Sunday, December 21, 2014

Black and White Sunday - Our Christmas Card

This year we are participating in the Blogville Christmas card exchange. It is so much fun to get cards both in the mail and electronically. This year I gave our card a lot of thought. It occurred to me, that the animals on the card exchange list are the lucky ones. They are the ones with loving homes. They are also inspiring to me. I wanted to find a way to thank them all for being in our lives and to honour them. So instead of mailing all those cards, we decided to pay it forward, in honour of all our fur friends from Blogville and the Twitter-verse.

Here is our card:

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Nin's Santa Letter

Dear Santa,

What Santa is?
What Christmas is?

Love Nin

Added by Hailey:

Dear Santa,

My Nin is very old and not very bright and I will act as his representative (I have power of attorney). He is a pretty good boy, but he does pee on the floor or my bed sometimes and he has always been a puker. He also likes to sing a lot. It can be a little annoying.

 He would like to be humped on Christmas, but I will give him that. Given that his tummy is old and sensitive, I think treats are out. You can give his share to me as I have been such a good girl. He doesn't need any toys either cause he is too old to play. You can give me his toys too. Me being happy would make him happy. For Christmas, you can give him some pets and maybe let him sit on your lap for a bit. That is what he really wants.

Hailey on behalf of Old Nin

Friday, December 19, 2014

Fantastic Friday - First Holiday Gifts of the Year

Last Sunday our Auntie K brought the pups their first holiday gifts. They got to open them while she was visiting as we won't see her until 2015 now.

Hailey opening hers - she used her teeth! 

Phod checking his out, he was too nervous to open it alone

Here is what was inside:

Spiffy new bandanas. You can't really see what they say, but Lady was thrilled she was able to get a picture of the 3 of them (they are all sitting and sort of looking toward the camera - Christmas miracle!)

Here they are up close:

Thank you Auntie K. We love them! 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Our Hanukkah Celebration

First, I should remind everyone we are not Jewish, but we celebrate Hanukkah (we aren't really Christian and we celebrate Christmas - we see it the same). It started over a decade ago as a "theme" party over the holidays (to do something different) and has grown into a true celebration. We have Hanukkah dishes, decorations, books, music and toys.  We eat a brisket type dish, latkes (one of my favourite foods in the world),  green beans with peppers and pine nuts and donuts. This year Man did up some deep fried Brussel Sprouts. Those are a new favourite.

This year is an extra special Hanukkah because it was my niece Maggie's first Hanukkah. Maggie and I are exchanging 8 crazy nights of Hanukkah gifts (plus she will get some Christmas gifts from us too - she may be a little spoiled). We opened the first one early on the weekend (because Hanukkah started on Tuesday night and with everyone else's holiday schedule we decided to have it the weekend before). We will open the rest on the correct night.

Hanukkah is probably my favourite holiday of the year.

Here are a couple of my favourite pictures.

Posing by the Hanukkah Tree

Maggie opening her first gift - Phod looks on and Emma helps out

Maggie - she is 6 months old now

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Zaphod's Santa Letter

Dear Santa,

Thank you very much for all the wonderful toys and treats your brought last year. I really loved them. You are very nice. I would give you licks if we met and I wasn't too scared.

I don't know what to ask for. I have everything a pup could want. I have 3 soft dog beds. I have a basket full of balls and chucks and discs. There is a drawer of puzzle toys and cupboards full of cookies. I have my places to sleep by the fire. I have a wonderful sister Hailey and a Nin and a great Lady and Man. I know they work very hard to give me the best life they can.

Hailey says it is rude at Christmas not to ask for anything so, if I have to I have 3 simple wishes: a new fetch toy because I love fetch so much Santa; for Lady and Man to love me forever and maybe not to have to do things like clean my ears or give me a bath or use the vacuum; for all the puppies and kitties in shelters and rescues to find amazing loving homes. That is what I would like the most Santa.

Have a safe trip and I will try not to chase your deer that live near our house.

Love your Phody Boy

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hailey's Christmas Letter to Santa

Dear Santa,

This has been my best year yet. I did not really destroy much or run away from my people. You know I was super excellent girl when I was staying with my Grammie and the Big Guy. I have patiently tolerated my Lady's crazy demands for taking pictures (which often include the humiliation of dressing up), I have continued to allow her to write about me in such a public manner, I was fine when Emma stayed with us for months and months, and I have worked hard on my tricks. Overall, I know I have earned an A+ for my behaviour and should be rewarded with lots and lots of treats. To show you how much I have grown the past year, I am not going to even be picky about what kind of treats. I love all types. So whatever you have lots of, feel free to leave an A+ amount. 

Lady says she hopes this kind of growth will continue now that I am almost 5. I make no promises, but think ample rewards for being a super star this year, may help keep me motivated to behave next year. 

Thank you,

Love your Hailey Girl