Tuesday, December 4, 2012

I'm Five!

G celebrated her fifth (!!!) birthday this past Saturday and I still can't believe that my little piglet is now a bone-afide adult! We spent her special day doing what we do best: walking through Riverside Park with me telling G how beautiful and amazing she is.



G also spent her first few days as a true five-year-old displaying mature pup behavior:

  • On Sunday, she came with me to the appliance store on 86th Street to purchase our new washer and dryer. I laid my coat on the linoleum flooring for her and she quietly snuggled up and snoozed while I sat at the desk for about 20 minutes. Precious!
  • Last night, in the rarest of the rare - G slept through the night without waking up once! I almost couldn't believe it when I woke up at 6:30am and my little nugget had hardly moved (and frankly, was still snoring). Naturally, I wondered if she was sick or injured, but turns out she was just pooped from daycare the day before.
  • Finally, we are in full swing renovation mode on the apartment (ugh, more on that later!). All the contractors complement me on how well behaved G is during the day - apparently she hardly makes a peep and simply sleeps in the living room or wags her tail. Too cute!
How have you see your pups mature over the years?

Thought I'd share the first try at a birthday photo. You can caption this one Fail.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Diet Goosie: Same Pup, Fewer Calories

As today is a bank holiday in observance of Veteran's Day, G and I are parked on the couch trying to catch up on some of the work we missed when Sandy blew through. All in all, G's a pretty good work from home buddy. She takes up residence on the other end of the couch from me and snores through a solid 5-6 hours of me typing away before she's ready for her first potty break.

I snapped this shot of G curled up into a little ball next to me. In the interest of full disclosure, I've been trying to get G to lose a little weight recently as she used to be about 46 lbs. and has spiked to 50 - whoops! In addition to reducing strain on her joints and knees that extra weight adds, when our vet commented that she's starting to look a bit like a square coffee table from the top, I decided it was probably time to go on a diet.

That being said, despite what this picture shows, we've been pretty successful so far. She's lost probably 2 pounds (although we have to go to the vet to confirm this) through reducing the amount of food she gets per feeding (by no more than a quarter cup) and replacing traditional doggy treats with baby carrots in a Kong (she LOVES them).

Slowly, I'm start to see the outline of waist and G even seems a little more game to take long walks.

Any other diet tricks for your pups?

Monday, November 5, 2012

G Makes her Concerned Face at Sandy Aftermath

Well, things are slowly getting back to normal on the island of Manhattan. Transit is running, trees and other damage are getting cleaned up and power has been restored for most. We are praying for people in New Jersey and the outer boroughs of the city who were not as fortunate as we were. It was a devastating storm that has put a lot of things in perspective and I just hope that everyone stays safe and can get things back to normal as soon as possible.

This past week, I took G out for several walks to burn some of the energy she built up spending hours on end inside during the height of the storm. G was making a 'concerned' face while I snapped some pictures of her in front of some of the damage in Riverside Park - seems weird the way animals know when things aren't quite right! That being said, a few downed trees are nothing compared to what most are dealing with and we truly, truly know how lucky we were to have no major issues.

A downed tree already being cut up and removed on Thursday afternoon.

A tree snapped in multiple pieces due to high winds near 90th Street.

And on the way to get my wisdom teeth out on Friday (fun), I passed by the precariously dangling crane on 57th/7th. Scary!






Thursday, November 1, 2012

Our 200th (!) Post: G remains unimpressed

Wow. I simply cannot believe that I have posted 200 times about little old G and our lives together in NYC. This blog is such a great reminder of all the things I've experienced over the past year and a half with my prettie little pittie and I am so glad to be a part of a close-knit group of bloggers who love their pups just as much as I do.

I started blogging after reading a USA Today article that mentioned our favorite Two Pitties in the City and now I've learned so much from blogging and can't imagine not doing this. The chronicle of G's, my kittles and my experiences are priceless.

Thanks to all of you who read and comment - it means so much! :)


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Howl-o-ween!!

