Whoops, Big Time Digression This Time…

Hey It’s Jet Here.

(My BFF, Savannah, wrote this reminder, and ahem… I hope she does not mind me borrowing it!) It’s THURSDAY and that means another VBP Blog Hop starts all over again!!

And you know the drill now, right?…just grab the badge and code…put it on your VBP post sometime between today and next Wednesday…and be sure to come back and visit the blue froggy symbol at the bottom of my page.  Give him/her a click and enter your VBP post into the linky tool…PAWSOME!!

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leaky roofWell, since last I posted, we’ve had a little cold snap, after a few days of much needed rain. Since the rain did not bring booms and streaky lights, Little Miss Barkarooni and I experienced only mild anxiety after such a long dry stretch. The only wrinkle… raindrops in the kitchen from the leaky roof again… why the humans cannot figure this out, I’m not sure.  (The temperature is back to normal now.)

Mom went behind our backs, well, onscreen actually and made an agreement with Mr. Ritchie to write for some of his clients as well as do this thingie called “take some meetings” for him, too. Yeah, yeah, I know, we’re watching her. She mentioned that she needs to acquire more biscuit money and with writing, she can work more from home.

dog in bedMom goes for check up #2 tomorrow; she’s doing this weaning off some of the medicines thingie which makes her happy. I heard her talking to EVERYONE about the expensive medicines this Crohns stuff requires. Perhaps that’s another reason for the extra work… I remain quite strict about her breaks when she’s home. I have the “right front paw on thigh reminder” move and the “up and down with my muzzle under her hands” move, and her favorite… the “curl up and cuddle next to her” move. (Wednesday – Dr. V said she’s doing well and for now, does not need the 2nd group of medication.)

Whoops, I digressed big time… ok, back to Tasty Tuesday… This turned out to be a MAJOR Digression since the recipe we wanted to feature no longer shows online and Mom didn’t have time to type it out…and then Tasty Tuesday was OVER.

A pack mate is having surgery today and we’re helping out a little… We’re grateful she will have this task behind her after today. Nurse Jetty promises visits and lovies during the healing process.

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Mr. Ritchie brought Mom in on another 2 projects this week; she’s “taking another meeting” today. And… you know where? At WHOLE FOODS! Hmpf… I’m trying with my whole self to think happy thoughts. However: A. that means Mom will be out for a bit on her “in the house day” and B. hopefully, she will keep her priorities in check and bring her essential, vital, Paw-Jetindispensible Kitchen K9s a tidbit or two from such a delectable Paw-Jet shop. She’s also signed up to try this neurofeedback Paw-Jet stuff today to help manage life’s stressors. Apparently she needs another “K9 Way of Life” tutorial.

Mom asked me to share that she’s Thankful today because she found an old pair of sneakers from years ago still intact. As you can see from this photo, two holey shoes does not make for a comfortable walk in the wet grass, gravel, etc…

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Another great big digression day.

We joined the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop hosted by Pepi Smart Dog (formerly by Cokie the Cat!)

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My New Moniker (VBP) – Zig Zag Jetty

Hey It’s Jet Here.

(My BFF, Savannah, wrote this reminder, and ahem… I hope she does not mind me borrowing it!) It’s THURSDAY and that means another VBP Blog Hop starts all over again!!

And you know the drill now, right?…just grab the badge and code…put it on your VBP post sometime between today and next Wednesday…and be sure to come back and visit the blue froggy symbol at the bottom of my page.  Give him/her a click and enter your VBP post into the linky tool…PAWSOME!!

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10My young neighbor, Ruby, stopped by this past Saturday night to give us “cuddles”, to check on Mom, and to join us for our evening constitutional.  Mom suggested a right route towards Miss Mary Ann’s house, except for crossing the main street to walk parallel to our usual side.  We then cross back over at the end of the long block to return to the balance of our weekday morning route.

The paramount (VBP) sniffs on the opposite side of the street derive from a highly scented traffic light pole, and a swath (VBP) of softer grass variety (our native grass is scratchy) which feels like pillows under our paws.  Little Miss Twirl and Poo loves to deposit her evening solid waste in this area.  I find myself unstoppably drawn to the poofy grass mounds surrounding the soldier straight line of royal palm trees for what Mom and Ruby call Potty 92, 243 and 517!

Anyway, Ruby had custody of Little Miss Straight and Narrow while I walked a different pattern.  As I did, Ruby busted out a rap… here’s the “chorus” Mom and I can remember…

Hey… I am Zig Zag Jetty and I’m here to stay, I go back and forth when I walk this way!  Cause I’m Zig Zag Jetty and I’m (ok, here’s where we forget!)

