Saturday, February 17, 2018


It's been a wild and crazy month so far and we're only half way thru. It started with that 30 vehicle pile up and hasn't slowed down. But it hasn't been all awful. Let me give you a little tour.

One afternoon I noticed a truck pulling up in front of the house and hurried to meet the driver at the door before he could ring the bell. That way we could avoid all the dogs calling out a greeting at the top of their lungs. He handed me a Chewy box which confused me, as I hadn't ordered anything. At least I didn't remember ordering anything. The WOW team at Chewy had sent us a couple of new items to try out. They know our pack pretty well by now and had selected two items that they knew we could use, a probiotic and some glucosamine chews.
 We've been using maintenance  probiotics since our crypto disaster a few years ago and Noah needs them daily for his chronic colitis. We have consistantly used one that our vet told us about and it worked pretty well, but this one by DR LYON'S had different ingredients listed, so we decided to give it a try.

It comes in individual packs and each pack has enough for a couple dogs to share. In Noah's case, when his colitis is flaring up, he gets an entire pack to himself.
 Inside the pack is a granular substance that we sprinkle over his food. All the dogs love the taste and think it's a special topping. No problem getting them to eat and lick up every last granule.
My opinion? Dr Lyon's probiotic is actually working better for Noah than the one we used before and will probably become our new regular probiotic.

 Next we tried the Hip and Joint soft chews.Several of the Porties have some arthritis. Tess has deformities in her legs that can cause aches and pains and Fudge has severe joint problems from his stroke. They all get various supplements daily to help with the pain. These chews will be an enjoyable way to give them some extra pain relief.

The chews are much larger than I expected and also a bit chewier as I watched them chew for longer than usual.
As you can see the dogs decided they liked the taste and any help for their achy joints is good with me.
 Dr Lyon's seems to be a winner at our house. Thanks to our friends at Chewy for thinking of us when they needed testers.

A couple days later the doorbell rang and there was a florist's box waiting for me. Inside was a birthday card and these gorgeous roses.
 These were from our friends at Chewy, also. I was blown away by their thoughtful  gift.

Meanwhile, our front yard was under attack by the utility company who in their infinite wisdom decided that February was a good time to lay new gas lines. February, when everyone is running their furnaces, not July when the gas isn't being used as much. February when the ground is getting muddy from rain and melted snow, not July when the ground is dry from drought.
 Because our house is at the end of the line and is built on rock, we had the pleasure of their company for two weeks as they pounded and dug. At one time we had five of these tractors in our yard at once. Of course the dogs enjoyed all the extra practice they got barking and we all really loved the constant pounding for eight hours a day. The gas (read heat and hot water) was off periodically and they managed to cut both the internet-tv-phone line and the water line.
 I know little boys grow up with a fascination  for these big trucks and tractors and love messing in the dirt, but I didn't and don't. Fortunately, the crew was wonderful. They checked in with me each morning to let me know what to expect and each evening before knocking off they let me know how much progress they had made. The foreman even gave me his cell phone number if I needed to get in touch when they weren't there.

Now we live with mud until the weather allows for some grass to grow in.
A  couple days after the roses arrived, Chewy sent our review items for the month and we'll get to those in the next few days.

Then the big day came, Fudge's birthday, aka Valentine's Day. Would you believe that the WOW team once again thought of us and sent a box of cookies and candies to the humans in the house. Man, I'm starting to feel spoiled.

Then, as if that wasn't more than enough, Chewy came thru again and sent Mr Fudge a birthday gift.

I guess it's only appropriate that yesterday was Chinese New Year and 2018 is the year of the dog. Of course, at our house, every year is the year of the dog, but now it's official.
Happy New Year everyone.


Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

You have had a busy time. Nice of the workmen to let you know what's happening. We're usually left wondering what is going on. Also, good of Chewy to think of you when they need something tested....and tailor it for your needs.

Molly the AireGirl said...

Isn't Chewy just the best! Those roses are just beautiful!

Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song said...

Those supplements look like they might be the real deal. I hope they work. I am sorry about all the construction. That would have driven me crazy