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Ready for Bootcamp - Day 1

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Today was the first day of the Sweatsuit to Swimsuit Bootcamp. The first video, the 10 min Kickboxing video, was tough, but I made it through. I am not very coordinated and I think I might have to just watch the video a couple of times before I can get to the point where I can coordinate my arm movements with the leg movements. The workout though was GREAT! I can't wait to see what is next. I think that anyone who is looking for motivation should check out this challenge.

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COOKSNBAKES 5/4/2009 8:14PM

    I started the bootcamp today, just one day after you. I have went through the first 7 days once before. It was great then, and it still is great. Hope you keep enjoying the workouts.

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DISNEYSMOM 5/4/2009 3:04AM

    I enjoy kickboxing now, but the first few times I started I was just like you and couldn't coordinate my movements. I would punch at the wrong times or throw the completely wrong punch, I'm sure I looked pretty hyterical. Now I am able to follow the choreography with no problem, so I know you'll be able to do it as well!!

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KOZENNE 5/3/2009 7:25PM

    Kickboxing Wow!! Good luck you would laugh if you saw me do it. LOL

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HOME-BODY 5/3/2009 7:21PM

    YOU GO GIRL....I SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE YOUR WORK CUT OUT FOR YOU!!! IT SHOULD BE FUN!!! LET US KNOW HOW IT IS WORKING FOR YA!!!


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KRISTEA09 5/3/2009 3:25PM

    Hey I'm doing the bootcamp and it is great!! I looked like a pretzel doing it but I just laugh and keep going. We'll get it!!! Good Luck!! emoticon

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SARAHBISHOP 5/3/2009 12:40PM

    Thank you! I'm doing this challenge, too.
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Meet My Fur Baby Family - Sandi

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Sandi is the biggest baby of them all. She is a mixed breed dog that we got from Animal Control when she was 5 weeks old. She has been our "baby" for most of her life. She is now 9 years old and just as spoiled as when we brought her home. Sandi is what would probably be referred to as a medium to large dog (she weighs about 45-50 lbs). She has very long legs, her coloring is black, tan and white. She is mostly black with tan legs and tan on her face. She has white on her chest and tail.

You may wonder if Sandi is a long hair dog or short hair dog? The is a good question and I would have to say both. She has short hair on her head, and sides, but she has a mane of medium length hair running down her back. Her tail has long hair with little tips of white on the ends. Sounds like a strange combination, but put it together and she is one beautiful baby. Sandi does not like other people very much. That is probably our fault for not socializing her more when she was younger. Usually, when we have guests, she spends the entire time barking at them until they leave. Needless to say we don't have very many guests to our house or we make sure Sandi is otherwise occupied while they are there.

Sandi has her set routine and my DH and I each have our jobs to do. My DH takes care of most of the feeding and walking duties as he works nights and is home during the day to take her for walks. I am in charge of playtime, nightly outings and making sure her collar is not choking her. She wears a regular collar and a flea collar and I check them every night to make sure that they are not wrapped around each other too much as to make them too tight.

Food - When we first brought Sandi home, we tried every kind of food imaginable. We tried Purina, IAMs, Gravy Train. You name it we tried it, but to this day the only dog food she will is Moist and Meaty. She will sometimes eat the Ol Roy, Walmart brand of the same type of product, but she will not eat any other kind of dog food. So, since we don't want her to starve, Moist and Meaty is what she gets.

Play time - When outside and loose in the yard or at a dog park, Sandi's favorite pastime is fetch with a tennis ball. My DH will throw the ball (and he can throw pretty far) and she will run and get it and bring it back. You can tell when she is starting to get tired as eventually my DH is the one chasing after the ball and bringing it back. When inside, she chases her stuffed squeaky toys. She has a large cloth bone that she will bring over to be thrown for her. She will come over and "toss" it at us to try to get us to throw it. Other times, she will toss it in the air herself and catch it and then shake it around in her mouth. Every time we bring a bag into the house, she is sure it is another toy for her. Sandi has also designated herself the cat police. Every time one of our cats starts to claw on a chair or do something they are not supposed to, she is right there chasing them away.

