Shiloh has been looking sad lately when my husband takes Waffles for their evening walk, and has even tried to follow them to the door a few times.
We've tried taking Shiloh with us before, but she always freezes halfway down the driveway and wants to run back inside.
For the past month or so, I've been taking her out our back gate to the common area behind our house. There's a nice patch of land between our backyard and the street, a perfect practice area!
Sometimes Shiloh locks her legs and refuses to budge, but we've been slowly exploring the common area and she's becoming a little more comfortable.
Four days ago, Shiloh ran to the backdoor when my husband called Waffles for their walk. Decided to see how far we could get and was thrilled to see how excited Shiloh became when I grabbed her harness and leash!
Shiloh ran to the back gate, her body trembling with excitement, and practically pulled me off my feet when I opened the gate!
I'm not sure if it was because we were with Waffles or if Shiloh was just ready, but the four of us walked down the street like we've been doing it for years. Didn't want to go too far in case she had a panic attack and locked her legs, as she's too heavy to carry now.
The next day, we went a little farther.
Day three, a little farther.
Today, we walked the farthest yet!
And as icing on the cake, she didn't freak out when she saw another dog! Shiloh has started barking when she sees other dogs walk by, so wasn't sure how she would react when we saw another dog during our walk. She surprised me by just watching.
Shiloh and I hung back as Waffles went over to say hello. She leaned against my leg as she watched, then tucked herself between my legs, but no freaking out or bolting. When Waffles came back, Shiloh sniffed her thoroughly. It was almost like Shiloh was asking her about the other dog!
Need to keep up the daily walks, as she really seems to enjoy them. I know that it won't always be smooth sailing and she might panic, but we'll deal with that if and when it happens.
Ryan stopped by on Friday to see how the hot tub was after the Super Cleanse.
Short answer - not good.
We couldn't get the bromine to register and he didn't have any luck either. No matter how much booster he added, it still registered zero. Go figure.
Grasping at straws, he suggested we empty it and start all over. Said there might be cleansing residue left in the system, preventing the bromine from registering. Not sure how as he rinsed and blew the pipes out pretty well but what the heck, let's give it a shot.
Ryan had other customers to tend to, so left after emptying the tub for us. Took awhile to refill, then it wouldn't start. Tried priming the pump by turning it off and on several times, but no dice.
La Papierre is a stationery subscription where you receive new designs each month. You can list your preferences when you sign up, but I haven't seen any other designs so I think they just use the preferences as a guideline when coming up with new ideas.
It's been sort of hit and miss for me lately with the designs. For instance, I love the otter and elephant, but am meh on the other designs.
One of the issues I have is that sometimes the designs take up too much room on the paper. I want to be able to write actual letter, which is the whole point of stationery, right? But some designs, like the tattooed lady, take up too much room.
They also have an Etsy shop where you can buy your favorites or some older designs you may have missed. I wish they'd offer a bonus for subscribers to stock up on monthly favorites or something.
Can't wait to see what they come up with for Halloween!
PopSugar had a mystery box sale for the first time ever! There were 6 different versions, worth at least $100. At only $19.95 per box with a guaranteed minimum of 6 items, I couldn't resist! I received box #2.
Here's what was in my box:
Tiny Prints Thoughtful Heart Stationery (From the November 2014 POPSUGAR Box)
Capri Blue Mercury Jewel Box Candle in Rain(From the November 2015 POPSUGAR Box)
Govino Go Anywhere Wine Glasses(From the POPSUGAR Today Show Box)
Barr-Co Fir and Grapefruit Bubble Elixir (From the POPSUGAR Today Show Box)
Terrapin Ridge Farms Pecan Honey Mustard(From the November 2015 POPSUGAR Box)
Deepa Gurnani Katie Crystal Headband (From the November 2015 POPSUGAR Box)
BarkBox is, literally, for the dogs. Their goal is to make dogs happy. BarkBoxes contain all-natural treats and other the coolest pup products in each box - things you can't find at the typical big-box pet store. Each monthly box contains a combination of 4-6 treats, toys, and hygiene products that have been hand selected and approved by Scout, head product tester for BarkBox. (website)
This month's BarkBox has an Olympic theme, no doubt because of the upcoming games.
