Happy Gotcha Day, Sherman!

Happy Gotcha Day, Sherman!

Happy Gotcha Day, Sherman! Do you ever wonder how time manages to fly by so quickly? I honestly have a hard time believing that a year ago (well, to be honest, it was on Sunday…so I’m a few days late) we added our newest family member into the fold.

Happy Gotcha Day, Sherman!

We weren’t really planning on adopting a new dog, but once I laid my eyes on Sherman, I somehow knew he needed to come home with us. It’s kind of crazy to look back on photos from the day we adopted him and compare them to photos from present day. I keep seeing articles pop up with before and after photos of dogs who have been adopted, and I definitely think you can see the difference in Sherman from a year ago to now. He was a scared, quiet little guy who loved to snuggle up on anyone’s lap if given the opportunity.

Sherman mixed breed rescue dog

Today, the scared and quiet part is pretty much gone. A few weeks after being in our home, his personality burst through. His ears perked up: his first few days his ears were always pulled back/down…and we discovered that Sherman actually has quite perky ears, and one is always fully perked up, and the other flops over.

Happy Gotcha Day, Sherman!

Happy Gotcha Day, Sherman!

Happy Gotcha Day, Sherman!

Happy Gotcha Day, Sherman!

His eyes became brighter, and he started making his hilarious faces. After the first day in the house together, Sherman and Lucia became fast friends. They are buddies, and even though Lucia is about 3 times bigger than Sherman, she is so gentle when she plays with him.

Happy Gotcha Day, Sherman!

Happy Gotcha Day, Sherman!

But seriously – the faces. I can hardly handle them sometimes. I have never had a dog with such a funny personality like Sherman does. Lucia is our well mannered beauty; Sherman is the odd but spunky beast. It totally works. And I CANNOT HANDLE HIS UNDERBITE. By the way – Sherman has his own Instagram account – you can follow him at @callmesherman.

Happy Gotcha Day, Sherman!

Happy Gotcha Day, Sherman!

Happy Gotcha Day, Sherman!

So – happy Gotcha Day, my little ray of sunshine! It’s been a fun year with you!

Katie and Lucia

Soooooo – it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about my outfits. Heck, it’s really been quite a while since I posted any photo of myself. Honestly: I am blaming the summer. This is the time of the year that I take the opportunity to hibernate in my house as much as possible. The thought of standing outside for more than 30 seconds is just…torture. Hence: outfit posts have halted for a while. I am SO looking forward to having a bit of a cool down (crossing my fingers for that to happen in September). Today, I did think I was overdue for some Katie and Lucia time. Oh, how I love my little Australian Shepherd.

Katie and Lucia Australian Shepherd

Have you ever heard or experienced the idea that people look like their dogs? I absolutely love people watching, so it always makes me smile when I see a dog and his owner resembling one another. Or maybe not even so much resembling each other, but having characteristics that seem to click together.

Katie and Lucia Australian Shepherd

That does make me wonder though – what does that mean for us? I’d like to think that Lucia matches me and Justin…but how about Sherman? Since he’s my little furbaby, does that mean he goes with me and Lucia is more Justin? I have to crack up thinking about that little monster of a pup and how he compares to his big sister.

On one hand you have Lucia: good looking, calm, patient, and loyal. I’d say those attributes do match up well with Justin. Then…you have Sherman. He’s got his quirks when it comes to looks, and he does have quite the spunky and playful attitude. However, you can’t help but love him despite his…imperfections. Perhaps that goes along with my personality. Who knows.

Katie and Lucia Australian Shepherd

But I digress. Since it is summer and since it is HOT and humid outside, I have been living in my maxi dresses. They are definitely my go-to grab from my closet when I need to head out for anything and everything. I have casual ones for errands, fancier ones for going out to dinner, and ones that are somewhere in-between, like this one! I was definitely drawn to the colors at first – the turquoise and blue throughout the pattern was right up my alley. The draped neckline and capped sleeves were also a plus. And I was fortunate enough to find a dress that was the perfect length for flip flops…without having to hem it! Another T.J. Maxx win – clearly.

So – what are you wearing this summer?

Katie and Lucia Australian Shepherd

Maxi dress: purchased at T.J. Maxx // Studded handbag: MMS, purchased at T.J. Maxx (similar at DSW) // Rose gold capri sansals: Old Navy

Furbaby Friday: done and done

Are you ready for it to be Friday/the weekend? I have to say, after two weekends filled with traveling I am quite glad to have a quiet weekend at home to (maybe) relax a little bit. If only I could be as relaxed as Sherman. I’ve been catching my little furbaby sleeping around the house quite a bit lately. There really must be something great about sleeping in sunbeams, because I seem to find him in the same spot quite often.

Furbaby Friday Sherman

I kind of feel like I am destined to plop down on the couch, or heck: even the floor, and just konk out for a while. Why is it so easy for my pups to get comfortable and snooze? Oh, to be able to relax so easily…

Furbaby Friday Sherman

And on another note: how in the world is it already AUGUST?!?! My mind hurts a bit just to think about it. The year is flying by and it is making me realize that I need to get into planning mode in a BIG way. Justin and I WILL be going on some sort of vacation next year. We haven’t gone on a trip just for us since our (belated) honeymoon…and our 5th wedding anniversary is next year….if that gives you any idea of how long it has been. It’s happening. I guess that means we should probably start planning though, huh? Where to go? What to do? Hmmmm…

Furbaby Friday Sherman

What will you be up to this weekend?

Furbaby Friday – antler chews

I thought it was time for yet another Furbaby Friday. I can’t help myself, you know? So…when I was at Home Goods a few weeks ago, I spotted a few packages of antler chews for the dogs. I brought home two of them for Lucia and Sherman; a small one for Sherman and a larger one for Lucia. I should have known it wouldn’t work out the way I intended. Of course, as soon as I presented the dogs with their proper sized antlers, they switched them. Lucia was all about the smaller antler, and proceeded to gnaw it to smithereens in less than an hour. Meanwhile, Sherman proudly dragged the large antler chew around behind him and got to work. Ridiculous little guy…claiming the big dog’s treat.

antler chews furbaby Friday

I don’t think Lucia was really thinking through for the long term. Once the smaller antler chew was devoured, she was left with nothing to munch on. She was relegated to watching her little brother as he happily chewed on the too-big-for-him antler. Giving me a skeptical look the entire time, of course. I mean, look at that eyebrow. I will say this about Lucia: she has an extremely patient spirit about her. I could see how jealous she was about Sherman’s chew, but she never made any moves to take it away from him. She just watched him longingly. The amount of torment she has to endure thanks to her new little brother is pretty amazing; he jumps on her, nips at her legs and ears, sleeps on her bed, and more. But she has never once been rough with him. They are certainly an odd couple.

antler chews furbaby Friday

The story of the antler chews does have a happy ending though. I was lucky enough to spot another larger antler chew on a return trip to Home Goods, so I picked up a new one for my forlorn furbaby. They are both the happy recipients of a large antler chew…even though Sherman looks quite comical as he attempts to chew his.

Do you have pups that share toys/treats?