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Honoring Biscuit: Remembering His Love for His Hound About

“I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.” ~Doris Day

Today marks eight months since our precious Biscuit passed away.  One thing that Biscuit loved to do was take a spin in his Hound About!  Soon after we rescued Biscuit, we knew that he had issues with his legs — they were extremely fragile and he suffered from arthritis.  It was suspected per the Sheltie Haven Sheltie Rescue, Inc., the dog rescue organization where we adopted Biscuit, that he suffered from living in a puppy mill, as his rear legs were slightly deformed.  We made sure Biscuit took his daily arthritis supplements to help his condition.  As a result, Biscuit could not walk too far of a distance at a time, although he did enjoy his daily walks around the neighborhood!

I did not want Biscuit’s arthritis to stop him from going on longer walks, traveling, and sight-seeing.  As such, I looked into finding something that we could use to push Biscuit around in!  I came across the Hound About via Google searches.  When I showed Doug the Hound About, Doug, at first, told me that it was “over the top,” but he indulged me in my quest.  Since we ordered his Hound About from California (not local), Doug and I cut out newspapers to the appropriate dimensions to discern which size to get Biscuit.  So, we settled on the larger size, the blue Hound About.

Biscuit immediately fell in love with his Hound About!  Doug and I have so many wonderful memories of Biscuit in his Hound About.  Since our old house, unlike our new house, did not have a garage as it was located in the city, we kept Biscuit’s Hound About in our guest room!  We are so thankful to now have a garage for the cars and storage!  Some evenings, during the warmer months, we skipped the gym and took Biscuit for a ride around the Harbor, which he loved!  Biscuit was very smart.  Since the Hound About was too wide to fit through the front door, Doug had to take the three wheels off the carriage portion of the Hound About to enable us to get the Hound About in and out of the house!  As soon as Biscuit saw us taking out his wheels to his Hound About, he got so excited!  He barked and smiled, ear to ear, and ran out the front door, just waiting for Doug and I to quickly assemble his Hound About so he could get going on his ride!

The Hound About went everywhere with us when we traveled, and we have many wonderful memories from our two trips to Nova Scotia with Biscuit!  Biscuit proudly went all around Halifax in his Hound About and loved every minute!  Biscuit loved all of his local Hound About rides as well!  We have many memories of taking our beloved Biscuit to dinner in his Hound About as well as stores where furry friends were permitted!  He was such a hit with the ladies strutting around in his Hound About!  We are so glad that the Hound About brought Biscuit so much joy, and most of all, the Hound About allowed us to do so much more together!

Now, the Hound About has been passed down to little Victory, who seems to love the Hound About as much as Biscuit did!  We are sure that Biscuit is smiling down and is happy that another sheltie friend in need, his sissy, is enjoying it as much as he did!  We are so thankful that Biscuit entered our lives and brought us so much joy.

Biscuit is pictured below in his Hound About in downtown Halifax after he went shopping with us at Lululemon and Roots among other stores (Biscuit went inside the stores with us)!

 

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Biscuit Hound About Downtown Halifax!

Biscuit had a big day in downtown Halifax this week!  He strolled all over the city, and loved every minute.  He hopped in his Hound About even before the wheels were assembled onto his Hound About!  Below are some photographs of Biscuit’s adventures!

 

Biscuit at Dalhousie University in downtown Halifax!  Maybe Biscuit is going to be an engineer like his Daddy!

 

Biscuit next to the Winston Churchill statue at the library downtown.

 

Biscuit at the Harbor in downtown Halifax!  Many people came up to Biscuit and wanted to pet Biscuit and they all commented on his Hound About!

 

Biscuit at Cows Ice Cream in downtown Halifax!  (This year, Biscuit did not have any Cows Ice Cream as he is not permitted to have it per the vet!  Plus, last year, Biscuit got sick after eating the rich Cows Ice Cream).  While we were eating our ice cream, Biscuit attempted to jump out of his Hound About as he wanted to be included!

