Friday, February 12, 2010

The Other Winter Games 2.22.2010

February is a busy month here, and an exciting one at that. Truffles and I both celebrate a birthday in February. My tenth wedding anniversary is this weekend. And we have Valentine's Day fun on tap. Of course, this month is a little more exciting thanks to the Olympics. And if that isn't enough, I just got an e-mail explaining that a message I sent out to the Labsr4u yahoo group led to the adoption of Buster, a six year old Lab with special needs who lost his owner to cancer a few days ago. He'll be romping on three acres in a loving new home in the DC area. I hope he is loving the snow! If I received nothing for my birthday, that news would suffice.

All of this calls for a bit of celebration. What that means for me: a little time off. If I get anything other than a wordless Wednesday post done next week I'll be surprised.

What it means for you: I'll actually be spending time putting together a ridiculous post for the 22nd of this month.

I've been quietly collecting serious goodies from a few companies that we have been in touch with. A full list of prizes will be included in that post on the 22nd, but we'll have books, DVDs, jewelry and other goodies for you to take home. Expect the prize pool to be ten deep. We'll have a few insane games and bizarre puzzles for you to play and complete. 

I'll say no more for now, except that you'll love some of the items we have, and the games are one day only. I do need to answer a question that a number of you asked about our Wordless Wednesday post. The bracelets in question are from a great company called Heart U Back. Mrs. Author discovered them in her bracelet shopping travels and fell in love. They sent us a number of pieces to give away to our readers. So if you were drooling over them you'll want to come back and play along. For that matter, you're going to want to play along either way, because like everything around here, these games will be quite different.

Have a great week. I'll be spending it giving thanks to my wonderful wife and remarkable dogs for making me the luckiest man alive. Please don't forget to mark your calendar - or better yet, subscribe via e-mail now. You won't want to miss the other winter games. There's nothing like them. 



  1. Oh thank dog and praise cheeses you are satisfied with the gift of a new home for a little labradude. I was really all out of ideas for the whack-a-doo that has everything. and i haven't even gotten a b-day gift for Mr. Wild Dingo either. frankly, i'd think he'd have a heart attack if i did get him anything. we're that shamelss in anniversaries... ;)

    happy february anniversaries and b-days!
    wild dingo

  2. Oh that is so cool that Buster found a forever home.You done good!!
    Happy Anniversary to you. You're still a couple newlyweds, so we'll let you take a few days off! Have a good one.
    Smooches from pooches,
    BabyRocketDog and Hootie
    ps-We're very excited about your 2/22 post.

  3. That is great for Buster, and so good he has so much land to run about on, I am sure he will be enjoying his life now. It sounds like a very busy and exiting time, so roll on the games.

  4. Congratulations to you and your wife, and especially to Buster ánd his new people. Sad story with a happy ending ;-)
    Enjoy your weekend.

    Big virtual hug to you all!

  5. Happy Birthday to you and T, Happy Anniversary, but best of all HAPPY NEW HOME, BUSTER!!!! You can't beat that, can you? Good work, Mr. A, finding a new place for BusBoy!

    (Nigel: Put that ring back. They're gonna notice.)

  6. Yay for Buster!
    Happy birthday to the you Truffles!
    Special wishes to you and Mrs Author for many happiness and dog filled years to come!

    Let the games begin!

    Nigel! RUN!!!

  7. Happy aniversary, birthdays, and Valentine's Day! Great about the lab getting a home. I'm sure his Mom is so happy looking down on him. She can be at peace knowing he is loved.

  8. Woooo! Happy Birthday! Happy Anniversary! Happy Valentine's Day! (I hope I got them all!) I can't wait to see what you've cooked up! Let the games begin!

    Now I wonder if I can wait long enough to try to win one of those bracelets or if I'll start hunting them down before the games even get here... Decisions, decisions!

  9. Happy Everything! Enjoy your time off! Looking forward to the games!


  10. That is good news all around. I hope you have some wonderful celebrations! We have company coming for Valentines Day but we'll be thinking of all of you.

