Thursday, September 30, 2010

Furbaby Friday

This was a tough one to write! Get your tissues. It's a bit long, but you will not notice once you start. Anna, from Original Designs by Anna on Etsy, shares her story of 17 happy years living with pit bulls Nakita, Natasha, and Rocky, along with Max the cat!

She will receive 50 FREE TWEETS for being my guest today!

*Anna leaves for Portugal today to join her husband. I am not sure when she will reopen her shop, but I hope it's not too long! Have a great trip, Anna! Best of everything to you, your husband and your 'kids'!

She's talkin' about ME!

I was so happy Patty gave me the opportunity to share with you my joy and happiness - Natasha my Pit Bull Terrier. Everyone is aware of the stigma that surrounds pits. In fact, I very recently had to switch air carriers because Continental will not fly pit bull adults or pit bull mixes. This blanket stereotype infuriated me. I suggested a private evaluator. I don't know if that will reach the CEO's...but I'm here to tell you about what doesn't make the news - how loving pit bulls are.
The love of my life has 4 paws (don't tell my husband that) and her name is Natasha. An eleven year old red nose pit bull terrier.

The life of the dog princess

The first pit bull ever introduced to me was Nakita. She had belonged to an ex boyfriend, and I adopted her from him at 3 years old. She was an amazing dog. Always under my feet. I literally could not go to the bathroom without her following me! I remember one day she got out of the house. I was on the roof, and she was circling the house going crazy to find me. It was too funny. Most other dogs would have bolted down the block, but not Nakita! She was a momma's girl. I could leave her with friends or family when I went away, and she listened to them as if they were her master. Loving, kind, and gentle with dainty little feet, she was a ham and loved being loved and giving love, too.'re my best friend, Nakita!

When she was seven, I wanted to get another dog since she only had cat companions. It just so happened that my cousin also had a pit, which he bred, and I was lucky enough to get Natasha!! A red nosed pit at only a few weeks old.
As a tiny pup she slept under my arm. As soon as she wiggled, I jumped up to take her out to train her early. She was full of gusto and annoyed Nakita, nipping at her and antagonizing her into play. It was so entertaining to watch the two of them play and wrestle around. They became the BEST of friends. Natasha was the cutest thing! She eventually grew into her ears that looked like a nuns habit on her head!

I love you, Nakita.

Natasha and Nakita LOVED bedtime and napping. As you can tell, these two princesses had the life! At thirteen, after a full life of love , two litters, and being Natasha's and my best friend, we discovered a huge tumor on the back side of Nakita's heart that was pressing on her lungs. After a few nights in a row of her leaving the bed and wanting to find her own space to say good bye, I finally let her go. That was a sad day. When I came home without her in 2004, Natasha ran downstairs to meet us and was running around the house frantically looking for her dear friend, Nakita. It was so sad to lose her best friend that she had known since she was a wee pup.

Me? A Pain in the butt? Naaaa!

For several years it was just Natasha, the kitties, and me. Then came Rocky, a blue pit from Virginia. Actually, he is owned by my cousin who lives with me, and 'Auntie' LOVES to spoil him all day while cuz is at work! Now, they are best friends! Rocky can be a real pain in the butt - like any child. He hovers and follows me everywhere! He harasses the cat and can't sit still. Sound like a human 4 year old? That's exactly him! But what a ham he is and he is a big bundle of love.

Nothing like a dog pillow....

Max, the gray and white cat, is the mayor of town around here and actually keeps Rocky in check. Even though he has no claws, he beats the bajeezas outta him! It's rather funny watching a pit bull run from a cat with no claws. Rocky is very goofy and like a puppy-still very rambunctious. He reminds me of Nakita sometimes. I can't get up and go do something without him jumping up to follow as if he's saying, "WHERE YA GOIN? HUH HUH HUH???" His googly eyes and big head make you just laugh. He looks so intimidating with his muscular build, but he is a big goof ball.

I'm keeping the bed warm for you, Mom.

Natasha thinks she's a human. When we go to the vet, she jumps up on the hard plastic chairs, which she can barely fit on, giving everyone in the waiting room a good laugh. She loves to nap and she has her schedule down pat! When I'm on the computer too long, she looks at me like, "Um, EXCUSE me, but it's time to watch TV." After a period of time watching TV she gets antsy, staring at me as if to say, "So? Are we going to bed yet??" I tell her, "In a bit", and she puts her head down, grumbles, and keeps looking at me until we go up to bed. Sometimes she will head upstairs and hang her head low, poke her nose between the spindles, and look at me, then look upstairs, and look at me again, as if she's saying, "Bed?... Well I'm going without you!" She sleeps completely under the covers...head and all. By morning she has made her way out of the side of the blanket or up next to me, spooning.
She is eleven years old now and has brought me such joy. Her life is perfect with mommy, daddy, table scraps once in a while, her friends, and lots of naps!

