My attempt to move from Southern California and create a happy and sustainable urban homestead in North Dakota, with some musings on life with deaf dogs, a gluten free spouse, and the occasional mischievous garden gnome. Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Hand Knitted Dog Sweater Photo Montage

Alycia here. So my mom has been knitting ferociously for the past year or so. She's knitted me a hat, fingerless gloves, mittens, and a few scarves. Recently she decided to take on a more challenging project: a sweater for Shadowfax.

Today she and my dad stopped by for a sweater fitting. The following photo montage shows how that went.  The photos are all from an iPhone, so they aren't the best, plus Shadowfax was a blur of happy activity anyways, so pretty tough to capture.

So far so good, but that's all about to change.
Shadowfax is thinking that this might be s new fun toy.
Here comes the sweater, Grandma is checking her tummy for proper measurements.
The first attempt at putting on the sweater, a barrage of kisses and wiggles ensues.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Waiting for dinner

Every day Shadowfax sits and waits patiently in her crate while the other dogs eat. Today she's a little more tired since it was warm enough to play fetch outside.

I'm not sure if this is comfortable but she's been laying like this for 5+ minutes.

I guess it isn't bothering her lips and gums. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

While we're not big on the greeting card holidays, we couldn't resist getting the fur-kids some new toys for Valentine's Day. And the toys' arrival was very timely since today's high was not forcasted to be above zero, so no outside playtime today.

Shaak Ti enjoys her rope-ta-pus

Shadowfax modeling the beauty of a 6-foot rope toy. The length ensures that she won't jump up and accidentally chomp our hands...

Tito being Tito and refusing to participate in photo time.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Chilly time, snuggle time

After an unseasonably warm couple weeks, we're back to below zero temperatures. The girls have the right idea and are snuggling to keep warm.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Don't Worry - We're Still Here

Wowzers have these last few months raced by me.  Don't worry, I've got my excuses. But they're the same old tired excuses that I trotted out back in October.  We're going to try to ease back into the routine of posting pictures and stories and local events and the happenings around the household.
We'll ease back into this process nice and slow.  Maybe just a picture of Shadowfax on the kitchen rug.  This is her favorite place to supervise the humans when we're in the kitchen.  Later this week we'll try and post another picture, maybe a photo of her romping and playing with one of her favorite toys, the Jolly Ball

Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday Mornings Are Ruff

It can be hard to wake up on those dreaded Monday mornings.  Start slow, just an ear.
Now maybe open those eyes just a little bit, you're on your way.  Now for the first cup of coffee (for the people at least).

Thursday, November 27, 2014


Thanksgiving and the Holidays are officially upon us!  Many folks will return to their ancestral homes, share food and drink with loved ones, and bask in the proverbial warmth of kith and kin.  This is also the time when many stop and reflect on all that they have in their lives and express thanks and gratitude.

We do things a little bit differently around here at the Deaf Dogs and Benevolent Gnomes homestead.  The big important things in our lives are too amazing to only express gratitude for them one day a year.  We spend 364 days a year being grateful for the big things we have.  Not a day goes by where I don't give the misses a hug and tell her "I love you".  Not a day goes by that I don't pet our furry companions, or tuck them in at night and remind them they are loved (even if they can't hear).  We try to always express our gratitude for our family and friends, our health, and the countless thing that bring us comfort and happiness in our daily lives. 

Since we spend the rest of the year being grateful for all the big important things we have in our lives, we usually spend Thanksgiving being thankful for the little things that make small moments or ordinary days special.  Today we're thankful for:
Warm afternoon sunbeams.
Bowls of freshly harvested currants.
The ability to explore our world and discover cool things, like Harlequin Ducks.
Monarch Butterflies in the garden.
The ability to try and fail, and learn from our failures, like the failed sauerkraut experiment.
Things that are beautiful just for the sake of being beautiful.
The little things in life, they're pretty darn special too. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Professor and The Puppy

The girls hanging out on the floor for snuggle time.  Shadowfax has very good posture when she sits up straight.