 

Biscuit at Cows Ice Cream by the infamous Cow!

Hound About the Harbor

Yesterday the weather was really nice here in Baltimore, and, therefore, Doug assembled Biscuit’s Hound About!  Biscuit had a really nice time strolling around the Harbor.  Doug and I went to dinner in Harbor East and took Biscuit with us, along with this kibble for treats!  Biscuit put many smiles on people’s faces at the Harbor.  Many people were surprised to see a doggie in this capacity!  When we returned to our neighborhood after dinner, Biscuit took his early evening walk before taking a snooze when he got home!

 

Around Here: June

Happy June!  The official start of summer is right around the corner, which is difficult to believe!  Below are some items that have occurred around here in June, another month that is flying by much too quickly!

-after many months of consistent and steady work, I finally finished the final revisions for my long-term photography project, which I have been working on in total for over five years now.  Going into this project I never realized how much work it really was actually going to be; however, it is immensely gratifying conceptualizing an idea and bringing it to fruition.  I am now moving onto completing the next steps in this project.

-we have had a little bit of a breather this month as our calendar has not been as hectic, as in previous months, so we have had time to catch up with friends and go to our pool, which has been really nice!  We are trying to get as much rest as we can during this time.

-we celebrated Doug’s first Father’s Day together!

-we saw U2 this past weekend and it was a really good concert!

-we are finishing up our parent, baby, and birth classes this weekend!

-I am now feeling quite big, as we have only approximately four weeks or so remaining until we get to meet our baby girl!  It seems surreal some days!

-we are pretty much ready, as ready as one can be, for our baby to arrive!  Her tiny little clothes that we will need over the next several months, blankets, and bath time related items have all been washed; her car seat and seat bases are installed, thanks to Doug; we ordered the last remaining items that we need; and we started to pack our hospital bags.

-this month I shared images from our Babymoon!  We all had a great time together with many wonderful memories with our fur girl, Victory!

-began working on our Promptly Journal for our baby, which beings from pregnancy through eighteen years!

-I finished the first drafts of our two photos books via Artifact Uprising: one celebrating and memorializing our journey to parenthood and the other commemorating our Babymoon!

-we have been giving Victory lots of snuggles and love!  We have been enjoying evening walks together in her Hound About!  She even went into the nursery on her own last week!

-Victory is recovered from her recent UTI, thankfully, as we were at the vet recently for a recheck!

-Victory got her paws trimmed and a bath this past weekend and she looks, feels, and smells great!

-still using the 1 Second Everyday App to document a second each day — it will be interesting to see the finished video at the end of the year!

-continuing to work on getting fine art prints made, framed, and hung in our home, an ongoing endeavor!

-continuing to watch the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale, a really good series.

-started Sweetbitter, a good series.

-finished reading Sophie Tales, a good read, given to me by a fellow blog reader!

-listening to a myriad of podcasts, especially, at the gym and on walks!

-continuing to make incremental progress on our ever-growing to do list!

Happy Monday!

 

 

 

Around Here: May

Happy May!  The weather has warmed up here and it has been nice to get outside and enjoy the sunshine!  Below are some items that have occurred around here in May, another month that has flown by much too quickly!

-continuing to work on the next steps concerning my long-term photography project; I am making good progress with the revisions in this home stretch, and hopefully all remaining revisions will be made by the end of next month, fingers crossed.  I have been working so hard to finish these tedious revisions before our baby arrives.

-earlier this month, my good friends from law school gave Doug and I a baby shower, which was really lovely commemorating this special time in our lives!  A good time was had by all!

-we took our last trip to Pups in the Park with our fur girl, Victory, as a ‘party of three!’  We had a great time together, as always!

-we were happy to go to our pool for the first time this year, which opened over Memorial Day weekend!

-we also enjoyed seeing friends over Memorial Day weekend!

-continuing this month with our parent, baby, and birth classes that go through next month — we have only a few more classes to go!  And, if all goes as planned, the hospital is permitting our fur girl, Victory, to come to the hospital, post delivery, to meet her little sister!  We are so happy to include our precious Victory, our fur girl, in order to have our entire family together during this time!

