cody bear's friends


Once upon an October
October 6, 2014, 4:13 pm
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I’m sorry I’ve been so out of touch. Things have been so busy.  It’s amazing how adding a third dog can take away half your time. (ok…I may be exaggerating. ) This is my busy season, so I should have many things to blog about.  The question is….Will I have time? I suppose the biggest news is this: Your dear friend Pickles was selected to be the cover dog for the Arizona Border Collie Rescue 2015 calendar!  And I got to shoot her photo, as well as her May images, Nike the July dog, and October dogs Saxon and London!  The calendar is beautiful.  They did a brilliant job assembling cute dogs, talented photographers and the print quality is great. Here is my girl now, in one of the photos that didn’t make the calendar:

Pickles at San Xavier Mission

Pickles at San Xavier Mission

You can order your calendars here: http://azbordercollierescue.com/calendar_purchase_2015.asp In July Cody Bear turned 10!  O….M…G….. Time is going by so fast.  Pickles is 6 and Tralee is 1.  Pickles and Cody Bear still love each other, but he also enjoys sitting back and watching the two Border Collies play.  I love how he smiles at them. And every now and then he will join in the fun.  But he is slowing down.  And how is he doing with the new, high drive, loony puppy….?

Cody Bear and Tralee Bear

Cody Bear and Tralee Bear

He loves her.  And she adores him.  He is very protective of his girls and he loves having that role of protector.

Cody Bear and his greying muzzle

Cody Bear and his greying muzzle

In even bigger news!  Some of you know I have enjoyed working on my photography portfolio for several years now. Well, I was invited by the i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa, AZ to participate in their “Jeepers Creepers: BUGS in art” exhibition running from 10/3/14 to 1/25/15!  I saw the exhibition last week.  I drove to Scottsdale and dragged my parents to the gallery opening. We had a great night and my parents and I were SO impressed with the gallery and the diverse collection!

Purple Hairstreak Butterfly

Purple Hairstreak Butterfly

The i.d.e.a. Museum is geared towards inspiring creativity and education for children and they’ve done a brilliant job keeping a collection of talented artists and making it interactive and fun for kids.  Please check it out, it is sooo much fun. Final October news:  Goodbear has gone vegan!  Today is day thirty.  I had a few off days where I couldn’t avoid dairy, but for the most part it was a good thirty days and I’m going to keep at it.  I will allow an occasional egg from my friends’ home chickens.  I know I won’t be perfect, but I’m going to give it a shot.  I decided to do it for health reasons and I could instantly see improvements in that department.

Goodbear goes vegan

Goodbear goes vegan

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rest for the bear and hgtv for me…
October 23, 2011, 6:33 am
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and so cody bear and pickles have found themselves house sitting! they’re keeping their friend hannah company while her dad is out of town.

fun for pickles who has been playing with all hannah’s lovely toys, and relaxing for cody bear who is recoving from an asskicking surgery.

we end up going home for meals, as, between the two of them, there are a great amount of pill bottles involved.

hannah enjoys watching pickle play with her toys, but she’s a little older so she doesn’t join in with the romping.

tomorrow we go home.  house cleaning and a photo shoot for me. relaxing and getting snuggled for them.  you know….much of the same for them.

moving on to the serious news…we find out sometime after tuesday if cody bear’s tumor was cancer.  i’m nervous, i won’t lie.  but i will be surprised if it is bad, i mean….this is the healthiest the bear has ever been.  it will be quite unfair if, after years of trying to get his health in order and achieving, we find he has cancer.  that just won’t be fair.  no other way to say it.

aside:  the house we’re staying has a couch!  we don’t have a couch.  and i’m sitting on it. so posh!

my feet are on the coffee table and the baby loves are laying beneath my legs.  i’ll wake them up soon…when i’ve had my fill of cable tv.  oh livin’ the high life at hannah’s.



all natural. readily available. crunchy.
October 22, 2011, 6:23 am
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oh my GOD a STICK!

should i be sad that there is nothing in this world that gets me as excited as my dogs get when they see a random 14 inch piece of tree branch?

i mean….i love a good meal with friends, an outrageous sale price is nice, a pint of guinness always hits the spot, but NOTHING gives me the wide opened eyed joyous “holy shit” look on my face that the dogs get with a stick or a piece of beef or a new squeaky.

