My good friend Sammy Sam of My Dog Sam has been asking for a very specific video for a long time. He has been so supportive that I just couldn’t say no any longer. I didn’t think it would be hard to put it together but – as always – Shiva surprised me. Even though she has been doing this basic trick for around three years, apparently everything changes when I get down to join her.

Silly, but fun. I hope Sammy Sam approves!

This may also be the last video shot in our current location. No more tiny dark living room. Maybe, just maybe, the next one you see will be taken in our very own fenced yard.

Can you beat that? I can hardly believe it myself.

After months and months of looking, I’d pretty much given up hope we’d ever find what we wanted. Last Tuesday morning, I half-heartedly went online to see if there were any new listings. Not expecting a response, I sent a couple more emails then went to work. Nine hours later we were in the house of our dreams. The rest of the week was spent in agony as we waited for the usual reference and credit checks to go through. When we signed the lease on Friday, all the tension finally lifted.

Of course, now we only have two weeks to get everything ready to move. Which seriously blows. But right now I don’t even care about all the work that awaits us. We have a place to live! It’s a Father’s Day Miracle!

What’s making you happy today?


For Petfinder’s Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, I am taking a minute every day in June to share the stories of a few of the cats waiting for their forever homes.


This guy’s name is Van Gogh. Does he remind you of anyone? He is kickin’ it with the folks at Hungry and Homeless Cat Rescue in Ottawa. Like a certain Kitty Meister, Van Gogh is laid back and unphased by the world. They say he is a natural leader, and I wonder if that impressive mane doesn’t have something to do with it. If you are looking for a cat to serve, he looks like your guy.



Here is another orange dude, appropriately named Simba. At Lucky’s Place in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, Simba craves affection. While he can be a bit shy with strangers, he’ll have you wrapped around his paw in no time. I can’t think of a better way to spend the day than curled up with this cutie.

31 thoughts on “Three-Sixty

  1. Wow – I don’t know how you taught her that exactly – but that is so cool! I’m going to try that with Blueberry. I’m not holding my breath though – we are still working on her “giving me paw”.

    And congrats on the new house! Yay!


  2. That is adorable! I still haven’t managed to teach that one to Mufaasa. Whenever we do it he just resorts to lying on his back and flopping back and forth.


  3. Hi Kristine ans Shiva, my mom and dad are very impressed. We think that you and Shiva make an awesome pair. Thank you. We thoroughly enjoyed the video. We have really big smiles on this side of the country 🙂 Congratulations and best wishes going into your new home. Yay!!!!


  4. Congratulations on finding a home!! How exciting!! I was getting nervous for you if you would find something. It’s always hell to move, but so great you have a new home to look forward to. So happy for you, PH, Shiva and the cat. 🙂 Good luck!

    The video was adorable. What a great idea. 🙂


  5. I’ll tell ya what’s making me happy–that video! That’s so cool–inspiration for all of us.

    And wow–congrats on your new home! I can’t wait to hear more about it.


  6. You’re all set to go on Letterman.
    Moving is always something I have dreaded, but I’ve always loved the newer crib better than the old one so it is always worth the work.


  7. We do go to see Sam’s blog and then we do comed to see you blog and you video is SO FUNNY! She will like to teach we to do gooder tricks but we do not do they so good yet.

    But we DO learned that we do not should layed down every time She had a treat! Sometimes She do wanted we to do something not layed down! Who knewed?


  8. Sam sent me overs to sees dis and dang am I evers impressed! Amazin’ what can happens withs a little bit of trainin’…sumptin’ we knows nuttin bouts…hehehehe. Then again I am a doxie…nuff said.
    Anyways, please gives your hooman huge pat on da back furs workin’ so hard withs dis trick.



    • Aww, thanks! I am sure you have a lot more “training” than you think. Or is it that you have trained your humans? 😉

      Thanks for the kind comment!


  9. Awesome video. We’re very impressed.

    And we’re thrilled you found a place with a fenced backyard. BTW, did you ever think of asking blogville for references? Your new landlord would have been amazed by your international reputation!


    • No, but I did use my dog trainer! I thought of directing them to my blog to show how much I care about my pets and how they are not likely to run amok, but then I remembered all the references I’ve made to Shiva eating our house and thought better of it!


    • Thanks! It really is all about the motivation. Shiva will do anything for food and has learned how to offer different behaviours to get it. We are really lucky she is so food-driven as it has saved our butts numerous times! Perhaps you just haven’t found Dexter’s currency yet.


  10. First of all – Congratulations on finding a house!!! Yay!! Can’t wait to see it and I can’t tell you how excited I am that you found exactly what you were looking for 😉

    The video . . AWESOME! You and Shiva never disappoint!


  11. Holy cow Kristine! I am SO excited for all four of you! Shiva is so going to love having a yard and I bet you are too. I guess it was meant to be huh?

    I have been hoping you would find something soon. Just in time!

    I can’t wait for that first picture of Shiva in her own yard. 🙂

    BTW – the video? So impressed. There is no way I could have done anything close to that. Whether you realize it or not, Shiva adores you. It’s so obvious in the video. She lives to please you.


  12. SUCH a cute video, love! (And your top is super cute too!) 🙂 Congrats on finding the perfect new place, isn’t it funny how things just work out? It’s like we finally get rewarded for all our sleepless nights.


  13. That’s fantastic, Kristine! I’m so excited for you guys. Since I’m catching up on a few days of posts have being distracted … I mean goofing around with Kim I just have to know if it’s near the off-leash trails!


  14. Hooray on the new diggs! (And if you are able to keep up with blog writing/reading during your move, I will feel like a serious slacker…not that I am not one :)).

    Love the video of your trick. Very cute.


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