Happy 2nd Birthday Finn!

Today, January 06, 2015, Finnegan Fairlie turns 2 years old. It’s hard to believe that our little puppy is now a 105lb guy.

We’ve had lots of adventures with Finn since we’ve had him. From the first ride home where he slept on my shoulders, to meeting Harley for the first time, going on road trips with me to visit Rhianne & Lyla at the cottage, up to Muskoka to play with Casie & Sean, to Viamede Resort for a long weekend and staying with Gramma & Grampa over the Christmas break.

Finn has brought a lot of joy and happiness into our lives along with extra animal hair, wet doggy kisses, ruined shoes, books, iPhone cords, chewed baseboard & drywall (don’t tell the landlord!) to tearing apart the “dog cupboard”.

Over the past 2 weeks Finn has started to behave a little better (calmer) and he has been the best shoulder to cry on for this girl.

Finnegan, I know you can’t read (but hopefully your dad will read this to you today), but I wanted to write this post to say, since the moment I first saw your cute little puppy face I’ve loved you immensely and we are so lucky to have such a wonderful addition to our little family.

The Birthday Puppy today, Jan 06, 2015.


Happy Birthday Baby Dog!!

Love Always,




Viamede Resort Vacation Weekend


Jason, Finn & I were lucky to be able to go away last weekend to the beautiful Viamede Resort on Stoney Lake, close to Buckhorn.  Thanks to Charming Media and the staff at Viamede for making this a weekend to remember.  I felt a little bit like we were at Kellerman’s and kinda expected Johnny & Baby to walk out from one of the cabins on their way to do activities 🙂

I left work a little early on Friday to go home and pack up myself & the puppy – and I only took 1 small suitcase with me!  Jason came home, cleaned up and we jumped in the car and headed out around 430pm.

Finn was pretty excited to go away and Harley was ecstatic to not have a puppy to bug him for the weekend while he gallivanted around the neighborhood 🙂

We arrived just before 8pm on Friday night (it only takes about 2.5 hours but we hit rush hour, took some backroads around it, and made a couple stops).  We checked in and were told the Boathouse Pub would be open for dinner AND that there was a movie night set up outside the marina.

We went straight to our cottage #420 and it was the last one in the row, so a little more private, which we loved.  We walked in and it was such a cute and charming little weekend spot.  We had the Deluxe Cottage room, which came with a full kitchen, huge bathtub and woodstove!


We took Finn for a walk to check out our surroundings and watched the breathtaking sunset across the lake.  Jason & I used to do sunset as much as possible when we lived in Fort Myers Beach, FL, but haven’t had the chance as often as we’d like in the city.


After our walk, we took Finn back to the cottage while we went to grab a bit to eat.  We decided to order food to take back to our room and had a couple beers at the bar while waiting.

We were definitely a little silly after travelling for so long and it was nice to relax and wait for our meals.  We took our fried dill pickles, burger and veggie wrap back to the cottage and Finn was just hanging out, chewing on his bone and waiting for us like a good boy.

We ate our food and sat out on the deck for a couple drinks and then headed to bed.  There was a TV in our cottage, which is a real luxury because we don’t have one (and I haven’t had a TV/cable in over 5 years now) and we watched a bit of 48 hours and crashed.

Finn is a creature of habit and at 630am he woke up and wanted to play.  Luckily Jason got up with him so I could sleep in a bit longer.  The boys went for a long walk and actually met up with the Executive Chef Matt & his white boxer Oscar.

They came back around 830am when I was waking up (yes, we were up super early) and we gave Finn breakfast and then headed up to the main resort for the continental brunch buffet.  Now I’ve had my share of continental breakfasts and this was by far the best.  The food was fresh and hot with a great variety.  Eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit, yogurt, granola, pastries, toast, croissants.  Everything was absolutely delicious and was a perfect start to the day.


After breakfast we went back to the cabin to get Finn and again, he was waiting for us and just chewing his bone and not the cabin (he’s only 7 months so this is a big accomplishment).  We headed down to our little private waterfront and spent the rest of the morning/early afternoon in the water, throwing sticks and suntanning.


We brought some food with us and made a late lunch and then decided to check out the Marina to see if we could rent a boat.  Rentals were reasonably priced around $225/day, but it was a little out of our budget for the weekend so we headed back up to the cottage to pick up Finn and go for a walk.



We went down the trails to the Viking Oak Tree and over to the Farm.  It was Finn’s first time seeing animals other than dogs/cats/squirrels and he was so funny to watch.  The first thing we saw were the turkeys and they were all squaking at him and right up at the fence.  He was so puzzled and excited it was hilarious.

We walked along a little more and came to the pigs and Finn wanted to get in their area because they have a little pond and a mudpit.  Blonde puppies LOVE muddy water and he searched along the fence to see if he could find an “in”.


