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Phoebe’s 4th Birthday

Wednesday, 14 January 2009 16:12 by robbi

Yes, our little Phoebe turned 4! Pretty good, especially considering she was scheduled for euthanasia at age 2 due to her recurring UTIs. NOW who has the last laugh? Our healthy, happy, hyper little Phoebe-Lou-Who!


She’s so funny, she’s really got the knack of opening the presents! All I have to do is hold the present still and she’ll take care of ripping the paper to shreds.

It's For ME!

Of course there HAD to be a squeaky ball…


But wait, Phebes, there’s more! You can play with that later. First you have to open the other presents.

Want it...NOW!

Like the squeaky stuffed animal…


and the bouncy balls…

 Hurry Up So I Can Play!

Oooh…and there’s something that smells good in here…

I Smell...



Yep, all for you baby. You deserve it. Happy birthday Phoebe!


Mummy, Daddy & your furry siblings

Christmas 2008

Wednesday, 31 December 2008 18:02 by robbi

As the saying goes, life goes on. We’ve had a couple of unsettling months here, but despite all that we figured our furkids still deserved a Christmas celebration. We decided to have a very quiet, low-key Christmas with just us and the furry ones.

This was actually Maggie’s first Christmas with us, so we had to make sure she enjoyed herself. I’m not sure she completely understood everything that was going on though.


But of course the other guys know all too well what Santa brings:


Yes, they all gathered ‘round to see what the big guy brought them this year:


Of course there’s always someone wanting to jump the queue. This year Charlie was a bit over-eager and had to be reminded to wait his turn.


Denny always waits so patiently for his turn…

Who's first???

We know that Phebes is always a bit hard on her presents, but this year she was particularly brutal to her new toy. That thing had the squeaker and half it’s stuffing ripped out within 1 minute of being opened!

Poor Rudolph

And then she moved onto Maggie’s present…

Christmas Hedgehog

But Maggie got to wear a pretty sash, so she wasn’t too bothered. Doesn’t she look pretty??

Pretty Maggie

Of course everybody’s favorite presents were the biscuits! After everyone had a taste we had to put them away for fear that somebody would over-do it. Denny and Charlie were devastated.


Please, sir, may I have some more?

So there you have it, our Christmas with our puggies. This year especially, we are grateful for having them here with us, healthy and happy.

Oh yeah, I nearly forgot. I tried my hand this year at making a chocolate pecan pie (sugar free, of course) It turned out nicely. So good, in fact, that we’re making another one for New Year’s Day. Here’s the Christmas one pre-baking:


I’m no Martha Stewart, but Richard doesn’t seem to be complaining!

Happy New Year everyone!!!! I just KNOW that 2009 is going to be better.

Happy Howl-o-ween 2008!

Wednesday, 29 October 2008 20:25 by Robbi

Yep, it's that time of year again. Time for the annual Clafton Clan Costume Contest! Charlie will be defending his title this year and I have to say he has some tough competition. Judge for yourself!

Charlie Bee

How cute is Charlie in his Bee costume?????

Cuddly Bee

Denny was dressed as a Pirate....

Captain Denny

Though he refused to keep his hat on!

I'm Not Keeping It On!

Maggie was a Sorceress!

Maggie the Good Witch!

While Samson played Cowboy.

The Name's Tex...

J.J. was dressed as a fiery dragon!

JJ the Dragon

Actually he was more cuddly than fiery.

Puff the Magic Dragon

Which leaves our Phoebe who was a Pretty Pretty Princess!!!

Princess Phebes

I think I enjoyed her costume just as much as she hated it. (grin)

Aw Mom!

Yes, there was a lot of bribery going on to keep these guys from ripping everything off. In fact the majority of our photos show the kids looking upwards, drooling.


But I think we managed to capture a few good shots. Now how to decide who is the winner!?!?

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Charlie Turns 3?????

Friday, 10 October 2008 20:26 by Robbi

How can that be? He's my puppy! My little Charlie Bear! He's not allowed to grow up.

Charlie Bear

Oh well, time marches on I guess. My little baby boy turned 3 years old last Tuesday. Hard to believe. (sniff)

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