Doggy Waif

Lily talks about her fears and her accomplishments as she transistions from a puppy mill survivor to a happy confident dog, as well as the trials and tribulations of having a Great Dane for a big brother. Thanks for stopping by!

Stuff and more stuff… October 17, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lily @ 12:58 pm

BJ’s fund raiser is coming along.  Mom said we’re 1/4 of the way towards our goal.  Mom wrote an update, including our vet’s info, because it was suggested some folks might feel more comfortable donating directly to the vet’s office.  Here’s the link again, just in case.  🙂

I’m getting braver about taking treats from people I know.  I even follow commands now from Nana Viv and Daddy Ron when they come over with treats.  I made Nana Viv’s eyes get all wet the other night when I gave her a kiss on her hand!

But my bravery also gets me in trouble.  BOL  Last week Mom caught me trying to steal dog rocks from BJ’s dinner bowl.S30A0007Sorry it’s kind of dark– the closest camera Mom had was her cell phone.

Oops.  Gotta go.  Mom’s putting shoes on and she has my leash in her hand.  Guess it’s time for a business trip.  Bye for now!


Mom and BJ need some help, please. October 9, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lily @ 7:50 pm

Can you help BJ and Mom raise some money to pay for BJ’s medical expenses (and for some of Mom’s medical bills too)?  We hate to ask but Mom’s been doing the best she can and sometimes her best isn’t very good.  Especially since she had another accident (she fought with the sidewalk and the sidewalk won, sending her to the ER) and the bills just took over.  I don’t like it when Mom gets stressed out about bills and stuff and right now she’s pretty stressed.  She doesn’t sleep well under normal circumstances and the last few months she has hardly slept at all.  If you can help in any way, we sure would appreciate it.  (What’s that, Mom?  Okay, I’ll tell them.)  Mom said if we make our goal, she’ll make sure I get to use the laptop at least once a month from now on and we may even teach ol’ Mister Big Foot how to use it too!  BOL

The page has all the details but if you prefer PayPal, just ask and Mom will give you the email address for that.  The link is

Thanks and I’ll be back with some cool news from my friends at Oldies But Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue!  🙂


I’m back! Did ya miss me? February 17, 2014

Filed under: BJ,Mom,my world — Lily @ 6:39 pm

Mom wasn’t feeling well and then both the desktop and laptop computers died.  Her neece has loaned us her netbook so I’ll try to “borrow” it from Mom more often and let you know how things are going.  Mom’s feeling better physically but mentally she’s pretty low.  BJ and I are doing our best to cheer her up.

Had something fall out of the sky a few times a few weeks ago that I did not like.  Mom called it snow.  BJ loves the stuff but I don’t like the way it gets between the pads of my feet.  Mom lets BJ play in it all he wants and just takes me out to do what I gotta do and then brings me right back in again.  Thanks for understanding, Mom!

I’m still afraid of things outside.  Mom says I’m like two different dogs: Inside Lily and Outside Lily.  I wish I could be more like Inside Lily when I’m outside but it’s hard.  Mom’s very patient with me.  And my “grandpawrents” (they live across the street) are very patient with me too.  I let Papa Ron pet me now and they both give  me treats– I like treats!  When Mom takes me to visit Aunt Diane or Aunt Margaret I act like Outside Lily inside their homes.  Don’t know why exactly.  I know nobody’s gonna hurt me there and there are fun doggies to play with but I’m still a bit scared.

Sometimes when we snuggle before bed Mom will tell me how sometimes she feels she’s let me down because of all this Inside/Outside stuff.  I listen, give her a kiss, and get into my bed to sleep (I like snuggling but only for a few minutes).  I’m happy here.  I love my mom and my big brother, even if he is a goof.  BOL

I know Mom feels bad she can’t afford to let me go to the doggie spa for my birthday.  I could really use that haircut!  BOL  She does a pretty good job on my nails, despite all the long fur!  She’s said many times she wishes BJ would cooperate for a nail trim like I do!  I didn’t always but I trust Mom not to hurt me.

Mom and I were looking at the calendar the other day.  Buddy’s been raiding the treat jars over the Rainbow Bridge for four and a half years now.  BJ’s been here for three and he’ll be eight in November.  I’ve been here for five years now and will be six years old on the 28th of this month.  Five years.  Six years.  Woof– that’s a long time!

