Saturday, December 31, 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Liebster Blog

We can't believe it!!  Another award!!  Very special thanks to Basset Momma, Kootenai's Climb, and Pupparoos!   We're sorry we're so late in posting this.  The holidays kept us from the computer, and now we have our new girl, Cleopatra, whose been keeping us on the run, literally.  Guess those are lame excuses, I'm really sorry!  Let's get on with the awards....

Liebster means “dearest” in German, and the award is intended to help up-and-coming blogs get the attention they deserve. As with any award, there is a bit of ceremony involved. In order to accept the award, we must do the following:
1. Copy and paste the award on our blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who gave us the award
3. Pick our five favorite blogs with less than 200 followers, and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have received the award

Since we received this award from three different bloggers, we weren't sure if we had to do 15 of our favorite blogs or just 5.  But what the hey, it's the holidays!  Everyone deserves to receive the award!!  So here are our 15 favorite blogs:

#15. Pupparoos!

#14. Kootenai's Climb

#13. DaWeenies of Florida

#12.  Dachshund Nola

#11.  Life with Desmond

#10.  Lessons From and For 4 Legs

#  9.  Bark 'n About

#  8.  Monaco's Adventures

#  7.  The Emptynesters Family Daily

#  6.  Catflap Cavalier

#  5.  Cavalier King Charles Spaniel-A-Day

#  4.  Yuki and Rocket

#  3.  Urban Hounds

#  2.  Yorkie Tails

and last but not least #1.  Basset Momma 

WooHoo!!  We made it!  What a list!!  These are not listed in order of favorite.  So glad we don't have to pick one favorite, because we couldn't.  We love them all!

Don't forget to pass it on!!  Thank you again!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Who's Sleeping in Brando's Bed???

Introducing....Cleopatra!!!!  Shhhhh!!!  We call her Cleo, and she's getting
her own blog...more to follow!

Monday, December 19, 2011

And The Winner Is......

 We are so thrilled to have received the Kreativ Blogger Award from Roxy the Traveling Dog.  Wow!!  Very Awesome!!  So I guess part of this award is sharing 10 things you don't know about the pups.  Well....let's hit it!

10.  Humphrey snores louder than ANYBODY in our house.

  9.  Brando frequently wears shirts to stay warm. Baby, it's cold
  8.  Ziggy was the runt of his litter, and his expected weight full
       grown is only 10 lbs.

  7.  Ziggy's best friend is our kitten, Elvis Pursley.

  6.  Brando is a reactive dog, and because of that, it's difficult to
       bring him many places.

  5.  Humphrey is considered a Novice Trick Dog.  (Almost intermediate!)

  4.  Ziggy's full registered name is Ziggy Stardust Wild is the Wind.

  3.  Brando's first birthday is fast approaching, January 5!

  2.  Humphrey's full registered name is Humphrey Bogart Here's
       Lookin' at You Kid

  1.  Humphrey Bogart, Marlon Brando, and Ziggy Stardust have a
       non-Cavalier brother named James Cagney!

Now, we pass the award to six blogs that we enjoy.  And the winners are......

Bringing Up Bella 

The Life and Times of Remington

Roxy the Traveling Dog

Basset Momma

My Life with Flyball Dogs

 Thank you to everyone who reads and shares in our adventures!  It's so nice of you to stop by!!  Thank you again for the wonderful award!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Paw Print Adventures with Ziggy ™ Old Town Plaza's Holiday Stroll

Luminaria (especially in Mexico and the southwestern U.S.) a Christmas lantern consisting of a lighted candle set in sand inside a paper bag.  (

Ziggy's latest adventure includes a luminaria.  Luminarias are popular this time of year in New Mexico.  They line the sidewalks, and streets, at every turn.  Electric luminarias line the tops of buildings, and houses. The tradition of luminarias is part of the Holiday Stroll in Old Town Plaza here in Albuquerque. The Holiday Stroll was originally created to raise funds for various charites, and bring shoppers into The Old Town Plaza.  Today, it represents the beginning of the holiday season.  Many events are held during the opening night, including the lighting of a Christmas tree.  Musicians serenade locals, and tourists, with beautiful music as they stroll along the plaza. 

Ziggy's favorite part was getting lovin' and attention from each passerby.  He also got to go inside the Basket and Rug Shop.  Animals are allowed in this historic structure full of southwestern items.  It's one of our favorite places to visit.

Wherever Ziggy's adventures take us, at some point, I'll start asking my family for input on what we should do for his adventure.  This one took some thinking.  Old Town is old hat for us.  Somewhere we've gone to time, and time, again.  We were completely stumped.  After a good nights sleep, it came to me.  My husband walked away, shaking his head, as I told him about my idea. (This is a typical pattern for my husband.)  So here it is--

For Ziggy's adventure we made luminarias.  We used paper bags, an ink pad, sand, candles, and some puppy paws.  First, we stamped Ziggy, Humphrey, and Brando's paws onto the paper bags.  Ziggy is so used to doing this that he rests his paws perfectly everytime.  Humphrey only gave us one paw print, and Brando was walking all over the bag without a care. (By the way, my husband was still shaking his head!)  Then, we cut out the paw prints.  We wanted the paw prints to really shine when we put the lit candles in the bag.  After that, we opened the bags, filled them with about an inch of sand (to keep them from blowing away), and placed our votive candle in the bag.  We lit the candles, and what a sight!  Adorable, and we can use them year after year, if they don't get too weathered.

Thank you for joining us on Ziggy's adventures.  From our family to yours, we hope that your holiday celebration is special, and nobody walks away shaking their head!  Peace on Earth to all!
As always, where will Ziggy's paw print be next? 


Friday, December 2, 2011

Paw Print Adventure with Ziggy ™ Palo Duro Canyon, Texas

It's been a while since we've posted a new adventure.  We've been to many new, and exciting places, so we need to play catch up. Without further ado...

This adventure takes Ziggy to Palo Duro Canyon which is located 27 miles southeast of Amarillo, Texas.  

Palo Duro Canyon State Park opened on the 4th of July, 1934. The Canyon is 120 miles long, 20 miles wide, and has a depth of 800 feet.  The elevation at the rim is 3,500 feet above sea level. Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the United States. (The Grand Canyon is the largest canyon: 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and one mile deep, but let's not get into that right now...that's a future adventure!)

Since juniper and mesquite trees flourish in the area, Spanish Explorers called the canyon Palo Duro, meaning hard wood.

Being that we're a family from a big city (Chicago), we had never seen a canyon before.  Neither had Ziggy, or his brothers.  Ziggy, Brando, and Humphrey, enjoyed barking at the Texas Longhorn (cattle) that were grazing along the road.  We tried to be very quiet as deer approached the road, but Ziggy had other ideas.  We had just enough time to snap a few photos before Ziggy started to bark, again.

The trails were abundant, and each one had breathtaking views.  We took so many photos it was hard to choose which ones to use for this adventure.  How lucky we are to have such a majestic place to visit, not too far from home. We can't wait to go back.

On this adventure, the medium for Ziggy's paw print was the sand on the trail.  He's finally getting big enough to leave his own paw print behind.  It was so exciting to see it in the sand!

Thank you to Palo Duro Park Services for helping with this post.

Until next time, where will Ziggy's paw print be next?  I'll give you at hint...Ziggy will be there!!