Monday, May 2, 2016


Hi Everybody,
Today I'm reporter Fudge and I have an important news story for you. This one in an international news story and it's making me and my family very, very happy.
For the last eight years, our cousin Bo Obama has been the first dog of the USA. 
 Now this is important stuff because a first dog has a lot of official duties like letting reporters and dignitaries all run their hands thru his curls and keeping the floors of the White House clean by eating anything that drops off the tables and keeping squirrels off the White House grounds and lots of other important stuff. Bo has done a fine job, but soon his term will be up and he will move out so that another dog can take over.

 Today we learned that while Bo is getting ready to get out of government, just across the border in Canada, a new Portie is taking up residence as the new First Dog of Canada. Yes, it's true, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau brought home an 11 week old Portuguese Water Dog named Kenzie.

 She's a real cutie and  we're sure she will do a great job for Canada. After all, if she has any questions about the first dog duties, she can just ask Bo.

Your pal, Reporter Fudge


A Day Late

Let's pretend that I'm not really a day late and today is May 1st. I meant to post this yesterday but the day got away from me.

May 1st is a special day for so many reasons. It's truly the start of nice weather in North America. Even if there's still snow on the ground or in the air, you know it won't last long. It's now safe to start planting gardens and the dogs know that it's almost swimming time.

Everyone celebrates May 1st in their own way.

Maybe a baseball game. In my case yesterday I watched a hockey playoff game.
Some like to parade. I don't know if Russia still has a big May Day parade but they probably do.
Some like to dance around the Maypole with friends.
When I was younger, we used to celebrate with a big birthday cake because it was my Grandfather's birthday.
I've always thought that one of the nicest ways to celebrate the day was with May baskets. Wouldn't it make you smile to open your door and ind a basket of flowers hanging there?
Well, I didn't make May baskets this year, but I did admire some of our May flowers. This is a wild rose that our bird friends planted along the fence. This is the first time it's flowered, but beware, it has nasty thorns.
 The weigela is just starting to open up.
The Pyracantha is in full flower. Imagine how many orange berries we'll have later.
My iris are outstanding this year. Every year they spread a little further and look more majestic.
The birds are great gardeners. I planted one small batch of these vinca a few years ago and now they're everywhere. They make a good ground cover and help keep the yard from eroding, so they're welcome.
The April showers did a good job. Just look how green the back yard looks.
May is a wonderful month. How do you celebrate?

Thursday, April 28, 2016

And The Winner Is...

You may remember that a few weeks ago we received a huge box of goodies from our friends the Lapdogs and Chewy. Inside were two new toys, a lobster and a moose. Sebastian was so happy to receive the lobster. It may be his first new toy of his very own and he's very gentle with his toys. The other toy was a moose.
 Fudge claimed the moose.
Fudge likes toys. He carries them around and teases the other dogs with them. He also sleeps with a stuffed lion each night.

Fudge like toys that fight back.
 They sometimes put up quite a struggle.
 In this case the winner was the most persistent pest in the house.... Mackey.
Patience pays off again.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Stormy Weather

You may have heard on the news that the midwest was due for storms yesterday and today. Yesterday it did get dark and windy but except for one quick thunderstorm in the late afternoon, nothing much happened. It seems that around here the bad weather is sneaky and likes to appear during the night time hours. At 2:17 this morning a clap of thunder woke me. The dogs woke and found different sleeping spots, but didn't get too excited.

When I first went outside this morning, it was obvious that we'd gotten some heavy rain, but except for a lot of small sticks in the yard, there was no damage. Then I noticed this two houses up the street.
This used to be a pretty big tree.
Here's the rest of it.
But on the other hand, you know what April showers bring.
 Today has been sunny and warm, a lovely day with a strong breeze. We're told that more storms are in the area, so we'll see what tonight brings.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Momma's Little Helper

Noah is a Momma's boy. It's Ok, nobody teases him and I enjoy the fact that he wants to always be with me, no matter what I may be doing. Sometimes I feel a little sorry for him because he has to make hard choices.
This morning I went upstairs to take a shower and Noah came with me as he always does. He settles  down next to the bathroom door and waits for me. I had just stepped out of the shower when I heard Rob call the dogs to go outside. Noah looked toward the door and looked at me and I knew he was torn. I told him it was OK to go and he started toward the door but turned and came back to stay with me. Then he heard the dogs in the back yard and ran to the window to watch them. I felt really sad for him, so I dressed fast and took him into the front yard on leash. He loves being on leash and danced all around the yard.

