Getting a new home 


My name is Hazelnut and I’m taking over this blog. I just moved into my forever home Thursday  after being in the system since September. I used to live in New Mexico until they moved me to the wet and rainy Oregon on December 3rd. After 5 days in the new digs, a lady came to visit after I had surgery. I wasn’t one bit interested in her since she didn’t have food, but she did sit with me for an hour. The next night a man with a fuzzy face came to visit. I liked him right away. Then the lady showed up again with a huge spotted dog. They had FOOD! I loved them right away! They stayed with me for a while then left. The next day the lady came back and put me in the car. I was super worried and whined the whole way to the first stop. She took me to a place filled with many yummy things and nice people. She tried different collars and harnesses on my skinny body until she was satisfied. I got to eat lots of treats! Then we went on another car ride home. That big crazy spotted dog was there! His name is Moby and he’s the boss. There’s also a cat and she really is the queen of the house, which is more important than boss according to Moby. She scares the collar off Moby! I’ve not formally met her yet, but she has hissy fits when she sees me. I don’t think we will be friends.

  After being in my new home for a day, we took a trip to the V-E-T. Me and Moby went into a room together and I barked my head off at the strange ninja people who came in the room. It scared the pee out of me! They had cookies, but I didn’t trust them. My new dad showed up and I felt better.  Moby was overjoyed to see him and his barking stopped. I kept going because I had to protect everyone from those evil ninjas dressed in black! They even had evil black tools to look in my eyes and ears! How rude! Then they played with my knees and it hurt!  One of the ninjas took me out and weighed me. They said I’m 3lbs underweight. That’s why I’m so skinny. I also have bad sounds in my lungs and icky eye goobers. Life hasn’t been too good for me, but now I’m looking forward to eating lots of yummy food and sleeping on comfy couches. 

My parents talked a bunch with the vet lady. They used words like “surgery, TPLO, therapy, upper respiratory infection, and behavior problems ” .  What behavior problems? I bark to protect my family! They bought me some tasty stuff called medicine that is supposed to make me feel better and take away some of the pain. We went back home and Moby bit my ear when mom went outside to get my crate in from the car. It smarts! Mom had to clean it and try to hold on to my ear. When she would let go, I would shake it and restart the bleeding.  It was fun and then she gave up. It did stop bleeding after a bit. Moby was kinda sorry, but I was pestering him bunches. He doesn’t like to share space or chew toys. 

Today is pretty nice. I’ve been cuddling with mom, had breakfast and those yummy meds. We’re going outside every couple of hours and I’ve not had any accidents inside. I really thought the indoor soft carpeted pee area was too good to be true! Right now I’m drifting off to sleep on the couch with Moby. I think I’m gonna like life here! 

Keep stopping by to see how things turn out! 


Hazel  (formerly Dove)


And then they were gone

the group1

We had our last walk with the boys on Monday night. Tuesday afternoon they went back home to Bend. Finally, they are reunited with their mom!

I’ll post a few more pix later.

Boy, our house sure is quiet now!

Fourteen days remaining


Our time with the happy noodle doodles is coming to a close. Fourteen days remain! Last week, I took Reggie in for a dental and growth removal on top of his head. I want to make sure they head out of our home in good health. He currently looks like “franken-doggie” and irritates the sutures every time he finds a leg or the couch to rub on. Fortunately, it’s slowly healing. By the end of next week we will have the sutures removed and he can finally get in for a bath and clip.


The boys sleeping in the dining room. Not much room for us to eat at the table!

Zeek is in full coat right now. He will be making one more trip to the groomer before heading back to Bend. I’ll really miss that big curly coated crazy dog!  I’m not certain what will happen with so much less dog mass, mud, and love in the house. Guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get there!


Under 40 days

feed us1 Hanging in the studio, pestering me for dinner. Zeek, Moby, & Reggie

feed us2


The count down is official. We have under 40 days remaining with the noodle-doodle boys. I just can’t believe 18 months have slipped away and I have to admit, it makes me very sad. They have become so much a part of our household. What will we do without the curly coated Zeek? What will Moby do without his play buddy Reggie? On the other paw, the cats have been counting down the days since the boys were dropped off back in August 2013. They are anticipating indoor life again. It’s been rather hard on those two. We have finally reached a cohesive mass of acceptable dogdome. Fights are rare. I’ll even miss not seeing my groomer (and I certainly never thought I would be saying that!). At least they will be going back to their real mom. She is in for a few changes with their diet and medication additions.

All we can do is keep soaking in their love. There’s always plenty of that to go around!

Zeek’s cut

IMG_0034IMG_0035 IMG_0036 IMG_0048  IMG_0057It had been 4 months since Zeek’s last cut. He was actually pretty darn happy to be free of all the dirty locks. Since certain people had been objecting to his “poodle cut” clean face, I had them leave it longer. I actually really like his overgrown sheep look, but it’s too much work to maintain (especially when he goes wild in the juniper bushes). Blood test today to check the thyroid levels. Hopefully we’re back into the norm.

Only 3.5 months remaining before he heads back home to Bend. I’ll certainly miss this big knuckle-head when he leaves.


Beach Time

Ready for the beach! ready to walk

dave n reg

Dave and Reggie above, Zeek below with shadow and reflection.

dog reflection shadow drop it going for the ball happy boys reflection wet zeek

We had a quick overnight in Yachats OR last week. The boys all had a great time! No more fleas, so travel is finally possible again. Fortunately for us, September is one of the most beautiful months on the Oregon Coast! We love the beach just south of Alsea Bay in Waldport. Lots of running space, seals to watch & birds to chase. The boys only have 5 months left with us. It’s hard to believe we’re on the downhill portion of their stay. Pretty soon they will be living back in Bend with their mom. 🙂