Wordless Wednesday: Ode to Singing Beach

Considered “dog heaven” by those of us on the North Shore of Boston, this is our lovely Singing Beach, in Manchester-by-the-Sea, which welcomes dogs in the off season. Right now beach parking is off limits due to all the snow, so we are pining for spring! We adore visiting Singing Beach, and put together a little slideshow to dream a little of warmer weather. Enjoy your trip to the beach!

Another Gawker Scandal? Cassie Kisses Deadliest Catch Star

Yesterday the news was full of reports on how a blogger took down a married congressman after he sent her topless photos of himself through Craigslist.  Today on the news, it was suggested that she broke the news to get more traffic to her blog… wow, BRILLIANT!

Hey, I’m not above posting tawdry photos to garner stardom and bloggy fame, so here goes.  You saw it here first! Matt Bradley, a crew member of the F/V Northwestern from the Deadliest Catch TV series kissed my dog.  And I have photos to prove it!*  And yes, there was tongue involved.

Matt Bradley and the kissing shocker of the year! (Click for a larger view!)

Now, I’m not saying there was anything fishy going on (fishy, get it?**).  Matt never mentioned whether he was married or involved at the time.   And Cassie… well Cassie will kiss ANYBODY!  She never checks for marital status.  I should also disclose that Cassie was UNDERAGE at the time of the kissing… she was only six months old!  Luckily, she has had no lasting issues resulting from the incident, and still will happily kiss anybody who asks for it.

Cassie was very fond of Edgar too... who can blame her, he's really cute!

In total disclosure we received no payment for this shocking revelation.  The rest of the Northwestern Crew were perfect gentlemen.  Cassie was delighted to meet Jake Anderson, Norman and Edgar Hansen, but clearly Matt Bradley was her favorite.  Oh, by the way the people that aren’t celebrities in the photo are me and my husband, Mike.

The back story to this photo was we took a two week sailing trip down from Salem MA to Newport RI. My web design client Helly Hansen has an AWESOME warehouse sale once a year.  That year, he was also the official gear sponsor to the F/V Northwestern on the Deadiest Catch, and the crew made an appearance at the show.  I built the web store that sold the goods and handled the blog for them, so we came on down and did a photo session.

Matt, if you ever read this, Cassie wanted me to tell you she never washed that cheek again!  Happy Valentine’s Day all!

*Lest you accuse me of Photoshopping this photo, I can assure you it is 100% untouched… the kissing was REAL!

**I’m very sorry, that was a terrible pun.

Wordless Wednesday: In too deep!

2 Dogs, 2 Toys, no conclusions

New Plush Lobster

When we first picked up Cassie, her human mom gave us a stuffed duck that had been spending time in the pen with Cassie, her dog mom and her siblings. The explanation was that it held a familiar safe smell. This was her “woobie” for months helping ease her away from a doggie centric life to life with us. She was notorious for tearing up stuffed toys in no time flat – but that duck stayed intact for months.

Three years and countless toys later we wanted to see if we could prolong the life of her stuffed toys by doing something similar. I picked up 2 identical stuffed toys. At first glance they look like seals, but then you notice they have claws. The tag says “plush lobster”. Really? White lobsters with cute noses and whiskers?? Anyway we marked one “lobster” with a small X on the tag and placed it in our clothes hamper for 24 hours. The other was pristine. I then presented both toys to the girls who started to have a ball.

Still looking good after 1 week of hard play

Squeaker and some stuffing removed

Side by side - I can't tell the difference

Usually a cheap stuffed toy lasts no more than 24 hours before having its squeaker removed along with most of its stuffing. 72 hours and it resembles a rag. My hypothesis for this experiment was that clean lobster would meet this fate while smelly lobster would be granted a pardon. 24 hours came and went and the toys held up. Maybe a day later both squeakers were removed with a modest amount of stuffing, but both on the same pace. Now a week has passed and as you can see both toys are, while filthy (don’t buy white toys), still looking good.

So – what did we learn? Absolutely nothing. Take a look at the side by side comparison – both look the same – but have held up fairly well. My only lessons learned: don’t buy white toys, and mad scientists have made seal/lobster hybrids.