Mom of 2 Peas and The Nosy Smartphone

So we have all heard that out smartphones listen in….how else do social media sites like my FB page and Insta give me ads about something I LITERALLY spoke about ten minutes earlier??? They target you with the hopes that you’ll buy whatever they are selling….well guess what….

Shhhhh they can hear you……

I did!

It all started when our little Sid Vicious decided he could be Houdini and remove himself from every harness I have ever purchased for him. Not only would he do his magic tricks but he would walk so hard that he would choke himself out by pulling in the leash when we tried to walk him. We have been with Sid for TWO years and I had tried different harnesses I bought online or in stores that were supposed to keep him from choking none worked. The red one below that ring on his chest was supposed to keep him from pulling it was meant to make him turn all it did was make him fall and get tangled and then he had one arm out and could have ran. Yes this furbaby id a runner he loves to chase the nemesis …. squirrel.

I would let him out on his lead (we don’t have a fence) He rolled in the grass until his arm got through the hole and boom he’s out!

Well nosey FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM heard my plight and thought I should try I debated for months and for months it just kept popping up even when I was reading articles on YAHOO it was the cute little corner ad. Then they got me….a limited edition Halloween harness.

Yes I went ahead and spent the $39.99 plus shipping and handling (ended up like $55.00?) the most I ever spent on a dang harness BUT if it worked it would be worth every penny and I had to try Sid needs walked not carried around all the time to keep from choking.

The two side rings are to keep him from pulling he will just walk in a circle back to me not forward if he pulls. They are just for training purposed so eventually he stops pulling all together.

First I went to YouTube to make sure I put it on correctly there are lots of videos from people rating them and yes they were all good. Let me say this harness is the easiest one I have ever put on once you get it fitting well taking it off and on is a cinch!

Could the nosy advertising people on my phone know what they are doing? Maybe….. I mean they did this time!

I could not be any happier with this harness and NO I’m not being paid I don’t have a secret code for you to get $ off but it seems to me they are always on sale! I just want to share how much this harness has helped my little punk be able to breath when we walk him and not choke out because that was scary for the peas and me; as you know he doesn’t like other dogs he loves cats but dogs…no so when we walk him he pulls harder to get to them not anymore Pugs Life has kept him from getting hurt because this little thinks he is big LOL and could be taken down with one bite from the dogs he tried to intimidate.

See the difference above? The Pugs Life is a heavy duty velcro and yes it stands up to the pull and never comes apart the old one squeezed hard when he would pull. I think you get the idea by now….

He is pretty happy too we don’t have to keep it on all day because it it so easy to take off and on and our little guy likes to be naked LOL

So if you are in need of an amazing harness that won’t hurt your favorite pup I suggest this one from Pug Life. Let me know how it works for you if you do!

Meet Sid …

We took the plunge after years of begging and the loss of our old man Pete (our 16 year old cat) I decided that maybe a dog would be good for us.  It would get us moving more, get outside to walk a lot , rescue of a fur baby and dog parks! So many dog parks!.  

I got in contact with a rescue that did not have a building for the dogs but only fostered and adopted out that way.  It was a lot of paper work and visits to the house with all these other crazy stipulations. And that was not the only rescue like that I honestly got intimidated and one point understood why people just bought dog from a pet store (I know shame on me right?)  But honestly the adoption fee through this particular agency was $350 – $500 depending on the age ect.. etc..

Still…..I met up with the foster lady 45 minutes out of my way at a pet store, the dog, a Jack Russell mix had no interest in me and we just didn’t click.  The foster mom was super nice and talkative told me all about the dog; she was jumpy and small and looked like she needed a salon ASAP the dog not the mom.  The girls were excited they knew that this was my first visit then they get to visit then the house visit. They call 4 references, your vet, your landlord, the doctor that was there at your birth, blood sample, ss # and your old high school teachers all to make sure you are a good fit.  Because as you know all the super nice and caring foster people are apparently also are a judge and counselor.  (BIG eye roll) That seems like a lot of pressure to place on a loving soul that just wants to help the animals. ANYWAY….

