Tale of Two Photos

I couldn’t help but notice the similarities of a picture I posted last week of Tobey and Baby Leo looking out the window to another picture taken a few years back of Tobey and our beloved Lillian in a similar pose. Both are pictured below.



Introducing Baby Leopold!

It’s hard to put into words how much losing Lillian affected me. The house seemed so empty…. as well as my heart. In January, my wife started looking for a new member of our family… not as a replacement for Lili, because that could never happen, but as a new member of the family.

We started out looking for a female blue weimaraner. We love the color. My wife found a breeder nearby with a blue girl (Pink)… However, when we got there, it was clear that Pink was very independent and curious. We already have Tobey, who is exactly those two things. The Duchess was on the hunt for a ‘snuggly puppy’. Fortunately, there was a baby boy who only wanted to be held. The bond was instant. We made a deposit and picked him up the next day. With that, I’d like to introduce Baby Leopold (Leo). It goes without saying that we’re smitten.


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To My Lilian

My beautiful sweet baby girl Lili passed away on Thursday. She was taken before her time, she was only 6.

Lili, I remember the first time I met you. It was June 6, 2009. You were this beautiful blue weimaraner puppy. I saw your beautiful mom and thought she was really cute… I mustered courage I usually don’t have and started a conversation. The next thing I knew, I had a play date for you and my weimaraner Tobey.

You and Sarah came over and I fell in love twice.

(Lili and Tobey in August of 2009)

I was going through so much having recently had my heart broken. You were the first soul after that I said ‘I love you’ to. I meant it. I told you before the woman who would become my wife.

As your mom and I got closer, you both moved in. It made the home complete. You were my Summer Girl. You brought so much energy and love. I was amazed everyday by something new. Whether it was how fast you learned the invisible fence, or how you sat like a person, how you hated stepping on wet grass, or how you would treat your brother as a pillow.

(Lili snuggling with Tobey)

When Sarah moved to West Virginia for residency, it was a relief for me knowing that you were there to protect her. I saw it first hand how fiercely protective you were of both of us. Nothing was ever going to happen to us with you around.

As you grew older, you became my confidant and friend. I loved snuggling with you or just talking to you. You would always check in to make sure everything was ok. When I was having a bad day, you would lick my face or start woo’ing or try to get in my lap. You had a way of knowing. I remember so much.


Lili, on Thursday, the unthinkable happened. Your kidneys stopped working suddenly and you passed from this world in your mom’s arms.  We’ve never felt so empty. It rained for two days straight afterwards. I think the earth was crying. I don’t think I’ve ever been this sad or heartbroken.

(Lilian and Sarah at Medvet)

I want you to thank you for changing my life and that you’ll never be forgotten and will live forever in our hearts.  Most of all, I want you to know much you were loved.

Lilian Scarlett 2009 – 2015.

Twitters Everyone Should Follow

Hi All,

It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve had time to write a blog post. Most of this is due to traveling work and being swamped both at the hotel and when I get back home.

Anyway, excuses aside, I’ve recently found Twitter. It’s awesome. Below are some great Twitter users that everyone should follow. If you want to follow me, I’m at @MarkTRoehl

@SimpsonsQOTD – Simpsons quote of the day. What else needs to be said. They also include a picture, which is awesome.

@arresteddev – The official twitter of the greatest show of all time (Arrested Development)

@_youhadonejob – You Had One Job. Funny fails with pictures.

@slmandel – Stewart Mandel – Former head Sports Illustrated college writer

@ExpCols – Experience Columbus – Tells fun stuff to do around the city

@Ken_Rosenthal – Baseball Analyst for Fox.

@11W – Eleven Warriors – Best site on the interwebs for OSU football news.

@OsuCoachCoombs – OSU Assistant Football Coach – King of the hashtag.

@KenTremendous  – Created of Parks and Rec, Moos from The Office and former writer from FireJoeMorgan.com

@JimTressel5 – Twitter of the greatest coach ever to grace the sidelines at The Ohio State University

@Buster_ESPN – Buster Olney – ESPN Baseball Writer

@DOMTIBERI – Dom Tiberi – Best sports anchor in Columbus and an all-around great guy.

@BraxtonMiller5 – Braxton Miller – #QBgeddon!

@CJ12_ – Cardale Jones – #QBgeddon!

@JT_theQB4th – JT Barrett – #QBgeddon!

@JPosnanski – Joe Posnanski – The greatest sports writer on the planet.

@_FloridaMan – Florida Man – Because everything strange or macabre happens in Florida. One of my top 3 twitters

@ShitTats – Shit Tats – Speaks for itself. Pictures of really bad tattoos. 

@harlowandsage – Amazing pics of Harlow and Sage – Two great dog friends (and one is a weimaraner)

@MedievalReacts – This is hard to explain, but it’s medieval paintings told in the language of today. Absolutely hilarious.

If you have any other good Twitters to follow, drop a note in the comments.

Ways to Connect

With how fast life goes, I haven’t been able to blog as much as I’d like. However, there are a few other avenues to follow me on social media and the internet.

Twitter – https://twitter.com/MarkTRoehl – Mostly random observations and funny one-liners.

Google+ – https://plus.google.com/+MarkRoehl/posts – Longer and more interesting posts than Twitter.

Feel free to add me on either.

~ MR (Shirt was given to me as a gag gift…. it’s pretty awesome)