July 11th marked 4 years since I brought Tippy home from the local humane society.  It seems like it was yesterday, but also feels like she has always been here.  I can’t imagine my life without her.

The day started off with a continuation of the cow saga as I found them out again.  Tippy “defended” the house while I made sure they got back into the pasture field.  Later that day, my neighbor and dad were able to find out where they had gotten out and added some fencing.  So far, knock on wood, they have stayed where they belong.

Cow and bull in the garden
But, this grass is greener!

We took our normal 20 minute walk fairly early, before it got unbearably hot.  Tippy cooled off in the garage while I continued walking the driveway to get in 30 minutes of exercise. The fireplace hearth seemed to be the best place to finish cooling off before taking a much needed nap.

To celebrate her adoption day, I gave her a peanut butter/carob Puppy Sucker.

Puppy sucker
Puppy Sucker treat for Tippy.

She heard the cellophane crinkling – the universal signal that a treat is coming, and was very excited about whatever it was I had behind my back.

waiting for the sucker
I know you have something for me, mom.

When I first gave it to her, she wasn’t sure what it was.  However, it didn’t take her long to realize it was food and figure out how to eat it.  It was gone in 3…2…1, literally.  Once she got it in her mouth,  it was totally gone in 3 minutes.


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To top off the day, she went with me to play tennis and made some new friends.

It was pretty much a perfect day.  One with a little excitement, some exercise, a good long nap, a special treat, and a car ride!  It doesn’t get much better than that for Tippy!


Did the title to this post get your attention?  Let me explain.  I found out that the nearest PETSMART store (an hours drive) was having photo ops with Santa this past weekend.  I wanted to take Tippy, but was a little concerned about how she would do with this strangely dressed man.  Would she decide he was “out of place” and start barking at him?  Would she be terrified of this man in the red suit with funny hair and beard?  Despite my concerns, I decided to take her.  So, on Sunday afternoon, we set out for her first visit to Petsmart and her first meeting with Santa.

About half way there, I suddenly realized that CATS ARE PETS TOO!  We aren’t going to a Dog-smart, but a Pet-smart.  That would include cats!  Would people bring their cats to get a picture with Santa?  Probably.  How is Tippy going to react to them?  Tippy hates cats!  I prayed the rest of the way there that all of the cat lovers had stayed home.


I am happy to report, all went well.  There were a couple of cats there, but their owners were holding them, so I’m not even sure that Tippy noticed.  There were way too many more important things to pay attention too.  So many smells, sights, and other dogs, both big and small.  She seemed to get along with all of the other dogs, except one.  There always seems to be that one dog in the group that is not happy with being greeted.  We just walked away and all was good.

If that dog can do it, so can I.

When it was our turn to take a picture with Santa, I was surprised that she walked right up to him.  However, when he/we tried to get her to turn around and face the camera, she was having nothing to do with it.  She was scared.  You don’t just turn your back on something that looks like that!  I sat beside her and she calmed down some, so the lady told me I could be in the picture too.  I sat down beside of Santa and Tippy climbed up on my lap.  Here is the result.

I’ll just sit right here on your lap, okay?

After the picture we walked around to see what we could find that we needed.  Everyone who saw Tippy wanted to love on her and commented on her eyes.  Most people loved them, but one little boy, about 5 years old, petted her and then told me that her eyes were “creepy.”  A couple of other kids asked me why her eyes were different colors.  They are definitely a conversation starter.

People would ask me her name.  I would tell them and then want to show them the reason for that name.  I had to grab her tail to stop it from wagging at a million miles an hour so they could see the tip of white at the end of it. She was so happy with all of the attention!  The only time her tail stopped was when she was laying down.

Relaxing in the leash/collar isle.

One of the employees helped me find a grain free food to try and also gave me coupons for a free can of pumpkin puree and money off of a bag of sweet potato & chicken jerky wrap treats.  Oh my gosh, does she love those treats!  At the checkout, the cashiers also loved on her and gave her a couple of treats.  I’m pretty sure she wants to go back there.

