Friday, September 16, 2011

Welcome to the "Dog Gone Fun Blog Hop" - September 16 & 17

Welcome to the "Dog Gone Fun" Blog Hop!   If you've come from Kristy's blog, you're on the right doggie trail. If you've just come across my biscuits here, please go to Haidee's blog to start from the very beginning. Haidee has details on the Apple Shuffle blog candy for this hop, so don't miss out!

Here is my layout I created for this Hop, and the story behind it:
I hope you enjoyed my project for the
Dog Gone Fun Blog Hop!

Five years ago, when I started to work from home, the house was too quiet and lonely. 

Shortly thereafter (and after I drove hubby crazy whining about my neeeeeeed for a puppy), little Sadie girl came into our lives. 

Sadie, or more officially, "Mercedes Cien de Cinque Etangs", a/k/a Sadie, Dog of Five Ponds, is an AKC-registered pure bred Bichon Frise.  Sadie is a bundle of love. Within a year after we brought her home, we decided to get a male of the same breed and standard, so they could love each other, play, and make a family.  
Morgan ("Captain Morgan Cien de Cinque Etangs") was a frisky, mottled ball of hair when he came to us from Kansas City. He's a joy and adorable, but he is a barker. We nicknamed him "Security."  

Before we were ready, Morgan decided when the time was right to breed (men!!!) and made his love for Sadie well known on Valentine's Day 2007.  

At the time we knew nothing at all about breeding or even what happened when dogs mate. We were frantic when Morgan and Sadie were stuck together for what seemed like forever!!  It's called a "breeders' lock" ... now we know. And Sadie was soon pregnant. 

Well, as Morgan's parents, we told him a real man takes responsibility for his family, and he must do the honorable thing -- marry his woman and be a good father.

Here are their beautiful five puppies -- 4 girls and a boy -- born a month after their parents' shotgun lovely muttrimony. 

Doesn't Sadie look exhausted? Somehow the real duties of parenting always go to the Mom! 

All of the puppies have long gone to loving, responsible homes, and Morgan has been neutered! Men can be such dogs!

By Kobi Levi Design

This picture made me smile, so I'm sharing it. Do you know that old saying that when your feet hurt, it's "my dogs are barking?"  These shoes bring all new meaning to that phrase! 
Before sending you off on your next stop on the hop, let me tell you about the BLOG CANDY I have to offer personally:

One follower to this CardMonkey blog who leaves a comment on this post will win a:

Well, thank you for visiting!  
Now for your agility test ... run through to the next post along the Dog Gone Fun Blog hop by jumping over to Stacey at

If you're a lost little puppy, go back to the start
at Haidee
for the complete line-up.

{Please note: The next blog stop was to have been Jennifer @ Creative Army Wife. She must have gotten delayed with her doggies, as her post is not up yet.  I've taken the liberty of hopping over her, to keep the Hop moving ... we don't want any of you puppies losing your way. I'll come back and edit when Jennifer gets her post up. Thanks!}

Remember, dogs leave paw prints on your ♥
So rescue one!

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RECIPE for this card:
Cut swirly words from Make The Cut software, using
your Cricut. (Yes, you can still do this if you haven't
upgraded your software. Yes, sometimes it pays to be lazy
and not up to date!)

Use TRANSFER TAPE to keep the letters in
position and to move onto your card, as you would
if these were vinyl letters on a wall.

I put Stickled dots of red where the cut/dots


smyiow said...

OMG! I love this post! All of it!! Those puppies are so freakin' adorable!! Thanks for sharing!!

Sandy Jones said...

oh my lord i just LOVE your post my sweet,
what a lovely family they made :)

sandy x

Cheryl said...

What a great puppy family story! Those shoes are too fun!

callyannc said...

Stinkin cute puppies! Made me smile! How fun and I am sure you stay busy! TFS CallyAnn(follower)

LadybugCarrie said...

Super cute layout! Thanks for sharing!

Patti Ross said...

