Lana’s Big Day

Today is the third anniversary of Lana’s Adoption Day! The time has flown by since we first got her from Florida All Retriever Rescue. So what better way to celebrate than with food, gifts, and of course plenty of pictures?

Lana celebrates her Adoption Day Anniversary | DreamBigBarkLoudly.comI’ll admit, the pictures might have turned out a tad bit better if the sun had chosen to come our and celebrate with us, but nothing to be done about that!

Lana celebrates her Adoption Day Anniversary | DreamBigBarkLoudly.comSince we count her adoption day as her birthday (because we have no idea what her birthday actually was), I guess that means Lana’s 21 in human years?

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Lana celebrates her Adoption Day Anniversary | DreamBigBarkLoudly.comDesi looked like she wanted some attention too (so of course she got some). She’s a good sport. And, I suppose, how could she know it wasn’t her day? We always try to celebrate with both dogs equally.

Lana celebrates her Adoption Day Anniversary | DreamBigBarkLoudly.comShe enjoyed the balloons a lot more than I expected her to. Almost as much as I enjoyed wandering around Party City acting like I was throwing a little girl’s birthday party. I was just praying nobody actually asked about my ‘daughter’.

Lana celebrates her Adoption Day Anniversary | DreamBigBarkLoudly.comNo worries, I stopped her before the balloon popped. I’d hate to give the old girl a heart attack.Though I probably didn’t do her much of a favor by giving her a delicious (but not super healthful) Pupcake.

Lana celebrates her Adoption Day Anniversary | DreamBigBarkLoudly.comThis recipe, adapted from a Pretty Little Pastimes recipe for peanut butter carrot Pupcakes, turned out fantastic! And by “adapted”, I mean I didn’t have one of the ingredients so I did change the recipe a little, but this time I’m happy with the changes I made. I did a taste test, intended to be a small bite, and ended up eating a quarter of one! It’s no wonder the dogs loved it too.

Lana celebrates her Adoption Day Anniversary | DreamBigBarkLoudly.comI’ll post my variation of the recipe later this week. Of course, in the mean time you can always go check out the original on Pretty Little Pastimes. And, if you still need something to do, you can check out our “Dog Stuff” Pinterest board where we have this recipe and others Pinned!

ImageLana got a couple of toys for her birthday, but we’re waiting until my parents get home from work to ‘open gifts’ (which aren’t really wrapped because I am no good at wrapping).

Happy Hump Day readers, and Happy Adoption Day to Miss Lana! I’ve loved the last three years with her and I know we’ll enjoy the next years just as much.

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We Want That! (Wednesday)

What do we want this week? Motivation!

I recently sat down and looked at my summer to-do list. RSVP to this, buy gifts for that, send back the textbook I rented, sell the ones I bought, dye my hair cotton candy pink (oh Hell yes!), and get my scuba certification. Too bad those last two will cost a pretty penny. And the scuba thing isn’t purely for fun, I actually need it to apply for the next Disney internship I’m working towards. I haven’t even started the College Program yet and I’m already planning the next one.

Oh and finding a cell phone plan that lets me get affordable internet (does that even exist?!), updating the blog, packing to move in just over 2 weeks, securing my summer volunteer positions….

And keeping Brody in my thoughts as he goes through his heartworm treatment.

So what else do we want? A break! Not from work, because I need the money. How convenient, because I’m getting more hours than I planned…


So my sanity break consisted of testing a new treat on Lana. I bought the Nylabone puppy pack which included one toy and one treat. They looked the same, and a bachelor’s degree in English does NOT mean I actually read things. I had assumed first of all that they were for dogs of all ages, and secondly that they were both treats and I could therefore give one to Brody. Boy did I get a nasty surprise when I bit into the first one.


Yes, you read that correctly. I don’t believe when they say toys/treats are “flavored” like things. They almost never taste anything like it, but I think companies believe nobody’s stupid enough to try it and call them out on it. I love proving people wrong.


Okay, the chicken one tasted like nothing. And the bacon one didn’t taste like bacon but at least it tasted like something. I wasn’t surprised that was the one Lana chose. Apparently that was also the edible one. She ate like two thirds of it in a minute. But, it’s not like she sticks her nose up at the ones that are made for chewing rather than eating. She just goes for food first. She takes after me.


This dog does not understand the concept of savoring. Then again, does any dog?


While the treat may have gone a little too fast, this is probably the fifth chew toy I’ve gotten for Lana from the Nylabone company and I’m always impressed. They last such a long time, they come in a variety of sizes and flavors, and they help clean dogs’ teeth! Not to mention I’m pretty sure the company is good to the environment and whatnot. Yay!

Anyway, it’s well worth the money! If you are looking for something for your heavy chewer, go see if Nylabone has something for you!