Room for One More?

       Meet Freddie – My Love Pug

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  Last year on Thanksgiving, I posted about our sweet rescue dog, Lucy.  Here’s the original post about her story and a second follow-up post.  My daughter, Caroline, and I were the primary “parents” for Lucy, helping her transition for almost a year from a very traumatized dog, who spent almost her entire first two years in shelters, to a joyful, sweet “wonder” dog.   

Fur-ever Friends!

As we neared the end of Lucy’s first year with our family, it became evident that as Caroline began her teaching career in Tempe, Arizona (about an hour and forty five minutes away) and got her first solo apartment, that Lucy would join her as a perfect companion.  It was a difficult decision for me since Lucy melts my heart (and still does).  However, seeing how Lucy has adjusted to apartment life (the apartment complex even has a Bark Park), I knew we had made the right decision.

Sasha & Boris prefer quiet time in the den

So I was in dog-less funk for a couple months and, in spite of having the nuttiest, naughtiest rescue cats, Sasha and Boris (they rule the house), I was feeling the loss of both for Lucy and my daughter.  My daily walks weren’t quite the same. 

Can you find Freddie in the pillows?  He thinks you can’t see him.

And along comes, Freddie . . .

Freddie is approximately a 2 year old black pug with a wee bit of something else mixed in for spice.  We suspect Boston Terrier.  Fun Fact:  When a Boston Terrier is combined with a pug it’s called a “bug.”   I received a call last August from a pug rescue in Phoenix that Freddie needed a home.  His back story is that when he was about 6 months old, he was found in a Walmart parking lot with no identification and a seriously broken leg.  The rescue got him medical care and the vet managed to save the leg (initially believing it would need to be amputated).  Freddie was adopted from the rescue and moved to a new home.  However, after about 18 months, he was surrendered to the rescue again because his owner had financial challenges.

Freddie likes to help me take photos of my cards.

I got the call from the rescue (I had submitted an application but was in no hurry) and we drove to Phoenix to meet Freddie.  First, he needed to connect with my husband, Scott . . . Lucy had been very shy and timid around men, including Scott.  However, Freddie was an instant “love pug” and had absolutely no problem cozying up to Scott . . . he is ONE social dude.   The moment I set eyes on his little pug face, I knew we would be his “fur-ever” family.  We drove directly from the rescue to my daughter’s (Tempe is outside Phoenix) with Freddie.  Good news!  It was love at first sight (especially for Freddie – he is smitten by Lucy) when they met.

Caroline, Lucy and the “little guy!”

Freddie is now my stamping studio bestie.  He is rarely more than a few feet from me and loves to play fetch with his toys.  He is working on obedience as well as perfecting his potty training.  I had forgotten how stubborn a pug can be.  He is participating in the same obedience classes that Lucy did and he graduated from beginner’s class with flying colors.  Go Freddie!

Lucy sometimes feels a little exhausted by Freddie’s puppy spirit!

Rescues often come with some not-so-perfect behaviors that need to be addressed.  His biggest challenge is meeting other dogs and our cats (Sasha and Boris).  He simply loses his mind with barking and anxiety.  Even when watching critter shows on Animal Planet, he goes wild and leaps at the screen.  We have no alternative but to turn the channel.  However, his behavior is improving with lots of treat reinforcement, obedience training and a ton of patience.  During my most frustrating Freddie moments, he is clever enough to settle down, drape himself across my body if I’m lying on the bed and fall sound asleep.  It’s impossible to stay frustrated for long.

Was it ever a question IF he could sleep on the bed?

This Thanksgiving, I’m so grateful that our family was able to find room for one more rescue.  Sasha, Boris, Lucy (now Caroline’s baby) and little Freddie are joys in our lives and complement our family.  Freddie and Lucy are spending the Thanksgiving week together (as well as several past weekends of doggie “sleepovers” when my daughter was home).  Our home becomes a race track for their chasing frenzies.  Toys are scattered everywhere.  Boris and Sasha watch from afar with disdain (that’s what cats do).  Life is good in the Fish family.   Have a beautiful Thanksgiving with family and friends, both the “fur baby” kind and human!


Stamp-n-Storage 15% Off & Free Shipping Starts Now!

Stamp-n-Storage Holiday Specials Start Now

STAMP-N-STORAGE HOLIDAY SPECIALS START TODAY!   If you LOVE organized space with quality products you’ll use for years to come, Stamp-n-Storage is the place to shop.  Starting today, they are offering 15% OFF almost everything AND FREE SHIPPING on all domestic U.S. orders..  This sale excludes Starter Kits and Holiday Bundles.  This sale will be through Cyber Monday, Nov. 26 with additional sales popping up in between.

