Gone to the dogs…

Since all the kids grew up and moved away, our home has gone to the dogs … literally! There’s scarcely an area of our floor or lives that’s not occupied by dogs.  We have three and that may not seem like a lot except two of them are Great Danes.

Our oldest is a white mini schnauzer weighing 15 lbs and is 9 yrs old. Her official name is  Baileys CindaBella, AKA Bella, also known as “The Sheriff” as she rules the roost by often getting onto the Danes for infractions like running in the house etc.


Bella is currently suffering from either an identity crisis or little dog syndrome.  Although she has a pretty dish stand, special grain free food for small dogs and her choice of 3 little princess beds, she refuses.  She insists on eating from the danes massive bowls, their massive kibble and sleeping right in the middle of an XXL dog bed!

I surmise that because she can’t see herself, she assumes she is a dane too and becomes offended by me attempting to treat her like a  “little dog”.  She even refused a dog bone at the vet’s office yesterday because it was a little one! She literally spat it out!

My favored activity is to take Bella with me to the pet store and trying on dog clothes.  It’s hilarious! She probably hates me for it and would cuss me out good if she could.

Rapunzel Bella, beach Bella, Yoda Bella & Winter Holiday Bella.

Romances Wandering Aengus AKA The Gus, is turning 6 in Sept and weighs a whopping 185lbs.


Gus meeting my brother and niece

He is a Harlequin Great Dane, a champion show show dog with 18 of his 27 points for Grand Champion and has a champion son and daughter.

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I fell in love with him the first time we met and he has been my baby ever since. Neither he nor our younger female, have even an inkling that they are not the size of Bella!  He’s my lap dog and ever the baby boy.  He waits for me to wake up then grabs his blanket, patiently watching while I make my cup of coffee.  Once I sit down at the end of the couch, he jumps up, dragging his blankly, lays across my lap and sucks it and nose whistles while I hold him.

He has no idea he’s a D-O-G.  When he was born, his mother rejected the litter.  His breeder would wrap them in blankets, cradle them and feed them with a bottle.  He’s used to a human mother and I became his.  He’s always at my hand, at every step I take, in my lap and in my bed when he can get away with it. He’s my best friend, fiercely protective and loves me like a stalker. I’m not even safe in the bathroom.


Anam Cara’s Lost Walled Garden AKA, Eden is our youngest at 2 yrs old and is a Mantle or Boston, Great Dane.  We traveled all the way to California for this girl.  As a puppy, she loved nothing more than Gus.

She slept on top of him until she was nearly his size.  He was not so fond of it.  She was to be a show dog too but simply didn’t have the temperament for it.  She’s the nervous type that LOVES her family, but strangers…not so much.  She LOVES little kids  and LOVES little dogs, AKA Bella.  Bella is her best bud and playmate and Eden has keeps Bella young and spry.


Eden is incredibly athletic!  She blows past Gus like he’s standing still and at a dead run can jump straight over his back!  She’s a doggy dog who loves to run through the mud, play on the beach and chase squirrels.


I’d swear she has a sense of humor and is forever finding ways to make me laugh!

Eden is also a girly girl.  She tucks her head under my arm, lifting her face to mine and watches me put my makeup on.  I have to let her smell each item I’m putting on too whether makeup, lotion, perfume.  She’s like a little girl watching her mom.

When she wants my attention, she walks up and lays her head on my chest, staring up into my face.  She’s crazy smart and learned very early on how to open any door which it exactly why I’m not safe in the bathroom.  There I am with Danes vying to sit on my lap!

This is our little family, our pack and our lives.  Our house is filled with dog beds, dog toys are strewn everywhere….mainly because these guys are just like kids.  The moment I pick them up and put them in the toy basket, they go right behind me to drag them all out again!


My clothes are forever covered in hair and everywhere else is covered in slobbery kisses.  It’s a messy life but I am loved, my days filled with friendship and laughter.  They give me joy, act like I hung the moon and throw a party everytime I walk outside and right back in.  Yes, our home has gone to the dogs and it’s  messy but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I wish I’d put Anam Cara before all their names as it’s what they are to me.  Anam Cara means Soul Friend.

So how do I show love….Homemade Doggie Treats!

