The Munchkins

Life with identical twins

Happy birthday Annie!

Annabelle is three years old today! Man, time has flown with this girl. It feels like she’s been part of our family forever.

Annie has been loving life lately. With the warm weather last weekend and all the noise and chaos in the house, the dogs spent all day outside. Annie loves patrolling the yard and chasing off the bunnies and squirrels. Her best friend next door came out and played chase along the fence with her, and she got to chomp on her bone in the shade.

When we get a new foster, they generally look to Annie to figure out how to behave. They follow her around the yard, in and out the door, and they watch how she behaves in the house. It’s a pretty big role for her to take on, and I know at times she gets frustrated because most fosters don’t understand personal space, but she does it anyway, and I love her for that.

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Snow!

I asked Alexa if it was going to snow and she said yes, to expect about two inches. I think we’re at 4 inches at this point, and it’s still snowing as of Sunday evening! Alexa, who gives you your forecast info???

Sunday after dinner I realized we had a low key, boring weekend and if I wanted some content for the good old blog, I should probably take some pictures. Threw the dogs out in the snow and voila! These were taken at 7:00pm, so they are heavily edited. Heavily. Also, I cranked up the ISO so grainy. Just look beyond that k?

Lark was not amused. Not at all. She avoids the snow at all costs and will normally only go where I’ve shoveled or Annie has worn a path, but she had no options and her fleece suit only covers so much. Sorry girl!

Nevada had her first adoption event on Sunday. I’m fairly proactive at events. When people approached the dogs I immediately went up to them and said “Are you looking for anyone in particular? No? MEET NEVADA.” She’s young, she can be an only dog, and she’s potty trained. She’s rescue dog gold! Unfortunately, no one we talked to today was interested in adopting right now, they were more looking for in the future. Also, we decided she’s a chihuahua/shiba inu mix based on her curly tail and her face/ears.

Annie is my only dog that loves the snow and doesn’t mind it one bit. She was tearing it up out there! Nevada finally joined her and raced around a bit. I really need those two to start playing to get Nev’s energy out, and to help her lose some weight. She’s already lost a pound!

This was the best picture I could get of all three dogs playing (I left Midas in the house, I’m not that cruel). Annie was having a blast and the other two were lobbying hard to go back inside.

Pretty girl.

And another pretty girl!

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Annabelle’s Moment

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I keep forgetting to post this family photo! This was taken at Underdog Rescue’s fundraiser. They were doing family and pet portraits with this vintage backdrop for $15. There’s no way we could have had Lark and Midas at this event, it was too much, so it was Annie’s moment to shine and boy did she! Look at her! Head up, looking right at the camera, so proud! The rest of us don’t necessarily look our best, but at least Annie pulled through.

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Chill Weekend

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Both days were top ten weather days this weekend and we had basically zero plans! It was amazing. We totally soaked up our outside time, or at least the dogs did. With four dogs in the house, one of them being a puppy who pees a lot, I just kept them outside as much as possible. I did yard work with them, I read my book, I played Candy Crush, I chatted up the golfers. Poor Baron is ready for his long Monday nap at this point! (That look on his face is “Why won’t you just let me sleep??”

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Midas is a hard dog to photograph, but this picture of him! His eyes are clear, his ears are up, and he’s looking right at the camera. I may frame it I love it that much.

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Note to my father, the hammock swing keeps falling down. I think they play too hard on it because I rehung it three times this weekend. Once, Delaney fell pretty hard on her back – oof! They were able to spend a good amount of time outside this weekend. Sometimes the games they make up are super interesting, and other times I have to intervene because someone’s going to get seriously hurt. Eight is an awesome age.

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This is Annabelle’s default mode. Those $@#$! bunnies taunt her from the next yard, it cannot help that she can see them through the slats. I think she only jumped the fence twice this weekend? We have to be super diligent with her because she knows exactly when you’re not looking and that’s when she goes for it.

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Morning Pictures!

When my camera broke, taking the morning picture was the thing I missed most and what really drove me to replace it quickly. I do love this little capture of their personalities every morning.

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Last Friday. The first pic with the new camera! The kids are supposed to wear black and orange every Friday. We don’t have much black and orange (why couldn’t their school colors be blue and white like I grew up with?) so we’ll see how well we do with this. (Delaney forgot the first week so clearly, not a good start.)

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Tuesday. It was rainy, so a quick picture under cover before we waited for the bus. At least they’re excited to take these every morning!

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Wednesday. Don’t let Delaney fool you, she was going for the serious pose. Also? She actually asks me to do specific things with her hair now. Love.

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Thursday. Work from home Thursday means Annie comes to the bus stop! One of the other parents said “So that’s the dog I was chasing the other night?” Yep, she’s our fence jumper. Also, look at her look straight at the camera! Pup knows what to do when the camera comes out.

