The dogs and I just got back from a couple of days at the beach. I’m the worst for overpacking when I’ll be away from my things. Forget that the beach was 10 minutes from the lake house; forget that I never use 1/3 of it. I had that wagon packed full of snacks, drinks, towels, and gear. There was barely room for Felix. I even insisted on schlepping a fully inflated unicorn down there
I am a huge fan of handmade pet products.
There is something about the idea that someone created something with their hands and that they poured their love and time into making it perfect that speaks to my dog loving hippie heart. Some of our favourite dog things were crafted by small businesses and artisans. By, as every Canadian knows, shopping handmade can be especially pricey. Shipping to Canada is…outrageous. Our dollar looks like monopoly money and currently holds about the same value.
That’s why I love that Etsy lets you filter for products that are MADE in Canada and why I am loving on their current Free Canadian Shipping promotion*.
*Participating shops only. terms & conditions may apply.
Kol’s Notes & A Dog Walks Into A Bar: we’re like a crime fighting duo only totally ridiculous
We are so excited to be back with this year’s 4 Gifts for Pets blog hop and even more excited that it is a GIVEAWAY this year!
I love the holiday season. There’s something about the carols and the cookies and the fun that makes me feel like a kid again. What I don’t love? The rampant consumerism. Ironic, I know, given that this is a post about holiday wish lists, but there it is. I could receive absolutely zero gifts this season and still be thrilled with the magic of the Holiday. Let’s face it, my dogs are already *ridonkulously spoiled*. They have everything they could ever need and then about 100 more things. The only things they want out of life are more walks, more scritches and all the snacks they can hold.
I love the 4 gifts concept.
Have you heard of it? It’s designed to limit the budget breaking “getting” aspect of the Holidays by focusing on just a few gifts that matter: something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read. In the case of my dogs, they aren’t huge readers, lol, but they love to eat and the words are similar, so why not change it.
Our top four fav gifts for dogs this holiday are…
Something they WANT:
Ok folks, here we are 7 months in and these dogs are still in love with their beloved “puzzle”. It remains the absolute best part of our dog puzzle collection. I’m sharing more of the reasons that we think this electronic dog puzzle is worth every darn penny on the blog later this week, but I can enthusiastically say if this was the ONLY gift your dog got this year, they’d probably be thrilled. Watch video about how it works, read up on their money-back guarantee and order yours at Clever.pet plus save $20 using code kolchak-20
Something they NEED:
Everytime Jessica and Gretel from You Did What With Your Weiner come to visit, they bring a snuggle bed with them and Felix LOVES it. Frankly, it’s a little neglectful that I haven’t bought him one of his own yet. Besides that, the craft room, which is where we spend 74.8% of our time doesn’t have it’s own bed in it. ::gasp:: We are die hard fans of the high-quality dog beds from Pet Lifestyle and You. They’re the only beds we have in our house and we adore them. This snazzy gray snuggle dog bed is definitely on Felix’s need list this year. You can order it on Amazon.
Something to wear:
We live in Vancouver, BC which means it is the long, wet, dog-smelly winter season. Did I mention the wet dog smell? Dog coats are my SAVINGS GRACE and I cannot possibly overstate how amazing these coats are. Houndtex, which is a high performance, multi-layer laminated water-resistant fabric is basically magic. Keeping water OFF my dogs is my secret to keeping my house free from dog smell and I feel like any dog in a rainy climate needs to be wearing a fabulous canine rain coat. You can get yours on Amazon.
Something to Read:
So, I know I said my dogs can’t read, but I CAN and I like to. I love reading and my dogs love when I read. We grab our fav blankie, light a dog-friendly candle, pour a cup of nice hot tea or a coffee and snuggle for an entire afternoon. I love the break. They love the pets and snuggles and love. It’s perfect for all of us. I’m kicking off my 2018 reading list with an old favourite The Art of Racing in the Rain which is a heart-warming and hilarious look at the absurdities of life all from the perspective of an aging dog. It was lovely when I read it the first time and I suspect it will hold even more feels second time around, as my Felix is now a senior pooch. Order it on Amazon.
We want your pet to get the things on their 4 Gifts wishlist this year!
