My Wish for 2010 Was

Thursday, December 30, 2010

for just one thing.....
I got some and for that I am grateful..... now I want more in 2011.


I want this tree next Christmas

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

no watering, no needle drop, no dragging it out to the sidewalk for pickup.
easy. easy. easy.


The Greatest Gift

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Luke 2:8-14 “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour,
which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you;

Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, good will toward men.


Christmas Songs_In a New Old Fashioned Way

Monday, December 20, 2010

All performed using iPads and iPhones--

Wishing You a



Holiday Giveaways

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Every year on December 1st, I see busy bloggers inundated with free gifts from manufacturers (My blog's not busy enough to qualify) and they're encouraged to do a giveaway for their blog readers.  It helps them "up" their follower numbers and readership- for a while anyway. To enter, you must jump through a hoop or two:  leave a comment, follow their blog, *like* them on facebook, tweet about them or complete a survey.
Every year I go on a hunt for Kindle Giveaways and always end up entering a few miscellaneous giveaways here and there. The Kindle isn't for me- I do audiobooks. It's a gift for someone...well, it will be if I ever win one.

I look for blogs giving away useful things with a minimum of entries. I don't bother with The Pioneer Woman's giveaways any more. One of her typical two day giveaways will be for a fabulous Nikon camera or a gorgeous purple Kitchen Aide Pro Mixer or a freakin' iPad. Her giveaways aren't manufacturer sponsored. Married to Marlboro Man,  a successful Oklahoma rancher, she's loaded and generous, but it's not uncommon to see THIRTY-FIVE THOUSAND entries for a 2 day giveaway. If I wanted odds like that I'd play the lottery. Nope, give me a nice little blog with 100-200 entries and I'm happy. I'd love to win  a $100 gift card to Staples or Cracker Barrell or I'm not choosy but I still chase that elusive free Kindle.

No Kindle yet but I have won a $14 book "A Field Guide To Burying Your Parents" (I'm sure it's a lovely book but I'm not ready to read it) and a $40 water filtering pitcher -the spout popped off last week leaving it totally useless but it worked great for a year.

 and now I just won this:  .

Hi Bev at Blue Collar Treats-
you just won the Premier toy giveaway on Bocci's Beefs -congrats! Please choose the size toys best fit and send me your snail mail address... Hope your pooch ( Gracie?)enjoys the toys!
Bocci and his Parental Unit

Bocci's giveaway was for not one- but four great dog toys. Grace loves chewable toys like I love chocolate so she'll be on cloud nine when the package arrives. One toy has a floating squeaker that relocates. Poor Grace will be ready for Betty Ford if she can't locate the squeaker every time she sinks her teeth into it. It's actually perfect for a heeler because they're happiest when they have a job to do.

The generous gift giver is Bocci, a self described "mutt from the pound" who muses daily about "life with humans (and other) animals". While not a huge fan of blogs "voiced" by animals, I like Boccie's blog. It's cute and informative about the evils of puppy mills and animal rights. AND I add happily it doesn't bastardize the english language into "dog speak". (Why do people think a dog, if capable of speech would say "frew" instead of "threw"? What would make them sound like they have speech impediments?)  It's just so irritating. For Pete's sake, if dog's could talk they'd sound like we do. Hmm... that's an idea for another blog. I digress, as usual. 

Bottom line: Thanks to Bocci et al for the cool goodies and now I need to go check Kindle giveaway sites.

It Can't Get Any Easier

Friday, December 10, 2010

If you have Dog Lovers on your list (and who doesn't?) we can make your choice of gifts quick and simple with a Gift Certificate.  Not sure if your best friend's best friend craves chicken or peanut butter? Take the guesswork out of it without bruising your budget. Choose the amount you want to spend-
 $10, $15 or $20- just let us know the amount & we'll do the rest.

One quick phone call to us before December 20th and your Gift Certificates will be in the mail to you the same day and your shipping charge will be a whole fifty cents, whether you need one or ten certificates. Your gift certificate will be good until December 31, 2011.

Call today so you can cross the Dog Lovers off your shopping list.

Come. Sit. Stay. Shop.



Wednesday, December 8, 2010


       72 LITTLE BITS COOKIE  JARS ~ $10.95        
          72 LITTLE BITS BUCKET~ $10.95             
* 36 Chicken and 36 Peanut Buddier in each container *

 only 9.95 EACH

Come.  Sit.  Stay.  Shop.

A Beautiful Surprise

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Imagine you're sitting in the Food Court at the Mall and.....


The Flash Mob was organized and by Alphabet Photography. Wow.

Decorating Dogs

Friday, December 3, 2010

If you're passing through on the Saturday Pet Blogger Hop, glad to see you!

