Tag Archives: dogs

a pup lovin kinda week

30 Sep

i realized look back through my post for the past 6 months,

that although i have shared tons of photos of our pups,

i never really told their stories.

so this post is dedicated entirely to them!!

rocky, was our first poodle to steal our hearts. i surprised the husby with him when he returned from a solo trip back to italy. he swears i did it out of guilt for not going with him, but i’m sticking to my guns that it was purely out of love:)

name: rocky ( got his name for the husbies love of the rocky movies)

date of birth: may 28th, 2009

birth place: california

hair: brown

eyes: green

weight: 70 lbs.

favorite hobby: fetch

traits: calm, sweet, loving, independent

bruno, our second poodle, was a surprise to me… (even though i didn’t want to be surprised with another pup)…. the husby had researched rare poodles and came across the parti poodle.  he was determined to find one. so with out my knowledge, i came home one day to find a little parti pup in the house.

name: bruno ( really should have switched there names cuz “bruno” in italian means brown)

date of birth: april 16th, 2010

birth place: georgia

hair: black and white (cow)

eyes: black

weight: 65 lbs.

favorite hobby; licking

traits: hyper, affectionate, playful, stubborn,

both of these dogs have really made our lives complete and though we don’t have “children” yet, our pups feel like our kids and make us feel like a family already. here is a mini pup album through the years. enjoy!!!

road trip….. part two….. pups first beach day

25 Sep

traveling with two large dogs can be a little difficult, but at the same time it does take  some stress off the mind, worrying about what’s going on with them back home.  this was our furthest adventure we had ever taken them on, and there was  a lot to be concerned about. the first leg of our trip we stayed with our friends who have three dogs: 1 blind, 1 deaf, and two of which are small. so you can imagine the stress we had of how our dogs would all get along together. despite our fears, it went wonderfully! they all just meshed so well and we could breathe a sigh of relief.  the second part of the trip was heading to the coast where we would stay in a dog friendly hotel. the first thoughts that went trough my head were, hairy, stinky, dirty rooms. boy was i wrong!!! we stayed at a hotel called dolphin bay and it was amazing. we had a whole little condo with a kitchen, living room, bed room, patio, dog beds and bowls and even a little box of dog treats. it was immaculate, and  the doors from the patio were two hundred feet from the bluffs. there was a path way that over looked the water and lead you down to a private little beach. words can not describe this view. but the thing that made this trip so amazing and worth the stress, was letting our pups run free on the beach and play in the ocean for the first time ever! this is definitely a trip we would consider doing again. and i would put this at the top of our list as one of our best trips to date!

men of the house

18 Jun

hope everyone had an amazing “papa’s” day!

here are some pictures of our fun day.

all the grand kids with nonno



beef stew

… all the papa’s with their kids …

my brother mimmo with nico

my brother-in-law frank with gino and gianna

where it all began

my doggy daddy
giuseppe with rocky and bruno


through the lens…..

31 May

a look through the eyes of my iphone lately…..

i’m a film director

23 May

i have just discovered my new favorite app.

if you don’t already have this app, it’s called

silent film director, and it seriously make all your video’s hilarious!!!!

here’s a little video we made this morning to test it out, but it turned out so cute, that i add to post it.

happy directing!!!

thanks brookque for sharing this with me.

i love it!!!

through the lens

18 May

a look through the eyes of my iphone

happy friday!!!

hope you have a fun and safe weekend!

through the lens

10 May

one of my favorite bloggers naomi davis always posts her most recent pictures from her iphone, and i just love it!

so she has inspired me to do the same


just a look through the eyes of my iphone…..

me and my siblings are all the exact same height….. weird, no?

man’s best friend

30 Apr

so when i first told the husband that i wanted to start a blog, he laughed at me. now that he’s starting to see what it’s about, he’s warming up to it.  he decided that he wanted to be a guest writer on my blog today to talk about a topic that is very close to his heart. our dogs. so please show him some love and remember that english is his second language, so please excuse the grammar (not that mine is ever perfect, he he). i edited it slightly, but i wanted to keep it as authentic as possible.  so without further adieu, i give you giuseppe!


Man’s best friend may provide more than just faithful companionship. The human/animal bond aspects of owning a dog show to have a positive impact on quality of life. I found that owning and walking a dog impact the amount of walking I do and also that dog walking keeps me more active overall. Walking is the most accessible form of physical activity available to people,  so please stop creating excuses of how busy and tired you may be. Stop saying no to yourself. Dogs never say no. We all know dogs don’t work or have a long never-ending list of bills to pay, but… and I say but ……like little kids they are always up for anything.

After reading an article from Michigan State University on dog and their owners,  this is what I learned:

2/3 of dog owners take their dogs for regular walks.  Nearly half (46%) of dog walkers exercise an average of 30 minutes a day, five days a week, while only one-third (38%) of Americans without a dog meet those standards. Now so you all know, especially those of you who are skeptic, Michigan State University is one of the top research universities in the world. Other studies showed people who walked their dogs, generally walked about an hour longer per week than people who owned dogs but did not walk them. Many dog owners often forget that the best solution to a healthy life style is being active with your dogs. So, if the weather allows it and you can find a street, sidewalk or even better a large patch of grass, all that is left to do, is taking the first step, literally.  There’s  a strong link between owning and walking a dog, and achieving higher levels of physical activity.

Now let me ask you this. Which is best?  Walking with your spouse or your dog? Experts at the University of Missouri compared human and dog walking companion and found that dog walkers show much greater fitness improvements. In my honest opinion dogs are always the best walking companion for many reason. Here is the list.

1.   First of all they never say: “I told you so” and that’s a good start

2.   Dogs are a source of inspiration for runners of every level.

3.   Dogs don’t bring their cell-phone, as you know they can’t text, tweet or friends request you while exercising

4.   They never say no,which means, you can always count on them

5.   They listen and listen, so you if talk a lot, they are the best listeners with no interruptions.

6.   They don’t talk trash behind your back. Proof? Ask them how you really look.

7.   Once properly trained they keep your pace and they run as your own shadow.

8.   They will never make a comment on your daily performance. It doesn’t matter if you run 7 minutes per mile or if it takes you 15 minutes per mile, as long as you run with them. (by the way 15 min per mile is very slow)

9.   A well-exercised dog/person is not only a happy dog/person, but also a healthy one.

10. Dogs love doing things with us, and since their “job”  is to make us feel guilty if we get lazy, it gives them purpose to their lives.

 I know this article may look like a critique or challenge to many people as they look inside themselves and feel guilt, just like my wife, even though you all must know that she is a great doggy-mom, and if all dog owners were as good as she is, the number of foreclosed dog-shelter would be higher than the number of home foreclosed homes in the US.

So you, what do you say?

a not so sunny day, made bright…

16 Apr

saturday afternoon was a bit over cast with a little nip in the air, but that didn’t stop us from having some backyard fun! i brought some life back to the yard after hitting up the nursery. i planted some fresh herbs like, basil, mint, sage, thyme, and parsley, as well as a few succulents for the patio and house. giuseppe kept the bubbs busy playing fetch and soccer.  we can’t wait for some consistent spring weather so we can have more fun days in the sun.

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