That’s why we’ve teamed up with a boat load of awesome dog bloggers and our friends at CleverPet to bring you some tail-wagging prizes. This season, you could win:
A CleverPet Electronic Dog Puzzle
1 of 3 Gift Cards
$200 * $100 * $50
to the winner’s choice of Amazon, Etsy or Petsmart!
To enter, register using the giveaway widget below and complete as many entries as you wish. The only mandatory entry is to leave a comment answering the question in the widget!
We’re doing something fun this giveaway as a THANK YOU to all the awesome folks who follow us on social media! Every day we’ll be sharing a DAILY BONUS word or phrase on social media. Find the DAILY BONUS, come back to this post and claim FIVE extra entries. The bonus will be posted on a different site each day. Don’t want to miss a single bonus? Make sure you’re following Kol’s Notes on:
THAT’S NOT ALL,
Click on any image below to be magically whisked away to the other participating blogs for MORE CHANCES TO WIN. Every blog you visit and enter at increases your odds of winning, plus everyone has featured different fabulous finds for Fido!
Giveaway ends December 8th at midnight PST – don’t forget to enter!
It’s that season. You know the one I mean. Not Autumn. Pumpkin Spice Season.
Everyone who has every tried to sell you anything is going to spend the next 6 weeks of so slapping some PSL on it and calling it “seasonal”. I don’t want to rock the boat or make enemies here, but here goes:
There is more to fall than pumpkin spice.
And if you happen to be a dog lover? Pumpkin spice can be dangerous for your dog. One of the main ingredients in pumpkin spice, nutmeg, is incredibly toxic to dogs, the worst effects being tremors, seizures, convulsions or death. I cringe every single time I see a dog treat recipe for “Pumpkin Spice” because even if that recipe only has cinnamon? What if people miss that and use a pre-made pumpkin spice mix or think they can share a human PSL treats with their dog? It doesn’t take a ton of nutmeg to be hazardous (as little as 2 tsp. in humans). The risk just ins’t worth it to me. Say no to doggy Pumpkin Spice.
So in the spirit of sharing some seasonal snacks with your pet that won’t make them sick, we’re talking about our favourite fall flavors you can share with your dog.
Apples – Apples are one of the stars of fall. If you live anywhere in orchard country, you can find any number of local apple strains that are crisp, delicious and totally dog friendly. Always wash apples carefully to remove any chemicals or pesticides on the skin and cut out the core and any seeds, then share this fresh, flavourful fruit with your dog. Serve them fresh or check out our apple dog treat recipes.
Beets – These rich, earthly flavoured vegetables are absolutely dog friendly and they are freshest and at their best in the Fall. Fun story, the first time I fed my dogs beets, I forgot to tell the Daddy. He took them for a walk and was so worried he took them to the vet because their poop was red. WHOOPS! My bad. I love beets, hot or cold, and now that my dogs recognize the smell, they beg for a taste of their own. I love making this dog-friendly roast beet, quinoa and goat cheese salad and sneaking the dogs bites off my plate.
Kale – Don’t throw hot garbage at me! I know. Calling kale “delicious” in controversial, but my dogs and I LOVE IT. EatSmart makes this bagged sweet kale salad with brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli and chicory and Kolchak will actually eat a whole (dressing-free) bowl of it. We all think kale is really tasty, but if you don’t think you’re dogs are down for a bowl of it try these Turkey and Kale DIY Dog Treats or these Kale Chips.
Cranberries – These tart, bite sized berries are full of antioxidants for pets and their people. You might have a hard time convincing your dog to eat them plain, but they make a tasty addition to other flavours like sweet potato and turkey. Try incorporating the bright flavours of cranberry into your dog’s diet with our Thumbprint cookies or Thanksgiving Jerky Treats.
Squash – While all the world is shouting their pumpkin-based love affair from the rooftops, I’m a secret admirer of the other members of the squash family. Butternut squash is my favourite and a staple at Casa de Kolchak. Anywhere you use pumpkin, you can use squash. (Just steer clear of kabocha squash and decorative gourds which have some anecdotal evidence to suggest they may not be fully dog safe.) Try our Autumn Gold squash dog treat recipe or this baked apple and squash dish that you and your dogs can share.
Pears – I love a pear. Juicy, fresh and so flavourful, pears are one of my favourite things to eat in the fall, so it’s only natural that my dogs enjoy them too. Just like with apples, you want to wash them well and remove the core and all the pips. Try them anywhere you would usually use apple, in a coconut dog treat or (my fav) on top of dog-friendly pancakes.
