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Jan 27, 2010

Am I in the Dog House?

Hi all!  I know I have been MIA the last couple weeks.  Am I in the dog house?  Sorry... *insert puppy dog eyes here*.  I was VERY well intentioned... hopeful... and I missed you all... REALLY I did!

I am constantly on a mission to win "Mother of the Year".  You know... the silent award that goes to Moms who go above and beyond the call of duty.  The type of mother who sits in a NOISY place for hours so her kids can have fun with friends... the one who drives their kids all over the place and does so with a smile.  Sometimes you "lose" Mother of the Year for the day.  Maybe on a day when your patience is wearing thin and you lose your temper for a moment.  No worries though... you get up the next day and move onward toward that award... Mother of the Year.  The Mother we ALL strive to be, right?

That leads me to my "excuse" for being MIA for the past 2 weeks.  Over the Christmas holiday, my family and I spent a couple days with my Mother in Law and SHE had won Mother of the Year that day month by buying her teen daughter a Shih Tzu puppy.  It was ADORABLE.  I am not really a "pet person".  I didn't have pets growing up, so the concept was pretty foreign to me, but I couldn't help but scoop up the puppy and kiss her.  Soooo cute (insert high-pitched, baby-cooing voice here).  My kids all LOVED the puppy too.  So much so, that over the next several weeks my daughters googled til they were blue in the face looking at Shih Tzu puppies on the web.  They found them for sale all over the place and we enjoyed fantasizing over getting one of our own one day.  Of course I want my kids to be happy and I had warmed up to the idea so much that I started looking for a Shih Tzu puppy!  LOL  Then, one day... 2 weeks ago... my hubby found a puppy for sale only an hour and a half away.  The thought of my kid's smiling faces and the joy a puppy would bring to our family motivated me to jump in the car with my hubby and go see the puppy.  And that was all it took.  I scooped her up and was ready to go.  Mother of the Year, here I come.    

Let me introduce you to Puffle:

She is a Shih Tzu puppy, born into this world on November 28th, 2009.  She is now a member of our family. :)  I sat her in my light box to photograph her.  LOL

She sat still for this ONE picture.  LOL  It's hard for me to capture her adorable face because of her markings on her face, but let me assure you, she is C-U-T-E and has an awesome personality.  Here is what the majority of the photos from the photo shoot looked like:

Puppy on the move!  LOL

Being a new puppy-Mommy is like having a newborn in the house.  I know you pet owners are nodding in agreement.  ;)  Being a FIRST-TIME puppy-Mommy, I have been a tad overwhelmed (under-statement).  I should have read a book... or made a "plan" first, but I didn't... so I have been winging it... and wishing the Dog Whisperer would come pay me a visit and train ME.  LOL  Thank goodness for my friends, who helped me through it.

Oh, and for anyone who is curious about her name, Puffle, she is named after a "pet" from a game that my daughters play called Club Penguin.  Want to see a Club Penguin Puffle?

After many nights of little sleep and feeling like a zombie... I adjusted enough to STAMP.  YAY!  :)

I used my MFT Chick Flick stamp set for this card.  I ADORE this image!  SO "me".  I LOVE watching movies. 

I used a Sakura clear Glaze Pen to make my popcorn bowl shiny.

I even finished the inside off!  (LOVE doing that)

Here is one more card I made:

Stamps: MFT Chick Flick
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: White, Black, My Mind's Eye Love Me Do
Accessories: May Arts ruffled ribbon, silver brads, Copic markers, Janome sew mini, Sakura clear Glaze Pen, Prima burlap flower, SU brad, word window punch, paper piercer


  1. Oh goodness Puffle is the sweetest lil' thing. We did the exact same thing this time last year and came home with a teeny tiny Westie pup whom we called Haggis. I completely sympathise with the sleep adjustment thing, it's just like having a newborn baby but one that can run :lol: Have fun with your gorgeous puppy baby, Haggis has filled our lives with scamping and mischief but I wouldn't have it any other way :)

  2. CUTE! My kids really want another dog too...ours is 13 and does NOTHING. My daughter needs a little dog to train and cuddle. I strive for MOY, but often feel it's too unobtainable. However, my little guy told me just last night that I "am the best mommy" he's EVER had. I'm the ONLY mommy he's every had, but I knew what it meant and THAT was all the award I'll ever need:)

    Good luck with puffles. He really is cute!

  3. Cute cards, Jodi! I now officially "need" that stamp set! LOL

    What a CUTE puppy! I am LMHO at your story because my niece is currently in the same boat with a new puppy but she already has a 3 year old and an 8-month old! She's complained for the last 8 months that she doesn't get any sleep or get anything done during the day, and went and got a puppy! I think she should have got an MRI to see what's wrong with her brain! LOL

  4. What a super cute puppy!! We share the same birthday!!
    Good luck with your "mother of the year". Having a puppy will bring you lots of fun times as well as trying times!

