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Sage in June – 2017

A dog lying on sand with eyes closed and tongue out of mouth wide open.

Yes, yes, yesssss.

It’s June, school’s out, we’re all wearing flip flips, and Sage is in fine form, if you can’t tell from that clownish smile on her face. Her big smile only comes out a few times each year (it has a direct correlation with the increasing heat and frequency of trips to the dog park) so we are just soaking it up with our happy girl.

You guys, I had recipes planned, but last week I got majorly sick. Like, had to go into Urgent Care to get IV fluids kind of sick. Sage was my BFF for a few days as I laid in bed and canceled all my work/social plans and tried to watch some TV. I was even too sick for TV, though, in my worst moments. What would I have done without this snugglemuffin?

A yawning dog lying down and being petted.

Combine being sick with a lot of prep for our upcoming Recipe Video Bootcamp (free! tomorrow! you should come!) and I have been totally weak sauce in the kitchen lately. Lots of crackers, lots of toast and bananas, lots of cereal-counts-as-a-meal type stuff happening here. To be fair, now that I’m feeling better, I’m on a kick with a made-from-scratch dealio I’m calling CHOPPED SALAD PIZZA loaded with pepperoncini and salami and feta cheese and I will be getting that recipe to you ASAP. But for the last week or so? Meh, you don’t want to be eating what I’m eating.

For today, Monday, the hardest day of the week, I’m giving the universe all that the universe really needs: DOG PICS.

Now, it feels dishonest to go into these good-times pics without showing you the full and honest extent of Sage’s personality, so I will just briefly mention that in addition to having a lot of fun in the warm weather, June so far has included a goodbye to a beloved pair of sandals.

I mean, we are just having such a hard time figuring out who did it.

A person holding a snap of a dog that has damaged slippers.

Nope, definitely not Sage.

Other than that one major No-No and the immediate tail-tucked shame and regret that followed, Sagey-girl is loving life. And as usual, maybe even MORE than usual considering our loss and healing journey over the past few months, Sage is helping us love life, too. Some days – many days, actually – seeing her do something funny is the absolute best part of my day. She is Sage, the (lazy, bad breath) Emotionally Supportive Superdog.

Here’s a peek at what Sage has been up to in early summer 2017.

May your Monday be more joyful for it. 💯

Hanging At Home

A light brown and white dog wearing a collar, inside a home, sitting down and looking forward.

Starting off with her serious look.

On the whole, the Good Girl loves the newly remodeled upstairs. She’s a little confused about the mattress-on-the-floor situation (based on our current pace of set-up, we should have furniture in, like, 8 years or so) and she made it known early on that she was not a fan of her “new bedroom” that I created in one of the little dormers. That floor vent next to the dog bed? NO THANK YOU, she says. She does not dig that, and we bow to the Queen, so we moved her back over by our bed. Good thing we’re not pushovers.

The stairs are new, er, newly open and accessible, and they have also been a thing for Sage, but she’s getting used to it. They are original to the house and therefore very narrow and steep, but this star mathlete can handle anything. Right, BB girl?

A dog at the top of the stairs staring at its owner.
A woman holding a brown dog in her lap while she looks to the side.
A dog looking out the window of a car.
Lindsay holding Sage.
A dog resting its head on the floor.
A woman and a brown dog sit outside.

Bath Time

A brown and black dog is being shampooed in the tub.

Because we go to the dog park a lot in the summer, and because Sage’s favorite activity at the dog park is rolling (and rolling and rolling) in the sand, we hit up the DIY-dog-bath place next to the park a week or two ago and it was an EXPERIENCE.

This about sums up Sage’s feelings about water, baths, and basically anything besides couch-lounging:

A person leaning over a brown and black dog.
Lindsay leaning over to kiss Sage.
A woman washes a dog in a tub.
A small brown dog has a white towel over its head and around its neck in a bathroom.

Dog Park X100

Brown dog with mouth open has hands around it’s chest.

I would consider the Rice Creek Off-Leash Dog Park one of my happiest places on earth. Me, the human.

Sage likes it, too.

We always do three laps, she always rolls in the sand under the bench during the second time around, and she never plays with anyone. Except us. We have to work pretty hard to get her riled up, but it is so worth it for getting just a few seconds of her “crazy eyes” as she runs circles around us.

