House Hunting Story on Seattle Dog Spot

It’s that time of month again: my new blog post is up on Seattle Dog Spot.  This month, I wrote about house hunting with a  senior dog and the difficulties we had especially here in Seattle where a lot of homes sit high up on hills.  Nevertheless though, we found the perfect home and we’re so excited both dogs will now have a yard to run and play in!

New backyard!

New backyard!

We have a HOUSE!

It’s finally official: Alex closed on a house last week in Seattle’s Mt. Baker neighborhood and we move in at the end of the month!  It’s a charming 1912 house and we can’t wait to start renovations and make it our own.  With it’s two decks, lots of space and a yard, we couldn’t be happier or more excited!  It’s been in the making for over five weeks and my parents were able to see it this past weekend when they were visiting.  That meant so much to me and I’m so happy they got to see it.  It’s going to take some work to make it shine so be on the lookout for updates and before and after photos.  Alex will be starting his own blog about the process so I’ll share that when he gets it up and going.  Seattle is even moreso our home now and we can’t wait to get to work!

Sold!

Sold!

All the Comforts at Home

For my July post at Seattle Dog Spot, I chose to write about the various things I’ve done for Blake at home to make his senior years for comfortable.  Hope my ideas inspire you to make changes for your aging dogs too!  It’s been a great first year here in Seattle with Blake and I’m happy that he’s been enjoying himself too.  I like to think it’s the little things that make his daily life better and surely a homemade orthopedic dog bed doesn’t hurt either!  I’d love to hear what you’ve done to add a little comfort to your senior dogs environments.

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Blake’s big, comfy orthopedic bed I made him.

One year anniversary

Wow!  I can’t believe that it’s been a year today since Alex and I moved out here.  It has gone by so fast.  One this day last year, we pulled up in front of our apartment, met the neighbors upstairs and introduced them to the dogs.  Unpacked the car and ate Pagliaccis’ pizza for dinner, which we also had tonight as well to celebrate our anniversary!  It’s been a roller coaster of a ride, but an exciting one at that and we are so happy to be here in the Northwest.  Who knew that we would ever have moved out here, but we’re here and loving every minute of it.  Alex’s job at UW is going great and mine at Youth in Focus is too.  We are still house hunting to find the perfect place to settle in at and the dogs are better than ever.  We’ve made some good friends over the past year and are looking forward to many more.  Thanks, Seattle, for being the change we wanted and a great place to live!  Here’s my blog post from this day last year.  It’s been fun to re-read about our adventures.

Let the House Hunting Begin

When Alex and I first got the word we were moving to Seattle, we only had about two weeks to find a place to live.  We scoured Craigslist and finally found a place and took it site un-seen.  Lucky for us, it has worked out great for the past year, but we’re ready to move.  Into a house that is.

We already know we’re going to be here for a number of years and are anxious to find a single-family home and settle in and make it our own.  It hasn’t been easy though over the past couple of months.  The Seattle real-estate market is crazy with houses being snatched up in just two or three days.  When you find one you want, you have to jump on it because chances are, five other people will too.

We consider ourselves pretty easy house hunters though: we don’t have a laundry list of must-haves as our biggest considerations are just price and location.  We’re also looking for a fixer-upper, no new construction for us.  We want to put sweat equity into our house and be able to say, yeah, we re-fisnished those hardwood floors and painted the entire place ourselves.  But that’s just the start of it.  We want to be able to turn a 100-year-old house into a modern oasis in the city and bring it back to life.  That’s the fun of house buying for us.

We’ve been doing our research and even attended a home buying class recently.  We know all about pre-inspections, escalator clauses and the “love letter” you write to the home sellers.  We are in a multi-offer environment here so anything we can do to sweeten the deal, we do.  Just how crazy is it: one house we put a bid on had nine other offers and went for 115% OVER asking price.  Sometimes you just can’t compete with more money.

Nevertheless though, we aren’t getting our hopes up.  It’s not like we have to move by any certain time; we’re able to renew our lease in our apartment if need be.  But we are anxious and would much rather move into a house in the coming weeks, than live another six months in an apartment.  So we keep on trekking and know that the right house will come up at just the right time.

Nutrition and Supplements for Aging Dogs

Here it is, my new column post for this month on Seattle Dog Spot.  It’s been great writing for this super helpful dog website for the past three months.  Not only do I get to keep up with my writing, but I am also doing it on a topic I really enjoy: my dog, Blake!  Hope it’s helpful for some folks out there.

Blake and Leo eating dinner.

Summer in Seattle

Ah, finally summer is here in the Pacific Northwest and we couldn’t be more excited.  Chicago was great for outdoor activities that mainly revolved about street fairs and patios, but Seattle has so much more.  Below is a list of what we enjoyed last year and what we are hoping to explore this year:

  • Kayaking at Green Lake and beyond.  And beyond I mean getting enough courage to venture onto Lake Union or Washington maybe this year.
  • Stepping out at street fairs and festivals.  Did I mention the majority are free?  Unlike Chicago where you can expect to pay a “suggested donation” of at least $10 every time.
  • We can’t wait to go to Bumbershoot again in August; great way to spend his birthday weekend.

Too Much Time…

Too much time has passed since I’ve updated!  Below is a little recap of Seattle life and what’s new on the West Coast.

  • Youth in Focus is going wonderful!  I can’t believe it’s been almost three months since I’ve started here.  I love my work, my co-workers, the students…just about everything!
  • I am still writing a monthly column, The Senior Dog Files, for Seattle Dog Spot.  Here is my most recent post about choosing boarding or a dog walker for your senior pooch.
  • Alex has a new co-woker that moved to Seattle from Illinois too with his girlfriend and two dogs.  We’ve enjoyed getting to know them and swapping dog stories!
  • Summer is HERE and we are so excited to hit the hiking trials, taking long dog walks, picnics ad everything in between!  Lets hope it just keeps getting better!

Well, that’s just a short recap of life these days.  I will be back to regularly updating with new pictures and posts starting this week.  I need to get back in the writing-blog habit!

 

New Column Post Today

Check out my April post on Seattle Dog Spot.  This month I wrote about taking long distance car rides with senior dogs.  Blake’s longest ride before us moving out here had only been about five hours.  Nevertheless though, he made it in the car from Chicago to Seattle!  I hope the article gives readers some good tips about taking long rides with senior dogs; even they too like to stick their noses out the windows!

The Senior Dog Files

This month marked my first monthly column for Seattle DogSpot , a local blog that caters to everything dog-related in the Seattle area.  I first began reading the site when we moved out here and were looking for dog-friendly apartments and neighborhoods.  It was a great resource to use and offered a lot of information.  Now, I’ll be writing a monthly post about caring for Blake, my 13-year-old Airedale/Irish Wolfhound mix.  Topics will range from moving across country with an elderly dog, to changing their diet to a senior-formula and everything in between.  I hope it’s a good resource for folks with aging dogs to get first-hand accounts of trials and errors.  Check out the first post, here.

Me and Blake