For the love of dogs

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The love of dogs

I don’t think it comes as any surprise that being a pet owner (for me) is beneficial. I absolutely cannot imagine my life without my fur babies: life just isn’t the same without the love of dogs in it! I am sure other dog/pet owners feel exactly the way I do. Your pets become an integral part of the family and hold a special place in your heart.

The love of dogs

For those of you who may not know this, pets were actually responsible for Justin and I meeting and getting together in the first place. Yep. Without Lucia and Theo, we would never have met each other and be married now. It’s hard to believe that back in 2008 two furry friends would be the reason I ran into my husband.

The love of dogs

Theo loved going the the beach, and I would take him there every weekend to walk the beach and swim. It was common for people to marvel at my little maltese-yorkie mix pup as he fearlessly paddled out into the ocean in pursuit of his small frisbee. He would fetch and swim until complete exhaustion (and would have probably still tried to keep going anyway). I loved our little Saturday swims together, but little did I know that one week Justin would show up at the beach with a 10 week old Lucia in tow. It was pretty much a done deal from there. Guy with a 10 week old puppy? Heart. Melted.

The love of dogs

To make a long story short, Justin and I fell in love over the mutual love for our pets (as well as other things, of course), so Theo and Lucia will always hold a very special place in my heart for that reason alone. Theo lives with my parents now (as well as with his dachshund brother Stuart), but we live with Lucia and (now) Sherman. So, my parents have two dogs, we have two dogs…and my little brother and his wife have three dogs. Soooo if you do the math you can quickly determine that in our family the dogs outnumber the humans. Crazy, right?!?!

The love of dogs

When you own more than one dog, things can start to get complicated when it comes to food, accessories, etc. For instance, Lucia happens to have a tender belly when it comes to dog food, so we have to search for certain varieties that will not make her stomach upset. For a while, we had to have two different dog foods; one for Lucia, and a puppy variety for Sherman when he was younger. I am glad that IAMS not only has options for different stages of life (puppy, adult, senior), but also has options for different dietary needs. For example, they have an IAMS® Sensitive Naturals™Adult Ocean Fish + Rice Recipe of dog food that Lucia can enjoy. She happens to be sensitive to chicken products, and it can be a challenge to find the right formula that makes her happy. We always opt for dry dog food since the abrasive chewing action is good for our pups’ oral hygiene (have to keep those chompers sparkly and clean!). Of course, also getting your hands on treats, a crate, collars, leashes, etc. is always an undertaking, so it is nice when you can acquire all of these things in one place! And that place happens to be Target. Talk about one of my all time favorite stores! I can get lost for hours inside of Target…from clothing, to home goods, to beauty products, to food, to pet supplies, I really can find it all in one place. The fact that I don’t have to jump from one store to another is a complete life and time saver for me.

The love of dogs

It just so happened that Lucia was in need of a new collar, and I was SO excited to pick up a new one for her – a turquoise glitter collar?!?! Yes, please! I also couldn’t resist grabbing a new rope pull toy for my two fur babies – they love a rope toy, and Target offers affordable and plentiful options in their pet toy section!

Target pet supplies

Target’s Cartwheel App is featuring some special offers for IAMS now through August! If you don’t already use the Cartwheel App, you definitely need to download it ASAP – I personally love it! The following deals are currently running –

You can also follow IAMS over on Facebook for more fun!

So – how have your pets created a special place in your heart? I’d love to hear your favorite pet-related stories, and how Target is your one stop pet shop as well!

Family Photos with Ashlee Hamon Photography

The Comptons Ashlee Hamon Photography

Ok, I’m going to admit it: I’ve been holding on to these photos for a little bit of time. Since…March, to be exact. Shame on me, shame on me! However, I thought it would only be fitting to share them in conjunction with our 5th wedding anniversary, which just so happened to be this past weekend. Instead of revisiting wedding photos, how about sharing some NEW family photos with Ashlee Hamon Photography!

The Comptons Ashlee Hamon Photography

The Comptons Ashlee Hamon Photography

Here’s the thing: Justin and I never really take photos together. I am either taking pictures of something (food, the dogs, our house), or we are taking a photo of one of us…but the two of us in tandem? It just doesn’t happen. So, enlisting Ashlee Hamon Photography to help us out with some new family portraits was the perfect idea.

The Comptons Ashlee Hamon Photography

The Comptons Ashlee Hamon Photography

The Comptons Ashlee Hamon Photography

I think these photos are the perfect way to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary – with new memories, and even a new family member in Sherman. He even dressed up for the occasion, sporting a bow tie like the fancy little man that he is.

The Comptons Ashlee Hamon Photography

The Comptons Ashlee Hamon Photography

The Comptons Ashlee Hamon Photography

There is even another little confession I want to make: we are not “pictures on the wall” kind of people. If you walk through our house, you won’t see a photo of us hanging on the wall. Artwork, yes…but photos: no. I didn’t feel like displaying wedding photos because they seemed dated as of a few months after the event. I know: I’m strange. But I just might change things up with a few of these photos, as I have a place for them in a gallery wall I’m putting together for my office! I am sure I’ll be sharing it as soon as the project is complete. That is, if I ever manage to pull myself together and clean up the office. It is now a bit of a disaster zone, since we’ve had a lot of construction going on in our house in the past few weeks. The office is now home to a lot of items that used to be in our bedroom that we had to move out when we had the flooring torn out. I’m scared to tackle that huge task, but I can’t wait to finally have my office put together completely. I feel like it is one of those projects that I have started and made progress on in the past, but I’ve never completed it to a point where I’m done making changes. One day soon, I swear!

The Comptons Ashlee Hamon Photography

The Comptons Ashlee Hamon Photography

The Comptons Ashlee Hamon Photography

Anyway, I could not sing more praises for Ashlee as our photographer. She was absolutely fantastic to work with, captured some awesome images I am glad to hang on to, and is just a great person in general! She even was nice enough to capture some glamour shots of my rings during our session – something I never was lucky enough to have before! If you happen to live in the Tampa Bay area and are looking for a photographer to work with, definitely check Ashlee out: you won’t regret it!

The Comptons Ashlee Hamon Photography

So – here’s to five years of marriage, our little family, and many more years to come!

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