I came to work the next day and told my two friends who saw immediately this was not the dog for us…..she ignored me after all and I had her leash!  It was hard but she was in foster care so I felt better about passing I send an email to the foster mom and explained I didn’t think she was a good fit with out family.  She thanked me for being honest and told me with such a good head on my shoulders about adopting a dog we would be a great family for whomever we saved.  That made me feel so much better because I felt a lot of guilt.

My friend Traci knew we needed a small dog and not a puppy but a younger dog she looked at all the shelter around us our County shelter seems to only have Pit Bulls up on their website which is whatever but we couldn’t get a big dog.  I came to the conclusion that all the small dogs get adopted pretty quickly since being in a metropolis with lots of apartments those are apartment size dogs.  Which brings us to….the Ross County Humane Society….Traci sent me two pictures of small chihuahua mixes they were both adorable one female one male. I went that Saturday…..we asked to see the dogs and were pointed to a room with 10 (I think) cages it was quiet until we opened the door.  Then a rush of barking took over I immediately saw the one we asked to take him out and it was love at first sight.  He was great with the shelter cat in the hallway and was excited to go outside then rushed to get us back inside as if he said ok Mom sign me out!

So I did it literally took less than 30 minutes to fill out one form, get his chip and make an appointment to get neutered.  $132 included the surgery and his license, all I needed was his rabies shot which we got that Thursday when he went to get neutered.

I did get him a license for our county too ….

So ladies and Gentleman meet our punk rock dog …… Sid Vicious


He was so happy on that long ride home 🙂 

He fits right in with our little family, we walked him so much the first day we had him he planted himself under out front bushes and didn’t want to go anymore LOL 


The next day we took him to a dog park…then walked around downtown Grove City and even got him his own ice cream 🙂 

He is a cuddler…

I think he picked his favorite SHHHHH …

We have found that he is not fond of other dogs or squirrels and his arch nemesis is a pigeon that sits just beyond where he can reach and mocks him. 


He loves people though we just need to work on his jumps and over-licking! 


Then there is this guy…

They get along just fine really but stubborn Paddy refused to be in the same room although he did stalk here on the stairs or in the hall way.  Today almost a month later though we have gotten to this!  My friend Traci said they look like Garfield and Odie…. ha yes they do! 

So now we are a family of one dog, one cat and one beautiful blue fish 🙂

***Update Periwinkle the Blue Beta has left the fish bowl she was a beauty and will be missed***

The Chronicles of Professor Puffington: The Paddington Files

Puff wanted to play all the time but Pete is an old man and just wants to lay around, sleep or get some snuggles in with his humans.  We felt that Puff needed a playmate, another brother!

The girls had begged for so long and we resisted but one morning I woke up and said YES we can get another kitty.

So after work on a cold day January 3, 2012 we went out to look for a new kitten.  The first place we went to was just scary but the second place EUREKA!  All I wanted was an orange kitty because rumor has it they are the friendliest.  We got to a place where they had two orange kittens so we had to decide which one.  I let the girls decide it was hard, until we found out only one was a boy so there you go easier than we thought!

We couldn’t wait to get him home….we named him a week before we got him Paddington but that sounded plain compared to Petey Peteman PHD and Professor Puffington….so Chad called him Saint Paddington I liked Paddington Peabody and got out voted since Pete is a doctor and Puff is a professor Paddy is a Saint…..we have a weird family.  Paddy made himself right at home even tried to get a snack, clearly being the new guy he didn’t know the no felines in the fridge rule.

It didn’t take Paddy long to fit in, in fact we didn’t see much of Pete and Puff for the first week he was there! When we did see them Paddy tried to play but they would hiss and run, kind of like Paddy trying to play with Pete when he joined our family.

It took a little over a week for Puff to realize how awesome his new brother was, Pete on the other hand is our little old man and still just want to be left in peace!

Of course we all knew he was awesome when he got here….that is until I saw a flea one lone flea…time for your first bath Paddington….Don’t hide!

He was a champ Dad of 2 Peas ran to the store and got the shampoo he did so good I hardly got any scratches! He sure looked tiny all wet cute little guy.

