>>Duke Turns 2

Yes I  treat my dog like my child. He sleeps in his own bed but usually ends up in mine in the early hours of the morning. I use the Brita to pour his water because it’s easier and cold and I think if I want cold water he probably does too.  He pretty much goes wherever I do and that’s how I like it.  He is loving and sweet and yes, I feel bad if I leave him home alone too long. So of course I celebrate his birthday with singing to him, baking him a mini peanut butter cake, and taking him on a two hour play date to the dog park!

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>>Merry Christmas Y’all

THIS year we are spending Christmas with my family in South Carolina. That’s right, a DUCK DYNASTY marathon, good family, great cookin, deer sausage for breakfast, and some dove hunting in a pear tree.

Now that’s all true, but we are put on our fancy pants for a wedding weekend including a girls night out, a day at the spa with my gorgeous mom, and more than one fabulous dinner! Can’t wait to show y’all a little of home sweet home! Merry Christmas. xoxo

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Photo Credit: Steven Miles

Duke Turns 1 (or 10.5?)

Okay so we’re THOSE people that celebrate our dogs birthday but who cares!
Our sweet baby puppy turned 1 today!
I looked up the conversion and it’s ten and a half in dog years but I don’t know…
Duke weighs 76lbs and loves peanut butter, so… I made him this doggie cake! He loved it and even let us put on a party hat that Cameron made him.
He got a new walking collar and leash for his big day and we went on a walk around the park.  He came home to enjoy a yummy new bone!
Check out when we first got Duke!
Happy First Birthday Duke!

Lake Pleasant, AZ

Cam is off school for the next eighteen days and we could not be more excited to explore Arizona and have fun with Duke. This morning we decided to take a day trip to Lake Pleasant.  The water was gorgeous and warm and the day was sunny and clear.  We hiked around the beach, played in the water and ate lunch on the shore.  It is days like this that I love to be alive and with my family.

The Day I Stole His Manhood

Happy Friday loverly people! (I hope you all know the song, if not, it’s from My Fair Lady; look it up)

This week has been a little rough for the tiny Smith family and probably most difficult for little old Duke.

You see, we took him to get…. ehem… neutered. Dun Dun DUN!

He turns 6 months old in just one week and so it was the perfect time to get the poor boy fixed.  There are a lot of reasons why we decided which include him being a less aggressive puppy to helping to prevent testicular cancer.

D-Day was scheduled for Wednesday at 6:30am and as we walked into the clinic the cutie dropped his head and tail and tried to make a break for the door.  The clinic was also filled with tiny yapping dogs that Duke could use as play toys and so keeping him at bay was a job in itself.  It was kind of hilarious to see the little pups showing their teeth and growling at Duke as his tail wagged to play.  Duke was the youngest and biggest dog there, at a whopping 52 pounds.  He is only half way grown! :/ AHH!

We dropped him off and came back to pick him up at 6pm.  We thought he was going to hate us but he was just pretty drugged, lethargic, and had most of the other symptoms that a human would get under anesthesia.

He has to wear a cone of shame so he won’t lick the stitches or if we can’t watch him full time. We also got an inguinal hernia repair done at the same time. Here are some poor pictures of the pooch and how we are spoiling him for the next two weeks of bed rest :)

60 Miles To The Vet

Today was a great Saturday! Cam went with his biking team on a ride in preparation for their 140 miler next weekend.  They left early this morning and were preparing to go 90 miles! The boys may have gotten a little sun :)

I also decided to get my tan on at the pool with a friend!

Cam called for me to come pick him up after 60 miles because we were going to be late to pick up Duke!

I know you are reading with excitement now!  Where has that adorable puppy been, you ask?  Staying up in Bountiful with his family while we prepare for the big move.

Today was his second trip to the vet for boosters and he was so good.  He has gained 11lbs in the last three weeks and is very tall. He also has a new adopted sister named Dolly that is a white golden retriever! She is as sweet as can be but holds her own as in that doggie pack :) She was just bought by the family that is keeping Duke, they adore her!

Hank, Petra, and Duke giving me loves

World… Meet Duke!

Duke, Meet World!

Cam and I have been wanting a dog for a very… VERY long time now. However, we live somewhere where pets are not allowed. Which is crazy because our sweet boy is way cleaner than some people I have met.  And I can only imagine, cleaner than some apartments.

Opps. Did I just say that out loud?  (I never know what to type in this circumstance, b/c really I just thought it and typed it. Mama says if you don’t have nuthin nice to say, don’t say nuthin at all.  But I never “said” it.  So…  it’s okay!)

Anyways.  Back in January, Cam put a picture of a cute dog on his phone.  A guy in our ward saw it and WHAM! One thing led to another and we were signing up to meet puppies that weren’t even born yet.

His parents have two Dark Goldens or “Red” Golden Retrievers. The Mom dog was preggers, they were pure bred and a have champion breed Daddy.  We were SOLD!

On February 10, 2012…

Ellie and Halo had four gorgeous puppies.  One passed away at birth but Scarlet, Petra, and Duke were cute as can be.

Ten days later we drove up to meet the furry babies and pick out which one we would take home in the summer.

10 days old!

I chose this gorgeous girl and named her Scarlet!

I was in love but unfortunately an accident happened.
Some kids got in the yard and were playing too rough with my puppy and killed her.  It was a sad day and I am not going to lie, I bawled like a baby for hours after our friends came over with muffins (so thoughtful) and told us the bad news.  I was so excited about having her and couldn’t imagine another puppy. I know, you’re thinking, “gosh it’s only a dog kt, it must have been that time of the month”

Nope I was just really sad.  Cam convinced me to drive back to Bountiful and look at the boy puppy.  The other girl (Petra) had been claimed already.

Well, let me tell you. We walked in and this bounded and leaped toward us.  Okay, it was a waddle but it was adorable.  He was so kind, loving, and gentle I couldn’t believe it.  I was afraid a male dog would be so much more aggressive but this little docile guy was perfect for adding to our family.

On our way home we named him Duke.

Shortly after, Duke’s mom Ellie passed away from cancer.  It was a rough time so we took Duke out for some fun!

He went hiking with us for graduation!

Snuck into our … “residency.” We have no idea how and we took him home right away :)

We took him to the vet for shots and he was so good!

He got Yogurtland…

He loves car rides between me and Cam!

He also loves ball

and fire hydrants!

He is a perfect asset to the Smith Home and we can’t wait for y’all to meet him.

He comes home with us in June!
[3 months old and fetchin like a pro, he is a little ADD but he’s only a puppy]