Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Dieter's Garden

We are not sure what happened this year - our veggies plants all grew so well but we just didn't seem to get any veggies. Mom says it is a dieter's veggies garden - the kind you can't over eat from. Here is our one and only cantaloupe - it grew to this size in just a couple of days and has now stopped growing. Now of coarse our apples and blueberries did okay and we did get some nice cabbages - but literally overnight the bugs ate right through them so we only got to try one.













Next we have MY strawberries - we have plants growing everywhere and this is our crop - 4 strawberries! That is not going to make the strawberry shortcake Dad loves so much! And our green beans - there is 2 of them - how darn sad is that!













Lastly - MY beefsteak tomato - we had one HUGE tomato on it back in May and then nothing until yesterday when picked all these little tiny tomatoes off the same plant - Mom is calling them lilliputian beefsteak tomatoes. Now before you asked, yes the plants got lots of organic fertilizer (which we must say stinks wonderfully), water, sunshine etc - we can only think it was the cooler than normal summer that worked against us. Slim pickins indeed in our garden this year!

Monday, September 1, 2014

When the mist rolls in

We had the most pawsome walk yesterday morning. We were up at 5.30 am which is a perfect time for a walk (not so good for taking photos as sunrise isn't until 6.37 am) and got to see the twin fawns again, the beavers and the biggest EVER ginger cat which we are pretty sure is half tiger - dawg that thing was HUGE - but not that big that we didn't risk life and limb and chase him straight up a tree bbaaawwaahhh!

Here are the twinsies - Babette and Bambi as Mom has named them (that woman names every thing!) - they have grown a bit since we last saw them  - they are in the middle of the photo and you might have to click on it to see it bigger. And here we are being photo bombed by the beaver - you can just see his ripple over my back.













Next we wanted to show you Mr Tuxedo Duck and his babies. Mr Tuxedo has been a regular at MY park for 3 years but this is the first year we have seen him breed. What is unusual is the beautiful grey - yes soft mottled grey babies he had. They have his beautiful black heads and white necks like their dad. Mrs Tuxedo is also very pretty - she is new this year and is a soft mottled brown.













Of coarse Mom made us wait up by the picnic bench while she fed the ducks MY bread. I was NOT happy about that and woofed so loudly it kept echoing around the lake which only made me woof more because I thought another dog was talking to me !!!













After our walk we sat down at our favorite bench and were totally amazed - because all of a sudden we noticed the fog appear over the trees on the other side of the lake, it billowed and flowed over and through the trees and then across the lake in all of about 10 minutes. We got up and started walking while Mom tried to capture it but is was so overcast the pics came out a little dark. Mom said she felt like she walking though some mystical mist and that she would come out the other side in some magical kingdom - errmmmmm Mom - what is is that tea you are drinking???? Shhheeesh - the things we have to put up!


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Black and White Sunday

We were up at 5.30 this morning to see the sunrise - only it was raining and misty but that added a whole new look to everything today. It was totally awesome watching the fog roll in over the trees and then across the lake. Today of coarse we are joining Black and White Sunday with our friends Sugar the Golden Retriever and Dachshund Nola

Saturday, August 30, 2014

MY Teeny Tiny Hummingbirds

Mom has been trying to get pictures of these little hummingbird guys for AGES but you all know how fast they are........ in fact both Mom and I have been guilty of mistaking them for big old bumble bees. Mom nearly swatted one one day as she was watering the flowers and I have even snapped at one thinking it was a buzzy bee when it fluttered around my head. See these little guys are so tiny - only about and inch and a half long and their wings make a buzzing sound and they fly so fast it is hard to tell what they. We also saw one last night we had never seen before - it was the same size but had a black head, a yellow ring around it's neck and a emerald green body. Mom has three feeders hanging up so they are constantly buzzing around .



Friday, August 29, 2014

FFFT - August - I can't believe I ate......