We're ready for the trick or treaters (even though I secretly think G wants to nose dive into the Reese's herself and P.Kitty could care less!).

Hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

We Survived!

...but our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives, homes or sustained massive damage due to the storm.

G and I ventured out to Riverside this afternoon, and walked along the promenade (not in the park, they're technically still closed!). It was sad to see several historic, large trees did not survive the storm. You can see on the right in the below picture the street lamp that was essentially beheaded.

So scary, but I'm so glad everything is okay - though the destruction can see daunting, the loss of life could have been much, much worse.




Thursday, October 25, 2012

When Backup and Restore Literally Saves Your Sanity - an essay by Goosie Mama

All of my photos of my G and my life in general are taken on my iPhone. I think I own a digital camera, but I haven't touched it in years, and frankly, I'm not sure I could find it if you asked me to!

Now, for those techies out there, you'll know that the new iPhone comes with a 29MP camera. This is pretty impressive, especially considering the first digital camera my family owned was a 25 lb. Kodak number with a whopping 1.2MP that cost more than a monthly mortgage payment.

Naturally, since my AT&T contract was up for renewal in September, the same month (conveniently) that the iPhone 5 came out, I ordered my new phone 4 weeks ago and happily (and impatiently) awaited its arrival.

This Tuesday (gahhhh, 21 business days later), my gorgeous new white iPhone5 arrived at my apartment; and after some chasing down and choice words with the UPS man, I couldn't wait to start using it.

To ensure everything was easy, peasy during the transfer from one device to the other, I decided I should update my old iPhone4 to the new iOS6 operating system prior to transferring my number. No problem, right?

Wrong. iOS6 caused my iPhone 4 to crash and I was getting an error that the phone was unable to restore. I spent almost 3 hours on Tuesday night trying to fix this with no luck and I had no phone service to boot. That being said, I wasn't in full panic mode yet, because I could clearly see that the last iCloud back-up and restore had occurred on Oct. 22nd. All was (still) good.

So in order to continue troubleshooting, I got to work super early on Wednesday morning with my Mac, iPhone4 and iPhone5 in tow (and my Kindle for good measure - thank goodness I didn't get mugged!). After another 3 hours of troubleshooting (with zero help from Apple, might I add, uninstalling every antivirus program I have), I finally successfully restored my phone. The bad news? The backed-up version of my phone from October 22nd was nowhere to be found. Thus, none of my pictures transferred over.

Well, even I had to admit that a working device is better than a dead one, so, I grudgingly decided that I would just have to transfer over to my iPhone5 and be really sad that I'd lost a year and half of G pictures (things were getting really emotional at my desk).

I started the process of moving to the iPhone5 and - GASP - a back-up and restore message asked me if I wanted to restore from 9am 10/24 or from 8pm 10/22 - OCTOBER 22nd?! That's the one I needed!!

I pressed the button and voila! Everything, down to the exact way I had my apps, music, pictures, screensavers, emails and alarms was back in action on my new phone!!

I can safely say back-up and restore saved my sanity and my photo library :)

Proof that my phone has all of its' photos back - here's G passed out 2 years ago!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Positive Pittie Press: Pittie Puppies!

Thought I'd share this link with our friends in the blogosphere - warning: get ready to squee!!

In honor of Pit Bull Awareness month, Jezebel.com posted a homage to the top 20 pittie puppy pictures (although, let's get real - G's baby pictures aren't on here, so the top 20 isn't really complete).


Enjoy!

And a G baby pic for good measure (gosh, she was one mushy puppy!!):




Monday, October 22, 2012

Fallish Strolls

G and I frolicked through Riverside Park (again) this weekend and enjoyed the gorgeous, perfect fall weather.

G had slightly over-exerted herself at daycare on Friday (granted, she was there for close to 10 hours, so what are you going to do?!) and her limp was back in action. That being said, she was in a mood to meander a little and then collapse on the pavement to simply watch the action around her.

I snapped this cool shot of G relaxing between my feet and checking out all the fall sights and sounds. Pretty cool shot, huh?