    Emma Rose

  11. Happy Anniversary!! Happy Birthday X's. and a big Happy Valentine's Day to you all. Can't wait for 2/22.

  12. Sounds like a very special month, indeed. Good luck with your plans...I'm looking forward to the fun.

    And thanks for giving help to a pup in need!

  13. Happy birthday, happy anniversary, and congrats on the forever home! What a day!!!


  14. Happy Birthday to Truffles and you! Ten years is quite amazing as well so what a nice week! Enjoy the time off!

  15. Ooooh....what an exciting month! May it be the happiest ever for all of you! And what a blessing for the new home for Buster!

  16. Lots of cool nuze! Happy Birthday to you and to Truffles too! And pawsome that Buster has such a fabulous furever home as well - that is just perfect! You and Mrs. Author deserve a bit 'o time to yerselves, but I can imagine that it's workworkwork still - hope you get at least a bit of "staycay!"
    Hugs xo

  17. So happy for a happy ending for Buster. One of the most beloved dogs I ever had the pleasure of living with, the late Porter, came to me at age 11 with a heart condition after his 59 years young mom passed from cancer. His vet gave him 1 year to live due to his heart condition (and broken heart) but with my love and care Porter made it almost to 17 and I still miss him to this day.

    Happy Birthdays & anniversary, and enjoy your break. We will be right here when you return!!

  18. Jackie Morgan11:24 AM

    Hugs and congrats on the birthdays and anniversary! And SO thrilled the baby boy got a new home! :-)

    Happy Valentines to all!
    Love, Jackie, Bindi and Dazzle

  19. that fist pic with Nigel and the red ring is soooo clever!!!!! love it!

  20. SO much to comment on.
    Let me try and keep it brief:
    Buster finding forever home via LWD-Sweet!
    Valentine's Day, Birthdays, Anniversaries-Sweeter!
    Great fun and giveaways-Sweetest!
    Time off-PRICELESS!

    I've marked my calendar for the 22nd (I may have splashed a little on the 23rd too) but it all sounds HUGELY EXCITING!

    Wishing LWDs a wonderful week filled with lots of love for each of you! ♥♡♥♡♥♡

    Chester ;0=)

    Pee. Ess. - I'm embarrassed to admit this, but when IS Ms. Truffles bday?

  21. You surely are a blessed man. But I'm sure that your wife and family feel the same way about you.

    Have a great time celebrating all these wonderful events.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Riley and Star.

  22. Wonderful news! So glad you could help Buster. I hope his new home is a happy one.
    And Happy B-day and Anniversary!

  23. So happy for Buster! He's a handsome fellow, and now to have three acres - WOW! He'll be sniffin' and 'splorin to his heart's content! So sorry about his former owner. =(

    Happy birthdays, anniversary, and Valentine's. Sounds like it will be a fabulous, fun February!

  24. This sounds good! I was so close to winning a prize last time, I hope I get one this time!

  25. Happy aniversary, birthday, and valentines month! Love the logo for the games. Congrats on the lab placement!

  26. Can't wait for the 22nd!!!

    Enjoy your relaxing next week!

  27. I am so very happy for BUSTER!! Congradulations on saving that precious little baby! You totally ROCK my world!

    I hope your Valentines, Birthday and Anniversary week is filled with much joy and lots of love for each and every one of you! ♥♡♥♡♥♡

    I eagerly await the 22nd festivities! You are in my heart!

  28. Indeed a busy weekend. Enjoy and happy anniversary too.
    Mom and Dad are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary on 2/14....

  29. Hooray for Buster! Hooray for you and Mrs. Author! And hooray for we who get to, mayhap, win!

  30. Yeaaaaaa Buster!! And, YEAOOOOOO to you two too!!

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose

  31. Enjoy it!

    My mom will lift some adult beverages in your honour!


  32. Have a great week full of wonderful and meaningful celebrations :) I can't tell you how happy I am for Buster.

  33. Great news on the pup placement. Happy Birthdays to all, and Happy Anniversary too. Mom really loves that bracelet, we will get her back to see all these contests. It is going to be a big month here too.