I had some pictures I wanted to show you but they’ll have to wait.  With Mom’s desktop dead her scanner doesn’t work.  She’s been grumbling about the scanner and the netbook refusing to talk to each other.  I didn’t know machines could talk!


Again, I’ll try to steal, I mean borrow, the netbook more often.  I have to tell you about our new car and BJ’s new bed!  BOL  It’s big!  BOL


Can you help? Please? October 15, 2011

Filed under: friends of mine,Lily,my world — Lily @ 10:58 am

The good people and goggies at Oldies But Goodies Cocker Rescue (OBG for short) need our help to win a $5000 grant so they can help rescue and find forever homes, just like they did for me, for more wigglebutts. OBG rescued me from that awful puppy mill and am I ever glad they did. It’s really very easy to vote for them:

To vote, just go to any or all of the sites below, enter “oldies” for the shelter and “VA” as the state. Be sure to identify the string of letters and numbers to confirm your vote. Tip: you don’t need to capitalize any letters.

Here are several sites from which you can vote:

So won’t you please vote and help my friends win the money to help more wigglebuts? If you want to see more about OBG, you can go to their web site at

Thank you all very much!


Best Bully Sticks– get ’em here!! September 26, 2011

Filed under: BJ,Lily,Mom — Lily @ 8:21 pm

You read that right! I’m now offering you a link to one of the best treats ever!! BJ and I love these bully sticks! (Mom’s got a video of us enjoying them– email me if you want to see it– we can’t seem to get it to work here.) Click on the big Bully Stick banner above or the smaller one over there on the right side of the page and get your mom or dad to buy you some great ALL NATURAL treats!

And in other news, things have been kind of crazy around here. Storms and nearly being flooded out again (deja vu to November 2009!) and health issues (Mom’s, not mine or BJ’s), among other things! BOL But I’m back and I’m going to swipe the keyboard more often and post more! Meanwhile– WOOF!!!! BOL


My friend, Xander July 9, 2011

Filed under: Lily's pals,my world — Lily @ 10:50 pm

Two summers ago, my friend Xander sent me Flat Xander to stay with us for a few days. Here we are relaxing together on the couch.

Isn’t he cute? Well, the REAL Xander is even cuter!

Mom says that his grin is infectious! BOL

Anyway, Mom travels vicariously. And this summer, I got to travel vicariously to a place called Cumberland Falls because Xander sent me a post card from there.

On the back he wrote:
“Dear BJ & Lily, Thank you for sending me some stickers. I am on vacation in Kentucky. I think you are cute pooches. I hope you like the waterfall. Love, Xander”

Yes, Xander, I love waterfalls and I am so happy you remembered us while you were on your vacation. I know you’re home from your vacation now but I hope you send us more postcards! Your pal, Lily


Happy Mother’s Day! May 8, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lily @ 3:24 pm

Whether your kids are two-legged or four, hairless or furry, fuzzy or feathered, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!


I’m a Motley Mutt! April 18, 2011

Filed under: BJ,Lily,Mom,my world — Lily @ 1:08 pm

Yesterday was a long day. A very long, long day. It started at noon, when Mom, BJ and I got to Aunt Linda’s, where I found out I was there under false pretenses: I wasn’t there to play with Doogie, I was there to get a haircut while BJ got to play outside. Aunt Linda kept Doogie and Maggie in the house so BJ could just relax outside for awhile. Mom and Aunt Linda said it would only be for an hour or so. HA! WOOF!! An hour and a half after starting my haircut, Mom and Aunt Linda had only clipped my face, the ridge of my back and one leg! They gave up and Aunt Linda started going through the phone book. No one was open. Of course not, it was Sunday! Then Mom had an idea and called Motley Mutts ( and the nice man who answered said sure, they would fix what Mom and Aunt Linda started if they could get me there by 2pm. Mom said “Yikes! We’re on our way!”, grabbed me and off we flew. I’m not saying Mom broke any traffic laws getting us there on time but a couple of traffic lights gave us the benefit of the doubt! ARF!!! The nice mans was Adam, the owner, and “they” turned out to be Melissa! BOL

We got there and Melissa said she’d take care of me and we must have been some kind of good luck charm because as soon as she said she could help us, three dogs came in to use their self-serve bathing tubs! So while she helped them, Mom and Aunt Linda and I made friends with Blue, Adam’s Irish Wolfhound PUPPY! This guy isn’t even a year old and he’s as tall as BJ!!

