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[tweetmeme] This is a blog I wrote for Kristi Gustafson’s On The Edge Blog back in July when she was on vacation.

Blog Post by: Rose A. Winters

I don’t have children, so I consider my dog my child….

In 2007 my boyfriend Michael and I were at my realtor Terri and her husband Bob’s house and met their adorable little Chi-a-poo named Molly. We spent most of the evening playing with little Molly. Up until this point Michael always used the argument that little dogs weren’t manly and the long-haired ones should have a broom handle shoved up their butts and be used as mops. Just the idea I liked little dogs surprised many because I’m originally a Doberman gal…. By the end of the night Molly had Michael wrapped around her little paw.

A couple of months later when I was getting ready to close on my house Michael fessed up that he wanted to buy me a puppy as a surprise for my housewarming gift. I’m glad he told me because a pet is a life changing, long-term commitment. He told me he’d already been speaking to a breeder and there was a litter being born that week and we could pick her out soon. Since he’d already done so much work finding her I figured I’d at least check it out.

Isabella - 2 Weeks Old

It took me all of about 10 seconds to pick her out of the 5 in her litter and to know I’d love her forever! She looked like a tiny little guinea pig! To give you an idea of the demand – the pictures were posted online and in 8 minutes Isabella’s entire litter was spoken for. As the weeks passed until we could pick her up in Buffalo, KY, the breeder posted a new picture of her every week until she was 7 weeks old.

Isabella - The Day We Met

The first time I held Isabella it was love at first sight. We spent hours at the breeder’s house getting to know her and getting her to feel comfortable with us. We flew home with her and she became our daughter.

We feed her, dress her, cuddle with her, and give her the best care that we’re able to give. We chronicle her life like most parents chronicle their children’s lives. We measured her to track her height and weight. We wrote down the date when she lost her 1st tooth, and had her 1st haircut. We taught her all kinds of commands – sit, stay, down, paw, and roll over. She’s so well-behaved! She’s our little darling 🙂

Do you have a pet that you treat like a child?

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Click some of the links in the blog to see more pictures of Miss Isabella….
All Photos by Michael T. Henry except 2 week old picture courtesy of Sunset’s Toy Breed Puppies

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The Weekly Re-cap: We talked about the weather, Michael & I going out for a motorcycle ride, we wished Michael a Happy Birthday, mourned great TV shows that are no longer with us,  said goodbye to a 25-year-old blogger named Eva Markvoort who passed away, and learned about my naughty little puppy Isabella.

The Weekly Read: The Finishing Touch – Details That Make a Room Beautiful

The Weekly Music: Private Eyes by Hall & Oates because my friend Rude Cactus used it for his blog title yesterday.

The Weekly Movie: The Lovely Bones I read the book a while back and thought it was okay.  I didn’t love the movie.  It was kind of creepy like the book.  Though I did like Mark Wahlberg in it….

The Weekly Beverage: I drank a coconut creme Dunkin’ Donuts coffee on the way to The Albany TweetUp and it was yummy.  This is a big deal because I rarely drink coffee.

The Weekly Amazing Fact: According to OMGFacts: Giraffes can’t yawn.
Pretty much all warm-blooded and cold-blooded animals yawn. Birds, fish, mammals, and of course, people. An average human will yawn 250,000 times in one lifetime, and animals have been photographed yawning all the time. However, neither giraffes nor whales have ever been caught yawning.

Bugs Birthday Cake

The Weekly Birthdays: Lee Wooden, Sung Choo, Theresa Setzer, Jerry Bertram, Todd Harrison, Michael Henry, Jeff Beach, Aimee Giese, Brigette Moore, Cameo Crounse, Nancy Lee Grahn, Cami Rutherford Bajek, Lynn Kinnear, Paul Chenkus, Robyn Dousharm, Jim Milliken, Humberto Martinez, and Sheri Monaco.  Happy Birthday to all of you!  I hope you all had awesome birthdays!!   Leave me a comment to let me know what you did to celebrate your big day.  🙂

The Weekly Activity: Michael & I went to the April Albany TweetUp.

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: Melissa Ward, WordPress.com, Bettie’s Cakes, Kimmy Tavarez, Two of a Kind, Jaci Sabolsky, and Grant Johnston.

