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Sage in June – 2016

Dog outside.

Every time I write one of these posts, I think to myself: what is my life?

We went for a walk this morning to get a few more outdoor pictures of Sage in the wild, since, you know, on a normal walk we don’t usually bring a huge DSLR camera, and both Bjork and I just couldn’t stop laughing about what a weird life this is that we get to share our dog with the internet as a very small and just-for-fun part of our “job.” It’s so crazy fun to do these posts and share our fur baby with all of you dog lovers (which we’ve realized are MANY if not ALL of you) here in our little corner of the internet.

Since starting this Sage series, we’ve gotten snaps from you introducing us to dog friends for Sage, emails with pictures of your dogs in sweaters and strollers, and so much more. And we love every second of it.

We’ve absolutely become THOSE DOG PEOPLE – all of us, together.

So. Sage!

Sage In June.

Hand feeding a dog a treat.

Sage has had a really smooth transition into summer as you might have gathered from the white rainbow polka dot bowtie – I repeat – BOWTIE – look that she’s sporting this month. I mean, wow. If that doesn’t scream summer. S/o to the groomers for not only giving Sage a spa day and combing out about 500 layers of fur (thanks for the tip about the deshedding, Denise from the workshop!) but also sending her home looking like a snappy diva.

I think I’ve mentioned it here before but it’s worth saying again as summer is all about the water sports, running, playing outside, etc. –> Sage has some big opportunities for growth in the area of athletic physical activity.

Thanks to many handfuls of training treats, this spring/summer, she HAS mastered the art of a very basic version of fetch (maximum fetch limit per game is about 5) which is just so very exciting because it’s SO not Sage. Old dogs learning new tricks, yo. Miracles happening right here in our yard. Also – she occasionally gets brave enough (or hot enough, or bored enough) to go alllllll the way into the swamp at the dog park, usually followed up by a crazed – but I mean actually CRAZED – roll in the sand for about two minutes. Other than that, she’s not super excited about running around, chasing things, or generally being athletic and coordinated. Her strengths are more of the sleeping, cuddling, asking for belly rubs, eating, and laying in the sun variety.

The fact that almost everything about her demeanor mimics mine (generally nervous, easily excited by food, exceptionally good at lounging) is just too perfect for life. We are soul mates.

Dog laying on a woman on a couch.


Dog looking at camera.

Sage in June hasn’t been all happy times. I won’t name any names, but something happened recently – something involving a chewing session and my $300 glasses.

My $300 glasses with the super cute frames. The ones that have been discontinued and cannot be replaced.

Obviously. Had to be. There’s no other way for that story to end.

This is the first time that Sage has actually destroyed something that cost legit money, and I’m 100% sure she knew it. I came back to find the glasses crushed up on the floor and I promise I didn’t yell at her (don’t get mad, guys, I seriously didn’t yell) but I held out the glasses in front of her and told her in a really serious voice that that was bad, Sage. That was really bad.

And she just started shaking all over.

Oh my gosh, they were the saddest shakes ever. She does this whenever we take her to the vet or the groomers or anywhere unfamiliar. Our poor girl. She’s either just actually that nervous and tender orrrrrr she’s completely manipulative and sneaky and knows that the shakes will likely lead to snuggles and other good things. As I am remembering it now, Bjork practically fell over himself to get her a few massive handfuls of treats. I mean, wow Sage. Well played, girlfriend.

Dog looking at a woman outside.

It’s been just over a year now since we brought this little love bug home.

Sometimes I start to wonder: what would life be like if we hadn’t found the online profile for our Sagey Girl tucked away on page ten of the dog rescue website during that late night binge search? And then I refuse to even think of it.

We love this girl so much.

Here’s a glimpse at Sage in June!

Dog with floppy ears.
Dog looking at an orange ball.
Dog playing with an orange ball.
Dog jumping up on man's body.
Dog outside.
Dog playing with a man on a couch.
Dog and man sitting on a couch.
Dog laying on a carpet.
Dog laying on a fluffy blanket.
Dog walking on a sidewalk.
Dog laying on a bed.
Man scratching a dog.
Woman and dog cuddling on a couch.
Dog laying on a couch.
Woman petting a dog on the grass.


Man kissing a dog.

Sage In February

Woman smiling at a dog.

Sage In October

Dog looking up.

Sage In August

Dog laying on the couch.

Sage In May

Dog laying on a carpet.

Introducing Sage

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Back when I had a dog, I fell asleep reading once and she literally somehow took the glasses off my face and chewed them to hell. My favorite, super expensive, completely rimless glasses with transition lenses, AR-coating…the works.

    I ended up wearing my old AF-issued BCGs for a year before I finally got a new pair of glasses. I rocked those glasses, ha ha ha!

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      oh my gosh! NOWAY that’s hilarious! we were gone when Sage got mine – although it was pretty funny because we have a Nest cam in our house and so we watched on my phone from an ice cream shop as she took the glasses off the end table and went nuts with them. 😛

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    Oooh….sage looks so so adorable. I get super-excited when I see a post about sage..I save it as a special night-time treat-read…(I have such a happening life right?). Give her a super big kiss from me.

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    Ahhh I love all your photos! I really need to take more of my little beagle. Can I ask what preset you use to edit your puppy photos!