    Woos, Phantom and Thunder

  34. relax, recharge and enjoy the olympics

  35. Very cool! Buster has you to thank for his forever home. Good job
    Benny & Lily

  36. Yayyy for Buster! 10th anniversary? That is so pawesome. Congratulations!!!

    Teddy Bear

  37. A month full of celebrations!
    Happy Birthdays!
    Happy Anniversary!
    Happy Valentine's Day!
    Happy news on Buster!
    Kisses and hugs

  38. Let the Games begin.

  39. What a wonderful thing you did to help Buster find a new and loving home. Excellent news!

    Happy Birthday Truffles and Mr. Author! And Happy 10th Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Author! What a fun month February is for all of you. Enjoy all the celebrations! And Nigel Buggers, I think you should give back the red Olympic ring!


  40. Good evening life with dog
    Happy birthday.
    It agrees.
    I am the enjoyment. the Olympics
    A wonderful opening ceremony.

    from loved ume tyan

  41. Happy Birthday to you and Sweet Truffles!
    Happy Anniversary to you and Mrs.!
    Happy Valentine's Day to you all!
    And Happy Fur-ever home for Buster!

    Your post was like taking a Happy Pill!!!

  42. That top picture was ingenious!

  43. We're happy to hear Buster found a home! Have a wonderful time enjoying the Olympics and spending time with your family.

    Stella, Gunther and Betty

  44. You got married on Valentine's Day? How romantic! Congratulations on 10 years. Love hearing stories like the one about that labradude. Our new flat dog will be arriving sometime around 3 today. We are very excited. I have my neighbour's Greyhound curled up on the couch with me right now. She's here for a sleep over and to greet her brother when he comes in the door. I can't wait to see if they know each other.

    Have a great weekend and we will definitely send you pics of the hounds.

    SB & Sherry

  45. SOunds like a good month for you!!! Make the most of it :)

  46. Lovely blog, indeed:

  47. happy hearts day and birthdays, anniversary N & mrs A

    to you too, Nigel, Sola & Truffles

  48. Thanks for visiting my blog! We haven't seen pretty colors since around November either. It's hard to keep your spirits up when it's so gloomy all the time :(

    It's nice to see someone so passionate about animals. Great blog and keep up the good work!

  49. Many, many congratulations for all the celebrations! Wonderful news about Buster and we love the Olympic dog guys always make us smile:)

  50. Wishing you a Valentine's Day filled with sunshine and love and the tender sound of a voice that gives you comfort.

  51. Wow! Valentines Day on tap, mmmmmm! Sounds good to us ;0D Well, Happy Birthdays to you both, plus Happy Valentines, and in my humble opinion there is nothing better than bracelet shopping!

    Have a good rest! I think there may be two luckiest men in the world, you and my Hubby!

    lotsaluv, Jeannie xxxxx

    ps some licks from Marvin tooooo

  52. Love the Header with its special visitor!!!

    Have a great vacation.

  53. Just popping in to say Happy Valentines Day. Love your header with Max Dog!

    Emma Rose

  54. Happy Valentine's Day, guys!

    I am so happy to hear that Buster found a good forever home. It even came with its own snow! How cool is that!!

    Love and Koobuss Kisses for Everybody,

  55. Happy Valentine's Day, Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, good thing you all woke up, huh?? BOL!!! Much Love. Enjoy. Much LOVE. Woof soon.

  56. Ummmm Games in Vermont.....'n yer the host no if we can get Gram ta get 'er head workin' again...we might know what's goin' on in the blog-world....sheesh...we miss everythin' I tell ya....everythin'

    How grand ya found a new ferever home fer a special pal.....oh, 'n Happy Anniversary ta ya....10 years....why yer still's 40 years fer Gram 'n Pap....ancient they wonder 'er mind is shot ta's dry rotted.....if ya know of somethin' ta help 'er....Gram, I mean...please let us know....

    See if I can get Gram ta stop back for info on yer games....yeah right...

    Dewey Dewster here....

  57. How Wonderful that Buster has a forever home.
    Blessings and Congrads on the February Holidays!
    Keep up the Great work. Love reading your blog.
    Licks and Wags, Ariel <3
    p.s.s and human Granny too!