On the way home, we stopped at Lowes to do some Christmas shopping.

Mom, I think he’ll like that one over there.

We could certainly tell the difference in the attitudes of the people between the two stores.  While everyone at Petsmart was an animal lover, that was NOT the case on this trip to Lowes.  Tippy walked toward a little man, not an employee, and I saw his eyes fill with hatred.  I really thought he was going to haul off and hit her, even though he made no move.  It was just his attitude.  I said, “Come here Tippy.  Not everyone likes dogs.”  and she walked away.  He said nothing, but if looks could kill, we wouldn’t be here today.

In the check out line, we did meet a couple of men who were dog lovers.  They both had dogs of their own and thought Tippy was great.  While we talked about their dogs, and dogs in general, they played with her.  One petted her backside and the other squatted down and scratch her behind her ears.  She is getting better with men, in general, and was very happy with these two.

It was a good day.






After our walk today, Tippy found a “stick” to play with.  Usually she wants to play fetch, or rather, keep-away.  Today, she just ran with all of her might in a giant circle and then was done.

Want to play fetch?

With her idea of a stick and her speed when running, playing fetch can be a dangerous undertaking.  I have found, when she is in the mood, if I get two sticks and throw the second when she gets close, she will drop the first and take off after the second, thus avoiding a dangerous collision.


How long does it take to change a light bulb?  Normally, my answer would be 5 minutes. Today, it took 5 hours! Okay, not just to change the bulb, but to get the light working again.

When I came home Wednesday night, I flipped the light switch, the light flickered, and then it went out.  I assumed that the bulb had burnt out.  One of my to-do things today was to fix it.  As you have guessed by now, the bulb was not the problem.  So, I became an electrician and found that the switch was broken.

Why am I writing about this on a blog about Tippy?  Because, she got to go to Lowes today.  Twice!

Yeah! I get to go for a ride! It’s a great day.

On the first trip, I got the switch I thought I needed.  Tippy was a hit.  She always thinks that everyone is there just to see her….well, all of the women and kids.   She even put her front paws on the counter and gave the cashier a kiss, which she loved. She is getting better with letting men pet her without fear growling.

When I got home and started to replace the switch, it was not what I wanted.  The old one had the wires stuck in the back.  While this switch had holes for that, they were not big enough for the wires.  The switch did have screws on the side I could use, but I really wanted one like I had.  So, back to Lowes we went.

Where are we going this time?

Not sure what that look is about.  She really was excited to go.

The ladies at the return desk all loved on Tippy.  I think they may have needed it after a long day of dealing with Black Friday shoppers.  I got help this time and found out that they no longer make a switch that will accommodate the size wire I have.  Shoot!  At least I had remembered something else I needed from there, so it wasn’t a wasted trip.

We went through the same checkout line as we did the first time.  Lots of Tippy lovin’ ensued.  No wonder she likes going to Lowes so much!

That was fun. Do we get to go again?

So, 5 hours later……

We have light!

Why is it that home maintenance seems to always take longer than expected?




This past Sunday, Tippy and I participated in our local Bark For Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.   The turn out was pretty good, about 18 teams of dogs and their humans, considering this was the first “Bark” in our county.  We plan to make this an annual event, so hope it will grow as more people find out about it.

Since it is close to Halloween, there was a costume contest.  Tippy has no costumes and I’ve been very busy, so I made her one at the last minute.  Do you know what she is?

Mom, this costume is puzzling.

I thought it was cute, but apparently the judges liked the bought costumes better.  LOL

We had a “Strut Your Mutt” parade where we all took a couple of laps around the track while the judges scored the dogs for awards to be given later.  Afterwards, we had fun activities for all of the participants. We were able to show off tricks, compete in vocal performances (best bark), had a doggie limbo, jumped through hoops, licked peanut butter off of a spoon, and found hidden treats.  Tippy was the first one to find a hidden treat and, of course, won the race to lick the peanut butter spoon clean.  She was also one of the two dogs that jumped through all 3 hula hoops and crawled under the lowest limbo setting.

