Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Furry Friends Linky Party & GiveAway

Sandy @ Soaring Through Second Grade is hosting a linky party about our furry friends. To tie this to teaching, you have to tell what your furry friend has taught you.

Bully was the first furry friend and the best friend I ever had. Bully was my constant companion. He would play ball, hide-and-seek, and play in the leaves. He kept me safe at all times. He was my protector. I remember one time actually napping with him in his doghouse. I had Bully for 8 years. He taught me all about friendship and how to be brave. I had many other furry friends as a child and teen, but none compared to him.
This is Kaitlyn and her furry friend Kramer. We got Kramer when Kaitlyn was in kindergarten and he was her "baby doll." He tolerated her dressing him up and fixing his hair- he was the sweetest dog. Kramer was so laid back except if the front door was open & then he was gone in a flash! It used to make my husband so mad, because he would have to go chase him down. Kramer got sick the fall of Kaitlyn's senior year. He had a growth on his throat which would lead him to a very poor quality of life even if treated. The night of Kaitlyn's Homecoming, she bravely decided he should be put to sleep. We couldn't make that decision for her. She couldn't stand to see him suffer. (Kaitlyn now volunteers at the animal shelter near her college often. Her dream would be to run an animal shelter.) Kramer taught us patience.
Kramer was our first Schnauzer and first indoor dog. He was such a good dog, we decided to get another one. Meet Lexi, otherwise known as "She-Devil" by a few friends. (Now look at that face, does she look like a little devil?) Well, Lexi does not appreciate children running through the house and barks loudly after then and will chase them. I think she is just trying to warn them about running. She makes a wonderful guard dog, too. However, her bark is worse than her bite.
Lexi, is the PERFECT lap dog and a very good listener! Actually, she listens much better than my two boys! Lexi sleeps nightly with any of my three kiddos and goes on all vacations with us. Lexi can teach total love. She barks and growls at us when we try to go to work - making sure we tell her goodbye. When we get home in the afternoon she is at the door waiting and will not go outside UNTIL she has received adequate loving. She is too funny.
Now this adorable puppy is Cooper! Remember I said my daughter volunteers at the animal shelter? Well, Cooper is a shelter puppy. We had looked for awhile for a bigger dog for my husband. He is a boxer/lab mix. Cooper has taught us all about forgiveness. Why you may ask? Cooper has a chewing problem!
This adorable puppy has chewed up....
dining room table chairs
the window sill
my water container for my Rainbow ($60)
the cushions on all three chairs of the front porch furniture
the lattice on my husbands building
almost half of the railings on our back porch and
the permanent mud flaps on my Nissan Altima ...
just to name a few!

No matter what Cooper chews up, my husband gets infuriated, but then just looks at him and is big ears and goofy stance and well.....


  1. Oh, my! What little cuties. I love all your pictures. Good for your daughter, volunteering in the shelter! I do that, too! Thanks for sharing!

    Lori (luvyorkies@gmail.com)
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

    1. Thank you Lori,
      I am sure my daughter will have a house full of dogs someday. She is also partial to the older dogs.
      :) Tamera

  2. I love all the pictures and memories. I can relate to your feelings toward Cooper. I have an English Bulldog that has chewed up so many things! Recently he chewed off half of my vertical blinds on my kitchen glass sliding doors. I was so mad, but he looks at me with those droopy eyes and I can't help but forgive him:)

    1. Thank you for stopping by.
      I checked out your lovely blog and enjoyed the posts I read so far. I seriously just place an order with pampered chef about 10 minutes ago for my daughter & had thought about the tool turn about, but decided on something else. :(
      :) Tamera

  3. So many precious pups! I do not have a dog but I am constantly watching my kids 3 dogs. I guess that makes me the grandma to the dogs. I spoil them like they were kids. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am your newest follower!
    Classroom Companion

    1. Is that kind of like the saying...
      If I knew grandkids were this much fun I would have had them first?
      :) Tamera

  4. Love your pictures. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am your newest follower!


  5. I love so many things about this post! Thank you! First, I love the picture of you and Bully in the leaves! I love the lesson Kramer taught you and your daughter! I love Lexi's fluffy little legs and face! And I love the picture of Cooper. (I do not love his chewing problem! But hopefully he will grow out of it! :) Thank you for sharing them!!!

    1. Sandy,
      Thank you for hosting the linky!

  6. Your pup is so cute . . . and so is your daughter :). I hope to have one of my own kiddos sooner rather than later. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. I LOVE that you are tackling the common core stuff. It's great and I will be checking in often! I am a followin' ya.

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  7. Your puppy story made me think of Chewie Louie! Have you ever read that story! It's hilarious! :) Thanks for stopping by my blog! You have 1 more follower than me now!!!! We're SO close! I emailed ya!
    Rulin' the Roost

  8. My lovely and rowdy dog, who I like to call nosey mcnoserson, ate two pairs of $300 glasses. Like the kind that help me see. What frustrating days those were. She has since gotten much better with the chewing, as I hope your dog does!


    1. $600.00 - Wow!
      We are waiting patiently for him to grow out of it. The newest chew toy - my husband's water hose!

  9. Thanks for stopping by! I am now your newest follower :) What kind of dog is Lexi she is ADORABLE!!!!

    1. She is a schnauzer and part human!