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I have a long-distance relationship…with my pet

As most of you all know, a little over a year ago I packed my bags and drove cross-country to Colorado, just me and boxes (and boxes and boxes) of books clown-car packed into my little bug. I am so very glad that I was given the opportunity to start this new and exciting chapter in my life in pretty much the most beautiful, fun and all-around fan-flipping-tastic state ever. It truly has been such a blast and a blessing. The only negative thing about it, if I could think of anything (besides being so far away from my beloved Milwaukee Brewers; and friends and family of course) is that I had to leave my four-legged and furry best friend and sidekick behind. My yellow lab Thunder is at an age now where the move wouldn’t have been the best thing for him, and while I am comforted in knowing he is getting spoiled royally by his “grandparents”,  that doesn’t mean I miss him any less or that it’s any easier being so far away from him.

Whether you are away at college for a few months at a time, leave on a week-long vacation or are like me and had to make the very difficult decision to leave your pet behind with loving parents to watch over him as you embark on a new journey, it’s just all of the worst.

You form such an amazing connection with your pets; they’re your confidants, your partners-in-crime, your jogging buddies and snugglupagus. They have a kind of unconditional love that nothing can compare to and have the crazy ability to understand what you’re feeling, better than even yourself sometimes.

I was involved in a long-distance relationship for a while once and it sucked like a vacuum. But it didn’t hold a Yankee candle to what it’s like being so far away from my favorite pooch (no offense to said LDR but Thunder does give the best kisses).

If you’ve ever been away from your pet(s) for an extended period of time, you feel me.

Here’s just an idea of what it’s like going through each and every day without him.

You FaceTime with your pets every night. Well, technically you’re FaceTiming your Mom but then you force her to show your pets for more than half of the time. But hey, no shame, no shame.

And you talk to them through the camera, as if they are listening. Your best friend/boyfriend/girlfriend/roommate totally judges you for it, but you barely notice because all your attention is on your pet and how adorbs he looks in that smashing new collar he’s sporting.


You screenshot every Snapchat your Mom or siblings send you of your pets. And then internally you start ugly crying because why can’t you be there to take cute pictures, too??


You have an entire album on your phone with your pet’s pictures. And whenever you’re sad you scroll through all of them because only their face makes your day better.


Sometimes, when you really miss them, you visit their Facebook you made for them back in middle school. It’s okay, we all get desperate.

When someone shows you a picture of their pet, it warms your heart… because you know you’re not alone in this. If other people can get through these LDRs, why can’t you?


Usually if you’re homesick, it’s because you miss your pet so dang much. All you want to do is snuggle with them and maybe get one hug… or maybe two… or five.


You count down the days until the next time you can see them. Because sometimes, FaceTime and pictures just don’t do it for you.

… and when the day finally comes, the first thing you do when you come home is give your pet a big ol’ hug and kiss. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for since you left.


When you’re home with your pet, you make sure to take a ton of pics and videos, just so you can watch/look at them after you leave. It really comes in handy when you’re homesick. Or simply need some high-quality cheering up that only your pet can deliver.


When the time comes for you to leave them, you give your pet the biggest hug and kiss. Bigger than when you first saw them coming back. And of course the ugly crying makes a reappearance.

And then you start the countdown all over again for when it’s time to be reunited with your best friend. Six more days, weeks, months to go…

My four-legged and furry roomie

Those of you who follow me on Instagram might have seen the exciting news (I sincerely apologize for blowing up everyone’s feed with this little meatball of love but I mean, can you blame me?!) I rescued this cutie-pa-tutie from Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue this past weekend and am in love. Completely and whole-heartedly in love.

Everyone, I’d like you to meet Gryffindor “Gryff” Hansen.


Snuggles with this guy are the best (except when said snuggling partner decides to sneak-surprise you with a gas attack–I would like to point out that while he may have gotten his stunningly good lucks from his “momma”, he certainly did NOT learn that smelly talent from me!)


“Um, excuse me Wendi, but unless you’re planning on throwing that book in a game of fetch, consider me unimpressed.”


Shot gun!!

Gryffindor, meet everyone. 🙂

If you are thinking of adding a four-legged and furry roomie to your family, I would like to remind you to please adopt, don’t shop. There are so many amazing animals out there who are in need of a loving home. I cannot stress enough how much joy these animals bring, so full of life and love, of gratitude and heart. I may have adopted this little guy, but he has and will do so much more for me that I could ever give him.

Life’s Little Awesomes: The First Time You Get to Ride Shotgun

You waited a long time.

A longgggg time.

Cruising backwards in your baby seat, strapped into your toddler chair and sharing the bench with your little sister or brother on those long drives to the grocery store with your mom. You spent years putting up with child locks, bad views and barf bags.

So when you finally get to ride in the coveted front seat, you deserve a big, fat congratulations!

You just got promoted to adult status.

