Just thought I’d share some puppy love…
I guess Mike and I thought that caring for one ADD puppy was not enough, because in the summer of 2011, we added to the family. Baci (pronounced like bah-chee) literally means kisses, but we had this in mind when we named her:
It’s delicious dark chocolate with hazelnuts from Italy! Which is fitting, because she’s sweet and a little nutty.
I really wanted a red and white husky named Mochi, which is my favorite food of all time, but we decided to get a German Shepherd that would actually attack intruders after Biscotti greets them and brings them toys.
Baci is about 6 months now, and she can run a few miles without getting tired. If Biscotti is with us, she can do an extra mile on “puppy will” alone, but then she’s out for the rest of the night. She’s very affectionate, and she loves to steal toys. She’s just starting to get her
razor-sharp weapons of destru big-girl teeth, and she’s starting to bark at random things. I can’t wait to see how her personality develops when she grows up!
How do you like the wolves?
Biscotti (Bih-skote-ee) and Baci (bah-chee), Siberian Husky and German Shepherd, are my children, my running partners, and my BFFs. They are also the most beautiful specimens of their respective breeds. I know every pet owner must think that, but seriously, you will agree with me once you meet them. I’ve always thought the funniest thing in the world (okay, other than people falling slowly) were talking pets. My husband and I became obsessed with Mishka the talking Siberian Husky (here). If you’ve not heard of Mishka, the talking Husky, I don’t know why. I think she’s still the most viewed video on Youtube. She’s kind of a big deal.
Shortly after Mike and I met, I don’t know if we were even married yet, we vowed that we would one day be proud Husky parents. So Christmas of 2010 brought a brand new baby boy!
Biscotti means cookie in Italian, and it’s pronounced with a short O (oh). The name was decided long before we got him. We waited and waited for him to howl or make a wooing sound, but he never did. Unless you count his Chewbacca wail he would sometimes do in his cage the first few nights we had him. It was somewhere in between a howl and a gurgle (By the way, a cage is called a gabbia around here. If you haven’t figured it out yet, we’re pretty Italian). We still loved him, of course. We’re not those parents who expect everything from their children. Since then, he’s grown up to be Mr. Personality! Here are some of his best traits:
So once we realized that we love him for who he is, one fateful night brought us a pleasant surprise…..
I apologize for the first few seconds, he was being rude. See if you can catch him winking at 0:36!
When he got old enough, I started taking him on short runs outside. After a while, he was okay doing 3 miles regularly. I sometimes let him run free at the track with the gates closed. I don’t think you’ve lived until you’ve seen this majestic beast running at full speed! Seriously, I have to make a video for you. Living in Texas, I have to be careful not to take him on hot days, and to make sure he has enough water. On a cold day, though, I tire out before he does! In fact, he could probably run my 10K right now. And we never have to trim his nails, which is nice. Here’s some more of the Scotes.
So that’s Scots McGoats. I’ll post about the beautiful Baci next time!
How far do you walk/run with your dog? Leave a comment below!
I had the best New Year’s of my life this year! I’m really excited for what 2012 has to bring, and I’m pumped about how much better I’m going to feel from not eating pie every day. This holiday season was jam packed with treats! I baked a lot, my family gave us tons of leftovers, and our fridge was always full. And guess what? So was my tummy. It was pretty delicious, but I’m glad that we finally ran out of baked goods. I have such a sweet tooth, and my biggest temptation is having foods like that around the house. If they’re not there in the first place, I’m (usuallly) too lazy and not desperate enough to go out and get some.
We planned a trip for New Year’s Day, so we decided to take it easy on NYE. We used a gift certificate we got from Mike’s brother to Buffalo Wild Wings (does anyone else call it BW3’s or B-Dubs?) and then got a few drinks. Mike ended up taking it easy, but I happened to dance the night away. I’m still not sure if we crashed a wedding reception or if there was just a random New Year’s party at this bar, but either way, everyone was really friendly. I got a kiss at midnight, and I was so happy to be spending New Year’s with my new husband, in a new town! Oh yeah, and I dyed my hair.
New Year’s Day, we went to Winstar Casino in Oklahoma, y’all! It was my first time at a casino, which I thought I hated, but actually love. I was dressed to the nines, but unfortunately, I was literally the only person in a dress. In the entire casino. No joke! And guess what? I felt fabulous!!!
Each area of the casino had its own city theme. Mike insisted on only playing the machines in Rome. Typical. My favorite was Beijing, on account of the sparkly dragons.
We saw Buddy Guy, Mike’s favorite blues guitarist, and Greg Allman, who my band used to cover back in the day, so that was exciting. He didn’t play my favorite song, Soulshine, but that’s okay. I should’ve gone up there and sung my own rendition. Maybe next year! Oh, and we won big! On the best machine in the whole casino!
I saw some people rubbing their machines for luck before each spin (that’s when you know you really have a problem), which I thought was stupid, but we found that it worked better when we said commonly used phrases that appeal to Italian huskies, such as Bocconcino! Fare una passegiata? Fuori? (Treat! Wanna go for a walk? Outside?) It’s probably way funnier to me than you, I know, but it paid off!
What did you do for New Year’s?