All gone.

Tippy got along with most of the other dogs.  She did growl some, but I’m pretty sure most of that was a play growl and not trying to be mean or anti-social.

We had a great time and are already looking forward to next year.  I need to come up with new tricks for her to do though.  Any suggestions?  Right now, she does the basic stuff:  sit, down, roll over, crawl, and high five.

After all of the judges votes were in, Tippy won 3 prizes:  1st – Best Tail Wag, 2nd – Best Trick, and 1st – Fundraising.  With her awards and the goodie bag everyone got, she had quit the haul.

Mom, Look at all of the stuff I got!


I love the Pet Album.  Tippy loved the squeaky toys.

I think she had a good, tiring day.

All lined up in a row.



Day 4 was our day to come home.  It was a rainy, foggy, dreary day.  The kind I really hate driving in.  I was very tempted to stay an extra day and just chill in the hotel room with Tippy, but I had to get back home.

Tippy was still a little unsure of the elevator, but was doing much better by the end of the trip. I think she knew it was necessary to get from the room to the outside, and back again.

Taco Bell was a nice place for a break.



Because of the rain, I decided to come home via the Cumberland Parkway and US 25E, thus bypassing the interstates.  The traffic was light and the weather cleared up about 2 hours into the trip.  One of the downfalls of not being on the interstate, is that there are no rest areas.  Half-way home, we pulled into a Taco Bell for a break.  I always feel the need to buy something when I stop at a fast food restaurant for a potty break, but I was a rebel this day and did not!





Of course, we had to stop at Veterans Overlook near Bean Station.  It’s just too pretty of a view to bypass.  We had a nice conversation with an English lady who was there with her son and daughter-in-law.  They are the ones who took the picture of me and Tippy.

The monument and flowers at the base of the flag pole are a new addition from when I was last there.  It says, “This monument is to honor all veterans, past and future, for service to the United States of America.”  Some people have placed items with the names of their loved ones there.  It is very touching.

Are we there yet?



I was able to capture this picture of Tippy in the back seat of the car.  I think the caption pretty much expresses how she was feeling at this point in the trip.





After we got home, we took a walk back in the fields.  Then, she got to relax while I unpacked the car and packed it up again with items needed for a Relay For Life fundraiser the next day…..a Jaguar Concours.  I think we both loved our trip, but, as always, it’s nice to be back home.


I do want to give the TownePlace Suites of Bowling Green a thumbs up as a great place to stay with your dog/pet.  All of the staff was very friendly and they thought it was great when Tippy would put her paws up on the counter to see them.  She got lots of lovin’ from them too.  The rooms were very clean and spacious, and the beds were extremely comfortable.  They also had a “free” breakfast, which was decent.  In addition to the cold items, they also had fried eggs and sausage.  However, they do have a fairly steep, non-refundable, one time pet fee of $100.  L. and I think it could be because this is an extended-stay establishment, so, maybe they feel the longer someone is there with their pet, the more likely it is that something will happen.  We were able to negotiate a slightly lower fee.  I would recommend staying there if you are in the Bowling Green area.  (I did not receive any compensation for this truthful review.)




Today is National Dog Day – a day set aside to celebrate all dogs and encourage adoption.  There are so many dogs that are “discarded” everyday, simply because the owners decided they don’t want them anymore or because they didn’t have their dogs spayed or neutered and there are unwanted puppies.  If you are thinking about getting a dog, please consider adopting from your local humane society or rescue center.  You won’t be sorry you did.  I know I’m not.

Tippy then and now.  She has grown and changed so much, and, so have I, because I have her in my life.   Happy National Dog Day!