Life With A Dog

Friday Faves: Here’s To Feelin’ Good All The Time

If anyone is on the fence about getting a dog here’s how my day went yesterday with Peace the Puppy.

7:00am     My alarm goes off and I jump right out of bed hit snooze.

7:27am     The alarm goes off for the 4th time and Peace the Puppy is pacing back and forth across the bed so I get up and let him outside before heading to the kitchen to hide his morning Prozac in a pill pocket and get his chaser treat ready.

7:28am     Peace is already back scratching at the door after having gone potty because he doesn’t realize he’s a dog and should love being outside. I grab the pill pocket because if you don’t drop it into his mouth the second you open the door it’ll throw his entire day. I’m pretty sure this is karma for something I did in a past life.

7:30am     Peace has had his pill, his chaser treat, and is now at his bowl ready for his 1/4 slice of doggy bacon that serves as a bribe for him to eat his fresh food prepared just for him from The Farmer’s Dog. If I move fast enough he’ll eat his breakfast because he knows he’ll get another 1/4 slice of doggy bacon as a reward.

7:32am     I open the cupboard to get a beef tendon chewy just as Peace runs by and snatches it from my hand on his way to the bedroom which is apparently the only place he can chew it.

It was me. I let the dog(s) out.

7:39am     I am just about to get in the shower when Peace rushes out and rings the bell on the door letting me know he needs to go outside. Apparently I don’t move fast enough because he keeps slamming the bell with his nose and I’m pretty sure our neighbors’ kids think Santa Claus is on their roof now.

7:43am     I turn off the shower and walk outside to see what’s taking Peace so long because this dog hates being outside.

He looks at me as if to say “Look... I did my business. I’m such a good boy! NOW WHERE’S MY REWARD?!?”

I give him another treat because this dog owns me.

8:15am     We are out of coffee so I decide to run to Starbucks because safety first.

Peace psychically knows where I’m headed and rushes into the garage as soon as I open the door in case I had been thinking of sneaking out without him.

8:19am     I pull up to Starbucks and the line is long but Peace is laser-focused and has already started whining for a puppuccino. This should be fun.

8:31am     We pull up to order. I have to repeat my order 3 times because the employee can’t hear me over Peace’s howling.

8:35am     Peace buries his nose in the puppuccino and doesn’t come up for air until he’s licked every last molecule from the cup. He has whipped cream all over his nose and face which makes him look like he’s been snorting cocaine all morning.

He burps twice for effect and starts licking the window. Awesome.

8:45am     When we get home Peace rushes right into my office to curl up for his morning nap right next to my desk. 5 minutes later he is snoring so loud I have to put on my headphones to drown him out.

1:10pm     Peace has an appointment at the vet for 1:30 to get his nails trimmed so I take him outside to go potty before we leave.

He must have sneaked a look at my calendar because he figures out we’re going to the vet and starts trying to convince the new neighbors moving in across the street that I am hatching a plan to murder him. This is probably why the previous neighbors moved.

1:28pm     We arrive at the vet and a brand new tech we’ve never met greets us and checks Peace in.

NewTech: And what is Peace seeing Dr. McFarland for today?

Me: I’m dropping him off to get his nails trimmed.

NewTech: You don’t need to drop him off for that, I can just take him in the back and trim his nails for you really quick.

Who's a good boy? I'm a good boy!

Me: He gets extremely anxious and almost gives himself a seizure when anyone tries to trim his nails so the doctor always sedates him first.

NewTech: There’s really no need to sedate him. We have a harness that holds him securely and he’s only 10 pounds! I’ll be back in a flash.


This is why no one likes you.

Before I can protest she picks Peace up off the counter and disappears in the back. He is shooting daggers at me with his eyes but I ignore him and start counting down in my head… 5…4…3…2…

The blood-curdling screeching and howling coming from the exam room startles 2 people in the lobby and their dogs immediately start howling in unison with Peace. I can’t tell if they are coordinating a rescue mission or plotting their own escape but neither are looking promising.

A few moments later the door opens and NewTech emerges. From the amount of fur on her scrubs and the crazed look in her eyes I can tell she didn’t even get one nail clipped.

Just then one of our favorite techs finishes up what she’s doing and comes over. The smirk on her face makes me realize she intentionally let NewTech try and trim Peace’s nails. #wellplayed

When I return an hour and a half later Peace is absolutely stoned out of his mind but somehow manages to keep one eye open until we get in the car just in case NewTech makes any sudden moves.

Snapshots of poor life choices.

As usual Peace passes out in my lap on the way home so I take obligatory pictures of him for future embarrassment.


It occurs to me that I now have enough of these pictures that I can make our vet a coffee table book for Christmas.

Not long after we get home Peace drunkenly stumbles over to his bed and sits down determined to show me up and prove that he’s sober. As predicted he slowly falls over sideways with his tongue hanging out and passes out upside down for the rest of the afternoon.

I get roughly 3 hours of work time in before he wakes up in full drama queen mode hell bent on giving me the cold shoulder for taking him to the vet and making me pay double for allowing NewTech to torture him for all of 10 seconds.

Here’s to feelin’ good all the time… cheers.

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Build tea-infused gin, honey, lemon juice, Chartreuse, and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for 8-10 seconds. Double strain into a Collins glass filled with ice and garnish with an edible flower (such as a Marigold). Then make another one because you’ll want it before you finish the first one.

Bee & Blossom Cocktail - Friday Faves 09

*Barr Hill Gin infused with black tea: Place about 1/4 cup of loose black tea into a 750ml Bottle of Barr Hill Gin. Shake, then let sit for approximately 2-3 hours (shaking occasionally during that time). Strain and bottle.

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