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      I don’t remember the specific one but it was a heavily adjusted version of one of the VSCO presets for LR from Pack 4. 🙂

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    Our Theo does the same exact thing – he will start to shake and sneeze if you yell or sternly talk or point at the item he’s chewed. I’m not sure if his life before us was mean and they hit him or if he was neglected or if he just does it because he’s nervous and scared. We’ll never really know. But I usually end up collapsing into his ball of fur and realizing that his precious whole life is worth more than the arm chair of my really nice sofa. Even though it was a really nice sofa… 🙂 I love the Sage posts!!

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    My friend just had her (new) glasses chewed up by her adorable cockapoo, Maksie. He made no apologies but actually gave her the stink eye when she held them up to him. Your Sage is beautiful and seems so incredibly sweet. I’d forgive her in a heartbeat.

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    Omg Lindsay isn’t she the cutest?!! So sorry about your glasses – ouch! I remember one summer when my grand mother was visiting, our dog chew her diary of recipes – you know the one lot of grandma’s carry, it had all her 50 years worth of recipes – it was found all chewed up on the floor and then he was standing there with his cute face!! She didn’t get mad at all hehe!! Dogs rule girl!! They are the best!!

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    Sorry about the glasses! I swear animal know the expensive items and go for that instead of the cheap/easily replaceable things. We’ve actually been pretty lucky in the things our dogs have destroyed, like when our newest addition chewed on the rubber lid a nail polish bottle. (Don’t worry, the lid was still on!) Anyway, Sage is so pretty! I think she was get along really well with our dogs, seeing as they share the same hobbies. But they might get a bit competitive for attention!

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    Yes, blogger’s life is bizarre and odd at times indeed.:) Writing posts about spending time with my family are my most favourite. Because it is the dearest and closest to home – my heart. And memories forever. How much fun to read a few years later or for my kids in 20 years.
    On another note, I wanted to let you know, Lindsay, that I have been really enjoying your videos on FBP. Very well done. Your voice also puts me to sleep haha. Even my husband was listening half way reading his book in bed last night. He said they were calming lol.

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    Omigosh, Sage is so precious! And your glasses story reminds me of a time when my dog actually had an “accident” in the house after two years of potty training, and she showed such a remorse and guilt that was so strong it was crazy. It’s amazing how much emotion dogs can feel!

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    I’m only a few miles and a couple of hours away from seeing my dog Cami but these pictures make me miss her already! She looks a lot like sage too – espcially that sad face.
    Thank you for sharing your dog-life with us – I needed some cuteness in my world today 🙂

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    Sage is so pretty. I’m glad you guys found each other. Cookie has chewed up a couple of shoes out of pure spite, but that hasn’t happened in a long time, thankfully. I am always amazing by your food snaps with Sage. Cookie wants to eat everything in sight, I think because she encountered some food scarcity before she was rescued. 🙁 Now she eats like a queen! Rescues are the best.

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      It is really strange. She just does NOT go for the human food. I can leave a full blown recipe set up in the room during a shoot and walk away and she won’t touch it. Ironically she will do just about anything for a few extra pieces of her crunchy dog food. Hahaha. Also – Probably once a week I see a dog walking around the lake that I think looks just like Cookie! 🙂 You guys would have lots of friends here in MN!

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      hahaha NAN! you are too sweet. we always talk to her about her friends online and I’m confident she loves you all back!

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    Wow…I love dogs and love your photos. Sage is beautiful. Can you share the deshedding tips? My best buddy has a gazillion layers of hair and fur too. Always wondering how to get rid of some of it. Keep the photos coming!

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      So apparently when you take them to the groomers, there is some special grooming technique that you can pay for called de-shedding? It’s like extra vigorous grooming that includes a special comb that gets at the layers of fur that normally don’t get touched by the regular brush. or something semi-close to that. I totally just winged that description. 😉

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    When Fergus the Pug chewed up my discontinued frames (apparently they love glasses because of all of your scent on the ear pieces, grod; not sure why discontinued makes them even more delicious) I found them on Ebay for less than I initially bought them for. My optical shop (Invision, the best) replaced the lenses for free under warranty.

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      no way!! I might try to do that! thank you SO MUCH for the tip and PS – Fergus?! I cannot. Most perfect pug name ever.

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    What a great name for a dog. Can I borrow it for my next dog? Some a upas super sensitive and it appears thT sage is just that. What a lucky find.

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    I’m a new reader and jumped immediately to your pages about Sage, although your recipes are fantastic! I love her! We have a puggle (pug/beagle) and I tell you, she is so smart! She’s over 8 years old and I can still teach her new tricks, so have faith Sage will learn a lot more! Love this post..but sorry about your glasses. 🙂

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    Awwww, I just love Sage so much!! Obviously, I haven’t met her, I’m just loving her sweet face vicariously, but I’m sure I’d love her in person too! And I felt awful for you about your glasses, but I must admit, I laughed too, because it was sosoSO much like our dogs. Especially the shaking-to-show-remorse-but-really-secretly-angling-for-a-treat part. Thanks for sharing her with us as usual, Lindsay!!

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    My little 3 lb Pomitese (pomeranian Maltese mix) is a hoot. She watches TV just waiting for a dog to show up then runs up to the TV, barks frantically all while popping a wheely. It’s absolutely hilarious.