Yes, we are pit bulls. Gentle, loving, loyal. Please love us. And we will love you back.

In all, I have had 17 years of my life filled with 3 pit bulls. Never have I had an incident of out of control aggression. Those who I have left my dogs in the care of had no negative issues, except the common potty accident or chewing on something. This breed is one of the most loving, loyal, and obidient I have ever come across. Pit bulls aren't bad dogs. They just have bad owners.
I hope next time you hear news of a vicious attack at random, know, in most cases, it may not have been random. People take advantage of the loyalty these dogs have and manipulate them. And thus, the breed and many individual dogs, suffer. Tough guys who think it's cool to have a pit, and people who neglect and abuse these dogs, have lead to the stereotyping. If you have the opportunity, adopt a pit. They are the most genuine, wonderful, and loving dogs. This is coming from a 'girly girl' bird and cat lover! THIS is my opinion of pit bulls. I know sometime pro pit people look rather intimidating themselves but trust me, pit bulls are for everyone. Raise them with love and obedience and a little spoiling, and you will reap the rewards of a truly mutually gratifying relationship. They love like a human.

I met Anna on Twitter several months ago. I have been absolutely delighted with the soaps I have purchased (and won!) Quality is the word! A lovely lady with a beautiful shop!

"My clothing designs are inspired by positive energy, spirituality, beautiful things and art. My hand made soaps are made for people who love to pamper themselves with rich, all natural products."


You can find Anna at her shop

and on twitter

GUARDIAN ANGEL Tank Top - BLUE  XL American Apparel Juniors

Romantic Fuchsia Hydrangea Hair Neck Belt Swarovski Crystal embellished SALE HALF PRICE

Faith Pink Black Belt Buckle OOAK Resin Sealed Original Art Inked and Stamped

Refreshing Cool Citrus Basil Handmade Olive Oil CP Soap SALE 4 Dollars and buy 5 6th is FREE

FURBABY FRIDAY is dedicated to our much loved furry (or not so furry!) animal friends that enrich our lives and world and make us better people!

If you are an owner of an Etsy, Artfire, or other online shop with a pet and would like to be featured here, please follow me and leave a comment with a link to where I might contact you. Those chosen will receive 50 free Tweets of advertising the following week.

Monday, September 27, 2010


Notecard - Kitchen Fatcat

Elsie Feline's grown so fine

Bad Kitty Got to your Pizza First - MATTED Print

She won't get up except to dine

HAND PAINTED Dots Fat Cat Clock  (6 inches) No. 186

She'll stay in bed til eight or nine

Baby, it's cold outside, but fat cat has warm window seat / Lynch folk art print

Lazy Elsie Feline!

Thank you for reading Monday A-MEWS-ments! Please support fellow kitty lovers by clicking each picture to see the shops, leaving a comment here, or purchasing! If you have kitty items in your shop, please leave a comment with your shop address so I can check it out and possibly use something for another A-MEWS-ments feature!

Friday, September 24, 2010

...a guinea pig's view of life.

She's GONE!! And she left the goods....

Hahahahahahaha...hehehhehehehe...mine, mine, MINE!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

It's Furbaby Friday!

Welcome to my weekly feature where I highlight the pet(s) of an online shop owner and then provide 50 free tweets the following week. Today you'll meet

Abbie, Zazoo, Skipper, DaisyMae, and their owner, Anne, from MadeformebyOaklie.

Yes...thank you. I know I'm beautiful!

Abbie was our "Planned" child. We went to a friend's house and got the pick of the litter. She was the only female, and George fell in love with her, so we decided she was the one. She came home with us at 7 weeks and was a handful to say the least! She is half husky and half Queenland Healer... thus the Husky fur and healer markings with the most beautiful blue eyes. She was a digger, chewer, and general "Get into mischief" puppy! At age 13 she has mellowed a lot but still insists on pulling paper out of the trash cans and leaving it on the middle of the floor. Not quite sure what that ritual means!

GRRRR.....that's right! It's my ventriloquist act to get myself out of trouble!

ZaZoo is our coal black cat. She was born under our trailer 16 years ago. I saw her one morning and decided I needed to catch her and bring her into our fold. I was ready for the fight as she was born "in the wild", so to speak, but much to my surprise I got no fight from her at all. It was as though she was meant to be with us! She is the best... a bit confused though. When someone knocks on the door she growls, so she must think she's a dog.