The pigs were pretty cute and were very curious about Finn.  Then we came to the ducks and chicken pen and again, Finn had no idea what to make of them.  He was a little scared, but pretty excited to see other creatures.

On our way back to the cottage Finn found a muddy swamp to get in and we tried as hard as we could to keep him from getting in, but alas, he dove in head first and laid down in the muck.

We finally arrived back at our cottage and decided to have a nap.  Yes, it seems a little funny to nap on such a beautiful day, but Jason generally works 6-7 days/week so to actually have time to relax was amazing.


After our nap we went back to the Boathouse Pub for dinner – we weren’t able to go to the 1885 Restaurant in the Main Building due to a wedding (which was beautiful and romantic and we had a private view from our deck) but I’m told that the dinner is delicious.  We ate in the restaurant and left Finn on his own at the cabin again.

After dinner we fired up Jason’s BioLite – which is a very cool gadget that creates electricity so you can charge your phone, play music, etc., and we spent the night drinking beer in front of our mini, contained fire.

Sunday morning we slept in a little longer.  Finn still woke up at 630am to pee, but we had his 25 ft rope tied to the tree outside our door so he was able to hang out and play outside while we slept in.  We finally got up around 830, showered and headed over to the main resort for the continental buffet breakfast – and it was every bit as good as the day before!  We headed back to our cottage to pack up and found Finn sleeping in the white bed.  Sorry to the housekeeping staff!  He was super happy to be on the bed but a little dirtty for the white sheets & duvet cover.

We checked out and headed back to the city feeling refreshed and recharged after such a lovely time.

If you’re looking for a great, family & pet friendly cottage getaway I highly recommend checking out Viamede.  We will be back next year and hopefully for a week this time because it was just perfect.  And it would be a lovely place to get married at… just saying… it has enough cottages for all your guests, is a beautiful venue and you can bring your pets.  What could be better for a wedding or vacation?

Thanks again to the wondeful staff at Viamede for making this such a great weekend and thank you to Val & Charming Media for the opportunity.  We can’t wait to go back!
For the full Viamede Resort photo album click HERE

It is up to US to be Responsible Pet Owners

Earlier this week the OSPCA ordered the euthanization of 350 animals at their Newmarket shelter due to Ringworm, a treatable skin fungus.  I was absolutely disgusted and saddened to hear of this horrible decision and cannot believe that anyone would think this is the answer to a treatable problem.  What I want to know is who was responsible for making this decision?  How can a vet let a case of ringworm turn into an epidemic of such proportions that an entire shelter is affected?  The public outcry was so overwhelming that the shelter did not follow through with it’s entire euthanization, but sadly almost 100 animals needlessly lost their lives.  It broke my heart and brought me to tears reading about this terrible situation.

The OSPCA aren’t the only ones at fault here.  We are all responsible for animals in shelters.  Anyone who has ever bought a pet from a pet store or failed to get their pet spayed or neutered and ended up with a pregnant animal.  Anyone who has brought an animal home only to take it to the shelter when they couldn’t be bothered to take care of it anymore.  I see so many ads on Craig’s List, Kijiji, whatever, of people selling or giving away animals, because they don’t have time for them or are moving and can’t take their pets.  FYI: the Landlord Tenant Act states:

“No pet” provisions void: 14. A provision in a tenancy agreement prohibiting the presence of animals in or about the residential complex is void. 2006, c. 17, s. 14.

A pet is not something you get for a short time.  When you buy, rescue or otherwise commit to having an animal in your life you better be ready to keep it until the day it dies.  It is not something that you keep for a few months or years and then throw away when you lose interest.  It is not the animals fault that we are irresponsible, but it is them who have to suffer the consequences.  It is absolutely heart-breaking to go to a shelter and see the animals in cages.  They don’t understand why they are there and what they did to deserve to be “in jail”.

I rescued the love of my life, Harley, from the THS on Feb 04, 2004 and we have been best friends ever since.  He’s actually sitting in my lap as I write this staring at me.  I still remember seeing him for the first time, scared and cowering in the back of a cage.  He looked me right in the eyes and I knew that we were meant to be.  I told him that I was going to get him out of there and ran to hand in my application.  For the first two weeks, he stayed in the back of my closet, under a dresser during the day and only came out at night to eat.  I would leave treats near him and talk to him all day to try and get him used to me.  Then one night I was lying in bed in the dark when I heard Harley eating.  When he was done he walked to the foot of my bed and jumped up on it.  He sniffed and walked up to my head, onto my pillow, curled up around my head and stayed there til morning.  I wouldn’t trade him for the world and we really are best friends.

I urge you all to spread the word to spay and neuter your pets.  To stop supporting puppy mills and not buy animals from pet stores.  To open your heart and homes to an animal in a shelter and give them a second chance.  It is up to us to make the change and to prevent a tragedy like this from happening again.