Hello hotties! As summer winds down and fall starts creeping around the edges of the morning and evenings, we hope you all had an amazing summer.
We’ve had a bit of a shake up here at the Rhinestone Ranch House….our lovely little girl Minnie was diagnosed with canine lymphoma. UGH, it was such shitty news to get especially considering the fact that she’s feeling just fine! I happened to feel a lump and had the vet aspirate it to see what it was and BOOM…..lymphoma. After a consultation with a well respected oncologist we decided to start chemotherapy treatments. Minnie is just shy of her 10th birthday, September 24th!
The lovely Julia at Arcana did such a lovely thing; she whipped up a special perfume oil just to celebrate this little lady’s big birthday!
Princess Minnie: In honor of Princess Minnie’s upcoming 10th birthday. Pink birthday cake with vanilla frosting, cassis berries, sugar cookies, pink musk, and pearl musk.
This perfume oil will be available at The Rhinestone Housewife on Friday. There will only be 33 bottles available and once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. These will be featured at $25 for a 5ml bottle. 100% of the purchase price will go directly towards Minnie’s medical treatment. Thank you so much, Julia and everyone else for your well wishes….it means so much to us.
Should you like to donate directly to her Minnie’s veterinary costs, you can learn more at her Go Fund Me page.
Hello again, hotties! You know what’s sexy? Well, it’s not carpet cleaner. BUT clean carpets and upholstery can be pretty sexy. I’m sure you can tell from the photos on the blog but we are very pet friendly around here. I work at a pet friendly office and drive dogs around all the time so when I had a chance to test and review Carpet Afterlife I jumped at the chance. I did receive this product in exchange for my honest review.
The ironic thing is that I don’t have a bit of carpet in my house. What I do have is a really disgusting, stinky chair that my husband loves and refuses to get rid of. It’s so ugly I’m not even going to show you a photo of it. When my husband isn’t in the chair, then the dogs like to get in there. Needless to say was neither pretty nor fresh.
Of course you’re always supposed to test a small spot of fabric to make sure it doesn’t do anything weird like change the color or damage the fabric. Frankly, I just didn’t care. I hauled the Chair Of Smells out onto the porch, sprayed it generously with the product and let it sit out there and dry. After about four hours, I brought it back in and vacuumed it. I couldn’t believe the difference…it actually looked clean! Well, as clean as this thing can look anyway.
The smell of this Carpet Afterlife if more pleasant than others that I’ve smelled, not too chemically or strong. The scent of the product clung to the chair for about 24 hours after I treated it but now it just smells clean. Like honestly smells fresh and looks so much brighter and cleaner. In fact don’t tell anyone but I’m sitting in it right now and I’m not disgusted. The bottle is 32oz which is pretty generous.
You can purchase this product on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SX4ID4K
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I’ve got some exciting news for you all (and myself!). Starting September 4th I will become a staff member at August Animal Care, providing care of all sorts of critters in the greater Seattle area. August Animal Care has been around since 2005 and was founded by the most fabulous photographer, Julie Austin. She has taken some seriously amazing photos of me and the kids and I’ll share some here. Big B was a particular favorite and when I’m missing him I really enjoy looking at the photos of us together.
I was asked to write bios for the website so I thought I would share them here. Why is it so hard to write about yourself? lol Anyhoo, here is what I came up with for my ‘long’ bio:
A Seattle native, Jeanine has spent most of her life caring for animals in the great Pacific Northwest. She got her start in animal husbandry in 1990 and has garnered experience in everything from exotic animal care, wildlife rescue, veterinary assistance to dog rescue and spent the last six years managing the highest rated kennel facility in western Washington. With a knack for taking care of animals that require a higher level of care, she enjoys taking the time and using her experience to tend to special needs animals including dogs with mobility issues or chronic diseases, diabetic cats and exotic animals including parrots, reptiles and fresh and salt water fish tanks and everything in between. Jeanine also has vast amounts of experience with dog aggressive dogs and dogs on a ‘crate and rotate’ system or dogs with less than stellar social skills. She worked personally with several Hurricane Katrina dogs that needed particularly difficult rehab and treatment. Jeanine is so skilled with dogs that have special medical needs that the director of Clackamas County Dog Services calls her personally when they get a sick or injured dog in the shelter that requires extensive medical rehab. In other words, she’s a sucker for a hard luck case.