Bones - Sandi loves biscuits and bones. Her favorite kind is the ones that come in a variety of flavors. She will not eat the generic biscuits with no flavoring. I don't know if the flavored ones actually taste different, or maybe she likes the different colors, but that is generally, with few exceptions, the only kind she will eat. Biscuit and bone eating also involves a ritual. If we put a handful of biscuits down for her on the floor, she will lay down next to or almost on top of them and "guard" them from any and every feline within a 100 mile radius. If one of the cats so much as walks across the other side of the room from her, she will chase them off. She doesn't actually eat any of the bones during this ritual. The only way I have found to get her to actually eat the bones is to go over and pretend to try to take it from her. I usually just tug on it gently while she has it in her mouth and say "I'm going to get it, you better eat it". That usually does the trick and she will eat them.

Bedtime and Kissies - Sandi likes to sleep on my DH's side of the bed. She will lay up against his legs for at least part of the night or until it gets too hot for her and she has to move to the bathroom floor where it is cooler. She also likes to give "kisses". If I say, "go give Daddy some kissies", she will go over and start licking my DH in the face. She doesn't usually give me face kissies as she knows I am not too fond of face kisses, so I get hugs and snuggles and her butt. If my DH says, go see Mom, she will come over and either put her head on my shoulder and lean against my head, or come up behind my while I am sitting and nuzzle her head up under my arm and wait for attention. She will also come over and turn around, so I can scratch her back.

We definitely have our set routines with Sandi and she knows how to wrap us around her not so little paw.

Sandi


Resting in the Chair


With her favorite toy


Sleeping on the sofa

  
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DEE_SPARKS 5/5/2009 10:52AM

    So nice to meet all your fur babies!!

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TERI3865 5/3/2009 9:16AM

    Sandi has quite the life! She looks a little like my Luke. and I have to say they are both adorable!!!

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CATKEEPER 5/3/2009 4:40AM

    Awww - it's hard to call something that big 'adorable' but she is!! And your routine with her is amazing - you and your hubby do an awesome job keeping her entertained and making sure she knows she is loved. Thanks for introducing her to us!

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JERSEYGIRL24 5/3/2009 2:23AM

    Holy cow!!! I just happened to stumble on your blog by accident, and it totally blew my mind. I have a mixed dog, George, who seems he could be Sandi's brother!!! Only thing, I think George is much larger (~100 lbs.). But he is the biggest baby going. And the pictures. Wow, they look just like him. Even the goofy poses on the sofa. That's him. He gets into the most contorted positions you can imagine. We got him from a rescue shelter shortly after our collie died in 2005. He is just the world's best dog (and the happiest, too. He is always smiling). Same coloring as yours. Wow. I just don't believe this.

P.S. Don't get confused about the dog in the picture with me. That's not George. That's my sister in law's dog, Lady Tiffany. She is scared of her own shadow. George is not. He is extremely comfortable with himself. There is a picture of him on my spark page. You can check it out if you want.

Leslie

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JEAN524 5/3/2009 12:45AM

    She looks really beautiful.

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NEELOJ 5/2/2009 9:59PM

    Pets are the best!!
Sandi seems like a real part of the family!!
Thanks for sharing your pictures too!!

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DOXMOM 5/2/2009 9:48PM

    I loved the way you described Sandi's routines. She sounds like a great companion. We have Doxies and they certainly have unique ways of interacting with us.

Thanks for Sharing, DOXMOM/ Karen

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NEVERAGAIN45 5/2/2009 9:32PM

    Sandi looks like a sweet fluffy baby and I see why you love her so!

Thanks for sharing all about her!!

