Showing posts from September, 2014

Introducing Mauser, Our New Family Member

On Thursday evening, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and saw that a friend's dog page had shared a photo and description for a 10-year-old Belgian Malinois at Manhattan Animal Care & Control. Named Jackson, he was set to be killed after 12 PM on Friday. Mac and I talked at length about it, and on Friday morning, I bit the bullet and paid for his adoption fee online, reserving him for us. If we didn't pick him up in Manhattan on Saturday afternoon, he would still be euthanized, and I'd forfeit the adoption fee. So, Mac and I ventured up to Manhattan on Saturday, arriving around 2 PM.

Knowing how quick to kill the NY AC&Cs can be, I was braced for a horrible trip. I'd heard stories of how the employees would try to discourage adoptions, and how they'd deny adoptions if you didn't bring everything with you, and I was prepared for the issues, including them possibly saying that for whatever reason, we couldn't adopt him, and they were going to …

Surrendering a Dog to a Shelter

A "friend" that I've known for over 10 years is now looking to rehome her second or third dog within a year. The other one I'm sure of nipped at her kids, so that dog was rehomed. This one is a 6-month-old boxer puppy, who digs, chews, and jumps. Last week, she asked for training suggestions. This weekend, she posted that her "heart is breaking," but they need to rehome the dog, because he digs holes in the yard and keeps chewing things, from the sofa to the walls to his bedding.

It's a puppy!!! Puppies chew, puppies dig, puppies jump, because they don't know not to do that! They need training and exercise! Boxers, when bored or not given enough exercise, dig and chew. Add both together, and you get what she's experiencing.

I first tried suggesting that she go through rescues, if she's determined not to try to keep the dog. Then, when I couldn't sleep last night, because I was that upset over it, I felt the need to really share my opinio…

Sushi or Hibachi? Try both!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of One Dynamic Marketing Solution. All opinions are 100% mine.

Looking for a unique dinner in Orlando? Do you want fresh ingredients in your meal? Have some in your party who want sushi, while others want hibachi? Check out Japan Express! Think Sushi Winter Park! Think Sushi Orlando! Think Hibachi Orlando!

Not only does Japan Express offer pick-up, drive-thru, and delivery ($50 minimum delivery), but they offer catering services to parties, wedding receptions, bridal showers, corporate outings, you get the picture! Everyone has the same fare at weddings! If you are in the Winter Park area, why not do something different?

If you want fresh, local vegetables and fresh food for your meals, look no further than Japan Express! David, the owner, goes to the local farmers market every morning and purchases fresh vegetables for use in the kitchen that day! How can you get more local and fresh than that, other than growing them yourself?

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Paragon Fine Art--Art at Its Finest!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fine Art Gallery. All opinions are 100% mine.

As I've posted before, Mac and I are house-hunting. Part of what I dread once we find a new house is the thought of decorating it! I'd love to have a few unique pieces of artwork, but for many, I question if my budget could handle the price tag that goes along with that! Enter Paragon Fine Art Gallery, located in the San Francisco Bay area!

They offer Contemporary, Traditional, and Commercial Fine Art For Sale to the public, while charging dealer prices. Now, granted, I may not be able to own an Andy Warhol, Picasso, or similar, but Disney Fine Art, maybe, thanks to their dealer pricing.

If you happen to be shopping around for fine art, and the prices shock you, check out Paragon Fine Art, and see if your dream of owning fine art can become a reality! If you get a little unnerved about the idea of shopping at an Art Gallery, check out Paragon Fine Art, and see how they are differe…

A Whirlwind Weekend in LA!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Overnight Reputation for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

A few years ago, I was given the opportunity to spend a weekend in Los Angeles. I arrived on Friday morning, and returned home on Sunday evening! Talk about a crazy weekend, and oh, the jet lag!!! I drove the employees at the hotel crazy, because I wanted to know why, at 3 AM, the internet wasn't working! Then, by 7 PM, I was ready for bed!

Even with those issues, I loved my stay! Sunshine, warm weather, gorgeous skies, and gorgeous views!

When I travel, I sometimes have a tough time not having every second of every day planned out in advance. I want to do touristy things, but I also realize that the "locals" know far more about the good places to eat (the ones that stay in business because their food is amazing, not just because the tourists frequent it), the neat sights to see, etc. This is where Justin Sather enters the picture ( I…