Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Then And Now

Before the massive warehouse stores, before the early morning openings, before the crowds waiting for that special deal, Black Friday was known simply as the day after Thanksgiving.
Each year on the day after Thanksgiving my Mom and I met for a quick breakfast, then set off for a pleasant day of shopping. We'd have lunch at a quiet restaurant, do a little more shopping, then head home to admire our purchases. Later we'd make our shopping lists for the rest of the family. It was a day we both looked forward to.

Things change.

My Mom is gone. The advertising for the big day starts weeks ahead, each store trying to outdo the others. The doors open earlier each year and the crowds sometimes become mobs as they storm the doors in search of a hyped sale.
I don't venture out anymore on Black Friday, though thanks to the internet I can still do some shopping.

  Mom and I usually wound up buying things for ourselves and each other.  Priorities change. Now I tend to make less exciting purchases. One of our favorite places to check out on Black Friday is Chewy.com.  Last year we stocked up on biscuits.
This year  we took advantage of some twofer deals. We  found some food at buy one, get one free.
We also were pleased to find our favorite probiotic on a two for one deal.
Just as I thought we were done, I discovered that Fudge's favorite dipping sauce aka salmon oil was on a two for one sale.
I had eight very happy dogs when the big box was delivered. Just in case you're feeling sorry for me, I also found a rather nice sale on some yarn that I've been wanting, so I was pretty happy too.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Bring On The Fish # Chewy Influencer

Miss Norma Jean is an itchy dog. For about a year now we've been fighting an unknown source of her itchiness. We've done three food sensitivity tests where she didn't eat dog food, but it didn't help. She has taken several different antihistamines, but none helped. She tried Apoquel which is supposed to work differently to stop the itch, but it didn't work for her.
Dr B has examined her several times but nothing seems to tell us why she wants to scratch and chew on herself constantly.

So I've decided to think outside the box. She's getting extra fish oil capsules and is getting coconut oil on her dinner. Since fish oil seems to be good for the skin she's currently eating a diet of rice cooked with pumpkin and spinach. To that I add a little cooked pork loin, coconut oil and best of all, some Zignature Salmon Limited Ingredient Formula Grain-Free Canned Dog Food.

You've probably guessed by now that Zignature is one of our favorite foods. We've tried the dry food in both kangaroo formula and trout and salmon formula. We've tried several of the canned formulas and I've been very pleased with all of them.
Zignature is free of the usual allergens such as corn, wheat, soy, dairy and chicken. The first ingredient is exactly what the label shows, in this case salmon. My dogs love Zignature and they thrive on it.
I'm hoping that feeding Norma Jean lots of healthy fish will help her skin become less itchy and give us all some relief.

Chewy sent us this case of Zignature Salmon Limited Ingredient Formula food at no cost to us in exchange for our honest review. We really love this food. If you get an opportunity to try Zignature, do it. We think you'll be pleased.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

It Can't Be !!

Hi everybody,
Yesterday was a beautiful fall day, sunny and warm with a little breeze, a perfect day for a birthday or two.

That's what we had, two birthdays. Sydney and Mackey celebrated their birthdays and can you believe they're six years old? It seems like they were these fat little puppies just last week. Now they're bigger and a lot noisier and they're both pests.
Mackey barks when she's happy and when she's sad and when she's hungry or tired or wants to go out. She barks when she doesn't even know why she's barking. She's really fast and steals treats every chance she gets. Still she's an ok pal.
Sydney, on the other paw, is one scary pup. We never know if she's going to be sweet and friendly or if she's going to growl or try to grab us by the throat. Mom and Dad spend time alone with her and she lives by herself in her special pen so that we're all safe.
After our dinner last night we had pieces of a birthday pie that Chewy sent us. It was pretty good but we like Mom's banana cream pie better. We wished the girls a happy birthday, then we spent a quiet evening with the peeps.
Today it's cold and windy so we're helping Mom and Dad make Noah's special food. We get to sample the sweet potatoes and carrots. Tonight we'll each have a little on our dinner.
It's been a pretty good weekend and we're rested and ready for another exciting week.
Your pal, Fudge