Karen

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KIYOSHI04 5/2/2009 9:27PM

    gorgeous pup.
and spoiled!!!
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their little personality quirks are so funny to me. my walt doesnt give kisses to me either for the same reason. duncan, though, all bets are off and the next thing you know your face is covered in slime. (hes the mastiff)
thank you for rescuing animals, too, by the way. thats awesome.

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SUSMAX 5/2/2009 8:19PM

    Sandi is a cutie!!

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Meet My Fur Baby Family - Torrie

Thursday, April 30, 2009

My kitty, Torrie is an all gray shorthair, 15 year old cat that we got in 1994, when she was 6 months old. I got her from someone I worked with whose neighbor had dropped her off in their yard.

Torrie does not like our dog. When we first got our dog, Sandi, Torrie would immediately run and hide whenever Sandi was near. She would get into cabinets or up on high places and wait for the dog to find interest elsewhere. Over the years, she still does not like the dog any better, but she no longer hides from her either.

When we first moved into our current house, Torrie immediately staked out the cabinet under the kitchen sink and would not come out. She would take all her meals under there and would only come out to use the litter. Eventually, we were able to coax her out and now, even though she rarely leaves the kitchen, she spends a lot of her time sleeping on one of the kitchen chairs. When we bought a scale at the beginning of April, we had put the box on the kitchen table temporarily while we took the scale upstairs. When we came back into the room, Torrie had adopted the box as a bed. She now sleeps inside the box, when she is not terrorizing any cats or dog and come near.

Sleeping on an old newspaper on one of the kitchen chairs


Sleeping in her new box/bed

  
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NANCYVV 5/1/2009 11:11AM

    What a cutie! My cats love when we give them new boxes, especially when my dh buys new gym shoes because the box is so big!

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4ANEWME2DAY 5/1/2009 11:07AM

    Torrie is beautiful!! It is funny that we spend money on cat toys and all the cats want is something so simple as a box to sit in. emoticon
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CATKEEPER 5/1/2009 6:21AM

    What a beautiful baby Torrie is!!!!!!!!! All of your fur babies are just great - I hope you will not stop at the cats, but introduce us to Sandi also... I can't speak for the rest of the team, but I'm an 'animal lover' not just a Cat Lover!! I'll bet others are, also...

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KATRINAKAT23 4/30/2009 8:41PM

  What a beautiful cat. I miss mine so much and I am not able to get another cat because where I live doesn't allow pets. So enjoy her!!

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Meet my Fur Baby Family - Widget

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Widget - otherwise known as whinny, she likes to stand either on the 1st floor of our 3 floor townhouse or on the bottom landing and whine, and whine, and whine. She usually doesn't stop until you convince her to come up to whatever level you are located. My DH can't understand why she goes downstairs to whine, but I tell him she likes the acoustics down there better as it is a wood floor and not carpeted (LOL). We have had Widget since 1997, she is now 14 years old. Widget is a long hair gray and white kitty with a big bushy tail. She likes to cuddle, but only on her terms. She will come up in your lap, but only if you are wearing pants as she does not like bare legs. She also does not like to be picked up at all. She will squirm until she gets free, which makes getting her to the vet an adventure.





  
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DEE_SPARKS 5/5/2009 10:54AM

    Don't you just love it when they show you their belly?

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4ANEWME2DAY 5/1/2009 11:09AM

    Going in for a big belly rub!!

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BELLO06 4/30/2009 5:51PM

    your baby is beautiful. I have a black cat, a tiger tabby insde, and 4 more outside

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KIYOSHI04 4/30/2009 5:43PM

    gorgeous family you have. can tell they are loved a lot.

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F8CONE8 4/30/2009 3:41PM

    Winnie the whiner knows how to get your attention. What a great cat!

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DOXMOM 4/30/2009 9:33AM

    How sweet. Pet's always know how to vocalize for their Humans. lol

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CATKEEPER 4/30/2009 9:17AM

    Awwww, sweet baby Widget/Whinny - I agree... three levels is a lot for a senior citizen! What a beauty she is, though.