Sweet Potato – Oh sweet potato, how much do I love thee? Let the count the ways. I love sweet potato roasted and mashed and in baked goods and in soups. I love the warmth and richness it brings to fall food. It’s also a darn staple of the dog treat works and there are SO MANY WAYS you can use sweet potato in dog treats.
Broccoli and Cauliflower – OK, so these are two separate things, but I’m listing them together because they are both dog friendly and pair PERFECTLY with one of my dog’s main obsessions: cheese. No need to do anything fancy, I just steam these babies, sprinkle a little shredded cheese on top and watch the dogs (and humans) go wild.
If you’ve read all this and you’re still all #TeamPSL, well, you do you, boo. I think you’re missing out on SO MANY awesome, dog friendly Fall flavours. You can make delicious dog treat recipes with pumpkin, but they aren’t by far the only dog friendly fall flavour.
Not interested in homemade treats? Check out these tasty fall treats you can buy for your pooch:
What is your favourite fall fruit or vegetable? Is it dog friendly and what do you make with it?
It started as a joke.
When we were talking about what to do for my baby sister’s wedding shower, I said to my Mom offhand, NEVER thinking she would believe me that I was planning a Thug Wife Pug Life wedding shower. I mean seriously, CAN YOU IMAGINE? The idea was LUDICROUS. I made this and sent it to my Mom because, if we’re being honest, if there’s one thing I’m good it it’s taking a really elaborate joke TOO FAR.
A Thug Wife Pug Life Wedding shower this is RIDICULOUS.
But it is also…really, really Rissy. The more the bridesmaids and I people got in on the joke, the more we started thinking about what a fabulous idea it might be. The only problem? As far as I can tell? It’s never been done before.
Etsy is my GO TO spot for party planning. There are a squillion or so shops over there that specialize in party printables. <–affiliate link. I searched and search but I couldn’t find what I wanted. So I decided that if I was going to throw this shower right I was going to have to create the printables myself. So I did.
A great wedding shower is all about the details.
Well, that’s a straight up lie. A great wedding shower is all about the food and the booze, but the details are what takes it from a fun shin dig to a THEME party. I set out to make this wedding shower as thugged up and pugged out as I possibly could, adding touches of my sister’s favourite things to create something perfectly her.
Caesars. Candy cups. Dogs. AND BRUNCH.
My sister is a bit of a *fiend* when it comes to the classic Canadian Caesar (think Bloody Mary only 1000x better) and it was the one thing we knew we had to have. One of the bridesmaid took charge and put together a BOSS DIY Caesar Bar featuring three kinds of hot sauce, horse radish wasabi, pickles, hot peppers, olives, pepperoni, cheese and pickled beans (which are Rissy’s FAV). Hot tip? A splash of pickle brine is the secret to the perfect caesar.
The food was to die for. We are lucky to have more than a few amazing cooks in our family, but we decided to keep it simple: Yogurt Bar, Crockpot French Toast, Baked Ham & Egg Cups, Hashbrown muffins, Bagel Bar, a glorious fruit & spinach salad and an assortment of fresh baked goods. None of it required us to cook during the party and it was all really tasty.
Normally, I’d be down to bake for a fancy pants party, but with the shower being the weekend right after BlogPaws? I was at negative time. Luckily, there’s an awesome bakery in our area that not only accommodated my order at the last minute, perfectly tied in her delicious cupcakes to our our colour scheme. These were filled with a delicious caramel goo and I wanted like a half dozen of them all to myself.
In our family, it’s just not a special occasion unless there is a candy cup involved and it JUST HAPPENED that Candy Cups were on sale that week. There is something incredibly freeing and totally gratifying about ordering so many candy cups the cashier gives you side eye. LADY, you odn’t know me. You don’t know my life. I need these these candy cups for REASONS.
My fav part of the candy cup display was LEGIT the stuffed pugs. I’d been looking everywhere for them for WEEKS and randomly stumbled across these Beany Babies in the Party City of all places. They were the last two and I nearly had to cut a child to keep them, but once I ties on their bandanas and put their ring bling on, I was a goner. Left pug now lives in my craft room and is the unofficial mascot of drunk crafting.
