I Couldn’t Help Myself

This past Sunday, Michael and I arrived at church a little early.  While we were waiting for others to get there, some of the kids came running in and said, “Ms. Katy, there’s a dog outside!”

Now, if you’ve known me for a hot minute, you would know I have a few passions in life, and one of the big ones is those of the canine persuasion.  When I’m not pregnant, I volunteer with the SPCA of Dallas, and I am a pet sitter.  I love working with dogs who are undersocialized, and dog behavior and rehabilitation are my niches.  But I am also the one that will go after a stray or a lost dog in the neighborhood without another thought.

So when I heard there was a dog outside, my first instinct was to investigate.  I mean, like, leaving my purse in the chair and walked straight to the door.  And then I heard a voice behind me,

“Katy, wait.  I’m coming with you.  Do not handle that dog.”

That would be my husband, who knows that when a dog is in need of help, I can sometimes forget myself.  So, we went outside, where one of our other adult friends was holding this beautiful Rotty mix by the collar.


The dog was calm, friendly, and curious.  He knew how to sit and give a high five.  His coat was shiny.  He looked well fed.  His nails were cared for.  This was a loved dog, and I knew someone was definitely missing him.

So what do you do when you find a lost dog?

First of all, no child should approach a loose dog.  This is something to instill in every. single. child.  Do not go up to a dog, not even if they seem friendly and relaxed.  Don’t run after a dog either.  Don’t whistle or call out.  In a calm voice, while bending down low, call out to them.  If you have treats, throw them out in front of you, far away from you and then close to you.  If the dog doesn’t seem interested, then call animal control.  Do not try to wrangle or trap the dog.  It’s best if you have some type of slip lead with you or rope that you can tie to their collar.

Handling dogs can be dangerous, especially when you don’t know their background if they are good with kids, men, or other animals.  I just want to stress again that if you are in any doubt, that you just call animal services.  I know “dog catchers” get a bad reputation, but they are well trained, and the ones I’ve met just want the dogs to be reunited with their families as much as we do.

Since this dog was pretty calm, and easy to handle (by my husband and our friend, not me) my first instinct was to find a local Vet ER to find out if the dog has a microchip.  Usually, they are open on the weekends and have a scanner.   It turned out that he did have one!  I cannot stress enough how important it is to microchip your dog.  It’s not very expensive, and for our dog, it’s twenty dollars a year to maintain.  Because this dog was microchipped, they were able to contact the owner and leave my name and number (with my permission, of course).

We waited at the building for a while, hoping to get a callback but unfortunately, we couldn’t stay there.

So if you can’t hold onto the dog, what do you do?

The best place to take them is actually the local humane shelter or animal services.  They can keep the dog there until they are picked up by the owner.  We ended up taking the dog (whose name was Zeus) to the Dallas Animal Services.  They took my information, checked over the dog, and that was it.

About an hour or two later, I did get a call from the owner.  Apparently, they are staying with family while construction is being done on their house.  This is a prime situation for a dog to get loose and lost – being in an unfamiliar environment.  This happens a lot during moves as well.  Luckily, I told them where he was, and that he was waiting for them to pick him up.  It was a wonderfully happy ending!




Anticipating March

Returning to my theme word of the year, anticipation, I thought I would take a look back over the month of February and look ahead into the month of March.

In February, I definitely continue to deal with an elevated sense of anxiety, although I have to say that routine and support have been helpful with this particular issue.  I am so grateful for the overwhelming love and care I received from my community, both here in Dallas and online.  I cannot thank you enough for the understanding and judgment-free zone you have provided over the course of this last month.

I did enjoy some good entertainment this month.  The Black Panther movie did not disappoint.  And while I did manage to knock a few more books off of my TBR list, I also added more, and have more coming in this month as well.  I realize that my reading will probably take a nose dive after the baby is born so I will try to soak up as much as I can this month.

And, yes, we did manage to squeeze in some celebration time for our relationship anniversaries this year.  I didn’t write much about this experience, but we definitely managed to keep our tradition of getting blizzards at Dairy Queen!  It was nice to look back on our road together with some happy nostalgia.