Friday, November 23, 2018

When Pigs Fly? #Chewy Influencer

Hi everybody,
We're back! Actually we've been here all the time but Mom needed a little time out to get her head in a better place. I don't really understand that because her head is still in the same place it's always been, on top of her body,  but she feels better, so everything's good. Peeps can sure be strange at times.
Lots  has been going on here. One morning last week we woke up and had this. There wasn't much but it stayed around for several days because it was super cold.
Mom's been doing lots of cooking and we've been helping. We're great kitchen helpers. We do tasting and of course clean up any spills.
Yesterday was called Thanksgiving but we weren't very happy.  Mom and Dad left us alone for hours while they went to a friend's house. Our dinner time came and went and they still weren't home. When they finally came home they smelled like lots of good food. We complained loudly about being left and almost starving to death. Mom said our dinner was only an hour late and we weren't starving. Can you believe that?
Actually dinner was worth waiting for because we got to try a new food from Chewy. This was Wild Frontier by Nutro High Protein, Grain Free Large Bird Recipe Turkey Stew with Nutrient Rich Liver.
 It really tastes good and Mom liked how it looked but she laughed after reading the label. It says it's large bird recipe but the very first ingredient is pork broth. Mom said it's pig bird formula food. She just shakes her head sometimes at the labeling on things. They try to make you think it's one thing when it's really something else. She says in this case we all do well with pork but turkey stew with liver, should be made with turkey and liver, not pork.
 We liked the food and turkey stew on Thanksgiving is a good idea especially when you're starving. 
 We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving holiday and didn't have  to starve.
Your pal, Fudge

The food we received is labeled Large Bird Recipe, turkey stew with nutrient rich liver. The ingredients are pork broth, chicken broth, turkey, chicken liver, chicken, etc. I noticed on Chewy's site that it's now relabeled as Wild Frontier by Nutro Turkey and Liver Stew and the first ingredient now is listed as chicken broth followed by turkey, liver and chicken.  Pork broth is still there but is now the seventh ingredient. Be sure to read labels, especially if your dog is sensitive to any particular ingredient.

We received this case of Wild Frontier "Large Bird Recipe" from Chewy at no cost to us in exchange for our honest review.


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

That's Why They Call It Fall

Last week:

The neighbor's tree


Our tree


Yesterday:

The neighbor's tree


Our tree
 

The Christmas cactus are putting out lots of buds. We should soon have a big display of blossoms.











Unfortunately, my mood is also in free fall. This is a tough time of year for me and I'm trying to fight the depression off, but so far it seems to be winning.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

It's Time

 VOTE !





VOTE as if your life depends on it.
It may!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

What A Weekend #Chewy Influencer

Hi everybody,
It's been an amazing four days for us. Let me explain. Thursday was Tessie's birthday. She was born before midnight, so she's a day older than the rest of her litter. Mom always makes sure that she gets special attention on her day.
This year it was kind of tricky because Mom had some minor surgery on her foot Thursday morning, so she was limping around, but for dinner we all got something special. Chewy had sent us some Taste Of The Wild Pacific Stream Grain-Free Canned Dog Food and she saved it for birthday dinner.  This is salmon flavor, one of our favorites.
We all love fish and Mom feeds it to us a lot. This food has big chunks of salmon in a tasty fishy gravy. It has prebiotic fiber and nutrients from sweet potatoes, blueberries, tomatoes and raspberries. Doesn't that sound yummy? We all got some on our dinner but Tess got an extra spoonful.
On Friday Lola, Norma Jean and Noah were the birthday kids and we were ready. These were waiting for after dinner.
Today is a sunny pretty day and there are two boxes of Frosty Paws in the freezer so I'm pretty sure the fun isn't over.

We even got a birthday box from our Chewy family with treats for all of us. Aren't birthdays great? 

