Living with dogs and cats - all rescues and how they are all becoming superstars in their own rights. Read how we are training them and see their beautiful photos. Share the joys of pet ownership with us.

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Banjo appears on Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl X

Posted by [email protected] on February 3, 2014 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (47)

On February 2, 2014 our dog Banjo appeared on Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl X. How? Well, we were contacted by an agent who knew of Banjo and asked if we'd be interested in pitching him for the PuppyBowl. Banjo is not a puppy, he's two years old, but the PuppyBowl includes animals other than puppies. So of course, we responded with an enthusiastic "sure!".

The stars of the PuppyBowl are the actual puppies which are the "football players". They're between the ages of 8 and 16 weeks and th...

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Toilet Training weeks 2-3

Posted by [email protected] on June 15, 2012 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (195)

Here we are near the third week of toilet training. Things have gotten much better over these two weeks. Every week we cut the hole in the center of the city Kitty pan so the hole is larger. Every week the pan holds less and less litter. Every week we have less mess.

The City Kitty perforations didn't work as well as I'd hoped when I cut the second hole. The plastic tore so I tried using duck tape to h...

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Toilet Training Cats End of Week 1

Posted by [email protected] on June 2, 2012 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (85)


Well, I’ve reached the end of week one of toilet training for Ms. Beanz (almost 4 years old) and Lady Bug (age 4 months). It has been very interesting. Here are the steps I took. I rated and listed the pros and cons of each step. 


  1. Easy. We had two litter boxes. So we had to get rid of one and relocate the other so it sits next to the toilet we intend ...
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Meet Banjo and Lady Bug

Posted by [email protected] on May 30, 2012 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (55)

If you follow Bo and Beanz on Facebook, you know by now that we adopted a new dog in April. He isn't a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, he's a mutt rescued from a kill shelter in SC. Based on his appearance and behavior, we think he might be Brittany mixed with Border Collie. We named him Banjo. He was about 6 months when we brought him home.

In the weeks since he arrived, Banjo has become fully house trained. H...

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Rescue? Adopt? Buy? What do we do?

Posted by [email protected] on April 3, 2012 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (115)

We have been trying to adopt another Nova Scotia Duck Toller like Bo. It does not have to be a purebred—but we're trying to find a female under 3 years old to be Bo's companion. This is not an easy task.


First, the Duck Toller is a hard dog to find. Breeders get top dollars for them and rightfully so. They are a breed that has not been "overbred", they have few health issues, and they are a great size and a wonderful family dog as well as a great gun dog. Nevertheless...

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