The Struggle is Real

As the name of this blog implies our home is constantly filled with dust bunnies.  It’s a daily struggle just to keep up, even with the addition of Roomba, who we run several times a week.  Recently I noticed he was leaving behind little piles of fur on the edges of rugs but hadn’t signaled that he needed to be emptied.  I knew he was probably nearing that point so I flipped him over to check and discovered that the fur was actually just collecting on and around the brushes rather than getting pushed into the dirt compartment; plus it had wound around the gears of the brushes as well!

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I spent the next 10 minutes tediously digging the hair out of several little nooks and crannies in the brush compartment and behind the front wheel.  It was amazing how much fur was stuffed inside – just look at the monster dust bunny it created on the floor as I pulled it out!

2And that doesn’t include what was actually in the dirt compartment!  This is the reality of a three dog + one cat home!  But these goofy mugs and the love they give make it worth it, so we’ll continue to be the Dust Bunnies and Dog Toys household!  trio

And if you wonder why I don’t mention cat toys in that moniker, it’s because she’s too dignified to have silly toys like those heathens. Instead she has things us humans bring home for her approval. Like baby carriages, boxes and small yet important parts of larger things, which she skillfully hides to test our hunting abilities. I’m sure she’s very discouraged by our lack of skill in that department! 🙂
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Down at the Riverbank

Sorry for being MIA last week, it was a tad bit busy around here between work and appointments.  Because of that I decided to make sure we had some fun with the kiddos this weekend which included a trip down the trails in our side-by-side to a nearby river.  This was the first time both Stoli and Bacardi had been to a river so I was excited to see what their reactions would be.

As soon as we arrived Tequila was ready to jump in, but Bacardi and Stoli weren’t as sure.  They stayed well on the bank checking out this new environment.

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So while their big sister was bounding through the chilly water, they decided to cautiously approach the edge.  Stoli’s approach reminded me of Tarzan’s elephant friend, Tantor.

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Although they never did go in the water, they did seem to enjoy exploring the riverbank while watching their big sister play in the deep end as she crossed the river again and again without hesitation.

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Eventually, Bacardi decided to hang out with Daddy while Stoli, Tequila and I ventured down river a bit to a very picturesque spot!

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Then I had the hubs call Tequila back so she would cross the river again, much to Bacardi’s delight.

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And before we left I stopped to snap a few shots of Bacardi in the sprouting grass, since she’s growing so quickly and I don’t want to forget how little she started out.

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But my favorite shot was of her showcasing her tiny attitude along the riverbank. 🙂  She’s definitely the perfect fit for our family!

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Fun in the Sun

Three-day weekend are always a treat.  I didn’t get quite as much done as I’d hoped, but I did make time to have some outdoor fun with our doggies.  Although it’s still pretty chilly, the sun was out for most of the weekend and we sure took advantage of it with a little round of ‘ball’ in the backyard.

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These giant balls were a gift from their Auntie Mere & Uncle Mark almost three years ago and they are still going strong, albeit with new rope.  Once the ground thaws and we landscape the yard I plan to put posts in and tie these up so they can play tether ball.  We had tied it to a tree branch but Tequila kept playing so hard she’d break the branch!  So for now, it’s perfect for tug o’ war.

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Stoli sure tried his best to win this match.  He tugged, and he pulled and he bounced…

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But in the end Tequila just had more muscle than him.  And when she trotted off with the ball after he gave up, this was the pouting face I saw.

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And then three seconds later he was back to playing! LOL.  He’s a happy pup, so he never stays sad for long. 🙂

There’s a New Sherriff in Town

HoneyThe hubs and I had discussed getting a cat again after moving into the new house.  He wanted a Siamese like his mom’s Honey Baby, but I’m partial to calicos since that’s what I’ve always had.  There was no firm plan on when it would happen.  Instead I figured it would happen organically, at the right time.  Apparently that time has come.  Last week we saw a post on a buy/sell page from a lady looking to rehome two cats, one being an adorable calico.  I chatted with her back and forth about the cat confirming she was litter box trained, friendly and not prone to destroy furniture.  The lady seemed to think that she’d do ok with dogs, so we set up a time to meet Luna this weekend.

She wasn’t sure about us ‘strangers’ at first, but once we hung out a bit, she started purring and let us hold her.  We chatted with the lady a bit about her and decided to bring her home.  Unfortunately, it was the hub’s last night shift before he starts his new job next week, so he had to leave and go to work, while I drove everyone home.  Two dogs and a new cat in the same car for an hour…. yeah.. that was.. interesting.  We put the dogs in the bed of the truck, which they were NOT excited about and per the lady’s suggestion left Luna loose in the cab on her harness and leash.  She did ok while we were traveling under 40, but as soon as we picked up speed she voiced her concerns.  I finally got her to come snuggle in my lap or next to me on the console where she seemed to quite down.  Of course the two whining pups in the back window were none to happy to watch some kitty get the attention they normally do!

Once home, I let Luna free in the house to explore.  The dogs immediately wanted to greet her and get to know her.  Let’s just say she wanted NONE of that.  She hissed.  She even growled.  And then she hid behind a large box in the spare room, refusing to come out.  After a few hours I figured she was getting hungry and in need of a litter box, so I picked her out of her hiding spot and took her to the laundry room where I’d set up her litter box and food.  She soon realized she could get on top of the washer and dryer from the window ledge where her food is and has since taken up residence there.  I go in and check on her every so often and the dogs follow me in hopes that their new housemate will be ready to play.

This is the resulting scene.  Two mugs looking up with “please come play with us” faces only to receive the look saying “not in a million years” from above.  LOL

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She’s super sweet with me, purring and wanting to cuddle whenever I’m near.  It’s just those active doggies she’s not ready to interact with.  I’m sure they will work it out eventually, which means Luna will dictate when she wants them to be near her and when she doesn’t.  And perhaps one day in the not so distant future there will be a kitty at the head of the ‘treat’ attention line. 🙂