Crystal Thanks for visiting! My name is Crystal and I proudly live in the heat, humidity, and hurricanes of Houston, TX with my husband and our foster dogs. Hope to see you in the comments soon!

It’s Finally Cooling Down!

The temperature has finally dropped to tolerable, so I see more dog walking in my future.  I love the crispness in the early morning and late evening.  Since I also enjoy actually sleeping, I think our walks will be at night.

My only real problem with the idea is that we don’t have sidewalks in our neighborhood and people take the corners too fast in cars.  I think we’ll be walking in people’s yards around those area, but I’ll really try not to leave a mark in their very pretty lawns.

Do you walk your dogs?  I know that sounds like a silly question to ask dog owners, but my older dogs just don’t require it much at all, so I was wondering…

Job Hunting Trumps Vet Visit

Okay, so Mr. Pug was scheduled for a check up last Thursday, but an interview opportunity popped up for me.  I rescheduled his appointment for this week.  The frustrating thing was that the interview was a let down and I much rather have been at the vet’s office, lol.  Oh well, that’s life, right?

Now to get his skin infection checked out…I’ll let you know how much this will cost…

We Made the Pet Writer’s Blog Carnival!

Yay, It’s a Dog’s Life for Me was accepted into this week’s Pet Writer’s Blog Carnival at Pets -N- Things!  Thanks so much to the host!

Photo Friday

Hey everybody!  Welcome to this Photo Friday!  If you have any cuties you’d like included in the future, please email them to dogslifeforme *at* gmail *dot* com.  :-)

Miss Doxie in her classic pet me pose, lol.

Mr. Pug thinks I spend too much time on the computer.

Tank and Rox were two awesome fosters I had with Pughearts: Houston Pug Rescue

My friend has 4 little ones, including Miss Bossy Japanese Chin  :-)

Have You Been to a Dog Park?

My friend Desiree suggested that since I want to exercise more, I should take my dogs to the dog park that’s about 30 minutes away.  I’ve only been to a dog park twice and it was just too hot to appreciate.

With October and cooler weather on the way, I was thinking I should try it out.  I know Mr. Pug would have a good time, but I am not sure about Miss Doxie.  She just isn’t usually that great with other dogs…we’ll see..

Have any of you been to a dog park?  If so, do you have any suggestions for me?  I know I need poop bags, their leashes and harnesses, and sunscreen…what else should I try to remember?

Vegetarian Dog Food is Expensive!

As I mentioned in my last post, Mr. Pug has major allergy problems.  This leads to a bunch of expensive stuff including vegetarian dog food.  The problem is that he isn’t just allergic to meat…he also has to avoid corn, dairy, soy, and wheat!  I only have two options:

1)  The 16 pound bags of the specialized vegetarian blend from his dermatologist for about $45 a bag – it lasts about 2 months.
2)  Make it myself.

I go with option 1 since option 2 would require me to make him a new batch every week, which just won’t happen.  I know it won’t because I am a lady that forgets to prepare my own meals, much less that of my pup.  Not to mention I have no idea how much making his food would cost since the list of ingredients looked really long, included a lot of vegetables (emphasis on sweet potatoes), and even would require a few vitamins thrown in…

So yes, this post is just to vent that I have a vegetarian dog that costs alot of money.

How about you?  Are your pets on any special food?

Miss Doxie and Mr. Pug

My first real post on a pet blog should probably cover my current pets, right?

Miss Doxie

Miss Doxie was a wedding gift to ourselves and a celebration puppy since I got my first “real” job.   We thought we’d just look around at the Houston SPCA to get an idea of what small breed could work for us since we were living in an apartment complex that would only accept 30 pound dogs or less.  Yeah, take it from me, you can’t just window shop when cute puppy faces are involved.  :-)

Strangely enough, we did almost leave without a dog since none of the small dogs that matched all our criteria bonded with us at all.  When I suggested we come back the following weekend, hubby asked if we could walk through the section one last time. 