I just loved this post. Your pups are sooooooooo adorable. I'm a yorky fanatic...but the bichon is definitely my runner up! What whooly bears they are!!!

Patti Ross

Karenduch said...

Love this post about your dogs! I am from the blog hop and enjoyed your site! I am now an email subscriber...
you can see my creativity at

Gloria Westerman said...

Your post is so sweet and heart warming.....we had a shot-gun wedding also....the result were 10 lab puppies whom I love all of them dearly and miss them all so much....thank you for sharing your story...

Lisa R. said...

Fabulous elegant LO for the pair of doggone cute pups!!! Those shoes are neat!!!! Great song BTW. TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

Lisa said...

what cute pups -- love the wedding photos!! have been a follower for a while now! love all you stuff!! thanks for sharing and the chance at blog candy!!!

Have a scrap- happy day,
Lisa G

Chriss America Real said...

Awww what a sweet story! My dog Louie means so much to me that I had to make him the co-author of my blog!

Tammy Schmitt said...

Thank you for sharing your cute puppy story. They are adorable:-)

~Tammy S

tammy dot schmitt at mac dot com

Barbara B said...

Totally adorable, both the layout and the dogs and puppies. I love the Muttromony! Cute idea! :))))
Barbara B.

Cherie said...

Ah! Thanks for sharing your wonderful and cute story! Your layout is BEAUTIFUL!! I love it!! :)

cherie.goyer at

Judy said...

awww -- I just loved your doggie story and the so wonderful pics!! Now to your card -- I have that file!! What a great way to use it -- thanks for the inspiration!! I am a follower...

Anniebee said...

Hi, Ellen! Your layout is awesome! Love the pictures of your wonderful Bichons and their pups! Was it difficult for you to send them off to their new homes? I have never owned a Bichon myself but one of my former bosses had one and he was a little character! So friendly and sweet! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win your POetsmart GC. I have 2 rescued Greyhounds and 2 rescued cats and they eat a LOT so I can always use this.

anniebeescraftroom at gmail dot com

Shelly K. Hein-Simmons said...

Such a great layout & backstory!

Krista's Paper Cafe said...

Wonderful post. Is the LO digital? It is pretty. Your dogs are adorable!!
Please stop at my blog tomorrow. you are going to love my little "bichon!"

Patti B said...

Cute puppies and great card.


Vicki said...

I really enjoyed your story of your babies! They become such an intricate part of our lives..:)
Beautiful babies!!

ShersL84bed said...

Love your layout and your puppy dogs.

SMiles SHer

Anonymous said...

Your furbabies are absolutely ADORABLE!!! I just love them! And how cute are there puppies! :-) We have 2 rescue cats and a rescue dog and <3 our furkids!!! tfs :-)

mjblahnik56 said...

Love the story and pictures of your family. TFS

Monica said...

oooooooooooooh I love your dogsssss.. and those puppies... one of my faves!

This is such a cute hop!

Alisha said...

I love your puppy love and babies. so adorable. I love how you had a wedding and scrapped it.

Haidee said...

Finally sitting & enjoying all the blogs. You are rocking with all the pictures. Love the layout!!! thank you for making it a success!!!!

silvia said...

LOVE the story and the pics! The puppies are just darling!!I have 2 rescue kitties but I am starting the "doggie whine" since we became empty nesters this fall.

My Happy Place by Vanessa said...

I had the most Dog Gone Fun reading about your puppy love story!! Thank you for sharing that!!! I wish you could put a share button on the shoes cuz I'd sure be happy to have my friends see them!! LOVE IT!

~Vanessa W
baboo7192 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh your projects are super cute, and so are your pups!!

Charlotte said...

Oh, such adorable photos. those sweet little puppies just melt my heart. And yes, Saddie looks pooped out.

Scrappin' Sista said...

Your LO is too stinkin' cute! Your babies are adorable. I just realized that the paper has bones all over it. Love it!!!

TFS and scrappy hugs!


Michelle said...

I loved all of the pictures of your fur babies sooooo very cute.