Nothing But A Hound Dog…

Meet “Bud” the Basset Hound!  We picked him on Thursday evening as he was surrendered to the rescue from a breeder in Missouri.  We found out last weekend that they were actually getting FOUR bassets so we agreed to take one in.  The foster coordinator has known we’ve been wanting a basset for quite awhile now but they haven’t had any in awhile.  Nobody knew the temperament of these dogs or the condition that they would be in until they arrived.  After getting his paperwork & doing some Google searching, I learned that he may have been a puppy mill dad.  Of course their website doesn’t say it’s a puppy mill so who knows for sure.  Based on his behaviors, it’s clear that he wasn’t very well socialized, cowers when you go to pet him (or runs away), & needs a lot of training.  

When we got home, we walked with him around the front yard as we still had our other foster dog, Mackenzie, and had to try to wrangle her before bringing him inside.  Due to the stories we were told about her not liking (and attacking) other dogs, we decided to keep them separate the entire time.  While she was out in the back yard, we brought Bud inside and immediately put him in the basement.  We have a pocket door in our kitchen by the basement steps so we were able to shut that in order to keep Mackenzie from going down there.  She was completely oblivious the entire night & had no idea that we had another dog in the house.  He paced for awhile in the basement before finally tired himself out & laid down.  We had to keep a leash on him due to him being so skittish.  

He did end up peeing on the carpet while down there but that was kind of expected.  He was so scared!  We gave him some food & water but he didn’t want anything to do with the food (again, also kind of expected).  Around 10, we decided to put him in the kennel where he slept the entire night without making a peep until 6am.  That was when Mackenzie realized there was another dog in the house because he started barking while in the kennel.  We took him outside where he peed almost immediately so we figured that the barking was his way of letting us know he needed to go out.  Once we brought him back inside, he went back downstairs to the basement where we just let him wander.  And… then he pooped on the carpet.  Ugh.  

Thankfully, I took Friday off from work shortly after we found out we were getting him Thursday night.  I wasn’t sure how the two would get along (if at all) and didn’t want to be a zombie at work if it was a sleepless night.  Since Mackenzie’s new owner was coming back from vacation, we arranged to drop her off at the dog daycare where her the lady works at & she would be picked up there later in the day.  So, I brought her in around 8:00 that morning, picked up some more carpet cleaner, and spent the rest of the day with Mr. Bud.  I blocked off our back kitchen area while I did some dishes, swept, and showered since I wasn’t sure how he would do wandering around the house.  

Unfortunately, things ended up getting a little hairy shortly after I brought him back inside after walking around the back yard.  I let him walk around the house but still on the leash while I kept an eye on him.  I was standing next to him when he ran into a gate I had propped up against the wall and it started to fall down.  I jumped to grab it which scared the crap out of him.  At this point, he spent the next 25-30 minutes barking at me.  Like, he would follow me around the house and bark at me.  

Honestly, I was a little nervous to get near him as I wasn’t sure if he would try to bite me so I just let him bark.  And bark some more.  It was awful.  I broke down & cried for awhile because I felt so bad and had no idea what to do.  Eventually he stopped but he was so on edge after that fiasco.  That afternoon, I brought him in the living room with me and sat down on the floor with him where he passed out for about 2 hours!

I was able to get him in to the vet that afternoon for a check up.  His paperwork said that he had possible ear mites and would need his teeth cleaned.  However, the vet thought that his ears were just extra dirty rather than ear mites and his teeth looked decent.  He did end up having a UTI which I had them check as I suspected he had one.  Other than that, his visit went very well!  

Slowly but surely he is starting to warm up to us.  He is still very very skittish but also curious.  He likes to follow us around the house to see what we are doing but he will get scared and run away if we move too fast.  For those of you who have been around the blog & remember Sophie, he’s kind of the male version of her.  Except he doesn’t hide under the table or in the corner and just barks whenever he gets scared.  We have to keep the leash on him at all times otherwise he’s pretty tough to catch even with those short little legs!  This was him yesterday morning watching me get ready for work (he’s not barking at me but his mouth was open for some reason).  

