Friday, July 25, 2014

Fractured Fryday Hairy Tales #1

We are joining Murphy and Stanley in their Fractured Fryday Hairy Tales to tell you about a box I received recently. It began like this ......Ms USPS left me a box by my front door and we were so excited to see what was in it.  But ......“When I opened the box I was startled to find . . .” peanuts - icky foam peanuts - what the dog ??????? Mom went digging and finally pulled out 2 bags - one had 40 - YES 40 bully sticks in it and the other bag had some bison treats.













But you know what Mom did next - she did something TERRIBLE - she said they weren't for ME US. WHAT DO YOU MEAN THEY ARE NOT FOR US - I demanded - they are bully sticks and you KNOW how much I love bully sticks.  Mom said she had used the gift card we received from Dolly's giveaway and she had bought these treats for doggies at our local humane society. BUT MOM !!! - they are bully sticks!!!!!!!!!!!  Mom wouldn't budge though and gave us a dental chew instead - can you believe that - a dental chew instead of a bully stick - what is the world coming too????? This may have scared my box opening for life now....I will always be wondering if the goodies inside are actually MINE!  PSSSS - don't tell Mom but the dental sticks were pretty yummy :)













And then guess what - just as I was recovering from the shock of not being allowed any of the bully sticks - Mr UPS Man knocked on our door and there was another box for ME. Maybe my day wouldn't be so bad after all I was thinking. But you are NEVER going to believe what happened next. I had entered my name in a give away for some Pet Naturals Hip and Joint Supplements and we won! Now you all know I have a jippy foot and back so I was all like - "Come on Mom - give me give me I REALLY need those" and Mom said the worst thing any dog could ever hear - apart from the neutering thing - she said SORRY REILLY - YOU CAN'T HAVE THESE - WHAT THE DOG !!!! All my hopes dashed again!!!!  Sadly we asked for beef ones but the ones that came are made from chicken and because of my stupid poultry allergy I can't have them - SO NOT FAIR. Mom is going to add them to the box of goodies for the Humane Society - those are going to be some lucky dogs this month.



Thursday, July 24, 2014

When the going gets cool - the cool get going :)

We had a wonderful storm last night and it was so cool this morning - we 'cool' guys just had to get out and enjoy it - so off we headed to the park for a bit of exploring. First stop was the dog diving dock - don't know why Mom takes us there as there is NO way we would ever do such a crazy thing (shudders at the mere thought of getting wet).













After walking along the lake edge for a while we headed off up into the forest. Mom says she wishes we had smeller-vision - the pine trees were just wonderful this morning.













We were so happy after our walk - we couldn't help but smile. Thank you Mother Nature for providing such  a beautiful day.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Early Morning Haze

The beautiful cool spell we had last week has sadly left us and we are back in the 90's again so that means very early walkies. We could tell it is going to be a hot one today because of the haze even at 6.00 am but it is the best time to go walkies for us as there is hardly anyone ever there (maybe because MY park doesn't technically open until 7.00 am but it is MY park after all so those rules don't apply to ME).

Since my birthday I have been feeling quite a bit better and Mom thinks the ramp in and out of  MY car is really helping a lot and plus my weekly cold laser treatments and the medicines I take. I must admit I was feeling pretty happy this morning or maybe it was just those cookies Mom had in her hand. We love to have breakfast at the park when it is cool and quiet. Mom says the one thing that would make it totally perfect would be if we had Loons (the birds types) living there - she loves their eerie calls. Sadly the only loons we see are those silly jogger types who have their music on so loud we are surprised their heads don't explode. Mom wonders if they realize how much damage they are doing to their ears.



Monday, July 21, 2014

My Birthday Bash Winners

Congratulations to our lucky winners - we gave all the names a number than entered them into Random.org and our winners are

Stella Rose and Gussie

Oreo and Chewy - Sara's Blog

Idaho Pug Ranch

Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes - it made my 7th Birthday extra special. Can the winners email me your addies - our email link on over there on the right side --------- >

Sunday, July 20, 2014

My Special Birthday Gift

Mom and Dad bought me an extra special gift for my birthday - I got my own special ramp so I can get in and out of MY car easier. Then we went to MY park to test it out. We had to find one that folded up and wasn't to heavy for the Mom and we did......it even has a special non slip surface on it. Of coarse I figured it out straight away but we had to practice a few time with the Dweeb - he understood what to do - he was just scared of it. Here we are coming down the ramp - then we headed off for a nice slow walk - those are the ones I love the most because I get to sniff to my hearts content. Then we headed back to MY car and up the ramp we went. It is so much easier on my jippy foot and Mom doesn't have to worry about me hurting my back again. Thank you Mom and Dad - it is the best birthday present ever.




