Posts Tagged ‘Schnoodle’


Some informational tidbits to share…

Remy at rest - RARE!

1. Our house is officially sold! This is a load of stress off our minds…now we only need to secure a dream house on the other end and all will be well on that front. Not only are we looking for something with lots of light, 4 bedrooms, and 3 bathrooms, there must be space for the baby grand, as well. Oh, and a fenced backyard for Remy as he spends 75% of his day outside. What a great little dog he’s turned out to be. πŸ™‚

2. The girls’ Royal Conservatory of Music examination results for their piano are in…BDs all passed with either Honours or First Class Honours and the eldest has earned her first 4 high school credits by taking the examination for Grade Seven Piano.

3. The official swim year with the Sharks has nearly ended. The banquet was on Sunday and eldest daughter received “Most Improved” in her age category while the youngest received the

Coach's Award with Coach Brian. Absent is Coach Tove who is currently coaching the Dawson Creek Seals.

“Coach’s Award” for her dedication, commitment, attitude and excellence. Go Sharks!

4. Though there is still snow on the mountains which makes for a cool breeze, it seems that summer is finally thinking about sticking around. Happy Days!

Will keep you posted on our comings and goings, I promise. Until then, wear your sunscreen!


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Snowflake Wreath

Our house is busy getting busier. I’m sure yours is much the same considering the holidays are almost upon us all.

Remy and Rio are now having regular play intervals in which they both have a lot of fun. We do have to supervise things though as Rio can get a little too rough for the pup and so his wrestling needs to be corralled somewhat.

In other news, I’m writing another exam on Wednesday, so fingers crossed for that one. Actually, now that I think about it, nix that. No fingers crossed as it’s online, so I need my fingers uncrossed and functioning well if I want my answers to be coherent!

We have just put up our Christmas decorations throughout the house and our tree is partly done. The lights are strung upon it, but the decorations have yet to be added as last night BH and I were dead dog tired and not quite in the right mood to be festive. Tonight though! Perhaps, I’ll even convince BH to help string some lights outside too. πŸ™‚

Despite my shenanigans with Christmas Cards in November, I still haven’t written out any. I do have the beginnings of a Christmas letter started somewhere on the back of a study sheet for my course, but I’ll have to dig through all my notes to find it. After my test, of course.

So, there it is…just a quick update to keep you in the loop. Hope you are all well and enjoying the season!

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Snow Schnoodle

It’s safe to say that our my life has pretty much revolved around Remy this past week. I’m not complaining (much) as that’s how it should be…he is, after all, just a baby. However, I will moan just a little over the fact that I had somehow blocked from my mind just how “high maintenance” puppies are.

The quickest refresher in puppy pandemonium is that everything is based upon housetraining. Therefore, our life with Remy consists of two modes: relaxed and apprehensive. Relaxed occurs in the first 5 minutes after he has come in from outside and there has been a successful “hurry, hurry.” At this point, we are absolutely certain there is no way his little bladder is holding any more urine. Apprehensive describes the rest of the time!

Fish Pond

Other than housetraining, I shouldn’t moan too much, though. Not only is he adorable, he’s smart and energetic and he only had a rough first night in regards to sleeping. Now, he’s kenneling throughout the night without any messes or whimpers for a solid nine hours (knock on wood!), so that’s pretty impressive in my book.

He’s also engaging Rio in play and it looks like within another week or two, they are going to be good buddies. πŸ™‚

Comox Inukshuk

In other noteworthy news, we’ve had snow here on the Island! Twice in three days! And it’s sticking! Not to brag about being hardcore or anything, but the temperature is dipping down to -11C tonight. πŸ˜‰

Seriously, it’s nice to have the snow, even if the cold might do some damage to some of the plants. The kids have had a blast building an inukshuk (you can take them out of the north, but you can’t take the north out of them!) and today, there is talk of tobogganing.

What about you? What’s new in your zoo? Got snow? Temps to brag and/or moan about?

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Well, there’s a puppy in the house. He was a decision made during the summer and wasn’t technically arriving until after the cruise, but the long story short is that life changes and so he arrived last night.

Due to BH’s and middle BD’s allergies, he is another schnoodle (they are hypoallergenic and don’t cause the previous two to sneeze and wheeze) and of course, he’s as cute as a button.

We’ve named him Remy. His middle name is Tumu, which means “deer thinking about eating wild onions.”Β  We all thought having a name with such a literal translation was hilarious (it was late–we were giddy–we were tired–we’re freaks…what can I say? πŸ˜‰ )

The big dog, Rio, is angry and would have nothing to do with him at first, but is now showing some signs of coming around. Definitely, there is indifference in his attitude, but it’s an “out of the corner of his eye” indifference and there is the occasional tail wag on his part, so I know things will work out.


In the meantime though, Rio is getting more love than ever as we go out of our way to make sure he’s not ignored what with Remy, the fluffball, being so adorable.

So…interrupted sleep, busy days (he pees ALOT!), high squeaky voices as we “puppy talk” and general mayhem–such is our life at the moment. It’s all good though…there’s a puppy in the house!

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A Dog’s Life


Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
When loved ones

come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.



Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

Diggy Dog

Diggy Dog

When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you’re not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.


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1. They make Mouse Ears for dogs!

2. Walt Disney World is huge! And fun! And they call you Princess even if you are 35!

3. My youngest daughter is an adrenaline junkie — she and I did every knock-your-socks-off ride there was at least twice while my other two daughters were quite content to get wild on the teacups by putting their hands up!

4. I love my sister’s laugh — really, I already knew this, but it was so nice to see (and hear) her again. πŸ™‚

5. The Magical Kingdom is not always a fun place — just a friendly remember to everyone visiting the MOUSE to take your naps every day! People are watching when you…

a. snap

b. criticize

c. chastise

          d. yell and/or

          e. pinch your children or spouse

            6. Cirque du Soleil ROCKS! If I didn’t have a family, I’d run away and join the circus!

            7. Cheap airline tickets are not necessarily a desirable way to travel…unless you like not having any sleep!

            8. Despite what you may think, meeting the Disney characters is fun. I think my favorite was Eeyore.

            9. After Disney, you need a week to catch up on all the sleep you lost.

            10. Homeschoolers in the USA do not receive funding! What’s up with that!?

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