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I’ll ask Mom to see if Ruby will repeat or recreate her rhymes for Mom to write down.  All I can tell you is that they both end up laughing really hard out on the walk.   Mom, Little Miss Songbird and I already enjoy Ruby’s regular singing (she’s in Chorus you know) and Mom tells her how talented she is.  She often serenades (VBP) us on our walks.

Mom update:  She saw her Dr. V for the first follow up… she got an A for following directions and her instincts.  Lots more medication planning, tests to do, monitoring to continue – a positive visit and the beginning of a VERY close and FREQUENT relationship with Dr. V!

Thyroid update:  Dr. Schaffer gave me an A+ (ok, Mom too) for my 3lb. weight loss, my great test results and said the tiny dose is perfect, keep going!

thanks from bottom of heartTHANKFUL THURSDAY:  Mom:  Thank you from the bottom of my heart and G.I. track for your incredible comments to Saturday’s post.  I’ve read most of them and will answer more soon.  Your feedback helped me immensely (VBP) and the fact you took such care and time to send words of support and understanding, well… that’s precious to me.  I took many of your comments to the dr. with me yesterday, so thank you. 

I was able to write my Kitchen Counselor newsletter, plan and execute an amazing Diabetic Peer Support Class in the inner city on top of my regular job since Friday.  I still need more rest than usual; however, I’m incredibly grateful.

Another great Zig Zag day!

We joined the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop hosted by Pepi Smart Dog (formerly by Cokie the Cat!)

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Follow Up Friday – Dear Blogville Edition

Hey It’s Jet Here.

follow-up-fridayOur friend, Miss Jodi, Heart Like a Dog, initiated this great idea to update readers on previous posts.  She created a lovely badge to go with her idea and has successfully turned her wonderful idea into a robust blog hop!

Saturday – Dear Blogville

dog chasing catWe appreciated the amount of time and care so many blogpals took to think about the difficult situation we faced last week.  Ruby let go of JJ, who saw and then zoomed after a feral cat while the homeowner had a very strong reaction.  Most of you had perspectives that resonated with Mom’s.  We have passed that way four times this week without incident.  No Mr. Homeowner sighting, though.

Sunday – Neve Makes Tracks

neve in packed car bwOur pack mate, Neve (we forgot to clarify she is a female!), stayed comfy cozy as Mr. Giovanni and Miss Beverly crossed either 8 states in 12 days or 12 states in 8 days, we forget!  Miss Beverly generously sent in this photo, which we thought had a cool composition.  Whoops, we still owe a bunch of comments from this day (Mom travels and spends very little time home on Sundays lately.)

Monday – Just Thinking About Mischief Potential

rachels rm door openA sliver of open door to a teenage room can really get your nose twitching!  Many of you wanted to know if Little Miss Curiosity and I went into Rachel’s room.  I, Gentleman Jetty, refrained from invading my human sister’s privacy.  Little Miss Can’t Resist did a fast investigation locating and delivering a wrapper of some sort to Mom.  Mom realized the source of the wrapper and quickly put a kibosh on further snooping.

Tuesday – Mom and JJ Finished the Book

SONY DSCGuess what? A few humans said they also read The Sharper the Knife, The Less You Cry.  Mom selected one of the recipes from author, Kathleen Flinn’s website.  She chose the Salad Nicoise because Little Miss Bon Appetit and I like almost every ingredient you see in the picture.  Lots of readers enjoyed the recipe, too!  Yippee!  Coincidentally, Mom’s Kitchen Counselor Newsletter eblasted Tuesday to some of our blogpals; Mom had a special thank you to them in this edition!

Wednesday – OCEARCH – Making Shark Tracks

amy sharkI would say the opinions were unanimous – great photos, great project, glad we live on land and do not encounter these 3,500 lb. creatures!  Several of you acknowledged and agreed the program creates a win/win for humans and sharks, whose populations have greatly declined.

Thursday – Mom Requests a Post of Her Own

blogpaws_conf_300x250Boy of boy, thank you for your kind words of understanding, empathy (VBP) and support for Mom.  I love you guys for that!  She worked on about 40 comments yesterday and hopefully will have some dig out time tomorrow, after her BlogTalk Radio show segment, too!  She promised to represent the Tropics as well as help me report when she attends BlogPaws.  What a leap of financial faith I tell ya!  She’s doing some of that nervous finger tapping stuff; however, I know she will figure it out.  (Coincidentally, she procured (VBP) a small, new, exciting part time job yesterday!)

Another great hats off to Blogville, week.



