ATTENTION ALL READERS!
Thanks for your patience while I took the past week to figure out life. We all need to call a “time out” everyone once in awhile. This is a healthy balance blog, isn’t it?! So while I search for that balance, I’ll spend some time having you learn a bit about what makes up me. But stay tuned – slowly but surely, we’ll be back on a semi-normal schedule!
TODAY’S POINT OF BALANCE: Check out this article on how pets can enhance your life from Self.com!
My brother told me last week while he thought all my food posts looked good, he really was checking out the blog to see more pictures of Grady. In effort to appease my little brother, here’s a formal introduction to my “fuzz”. We recently entered Grady in a contest – here’s the questionnaire that we filled out. He came in second (he lost to a silly poodle) but we still love him!
Breed: Golden Retriever
City of residence: Parma
What’s the meaning behind your pet’s name?
Grady’s name was chosen after his owners, Hans and Alicia, created an exhaustive listing of names relating to Cleveland/Ohio sports teams. When Hans vetoed “Buckeye” (too many of them already) and Alicia vetoed “LeBron” (although she would have allowed “Bron Bron”), it became clear their new puppy was a “Grady”.
As a side note: His full legal name is Grady Brady Marie Sizemore Hansen. Marie is a family tradition for middle names – even for male pets.
Does your pet have any unique talents? If so, tell us about it/them?
He can bark along to the “Here We Go Brownies” chant! He can also perform his commands by number: “sit” is also known as “one”, “paw” is “two”, “high five” is “three” and “down” is “four”.
What do you and your pet like to do together?
Grady enjoys golf cart rides up at the Lake Erie islands and watching Cleveland sports with his owners.
If your pet were to have a favorite alcoholic drink, what would it be and why?
Oh he does, and it is wine. He prefers German Rieslings. It’s said that Rieslings are dependable and are unabashedly sweet – practically the definition of a Golden Retriever!
If your pet had a favorite hangout in Cleveland, where would it be and why?
The Cleveland Metroparks trails at Brecksville Reservation: he loves to go swimming along the Chippewa Creek Loop Trail and loves the Deer Lick Cave Loop Trail for a good hike.
What’s your pet’s favorite hobby?
Eating Frosty Paws Ice Cream – he’s a fan of the peanut butter flavor. However, he prefers a banana ice cream cone from Honey Hut on State Road any day.
Does your pet have a favorite movie or TV show? If so, what is it?
Anything on Food Network – he’s a big Michael Symon fan.
Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers…which team is your pet’s favorite?
Grady is no fairweather fan – he’s always cheering on all of our teams in “Believeland”. His name was almost LeBron, Bernie or Slider, so he can’t choose just one… but it is easier to fetch a baseball!