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New Flooring!

About time! Our “2-3 day” flooring install job is finally finished only 4 weeks later! It was a long and very frustrating process, but it’s a huge improvement. New hardwood flooring is now installed where there was once brick tile, old vinyl, old parquet, and some not-so-bad carpet. It ties the whole first floor together. If you all the details on why we won’t be using Lumber Liquidators nor Apple Renovation Services again. If not, here’s the before and after photos.

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Floors, Dogs, and Recallers

It’s been a while so I thought I would write a quick update on the major things going on over here.


We’ve been dealing with huge flooring issues recently and I won’t go into all the details but we’ve had all our furniture in one room for the last 2 weeks or so. It’s been very stressful but we’ve finally worked something out with the contractors and they should be fixing things next week! Here’s just a sample of the flooring where you can see the floor dips by > 1/2” over about 1 ft. For reference the installation specs allow dips no more than 1/8” over 6 ft.



We enrolled in Susan Garrett’s Recallers 5.0 class at the alumni rate and have been going through the games. They’ve been a lot of fun and I like that there are stretch goals for people who have done the class before. Our goal is just to be able to do the games in a variety of locations, specifically outside. Yesterday we played Tug-Drop-Sit-Run outside and Nova was fantastic (at least when Apollo wasn’t interfering).



Our resident foster dog spent most of the week sleeping and decompressing. Losing your entire family and being placed somewhere strange is a lot for anybody so we played quiet games like nose touches and got him ready for crate training. He’s starting to perk up now and is very interested in Nova when she’s tugging with me. Considering he used to growl a bit when she came close and now they seem very comfortable this is great progress. I also have to give Nova huge kudos for being better than I could have ever dreamed with him.


Not everything is great though. He destroyed his plastic crate one night and a significant portion of carpet in one room in about 15 minutes. Oops. At least it was carpet on the list of things to replace.


It’s also still hard to find things that really motivate him. Even things that make other dogs go crazy like cheese, chicken, and hamburger are only mildly interesting to him. I also don’t think he knows what a toy is, and has shown no interest in anything I’ve tried, including several non-traditional toys like paper products, leaves, and branches.


Kitchen Cabinet Reface: Days 15 – 16

We’ve been so busy with all kinds of other fun stuff, that we haven’t had time to finish our write-up on our cabinets. We always try to post real-time updates to Facebook and Twitter, but now we’re finally able to post our final before and after photos!


For the rest of the details, follow the link.

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This Week in Puppy News: June 16 – June 22


Sorry this is late. The main event for this past week was the SPARCS canine science conference. You can find out more about that over at Canine Science.

Last Friday was also take your dog to work day. Was anybody able to participate?

This Week in Puppy News: June 9 – June 15


The Effect of Training Methods on the Efficiency of Learning
Research study finds dogs who received more discipline and punishment during training didn’t learn as well as those who didn’t receive punishment, and also were more likely to be distracted when working with their handler.

[via Psychology Today]

Dog Uses Ninja Skills to Throw Nightly Parties with Kennel Pals

[via BarkPost]

New Media Center!

When we bought our first media center, we were focused on finding something that fit in the corner. It looked great, hid the mess of wires connecting our home theater equipment, and was out of the way. Unfortunately, we didn’t actually take any pictures of it when it was nice and neat. This is the first picture we have and you can already begin to see the problem.


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Kitchen Cabinet Reface: Days 4 – 14

Don’t worry. Our kitchen cabinet reface isn’t going the way the fireplace renovation, which took way too long. Painting an entire kitchen just takes a long time.

Fortunately, the actual time spent working is not that bad. The hardest part by far was painting the cabinet frames, which took Hillary about 4 – 6 hrs per coat. The doors, drawers, and shelf fronts took me about 45 min. per coat since we were spraying them.


The time increased drastically though because we could only do 1 coat per day since the primer we used (INSL-X STIX) has a 24-hr dry time before painting and the paint (Benjamin Moore Advance) has a 16-hr dry time before repainting. Since the doors had two coats, that meant we had 6 days of painting.

So why weren’t we done last week? Because in addition to the dry time, the paint recommends a 3 to 5 day curing time to let the paint fully harden before attaching any hardware. Stay tuned because our next update will have the finished cabinets and an extra surprise!

Day 4 – 14 Summary
Stores Visited for Supplies: 2
Money Spent: $70 (extra qt. paint and new cabinet hardware)
Hours Worked: 10