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So…I have a little tinge of puppy fever.


I met up with a friend from yoga yesterday to chat and she brought her adorable golden retriever puppy, Bear, to hang out with us. We sat on the ground and cuddled like this for at least five minutes. He was so sweet and had those razor sharp puppy teeth and that soft belly. I offered up babysitting services anytime!

On a related note, I really do have a little bit of puppy fever. Sullie is turning eight next month and I’ve just started thinking about adding a second dog to give her some company and keep her active. I’m not sure that a puppy is the best choice for me given my schedule but I am home a lot during the day and almost every weekend so I could make it happen but gosh…raising a puppy is a lot of work! I have been stalking the golden retriever rescue websites. I’d be happy with an older pup too! This is not something that is going to happen in the next week or maybe even the next new months but I’m keeping my eyes and ears open should the right opportunity come around! 🙂


Mercury is in retrograde and therefor causing me to go slowly crazy this week. I’m having a super slow week with work with minimal deadlines and not as many clients as possible and it’s leaving me with large windows of open time…which I have been using for things like deciding to reorganize all of my kitchen cabinets, meeting with painters about house projects and taking care of life stuff.


On the upside, I cashed in my Starbucks free birthday drink a few days early today. (My bday isn’t until Monday but thanks to everyone on Instagram for the wishes today!). I ordered a grande soy latte (always my lucky dozen drink choice) but the barista convinced me to go for venti since it was a birthday drink. Things I do not need on a regular basis…three shots of espresso in one drink. I have been wide open today. My poor training clients this morning…


A few meals to share…farm fresh egg, turkey bacon and homemade banana blueberry muffin (went back for seconds!).


Lunch salad with deli chicken, an (accidentally) soft-boiled egg (which kind of ended up being delicious), cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, shredded cheese and ranch.


Another salad with spinach, kale, arugula, fresh mozz, pecans, tomatoes, cucumbers, dried cranberries, avocado and flak steak.


A wrap using one of my Mediterranean Chick Pea Burgers from MorningStar Farm along with spinach, feta, hummus, sundried tomatoes and avocado.


And I’ve eaten this flatbread for dinner the past two nights. I’m going to post a step by step tutorial on it soon. So delicious and much lighter than pizza.

Talk to me about adding a second puppy/dog? 

What’s your Starbucks free drink of choice? 

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  • 1
    Jenilee Peters June 11, 2014, 5:06 pm

    If you love one…you will NEVER regret getting the 2nd (or third…bahahaha). You just might regret not doing it sooner:)! Good luck!

  • 2
    Donna June 11, 2014, 5:10 pm

    Hey Jen,
    I love to see your Sully pix and now seeing the golden puppy pix was too much! My golden Finn is 7 1/2 now and I keep thinking of getting a second one too. Just wanted to pass along our fabulous breeder, since I know the golden rescues don’t often have dogs available (we’ve tried that route too). We love ‘Season’s Gold’ just north in Harrisburg NC. Kary Love is the owner and she loves and adores each and every dog and their pups. Here’s their fb link if you want to follow – https://www.facebook.com/seasons.gold?fref=ts
    Take care!

  • 3
    Claire @ Keeping Up With Claire June 11, 2014, 5:12 pm

    I totally see where you’re coming from with the second dog. I always say that I want to get another dog for Bentley to have around. He’s only 3 but I want him to have a friend and like you said, someone to help keep him active.

    I’m sure Sullie was similar because I’ve heard that goldens are relatively easy to train, but training Bentley wasn’t too difficult. I’ve heard horror stories from friends with small dogs who had a nightmare of a time training them, but Bentley only took a few weeks to learn the basics – going outside, sleeping quietly, shake, etc. I think you should get a puppy! Golden puppies are THE cutest things in the world.

  • 4
    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run June 11, 2014, 5:29 pm

    mmm, totally excited about that flatbread recipe.

    my free Starbucks drink of choice is a venti (of course because it’s free) iced coffee with a splash of soy.

  • 5
    She Rocks Fitness June 11, 2014, 5:43 pm

    Do you seriously need to ask me about a second dog? An older dog would be great for you and a great companion for Sullie, especially since you aren’t home that much. This week has been weird for me as well…Been feeling sluggish and very busy, so I’ll blame it on the retrograde too. 😉

  • 6
    Hilary June 11, 2014, 6:17 pm

    I always think about getting Toby a friend too! He’s the same age as Sullie and I’ve heard that having a companion can help dogs live longer. But we still live in an apartment so that will have to wait a bit. However, that doesn’t stop me from stalking the Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue site. They have such an amazing organization… Definitely worth checking out! They’re located in the triangle.

  • 7
    Jessica June 11, 2014, 6:36 pm

    I’ve been having some serious second dog fever too. My fear is that we’ve got a pretty good dynamic going with one dog and one cat (I can pet them both at the same time) and I’m afraid to rock that boat. My boy is 7, and he looooves other dogs and having friends, but he also very clearly loves coming home and only having the cat to compete with. I’d like to have a puppy, but am fully aware of how much work they are and like you, am not sure that I really have the time. I got my guy as a 1 year old and we still had lots of battles when he was younger (I still have a couch with a missing back), but at least he was already house trained and knew basic commands. I’ve got some changes coming up in a few months with work, and depending on what happens may be looking to buy a house. If that happens, I’ll most likely add one to the pack, but possibly on a foster basis to see how everyone handles the changes first.

  • 8
    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun June 11, 2014, 7:40 pm

    I am having puppy fever as well! I know there is no way we can afford or have time to train another dog, but i’ve been having the itch for a while now!

