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Fur Mom Confessions | This Year, I’m Celebrating Fur Mother’s Day

Through the Lens of Kimberly Gauthier, A Novice With Moxie, Johan, Sydney, Rodrigo, Lake Wenatchee

My Family

Last year, my boyfriend surprised me with a Mother’s Day card.  It made my weekend.  Now I want it to be a tradition, because I do a hell of a lot of work raising our pets and I want a damn card.  My day starts at 4:45 am and ends at 9:30/10:00 pm.  When I get home during the week (5:30 pm), I don’t sit down until 8:00 pm.

There’s feeding, cleaning, walking, playing, snuggling, grooming, training, laughing, taking pictures and video, and yelling “stay in the yard – Rodrigo, BLUEEEE, GET BACK IN THE YARD!!!”  We live on 5 acres.

So this year, I want to do it up right and celebrate Fur Mother’s Day and came up with a wish list that I’m pretty proud of.  Check it out and please add your wish list in the comment below.  If you have a blog with a list, feel free to add it to the Link List below so others can check out your creativity!

  1. Massage – and not just any massage, I want one by a man that looks like Thor (sorry, Honey).  I want him to speak with a thick, Swiss or Dutch accent, and turn my body into a loose, wet noodle with his hands.  Sounds a little dirty, but I’m not asking for a Happy Ending; I just need these knots worked out.
  2. Mani / Pedi – I used to have nice nails (acrylics) and went for a manicure twice a month and a pedicure once a month during the summer/fall months.  This stopped soon after we adopted littermates.  I don’t want a full set, but a nice pampering will be lovely.
  3. Car Detail – my car is the dog car and it needs a bath inside and out.  I wash my car maybe once a month and vacuum out the interior several times a year, but I need a deep cleaning.  And it would be nice if they can buff out the evidence of Blue’s enthusiasm for my homecoming (scratches on the driver side door).
  4. A Treadmill – I love my elliptical, but sometimes it gets boring and I just want to walk briskly, maybe even run.  I do walk the dogs, but there are days when I would love to walk and read a book, walk and watch a DVD, walk and listen to my iPod.  Yes, I can do this any time on the Centennial Trail, and I do – but there are days here in the Pacific Northwest when I want to be dry and indoors.
  5. A Dog Play Room – technically not for me, but I need this; our dogs’ room is too small and my boyfriend has taken over most of the garage with a hobby he hasn’t touched in two months (TransAm restoration).  I would like to use the third bay of our garage (3 car garage) as the dogs’ play area – currently, I have 1/3 of the bay, and I want the entire thing.
  6. A 60’ Flat Panel Television – yeah, this one isn’t really for me either, it’s for my boyfriend.  But my thought process is that if he has a 60’ in the family room (where he watches his programs), we can shift that teeny 42’ into the living room (where I watch my programs) and my tiny 32’ into my workout room.  These are totally first world problems.
  7. Old Navy Shopping Spree – this is definitely for me.  I love Old Navy.  I’m a jeans and t-shirt gal and when I’m at work, I’m in khakis. I would love $300 to blow at my favorite store.  I’m starting to swim in my size 6 khakis – yayyyyyy, dog walking – and want to give those size 4’s a try.  I may be getting smaller, but I still have hips, thighs, and a butt that make it clear that I’m all female.
  8. A Business Coaching Session – I would love to spend someone familiar with marketing in the pet industry to work on the next steps for my business.  It would be so much fun to be able to see my business and all the possibilities through the eyes of a professional.
  9. 1 Week Vacation at a Lake – a couple years ago we rented a house on Lake Wenatchee and had the most amazing, relaxing time with the dogs and I want to do that again.  The house we rented is no longer available, but it’s not the only one and Lake Wenatchee isn’t the only lake.
  10. Alone Time – I love our dogs, so very much.  But when I’m home, they are all over me.  When I leave the room, within 15 minutes all three of the dogs are with me – in the kitchen, in the family room, in the office, outside the bathroom.  I love love love them, but I would enjoy some alone time.  I’ll take care of breakfast and then I want Johan to take them on their 3 mile walk, and then have a play session with them midday, and then take them on their evening walk.

Now it’s your turn!  What’s on YOUR Fur Mother’s Day wish list?


  1. I hope you have a wonderful Fur Mother’s Day! Love your list! My hubby just actually gave my car a good deep cleaning last night, it’s the dog mobile too, and it was in dire need of a deep clean! I was super impressed that he even washed the slobber off the back window!
    I’m still hoping for my chocolate cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory for tomorrow:)

    • What a great husband. I need to go remind my boyfriend that tomorrow is Fur Mother’s Day. My car (also the dog car) needs a good cleaning too :)

      Good luck with the cheesecake. Yummm!

