Losing a pet to cancer is one of the hardest things a person has to deal with. It's heartbreaking to watch your best friend fade because of something they didn't deserve. You can see the pain in their eyes and you feel helpless against it. I personally have faced this disease twice and both times my furry children fought a hard battle but eventually their little bodies couldn't take it anymore. So no one else has to face this pain, I've put together this blog to help raise money for canine cancer research.
This way there will always be a furry, friendly face on the other end of the leash!

Monday, July 11, 2011

It was time....Word Press here I come!

The Pawsitive Thinker

Not that I have many followers, but I'd like to keep the ones I have....please check my new blog out!

Thanks for sticking with me and my cause!


Friday, July 8, 2011

She Melts My Heart Everyday!

Did you say something?  I thought I heard "T-R-E-A-T"!
Really I'm a good girl!  Pretty please...give me a treat!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Take a step back, regroup, and push forward

Runners have very different reasons why they do what they do. It can be for fitness, for fun, as a challenge to see what their bodies can do, etc.  It starts with lacing up – hopefully good running – shoes and putting one foot in front of the other.  And then one day it all clicks into place.  A runner’s pace falls into a comfortable groove and they find themselves enjoying themselves.  It becomes a part of them.  They miss it when they don’t have it.  It’s all they can talk about.  It drives the non-runners around them nuts.  Family members reluctantly join in with signs/cheers/pussy-wagon pickups.  Others give them strange looks, wondering why they would put their bodies through such pain, and pay for it as well (this fun ain’t cheap!). 

I started running because I was a big fat heifer my BFF’s mother passed away from breast cancer.  To honor her, I joined in with friends at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K.  That was over 5 years ago.  I’ve had my ups and downs.  Sometimes it feels like more downs than ups.  I’ve put in so many miles over those years.  Training by myself.  Training with friends (shout out to Judy & the BRC Women’s Fit Team).  Over these years, my legs (pulling a big caboose) have crossed the finish lines at eleven half marathons (one this past Saturday) and five marathons.  However, there are days when I wonder why I keep pushing myself through all this (and paying for it).  As some runners do.  Almost always Sometimes, I just can’t seem to get my fat tookus up off the couch.  Then I look down at those brown eyes of my Rottie looking up at me and I remember why I should get out there.  
Big & Beautiful Leo

Flash back to 2005…my eight year old Rottie, Leo (“Lady of Leoness”), had some lumps form on her mammary glands.  My Christmas present to her that year was a doggie mastectomy and the cone of shame.  Leo started chemo for New Year’s, but her cancer was just too aggressive and started to form in the remaining mammary gland.  She came through the second surgery like a champ and we decided on no more chemo.  She was given only a few months.  Leo lived for five more months and crossed the Rainbow Bridge on May 5, 2006.  I got my next Rottie right before Leo passed.  Jersey Girl was such a good
little puppy.  She helped make the tears go away.  Leo and I had been together for so long and it was hard to say goodbye.  Jersey made it easier.  She was so gentle and curious.  I never thought I’d hear those words again – cancer.  On Christmas 2009, Jersey’s neck swelled up and it was diagnosed as lymphoma.  She went through chemo for New Year’s and right away went into remission.  Her cancer came back seven months later.  Unfortunately, the chemo was too much for her little body to take the second time around and she crossed over on August 5, 2010.  

Jersey Girl
It was hard to keep up with my running after that.  My heart just wasn’t in it.  I took comfort in, well my comfortable couch, and my newest addition – a Rottie named Summer.  I was so afraid to leave her for too long.  I babied her.  Coddled her would be a better word.  She and I enjoyed hours on the couch with  my laptop, cookies, and more cookies.  As you can guess, the weight piled on.  A good 30 pounds.  I knew I had to find something to get things moving – big things moving (hardy-har-har!).  So I signed up for the Flying Pig Marathon and found a great organization to motivate me even further, Chase Away K9 Cancer.  I trained all spring (in Colorado it was still winter) in the snow and cold for the May 1st race.  And you guessed it, I didn’t lose a pound. 
But still I got on that plane, put up with the HUMF (you gained weight) looks from my mom, and ran the race.  It was cold, rainy.  With great pride, I was sporting my Chase Away K9 Cancer shirt (in black ‘cuz it ain’t no wet t-shirt contest).  On the course, I took time to pet every dog I could reach and I think there were seven of them (eight if you include the ASPCA mascot).  It was the most fun I’ve ever had at a race.  During those last few miles, when the mind starts to wander and my legs wanted to quit.  I kept telling myself –– Jersey and Leo didn’t quit on me so I’m not going to quit on them. I finished the marathon running and ended up feeling pretty great!  Thanks girls, couldn’t have done it without you! 

