Ralphie Post Baby!

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Hi friends! You haven’t seen me in a while and for good reason. I became a big brother to a little baby girl on November 8, 2013! Having Hanna around has been a definite change to my life before baby. To explain, I will list the biggest changes for you. First off, my ranking in the house. I used to be first fiddle as they say, but now I’m second to this little cherub:

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It’s pretty tough to compete with those dimples.

Second, my nighttime sleep. It is constantly interrupted! Before I could sleep soundly for 8 hours in a row, now maybe three hours straight followed by crying and then four more followed by crying. Once though, when she awoke we found her like this:

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Thirdly, I don’t get bathed as much, or at all! Since Hanna’s arrival my look is closer to a mini-sheepdog than a schnauzer-poodle mix. See me on my bed in the first photo above, it’s embarrassing. I need a bath & haircut, now!

There are good things, however, too. Hanna is full of laughter, happiness and well, poop. (And I thought I had to go a lot!) Mom and Dad have this special container called a “Diaper Genie” that stores the smelly things. Though, it’s not THAT special, I have one of those too, it’s called a garbage can and it’s outside.

So far, Hanna gives me my space, but occasionally I try to get a little close, once I even licked her cheek. Though usually, this is as close as I get to the drooly baby:

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As you can see, I’m not amused and still need a haircut.

The Reader Appreciation Award goes to The Ralphie Chronicles!!

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What a pleasant surprise!! We are honored to be nominated for the Reader Appreciation Award by Erin of Bella Bleue Healing, Health & Inspiration for Your Life, a truly inspiring blog that offers advice and insight everyday that fits into my everyday life.

Thank you, Erin, for nominating my blog, The Ralphie Chronicles!! It’s means a lot to me!!

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Ralphie requested to answer these questions from his point of view. Here are his answers:

1. What is your favorite color? It’s a tie between fire engine red and cobalt blue

2. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? Water, naturally.

3. What is your favorite animal? Dogs!

4. Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter? Neither, I’m a dog and can’t type on my own.

5. What is your favorite pattern? Definitely paisley

6. Do you prefer giving or getting presents? Getting them! Woof! However, I do like giving the gift of love as often as possible to my people!

7. What is your favorite number? 17

8. What is your favorite day of the week? That’s Friday! My people can really relax with me and we stay up late to watch The Jimmy Fallon Show.

9. What is your favorite flower? Gerber daises

10. What’s your passion? Playing a strong game of catch and taking long walks outside. Also, I absolutely, paws down, LOVE snuggling on my people’s laps!

I’d like to nominate a couple blogs that I find enjoyable and fun to read!

Coco J. Ginger Says

The Misadventures of Misaki

Paws to Talk

Thanks again, Erin! Readers, if you haven’t come across her blog, check it out!

Also, a huge thank you to all the readers out there who enjoy & check out my blog on a regular basis. I really appreciate each of you!! Ralphie sends along his love, too.

Cheers!!

Ralphie says…

Ralphie has a little announcement:

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By the way, stay tuned for my upcoming adventures between me and my adorable cousins. The fun begins this June when we travel to northern Michigan for a long weekend together!!

I wonder what sort of shenanigans they will get me into at the cottage! Hmmm.

Stay tuned for the fun and thank you for stopping by!

Life’s a walk in the park for Ralphie!

Ralphie seems to find happiness everywhere he goes.

I can tell, because of his constant tail wag, frequent snuggles and shining bright eyes. However, Ralphie finds extreme happiness on walks, whether a quick jaunt around the block or when I take him to a local park and walk for 2 miles. (I mean what dog wouldn’t!)

The sun is shining today and as far as he’s concerned, it’s all for him.

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“I really like these trails, there’s lots of nature to look at up close!”

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“See my shadow? For some reason it follows me everywhere when it’s sunny out. Do you have one?”

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“I’ve been benched. Good time for a treat anyway.”

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“I think I’m ready to go home now.”

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“Finally in the car. I’m pooped and ready for a nap when we get home!”

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Get out there and take your special boy or girl for a walk. Fifteen or thirty minutes will brighten their day, as well as yours.

Happy Sunday from Ralphie.

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And the LIEBSTER BLOG AWARD goes to…The Ralphie Chronicles by a cherished blogger!

Today has been a delightful day so far. Not only is it my birthday weekend, but I found that today my blog has been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award! What an honor and great feeling this is!

Thank you Lala and Laszlo Von Glitz for noticing me and my blog about my four-legged friend, Ralphie the Schnoodle. (Lala and Laszlo are co-bloggers that can be found at http://lalalabreia.wordpress.com — Naked and Hopeful is a fantastically written, hugely creative and visually appealing (think pretty people and things!) blog that brings me happiness every time I read about their great adventures from the Big Apple, or other beautiful places they visit!)

I’d like to present the Liebster Blog Award to the five deserving blogs below:

1. http://bellableue.com
2. http://theloveofadog.wordpress.com
3. http://besquirrely.com
4. http://emanning731.wordpress.com/
5. http://beyondconfessions.wordpress.com/

Congrats and keep going!

The Liebster Blog Award Rules:
1.Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
3. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.
4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed.
5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.

Thanks Lala!