  2. Any and all of the above sound lovely (especially the massage by Thor)! Truthfully, I would just love to be able to sleep past sunrise without having to get up and walk the dog, feed the dog and cats, and clean the litter boxes. But since it’s just me and my daughter – and she is NOT a morning person – I don’t see that happening. :-(

    • That’s a good one, Vicki – I would love love love to sleep late. I went to bed after midnight last night and woke up to feed and walk the dogs at 6:30 this morning. That was sleeping late and it sucked – LOL.

  3. Hi Kimberly,
    I stumbled upon your site while searching for Fur Mothers Day what not. I was so happy to find this posting today. Not to give you TMI but I have a little story as to why this post helped me quite a bit today.(if u don’t mind)

    I spent my whole life in hospitals trying to find why I was in so much pain. After 15yrs via surgery I was diagnosed with stage 3 Endometriosis. A chronic, incurable, cancer like condition. By the time I was diagnosed the disease had spread so much that after 7mos of treatment they decided to do an immediate Total Hysterectomy. I only had 1 week notice that I was going to have this surgery and lose my ability to ever have a child. The surgery happened 1 week after my 25th birthday on October 4th 2011.
    The following mother’s day was extrenely hard for me, though it was my fiancé (now husband, we got married on 12-21-12) bought new a mother’s day card and signed it from all of my fur babies <3 it was the sweetest thing. It really helped me to get through the day.
    This year is proving hard to deal with as well. I'm hoping it will get easier over time. Ive felt like my pets were my children my whole life, but even more now. So seeing a post like this helps me feel not so alone in wanting to celebrate a Fur Mother's day.

    Thanks again & sorry for such a long post :)


    (FurKids: Sophie, Tucker (miniature dachshunds), Chloe (our stray rescue chiweenie), Moses, Ava (our rescue kittens)

    • Welcome to my site, Samantha – how funny that you found this blog post the same day it was published. So very cool! I kind of chose not to have children. It’s not that I didn’t want them, I just didn’t find myself in a place where I was ready to start a family and now I kind of wonder if that was the way it was meant to be :)

      I’m glad that the post touched you. Thank you so much for sharing this with me!


  4. I just had a conversation with dad about sharing the dog walking responsibilities. He’s great about taking Jack for runs, but Jack has developed a limp so we are resting him…so it’s back to me walking both of them everyday! Mom needs a break. The rest of your list – 100%!

    • I want to take a nap. It’s been a long time since I had a nap :)

  5. You vacuum your car out several time a year?? You sure have one up on me. Ha. ha.

    • LOL – and it’s due for a new one. Love that there are so many soccer teams washing cares this weekend. Hope you had a nice time in Zilla!

  6. Nothing I could get … Particularly since the 12th is exactly a month from Jasmine’s passing.

    If I COULD get ANYTHING, it would have been one more happy day with my baby girl, beautiful long walk or a day at he ranch with treats and yummy goodies coming out of her ears.

    • *smile*

  7. I want everything on that list! Especially the massage – but not Thor, someone with a nice Spanish accent will do nicely. Other than that, I want a chef, a couple of diamonds, a cleaner and a Jeep. Now that’s not asking for much is it? 😉

    • LOL :) Love your list!

  8. What a great idea for a post! I couldn’t help but respond. =) I love your entire list, but my favorite gift would be a home for my foster dog. It breaks my heart that I can’t keep him, but I’d love it if someone I knew would fall in love and adopt him. (99% chance that won’t happen, but it never hurts to wish!)

    • This may sound corny, but I never talk (or think) about things that can’t happen. Instead, I only talk about what I want to happen as if it really is happening. For 10-15 minutes a day, I do this. I did it when Rodrigo was being a total pain in the butt – I would think “Rodrigo is so well behaved, I love what a great dog he is, I love it when people compliment his behavior.” You can do the same about your foster dog, talk about how the perfect family found him, how happy he’s going to be in his new home, how they brought him home to a house full of love and toys.

      I don’t think good things can come to us and those we love unless we open the door to allow those good things to come and the best way to do that is with love. Best of luck!!!

      • This is not only the best, but the healthiest way to look not only at our dogs and other pets, but at our whole life. Kudos for pointing this out for us to all stop and think about because it does make a huge difference to us and to everyone that comes in contact with us. Great insight — and thank you!

        • Thank you so much for your kind words, Paula

  9. Whether your kids are furry or just have hair on their heads, have four legs or two, Happy Mother’s Day! I love your list, and any of them are doable. And you deserve them all!

    • Thanks, Deena

  10. Hope you got some of the items on your list. My mom is just happy hanging out with us pets today, we are a lot of work, but she would not change anything!

    • Your mom and I are on the same page! Pets are the best!!!

  11. Happy Fur Mom Day to you Kimberly! Love your list, especially the massage by Thor – lol! I wouldn’t mind including any of these things on my list. I’m a fur mom AND a human mom. I did get to take a nap today, but most of the weekend was kind of… interesting to say the least!

    • That’s good to hear. I loved my weekend. No naps for me, but still a great weekend.


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