Part 4: Healing Time

I got my staples out on Wednesday, and it was at least 3 inches (maybe 4) of staples. I’m in another cast, so I have 4 more weeks of healing. Red, my fave color . . . isn’t it pretty? I’ll have a boot next, but it’s going to be interesting to try walking after 6 weeks of no walking.


Darn Motel 6 & their uneven parking lot in Raton, NM!


Well, this will give me a lot of time to write some posts from articles I’ve saved, catch up on blogs I follow, and say thank you to all my blog readers & followers.

First though, I want to share some images from the Washington State Fair. Fair food is always awesome, and Washington’s was no exception. There were Krusty Pups (or corn dogs), Piroshkies, & Fisher Scones (a WA State Fair fave) to name just a few of all the yummy goodies!

Now for 2 inspiring pet stories from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & WOOFipedia by The American Kennel Club.

The first is a story about a 5-year-old Golden Retriever, who miraculously survived 20 months in the wilderness after being separated from her owner on a camping trip in California’s Tahoe National Forest. They were reunited in June 2014.

The second is a story about one of Michael Vick’s fighting dogs from the infamous Bad Newz Kennels in Smithfield, VA. Chesapeake 54902, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, is now known as Audie and earned an advanced AKC agility title, Excellent A Preferred, in August 2012.


Why can’t people pick up after their pets? It seems like we always pick the places where the lazy or irresponsible pet owners live.

And, did you know cat poop is actually a delicacy to dogs? Gross & disgusting but true!

Funny, but this hasn’t been a problem since we left OKC. Of course, we live in a much nicer apartment complex now. Cesar Milan, The Dog Whisperer, suggests using Habanero Sauce. I substituted just regular Tabasco. The trick is to sprinkle the hot sauce on whatever your dog tries to eat before he actually eats it. With Casey, I had to be super quick.


Part 3: We Moved

We’ve been in Washington State for almost 2 weeks now, and my husband started his new job. Unfortunately, my job hunting will have to wait at least 6 – 8 weeks. I stepped off a curb onto an uneven parking lot at 3 am in Raton, NM and fractured my ankle, so I had surgery right after Labor Day.

~ Right fibula fractured (surgery req'd) / left chipped (will heal on its own)

~ Right fibula fractured (surgery req’d) / left chipped (will heal on its own)

After I posted “Part 2: We’re Moving,” I received an email from an employee of Trupanion in Seattle, WA. This looks like a really cool place to work, and I can see Jake lounging at my desk if I were to get a job there. I think Ms. Barky & Wild Man would probably be sent home with a note not to return though. Haha!

Trupanion, a medical insurance provider for cats and dogs, currently has a 1:2 pet to employee ratio—one of the highest in the country. Every employee has the opportunity to bring their well-behaved dogs and cats into the office every day. You can find more about our pet-friendly workplace and policies on our website.

And, check out these sites for more pet-friendly jobs in your state:

Part 2: We’re Moving

Fourteen years ago, Oklahoma was a great place to live. I loved living here, and I hated that we had to leave 3 years later. I was excited when we moved back after a year in Las Vegas & 7 years in Southern California. It’s not the same though, so here we are 3 years later donating to Goodwill, packing, and posting items to sell on Craigslist.

Why you might ask? Casey’s allergies, our allergies, no beach, no mountains, humid weather; but most important, for the kids & grandkids.

And, guess where we’re moving to . . . .

Seattle, here we come!

~ Seattle, we’re on our way!

So, what do I want to do for my next job? I could go back into Commercial Property Management like I did here & California, work for the newspaper like I did in Vegas, or maybe get a Fed job since I have experience working as a contractor which leads me to . . . .

Wouldn’t it be fun if you could take your dog to work? They could be your assistant . . . keep any human pests away . . . just hang out . . . or get their own day job.


1. Food Quality Assurance Tester
2. Head of Security / Army General
3. Heating Pad
4. CEO of a Pet Store
5. Motivational Speaker
6. Counselor
7. Royalty
8. Paper Shredder
9. Gas Man
10. Cat Herder

Top 10 Favorite “Day Jobs” for Dogs – Pets Best Insurance

I can see Tessie getting a job as the Head of Security / Army General, and Casey would be perfect as a Paper Shredder.