Happy Birthday Blue!


It has been one year since we adopted Blue! Time sure does fly! But what would I have done without him during this difficult year. He has been a blessing to our family and has provided so many laughs, smiles and kisses! It is crazy to think of where he has come in a year, from hiding in the bathroom to now following me around! He sure does love his new family! Today we celebrate his 5th birthday. He might get spoiled and get a bowtie. Do you remember Blue’s story? See the post when we got him and a few months later! He has been through a lot of fun times in the Spalding Family! Blue has even taught us a few things, simple really. Things like love, relaxation and patience!

Today we celebrate Blue, the silliest dog that we love to the moon and back! You’re my boy Blue!




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Lessons Learned: Rescue Doggies!

It has been a while since I wrote about Blue, the Coonhound. It has now been almost 6 months since we adopted him and he is finally settling in and getting to know us. He sometimes listens, especially when there are treats involved.

If you remember from our first post about Blue’s story, part of the reason we rescued him was to help when Dan would be deployed. Now that he is learning trust and feeling at home, it is a lot less time spent training, and more time spent hanging out! Once this snow and winter breaks, I can’t wait to get out and go hiking with him more.


A few lessons learned:

1. Blue doesn’t mind being in his crate. When we first got him, I felt guilty leaving him all day while I went to work. He actually feels safe in there. As long as you never make their crate a punishment, they will have their little spot.

2. Check out groomers in your area. We found one where it costs $35 for grooming (nails, butt, bath, ears) and he gets to play with his friends for 5 hours! One happy pup! Petpaws here in Lexington, KY.

3. Give him time. Blueticks in general are very sensitive. When new people come around they need time to warm up to them. He also needed time to warm up to us completely. He has never slept better than he does now!

4. Have fun! Kiss him and teach him new things! Spoil him!





Do you have a hound dog or rescue dog? What are your lessons learned?

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You’re my boy Blue!


one month with bluetick

This weekend was 5 weeks since we adopted the sneaky, smart, lovable boy Blue. It is absolutely amazing how much he has come around in 5 short weeks from the first few days. Read about his first days here.

As of today, Blue has officially seen the whole house, including watching the UK game tonight. In between commercials he has stolen my 10 year old pink piggie slippers and managed to pull the eye off. Then as I wear them and have them next to me, he grabs one and runs off! What a stinker!


Blue follows both of us around and loves his walks. He could walk 4 times a day. I’m looking forward to our hiking adventures to come! Hopefully I can keep up with this silly dawg! He walks around whimpering when he is anxious and ready to walk. Or acts like a crazy person!



We’ve taught him to sit with his favorite treats, his doggie toothbrush treats. Now he walks around the house owning the place and sitting wherever he pleases. He is comfortable all over! So much different from the 72 hour bathroom hideout!


Here he is exhausted after one of our walks! He is in love with his new home! What a different life he must’ve had! Welcome home Blue!

Do you have a rescue dog? How has your dog adjusted? Feel free to leave a comment.

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