Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Squirrel? Squirrel? Squirrel!!!!!!!!

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Merry Christmas!

Pepper is convinced EVERYTHING under the tree is HERS!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

St. Francis, protect my paws...

The pups got their St. Francis medals today...hey, everyone needs an angel...

Sunday, December 7, 2008


Pepper apparently wanted me to check her teeth...

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Not So Happy Tails...

This is an email that was forwarded to me from the owners who lost their dog at Happy Tails... (if you're in the Knoxville area you know the story...if not, read HERE...)


Although this is difficult to write, I wanted to go ahead and share
the story of our beagle's death. Our dog, Moxie, was a healthy five
year old Beagle; she loved to bark at walkers, lie on our front porch
and have her belly rubbed by any and all visitors. She loved our
three children and just enjoyed her life. On Tuesday before
Thanksgiving, I called Happy Tails (a grooming and boarding business
located on old Ebenezer) to see if they could give her a bath. We
were planning on lots of family on Thanksgiving at our house and knew
Moxie would be in the middle of it. She has been boarded and bathed
there when needed for over five years. I dropped her off at 12:30 PM
and paid in advance because my 16 year old son was picking her up on
his way home from Bearden High School . He arrived at around 4 PM
and was told that she would be ready in a few minutes. After waiting
around 10-15 minutes, the owner, Eric Webb came running through the
lobby with our dog in his arms and told my son to follow him to his
father's office. My son, a licensed driver of two weeks, followed
Eric from their business, past our vet's office and traveled another
10 minutes to his father's office, Dr. Carlos Webb, Rocky Hill Animal
Clinic. They traveled at a high rate of speed and our son was
distraught and confused as to what was occurring. After arriving at
the office, our beagle was pronounced dead by Dr. Webb. The
explanation was that she had a seizure and died after being dried
from her bath. Our son called my husband and me on our cell phones
and we arrived as soon as possible (about 20 minutes). The owner's
wife, Sarah, did not call us even though she had all our
information. They also did not use our vet listed on our emergency
form. The owner, Eric, said he did not call because he was "busy,
trying to save your dog's life". The only discussion at the vet's
office while we were all still in a state of shock was whether to
cremate or have the city pick up our dog. They also discussed the
associated costs. We agreed to cremation around 5 when we left the

The next morning, I visited our veterinarian to discuss the
situation. She immediately requested the body be released to her
staff. After first denying that they had Moxie they called back to
confirm that they were mistaken and she could be picked up. Dr.
Frazier, Northshore Animal Clinic, delivered her to UT for an
autopsy. She confirmed that Moxie had no history that would indicate
a seizure, etc. It was only after being notified by Dr. Webb that we
had her picked up, that we received a call from Eric to see how we
were. He assured me repeatedly that there was no foul play and that
she died of natural causes. He also offered to pay to buy us a new
dog, any breed we wanted. < /SPAN>The results of the autopsy were a
shock to us all. The cause of death was determined to be heat stroke
and blunt injury trauma. She had three cracked ribs and her liver
was lacerated and had bled into her stomach in an amount that would
cause death. Until we can investigate further, we will not know
exactly what occurred at Happy Tails. All I know is that we miss her
terribly and find it hard to understand why she had to endure such a
horrible death. It is a difficult situation to explain to our

I have promised our children that her death will not be in vain and
that we will do all we can to share her story and hopefully prevent
others from suffering a similar loss. After our tragedy I researched
on the computer about Happy Tails and was shocked at the other
stories. You can google it and read those for yourself. I can only
ask that you do not utilize Happy Tails for any services for your
pets, even something as simple as a bath. Also, please check out and
ask for recommendations for any services for your pets. I never
thought this would happen and always felt safe leaving my pet in
their care. If you have any questions, or if you have a similar
story, please call or email me.

Please forward to your friends. Thanks for listening and give your
pets an extra hug today! They deserve our protection!

Kim Ramsey

(Tom, Ryan, Reid, and Abby Ann)

(address and number removed for this blog)

Pepper in the snow...

The dogs don't get to see much snow. It takes them a little while to get over the confusion of it all.

Friday, August 8, 2008

I am hound...

Petey surveys his kingdom.

Saturday, August 2, 2008


I took this picture by holding my phone over my shoulder. Petey is such a mess! He was running upthe stairs this morning with a cat poo in his mouth. He smells like Fritos too...guess it's bathtime...

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Pillow warmer

Petey likes to keep my pillow warm after I get up..nothing like a pillow wafting of eau de beagle...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Pepper in the garden

Monday, May 26, 2008


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Poop Hunter

That would be Petey. I decided that little naughty behavior deserved a count, too. If you don't watch him, he zips out through the cat door into the garage and chomps down a couple of cat poops before you can chase him down.

I feel like I'm leaving Pepper out, but she's so obedient! The only thing she does that's annoying is grumbling at Petey when he looks her toys or bones. Pepper, I promise we'll do something for you, too!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

Hey, is that an Easter Bunny!?!

Happy Easter from the dogs, the frogs, and the cats!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Monday, March 17, 2008

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Squirrel? Squirrel? Squirrel?

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Hey, what's Pepper got?

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Petey lounging on the deck...

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It was such a nice warm day...Petey is sniffing at the warm pre-Spring air.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Excuse me...

Picture 120, originally uploaded by hatamaran.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

I'm cuter than the pig...

I'm cuter than the pig...
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That's right. Here's Pepper as a pup. She is such a shy dog, but oh, what a darling little girl! She's wishing her papa a very Happy Birthday today!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

just checking any cookies?

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The magic of CAT TURDS...

Cat turds that is. Petey is just small enough to squirt through the cat door into the garage, which is where all the cats go in their boxes (5 cats, 5 boxes). Petey is an expert at diving in for a well-developed, slightly chewy turd before you can say "no" (like that would help...). More about cat turds and their irresistable allure at this site, from which I dare quote from below...

"Dog eats cat feces: If your dog is hungry and cat poop is available, he will eat it. Cats excrete poop filled with protein and all the other stuff in modern-day cat food that has nutritious value to dogs. Cat poop is basically a slightly distilled version of the stuff that is in the cat food bag and very attractive to dogs. If your dog is eating cat poop, there is no point to trying to train him not to do it. You will not be successful."

Monday, March 3, 2008

spring apertif...

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Petey is diggin' this wonderful 70 degree weather we're having today.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

let me in...

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Petey's favorite place is mashed down in the top cushion of our formerly new couch.


Pepper waits to see how the Tennessee-Kentucky game turns out...If you can't eat it...

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Our very first post...

It's pretty hard to type with paws (of course if Mommy would let me practice on her laptop like I want to, I'd be a whole lot better), so we have the humans pecking out our first entry.

We've been living with our subjects owners for nearly two years now. It seems like just yesterday we got here. The dude that lives here sneaks us tidbits that we are apparently not supposed to have. That makes the long-haired chick who feeds us the dry crap really mad. She also attempts to brush our teeth with chicken-flavored glop. We're pretty sure she's on a lot of medication, so we try to not fuss too much. Sometimes she puts soap all over us and makes us smell really bad like them. She's a little nuts, but we still like her.

We've never had a blog before and have no idea what this is all about, but we have fun all the time everyday, so we're pretty sure this will be fun, too. Beats taking a crap in the rain!