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HOME-BODY 4/30/2009 6:36AM

    Cute Pictures!!! Thanks for sharing your excitement with us!!

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LILLYTAME 4/30/2009 5:31AM

    Very funny, she is too cute! emoticon

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PRINCESSFEE 4/30/2009 4:49AM

    She looks beautiful! I am more of a dog person, but I love cat's personalities! I wish I could have one but I am very, very allergic to them...

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GRAMMACATHY 4/30/2009 1:07AM

    She looks so soft. I don't blame her for whining at you. Three floors and she is a senior citizen.

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KATRINAKAT23 4/29/2009 11:31PM

  What a sweetie. I love cats and I sure miss not having one. I can't have any pets where I am now living and life just isn't the same.

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Meet my Fur Baby Family - Muki & Mia

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Thought I would take the time over the next few days to introduce my "family".

Muki and Mia, my "twins". They are both black and they came from the same litter. You might not think we can tell them apart, but they do have their differences. Mia is smaller than Muki and has a longer tail (according to my DH). She will also cuddle more and she does come when you call her (at least when I call her). Muki will come over for attention, but on her terms only. She likes to get her head right up under your chin, while you hold and pet her. They both will play with whatever is available. Their favorite toys are the plastic seals off of jars. No matter how big or small, they will bat them around for hours.

Mia also likes pens. My DH will put a pen on the kitchen counter and even though he tries to hide it, she will get up there and steal the pen from him. Most times the pen will be found sticking out of the chair cushion in the living room. It is always the same chair. Twisty ties are another favorite of all my cats.

We have had Mia and Muki since they were 15 weeks old and they are now almost 2 years. Right now Mia is whining outside the door cause she knows I am in here and she wants to come in (see blog dated 3/27).

Stay tuned for more info on my "fur baby Family" in the next few days.

Muki


Mia


Togetherness

  
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DEE_SPARKS 5/5/2009 10:54AM

    Absolutely LOVE the last photo!! Like bookends!!

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4ANEWME2DAY 5/1/2009 11:08AM

    Aw, so sweet!! Give your kitties a big hug!!

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CATKEEPER 4/30/2009 9:15AM

    Mia and Muki are adorable!! Looking forward to meeting the rest of your fur-family.

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GRAMMACATHY 4/30/2009 1:09AM

    The picture of both cats in the window is stunning.

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GRAMMACATHY 4/30/2009 1:09AM

    The picture of both cats in the window is stunning.

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JLSKUND 4/29/2009 9:51PM

    Nice looking kitties, I have 2 of them that are almost identical to yours by mine are about 8 years old - Inky otherwise know as skinny cat & Binky otherwise known as fat cat. Both of them are completely black also.

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MOM2ACAT 4/29/2009 6:02PM

    Beautiful kitties!

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HOME-BODY 4/29/2009 1:53PM

    Beautiful Pictures of your cats!!! Thanks for sharing your story with us!!!

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BOYSMOM9698 4/29/2009 9:49AM

    They are beautiful! That last picture is great! It's so cool that you caught them in the same exact position. They almost don't look real!

Laura

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JILLWILSON2102 4/29/2009 8:59AM

    Cats!! you gotta love em. My cat likes to play with the little plastic ring off the top of the milk jug. He is delighted for hours or until he tosses it under the couch or behind a closed door he can't get to. emoticon

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PRINCESSFEE 4/29/2009 3:45AM

    Awww! They are adorable!!!

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TIMS4FISHIN 4/29/2009 1:00AM

    My wife and I have 2 black kitties too. Sophie and Jezabel. ROTTEN?!?! They are a mess. They are 2 years old and still play like kittens. They have great personalities.
Our two, they have all kinds of toys to play with. Mice, balls, scratching posts with a fuzzy ball on top. But give them a rubberband or a bread tie, they are happier.

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WHISKERS12189 4/28/2009 10:44PM

    great photos! Glad to finally meet the twins!

Have a great day!
Ann

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