Until We Meet Again

MayzieMom here. Back in 2013, I moved Mayzie’s blog to her own domain so it’s been 8 years since anything has been published here. I lost access to the other blog through a series of unfortunate events but somehow it feels right to come full circle back in the same place it all started.

Speaking of starting, where do I begin?

Last year was incredibly difficult for so many, and my little family was no exception. Entering 2021, we were fortunate that our fur family – Mayzie, Ranger, Abby, Smudge, and a new addition, Polly – were still with us.

But there is both a blessing and a curse to having pets reach old age, especially at the same time. We were lucky to have them all for so long but it also meant that they all grew old at the same time.

We lost our darling Ranger in March at the age of 17 (he would’ve been 18 in May). He remained our same dignified gentleman until the very end. He was always the leader of our little pack and his loss left a deep hole in our hearts and our lives. Ranger was the perfect “first dog” for us and the best big brother to Mayzie. With his love and guidance, she blossomed so much. Such a remarkable little fellow he was.

In August, we said goodbye to Queen Abby Cat at the venerable age of 21. I truly thought she would outlive us all. But time and kidney disease had other plans. She came to live with us six months after we bought our home so really, we have really never known our house without her in it. A quiet little presence in life, her absence feels huge.

Then, in December, our Most Beautiful Brindle Dog told us she was ready to join Brudder Ranger, Queen Abby, and the Dread Pirate Ripley Cat across the Bridge. Her loss alone would have been difficult enough but coming on the heels of the other two, it was almost unfathomable. I still haven’t grasped a world without her. She chose me to be her person, wiggled and wagged her way into my heart and soul, and literally changed my entire life.

It’s hard to put into words how much that girl taught me. So much of who I am today is because she came into my life. She made me a better dog mom and human. Forced me to examine my own biases and prejudices. Led me to become an advocate for bully breed dogs. Steered me down a new career path. Taught me the importance of a daily walkie, to trust others, to laugh often, and to approach each day with the attitude of “This is going to be the very best day of my entire life!” I sometimes forget the latter. She never did.

And of course, she inspired me to write this blog. What a joy and a privilege it was to channel her sweet, positive, loving spirit – and to be able to give voice to Ranger, Abby, Ripley, and Smudge. What started as a creative outlet and a way for me to track Mayzie’s progress from her early fearful days turned into so much more. Because of this blog, I discovered the wild, wacky, and wonderful world of pet blogging. I connected with people all over the world through our love of the furry beings at our feet. Over the years, I became real friends with many of them and have even met some in person.

Through “Blogville,” we created virtual adventures for our pets, threw parties, entered competitions, had weddings, fulfilled bucket lists, raised awareness and money for worthy causes, supported other bloggers in need, welcomed new furry family members, laughed daily, and shed very real tears when one of our bloggie family left for the Rainbow Bridge.

To those on the outside, this may seem a little, well, cuckoo. But for me, those years were not just fluff and frivolity. It was a daily reminder to live more like our dogs, and to spread joy, love, and compassion wherever and whenever possible. We could do with a little more of all of that these days.

So many of our Blogville residents have now made their journey across the Bridge and I know they were there to greet each of my babies. (See Mayzie’s Facebook post for what it must have been like.) I truly believe they all immediately knew each other because of the deep connection shared by their human assistants.

To my fellow pet bloggers, I just want to say thank you. Thank you for giving me some wonderful memories and for loving my girl – and the rest of our pack – so much. I hope you know how much I have loved yours.

And to my beautiful Mayzie – thank you for coming into my life and changing my whole world. Your dad, Polly, Smudge, and I miss you, Ranger, Abby, Molly, and Ripley so much but how very lucky we were to be your family. How lucky we were to have loved you and been loved by all of you. We will try to follow your example and love well, laugh often, find joy in the ordinary, be brave, extend grace and forgiveness, and approach each day as the best day of our entire lives.

Run free, my little loves. Until we meet again.


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Smudge’s Gotcha Day

Hi everyone! It’s me…Smudge. Smudgemeister. Smudge-a-roo. The Smudge Man.


Did you like those? Those are all nicknames mom and dad have given me since I came to live here one year ago today!

Hey, Smudge! Smudge!

Uh, yes, Mayzie?

You left out my favoritest name that mom calls you: Smudge Pants!

Oh, haha. Yeah, um, so I wasn’t going to tell them that one.

Why not?

Well, it’s a little embarrassing, you know.

Oh, gosh, I think Smudgie Wudgems is WAY worse.

Okay, wow…thanks for helping me out, Mayzie.

Anytime, Smudge Pants.