For the past ten years Jeanine has also been performing as beloved local burlesque performer, Hottie McNaughty-The Rhinestone Housewife. Known for her irreverent and cheeky style, Hottie approaches everything with a wink, a smile and a joie de vivre that has made her popular with local and international audiences around the world. Always using her powers for good, Hottie has produced several benefit shows including Bearly Naked Cabaret benefiting PAWS and Animal House benefiting Clackamas County Dog Services. She also produced Toys For Ta-Ta’s (I, II & III) and Beach Blanket Bimbos both of which benefited needy local children. Hottie has also appeared in several benefit calendars with her canine companions, Buford T. Justice, Doogie Howser and Minerva McGonagall and is a popular local model.
You can find Julie Austin’s photography page here: http://jaustinphotography.com/
And you can find August Animal Care’s page here: http://augustanimalcare.com/
It is with a heavy heart that we announce we had to say good-bye to Fergus on August 1st. Fergus was struggling with heart failure and had also recently been diagnosed with renal failure. The two are difficult to treat together at best and Fergus fought hard until he was just too tired.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with his story, you can read about Fergus here:
And also an update post here:
We only had a year and a half with Fergus but it feels like we had him forever. He came into our lives right after we lost Big B and I think we crossed paths because we both needed each other. It’s almost as if Big B sent him to me in my time of need and grief. He fit into our home so perfectly it’s hard to believe we didn’t have him forever. A couple of weeks ago, we had some photos done by Julie Austin and Fergus charmed her and everyone he met. Always one to roll over for a belly rub he broke down stereotypes and preconceptions of everyone he met. He did good work but it was time to rest. RIP Sir Fergus Of Bravo, thank you for letting us love you and loving us back.
I would like to thank Clackamas County Dog Services for trusting us with his care, Evergreen Holistic Veterinary Care for always being there for us and Julie Austin for the fantastic photos.
So a while ago (ahem) I ordered a couple of items from Ella’s Lead. I saw a Walker Bait collar on Facebook and just knew that I had to have one for Minnie. If the ZA actually happens, Minnie is just wily enough to not only survive, but thrive. Just like Glenn in The Walking Dead. This collar has held up amazingly well and I couldn’t be happier with it!
Because I wanted this to be a fancy, sparkly collar it would mostly be for ‘going out’. Rebecca and I decided that she also needed an every day collar. We decided on black leather with pink and gold. I *love* this collar and it’s been worn every day for months and held up remarkably well.
I also got basically the best leash in the world. I wanted something in pink and orange to match her new collars and I also choose a style I hadn’t tried before. This on has a handle with a clip and the other end also has a clip. There’s a floating ring on the length of the leash that you can use to make it a slip leash. This is really important if you work with some shy dogs like I do. Sometimes leashing them up can be difficult but this allows for less stress on everyone involved. It’s also convenient and quick. Because I work with dogs all day every day I like to always have a leash on me. This one lets me wear it around my neck and clip each end onto a belt loop. That way I’ve always got one that’s convenient to get at but not flopping around or falling out of my pocket. This leash has been used all day long, every day for months and it’s amazing. I’m going to order another one soon.
If you are interested in any of these products, you can peruse the site here:
We are remodeling the living room which included floor to ceiling bookshelves and a new tile floor. This also means that we got to move an 85b gallon fish tank. It’s a lot of work but not necessarily *hard* work so I thought I’d share it in a picture story. Enojy! (oh and all the fish made it)
The sad thing is that once we’ve got the floor done, we’ll have to move it another foot or so to the right. *sigh*