Tuesday, September 3, 2019

My First Fantasy Football Draft - Disappointing

Let's Go, Parma Pandas!
I was so pumped and excited about draft day!  I had made up my strategy for auto picks based on my 9th round pick in a 14-team league and had set my grade A strategy.  Then, an hour before the draft started, I found out I had pick 11, not 9.  They were set randomly, not by team no. so that really threw me for a loop.  I did not have time to figure out a new grade A strategy, so decided to just wing it and pick as I went trying to get the top players available in the rounds.

Unfortunately, I was also switching browsers back and forth for my husband to pick his team as well and he had the 9th pick, which made it difficult since there was only 1 pick between us!  At one point, I think I must have got confused and was on the wrong browser because the options all showed as "queue" instead of "draft" but I didn't realize it.  I got bit flustered to say the least.  It was stressful, especially when my husband was putting in specific names and they'd already been drafted.

At one point, my husband was trying for Greg Little but it didn't say "drafted" but nor did it say "draft."  I think it said queue and then I was able to get that guy.  I don't know, maybe I was in the wrong browser then too?

Anyhow, at the end I was extremely disappointed because I had several injured RB and a bunch of dud players.  My best ranked RB, M. Gordon, is questionable and probably going to miss the first 4-6 weeks!  The good news is, the next morning I went on and made some did drop/adds and was able to make a good trade with my husband that made us both happy.  I think I'll be able to salvage it.  I think it will be fun even though I still have some question as to how the defense is going to work.


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Sunday, September 1, 2019

"Back to Church Sunday" is a Real Thing!

Our new Pastor at Parma Heights Baptist Church told us that September 15 is "National Back to Church Sunday."  I never heard of it before and thought it was just some idea he came up with, so, I googled it.   Lo and behold, it's actually a real thing!

The idea is to try to get people who have dropped out of church for one reason or another to come and give it another try on that Sunday or for those who never stepped foot inside of a church to come that week.  We actually have invitations to give to people and even t-shirts are available for $7!  I think that's pretty funny.  My husband wants to get one, but I think it's silly since I already attend every week anyway.

Have you ever heard of this before?  Are you going?  If you are in Cleveland or its suburbs, I invite to to join us on Sunday, September 15 or attend a church near you.

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Friday, August 30, 2019

I Think I'm Wearing Mom Down by Roxy


After my morning walk, I came in looking for mom and found her still in bed.  Up I came and gave her a doggy kiss.  She couldn't help but pet me up!  She actually let me stay for a while before telling me to get off (as you can see, long enough for dad to capture the evidence) .

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

My New Home Is Official! by Roxy

Howl!  My two-week adjustment period is officially over today, and Karen bought me an ID tag with my name, phone and address.  I am so happy to have found a good home.



To get your own bed, just keep on lying on your owners' bed every night. Karen bought a nice soft dog bed for me from Walmart.  I tested it right away and it seems quite nice like it will work.  It is a fancy Sertapedic Enhanced Memory Foam couch Pet Bed.  It says the "memory foam blend provides therapeutic support for all dogs and eases discomfort of older dogs with hip dysplasia and arthritis."  Karen thought that since I like lying on the couch and the chair so much, that I would appreciate a soft bed.  

Oh, one more thing:  I surprised Karen yesterday.  Before she and Gerard went outside together for just a short time, only 5-10 minutes, she put me in my den with the popsicle Wolf Wilderness popsicle treat.  I had it all gone by the time she came back inside and she was shocked that I had it finished so quickly.  Now she'll realize give me that does not keep me occupied for long at all when she leaves me alone in my den while they leave.

Karen just added a new playlist to her YouTube channel for me:  Roxy Rocks. 

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Friday, August 23, 2019

My First Trip to See Pickleball by Roxy


Today, Karen was off work and her and Gerard took me along with them to Elmwood Park in Independence where they play Pickleball.  I was not interested in the game at all, but I sure enjoyed meeting their friends who said I was a gorgeous dog.  One guy (Bob) said I reminded him of his first dog, a Husky/Shepherd mix.  Gerard and Karen took turns playing while one stayed with me.  Bob volunteered to walk me around too so Karen and Gerard could both play at the same time!  I loved walking around such a pretty wide open place.

While walking with Karen, we found a nice big bowl right by a drinking fountain near the ball fields that I got a drink from.  We also found a poop bag box so Karen pulled out a couple just in case, but I didn't have to make poopers while I was there.  It was a very nice day, sunny with a gentle breeze and only around 70 degrees the whole time I was there.  Part of the time I just sat near the bench getting pet up by different people and some of the time I laid in the shade near the picnic bench.

I saw a big field with a fence all around it and some dogs were running around inside.  I sure hope one day I'll be able to do that!  It's a very pretty park as you can see from these pics Karen took as we were leaving.

Gerard and Roxy heading back to the car

Fence is around the ballfield and some let their dogs run loose inside.



