Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In Search of Color - Part 2

After our walkie through the now newly renamed Hardy Cowspotdog Park we headed up the hill to the little town of Hardy itself. Like many such small towns it has a lot of run down and empty stores and during the fall and winter months is pretty much deserted which is the perfect time for us to go and visit it.

Our first top was the vintage car museum - which of coarse was closed. But there was this neat little service station next door and the towns first police car that we thought we would have a look at. The pumps said gas was 38 cents a gallon - Mom said she wishes those pumps were still working :) As for the police car - I am pretty sure even we could out run that thing :) 

Next we headed down the main street to see if anything was open - and yes - the old time candy shoppe was. We waited outside (unfairly I might add) while Mom went in and had a look but she didn't find anything that tempted her. I am sure if we had gone with her we could of found something. We passed a few of the junk antique stores that were open but didn't go in to look as Mom says they have had the same old stuff in them every year she had visited over the last 3 years.

The next thing we came across was this little Dulcimer shop. A dulcimer is a kind of small harp. Mom loves the sound of them and even though the lady in the store said anyone can learn to play them Mom knows better as she doesn't have even a drop of musical ability and knows she can't play one (trust us - she has tried and it was painful to our ears!)

Our last stop was the Pig 'N' Whistle Pub. Now really it is just an ordinary store that has been converted into a restaurant but it is owned by an English couple and they do serve real English food. Mom loves going there for Bangers and Mash (English Sausages and mashed potato) or Fish and Chips or a Cornish Pasty. Sadly it closes between October to April so there was no yummies for Mom today. The little Mini is a real English car complete with right hand drive and stays permanently out front of the pub. I think we would look pretty snazzy driving around in that! We still have some more to share of our adventure so come back tomorrow for part 3!

Monday, October 20, 2014

In Search of Color - Part 1

You would not believe the adventure we have had - Mom was determined to find some of those Fall colors everyone keeps talking about and I am glad to say - we did!  Along the way we also discovered some pawsome other things too.  Our adventure began in Hardy - a small town just over an hour east of us.  This is where we were a couple of weekends ago when we came across the Indian pow-wow. After such a long drive the first thing we did was go and check out the park and leave some pee mail.

Hardy is a town with a population of about 800 and there isn't a lot there except for some junk antique stores. The Spring rivers also runs though the area and it is very popular with the kayak and canoe crowds during summer. Now one of Mom's pet peeves about this area that the river frontage is all privately owned - so the average passerby or tourist can't really enjoy the beauty of river except for this one small park that we discovered our last trip there. Now even though it is only a small park - it is beautifully kept and YES - I have decided to claim it as mine. I shall rename it the Hardy Cowspotdog Park I think.  Here you can see some of the houses on the river and this pretty gazebo they built in the park.

One of the things we love about this park is it has an almost old world Victorian feel to it. There are old fashioned drinking fountains, old fashioned street lamps and seating and it just makes it such a pretty place to be. And across the river there was another house perched up on the side of cliff - and yes look - some fall colors. What a wonderful view they must have.

We continued on our wander down the river edge looking for more color and then headed back along the leafy path. Tomorrow we will show you some interesting things we found in the little town itself including an English Pub!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sad Saturday

We don't often go to MY lake on the weekend as there are usually too many people for the Dweeb to cope with but sometimes when the Mom feels a bit lonesome she likes to go just so she can hear other humans voices. See the majority if the time - the only person Mom ever talks to is Dad and occasionally when she goes to the store she will have have a quick chat with the checkout person.

Anyhoo - this morning we went to the park and there was LOTS of people and do you know not a single one said hello back to Mom. She smiled and said hi to every single person that passed but not even so much as a mumble came back. We didn't even get a single 'oh what pretty dogs' comments today. You would think with a totally beautiful day like we are having today that people would be happy - but we guess not - so we came home and just felt sad too. It didn't last long though as we had had a pawsome game of ball in the back yard and then we were all hot, happy and smiling.