-I am now feeling quite big, as we have only approximately seven weeks remaining until we get to meet our baby girl!

-we have a few last items to get for our baby that we will take care of in short order; otherwise, we think that we are in pretty good shape to start!

-I am almost done editing our images from our Babymoon!  We all had a great time together with many wonderful memories!

-I am now working on finishing two photos books via Artifact Uprising: one celebrating and memorializing our journey to parenthood and the other commemorating our Babymoon!

-around the house, we completed our gardening and mulching!

-we also got our decks cleaned and our deck furniture set out, which we have been using!

-we got our rugs cleaned; and our house windows get cleaned next month!

-we have been giving Victory lots of snuggles and love!  We are doing our best to get her ‘ready’ for her little sister’s arrival.

-Victory, unfortunately, had a recent UTI diagnosed last week and she is now on the mend with antibiotics, thankfully.  (She has a history of these pesky infections, unfortunately.)

-Victory tried out her soon-to-be little sister’s Bugaboo Fox buggy/stroller, pictured below!  (Victory also tried out her little sister’s crib when we were first getting her nursery together!)  Doug picked out the color scheme for our Bugaboo Fox and we got the last one in stock; and once our baby is old enough, the bassinet will be swapped out for a traditional type stroller seat in the blue mélange color that also attaches to the Bugaboo Runner!

-since the weather has been nice, we have enjoyed taking Victory for rides in her Hound About!  She loves getting fresh air and going for long rides, while I walk, albeit a little slower these days!  We are also keeping up with going to the gym together.

-still using the 1 Second Everyday App to document a second each day — it will be interesting to see the finished video at the end of the year!

-continuing to work on getting fine art prints made, framed, and hung in our home, an ongoing endeavor!

-continuing to watch the final season of The Americans, a really good series — the last episode of the series airs this week, which is difficult to believe.

-continuing to watch the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale, a really good series.

-started the second season of the The Path, a good series.

-listening to a myriad of podcasts, especially, at the gym and on walks!

-continuing to make incremental progress on our ever-growing to do list!

Happy Tuesday!

 

Around Here: April

Happy Spring!  We are still away on our trip, but here are some items that have occurred around here in April, another busy month that is going by much too quickly!

-continuing to work on the next steps concerning my long-term photography project, and I am making good progress with revisions in this home stretch.

-enjoying date nights together!

-continuing this month with our parent, baby, and birth classes that go through the next several months!

-as of late this month we are already at the beginning of the third trimester.  The time is flying by so quickly and we are appreciating every moment.

-our baby’s nursery is finally complete with a simple and modern feel!  We put a lot of time, effort, and love into creating a unique space for our baby.  We still have some other items/supplies to get for our baby, but we are getting things in order!

-we believe we have settled on a name for our baby; however, we want to meet her first to make sure we feel the name is fitting for her!

-we are in South Carolina with our fur girl, Victory, as our last trip as a ‘party of three,’ while I can still travel, commemorating and celebrating three special milestones simultaneously: our babymoon; our 10-year wedding anniversary; and my ‘big birthday!’   A photo of us is shown below.  We are having a wonderful time together!  The weather has been beautiful!  Victory loves the beach; and we have enjoyed a slower pace of life, including long walks in the morning and lazy days and evenings at the beach with our fur girl!  We also have enjoyed nice dinners at some local restaurants in Charleston, where furry friends are welcome, too!  (I will share more once I have had a chance to cull and edit our images once we get back home.)  We are grateful for this time together!

-we have still been doing some spring cleaning around the entire house this month purging items while utilizing the Marie Kondo, “KonMari” method!  We have made some good progress!

-we have been giving Victory lots of snuggles and love!  We are doing our best to get her ‘ready’ for her little sister’s arrival.