So I’m more motivated than ever to lose weight, keep running, and get the word out about Chase Away.  More people need to know about canine cancer and what they can do to help fight the disease.  I can’t give up on the journey I’ve started.  Jersey and Leo would bite me in the tookus if I did!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Garden of the Gods 10 Miler

I had to put up something for the gals who trained so hard for this race! 
Thanks to Judy and Boulder Running Company for all of their support!

I've seen this at several marathon races.  Once I saw a sign that said "Vasoline on next tree!"  and there it was on a plank of wood nailed to the tree.  A big glob in the center. 
I didn't have many takers at this short race.  I know the ones who took me up on it were very happy to see me.

I saw this once at the Flying Pig and I'm so glad I did it today.  Everyone was chuckling at the sign. 

Lots of smiles and "cute sign" comments.  I had a lot of people wanting to take a break going up that big hill to give me a hug. 
Even had a guy ask if he could have the sign. 

It was a great day for the race.  Nice and cool at the start.  Didn't get too warm, but I did get a few sweaty hugs.  I'm so glad I went out to cheer on the runners.  Hope they enjoyed the hugs and bell ringing!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Doggie Advice On Bloat

Gastric Dilatation Volvulus 

I just had to repost this from Dawg Business because I've always heard the horror stories about bloat and they do a good job of explaining it. 

As an owner of large breed dogs, it has always been in the back of my mind.  I have watched my Rottie scarf down her food so fast that she gags.  I purchased a Brake-Fast Medium Dog Bowl and it seemed to help slow her down.  It sure is fun to watch her try to use it. Her short nose has trouble getting around inside the bowl.  Most of the time though she just gets pissed off at it and dumps it all over on the floor. 

Go check out Dawg Business for more information about making life special (and safe) for your furry four-legged family members!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

My Second Race of the Year! Go Slackers!

Do not be misled by the name but this is the Slacker Half Marathon/4M Race! It is the highest downhill half marathon in the country---- beginning at 10,630 feet and traveling over a rolling hill descent to 8400 feet! The half marathon begins at Loveland Ski Area and travels the first five miles through a Forest Service area of wetlands and natural waterfalls on a non-motorized paved bike path built to sustain the weight of an ambulance! The second 4.4 miles travel from Bakerville to Silver Plume along a paved frontage road with amazing views of the Continental Divide and mining remnants. The last portion of the trail & the 4-Mile race travels from Silver Plume to Georgetown on a paved bike trail (and paved road) with scenic views of the Georgetown Loop Railroad and the largest Bighorn Sheep herd in the State! The race ends in downtown Georgetown where there are more freebies than you know what to do with!  [courtesy of Slacker Home Page]

I've ran this race twice before.  It is so much fun!  It starts at a high altitude (gasping for A-I-R) with cool mountain breezes.  Hopefully all the snow is gone (yes we still have snow).  All downhill and brutal on the legs, but they have beer and garden gnomes at the end.  Yes, Garden Gnomes!  The last year I did this race, they gave away solar ones.  Great race and tons of prizes. 

I just had to include this clip cuz it's so DARN CUTE!
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Fuzzy Wuzzy Wednesday

My babies and I had a great Memorial Day.  Spent it with furry friends.

My friend's (Bob) furry family!

My furry kids - Scout & Summer!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Really!?! Did you have to be told this?

Every year I get a new swimming pool for my dogs to play in.  I like the small plastic wading pools mainly because you can repair them with Gorilla Tape and also because their cheap.  So the one I had from last year was picked up by the evil Colorado winds and taken for a ride on the road behind my house.  No amount of tape was going to fix this one.  It was time to get another one.

Taped inside the pool were these warnings.  Really!  Diving?!  Here's your sign!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Can I have a year like his?!

Flying Pig Race Photos - I'm slow both in running and posting!

Arrival at the starting line
Let the rain begin...
And continue....
And continue...on and off until 3 hours in.
Me on the right...passing everyone!
Had to pet one more puppy!
Oh!  Found my mom with the camera!

Mom and I by the river!

This one's just for fun!

Friday, May 13, 2011


My two - Summer & Scout

My dogs live here, they're here to stay.
you don't like pets, be on your way.
they share my home, my food, my space
this is their home, this is their place.

You will find dog hair on the floor,
they will alert you're at the door.
they may request a little pat,
a simple "no" will settle that.

It gripes me when I hear you say
"just how is it you live this way?
they smell, they shed, they're in the way.."
WHO ASKED YOU? is all I can say..

They love me more than anyone,
my voice is like the rising sun,
they merely have to hear me say
"C'mon girls, time to go and play"

then tails wag and faces grin,
they bounce and hop and make a din.
They never say "no time for you",
they're always there, to GO and DO.

and if I'm sad? They're by my side
and if I'm mad? they circle wide
and if I laugh, they laugh with me
they understand, they always see.

so once again, I say to you
come visit me, but know this too..
My dogs live here, they're here to stay.
you don't like pets, be on your way.
they share my home, my food, my space
this is their home, this is their place..