Friday, October 17, 2014

It's the Reilly Fraction !

Yes - we know some of you have been waiting - but finally - here it is -  all the latest news from the Reilly Fraction.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Natures food bowl

Mom say nature will always provide - well yes she gave us the food bowls - but where is the food - you know some squirrel kibble or roasted squirrel? I mean to say - what good are EMPTY bowls?
Natures Food Bowl
Ba Humbug - it's empty!

Mom also got these cool pics of a blue heron - one was taken from the left side of the cove and the other from the right - how cool is the difference in color!
Left side of the cove
Right side of the cove

We are also happy to report we have some SERIOUSLY perfect weather for the next week - sunny and 70-75 degrees - dog oh dog what could be better than that - we have some serious exploring to do this coming week!
Just smile and get it over with
Oh oh - there is a jogger coming

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Looking for fun-guys

FINALLY - it has stopped raining and we can get out and about. Mom thought that with all the rain and now damp ground it would be a perfect time to go fungi hunting so that was our challenge today - to find some fun-guys which of coarse we are so I don't know why had to go looking for them! First stop though was to look for some fall colors and we did find one or two trees with a tinge of pink but Mom loved the marsh grasses which have turned a gorgeous gold color.

No fungi around here though so we headed off up into the woods and look what we found. This first one was about 3 feet long and growing along a tree root. It was so pretty with all the layers. The second fungi we found looked just like donuts!

After hunting for the fungi we headed off to one of MY other parks in search of some more fall colors - still didn't find much but we will keep looking. We did notice however that the lake was looking a lovely green shade today:)

Monday, October 13, 2014

It's been awhile

It has been very quiet on the painting front which we must admit we don't mind as it means more time for walkies for us. This is the first order Mom has had in months and this is Frankie.  No not the Frankie we all know and love of Frankin Furter fame - this is actually Miss Frankie and she lives in a wonderful log cabin with her dad.

Apart from that it has been very quiet around here - we have had rain and yucky weather for nearly a week which of coarse turns MY park paths to mud so it has been just trips to the pet store and small walks on the bit of only paved footpath in MY park. Today is not looking good either - in fact we are under tornado watches and severe thunder storm/damaging winds alert at the moment and of coarse it is raining again!

If you want to check out more of Mom's paintings you can visit her website for details. http://cowspotdogs.com/pet-portraits/

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A day at the beach

Did you know MY lake has a beach? No - well it does. Many years ago it use to be a really nice swimming beach but peeps are not allowed to swim there anymore thanks to the Canada Geese whose poop has caused the bacteria levels in the lake to be unsafe.

As we sat on the beach watching the world go by   Mom couldn't help but wonder - if is unsafe to swim in - why do they allow fishing and why would anyone want to eat the fish caught in the lake?  It also make us wonder why they have a dog diving dock - as wouldn't it also be unsafe for doggies to swim in too and what about the beavers - how come they don't sick?

Truly - when our Mom starts this whole pondering business all sorts of crazy things go through her head. As for us - we just tend to just wander off and do some sniffing because really - who wants to be seen with a crazy woman sitting on the beach philosophizing about who knows what with two dogs?

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Mom is doing the Ambrosia happy dance!

Mmmm Ambrosia Apples
Mine - and yours is mine too Dweeb!

Mom is SUPER DUPER happy - why you ask ?  Dad was checking out the specials from Sam's Club (he gets them emailed to him) and there they were - bags of Ambrosia apples. Now Mom just discovered these this years and TOTALLY loves them and was not at all happy when the store only got them in twice. There is so few things Mom can eat and when she finds something she can that doesn't bother her she tends to go a little crazy for it. Anyway Sam's Club has this neat thing where members can put an item on hold for pickup the next day and that is what he did - two big bags of yummy Ambrosia apples for the Mom and me - cause guess what - I LOVE them too. Dweeb (being the Dweeb he is) will eat one piece but not me - I would eat the whole apple if Mom would let me.  Now these were grown in the USA as opposed to the first ones we tried which came from Canada (They were actually cultivated and grown in Canada first) We are pleased to say they taste just as good. They are unfortunately a little expensive at $6.99 for a 4lb bag but considering some peeps pay $5.00 for a cup of coffee these seem like a bargain and are so much healthier for you.
Just a little nibble please
Grab, chomp, more please !