But the one thing about Paddy that just cracks us up is he always looks like he is smiling. He is such a good cat especially with Phoebe just like Puffy they let her play with them and don’t care if she carries them around. Paddy fits in with all our Peas: Pete, Pyper, Phoebe, and Puffy….

So welcome to our home Paddy! We love you! Now lets talk about the no felines in the sink rule…..

The Chronicles of Professor Puffington month 6

Puff’s First Christmas!   

As I have blogged about in the past this little mister is all about Phoebe and Pyper, so when the girls were opening their gifts from Mommy and Daddy Puff was right in the middle!  He seemed slightly jealous even!  But the next morning  

patiently waiting for Santa Paws

Getting in on the gift opening action....

Santa visit’s our house a day early since we travel all day Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  He doesn’t want us to have to carry all his gift back home.   Once the peas were awake we all opened our stockings and the peas their presents from Santa Paws.  

He was HERE!

The peas were so excited to get their stockings just like me they think it’s the BEST part!  But even the furry peas got stockings too!  

watching Phoebe waiting patiently for his own stocking.....

Between the peas still waiting for his turn.....

After patiently waiting for what seemed like DAYS Puff and Pete both got to their stocking with a little help from Dad and the peas…  


oooo stuff!

All the Riley's got silver bead necklaces even Puff!


The littlest pea was more interested in Puff’s stocking stuffers than her own!  

After opening all the gifts the littlest pea walked around with the furry peas fishing pole for hours, she also loved their mice… good luck furry peas you might want to start playing with dolls! 





We certainly loved our first Christmas with Professor Puffington, we have been so blessed that he gets along with the peas so well. He goes right to the girls and never complains when they hold him a little too long or a little to rough. I can’t wait for the next issue of The  Chronicles of Professor Puffington hope you can’t either!

The Chronicles of Professor Puffington

We adopted Puff 50 days ago today… not quite 2 months he has been like one of the children.  He pumped some life into this house that’s for sure!    He has taken to our youngest Phoebe so much that he seems like a willing rag doll.  He has never once scratched her believe it or not, he lets her rub her head on him and pull his ears.  I am constantly saying easy or nice kitty.  He never seems to run when he should unless its from me when he is where he shouldn’t be !  DSC06463

I feel like this is going to be a long loving relationship, Puff tries to get in Phoebe’s room every night and every night I run him out.  When she is bigger and when he is bigger right now he is a mere 3 pounds I know they will share a bed.  As I type this post Pyper is sleep on the couch and he is at her feet, Phoebe is already in her crib.   SO here are a few pictures of my two little best friends as they play whenever they can…..I added a picture of  him trying to play with Pete and well you can see the excitement in Pete’s face…..




See him back there by the chair he is waiting…..patiently 







By the end of every night we put Phoebe in her pack and play to relax before putting her in her crib to fall asleep. Professor Puffington just watches her from the outside patting at the pack and play making her laugh!!!

Our newest family member…Professor Puffington “Puff”



If you have been following my blog you are away of our loveably cat Petey Peteman, Petey lost two sister last year and for awhile loved being an only cat.  Since we have had our youngest daughter, Pete seems to not enjoy being solo much anymore.  We decided to start looking for a kitten in July to be with him and to keep the house jumping as kittens are crazy!  WELL…………………………

We adopted our new kitten today from Colony Cats!  And there are lots more that need homes if you are looking for them you can contact them at (-: 

When we picked him out of the many beautiful cats that were available his name was President John and he had a sister and two brothers, Caroline ( I loved her but Chad insisisted on a boy!) Senator’s Bobby and Teddy.   Py had picked a name awhile ago she wanted Princess Cinderella Puffinton, but we knew we wanted a boy so it got cut to Professor Puffington.

Puff still has to make friends with his new big brother Pete they are still growling at each other.  But he sure has made this house his own!  As I type the kids are in bed and Puff has tried to help me type my blog.  He has given up and is asleep at my toes.    Welcome Home Professor Puffington you will be loved here!