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: The National MS Walk in Long Island is on May 2nd.  My friend Kim will be walking and she’s pretty close to her goal.  Anyone who can help with a donation would be appreciated.  Click HERE for the link.

Weekly Grand Totals: My blog has had over 6,500 views.  To some of you that might be nothing, but considering I only started it at the beginning of the year I think it’s pretty decent.  Thank you to all my readers.  Keep commenting and encouraging your friends to subscribe.  🙂

The Weekly Hypothetical: If you were going on a trip, what would you most likely forget to pack?

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Michael on our trip to Alexandria Bay ~ 2006

Today is my sweetheart’s birthday!  For those of you that don’t know Michael he is a funny, sweet, kind, loving guy.  He loves photography, blogging, traveling, motorcycles and our little doggy Isabella.

October 2009

Here’s a picture of us from a wedding we went to last year.  He’s kinda cute if you ask me!

Make sure you wish Michael a Happy Birthday today on Facebook, Twitter, or his Blog.

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The Weekly Anniversary: Michael & I – Tuesday was 4 years!!
I wrote my anniversary blog Duck… Duck… No Goose!!
Michael wrote his anniversary blog With This Rose…

Michael & I

The Weekly Read: Soap Opera Digest

The Weekly Music: Kim mentioned the song “That’s What Friends Are For” on Facebook the other day.  That song reminds me of an assembly in elementary school when our school principal Mr. Lewis was retiring.  The student body sang it to him 🙂  Suzanne Rielly-Werbeck remembers it too!

The Weekly Movie: Heist while I wrote my heist movie blog.

Danielle & Brianna

The Weekly Yay!!: My friend Danielle’s daughter Brianna has leukemia and really wanted to win a contest through Jamz 96.3 to go bowling with Justin Bieber.  I didn’t have enough notice to get it up here on my blog, however I posted it up on Facebook and Twitter and she got enough votes and she won the contest!!  Thank you Jamz!!

Brianna is 2nd from the left ~ Bieber is in the middle.

The Weekly Time Waster: Saratogian Job Fair – See Michael’s blog….

The Weekly Schadenfreude: Joe Biden telling Obama “This is a big F*#king deal” and the microphone catching it….

The Weekly Food: We ate well this week 🙂  Broccoli, yellow & red peppers, garlic, parsley, zucchini, chicken, and chicken broth over bowtie pasta / Nachos / Chicken with mushrooms over rice / Duck with plum sauce along with mashed potatoes and gravy / chicken milanese from Bellini’s Italian Eatery

The Weekly Amazing Fact: A giraffe can clean it’s ears with it’s 21-inch tongue!!

Giraffes

The Weekly Birthdays: Stephanie Castronova Farina, Patrick Onufer, Katy Cagle, Amy Lynn Hunt, Meghan Touhey Santucci , Jessica Hainor-Bucci , Jodi Bridges, Tim Sorsdahl, Stephen Piorkowski, Matt Essery, Markus Armstrong, Kelly Humphries, and Mark LoseeI hope you all had wonderful birthdays!!  Did you do anything special for your big day?

The Weekly Craft: Learned the treble crochet stitch 🙂

The Weekly Activity: Searching for duck.  Finding a fresh duckling to make for dinner isn’t always an easy task.  I think we called about 6 places looking for one before someone had them 🙂

The Weekly person from Twitter that will be missed: Kelly G AKA: @AlbanyKelly is moving out of the Albany area.  We wish her well at her new job and hope to see her again soon!!

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: On April 19th my friend Maureen McCann is going to be running a marathon for Joints in Motion Arthritis Foundation in Boston, MA.  She is less than $600 from her $3,500 goal.  Please click this link and donate to help her reach her goal!!  Good luck with your training Maureen.  I know you can do it!!

Weekly Cookies: Dolce & Biscotti Fine Italian Bakery’s Italian Wedding Cake Cookies, Italian Frosted Cutout Cookies, Raspberry Drops and the Lemon Raspberry Shortbread cookies.  They’re all so yummy!!  Thank you to Mary & Donna for making up all the wonderful goodies that you do!  Cookies, Cakes, Pies, Breads…  Keep up the good work!  The wedding cakes on your Facebook page look great too!

Italian Wedding Cake Cookies

Italian Frosted Cutout Cookies

Raspberry Drops

Lemon Raspberry Shortbreads

The Weekly Not-So-Hypothetical: How do you go about meeting new people?

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