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fallish Saturdays: Dress-up and Your Dog

G and I had a great weekend frolicking around SoCo (South of Columbia University - apparently this is the nickname of our neighborhood), showing off our matching fall style. G kicked it in her knit letterman sweater supporting our most favorite college team and I couldn't help myself by wearing a matching sweatshirt. We were truly a site to behold (I'm sure)!


What I find refreshing about dressing G up is that people find her much more approachable when she's decked out. In Riverside Park, a man and his young son asked if he could take a quick snapshot to send to his friend (apparently an SU alum) and G received many more smiles than normal from strangers we passed on the street.


What's more, on our way into our building, we passed our Super and Board President and her fan-gear even elicited a little giggle from them (which, if you know our history in the building, is a big win!).

Two Pitties in the City often talk about how dressing up your pooch can make them more approachable and help to break stereotypes when you're out walking your pups. 

What types of outfits have you dressed your pooches in that have received a good response?


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Suggestions for Giving your Pup Eyedrops??

Well, the verdict is in ($150 later ...), and it looks like G scratched her eyeball at daycare.

When I arrived home to pick her up to go to the vet, she looked better in the sense that she was able to keep her right eye open, but it definitely continued to drain excessively, so a trip to the doctor was necessary.

The vet did some quick stain tests (shocker, apparently G did not appreciate it) and determined it was likely a scratch and not a viral issue. They sent us on our way with some eye drops (that I will struggle) to give G twice daily and we should be all set!

That being said, any suggestions from the blogosphere on giving pups eye drops?

G needed the vet, the vet tech and myself to keep her still to give her the drops in the office and I've already failed epically this morning trying to get them in her eye (I was not going to chase her around the apartment!).

Any thoughts are greatly appreciated!


P.Kitty's thoughts on all of this eyeball drama? "This dog is too high maintenance for me, I'm outta here!"

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wordless Wednesday (not really): No, I'm not winking ...

My poor little pup is having mega-eye issues.

I noticed on Monday when she was coming home from daycare, her right eye was draining excessively. When we woke up Tuesday morning, she was squinting, her interior eyelid was closing up and the draining hadn't ceased, so to the vet we go this evening to figure out what's going on.

I vaguely recall accidentally poking her in the eye on Monday as we got into a cab to go to daycare (yes, I feel awful), but I'm hoping that was just coincidental.

We'll update everyone tomorrow!


Monday, October 1, 2012

The Walk Heard Round the World

...or around our apartment at the very least.

G has been a notoriously lazy walker for the past year. She's not going to be rushed for any one/mutt and she's going to take her time smelling the roses. As her dogwalker (I'm sure) lovingly described it: "She really likes to ...meander."

Well, it must be something in the fall air, because G was rip-roaring and ready to go yesterday at 8:30am and we managed a solid 2.5 mile walk all over Riverside and Hudson River Parks. It was a gorgeous day and this only increased the pep in G's step and she actually walked at a normal dog pace. Miraculous!

It was days like yesterday that remind us just how lucky we are to live in a city that values and maintains its extensive park system. Every time I think of leaving the city, I know it's things like the wonderful convenience of the parks that we will truly miss!

"I love water (except for rain)." - G

 "Are you seriously still taking pictures, Lady?" - G


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Let the Sunshine In!

G can sniff out a sun spot a mile away and this weekend was no different. I found G in this position a lot when she wasn't outside basking in the sun (read: grazing in the grass). If you note the cat ear shadow in the lower left as well - the kittles were all over the gorgeous weather!


I call this G's Phantom of the Opera face:



Monday, September 24, 2012

Must Be Fall!

We broke out G's fall collar (and bought a new bone to chew on) to celebrate the BE-A-YOU-TEE-FULL fall weekend. What did the blogosphere do to celebrate the return of fall?



Friday, September 21, 2012

TGIF: We Heart Parks!!

Well, in honor of fall and the return of one of our favorite shows "Parks & Rec," I figured I should post some shots of G enjoying our closest park (Riverside - the best one!!). You can tell how excited G is because she's in her requisite frog legs pose.



