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December 22, 2009

Cooper’s Idea of a Down Stay

Filed under: Dogs — Tags: , — Miriam @ 8:00 pm

While I was home I had the opportunity to visit two friends who are about to welcome the newest member of their family in January. Their current child, a black lab mix named Cinder, is feeling a little left out lately. So we brought Cooper over so they could play and burn off some energy.

When we brought them in, we had to put them into down stays so that they wouldn’t damage anything. Well Cooper’s idea of a good location to do a down stay was glued right up to Cinder. I think Cinder was a little embarrassed to be seen with a pup with a funny haircut wearing clothes.



July 16, 2009

Happy the Cat

Filed under: Cats — Tags: , , , , — Miriam @ 10:51 pm

Happy the CatTonight I’m introducing our latest feline addition to the blog. We got Happy at the Manchester Animal Shelter a couple weeks ago and have yet to find him a name we like better. Happy is an approximately one year old domestic shorthair that was found as a stray. After a few weeks with us we understand how he got caught.

The Elusive Happy CatHappy is very much a people cat. I actually have very few pictures of him because he always wants to hang out on us. At least half the pictures we have are from the webcam. He wants to be a lap or shouldertop cat.

The Elusive Happy CatBut he does have some of the stray left in him. And an incident this morning required his introduction to the blog. I bought a package of turkey bacon, which really only tastes good when mixed with other foods. Because I’m trying to get rid of the package faster I made an extra slice for the dog this morning. Cooper spent most of his time gumming and chewing on the piece of bacon as Adam, Ben and I watched and commented. All of a sudden we noticed that Happy was creeping up around the counter. He walked up to the puppy and took the piece of bacon right out of his mouth. A brief tug-of-war later, Happy had the meat and Cooper was left wondering what had happened. Scrappy kitty.

Happy the CatSo he’s generally working out pretty well. We wish he got along better with Audrey but we are hoping it will come with time. And he’s overly affectionate when we are sitting around, but terrified when someone first enters the room. Sometimes I just wish I knew what he had been through.

Happy the CatSo there we have it internet, there’s Happy the cat. We still might rename him, but for now that’s it.

June 29, 2009

New Hampshire Animal Shelters

Filed under: Animals — Tags: , , — Miriam @ 12:00 pm

As an animal lover and someone who likes to have harmony among the animals in my house I spend a lot of time when I’m looking for someone to add to our family. It usually takes me a few visits to several animal shelters before I find someone that really clicks.  We had found Beavis on our second visit to the same shelter that week. He had been there the whole time we just hadn’t noticed him enough to play with him.

There are many animal shelters in New Hampshire, but each operates independently.  Each shelter keeps its own hours.  To help people who are searching for a future pet, as we are currently doing, I have put together a “cheat sheet” of animal shelter hours in New Hampshire.

Please keep in mind that these are animal shelters with physical locations. Many rescue groups in New Hampshire work on a foster home basis and may have animals placed in various pet stores for viewing, but mostly list the animals looking for homes on the internet.  Please visit for listings of homeless animals near you.








Animal Rescue League

Bedford, NH

Closed 1 pm-7 pm Closed 1 pm-7 pm 12 pm-5pm 12pm-5pm 12pm-5pm

Manchester Animal Shelter


10am-4pm 10am-4pm
6pm – 8pm
Closed 10am-4pm
10am-4pm 10am-4pm Closed

Concord Merrimack County SPCA

Concord, NH

Closed 12pm-5pm Closed 12pm-5pm 12pm-5pm 12pm-5pm Closed


Straham, NH

11am-4pm 11am-7pm Closed 11am-7pm 11am-4pm 11am-4pm 11am-4pm

Cocheco Valley Humane Soc.

Dover, NH

Closed 11am-4pm 11am-4pm 11am-7pm 11am-5pm 11am-5pm 11am-4pm

NH Humane Society

Laconia, NH

Closed 10am-6pm 10am-5pm 10am-6pm 10am-5pm 10am-4pm Closed

Humane Society of Greater Nashua

Nashua, NH

12pm-5pm 12pm-5pm Closed 12pm-5pm 12pm-5pm 10am-4pm 10am-4pm

Lakes Region Humane Soc.

Ossipee, NH

Closed 11am-4pm 11am-4pm 11am-4pm 11am-4pm 11am-4pm Closed

Salem Animal Rescue League

Salem, NH

Closed Closed Closed 11am-7pm 11am-4pm 11am-4pm 11am-4pm

Monadnock Humane Soc.

West Swansey

Closed Closed 12pm-6pm 12pm-7pm 12pm-6pm 12pm-6pm 12pm-4pm

Franklin Animal Shelter

Franklin, NH

Closed 8:30am-1:30pm 8:30am-1:30pm 8:30am-1:30pm 8:30am-1:30pm 8:30am-1:30pm Closed

Conway Area Humane Soc

Conway, NH

12am-4pm Closed Closed 12am-4pm 12am-4pm 12am-4pm 12am-4pm

As listed on the shelters’ websites on 6/29/2009. Please let me know if you are aware of any changes.