Here are my must-have Stamp-n-Storage products:

Paper Storage Solutions

Paper Storage.  Quality options for both 8 1/2 x 11 and 12 x 12 paper sizes.

Punch Storage Solutions

Punch Storage.  For Lock-Down & Whale Tail Punches

Ink Marker Refills Storage Solutions

Ink Pad, Marker, Ink Refill Combination.  Different sizes and configurations to fit your space.

Stampin' Blends Storage Solutions

Stampin’ Blends Markers.  Looks so pretty with Stampin’ Blends marker colors displayed.

Stamparatus Magnet Pad

Magnet Pad – the perfectly sized shim with a magnetic bonus for stamping next to the hinge of the Stamparatus.  Photopolymer, Clear-Mount and Cling (available Jan. 3) stamps ALL benefit.  Watch my video with before and after results here!

Magnet Card Storage Solutions

Magnet Cards.  I use the magnet cards (5 x 7) for neatly storing my Stampin’ Up! dies.

PLEASE NOTE:  I receive a small affiliate fee when you use my Stamp-n-Storage shopping links. However, I can’t say enough about how these quality products help me stay organized and highly recommend them.

I love hearing from you!  Please leave me your questions or comments below.

If you enjoyed this post, please be sure to . . . 

Making Memories with the Pals in Orlando

L to R:  Vicki Lozier, ME, Michelle Quinno, Marlene Welch

One of the most incredible and unexpected outcomes about joining Stampin’ Up! back in 2007 would be that my circle of friends would grow exponentially.  The Stampin’ Pretty Pals (plus their team members) are my cherished gift.  Over 100 Pals attended the Stampin’ Up! 30th Anniversary On-Stage Event this past week in Orlando.  We had a delightful time . . . filled with hugs, tears, joy (especially over the new products) and a big dose of nuttiness.  

A “sea” of Stampin’ Up! 7000+ demonstrators.  This is how we began our mornings waiting for the doors to open.

L to R:  Sara Stuart, Diane (Dee) Luth, Sharon Peretz

EVERYBODY WINS!  Prize Patrol is always a highlight of Stampin’ Up! events and this was an ALL attendee giveaway of the new (Occasions Catalog) Humming Along stamp set!

Pal Ann Schach wins Artfully Aware stamp set (Occasions), Janet Wakeland’s $1 million in sales stamp set.  Mike Funke couldn’t be more excited for her!

Michelle Quinno & Marlene Welch getting nutty at the make and take!  Marlene needs to flip that “30” around.  Shhh!

Pals celebrating the Stampin’ Up! 30 year anniversary!  L to R Pals Frenchie Hum, Venessa Torres, Debbie Reemtsen, Nancy Gleason, Karen Bell

SALUTE!  Stampin’ Up! recognizes our military demonstrators, including Pal (and veteran) Nicole Watt.  

A Pals “original!”  Almost 10 years of having Pal Mike Funke as part of the Pals and in my life.

AN EXCELLENT YEAR FOR MY STAMPIN’ UP! BUSINESS!  Recognition time on the jumbotron.  See more about my rewards and recognition for the Stampin’ Up! 2018 year here.  I love seeing my friend, Patty Bennett, smiling in the background.

Another Pals recognition moment (level 2) for Stesha Bloodhart.  She was selected to be on the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team, too.  So well-deserved.  WOW!

The perfect ending to a great Stampin’ Up! On-Stage.  The Pals and guests (over 80 of us) dined in a private room at Maggiano’s Restaurant.  Four hours of food (and more food), friendship and fun!

Pal Debbie Dean was nothing but mischief as she drew winners for our prize patrol.   The Pals surprised me with a reminder that my 60th birthday is this month (hence, the crown) and and gave me a gift card to my favorite Tucson spa!  I have already booked my first massage, manicure and pedicure!

Friendly faces at the Pals event:  Kat Chancellor, Brian King and Kathryn Murray

More Pals’ smiles:  Tricia Chuba, Julie DiMatteo, Nancy Gleason

Huddling up for a photo!  L to R:  Patti Carbonell, Paula Butler, Marlene Welch, Tricia Chuba, Jackie Roberts, Michelle Quinno

I received these beautiful handcrafted birthday cards created by Pals Kathy Hendrey and Windy Ellard.

THANK YOU!  I can never wrap up a Stampin’ Up! year or event without thanking my Pals Stamping Community, my administrative assistants, Kris Kilcoyne and Stesha Bloodhart, customers, blog followers and Stampin’ Up! for your support, kindness and passion for Stampin’ Up!  products and paper crafting. You all play a vital role in my success and how precious this Stampin’ Up! experience has become

I love hearing from you!  Please leave me your questions or comments below.

If you enjoyed this post, please be sure to . . .