Toby Tells a Joke

Why did the tofu cross the road?  I don't know.  Why?

To prove that it wasn't chicken!

Grrroooaaannn, right?


If you would like to find out more of what these stinky little Cairn terriers have been up to…No, whatever you do, don’t buy a copy of Poopiter!  Don’t do it!  I am pretty sure the world will end.  Don’t even click the link, just to be safe!!!

Bitey Dog and Toby in POOPITER

Although the book is available from Amazon, I strongly suggest that you don’t tempt fate and read it.


Seated Girl with Dog Cross Stitch Pattern with Linen Fabric

Looking for a gift for Mothers’ Day?  If your mom likes the relaxing hobby of cross stitching, perhaps she would enjoy working this beautiful picture of a young woman and her beloved dog (Seated Girl with Dog).  Linen fabric is included so your Mom wouldn’t even have to wait to have it special ordered.  Just add her own floss, and she will be ready to go!

Shipping is free.

This and other fine gifts are available from my store:  Needful Things of Salem.



What If Eve Had Been First?

Recent talks at church brought up the subject of the creation of humankind.  Even though Adam had every creature of the earth with which to associate in the garden,  he wasn’t satisfied and whined to God to create yet another companion for him.

But what if Eve had been created first?  She would have had every puppy and kitty in the world to keep her company.  She would have every pony and horse to admire their beauty.  She would have had the birds with which to sing.  Do you think she would have prayed, “God, there aren’t enough dirty socks lying around the Garden of Eden.  No one has yet called me fat or ugly.  Won’t you send someone to do that?  My life it too easy.”

I think if Eve had been created first, she may still have eaten the apple, but she wouldn’t have asked for an Adam.  She would have just hugged the puppies.

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Eve being content with her puppy companion.


Want more Bitey Dog?  Order your copy of Poopiter from Amazon to see what Bitey and Toby have been up to.  (It’s a fun read!)

Bitey Dog and Toby in POOPITER


Looking for a unique, handmade gift to give to your mother for Mothers’ Day?  Then look no further!  Hand Embroidered Flowers and Scalloped Ribbon Pillow Cases would make a beautiful and personal way of remembering the woman you love.  Flowers and scallops embroidered pillow case set.Flowers and scallops embroidered on white pillow case set.

These and many other fine gifts are available at my store, Needful Things of Salem.  Please stop by.  Shipping is free on all items!

The Sheep and The Goats

cartoon sketch of a goat and a sheep.

At the latest lecture at church, the topic of the sorting of the sheep and goats came up.  One woman volunteered that she had grown up on a farm and watched these animals.  She described how sheep were dumb and needed to be told everything to do.  Goats on the other hoof, are stubborn and opinionated and won’t do anything that they don’t want to do.

Wait a minute, you have just described terriers!  They are strong willed and stubborn and opinionated and they are certain they are the smartest ones in the room.  The won’t do anything unless they see a benefit to themselves.  It does make you wonder sometimes why we have them.

And yet….I love these little guys more than anything.  When I found out Geordie was sick, I cried for weeks.  What fun will life be without that stubborn little soul to argue with?

And so I wonder, if I can love a little “goat”, can’t God?

Ouch.Picture of woman's leg where puppy has nipped her.

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Some of the many stubborn, opinionated expressions made by my boys.


If you would like to read more about what the boys have been up to, you can with Poopiter.

Bitey Dog and Toby in POOPITER

You can find out what life was like before Toby the Usurper came along with A Tired Mommy Is a Good Mommy .

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Both books are available from Amazon.  Hurry and order before the taxes get screwed up!


Cross stitched afghan with roses and bows on it.

Is your Mom often chilly?  If so, this lovely Red Rose Cross-Stitched Afghan can keep her warm despite the air conditioning.  Beautiful pink/red roses alternate with burgundy bows on the surface blocks of this fringed blanket.  (Shipping is free!)  Available at my shop, Needful Things of Salem, along with many other fine gifts.

The Nor’easter


Whee! Puppy is blown like a kite by a nor'easter

I took my chances late one day

And went into the world.

The wind was blowing forcefully

And all the flags unfurled.

I aimed my pee stream carefully

But was the one that fell.

Was it the Nor’easter too strong

Or only I too small?


What a storm this week!  Although we’ve had colder temps during the Winter, this particular storm brought a bitterness that made it truly miserable.

I am sorry to say that poor Bitey did get tipped by the wind while we were outside.  Terriers are built pretty much  like cinder blocks – short, stocky and heavy – so I was surprised that they could be blown about.

Perhaps that is why they get so nervous when I watch The Wizard of Oz.


If you would like to enjoy more of Bitey and Toby’s blustery days, pick up a copy of Poopiter.  It would make a great gift for an Easter basket!

Bitey Dog and Toby in POOPITER

To learn why Geordie hates March, read A Tired Mommy Is a Good Mommy!

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Both available at Amazon.




Red Nose

Red Nose , Benedryl





This is the first time I can remember ever having Spring allergies in February.  Normally the trees don’t start doing their thing until late March or early April.  Although forecasts are calling for possible snow this week, I hope the trees continue to do their business and get this pollen crap over with all at once.  I am miserable, and I simply don’t have the patience for two pesky, energetic, unstoppable, arguing terriers.

So, would anyone like some pesky, energetic, unstoppable, arguing terriers?

I have two too many.


Prefer to enjoy the antics of pesky pups on the page instead?  Then pick up a copy of Poopiter!

Bitey Dog and Toby in POOPITER

You may also like A Tired Mommy Is a Good Mommy which tells of Bitey’s days before the arrival of the Usurper Toby.

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Both are available at Amazon.

Another Friday in Lent


Baked beans again?!? Do you want to go to hell?

I think going to hell for Lent is going to be my new tradition.

For some reason, I can’t seem to keep my days straight at this time of year.  I screw up every Friday.   I am sure the people at church would gladly cluck their tongues and say “Don’t you love God enough to fast a mere one day per week?”  As I recall, though, Christ came to walk among us and hung around with those whose faults were most offensive to other humans.

What could be more offensive than a fondness for beans?


Catch up on some of Bitey and Toby’s other Lenten seasons in A Tired Mommy Is a Good Mommy

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and Poopiter.

Bitey Dog and Toby in POOPITER

Both are available from Amazon.

Happy Gotcha Day


Happy Gotcha Day, Toby!

Gotcha Day? Yes, the day you were adopted. I'm adopted? But I always thought I looked like Mommy.Toby’s Gotcha Day is coming up this week, and I thought we would celebrate.

Cairn terrier puppy sleeping in kennel.

It’s hard to believe he was such a tiny thing when I first met him.

It’s funny.  There are so many things I want to say about my little boy today, but as I sit down to write I am getting all choked up.  Maybe I’ll just let the pictures do the talking.

Two Cairn terriers on a cold day

Here is Geordie being angry that he had to walk on his own paws while the puppy got carried.  This was the coldest day of that particular Winter and the puppy’s first day outside.  (Maybe that’s why he loves the snow so much.)


You can read more about the wee beastie’s early days in Poopiter.

Bitey Dog and Toby in POOPITER

Available at Amazon.