A brown dog lying on the ground with tongue hanging out.
Man kneeling with a dog in an open field.
A small brown and black dog wearing a white bandana with black polka dots sits in the dirt.
Sage and Bjork close-up.
Woman sitting on a park bench with a dog in a bandana.
A dog lying in the sand looking at a man.
A small brown and white dog being petted by a man.
Dog with a bandana resting on a hot day.
A dog walking in a field.

I hope you guys are making summery salads and drinks and sitting on patios and taking your dogs to the dog park, even if it’s a Monday. YOLO, guys, YOLOOO.

Thanks for checking in with our favorite Good Girl! ❤️ Sending lots of love back to your furry friends across the internet. XO

If you want to see more Sage pics on the reg, I have a personal Instagram account that is loaded with Sagey goodness, among other stuff. Come on over and say hi! @lindsaymostrom


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    I absolutely adore these – the world DEFINITELY needs more dog pics. I think the post bath time towel pic is my favorite. What camera/editing program did you use to shoot these? I love the style!

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    Sage is the most ADORABLE thing ever! We have a labrador at home and we love her to pieces. I can’t wait for the recipe video bootcamp!!!

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    This honestly just made my day. It’s Monday morning, I’m dreading this week already, but her sweet face and seeing how much you love her MADE my day!

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        I stumbled over your blog and couldnt help but comment about how much your dog Sage looks like mine! I swear they could be long lost sisters! My dogs name is Brie and she is a beagle mix too. I wish I could share a picture of her with you so you could see the resemblance!

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    Okay, that picture of Sage & the sandals!!! Hahaha. And those bath pictures – so cute. Love these Sage posts!! And so glad you’re feeling better!

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    Hello from MPLS! 🙂 My absolute favorite posts are your Sage posts. She is such a delightful little cutie pie. We rescued our pup (a beagle mix) in December and she has brought so much joy to our lives. My little Luna girl never fails to brighten my day.

    I feel like I should tell you that your instagram posts have inspired me to get the iPhone 7+ (because the portrait feature OMG). I just ADORE the way you edit your photos – are the majority still taken with your phone? Do you use VSCO or any other editing app? They have such a dreamy quality, and I love the color/tones. Super nerdy question, I realize. 🙂

    Looking forward to the chopped salad pizza recipe! I hope you (and Sage) have a nice day and are feeling better.

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      Thanks Kalley – I’m glad you love the 7+! I used my 7+ for all these photos and I edited them using VSCO, but I did it on my computer just for the sake of efficiency this time. All the photos on my Instagram are taken with my iPhone and edited on VSCO, so yes, that is still my go-to style! 🙂

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    Good to hear you are feeling well again. Sage is so expressive and beautiful…but those sandals! We just got a kitty who ran off with an entire loaf of rye bread and ate through a kaiser roll. Karb kitty.

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    After 13 years in our home and 13 years with a dog, we finally bought a storm door with a pet door for the backyard!! We have 2 doggos and 2 catties that OWN us and they love to spend the warm summer days lounging on the patio. But they are all old and need access to the AC and cool water and shady sleeping spots. It took all of 3 treats to get the dogs acclimated yesterday. 1 cat, is still feeling this situation out, the other has no cares about using the pet door. Happy pets are so so so good for the soul.

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    I seriously am in love with your dog. I mean – I’m obsessed with dogs (ever since I got mine), but she seriously has the sweetest face. Such a cute post, Lindsay.

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    She is so cute! I wish I could say the summer months my dogs loved the weather, but in Georgia it is way too hot for the dog park, but they still get those happy faces on when it is walk time!

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    Sage is so adorable! Lindsay you mentioned (She is Sage, the (lazy, bad breath) Emotionally Supportive Superdog.) As for the bad breath part, you can add apinch of garlic to her food daily and it will take care of it. Great job on the pics, too.

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    Love all the Sage pics! Kaya hates baths too but she’ll at least sit still for them. And then promptly jump out and proceed to run all over the house and roll around on the couch and bed to get everything wet. Luckily she doesn’t like to roll around in stuff (mostly).