Monday, August 22, 2016

Chewy = Yummy

It's been four years since we got hit with that horrible crypto infection that left us struggling. All my girls have gotten past it with no lingering effects, but all three boys were left with intestinal issues. All three are on special diets, but of course, three different special diets. Fudge eats duck. He has duck kibble and gets a topping of canned duck food. Unfortunately, he gets bored, so I tried ordering a different duck canned food to alternate and now he's happy again. The new food we tried was Whole Earth Farms Hearty Duck Stew. Fudge was the only one who ate it.
But that was about to change. This month Whole Earth Duck Stew was one of Chewy's review choices. I thought it would be fun to see what the rest of the group thought about it.

Sebastian and Mackey eat together. They don't go to the garage to eat like the rest of the pack. Instead, Rob feeds them in the kitchen or on the porch. We do this because Mackey doesn't like to let Rob out of her sight and Sebastian is on a special diet.

We thought that Sebastian had pancreatitis, but testing showed that he didn't have it. He did, however, have a vomiting problem. We don't know exactly what's wrong, but with medication and diet, we've controlled the vomiting and now he's able to eat more foods. For a month he ate only rice and sweet potato. Once the vomiting stopped, we started adding in some shredded pork. We buy a big pork loin, cut it up and slow cook a portion for him. When it's well cooked, we shred it and mix it with his rice. We did that for another month and now we've added a small amount of duck kibble it. He hasn't vomited since the beginning of July.
Yesterday we decided to see what Mackey and Sebastian thought about Duck Stew. I fixed their dinner of kibble, rice and pork, then I opened the stew.
 It has peas and carrots and big chunks of duck.
Let's take this onto the porch and see what they think.
 Looks like they're both interested.
Ready, set, eat!
No complaints so far.
They're licking the bowls.
Looks like they liked it.
Whole Earth Farms makes stew in other flavors such as beef, lamb, turkey and chicken. They're made in the USA and they state on the site that there are no ingredients from China.

Chewy sent us a case of Whole Earth Farms Grain Free Hearty Duck Stew at no cost to us in exchange for our honest review.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Lost And Found

My dogs are all microchipped for safety, but they also wear ID tags on their collars. For years I had problems with the tags. First, my dogs are experts at losing the tags. It seems that the little split rings holding them on the collars were too dainty for my crazy pack and were always breaking. I was always hunting for lost tags and often reordering tags when I couldn't find the originals. I've never understood how a dog that has been either in the house or the back yard all day can make the tags totally disappear.

The second problem I had with tags was one of convenience. I sometimes like to change the collars for various reasons, maybe for a holiday collar. When I took dogs to class, tags were discouraged because of the noise factor, same during competitions. That meant breaking fingernails to remove them and put them back on again.

Then I discovered Taggits. They made my life easier because they just snapped onto the collar and made changing collars easy, no broken nails. At class or competition just remove the Taggit and stick it in my pocket. Then afterwards reattach it to the collar. No more messing around with tags.

There remains one problem. The split rings  attaching the tags to the Taggit can still break and tags can then disappear. This happened earlier this week. Norma Jean climbed up on my lap one evening and I noticed that her tags were missing. I removed the Taggit from her collar and the ring plus both tags were gone. I looked around the house in her favorite spots but no luck. The next morning Rob and  I walked back and forth across the yard, no tags.
I was considering sending an order for new tags. Then last night after dinner I called the dogs in from the yard and my special little helper, Bailey, came up to me with Norma Jean's ID tag. She handed it over and I gave her an extra treat. Later Rob took the dogs out and Bailey brought him Norma Jean's rabies tag.
This isn't the first time Bailey has helped us find lost items. She has brought back tags and collars and even a bolt from one of Rob's projects. If Bailey comes across something that doesn't belong in the yard, she brings it to us.
 She's a handy girl to have around.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Bringing Home The Gold

Hi Everybody,
I'm sure you're all aware that the Blogville Pawlympics are currently going on. Mom and Dad have been watching the human games on TV. I don't know why our games aren't televised, they're much more interesting than watching those peeps try to compete. 
We wanted to compete lots this year, but Mom just can't seem to get herself organized and she missed out on entering us in a lot of the venues. She did, however, manage to get some of us into a couple of important competitions and here they are.

First was the swimming event. For Water Dogs this is about as good as it gets, so we entered our very best swimmer, Miss Norma Jean.  
She did great and came home with the GOLD.
Then I entered the boxing event. I LOVE boxing because I can find lots of goodies when I'm boxing. See...
And I got GOLD.
Finally, Sebastian also entered boxing because he has an entirely different technique than mine.
And Sebastian also won GOLD.
How about that, a clean sweep. Keep watching the Pawlympics, there's plenty to come and everyone is doing a great job.
Your pal, Fudge

Monday, August 1, 2016

Back To Kindergarten

A few days ago a friend and I were chatting and the conversation came around to the craziness now going on in this country. My friend, a wise young woman came up with a suggestion that I thought was wonderful and I've been giving it a lot of thought since.

Her idea is that starting at age 30 and every ten years thereafter, all adults take a mandatory kindergarten refresher course. I think that is a remarkable idea and would go a long way toward solving some of the idiotic behavior going on these days.

Robert Fulghum wrote a poem that most of us have read or at least heard of:

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten
 by Robert Fulghum

Most of what I really need
To know about how to live
And what to do and how to be
I learned in kindergarten.
Wisdom was not at the top
Of the graduate school mountain,
But there in the sandpile at Sunday school.

These are the things I learned:
Share everything.
Play fair.
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life -
Learn some and think some
And draw and paint and sing and dance
And play and work everyday some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world,

Watch out for traffic,
Hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.