Any event where I can hang a banner that makes my Grandmother shake her head in a mix of disbelief, amusement and barely contained shame is a good one and I’m still seriously considering locations in my apartment that our brunch banner can live permanently. The mimosa bar was nothing short of GLORIOUS and I need more reasons to have 50 or so of my besties over to drink bubbly and eat french toast.
I think the blushing bride had a great time and the chance to take a breather from the frantic crush of wedding planning and indulge in a bit of day drinking was genuinely appreciated. We had a great time. One of my fellow maids planned the silliest game where we made toilet paper dresses and A: it was so much fun and B: Never under-estimate the creative fashions a room full of tipsy women can create.
Since this whole party was created just for my sister, the printables are a Kol’s Notes exclusive.
I mean, I worked like a dog on them, you guys might as well benefit from my efforts right? The set contains nearly everything you need to throw your very own Thug Wife Pug Life Theme Party. The full set of printables, featuring Pug-a-Licious art from Irrational Arts on Etsy, includes:
- the Invitation
- Pug Straw toppers
- Wedding Ring Name Tags for wine stems
- Ring Labels for solo cups
- Templates to make our “Brunch without Booze” banner
- Thug Wife & Pug Life Flower Picks
- Thug Wife & Pug Life cupcake toppers
- Caesar Menu & Ingredient labels
- Mimosa Menu & Ingredient menus
- Buffet cards
- 6 Brunch signs
- 3 Game Cards (Purse dump, Bride Trivia and “guess how many” entry slips
It can be totally personalized to your bride or I can send it blank, so you can fill in the details yourself with chalk marker. For those who are spoiled by having a Silhouette cutting machine, there are “black out” versions of the PDF with registration marks for easy cutting.
I’m selling the whole set for $25US unpersonalized or $35 personalized.
If you’re interested in purchasing the full set, cut, printed and ready to use, please ask for a quote.
Have you ever planned a wedding shower? What was the theme?
I love sharing my life with dogs.
There is something so satisfying and joyful about a house full of sassy little monster dogs. I wouldn’t want it any other way. Sharing your home with pets does have it’s challenges though. Pets are messy, yo! And I don’t know about yours, but my two are lazy little brats! They drool and shed and leave toys everywhere and never lift a single paw to help.
I am a huge believer in living a pet friendly life that doesn’t feel like it’s gone to the dogs, so keeping my home clean and well maintained is a huge priority for me.
That said, it would be SO EASY to spend all day, every day cleaning. SO EASY. Especially if, like me, you aren’t a natural born house cleaner. Chores are, well…a chore. I am not one of those people loves the challenge of keeping a clean house, but I also don’t relish the idea of living in a glorified dog kennel, so over the years, I’ve developed a plan. It all starts in the Spring when I put just a little more effort in to set myself up right for the year. I reorganize and purge. I deep clean absolutely everything and once that’s done? It’s so easy to keep up with little daily, weekly or monthly tasks.
I absolutely refuse to start Spring Cleaning until it feels like Spring out and that just started happening. Flowers are budding, people are cutting grass, it was sunny today – yeah. Spring has sprung and it is totally time for me to HOP to it and start my Spring Cleaning.
It kind of felt like the PERFECT project for the pet friendly planner that Maggie from OMD and I have been working on. #BestLifePets isn’t just about capturing fun memories, it’s about helping you live your BEST LIFE with your pets and that means the dreary stuff as well as the fun stuff. My free printable ULTIMATE Spring Cleaning check list for pet lovers is the perfect size to print out and put in a BIG Happy Planner or it can be printed at 85% and it will fit into the Classic Happy Planner – easy peasy!
Spring Cleaning Doesn’t HAVE TO be a long, exhaustive process. I swear!
I am a huge advocate of doing bits and pieces and never giving up a full day to do anything boring. I break my Spring cleaning up into small blocks – no more than 20 or 30 minutes at a time. I set the kitchen timer and I get as many things done as I can. Then I walk away. Is my always flawless? Well…no. Life happens and I let myself and my pets live in our apartment. There’s fur. There are toys. There is mess. I don’t obsess over this list, it’s just a good tool to help me know what to tackle, as I have the time.