Anyway, as I was saying, it’s been one whole year since I left my old job at HemoSolutions and moved in with my new family. And, well, I just couldn’t be happier.

Oh, sure…there have been some bumps along the way. And by bumps, I mean REAL bumps! Remember when I had chin acne?



Which meant I had to go visit my nice skin doctor lady about 87 million times. (But that was really okay cuz she gives the BEST massages.)


And then I broke out in hives from some of the medicines.



And oh, yeah…I also found out I have ass-muh and they shaved me half-bald to do that skin test on me to see what I’m allergic to.

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But honest…the good has outweighed all of that stuff by a LOT!

I have pawsome siblings to hang out with.



Even Queen Abby is starting to warm up to me.


I have fun toys to play with…


and cuddle with.


I’ve learned how to use the computer to help dad play his games…


and to watch movies…

smudge movie

and to blog…

Smudge Computer

and to just generally surf the web. (Pinterest is addicting!)


I have a great window to look out of…


and my very own tent…


and the Smudge-tastic-mobile.

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And best of all, I know that I’m loved to the ends of the earth and back. (That’s what my mom says, and between you and me, that’s why I let her call me Smudge Pants whenever she wants.)

Yep, adopting my family was a pretty good decision on my part.

So Happy Gotcha Day to…







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Wordless Wednesday



April 17, 2013 · 1:00 am


Does this picture make my nose look big?



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WW Squirrel Patrol: Kitteh Detail.

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April 10, 2013 · 1:00 am


Hi, Momma. I see you gots a toy there. Can I have it? Pleeze?


Pretty pleeze?


What if I say it with a smile? PLEEEEEEZE?




That was fun! Let’s do it again!



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Proof that Brudder Ranger is an alien



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Thank you! Thank you!

Whew! I’m pooped!

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Wowee…what a pawty that was! Thank you, thank you to everybuddy who came! I hope you had as good of a time as I did.

We had 142 comments (including mine but mom didn’t say I could include mine so I’m gonna include them) which means that 142 green papers go to Second Chance, the rescue that saved me!

So thank you again for helping me smell-a-brate and for helping other doggies and kittehs in need. You all are the BESTEST furends EVER!

Okay, now who wants to help me clean up?


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My 4th Gotcha Day Smell-a-Bration & Commentathon

Yippee! You came! You came! Oh, gosh, I’m SO super glad you could make it to my Gotcha Day pawty! Can you believes it was four years ago today that I came to live with mom and dad after being rescued by my Angel Donna Fostermommy?


As you can see, we’ve rolled out the purple carpet in your honor. (Red is SO claw-shay, don’t you think? Plus, I was afraid it would clash with my pawty dress.)


Speaking of which, do you like it? It’s a genuine “Martha Stewart for Petsmart” original!


Okay, come on in to my condo!


What? Oh, I know it might seem kinda small from the outside but trust me…it’s bigger than it looks.


Okay, first we have the pawlour. Remember, if the festivities get too crazy, you can always come here for some quiet and relax with a catnip cigar or a beef brandy.

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Alrighty, follow me into the dining room.

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Feel free to eat your noms here or you can take them into any other part of the condo that you feel most comfy.

Oh! Speaking of noms! Guess what? We were lucky enough to be able to bring the famous celebrity chef Mrs. Catmore all the way from Houndton Tabby.

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Just look at this spread she’s prepared! Isn’t it Most Nomalicious?


Make sure you don’t miss the Gotcha Cake that my mom made. I know it’s not exactly the fanciest and most pawfessional cake around, but it’s made with luv.


Anyway, I know those noms might make you super thirsty. So right over here is the bar. There’s also some horse doovers in case you need a light snack.

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Oh, wow! It sounds like things are really hopping in the club room. Follow me!

Look! There’s Teka Toy and Brudder Ranger doing the Samba!

And gosh, Smudge was so worried no ladycats would dance with him cuz of his…you know…bald spot. But would you look at him and Blogville Mayor Madi heating up the dance floor with the tango?

Oh, and if loud dance music isn’t your style, you can always relax in the spa room. We’ll have somebuddy on duty all night to do massages.


Now, if you pawty TOO hard, you are so Most Welcome to stay in one of my guest rooms.

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Or I can have the limo take you back home. Your choice.

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Okay, I guess that’s the tour! Now go have fun! And remember, my mom is gonna donate one whole green paper to Second Chance (the rescue that saved me) for every comment made here today (up to $200) so feel free to chat and talk as much and as many times as you want!

Thanks again for coming to my pawty! It means the whole wide world to me!



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Wordless Wednesday










MB Cake

PeeS. Don’t forget!!

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