My rug, my family room, my house...all MINE!

Next is Skipper. He just showed up at our front gate one day. We lived on a very busy street, and I was worried he would get run over, so I let him in. We tried to find his owners and eventually did. They didn't want him... so family member #3 came into our home! He is a Shitzu mix with a Rottweiler attitude! Too funny! Skipper has been with us for almost 8 years so we are guessing on his age as he was already grown when he found us. We are thinking he is close to 10.

I, the Queen, deserve my own quiet hideaway in the garden.

Last, but not least, is Daisie. She is our Calico Persian. We were persuaded to bring her home ( didn't take much arm twisting). She is a cat with attitude and very talkative. She also is a total "Tom Boy" and always seems to get that beautiful fur all matted and dirty. Needless to say, she now gets a haircut on a regular basis. She tolerates the procedure and then struts like a fashion queen when we are done! She grew up with the dogs and hangs out with them a lot. She truly is a character!

This is my brother,Baby. We are both 5 years old. It's a rainy day and we can't go out to play. But that's ok. None of us really mind being in the house. Everybody loves us here and we can barely remember what life was like before Anne and George. We are truly one furry happy family!

I met Anne on Twitter. What stood out in her shop was the cute little girl figure she uses to model her items! She makes lovely knit scarves along with a few hats, some unique jewelry, and a few extras. Her Artfire shop is well stocked with beautiful items for the fall. Please click and visit for a bit!

Knit Scarf Plum Sparkle Lace

Handmade Scarf Sassy Sally

Crocheted Pouch - Chocolate n Copper

Isn't she cute??!

You can find Anne at all of these locations.

FURBABY FRIDAY is dedicated to our much loved furry (or not so furry!) animal friends that enrich our lives and world and make us better people!
If you are an owner of an Etsy, Artfire, or other online shop with a pet and would like to be featured here, please follow me and leave a comment with a link to where I might contact you. Those chosen will receive 50 free Tweets of advertising the following week.

Monday, September 20, 2010


Although it was a complete blowout for me, it was lots of fun!

My booth....

The cutest little redhead who stood there and pet Tammy for a long time!

Giant wolfhound!!

Maya, lying down, was my nice neighbor, and Wilson came to visit. Both Newfies. And boy! Do they drool!

Cutest little whippets!

And this is Grace! I loved her! Such a fun little girl.

My three-legged friend. She was so perky and enthusiastic, I'm quite sure she had no idea she was handicapped!

Cody, background, and Andrew hugging my dog-in-law, Haylee.

Getting toward the end.

Yipee! Snack time!

Cleaning up with the Gentleman and his Lady, Toby and Haylee.

A great turnout for Rescue Village! I hope to be able to help them in other ways through donating items for sale or raffle at their shelter or events. Awesome pawsome people!

Sunday, September 19, 2010


SALE Children's Greeting Card, Kitten Climbing Tree, Vintage Storybook Image

The eency weency kitty climbed up the tree to pout

Climbing - Tabby Cat Original Painting

OOPS! The poor guy slipped and almost did fall out!

completed cross stitch cat

Down came the kit with much fatigue and strain

Wild Kitty 8 x 10

Then the eency weency kitty climbed up the tree again!

Thank you for reading Monday A-MEWS-ments! Please support fellow kitty lovers by clicking each picture to see the shops, leaving a comment here, or purchasing! If you have kitty items in your shop, please leave a comment with your shop address so I can check it out and possibly use something for another A-MEWS-ments feature!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Getting ready for my show on SUNDAY!! !

I painted these to hang up my pillow pals on...

And these are the animals I'm taking!

I can't wait!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

It's Furbaby Friday!

Have you ever seen a Keeshond? If you're like me, you have, but had no idea what breed they were! Theresa, from Faerymoongoddess on Etsy, has a very sweet 'tail' to tell about her furbabies Willow and Neo!

Theresa will receive 50 FREE TWEETS next week for being my guest!

I absolutely adore Keeshonds! If I could, I'd have a house full of them (although I'd need to take up stock in the vacuum cleaner industry). What type of breed is a Keeshond (properly pronounced "kayz-hond" )? This link will tell you all the specifics. Although the Keeshond is growing in popularity in the United States, I still field many questions about my doggies. They are truly like no other. Essentially, they are energetic, cuddly, loving unbridled bundles of energy. I often say they are like eternal two-year-olds!

