We love Dayna (and Mike)!

by Steve, Kat, & Gus

At the end of August, our pet sitter sold her business and "retired" from pet sitting. She has been watching the pups for three years and we will miss her so much. I never thought that I would get so attached to a pet sitter, but I was really attached to Dayna and her husband, Mike. I know Dayna really loves the dogs, especially Steve and Kat. They love her too. Sometimes we would see her walking in the neighborhood and the pups would just go crazy. They are always so excited to see her.

Back when we first got Gus, Dayna made our lives so much easier by coming by every day to let Gus out of his crate for a potty break. On the first day, Kat attacked Gus and Dayna called me to let me know what happened and that no one was hurt. I started crying and Dayna talked me down and told me it would be okay and Kat would eventually be nice to Gus. She was not just our pet sitter, but also my therapist!

The only picture I had of Dayna with the pups was this one with Steve that she sent while we were on our cruise in August.


This weekend, we walked over to Mike and Dayna's house for a visit and I got a picture of them with the pups. We wish Mike and Dayna the best on their new adventures and are so happy we got to know them!


Weekend Walk

by Steve, Kat, & Gus

On the weekends, we try to take the pups for extra long walks. Today we took them to a different neighborhood so we could try out the walking trails. Our neighborhood doesn't have a great network of trails and with three dogs, it's nice to have the wider walking paths so David and I can walk side-by-side without feeling crowded.

The paths were nice and wide, so Kat wasn't crowded out by the crazy boys.


Steve could still stay on the pavement while Gus took the off-road route.


There were park benches at various spots. The pups took advantage of one bench and posed for a picture.


We enjoyed the trail system, so we might make it part of our walking rotation.

PS. Lest you think that Gus is as good at taking pictures as Steve and Kat, here are a couple pictures showing that it took him a bit to get with the program.


Stinky and apparently yummy fish chews

by Steve, Kat, & Gus

A new pet store opened up by the new HEB near our house. I stopped by there recently and got a bag of The Honest Kitchen fish chews.


Kat is so picky about what she will and will not eat, so I didn't know if she would like the chews, but it seemed like she did. She took it eagerly and actually chewed it rather than just guard it from Steve and Gus.


Gus was the one who was most excited. While I was opening the bag, he ran through all of the commands that he knows. Sit, down, back to sit, waving his paws in the air trying to shake, even though I wasn't holding out my hand, jumping in a circle, you name it, he did it. After all that, I thought he deserved a good chew.


I was impressed that the chews lasted longer than I expected. I figured that the pups would chomp down and the chew would break into pieces. It took them all 5-10 minutes to finish. In this house, that's a long-lasting chew!

Happy Birthday Steve and Kat!! (alternate title: How are Steve and Kat 11???)

by Steve, Kat, & Gus

Today Steve and Kat are 11 years old. I don't know how that is possible! I'm so thankful that they are still happy and healthy.

The pups started the day by sleeping in with David.


This morning, the pups' pet sitter who retired at the end of August dropped of some birthday balloons and treats for Steve and Kat. While things are going well with the new pet sitter, we all miss Dayna (and her husband Mike who helped out) and it was so sweet of them to remember Steve and Kat on their birthday.


This evening we went over to Lake Travis for a hike.


No hike is complete without some swimming!


Once we were back at home, it was party time! The pups celebrated with some cookies, cake, and ice cream.


It was quite the birthday bash. Here's to many more birthdays for Steve and Kat!