March 8, 2010

How Do You Know When Spring Is Coming?

When…

Every day…

For the past week…

I open the back door…

and find THIS waiting for me.

Boston Terrier Puppies

It starts out innocently enough…

I let Miley & Howie out for their morning bathroom break and backyard patrol.

They make the rounds, thoroughly inspecting every square inch of the yard until they’ve made sure no unauthorized visitors have trespassed into their territory during the night.

Boston Terrier Puppies

But at some point… when they think I’m not looking…

They find the Swamp.

Boston Terrier Puppies

You know… that overgrown area of the yard we like to forget about from October to April.

Boston Terrier Puppies

The Swamp is like the Bermuda Triangle for dogs & their toys. It attracts them and sucks them in.

But that’s no problem for Howie.

Boston Terrier Puppies

You have to keep a close eye on the backyard to experience this rare swamp monster sighting.

Boston Terrier Puppies

Miley, of course, is more dainty and attempts to hover over the swamp.

Boston Terrier Puppies

She sticks the landing…

Boston Terrier Puppies

But she misjudged how close that fence was. Doh!

Boston Terrier Puppies

So, when they’re standing at the back door, waiting to be let in, looking post-apocalyptic…

Boston Terrier Puppies

There’s only one thing we can do.

Boston Terrier Puppies

Bath time!

Boston Terrier Puppies

Spring. It’s Miley & Howie’s favorite time of year.



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Kim Bell March 8, 2010 at 8:12 am

I love it!! Love reading posts about your dogs and seeing the photos. They are so cute! I have a pug named Milo and know what you mean about the spring thing. He tracks little black footprints on my white kitchen floor this time of year if I don’t catch him at the door and wipe his feet.

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Sherrie March 8, 2010 at 8:14 am

Oh my gosh, they are just too cute. Loved the pictures !!!

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Debbie Olson March 8, 2010 at 8:15 am

I loved this post! You captured it–the essence of dogs and Spring!

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Jacque March 8, 2010 at 8:20 am

These are fantastic photos! This is so my toe Shih-tzus. Raisin and Muffin do this exact same thing!!!!!!!!!! SO CUTE!

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Renée March 8, 2010 at 8:21 am

What great pictures you captured of Miley and Howie. They are so adorable. It was like watching a short movie. I have to say your pictures brightened my morning! :)

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JoyceB March 8, 2010 at 8:22 am

Lucky Dogs! Wonderful pictures, great narrative…….thank you! My grandparents had a “pug dog” way back in the 40′s. Now one of my granddaughters has one.

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tinac March 8, 2010 at 8:23 am

Ohhh so cute and so true.

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Andi March 8, 2010 at 8:23 am

Being the dog lover that I am, this made me laugh out loud! I love your photos…thanks for sharing :)

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Julie March 8, 2010 at 8:24 am

Soooo cute! I love it, thanks for sharing :)

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Lori Allberry March 8, 2010 at 8:25 am

Amanda, you are AWESOME!!!!!

I looooove, love, love, love this post! OMG – it is just FANTASTIC!!!!

Thank You for sharing!!!

♥Lori

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Colleen Dixon March 8, 2010 at 8:29 am

Well, I can’t say it any better than everyone else! I loved this story. You captured it beautifully. Some day I would like to be just 1/2 as good of a photographer as you! Your pictures are always so amazing.

In fact, I can’t stand cooking. I’ve never liked it and never been good at it. Two or three times now, I’ve bought the ingredients and tried your recipes. I know a lot of that has to do with the incredible pictures you post to go along with the recipe.

Thanks for always posting your work and your stories!

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katie Cotton March 8, 2010 at 8:31 am

OMG! This is hilarious! I love love love it! I even forwarded on the blog link to my sister (a dog fantatic even more so than i am). Truly priceless!

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Carrie March 8, 2010 at 8:36 am

awww! I loved this post! They are so adorable!

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Melissa March 8, 2010 at 8:38 am

your pictures are amazing… and they are absolutely adorable!