  5. AAAACK!!!!! PUFFLE IS THE CUTEST!!!! Congratulations on your MOTY award, dear friend! You deserve it! And your cards are pretty darn sweet, too. Miss you! BTW, I'm about to be snowed in in OKC -- I'll call and chat you up in the next day or so. HUGS!

  6. ACK! What an ADORABLE puppy! We have a Shih Tzu cross and they really are fabulous family pets! Congrats on the new addition!!

    You are killing me with those cards! LOL! I'm kicking myself for NOT picking that set up at CHA...darn it! BUT so much to buy and I had to put a few things back on the shelves...haha!

    Love that fun paper!!

  7. Congratulations on your new addition. Puffle is sooo adorable. I'm sure she will bring much joy to your family. :)

  8. Puffle is just precious, Jody!!! Love your cards--awesome as always!

  9. Oh my!!! What an adorable black and white bundle of sweetness!!!! Congratulations on the newest member of your family! Oh, and love the card too, but you had to know the puppy would take over this post. :)

  10. Puffle is so cute! Your cards are great - love both the outside and the inside!

  11. Puffle is adorable, and what an apt name! What do you think Puffle was thinking about sitting in the light box? If only these little guys could talk. Welcome back to stamping, and I'll understand if you get distracted sometimes!

  12. Welcome to the newest member of the family. Get ready - Puffle will just take over your heart and you'll wonder how you ever managed without a dog. You know we'll expect update pictures along with your great cards!!

  13. AAAAWWWW!!!!! Your Puffle is SOOOO cute! And your card isn't bad either! LOL! Nice work!

  14. Such a cute puppy..I too have a Shih-tzu and he is awesome. They have a wonderful personality.

    Enjoy your new addition to your family.


  15. Oh my word what a will need to set boundaries soon. I would suggest a crate for her at night. They feel more secure and will go there to nap when they are tired.

    a schedule that is that same will help in their growing......and lots of chew toys.

    she is precious.......

    love her

    Kathy L....

  16. ACK!! Awesome pics of Puffle!! Nice to see her face (since I've seen her belly pics!). Fabulous cards as usual Jody!

  17. I guess you are kinda in a "dog house" now aren't you... Puffle is just the cuties little thing! She'll steal your heart and pee all over your carpets with that innocent look on her face!!! Get trained - the pup will take over your house if you are not carefull - Mom of 3 Yorkies!

  18. okay, we forgive you! OMG, she couldn't be ANY cuter!!! love that you are having fun with her and oh, your cards are cute too-I got carried away looking at puffles!

  19. Puffle is absolutely adorable.. our family is an owner of a Shih Tzu named Charley who has been the best dog...Shih Tzu are amazing sweet. Your cards are always so them. Enjoy your new puppy!!

  20. Congratulations on the new addition. You will have loads of fun together. Enjoy!

  21. Oh boy...can I relate to this! I got a Shih-Poo about 7 1/2 months of those split-second decisions after I saw her brother! I adore her beyond words NOW, but it was touch and go for awhile...I had not had a puppy before...what was I thinking? She is my little dolly now, I guess that is what really counts!

  22. She is SO cute, Jody! My grandparents had a dog just like that. Her name was Fushia. lol.

    Your cards are cute as can be too! :)

  23. So cute! And yes, I know what a Puffle is :)

  24. LMAO!!! I thought you were going to say that after hours in the noisy place your hubby had you commited to a funny farm!!!!!


    Congrats on the new baby (again) and glad to see you are adjusting... NO MORE BABIES FOR ME, of ANY kind.... LOL

  25. awwwww!!!! Such a CUTE puppy! We have two Lhasa's and a Shih Tzu. Our Shih Tzu barks all the time and hates being in his kennel!!! I too, was never a dog person!!! Check out pics of my Benji on my blog!

  26. Do not know why my comment said anonymous??

  27. congrat on the new puppy. It's a lot of work but so rewarding. I have 4 daschunds and wouldn't trade them for the world. Hope to see some new stuff soon. Take your time.

  28. We forgive you!! Puffle is very cute!! And must be pretty special if you sat her in the light box!! :) And she didn't chew it!!
    Cute cards, too!!

  29. Congratulations on your new furbaby! Awwww, she is CUTE!

    Here are some sites that I have used that have really good sales and discounts on pet supplies (and MUCH better selection than the stores):

    Enjoy Jody!!


  30. She is adorable. I had a shiz tu growing up named Kim Su. She was the sweetest dog and the best kid dog ever. I'm so happy for you. Shiz tus are great and Puffle looks like a sweetie! :)

  31. Oh my goodness she is SOOOOO SWEET!!!!!It is totally like having a baby in house:-) Have fun!


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