Link Love: 08.16.13

Chester the lab/pit bull mix relaxzing on the couch

is this guy comfy or what?!

So, this week has been a little nuts. While the Hubbs was out of state on business, I ended up having to rush my sweet Chester to the emergency vet after choking on a piece of food. I’ve had pets all my life – I’ve been through (sometimes severe) ailments, heartbreaking losses, and even other emergency visits with my pets (I’m even a former veterinary technician), but nothing prepared me for the emotional stress of such an acute emergency. He’s choked before and I’ve been able to give him the Heimlich (yes, it actually works on dogs), but it wasn’t working after three different tries, so I called the emergency clinic and rushed him over.

He’s ok now (thank God), and I am lucky to have such knowledgeable and caring veterinarians within minutes from my home. The worst part was watching him walk away with the vet for his sedation, x-rays, and other tests. He’s a rescue and he’s been abandoned in the past, so all I could think about was the fact that he might think I was abandoning him. But of course, I was right there waiting for him the whole time, and I was happy to see the recognition in his face when he ran back into my arms. After a second trip back for issues related to stress from the first visit, Jessie (our other dog) and I cuddled with him while he napped for the rest of the day and night.

These kinds of situations really make you appreciate the little things in life.

And can we just take a moment to talk about the photo above? I feel like he should be wearing a red velvet robe, with a cigar hanging out of his mouth. I love my pets.

Link love time!

read-on script Glossy Blonde Link Love

~ A guide to makeup brushes that will make application much easier.

~ A raw and inspirational post on quitting from a blogger that I truly love and admire.

~ I love this neon and camo look!

~ I love cherries, and of course, cherry pie. But double crust cherry pie sounds a thousand times even more delicious!

~ Do you want to make friends at the gym and be awesome at fitness? Well, then this post is for YOU! (Even if you don’t, read it because it’s freaking hilarious).

~ Get the scoop on eyelash extensions.

~ Since wedding season is in full force, I wanted to include these 13 financial tips for newlyweds.

~ I recently came across this shop, and I’m obsessed. Obsessed actually doesn’t even begin to describe it.


Have a good one! xo

  • Jamie @ Our 4ever & Always

    so glad your pup is okay!! -Jamie @

    • Niki Caron

      Thanks Jamie! Me too. :)

  • Melissa Libertad

    Awww, I am so glad your puppy is better. Nothing worse than to see them suffer.

  • Janine Huldie

    Oh so glad your doggy is Ok and seriously he is ham for the camera!! Have a great weekend Niki!! :)

    • Niki Caron

      Haha he is SUCH a ham! Thanks Janine – have a great weekend!

  • Nikki @ The Pink Growl

    That is the most adorable pic of your sweet pup!

    • Niki Caron

      Thanks Nikki!

  • lovelaughterlipstick

    So sorry about Chester! That is so scary. I loved Shanna’s post. I have been showing dogs since I was 13 and had to take a little break with the kids and all. I have just recently started getting back into it and I am so excited I decided not to give it up completely. I love it and so do the dogs!

    • Niki Caron

      I’m just glad that he’s ok! That’s so fun that you show dogs. They’re such sweet animals, I love them so much!

  • Christine Rosko

    He’s such a cutie! I’m glad he’s ok. I remember a time when my dog started acting really weird and walking in circles. We took him to the vet and found out he ate mushrooms in the yard that give drugged-like symptoms. I didn’t even know what to say to that. Luckily we’ve never had anything too serious. I hope he stays around for a long time!!

    • Niki Caron

      Oh my gosh that’s so scary! It’s crazy how something like that can happen and we might not even realize!

  • Kenya @ Life with Giggles

    That picture is so freaking adorable!

    • Niki Caron

      Haha he is a ham.

  • Kenya @ Life with Giggles

    Glad all is good now with the pups.

    • Niki Caron

      Thanks Kenya :)

  • Sharon

    Oh my gosh, how scary! Thank goodness Chester is okay!

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    • Niki Caron

      Thanks Sharon!

  • Jackie S.

    Glad your pup is better, he is adorable. And love the neon and camo look! I have been obsessed with adding neon accents to outfits this summer!

    • Niki Caron

      Thank you! And I love that look too! Neon accents are awesome!

  • Angela Scullion

    so glad your little pup is better! I love getting to know other wonderful pet moms :)

    • Niki Caron

      Thank you! You’re too sweet! :)

  • Helene

    omg i am so so sorry about your dog !! i had a scary experience with mine this past weekend- so awful.

    • Niki Caron

      Oh my gosh Helene I just read your post! I don’t know how I missed it in the first place! I’m so glad Hugo is ok now!

  • Georgina

    The part where you said he recognized you and ran right to you made me teary. Pets (especially dogs) are such a gift. So glad he is okay and in such wonderful, capable care. You’re such a wonderful dog-momma! xo

    • Niki Caron

      They are God’s greatest gifts! Seriously! Thank you for your kind words Georgina!

