Liebster Award

Liebster Award

I was nominated by Jenny at Cello’s Corner for the Liebster Award – thanks Jenny! Cello’s Corner is a blog about Jenny’s two German Shorthairs, Cello and Hooch. These two lucky pups spend their days camping, hiking, dock diving and hanging out at dog-friendly wineries. Bailey and Cello were dock-diving buddies and hopefully Piper will get to meet both of Jenny’s dogs in the coming year.

As part of accepting the Liebster Award I get to answer 11 questions. I love that these are dog-related questions because (in case you didn’t notice) I LOVE writing about dogs! Without further ado, here we go…

1. Most bloggers have a moment where they say to themselves, “I need to tell the world about this!” What was that moment for you?

Well, the moment that comes to mind actually has nothing to do with dogs. It’s when Matt and I made Shrimp Scampi for the first time. Dinner was SO delicious that I had to share the recipe IMMEDIATELY. Here’s a link to that post if you’re in the mood for a really yummy pasta dish: Shrimp Scampi. We had it again last week!

2. What is the craziest thing you have ever done with your dog(s).

Hmm, does driving 30+ hours from Pennsylvania to Wisconsin and back with only 2 hour break count? Because that was pretty crazy! Matt and I did this in order to bring Piper home from her breeder back in October.

PIper slept through most of the 15 hour ride home.

PIper slept through most of the 15 hour ride home.

3. More and more establishments are starting to become pet-friendly. What are your thoughts on this policy? And do you hope that it becomes more of the “standard” in the future?

I’m all for pet-friendly places but hope that dog owners will use common sense when deciding to bring the dog along. Dogs should be under control and on a leash. Also, owners should always, ALWAYS clean up after their dogs! I am a major dog lover but I still absolutely hate it when I see dog poop on the grass medians in the parking lot outside a pet store or other pet-friendly establishment. Come on, people!

4. Have you have taken your dog to a dog-friendly winery/bar/restaurant/attraction? If so, what was your favorite place, and why?

No, but a dog friendly winery sounds like my kind of place! Grace Winery, the vineyard where Matt and I got married, hosts dog-friendly outdoor tastings on Sunday afternoons so maybe Piper will get to experience that in the Spring.

5. What is your favorite game to play with your dog?

We like to play around with wobble discs, cardboard boxes, and other random objects to encourage Piper’s balance, hind leg awareness and general interaction/attention skills. Here’s a collage of her on wobbly inflated discs when she was 12 weeks old:

Wobble Pup

6. Does your dog sleep in bed with you?

Nope! Piper sleeps in her crate right now and when she’s old enough she’ll graduate up to a dog bed in our bedroom. Bailey (pictured below) wasn’t allowed to sleep on our bed either, except if we were traveling and staying at a pet-friendly hotel. Then we made a special exception and she got to snuggle on the bed with us. 😊

How Bailey prefers to spend her time inside.

7. What is the silliest thing you have ever seen your dog do?

Piper is full of quirky, funny, amazing puppy antics! The silliest thing that comes to mind was a few months ago when she accidentally peed on the kitchen floor, then galloped through her pee puddle, slipped on it, and totally wiped out, skidding several feet across the kitchen floor. It was messy but boy was it funny.

8. Does your dog participate in any organized activity, competition, or sport?

For now Piper is just in obedience training mode. She completed puppy class and I really need to call What a Good Dog to schedule her next round of classes. I never remember to do that during business hours though… maybe this post will remind me tomorrow!

9. What type of training [treats] do you use with your dog?

I’m adding “treats” to this question since I already covered some training above. Piper’s favorite training treats are (in order): Bil-Jac’s Gooberlicious peanut treats (aka Little Goobers), string cheese, Zuke’s rabbit-flavored mini-naturals, and Zuke’s jerky.


Treat time!

10. How many dogs total do you have? Have you ever thought about adding another to the pack?

Just one! Maybe we’ll get Piper a friend in the future but we’re good for now.

11. Do you carry a first aid kit with you when traveling with your dog? If so, what do you think are the most important items you have in your kit?

We used to travel with a camping-style human first aid kit that included gauze, aspirin and Benadryl (all things that a dog might need too). We haven’t brought the kit along lately but I figure that we’re usually never more than a short drive away from a pharmacy or some other store where we could buy supplies in an emergency.