I’ll be making some new blog posts soon. But I just wanted to share this first.

May 27, 2009


Filed under: Dogs — Tags: , , , — Miriam @ 8:00 am

Dogs in ActionThis is Callie. She’s my in-laws’ dog. She’s a nearly 2 year old Gordon Setter.

Dogs in ActionCallie likes chasing things.

Dogs in ActionThis is Cooper. He is my dog. He’s a 3 month old Standard Poodle.

Dogs in ActionCooper likes chasing things.

Dogs in ActionCallie brings things back.

Dogs in ActionCooper brings things back.

Dogs in ActionCallie chases.

Dogs in ActionCallie brings stuff back to throw again.

Dogs in ActionCooper chases.

Dogs in ActionCooper brings stuff back so he can play with it.

Being a dog can be simple and fun. Any questions?

May 7, 2009

My Tic the Ticks

Filed under: Bugs, Cats, Dogs — Tags: , , , , — Miriam @ 8:42 pm

I’ve always heard about ticks.  I didn’t really remember ever seeing one until a couple years ago when I found a wierd bug crawling on my sweater which Adam identified as a tick for me. We pulled one off his mother’s cat that had dug in under the cat’s chin.  It was an adventure to pull that one out. Adam pulled one off himself when we lived in Fremont. It was still alive and started making threatening motions towards Audrey. I grabbed my cat and rushed her to a room far away from the bloodsucker.

My experience with ticks prior to my move to New Hampshire consisted of mythical creatures.  They were extensively discussed in my “Kids who want to be Veterinarians” summer camp when I was 9 or 10 years old.  And I developed a disgust for them then and there.

In the last couple days I have probably had to deal with ten Ticks.  And by “deal with” I mean “honey can you kill this tick for me”.  We have pulled two ticks out of the puppy and I’ve taken at least three ticks out of his hair (including a tiny deer tick, carriers of lyme disease). I had three ticks crawling all over my clothes yesterday, and Adam had a couple on his.  I still havn’t had to pull any out of my or the cats’ skin, but I’m constantly convinced that every little itch is a tick.

Oh and they don’t seem to die when slapped, squished or stomped on.  They are pretty much indestructible!

I just spent a pretty penny to get Frontline for the cats, and will get what the vet recommends for the puppy when he gets to a more convienient size, but is there anything I can do to keep the ticks off me? Is it just a high tick year? It’s silly that I can handle the mosquitoes and black flies, but the ticks make me want to run back to the city… and take my pets with me.

April 30, 2009

Cooper’s Arrival (Part 2)

Filed under: Dogs — Tags: , — Miriam @ 9:51 am

The second part of our puppy’s first weekend with us was eventful in itself, but a little less insane than the first (I hope). He seems a little more content and happier to play at least.

  • Race Prep: My house can be pretty busy the morning of a sporting event, especially if guests stayed over to attend sporting event with us. Erin was racing the Muddy Moose with Adam and Dawn decided to come to New Hampshire and hang out with us. So a couple people rushing around to get ready and a long car ride over we made it to the race in Wolfeboro.

Cooper 8 weeks

  • Muddy Moose Start: Race starts are usually the busiest part of the spectator business. With a couple hundred people racing the 4 and 14 mile courses and spectators both human and canine cheering on their loved ones it can be pretty chaotic. But Cooper took it in stride. He was thrilled to meet an Irish Wolfhound (who stepped back when the puppy went to greet her). And was perfectly behaved even when 3 or 4 children were petting him at the same time.

Maggie the Irish Wolfhound

  • Beach: While our runners were out we decided to go to a beach on Lake Winnipesauke (New Hampshire’s largest lake). We found a little town beach called Brewster Beach which turned out to be a great photo opportunity. Cooper is pretty much the colour of the sand on that beach. He had no interest in getting his feet wet so I didn’t really force him to. On the way back to the car we made him walk on his own which I was very proud of. I know it’s a silly thing to be proud of but he had spent the entire weekend travelling from arm to arm and I honestly wasn’t even sure if he could walk on his own for more than a few steps.

Cooper 8 weeks

  • Muddy Moose Finish: In summary, he slept. He’d lift his head when people came to pet him but other than that he slept.
  • Movie Party on the Deck: Both girls decided to come home and make use of my 758 sq foot deck (the deck itself is larger than both of our previous apartments if the size on file is correct). We installed a TV and a DVD player on a chair piled blankets and pillows on the wood and watched “chick flicks”. Cooper suffered terribly by taking a nap in between my two friends the entire time.


Of course that night he woke me up several times because his daytime naps meant that he wanted me to play with him at 2am.

Luckily for him this week has consisted mostly of being babysat by a friend and her Cocker Spaniel during the day and walks in the park (playing frisbee with my coworkers) or in the woods. So it’s a little more mellow for him right now.

I don’t want to count how many pictures I have of him already.