Now, onto the month of March!


  • Moving along in my pregnancy.  This month is completely unknown territory to me.  My last pregnancy ended after 7 months, but we are working on the 8th month of pregnancy in March.  It’s kind of odd to already have experience in labor and delivery, but have no idea what happens after 30 weeks.  Hopefully, I will be learning a lot and be leaning on God through it all.
  • Warmer weather and sunshine.  Usually, in March, I start to plan and plant my garden for the year by picking out the vegetables, flowers, and herbs that I will grow in my outdoor garden.  This year, I will probably delay this until the summer or have a late fall garden (although, I may wait until next year, altogether.  At least, I have my indoor mint herb kit).  Instead, though, I do hope to spend some time outside, enjoying the warmer weather, maybe bringing a book or two and a blanket.
  • House Projects.  Instead of a garden focus this year, we will be doing a lot of house projects.  Chalk it up to nesting or whatever, but Michael and I decided that we are going to try to knock out as many of these to-dos on our list as possible this month.  We already have some set in motion, and still, have to make final decisions on others.  But I’m hoping that it will all be accomplished before our new arrival this Spring.

You guys, this month’s secondary theme is unknown territory.  I feel like I’ve been saying that a lot in my videos, but it’s true.  I am cautiously anticipating this month for sure!

Growing Mint

For Valentine’s Day, Michael got me a self-watering indoor garden jar from Modern Sprout.  If you have read either my January Favorites Post or the one from February, you know that I love mint.  So, this particular jar came with mint seeds.  Since I probably won’t be able to garden much this Spring, I’m considering this to be my alternative form of gardening this year.


All of the ingredients were well labeled and the instructions were mostly easy to follow.  I think I had a hard time trying to figure out when the net pot (the pot inside the jar) was to be added, but I don’t think I hurt anything in the way that I did it.


Basically, you fill the mason jar with two cups of water, and then place the net pot inside, making sure the wick is protruding up enough to be able to water the plant.


My favorite part was taking the coco pith disc (that brown circular disc) and placing it on top of the gravel-like grow medium, then slowly wetting it so that it would expand and cover the medium.20180227_102847.jpg


After the coco pith was spread, it was time to add the activated carbon and the mint seeds.  Apparently, the mint seeds were the only herb that you don’t bury in the dirt.


Then, you place the whole thing by the window.  It says I should expect to see sprouts in at least 5 days, but it could take a couple of weeks.  With the crazy weather we have been experiencing, I’m hoping we will be granted a few days of sunshine to really let the seeds sprout.  I will let you know if this ends up being fabulous or an epic fail!


February Favorites

February is almost over, so I wanted to share a few favorites from this month.

Book of the Month

My book binge is still going strong. My favorite book this month has got to be Matt Haig’s How To Stop Time. The review will come out in a couple weeks so I will link it when it comes out. A new hardback cover came out in February, but I opted for the above edition which was illustrated by Chris Riddell. The illustrations were a really nice touch to the story.



Getting into my third trimester, I wanted to find a good pair of maternity jeans, which is actually quite hard to find. The problem I have is the length. All the maternity jeans I’ve tried in the past hit just a little too short. That is until I found Isabel maternity Jeans at Target. The only downside is that there aren’t a lot of options in the store, you have to buy them online. Still, when they arrived, they were perfect.



I got this lotion a month or so back to hopefully help me sleep. I’m a very light sleeper, and when I get up in the middle of the night, it makes it difficult to go back to sleep. So, I’m up to try anything, and I saw a lot of reviews for Sleepy from Lush. The smell is soothing, but I use it sparingly because it can get quite strong. It definitely helps me relax at night.



Keeping up the mint theme from last month, I’ve been enjoying Mint Majesty since it was sold at Teavana (which is now under the Starbucks logo). Starbucks has been advertising a Honey Citrus Mint Tea, but the citrus part has caffeine in it, which I’m trying to avoid. So I opted for just the Honey Mint Tea. It is now my new go-to drink!

What are some favorites you have been enjoying this month?

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