Thursday's Randoms

I'm finding it hard to believe it's December 1st today.  But I'll get over my disbelief and will quickly get into full on holiday mode.  I'm thinking today, my day off, is the perfect day to make the husband go pick out a Christmas tree and outdoor lights.  Don't you agree?!

Thinking about copying this idea somewhere in the home.  I mean, what a big impact for such a little price.  They make it look so chic!

My goodness this looks good.  I mean, really, really good.  Hey, I got some new nikes the other day, I'm bundling up and hitting the trail so I think I could have a similar version of this today, right?

So, husband and I are in the process of finding the perfect doggie to add to our family.  We've been sold on German Shepherds for awhile now because of their intelligence and beauty, but we've had some mixed reactions when telling people that's what we want.  Then my coworker told me a story about her sister's dog being mauled to death by the neighbor's GS and I'm not so sure what to do.  Last night we found Maddie here, who is described as one of the sweetest dogs around.  She's at a foster home in Lexington and you can read some more about her here.  I think she's beautiful and by the description, she sounds pretty perfect for us.  But we're hesitant.  What do you think? Any thoughts on German Shepherds?  I could just really use some advice!  Our other option is going to the humane society and checking out some adorable border collie pups they've got.  Eeps!  But that means housetraining, ick.  Minka Maddie (oops, I keep getting her confused with another GS named Minka) is already trained!

This dress needs to be in my closet as a winter staple.  I love the cut and the print both!

Last, don't forget to enter the Marissa B. giveaway! She is graciously giving away a pair of her crystal pom pom earrings in chrome - perfect for the holiday season!  I think they're so beautiful and would look lovely on all of you!

Happy December, everyone!


O. December 1, 2011 at 10:11 AM  

Every German Sheppard I have ever met has been the sweetest. We meet a lot at the dog parks and have never had an issue with them. I don't think one person's bad experience should determine what is right for you.

O. December 1, 2011 at 10:12 AM  

oh and I have a BC puppy....I can't even describe how nuts she is.

liza December 1, 2011 at 10:14 AM  

Happy December! I love the top photo. I hope you find a great dog!

Leslie December 1, 2011 at 10:14 AM  

I can't believe that it's already December too. It sounds like the perfect time to go pick out a Christmas tree. :)

Dancing Branflake December 1, 2011 at 10:21 AM  

I love this post! I love puppies, dresses, winter, and fabulous jewelry.

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma December 1, 2011 at 10:26 AM  

I can not believe its Dec 1st! Crazy! My husband and I would LOVE a German Sheapard..we had one growing up they are such good dogs

Maggie December 1, 2011 at 10:26 AM  

Hey darlin!
Yummy, i totally want that drink!Yeah, for getting a tree and a doggy!! I think you should go with your gut. I love big dogs, and i think every dog is different. Just because a breed in known for being aggressive, doesn't mean your dog will be. Good training is important for every kind of dog. My neighbor has a rottweiler named Rosie that is so sweet and great with her two small kids. She has a strong bark, but once you giver her your palm to sniff, she's a big ball of snuggles!
Enjoy your decorating!

Katie December 1, 2011 at 10:28 AM  

My grandmother in Wisconsin has had two German shepherds. I was terrified of them as a kid, but they've actually been fairly good-natured dogs. Apparently it's a matter of how they're trained and taken care of. You could talk to the current caretakers and find out about her personality and her quirks--that's the great thing about a one-year-old dog!

Courtney Erin December 1, 2011 at 10:35 AM  

I've never met a mean German Shepard - I think all dogs have the potential to be vicious but the one you're looking at sounds very gentle. Does the shelter allow you to visit with the animal? I would recommend a visit first and then make a decision.

xoxo ~ Courtney

Ashley December 1, 2011 at 10:39 AM  

I love the mirror design! That would really dress up any room

Jess December 1, 2011 at 10:50 AM  

Omg girl. I was trying to be "good" and not load up on caffeine and sugar but now I really want a peppermint mocha!

I think going through the Human Society is your best bet. You have doggies from all walks of life that will appreciate being in a good home. They also will hopefully already have some "social" experience in beng around other animals.

I have 2 pit mixes and people say mean things about pits all the time, but they are some of the sweetest dogs. I think it's all about environment and your friend's experience was unfortunate, but who knows what that dog's home environment was like.

rooth December 1, 2011 at 11:26 AM  

Oh nice - new dog! She looks so cute

Meagan December 1, 2011 at 11:35 AM  

I think you have to judge the individual dog, rather than the breed. There are definitely characteristics of specific breeds to be aware of (ex. I have a Border Collie, and they are typically very smart and VERY high energy), but I don't believe that any one breed is more aggressive than another.
If you think that Maddie would be a good fit, go with your gut!

