Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Looking Forward

DSC_0527 by s.namaycush

I know, it's been awhile since I've posted. Our little family has been very busy; we have recently started a new business venture - our own marine engine service and repair shop (my boyfriend is a marine mechanic).
This is turning out to be a great opportunity for all of us. It allows Randy and I to work for ourselves (I'm also keeping my full time job) and it allows Savage to be with Randy and/or me 24/7 again.
Savvy spends his days at "the shop", greeting customers, napping in the sun, and supervising the mechanics. Of course he has all the comforts of home: his blankets, water dishes, and snacks in the fridge, as well as dozens of people petting him and bringing him treats throughout the day. He especially loves the UPS drivers that deliver our parts orders. He stands at the truck door and drools because he knows "big brown truck = dog biscuits".
We've had to work hard to make time for fun so far this summer. I've taken Savvy on a few hiking, fishing, and biking outings, and he still acts like the silly little puppy he once was. His health continues to be excellent and his personality is as gentle and quirky as it always was.
As the business becomes well-established and easier to manage we will no doubt find ourselves with more time to play, and I will be able to update all of Savage's online friends on his adventures. Until then, I hope you have all had a great spring. Randy, Sav, and I are looking forward to an exciting (and successful) summer!

Friday, April 08, 2011

Meet Tula!

This pretty girl is my brother's new 9 month old puppy, and Savage seems to like her quite a bit. They spent a whole day together, chasing each other around and generally acting like little puppies. Both slept like logs that night. Since Tula is a rescue we're not quite sure what her pedigree is. There's surely some Brittany involved, and possibly golden retriever?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring Is Here

...And Savvy is squinting his eyes against the sun! What a beautiful day.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Dog Tired

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


My boy with snows on his nose!

Monday, January 03, 2011

Savvy's New Coat

With an eye toward the coming -0 degree weather I ordered Savage this expandable foal blanket from Schneider Saddlery. I chose to buy a foal blanket as opposed to their dog blankets (which do seem really nice) because as usual, the dog jackets don't take into account the size of a Great Dane. Also, this one sounded very well-made, with 420 denier nylon, fiberfill insulation, and soft nylon lining. Surprisingly, it cost me under $30.00, too! I chose the color because of my personal preference, but also because it was the brightest offered; more visibility = more safety.
Savage has not been outside for enough of an extended period of time to really need the protection, but today we took a walk just to try it out in the 20 degree weather. First of all, he seems to tolerate it well, but that's normal with him and "clothing". Like his other hand-made coat, it slips to the side immediately, even with the belly band cinched snugly. Since this doesn't bother him, and he still is protected from the cold I choose to ignore it for now. The coat does come with D-rings, presumably so elastic leg straps can be attached, so maybe that will be something to think about in the future.

I can't say that the coat really hinders his movement, but he moves a little differently; with more small steps, like he does when he's trailing a leash. It's worth it to note that I bought the Large size that should fit large foals. Horses are measured differently than dogs in regard to blanket size. While a dog's topline is the primary measurement, a horse is measured from the center of the chest diagonally to the top edge of the tail. On Savage this measurement is 38" and his coat expands from 38" to 45". His topline measurement is around 32" to 33", which is beyond the range of most dog jackets.
I'm eager to see how this jacket works for him in very cold weather. I'm also enjoying how handsome he looks, even in purple!