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Flying Pig Expo - Pigfest!

Race Expo - Those Cincy folks love their P-I-G-S!  This was a great race from the very beginning.  Very organized and lots of things for you to look at.  Pigs, pigs, everywhere!

My mom and I spent the Saturday before the race at the expo.  She's only been to one other expo and is still not used to them.  She wanted to buy shirts, shoes, capris - and I had to tell her you don't buy those items at the expo!  You buy race souvenirs and that's it.

We both spent entirely too much money on race stuff. I picked up a nice men's jacket (no women's available) for half off at $60. The race packet included a shirt, backpack and a poster. Not bad for a $100 entry (early entry at that).
My mom and I


I think I'll save this one for her birthday card!

My mom getting treated for her PF.  She thought it was a good idea to spend 6 hours mowing barefoot using a tractor.  She went barefoot so she wouldn't get a tan line!  They taped her foot and recommended she wear the tape for at least 48 hours.  She wore it for 3 days.  And her foot still hurts. 

The race went GREEN this year.  All coupons were removed from the packet and made available online instead. Nifty idea!  Loved this solar pig.  Too cool.

So my mom had to have food after all of that walking and it was time for my pre-race meal.  So off to Rock Bottom for the Chicken Mac n Cheese for me.  Mom chose the Chicken Parmesan.  Only a 40 minute wait so photo op!  Lovely park with music playing.  I could have done with a few less baseball fans.  Nice time with my mom though.  Then off to bed!

Took practice to get this picture - like three tries!

Race recap to follow!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy First Birthday Summer!

Hello everyone!  I had to take a break from race recovery, work, laundry - return from vacation activities - to celebrate my Rottie's first birthday.  Summer's birthday was actually on Friday, but her cake from Wag 'n Wash wasn't ready last night so we celebrated it today.  As with any first birthday, you must have lots of funny pictures - especially tons with a funny hat!

Get this thing O-F-F of my head!

Yummy cake (for dogs so I didn't try any)!

Are you ever going to take this thing off?!  I want CAKE!

I'm only tolerating this thing for you MOMMY!

Can I have it?!  Can I have it NOW please?!

This was as close as I could let Summer get to the cake.  Everytime I slid it near her, she moved like she was going to run off with the whole thing.  So this is her picture with her cake....good enough for me!  She shared her cake with Scout and still left enough for another piece tomorrow.  I'm such a good mommy!


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Time to Pack

Well I'm packing for race day. Weather keeps changing so I'm packing for rain and sun. It's gone from 60% chance of rain, to 30% and now it's at 50%. Temps are going to reach 70 but it may be cold for the race since it starts at 0630. My mom was not too happy about the start time, but since she didn't get up for my last race, she owes me big time.  Anyway I've got two outfits ready for race day:

Both have the Chase Away K9 Cancer shirts I had made (one black, one white).  Thanks to Heather at ACVIM Foundation and Jennifer at Shirtworks.  On the left is the cold weather outfit:  Saucony undershirt, UnderArmour capris (love these-they're fleece lined).  The right is if it's warmer:  white Target tank undershirt (the shirt is REALLY white and shows my bra - no wet t-shirt contest guys!), Nike capris, Athleta PowerMesh CYA Skirt.  Both outfits will have my favorite Moving Comfort Fiona sports bra, Balega socks, ASICS GEL-Nimbus 12s. 

I didn't get any runs in this week except Monday.  I started to get sick with a sinus infection so I went to the doc yesterday.  All better now.  Gotta love those docs!  I'm not worried about the race.  No chance I'm going to PR at it.  Just wanting to have fun, visit with my mom, and see the sights.  The Flying Pig is supposed to be a "hoot" so I'm just going to take it all in.  Heck I've go 7 hours to finish it.  I can do that! 

Race report will follow.  Along with news about my friend who was s-u-p-p-o-s-e-d to do the full with me on Sunday but signed up for a half on Saturday (yup he's an idiot).  He's doing the CMM half in Nashville on Sat., driving across Kentucky, and running the FP half on Sun.  Can you say C-R-A-Z-Y!  I'm happy with my full monty.  See ya at the finish line!

Friday, April 22, 2011

New Thor Movie ad - Spoof of Darth Vader ad - Awesome!

If you loved the Superbowl Darth Vader ad, you'll love this one:

Geeks unite! Loved it!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Summer's First Party!

I am tired.  Tired of working.  Tired of running.  Just plain tired.  I can feel the exhaustion taking over my body.  I know I'm in my two weeks of tapering so I can relax some about my running, but work and exercise is still kicking my butt (nope it's still there bigger than ever). 

I know I should be getting ready for my Saturday morning run.  It's already after 7.  I'm currently having that a battle with my inner voice.  "Stay here!  Get up!  Comfy couch!  Sunny weather!  Stay here!  Get up!"  I have this battle a lot these days. 