  • ivoryandolive

    Oh that’s so scary! My dog is a rescue too so I know what you mean by not wanting to make them feel abandoned again. Yoda waits by the door for me whenever I leave the house. My husband tells me he just lays on the rug in the foyer waiting. He really is like a child to me, and I have 2 human children of my own as well! :)
    Glad he’s okay!

    • Niki Caron

      They are like our children! Aww sweet Yoda!

  • ivoryandolive

    Oh yeah, and he is soooo milking it in that picture! :)

    • Niki Caron

      Hahaha right?!

  • Ashley

    Oh my gosh he is precious, glad he is feeling better!!!

    Sincerely Miss Ash

    • Niki Caron

      Thanks Ashley!

  • becauseshannasaidso

    Oh, poor Chester and poor little momma!! Glad he is all better!! And oh my goodness! Thank you for the shout out today! You made my day….and that shop, holy moly….so freaking cute!! Love you, lady!! Happy weekend!

    • Niki Caron

      Thanks Shanna! You deserve the shout out! That post really hit home with me. Isn’t that shop adorbs?! I’m obsessed! Have a great weekend!

  • Nicole Marica

    aw i’m so sorry to hear Chester had such a rough week! My cat Nibbler had to stay overnight for three days once after an incident with a lily plant and I was beside myself the whole entire time, but every time I went to visit him he curled right up into me like we were home.

    • Niki Caron

      It’s so scary when stuff like that happens! I’m glad your Nibbler is ok now! They are our babies!

  • Sarah

    So glad Chester is doing better!!

    • Niki Caron

      Thanks Sarah!

  • dancingwithashley

    I’m so glad Chester is ok! I know that was so scary, Niki!!!

    • Niki Caron

      Thanks Ashley!

  • Kelly Ann

    I agree, I loved Shanna’s post!

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  • Lauren Abel

    I am so glad your pup is okay! That is so scary. I have been there. :( Well, not with choking but with other issues. They really are a part of your family and it’s so hard to see them sick or hurting.

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    • Niki Caron

      They really are our family members. I hope your pets are ok! An emergency is always a scary thing to go through!

  • Ginny

    I’m so sorry to hear about you dog but so glad he’s ok!

    • Niki Caron

      Thanks Ginny! Me too :)

  • Amanda

    I’m glad Chester’s okay! Poor pup! I love the Lara Casey shop! I could seriously decorate my whole house with her prints! Have a great weekend!

    • Niki Caron

      Thanks Amanda! I feel the same way about her shop! I can’t get enough!

  • Laura

    Awh glad he is ok, it must have been scary! Have a nice weekend xo

    • Niki Caron

      Thanks Laura! I’m glad he’s ok too :) Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Lulu

    Oh I’m so glad to hear your little poozer is ok :) Bad hubbie for being away! Have a great weekend! XO


    • Niki Caron

      Thanks Lulu! Hope you’re having a great weekend pretty lady!

  • Allyssa

    I’m so glad Chester is okay! Have a great weekend!

    • Niki Caron

      Thanks Allyssa! You too!

  • Lisa

    Glad to hear your dog is alright! And great links, I’m definitely appreciating that guide to makeup brushes!

    • Niki Caron

      Great guide right?! And thank you!

  • Alison Lumbatis

    Aww, poor puppy! Glad everything turned out fine. That Lara Casey stuff is awesome! I could go crazy shopping there.

    • Niki Caron

      Thanks Alison! I am completely obsessed with the Lara Casey shop! Her stuff is gorgeous!

  • Jeans and a Teacup

    Aww…glad you doggie is ok! Have a good weekend!

    • Niki Caron

      Thanks Jessica! You too!

  • Kate k

    I’m so glad he’s okay!! I can’t imagine how worried you were. Hope all is well otherwise!
    -Kate K

    • Niki Caron

      Aw thanks Kate! Miss you! Jen and I were talking about getting us all together sometime soon! I hope you’re well! xoox

  • Lacey Garcia

    Oh poor Chester! I’m glad he is doing better. My Lola is just as spoiled and I think that is very okay.

    • Niki Caron

      It’s more than ok! They’re our family :) Thanks so much Lacey! xo

  • Allie

    I’m so glad Chester is OK, that must have been terrifying for you! Trips to the emergency vet are never easy, he’s lucky to have a fast-thinking mom. I hope you guys all have a relaxing weekend! xo

    • Niki Caron

      Thanks Allie! You’re so sweet! Have a great weekend!!!

  • Alyssa

    I’m so glad he’s ok, Niki–i can’t even imagine how scary that must have been. You deserve a long and relaxing weekend!

    • Niki Caron

      Thanks Alyssa!

  • Rachel

    Ah that’s so crazy, I’m so glad he is ok! I know how much of an animal lover you are, so I can only imagine how you felt

    • Niki Caron

      Thank you so much Rachel!