04/12/2015 In Real Life and Whatnot
Apr 12, 2015

Puppies and Toddlers and Dogs – Oh My!

Okay, so how cliche is it that the gay man paraphrases a Judy Garland movie? Never mind.

As I mentioned, we have puppies – Six to be exact. For those who don’t know, Emma is a Vizsla, a Hungarian Pointer. There’s a whole lot that went into getting us to now, do shows, learning to show, getting the points for a championship, finding the right stud dog to complement each other, etc.  Mike did all that. I just help were I can.

‘lil q is very curious and already loves them. She has to see them when she gets up and before she goes to bed. Last night she wanted to see them being born, so we let her see some a very limited some, and she was good with it.  I’m still surprised by the lack of questions on this topic, but I’m totally not complaining.  During the height of the delivery, I took her to get ice-cream to distract her. Works every time.

One last thing before I show the pups, the breeder tends to give them temporary names that go with a theme. Each pup gets their own collar and that way we always know which one is which.  because we only have one girl, she didn’t get a collar because, well she’s fabulous enough already. 😀 Mike and I decided that since our two hobbies are over lapping—he’s got puppies and I have a new release—we’re going to give them names from my Champion of the Gods series. So here goes:


This is Farrell – he’s the smallest, but he’s feisty.


These are Grohl (green) and Takala (blue) – after the peregrine brothers who adopt Farrell as their brother.

Our lone girl is Penelope - after the princess of Dumbarten. She's also one of the feisty ones.

Our lone girl is Penelope – after the princess of Dumbarten. She’s also one of the feisty ones.

The orange one is Kel, and the black one is Miceral. Miceral is the largest of the group, but is really quiet mellow.

The orange one is Kel, and the black one is Miceral. Miceral is the largest of the group, but is really quite mellow.

Couple more, just because:

another picture of Farrell I was keeping his company when mama went to go eat and go outside.

Another picture of Farrell. I was keeping him company when mama went to go eat and go outside.


Grohl was crying when mama went to eat so I was holding him. This is when he pooped on my arm. Such love.

And since we’re going for cuteness overload, here are a couple from our ice-cream social.


Here she’s checking it out to see that I put all the things she wanted in her ice-cream.


Happiness evidently is gummy bears and squishy red things in your frozen chocolate ice-cream.

It's all fun and smiles until the ice cream is gone.

It’s all fun and smiles until the ice cream is gone.

The Eye and the Arm

Champion of the Gods #2

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After defeating Meglar at Belsport, Farrell returns to Haven to recover from his injuries, but Khron, the god of war, has other ideas. He gives Farrell a new mission: free the survivors of the ancient dwarf realm of Trellham from their three-thousand-year banishment. To fulfill Khron’s near impossible task, Farrell will need the help of his distance ancestor, the legendary wizard Kel. But Kel has been dead for a thousand years.

Farrell finds information hinting that Kel is alive, so he moves his search to Dumbarten, Kel’s birthplace. To reach Dumbarten unannounced, Farrell and Miceral disguise themselves as mercenaries on board a merchant vessel. Their journey is disrupted when pirates attack their ship. While attempting to subdue the attack, Farrell is struck down by one of Meglar’s minions.

Unconscious and trapped in his own mind, Farrell’s only chance for survival rests with Miceral and the peregrine king Rothdin entering his thoughts and helping him sort fact from illusion. To reach Farrell, they will need to rely on an untested spell from one of Kel’s spellbooks. If they succeed, Miceral can guide Farrell home safely. If not, Farrell will destroy not only himself, but Miceral, Rothdin, and everyone around him.

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  1. Trista (TA) says:

    They are all super adorable! I’m sure it’ll be difficult to give them up, especially when they get their legs and start running around, developing their own personalities. You’ll love each and every one. When I was in college, the apartment we were living in was originally a house at the end of the dead-end street that was turn into four apartments. We were on the bottom floor had woods behind our apartment and in those woods was a feral cat colony. So of course, I had to do something about it. Once kittens were old enough, we would capture them, give them a flea baths, make sure that they were litter box trained and sociable enough to find new homes and then do so via Facebook or the theatre department rumor mill. During that time, I found homes for about 12 kittens and hi to mama cats spayed.

    Apparently we had sucker written on her apartment door in a visible in, because one day my roommate stepped outside and found a dog in a photo leather carrying case with a graded gold leash wrapped around it. Inside was a young, miniature Dachshund pup. Extremely friendly and an absolute sweetheart. It soon became clear as to why she was abandoned on our doorstep. She suffered from severe social anxiety. More than likely she had belong to a sorostitute Who didn’t have the time or patience to either train the pop or take her to a vet I’m trying to figure out a way for the dog not to shit on the floor every time the puppy was left home alone. We quickly found a home for her through our landlords maintenance man. Heidi, as she was named, went to live on a 5 acre farm where she could spend her days playing with another dog, a black lab, and chase guinea Hens and squirrels all day.

    Even today, almost 10 years later, I have friends from either school or multiple gigs from when I was still touring and working in theatre, ( even my family) will call me with questions on what to do with not only feral cats, but all sorts of rescued animals. These days I have three kitties myself, one a rescue. The youngest one, Nyx, is only four months old while Calypso is one and Bast is about three or four. We also have an iguana, Rex, and a rescued dog named Dobby it was severely abused by his previous owners. For the first two years of his life he had never stepped outside of the crate. To this day we still have issues with him not being potty trained.

    After that whole diatribe, I have a question for you: do you breed your dogs often, or is this their first litter? Why do you breed them? My ex-husband and I almost decided to breed our miniature schnauzer, Loki, at one point but decided not to.

    • Andrew says:


      This was the first litter. Mike enjoys showing dogs and he’s gotten pretty good at it. He wanted to take it to the next level breed the dogs he shows and to show the dogs he breeds. He’s quite the natural with the dogs, so it’s good. My role is support. 😀

  2. Randi Latko says:

    Cuteness overload is right. You know what W.C.Fields said, Never perform with children and animals. Delighted to see the photos. Lil ‘q looked adorable. Thank you for sharing.

    • Andrew says:

      Thanks, Randi. As for W.C. well he’s right if you want the attention for yourself. I’m happy with the attention going where it does. 😀

  3. <3 <3 Love all the pics. Was hoping Grohl was named after the man himself…Dave Grohl??

  4. Elaine says:

    OMG Andrew, your Daughter is just totally adorable and so cute. I’m sure you and Mike must be the proudest parents ever. Your puppies are really cute too and their Mama is a beautiful dog.

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