Going WAY,WAY back

You have to be a real child of the 50's to remember Suzy Snowflake. The cartoon usually played on your local afternoon cartoon show - featuring Popeye & Mighty Mouse- starting in December. I was amazed to find that I still knew all the words.

What a blast from the past....Can't remember what I had for breakfast but I can still sing Suzy Snowflake. *sigh*

Holiday Specials

Sunday, November 28, 2010


From time to time we'll be offering a different Holiday Special on our catalog page - just a little something extra to set tails wagging.

Catalog orders of $20 or more will recieve a free
expires 12-3

Come.  Sit.  Stay.  Shop. 

Black Friday

Friday, November 26, 2010

A perfect day to curl up on the couch with a turkey sandwich and some sparling Martinelli's and watch this Black Friday.
instead of THIS Black Friday


Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Barbara Spurll has captured our typical family Thanksgiving Dinner. We hope your  celebration is joyous and less eventful.


'Tis The Season

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

and our BLUE COLLAR DOG TREATS catalog is finally online.

Our wonderful Farmers' Market customers have been barking about missing our treats during the "off season" so we've taken the plunge.  Selling online is a whole new trick for us so we could be chasing our tails for a while. We're excited and optimistic but we don't think will be worried about us taking their e-tailer crown.

We want to make a profit by selling our treats not shipping them.
Our ordering method is different from what you're used to and we think you'll like it - if for no other reason that it will save you money. Money is tight for everyone right now and pennies count.  Our product prices are already at a good, affordable level so the next thing we can do is cut shipping costs. We won't set shipping charges by the dollar amount you order or use a set-in-concrete rate schedule. When you call us, we'll determine the best shipping USPS Priority rate for your individual order.  It will take a little more packaging creativity and work on our part but we feel it's worth it and we hope you will too.

We're looking forward to being in touch with our summer market customers all year round and we're excited about the new friends we'll be meeting as well.

We hope you'll think of us when you want treats for your dog & for all the Dog Lovers on your shopping list.
No need  for you to run from store to store.
Just visit our catalog.

Come.  Sit.  Stay. Shop.

Be happy.


It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Anacortes Farmers' Market Holiday Show
was simply wonderful!
It was so good to see everyone again.
We met lots of new friends and caught up with lots of old friends. I'm happy to say folks were stocking up on treats for holiday gifts. It also gave me a chance to remind them that during the "off season" we offer free pick up & delivery service. I heard lots of encouraging feedback about my online catalog.
It was a GOOD day!

Starting Wednesday, 11-24, you'll be able to shop from our online catalog.
Stay tuned for more info!


I know the feeling...

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Veterans Day 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

There are so many serious problems with our country right now. The out of control economy, record unemployment and record foreclosures just to mention a few. I never thought, in my lifetime, I would see the things I'm seeing on the news. It's distressing, depressing and disheartening.


In spite of her wounds, the United States of America is still the greatest country on earth and I want to thank the thousands of men and women, past and present, who have served her so well.  Without their daily sacrifices, there would be many and more serious problems.As a military brat and former military wife I think about our Veterans frequently.  At the markets I do, when I see a gray head with a Veteran's baseball cap, I get goosebumps and I have to ask them about it- and thank them. There's so much to thank them all for. I think about the thousands of families whose fathers or mothers are away now in the service of their country.  I think about the family dinners and home work help and soccer games they're missing. I remember how I felt the year Pat was in Viet Nam. I think about my Dad, serving in the Pacific for four years in WWII. I think about how camo uniforms keep changing color. Jungle green. Desert brown.

I think about the families who have suffered the greatest sacrifice of all- the loss of a loved one and I share their grief.

We owe our Veterans so much. May God bless them and protect our troops everywhere as they protect our freedom.
**  **  **  **  **  ** ** **  ** 

In May of 2001, my friends Barbara and Barb and I were visiting the incredible  D-Day Museum in New Orleans. While we were sitting in the museum coffee shop, we met a charming veteran who had come down from Mississsippi to speak to a group of school children. We were amazed to find that our new friend was Jack H. Lucas, the youngest Marine ever to receive the Medal of Honor, the United States' highest military decoration. He was presented the award by President Harry S. Truman at the White House on Friday, 5 October 1945. Since all the men in my family are WWII buffs, I asked Mr Lucas if he would pose with us for a photo. He was so gracious and delightful.  His story was fascinating. He managed to enlist when he was only 14 years old and was barely 17 when his heroism at Iwo Jima earned him the nation's highest military honor.

