Merry Christmas!

To you and yours from everyone here at Black Dog Productions, we want to send lots of warm hugs, loving, slobbery Christmas kisses, and hope there are lots of tail wagging in your future.  A very Merry Christmas to you all!



Enjoy the ride.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and whatever else you may find yourself celebrating this year!  All the best from our little critter family to all of you!

Wonder Mutt Wednesday

We’re counting down to Christmas and there’s only 4 days left.  All the shopping done?  The wrapping? The cooking?  Have you completely lost your mind yet?


Enjoy the ride.

Do you find that little elf guy creepy or is he a celebrity in your house?  Has your mutt every gotten into the decorations/gifts/Santa’s cookies?  Do you get gifts for the critters in your home?

Friday Funny



Enjoy the ride.

You know how much we love the grapes here at Black Dog Productions, but did you know it includes ALL the members of the family?  What’s your mutt’s favorite decadent delight?  Are they are they type to stare and sigh heavily until you give up the goods, or are they the more paws on type?  What’s her favorite treat?

Christmaspalooza Time!!


As promised!!  The loyal Black Dog followers favorite things about Christmas!  We had some pretty awesome-sauce entries, so without further delay – and because I know you’re about to pee on the floor with excitement – HERE WE GO!!!!

1.  Spending time with loved ones.  All together now – awwwwwww…..

Mickey, can you get off my tail please?  Thanks man.

Mickey, can you get off my tail please? Thanks man.

2.  Christmas lights.  LOTS of them.


Oooooooooh, pretty…..

3.  Snow ball fights.

Nothing like eating the ammo....

Nothing like eating the ammo….

4.  And while we’re on the subject of mutts….

riley under the tree

Cutest non-Wonder Mutt ever.

5.  Time off from work.

day off

6.  Traveling.

Can we pay the tolls in biscuits?

Can we pay the tolls in biscuits?

7.  The food.


Okay, maybe not THAT food.

8.  The presents.



9.  Celebrating at the Most Magical Place on Earth.

We love you Isabella!

We love you Isabella!

10.  And last but not least, spending time with the one we love the most…

Christmas love

Thank you to everyone who sent in their favorite things about Christmas!  My Christmas wish to all of you is that you get everything you want, whether it be from Santa or from someplace you find within your own heart.

From everyone here at Black Dog Runs Disney, have a Merry, Merry Christmas.  Thank you for making this year’s Christmas, one of the best ever!

Enjoy the Sleigh Ride.

Merry Christmas my friends!!

Friday Funny

Even Santa suffers from periodic vehicular issues…..

FF Santa Humor1


Enjoy the ride.

Have you completed your gift shopping or will you be cursing your way through the nearest mall this weekend?  Might I suggest a nice bottle of Cabernet prior to joining the bargain-bound masses?  You just may be surprised how much nicer your shopping experience can be!  Happy weekend everyone!


And don’t forget!  Today’s the last day to get your entries in for the Black Dog Runs Disney Christmaspalooza contest!  Wonder Mutt is warming up her licker already!  Email your entry to b; today!

A New Kind of Christmas Tradition?

I think it’s official.  I don’t really want to admit it, but, well….I’m going to.  I’m over Christmas.  Not the warm, fuzzy feel of it, but the commercialized, gimmegimmegimme of it all.  The best thing about Christmas for this Black Dog is I get an extra day off with the hubby and the Wonder Mutt.

Who needs Christmas when you've got yourtown personal swimming hole?!

Who needs Christmas when you’ve got your own personal swimming hole?!

Let’s face it.  Christmas is never really the same as it was when you were a rug rat.  The excitement would build up for weeks as you waited to see what Santa would bring you.  The tree would glow softly, Mom would lock us out of her room while she wrapped presents, cookie baking would be in full force, and you hoped Mother Nature would cooperate and send you snow that you could go sledding on after opening presents.  Or in our case, jump on a toboggan that would lead us to almost certain death on many occasions.  ALMOST.

Exhibit A.

Exhibit A.

That’s not to say I don’t enjoy the holiday season.  I love the lights, the decorations, the lights, the music, the lights, the smell of fresh-cut pine trees, and the lights.  (Are you getting the idea here?)  At heart, I swear I have some distant genetic Osborne link in me somewhere.

I miss the old display, don't you?

I miss the old display, don’t you?

