Monday, August 21, 2017

Night and Day

Hi Everybody,
Did you eclipse today? We did.
Mom was too cheap to buy those special glasses to look at the sun so last night Dad made himself a contraption from a cardboard box. But Mom heard that you could just look under a tree and see the shadows so that's what she did.

We have a couple of big oak trees in the back yard. Here's the shadow of the eclipse on the a piece of cardboard under the tree.
 Here's the eclipse shadows on the fence.
And we like this one best. It's the eclipse shadows in our little wading pool.
Mom was disappointed that it didn't get as dark as she expected. She wanted to see how we reacted to darkness in the daytime. But we just howled a lot because she and Dad were in the back yard without us.
 Now everything is back to normal and the flowers are happy. We're happy too because we each got an extra cookie just because it's Eclipse Day.
Your pal, Fudge

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Cooking With Fudge

Hi Everybody,
Today I thought I'd share with you a super easy recipe for peanut butter cookies. Mom has made these a lot of times lately, they're that easy. 
 There are only four ingredients in these cookies, but when they're all cooked and cooled, they are so delicious. All you need is rolled oats, peanut butter, flour and water. That's it.
Tie on your apron, grab a big bowl and here's what you do.
2 cups of flour
1 cup of rolled oats
1/3 cup of peanut butter
1 1/4 cups of hot water

Put them all together in the bowl and mix them up. Then roll out the dough on a floured surface and if your peeps are into it, they can cut out fancy little shapes. Mom just cuts little squares with the pizza cutter. My only complaint is that she makes them too little.

Bake them on a lightly greased pan at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Let them cool and taste them. Yummm.....
What are you waiting for? Drag your peeps into the kitchen and get started. Then let me know how you like them.

Monday, August 7, 2017

It Works!!! # Chewy Influencer

When Samba's puppies were four weeks old, they moved into a pen in the kitchen and I began their introduction to noise. I kept a TV on a lot of the time and I clanged pots and pans and ran the dish washer and the blender and anything else I could think of to accustom them to household noises.
Then at five weeks they started going into a pen in the garage when Rob worked at his projects using hammers and power tools. They learned to sleep thru all the racket and they never showed fear at loud noises, even thunder.

Then a few years ago that changed. Several of them started becoming anxious during thunder storms and especially at the sound of fireworks. Now Mackey is uneasy during thunder storms and Sebastian, Lola and Norma Jean show fear. Fireworks get all of them upset.

Norma Jean seems to be the worst. At the first sound of thunder, she climbs on my lap and starts clawing at me. I've tried taking her to the basement, keeping the room dark and playing loud music, but nothing distracts her.
When Chewy offered Nutramax Cosequin Calm chewable tablets for review this month, I decided to try them. I didn't really expect them to work, but what did we have to lose?
They arrived on Thursday and on Saturday morning I heard a distant rumble of thunder. I gave Norma Jean three of the cute little bone shaped tablets and she chewed them right up, so they must taste pretty good.
We didn't have long to wait to test them. The storms moved in quickly and lasted all day, with lots of thunder and torrential rains. And what happened with Norma Jean?

She sauntered over to her pillow and laid down for a nap. Neither Rob nor I could believe it. She was relaxed, not panting, pacing and drooling. She didn't try to climb on us or claw at us.

These things worked!!!!
Just as a final test, that night there was a big fireworks show to end the county fair. It's just a couple miles from here and we heard the booming for about an hour. The Calm was wearing off by then, but Norma Jean still didn't go crazy. She laid on her pillow looking around and panting a little. It was still a good reaction for her.

If your dog has a noise phobia you might want to try Nutramax Cosequin Calm. I don't guarantee the results because every dog is different, but these helped Norma Jean enormously and we'll be using them again next time a storm comes by. The key ingredients are L-theanine, magnolia and phellodrendron extracts.
Chewy sent us a box of Cosequin Calm at no expense to us in exchange for our honest review.