With 3+ dogs in our house, you can bet we’ve had issues with lingering pet odors. No matter the season (especially here in Maine) these dogs can go outside for just a few minutes and come back covered in mud…or who knows what!
Honestly, I wish I could say that our dogs have never had accidents in our house, but I would be lying. Between puppies learning to use the bathroom and dogs getting sick, we have had our fair share of smelly dog messes.
And I’m not gonna lie… we do let all our dogs up on our bed. When we first got Ali, we tried to keep him off it but he would just wait until he thought we were asleep and then jump back up… over and over again until we just let him up there with us. Now they all think it’s their biggest dog bed and we have to wash our blankets VERY often. Even then, sometimes the dog smell just doesn’t go away which can get pretty frustrating.
Not to mention the not so wonderful wet dog smell that never seems to come off the towels after using them to dry the pups off. Nothing worse than thinking you have a nice clean towel only to be ruined by a musty wet dog smell!
That was until Tide introduced us to their powerful dual-liquid formula detergent Tide One Wash Miracle! It contains odor-eliminating agents that actually give you an amazing clean! Plus it’s really easy to use, just remove the cap and label, pour it in your washing machine to activate the solution, drop in the canister, and start your laundry. Then just remove the canister before moving laundry over to the dryer.
Tide One Wash Miracle is safe on virtually machine-washable fabrics and can be used in front-load, top-load, and high-efficiency washing machines. But it does not replace your regular laundry detergent; it’s meant to be used only on those that need an extra-powerful wash.
I was a little skeptical because some of the items we washed, haven’t smelt nice in a long time… But I’m happy to say that Tide One Wash Miracle really made a big difference!
If you are struggling with lingering odors, I would highly recommend trying Tide One Wash Miracle! Use code OFFERS20 for 20% off your purchase!
Last year we were invited to stay at the dog friendly inn Paws on Pelham in Newport, Rhode Island. Now when I say dog friendly, what I really mean is every little detail in this adorable inn was created with dogs and their humans in mind. From the super cute wallpaper decorating the walls to the gorgeous water fountain and marble bowls in the main space. They even have the perfect wall mural for photo shoots/selfies with your pup! I told my husband to take notes because I just loved how beautiful everything in this inn is!
Timing couldn’t have been more perfect for our trip to Paws On Pelham. Not only was it mine and my husband’s 1st wedding anniversary but we were able to drop off our little foster pup Marlie to her new forever home on our way! I’m not gonna lie, I cried on the way, during and after we dropped Marlie off. We got her when she was about 10 weeks old and had her for a solid month. She is deaf and partially blind so she was a challenging pup to have around. She had this insanely loud, high pitch cry that she would scream anytime she was awake and couldn’t tell you were near her so in some ways we were ready for her to move on… But she had so many other great features that made up for the loud cry and I knew I was gonna miss spending my days with her.
Paws On Pelham was the perfect distraction for us, it was so nice to be able to go on a fun adventure immediately after saying goodbye to Marlie. We brought Jax and Jasper with us and thankfully they were such good and patient boys on the long drive there. It was a 4+1/2 hour drive from our house in Maine to POP in Newport, RH and lets just say we were all thrilled to finally arrive and get out of the car!
The wonderful Inn keeper Allison, went above and beyond for us- I really can’t say enough nice things about her, she made us all feel so welcomed and the pups couldn’t get enough of her! After we got settled in we took the boys for a walk into town. Newport has such an awesome atmosphere and we couldn’t get enough of it! We couldn’t walk more than a few yards before someone wanted to meet and pet our dogs. Some people even took their photos with them! It was so great to see how dog friendly Newport is. I mean there is even a long list of dog friendly business’s in the area on the other side of the ‘do not disturb’ sign for your door at the inn. We spent the rest of the evening feeding then walking the dogs before we ordered ourselves some dinner to eat back at the inn.
