Sunday, December 25, 2011

2011 Corgi Gift Exchange

We participated in the corgi gift exchange again this year. Our Secret Santa Paws were Kipper and his human Marie. They sent the boys a 10 pack of bully sticks from

It's been tough trying to keep them from Bender. I put them in a stocking under the tree on Thursday and he kept pulling the stocking out and carrying it around the house.

You can't tell, but his snout is in his stocking.

Notice the head tilt. The only way to get Bender to look at the camera is to say "treats."


"And so I'm offering this simple phrase, to kids from one to ninety-two. Although it's been said many times many ways, Merry Christmas to you."

Friday, December 16, 2011


I'm at a loss this year on what I should get Bender. Bones is easy. Giant bag of tennis balls = 1 happy pup.

Bender is tricky. He doesn't really "play" like other dogs. Toys with stuffing end up de-stuffed. Rawhides hurt his tummy. He has an antler. So, what do I get him?

Any recommendations? Nothing with pieces that hang off as they will be ripped off. Nothing with stuffing. Preferably something tough that can be chewed on. Also made in USA is a bonus. Also under $10 is best, money is really tight this year.

I could always give him an empty box.

Friday, December 9, 2011


Hello Adventure Dog Blog followers! Once again I'll apologize for being a horrible blogger!

My last update was in May! Where to begin with the updates? This will be mostly non-Bender related. Sorry. Scroll down for Bender photos though!

Last you knew I was living in Idaho and teaching and the husfriend was sadly unemployed. After many long talks and tough decisions I resigned my teaching position.

Fast forward to October. The husfriend decided he wanted to go back to school to study Astronomy and Astrophysics and had been accepted to The University of Arizona and was waiting on acceptance to University of Texas at Austin. Where to go? We consulted a family friend (also from Michigan) well known in the astronomy field and he provided us with this analogy: "Tucson is like Houghton Michigan whereas Austin is like Ann Arbor." That settled it for us. We rented a 26' Penske truck and loaded it with all our possessions. A small lapse in judgement occurred at this point. We only have one car and decided to trailer it. At this point we asked, where will the dogs go? Obviously the only solutuion was on the bench seat in the cab with us.

Off we went on our adventure. 2 humans, 2 dogs, a 26' Penske truck and a trailer. What a long three day drive it was.

Fast forward past all the boring stuff. We are in Austin and sadly a bit lost. The husfriend was not accepted to UTAustin. I can't find a full time job. We're struggling, and it's tough.

Not sure what the future holds for us. Things in Austin may not last too long. We could move back with our parents in Michigan until we get back on our feet. Eventually we want to end up back in Boise.

As for the dogs they love it here. We have woods behind our apartment and they enjoy barking at the hawks and squirrels. There's a dog park they enjoy and they've been to a cage free doggie daycare which is great. Bones learned how to swim in the river and everyone on the trails thinks Bender is handsome.

Hopefully things turn around soon. Austin seems to be a great city and it's super doggie friendly.

Now for some doggie pictures!

Bender doesn't want the sheets washed.
"The Duke" in his fitting Halloween costume.

The boys in the office the day we signed our lease. Happy to have a home!

Bender hated the moving truck.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Bender's Sleeping

I know I've been awful at keeping up with the blog. Much has happened in the last few months. Working on tomorrow's big update post. Until then, enjoy this video of Bender sleeping.