WARNING: Check the label on peanutbutter.  Many today contain the artificial sweetener xylitol. Xylitol can be fatal for dogs!  I used a purely natural peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Dog Treats

2 cups Whole Wheat flour

1 cup oats (rolled)

1/3 cup peanut butter

1 1/4 cups water (hot)

Additional flour for rolling

In a large bowl, whisk together whole-wheat flour and rolled oats. Mix in the smooth or chunky peanut butter and hot water using your hands, a wooden spoon, or a mixer. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour. If the dough is too stiff and crumbly, add more water.

Knead the dough by hand or with a dough hook on a stand mixer. Round it into a ball and cover with plastic wrap and let it rest 15 minutes on the countertop.

Heat oven to 350 F. On floured parchment paper, roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness and cut into shapes with cookie cutters of choice. Try a bone cookie cutter.

Since the dough doesn’t spread while baking, you can cut the biscuits close together directly on the parchment paper. Remove scraps of dough in between the shapes. Pick up the parchment paper at opposite ends and transfer it to a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.

Bake 40 minutes. For best results, after they finish baking, turn off the oven and let them sit in the oven to cool overnight. The dryer they get, the longer they will stay fresh.

If you can’t wait for them to crisp up overnight, then after baking, remove them to a wire rack to cool completely and treat your doggie to a guilt-free snack.


You can ice these with a bit of white chocolate as I did which is perfectly fine for dogs, just don’t ruin their appetites! Lol



    • Hahaha That’s hilarious! What funny pups!
      That is amazing that you’re fur babies are living such full lives! I’m praying these guys will too because I know when I lose them, I am going to be completely devastated!


  1. Its very simular in our house! A lab collie Lux 3 who thinks she is a lap dog and a Chihuahua charley who thinks he is a pitbull (only in bark ..at the door lol) we lost our 12 year old puggle zoe in jan or we would still have 3 dogs and 4 cats. We are covered in fur cat and dog toys slobber and mostly…love. Our kids are grown as well, i seen this sign i laughed and told hubz this is us…me you & the dog


    • I’m so sorry to hear about Zoe! Heartbreaking that we love them so much when their lifespans are so short, yet they enrich our lives so greatly in that that time and we wouldn’t trade it for anything.
      I’ve just learned to embrace the mess, hair, slobber as it’s wrapped in so much love. 🤗💕


      • Its funny ive always been such a neat freak .but with the kids and fur kids i believe in letting them live so i embrace the “dirt” that comes with being a parent. Thank you, yes it is the hardest part of loving them..losing them


  2. I love your dog stories and how you’ve embraced the mess as well as the pups in all their stages! Your three are LUCKY dogs, that’s for darn sure. It made me, in a way, miss my golden retriever. He was a lap dog but definitely didn’t fit in my lap like my little Copper pup does now. Enjoy!


  3. AWHH!!! LOVE THIS! My dogs are my best friends too! I have had dogs ever since I been little, can’t imagine life without them! These pictures are awesome! And the part about Gus being a lap dog is just too sweet! My Yorkie waits for me every morning when I come out to the couch, hops up as quickly as I sit down, but there is quite the size difference between her and Gus! LOL!! I do believe you would not see me if Gus tried to sit on my lap!
    My daughter loves dressing Lily up too, just like you do Bella and yeah I think if she could talk, she would have the same reaction as Bella. LOL! But Bella does look adorable in those outfits.
    Thanks for this warm hearted post, animals are amazing and I saw your comment about t-shirts. My son feels the same way about dogs and just about any animal. He has a shirt that say. “I love ferrets….people, not so much!” 🙂 He has 3 ferrets.
    Love and hugs to you and your furry pals!


    • Oh these guys are just my heart! I’m such an (any) animal lover and they all seem to love me too, that my family calls me Cinderella. Lol. Love that shirt idea….it’d suit me to a T. Lol Animals just seem to do humanity better than human do. 💕 hugs and hearts to you and yours too. 😊


  4. The Gus and I are just about the same weight 😳🤣 The picture of him sitting on your lap and you carrying on a conversation – adorable. He is truly a baby at heart. My kids would love nothing more than a dog but I have zero experience with them and am terrified of perhaps choosing the wrong breed?! Not sure.
    Such lovely post of your furry babies. Thanks for sharing Laura!


  5. Oh my goodness you and I are in the same boat my friend. Our kids are grown and now we have a house full of dogs. 3 of them as well. Mine are much smaller in size 2 tiny Yorkies…yet big in personality and a yellow lab. I grew up with Great Danes however, my parents had 2 of them. The most beautiful dogs, I’m envious of yours. I hope to one day have one for ourselves. Absolutely beautiful pups!!


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