We have been keeping him in the kennel while we re are gone and also at night.  He sleeps in it throughout most of the night but he will bark to let us know that he needs to go outside.  This was 6am on Friday; 5:30am on Saturday; didn’t wake up at all on Sunday until we got up; and then 4:30am on Monday morning.  He does okay while we are gone & we have been keeping a radio on for him for some background noise.  Since the basement was his first experience in our house, he seems to favor being in the kennel down there compared to anywhere else.  Sunday night, we put his kennel in our kitchen for him to sleep and he was not having it.  As soon as we put it back in the basement, he was fine.  

He definitely favors Curtis over me at any time.  There will be times where I look at him and he will start barking at me.  Or if I give him a treat, he will bark at me.  But he doesn’t do any of that to Curtis.  He will even walk up to Curtis when we’re sitting in the living room but he stays far away from me!  I think he’s holding a grudge from when I scared him with the gate on Friday.  😉   I’m going to have to win his trust by lots & lots of treats.  I almost need to have them with me at all times!  

Lastly…. we officially changed his name to Louie!  But we’re keeping Bud as his nickname.  🙂  

Sweet Little Ones

Books Lately Vol. 6

Happy Tuesday!

I feel like I have been flying through them lately as I put a bunch on hold at the library & they all became available about the same time.  Since I don’t want to give them up on my hold list, I’m trying to get through all of them!  Anywho, here is what I read in June & so far this month.

The Bird Eater – Ania Ahlborn  |  Twenty years ago, the mysterious death of his aunt left Aaron Holbrook orphaned and alone. He abandoned his rural Arkansas hometown vowing never to return, until his seven-year-old son died in an accident, plunging Aaron into a nightmare of addiction and grief. Desperate to reclaim a piece of himself, he returns to the hills of his childhood, to Holbrook House, where he hopes to find peace among the memories of his youth. But solace doesn’t come easy. Someone—or something—has other plans. Like Aaron, Holbrook House is but a shell of what it once was, a target for vandals and ghost hunters who have nicknamed it “the devil’s den.” Aaron doesn’t believe in the paranormal—at least, not until a strange boy begins following him wherever he goes. Plagued by violent dreams and disturbing visions, Aaron begins to wonder if he’s losing his mind. But a festering darkness lurks at the heart of Holbrook House… a darkness that grins from within the shadows, delighting in Aaron’s sorrow, biding its time. 

My last & final Ania Ahlborn book that the library owns.  I think this one was probably my least favorite out of all the books I’ve read of hers the past two months.  The premise of it is super interesting but I kind of hated Aaron Holbrook.  He seemed liked a tool throughout most of the book.  In a way, I can see why she created him to be like that due to the events in his past but it was hard to really like him as a character.  Like some of her other books, this one had a supernatural theme to it which makes me think of Stephen King.  I will say that there were parts that were creepy & just plain disgusting (hence the name of the book, haha) but I could take or leave this one.  

The Woman In Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

This book had really good reviews so I was happy to find that it was on the shelf at the library without having to put a hold on it!  I read this on the way to St. Louis and also during our vacation when we didn’t have much going on.  However, I actually thought it was kind of boring!  I didn’t find it to be as “thrilling” as I thought it was going to be.  Maybe I’ve been reading too many other horror/thriller books that this one seemed pretty tame.  I still wanted to find out what happened & how the lady disappeared so I trudged through & finished it.  This book wasn’t anything special & I wouldn’t care to read it again.  

Before He Finds Her – Michael Kardos  |  Everyone in the quiet Jersey Shore town of Silver Bay knows the story: on a Sunday evening in September 1991, Ramsey Miller threw a blowout block party, then murdered his beautiful wife and three-year-old daughter.  But everyone is wrong. The daughter got away. Now she is nearly eighteen and tired of living in secrecy. Under the name Melanie Denison, she has spent the last fifteen years in small-town West Virginia as part of the Witness Protection Program. She has never been allowed to travel, go to a school dance, or even have internet at home. Precautions must be taken at every turn, because Ramsey Miller was never caught and might still be looking for his daughter. Yet despite strict house rules, Melanie has entered into a relationship with a young teacher at the local high school and is now ten weeks pregnant. She doesn’t want her child to live in hiding as she has had to. Defying her guardians and taking matters into her own hands, Melanie returns to Silver Bay in hopes of doing what the authorities have failed to do: find her father before he finds her.

