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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 tattoo parlors in the mall, and flip flop socks.  We visited Blue Heaven, talked about what to say to celebrities, and found a cool way to get exhausted.  I even told you the one thing I hate about going on vacation!

The Weekly Music: We listened to Sara Evans on Kelly’s iPod.

The Weekly Downer: Not being on vacation in Key West anymore!

The Weekly Worst Piece of Crap on TV: Lopez Tonight

The Weekly Beverage: Coconut Martini’s in Key West.  Also the Flying Monkey’s from Fogarty’s were good.

The Weekly Food: Calamari from P.F. Chang’s

The Weekly Amazing Fact: Owls are the only birds that can see the color blue.

The Weekly Birthdays: Lisa Vosburgh, Melissa Purcell, Melanie Lewis, Pete Rochford, Scott Stewart, Dwane Decker, David Vance, Jennifer Kelly Neese, Sue Niekrewicz, Kate Christensen, and Paul Tomashosky.  I hope you all had wonderful birthdays.  I’m sorry if I missed getting your birthday message up on FB while I was out of town.  Leave me a comment to let me know what you did for your birthday!

The Weekly Activity: Recovering from traveling – Boats, Cars and Planes oh my!!!

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: Chase for a Cure – My friend Danielle’s daughter Brianna Chase is battling leukemia and I hope those of you who are local can make it out for a good cause at Envy Lounge.

Weekly Grand Totals: Hours to get from Key West, FL to Albany, NY.
2 minutes in the  taxi.
3 -1/2 hours on the ferry.
21/2 hours in the car.
4 hours sleep
4 hours on planes.

The Weekly Hypothetical: If money were no object, where would you want to go for a girls/guys get away??

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Okay, just so everyone knows I am NOT out on a ledge, but it is a real pain in the ass to come home from a vacation to 1000+ emails!  I try to program my email to sort things into folders that aren’t important.
Emails from Airlines can go into “frequent flyer.”  Emails from stores can go into the “shopping” folder, etc.

I’ve been sorting through them all for a few days.  It’s good because it gives me time to sit and relax, but whew, I’m tired of staring at the computer!  Though I’m doing it as I watch all the shows I DVR’d while I was gone….

What do you hate that happens while on vacation?

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Kelly, Lara, Eva & Rose ~ Key West ~ May 2010

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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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