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Monday, August 19, 2019

Have to Let the Dog Know I'm Boss by Spunky Doodle

Last Saturday, a black and white dog named Roxy came into my house and stayed!  I was up on my cat tree and in she walks, checking me out.  She was actually nice, didn't bark or growl or threaten me in any way, but when she stuck her big nose right in my face, I gave a big hiss and swatted her on her big nose.  She just walked away and now knows not to mess with me.

My mom moved my food upstairs for me so I could eat in peace and not worry about Roxy making me nervous.  I really don't mind, because not that I'm 15, I don't enjoy jumping on high things like I used to so upstairs she lets me have my food on the floor.  She has to keep reminding Roxy not to come up the steps because she's very curious.  Upstairs is the Cat Only Zone, no dogs allowed!

Roxy got a really big special "safety zone box" of her very own, but I sneak into it sometimes just so she knows I can go wherever I wish because I rule around here.  After all, mom put MY comfy white lounge inside her box so I have every right to go inside if I want.  Sometimes I just stop by for a drink from the water bowl and other times, I make myself at home.

Last night, I noticed after I left, Roxy went in even though mom and dad were home.  Maybe she's a bit afraid of losing it to me if she doesn't use it more?

What's that bossy cat think she's doing?  This is my den.

 Did you notice how much bigger she is than me?  I am very brave though as you can see me standing my ground blocking her from coming into the hall.  Mom came and made me move out of her way to let her through, but I think I made my point.
You can't go through yet, not until I say you can.

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Had A Little Accident on My Walk to the Park by Roxy

Karen took me on the park walk this morning and Gerard came along with some doggie water bottle that he wanted me to use.  I finally gave in near the end of the walk and took a little sip.  That seemed to make both my new parents happy.  The sad thing was that on the way there on State Road in front of Bartel's, I made a quick juke (or cutback) like a running back and cut right in front of Karen.  I think I would make a great running back if I could hold the ball.  I have the cut back down.

Karen tried to stop without falling on me and manged to fall sideways on the grass for the most part and made sure she fell on my leash so I wouldn't get loose (not like I would have anyway).  I felt bad, but she seemed to pop up quickly and just rubbed her knee a bit.  It was just scraped a little, must have caught some of the sidewalk when she fell.

She was very nice about it though and didn't yell at me.  She just explained that I can't be doing that.  I need to walk in a straight line next to her on one side or the other and not switch all the time.  I did better and only cut her off maybe two or three times through the park and all the way back home.  I kissed her boo boo after she bandaged it up and it's all better now. 

Sorry no picture of the fall even though she had the camera with her.  Guess she was a bit shaken up by it and didn't ask Gerard to take her picture lying on the ground when it happened. I am just so excited to get to go on so many great walks all in one day!  I love it here in my new home even though they sometimes forget and call my Abby by mistake. 

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Get A Pet Saturday - Bargain Day at the Shelters!

Saturday, August 17, is Clear the Shelters Day!  Pets are up for adoption at reduced rates and over 3 year-old pets are free to good homes!  Just know, pets are not cheap to take care of.  Smaller pets are cheaper than bigger ones and can give you much love and companionship.


Pets are lots of fun and certainly bring new life into a home but consider the expenses involved.  For cats, litter box and cat litter is absolutely necessary.  Monthly flea and heartworm prevention, of course food and treats.  Maybe a nice cat tree and some toys although most cats are very happy playing with simple things around the house such as milk bottle caps, crunched up small paper balls, ping pong balls and shoelaces.  If you have a spinning chair, you can give your cat a slow ride on that and they love boxes and paper bags--just make sure any handle is removed for safety.  Then there are vet bills for vaccines and stuff that comes up.

For dogs, must haves are leash, collar, dog license, food, treats and perhaps a crate depending on age and behavior of dog when left alone, vet costs for vaccines and other stuff that comes up.  Monthy heartworm and flea & tick prevention.  Then there are the fun extras, a retractable leash, dog bed, boots for winter, bones to chew on, possibly steps to assist in getting in and out of car.  Also, I would recommend training classes the PetSmart conducts for dogs.  It was a great experience and is a good way to build a strong bond with your dog as well as get it socialized with other dogs.

There is pet insurance available to help with the vet bills.  In the past, we never had pet insurance; however, after our experience with our dog Abby getting attacked while walking and her dislocating her shoulder, I have decided to get it for our new dog Roxy.  You just never know what will happen and when disease or accidents happen, costs are very expensive.  The best I found is at ASPCA pet insurance .com. 

Pet ownership is a big responsibility, but also lots of enjoyment and fun!  Go find one!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

I'm Out of the Shelter! (by Roxy, a Husky Mix)

Picture of me at the shelter
Karen asked me if I would like to do this thing called a blog post and share with the world about my feelings about becoming a member of this family so, I agreed.  I really want Karen to love me and keep me, so I guess I can give this a try.  First though, I must say I am grateful for those at the shelter who rescued me and gave me food, shelter and loving care while I was there.  They are a good group there!  The first thing I noticed when I came to their house was how quiet it is.  I'm not used to that!

