Karen Shanley


Spring is… Springing

I can’t really say Spring has sprung yet because we’re about two weeks behind where we normally are at this time. But it’s definitely springing!


My herb and perennials garden looks to have survived the winter in one piece. Read on to view my garden by the numbers. Continue reading


Exquisite Partnership

The Open European Championships in Heelwork to Music and Freestyle 2014- Sandra & Lizzy

The music is The Last Unicorn.

Australian Shepherd Rottweiler Mix — Good Idea?

Australian Shepherd Rottweiler MixI was recently asked by a friend to help her evaluate a dog from adoption.

The young dog she fell in love with was an Australian Shepherd Rottweiler mix.

Either pure-breed alone can be a real handful. So what did I think about putting them together and adopting the result?


Here’s the process of thinking I shared with my friend: Continue reading

Dessert is in the Eye of the Beholder

finn-litter-box It’s been an exciting couple of days. I go away for just ONE day and come back to find that not only has Wink eaten a corner of a rag rug to shreds, but then he helped himself to the covered kitty litter box for dessert!

How did I find this out? When he started throwing up the evidence.

Not aware that he’d been binge-eating at this bazaar banquet (sorry for the overdone alliteration–sometimes I can’t help myself), I quickly got brought up to speed with one look at his technicolor throw-up.

Then the trick was to get it picked up faster than he could scarf it back down. You don’t want to know how I beat him…
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Love a Vet with a Sense of Humor

Funny Animal Hospital sign

a very Good day

austrailian shepherd in snow

I just finished walking the 3-mile loop in honor of Kiera’s second year on the other side. I still miss her every single day. And I still deeply appreciate every single day that I got to share with her.

Some beings just leave that kind of permanent imprint on you… Like an invisible tattoo that marks you, but only you can see.

Kiera would have immensely enjoyed today’s walk–not just because it was a beautiful sunny day– but because everything is blanketed in a powdery new snow from yet another snowfall last night. She would have spent most of the walk leaping into and out of snowbanks with a burst of butt-tucking runs in between. I would have been laughing the whole way.

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Tip of the Day

Need cell phone or tablet peripherals? Maybe a cable, plug, case, or earbuds? Don’t want to pay a bloody fortune? Get thee to a Five Below store!

 usb-cable    USB-power-adapter

Apple  $29                                                                          Apple $19

Five Below  $5                                                                 Five Below $5


Apparently As True Today As It Was Yesterday

When a friend with a little girl sent this to me, I thought about how true is the expression–the more things change, the more they stay the same…
Dress Up

 Classic pic of Cait at 3-years old.



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