Posts tagged ‘Goldendoodle’

Dogs in the snow

Our dogs are so cute playing in the snow that it almost …. almost …. makes me tolerate winter.

And my husband is pretty cute, too. πŸ™‚


February 6, 2011 at 6:36 pm 1 comment

Rufus wears a scarf

I finally have a dog that can kind of tolerate clothes. Oh, my 8-year-old self would be so jealous.

Our fashion model, Rufus, modeling a late 90s scarf from the Gap.

February 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm 1 comment

The dumping of the iPhone photos, part 2


Spoiled puppy

Beautiful day for a Bearcat football game

To a sold-out crowd of more than 10,000!

The 100th anniversary of the Administration Building at Northwest

I think my reading pile has gotten a little out of hand ...

One of the last garden harvests for the season 😦

Preparing to play tennis ... badly

Attempting to make green tomato pickles (another post for another day)

A view from my drive to work every day

October 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm Leave a comment

I might be a bit biased but …

My little family is the cutest. πŸ™‚

There is nothing on earth I love more than coming home from work to my husband, two adorable dogs, and cute little house. Bliss.

October 20, 2010 at 5:44 pm 1 comment

The emptying of the iPhone photos

American Archaeology, AKA the American Pickers place, in LeClaire, Iowa

Danielle, who runs the place, and the inside of the American Pickers' place

The lighthouse in Clinton, Iowa

A view from an overlook in Eagle Point Park in Clinton, Iowa

Creepy soap dispenser at my grandma's house. Haha. Any guesses as to what that animal is supposed to be?

Sweet Netta-B in one of our flea-market find chairs

Rufus cuddling on the couch with me on a sick day

There are no words for how much I love game day at Pittsburg State University

Go Gorillas!

Library in the distance

Rufus and I watching the Pitt State game on TV

October 1, 2010 at 8:58 pm Leave a comment

Taming the beast

Meet Rufus.

He started out small. And sweet. And yes, he was the cutest puppy ever, thanks for agreeing with me.

And then he grew. And grew. And grew. Before long he was 75 pounds of skinny, solid muscle. Not an ounce of fat, all muscle, sinew, fur, height and jumpingness.

To put the height into perspective, when he stands up on his hindlegs, he’s about as tall as I am.

Please ignore the terrible outfit, lack of makeup, etc. etc.

Oh yes, he looks cute and innocent. Don't let that fool you.

Soon our gentle giant became a monstrous nightmare on a leash. He was not getting walked because he was too bad, which in turn made him worse because he was bored and not being walked. I bought a harness that alleged it would tighten around his legs if he pulled too hard. Ha. It was child’s play to him and he went right along, pulling me along behind him.

All was bad, but then it got worse. In a true Ceasar-worthy before moment, I was walking him and a sweet little girl walked up and asked if she could pet him, and he went crazy jumping up and down, barking, growling, etc. Thank god no biting or anything worse than that, but it scared me. I knew I had to find something fast that would remedy this situation, or Rufus would spend all of his days confined to our 1,000-square foot house.

Enter the Gentle Leader. (This is not a paid endorsement, this is truly just a word of advice for those with rambunctious, enormous dogs like mine). We purchased this exact one.Β The minute I put it on him, he jumped and clawed his nose and tried to remove it. But the beauty of the Gentle Leader is that when he pulls, it automatically pulls his head to one side. It doesn’t hurt him, just keeps him from being able to lunge forward. He was baffled, I was thrilled. Our walks went from me holding the leash with both hands and sprinting to avoid falling, to being able to walk him with two fingers and keep him right beside me. His behavior is still a work in progress but for anyone struggling like I am, this device will literally change your relationship with your dog.

And it’s so worth it.

July 23, 2010 at 2:05 pm 3 comments

A boy just needs to run

Rufus is showing up more and more in my blog. Hmm.

This weekend was absolutely beautiful – mid to high 70s on Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, we took the dogs to a huge open field to run. I don’t know who enjoyed the games of fetch more – my dog or my husband.

My favorite shot of the day - stick high in the air, Rufus mid gallop, Matt following through.

Such handsome men in my life

The girlies

April 13, 2010 at 6:57 am Leave a comment

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My name is Mallory Murray and I have a love of all things oldfashioned. I'm a modern day feminist who also adores Martha Stewart. Read on for my sewing, crochet, cooking, gardening, quilting and crafting projects. I am the chief officer of marketing and design at Northwest Missouri State University, so expect the occasional random post about marketing/universities/design. I dream of a hobby farm with baby doll sheep, a sheep dog, a small flock of chickens, and other animals to be announced. I'm also a Pitt State grad, football lover, HGTV addict and obsessed with the color aqua.

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