That Mutt Life: What we’ve been up to – December

Just a bit about what we’ve been up to lately …

Thanks again to Lola the Pitty for the idea to write a personal update every now and then. Sometimes it’s nice to get to know the person behind the blog.

You can also read my first That Mutt Life post here.

Thanksgiving travel

We made the 750-mile drive up to the logging town of Weed, Calif., where my husband Josh’s grandparents live. Yes, Weed. You have to be crazy to drive from one end of California to the other in one day. I’ve done this a few times now. It takes at least 10 hours (cat and dog along too). On the way back, we visited more family.

Here I am out for a walk in Weed.

Ace and me

The one that got away …

We came close to adopting this 7-month-old German shepherd/malinois mix from Labs & More. We made it through the adoption process (wasn’t easy) and met her at the foster’s home. Ace played with her, and they got along so well.

Ultimately, we decided we weren’t quite ready to adopt. Plus, the dog was a little too shy in new environments and around other dogs. Since we love taking our dog/s to coffee shops, outdoor restaurants, the dog beach, etc., we decided she wasn’t the right one for us.


Anyway, we’re now approved to adopt from this rescue when we decide we’re ready and when we find the right dog. There’s no shortage of dogs in need of homes.

Local hikes

Although we live a mile from the beach, hiking is what I really enjoy. Our area has lots of trails for horses, bikers and dogs. We live right by the Del Mar horse racing track, and this gives the area an (almost) rural feel. There are stables all over, and our grocery store sells giant bags of carrots as horse treats.

I’m so lucky I get to walk and run my clients’ dogs here. It reminds me of where I grew up, on the edge of the Twin Cities suburbs where urban and rural overlap. I’m definitely not a city girl. I’m more of a wannabe country girl.

Here’s one of my running buddies, Nina.

Nina the shepherd mix

My mutt Ace

Ace has had some sore joints this year, but he’s improved since June. I’ve also found a couple of bumps and bulges on him. I know this is common for older dogs, and I’m hoping they are nothing serious. Yes, I’ve been talking with the vet. *Update: Ace got a good report from the vet! He’s OK!

My dog Ace watching sunset

Overall, Ace is doing great and I’m just thankful to have him in my life.

My cats

Here they are. That is all. 🙂

My cats Scout and Beamer


We’ll be having a quiet, relaxing Christmas Eve and Christmas at home. While I’m sad we won’t be seeing my parents or other family, I’m also really excited to Just. Relax.

Christmas Eve is my favorite day of the year. I have so many good memories of my brothers and parents and grandparents. And the day usually involves a peaceful walk with my dog/s. Also, a Starbucks hot chocolate. We open our presents Christmas Eve night because that is our tradition, and why wait?

So that’s about it!

I know I’m lucky to be doing what I love and what I always knew I would do in one way or another – write about dogs.

As always, I’d love if you left a comment to say hi. It’s nice to know who’s reading. Or, shoot me an email ( to let me know what’s new with you.

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Take care, and have a wonderful holiday season.

– Lindsay (and Josh and Ace, Beamer and Scout)

22 thoughts on “That Mutt Life: What we’ve been up to – December”

  1. I can totally related to the bumps and bulges you’re finding on Ace. Haley had a hermangiopericytoma removed from her toe a couple of years ago and this fall we discovered another bump under her arm and a week later, another bump on the back of her elbow. I was worried it was the same thing, but luckily one was just a benign fatty tumor and the other was a sebaceous cyst. Very relieved, no surgery 🙂

  2. That all sounds great! Northern CA is the superior portion of that state in my opinion, but of course I’m biased as that’s where I was born. Those foster kittens of mine you so kindly advertised for OC Small Paws have all been adopted. Percy and Ginny (now Mishka) got a home together, and the one I kept is growing up to look just like your Beamer.

      1. He already is trouble! We have to crate him when the dog eats or he’ll steal his food and he chews holes in our clothes! His foster name was Fred, after the red-headed Harry Potter character. I’d planned on changing it to Stardust, so I could have Ziggy and Stardust, but I’m just too used to calling him Fred, so Fred he remains.

  3. That drive is nothing! Try 24 hours to Florida with three dogs or to Vegas with two dogs both in two days. We are good travelers, just Mom doesn’t like driving. Happy running, Mom and Bailie love running together.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Haha. I drove from Fargo to San Diego with Ace, Beamer and Scout my car. That was 2,000 miles and three very long days of driving.

  4. In order to go to half of the Quarter Horse Shows in the State of Alaska you have to drive 8 hours with a horse trailer!!! 🙂

    Have a wonderful Christmas! I’m excited and nervous as I’m getting a “puppy” for Christmas! 🙂

    The four of us are doing well, going to have a party on Saturday and enjoying the unseasonably warm weather for Alaska! Probably head to my parents house for a little bit and home for relaxing. 🙂

  5. That’s a long drive to get to Weed, but whatever it takes to be with family, right?! And your picture’s backdrop looks wonderful; I wouldn’t mind going for a walk/hike there!
    I’m glad to hear that Ace’s bumps aren’t anything serious!
    I’m German born, so all the Christmas magic always happened on Christmas Eve as long as I can remember. Now that I’m married to Ian who is American, we kind of combine our different Christmas traditions; some presents get opened on Christmas Eve, and some on Christmas Day.
    Enjoy your quiet Christmas with your pack!

  6. That dog is beautiful; I am amazed with your self control. It takes a really strong person to say that a dog isn’t quite right for you. I really need to work on my impulse control when it comes to that. Sounds like you’ll have a great relaxing Christmas; I’m doing the same. Although it’s tough to miss family we all need a few days of relaxation once in a while. I hope Ace’s bumps turn out to be something simple; it’s got to be terrible having to wait on results. Starbucks/hot chocolate is my sort of morning for sure.

  7. I love these Life posts. They’re still relevant to your content, but more personal. It’s nice to get to know you a bit more. I find it hard to balance how much personal I share on my blog. I think you do a good job with these posts. Love the addition of them to your repertoire.

  8. We are doing the same for Christmas…sounds like a good plan. Good luck with the adoption – good for you recognizing that her personality wasn’t going to be a fit. The right dog will come along.

  9. dennis kowaleuski

    well I didn’t have any 24 hr. drive thankfully but me and my fiancé and 4 cats used to drive home 2 or three times a year in a beat 98 Dodge Avenger when I was in college. It averaged between 9 and 12 hr. mostly because I live in N.J. and we have some super fun traffic. I know my cats are happy they don’t have to do that anymore and I certainly am too. I hope all is well with the bumps on Ace that can be scary. One of the family cats has cancer real bad and it’s worse than a few small bumps it’s really sad. I’ve known a few dogs and cats that just got some “fatty tumors” that ended up being nothing as they got older though. Best wishes with that!

  10. I’m glad you survived your trip! That pup is SO cute but good you recognized he wouldn’t be a good fit. I’ll always need a social dog too for the same reasons as you.

    Our area (the Oakland hills) is definitely urban meets rural & I love it so much! Do you go to the race track? We live very close to one but I never go but I used to. It would be fun to go again:)

  11. Thanks for linking back again ;). We also open presents on X-mas eve and this has been the tradition ever since I can remember! Waiting is overrated ;). Haha. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Good luck in the search for finding the dog that is just right to add to your fam.

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