When we came inside, the others were still out, so I decided to let my little buddy help with our Chewy review. This is the item we're taste testing, Sojos Good Dog treats. I chose the blueberry cobbler flavor because blueberries are good for all of us. Lucy and Morgan both ate blueberries in season and took blueberry capsules the rest of the time. Besides being good antioxidants, they're excellent for the brain and those two were having some brain fade toward the end of their lives.
These treats are wheat and corn free with no artificial preservatives. The ingredients are oat flour, rolled oats, blueberries, canola oil, vanilla, eggs and honey. All good stuff.

So how do they taste? Let's ask Noah.

Yes please, I'd like to try one.
 That was so good. Could I have another one?

 Noah thought they were wonderful and I'm sure the others will all agree. They're tiny little bone shaped treats and I have a special purpose for them. My pack started getting bad about coming in after their last outing at night and I had to grab a flashlight and round them up, so I started a new routine. Anyone who came in as soon as I called got a special tiny little treat. At first I was using Zuke's minis, but the trick worked so well that we ran out. Now everyone but Bailey comes in without even being called and occasionally even Bailey remembers and comes in for a treat. These little treats will be perfect for out late night 'come in' treats.

Chewy sent us this cute little box of tasty treats at no cost to us in exchange for our honest opinion.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Chewy Brings Us A Surprise

When I received this month's Chewy review selections, there was a brand I was unfamiliar with, so I did some research. I was more than pleasantly surprised with the results  and I'll share them with you.
The brand of dog food was Wild Calling. I had never heard of them and before I feed anything to my pack, I want to know where, what and why.
Wild Calling makes both kibble and canned food. They are a family owned company based in Colorado, USA. They got started when Tim Petersen, a dog food distributor, his wife, two grown sons  and daughter wanted a food for their family dog and didn't find what they wanted on the store shelves. It took years to come up with the right formula with the right nutrients, but they did it.

Now here is the very best part. If you have a dog with special dietary needs, this may be the food for you. When a dog shows signs of a food allergy or sensitivity, the vet usually suggests a food with a unique protein source.  My vet tells me that the three most common food sensitivities are beef, wheat and dairy.

In our case, Fudge and Noah have both become sensitive to beef. Noah can eat chicken, but Fudge can't. We solved the problem by feeding duck, a protein that neither boy had ever had before and tolerated well.

The problem arises when the dog can't eat any of the common protein sources and here is where Wild Calling comes in. All their food is 100% grain free and 96% meat. None of their sources come from China. They offer many unique protein sources so that even the most sensitive tummy should find one that works. They offer the usual beef and chicken, but also turkey, rabbit, buffalo, salmon, duck, elk, lamb, pork, alligator and kangaroo. They also have some combos. They have added liver to each of their foods and show on their site and their containers that the salmon and triple delight combo both contain chicken liver, for those with a chicken issue.

So armed with all this info, I ordered Wild Calling Rainbow River for my girls to try. It's 96% salmon.
 Here are my observations.
First, I love the label designs.
Second, I expected it to be more pink in color. Back to the web site to find that adding liver tones down the pink color. OK.
Third, it was very wet and somewhat mushy. I'm used to canned food being fairly firm. I learned that this is because it's 96% meat and no fillers. OK.
Fourth, it smells!! Fortunately I feed in the garage because this smelled really fishy. The whole garage seemed to smell fishy. It's 96 % fish, duh!!!

So what did my girls think? I set the bowls down and picked up my camera, but by the time I turned it on, Tess was the only one who hadn't finished. I guess they liked it. They liked it A LOT. And so did I. I'm not sure how I'd like the fishy smell in the morning, but for an evening meal, it was fine.
If you have a dog with food sensitivities, check out Wild Calling. You might find an easy answer to a tough problem and I think your dog will thank you.

As usual, Chewy sent us a case of Wild Calling Salmon at no cost to us, in exchange for our honest review.

Friday, April 15, 2016

All's Well That Ends Well

On Wednesday we had a visit with Dr B. It was time for a recheck on Sydney's shoulder. First he watched her walk, then he felt her shoulder and moved her leg a little. He said that the joint must have popped back into the socket and the swelling was down. When I asked how I could prevent this happening again, he told me not to worry. He said it was a freak accident and she probably couldn't do it again if she tried. You can imagine how relieved I was to hear that.

So now Syd can run free again. She is very happy about that decision.

Next up was Fudge. He had all his sutures removed and all the incisions looked really good. There is still one area of his tail that I have to watch. I also have a gel to apply to it to help the hair follicles keep from getting infected again. Fudge is delighted to get rid of the hat he's worn for  two weeks and doesn't mind my treating his tail twice a day.
Today Tess, Bailey, Noah and Mackey had their second flu shots, so now the whole pack is protected. All is well in Portieland tonight.