Our Eighteenth Black & White Sunday – Neve Makes Tracks!

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Miss Beverly, Mr. Giovanni and Neve traveled a good bit over the holidays; I think Miss Beverly said Neve crossed 8 states in 12 days or 12 states in 8 days!  Even though the vehicle was full, my pack pal looks comfy cozy!

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Another great road trip day.

Thanks to My Life in Blog Years ​and Dachshund Nola for hosting the Black and White Sunday blog hop.

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Follow Up Friday – Diamond Dog Edition

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30_30-badge2A1Before I begin, I want to share an exciting program we joined.  Chester, Gretel and Miss Jess from YDWWYW initiated a 30/30 Challenge (walk 30 minutes a day for 30 days) beginning New Year’s Day.  We’re kind of a shoe/paw in because we do that every day since we do not have a fenced in yard.  We liked the positive outlook and will try to walk more when we can.  This project ties in to some of the points we made on our Saturday post.

follow-up-fridayOur friend, Miss Jodi, Heart Like a Dog, initiated this great idea to update readers on previous posts.  She created a lovely badge to go with her idea and has successfully turned her wonderful idea into a robust blog hop!

Saturday – Diamond Dogs

girls-best-friendGosh, so many of our pals resonated with the picture Mom received.  You thanked us for sharing the questions Mom receives often about sharing her life with two big (really? Little Miss Golden Tropic 2013 and I think we’re fairly midsized!) K9s and echoed her sentiments.  Blogville Rocks!

Sunday – An Unexpected Visit with Austin 

4 bwAs the transcriptionist, Mom did not clarify that only MOM visited with Austin!  Many of you find Austin as manly man handsome and sweet as Mom does.  Remember, he was one of the Bachelors in Little Miss Dating Game’s collection!

Monday – Literary Mischief Part II 

6Remember how we worried Miss Beverly would find out about Little Miss Book Club’s enjoyment of this month’s selection?  Well, Miss Beverly read the post, commented and proved why we love her so much!  “I, Miss Beverly, say that this looks like a very well-loved book… which makes me very happy!”  Nellie’s comment gave us a good chuckle, “Hmmm, That can’t happen here anymore at our house – Mommy gots an ereader. Now all she has to contend with is slobber…”

Tuesday – Wonderful Water

water w lemon limeOur first Tasty Tuesday post of the New Year hailed the virtues of water.  All our furpals gave paws up to their enjoyment of agua.  Most of the bipeds agreed; some preferring tea to the cold options to drink the recommended daily amounts.

Wednesday – Dancing in the New Year

1Thanks for your resounding compliments and enjoyment of Ruby and Little Miss Dancing with the Stars’ photo.  Some of our newer readers thought JJ was me!  Some of our long term readers worried that I didn’t get a turn.  Mom and I loved the moment; I did not feel left out or limited because of the Cone of Courage.  I’m mellower these days… maybe it’s the hypothyroid medicine, maybe it’s the two weeks of fireworks… who knows.

Thursday – Comic Book-ized Jetty Boy

kirby comic style thanksWe apologize for falling behind on comments again. You cannot see the great responses yet ranging from agreeing that Little Miss Marvel and I are superheroes to thanking us for introducing you to the talented creators, Kirby and his Mom!  Mr. Will asked how we did it… Lucky for us, Kirby and his Mom shared the tool because you know who is quite tech challenged!

Another great Diamond Dogs FUF day!

PS… Mom’s tummy ouchies have returned on top of her lingering cold/flu thingie… we have to dig out again… which… is taking us a bit longer because my Nana and Poppi have some major health issues going on and Mom is doing lots of attending… (They live 2 hours north!)  Thanks for bearing with Mom, she really appreciates it.  Jetty



Dancing in the New Year

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Little Miss Cha-Cha-Cha and Ruby did the New Year’s Day Dance last night after our constitutional!

1Mom and I thought it was the cutest thing ever!

Another great dancing New Year’s Day, day!

P.S. Another rough fireworks night in the tropics.  :(

Thanks to BlogPaws for sponsoring the Wordless Wednesday Hop.

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Literary Mischief, Part II

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In case you missed Part I, click here and here.

dog book clubMiss Beverly generously lent Mom a book about a month or so ago.  Because of Mom’s schedule, she’s read the book in bits and pieces, currently having about 30 pages to go.  Little Miss Women’s Book Club decided to read along with Mom as well.

Often, when Mom reads before bed, she marks her page, closes the book and lays it down beside her pillow.  Sometimes her books receive the same treatment as eggs kept warm by chickens.  Yes, Little Miss Book Club and I inadvertently (VBP) will lay on Mom’s books, so she forgets to place them on her side table the next day.