Saturday, July 19, 2014

Happy 7th Birthday Reilly and Birthday Bash Giveaway!

Mr Reilly turns 7 today - we tried to make a short version of his life in photos but it is hard when we have so many amazing memories. So grab a cuppa and sit back and enjoy - warning - it is a bit long :)  Needless to say Mom spoiled her special boy when we went birthday shopping  - he was one VERY happy boy and got all his favorite treats :)

Now to celebrate his birthday we are going to have a big old BIRTHDAY BASH GIVEAWAY and will be giving away some more of the yummy Sojos food (plus some surprise extras) - to enter just leave Mr Reilly a birthday message - how easy is that !



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Friday, July 18, 2014

Chewy.com Review - Natural Balance Vegan Dental Chews

Friday 18th July 2014

Today thanks to Chewy.com we are reviewing  Natural Balance Vegan Dental Chews. Now if you haven't tried Natural Balance you should - they have a huge variety of products to choose from and you can see them here at Chewy.Com.






Here's the Basics

  • Helps reduce plaque & tartar - unique grooves encourage healthy chewing action and the removal of plaque & tartar
  • Easy to digest - formulated to support easy chewing and digestion
  • Helps freshen breath - the mechanical chewing action helps remove plaque & tartar that may cause bad breath
  • With antioxidant nutrient - Vitamin C, a key antioxidant nutrient, is added to help support immune function
  • Made in the USA!
  • Price 13 oz bag - Small bones $13.49 Medium Bones $14.74
The look good Reilly
Let's give them the old taste test














Taste Test
  • We both REALLY loved these and Mom says they are great for out teeth and gums
  • They are chewy
  • They are a great size  - we got the mediums

Ingredients
  • Brown Rice Flour, Rice Starch, Brewer's Yeast, Vegetable Glycerin, Yeast Extract, Coconut Oil, Kale, Parsley, Alfalfa, Sorbic Acid (preservative), L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C)

Negatives - Kind of - Sort of - Maybe - Not Really
  • None at all - they are totally yummy

mmmmm tastes good
it does taste good!














Rating

  • We are giving these our 8  paw rating - Why 8 paws you ask? - well because we have 4 paws each and I have decided Dweeb can have an equal vote!

Disclaimer : Chewy.com sent us a packet of the Natural Balance Vegan Dental Chews 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.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Well Hello Dolly :)

Last week Mr UPS Man  came a knocking on MY door and after much barking and saying hello  he gave Mom a big old box and it was addressed to ME!   It was a prize I won from Miss Dolly the Doxie's Birthday Bash Giveaway.   THANK YOU THANK YOU Miss DOLLY and her Mom. Oh MY Dog - it was full of  so many goodies.

A $40 Gift Card to Only Natural Pet Store - can we say shopping !!!!

A Pet Safe Drinkwell Hy-Drate Pet H20 Filtration System (It goes in the bowl and keeps MY water so fresh and clean)

A Packet of Only Natural Pet Raw Dehydrated Grain-Free Dog Food 4 oz. (YUM)

A Packet of Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison Formula Treats (Double YUM)

A Packet of Natural Balance Dental Chews (Triple YUM)

And a packet of Merrick Lamb Lung Training Treats (Quadruple YUM)

A Partners for Healthy Pets Fleece Picnic Blanket - perfect for carrying with us on our adventures

And there was coupons to use to buy even MORE treats. We are going to use those and the gift card to buy goodies for our local Humane Society. Thank you again Miss Dolly. If you are wondering where the Dweeb is - he's hiding behind Mom again cause he's scared of boxes and packages - personally I think if I am doing all the work - I should get ALL the treats and not have to share with him !

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A BIG thankyou to Wally and Sammy

We got a wonderful surprise in the mail yesterday - a package all the way from South Africa. It came from Wallace and Samson and their Mom Robyn. We were so excited I had to keep my eyes closed until Mom opened it and inside there was the most wonderful card, the cutest little meerkat fridge magnet, a beautiful beaded keyring and some special Rooibos tea for Mom AND the most delicious fish treats for ME - us.   Dog oh dog did my eyes open when I saw them !!!!  Now Wally and Sammy's Mom had read how MY Mom was having trouble with her tummy being upset and Rooibos tea is very good for that plus Mom has been missing having a hot drink so it was just perfect - she even got out her 'special cup' to use. Thank you so much Wally and Sammy and Robyn for thinking of us - you are the best :)  PS -
(Dweeb as usual was too scared to come near the package so was hiding behind Mom)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

We are Blogville


I the Reilly or THE BIG DOG as Mom calls me....and I am nearly 7 years old (in just a couple of days in fact) and I have been blogging since I was 3 months old - which means we have been blogging a LONG time. My 'brother' Denny or Dweeb as I call him is 3 years old. We live in Arkansas and are an hour away from Memphis and an hour and half from Little Rock.