Since the poem was published, he has come up with a few more ideas such as :
It doesn't matter what you say you believe - it only matters what you do.  
Don't worry that children never listen to you, worry that they are always watching you.

My friend and I came up with a few more such as:
Say please and thank you.
Don't shout, use your indoor voice.
Don't push.
Listen when others are talking.
Wait your turn.
Stop on red, go on green.
Help others.
Don't run with scissors.
Words hurt, think about what you're going to say before you say it.

Maybe if all adults had to go back over the basics every few years, some of them would sink in. Being rude and mean isn't being politically incorrect, it's being rude and mean.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

In Orijen We Trust

Well, today's the big day. Today Mom opened that bag of ducky treats that have been sitting on the counter for a couple weeks, since Chewy sent them. These are Orijen Free-Run Duck freeze dried DOG treats.
Mom was really really happy when she read the back of the bag because not only is it 100% duck and duck liver but it said some other good stuff too. You see Mom, like a lot of your Moms, is always worried that some tainted food from China will sneak into our treats. She goes online and checks out all our treats to see where it's made and where the parts come from. In this case not only did the bag tell the country of origin, but it told the exact farm where these duckies grew up. They came from King Cole Duck Farms in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. Now why can't other companies be that honest?

These are nice treats, not too big and not too little. They're sort of soft chews and have a great taste.
 I went first because, well I am the big guy in the house. First Mom told me to sit so she could get the camera ready.
 Then came the big test. Oh yes....... These are great!!!

 Then even though Mom said they were all for me, she let some of the others try them because they were all sitting and looking pitiful. 

 Then she closed the bag and put it way back on the counter and told me that the rest are mine. Thanks Mom.
Mom said we need to say that Chewy sent us these super delicious ducky treats at no cost to us in exchange for our honest review. I say they are the best and Mom says she appreciates the no worry practice of giving the source of the ingredients. 

These wonderful treats come in other flavors, too, so be sure and remind your Mom that the next time she places an order, these would make a great addition.
Your pal, Fudge

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Most Fantastical Day

Hi Everybody,
This is an amazing day here in Portieland. The big truck stopped at our house and the man left a box at the door. When Mom brought it in, we checked it out and we couldn't believe our eyes and noses. 

This is what happened. A couple weeks ago Mom was sipping her morning coffee and kind of looking around on the internets. She came across a contest and the prize was some Zukes. She knows we love Zukes, so she entered us in the contest but she didn't say anything because she didn't expect us to win.

 BUT WE WON!  Mom got an email from Aimee at 4 The Love Of Animals blog saying that we won.
Still Mom didn't say anything, so when the box arrived we were all surprised. It was jammed full of bags of Zukes.
 Look at all the wonderful Zukes that were in the box. 
There's Delightful Duck. That one's for me.
Tasty Peanut Butter.
Tasty Chicken.
Lamb and Chickpea.
Salmon and Sweet Potato.
and Pork with Bacon. That one's for Sebastian
Even though it's about 870 degrees outside today, we're doing a happy dance inside. Thanks Miss Aimee and thanks Zukes Company and thanks Mom for entering us. Now let's go open some bags.
Your pal, Fudge

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

But Mom, We're Dogs!

Hi Everybody,
We think Mom made a terrible mistake. She says she knew exactly what she was doing, but I'm not so sure about that. I'll tell you what happened and you be the judge.
You see this month when Miss Sydney  from Chewy asked Mom what treat we'd like to review, Mom chose one we'd never heard of before. It was called Cat-Man-Doo. Are you starting to get the idea? It said that it was dried Bonito Flakes. Mom wasn't real sure what bonito was, so she looked it up. The Google said it was a tuna type fish. Ok, we like tuna, so why not? Then it arrived.
Look at this package. First it has that clue in the name. Then it has a picture of a cat on the front of the package.
Then it says this across the top, "A natural and nutritious treat for cats".  MOM.... we are dogs.
Mom said not to worry, she knew what she was doing. So last night when we went down to the garage at dinner time, she took the package of cat food with her. We all went into the yard to wait while she made dinner, except Noah. He always stays and helps Mom make dinner. He's a mama's boy. She opened the bag and this was inside, super thin flakes of tuna. 
She asked Noah if he wanted to try it and he did. He said it was good.
She put some flakes on top of the kibble for the girls. Noah and Sebastian and I get special food, so she didn't give us any.

Then she let everybody in. The girls loved this fishy smelling stuff. They gobbled it up. See, this is Lola eating her Cat-Man-Doo dinner.
 Tess liked her, too. The girls didn't even care that it said cat treats on the bag. They told me to be more open minded and try new things. How about that, my own daughters lecturing me.
Then she gave it a real test. She put some on Sydney's dinner. Sydney is a really really fussy eater. She doesn't like any food very much, not even treats. Mom and Dad have to coax her to eat anything. Look... she likes it. She ate her whole dinner with Cat-Man-Doo bonito flakes on it.

Mom said the only thing she didn't like about it is that the flakes stick to everything. They stuck to her fingers and to the spoon. Then the girls had some trouble getting the very last flakes off the bowls and Mom had to help them.

It looks like the Cat-Man-Doo people have changed some of their packaging and now call their treats for cats and dogs, so maybe they realized that we like fishy things, too.

Mom says to tell you that Chewy sent us these treats at no cost to us in exchange for our honest opinion. I didn't get to taste them, but the girls and Noah all said they were excellent. Don't worry, Mom says the next taste test is for me. I can hardly wait!
Your pal, Fudge