Our room was a cute spacious suite with a living room, bedroom and bathroom. The living room had a keurig coffee maker and a mini fridge AND both rooms had a tv in it! It was a pretty awesome. The next morning we got up and went downstairs to the Grab & Go Cafe where Allison made us the most delicious breakfast! She even asked us if there were any dietary restrictions she needed to know about when we checked in.
After breakfast, we decided to go on an adventure to help tire the pups out before trying to take some photos at the inn. We drove just a little ways to the perfect spot- the Newport Cliff Walk! We had the perfect fall weather to go with the perfect ocean view and it was a great way for us all to get some exercise in and have fun at the same time! We spent way more time there than expected because we literally couldn’t walk more than a few yards before someone wanted to stop us and talk or say hi to the dogs. We didn’t mind though, it was a great socializing experience for the pups (and us) and it was fun meeting other dog crazy people!
When we got back to Paws On Pelham, we went around the Inn taking photos with the pups. We started on the RUFFtop Deck and worked our way down to the back patio. The whole place was so quiet and peaceful, even on the front porch. We were all pretty tired by the time I was done snapping photos so we went back to our room and I edited photos while everyone else was napping.
We all had so much fun and didn’t want to leave the next morning. Allison made us another delicious breakfast that we took on the road with us since we had such a long trip home. We left this dog friendly inn thinking that it really has the PERFECT name! Paws On Pelham is 100% worth the drive-no matter where you are coming from! We would highly recommend to anyone who loves to travel with their best friend- their dog.
Hillary was our most challenging foster dog yet. She was a ball on anxiety for most of her time with us.. don’t get me wrong, she wasn’t unhappy with us. But she basically spent her WHOLE life (6 years) in a shelter so her anxiety was 100% understandable.
Here is a little background from @caramississippi, the shelter she was in: “Hillary came to the shelter at 6 months old back in 2013. After being featured on Hallmark Pet Segment a few months ago, she still received no applications. She was adopted locally by a couple who brought their dog in to meet her. After only two weeks, the family decided her anxiety caused behavioral issues they were unable to cope with, and she was returned. She then went to an experienced foster so we could fully assess her quirks and help her transition to life outside of the shelter. She then spent a couple weeks at Chipper and Coco to help introduce her to more new people and situations. There, the @MainelyMutts girls met her, and we shared the details all of her peculiarities. We were so thrilled when they committed to helping her through this and finding her the right home.” 🏡
Since she spent most of her life in a shelter everything was new to Hill. She didn’t like walking through door ways, I’m not kidding when I say we had to drag her into the house every single time she went out for the first 2-3 weeks she was with us. I think she thought she already spent too much time indoors at the shelter and just wanted to spend as much time as she could outside. At first we tried all of the positive reinforcement techniques we could think of but it was winter and after a while we had to just get her inside.
She also LOVES food and will even dance for her meals (it’s really, really cute!) plus she’s easy when taking treats from our hands. She picked up our schedule pretty quickly and every day she gets more comfortable around us! She has really come a long way since she moved in with us and now she will play with chew toys on her own and isn’t afraid to start playing with my dogs. She gets really excited when you put her harness on her because she knows that means she is going outside and she also does great riding in the car!
Under all that anxiety, Hillary is such a good and sweet girl who deserves to spend the rest of her life being loved and spoiled! She is pretty shy at first but once she warms up to you, you’ll find that she loves to snuggle and get some love.
It was a bittersweet day as we said goodbye to our sweet Hill Hill! I’m happy to say after spending 47 days with us, she finally found her perfect forever home! Now she is living the good life on the coast of Maine and I couldn’t be happier for her! When we brought her to her new home she immediately seemed way more comfortable than she did at our house, even with her new brother. Just like it was meant to be.
The awesome ladies of @mainelymutts have done an amazing job once again! Thanks for trusting us with this pup! I also want to thank the staff at @caramississippi for keeping this girl safe (for her whole life) until she came to Maine! You all rock! 🙌
Congratulations to Hillary & her wonderful forever family! 🥳
Our 3rd foster pup was an adorable 11 week old Double Merle Australian Shepherd. I honestly had no idea what I was getting us into but when Mainely Mutts asked if we would be up for fostering a deaf and blind puppy, I immediately said “of course, do you really have to ask?” We were thrilled to welcome this little pup into our home!
