Dunder Mifflin.

I get a lot of request to share some decorating info and pictures of the house.  I thought from time to time I would post decorating stuff and pics.  So I’m starting at the front of the house, with The Office (do you get the title of this post now?).  When you walk through the front door, my office is the first room to the right. Not many people use the front door of my house (I have doors all over this joint) but when they did I wanted this room to make people immediately get a sense of what the rest of the house is like.  Modern, but soft.  Bold, but not wham blam in your face. Fun, quirky and still sophisticated.  Just like me.

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I knew I wanted a white desk, mostly just because sitting at a white desk makes me happy.  Even though the main pieces are white, they still make a glossy, girly statement.  The other two colors I wanted to use without them being too overwhelming were black and pink.

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Melvin lays at my feet when I’m in the office and he saunters in and out of this room while I’m gone so of course there is a soft carpet and a water bowl.  Watching out the front window for the brown truck man can really make him work up a thirst (if you look closely, you’ll see him in the photo below, standing guard).

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This room did not come together overnight.  The very first thing I bought was that black and white chair (Home Goods) and I went from there.  Desk and credenza (Crate & Barrel), then rug (thefoundary.com), the curtains were originally bought for a different room but they looked better in the office (Ballard Design), then book shelf (Home Goods), then art and accessories (Home Goods, Home Goods, Home Goods -seriously people, join me in my addiction!).  I think most people get overwhelmed at the accessories part so I always suggest saving that to the end.  Those things should enhance the mood of the room, not set it.

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Lastly, there is a photo of Max in each room of my house.  Every home needs some soul.

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Two months.

Jake has been part of the family for two months now! I don’t think I could have hoped for things to go better and still have been realistic.  Here is where we are…

Melvin is a star. I don’t say this because I love him so much, I say it because he has been an absolute rock star!  While Melvin is the boss of Jake (Jake waits for Melvin to go through doorways, waits in the background for Melvin to be fed first, goes into the mudroom when Melvin signals to do so, backs away if Melvin gives him a look), Mel does it with a gentleness. Melvin does not abuse his power, probably because I don’t abuse my power. Melvin is quite gentle with Jake (reason 1,456,367,422 to love him even more) EXCEPT WHEN Melvin jumps off the couch and Jake is unfortunately underneath him. There is nothing gentle about that.


If one dog does something (shake, itch, drink water, roll around, pee) the other dog starts doing the same action immediately. Is there an Olympic sport for synchronized dogs?

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They are starting to play – it lasts all of several seconds but those few moments make me so happy! 

They don’t snuggle, and that’s OK.  But they are pretty comfy in close proximity and have had a few face-to-face moments (Jake had pumpkin on his face) and they did great.

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Jake, gets us.  He is learning the lingo and he really seems very happy and relaxed.

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Jake does not like being away from me.  He does great if I leave the house (he has to see me leave) as I worked on that with him when he first came and I still videotape him from time to time. But if I’m home, and he can’t see me or is closed off to me, well lets just say noises come from him that you may not have thought possible and he usually pees (interested if anyone else has this issue?).

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Melvin’s life is almost fully back to (new) normal — for instance, when I get ready in the morning Melvin has always lounged on my bed.  Jake must sit in the bathroom with me as I get ready, so the first few weeks Melvin needed to be there also to see why Jake was there but now he is back to doing his own thing and letting Jake shadow me.  For those of you worried about how adding another dog will disrupt your resident dog, these moments mean EVERYTHING. Seeing Melvin comfortable in any situation is pure happiness for me.

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Jake is as willing as Melvin is to let me put anything on him.  Poor, poor boys. Also, Jake does not date the dining room carpet exclusively, he spreads his love to all rugs in the house.

Walks go better if I allow enough time for them to go badly.  The worst walk seemed to always be the morning walk so now I get up extra early so that I don’t get stressed by time limitation on that walk and it’s going much, much better.

Lastly, I’m always amazed at how the capacity for love can grow at a moments notice.  I love them both so much.

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The week in pictures: as told by Jake.

Hey guys, it’s me Jake!  If this new life of mine is a dream, DO NOT WAKE ME UP, I lovey-dove it here!  Even fatty the-big-guy is turning out to be pretty cool. Here is what we’ve been up to…

It’s cold here in Werginya and big-guy and me have the flakey skin from all the dry air so the Lady bundles us on walks and bought some machine that takes the ichies away!



To be honest, I’m almost always chilly.  If I had control over the thermysat I would put it at 1,000 degrees.  I guess the big-guy is a polar bear opposite of me so we have to keep it at 70 so that I am not too cold and he is not too hot.  Lady-lady bought me a super tight sweatshirt that is warm but way uncomfortable (look how I can’t even force my arm down during sleep) and then she got me some jammies.  I’ll be honest, at first the pants part of the jammies made feel like a super-duper-fool (and big-man laughed so hard he pee’d a little) but turns out, these things are da bomb!  Look how cute my ass looks!  Who’s laughin now suckas!

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One of the reasons I look up to the big-M (aside from him being a giant) is because he really knows how to chill out.  Me, I like to run from the front of the house to the back of the house to the front of the house and wait, where is everyone?  Oh, laying on the couch. Huh, that looks fun too.  I have learned when he is laying down, I should take a load off also.  So when he hops on the Lady’s bed, I crawl into his! It’s like an upgrade to first class!

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Happy weekend peeps!  My Lady is working from home today so I have full day of following her around and sitting guard.

Eat your veggies.

Melvin has another liver blood test coming up.  After the last blood test I started feeding him (more) veggies.  I don’t have a lot of control over what he can eat based on all the things he can’t eat but most veggies and fruits that dogs can have, he seems to tolerate.  There are sometimes extra itchies but I’m trying to boost his overall health so that is a somewhat small price to pay if this works/helps.  Either way, he and Jake seem to LOVE the veggies and that makes me happy!  At first it was a lot of work but now I just plan their meals for the week so I don’t have to be cooking last minute.

They always get some pumpkin (gotta promote regularity) and I have been adding two other veggies to their meals.  Most of the veggies are cooked (except the carrots and peas).

Oh and PS, the dogs are doing great!  They now eat next to each other.  Boom!