Karen Shanley


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.



Wish Dog Powered Scooters Had Been Invented When Kiera Was Young

When Kiera, my Austrialian Shepherd, was young, Andrew and I would take turns every day taking her for a run. Not each of us every other day. Every day, twice a day at least, we’d take her for a 3-mile run. I’d have the morning shift and he’d take the evening shift. That barely took the edge off her need to run. My legs don’t want to run 3 miles everyday anymore.  So if I were ever to get another Australian Shepherd, I’d seriously think about getting her started with something like a dog powered scooter. While there are models out there that I don’t think are safe for dogs, Mark Schuette shared his latest builds with me, and I’m really liking them. Check them out in action in this CNN report.

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New Year’s Resolution

I don’t usually go in for New Year’s resolutions. I figure each new day is another chance to get it right. Whatever the “it” is.

But when I saw this video, it humorously sums up the gist of a major change I’d like to make from here on.  I don’t know about you, but I’m kinda burnt out on mobile everything 24/7. Yep, I have to agree, there is no replacement for holding and reading a real book-book. 

Yes, I know, the irony isn’t lost on me… :)

Tis the Season to Get Puppies

Fa la la la la, la la la la!

Bichon Frise 8 week puppyCait’s boyfriend’s family is a case in point. They just got a little Bichon Frise. He’s cute as a button and the only problem he will face is potential love overload. They just got him, and I just got the first phone call of many on training questions.

Which means, of course, that it’s time for another primer on house-training.

5 Rules For How to House Train Your Puppy

First Rule of Puppy House Training

DO NOT PUNISH ACCIDENTS. Unless you want to teach your puppy to hide when he has to go.

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A Little Christmas Present for You

One of my favorite ways to procrastinate is to get lost in Quora. If you’re not familiar with it, you’re in for a treat. Here’s one of the funnier pieces I’ve come across in a long time.

If you don’t want to join to read it, here’s the gist.  Safe and happy holidays to all. See you in the new year!

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