I immediately started googling “how to train blind and deaf puppies” to help me prepare for Marlie to arrive from Mississippi. But thankfully she could see a little bit out of one eye so she got around way better than I thought she would. It didn’t take long to realize that she was a feisty little pup that didn’t let being deaf and blind hold her back any!
Marlie absolutely loves other dogs! She wasn’t afraid of my large goldens, Jax and Jasper or grumpy old little dogs like Ali, my boston terrier/pug mix. Jasper and Marlie became instant best friends. They would tire each other out from playing and running around the house. It was so funny to watch this tiny pup stick her whole head into Jasper’s mouth and come back out without a scratch!
When she wasn’t playing with Jasper, she loved to play with toys! She was so vocal too, she would growl and make crazy noises while she tossed toys around! She made us laugh so much! Marlie loved exploring the outdoors too. She would pull all the way to the end of her leash and run from side to side or sometimes she would just sit down and enjoy the view. Or leaves- she loved chewing on dry crunchy leaves!
She may have kept us on our toes but she made up for it 100 times over. And OMG. She was the absolute cutest when she was sleeping…and she slept a lot! She loved to be snuggled right up next to you, or on you, or another pup. When she was sleeping on a bed or in her kennel she would be all stretched out and laying in the funniest positions, it was SO adorable! I literally could have (and sometimes did) capture her on film ALL day!
Marlie stayed with us for a full month, which is twice as long as we’ve had a foster stay with us and we all grew very attached to this feisty little firecracker of a pup. I’ll be honest, I cried the day we dropped her off to her forever home, even though I knew that she was in great hands. I have full faith in the Mainely Mutts team to find the perfect home for each animal they rescue and that is what they did for Marlie. She’s living her best life, being spoiled and loved the way she should be and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Our second foster dog Sadie was a welcome and much needed distraction. I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed on August 19th and when we got Sadie on August 29th, I was still in pain. I wasn’t fully healed so I wasn’t as active and couldn’t capture as much of our time with her as I normally would have but I don’t think she cared. She was just happy to sit on the couch and snuggle with me!
Sadie is an estimated 4 year old shepherd mix with the cutest big ears that you couldn’t help but love! Just like our first foster dog Jet, Sadie made the long trip to Maine all the way from Mississippi and she was also a favorite among the people who were involved in her rescue. Sadly, she was missing a lot of her front teeth because she was eating bugs out of the dirt and around rocks before she was rescued. It always breaks my heart when I think about what these dogs go through!
It’s always a little crazy when we first bring a new dog into our house, our dogs are usually thrilled to have a new friend around so they all try to play with the new dog at the same time. But that can be pretty overwhelming for any dog, let alone a rescue dog in a whole new environment! That didn’t bother Sadie any though, when we introduced her to our dogs she was so excited to play with them, especially with Jax! She loved chasing Ali…maybe because he’s smaller than her? I’m not sure but it was pretty funny to watch! And she would even share the couch with Jasper. It was clear that Sadie’s forever home should have another dog in it.
Sadie got along with everyone she met but she really loved the ladies and she also loved begging for human food (especially chicken!) She was definitely a spoiled pup at one time in her life!
We had Sadie for 12 days and it was still tough to say goodbye. I tried to prepare myself this time, I tried not to get too attached to her but she was just so sweet and lovable! I’m grateful Mainely Mutts found her the perfect forever family with a fur brother that looks a lot like her! I can tell she’s going to be spoiled the way she deserves to be and I’m thrilled for her!