Then things settled down and Melissa put me on the grooming table and the fun began. She was very nice and very gentle and I liked her even tho I wouldn’t give her a kiss when we got done!

Mom and Aunt Linda left me with Melissa and I don’t know where they went but they did come back for me! It’s nice to know I’m not going to be abandoned like some of the puppies I hear about.

But we did abandon enough fur to knit another dog! Mom was joking that the fur on my feet was growing as fast as Melissa could clip it! BOL

I was too scared of the blower dryer thing so they decided to just let me air dry, which I did in the car on the way back to Aunt Linda’s to get BJ. All in all, my grooming took just over four and a half hours!! And through it all, I was a good girl, and Melissa was so patient and easy with me, I’m hoping Mom takes me back there sometime!

And Mr. Johnny, Aunt Linda’s husband, said that except for the whining, BJ was a good boy. I’m glad Mom brought BJ along– seven hours alone in the house would have been too much for him. At least this way, hang with Mr. Johnny and enjoy being outside. BJ’s crazy like that– he thinks it’s okay to be outside. ARF!! Silly BJ! WOOF!!


The angels are crying today. March 10, 2011

Filed under: Buddy,friends of mine,Mom,our world — Lily @ 9:34 am

JBV and her fur babies. 🙂

Mom says that’s what happens when someone special goes to heaven, the angels cry. They cried a whole bunch on 1-10-2011 when Jill went there unexpectedly. We all cried. But today we can celebrate because she is in heaven and not in pain and she’s with Rachael and Bridget and my big brother Buddy and none of them are in pain any more. Her private memorial service is starting soon and Mom’s gonna light a candle here for her at home. I’d light one too but without an opposable thumb I’m not sure I could do it. BOL

We’ll miss her. But Mom says I don’t have to worry about my “cousins”: Jordan’s with Chris (our animal communicator friend), Gem’s in a great home where she’s an only child and being spoiled even more than she already was, and Ava’s in a wonderful forever home with a big brother and a big sister and she’s doing great. Better than me, Mom says! Hey– not my fault if I’m scared of the outdoors. Except the car– I love to go for rides in the car!

Good-bye, Jill. And as Mom would say, “Sleep well, friend. I’ll catch ya later.”


Is it Saturday yet? December 22, 2010

Filed under: BJ,Lily,Mom,our world — Lily @ 4:28 pm

I can’t wait until Saturday! Not only will BJ and I get to open our presents, so will hundreds of special dogs and cats and rabbits and birds and more animals I don’t know the names of because of a really nice guy named Santa Paws! Yep, I said Santa Paws! My mom knows him and says he’s one of the coolest humans EVER. She and dozens of other volunteers, Santa Paws’ Elves (BOL), spent last Sunday packing up goody bags for more of Santa Paws’ Elves to deliver this Saturday, Christmas morning. I wish I could be there to see the looks on the faces of the animals mom’s and dad’s as they answer a knock on the door to find an elf handing them bags stuffed with food and toys and treats for their furry kids! How cool of a surprise is that, huh?

Another human who has met Santa Paws, Tamara Dietrich, a reporter with the Daily Press, a local newspaper here in the Hampton Roads area, explained a bit about the process in her article last Friday (Dec 17, 2010). “Nominations come from social workers, animal control officers, veterinarians, neighbors, friends. They come from as far south as North Carolina, up into New Kent County and over to the Eastern Shore”. Once Santa Paws receives the nomination, he adds it to his list, checks it twice, and makes sure the nominated families get what their pets need for a Merry Christmas, with individualized bags of goodies which even contain food that accommodates a pets special dietary needs.

Here’s Santa Paws’ card: Isn’t that cute? BOL

“To donate, volunteer or nominate a pet owner for assistance, call 757-356-9119 or visit the website You can also mail monetary donations to Santa Paws, P.O. Box 883, Smithfield, VA 23431.” Ms Dietrich continues, “Donations don’t just pay for goody bags for one day of the year. They also stock a pet food bank that, last year, supplied struggling families with pet food right through October.”

I know this is a bit different from one of my usual ramblings, but Mom, BJ and I really like the feeling of paying it forward by volunteering to help others. Mom can’t afford to donate money, so she donates time. What can you donate this holiday season, huh?

Anyway, to all our friends, near and far, two-legged and four:(Graphics by Gothic Charms)