That’s when we saw Miss Doxie – a strange mix between a Dachshund and a who-knows-what.  She was older than what we thought we wanted (we were aiming for 2-3 and she was 7), but she seemed healthy and happy and loving.  She was also potty trained and knew some human words already!  $65 later, she was driving home with us.  :-)

She has a few issues – she doesn’t like to be picked up and is racist towards black men – but she was the perfect fit for our little family.  She didn’t mind chilling on her own while we were out and she already knew all the basic commands.  She is a blessing.  5 years later, she’s still the same happy and healthy dog with the same issues.  She is a constant that I worry about due to her age.

Mr. Pug

Mr. Pug was a planned pup too.  We looked into breeds with great personalities and came across the Pug.  We didn’t have any experience with them at all, so we decided to foster for Pughearts to see what we were getting into.  When my first 3 fosters all had horrible issues, I should have known.  But then I met Mr. Pug.  That was it.  He was sweet and bubbly with me and warmed up to hubby in a few hours.  I had to have him.  $200 and a few weeks later, he was ours.  He’s been a sick sweety ever since.

I had no idea a dog could need teeth extractions…like 7 of them!  A few months after that, he got an ear infection.  A few months after that, it seemed like he was dying.  A few horrific vet visits and $1500 later, we find out that he’ll need to be on special food, steroids, and eye drops for the rest of his life.  He’s also prone to skin infections that cost $50-$65 to clear up each time.

Would I get a Pug again?  Probably not unless it was a mixed breed.  Do I want to give up Mr. Pug?  No.  Period.  The end.  He’s my doggie baby and I’ve just slowly accepted the fact that he’ll cost a minimum of $500 a year.  It sucks but options are limited and I refuse to give up such a great dog because of what amounts to vacation money.  I just wish I had paid more attention while fostering.  I kept making excuses for the broken dogs I was getting when I should have just realized that people have imbred the Pug to an unhealthy yet loving dog.  Oh well…he is a darling dog.

So, what kind of pets do you own?  What’s their story?  Do you want to guest post and show off some pictures?

If anybody would like to submit pictures just to submit pictures, please email me at dogslifeforme *at* gmail *dot* com with a few pics with a little description and I’ll do a Photo Post every Friday!  Our community totally wants to meet your little balls of fluff!

Welcome!

Welcome to It’s a Dog’s Life For Me!

You are reading the canine chronicles of a late-twenties, very happily married woman who is the definition of middle-class. My husband and I live in Houston, TX with our two current dogs – a 12 year old dachshund mix, Ms. Doxie, and 7 year old purebred (and allergy-ridden) Mr. Pug.

I grew up surrounded by animals (dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, snakes, and lizards), so I knew animals were going to be part of my future too.   My husband and I adopted Ms. Doxie a few weeks after our wedding.  She was our first real married-couple decision, lol.  We did well – she’s awesome!  We adopted Mr. Pug 4 years later.  I’m glad we waited because we would not have had the money for his health problems right after college.

Hubby and I were both raised by financially savvy parents who thankfully taught us the ins and outs of personal finance early on.  That led me to start Budgeting in the Fun Stuff – a personal finance blog about saving, spending, and the fun stuff along the way.  Welcome to any readers who may have followed me over from BFS!

I love BFS, but reading other blogs about all kinds of topics caused me to want a site that could be about anything.  Crystal Clear Thoughts is a haven for all.  All topics, all people, etc – whatever comes to mind.

You would probably think I’d be fine with 2 blogs under my belt, but It’s a Dog’s Life For Me is my blog for the animals that help complete our lives.  I hope we can all share our pet stories, problems, and successes all in one laid back place!  Even if you don’t own pets, I’m betting there will be enough here to keep you interested, lol.  :-)

Honestly, I love to see your opinions and questions, so please comment when the mood strikes!  If you have a topic you want mentioned, please shoot me an email at any time!  This blog, like the other two, is a community-driven blog that will succeed only through participation, so jump on in!

Thanks again for visiting. I hope you enjoy the site!

If you would ever like to contact me, please email:

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