And that’s it! Thank you again to Jenny from Cello’s Corner for nominating me. It’s nice to have an excuse to share more about Piper (not that I need one!).

Rather than nominating specific blogs, I’d like to welcome my readers to answer any one of the questions above in the comments. If you don’t have a dog that’s fine… tell me about your cat, goldfish, (child?) etc. Have your pets done something sillier than wipe out on the kitchen floor in their own pee? 😉

Liebster Award!

Liebster Award

Hello! She Cleans from Immaculate Conceptions just nominated me for a Liebster Award. Thank you very much for the nomination! The Liebster Award is given from one blogger to another (11 others, to be precise) and comes along with some fun rules. Without any further ado, here we go…

The Rules:

  1. Post eleven facts about yourself.
  2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create eleven questions for people you’ve nominated.
  3. Choose eleven people (with fewer than 200 followers) to give this award to and link them in your post.
  4. Go to their page and tell them.
  5. Remember, no tag backs.

11 Facts About Me:

  1. My favorite flowers are red and orange Gerber daisies.
  2. I’m left-handed.
  3. I like watching Diners, Drive-ins and Dives marathons on the food network.
  4. I enjoy drinking seltzer water more than regular water.
  5. I really want a Vitamix blender.
  6. I love to vacuum.
  7. I memorized my credit card numbers so that I can place orders online without needing my wallet (a useful skill…)
  8. I love my silver 2010 Subaru Forester. (Matt does most of the driving, though!)
  9. My favorite TV shows at the moment are CSI, Mad Men and Downton Abbey.
  10. I’ve been elliptical-ing or running a mile a day since Thanksgiving – today was day 142.
  11. I’m getting married in 56 days!

11 Answers to the Questions from Immaculate Conceptions:

  1. What is your favorite day of the week? Friday! Matt and I always go out to breakfast at Manhattan Bagel and out to lunch at one of a few nearby restaurants.
  2. Wine or Beer? Tough question! I love craft beers but I’m also a big fan of sauvignon blanc and cabernet.
  3. What meal could you eat everyday? Pesto Tortellini
  4. If you could do anything on a Saturday, what would it be? Sleep in, then go out to lunch at Cosi with Matt, do some grocery shopping, and then relax on the patio or deck at home with a good book and a cold drink.
  5. Paper or plastic? Paper
  6. What song is heavy rotation on your smart phone/iPod? Al Green’s Love and Happiness
  7. What is your favorite dessert? Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.
  8. 8.What is the coolest gadget in your kitchen? Our fantastic new Zojirushi Rice Cooker. Thanks for the awesome wedding present, Peggy and Mike!
  9. How often do you blog? I try to post at least once a week. Sometimes more, sometimes less…
  10. Who is your favorite actor/actress? I don’t really have a favorite. I like Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg and Hugh Jackman.
  11. What is your favorite season of the year? I love the 2-3 weeks at the start of Spring and the start of Fall when you really feel the seasons starting to change. We’re currently enjoying those first few weeks of Spring-like weather in Pennsylvania right now!

11 Questions for my Nominees:

  1. What is your all-time favorite movie?
  2. What do you eat for breakfast on a typical weekday?
  3. Favorite blog post that you have ever written?
  4. Do you have any leftovers in your fridge right now? If so, what are they?
  5. Three favorite online shopping websites?
  6. If you won $300 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
  7. How many countries have you been to? Which ones?
  8. Favorite author and/or book from your childhood?
  9. Cats or Dogs?
  10. Did you go to college? Where? What did you study?
  11. How many hours of sleep did you get last night?

8 Nominees:

  1. Adventures of a GSP Hunting Dog
  2. Running with Sam
  3. Swig O Sunshine
  4. Running Noodle
  5. Pa-BLAM
  6. Kitchen Notes and Other Sundries
  7. The Zupi’s Do It Better
  8. A Engineer in the Kitchen

I know I’m supposed to nominate 11 bloggers but the caveat that they have less than 200 followers is limiting me from listing a few of my favorites! (Oh and I have no idea how many followers my nominees from Blogger have so sorry if I’m incorrectly assuming that you have less than 200!!) 😉

Thank you again for the nomination, Immaculate Conceptions!