We have had such a super exciting morning. We got up at 5.30am to go to MY park and watch the sun rise but something even better happened. Mom was sitting on a log right next to the water edge when she saw Mr Beaver - he slapped his tail and went under but Mom watched the trail of bubbles he was leaving and was ready with the camera when he came up again. They are not great pics because it was still not very light but he was so close to us and guess what - he came with friends - we counted four of them!!! We are thinking it is a beaver family. Now of coarse we weren't interested in all in the silly old beaver - Dweeb was sitting by Mom's feet and I was sniffing around and found a big old grasshopper and you know what happened next - I can't believe I ate it - YES I DID - just call me Captain Crunch and Munch! Mom turned around and mumbled "Erk Reilly - you can't be that hungry"  I mumbled back with my mouth full of grasshopper bits that I had read grasshoppers are very high in protein. Mom did get some sunrise pics too - she says she loves the way it shine on our furs - what ever Mom! Thanks Murphy and Stanley for another great Fractured Friday Hairy Tales


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Working with an amature

Really - you would think after all these years my Dweeb brother would of realized the quicker he does the nice pose thing - the quicker we get back to walking and sniffing - but no - he has to make funny faces and look this way and that way.

"Denny - Oh is that a jogger coming this way - you know I don't like joggers?"













"Denny - The sun is in my eyes Mom, it's making me squint - oh this is boring - big yawn - HEY look how how much I can curl my tongue"
"Reilly - And they wonder why I call him the Dweeb"













"Denny - okay - you got the picture - lets move now - we need to get back to my car where it's safe"


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Shopping around the world with Bacon & Fozzie

We are joining Bacon and Fozzie for a shopping spree around the world again.

Items to price this month:
  • Water.  Let’s shoot for a price on a 24 pack of water.  This is something that we use every day and can’t live without.  Some people drink it straight from the faucet while others of us buy bottles.  What is the price of a 24 pack of water in your area and what brand? - Mom is so fussy on this - she will ONLY drink Spring water and only Ozarka - 24 bottles cost $4.69
  • Bath Soap.  Something ‘most’ of us use when we shower – or I hope so anyway snorts. What brand do you get, how many boxes together and how much.  I say how many boxes because I know sometimes they are sold in packages of 1 or 2 – sometimes more. - Again Mom is blame for being fussy - she only buys Glycerine soap and gets its specially made from a local soap maker. It is Eucalyptus and Mint Scented and both Mom and Dad love it because it doesn't dry out their skin. A bar costs $2.99 but they are huge so Mom cuts them in half.
  • Deodorant.  This is something that has blown mom’s mind lately – the price of deodorant – WOW!  Again, this is something that most of us use every day or should.  Tell us what brand you get and how much. - You guessed it - fussy Mom - she will only buy Mitchum Clear Gel - she always waits until they have a special 2 containers for the price of 1 and it cost $3.39. She stocks up so she has enough to last the year and does the same for Dad's Men's Mitchum.
  • Laundry Detergent.  Another product that is important in our lives while washing our clothes.  What kind do you buy, the price and size. - Miss Fussy Pants strikes again - she will only use Tide Free 2.95 Liters (funny how Americans use metric on Laundry Detergent) and it costs $11.95
  • Random Item.  This is something that we are going to start incorporating every month.  This is your choice.  List a random item from your area, what it is and the price.  ALL YOUR CHOICE. - Now we love Ritz Crackers - and look what we found - Ritz Crackers that are meant just for our Buddy Bacon - see they even have his name on the box so his Mom and Dad won't steal them. The cost $2.99 for a box.
Mom - "Boys boys - ssshhhh that isn't what it means."
Boys - "What do you mean Mom - it says Bacon right on the box."
Mom - "Yes it does but they are bacon flavored!"
Boys - "OHHHHHHHHHH - sorry Buddy :)"
Mom - "You can tell him we didn't like them and will stick to the plain ones"

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

National Dog Day - Celebrating in Style !

Today is National Dog Day and Mom said we have to celebrate in style - we love our Mom! Our day started off super early - even before the sun was up and we headed to MY park. First was a wander around the lake and then while waiting for the sun to come up - we got to see Mr Beaver again!!!













After walking around the lake REALLY slowly because Mom said we needed to get lots on good sniffing in - we headed up into the woods and decided to go to the little lookout. This looks out over MY other smaller park - the one with the board walk in the tree tops.













