Sadie Turns the Big 0-2

Happy birthday to Sadie!!!

Today is Sadie’s second birthday. Look how teeny she used to be!

Sleepy Sadie

Puppy Sadie

Smiling Sadie

Easter 2008

Picture overload, I know. I just love my lil’ puppers so darn much.

Do you celebrate your pet’s birthday?

In honor of Sadie’s birthday, I thought I’d share a few fun facts about her with you:

  • Sadie is 34 pounds, about 10 pounds smaller than the average female vizsla.
  • Sadie’s favorite toy is a stuffed pig named Pig Pig and she knows it by name.
  • Sadie loves lakes and jumping off my parents’ boat into the water… but is afraid of pools and waves at the beach.
  • Sadie can run 6+ miles and still want to keep running.
  • Sadie is a cuddler and must be touching some part of you whenever she’s sitting or laying down.
  • Sadie has very stinky gas.
  • Ryan and I always forgot to work on Sadie’s tricks before puppy training class and would teach them to her five minutes before class. Luckily, she always remembered!
  • Sadie was featured on The Daily Puppy.
  • Sadie won the 2009 Baldwin Park Doggie Derby (description below).

(Please excuse the following ode to Sadie…)

Sadie’s actually quite a famous dog. Well, not really, but she did win the Baldwin Park Doggie Derby last year.

Doggie Derby Victory, May 2009

Someone at the dog park told us about the doggie derby on a Friday afternoon because he saw how crazy and fast Sadie was when she was running around at the park. The derby took place that Saturday and the entry fee was $15 and all the proceeds went to a charity. It sounded like a neat event, so we signed up that evening and headed out for the derby the next morning.

To participate in the derby, one owner stands at the start line, while the other stands at the finish line. Sadie is extremely owner-motivated, and this worked to our advantage. Vizslas in general are known as velcro dogs and Sadie definitely is one. She doesn’t understand the concept of personal space. The minute I started walking away from Ryan when he was holding Sadie at the start line, she was ready to take off! When he let her go, she shot out like a mad dog for the finish line!

First, she shocked us by winning her weight class (middle weight), and then she shocked us once again by beating out approximately 100 other dogs to win the overall competition. She got a trophy and everything! Ryan and I were proud puppy parents. Sadie was even mentioned in the Orlando Sentinel newspaper! It was the proudest day of her life. 😉

And that concludes my Sadie love fest (for now…).


At today’s BodyPump class, the normal Wednesday instructor was out sick, so another teacher took her place. Fortunately I really liked the man who replaced my go-to instructor, and I had a great workout. He selected songs from a variety of BodyPump tracks, which kept me really interested. I love not knowing what to expect in BodyPump!

After class, I did 25 minutes of light cardio on the adaptive motion trainer while reading the latest issue of Shape.

Adaptive Motion Trainer

Have any of you ever tried the adaptive motion trainer?

It’s definitely funky at first, but I like it a lot once I find my rhythm. It’s a nice alternative to the elliptical.


Breakfast today was a chocolate explosion! I am loving cocoa oatmeal lately and cooked up a creamy batch this morning.

I started with steel cut oats and stirred in one scoop of All the Whey chocolate peanut butter cup protein powder and a tablespoon of cocoa powder.

Cocoa Powder + Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Protein Powder

Cocoa Oatmeal

I enjoyed my cocoa oats with a hot tumbler full of my gym’s free Barnie’s cinnamon butter cookie coffee.

Wednesday's Breakfast


25 Responses

  1. Happy Birthday to Sadie!!

  2. I used to do the adaptive trainer at my old gym– I loved it! I agree– it takes a while to get used to and to find your rhythm, but once you do, I liked it more than the elliptical!

    That pic of Sadie in the flowers could be in a dog calendar, seriously!

  3. Happy Birthday Sadie! We will celebrate Clifford’s 1st bday in Feb 🙂

    I call that machine the Robot and use it once a week to change things up.

  4. I love.the ode to Sadie :). I have to admit, I’ve been wanting to try that cardio machine for a while now!! Maybe I’ll give it a whirl after my bodysculpt class this afternoon!! The chocolate oats look just lik no bake cookies… There’s so many things you mention today that I need to try!

  5. Happy bday Sadie!

    I’ve been really into chocolate oats/flax z snacks for breakfast. I’m sure you know that if you read my blog. Its a repeat every day! 🙂

    I really like that machine in the gym but had no idea what it was called!

  6. What a CUTE CUTE puppy, oh my goodness. She’s such a beautiful color, Happy Birthday cute girl 🙂

  7. ya know whats funny?! The other day I was trying to show Sean pics of Sadie when she was a puppy and I google imaged her and put something like Sadie the visla puppy—and when she popped on daily puppy I was like omgggg sadies a celebrity! haha I got excited.

    I look at the daily puppy every morning 🙂

  8. aww yeah for Saide!! Adorable!!

  9. I used to use that cardio machine a lot at my old gym…and you are right, it’s awkward at first but once you get your groove it’s a great workout!

    I loved the Sadie stories!!! Happy B-day to Sadie! My 2 pups, Boo and Sophia, are 2 as well 🙂

  10. Aww, she is so cute! Happy birthday to the little girl!

  11. Aww, Happy Birthday Sadie! I love your tribute to her. I’m so obsessed with my dog, I’d do the same thing. She was such a little puppy!

  12. So cute!!!! I can’t believe how small she used to be. She is one loved pup 🙂

    And oh – I changed my blog over to wordpress since I love the setup and your blog is always so organized it made me want to switch up.

  13. Happy Birthday Sadie! She is such an adorable pup! I love how crazy she is. 🙂
    We celebrate our cat’s Birthdays too, he always gets his presents and we spend hours laughing at his unwrapping efforts. 🙂

  14. Happy Birthday Sadie!! 🙂

  15. Happy Birthday to Sadie! She is so cute!! I loved your story! 🙂

  16. How funny – I just posted a little photo shoot of my kitty today…not b/c it’s his bday or anything – just because I am obsessed. Ha! I love pet love. Your dog is super cute and sounds super sweet… and fast!

  17. awwwwww happy birthday to sadie!!!!!

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  19. Happy Birthday Sadie!!! any gift in store?

  20. happy birthday to the pup!! what a cutie she is I love how you include her on the blog 🙂 I wish she knew about it!!

    cinnamon butter cookie coffee sounds insanely delish!
    they have that machinea t my new gym that I am joining when I move out!! I cant wait ot try it!

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