Click on the image below to download your copy of the ultimate pet friendly Spring Cleaning List
The real key to flawless pet friendly house keeping success: ABC – Always be cleaning.
A great Spring process is a good start, but once it’s clean, it’s a million times easier to keep it that way than to do a marathon effort a few times a year.
Maggie at OMD! Has the scoop on her day to day routines and you can check them out here. There’s a great set of printable dashboard that will pop right into your planner. (Again, print at 100% for BIG Happy Planners and 85% for OG Happy Planners). I’ve laminated my set and punched them, so that I can use them week after week.
What is your pet friendly cleaning style like?
Are you a marathoner cleaner a few times a year? Do you do a little every day or have a specific cleaning day each week?
Will you share YOUR best tip for keeping a beautiful pet friendly home?
You guys, I know the Groundhog was all “More winter for everybody!”, but I am desperately dreaming of spring.
While some of you are facing record breaking snow, here at Casa de Kolchak, it’s warm and wet. Spring is so close we can almost taste it. It’s left me and the dogs yearning for the sun, days on the deck and the Spring flowers blooming.
I have a pair of boys, but you folks with pretty little girl dogs can capture just a little of that spring magic early this year by making a pretty flower for your dog’s collar.
The beauty of DIY Fabric Flowers is that they can be as easy or as hard as you like. The flowers I made (poor poor) Koly wear for our feature photo took me less than 10 minutes and cost me under a $1 to make. Whether you’re a a novice sewer, an accomplished seamstress or you believe hot glue can rule the world (like me) there’s a fabric flower for you.
And with our help any fabric flower tutorial can be turned into a dog collar flower tutorial.
It feels like a million or so years ago that I sent an email to the incredibly talented dog chef with the pretty Golden retriever asking if they might be interested in hosting a dog food blog hop with me. I was pretty green and utterly shocked when Sugar agreed to host Tasty Tuesday with us. Over the years, we were inspired over and over by the homemade dog treat recipes Sugar shared, by her beautiful photos and most of all, by the spirit of this sweet dog that always seemed to be smiling.
It is with a broken heart 💔 that I write this. Today has been the hardest day of my life. My Sweet SUGAR has crossed the rainbow 🌈 bridge. SUGAR was a fighter; she survived two major surgeries (tongue and splenectomy). For the past days, she tried to get better but couldn't. Unexpected 'lymphoma' occurred in her body. SUGAR lived a long happy life. I will miss her beautiful smile and happy spirit. I had the best fifteen years, seven months and six days of my life. I love you SUGAR #bestdogever #oneofakind #irreplaceable Golden Love ❤️️ ~ mom Rosalyn
Last week, the world and more importantly, her people said good bye to Sugar. It’s a loss the whole community feels sharply. Sugar has been a pillar of the pet blogging community and a friend the entire time I have been doing this. I know she inspired not just me, but so many of the pet bloggers I know and admire.
It felt only right that even though we stopped celebrating Tasty Tuesday a few years back, we link up one last time in honour of the sweet golden who meant so much to so many.
If you followed Sugar for any amount of time, you’ll know that she loved banana and her Mom spent untold hours coming up with so many banana dog treats recipes to make her smile.
Today, in Sugar’s honour, we’re sharing 5 tasty banana dog treat recipes
Frozen Strawberry Banana Dog Treats from Beagles & Bargains
Double Banana Dog Treats from Must Love Home
Peanut Butter Banana Carob Chip Dog Treats from Hello Nature Blog
Grain-Free Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats from PopSugar
Oatmeal Banana Dog Treats from Fido Bakery
Good bye SUGAR, may your spirit run free and the banana treat flow freely. Until we meet again.
In honour of Sugar, please make sure you drop by Sugar’s blog or the Golden Woofs Facebook page to pass on your condolences and maybe make some banana treats for the special pooch in you life. Their time with us is short; we’d better spoil them all we can.
We will be hosting one last Tasty Tuesday blog hop in honour of our co-host Sugar, who sadly passed away this week. Please add your links paying tribute to and inspired by Sugar. No sponsored posts, please. This is not a traditional Tasty Tuesday hop – this one is all about Sugar.
I think I speak for a lot of people when I say I am straight up ready to close the door on the dumpster fire that was 2016.