After posing with us, Mr. Lucas extracted his payment in the form of a peck on the cheek from each of us. I remember his hearty laugh when I kissed his cheek and whispered "Once a Marine...always a Marine." Meeting him was the high point of my trip and my family was astounded when I presented them with an autographed magazine article. Jacklyn H. Lucas passed away on June 5, 2008 at 80 years young. I wrote his family to tell them about having met him at the museum- (without mentioning the kiss) and to let them know his service would be always be remembered and appreciated.  Rest In Peace, Jack Lucas and Semper Fi.



Sunday, November 7, 2010

I baked 7214 dog treats this week.I just finished the last batch
and right now I feel like he looks.....

It's 2:18 AM and the clocks just zapped back an hour to end daylight savings time. Thank you, Lord. I will take that hour and make good use of it sleeping. Tomorrow I'll start packaging 7214 dog treats.

The Holiday Nutcracker Gift Show starts Thursday and I will be able to say quite truthfully that my treats are fresh...

However, I will probably still look like this polar bear... <yawn>
night all


Smiling Redux

Friday, November 5, 2010

 Just needed another smile.....

Sure, Blame It On the Dog

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

CHIGWELL: Pub accused over 'dog poo' at children's party  By Daniel Binns »

A FAMILY has claimed they discovered a “large amount” of dog poo smeared in a pub's function room which they had rented out for their two-year-old's birthday party.

Mum-of-two Lynsey Kourentis, of Alfred Road in Buckhurst Hill, said a party for her daughter at the Ye Olde Kings Head in Chigwell High Road last week was “ruined” by dog faeces allegedly spread all over the floor.

But manager of the pub Sam Carruthers said he found no evidence of any mess, and believes the problem was caused by a baby or a toddler at the get-together. Epping Forest District Council's environmental health officers attended the scene after the family made a complaint, but said the room was clean when they arrived.

Ms Kourentis said: “At first we thought someone had some bad luck and got some of it on their shoes but then we realised there were lumps of dog poo all over the room.

“It was absolutely disgusting. We had lots of babies and toddlers crawling around on the floor and they got it all on their shoes and clothes. “I couldn't enjoy my daughter's birthday party because I was running around trying to clean it up and running around to find the manager. It was very upsetting and it ruined the day for me.
“Not only was it disgusting and the smell was vile, but imagine if one of the children had touched it without realising and then eaten from the buffet with their fingers as toddlers do.”

While dogs are banned from the pub, Ms Kourentis says she was told that animals living above the pub had come down the night before the party and made the mess.

The Guardian has also spoken to other guests at the party who also believe the mess was dog poo.
But Mr Carruthers disputed the family's version of events. He said: “I couldn't see any poo. I think it's one of the children that's done it. “I did give them their deposit back because they were very angry.

“It didn't occur to me at the time that one of the children could have done it. I am fuming with myself that I gave it [the deposit] back to them. The total bill would only have been £80 and I did it to save the aggro.”

This story just struck me as funny... 
"I think it's one of the children that's done it." Trying to imagine that scenario.
Maybe it's the colloquialisms? "a large amount of dog poo"? "save the aggro"? I'll be using that one. "I don't NEED this aggro!"

Maybe I'm just easily entertained.
Hey, elections are over~ I'll take a laugh wherever I can get it. 

AND he does windows!

Jesse, this little Jack Russell does more in this video than some husbands do in a month.

Thanks, Kathleen, for passing this video. JustJesse197 has several more videos on You Tube.


Don't Forget To

Monday, November 1, 2010

Dogs are such good judges of character, I wonder if maybe we're missing something here. What if we lined up all the candidates and let our dogs sniff out the good ones?  Our late & lamented Lab, Stu pissed on the shoes of folks he didn't like. I can think of a certain Washinton state incumbent who bills herself as the "Senator in Sneakers" who might be sloshing her way back from DC to Bothell, if Stu was still around. And interestingly enough her opponent's name is Dino...hmmm... same as the Fred Flintstone's dino/dog. Dog Food for Thought?

 Whatever your affliction affiliation get that vote in.

and consider words of Al Capone:
while keeping in mind he also said "I don't even know what street Canada is on."

I'm with him half way-- I returned my ballot last week.


Why dogs hate Halloween 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

It never ceases to amaze what some folks will do to their pets for Halloween.

The End

Are You Smiling Too?

Friday, October 22, 2010

I choose to believe this is not photoshopped because I want it to be real.
....makes me smile.


Not Your Grandma's Knitting Bag

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

My foray into yarn manipulation would not be complete without showing the dedication and lifetime committment of today's knitters & crocheters... Tattoos. Our Grandmas' comittment was limited to carrying their knitting bags everywhere they went. Times change.