My GIANT Coleus

We thought we would share some more pics of MY GIANT coleus plant. Mom loves how velvety these look and they have always been one her favorite plants.

Now Mom actually grew these from seed and they were just those seeds you can pick up in the dollar store for 5 packets for a dollar and she was kind of surprised they actually even grew :).

She just put a whole packet in a pot and apart from water she hasn't done anything else to them - no fancy potting soil or fertilizer, just water and sunshine.

You can see how big the leaves are against Mom hand. The deep red one is by far the biggest but even the other colors are still a good size. Mom is going to let them 'run to seed' to see if she can grow some more next year and will be happy to share them if anyone wants to try growing them.




Monday, July 14, 2014

Mosquito repellent plants

We thought we would share the plants we found that can help repel mosquito's and other bugs. The ones we have growing on our deck are basil, rosemary, citronella, garlic, lavender, lemon balm, lemon verbena, eucalyptus, spearmint and regular mint, marigolds - lots of marigolds. We are also happy to report the dragonflies have also arrived - did you know they eat mosquito's - the skies are full of them today.

WARNING - please do your research as not all plants are safe to have around doggies  - especially if you have a 'nibbler' dog like the Dweeb who loves tasting things. They can also cause allergies in both doggies and humans if skin contact occurs.

Basil – Ocimum americanum – has essential oils that can be extracted and used as a spray to repel mosquitoes. It has also been an effective repellent when grown nearby.

Bee Balm – Monarda – is a beautiful flowering plant that attracts hummingbirds and, of course, bees. It is also very effective used as a mosquito repellent, when allowing the fragrant oils to be released when the leaves are crushed.

Cadaga Tree – Eucalyptus torelliana – can repel mosquitoes simply by being planted in an area where mosquitoes are not wanted. The scent from the tree acts as a barrier to repel mosquitoes.

Catmint – Nepeta faassenii – is very effective at keeping mosquitoes away. It is even better than commercial bug sprays at keeping the pests away. Simply, cut off the flowers and boil them to make a spray.

Catnip – Nepeta cataria – is an effective mosquito repellent. One of its main active ingredients, nepetalactone, was found to be 10X stronger than even DEET in a recent study. It is a good non-toxic alternative to traditional chemical sprays. More…

Cedars – Thuja species – Many repellent products contain cedar oil as one of its active ingredients to repel mosquitoes as well as other insect pests.

Citronella Grass – Cymbopogon nardus – is a plant which, when crushed, releases an oil. This oil can be placed directly on the skin to act as a mosquito repellent, or mixed with other oils and liquids to make repellants.

Clove – Syzygium aromaticum – a natural mosquito repellent plant you can use as a planting around the yard or use the oil from the clove to repel mosquitoes quickly.

Floss Flower – Ageratum – Coumarin, which is secreted by ageratum, is found extensively in the manufacture mosquito repellents. Mosquitoes find the odor offensive. Growing well in partial or full sun with requiring rich soil.

Garlic – Allium sativum – is a natural way to repel mosquitoes. One way to use it is to cut up garlic and sprinkle it around your outdoor living areas. A yard spray can also be made. Garlic can even be mixed with natural aromatic oils in order to create a mosquito repelling body spray.

Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia – Even though lavender is a smell often enjoyed by humans, lavender repels mosquitoes because mosquitoes dislike the scent lavender gives off. It can be planted in gardens or made into oil and applied to the skin or mixed with other oils to keep mosquitoes away. More…

Lemon Balm – Melissa officinalis – Lemon balm is a herb in the mint family that has a variety of uses like in flavoring in herbal teas. Make a quick mosquito repellent, by crushing a handful of leaves and rubbing on your exposed skin. Grow them in the garden for easy access when you need them.

Lemon Grass – Cymbopogon citrates – containing citronella, a natural oil that repels mosquitoes. Lemon grass is used in Southeast Asia to flavor things such as chicken. In India, it is used as an anti-inflammatory medicine. Lemongrass has a wonderful aroma so that it is often used in perfumes and other toiletries.