This book went back & forth between 1991 and 2006 which I think helped make the story interesting.  I did not see the twist at the end at all!  I truly hated Ramsey throughout much of the story & thought he was a creep while I thought nothing of the family that Melanie had been living with.  It was a pretty quick read & I think I finished it within a few days.  I wouldn’t say that this was really a thriller type book but maybe more of a psychological/mystery so I would recommend this one.

Always Watching – Chevy Stevens  |  In the lockdown ward of a psychiatric hospital, Dr. Nadine Lavoie is in her element. She has the tools to help people, and she has the desire—healing broken families is what she lives for. But Nadine doesn’t want to look too closely at her own past because there are whole chunks of her life that are black holes. It takes all her willpower to tamp down her recurrent claustrophobia, and her daughter, Lisa, is a runaway who has been on the streets for seven years.  When a distraught woman, Heather Simeon, is brought into the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit after a suicide attempt, Nadine gently coaxes her story out of her—and learns of some troubling parallels with her own life. Digging deeper, Nadine is forced to confront her traumatic childhood, and the damage that began when she and her brother were brought by their mother to a remote commune on Vancouver Island. What happened to Nadine? Why was their family destroyed? And why does the name Aaron Quinn, the group’s leader, bring complex feelings of terror to Nadine even today?  And then, the unthinkable happens, and Nadine realizes that danger is closer to home than she ever imagined. She has no choice but to face what terrifies her the most…and fight back.

This is the first Chevy Stevens book I’ve read & it did not disappoint!  I finished it within a few days (and read most of it during our trip to Iowa a few weeks ago).  I was especially interested in it because cults are fascinating to me.  There was a lot going on in the book!  It starts out with Nadine, the hospital psychiatrist, meeting Heather after a suicide attempt & learns that they had just left the same commune that Nadine lived in for awhile as a child.  The story goes back & forth between her childhood & experiences with the commune and the present day.  During this, Nadine is also dealing with her adult daughter who has sort of fallen off the face of the earth due to addiction and a stepson that was involved in her daughter’s decline.  I don’t know if it was really necessary to include the daughter/stepson issues & rather just have the book focus on Nadine.  Either way, I enjoyed this book & would recommend it.  

The Roanoke Girls – Amy Engel |  After her mother’s suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother’s mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran fast and far away.  Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.

The background story of this book is absolutely disgusting.  I can read about someone eating birds without being phased but the whole grandpa-daughter-granddaughter (who is actually a daughter) relationship makes me want to vomit.  And that grandmother, ugh.  All I could think about during the book was how ridiculous she was – WHY WOULD YOU PUT UP WITH YOUR HUSBAND DOING THAT???  Allegra & Lane were such interesting characters to follow along with.  Despite all of the weird relationships & messed up family dynamics, I really enjoyed this book & would probably read it again.  

In A Dark, Dark Wood – Ruth Ware |  Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.  Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?  But something goes wrong. Very wrong.  Some things can’t stay secret for ever.

I had seen countless reviews & recommendations for this book so I was pretty excited when it finally came up on my hold list at the library.  Unfortunately, this book did nothing for me.  In fact, I was so irritated by Nora (Lee, Leo, Leonora… she had like 5 different names, haha) throughout most of the book.  I mean, she’s a grown woman & is still struggling to get over a breakup from TEN years ago.  It was fairly easy to figure out that Clare had something to do with the incident as well.  I thought this would be a thriller/horror book but I didn’t think it was either of these.  

Didn’t finish:
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson |  I thought this would be kind of a fun self help type book but I could not stand this author’s writing.  It basically did nothing for me & did not help me to give less fucks in life.  