I really do enjoy running and doing marathons, but the training is ARGH hard!  By the time the race gets here, I'll just want it over and done with.  Of course until I get the metal at the finish line and I start crying.  Do you cry at the finish lines? 

Now the puppy dogs have been the greatest this week.  Only two toys meet their demise during the wee hours of the morning.  There is nothing like waking up to a snowy white floor - IN YOUR BEDROOM! 

Summer got to go to a party last night.  My co-workers got together and I brought her over to play with Shilby, a heeler.  They said she never gets tired so I thought Summer could get a good workout.  She was her usually "don't touch" self, but I am very proud of how she behaved around everyone.  She would at least go up and sniff their hands.  She even took the dog ball from a young kid's hand so gently.  She didn't run off and came (almost always) when I called her. 

Shilby and her were hilarious to watch.  They finally started playing and chasing each other around the house.  Shilby started barking, but could only get a growl out of Summer.  Good girl!  Shilby is an only child and was really enjoying having a playmate over.  Summer found out she had to be quick about eating treats when Shilby snatch hers from her.  She was fast!  Shilby was tired by the time we left.  And Summer fell asleep in the truck on the way home.  Her first party and I'm so proud of her. 

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Saturday Sarcasm - Belated Furry Friday Tails

Well it's been a busy week.  I had a nice weekend where I picked up a joyful case of food poisoning.  That fun lasted for four days.  Don't worry.  I enjoyed enough bananas for an entire pack of monkeys.  Someone said they were good for a sick stomach.  Anyway, I'm all better now.

After my last post about the fun my Rottie had while I was gone, I was beginning to think there was hope for her.  I hadn't found any stray chewed up shoes or missing clothing items.  She was back to her normal crazy self.  Pestering Scout every waking minute.  Then came laundry day. 

As I was putting away some items, I opened the dresser drawers and then I found a nice present on the bottom drawers....(see photo)

The litte stinker just sat on the floor and chewed three handles off!  When I asked her about it, she gave her best Denver impression.  Well time to go shopping for new handles...metal ones!

Now it's Saturday and I'm not going out for my run today.  I'm saving that fun for tomorrow.  It's time for my second 20 miler and I'm not looking forward to it.  Forecast says rain...fun, fun!  It's nice to finally get to enjoy a quiet morning relaxing with my puppies.  They are really good fuzzbutts!

However, I must let you know there is much sadness in the house...another one bites the dust.  Summer didn't admit to this one either.  Have a great week!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Furry Friday Tail (Tale)

Summer loves the S-N-O-W!
As many know, I have a difficult dog.  Summer is a dog dog.  She's not really interested in people.  We go to the dog park and everyone wants to pet the cute puppy and she's like "don't touch, don't touch!".  Summer just scoots away from everyone, sniffing nervously at them, and then running off to meet up with other dogs.  She looks at people like they're big scary things.  Some are able to get a pet in when she's occupied with meeting another dog.  Once she realizes what's up, it's right back to the "don't touch" mode.  We've been going for quite some time now and she's getting better.  She's gotten up to giving kisses on the hands of a few friends she's made at the park. 

Well as most have seen, I took a trip to Moab.  So I had to have someone watch my dogs.  After the story above, I can hear the gasps and groans.  A friend said she'd stay with them.  Knowing what she might encounter, I said Summer might be difficult and Scout might not eat (she doesn't do well with me being gone - another weird dog).  Day one with Summer started off with her not wanting to go into her crate.  My friend tried for over an hour to get her into it.  She wasn't going!  She even growled at her.  I said leave her out.  Anything she chewed on was replaceable.  So she got to run around for four days.  Evil doggy! 

Since it was March Madness, my friend was enjoying watching more channels on my tv.  Her daughter plays college basketball.  She stayed up late Saturday watching the games and fell asleep on the sofa.  Up until now she had been ignoring Summer, letting her do her own thing.  And Scout did eat like crazy while I was gone (crazy dog).  Anytime my friend tried to pet Scout, Summer got jealous and growled.  Back to the sleeping on the sofa...at 3:30 in the morning on Sunday, she was shaken awake by paws on her chest.  Summer had given up!  She wanted to play!  Summer realized my friend wasn't going hurt her and that she really wanted some loving.  My friend couldn't believe it.  She said Summer had become her best friend. 

So there is hope for my nervous puppy.

What weird things have your dogs done?  Does having a pet make you a better parent?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My "Somewhat" Wordless Wednesday!


Sparky - My friend Mike's 12 yr old Lab.

Toby - My friend Mike's 6 yr old Chow mix.
Sparky trying to catch a nap.

On Hwy 128 into Moab, Utah.

In Canyonlands - Moab, Utah.

In Canyonlands - Moab, Utah.