Monday, 20 January 2020
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Happy New Year! Post Holiday Blog Break Catch Up

Dalmatian dogs smiling looking at homemade poo emoji dog treats in owner's hand

What??? Holidays are over? And it's Monday? Oh poo... Hello again furfriends and hello 2020! We've been quiet the past few weeks enjoying some semi-offline family holiday time. Every day we share together is a gift, and we hope there will be many more days, celebrations, milestones, and memories to come. Here is a little catch up from during our break before we dive into our Valentine's Day posts starting next week.  

Christmas was, as always, tons of riptastic fun. It was sad taking out the holiday decorations and seeing Tiger's little stocking, but there were many memories from the years gone by as well.  Christmas was a relaxed quiet day with just us and the dogs hanging out at home.  Santa Paws was good to the boys and after a cool morning walk (in silly hats/headbands and festive bandanas), there was plenty of ripping and squeaking. And then plenty of napping by tired happy pups. Humphrey's snowman bandana in the photo below is one of our simple serged DIY dog bandanas and he's lounging on our DIY dog beds.

Dalmatian dog relaxing on a dog bed wearing a bandana

It has been a warm start to the year here in our part of New Zealand, but fortunately our evenings and early morning have been delightfully cool and we've been taking advantage of that for morning walks including outings with our senior dog stroller when time and temperatures suit. Oli has really taken to his wheels, and I love being able to safely offer him the extra mental stimulation. I rarely have a camera with me on local walks these days (I miss our old trails and beaches), but if you follow us on Instagram, iPhone happy snaps often pop up in our stories from stroller strolling and other day-to-day activities.

Senior Dalmatian dog smiling sitting in a grassy meadow

There are no special resolutions for me this year, but I'm always making an effort to try and be more mindful. Slow time with Oli is a great reminder to appreciate every day together and find joy in the little things. If you're thinking about ways to make this year even better for you and your dogs, check out our archived post on 18 ways to give your dog a happier and healthier life. Let's make 2020 doggone great!

Although the blog has been on holiday, we've been at home throughout and life continues as usual behind the scenes with plenty of tasty treats and the occasional crazy craft projects. The blog dogs are always taste testing well ahead of the calendar, and have been sampling Easter goodies recently. No objections to being out of sync when delicious "chocolate" bunny biscuits are on offer! Hehe! The poo emoji treats shown in the start of this post were made using a carob treat dough cut with our poo emoji cookie cutter (a gift from Santa a few years back), with the indentations for eyes and mouth drawn on by hand.

I've included some happy, sad, fun, silly, posed, candid, blog, and personal photos from our 2019 in the collage below. We look forward to sharing our posts and our lives behind the scenes with you again this year. Thank you all for being part of our crazy blog world and for the love you've shown to Oli and Humphrey over the years.  It's hard to believe, but the Dalmatian DIY blog will turn five later this year. Whoot whoot! How shall we celebrate the milestone?

Photo collage with pictures of the blog dogs of Dalmatian DIY during 2019

We hope that 2020 brings health and happiness to you and yours. To those currently celebrating the lunar new year and the official transition to the Year of the Rat this coming weekend, Happy New Year!

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