-since the weather has been a bit warmer (when it was not snowing), during certain points this month, we have enjoyed taking Victory for rides in her Hound About!  She loves getting fresh air and going for long rides, while I walk!

-still using the 1 Second Everyday App to document a second each day — it will be interesting to see the finished video at the end of the year!

-continuing to work on getting fine art prints made, framed, and hung in our home, an ongoing endeavor!

-started the final season of The Americans, a really good series.

-started the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale, a really good series.

-finished reading Around the Next Corner while at the beach!  (If you are a ‘dog person,’ you will enjoy this novel!)

-listening to a myriad of podcasts, especially, at the gym and on walks!

-continuing to make incremental progress on our ever-growing to do list, which feels quite large currently, but we are making progress!

Happy Friday!

 

Around Here: March

 


Happy March and Happy Spring!  We are so beyond ready for spring to truly arrive here!  Below are some items that have occurred around here in March, another busy month that is going by much too quickly!

-continuing to work on the next steps concerning my long-term photography project, slowly making progress.

-enjoying date nights together!

-continuing this month with our parent, baby, and birth classes that go through the next several months!

-as of earlier this month, we are officially half way through this pregnancy!  The time is flying by so quickly, and we are savoring every moment.  All is going well, thus far, and I have felt our baby moving; I have a ‘baby bump’ now; and our baby is growing quickly!  It is all quite amazing.

-our baby’s nursery is getting near completion and it is shaping up nicely with a simple and modern feel.  Pictured above is Victory in the baby’s crib during the early stages of getting the nursery together.  With all of the commotion lately in our house, we think Victory knows change is on its way.  We are hopeful that Victory will adjust well, while we are mindful that this change will not likely, at first, be easy for her.  She will always be our first fur girl, an integral family member, who we love very dearly.

-we have been doing some spring cleaning around the entire house this month purging items while utilizing the Marie Kondo, “KonMari” method!  We have made some good progress!

-continuing to gather and select items for our baby!

-after much research and interviewing, we secured a pediatrician we like along with a nanny and play school (for in the future) for our baby!

-we planned a trip next month with our fur girl, Victory, as our last trip as a ‘party of three,’ while I can still travel, commemorating and celebrating three special milestones simultaneously: our babymoon; our 10-year wedding anniversary; and my ‘big birthday!’  (Our wedding anniversary and my birthday will occur soon after our baby arrives and we will therefore not be traveling for any long distances for quite some time!  And, we are more than ok with this arrangement!)

-I took a trip to Michigan this month to see family and friends.

-Doug got us tickets to see U2 this spring!

-we have been giving Victory lots of snuggles and love!  We actually had to take Victory to an emergency animal hospital earlier this month; she was bleeding and she, unfortunately, had a bacteria infection that we got cleared up with an antibiotic and she is on the mend, thankfully.

-since the weather has been a bit warmer (when it was not snowing), during certain points this month, we have enjoyed taking Victory for rides in her Hound About!  She loves getting fresh air and going for long rides, while I walk!

-still using the 1 Second Everyday App to document a second each day — it will be interesting to see the finished video at the end of the year!

-continuing to work on getting fine art prints made, framed, and hung in our home, an ongoing endeavor!

-finished the first season of Abstentia, a good series.

-almost through the first season of Counterpart, an excellent series.

-With all that has been going on, I am a bit behind on reading this month outside of baby books.

-listening to a myriad of podcasts, especially, at the gym and on walks!

-continuing to make incremental progress on our ever-growing to do list, which feels quite large currently!

Happy Wednesday and wishing you a Happy Easter!

Around Here: January

Happy January!  We cannot believe that a new year has already begun!  We are happy to have another year!  Below are some items that have occurred around here in January!

-continuing to work on the next steps concerning my long-term photography project.

-enjoying date nights together!  However, this month, we did not try any new restaurants!  This month we have been making more dinners at home together!  In fact, we made one of our favorite recipes last night!  Doug is a good cook and baker and I am lucky that I do not have to be the one that always cooks!

