Friday, December 31, 2010

'2010 Moments' through my human's lens...

I'm indulging my human as it's the last day of the year.  Here are a few glimpses of what she saw in 2010...

Now we're waiting to see what 2011 holds for us - we're hoping to attract only positive people, positive events, positive thoughts and bags full of happiness!

We wish the same for all of you, our very special group of brand new friends. We are so happy that we met you this year and it's really special to be a part of the warm, kind and loving community of pet bloggers.

One of our best discoveries of 2010!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Let sleeping dogs lie...

So this is what it looks like on my human's bed in the morning. Not bad as living a dog's life goes - wouldn't you say?

Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy thoughts and good wishes...

Hallooo everybody! Just wanted to say I hope you enjoy the last couple of days of 2010!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Man that smells good!

The smells in our kitchen this afternoon were absolutely magical. I wasn't sure what the human was up to in there, so I decided to go have a look...

I discovered she was cooking a stir-fry dish for dinner and I thought I'm going to break all the rules and allow her to have an entire post to herself - she simply had to share this recipe. Even if they don't feed us their food, smelling this stuff cooking away on the stove is a treat and a half! So here's hoping you can get your humans interested...

The floor is yours mi madre...

Hi there! Well thank you Ms Abbey, you of all creatures know that I don't like cooking, so if you think it smells divine, well then the recipe must be awesome! So I'll gladly share!

Actually, as I LOVE taking pictures, I thought I'd make the cooking experience more enjoyable by documenting it as I go along. So here goes - garlic lamb with mushrooms and pasta stir-fry...

This is what I used:

350g (12oz) lamb, cut into strips (leg of lamb works well)
1 onion, sliced thinly
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 and a half tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon soft brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
300g (10oz) spaghettini or egg noodles
extra oil for cooking
200g (6 and a half oz) Portabellini (or button) mushrooms, sliced
150g (5oz) Shitaki mushrooms
2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
75g (2 and a half oz) fresh garlic chives, cut into short pieces

Combine lamb, garlic, onion, oil, brown sugar, salt and pepper in a bowl. Mix well and set aside.
Heat a wok or pan until very hot, add one tablespoon of the extra oil and swirl it around to coat the side. Stir-fry the lamb mixture, quickly searing the meat and tossing constantly until well browned. Remove the meat from the wok/pan.

I let the dried Shitaki mushrooms soak in lukewarm milk for about twenty minutes.

Portabellini mushrooms are a firm favourite in my kitchen...

Add the mushrooms to the wok/pan with about 2 teaspoons of water, and stir-fry for about one minute. Add the teriyaki sauce, and toss well. Cover and steam for about 10 seconds.

A good quality olive oil is essential and the teriyaki sauce is a winner with stir-fry dishes.

Spaghettini works well with this recipe. While you're busy with everything else, cook the pasta as per instructions in boiling water.

Return the lamb and any juices to the wok with the spaghettini and chives.
(I couldn't find chives today, so I used spring onions - it worked just as well.)
Toss well and heat through.

And there you have it - a strir-fry dish to die for!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Meet Bacardi...

Bacardi is the biggest of our little clan and if he had to be a human they would refer  to him as a 'gentle giant'. He absolutely hates loud noises and anything that sounds like a fight sends him to the nearest hiding place. He also dislikes cameras so this little sequence is the best we could come up with to introduce him to you...


Not really in the mood for this...

I'm leaving now

Just one glance perhaps...

OK, there you have it - an 'almost' full frontal!

George has had enough

...and Chloe is totally bored by all of this.

As for me - well, I'm in the middle of my beauty sleep.

There you have it then. All the players in our little play. Just like humans, we all have our roles. Most of the time we don't follow scripts but boy do we know each other well! So if Bacardi says he's had enough, I'm going to say toodle-doo!

Monday, December 13, 2010

What a handsome bunch!

My, I didn't realise that you were such a handsome bunch! My human wanted to have a few pictures before she did this post, so here goes!

This is Miss K. She has the most beautiful eyes and you can read all about her and her brother R, pictured below in the middle at: They live in one of the most scenic places in the world and I just love reading about their lives in this wonderland. Thanks for the lovely pictures you two!

This is my friend Oskar. He was the very first friend who found my blog and I just love how his mom connects other humans and their pets from all over the world. You can visit him at: Thanks for this lovely picture my friend, you were the cutest little puppy!

This is my friend Neeko. As you can see Neeko is a Yorkie as well - I wish he lived up the road so that we could go for walks together. These long distance relationships....why can't a girl meet a guy who lives just up the road? Anyway, you can see what Neeko is up to at: Thanks for the pics my friend - I am so happy you found such a lovely home!

This is my South African friend, Toby. Isn't that puppy picture just the cutest ever?? Toby and his mom have a wonderful blog and I'm so sorry they live a two hour flight away from us, I would have loved to say hi in person! You can visit them at: We love watching you grow up Toby!

This is our other little Yorkie friend, Pocket. You really were a cutie when you were small my friend - now you're just plain handsome! Read more about Pocket at:

Don't you just love these big eyes and the lovely hairstyle! This is our friend Gus. You look like a LIVELY fellow my friend! The look on that photo screams - 'hey, what's going on - I want in on the action too!'
Find out more about Gus at:

And finally ...
Little Miss Holly who now is not so little anymore! Holly's mom says when she got this tiny little puppy she had no idea that she was going to grow into a such a big girl - today she weighs 45lbs! You can read about Holly's life at: I think I'll probably look like a flea next to you Ms Holly!

There you have it. Some of my other friends are away on holiday, if we get any more photos we'll post them in the new year.

Thank you so much for those of you who sent me your pictures, we LOVED looking at them and getting to know you all a little better! My human and I feel blessed that we've found all these new friends through our blog. We already knew that animals are special but we are discovering that people who own animals, all over the world, are a special breed on their own!

We are so happy to welcome you as our friends - we look forward to walking a long path together, be it in cyberspace! Here's wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

All together now... 'Soooo cute!'

At the end of every year my human always seems to feel the urge to look at all her old photographs. She discovered these puppy photos of us and I said it's OK, she can show it off on my blog. I did have one condition though. I said she has to ask you all to send me one picture of you as you look now and one of you as a puppy or kitten. If your human doesn't have a puppy/kitten pic of you (maybe they adopted you as an older pet), that's OK, still send me your favourite picture of yourself!

My human has created an email address for me (emilene - note to self: I really have to get a life!). So you can send your pictures to: I will post them all on my blog once I have received a few.

I can't wait to see what you all look like!

Anyway, so this was me five years ago...

And these two are of Chloe, also taken five years ago...

We were pretty cute, even if I have to say so myself! Since we arrived our human family has also grown by one member - my humans have one little grandchild now! He's only two years old, so we were here before him. We really make sure he knows that! I will say that competing with him for everyone's attention was a full time job in the beginning, but now we're pretty cool with having him around.

This weekend he performed in his first Christmas concert and I have to say, based on what I hear the humans saying and looking at the pictures they took - it was a pretty special day! My human wrote about it on her own blog - if you want to see what he looked like, go have a peep at
Now I just wish she would get going with putting our Christmas tree up...

Can't wait to see your photographs!!