Friday, October 10, 2014

Our Walking Week - The Round Up

Last week we joined  My GBGV Life and Cascadian Nomads in their #DogWalkingWeek celebration. The idea was to think of ways to get out EVERY day for a walk and an adventure. Now admittedly we are very lucky because Mom takes us out and about just about every day BUT to stop it becoming boring she we set ourselves a little challenge day.  It can be anything from finding some yellow flowers, looking for butterflies, seeing an eagle or even looking for a 'lucky penny' someone has dropped. They are just small challenges but they make each walk interesting and different.

To celebrate the end of the walking week challenge we challenged ourselves to find some some fall colored leaves - pretty easy right - NOT !  Like many places the trees around here are still green and the few that are losing their leaves - they just went straight to brown. We spent two hours wandering around in MY park and found just one lonesome tree that has a "tinge" of pink to it. Not that we cared one bit about what color the leaves were - we just had to best two hours of sniffing any doggie could want :) Thank you to My GBGV Life and Cascadian Nomads for hosting such a great week.
Maybe they are over there!
Will yellow flowers will work Mom?
I'm stumped - where are all the fall leaves
Finally - a hint of pink on 1 whole tree!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Chewy.com Review - Tropiclean Fresh Breath Plus

9th October 2014

Today thanks to Chewy.com we are reviewing TropiClean Fresh Breath Plus which is an oral care additive to help keep our breath fresh but also has glucosamine in it to help with our joint care

TropiClean Web site http://tropiclean.com/products/oral-care/water-additive

Here are the Basics
Fresh Breath + Hip & Joint is specifically designed to promote wellness for pets with hip and joint challenges. Glucosamine is widely known for its active role in the repair and development of damaged or lost cartilage, serving as the perfect supplement for our Hip & Joint Water Additive. Complete pet wellness + 12 hours of fresh breath!

Key Benefits
Fresh Breath +Plus is uniquely designed to clean teeth, freshen breath and promote complete pet wellness. Daily oral hygiene is essential to pet health. Without it, 70% of dogs and cats will start showing signs of periodontal disease by age three. When left untreated, oral disease can lead to serious health problems affecting the heart, lungs, kidney and other major organs

So what is this Mom?
Oh look - it came with a treat and a coupon!

Taste Test
Now we must admit we didn't even notice this in our water bowl. Mom even taste tested it and said it has just the slightest sweet taste and smell - but was hardly noticeable. To use - you simply add 1 tablespoon of Fresh Breath Plus to a bowl full of water.

Purified water, Citric Acid, Cytlpyridinium, Chlorophylin, Glycerine, Potassium Sorbate, Glucosamine, Green Tea Leaf Extract.

Negatives - Kind of - Sort of - Maybe - Not Really
Just add 1 Tablespoon to a bowl of water
Mom has been putting this in our water for a week now and she says she has noticed our breath has improved. Now neither of us have bad breath as mom keeps our teeth nice and clean but we do love our fish treats and they tend to be stinky on the breath for an hour or so after we eat them but since we have been having this in our water Mom hasn't noticed it as much. We can't say if the glucosamine is helping yet - we think that will take a few weeks of use to show benefits but we are sure hoping it will. We also loved that the bottle came with  glucosamine treat and coupon attached to it - Mom cut the treat in half so we could each try it.

Definitely and 8 paw rating

Disclaimer : Chewy.com sent us a bottle of TropiClean Fresh Breath Plus in return for an honest review. We were not paid or compensated for our review in any other way and our opinion is purely our own.