It’s inevitable that we grow up – at least physically – and old traditions fall by the wayside.  Getting the family together becomes harder as relatives move away.  Time has to be split between families, work demands interfere with taking time off, and you start to realize just how crazy greedy people have become.  Shopping on Thanksgiving Day?  Really?  We’ve become so consumed with finding the perfect gift, and finding it fast, that we spend an extra couple of days off fighting crazy shoppers who think nothing of stampeding over you to get the latest and greatest.

black friday

I think that perhaps, along the way, we’ve lost sight of what’s REALLY important.  We chose not to put up a tree this year.  We just didn’t feel like dealing with pine needles, the expense, or the inevitable aggravation because the lights once again have managed to come out of the box in a big, tangled mess, even though we KNOW they didn’t go in that way.  We still decorated the house, and the hubby put the lights up outside.  We’re not hosting any parties or having anyone over.  It will just be the blessed peacefulness of us and the Wonder Mutt.  And the menagerie of assorted water fowl we seem to be collecting in our lake.  And I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Ducks, meet world.  World, ducks.

Ducks, meet world. World, ducks.

I do miss the fun of stress-free shopping.  I always loved when I’d happen across the perfect gift for someone.  Seeing the joy on a loved one’s face when they opened it made every penny well spent.  Over time though, my patience with shopping – and people – has grown quite thin.  With the advent of online shopping, the only shopping I do now is for wrapping paper.  And now the only gifts I really even buy anymore fall into the, “I don’t want them to think I’m not thinking about them at Christmas so here’s an awesome wine basket I would have bought for myself” kind of category.  Am I sounding a bit like a Bah Humbugger?  I’m really not.  I just honestly feel sometimes like the human race has its priorities kind of skewed.  I once suggested that we spend a Christmas doing some kind of volunteer thing, instead of giving gifts.  You can imagine the look I got from the younger crowd.  And THAT is truly sad.


So this is my challenge to you, dear readers.  Take a break from all the craziness, greed, and chaos of the holidays.  Take a moment and think of those who can’t be home to celebrate Christmas. Or those who are too poor, have no place to call home, or feel as though they have no one who cares about them.  A little bit of kindness to these people will go a long, long way.  And you just may be surprised what you get in return….along with a new tradition


Enjoy the ride.

What traditions do you have?  Have you ever forgone giving gifts and spent the day volunteering at something?  How would your family feel if gift-giving wasn’t part of the day?


So Whatcha Wanna Know? Part 2!

Since Miz Pam from We Run Disney tagged me a second time on these, I thought it might be fun to go for Round Two.  I’ll only hit up the questions which I could actually think up answers for again.  Because really, the additional names people have called me, well, you really don’t know.  Let’s just say “traffic ticket” wasn’t exactly on their Christmas lists….

So as promised, here it is!  Because you just couldn’t get enough the first time around….

mustache questions


Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

1.  Love Actually

2.  The Wizard of Oz – I can SO relate to the Scarecrow…#heavysigh

3.  Gone With the Wind – I don’t give a damn either Rhett

4.  Godspell – have to love musicals you danced in way back in high school days

Day by daaaaaaaaayyyyyyy.

Day by daaaaaaaaayyyyyyy.

Four books I’d recommend:

1.  The MacGregor Series by Nora Roberts – I freely admit I love a good trashy romance novel

2.  Angels and Demons  – Dan Brown

3,  The Stand – Stephen King

4.  Black Hawk Down – Mark Bowden


Four places I’ve been:

1.  Mexico

2.  Turks and Caicos

3.  Bahamas

4.  New Orleans – okay maybe not so far away, but a place where legends are made.  Or drunk under the table depending on which end of Bourbon Street you start on.

Whoo hoo!

Whoo hoo!

Four things I don’t eat:

1.  Sauerkraut

2.  Lobster

3.  Peaches

4.  Crab



Four of my favorite foods:

1.  Pizza

2.  Mahi mahi

3.  New England Clam Chowder

4.  Guacamole



Four TV shows I watch:

1.  Deadliest Catch

2.  Sons of Anarchy – how YOU doin’ Charlie Humanahumana?

3.  Ray Donovan

4.  The Following

The Following

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:

1.  Returning to California for a quickie trip through wine country

2.  Actually mastering that damn forward bend in yoga class – can you say tightest hamstrings in creation much?

3.  No longer having to take midnight phone calls for work – bye-bye on call duties!

4.  Lobsterfest in Key West – there really are a lot other things to eat.  And drink.  A LOT.

Whoo hoo!

Whoo hoo!

Four things I’m always saying:

1.  I’m confused.

2.  Did you feed the dog?

3.  Puppies should never go to bed without belly rubs.

4.  You’re trying to kill me.  (Also typically uttered when our favorite bartender at our favorite Mexican restaurant feeds me one of her margaritas 🙂


Lethal weapon.

And since I feel the need to pass this on again…Tag!  You’re it!

1.  Stephanie at Goober Monkey

2.  Jenn and Moon at The Fairest Run of All

3.  Frank at A Fat Runner

4.  Marsden at Running Lonely


Don’t forget about Christmaspalooza!  Get your favorite things in by this!




Enjoy the ride.


Aren’t you glad I told you even MORE boring stuff about me?  Is your life complete now?  Has anyone ever made you a lethal cocktail and you lived to tell about it?