If you’re looking for a rescue dog to add to your family, I would HIGHLY recommend contacting Mainely Mutts Animal Rescue. Mainely Mutts primarily works with southern rescue partners, pulling high-risk puppies and dogs from Mississippi and Alabama. Not only do they strive to find the perfect home match for each rescue but they also provide education, resources, and support to every family beyond the adoption process. Plus the inspiring women behind Mainely Mutts are also some of the nicest people I’ve ever met!
I met Lia from Mainely Mutts Animal Rescue at the Target parking lot in Portland, Maine to pick up our first foster dog Jet. I really had no idea what to expect, I just knew that Jet is a 4 year old Husky from Mississippi, that was scheduled for euthanasia days before he hopped on transport to Maine. I knew he was a favorite among everyone involved in his rescue who had a chance to get to know him and he got along great with other dogs.
Two hours later we were home and introducing him to our dogs. My dogs were very excited to have a new friend in the house but he didn’t really have any interest in them. I’m kinda embarrassed to admit that he was the best behaved dog in my house. Even after everything he went through, being passed from shelter to shelter and who knows what else!
Jet made himself right at home and loved settling down on the big comfy dog bed we have! Once he got comfortable in his new surroundings, it didn’t take him long to start showing his personality. He is very talkative which was new to us, our dogs bark but they don’t talk to us the same way Jet did!
When I started brushing him, he laid right over on his back waiting for belly rubs. We had a large crate for him to sleep in but one of his favorite places to lay down was under a bench in the corner of the house next to my desk where the other pups couldn’t get to him. He would even sit by the door while we were getting ready to leave so that we wouldn’t leave without him!
My 9 year old cousin Sunny came over to hang out with us one day and Jet just loved her! They played and snuggled in his giant crate together, he did really great on leash for her when we went for a walk! We took photos of Jet and Sunny together and he loved all the attention (and treats!)
However, he could not be trusted around human food! Everytime we set food down on the counter or table and looked away (even for a second), Jet would try to snatch the food before we noticed what he was doing! One day we hooked Jet to a runner off the deck when we had grilled chicken and he was not happy, he barked and howled the whole time we were eating! But don’t worry, later on we gave him a few scraps. It was clear that this pup was used to living the good life at some point in his life!
Jet was only with us for 6 days but as soon as his new forever family shut their car doors, I ran back into the house and cried. Of course I was thrilled for Jet and his new forever family to finally be together but at the same time it was sad to see him go. His new family is perfect for him and I was happy to see photos of him enjoying his new life with them!
He is such an awesome dog and I’m so grateful for everyone who was involved in saving his life! From the rescue organization in Mississippi, the wonderful people who transported him all the way to Maine and the wonderful Mainely Mutts Animal Rescue who found him the perfect forever family and of course his new family for welcoming this guy into their lives!
Not only is Fort Williams Park a beautiful dog friendly park on the coast with lots to explore but it is also the home of the Portland Head Light, the most photographed lighthouse in America!
With over 90 acres of recreational space, we have only explored some of it but we plan on making a trip back there soon! Between checking out the lighthouse (and of course getting a photo of it) and walking the cliffside loop to the rocky beach, it’s easy to spend a whole afternoon there. And that’s not even mentioning touring the Arboretum, the Children’s Garden, the Goddard Mansion and of course Battery Keyes and Battery Blair!
Also there are vendors in the park during the summer offering crepes, lobster rolls, sandwiches and gelato! Oh and there is even an off leash area for all those good behaving pups out there! Sounds like a perfect Maine summer day to me!
Since my husband Dave and I are generally shy people when we are out exploring, it was pretty funny that the first time we visited, the place was packed with tourists from a cruise ship that docked near by. When your walking around with 3 beautiful goldens and 1 adorable little boston terrier/pug mix… you get stopped a lot.
We get stopped so much that we have to plan for extra time when we go out with them. But we totally get it, I would probably stop other people if I walked by a group of adorable dogs! It is actually a great way to meet new people and I find its way easier to talk about my dogs then it is to talk about myself so it works for us!