Rather Be The Devil – Ian Rankin |  I picked up this book from the new release section at the library thinking it would be interesting…. No.  I didn’t even get to page 10, haha. 

A Mother’s Reckoning:  Living In The Aftermath of Tragedy – Sue Klebold |  I might give this book another try in the future.  I started out really enjoying it but then kind of lost patience with it.  

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Currently [ July ]

Documenting |  I started off pretty strong with MyFitnessPal a few weeks ago but have kind of fell off the wagon.  It gave me a really good idea as to my portion sizes for everything I normally eat so I need to stop slacking!  

Accomplishing |  On Tuesday, I FINALLY planted some flowers to put on our front steps.  Only a few months late… oops.  I’m still learning how to garden so we will see if these guys survive!  Our front garden is looking a little sad these days so don’t pay attention to that part, haha.  The one side was all tulips this past spring so it looks really bare now!   

Enjoying |  SUMMER!  Warm weather, not having to wear layers & layers of clothes, sunlight until 9:30pm, sitting outside on the patio, EVERYTHING!  Why can’t it stay like this all year??  

Reading |  I’ve been flying through books like crazy lately!  I put a bunch on hold at the library & a lot came up around the same time.  So, that has given me some motivation to get through them!  Right now, I’m reading ‘In a Dark, Dark Wood’ by Ruth Ware and ‘A Mother’s Reckoning’ by Sue Klebold (mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the Columbine shooters).  The Columbine book is a little heavy at times so I have to take a break from it for a minute & read the other one!    

Spending |  Too much money.  With our unexpected car repairs last month + having to re-register said car this month, it’s a very expensive credit card bill to pay!  🙁

Have a great Thursday everyone!

Linking up with Anne & Stephanie!  

Empties Vol. 3

Woo, more empties!  I have A LOT for this post too so it’s safe to say that I’m working my way through everything.  Within the past few months, I’ve stopped buying things I don’t need just because it’s something new or something I haven’t tried.  

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Banana Boat Self Tanning Lotion ‘Deep Dark Color’ |  I mix this with the Tanwise spray to get a better color.  By itself I don’t think this stuff is as dark as the bottle claims.

Tanwise Creamy Tanning Lotion |  This was a new-to-me product by Tanwise that I decided try on a whim while they were having a ‘Buy 2, Get 1 Free’ sale.  I’m SO glad I did!  This stuff is pretty comparable to Jergens Natural Glow but the color is so much better!  The one thing I didn’t care for with this lotion was how sticky it felt.  It takes awhile for it to soak in to your skin.

Tanwise Sunless Tanning Spray x2 |  Love love love this stuff!  It only comes in one color & it is a really good color!  I cannot recommend this stuff enough.

Ulta Tinted Sunless Mist ‘Medium to Deep’ |  I have been using this stuff off & on over the past several years but I think I got a bad batch with this bottle.  I’ve had pretty good luck with the color but this one did not seem to develop as well as the ones I’ve used in the past.  I’m hoping my next bottle is better!

Suave Visible Glow Gradual Tanning Lotion |  So, I’m not sure if this stuff still exists.  The link I included is from Walmart but shows as out of stock.  I was digging through our closet & saw that I still had a bottle of this that wasn’t completely finished.  I’ve used it off & on in the past and it’s not as good as Jergens, that’s for sure.

Jergens Natural Glow x2 |  YES YES YES.  Go buy this now!  I’ve been using this lotion for years & always go back to it.  

Nkd Skn Tinted Tan Liquid |  I broke my own rule of never buying self tanning products from the clearance section.  I think I paid only $6 for it + it was at Kohl’s so I wasn’t sure if I could return it after opening.  Anywho, this stuff was definitely expired by the time I got it.  It had some color but not as good as it should have been.  I want to try more products from this line but NOT ones that are on sale.

Nivea In Shower Lotion |  This is probably one of the best inventions as it saves so much time in the mornings!  Plus it isn’t sticky and is actually really moisturizing.  100% recommend… but only this cocoa butter one.  I’m not a fan of the others.

