~ Bertelson Bulletin ~


The Media love my MIL Joanie :)
November 14, 2008, 12:11 am
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OK so today Joanie was interviewed AGAIN (see below for prior segment that has already aired) by ABC News (Miami WPLG station) for a story on cancer/prosthetics. 

Neither Melanie nor Kenzie wanted to be filmed in their school uniform (we went to MIL’s house right after I picked them up from school) but I was in some of the filming, but will probably end up on the cutting room floor!!

Below is the prior story that aired (on Nov 6th 2008) – the dog in the clip is OUR Twizzler !!!

First you will see an image I created showing the start and stop frame of the segments of Joanie. Just pull the thingy-ma-jig over to where it is on the image to get to where you need to (unless of course you want to hear the news for that day first – about 13 mins!!

The segment is about Joanie, her doctor and artist/sculpturer Puchi Noriega, (who uses her full fancy name in the clip!!)

I designed both Puchi’s art/sculpture web site (puchinoriega.com) and her prosthetics web site (prostheticartspecialist.com)

So now you can click HERE to open up the actual video in a new window (from the actual site) and match up the start button on that one to the image above



Stripping – the GOOD kind – LOL
November 2, 2008, 10:53 pm
Filed under: Alice, Dogs, Family | Tags: , , , , ,

OK, so today was a GORGEOUS day – when I got home from church (trying diligently to NOT dwell or think about the fact that my BF Jenn is getting into her car this afternoon and MOVING to GA finally 😦 … I decided I would tackle the one chore that has been on the ToDO list for MONTHS!!

Stripping the Dogs – it’s how you have to groom them if you want to keep their coat integrity, ie wiry, dirt-repelling etc. You don’t cut/shave/trim them, you ‘strip’ them – this entails pulling out the longest hairs (they have a double coat) VERY few at a time, so it takes a LONG time!!

OK so below are both a recent photo of Twix and Twizzler (not the greatest photo, but you can definitely see thier hairy, shaggy coats) as well as a video of them partaking in their beloved pastime of ‘fromping’  …. you can see in the video as well how shaggy they are. Make sure you watch to the end though because it’s cute!

Twix & Twizzler - UN-stripped

Here is the VIDEO of them

This is Twizzler waiting for her dinner AFTER I spent 3 HOURS stripping her outside (gorgeous weather here in Florida) she looks like a new dog – half the size – she was SUCH a good girl!

Twizzler - Stripped - frontview

This is Twizzler from the side AFTER I spent 3 HOURS stripping her – you will notice the hairs hanging down under her belly – I did NOT pull/strip them – too tender, so hubby will trim there with the hair clippers when he gets home.

Twizzler - Stripped - sideview

and just because we CAN’T leave Twix out – here she is …. Twix waiting to be fed too – obviously I didn’t get around to stripping her as well – LOL – she’s – STILL a HAIRY monster!

Twix still unstripped!!



Happy Smores Valentine’s Day :)
February 13, 2008, 9:48 pm
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My MIL’s dog Snow is living here chez Bertelson for a week, attending the much adored “Club Doggie Med” while my MIL is up in NC at the cabin. (Snow is supposed to be full Maltese, but she’s huge, looks more like a Coton de Tulear or Bichon to me – prob a mix)

Anyway she is 9mths old now and still VERY much puppy and my 2 Norries think she’s the most annoying thing on the planet !! LOL but they tolerate her well enough and MUCH “fromping” goes on! (note – fromping = frequent romping)

I call them the Smores pack – since Snow is the puffy Marshmellow, Twix (the Black and Tan) is the Chocolate and Twizzler (the Red) is the Graham Cracker – perfect Smore!

) They look so durn cute on our new black leather sofa, I added the dark red soft throw rug in honor of Valentine’s day tomorrow ….. I had my FIRST date with my hubby on Valentine’s Day – *28* YEARS ago …. and I’m still madly in love with him 🙂  … even if he drive me NUTS at times!



We are starting December off in Luxurious Style!
November 30, 2007, 2:10 pm
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Hubby’s Mum Joanie bought us all (6 of us) this black leather sectional sofa for Christmas – We cashed in on the Post Thanksgiving sale prices ($700 off!)

Christmas in Comfort - Twix & Twiz say - We Approve

It has 2 recliners and a queen sleeper in it – 6 seats – it matches the black leather recliner that she got hubby for his birthday in October.

It is SO comfy and soft – YAY!!

So you can see the girls up close, since I know they are what everyone wants to see and not the sofa!!! – They are SO hairy right now, in desperate need of a ‘stripping’ but we are going to NC in Dec so keeping them shaggy (for warmth) till we get back!



Happy Thanksgiving
November 21, 2007, 6:02 pm
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Twix our Black & Tan Norwich Terrier LIVES for food!

She’s heard through the grapevine that tomorrow is a BIG food day – so she’s waiting patiently for the event!

Waiting for the Food Already!



The Furkids approve!
November 1, 2007, 4:44 pm
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Gallery of ALL Twix & Twizzler’s POTW is HERE

Twiz & Twix testing out Nils’ new recliner he got from his Mum for his birthday in October!
They like it a lot – I LOVED how their rich coat colours looked against the black leather.

It’s been almost a month since I updated this I probably should change the title to POTM (picture of the month) instead of POTW (picture of the week)

We Approve of your birthday present Daddy!



Red-Headed Step-Child Ewok!
October 4, 2007, 4:08 pm
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Just cos everyone loves photos of the dogs and I can’t post one of Twix without following up with one of Twizzler.

Can’t you just hear her saying, “Does this stump make me look taller?”

Red-Headed Step-Child Ewok!

Here is Twizzler, our other Norwich Terrier and Twix’ younger sister, also desperately in need of a good stripping (grooming!) but she looks so adorable and shaggy!