-we made a ‘chicken run’ with Victory to Zaxby’s located in Westchester, Virginia!

-gave Victory her first bath for the year!  She feels great and her fur feels silky smooth!

-since the weather has been a bit warmer, we have enjoyed taking Victory for rides in her Hound About!  Her new tires on her Hound About work really well!

-chose my word for the year, 2018!

-made my happiness jar for 2018 and began filling it up!

-began using the 1 Second Everyday App to document a second each day — it will be interesting to see the finished video at the end of the year!  (I will aim for a second a day, but it might be less formal, we shall see…)

-continuing to work on getting fine art prints made, framed, and hung in our home, an ongoing endeavor!

-finished the first season of The Handmaid’s Tale, an intense, but really good series based on the Margaret Atwood novel.

-finished the miniseries, The Apple Tree Yard, a good series.

-finished reading Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan, a good read!

-listening to a myriad of podcasts, especially, at the gym and on walks!

-continuing to make incremental progress on our ever-growing to do list!

Happy Monday!

P.S. — Below are a few images from our travels over the Holidays!

 

 

The below image contains Nick, my parents’ rescue papillon dog, and Victory wearing their new matching hats and leg warmers!

 

The image below is New Year’s Eve dinner at Zingerman’s Roadhouse in Ann Arbor!

 

The image below contains our top nine images from Instagram for 2017!  (Notice — Victory is in every single image!)


Around Here: December

Happy December!  We cannot believe that it is almost the end of the year and the December Holidays are here!  Below are some items that have occurred around here in December!

-continuing to work on the next steps concerning my long-term photography project.

-enjoying date nights together!  However this month we did not try any new restaurants!  We’ll try again next month.

-making more dinners at home together, and here is an old favorite that we made this month!

-took Victory to see Santa for the fourth time!

-had our first snow this winter this month and the temperatures are cold — winter is here and it is here to stay!

-this weekend I took Victory on her last Hound About walk/ride for the year!

-gave Victory her last bath for the year!

-finished and sent out our Pawliday card!

-finished our Christmas shopping!

-continuing to work on getting fine art prints made, framed, and hung in our home, an ongoing endeavor!

-finished the third season of Broadchurch, a good series.

-finished Alias Grace, a really good series.

-started the second season of The Crown, an excellent series.

-began reading Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield.  I hope to get some reading done over the Holidays!

-listening to a myriad of podcasts, especially, at the gym and on walks!

-continuing to make incremental progress on our ever-growing to do list!

Happy Monday!

 

Around Here: November

Happy November!  We hope that you had a nice Thanksgiving!  We cannot believe this year is coming to a close so quickly and the December Holidays are quickly upon us.  Below are some items that have occurred around here in November!

-still working on finishing final edits, which are very tedious, while continuing to work on the next steps concerning my long-term photography project.  So very close to finishing!

-continuing yoga class this month, which has been great!

-started acupuncture earlier this fall, which has been really beneficial!  I highly recommend it.  (I was skeptical at first; however, I have found many benefits.)

-enjoying date nights together!  Doug and I are aiming to try at least one new restaurant a month to expand our horizons!  This month we tried Facci and Kloby’s both of which were really good!

-we are soaking up what little warm enough whether there is to take Victory out on walks in her Hound About!

-we subscribed to Texture, which provides many magazines at one’s fingertips via the iPad!  We love it!

-we celebrated Thanksgiving!

-finished our Pawliday card and photo calendar for 2018.

-started our Christmas shopping, and we’re almost finished — thank goodness for online shopping!

-continuing to work on getting fine art prints made, framed, and hung in our home, an ongoing endeavor!

-finished the first season of Mindhunder, a really good series.

-finished the second season of Stranger Things, also really good series.

-began reading Slow Motion by Dani Shapiro.

-listening to a myriad of podcasts, especially, at the gym and on walks!  (Here is an interesting podcast on dogs and how their great sense of smell impacts dogs’ world view).

-continuing to make incremental progress on our ever-growing to do list!

Happy Monday!