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Deneen Cook March 8, 2010 at 8:39 am

Love how you captured their true essence! These are great and what a wonderful scrapbook page they will make. Thanks for sharing

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Marilyn Hughes March 8, 2010 at 8:39 am

I laughed so hard!!!!! I love the picture of the one in mid-jump. Great picture taking. They also look so apologetic at bath time. LOL

Smiles~
Marilyn

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Jennie March 8, 2010 at 8:40 am

In my experience, a dirty dog is a happy dog! So yours must be over the moon :) such cuties!

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Alisha March 8, 2010 at 8:43 am

Amanda! One of the things on my *Bucket List* is to write Children’s Books! And now, I’ve taken the liberty of deciding that you TOO should! (Yes, yes… you’re welcome, haha!) This is so cute and kids would go ga-ga over it! :) PLUS, it would make M&H stars and you a famous author. It’s brilliant. :-D

And P.S. What is on YOUR bucket list?!

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Jessica R. March 8, 2010 at 8:46 am

Those pictures are so awesome!! Great shots! Looks like they are HAPPY little dogs!! Thanks for sharing!

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Amy March 8, 2010 at 8:47 am

I adore the last picture! So cute!

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Shawna March 8, 2010 at 8:48 am

OMGosh! Thank you so much for sharing your pics of those two cuties. They definitely had a good time!!! My Toonie Mae is a Boston terrier/chihuahua cross. Great dogs.

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Cathy March 8, 2010 at 8:49 am

I’m not really a dog person but good grief, they’re adorable!

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Emma March 8, 2010 at 8:49 am

The first and last pictures literally made me CRY with laughter!!
I have tweeted this entry to all my friends. x

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Becky March 8, 2010 at 8:53 am

What a hoot !!! It doesn’t get any cuter than this. Thanks for sharing.

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Beth March 8, 2010 at 8:58 am

I love these pictures!! They are so cut! What a fun post! Thanks for sharing!

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Chrissy March 8, 2010 at 8:59 am

What incredible photos! I especially love the very first one! I can only imagine your reaction when that’s what you found waiting for you on your back stoop!

Have a blessed day!

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Carol March 8, 2010 at 9:01 am

I absolutely love this! I started out smiling and ended up laughing out loud – and more than once! The photos and narrative were PERFECT and the whole thing is just TOO TOO cute! Thank you for brightening my day! :0)

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Southern Gal March 8, 2010 at 9:01 am

Love those photos. And can I say I wish I had your patience? How many baths do they get a day? Wow.

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Abbie March 8, 2010 at 9:01 am

Lol!! I love it! We have two miniature pinschers names Bonnie and Clyde and they do the same thing. Such wonderful photos.. this made me laugh and I needed it!

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Katherine March 8, 2010 at 9:10 am

Thank you so much for these! It may be Monday morning, but these pictures (and fabulous doggie personalities) are enough to lift anyone’s spirits!

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Tamara March 8, 2010 at 9:13 am

Amanda, you always take the best pictures. You’re going to have to share with me some of your secrets! I have tried so hard to do some great thing with my camera but can’t figure it out. Anything would be appreciated!! Love this post on the dogs and the “swamp”…hilarious!

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Alix Hart March 8, 2010 at 9:23 am

I am one of those people who love to see people or in this case dogs, trip, fall, or walk into things. (Only when they don’t get hurt of course) So, this post made my morning…thank you. The pictures are great!

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Susie March 8, 2010 at 9:23 am

I love it!!! That is a pair of very very happy pooches.

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Andria March 8, 2010 at 9:24 am

this is my favorite post of yours yet! so cute!! i think they could have a dog contest ‘win’ in their pockets with these pictures!!

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Grace E. March 8, 2010 at 9:25 am

Wow! They are the cutest! You are lucky to be able to have these moments and pictures! It will last a lifetime! Thank you so much for sharing. I LOVED the story and your pictures are AWESOME!!!