Saturday:  I was so excited to possibly go home with Gerard and Karen!  I made sure I did very well on the little test walk they gave me at the shelter and then I saw Gerard filling out the adoption papers!  I came from Georgia and was in heat when I arrived at the shelter so they had me spayed.  I was surrounded by lots of cats and other dogs, some that seemed to bark constantly!  It was very loud! 

Karen though came back with a leash for me, but told Gerard she had second thoughts and didn't think I was the right dog for them because of my size--she kept saying I was so BIG!  Gerard really stood up for me and told her off so she gave in I went to my new home Saturday.  It was a pretty small house, and the first thing I did as I was checking it out was knock over a big stuffed bear.  I guess their other dog never did that.

I was very happy to be in a new home and gave them lots of kisses to let them know.  I also wagged my tail a lot!  Karen went on Facebook to share about my arrival and ask her friends if they liked Vixen or Roxy better for my name.  I was Vixen at the shelter, but Karen didn't like that name and neither did her friends, so now my name is officially Roxy.  She got my dog license and bought the same kind of food I had at the shelter, but I wasn't hungry, too much excitement to eat.  I actually have lots of windows to look out now which I love!  I didn't have any at the shelter.

Gerard took me for some nice walks and introduced me around the neighborhood.  I met some of Abby's (that's was their previous dog that is a very tough act to follow, but I will do my best to win them over). 

I made myself right at home by getting on the couch and lying against the soft pillows.  They actually let me stay, but when I jumped on the bed with them, they both freaked and kept telling me NO, NO, NO!  Off!  Off!  So, I slept on the couch.

Sunday:  It started of great!  I had a early morning walk and then,
Karen put some really yummy Wolf Wilderness wet treats on top of the food and I gobbled it all up.  But then, they both left, leaving me with just a little black & white cat named Spunky Doodle who pretty much just laid around.  She didn't pay much attention to me at all!  I didn't know what was up or what to do and I missed them.  They were gone about 3 hours and I heard them come back.  I ran to the windows and got maybe a bit too excited and shoved my nose through the screen.  Karen was very mad, Gerard seemed to be in shock. 

After that though, they both took me on a half hour walk to a place called Bartell's.  It was air-conditioned and I got weighed in at 58 lbs.  That night, Karen through a nice soft Indians bedspread on the floor at the end of the bed where I slept. 

Monday:  I went to Bartel's again, but this time I saw a vet who did a comprehensive exam, gave me a
couple shots and sold Gerard some Bravecto and Interceptor to protect me from heartworm and fleas and ticks (those are nasty things that can cause problems for doggies).  They also tested me for different bad things that ticks may have caused, but I passed and was declared healthy!  I think they'll be keeping me since they paid $400 for vet care.  Even Karen must care, I know Gerard does!

Tuesday:  I had a very fun day with Gerard.  We walked through a park and did more walks too.  I met
even more nice people.  Then after Karen got home from work, they took me to a store called PetSmart that was really fun!  I behaved very well and walked around with Gerard while Karen bought stuff for me:  steps to make it easier for me to get in and out of the car, my very own big crate with a nice mat and more of those yummy Wolf Wilderness wet treats with gravy.  Karen and Gerard put up my crate but didn't let me in it.  They said I could go in tomorrow.  I slept on the floor in their bedroom again on the nice soft bedspread.

Wednesday:  Karen was in a good mood this morning.  She even took me in the backyard and tried playing with me with a tennis ball, but I wasn't much interested.  She ran around the yard with me a bit and then she left.  Gerard took me to the park again and this time we even did both sides and then around by Parma High School.  It was a good long walk!  Karen came back home and put a Kong with kibble in it and a Purina Busy Bone filled with good stuff, and water inside my crate.  Then I finally got to go in; but then, they both left for almost 5 hours!  They said something about going to an Indians game.  I was very happy when they finally came back! 

They both took me on walks.  My walk with Karen was very exciting!  I met a huge black dog that was lying on it's front porch and his daddy was sitting on the steps.  I watched it very closely, and Argo, that's it's name, watched me.  Both our owners held us so we couldn't really sniff each other.  Karen kept telling to to come'on.  Let's go Roxy.  I did.  Then, we turned the corner and I saw two little creatures that Karen called Ferrets.  They were in a big cage and the lady was very nice.  She said I could come and check them out, but Karen was holding back and kept telling me to come'on, let's go.  She always seems to want to keep going instead of letting me explore and make new friends.  I hope she let's me show how friendly and nice I can be soon!

I am looking forward to what will happen tomorrow!  Howl!  Please let me know if you think I should continue this blogging thing in the comments.

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