My Sweet Scurvy Sea Dog

I found a Halloween costume for Hamish Macbeth!

I was leaning towards dressing him up as a Mermaid or a Bumble Bee because I  like the colors. But as I scrolled around one just jumped out at me- this year Hamish Macbeth is going to be a pirate just like Jack Sparrow.

After all it’s fact. Hamish is just as cute and twice as sassy as Jack, so it’s a perfect choice.

In case you’re curious It was easy to get Hamish into the costume ( except for the hat, which I will have to work on because he hates them and as you can see I sort of tied it on his head for the picture )  I’ll take better pictures around Halloween of him all snazzy looking and you’ll see how cute that hat really is.

It didn’t even take me five minutes to get him into it- he’s used to wearing a harness that he only wears for walks, so he’s used to having something wrap around his middle and I was able to fit it over him with no problem. He’s also used to getting his nails trimmed so it was easy to guide his paws through the little pant legs . His back legs and tail aren’t covered and the costume doesn’t even fit down that far on his back.

As an FYI Hamish is a solid 80 pounds and he has the traditional stocky English Lab build so he fit into the large with no problem. He was also able to run around and jump up and down off the furniture with ease  so the costume didn’t restrict his movements which is probably why he wasn’t in a hurry to get out of it- unlike his butterfly wings which he sort of hated with a passion and the minute I turned my back he was rubbing against the wall trying to get it off.

Hamish Macbeth
Photo A.M. Moscoso
Halloween 2021

The store on Amazon that sells this and other super cute costumes is called NACOCO and  the link for this costume is HERE

I hope you enjoyed seeing Hamish’s dress rehearsal and  we can’t wait for  you to see how he looks on Halloween!

Anita Marie

Hamish Macbeth
Photo A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M.Moscoso

Happy International Dog Day!

Happy International Dog Day Everybody!

I hope you are all as lucky as me- I’ve had exceptional dogs my entire life and they’ve all made my life a little more wonderful then I deserved.

Now I am truly blessed with the a companion who manages to make the world brighter even when the Sun is not out and I am in the midst of a very dark day.

So today, August 26, 2022 is your day my sweet gille beag.

I hope you know that you are the goodest boy EVER Hamish Macbeth and in our world everyday is your day- no matter what the cats say.

Hamish Macbeth
Photo By A.M. Moscoso

Hamish Macbeth
Photo By A.M. Moscoso

Hamish Macbeth
Photo By A.M. Moscoso

Remember All The Goodest Boys Too

There are 67 days left until Halloween and now is a good time to introduce you to Jenny-Jinya.

Jenny-Jinya is the original artist of the “Loving Reaper” comics. She creates sad comics to raise awareness and funds for animals in shelters and in the wild.

I can’t read these without crying, but I always keep up on her work and after I read them I go find my dog, smooch his happy face and thank the stars for every single minutes we are together. Then I do what I can for the cats and dogs and animals in the wild who weren’t as lucky as Hamish Macbeth.

Below Jenny-Jinya’s  Trick or Treat comic are links to her sites. DO check them out but have a box of Kleenex on hand.


Jenny Jinya on FACEBOOK

Jenny Jinya on INSTAGRAM

The Bridge Is Out


Three of my cats died within  year or just over a year from each other.

They were littermates so I guess that didn’t come as a real shock, especially since they were around 17 when they passed away .

I don’t know why I went on Facebook and dutifully posted their passing, but I did. I mean, WHY? You know?

When my nephew died one of my real world friends left a crying emoji under his death announcement that I put on my wall and that was it. That’s all she had to ‘say’. That’s pretty much why I stopped speaking to her in real life and I haven’t regretted that decision to this day.

So what does this have to do with Rainbows?

Well. As my cats and my dogs passed away I got these texts and posts about our pets crossing, ‘ The Rainbow Bridge ” and my head exploded each and every effing time.

When my dog died, she passed from a bad heart. She went from being a high energy Dalmatian to a not high energy dog. I cared for her and her quality of life was good but I know she missed being able to run out the door and take a few victory laps around the block before jumping through the laundry room window and sneaking into the kitchen to do a little counter surfing before I caught her. She moved slower and her pep was gone. That had to make her sad. Knowing I couldn’t take that from her made me angry.

My other dog died when her stomach twisted. Actually. She died because I couldn’t afford the surgery. But hey. She got to cross over the Rainbow Bridge because I couldn’t come up with close to$ 8,000.00 that day to try to save her life. So there was that. Right? She got happily trot across the Rainbow Bridge. Lucky her.

The truth is, I hate that expression because my cats and dogs did not bound over the Rainbow Bridge with joy and peace in their hearts when they died.

My pets fought hard to stay in this world, they fought against illness and old joints and my bank account .

My oldest cat Wolfie was in my arms when he died.

He  turned in my arms and when we were face to face he reached up with his paw and pulled my face close and when we were nose to nose he looked me in the eye and meowed- it was a roar actually.

I still have the little scars -they are three tiny white dots on my cheek bone. Every time I see them, I think about that last moment and I”m pretty sure he was telling me something.

He was probably saying he didn’t want to bounce to heaven across the ” Rainbow Bridge”

I think he was fighting to stay and he lost.

Sure the Rainbow Bridge is a nice picture for some of us to focus on when we are parted by death from our pets.

But then there are some of us who can’t see that lovely bridge.

That’s fine with me.

I was with all of my pets when they died and the last thing we saw in those moments was each other and in my heart those images are the ones that I want to have with me and with them when it was time to go.

They didn’t see a pretty bridge leading into oblivion ( which I’m guessing is a scary place ). They got to look into the faces of their family who loved them dearly.

Knowing you were that loved can make you strong and brave and take you anywhere you have to go in this world-

and the next.