi Butts!  Which would feature... pictures of corgi butts!  What do you think of that idea?  I know a lot of people feel left out every year because they do not have a blog.. or they start one up for the sole purpose of getting in the Corgis (with blogs) Calendar and then never update it.. so I thought this would be a good idea.  Or do you think it would take away from the other calendar contest? Or get confusing? Also, would you care if this one's profits did not go to corgi rescue (in other words, I get paid from it :) ).. or should it definitely be donated?  Please be honest!  :)

4.  Is it annoying that Gibson pretty much automatically gets his photo in the calendar(s), just cause I'm the one in charge?  Or am I allowed to do that? haha :)


Ok, that's it I think!  Please let me know your opinions! Thanks so much!!!! :)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Cravings

I learned something this morning:  Kitty Poop > Bunnies

Aren't you glad you all learned that fact? ;)   Anyways, I always knew Gibson loved both.  He goes nuts whenever he sees a bunny (fun! chase time!) and he can sniff cat poop a mile away and use his nose like  a metal detector to find/eat it (gross).  Never before has he been faced w/the dilemma of choosing between the two though... until this morning.

To his left, was a tree w/kitty poop buried in the mulch (he already tried to eat it yesterday).  To his right, was a bunny, trying to hide himself in some tall grass.  Gibson first lunged towards the bunny, but quickly remembered the kitty poop on his left, so decided that that was more important.  I knew what he was doing, so I tightened his leash so he couldn't reach the tasty morsel (barf).  So, he went back to trying to chase the bunny.  It was his consolation prize.

I will never understand why dogs love cat poop so much. I mean, it's poop!  But Gibson craves it.  He lives for it!  Nothing can get in his way when he picks up that scent and gots to haves his kitty..   OK, I'm getting gross here.. but I'm trying to segway into how this reminds me of pregnancy cravings ;)

So! Pregnancy cravings!  haha, I finally understand what they are all about.  People asked me in the first trimester (Oh yeah, I'm in the 2nd trimester now, woot woot!) if I had any cravings yet, but it was more like 'this is the only thing that sounds vaguely edible so  I need to eat that'. But, now that I can eat normally, I have experienced a few cravings.

The first was a few weeks ago: Salt & Vinegar chips. I needed them.  I thought subway would have them, so I went there for lunch, but no dice.  I ate a different type of chip, but it did nothing to lessen the craving.  So I then went to 7/11 to find some.. but they were no where to be seen! I was getting so frustrated and almost cried, but then.. there they were.  Right by the register.  And all was right with the world again :)

Then, a few days ago, I was watching the Barefoot Contessa, and she happened to be  making Key Lime Pie for a mexican fiesta dinner.  At that moment, I was going to die if I did not have Key Lime Pie in front of me soon.  It was all I could think about.  I had never made it before, but it looked easy when Ina made it.  So, right after work, I ran to the store and picked up what I needed and a few hours later, this happened:

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And all was right with the world again.  Seriously.  It is insane how worked up you can get about something when you crave it when you are pregnant.  It will be fun to see what other things I crave in the next few months.  Hopefully it's not.. I won't say it.. ok, I will.. kitty poop.  lol (barf)

Now that I've whetted your appetite (sorry!), here's the recipe I used for my heavenly pie:

Key Lime Pie
Adapted from All Recipes

2 cans of sweetened condensed milk  (the little cans.. 8 oz or so? Darn, I should've looked at that...)
4 egg yolks
2 tbsp key lime zest
2/3 cup key lime juice (I got about 1/2 cup of juice from a dozen key limes and then subbed regular lime juice for the rest.. my hands were cramping from all the squeezing ;) )
1 (9") graham cracker crust (or make your own, I was in a hurry)

Mix first 4 ingredients together and then pour into the pie crust.  Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Freeze for an hour and serve (the longer you freeze, the better the consistency)!


Enjoy! Make a pie this weekend :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Calendar Corgi of the Month: Bailey!

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on the wall

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on my screen

Mr. May

Name: Bailey
Corgi Mom: Karen


Bailey Cuteness:
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May Calendar Ideas
(it's a great time to take those photos for next year's calendar!)

-Spring/Outdoors
-Flowers/Gardens
-Mother's Day

Note: Every month I'll be featuring the corgi of the month on the "Corgis (with blogs) Calendar" and giving tips on the types of photos I'll be looking for for the current month next year.
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