check out pickles….

also, they’ve got the “no worry” thing down.  mommy foots the vet bill, food bill, pharmacy bill…which is high.  at the end of october vet bills will be more than….$1600/month.

so keep smiling pickles. keep grabbin’ those sticks cody bear.  just please….stop eating dangerous shit and chasing things that will bite you.  that’s all i ask. that and for cuddling and some laughs each day.

and thanks.



and then monday came and there was much wagging….
October 17, 2011, 5:37 pm
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even with the tiniest drop in temperature cody bear is back to snuggling in the mornings.  he gets so hot in the summer with all that fluff.  but the cooler temperatures mean me waking up before dawn with a very patient, cinnamon dog staring at me.  as soon as my eyes open he shifts his gaze to the exact part of the bed he wants to snuggle up in and waits for the go ahead!

so that was nice to go back to sleep to.  i haven’t been sleeping well because i’ve been worried about cody bear’s tum0r (removal thursday)  pickles’ on going weird health issues (x-rays and nutritional response testing wednesday), money and finding a renter so i can move into the new place. 

when we finally did get up there was a high speed chase…

followed by a short constitutional through the neighborhood then i was off to work.  where i sit now…still worrying.

high points for the coming week:  meeting an artist who will paint a cool graphic in the foyer of the new house. (before and after pictures in the future!) photo shoots, vet appointments, team trivia tonight, ….and who knows what else.



a message from the bird in blue?
October 17, 2011, 6:21 am
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working all day trying to make some big bucks for cody bear’s upcoming surgery, i had a few moments to look around and saw something flop in the pond.  a few seconds later a kingfisher, brilliant blue, landed on the “no swimming” sign and looked right at me.

ugh! i didn’t have my telephoto and he was so far away.  he came back after lunch and was on the other side of the pond, but i did catch a couple shots.

i know the photos are not great, but trust me, he was fantastic!

kingfishers are one of my favorite birds and i never thought i would see one in town!

anyway….i had been venting to a friend (boohonky!) about the worries and then started gushing about this fancy bird and she pointed out to me that perhaps the kingfisher was a harbinger of good news….



been at the vet a bunch. that’s all i can say
October 13, 2011, 5:36 pm
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why are cody bear and pickles smiling?

i don’t know, really.  they’ve had a rough year.  perhaps they’re smiling because 2012 is going to be a healthy and happy dog year?  sorry i’ve been absent so long.  pickles struggled with health all year.  we’re still trying to get her feeling better.  she is puzzle. 

but through it all she keeps smiling and wagging. 

as does the bear….who is having a tumor removed next week.  the 20th.  so please keep him in your thoughts that day.

now….in other news.  another reason i’ve been busy: my photography business is off the hook.  how did this happen?  i just had my first show last month and it was a great success.  i’ll get some pics and details up next. 

i’m back to blogging. thank god.



who painted “whistler’s mother?” ha ha ha
March 4, 2011, 6:52 pm
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so goodbear has some new activities since she first started blogging.  one can’t miss activity is team trivia every monday night.  (getting excited just thinking about it and it is only friday!!)

so we have this team and….we’re pretty good.  since january 1 we have won 5 times, second place has 2 wins.  there are usually about 20 teams.  our team consists of my photography biz partner(knows many of the music and art questions), abacus (a long time dog park friend great with history and current events), a music store manager friend(knows absolutely everything about current sports and pop culture), a materials engineer (knows alot about music, science and sports) a postal worker (knows crazy amounts of stuff about diverse science categories), a retired biology teacher(has read every book in the english language) a television and non-profit professional(really knows her pop culture), an attorney(current events and geography), an attorney(baseball, movies and random stuff), an attorney(some science and geography) and me(i bring erasers and know a little bit about music)

i think the most fun for me has been trying to predict what he is going to ask each week.

all this goes down at a bar.  some people are there for trivia…some just to drink.  one night i went to the bar between questions to grab a guinness and i saw THIS:

“what IS it?” i asked.

“it’s ABSINTHE!”  some kid said with an excited look in his eyes.  he and two friends were enjoying the prep for their shots!

so that’s monday.  but for the most part, life is still mostly just full of this:

cuddling the bear!  business as usual!