Bedhead Urban Antidotes Shampoo |  I have used other Bedhead products before so decided to give this a try during a liter sale this past winter.  When I first started using, I really liked it but then it seemed like my hair got used to it or maybe it just built up.  I don’t know, I started to hate it about halfway through but finished as much as possible before I finally gave up on it.

Up & Up Blackhead Scrub |  Nope.  Do not recommend.  This did not clean my skin very well & I would still have makeup on my face after using.  

Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash |  Love it!  I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t care much about the scent of my body wash as long as it’s moisturizing.  My skin needs it!  

Joico K-Pak Deep Conditioner |  This didn’t feel like your typical deep conditioner.  It was super light & it felt like it took a lot of product to cover my entire head.  I would leave it on for the 3-5 minutes but I didn’t feel like it was that conditioning.  Thankfully it was the travel size!  

Equate Soothing Cream & Equate Healing Ointment |  I’m putting these together as I typically use these two together.  This stuff was a life saver this past winter as my skin was not having it.  The bottle claims that the soothing cream is “non greasy” but I have to disagree.  This stuff takes awhile to soak into your skin so I would normally put it on at night before bed.

Herbal Essences Sheer Moisture Cucumber & Green Tea |  Since it seems that Herbal Essences stopped making my beloved ‘Tealightfully Clean’ shampoo, I decided to give this a try as it seemed pretty similar.  I think I love this stuff even more and have already re-purchased it!  It’s not something to use every day though as it does kind of feel like a clarifying shampoo.

Softsoap Fresh & Glow Exfoliating Body Wash |  Exfoliating is so important before putting on self tanner.  This is the stuff I always use & recommend!

EOS Shave Cream x3 |  Obviously, another love!  I wish they would make bigger ones because I always feel like I’m always running out.  However, I refuse to go back to regular shaving cream after using this!  

NYC BB Cream |  I think I bought this last spring/summer and barely used it because it’s awful.  This bottle is mostly full and I don’t even want to try to use it up.  Even though it is a BB cream, the coverage is horrible.  It also doesn’t last very long before it just fades away.  DO NOT RECOMMEND.

Maybelline Baby Lips Chapstick |  A chap stick that I managed to fully complete without losing it!  I thought this stuff was really good & would definitely recommend.

Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Bronzer |  You can’t beat the price for this bronzer!  The color is really good & lasts throughout the day.  Unfortunately, this one broke into a hundred pieces before I completely finished it & I didn’t care to take the time to try to put it back together.  

Jordana ‘Best Volume Extreme’ Mascara |  Nope nope nope.  I picked this up on a whim after I saw some YouTube videos that mentioned this brand of mascara being wonderful.  It wasn’t as dark as I thought it was going to be so I had to use several coats + I even mixed it with the Maybelline mascara to try to get better color.  It dried out within a month so I do not recommend!

Maybelline ‘The Colossal’ Mascara |  I always use ‘The Falsies’ but I decided to give this stuff a try.  I know I’ve used it in the past but couldn’t remember it exactly.  Unfortunately, I felt that it didn’t live up to my beloved ‘Falsies’ but I used it up anyway.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in ‘YDK’ |  Clearly this is an OLD eye shadow as Urban Decay hasn’t had this packaging for quite some time.  I’ve had it for years & made it a point to use it all up so I could finally toss it!

Rimmel ‘Scandaleyes’ Eyeliner |  My go-to all time favorite eyeliner!  The bad thing about it is it starts to break off into tiny pieces when you get towards the end even though there is still quite a bit of product left.  It’s almost impossible to sharpen it without getting black flakes everywhere.  

Maybelline Eyeshadow in ‘Champagne Fizz’ |  I can’t find this exact color anymore!  I always wear a highlight eyeshadow on my brow bone and this color has been my go-to for years.  I’ve already re-purchased it & have been using it every day.

Equate Nighttime Soothing Face Wipes |  I’ve always liked the Equate brand of face wipes compared to the name brand ones.  I will say that these didn’t really soothe my skin as the name claims but they did a pretty good job of taking off my makeup.

If you stuck around through all of this, THANK YOU!  I’m definitely not going to hoard as much for next time….

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