USA Salmon Snacks Open a bag of these salmon dog treats, and get ready for your pup’s astonishing aquatic ability. Every pup is a waterdog when salmon's on the line! These Team USA snacks are baked in the USA by the folks at Honest Love from a recipe that’ll fuel your dog’s watery workout. Sustainably-sourced salmon is blended with whole vegetables, and zero grains to make a wheat-free, gluten-free, treat. Etta Says deer chew Got a picky chewer on your paws? Etta Says Deer Chews are a palate pleaser! Made from American deer, these chews are easily digestible and great for teeth and gums. Barkbel rubber toy This tough dumbbell dog toy will turn your pup’s playtime into gym time. Built by the pawsonal trainers at PetProjekt, the Barkbel is made from 100% natural rubber for a super-durable workout. It’s bouncy and durable enough to satisfy the heaviest of chewers, and so much fun that your dog will never skip leg day again! Fitness training is an important part of every athlete's fitness regimen, your furball included. Hairy the Torch This tough torch dog toy is just the thing for lighting an eternal flame (in your dog’s heart). Hairy the Torch, a Bark & Co Original, is built with a rugged ballistic nylon cover for your next marathon playtime. Inside, your pup will discover a handle full of crinkle and rope for thrilling games of tug-of-war. The top of the torch is made from one big squeaker, topped with the world's fuzziest flame.
Love BarkBox and this month is no exception!
Two paws up!
Shiloh has made such great strides that sometimes I forget she's a fearful dog. Then something will happen that hits me like a shovel to the face and I remember.
It was an umbrella this time.
The girls needed to go out for their last potty break of the night before bed, but it was raining pretty hard. I grabbed an umbrella and we all went out.
Waffles doesn't like the rain, so goes out, does her business, then heads back in ASAP. No problem.
The rain doesn't usually bother Shiloh, but I noticed that she was acting odd as soon as we got out in the yard. Doing that weird hunched-over walk that I haven't seen in months.
At first, I thought that maybe the thunder and lightning were bothering her. Then I realized that those big, scared eyes were focused on me as she paced back and forth.
Shovel to the face time.
As soon as it hit me that she was afraid of the umbrella, which she had never seen before, I collapsed it and threw it to the side. Shiloh was still freaked out, so we both went back to the patio to calm down.
She pulled herself together, we both went back into the yard so she could potty, then we went back inside.
Shiloh bounced back pretty quick, but I felt horrible. I terrified my dog. With a stupid umbrella.
Took part in a round robin swap in one of my Facebook groups. Since I was second to last on the list, I didn't really expect much. Imagine my surprise when I received a heavy box, packed full to the brim! So many goodies!
Had a blast unpacking the box and seeing how generous the other participants were! Some swaps don't go so well and you're left with cheap junk, but I really lucked out with this one! So many awesome goodies to choose from!
Picked out some cute journals, stickers, a pineapple notepad, mini highlighters, washi tape, cute stencils, post it notes, a cat journal, pens, and a cat stamp.
Bought some cute goodies to add to the box and after three attempts, finally managed to close it and send it on it's way. Best swap I've ever taken part in!
I joined a pen pal group on Facebook and am having a blast getting to meet so many interesting people from around the world! Mail is starting to come in and I wanted a place to start sharing some of my lovely snail mail.
Received a nice letter from Lucienne with some little sticky notes and washi and a lovely note from Tracy! Reminds me a little of a Thomas Kincaid painting.
My friend Onikah sent me some gorgeous stationery! We arranged a swap, but she surprised me by adding in the tennis shoes and cupcake paper. Love LaPapierre!
Top left: a gorgeous Inuit art print of geese from Lily
Bottom left: Arizona cactus from Sky
Center: The Sentinel Building from Angelica
Bottom: Berlin collage from Susanne
Right: San Antonio Riverwalk from a mystery sender!
Angelica is the first person to actually send something along with her card! She hid a handmade bookmark under a piece of washi tape and it actually made it to me in one piece! You can see it on the top right of her postcard. Love it!