Lemon Scented Geranium – Pelargonium crispum – can be added to your landscape to allow you access to a natural mosquito repellent. When the leaves are crushed, they emit a strong lemony smell. The crushed leaves can be spread around your living area to keep mosquitoes at bay.

Lemon Thyme – Thymus vulgaris – repels mosquitoes naturally. Mosquitoes tend to hate their citrus smell. Crush a few parts of this plant and rub on the body to keep these harmful bugs away. Make sure that your skin can tolerate the oil before applying to larger areas of the body.

Lemon Verbena – Aloysia triphylla – can be planted in your garden, doorways, and windows in order to repel mosquitoes. It has an aromatic, fresh lemon scent. The plant’s oils can also be applied to the body to ward off bugs.

Mexican Marigold – Tagetes lucida – the scent of marigolds is offensive to most people and mosquitoes. You can grow it in your yard or cut the flowers off and keep them around the house to keep mosquitoes from visiting.

Eucalyptus – Natural oil from the eucalyptus tree repels insects such as mosquitoes, sandflies, ticks, midges, stable flies and more. Formulas are made to be gentle to the skin.

Nodding Onion – Allium cernuum – Juices can be extracted from allium cernuum via grinding or blending. This juice is highly proficient in repelling mosquitoes and can be directly applied on to the skin. The allium cernuum is not an irritant and is not known for any sort of reaction.

Mint – Mentha – usually grown in gardens to flavor tea. However, mint also repels mosquitoes and you can make your own repellent with mint! All species of mint, both wild and cultivated, contain aromatic properties repulsive to insects.

Pineapple weed – Matricaria matricarioides – the aroma of pineapple. The weed can be dried or used fresh to prepare an interesting tea. Matricaria matricariodes’ buds can be used to add an interesting twist to salads.

Pitcher Plant – Nepenthes alata – it is actually a carnivorous plant that is similar to a Venus Fly Trap. Except this little beauty gobbles up mosquitoes. Simply, plant this in your yard and watch it work.

Wormwood – Artemisia – strong but natural way to ward away mosquitoes. Crush up wormwood leaves and distribute around your outdoor living ways in order to effectively keep these nasty insects away.

Rosemary – Rosmarinus officinalis – can be planted in your garden in order to control mosquito infestation. It can also be mixed into various formulas and lotions to act as a mosquito repellent for the body.

Snowbrush – Ceonothus velutinus – is a plant that can be used in your landscape in order to keep mosquitoes away but considered a weed in most areas.

Sweet Fern – Comptonia peregrina – is a natural herb that has many uses. To fight mosquitoes away you can place some Sweetfern into a fire to keep the little bugs away from the fire and the surrounding area. Also can be used as an essential oil spray.

Tansy – Tanacetum vulgare – used for a variety of health problems, as it helps increase blood and saliva flow. Tansy can be used as a bug repellent around your home.

Tea Tree – Melaleuca – We have long used Tea Tree oil on our animals, as well as ourselves. The scent is too strong for any bugs to get near, and it also does wonders on irritations to bugs or the environment. It is great and natural! But toxic, so be careful.

Vanilla Leaf – Achlys triphylla – used by native tribes as an insect repellant. First crush and apply by rubbing mosquito-repellent plants like vanilla leaf on your skin.

Wild Bergamot – Mondarda fistulosa – can be used to repel mosquitoes but it must first be diluted with water because the plant itself can irritate the skin. Also you should test the plant on your skin in small amounts first to test for allergic reactions.

Stone root – Collinsonia canadensis – a tall plant that is similar to mint, in fact it is in the same family. It is easy to grow and can be made into a mosquito repellent when crushed and boiled.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

5 Minutes

As we mentioned yesterday - we have had a lot of rain and warm weather - perfect combination for those evil Mosqitosaurus's. BUT - it has also made all our plants grow like crazy (check out the size of those coleus leaves and Mom grew those from seed !!!)  Now to enjoy these plants Mom has to be inside looking out the window or has to cover herself in bug spray - then go our and fog the deck. There is also a bug zapper thing plugged in on the deck too but it just can't cope with the amount of them. And yes - we do have lots of bug repellant plants in pots all over our deck too. Mom also makes her own herbal bug spray too - that she sprays around our doggie door, the main back door and anywhere those biters can get in.

Mom is nothing but brave though and after making  this wonderful little corner on the deck with comfy seats and lots of plants she says she will enjoy it even if for only a few minutes........but there is just one other problem - there seems to be a chair shortage - hey Mom you can sit there on the hard deck - that will be okay with us  :) :)