light of my life

She makes me want to get out and RUN!

She makes me want to get out and RUN!

I’ve been feeling tired lately – in fact on Monday night I drove home after school feeling very average, let the dogs in, climbed into bed, fought Lumen off, and had an hour-long nap.

But the funny thing was, before this, just seeing my two happy, wiggling balls of love and excitement was enough to perk me right up- rejuvenate me, as it were. I’d told myself on the way home that I wasn’t going to go to the field, too tired. Wasn’t going to train, needed to sleep. But seeing them- seeing Lu, I thought: oh, well, I could go train…! I feel ok, actually!

But I was sensible. I had a nap… It’s just amazing how much energy I felt when I got home and brought them in.

short & sweet: how to amuse active dogs for over an hour

The face of determination

The face of determination

Even Mal's having a go!

Even Mal’s having a go!


I’ve always been a fan of the old Kong-stuffed-with-treats as a way of settling my dogs (read: Lumen) down… however, recently I’ve found two ways of increasing their longevity, as Lumen as always so quick at getting peanut butter & biscuits out. Honestly… 15-20 mins and she’d finished it…

Our newest recipes:
A glob of peanut butter down the bottom (because they’re obsessed and it’s an incentive to finish…)

Half a carrot rammed in the main part. For Mal we left the carrot sticking out because he doesn’t persevere and doesn’t love carrots that much… Lumen got hers shoved all the way in so she really had to work at it…



A glob of peanut butter down the bottom..

1/4 chunks of apple rammed in, cored, but unpeeled.

They still, over an hour later and having shared kongs, haven’t managed to finish Mallei’s ‘adult’ Kong, which doesn’t bend as easily as Lumen’s original ‘puppy’ Kong. Now they’ve given up and they’re play-fighting. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.

short & sweet: slick

Husband getting his ears licked. Yuck.

Husband getting his ears licked. Yuck.

Lumen is a crazy, licking machine. She licks like no dog I’ve ever met. Body in full wag, bent in half, then the other way. Sometimes her tongue gets stuck on you and, making a ‘slorf, slorf noise’, her mouth opens until her jaws are around your neck. Sounds more scary than it is. This girl delights in licking feet, especially, and ears secondarily. Love my crazy licking, slorfing machine.