Their most striking feature is their spectacled-eyes (kind of like a raccoon). I first met a Keeshond when my husband and I were helping friends move about 10 years ago. Like many people, I was unfamiliar with the breed and I asked a ton of questions. I think I pretty much forgot about moving and played with the dog most of the day! When the time came for us to get a dog, I immediately thought "Keeshond!" We decided to go with a local independent breeder. I met the parents-to-be and was sent photos of the litter once they arrived - including a photo of the adorable little furbaby who was to soon come home to us. And then the ball dropped. We were told by this breeder that we'd have to sign a paper agreeing to be "co-owner" of the pup - as the breeder intended to put the pup on the dog show circuit. I was crushed - we were never told this information. We just wanted a special pup to call our very own. We wanted a pup to love and to play with - and not have to care if he or she got messy now and then. I wanted to raise my pup myself - not as a trophy - but as a well-loved member of our family. Needless to say, we had to tell the breeder "thanks, but no thanks."

After a lot of tears, my hubby suggested we try a pet store that we were told had open pens for the pups to socialize and play in. I guess it was fate - because when we arrived, we were told that two Keeshonds would be arriving within the next two days. I couldn't believe our luck! We gave our phone number and anxiously awaited the call. And this was how we got our little Willow.

Believe - Original Mixed Media Faerie Art on Wood Plaque

Willow is now 9 years old, and I love calling her my princess. She's kind of ornery, which is a bit unusual for the breed, but it appears that Willow prefers to be a one-dog kind of person (mainly for her mommy). She's also highly intelligent! She learned so quickly - picking up sit, stay, "side," and "cookie" almost immediately. I remember how tiny she was when we first got her. She literally fit in the palm of my hand. As I mentioned, Willow has her quirks, but she is very loyal and protective. She also does the cutest things. Every night, when it’s time to go to bed, Willow needs to find "the" perfect toy to take with her. She'll scurry to her toy box and select just the right one. Sometimes, it's inappropriate (like a hard white beef bone that will often fall off the bed and land on the floor with a big thud). She also instinctively knows when it's time for mommy to head to bed. When I get up from the couch late in the evening, she knows it’s time for her bedtime treasure hunt! Willow also causes quite a commotion when either mommy or daddy comes home. She'll be waiting by the door, wiggling her curled up tail, and holding an "offering" (most likely a stuffed toy) in her mouth!

Adorable Little Gold Running Fox Earrings - OOAK

We went directly to our local open-pen pet store to find our baby boy, Neo. And he is the light of my life! Neo, short for Neopolitan, LOVES life and everything and everyone in it. He is the happiest dog I have ever known. He's 4 years old, but he thinks and acts like a little pup. He always makes me laugh when he sleeps with his back legs splayed out behind him. It's funny - when Neo was just a pup, he was SO serious. But once he learned to smile, he did it constantly.

Neo is most definitely a cuddle monkey. While Willow is more independent, Neo likes nothing more than to curl up next to you and lick, lick, lick. Yes, our little guy has a thing for licking. He also joins Willow in the bed time fun every evening. Whereas Willow jumps to the middle of the bed, my little boy warms up my spot, and then moves to the top of my pillow where he stays for most of the night. Each morning when I wake up, I get sloppy wet kisses all over my face. Neo loves his sister and likes to lick the insides of her ear, which she seems to enjoy.

Neo also LOVES to eat. He will literally gulp down his food in less than a minute, while his older sister is still demurely munching on her meal. He never tries to eat her food, which is amazing in itself! Neo is quite the little begger - he likes to get right on in there and practically put his snout on the plate. Willow will just sit quietly by your feet as you eat - hoping that something will magically drop from your plate. Both of them LOVE snacking on almonds, cheese, carrots and especially tomatoes!

I love my sweet furbabies so very much. I can't even imagine life without them. I love that they keep me company all day long while I work and create. Although they are the same breed, they have two entirely distinct personalities - but that just makes them all the more special to me. Thanks for allowing me to introduce Willow and Neo to all of you.

A Groovy Kind of Love - OOAK Hammered Copper Heart Necklace

Theresa is a very talented artist and jeweler. Her shop is full of color, texture, warmth, and variety. You can click on any of the pictures above or below to see her lovely offerings.

Purple Passion - Eco Blend Hand Knit Fingerless Gloves

Cheshire Cat -  OOAK Beaded Alice in Wonderland Glass Pendant Earrings

Beach Treasures - OOAK Beaded Seashell Charm Bracelet

FURBABY FRIDAY is dedicated to our much loved furry (or not so furry!) animal friends that enrich our lives and world and make us better people!
If you are an owner of an Etsy, Artfire, or other online shop with a pet and would like to be featured here, please follow me and leave a comment with a link to where I might contact you. Those chosen will receive 50 free Tweets of advertising the following week.