  • 9
    MaryAnn Campbell June 11, 2014, 7:51 pm

    Thank you for saying that you’re looking into adopting from a rescue! Rescue dogs are the best!

  • 10
    Monica June 11, 2014, 8:28 pm

    Well, after having our corgi Nicco for 5 years, we decided to add a baby Shih Tzu to the family! Nicco is NOT dog friendly at all!! He loves people and he thinks he’s human~hey don’t they all?? It was VERY rocky in December, but he’d wake up every morning to this fur ball in his face and probably thought “jeez she’s not leaving!” Needless to say, Frankie is 8 months old and they have become best buddies. Instead of sleeping all day, they play, bark and keep each other entertained. We are so glad everything worked out. However, it was a bit rocky at first but totally worth it!

  • 11
    Brittany @ proteinandpumps June 11, 2014, 8:29 pm

    I have puppy fever always. I’m constantly stalking the local pitbull rescues website. If I had the room is have 10 dogs. They’re just so sweet and so much fun. 24/7 entertainment. My starbucks drink is americano. Love.

  • 12
    Tara | Treble in the Kitchen June 11, 2014, 8:42 pm

    Brian and I want a pup so bad, but the timing is just not right for us now…some day! My go to Starbucks? Used to be a mocha light frap, but now I LOVE a yummy skim milk cappuccino 🙂

  • 13
    Erin June 11, 2014, 8:46 pm

    I took my dog to the dog park one day, played with a very cool dog and then met her owner. Those two pups are now sisters and the best of friends! They are both 7 years old and are basically each other’s shadow! My husband and I love that they keep each other company, play and nap with each other. I can’t imagine just having one. There is a large, adoptable adult dog population-kudos for wanting to adopt and considering a non-pup!!

  • 14
    JennyV June 11, 2014, 9:16 pm

    3 weeks ago today we had to make the terrible decision to put down our 9 year old German shepherd. She was my running and walking buddy and an amazing and sweet companion. We had planned to add a second to our home a year ago but never moved on it. Now we’re on day 3 with our precious new pup! Our house was so lonely without a dog…. I say you go for two! (Just tagged you on Instagram of our new girl!)

  • 15
    miki June 11, 2014, 10:32 pm

    I think a rescue is a great option. I lost my pug last year and now have a frenchie puppy. He is awesome and I love him to pieces but wow, I forgot how much work puppies are (and how much attention they demand). I think about getting a sibling for him but he’s so used to having all the attention that I definitely want to dog sit for a long weekend to see how it goes before I add one permanently! Would love to hear how it goes if you get a second!

  • 16
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt June 12, 2014, 7:27 am

    When I got married I became the dog mom to 2 pups! My hubby and I both had our own dog before we met. I always thought two wouldn’t be much harder than one, but I was wrong. It cracks me up how much the work and mess seems to multiply! They get each other in trouble and feed off of their bad habits. BUT, I love them both like crazy and could not imagine life without them 🙂

  • 17
    Diana June 12, 2014, 8:52 am

    We have two Golden rescues! And a few others 😉 Once you have one dog, adding another (or a few) is really no hassle at all.

  • 18
    Jillian June 12, 2014, 8:59 am

    My husband and I are just starting to think of a possibility of a second dog as well. It is one of those things that when it is time you will just know. Adopting our first dog was so fun and amazing 🙂

    I always suggest fostering to people who are thinking about adopting a dog. Sometimes dogs are completely different in a shelter setting vs in your home, and it is helpful to foster for a week or two just to get an idea of what it will be like with that particular dog. I think a lot of people are afraid that they will feel guilty for bringing the dog back if it is not the right fit, but honestly there are so many benefits to a dog getting out of the shelter even for a week. It can relieve stress and nurture them. It also helps the shelter learn what kind of dog they are in a home so they can use that knowledge to help it find the appropriate owners. I volunteered as a foster for a few months, and I always felt a little sad bringing the dogs back but me getting to know them helped them all end up in the right home. And it was just an amazing thing to see a dog come out of the shelter and feel comfortable enough to open up to me. When we were ready we adopted one of the fosters and he bring us so much happiness.

    Good luck.

  • 19
    Chicago Jogger June 12, 2014, 9:00 am

    That puppy is so sweet- I love goldens too! My childhood dog was a rescued golden. Special memories 🙂 I agree with you on the 3 shots of espresso – that is never a good idea for me either. My fave drink is an iced grande latte.

  • 20
    Brindi June 12, 2014, 10:08 am

    Three weeks ago we brought home our Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy, Mr. Darcy. He is a handful! I forgot how busy puppies keep you, it’s like having a baby, I’m sure. I’m sleep deprived, scratched, and chewed on. The house training is getting easier, but his stubbornness is driving me crazy. However, I love him to pieces and can’t imagine not having him in our home. (Check out my blog for photos!) Eventually he’ll grow past this stage and we’ll finally get a comfortable schedule going.

    As for my free Starbucks beverage, I used to get a Caramel Frappy with 5 shots of espresso…..but it’s been quite some time since because I don’t do sweets that much any more and find my old free beverage of choice to be quite sweet. Recently, I’ve been enjoying iced dirty chais (chai with espresso). I normally grab americanos, red eyes, or iced green tea (no syrup, no water).

  • 21
    Christina June 12, 2014, 1:33 pm

    Please please go the rescue route as opposed to a breeder! There are so many loving wonderful dogs that need homes :). You may even find a mut or mix that you just fall in love with!

  • 22
    Diana June 13, 2014, 7:10 pm

    Gosh, all of your food always looks so good! Yum!

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