I know. I know. For a lot of people, this was a good year. (
show offs.) Friends got married. Babies were born. There were totally good moments, but for me? 2016 was not a productive year, personally or as a blogger, so I’m setting it on fire and walking away. 2017 is going to be a better year.
The good years don’t come by accident though. If you want your best life, you gotta plan for it.
Push for what you want. Appreciate what you have. Remember why you’re doing it all. Which is why I am crazy excited to announce my pet project for 2017. (See what I did there? Huh? HUH? “Pet” project that is actually about pets?? #DadJokes4Life)
My 2017 Best Life Pet Planner:
Part day planner. Part Memory Book. Completely Awesome.
My goal is to create a week by week planner that not only pushes me to work on developing my relationship with my pets, but to work on improving training, grooming, pet-related cleaning and that captures my very favourite parts of living with pets along the way. If that sounds like something you’d enjoy, I’d love for you to join us. Don’t worry. You don’t have to be artistic or creative (though you totally can be!) I’ll be sharing cheats and tips along the way. You can customize your own plan for the week or follow along and duplicate mine (or one of the other amazing bloggers who I hope will be joining in!)
Before we start? A confession:
I have never once, in the history of challenges, completed a year long challenge. But, I’m an adultier adult than I used to be and sometimes, I actually catch myself acting like a real adult. I think I’m kind of, maybe, sort of ready to tackle a grown up challenge, but I’m also giving myself space to fail along the way. For example, I meant to post this announcement two weeks ago. If we’re being honest? Without the help and urging of the amazing Maggie from OhMyDog!, this project may never have come to life.
We’re all busy people. There’s no guilt here if you miss a week or fall off the planning wagon. It’s totally fine if you don’t discover this challenge until March. Or if you’re super excited to finish January, but the Feb gets busy and you drop the ball. Start where you are. Come back when you can. Embrace what you love. Leave what you don’t. The key to making this challenge work is only doing the parts that speak to you.
If you love photos, make your book super pet photo heavy.
Love to journal? Write down all your favourite pet memories.
Need a challenge? Set weekly or monthly goals for yourself and plan how to achieve.
Or, be like me, unfocused, totally scattered and with the plan changing on a whim.
There are NO rules.
Are you ready to jump in? Here’s what you need:
- A day planner
I’m using the Happy Planner system which I bought at Micheals. (They’re on sale right now!) You can also get them online from Me and My Big Ideas. I snagged a 2017 Seasonal Planner box set because I liked that it already was partially decorated for holidays, but literally any of their planners will work. The original size is perfect because I think the mini would be too small to really record much. The large would totally work though! (As a bonus the boxes in the BIG perfectly match to the Poloroid Zip photo printer size and you can print extra pages at full size and not have to trim them.)
Don’t feel like you have to use a Happy Planner though! You can absolutely do this in ANY day planner, even an affordable one from the dollar store – if you’re into bullet journalling, it can even be done that way.
- A set of pens you love
I’m currently girl crushing HARD on the PaperMate Inkjoy Gel Pens (affiliate link) NOT the ballpoints, which I bought first, by accident. *insert annoyed face here* Other fan faves include the erasable Frixion pens or, seriously, whatever you can pick up on your local office store’s discount rack 😉
Totally Optional Supplies you MIGHT want along the way:
Full page labels (or plain paper and a glue stick) – If you miss a week a long the way, we’ll be sharing printable, non time critical pages you can print and use to cover your missed weeks. Like I said, no guilt here! I’m gonna miss week, you’re going to miss a week, we’re not going to beat ourselves up about it. Deal?
Avery 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 Labels – These are the absolute perfect size to sticker over the monthly calendar boxes in an Original size HP. We’ll also be sharing a printable set of pet holiday stickers perfectly formatted for this label.
Discbound Punch (or whatever punch works with your system) – We’ll be sharing some fun add on printables throughout the year. You can TOTALLY do this on the cheap using a standard single hole punch, but I am lazy at heart and I just bought the punch. For the HP discbound system, I chose a travel sized Levenger punch over the HP branded one.
Stickers, Washi Tape and other Decorations – Y’all planners are cool right now, which as a planner nerd is a sentence I actually never thought I would get to say, and that means there are SO MANY cool products on the market to help personalize them. I’m low key obsessed with Washi Tape, but I know someone who has never met a sticker she didn’t “need”. You do you with this one. You can take it over the top with decor or stick to paper and pen. I ain’t judgin’.