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Courtney March 8, 2010 at 9:29 am

Those pictures are absolutely fantastic!

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Tracey March 8, 2010 at 9:32 am

What a cute picture story! Keep them coming.

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Megan March 8, 2010 at 9:37 am

Love it!!! My dogs would LOVE your “swamp!” Right now, mine are just dirty on their feet. We have one area in our backyard that will not grow grass and of course, it’s the first and last part the dogs step in while outside (right outside our patio). I will fix it some time! Maybe your swamp could turn into a fish pond? AND a fence? :) Good luck with baths! At least your pups are small.

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Cheryl Newton March 8, 2010 at 9:45 am

At least you have small fur children! They can probably go in the kitchen sink. Ours is a 90-ish pound chocolate Lab. What were we thinking?

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Valeri March 8, 2010 at 9:50 am

OMGosh Thank you so much for making me laugh this morning Miley. Needed it today. :-) Poor puppy – looks like they had fun though.

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Nancy March 8, 2010 at 9:51 am

that is so cute! You are a great story teller!!!!

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Meg March 8, 2010 at 10:20 am

I love those photos! They’re so funny! :D

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Emily March 8, 2010 at 10:31 am

HAHA! This was such a cute post! Seeing your two together makes me want to get my Brady a sibling :)

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Kathleen Summers March 8, 2010 at 10:31 am

Oh my goodness, what awesome photos and wonderful (hilarious!) storytelling!! LOVE it!!

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MelodyA. March 8, 2010 at 10:42 am

That is TOO funny. So glad to see that you let them play.

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edy B March 8, 2010 at 10:44 am

AHHHH! to be a KID again!!!
Cute stuff!!!

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Donna T. March 8, 2010 at 11:02 am

Adorable.

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Donna March 8, 2010 at 11:05 am

OHHHH my goodness Amanda, I laughed sooooo hard thought i was gonna p** my pants. LOL I especially loved the one of Miley smacking into the fence, hope she wasnt hurt but it sure was funny. Amanda I absolutely love your blog and visit it daily have used many of your ideas and recipies. Keep bloggin Donna in Minot ND

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Deanna S March 8, 2010 at 11:07 am

Love your website. Just found it a week or so ago while searching the web for “Fonts”. First, thanks for sharing the fonts, 2nd you make me laugh. I too have a dog, Toby, that is the morning inspector of our yard, but instead of a swamp, we have a mudhole that totally insures coverage of wet, dirty mud from Toby’s top to bottom. So when I saw your tale of the swamp dogs, it made me giggle. Keep up the great stories and photos….you bring a lot of joy to your community of visitors.

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Lisa Stanton March 8, 2010 at 11:09 am

I love it! I have 3 yorkies and a Shih Tzu that like to do the same thing. They wait until I take my eyes off them for ONE MINUTE and they dig holes and roll around in the grass and mud. Now I know I’m not alone!

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Brooke March 8, 2010 at 11:10 am

Love it! I have three dogs, Lady (malamute), Trek and Riley (male black labs) They are always getting into something! And when water is invloved my labs become monsters too!!! Don’t you just love life with them!!! I do!
Brooke

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Liz March 8, 2010 at 11:12 am

That was so cute! Thanks for sharing!! :)

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Jenny Flake March 8, 2010 at 11:33 am

Ahhhhhh, what adorable pics of your babies! Love them all :)

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Ruthann March 8, 2010 at 11:38 am

I love it! I have two boxers and they do the same thing! They come in and you can tell where they’ve been in the house…there are paw prints through-out…

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Lee McMillan March 8, 2010 at 11:40 am

That is too funny! My husband and I can relate. Seems that if it’s not the dogs… it’s the kids!