And, because it's Friday, G would like to remind you to get outside and enjoy the beautiful fall weather this weekend:


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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Not Moving, Can't Make Me

G is a professional stop-and-dropper.

When she's done walking or doesn't want to go in a certain direction (ie away from any type of plant life she could possibly ingest), she simply puts on the brakes and lies down. This was cute the first 4 or 5 times she executed The Flop, but nowadays, it's pretty boring. Imagine getting all amped up to go for a walk, only to have Debbie Downer on the other end of the leash decide she's finished with the outing (I'll let you figure out which end of the leash I'm referencing).

In any event, this past Saturday, G parked it with stick in hand (er, mouth?) smack in the center of the sidewalk so that all who walked past her had no choice but to comment. I swear, sometimes, this dog knows what she's doing!

She got all sorts of smiles, laughs and affection from passers by and also was able to play Photoshoot Diva to one Columbia University student who wanted to use her as a subject for a photography class.

I decided I should probably snap a quick shot, too and if nothing else, at this angle you can at least tell that G is thinning out a bit (mommy is on a diet, so we're allll on a diet).

About 10 minutes later, once said stick was significantly destroyed, we got to walking again.

How do you motivate your pups to move when they just don't want to move?


Monday, September 17, 2012

Caption This!

G and I had an awesome weekend of playing and napping and snuggling and just being dorks together. After one particular hour and a half jaunt through Riverside Park down to the Boat Basin and back, G gave me a satisfied smile:


Aside from being an extremely content pittie, what do you think she's saying??

Monday, August 13, 2012

Amazing: ABA Going to Bat for Pitties!

I just read about the fact that the American Bar Association is working to combat breed-specific "dangerous dog" legislation by passing a resolution aimed at addressing the behavior of owners (YES!) and their animals, rather than "breed, breed types, or breed appearance."

This is a huge step forward for both pitties and numerous other breeds (Dobies, Rotties, etc.) that have been labelled dangerous in the past. I am so happy!

Head on over to Best Friends' Blog for more.

"Jeah!"




Thursday, August 9, 2012

It's Tough to be a Goose

While I'm making dinner, G has a quiet moment of reflection. Perhaps she's wondering how she got so blessed with such flexible hip joints. Or maybe she's wondering if she's a half-breed: front-half of a pittie, back-half of a frog. Or perhaps, just perhaps, she just snoozing! :)


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Long Time, No Blog!

I feel like I've been apologizing quite a bit recently for our lack of blog postings. I can give you the list of excuses: it's summer, it's busy at work, it's soooooo hot. But these things didn't stop me last year, so I don't really have a leg to stand on now, do I? :)

So what have we been up to?

Well, last weekend, we headed upstate to visit my grandma (known to G as "Great Gammie") and had an awesome time. Since we have sold my grandma's house there, we had to stay at a motel, but were lucky enough to find a Red Roof Inn that accepted pups. It wasn't the most luxurious place in the world, but it took dogs, had wireless internet and we could watch the Olympics - all was good:


We also enjoyed some time spent on a beautiful day in the cemetery hunting for long lost relatives. Believe it or not, it was a great experience and we even found a headstone no one had seen in 60 years:


We were able to enjoy upstate staples such as Doug's Fish Fry and the Skaneateles Historic Boat Show as well:


Although a brief trip, G was seriously exhausted upon our return. Here's my little princess passed out, twitching on Sunday afternoon after our return - I always know when G starts dreaming like this, it was probably a very good, very busy trip!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Brothers

It may be another 95+ degree heat wave, but that doesn't stop my kittles from snuggling like it's the dead of winter! That's M with his head buried in P, fast asleep! :)



Thursday, July 12, 2012

My Little Lump

Here's G, jointly frog-legging it and cooling off her belly in the grass this past weekend. I'll admit, this angle isn't the best to show off her girlish figure (although you can see her gorgeous white play button on her bum), but who cares - she's still the cutest little lumpy bumpy pittie I've ever met. :)

Note the strategic location in the shade, slightly away from the hot, hot sun!


