Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Old Man and the Starfish

A young man was walking along the beach when he noticed something very strange up ahead. The beach was covered in what seemed like thousands of starfish, and an old man was slowly reaching down, picking up one starfish at a time and throwing it back into the sea.
Approaching the old man he said,"There are thousands of starfish stranded here, and you're throwing them back one at a time? How can you possibly think that you're making a difference?"
The old man slowly reached down, picked up another starfish and with a loud grunt, threw it as far out into the sea as he could.
Turning to the young man, he said, "Made a difference to that one."
Today is National Make a Difference Day, and I just wanted to post a thank you to all of you who work so hard for the hounds. There are so many of you who go above and beyond in your efforts, and the difference you make is beyond compare.
But, like me, there are also so many who have rescued one or two pups in need. I know I sometimes feel like I haven't really made that much of a difference when I think of the tens of thousands of homeless or suffering dogs. But then I look at Mollyd who we brought home literally minutes before she was to be put down, and Jimmy, and Petey, and Tilly whose stories are similar. No, some of us have opened our hearts and homes (and wallets) to only a few dogs, but like the old man and the starfish, we should remember that maybe we can't help them all, but we made a difference to that one.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Dachshund Must-Haves for an Island Stay

One of my favorite weekend stress relieving activities is to stop in at GNO to connect with the girlfriends. This weekend there's a challenge and Mollyd herself has taken it on! First read about the challenge, then read on for Mollyd's list for the well-prepared pup...

Dee's Challenge
"This weekend, we'll be doing something different and we'll just call it a Blog party until I come up with something else. I'll do all the thinking, you just enjoy the writing and comments. I'm going to give you a blog theme to post on your blog for the weekend, you blog about it, then post your link in Mr. Linky below. You can blog with word, pictures videos or whatever you come up with. Come back during the weekend and visit the links below for other bloggers posts and leave comments on their post...that's it! Oh, and grab a Girls Night Out badge to the left and post it at the heading of your post, so all will know that you're participating in a Girls Night Out event."

Mollyd's List of Must-Haves For A Stay on The Islands:

1. Petey- Petey is Mollyd's boyfriend and quite the hunter. He will provide all the meals.

2. Pedigree MarroBones- The best snack ever for between meals! Mollyd has a special dance that means "Give me one NOW!"

3. Blankie- For proper sleeping, a doxie's head must be under the blankie at all times.

4. Mom- For scritching that hard to reach spot just above her tail.

5. Papa- For the required daily cuddle time.

6. Couch- Mollyd does NOT sleep on the ground, carpeted floor, tile, or any other hard surface.

7. Britta Water Filter- Mollyd does NOT drink unfiltered water.

8. Tilly and Her Ball- For entertainment.

9. Jimmy- To take care of any barking emergencies.

10. Personal Jet or Yacht- Because when it's time to go, Mollyd is NOT waiting around to be "rescued". She was already rescued once, and that was enough.

Sham "Wow" For Pet Urine?

Our four doxies are what I call "reverse camels". They are at the water bowl all the time, but can "hold" it forever- or rather they can hold it until there's no one around to open the door. Sooooo- we bought the ol' steam cleaner and some stock in paper towel companies. Then I started seeing the "Sham Wow" commercials, you know the ones where they spill a whole two liter bottle of soda on the carpet and magically the Sham Wow just sucks up the whole thing.
I finally broke down and bought it while we were in Oregon at the farmer's market. The guy demonstrated its magical powers right in front of me, and I went home minus $25.00, but I got TWO sets as a "special offer"!
I anxiously waited for one of the doxies to have an accident which took only about half an hour. With my new Sham Wow in hand, I headed for the wet spot. You're suppossed to use it damp, wash it in the washing machine, but not put it in the dryer. So I dampened it, wrung it out, and pressed it on the urine spot...and pretty much nothing happened. I stood on it and a little more came up, but nothing like what I get with the paper towels. I decided that the difference was that the guy who demonstrated it used a square of carpet with no carpet pad underneath to hold onto the liquid. I think carpet padding is like a super Sham Wow.
Disappointed that I had spent so much on yet another thing that doesn't work the way it's supposed to, I threw it in the washer and then the dryer. I used the rest of the Sham Wows as dust cloths (they work great for this) and wash rags (great for this, too).
BUT, the one that had gone through the dryer got brought out for one more accident (I'm a sucker for giving second chances). It had shrunk to about 1/3 of its size in the dryer, but this time it worked pretty well! Still not as good as paper towels, but since it's reusable, over time worth it.
So what's the final verdict on the amazing "Sham Wow"? If you need some really expensive dust rags, you will like it. Works OK for pet accidents, but nothing to rave about. If you've had better success, I'd love to hear your comments.
Mollyd's Mom

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Woof Out Loud Wednesday

These gave me such a giggle, I just had to share them with you!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Doggie Fashion Parade

With the holidays not that far in the future, it’s time to think about how to present your most fashionable self at all those get-togethers! And don’t forget about those cold winter walks! You’ll need to look your best when you’re out walking your human! So, Mollyd has scoured her favorite site (Etsy, of course) for the best in custom made hound fashion at some unbelievable prices! I’ll bet you won’t be able to wait to get your paws on some of these for the “haute” dog!

How cute is this for those Halloweenie parties? And at $9.50, it’s a real steal! And Mollyd loves the name of this shop- PhatMolly !

Mollyd found this one over at aandboriginals. A must have for those Tailgates at the games this winter.

You’ll stay toasty warm in this handsome jacket for the well- dressed winter hound by WarmWags

PuttinOnTheDogIG is a specialty shop where Mollyd found the perfect polka dot PJs for those cold winter nights!

Come on girls! You know you’ve secretly always wanted a tutu! You can get this at CrazyForCollars on Etsy.

And don’t forget to dress up your human! You can get this beautiful bracelet at Lizziestardust. The most exciting thing is that this one goes to help some hounds in desperate need, so you are being an angel to some very deserving hounds. You know how THAT gets Mollyd’s tail waggin’!
Stop by Etsy and check out all the great fashion for pups! And of course Mollyd would love it if you stopped by her shop, too,- ShopMollyd