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PandaMom March 8, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Hilarious!! Great shots, especially of the “hovering”. Thanks for the funny! ; )

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Geneva March 8, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Love it, love it, love it. I so enjoy it when you post Howie and Miley, they truly are adorable. We have 2 bostons, Baxter and Ebony who look a lot like Howie, Ebony can pass for his sister. Our two are so looking forward to spring here in Northern California and when we mention road trips they run to the door because they know that they will soon be running through the fields near our home smelling every bush in sight. Our two do not seem to enjoy the water like Howie and Miley, but they are ages 1 1/2 and 1 so maybe this spring they will branch out enjoy life even more.
Thank you for sharing. I know that we are not alone when it comes to pure enjoyment from having Bostons in our lives. Truly God’s gift to us for sure.

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Melissa S. March 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm

I love your posts! This is so cute…I truly enjoy reading about your puppies, especially since my sister has a Boston! I share all of the posts about your babies with my sister! Thanks for the smile today!

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Teresa March 8, 2010 at 12:17 pm

They are so cute….and I am so ready for SPRING and flip flops the shoe of choice EVERYDAY….

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Debbie March 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Just had to share how much I enjoy your website. I look forward to new posts- especially when I need a break from my workload. Your style is quite engaging-along with being helpful/insightful.
Thanks for the work and thought you put into this!

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Untypically Jia March 8, 2010 at 12:31 pm

I can’t stand how cute these pics are! It’s too much! I so wish I had a backyard for my pug to play in. She would go nuts over that little swamp!

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Kara Lynn March 8, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Glad I am not the only one!! My dog does this at least three times a week. And she doesn’t quite fit in the tub!!

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Charli March 8, 2010 at 12:55 pm

haha, I LOVE the very last pic you posted! So innocent looking–and clean!

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kami March 8, 2010 at 1:13 pm

I loved this, your dogs are very lucky to have such a good mama :)

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Denissa March 8, 2010 at 1:23 pm

So cute! I love it :) I’m pretty new to your blog. LOVE IT!! Going to try the chicken enchiladas tomorrow. And thanks for sharing your weight loss story, you look wonderful!

~Denissa

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aj March 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm

I am just blown away by their adorableness!

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Alexandra March 8, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I was very amused by your story. I remember very well the innocent view of my dog when she had done something wrong. Cute!

I like to read on your pages. They are very amusing.
In addition, while reading I can learn the englisch language, because I need the language skills in my job. And so I look forward to many new stories from you.

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Sylvia March 8, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Are you kidding me? These pics are beyond adorable and brought a smile to my face today. A nice distraction from my problems. :) Thank you Amanda!

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Jen Z March 8, 2010 at 2:05 pm

OMG, what amazing pictures of your dogs. I love that you captured every moment of them playing. My Mom’s dog does this also with water, the snow and gets his paw prints all over our white fence. I have to get out there and get those paw prints off the fence soon. lol! Her dog mis-judge our deck in the snow a few weeks ago and I captured it on my camera as well. Skid face first right onto the deck of snow. It was pretty funny….kept running too. LOL! Thanks for making me smile with your wonderful pictures. :-)

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Jenni Roseland March 8, 2010 at 2:36 pm

those pictures are so cute! that first one – wow! what a cute little story!

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Jae March 8, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Aww they are so cute! Who can resist those muddy, messy faces?

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Courtney March 8, 2010 at 3:34 pm

This is hysterical! GREAT pictures and a fun post!

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Steph Lerch March 8, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Ahhh… the beloved muddy spring doggies! My husband and I have two springer spaniels who are the exact same way. We too have our own personal “swamp” in our yard, and it provides us with endless dog bathing opportunities! I am already looking forward to the dry days of summer!

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Alma March 8, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Aww, your doggies are so adorable! Can’t help but fall in love with them! ♥

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Judy March 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm

LOVE IT! Great photo’s

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peamissy March 8, 2010 at 4:31 pm

oh my goodness! loved this photo story!!

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Elli March 8, 2010 at 4:34 pm

This is a fantastic post!!

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Angelique March 8, 2010 at 5:07 pm

That made my whole day! I LOL!