Most of the people from the cruise ship that stopped to talk to us were missing their own dogs. They were saying how they wished they could have brought them with them or how their kids are pet sitting and sending them photos. Others had goldens in the past and told us some of their favorite memories of them.
I’ll never forget this one woman who stopped us to compliment the pups and give them some love. Unfortunately, she had just lost her golden the day before while she was on the cruise and her golden was home with her daughter. My heart hurt for her, I know how hard it is to lose a loved one and not being there must make it so much harder. But Tavish, Jax, Jasper and Ali all made her smile from the moment she saw them. I feel like we ran into her for a reason, to share a little joy on a difficult day and that alone made the whole trip worth it.
Definitely put this on your must visit list! With all of the fun outdoor activities and beautiful scenery, you just can’t go wrong. Who knows you might even meet some new friends!
Keep these tips in mind if you visit Fort Williams Park & Portland Head Light: * Open from sunrise to sunset * Has a carry in/carry out policy. There are no trash receptacles in the park. * Now has a parking fee. Click here for more information. * Click here for more information about Fort Williams Park & Portland Head Light
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Just kidding- no they don’t! That is part of what makes dogs so special. My dogs have never cared about how my hair looks! And trust me, my hair (or lack thereof) has looked pretty crazy throughout the years!
Growing up I had beautiful long thick hair that just started falling out when I was around 17 years old. I remember trying everything I could find that said it helped with hair growth but nothing ever worked. Turns out, I have androgenic alopecia which is also known as female pattern baldness. I ended up cutting my hair really short, right out of high school because it was so thin and was just getting worse. For the last 12 years, I tried really, really hard to not let it stop me from being my true self but deep down, I know that I lost a piece of myself when I lost my hair.
That is why I’m so grateful to have always had dogs in my life, I don’t know what I would do without them! I started spending all my spare time with my dogs instead of people. Dogs don’t care how much hair you have, even if they have better hair than you!
In October 2015, about a week after I had to make the hardest decision of my life to put my sweet sheltie (Jake) of 10 years down because he had cancer & was in pain. Tavish’s previous owner, whose a friend of the family asked if we wanted him because she was looking for a new home for him. Dave and I have known (and loved) Tavish since he was a puppy, we even watched him for a week or so once, so we knew he would be a great fit in our family. However, since I had just lost Jake and we already had my late grandmother’s dog, Ali, I wasn’t quite ready for another dog… but thankfully my parents were! I remember them saying “well… can we do a trial run, just in case it doesn’t work out?” Believe when I say that trial run only lasted about 30 seconds! He’s been a loved member of our family ever since!
Unfortunately our beloved Puppa Tavish unexpectedly passed away on March 5th 2019 surrounded by family. We still can’t believe this happened and miss him terribly. He was a truly amazing dog that came into our lives when we needed him most and he brought so much joy with him everywhere he went, we will never forget him. Up until his last day with us, he was full of life, love and attitude like always! Our family won’t be the same without this joyful golden but we will always see him when we look at Jax and Jasper.
Tavish was such a happy, handsome dog who LOVED attention and you couldn’t help but love him! The more time we spent with him, the more he made us smile and after a lot of thought, my mom decided to stud him out and bring home one of his puppies. That is how we got the joyful goofball that we all know and love as Joyful Jax! Once my mom brought him home, you can bet I was at her house every spare minute I had! He was such an adorable little fluff ball of joy and we loved watching Tavish and Jax play together! They constantly made us laugh and even though this may sound crazy, they genuinely made us feel happier.
I LOVE taking photos, so naturally I would capture every moment I was with them on camera. I couldn’t help it- they were just so adorable and they brought so much joy into our lives! That’s when I realized that I needed to share these photos with other dog crazy people and I created the Instagram account’s @Joyful_Jax, @Puppa_Tavish & @BestBud_Ali. People seemed to love our dogs just as much as we did and the pages grew way more than I ever thought they would! So my husband Dave and I started spending all our spare time taking the dogs on adventures and photographing them along the way to share with our new community.