April 28, 2009

Cooper’s arrival (Part 1)

Filed under: Dogs — Tags: , , , — Miriam @ 12:08 pm

Cooper's first day

My poor puppy probably thinks that life in our home is a constant rat race. His first weekend living with us was constant excitement and dozens of people who wanted to pet, handle, kiss, hug and generally manhandle him. An overview of his first weekend (Part 1):

  • Separated from family: Cooper seemed to be a bit of a homebody, he enjoyed burying himself under siblings and looked miserable when taken out of the pen. His brother, the copper coloured one, was begging for us to pick him up and bring him home. Cooper looked like being taken away was the worst thing that could happen.
  • Petco: Given a few months of growing up and I’m sure that Petco will be one of his favorite places, but all the new smells made him seem a little timid. And the floor, who expects dogs to walk on something so slippery. So he just let his feet slide him to the ground.

Cooper's first day

  • Grooming: Cooper’s desire to be at the bottom of the puppy pile led to his being covered in dirt. So we brought him for a “puppy service” at the Petco groomers. He did well though; the groomers commented that he was one of the best behaved 8 week olds they had ever seen. He came back to us a clean fluff ball that smelled good. (the groomers were so excited to be part of his first grooming)
  • Boathouse: We stopped at the boathouse where I “went to school” during my college years to introduce the puppy to my old coach. I was kind and didn’t even try to do a erg photo. We did give him a break in the grass in the shade by the boathouse so I could do a photoshoot of his freshly groomed poof.
  • Cooper's first day

  • Target: My friend Dawn is a braver person than I and decided to bring the puppy into Target with us (she planned on carrying him the whole time). I was sure they would kick us out. But several employees gathered to pet him and comment on how he looked like a teddy bear.

Cooper's first day

  • Races: What’s better for socialization of a puppy that watching rowing races on the banks of the Charles River on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Cooper was probably passed from arm to arm of at least 20 different people, met half dozen dogs and took naps while resting on my friends chests.
  • Meeting the cats: By the time Cooper made it home to New Hampshire he was ready to curl up and sleep. He was made to meet the two existing furry family members as soon as he walked in the door. Normally Audrey would run and hide at the mere sight of a dog, but she was intrigued. We put Cooper down on the ground and he immediately lay down, letting the cats investigate him on their own time. The cats are still getting used to him, and they continue to carefully investigate him regularly.

    After such a big day he slept the rest of the evening and through the night. He only woke me up once so he could go outside for a potty break. Tricking me into thinking he was sleeping through the night. It’s a good thing he got lots of rest, the next day was big in it’s own way.

    Cooper's first day

    April 27, 2009

    Cooper’s arrival

    Filed under: Dogs — Tags: , , , , — Miriam @ 10:45 am

    We had have an incredibly eventful weekend. And my cats got outside this morning which made for a very entertaining morning (which Cooper and the cats all thought was great fun). But I’ll have plenty to blog about this week, even if I just stick to what happened this weekend… if life slows down enough to find time for that.

    Either way, we picked up Cooper this weekend.  I brought him to a beach on Winnipesaukee and got some good pictures of his freshly groomed self.   He’s one to start.  I’ve included the original and the Picnik auto-fixed.  I like aspects of both… Which means I would love to edit it more if I had more time right now.

    As taken:

    Cooper at the Beach

    Picnik autofix

    Cooper at the BeachIf you had to pick one and didn’t have time for extra edits which would you pick?

    April 20, 2009

    Our Poodle Puppy

    Filed under: Dogs — Tags: , , , — Miriam @ 8:05 am


    We went to visit the puppy this weekend. At 7 weeks he’s already about the size of the cats. He’s a “cafe au lait” Standard Poodle. We think we are going to call him Cooper. I pick him up next Saturday.

    Cooper's litter

    We really wanted to get an adult dogs but we had a very hard time finding an appropriate rescue. Our biggest factor was Adam’s allergies (he was allergic to the breeder’s collie, mom of the black poodle mixes in the picture above), and getting a rescue that would be cat friendly. As much as I would have loved to rescue a poodle mix from the shelter, low shed dogs without major issues don’t stay in shelters long. Some of the ones I did find had difficult to met adoption requirements. Or were taking multiple applications to pick the prospective owner. I’m told that NH has one of the highest spay/neuter rates in the country so a lot of the dogs you find in the shelter get transported from southern states for adoption up here. So shelters/rescues up here can sometimes afford to be picky. At least with dogs… cats they would gladly do two for the price of one adult cats when they are in kitten season.


    Oh no I’m boring him. Speaking of shelter cats, my cat who spent two months of his first year of life in a tiny shelter cage loves the puppy’s crate. I set it up so they could get used to the idea and he now loves to sleep in there. I don’t think it’s the cage so much a the fleece blanket.

    Beavis in the crate

    March 21, 2009

    Calm before the race

    Filed under: Photography — Tags: , , , — Miriam @ 2:46 am

    Calm before the race, originally uploaded by mbarsalou.

    I uploaded a bunch of pictures from the Laconia Sled Dog Championships on February 15th to my Flickr tonight. I still havn’t played with them in Photoshop but it let me explore Picnik a little more. I like a couple of the results.

    Red Alaskan
    Excited helper
    Blue Eyes

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