October's Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month Has Even More Meaning This Year

This year Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month has taken on new meaning in our family, because, well, I adopted a shelter dog. 

As you know, a week ago we brought Maddux home for a trial with Toby. All went well, and by Sunday morning Toby had a newly adopted baby brother. 

While I usually stay out of the pet store dog vs. adoption debate, I wanted to post about this, because I wanted to bring attention to the millions of pets that do not have homes, and just as importantly, the fabulous work many rescue organizations, like the place where I got Moddux from, does. They give so much of their lives to help these pets -- whether they are dogs, cats, turtles or horses. 

Of course, in the interest of full disclosure, and because I am always honest with our readers, Toby is a pet store dog. I have all his breeder's information and know exactly where he came from.

So, cheers to Maddux for finding a home during the special Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month! I am sure happy I took him home. 



Mickey Mouse Fun

I was in a pet store yesterday picking up two cans of wet food for Toby and Maddux when I walked past a clearance box filled with toys. 

In the past I never paid much attention to them, because Toby never really played with toys, but would instead just rip them apart. 

Since Maddux came aboard, Toby seems not to do that as much. Plus, Maddux seems to really like to play with them. 

One of the toys in the bin was a licensed Disney toy featuring Mickey Mouse! I had to get it for them, especially since Maddux is from Orlando aka the Mickey capital of the world. 

The two of them were hilarious. Check out these photos of them playing withe their new toy! 


Adding Another Four Paws to Our Family

If you follow me on Instagram, user name, mmaskaly, you may already know this, but if you don't, our family has exanded by another four paws! 

Say hello to Maddux -- a 4-month-old terrier mix, and Toby's new little brother! 

We did a weekend trial, and they did really well together.

Maddux is in love with Toby. I mean like serriously in love. He wants to do everything Toby does and wants to be wherever Tooby is. If Toby jumps on the couch, Maddux needs to be with him. It is superr cute. 

While Toby is enjoying his new playmate, he still wants his alone time, and is not used to snuggling with anotherr dog. For example, the photo below, lasted about 10 minutes before toby jumped off the couch. But, that was progress, because at first Toby didn't want to be bothered at all when they were that close. 

Last night, they were both exhausted, as was I, and the two of them were snuggled in under covers on the couch with me. They were laying butt-to-butt. 

I am totally in love with these two! 



Embarking On a New Adventure

As I previously wrote, I spent the past two years as the editor-in-chief of a pet industry trade publication, which left little time for me to write about my life with Toby, or really, do anything else. 

It was a long two years that felt like 20 years, to be honest. But, I wouldn'lt change it for the world. The experiences I had, the career I built because of it, the new skills I learrned, the people I got to meet, the places I traveled ... really the list could go on and on. 

Tomorrow starts a new chapter in our lives, and I use the word our, because it impacts Toby, too. It will be the first time ever that I will be working from home full-time.

I say full-time, because working from home has really never been an option for me at any stage of my career. A few years back I was at a company where it was possible, but there were so many meetings, it really wasn'lt feasible. I did it when I could, and got so much work done on those days it was amazing. I also did it when I got laid off and was consulting/freelancing, but that was also a bit different. 

But, this is a bit new for everyone involved, because for the most part, I will always be around. Yes, there is a good amount of travel involved, but most days, I will be here -- sitting at my desk typing away, researching, writing, making phone calls and doing my job. 

I know I work really well like this, but I am a little nervous about how Toby is going to do. It will be inevitable that I will at least once bark while I am on a conference call. But, I am not as worried about how he will be while I am here, as much as I am when I am not. 

Toby is very susceptible to separation anxiety. He had it when he was a puppy and we nabbed it inthe butt. I could see how being with me all day for weeks on end and then leavingt o go on a business trip, could be a bit much for him, despite the fact that in most cases he will be at my Dad's, a place he absolutely loves and grew up in. 

One thing I am pretty excited about is being able to spend more time with him. I know it sounds silly, but it is nice to know that I can walk over and give him a hug on my way to the bathroom. Or, just the simple task of looking over and seeing him on his bed while I am typing away. 

I think this new career choice will not only be good for me, but also for him. I am a big believer that pets -- even if it is a desktop aquarium -- should be allowed in workplaces. There are tons of studies that show the benefits. 

So, tell me a little about your situation. Do you work from home with your dog at your feet? What are some suggestions for making it a good working environment?

Or, does your employer let you bring your pet to work? How does that impact the rest of the office?


Weekend Kayaking on Lake Placid With My Dog

Lake Placid was the second lake, and first lake in the Adirondacks, that Toby kayaked with me on. 

We have gone back a few times, as we really only live a little morre than an hour away, but yesterday's kayaking trip there was spectacular. We have kayaked on Lake George in the fall, but never Lake Placid. 

As I wrote on my other website, The Adirondack Chick, the colors were just fabulous, the water was calm, there not not a large amount of boats and the weather was incredible -- not too hot and not too cold. 

Toby usually sits on the back of my kayak, which can make it a little hard to take photos, but as you can see, I tried my best to grab a few shots, including a cute "selfie."


Apparently, someone was pretty tired from our day at the lake, since this is how he spent the night when he got home! 


Sunday Funday Lake Style

Happy Sunday! Hope it's been great for you  and your pup! More on ours tomorrow, but now, it's Sunday Funday :) 


It's Been a While

Well, the title of this post is most accurately true. It certainly has been a while since I wrote. In fact, it has been about about a year, if not more. 

While we still have a legion of dedicated followers on our Facebook page, I am not so sure how many are still actually following this blog. I hope, still a few. 

To catch you up, I took a position as the editor-in-chief of a pet industry trade publication almost exactly two years ago. At the same time, I thought it was not appropriate to continue writing My Tail Hurts From Wagging So Much for a number of reasons, including it just becoming completely confusing for people. 

My professional life has always come first, and I love what I do, but as I will soon be sharing on my professional website, it was time to move on, and a new opportunity, outside the pet industry presented itself, and could not have been passed up. 

That said, the move, which will happen in about a week, has allowed me the opportunity to get back to  writing this blog and sharing the story of how this little pet-storeChihuahua, who brokle every rule for me when it came to getting my first dog, completely changed my life.   

People have asked if I will start endorsing, and writing about, products again. The truth is, I am not sure. The reason being, as people have found out that I am leaving my current position, they have asked me to consider consulting for them on a project basis in the future. And, should that happen, I do not want anyone to think this blog is a vehicle just to promote someone's project. 

Instead, I would like this blog to go back to being the reason I started it in the first place -- a creative outlet for me to talk about my life with my dog. A dog who has taught me so much about love, life, relationships, responsibility, goals and very honestly, myself. 

Without Toby, I am not sure where, or what, I would be doing right now. I would have never had the opportunity to work in the pet industry, which would mean that I would never have had the opportunity to be offered my new position either, which I am insanely excited to begin diving into. 

Those of you who know me well, know that I love learning new things, love being creative and am always up for a challenge. The past two years have taught me what I am good at, bad at and what I excel at. This new position truly taps into what I am good at, and without the past two years under my belt, I would have never known those things. 

So, I hope you will consider following this blog again. I don't plan on having giveaways, or anything like that, but I do plan on writing from the heart and going back to telling the story of how a little 12-pound pet store dog changed my life forever. 

Oh, and of course ... lots of cute Toby photos!! :) 


Happy Halloween

Hope you are all having a very Happy Halloween! There is a Throwback Thursday photo of the only costume I actually got Toby to wear.

Have a safe holiday! :)

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