We may or may not be what you would expect:

We live in a humble home, though we are fortunate that home is on 1.25 acres, the back 1/2 acre fenced.

We are able to point to any home repair that hasn’t been done and lay blame on the dog that wandered in at the time, requiring medical care, preventing said repair.

The Crazy Dog Lady works in landscape maintenance, The Crabby Man in building maintenance.  We are not destitute, but put it this way, a fun evening involves The Crabby Man bringing home bubble wrap from work and eating posh involves Ruffles potato chips, when they are not on sale.

Our last vacation was in 1996, when we were married.  Since that time, together, we have been away from home a total of 4 days, only 2 of them consecutively.  While The Crabby Man often gets away for overnight camping trips, The Crazy Dog Lady is afraid to leave the kids with a babysitter.

Are we dog collectors?  Hardly.  Less dogs is our goal. 4 would be the perfect number for The Crazy Dog Lady, while The Crabby Man has his heart set on 2.

I can’t give you all the details of how we got to where we are in this segment as it would negate the need for the Blog itself.  Suffice it to say, however, that we did not intend, and would prefer not, to be in the position we are.

Despite our feelings on the issue, the bottom line is this:  We helped these dogs and doing so was the result of choices.  Our position is of our own doing even if the outcome is not what we wanted. Therefore the health and happiness of every last one of the Doggie Dozen is our responsibility and that responsibility is taken very seriously, even if it means we have to do without things that other people feel are necessities.

But in the end, for all the dog hair, the cleaning, the exhaustion and the ‘inconveniences’, not a day goes by where we aren’t paid back exponentially for our efforts in love and laughter.

There is only 1 best dog in the world, just so happens we have all 12 of them 🙂

Read about the Cast of Run A Muck Ranch at https://ranchrunamuck.wordpress.com/category/the-cast-of-run-a-muck-ranch/

EDIT:  June 27, 2013.  We really stepped in it.  Back in March we took in a foster ‘puppy’ as a favor.  She was young and cute, a no brainer for rehoming, right?   WRONG!  This particular cute little puppy was much older than believed, and had survived on the streets, without human intervention for the most part, through all of her imprint periods.  What we are left with is a pure feral, absurdly cute and puppy looking wolf child, that will never be as cuddly as anyone looking at her would want her to be.

As luck would have it, The Hoard, especially the stupid ones, and Emmi were tickled pink over having a youngster to train, and the little wolf child undeniably loves The Hoard, especially the stupid ones, and most especially Emmi.

With the infestation of dogs already living at Run A Muck Ranch, the inclusion of one that doesn’t want a whole lot of people attention, well, the stars aligned to send her to the right place.

 EDIT:  September 7, 2014.   Facebook is EVIL!  Back in June, we got word of 2 dogs in immanent danger.  We don’t see the logic in commenting about what a shame the circumstances are.   Comments don’t help, action does.    The result:

Pablo, who has already received his promise he can stay here forever.  His age (6) and taste for human flesh is a turnoff for most people.  At least he doesn’t eat much!


10 year old, nearly 90 pound Gertie.  Not many people want to adopt 10 year old, let alone a 10 year old moose.  While Gert isn’t unhappy here, a home with 13 other dogs really isn’t the best place for her.  For that reason, we are trying to find her a better home.   That being said, if no one else steps in to make her a princess, we’ll just stop looking.   While it would be sad if she has to settle for us, we would still be very lucky to call her one of us.

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  1. u 2 r awesome. I know what it is to love rescue dogs. I foster alternately for 4 different rescues that save from euthanasia lists. I have 4 boxers and 1 chihuahua of my own. (lost my mind on that little chi guy :). currently have 7 fosters…2 big and 5 little ones… one big going to his forever home TODAY!!!!!! and it is a great lady with a fur sister to live with. I am semi retired(gotta buy dog food after all) so have time to cuddle them all. Dog hair is my fashion accessory.

    1. Thank you Lynn for your kind words and for being a foster home. Anymore, it is the foster home that is the front line of rescue. Thank you for what you do!

  2. What a hilarious, beautifully written but most of all loving blog. I struggle with one rescue dog, Lord knows how you manage with your brood!! Look forward to hearing more from Run a Muck Ranch 🙂 Jak (& Bertie) x

  3. Thank you for visiting Jak (and Bertie)! Want to know what is more fun than a rescue dog? 2 rescue dogs 🙂

    1. Thanks for stopping by!

      Yes there are times… but they are far and few in between. I can’t imagine life without the beasties!

      Make sure to click on the “Cast of Run A Muck Ranch” tab to learn about the kids!

  4. you are truly awesome! 🙂 My family adopted a dog of our own and my fiance adopted an abandoned chihuahua. He was so fragile and skinny when we received him… now he’s happy and healthy! always kissing everyone 🙂

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you stop by again. I’d love to have more than one dog at a time, it just never worked out. But then life is always full of surprizes. Who know what tail will wag its way into my house tomorrow.

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post! Major kudos to you for making sure all 12 of yours are well loved and cared for, even if it means sacrificing things. I would do the same for our dog, Nova, in an instant. It’s too bad more people who own pets don’t take it as seriously. I look forward to reading your upcoming posts!

