Thursday, December 16, 2010

Johnny and I learned an important lesson last night.  If you are a dog, these two can easily be mistaken for one another.....

The night we put up our Christmas tree, we noticed Palmer curiously sniffing the ornaments but we foolishly thought nothing of it.  He accidentally knocked an ornament out of my hand but what we didn't realize was that the playful little dog thought it was a toy.... a ball!  While I still wasn't convinced that he wouldn't mark the tree, I left work a little early to check on Palmer and came home to this...

Palmer was able to get 4 ornaments off the bottom of our tree and smashed them all to pieces.  Here's the guilty pup sitting in the middle of the crime scene.  I checked his paws thoroughly and looked for blood on our furniture and Palmer's blanket.  The good news is that there were no signs of injury and luckily Palmer didn't hurt himself whatsoever.

Our solution?  Move all the ornaments to the top half of the Christmas tree so they are far from Palmer's reach while we're gone.  Hahah -- after the initial shock and cleaning up the mess, it makes us laugh to think about how much fun Palmer was having with his toy 'balls' while we were gone.  He's just a silly little dog trying to have a good time.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Yes, it's yours, Palmer... need to mark your territory.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here's a picture of our beloved Palmer on Thanksgiving morning... BEFORE the turkey!!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sleepy Palmer

I sat at home waiting for AT&T for 3 hours only to wait another 3 hours for them to fix the problem.  I think our internet is fixed now but this is a picture of Palmer from today -- my sentiments exactly!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Johnny sent me a Wikipedia link on Dog Communication and asked me to read the section on 'Licking'.  I read it outloud and my heart immediately melted because it describes what Palmer does to Johnny and me all the we finally know what he's been trying to tell us!  Read for yourself:

Dogs like to lick human skin not only for the salt from the sweat, but also as a form of greeting, such as by briefly licking a person's hand after sniffing it. Licking is also used as a social bonding analogous to primate social grooming and stroking. This can indicate intimacy. Such licking is longer and slower, as compared to the brief licking of faces during a greeting.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Freshly Groomed!

We finally got around to bringing Palmer in for a grooming and I have to say, he's looking quite handsome!  Check him out:

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


I miss my dog.  I have been stressed out lately (can you say audit?) and he must understand how I'm feeling because this morning, right when I needed it most, he jumped into bed with me, curled up, and gave me loving doggy kisses.  After the kisses were done, he nestled his precious little head on my side and in that moment, I was reminded of his unconditional love.  I love him!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A bed for my baby

So, Palmer has this bad habit of tearing apart his toys.  He will tug and tear at anything that is made of soft material or rope and well, the other day he took to poor doggie bed and wreaked havoc.  What you see here is the damage done to the insert and stuffing... after I threw the cover away!

I decided to pull out the sewing machine that my brother gave us for our wedding and sew a cute little seersucker cover for my doggie baby!  I'm embarassed to say that despite the very simple design (all of the sewing was in straight lines!), it took me about 2 some hours to finish. 
Though it took a bit longer than expected, I'm sure my mommy will be very proud!  She's the one who taught me to sew!  Here is the final product and the happy dog.  The top portion is red stripe seersucker and the rest is just red cotton/polyester blend.  He jumped onto it after I finished the last seam and started dozing off immediately. 

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Palmer clearly took advantage of Johnny's parents when they were over for dinner last week.  Here's Mom feeding the Palmerpie some bread.  What a lucky dog!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Wedding Dog

Johnny and I finally sent our photographer our comments on the wedding album predesign.  As we were picking pictures, I came across the most adorable picture of me, Johnny, and the Palmerpie.  This picture was actually taken the day after the wedding.  Johnny is in his tuxedo, I'm in my reception dress, and Palmer is sporting his fancy bowtie. 

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Los Feliz

Yesterday, Johnny, Palmer, and I went to visit Cher in the wonderful city of Los Feliz.  I find this area of Los Angeles to have so much character and charm -- a brief walk away from where she lives, you'll find a string of restaurants, a classic movie theater, and several vintage clothing stores.  Everyone we passed was nonchalantly hip and (in my imagination) was reading a movie script or writing their next song.  We had dinner at an Italian restaurant that kindly allowed Palmer on their premises and on our walk home saw a sign that was perfectly fitting of Palmer's blog!  The House of Pies for the Palmerpie!!  Yum!

Monday, March 22, 2010


For the past 3 years, Palmer has been house trained.  He is on a bathroom routine and his only accidents were when we first brought him home.  It wasn't until a few days ago that I knew something was wrong... Palmer had 3 accidents (of the number 2 kind) within one week.  I wrote off the first accident as an off-day... the second accident I thought was an indication of dominance... but when the poor guy couldn't even hold it in overnight, I brought him into the vet right away.  When we were in the waiting room at the vet, we saw a Great Dane!

After a checkup by the vet and a few lab tests, Palmer was diagnosed with colitis or inflammation of the lower intestine.  Luckily, after a few days on doggie meds, our Palmerpie is back to normal! 

Monday, March 1, 2010

I miss my mommy...

...and my mommy misses me!via JohnnyCam

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Earlier this morning, as I was driving to gym, I spotted two coyotes only a few feet away from where we live. At first I thought they were just stray dogs roaming the neighborhood but as I approached them, I quickly realized they weren't. They had high, pointed ears and a long tail that could not have been mistaken for a dog. I've heard horrible stories of coyotes attacking small children and pets and immediately became concerned for Palmer's safety. I called the Pasadena Humane Society and the Pasadena Police Department to report the sighting but am not quite sure if any action will be taken. I diligently google'd the topic and found several reports of coyote attacks not only on small children and pets but also on adults who were innocently walking their dog or running in their neighborhood. Here are just a few examples of how dangerous coyotes can be... be careful and guard your loved ones!!
  • Man walking encountered 4 coyotes, which crouched, circling him, attempting to attack. Fought off with walking stick, hitting one square across the face
  • Coyote scaled 6-ft wall into yard, attacked and killed small dog in presence of owner; in melee, woman kicked coyote, then fell and fractured her elbow and was attacked and scratched by coyote
  • Boy walking family’s 2 dogs attacked by 3 coyotes; one dog was killed and the other injured; rescued by father
  • 3-yr-old girl killed in front yard by coyote; massive bleeding and broken neck
  • Coyote approached couple walking dog, attempting to snatch dog out of man’s arms; left only after being kicked
Granted, these are all incidents reported over several years but it clearly shows how vicious these animals can be when in search for food. The Pasadena Humane Society recommends the following if you see a coyote:
  • Be aggressive, yell, throw rocks, or spray a hose at the animal
  • Make yourself appear large and back away slowly
  • Never turn your back or run away