After that we went back to the lake and found a nice park bench in the shade and just relaxed. Mom had her cup of tea - we had a bowl of cool water and some cookies - she fed the ducks MY bread which today I didn't really care about because as you can see I had my happy face on :)













When we got home we were pretty hot (its been in the high 90's for the past week and will be for the next week too) so Mom went hunting in the freezer and found us a peanut butter frosty paws (they are hard to find the peanut butter ones but they do make them and we like them better than the original flavor) Mom says we could enter a synchronized tongue slurping competition and we must admit we REALLY enjoyed our cool down treats.













So here we were just chillaxin and thinking a nap would be good when Mom said "come on boyos - I have another surprise". And guess what - we went off to MY favorite pet store. Can you believe they didn't even know it was National Dog Day - we let them know with some very rambunctious barking and we each got a free dried duck foot for our endeavors. And look what else Mom bought ME US - raw marrow bones, fish skins, treats - dog oh dog - we want EVERY day to be National Dog Day!


Monday, August 25, 2014

The coincidences of life

Last week MY Dad had a visitor where he works - she was there to do some disaster preparedness classes with them (what they would do if there was a tornado, earthquake, fire etc) Well it turns our she was an Aussie like MY Mom - but not only that she moved to Australia from England (like my Mom) when she was 5 years old (like my Mom) and lived in Melbourne (like my Mom) - her father was a metal machinist (like my Mom's Dad was) and his company had transferred them to Australia (just like my Mom's Dad's company had too!!!!)

Mom and Dad invited Catherine to dinner at MY house and I loved her...she sounded oddly familiar to me and she just ADORED me :) Dweeb of coarse hid the whole time but that was okay - it just meant I got ALL the attention. Catherine and her husband live in Los Angeles and we sure did enjoy having her over for dinner. Here she is checking out MY blog - which she thought was totally awesome. Catherine has two furabies herself so I knew she was special - she has golden retrievers  and she says they and her husband are best part of coming home - because she travels a lot with her job :)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Black and White Sunday

Today is a sad day as we all hear of Sweet Jazzi's crossing over the Rainbow Bridge - but we know she and and our many other buddies up there are shining down on us all.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Back to back they stood .....................

Back to back they stood
Poop bags at the ready
Legs stood straight, tails held high
Their stance so firm and steady

Sniff the spot, make sure it's right
Aim and shoot - we say
Step away, scratch the ground
And hear what Mom has to say!

Our jobs are done - relieved we are
More walking cross our land and dale
No breaky before our morning walk
Is the moral of our tale :)


Friday, August 22, 2014

Paw Street Barkery Review

25 August 2014

We were recently asked by Paw Street Barkery to do a a review of some of their treats so when our favorite mail lady arrived at the door with a box for us - we knew something good was coming our way.  Here is what they say about their goodies

We're Paw Street Barkery, and every one of our healthy dog biscuits and gourmet dog treats are baked with wholesome, human grade ingredients - the same stuff you'd buy for yourself at the supermarket - along with lots of tail wags, face licks, and love. We're crazy about our pups, and our pups are crazy for Paw Street organic dog treats. Try our treats once, and we'll guarantee your pooch will be too!

Here's the Basic

Taste Test
  • Same size as a quarter these make excellent training treats.
  • Hard and Crunchy
  • They smell totally delicious even to Mom
  • They taste totally awesome!









Ingredients
We were lucky enough to try 3 flavors of their Gluten Free all Organic Treats. 

Sweet Potato Gluten Free Organic Treats
Made from organic and all-natural ingredients, these Sweet Paw-tato Gluten Free Dog Treats are made of such base organic ingredients that they can be eaten by those dogs with even the most sensitive of stomachs and gluten allergies.

Apple Rollover Gluten Free Organic Treats
Fresh Apples and Oats make this simple recipe a healthy fun treat.  An apple treat a day keeps the vet away!

Blueberry Bone-anza Gluten Fee Organic Treats
Made from organic and all-natural ingredients, these Blueberry Bone-anza Gluten Free Dog Treats are made of such base organic ingredients that they can be eaten by those dogs with even the most sensitive of stomachs and gluten allergies.

Negatives - Kind of - Sort of - Maybe - Not Really

  • None at all - they are totally yummy

Rating

  • We are giving these our 8  paw rating- which is the highest rating we can give AND they were so good I even drooled !!!!!
Disclaimer : Paw Street Barkery sent us a packet each of Sweet Potato, Apple Rollover and Blueberry Bone-anza Gluten Free Organic Treats 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.