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: With a Caveat


Here's the caveat: Yes, that bathroom counter is capital G, Gross. We are currently deciding when and how to renovate this very bathroom (thus the lovely stains on the left hand side of the countertop and the misaligned wooden cabinet). Until then, a cat cooling station it will remain!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Three's Company

Here's a rare sighting of all three of my "kids" in one shot. As you can see, despite being physically located within the same 10 square feet, they just can't help themselves and one is always forgetting to pose.

I call this one, 2 and a Half Pets:


And this one, M is under the impression that I'm about to feed him (note: everything I do seems to give him this same impression), so he is o-v-e-r posing for a picture. G, however, is smiling for the camera and P? Well, P is my perfect child, who the most well behaved animal I have. He just doesn't really care what's happening!


Monday, July 9, 2012

Rolling in the Grass

One of G and my favorite past times is to wake up a little early on a weekend, gather up a blanket, some toys and water and head over to Riverside Park.

Whereas I enjoy whatever ebook I'm currently engrossed in on my Kindle, G takes the opportunity to graze like the half-cow she is and munch as much grass as caninely possible.


Once that gets old (I know, I know, it doesn't really ever get old), G loves to stretch out and enjoy rolling in the grass - even if she does start posing a little scandalously!



Sunday, July 8, 2012

...And now a word from the cat

Hi everyone!

It's been so unbelievably hot we've just been face-planted in front of the air conditioners. It's been tough trying to balance how hot it's been with how high our electric bill will inevitably be, but with 2 cats and a dog who stay home most days while I'm at work, I don't really have a lot of options.

Even with the A/C running 24/7, I often find the cats and the dog splayed out on the tiles just trying to stay as cool as possible. We now have 3 ceiling fans installed in the apartment (in the living room and both bedrooms) and while they help - if they are blowing hot, humid air around - well, there's only so much they can do!


How's everyone else handling these hot days with your pets?


Monday, June 25, 2012

Pet Friendly Reno: Paint Stripper

I wanted to share this product with all you dog owners who may be starting a renovation or restoration. 

As I've mentioned here a few times, we moved into a new apartment in mid-March of this year. Though we made it through a turbulent start to things, we're now getting acclimated and looking around at things we can start to improve (there are a LOT).

One of the first items I've been wanting to tackle is the original molding (and doors) which, as you can see in the below picture, have over 100 years of paint and spackle layered over them (nice wood floors though, eh?).


I researched pet-friendly stripping compounds, and found this lovely little product called Ready Strip - which is advertised as safe enough for to stick your hand in (yes, that image on the left is a hand dipping into the bucket). The reviews were tepid at best, but I figured I'd take a chance.

The product is interesting. Basically, you slather it on to a surface with a brush and it goes on in this light green color. The product is all natural and the smell isn't offensive, so there's no need for masks or gloves or anything of that nature. You then allow the compound to sit for a few hours until it turns white. White means you're ready to scrape!

The product claims it can take off up to 7 layers of paint in one application. Well, since I'm pretty sure I have about 40 layers on there, I'm on my third application and still scraping - although I've hit the wood in some places, so I'm super pumped.

There is no question this is tedious work and the remover claims to do about 50 square feet per gallon (it's not cheap!), but there is something extremely reward about pulling off the layers and layers to find the original wood in tact. So far I've found the molding was electric blue, maroon, light green, beige and yellow (or maybe just dirty).

Once I get a little more headway, I'll post an updated photo!

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Art of Snoring

If you are an even somewhat causal reader of this blog, it is no secret that G is a Super Sleeper. As she's grown up (she's 4 and a half, whattttt?! when the heck did this happen??) she's become more and more serious about sleeping for sport and this pup can contort herself into almost any shape you could imagine.

Here, for example, she imitates a super-sized, sideways bunny rabbit on a bender.  You should have heard the noises coming out of her snout.


Or, perhaps this impression of a stressed out television antenna (based on ear position) who just smelled something unpleasant will help you understand just how important G's naps are to her.


Stay tuned for much more!