At some point, Little Miss Weekly Reader decided to catch up on her chapters.  When Mom next finds time to read, she discovers the following:

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I, Jetty, cultured gentleman of letters, will demonstrate the proper form for reading!

4 Now what will Mom tell Miss Beverly?

Another great literary mischief day!

P.S.  Wishing a Happy, Healthy and Abundant New Year to All!  Stay safe tonight.  I will spend the festivities in the closet with Mom and Little Miss Barkarooni!

Thanks to Alfie’s BlogSnoopy’s Dog BlogMy Brown Newfies and Luna, A Dog’s Life…for sponsoring the hop!  Click on any of the sponsors to join the hop.

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Hey It’s Jet Here.

One of the ladies in Mom’s biscuit earning office suite gave her this picture last week.

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Mom found the saying so true; she placed it on top of her printer to see it clearly throughout her workday.  When she told Miss Mary Ann at the corner after our evening constitutional, Miss Mary Ann nodded her head and said she had seen that quote before.

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I think I may have shared before that Mom waited over 30 years to share her life with a K9.  I’ve heard people ask Mom the following questions:

Don’t they shed?

sheddingMomYes, I totally don’t care; I’ve waited all my life to live with dogs.  We have tumbleweeds of different colors; my clothes remind me of their place in my life.  Fur adds protein to my dishes! That’s why they invented vacuums, lint rollers, sponges, paper towels, etc… 

Don’t you mind getting up so early?

MomNo, I’m a morning person and I’ve adjusted to Jetty’s schedule by doing work earlier and then squeezing in a nap! 

What about walking them in bad weather?

rainy day 6-23-12 006MomI will say that’s not my favorite occurrence, however, knowing you have to walk several times each day gets you up an out, reminds you to appreciate your surroundings, allows you to practice mindfulness, bonds you with your K9s, and makes you laugh… because what else can you do when you all look like soggy messes!  (I do wish I had a fenced yard with a doggie door!!!)

Do you resent having to interrupt your plans to take them out?

Mom: If I had a bigger family, this issue would be easier; however, I accept my promise and plan accordingly.

Don’t you find two big, hairy dogs too much?

9Mom: No, I’ve always been drawn to big, fluffy dogs.  I find petting their soft fur relaxing and calming.  I brush them most nights (JJ takes 5 minutes, Jetty about 20!)  Watching their bodies decompress (VBP) and their eyes close, trusting me to take care of them means a great deal.  When we walk, they make me laugh as they interact with the outside world.  I revel (VBP) in their enjoyment of the moment.  Also, it keeps my upper body strength strong! 

Don’t they cost a lot? 

Mom: Yes!  Have you heard a house referred to as a money pit?  And yet, the same homeowners will stand by their house like the Captain of the Titanic?  Same goes for furfamily members!  

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Ann’s Infographic the other day is a stark reminder of what you have in store when deciding to share your life with K9s (felines, too.)  For me, it’s a small price to pay for the invaluable experience of living with K9s.  I probably spend more on their food, treats, vet visits, accessories etc… than on myself at this point, due to changes in my financial condition.   I simply don’t care because the joy and mental wellness they bring to my life is… PRICELESS.

Another great “way to go” Mom day!

Thanks to Life With DogsConfessions of the Plume and Two Little Cavaliers for hosting the Saturday Blog Hop.

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Follow Up Friday – Cone of Courage Edition

Hey It’s Jet Here.

follow-up-fridayOur friend, Miss Jodi, Heart Like a Dog, initiated this great idea to update readers on previous posts.  She created a lovely badge to go with her idea and has successfully turned her wonderful idea into a robust blog hop!

Before I begin, may I write a BIG THANK YOU for checking on Mom and I to see how we’re feeling.  I’m kerplopping less out on our walks; however, I’m still rather uncomfortable.  Mom says I tolerate the first aid spray and the goopy medicine very well.  The Cone of Courage remains on 24/7 to defray (VBP) my desire to bite/scratch the area.  Mom seems to have improved about 20%; she continues to feel like her head is under water!  She kept her promise and rested a good bit last week.

Saturday – Merry Newfmas and Happy Houndlidays

ernieWe enjoyed participating in The Pet Blogger Gift Exchange hosted by the fetching Honey and Miss Pamela.  Many of you already knew our giftee, Newf and Hound, while several of you looked forward to meeting them.  Guess what?  Turns out my buddy, Snoopy, lives really close to Hazel, Ernie, Nooner and Foyle and wants to meet them!  Super cool!

