Empty Nest Lifestyle-The Dogs Rule The Nest

Hello, Darlings!

Today’s blog post, Empty Nest Lifestyle-The Dog Rule The Nest is all about my fur babies. My dogs rule the nest. It is a simple fact and one that I am not that upset about. One of the first things I noticed after my children all moved out is how quiet it is. The chaos of life with kids was gone and I missed it. But don’t worry, my canine children have assumed the role with glee.

Empty Nest Lifestyle-The Dogs Rule The Nest Meet Emma Sue

Empty Nest Lifestyle-The Dogs Rule The Nest-Meet Emma Sue

Emma is a toy size mini schnauzer with very silky fur and black and white markings. She is the DIVA. This sweet girl is pretty and she knows it! Lapdog extraordinaire, but don’t be fooled, Emma rules the nest.

Meet Emma- She is super snuggler and spends her days sunning
Meet Emma- She is super snuggler and spends her days sunning

Empty Nest Lifestyle-The Dogs Rule The Nest Meet Gracie

Empty Nest Lifestyle-The Dogs Rule The Nest-Meet Gracie

Gracie is the newest addition to the nest. She is a mini schnauzer with black and gray markings. Gracie wakes up each day thinking “this is the BEST day ever”. Full of energy and enthusiasm she can be quite mischievous but in a goofy kind of way.

Empty Nest Lifestyle-The Dogs Rule The Nest Meet Nora- The Grandpup

Anna and Nora- Nora is the official mascot of Homzie Designs
Anna and Nora- Nora is the official mascot of Homzie Designs
Anna and Nora- Nora is the official mascot of Homzie Designs
Nora and Mimi

Nora is Gracie’s sister and littermate. With the sweetest face, Nora greets you as if you are the greatest person ever. She is my daughter, Anna’s dog and rules her nest. Nora is the official mascot of Anna’s business, Homzie Designs. When Anna is meeting with clients or needs a quiet day to get work done. Nora enjoys plays days at Mimi’s (that’s my grandmother name).

Puppies in a basket
Puppies in a basket
Gracie and Nora are litter mates and best friends
Gracie and Nora are littermates and best friends

Gameday Spirit

We are huge Auburn fans, both me and my husband, plus my daughter, and one of my sons are Auburn University graduates. Fall football season is a fun time to dress up the pups. Now, you have to “catch” Gracie to put her cheerleader outfit on. Emma is easier and will pose for pictures.

Gracie learning all about our Auburn Spirit
Gracie is learning all about our Auburn Spirt
Emma loves to prance around in her gameday outfit
Emma likes to prance around in her gameday outfit

Traveling Pups- Dog’s Rule The Nest Where Ever They Go

Girls love their puppy car seats.  The large is perfect for them to lay down and have their own space
Girls love their puppy car seats. The large is perfect for them to lay down and have their own space

The weekends are made for travel. With homes at both the lake and the beach, we find our weekends filled with travel. Don’t worry, the dog love to get in their doggie car seats and snuggle down for the ride. They will sleep the entire way, even the 4 hours to the beach.

Easy to install with a removable pad for cleaning. Allows pet to sit up higher and lookout.
Easy to install with a removable pad for cleaning. Allows pet to sit up higher and lookout.

Emma and Gracie ride in the K&H Pet Products Bucket Booster Seat. This dog car set is elevated so they can see out the window. Luckily the girls do not get car sick, but the cushion comes out for easy cleaning if needed, and it has restraint leashes (which is needed for Gracie). I have 2 large size booster seat so each dog has their own space and can snuggle down.

Boating At The Lake

Lake evening boat rides are the best
Lake evening boat rides are the best

Because my lakehouse is only an hour drive from my house, it is an easy getaway. Nothing drops your stress level like an evening boat ride. The dogs LOVE going “bye-bye boat”. They enjoy feeling the breeze on their faces, or just finding a shady spot for a nap. We even chose the boat because it has built-in dog bowls.

Swimming Lessons

Lounging out by the pool after swimming lessons
Lounging out by the pool after swimming lessons

Because we have a pool at both the Birmingham house and the beach house, plus the lake water, it is important that all my dogs know how to swim and know where to swim to if they fall in. Each season we review, swimming lessons to remind them. Emma does not like to get her hair wet and will act disgusted when she is forced to do her lessons. Gracie and her goofy self just go with the flow. Afterward, they enjoy lounging by the pool napping in the shade or sunny themselves on the pool deck. Ahhh the dog’s life……

They both love hanging out on the raft, or what we call “Dog Island”. They want to be apart of the fun too when everyone is in the pool.

Emma and Abbie hanging out on Dog Island
Emma and Abbie hanging out on Dog Island

At the lake, life jackets are required for all in the water, humans, and dogs. Bright pink life jackets help build confidence in their swimming and help us find them in the water. With handles on the top, it is easy to grab them and lift the dogs out of the water and on to the dock.

Chewy For Online Shopping And Fast Delivery

Last year I discovered Chewy, an online shopping specializing in pets. They have fast shipping and an auto-ship (with a discount) if you need your pet’s food shipped regularly. Even though I have several pet stores in my area, I love the customer service and delivery of Chewy. Free 1-2 Day Shipping on orders over $50

In Memory Of Abbie

Pet portrait from Paint Your Life
Pet portrait from Paint Your Life

Abbie crossed over the Rainbow Bridge, February 2018. She was the sweetest mini schnauzer. Just a country dog at heart, she would spend her days exploring outside and enjoyed just laying around in the yard keeping all the critters in check. I miss her…….

The vet made this cast of Abbie's paw prints as a keepsake.
The vet made this cast of Abbie’s paw prints as a keepsake.

Empty Nest Life

As we venture into this new world called “Empty Nesting” Dan and I realize the importance of our fury babies. They keep up active (daily walks) they amuse us (especially Gracie) and they are our snuggle buddies (Emma is the best snuggler). Our house would be so quiet and lonely without them.

Empty nester's life
Empty nester’s life

Check out the puppy pics from my post, Meet Puppy! Thinking about getting a new puppy, here is my post, Preparing For Puppy to help get you ready for your new fury lovey.

About Nifty 50 Fabulous

Embracing and loving the life of an empty nester, I am a fashion and lifestyle blogger currently living in Birmingham, Al. I enjoy spending my time with friends and family including my sweet miniature schnauzers Gracie and Emma.

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