Category Archives: Random Thoughts & Photos 2011 – 2012

Introducing Balto

I finally got around to getting a quick shot of L & M’s new puppy. They named him Balto, you know like the dog who saved the little girl by getting the medicine through the blizzard.

Our Bella Dog is 6 years old and in that 6 years I have forgotten just how much work a new puppy is. I simply appreciate how calm Bella is now, how she gently rings her bells when she needs to go outside, how she simply lays by my chair (or sometimes on the couch) and rests quietly while I work, I love how she just watches while I cook supper (Ok; so she’s really waiting for me to spill something but at least she’s quiet about it.) I really love how she doesn’t chew on things that don’t belong to her and how she never bites! And even though it can be a little annoying at times, like when I step on her toes, I even love how she follows me around throughout the day. My little 4 legged shadow.

Yep; I’ve almost forgotten how puppies are.

Balto 11 Wks

Little Balto came into the family full of energy and looking to play; too bad old Bella Dog isn’t that playful anymore she gives him a good loud “leave me alone kid!” bark every now and then.

He also came with a few crawly bugs in his fur that the vet had to get ride of and some tummy troubles that has made house breaking difficult. Poor little thing has had a rough start. But he’s learning.

Now his bugs are long gone and his tummy troubles are on the mend so, fingers crossed, L can get him housebroke quickly. He has learned that when he rings the bells someone opens the door and he gets to go out; he just needs to figure out when he should ring those bells. When he is sleepy he lays quietly by L’s side and is at his cutest. He likes to hang out in the kitchen and Bella has taught him to watch for falling scraps. Nice Bella; why don’t you teach him something useful. He has a long ways to go with the whole not chewing on things that don’t belong to him, and he is very nippy. He bites at people when he gets the chance so L has a lot of work to do there but she has a plan. He knows his name and will come running when she calls him; not when I call him. And he follows her around, well, like a puppy!

He is really getting the idea of “sit” and working on what “stay” means. He walks on his leash pretty good for a little guy and loves his pillow and blanket.

All in all I’d say he’s a pretty good pup, now L just has a lot of work ahead of her. Oh, M will be back in the states soon so don’t feel too sorry for L she won’t be training him alone much longer. In fact they have found an apartment and we’ll be moving things in on over New Year’s!

More exciting times around here!

Who said the kids could go and grow up?


How Do You Use Your Facebook Page Cover Photo?

Ok all you Facebook people out there it’s time to let your ideas be heard.

Ideas on how to make the most of your cover photo that is.

I’m usually not that creative when it comes to my cover photo; it is more often than not just one image. However I have tried to be a little more creative lately and make a cover photo collage of sorts. The last one was just a grouping of random photos from; and the new one that I just uploaded today is a grouping of products from my Zazzle Variety Store.

I know that’s not very original…. I guess I need ideas.

A few things I do know about using a Facebook cover photo…

  • your image should be 851 pixels wide and 315 pixels tall
  • when posting images online it is best to use a low res copy
  • you should change your cover photo from time to time
  • the images on your cover photo should be your own work
  • and that the official FB rules on cover photos as of October 2012 are “…Covers can’t be deceptive, misleading, or infringe on anyone else’s copyright. You may not encourage people to upload your cover to their personal timelines. Covers may not include: price or purchase information, such as “40% off” or “Download it on”, contact information such as a website address, email, mailing address, or information that should go in your Page’s “About” section, references to Facebook features or actions, such as “Like” or “Share” or an arrow pointing from the cover photo to any of these features, or calls to action, such as “Get it now” or “Tell your friends”.”

So how do you use your Facebook page’s cover photo? Please share your ideas in the comments.