      1. He is quite lovely!! I’m sure she would love him (as well as the rest of your gang) instantly! Nova has no idea she’s as small as she is-she boldly explores life like she’s a Great Dane and tries to befriend anyone/anything she sees, even if it’s someone way across the park who obviously is not going to come by us. I gotta admit I love her bright outlook on life!

  7. I grew up in a family where the attitude you have towards your animals, was the ONLY acceptable kind. I wish more people understood the responsibility and sheer unconditional love it takes to raise and care for these amazing creatures that were lucky to have in our lives. I love everything I’ve read!!!

  8. I’m glad that we are not the only ones who have a lot of dogs that are not necessarily well behaved. I don’t even know where to begin with training anymore.

    Also, I’ve been wanting to do a ridiculous sticker family on the back of my FJ for a while now – my husband and I, 7 dogs, a mini pig, a horse, 2 goats, and a barn cat… I love yours 🙂


    1. There is an ever increasing number of Crazy Dog Folk out there. Keep your guard up – that 7 can turn to 12 within a few months if you aren’t looking… Happened to us when we tried to relax that time a couple years ago…

  9. Thanks for visiting my blog and for the the most wonderful thing you do. My life wouldn’t be complete without my dogs. I have 3 daughters, currently 2 of whom are not speaking with me. My dogs always speak to me! 🙂 Hugs!

    1. Thanks for stopping over! We don’t do anything wonderful, the kids do. We just sit back and let the magic happen! I take it you have teenagers?

  10. I decided to follow your blog based solely on your awesome cover photo, and, now that I’ve read this, I can’t wait to read more. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  11. Was it Slugger with the air freshener or the back of the Jeep? Inquiring minds want to know… Thanks for stopping over!

    1. Dirty bastards! First they reduced the weight, then they shrunk the bag, making Ruffles even MORE exclusive!!!!

      1. tell me about it. The last “Ruffles” she bought were actually a local brand potato chips with “ridges.” You know, they were about 90 percent as good yet only 30 percent of the cost. We think we’re making the switch.
        hello to all the dogs! lma

    1. The sticker is there, the updated pic hasn’t been done. VERY nice catch!

      Not sure how the awards work… I get lost in the send this to 12 others… not sure how awards are actually won! Anywho, will see what I can do.

      1. You know, they come with a lot of rules and what not, but rules are made to be broken. 🙂 I definitely don’t follow the rules to a T and you can definitely do the same! And rewards are won because you are awesome, my friend! 😉

  12. Thank you for stopping by my blog – it is so nice to meet you. I love crazy dog ladies! Looking forward to reading more of your great stories and getting to know all your pups.

    1. Chuckle.. it’s a little embarrassing to have a dog trainer stop by and see the misfits… they pretty much ‘self train’ 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂 You have 12 dogs?! WOW… I would like to own more than 1 dog too. But I guess there will be MORE responsibilities with 12 of them around. Hahaha… 😀

  14. Just found your blog–love it! You undoubtedly have a pair of wings being hand forged at this very moment for what you’re doing and doing it with such grace and humor. Loads of admiration and tail wags for all you do. Continue the pawsome work and keep the smiles coming with stories about the hoard.

    1. Thanks for visiting and for your comment! I’m not sure about the ‘grace’ part. After all, I’m the person who slammed her own toe in the house door walking out one day…

  15. Every dog deserves a good home. You will win the karma jackpot for giving love and care to a dozen!

  16. What a wonderful pair Crabby Man and Crazy Dog Lady are! You say you don’t have much in the way of material things but who really wants to collect a lot of ‘stuff’ that just sits around and gets dusty? Your dogs obviously give you great joy and you give them so much love. It’s a win/win. It’s always wonderful to read about people you.

    1. Thank you for your kind words!

      I tried to offer my condolences about Sheena on your blog, but the comments weren’t working when I was there. Can you link me to some of your posts about her? I’d like to get to know her.

      1. Thank you, that’s so kind! I haven’t done any specific posts about her yet…I should do that while the memories are fresh.

  17. Thanks for stopping by my blog! And … you have my sympathy. We are, at long last, down to only six dogs. (And by the way, I agree with you – four dogs is perfect for two people. One dog per patting hand. But if you pat extra fast you can manage more!) All our lot are rescues, and they’re all part of the family. Every now and then we pick up another one who needs help – or someone who knows we “do rescue” calls us. What to do? Fortunately the rescue we established (and retired from a year ago – YAY! Just in time to prevent total implosion!) is still going strong, so we have a good resource for finding a great home for any visitors.

    1. Some day, perhaps we too can find a rescue that can help rehome! For now, Morty has made it clear to any 4 legged who might darken our driveway that they are not welcome. We’ve also refrained from many travels outside a certain radius from our home – less likely to find a wayward that way!

  18. I’m glad to have found your blog. I saw that you liked one of my posts and then checked out you guys. Love your blog and honesty. I am in the same boat as you- never set out to get in these shoes. I plan on applying for non-profit since I’m old now and worry about what will happen to my animals when I croak.


    1. We’re planning on winning the lottery, then getting hit by trucks the next day (it’s the way our luck runs). As long as we get wills written before we get run over, the kids should be well taken care of 🙂

  19. Hi! Your About post is so funny and I love the name of your blog! I am new to blogging and love coming across other bloggers who share the same love and admiration for animals. I look forward to following along! You can find my blog at psyourdogcalled.com. Nice meeting you!

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