Mom says she's not so sure. She was thinking about the ones who weren't here to celebrate with us, Bailey, Gracie, Sky, Gib, Ocho and of course Samba. We'll never forget them.
  Your pal, Fudge

Chewy sent us some Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Grain Free canned dog food at no cost to us in exchange for our honest opinion.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Waiting

Hi Everybody,
We spent the weekend waiting which is nobody's favorite thing to do. You see, my little daughter Lola is sick. She went to visit Dr B last Friday and he examined her and stole some blood from her leg. We all had to wait till today to get the results.
Waiting is hard even when you're not waiting for anything special. But when somebody is sick and you're worried, waiting is super hard to do.

It was a chilly weekend so Mom spent some of the time in the kitchen baking. She made an apple pie.
She made some banana bread.
And she made a strawberry banana pie, with sprinkles, for our dessert.
 Then, finally, today came. Dr B called Mom this morning and it was good news. You see we thought Lola might have a very sick liver. She's been drinking a lot of water and boy, do I mean a lot. Then she has to pee about every hour. Mom has been getting up during the night with her because she has to pee then, too. But the lab tests showed that Lola's liver is actually better than it was last year and nothing seemed wrong on the lab report. There's no infection, nothing to explain her thirst and her peeing.

Dr B has another test for Mom to do to figure out just how much Lola is drinking and they'll do that next week. He says there are a couple things that may be going on. Over the weekend Mom started giving Lola some Denamarin that she had left over from Morgan. We can't explain it but Lola slept thru the night Saturday and Sunday. Dr B says to continue the Denamarin and suggested a couple other things to try. He also said that Lola's grieving for Bailey may be playing a part because stress can do strange things. Lola is still looking for Bailey but she seems to be adjusting to her being gone.

Whatever is going on, we're all really glad that Lola is going to be OK.  I personally think it was the sprinkles that helped.
Your pal, Fudge

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Messin With Mother Nature

Hi Everybody,
You should never mess with Mother Nature. Everybody should know that, but peeps have been messin around for years and now she's good and mad about it. Even we dogs can see that things aren't quite right anymore. This year we didn't get a Spring. It went right from Winter to Summer and that's just not right.
The Summer we got wasn't much fun. It was really hot and dry. We dogs that carry around a fur coat all the time appreciate cooler temps. When it's 90 every day, we lie around in the air conditioning when we should be out running and digging and doing doggie things. Then in early June we started seeing these things in the yard. Wooly worms aren't supposed to be out and about in early June. We saw big ones and little ones and curled up ones. Guess he's hot too.
Mom and I took a walk around the yard yesterday and it looks like Mother Nature is really confused. Here's the crabapple tree doing what it's supposed to do, send out lot's of little apples. That's good.
Here's our Nandina. It's sending out sprays of berries, which is good.....
.......but it's also flowering, which it's supposed to do in the Spring. Uh oh!
 Dad harvested our Moringa trees because they need warm temperatures and probably won't live thru our Winter. Dad says he's going to try to save them but we just don't know. Dad dries the leaves and Mom cooks them with rice for us to eat on our dinner. Dad also makes tea with them. 

Our holly looks nice and shiny, but there are no berries.
Dad's rose bush is blooming.
Mom and I found these buds in the rock garden. She thinks they're violets which shouldn't bud till Spring.
 This tree is sending out cones. That's good.
But The Weigela is flowering, which is not good.
And look at the Clematis!
The Pyracantha has berries. Good.
There are wild strawberries growing in the yard. What!
The  next door neighbor's Maple tree is dressed for Fall.
 Ours is just starting to change at the very top.
 We found some purple mushrooms in the rock garden.  This years we've found lots of mushrooms and we found yellow ones and red ones and now purple ones.

Inside the house where Mom tries to keep the weather more normal, we can tell that Winter is coming because the Christmas Cacti are both in bloom.
Mom doesn't like to give up on a plant till there's no hope left and this year she was rewarded by the Poinsettias from last Christmas. They're both doing great, though only one has red bracts right now.

We hope that all the peeps around the world and especially in Washington DC wake up and start treating Mother Nature better. We need to help the plants get back on track and start doing things at the right time so we can all enjoy our Earth.
Your pal, Fudge