“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” ~Marianne Williamson
As BlogPaws 2015 kicks off, things might be a little busy for a couple days! I’ll definitely check in with news and highlights from the conference, but I wanted to leave you with a little bit of a Wordless Wednesday (though I’m incapable of a post without words, apparently).
Since Lucas’ surgery, there have been these moments – little hiccups almost – where I look over at him and think, “Something’s weird about that picture…” And then I remember. Oh, yeah. He’s down a leg. John and I have started to call it Lucas’ optical illusion. Here’s a selection of recent illusory pics:
It looks like his front left is tucked under him, but he’s found a way to support that shoulder by positioning himself on the pillow! Smart boy!
Snuggling his baby brother (though I think it was the other way around… Lucas was there first, and Cooper snuggled in).
Just hanging out after we finished shooting yesterday’s BarkBox video… Being a film star is hard work!
Finally, my favorite of them all, watching over all of us from his favorite chair. (The pillows + curtains are like that because our neighbors just had a baby. Which means lots of company coming and going. Which means Cooper is NOT on his best behavior unless by “best” I mean LOUDEST. Which I don’t. So, our attempt at blocking the view.)
What a cutie, amiright?!
Hope you’re having a great week!
I briefly mentioned on Monday that we’re trying to put weight on Cooper. He is really under-weight. He’s all points and knobs.
One of the big problems making this even worse for him is the weather. Today’s high? 15. The low? -6. Without a single drop of fat on him, Cooper is fr-fr-freezing. His fur fuzzes out, he tucks his tail, he shivers like crazy… just to run out and pee.
So, we’ve been keeping him in sweatshirts and coats for the better part of a month now. I really think he realizes that they’re keeping him warmer because as soon as one gets dirty (read: peed on), we take it off, and he stands there and waits while we get another out of the closet. Then he diligently lifts one paw at a time while we put on the clean garment. Thankfully, we had a few on hand that have made it into rotation.
He has a green jacket that attaches with Velcro. It’s easy-on-and-off but not as warm as his others. (Though it’s super cute!)
He has the red fleece hoodie that I made as part of his Thing 2 costume.
This is a two-layer fleece that my mom made for Emmett several years ago. We couldn’t find a warm coat to fit his big barrel chest, so she made this to fit him perfectly. He… ahem… outgrew it, so now it’s Cooper’s.
Finally, my very favorite… his cable-knit sweater. It’s ridiculously cute. Maybe not the warmest in the bunch, though it can layer underneath the green jacket for some extra coziness.
Honestly, with the snow on the ground and how crazy he gets with Lucas and playing at doggy daycare, these things get filthy daily! Right now he’s wearing the green… the paw print is in the wash… the sweater is hanging to dry… and the red is queued up for when he or one of his brothers pees on the green!
How does your dog do with apparel? Do you need winter wear to keep your pup warm? Or perhaps more for the cute factor?
For the past few days, I’ve altered my work habits immensely. I’ve had a cold and, being a huge baby about it, moved all my work under covers and blankets. And I’ve noticed something that is both sweet and peculiar: Among these siblings, they are nearly always paired up for a snuggle. Usually two of the dogs with the third off in a bed somewhere. Sometimes Newt gets in on the action. But they’re never in a big bundle! I started looking through old pics, and the pattern holds.
On occasion a threesome will pop up…
But the rarest of pairings… almost never spotted in the wild…
I wonder why this is? Those of you with multiples, do yours tend to bunch up together for big love fests? Go off singly? Or do you have iterations like these?