You’re feeling…




Life’s Little Awesomes: When You’re Really Tired and About to Fall Asleep and Someone Throws a Blanket on You


Hey, you know what’s even better than taking a nap on the couch? Well, I’ll tell you.

That feeling you get just before you fall asleep on the couch.

Yes, that’s when you enter that blissful, semi-conscious Pre-Nap World where your thoughts float and zoom around your brain and your muscles relax and detensify. The sun feels warm on your face, the radio on in the background fades to a comforting white noise, and you know…you just know…that you’re about to catch some blissful z’s.

It’s a pretty darn good feeling, isn’t it?

There are actually really only two things that can disturb you when you’re in the Pre-Nap World:

1. Feeling like you have to go to the bathroom. Sorry, but unless you trust your bladder to balloon without bursting, you might just have to get up for this one. Nobody can really help you go to the bathroom while you’re all snuggled up on the couch, unless of course they really, REALLY love you. Or really, REALLY owe you. You know what they say about payback…

2. Feeling cold. You get those ol’ laying-on-the-couch shivers. You know your sheets and blankets are back on your bed, and you could technically just get up to go get them, but that is a lot of effort on your part. Plus, if you get up now, you’ll risk leaving your peaceful, zen-link Pre-Nap World. That’s a world you don’t want to leave lightly.

This is why it is so great whenever someone notices your dilemma and just quietly grabs a blanket from the closet and tosses it on your semi-conscious self. If they’re really nice, they might even flap the blanket above you, letting it open and softly land on your almost sleeping self.

When that happens, you immediately feel the warmth radiating around you, a tiny smile curls itself on the corners of your lips, and you fall deeper and deeper into a nice, relaxing rest.



Wroof Ruff Woof Wruf Rof!

Hey guys!

It’s me, Thunder!

Mom is busy trying to dig my bone out from underneath the fridge for me. I’d totally get it but, well, it’s just too darn funny and entertaining to watch her do it instead.

Hey mom! You almost got it! Just a bit to your left. A little more…a little more…Oh. Did I say left? I meant your right…hehehe

Oh the things she does for me 😉

Anywhoo, I thought this was the a prime opportunity to introduce myself to you, and the world. I love her to death, but I don’t think momma W shines enough of the spotlight on me here. I mean, I am the cutest dog that you ever did see! At least that’s what mom tells me everyday! Little known secret about moi: Did you know that I was supposed to have been in The Artist? Yeah. That’s right. That mega-award winning, uber good silent film that won the hearts of movie-goers everywhere? Yup. That one. But apparently Uggie, my once friend and now frenemy (don’t let his cute exterior fool you–rumor has it he’s been sent to the doghouse on more than one occasion) knew a person who knew a person who knew once cut Michel Hazanavicius, the director of The Artist’s lawn, and because of that, gave him the Oscar-winning role.

Needless to say, I was not a happy pup. I didn’t chase my tail for weeks after that.

But after a little coaxing from my mom and the rest of the fam, I realized that it was probably a good thing that I didn’t become all big and famous. Let’s face it, being type-cast as the ‘cute dog’ would have prevented me from flexing my creative muscles. And I am too proud for that to happen. Plus, I have a pretty darn amazing life right here and wouldn’t trade that for anything!

One of my favorite things to do is go for walks and runs with mom. It’s a chance for us to get down and dirty, play, have fun, and pee every two steps. Okay. Maybe only I do that. Speaking of which, I don’t get why she gets mad at me for sometimes pooing in the yard of the next door neighbors. I’m just helping them fertilize and cultivate their lawn.

I am also an adrenaline junkie! If it’s a ride, I am on it! whether it’s by boat…

or by car…

there is nothing too fast or furious for me!

And after a long day of adventure, nothing beats a good napperoo on a California King!

I don’t want to brag, but I am one heck of a ball player…

…can beg for people food with the best of them (Please disregard the drool in this pic. It happens. Not my most flattering of moments for sure but hey, I did score me some Doritos that night!)…

…and have been told that I am quite the good kisser–I’ve got references 😉

And ladies, you can have all of this! That’s right. I am also single. Now I know what you’re thinking,” Why is a good-looking, smart, nearly perfect and catch-of-a-dog like you not FB official with a lucky gal by now? I’ve had my flings and hook-ups here or there, but I was young and immature. As I have gotten older, I’ve become wiser and have decided that I want a relationship, not just somebody to sniff bums with, if you know what I’m saying 😉

So if you’re interested, don’t be shy! I’d love to maybe do a date at the dog park or dinner! I know this really great italian joint we could hit up that serves the best spaghetti (Four words for you: Lady and the Tramp). Hit me with your digits, girls!

Oh shoot.

Mom finally got my bone out.

20 minutes. A new record.

Way to go, mom!!

I better go before she realizes I hijacked her computer. Thanks for hanging out with me today guys!



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