Today is Lilian’s 5th birthday. For those who don’t know, Lili is my blue weimaraner and is quite possibly the sweetest dog ever. Unlike my gray weimaraner Tobey, Lil never got the memo on how weims are supposed to be hyper and high strung. I thought I would mark the occasion by posting some of my favorite pictures of Lili to share.
Lili at the Hocking Hills.
Lil enjoying a bully stick at Christmas time
Lili and I at one of the CHA Dog Jogs (I rolled my ankle so I wasn’t able to run this year)
Lili telling everyone to deal with it.
Lil posing in the snow
Lil posing in a scarf (she’s quite the model)
Lil sitting like a champ
Lil having trouble remembering that she’s not a puppy anymore
The last picture is Lillian with her big brother.
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With winter in full effect, the weimaraners are restless. For those that are unfamiliar with the breed, they are incredibly high energy and need exersize and stimulation or they’ll invent their own…. usually at the expense of my house. Since the sidewalks are too snowy to run, I’ve been taking the pups to doggy day care three days a week to allow them to blow off some steam. Our daycare of choice has been Noah’s Bark near the Ohio State campus in Columbus, OH. My blue weimaraner, Lillian, has been going there since she was a puppy. In fact, two of my all-time favorite pictures of Lil were taken there.
When I need overnight boarding, I’ve been using Noah’s Too in New Albany. I ran a quicken report and over the past 4 years, we’ve spent in excess of $4500 dollars between the Noahs locations.
You can imagine my surprise on Wednesday of this week (Jan. 8) when Noah’s announced on Facebook and Twitter that they were shutting down forever effective immediately.
My wife took the news hard because she had trusted them with Lillian since the very beginning and felt betrayed that they would close down without warning and had become friends with some of the employees. I felt more cheated and taken advantage of because we had just bought a 20 day daycare package for $333 and had a lot of unused days left.
With two days since the announcement, both Facebook pages have been taken down. Both websites are no longer working. I’ve disputed the last charge with Discover (currently pending) but I’m still left with more questions than answers. Why did they close? What should people do about the unused days (note: I disputed the charge with the credit card company)? Why wasn’t there notice given? Were our dogs ever in danger? Were their any warning signs that I missed that Noah’s wouldn’t be reputable? What happened to the dedicated employees? Unfortunately for everyone involved, I think the loyal customers are going to be left with more questions than answers. The end result is that the owners Noah’s proved to be shut down without warning at the expense of their longtime customers and that sucks for everyone involved.
If you know of any good doggy day care locations in Columbus or want to drop a note about Noah’s closing, please use the box below.
Update 1/11/14 – 10TV in Columbus posted an article about the closing but doesn’t answer any questions. It mentions owner Mark Corner left his employees without paychecks. What a wonderful man. He certainly duped us. You can read the article here – http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2014/01/10/gahanna-dog-daycare-closes-without-notice.html
Update 1/11/14 – There is/was a civil case against the owner from the State of Ohio Department of Taxation (case 11 JG 055187) – you can search here – http://fcdcfcjs.co.franklin.oh.us/CaseInformationOnline/Welcome.jsp
As we approach Christmas, I’ve been watching a lot of Christmas movies and have come to the conclusion that they’re all horrible. We started by watching ‘Christmas Vacation’, which has become outrageously outdated. Next up was ‘The Santa Clause’ which looks likes it was filmed by a middle school A/V department. I’m convinced that ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and ‘The Elf’ are the only decent Christmas movies out there. Between the movies and the loathing the song ‘Do they know it’s Christmas’, I’m feeling like a huge grinch. As such, I thought I would write a quick post on some of my favorite pictures of 2013.
The first couple of pictures come from my engagement photo session in April. We wanted to incorporate the pups since I met my wife at the dog park. The puppies did not want to cooperate and our wonderful photographer (Britt Lakin) managed to snap the two photos below of the chaos…. They instantly became my favorite pictures.
The second set of pictures comes from our wedding in June. I apologize if I’ve already posted these. Six months into the marriage, I’m happier than I’ve ever been. For Christmas, we bought each an XBox One. Since she doesn’t read this blog, for her birthday, I’m thinking of buying her a Wii U because she’s a huge Zelda fan.
One of my favorite moments was the 2013 CHA Dog Jog. Tobey and I had a great time. We didn’t do fund raising this year, but we still had a great time. Tobey finished 3rd and won a gift basket.
The fall was consumed with OSU Football. Even though they lost the Big Ten Championship, I learned not to gamble on football and finished with a 9-12-1 record. If I bet $50 on each bet, I’d be down a few hundred dollars. Not good. As bad as the gambling would have been, the games were amazing. Below are some of my favorite pictures of the year.
Other events I didn’t include…. Weird Al concert, Honeymoon in the US Virgin Islands, Misc. Dog photos, etc. For as great as 2013 was, I can’t wait for 2014.
If you have any great memories of 2013, feel free to drop a note below.
I haven’t done this for a while so I want to post some random pictures of my Weimaraners, Tobey (gray) and Lillian (blue).
The first picture is for Nosember. This totally caused me to be late for work. Tobey laid on my leg and Lili came to join him.
The second picture is of Tobey. He turned 8 last Saturday and to celebrate, my wife baked some homemade treats. I gave both weims one as they came in from outside. Lili came inside first and could have devoured hers with a straw. Once Tobey came in, I gave him his treat but he didn’t eat it. He kept it in his mouth for about 10 minutes. I think he was treating it like a treasure. I managed to snap the picture below of him with the treat still in his mouth. Eventually, I made him drop the treat and he finally ate it. It was one of the funniest things I’ve seen.
The last picture was taken tonight (Thanksgiving). Tobey is sleeping on the couch and Lillian is snuggled in a blanket laying on her big brother and best friend. Both pups are incredibly happy.
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I was going through my blog dashboard tonight and stumbled across this article that I wrote a few months ago but never published. It’s a little rough, but enjoy.
I have the greatest two dogs known to man. Without Tobey, my life wouldn’t be as rich. I wouldn’t have a dedicated running companion and friend, and more importantly, I wouldn’t have met my wife. For those that don’t know the story, we met at the Alum Creek Dog Park during Pupapolooza because she had a weimaraner puppy named Lillian and I had Tobey. We started talking and the next thing we knew, we had a play-date set up and the rest is history.
The problem with the dogs is that they put on a magnificent facade by acting incredibly sweet and innocent while secretly being cold-blooded killers (especially the Blue (Lillian)). Take a look at the pictures below and try to say they aren’t some of the sweetest dogs you’ve ever seen….
As sweet as they are, the pups are still incredibly protective and territorial. So far this year, Lillian has a squirrel and multiple birds under her belt. In his lifetime, Tobey has tree’d multiple cats, chased many many deer, and also has a few birds and field mice on his resume. Their crowning achievement was a groundhog that they combined to kill two days before our wedding. I can say without question, this was the worst wedding present we received.
Tobey after killing a bird… admiring his work
As I mentioned…. worst wedding present ever
As much as I love the dogs, my only wish is that they could dispose of their prey far far away from the house.