Good Night Sweet Prince

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I will never forget that night in November 2000 when Jack entered our lives. My husband and I were knee-deep in all the trappings of relocating—cardboard boxes and newspaper—prepping to move from our first home, a condo, to our first “home” home in a nearby subdivision. We had fallen in love with the older, established neighborhood with its shade trees and community park. It was the perfect spot for our family of three at the time, which was myself, my husband, and our Corgi/German Shepherd mix Bailey, a neurotic rescue girl we adopted just after we were married in May 1997.

I was home packing when my husband called to say two things – “I’m headed to the vet’s. And Bailey is OK.”

While he was out driving he spotted an injured dog abandoned in a ditch just off Charlotte Pike here in West Nashville. The area was more rural than suburban and as he stopped to inquire at neighboring homes he quickly realized that our Jack, as he would soon be known, was unclaimed and unwanted.

Jack was the perfect dog to raise kids with. God must have hand-picked him just for us, because there is no way we could have researched and found such an ideal family pet.

He was there to sniff the girls’ downy newborn heads when we brought them home from the hospital. He agreeably and stoically resolved to their dress-up parties and loading him down with trinkets like a princess and to riding him like a pony. He was big and lumbering, but gentle and calm. He was handsome, too, with a gorgeous red coat that challenged many a vacuum and my nerves with his fur tumbleweeds that were everywhere.

Jack was no pushover, though. He was a strong, sturdy, robust watchdog who startled many a delivery person on our front steps. He was a notable presence at our front door. He never left the girls’ sides when they played in their bouncy seats as babies.

Jack was just downright sweet. He was never obnoxious or needy. He was there for you. Quiet and unassuming he was a faithful companion. He deferred to Bailey and her alpha girl ways and if he could speak I’m certain he would have never complained. It was as if he knew we’d rescued him and that we were his and he was ours forever.

He was perfect.

He was much loved.

He is profoundly missed.



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Beauty Is Only Fur Deep


Be your own kind of beautiful inspiring quote

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Kids And Pets: Friendship, Fur, and Fun

C and Z

If you know me and my family very well at all you know that our three dogs are a special and significant part of our lives. We have two awesome elder male dogs, Jack and Dapper, and one younger female dog, Zoey. Each one of our dogs is a pedigreed mutt and each one has their own distinct, and delightful, personality. For as long as I can remember, pets have been part of my life (I grew up on a farm with an entire menagerie of animals and birds) and now my kids are experiencing the joys of pets. Our dogs greeted us at the back door when we brought our girls home from the hospital and our girls have grown up living alongside their furry siblings.

Pet ownership is not something to be entered into lightly, but letting a dog into your live can teach your child some wonderful life lessons.

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Head over to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Wishing Well Blog for my latest guest post on the joys of owning a dog!

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Party Like a Pooch Alpo Giveaway #HappyStartsHere

Zoey Alpo Dog Party

Zoey waits for our guests to arrive

Update: This giveaway is closed. Congrats to reader Joe Bissy for winning!

Our three dogs are a very special part of our family. Just like our daughters, our furry kids love any excuse to dress up and have a party. Our dogs are very well loved mutts and each one has their own distinct personality. They may or may not have their own rapper names – Dizzy Z, Fuzzy J, and Big D. Ahem.

We truly treat our dogs like family so I was excited to serve them Alpo’s canned food as a special treat as well as have some of their dog friends over for a pooch party to sample treats and take home some fun goodie bags that included one of our favorite dog toys, Kongs! Between our house and our next door neighbors, we have eight dogs so we are truly a dog loving neighborhood. My dad even brought his French Bulldog Gigi over to sample treats. Alpo provided our furry friends with fun gift bags, as well as everything we needed to throw a party.

Jack Alpo Party

Jack, our senior boy, really enjoyed the Alpo Chop House canned food.

Gigi Dog Party

Gigi says, “Let’s get this party started! I’m too fabulous to wait!”

Alpo Dog Party

Want to throw a backyard event for your dog(s) and their friends? One lucky Blonde Mom Blog reader will receive an Alpo Party Kit, valued at $250, that includes:

Samples of ALPO canned dog food (enough to get your party started as well as some for favor bags to keep the party going after your guests leave)

  • An ALPO placemat and bowl for your dog

  • Nestlé coupons for snacks for your human friends

  • Fun dry-erase thought bubbles to write what the dogs have to say about ALPO

  • Favor bags to give your party guests (supplies for up to 10 favor bags, including ALPO samples, coupons, bandanas  and Kong toys)

  • Streamers and a fun ALPO #HappyStartsHere banner


To enter, just leave a comment on this post letting me know what kind of dog(s) you have and their names. For up to four additional entries (and please leave a comment below for each of these you choose to do):

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I’ll select a winner from all eligible comments using; giveaway closes at midnight CST Sunday, May 12. The giveaway is open only to U.S. residents, ages 18+.

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