Sunday – Cone of Courage 

cone of courage 1We appreciated your feedback which ranged from acknowledging our efforts to “turn our frown, upside down” to making lemonade from lemons, etc… Mom asked me to share she’s glad you found the photo moving.  So many of you have my back on this one, I feel the love!

Monday – Scientific Mischief 

human tangled in dog leashYeah, you could relate to Little Miss Bird Dog and my urges to uh… stray from the strict scientific endeavor of participating in this year’s annual Bird Count.  Glad you got a kick out of our Boa Leash maneuver!  Of course you understood our efforts to keep that arrogant Winchester in line!  My BFF, Savannah, requested a quill from that peacock, which, we will happily try to find when he next molts!

Tuesday – Tasty Tuesday Christmas Style 

christmasWe wished our blogpal community celebrating Christmas the appropriate greetings and asked how to properly do so in a few cultures.  We learned that in a few countries, it’s proper to say Happy Christmas, as Merry Christmas might imply (VBP) debauchery!  We even learned how to send good wishes in Dutch from Suki, Hiro and Miss DiandaVrolijk Kerstfeest!

Wednesday – Now I’m a Leaping Lord

Wowee, wow wow!  Can you believe Miss Ann bestowed such a Royal title on ‘ol Jetty boy?  Thanks for the positive feedback on my new skills.  I think that I may be ready to learn the game of kings… POLO!  Several pals worried about my ego… I want to quash (VBP) the notion that I will change as a result of my recent Royal titles… I remain your humble Jetty.  If I begin to show any difference, Mom PROMISES to keep me in line!

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Thursday – The Little Thingies 

shameless conesSo glad you feel the same way about gratitude for the “basics” (which are really a big deal, especially for those of us who had “before” times we do not want to think about.)  We all agree to take time each day to remind ourselves of how fortunate we are.  I’ll remind you, if you remind me!

As for my digression regarding the recent appointment of a new Secretary of State, our friends at the DogDaz Zoo wrote, “And you are so right about a Golden for Sec of State.”  I really feel Bo’s Dad made a mistake – there, I said it again!

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Another great Follow Up Friday holiday edition.



Thankful Thursday – The Little Thingies

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checklistMom mentioned that today marks the last Thursday of this calendar year.  She suggested I take stock of the little thingies I appreciate.  I compiled my complete list, which I’m afraid to start unraveling, since Little Miss Chewminator might get ideas!  I’ll share a few salient (VBP vocab builder project) points.

Of course, I’m thankful for life’s big thingies: safe forever home, abundant, healthy food, a loving family, a Mom who has a few biscuit earning places to go to, a great neighborhood pack and an amazing experience in Blogville.  I do not take these basics for granted because I did not have them in the “before” time.

Here are a few little thingies:

Blogpals like Miss Ann who sent Mom a link to Shameless Cones after reading about my most recent pyoderma occurrence.

shameless cones(They need to work on a manly man design!)

savvy-and-jet-sidebar-revBlogpals like Mollie and Alfie, Princess Zena, Lady Litchi, Savannah and Miss Ann who include me in their most creative endeavors.

My friends at Paradise Animal Center who take care of JJ and I: Miss Judy writes the kindest condolence cards and checks up on us multiple times after our visits, Dr. Schaffer tells funny jokes to take my mind off of the scary stuff (actually, he kisses me and scratches behind my ears, tells me I’m a good boy, etc…) and all the vet techs who love and care for us.

5Little Miss Happy Happy, who keeps me company and reminds me that the little things can really make your day; like wresting, snoozing, playing fetch, performing QC (quality control), birdwatching, window watching, sniffing, waiting for belly rubs, etc…

Speaking of Little Miss Winning Ways, I have a small bone to pick with Bo’s dad.  It has come to my attention that a certain Mr. John Kerry will become the next Secretary of State.  While I’m sure Mr. John will conduct himself in a way befitting of our nation, we think Bo’s dad overlooked the most stellar candidate.

bo and Mr. O

Bias aside, Little Miss Foreign Relations, could have continued the high standards set by females, Miss Hilary and Miss Madeline.  Who, I ask, who could resist the sweet face, the proactive paw shaking, the diplomatic presence of Jasmine Joy?

skylar and dr. schaffer

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Her name suggests it all – Jasmine of the Princess line for those countries with Royal families, Joy of body, mind and spirit to deal with the challenging issues facing much of the globe from a positive, sweet disposition.  I’m slightly disappointed… there, I said it.  What, Mom?  I digressed again?  Oops. 

Another great little thingies day.

We joined the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop hosted by Pepi Smart Dog (formerly by Cokie the Cat!)

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