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Let me introduce you to Harry & Daxter, the loves of my life.

Photos by Ben Powell

I know you all are anxious to know ALL about them because you are clearly as obsessed with them as I am, so away we go!

Dog Parkin'

Name: Harry James Powell
Birthday: April 28th, 2004
Likes: Pizza crust, sleeping on your lap, picking on Daxter
Fears: Umbrellas, loud noises, pretty much everything


Name: Daxter Edward Powell
Birthday: January 21st, 2010
Likes: Barking, destroying flip flops, following me into the bathroom
Fears: Nothing. Well, maybe the vacuum cleaner. But for the most part, he thinks he’s a Rottweiler.

My family got Harry when he was wee pup on our move up to Ottawa, Canada when I was 16. I’m ashamed to admit that we actually bought him from Petland. Back then, I didn’t know anything about puppy mills, or how Petland (and pretty much any pet store that actually SELLS dogs) supports them, or anything like that (where were the protesters that day?)

Harry Beary

Because Harry is an absolutely amazing dog I don’t regret getting HIM, though I do wish that the circumstances had been different. In case the whole puppy-mill argument itself isn’t enough to deter you from purchasing pet store pets, you should also know that Harry suffers from a rare and chronic condition that painfully affects his nail beds, a likely result of his poor breeding. I feel very strongly now that people should be informed and be responsible about where they get their pets.


In March 2010, I got Daxter from a small family breeder in Missouri and they were great to work with, but my next dog will definitely be from a rescue. There are breed-specific rescue organizations all over the country, so even as a devoted Miniature Schnauzer lover I don’t have an excuse not to. 🙂

Photo by Ben Powell

Have you heard that saying, “Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole”? Well, no disrespect to the author who penned it, but my dogs really are my life. I’m not sure if that sounds crazy, or if maybe as a fellow dog-owner you might be able to relate, but they simply are the best.

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Photo by Ben Powell

Puppy FAQ:

What kind of dogs are they? They are both miniature schnauzers.

How much do they weigh? Harry weighs 24 pounds, and Daxter weighs 17 pounds.

What kind of food do you feed them? Currently, Wellness Super5Mix Dry Dog Food for Small Breed Dogs. I love it, they love it, and it has amazingly restored a lot of Harry’s youthfulness and energy. Win-win-win!



  1. I’m a fan of your dogs and I 100% agree that my pup(just turned 9 years old in Feb.) is my whole life lol. I call him boo and he is “the man in my life” 🙂

  2. What cuties! Petland has soooo many ADORABLE puppies, but I dislike going there. 🙁 It’s okay; you didn’t know!

  3. I just stumbled across your website, and I love it! I also love your dogs! I grew up with two miniature Schnauzers, and I love them. One of our dogs really loved pizza crust too! Now, my family has two poodles, but I love both breeds!

    • Thanks! Aren’t they just the best dogs evaaaar? 🙂 Maybe for your next dog, you should get a Schnoodle (schnauzer + poodle mix!) Best of both worlds, eh? 😀

  4. I just happened to stumble upon your site looking for encouraging weight loss blogs, it is now bookmarked! I loove your puppies! I have a miniature pinscher who has parts of each of your dogs personalities in one cute little bundle. She’s pretty much afraid of everything, loves barking and destroying things I really wish she wouldn’t (think my underwear…so upsetting!) and EVERYDAY I come home she follows me into the bathroom, it’s like her habit. I also got her at petland and had no idea what they did when the puppies were there to long. She was there for a LOONG time until I finally bought her (she was on sale she was there so long), knowing that she may have been days away from being “sent back” makes me tear up, I had to go over to her and have a “cuddle session” with her when I read that. ANYWAY…now that this is a book, I just felt the urge to comment on this. My dog is definitely my life, I don’t know what I’d do without her. I don’t want to give into petland and other stores like them, but if they puppies end up being put down because their not being sold I want to go in and take all of them. It’s a catch 22. OH MY GOSH! I just made the book into a novel, I’m sorry, I’m done!

    • I loved reading your “novel” girrrrl! I can totally understand your torn feelings of having gotten a puppy farm puppy. I feel simultaneous shame and guilt for both having contributed to the business, but also to the fact that I love Harry so much that I can’t say I wouldn’t do it again! I know it’s not like I knew what Petland was like when I got him but still… ah well.

      Daxter has a baaaad habit of pulling my undies out of the laundry basket too. What is WITH that?! Luckily none have been destroyed though… yet. 🙂

      • Your lucky he hasn’t destroyed any! My little girl unfortunately has good taste (gross pun NOT intended)and goes right for my more expensive Victoria Secret undies. It’s so frustrating! I rarely shop there and as soon as I do there she goes! She’s gotten out of the habit recently thank goodness!
        P.S. I’m using your blog as an inspiration to get me to lose all this gross weight I’ve gained since high school (so upsetting!)but I can’t seem to get myself motivated. I’ve tried with no success and I feel like there’s just no hope. Any advice? I’d love to start running especially now the weathers getting cooler, I’m in South Florida so by cooler I mean 88 instead of 95.

  5. Harry & Dexter!! You guys are just so darling! Do you guys like to give hugs around the neck too? Apparently that’s mini schnauzer’s specialty! I wish Kona can join the party. He’s quite lonely by himself..He loves tug-o-war ;).

  6. I love, love, love all of the schnauzer love!! I stumbled upon your blog from Julie’s and love it! I, too, have 3 miniature schnauzers (Dixie, Maddie, and Tank) and graduated from JMU in 2001. Keep up all of your hard work!

    • Thanks, Dana! They are the best dogs EVER, aren’t they? 🙂

      Go Dukes!

  7. Aw, your dogs are too cute! I have a white Mini Schnauzer named Simba :)I came across your blog from Pinterest…searching for schnauzer pics 😉

    • OH MY GOSH KIA, Simba is soooooo cute!! I love your blog… I mean, HIS blog, hehe. I’m glad you found me!!

      • Aw, thank you Gretchen!


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