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tracy March 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Oh that is SOOO cute!! I’ll look forward to more Miley and Howie stories!! (and more fonts!? :)

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Michelle Harden March 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm

I about wet myself looking at that picture of Miley running into the fence. SO cute…until about the third day in a row you have to bath your dogs I suppose!

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mjrooney March 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Too cute!!

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Cynthia March 8, 2010 at 5:25 pm

oh my gosh. the are so cute.

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Carrie Gamber March 8, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Hey Amanda
Awesome pics! So funny… I have two Boxers, Jetta and Bailey, and I’ve been cleaning thier paws every time they come in. Do you mind sharing what your camera settings were for the pics of them in the “swamp”.. I’ve just recently obtained a Canon Rebel Xsi and am taking a class to learn all about it! Hope I can grasp it…It’s a bit overwhelming! Thanks and happy spring!
Carrie

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Christy Branham March 8, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Wonderful pictures- they are adorable!!! What kind of camera are you shooting???

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Deb March 8, 2010 at 6:55 pm

That is so great. I have a miniature Australian bulldog who is SO like your two! It doesn’t matter where we are… if there is a puddle, she will find it… and the muddier the better! Great photos, thanks!

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Heather March 8, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Oh I love it!! I literally laughed at loud at Miley hitting the fence! (Not that I get a kick out of seeing dogs hit fences, I laugh at my own dogs running in to things all the time!) I dream of one day having a Boston, so seeing yours having a ball makes me smile! Keep the Miley and Howie pictures coming!! :)

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alyssa March 8, 2010 at 7:03 pm

There’s nothing that makes me happier than seeing 2 happy, muddy puppies just being puppies! What a good mommy you are for letting them “do their thing”! Soooo cute!! Thank you so much for sharing, they’re precious!

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Jaque March 8, 2010 at 7:30 pm

WOW! Love your photos! They are so funny and lovely!

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Melissa Pierce March 8, 2010 at 7:57 pm

I love your recent pictures of Howie & Miley! They are too cute! I love Boston’s… they are the best dogs! Mine lived til he was 17 yeard old! Your pictures bring back so many fun memories!

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Jacinda March 8, 2010 at 8:09 pm

I’m just jealous your grass is green. Mine is still brown. I won’t see green grass for another three weeks or so.

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teresa March 8, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Oh Amanda!
These pics are absolutely PRICELESS!!!!!!!
You captured their FUN so well!
Just precious!
I can tell that lens was worth every penny! ;o)
xxooxx

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Kathy March 8, 2010 at 10:10 pm

That is absolutely hysterical! I especially loved the fence faceplant – too funny!

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Rebecca Nash March 8, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Hahaha that is so precious. Amanda I look forward to your blogs and my face lights up when I look at my email and there sits the email awaiting for me to read. Give Miley and Howie a big hug!!

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Elisa Schaub March 8, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Amanda, you are so cute! :) I love that we get to be apart of all of your happy moments in life! It’s great that you are so generous with all of your cuteness too! :)

P.S. I’ve just recently found a love for scarves and want to wear them with everything, even my pj’s!! Thanks for sharing the tips on how to wrap them around in a stylish fashion…very helpful! :)

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Andrea Swenson March 8, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Your photography is amazing. Do you think you will ever teach classes?

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Sarah March 8, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Darling! I love your pictures (and captions) of your dogs! Especially the ‘hover dog’ and the ‘swamp monster’–great pics!!!

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Kerry March 9, 2010 at 12:22 am

Just loved the photo series. Your doggies make me laugh! This was such a charming post, you have great style.

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Pati March 9, 2010 at 1:29 am

How fun and funny!! Sounds like constant entertainment : ) Thanks for sharing the great pics and story to go with them!

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Larke March 9, 2010 at 6:04 am

I think you just wrote a great book for children (and adults alike)! What great photo journalism! I’m serious – I think you should have it published! Gosh, you could do a whole series! But I guess you’ve already thought of that? I’ll be praying for a publisher for you!!! Thanks for sharing!

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Jacqui March 9, 2010 at 6:08 am

sooo cute!! love the action shots!!

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