Adorebynat December 1, 2011 at 12:13 PM  

I'd say go for it for German Sheppard if that's what you guys really want. My family had 2 German Sheppard dogs when I was younger along with a handful of Pekingese. I remember they were gentle. They're protective and loyal to the family. My aunt had one and the dog bit my sister actually. But as someone else said here, it really depends on the dog itself, not the breed, and REALLY depend on how he/ she is raised. GS can be a VERY nice dog to have for a family. Keep up posted your decision!

Tang December 1, 2011 at 12:18 PM  

That candy cane drink looks so yummy!!!

hrck the herald December 1, 2011 at 12:26 PM  

My gym was handing out candy canes yesterday (they also handed out candy for Halloween...I guess they're want us to enjoy it and have reason to keep coming back!) and I think I'll pop mine in a hot chocolate tonight!

Amber Blue Bird December 1, 2011 at 1:00 PM  

I think German Shepard dogs are great and so smart. It all depends on how they are raised. It the same way with pit bulls. A dog isnt born vicious its made to be that way by neglectful owners.

Johanna December 1, 2011 at 1:24 PM  

That image with the horizontal mirrors...I loved that when I saw it. It was one of those...why didn't I think of that moments.

AND GS' are supposed to be amazing dogs. I think any dog can be. It's all about the training and how they were brought up. Get her!!

annelise December 1, 2011 at 2:27 PM  

My cousin had a GS and even though she never trained it not to be a crotch-sniffer, it really was a very gentle dog. It depends on the dog itself, I think. Also, when it comes to dogs like Border Collies, it's worth keeping in mind that they're working dogs and it's imperative that they're kept busy. We have a kelpie and he's on full charge all the time, he's exhausting! You've definitely got to take lifestyle into consideration with that kind of dog. Go with your gut though.

So weird that most bloggers are talking about how cold it's getting, whereas here in Australia, we're all about yesterday being the first day of summer!

Miss Amy December 1, 2011 at 3:52 PM  

Fun fun fun earrings!!! I also love the horizontal mirror idea. I never would have thought of it!

la petite coquine December 1, 2011 at 4:42 PM  

A pup? How exciting! I think any dog can be bred and trained to be aggressive, but I can't imagine that anyone who lived with you guys would behave that way!

jillian :: cornflake dreams. December 1, 2011 at 6:39 PM  

hooray for pups! i think dogs react to their owners and how they are treated. if you treat a dog well they will treat you well! i would think about how the dog might get territorial if you have a baby...i dont think it always happens but it is a possibility and something to consider if you plan to have a family in the future. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

Rachel Marie December 1, 2011 at 10:14 PM  

Oh, goodness, that peppermint beverage looks heavenly. I love all your photos! I always enjoy seeing what other people like.

colleen December 1, 2011 at 11:20 PM  

my aunt and uncle have had two german shepherds - the first when i, and their children, were babies/toddlers/young kids. and then and now (i.e. we're older) they are amazing dogs. when they are young they can be high strung, but it's important for them to have a place to run. Shepherds are also a breed that can have severe hip problems when they are older - know this going in, and that you will have to do a lot in their older age to keep them comfortable / keep them housebroken. like any beloved, it can be heartbreaking to watch them get older. border collies, on the other hand, are the smartest breed of dog there is and can be a handful for....forever. they can constantly outsmart and outwit their owners - this can be fun or exhausting. they also require a good amount of exercise and running to keep them sane - much more than a shepherd though. personally, i think for the first dog the german shepherd is better. also, as an older dog you can give her a home, knowing that every single puppy will be taken. above all, as someone who has worked with shelters for a long time, i am so, so happy you are adopting. you are saving a life and you should be very proud of yourself!

bobbi December 2, 2011 at 10:37 AM  

German Sheperds are great dogs and so are border collies and every dog wich is raised with love and patience, that's the key. I grew up with a german shepherd that was totally neglected by his (german) owner, and one day he jumped over the fence between our garden and decided to live with us. He was my official baby sitter...

rebecca December 2, 2011 at 2:22 PM  

good luck with the puppy process! how exciting. keep us updated.

alli/hooray December 2, 2011 at 11:41 PM  

Good luck with the continued dog adoption process - wish I could offer some advice (but so happy you're adopting!).

JEN December 4, 2011 at 10:14 AM  

I grew up with GS and LOVE them. They are the most loyal, intelligent, loving pets. Having adopted my own dogs (all shepherd breeds), when considering this breed, really need to think about how much time you plan to devote to training and exercise. They are smart, which means they get bored easily....which is when they get into trouble. :) Training classes and socialization with other dogs is huge. Also, our shepherds require 45 minutes to one hour of exercise per day--running, walking, etc. A tired dog is a good dog! They love to run around and "herd" things, so they get totally neurotic if they can't do that. If you can devote the time and energy to them, you will have a serious case of dog love in no time. :) Good luck!!!

Hollie December 5, 2011 at 10:38 PM  

That peppermint drink! I've been craving peppermint coffee. I need to go buy some.

Also, I don't even like dogs, but German shepherds are so lovable. I had one growing up.

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