Since I didn’t post this sucker a few weeks ago, today’s post is a 2 for 1:
I’m jumping in and getting started with my first monthly and weekly spreads:
Our 2017 Intro Page:
Our January Page Opener:
I’m a huge advocate for rotation diets, whether your dog is kibble or raw fed, so I’ll use the “eating” section to track what proteins we’re on.
I’m totally accepting pet-centric podcast and radio show suggestions for the “Listening” section.
I’m leaving “celebrating” blanks for now because I want to go back at the end of the month and fill in our biggest achievement or win for January.
I’ll keep adding goals as I figure out what they are.
Doodle tip: I’m the worst at drawing. I googled “dog doodles”, pulled the page out of my planner and laid it right on my computer screen then traced this gem. I highly recommend this short cut.
Our first weekly spread:
This week features:
- Our TOP FIVE Favourite Dog Tricks – (Thank you Maggie for suggesting this!) January is Train Your Dog Month, so I loved the idea of identifying what my dogs love to do best and then choosing a new trick to learn. I’ve split the top row of boxes, so I can choose 5 tricks for Koly and 5 for Fe, since they don’t generally love the same tasks.
- Our city recently changed when you renew your licenses, so I have a BIG reminder to make sure I do that. I should probably figure out how much I owe and who I send it to and like, make sure I know where both the boys actual tags are. (Don’t judge me, if you know all of these things offhand, you might be a witch.)
- I’ve left spaces for a few photos – I’m joining Kama from ChiPets for her newly created Pet Photography Challenge and I’ll be printing and pasting the photos in this book. (I really, really want a mini portable photo printer, so I’m putting it out to the universe and hoping one finds it’s way to me, lol).
This week’s prompt is:
- I’ve left a space to record something I’m grateful for this week. It will probably be that my dogs keep me from becoming a total slug on the couch. I’m fairly sure I’d be a hermit if they didn’t make me go out a few times a day.
- #TBT – Because Instagram isn’t the only place to throwback. I’ll use this space to record a favourite memory or paste in an old photo.
- Challenges – I’d like to push myself out of my routine and my comfort zone this year. It’s so easy to go for the same walk every day, but there is huge mental and emotional value for letting your dog sniff out a new walk route. We’re going to explore more.
- 2017 Goals – OK, so I’m not really a resolutions lady. I feel like they’re made to be broken and I’d like to stay the same snarky, irreverent jerk you’ve all come to know, but Kol and Fe on the other hand, THEY HAVE SOME THINGS TO WORK ON. *sigh* OK, whatever. I could work on somethings too. Mainly more doing, less planning.
- Plan downtime – I’ve been off work for a week and one thing I noticed was that every time I sat down the laptop or tossed my phone aside, a dog climbed into my lap. If you’re wondering if this has triggered a huge guilt ridden shame spiral deep in my soul, the answer is OF COURSE. It’s all very “cats in the cradle”. I’m making time to unplug and just hang out with my dogs.
- Blank space – The best moments in life tend to happen in the small spaces where nothing was planned. I’m saving these spaces for impromptu adventures, the little moments that make up a life (like how the way Fe sighs as he snuggles up to me in bed and it brings total peace to my soul or the way Kol smothers me with love after a snack he loves.) I know something will come up this week that I love about these little monsters, so I want to leave myself the freedom to record them.
I have an overwhelming urge to break out into 525 600 Minutes, a la Rent style.
I am super excited about this project and I hope you’re excited to join me on this journey. Make it your own and I really, really hope you’ll share it with us. Tag @kolsnotes in your posts on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, use the #BestLifePets hashtag or even post it on our wall or drop us an email. We can’t wait to see what you all do.
♫ How do you measure a year in the life? How about loooooooooveeeeeeeeeee. Measure in Love. ♫
This year (*ahem* apparently every year), I am the QUEEN of Christmas shopping procrastination.
Seriously. HOW AM I NOT DONE? I plead craziness. I honestly thought I would be finished – and I meant to be, but here we are. December 23rd and I still need a handful of gifts. I know I can’t be the only one in this situation, so I’ve compiled a quick list of thoughtful last minute gifts for the dog lover in your life.