Never Camera Shy

Lassie was never camera shy. From the time I got him, as two month old ball of fuzz, I was taking pictures of him. My family took pictures of him, strangers took pictures of him. I lost count of how many strangers have pictures of my Lassie. He was just so photogenic! I would pull out my camera and he would look to the side with a majestic and pensive look about him. Occasionally though he would be really goofy when the camera came out, poking his nose against it or getting reallyyyy close to it. It never failed to either crack me up or irritate me. Usually it made me laugh especially after seeing the silly picture I got out of his goofy ways.

Extreme close up of Lassie's handsome face.

Such a goof. I love that you can see his tail wagging; he really enjoyed getting up in the camera.

I think it’s safe to say that my all time favorite sequence of goofy close up photos are these three:

Christmas photo of Lassie and a Petal, taken in 2012. Lassie scoots closer to the camera, putting himself into focus.

Our 2012 Christmas photos. Lassie started inching closer to the camera…

Lassie moves even closer to the camera and Petal has to lean to the side to remain in the frame.

This one makes me laugh every time, Petal is literally leaning to the side to try and stay in the frame/keep her focus on me even though Lassie is trying to block her.

Extreme close up of Lassie's long nose as he pokes the camera.

And poke! Give me that treat, camera lady!

Oh Lassie, you knew just how to make me smile and laugh!
Miss you silly boy. <3

This ‘N That Thursday: Petal’s Christmas gifts.

Today we are joining the This ‘N That Thursday blog hop, hosted by 2 Brown Dawgs & Ruckus the Eskie, while we share what Petal got for Christmas!

Petal was a very good Collie this year. Which means she received a ton of gifts. It had nothing to do with the fact that she’s spoiled. 😉

Mom, no one wants to see Rudolph. They want to see ME!

Mom, no one wants to see Rudolph. They want to see ME!

Poor Rudolph. Petal shoved him out of the photo. She waited until the day after Christmas before being naughty.

A closer look at all her toys. The blue KONG Squeezz stick & the Wet Nose cookies are from our friends, Carly & Sailor. Thank you!

A closer look at all her toys. The blue KONG Squeezz stick & the Wet Noses cookies are from our friends, Carly & Sailor. Thank you both so much! She loves them both, but especially the cookies. 😉 The rest are from me. I mean, Santa.

I got her a little stuffing-free squirrel/skunk/something animal (it has a few squeakers and some crinkle paper, Petal’s favorite), a stuffing-free crinkly Santa, a dinosaur stuffie, a Christmas owl water bottle cover, a stuffed Rudolph and a new bed cover that I made myself.

Reversible bed cover ade by yours truly.

Reversible bed cover made by yours truly.

See? She wasn’t spoiled at all. 😉

By the way, those Wet Noses cookies are a huge hit. I’m also a little proud to say that I knew exactly what toy you and Sailor had give her, Carly. I knew just by touching it. That is how often I go to pet stores and play with the dog toys. I recognize a KONG Squeezz stick without seeing it. If that doesn’t say crazy dog lady, I don’t know what does.

I got some really wonderful gifts too, but this one is the one that touched me the most.

Thank you Mom & Dad. <3

Thank you Mom & Dad. <3

A ring with Lassie’s name on it. A ring that will never leave my finger.

I hope you guys had a Merry Christmas and Petal wants to know, what did you pups get for Christmas? Were you naughty or nice?

P.S. For those who may be curious, the ring is from Silver Promo.

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Paw Print Ornament

In an effort to keep my mind busier lately, I’ve been crafting. All dog related things so far, of course.
Earlier this month I made a Christmas ornament with Petal’s paw print. Something I had always meant to do with Lassie and Ella’s paw prints, but never did. But we won’t talk about how much that upsets me, especially after finding that it was a really simple and extremely cheap project.

Instead we’ll just be happy that I did this with Petal and admire how it turned out.


I followed the simple tutorial from Sew DoggyStyle. I think the hardest part was balling up and then rolling the Sculpey clay out. That stuff was SOLID. I ended up using a rolling pin and temporarily staining it red. Then trying to shape it into a nice circle? That took some time.

The easiest part was actually getting Petal’s paw print, thanks to my Mom feeding her treat after treat while I squished her paw into the clay. To avoid having my handprint squished into the other side and messing up the circle I spent so much time on, I laid the clay on a clean, glass, cutting board and laid the cutting board on the floor before pressing Petal’s paw into it.

I ended up having to take that rolling pin to the first paw print and gently roll it out because it was hardly noticeable. I pressed too gently, afraid she’d fight me on it or worse, that I’d hurt her. After my Mom reassured me that Petal didn’t even flinch or care about anything but the treats she was being fed (it was chicken, by the way, the good stuff!), I did a better job the second time and luckily didn’t have to do it a third time. I pressed on each individual toe and even wiggled them just slightly.

After that was done, I made a little hole to string some ribbon through later and I carved the year on one side and her name on the other.


Then I popped it into the oven and baked it for an amount of time that I wish I had written down! Oops. I do know that it wasn’t very long.

After it was done baking and cooling off, we sprayed it with varnish (Varathane Polyurethane in a clear gloss). This part took the most time. We sprayed the front and then left it to dry for 24 hours before spraying the back and allowing it to dry for 24 hours. Then just for good measure, we sprayed the front again and then the back again, waiting 24 hours in between.
I didn’t use the Sculpey glaze stuff that was used in the tutorial simply because I already had a can of varnish on hand.
I didn’t have to buy any ribbon either, so this priceless ornament only cost me $2 and some change.


Not only does it look great on our Christmas tree, but it also looked pretty good when I hung it on Petal’s collar. 😉

My gorgeous girl.
I love those taller-than-the-mountains bunny ears!

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!