Who Let the Dogs Out? Bark for Life

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With Bark for Life nearly a week behind us, we can genuinely reflect on what a great day we had! It was the type of day us Michiganders dream about. Crisp air, blue skies, warm sunshine and not a snowflake in sight.

The day started off a little rough with Libby having a barking fit, but she quickly quieted down once she saw our friend and dog trainer, Julie. At first she was a little freaked out by all the other dogs. She warmed up immediately to our friend Kathleen from The Happy Hound dog walking service. We plan to use Happy Hound in the near future were geeked at the opportunity to meet ahead of time. Kathleen’s calm energy is ideal, we are so incredibly lucky to have found her services.

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Once Libby realized the event was all about dogs and there were treats-a-plenty, she loosened up. Brenda, the chair of the event, gave a speech about cancer victims relying on their dogs for support, and sent us all out on a quick walk. The walk took us past the beautiful Sault Locks Park. There was even a water station on the loop where you could grab a cup of water for your pooch! You can see that Libby enjoyed the walk and liked having her picture taken with her friend Raven.

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In total, Bark for Life of Chippewa County raised over $6,700! That is very impressive for a small community of our size. The two hour event was the perfect length for the dogs and I am excited to participate in future Barks. Until next year, keep your paws up for the cause!

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We are barking!

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I decided to sign Libby and I up for Bark for Life this year. It is the first time Bark for Life has come to our area, and also our first time participating in the event. It’s actually the first time I’ve participated in any Relay for Life event!

Much like Relay for Life, Bark for Life is a fundraiser that benefits the American Cancer Society. Unlike a traditional Relay, it is shorter in length (2 hours) and the theme is centered around dogs! Some cancer patients find their biggest caregivers and sources of support are canines. Some dogs themselves have faced cancer. Cancer touches everyone, even the 4-legged.

Personally, cancer runs deep in my family. I can say that eating healthy and avoiding chemicals will help me avoid it, but in all reality…will it? Who really knows. I am no medical professional, but I feel like genetic make up certainly has something to do with it. My genetic make up puts me at a pre-disposition for the disease. Currently, my grandma is fighting the disgusting illness. I grew up spending a lot of time at my grandparents house. I have been told that I have an old soul, and I think my character was shaped as a result of spending so much time with my grandparents. Ironically, my husband spent a great deal of time with his grandparents and we have very parallel upbringings, resulting in very similar values and morals.

Back to Bark for Life…I started the online campaign thinking I would be lucky to reach $100 in donations. In one wag of Libby’s tail, we blew that goal out of the water. We are currently at $515! I am so incredibly humbled and grateful for every person who generously reached into their pockets and offered us a donation. I fully understand that money is tight…really tight…for a lot of folks, and I am so excited that we have so much support.

The Bark will take place on April 25th. Leading up to that event, there are a few pre-events. If you’ll be in the Sault Ste. Marie area on April 18th, there is a fundraiser at Tractor Supply Co. from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Dr. Amber from Sault Animal Hospital will be on site with basic services such as nail clipping and ear cleaning. There will be a bake sale with all donations supporting the local Bark for Life.

We attended a past event at Tractor Supply Co. and Libby had an excellent time. Everyone was so understanding of her high energy and so kind to her. I am really looking forward to the Bark for Life event after seeing how well she did at the pre-event!

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If you are interested in joining us, or just learning more about Bark for Life, you can click here.

Mornings

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Mornings get a bad reputation. They are seen as the one time of day everyone hates. In my younger days, I enjoyed sleeping in, but as I get older I’ve learned to appreciate mornings.

As the smell of coffee drifts to the second floor of our little home, it reminds me that I am about to get my personal quiet time. There is nothing better than that first cup of coffee, in a quiet home, with time to scroll through your social media news feeds or just sit quietly and enjoy the peacefulness. My house is always usually clean and tidy, there are no tasks or chores tugging at my attention (other than feeding Libby). I have nothing to concentrate on except the quiet, and my coffee.

Mornings are practically the only time Libby is calm. If I time it just right, I can sneak in a few snuggles before the alarm goes off, even before coffee. As anyone with a Jack Russell will vouch for, the rest of the day she is hell on wheels. I get about 20 minutes a day before the madness begins.

As a lover of mornings, I challenge you to find the good in them. Sure, it’s hard sometimes to get out of the warm bed and put my feet in slippers and drag my tired self downstairs. Especially here in northern Michigan where some mornings the snow has piled up overnight. I encourage you to look for little things that make mornings enjoyable. They only happen once a day, after all.

A good dog always knows…

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On a normal day, I am on the go from sun-up to sun-down. Our normal routine is quick paced and filled with excited talk such as “come on!” “hurry up!” “let’s get a toy!”. Libby is used to this sort of upbeat routine. She thrives in this environment. Being a Jack Russell, she is naturally a little high-strung and bursting with energy. 1972298_789442120534_4008942427050403206_n

As I stated before, I eat fairly healthy and exercise regularly and I believe this amounts to a rather healthy immune system that keeps most sicknesses at bay. However, about once a year, I come down with a nasty cold. I’m used to feeling really good and having a ton of energy (much like a Jack Russell!) so this really hinders my daily routine. I find myself struggling to even get out of bed in the morning to brew a pot of coffee. While sitting at work, I have to force myself not to think about my cozy bed because laying my head on a pillow and covering up with about ten blankets sounds like the perfect way to spend the day.

Oh, and Libby. How could I forget to add Libby into that? Libby is the absolute best snuggler you’ve ever met. She needs to lay right next to you, which can be uncomfortable in the summer heat, but during our long winters it is like having a built-in heating pad. She burrows beneath the blankets, circles around a few times to find the perfect spot, then plops down in one swift movement. She will give a big sigh, and that is where she will stay. Eventually she gets overheated and comes gasping for air, only to repeat the whole procedure in a half hour or so.

On days when I have little energy, move a bit slower than usual, Libby just KNOWS. She knows I’m not feeling well, or having a bad day, or coming down with a cold. She will not leave my side. A good dog always knows, and Libby is a very good dog.

Welcome!

We are so glad you are here!

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You’ve found the Life with Libby blog! Thank you for checking us out. You’re probably a little curious about who we are, and what are going to write about. Allow me to introduce ourselves!

Libby was once an abandoned stray puppy, and now lives the high life as a pampered pet.

Libby’s hobbies include: napping, running around at full speed, listening for cheese wrappers, visiting the dog park and never missing a beat. In her free time, Libby enjoys chasing around the cats she is forced to be roommates with.

Krystle spends her days on the beautiful campus of Lake Superior State University, and writes this blog in her free time.

Krystle’s hobbies include: running, cooking wholesome meals for her family, volunteering, Netflix, crafting and of course spending time with Libby.

Together, Libby and I hope this blog provides a place where we can give a truthful and straightforward look into our little world, show everyone how fun and entertaining owning a dog can be, and maybe even help promote a few of our favorite causes along the way.

Check back regularly, bookmark us, leave us comments, find us on Instagram (@libbylifeblog). We get ridiculously excited over comments and emails, we love random thoughts and making new friends. Emails read on the regular – libbylifeblog@gmail.com

Thank you for finding us! We hope you will enjoy reading about our future adventures (and misadventures!).