Christmas week was enjoyed by all.

We had kids coming and going and even one dinner time (Thursday the 22nd) when all of the kids were here for dinner and a gift exchange with my parents.That included 7 dogs, who each received a candy cane shaped rawhide from grandma. They all lined up very politely to get their rawhides.

The house is one massive dog bed/dog playpen.

Adam was attempting to do pushups on the step when Orion ambled over to help. First he was being Santa-lips, after stealing a Santa hat from a box. Of course, we couldn’t say “no” so the hat became his.

75 extra pounds is always good for upper body strength.

Orion is also very helpful when anyone is trying to put socks on. Exciting news from Lakewood, Ohio today! Ashlee and Ross have added a new family member! They found this big lady at their local animal shelter…..they named her Mrs. Pennyapple.

Mrs. Pennyapple was found wandering the streets. A stray guinea pig! Leela likes her…..all of her fur-siblings like her!

And now an artistic rendering….Peeg Leeps in Blue…

A very happy New Year’s Eve Eve to you all!



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29 Responses to Christmas week was enjoyed by all.

  1. crankypants says:

    Oh my god the Orion pics made me laugh!! He is too funny. And I love the rawhide candy cane pics, how cute. A stray guinea pig!! what the…!? Glad she found the best home ever with Ashlee and Ross. What a lucky Mrs Pennyapple she is!

  2. I can honestly say that I’ve never heard of/seen a stray guinea pig.

    • Lauri says:

      I was a bit skeptical when the shelter told them she was a “stray”, but apparently someone really did find her wandering loose in the road and turned her in to the shelter.
      Who knew?

  3. of all things to be wandering the streets! must have known Ashlee was in town!!
    looks like another Holiday wonderfest! O’belt is getting huge! I figured he’ll be all grown up by our b’days…need to get my puppy fix again before he’s not a pup any more…
    Happy New Year L….Hope to see you soon πŸ™‚

  4. robpixaday says:

    Haaaaaaaa!! Dog joy!
    Mrs. Pennyapple is a sweetipie.
    And your human family is GREAT! I think they may have been outnumbered but they’re GREAT!!!!

    Love this post, Lauri!

  5. M-----l says:

    I would like to personally request daily photo updates on the life of Mrs. Pennyapple. She’s my new favorite thing.

  6. GOF says:

    Thanks for the pictures and I’m glad Mrs Pennyapple has found a warm home.
    Hope you have a wonderful New Year. Ours is only 11 hours away…I’ll let you know in advance if there’s anything bad on the other side.

  7. It looks like it’s raining dogs at your house. And one cat! Orion looks like he’s become the center of attention, and if you didn’t notice that, he’s happy to remind you.

    Years ago, we found a guinea pig running around in our backyard. We posted a flyer in the neighborhood, asking if anyone had lost a guinea pig, but no one responded, so he was ours. Or she—-she had babies two weeks after we found her. She was a crummy mother however and rejected her babies, so they all died, sadly. She always seemed unhappy, and I sensed she had a sad history behind her, but it’s not like she could tell us. It sounds like Mrs.Pennyapple is a much happier guinea pig!

    • Lauri says:

      I know people get tired of cleaning guinea pig cages. But to let them loose in a cold area like Ohio in December. Sheesh!
      I see three different cats in those pics! Gree in the first one, Eli in the Santa hat/lips one, and Darwin waaaaay in the background by the sliding door in the pushup plus dog pic! Hee!
      There was no way that hat was going on Orion’s head…he was way too happy to have it in his mouth!

  8. Laurie says:

    What? No photo of Orion in the Santa hat? The bit with the socks is hilarious, though I think Bert looks a little nervous about it. Ashlee is sitting on the dog bed, though, so she should have expected some doggie interest.

    • Lauri says:

      Haha…I answered the Santa hat question in my response to HG. It’s too early. *yawn*

      O was ecstatic to carry that hat around, but we tried putting it on his head….no dice!

  9. littlemiao says:

    What a lovely family gathering! It looks like Orion was in the middle of everything, just where a big beautiful puppy like him belongs.

    Mrs. Pennyapple is so pretty! And now she has a wonderful home. πŸ˜€

    • Lauri says:

      Mrs. P will be spoiled a-plenty!

      Orion is getting more and more boisterous and pesterous as he approaches puppy adolescence. I will have to do a post on all of his mischief. He certainly keeps us laughing.

      • littlemiao says:

        I’m trying to imagine what mischief Sprocket would get up to if he were 50-plus lbs instead of just 10! Even at 2lbs he was a handful. Looking forward to the Orion anecdotes!

  10. amyhftw says:

    What a wonderful Christmas! Love the love, family, critters and all the ensuing chaos! Orion is a good helper!

    Thanks for the story about Mrs. Pennyapple! So glad she found a wonderful home!

  11. How fun! Orion is such a funny pup. He fits in very well with the rest of your clan πŸ˜€

  12. 1petermcc says:

    Wow. The guinea pig equivalent of Big Foot.

    We kept guinea pigs for years (well my daughters did) but none got anywhere near this size. They did breed vigorously and the accommodating eventually covered half the back yard. It became known as Pig Central.

    • Lauri says:

      There is nothing cuter than a newborn Guinea Pig! Nothing! We had dozens and dozens. Maybe hundreds over my lifetime. For several years my herd of pigs would move out to live with the goats and the chickens in the summer. They loved it!

  13. madtante says:

    Oh, Orion!

    Happiest of New Years to you, lovely Lauri!

  14. The dogs are gorgeous! Glad to know that you had a great Christmas! Happy New Year to you! πŸ™‚

  15. Redscylla says:

    I love all these pics! Especially your Onion helper. I have a sock helper at my house, too.

  16. Redscylla says:

    Oh and I meant to say that Mrs. Pennyapple seems awfully plump for a wandering piggie. Where do you think she came from?

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