Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Back to Work I Go

Today I started a new job. It's a short-term, part-time job helping out at a small sporting goods store. I'm creating a customer database for them. The job should take just a few weeks to complete. This week I'm only working a couple of days, but next week I should be able to work close to full-time hours. Doesn't matter either way, I'm not paid by the hour, I'm paid based on how much work I accomplish.. and I can type pretty fast!

It's boring work, and not easy on the eyes staring at a computer screen all day.. but it's work and we could use the money for back to school!

They've mentioned once or twice that this could turn into a permanent thing.. probably extremely part-time though. Hey, I'll take it! I don't really want a whole ton of hours or a whole ton of pressure.. but something I can do here and there to bring in some cash.

We'll see how things go.

Friday, July 19, 2013

This is Amazing!

I wanted to share this video because I think it is absolutely amazing!

This guy is Kevin Olusola. He is a member of the acapella group Pentatonix.  They won season 3 of a show called The Sing Off on NBC. The group itself is amazing and you really should look them up on Youtube and see some of the stuff they've done, it's incredible! They do covers of mostly hip hop type stuff.. but it's all acapella.. you'll be blown away, I promise!

Well this guy, Kevin, he does the beats for the group. But he's more than that. He's also a cellist (plays the cello) and beatboxes while he plays. He calls it Celloboxing.
This particular song (Heart Attack by Demi Lovato) sounds so classy with the violins and cello and piano and all.. but then he adds the beats to it.. it still sounds classy, and it's incredible he can do both at the same time!! Crazy! Right?

See for yourself:

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Free Happy Dog Box

Happy Dog Box is a monthly subscription to a box delivered to your home full of treats, toys, and goodies for your pet.

When you sign up, your first box is free.. you just pay the $4.99 shipping and handling. You will need a credit card to do this.

Once you enter your information, you're automatically subscribed for a monthly box.. but you can cancel at any time.

For more info, follow this link: https://www.happydogbox.com/welcome

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Free Dog Food Sample!

I wanted to share this link where you can sign up for a free sample of Purina Dog Food! http://www.startsampling.com/sm/dogchow102853/captureAddress.iphtml?item=102853&source=&p=

I just ordered mine! :)

Also.. if you're in need of flea medication, there's a coupon to receive 2 free tubes of Advantage II when you buy a 6 pack, or 1 free tube if you buy a 4 pack.. must be purchased through a participating veterinarian.
Here's the link:

Remus made a friend!

Over the weekend we brought Remus to the pet store. It was busy that day, which turned out to be a good thing. We know the importance of socializing a dog while they're young.. so we've been doing our best to get Remus out as much as possible. He does great with people, he LOVES meeting new people.. if someone walks by him and doesn't stop to say hi he'll try to follow them! When they do stop to say hi he gets so excited! He might jump a little, and nip a little.. and he also rolls over for belly rubs! Yeah.. we'll work on the jumping at some point.. but right now I think the socialization is the most important part. He knows sit, so we'll just work on getting him to sit when he meets new people.
Anyway.. we were having a problem introducing him to new dogs. We haven't come across many. He might have met a couple.. but wasn't able to get too close.
Finally on Saturday he met a dog just about the right size for him, who was also a little playful. The other owner came right up and let his dog play with Remus for a good 10 minutes or so, it was so nice to see! I'm so glad Remus finally got a chance to socialize with another dog!
My son took this video of the 2 dogs playing together. I don't remember what breed of dog the other one is.. it's a mix of a couple things I hadn't heard of before. The guy says it in the video towards the end. I do know she's about 2 years old.. so that's as big as she's going to get.. but of course Remus is still only about a quarter of the size he's going to get!!
Remus also got to meet a full size black lab at the pet store, named Murphy. When Remus stood on his hind legs he was just able to reach Murphy's face! It was so cute to see the 2 standing next to each other, I wish I'd gotten a picture!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Remus Update

Sorry for the poor quality picture.. my camera stinks! My digital cameras have died, all I'm left with is the cellphone and it's not that great..

Remus is about 10 weeks old now. Still a hyper, crazy puppy.. not too bad since he sleeps most of the time anyway. When he's awake he can be a bit of a pain.. he likes getting into stuff. But we just make sure to redirect his energy.. like taking him for a walk or something, and after a short while he's pooped and ready for another long nap! Makes life pretty simple.

I'm not really working on any sort of training with him. His attention span is too short, and he's more interested in playing than learning commands. I did teach him sit.. and that's about all he knows right now. So instead of working on actual training sessions, I'm just working on teaching proper behaviors like what is appropriate to chew on, and where the appropriate place to go potty is. We're also working on walking on a leash. For now, that's about all we can handle! But he's doing pretty well in these departments.. well, not the leash walking, but that will come in time.. as soon as he's big enough to fit into the Gentle Leader I have for him.

We may get him into an Obedience Training class.  This is definitely a priority on my list.. but affording it is the only set back.

We're putting a lot of focus right now on socializing him. The training classes would help in this department once I can afford them. In the meantime we're just trying to expose him to as much as we possibly can. Anytime we go anywhere, he comes with us if he's able. Of course we don't take him grocery shopping or anything.. but if we're going to the park, he comes. If we go to the pet store, he comes. He's already met a ton of new people, and he absolutely loves meeting people!

On Saturday we brought him to PetSmart to get some flea prevention meds for him, and we were approached by an employee asking if we had any questions. She introduced herself as one of the trainers there. After petting Remus for a few minutes she told us we were doing a great job socializing him! He shows nothing but excitement when he meets new people.. he'll even roll over for belly rubs! Who can resist?

The only trouble we're having is socializing him with other dogs! We brought him to the pet store hoping he'd have a chance to meet another dog.. but he did not. The only other dog in the store didn't seem too friendly.
So Sunday we went to the canal for a walk. Normally there are plenty of other dog walkers on the canal. Not Sunday though. The only other dog we saw the whole time was on the opposite side of the canal.
We'll keep trying of course.. and with any luck we'll get him into those training classes, that will help a lot!