After each adventure, we would come home exhausted, sore, and sometimes even frustrated because it didn’t go as planned. But most of all, whether we were just in the back yard or out exploring somewhere new, we would come home with little more joy in our hearts. At the end of March 2018 Dave and I brought Jasper home and of course I had to create an Instagram account for him too @JasperTheFriendlyGolden. Over the years with the help of my pups, I started growing stronger and stopped caring so much about what others thought and started caring more about what I thought.
In October 2018, I made the biggest decision of my life and quit my safe and reliable job of 11 years so I could focus on doing what I love; photographing my best friends-my dogs! I absolutely LOVE what I’m doing now and I’m so grateful just to have the opportunity, however as someone with really thin hair, it’s not easy for me to get in front of the camera with my dogs. I’m not even kidding when I say that I wear a hat 95% of the time-sometimes two hats, just to hide my thin hair (or lack thereof.)
I know that some people might not understand why it can be hard to live your life to its fullest when you have such thin hair or suffer from hair loss. Some say “it’s just hair,” or “your beautiful the way you are.” And don’t get me wrong, I know that those are both true statements but what no one really talks about how much hair is apart of your identity and how difficult it is to not let it negatively impact your life.
I spent the last 12 years worrying about how my hair looked or if you could see straight through it to my scalp and worried about how the wind, water, lights would affect it. Living through my 20’s worried about my lack of hair sucked and it wasn’t easy but I’d like to think I went through it for a reason. I always did my best to not let it stop me from living my life to its fullest. However sometimes it did and still does but I wouldn’t be nearly as strong as I am today if I didn’t go through so much of my life with thin hair.
Don’t get me wrong, I embraced my thin hair as much I could, I tried not to dwell on it, I tried to focus on the positive things in my life- like my dogs and I started going to yoga/meditation classes (which I really didn’t think would help but it really did!)
But nothing made me really feel like myself again until I put my first wig on…well that is after my brain adjusted to seeing myself with a normal amount of hair again! I had to wear it around the house and out on short trips where I knew I wouldn’t run into anyone I knew for a full week to get adjusted to having a normal amount of hair. Now I’m so excited to have options again and honestly I’m kinda mad that I didn’t start wearing them sooner!
We are all self conscious about something whether it’s our hair, acne, weight, ext. but we cant let it control our lives. When I’m struggling to not let my lack of hair control my life, I go do something that makes my soul happy and that usually makes all my worries disappear… for awhile anyways!
Are you or someone you know living with hair loss? Or do you ever feel self conscious about something else? How do you stop it from controlling your life?
We would first like to thank everyone for following our adventures through our Instagram pages! Here are our top 9 photos from each account for 2018:
We had such an awesome year and we are so grateful for every moment of it! First of all we brought Jasper home at the end of March, had a puppy party/reunion with Jasper’s litter mates in June, went on some really fun adventures including visiting friends from Rangeley to Boston!
We went camping at Cathedral Pines and at Matagamon Wilderness Campground. Hiked trails up mountains, to waterfalls and to the ocean as well as through a bog & dense forest that would make Mother Nature proud! We floated the East Branch of the Penobscot River and spent a ton of time paddle boarding in the Sandy River and at our favorite secret swimming hole!
We collaborated with some awesome brands including 250 Main Hotel, Nestle Poland Springs, Daniel Wellington, United Pets US, Gaston Luga, Pet Kind/Canada Fresh, Soufeel Jewelry, Artist Averil Burner & Insta360 One!
October was a BIG month for us, not only did Dave and I get married (yay!!) but I also gave my two weeks notice at my job at the Credit Union so I could focus on my dream job, health and dogs!
Since then I have been working really hard on setting up my new business Joyful Goldens and creating content that makes you smile! So far it has been so much fun and I can’t wait to see what 2019 will bring!
To start the year off right we are excited to announce that we have made our first product; a Joyful Goldens Wall Calendar for 2019! Trust me when I say it was not easy picking only 13 photos to use but we did our best and hope you love them!