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Larkie Lu

Larkie had an awesome week at the lake! You could really tell she was relaxed and enjoying herself. She likes my mom and knows she’s safe, but she still generally needs me near by in order to let my mom pick her up. Not this trip! My mom was able to pick her up at least twice, and Lark jumped up and sat next to her on the pontoon when we cruised around the lake. This is huge. HUGE.

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Lark and Annie went fishing with us all three times. As soon as we got on the pontoon her nose went in the air and started sniffing. I have no idea why she relaxes so much on the lake but she does!

We’d been fishing for a bit when I looked down and thought “What on earth is Lark doing?” Her butt, is up on Annabelle’s back.

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Here’s the view from another angle. God bless Annie, she just let Lark do her thing. Delaney thought maybe this was Lark doing downward dog?

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My mom rocked Lark on the swing Saturday afternoon and we quickly realized she loved it. Must be the rocking motion? Even after my mom got up, Larkie stayed and just chilled on the pillow. She ended up here a few more times over the weekend.

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Scooter Power

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The girls have been asking forever if they can scooter with Annabelle when we go for walks at night. I’ve said no so far because I felt it could go terribly wrong very easily, but last weekend I was heavy with the YES’s with the girls, so I decided to continue that and I’m so glad I did! It worked so well. Caden did it with her first, and then as soon as Delaney found out what she did she was out there in a flash.

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On their scooters the girls can’t go too fast, but it’s just fast enough that Annie can run beside them and really get her energy out. We did two laps of our loop and she was worn out! I’m loving it, since I haven’t been running with her like I hoped to do this summer and she loves the exercise.

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Pictures of Pooches

I have been horrible about taking pictures with my big camera this summer. I’ve gotten out of the habit of taking it everywhere with me, and I just can’t seem to remember to pick it up. So Sunday, Delaney grabbed it and took a bunch of pictures. She did an awesome job!

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Off to the Vet

Taking three dogs to the vet is EXHAUSTING. I should have asked when they will need updated shots, but I think we’re good for a while.

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Let’s start with Lark. She only weighed 8.5 lbs. I could have sworn she was closer to 10 lbs but oh well. The vet was happy with her weight and said she has slippery kneecaps, so it’s good that she isn’t overweight. I actually feed Lark extra because she burns so many anxious calories, and she still doesn’t gain weight. Lark was the only one to get an overall check up since she needed her skin looked at, and a rabies shot.

Lark has seasonal allergies. Brown spots started showing up on her skin back in March. You can see a few on her chest, but they mostly show up on the backs of her legs. The vet asked if her hair covers up the spots but no, I keep a very close eye on Lark and they aren’t there in the winter. ¬†Along with the spots her hair falls out, and her skin gets very red and inflamed. Last fall we used a spray that helped a lot, but she hated that. This year we are having good luck with Benadryl and coconut oil with lavender oil mixed in. Her hair is starting to grow back, so the vet thinks this is working well, and that we’ll only need to continue the Bendaryl another week or so. I’ll keep doing the coconut oil mixture throughout the summer since it’s good for her coat and anxiety.

She did awesome with the heartworm poke and the rabies shot, but was pretty stressed by the whole experience and went straight to her spot by the heat vent when we got home. Poor baby.

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Midas was up next. He weighs 5.4 lbs! She was very happy with his weight loss. Midas completely charmed the vet tech with his grunts and cute face, but was not happy at all about getting poked. I thought he was going to hurt himself because every time the needle came close he bucked. But, the vet tech held him tight and they finally got the blood they needed.

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Annabelle lost 3.5 lbs! She weighs 16.6 lbs now. We have finally figured out the correct food amount for her which makes me so happy. This is the first time in forever I have not gotten a lecture on an overweight pet. In fact, they were very impressed that I keep up with clipping their toe nails. If we can figure out a good brushing schedule for their teeth, we’ll be golden.

Everyone was heart worm negative, and we got heartworm, and flea and tick meds. Doing this X 3 is not cheap!

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Happy Birthday Annabelle!

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Our sweet Annabelle is TWO! She is in crazy mode right now, running and chasing all around the yard. It was hard to get decent pictures of her because they were all blurry! I love how much she loves our yard. I was worried it would be too small for her to be able to run around, but it’s worked out really well.

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Annie loves to play so much. Luckily, Lark is a fairly willing playmate. Occasionally their growls turn a little sinister and I have to step in, but for the most part, Annie plays the annoying younger sister part to perfection.

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We fall in love with Annie a little more each day. She has the best personality, and she loves all of her people. She sleeps with Delaney most nights, cuddled right up next to her. She loves nothing more than to hang out with us, wherever we are. She is the dog who healed not only our hearts, but Midas and Lark’s as well. We love you Annie!

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