Monday, August 31, 2015

Walkies - here we come

I must admit my bark ranger duties have sadly been neglected the last couple of weeks but I do have excellent staff so I know they have been keeping running while I have been looking after Mom. Today Mom went to see and orthopedic surgeon and had a cortisone shot in her knee  so now she should be able to walk a little easier. Mom has been having shots in her knees since her early 20's and they always work well. The big decision now will be which park to visit first - maybe we convince the Mom to visit all of them - we have a lot of catching up to do :)

Friday, August 28, 2015

It's national bow tie day!

It is national bow tie day and most of you know - we DON'T do clothes but we make an exception for a nice bow tie. Here is one of our favorite bow tie pics.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wednesday Update

Some of you may have noticed we haven't been around a lot the last couple of weeks this is because  Mom hasn't been very well and has been in a real lot of pain. She has been going back and forth between specialists and they have finally decided the best option for her is to have surgery to insert a pain pump in her. It is about the size of a little pacemaker (about 2 inches round) and will be put under the skin on her side with a catheter that goes directly into the spine where is can deliver a small amount of pain medication at a constant level to the nerves. Unfortunately Mom has three different things going on at the same time which is why normal medicine hasn't been helping her and this will be able to address all three.  It will be a few weeks before they can do the surgery and then she will need a little time to heal afterwards. They do say once Mom has this done she should be able to resume a normal life again but until then we will be reading all the bloggies but just won't be posting much ourselves. Of coarse we will be there nursing Mom every step of the way as we all know that we doggies are the best medicine after all :)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The new flashy beast

Smile for the new camera :)
For some reason Mom has gone EVEN MORE photo crazy since we moved to Florida - she is always snapping away at all the different plants and birds and scenery we see. Sadly for us - it also means she has lots more places to pose us in - sigh!  And do you know - we don't even get treats for all that work!

Of coarse Mom in all her befuddled wisdom decided she needed a better camera  but Mom isn't into all this fancy camera stuff and pretty much just wanted a point and shoot camera with a few extra goodies. She  also didn't want to pay a years worth of treats for one and most importantly it had to be light because Mom has the arthritis is her fingers and can't hold heavy things for very long. So began the great hunt - she researched, she read reviews and watched heaps of YouTube videos - she visited stores to pick up and hold the cameras and she even stopped people at the park with fancy cameras to ask them questions. But finally she found the perfect one - referred to as a 'bridge' camera it bridges the gap between a point and shoot and a fancy camera. What Mom got was a Canon Powershot SX60HS with 65x Optical Zoom. It only weighs 22 ounces and take awesome pics. Now Mom is still learning the ins and outs of this camera but she found the most excellent tutorials on YouTube that show exactly how to use this specific camera. So without further ado - here are a few it the pics Mom has taken using it.
Cormorant drying off his wings
Lonesome Seagull




Friday, August 21, 2015

Funny Friday

Denny - is this close enough Mom?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

When bricks float

Last Saturday while Mom and Dad were waiting for the ferry this big old thing cruised on by. We have seen them at a distance from MY beach but this is the first time we have seen one close up and Mom says they look like a big old bricks floating by. Dad some some research and found these are actually car carriers - bringing and taking cars from all over the world. We found a web site that show the routes of each ship and this one called "Texas Highway" often goes to Australia and back.


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Supporting the troops

Oh my dog - MY beach was invaded yesterday buy a whole bunch of noisy people. I didn't know whether to tell them off or join in....... but Mom said they are our proud Navy guys and gals so I decided to encourage them along with some chanting of my own :) Sorry the video is little fuzzy - humidity on the lens tends to fog it up plus the sun was just coming up so it was still a little dark.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Take a deep breath - and relax

We got up early this morning and headed off to the beach but didn't think we would get any nice sunrise pics as it was a bit cloudy - but that sneaky Mr Sun surprised us. Sit back - breathe in the salt air, listen to the waves and relax :) If you have trouble seeing the video click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjyxmA4ILn0

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Chewy.com Review - Orijen Lamb Treats

August 12 - 2015

Today thanks to Chewy.com we are reviewing Orijen Ranch Raised Lamb Singles Freeze-Dried Dog Treats

Here are the basics

Made with a single meat ingredient, Orijen Ranch Raised Lamb Singles Freeze-Dried Dog Treats provide a simple and pure way to reward and nourish your dog with the natural taste he loves. Delivered fresh from Canada, these unique treats are loaded with 100% pure and natural ranch-raised Alberta lamb that’s gently freeze-dried to keep your cherished dog healthy, happy and strong. Plus, they're made without cooking or preservatives so you can feel good about treating your dog.

Key Benefits
  • Single-source treats
  • Made from 100% meat and nothing else!
  • Freeze-dried to lock in flavor and nutrition
  • Guaranteed analysis to mirror Mother Nature
  • Low calorie and carbohydrate free
  • Approximately 45 treats per 2-oz bag and 80 treats per 3.5-oz bag 
  • 2-oz gag is currently on sale at Chewy.com for $8.99 (normally $9.99)
 
Ingredients
  • Lamb, lamb and just lamb

Taste Test
  • What can we say - lamb, venison and bison are our most favorite meats and this being 100% lamb is a winner winner as far as we are concerned and we just loved every little morsel.

Positives/Negatives- Kind Of - Sort Of - Maybe
  • Positives - it you are looking for a small training treat that are low in calories but high in protein then look no further - these are perfect.
  • Negatives - Kind of but not really - for us they were a bit small - we just tended to inhale them but that is because Mom says we are greedy little buggers :)
 
Rating
  • We are giving these an 8 paw rating because they are totally yum !

Disclaimer 
Chewy.com sent us a packet of the Orijen Ranch Raised Lamb Singles Freeze-Dried Dog 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.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Happy Birthday Sugar

Happy Birthday Sweet Sugar
 We are sending some special birthday wishes and smiles to one of the sweetest girls we know - Ms Sugar. She is celebrating 14 wonderful years today.
If you haven't already been over to say hi to her - please call on by and wish her A Very Happy Birthday


Saturday, August 8, 2015

Bark Ranger Patrol at MY new park

We  went to a brand new park today which of coarse I have now added to my Bark Ranger Patrol schedule. It was called Castaway Park (now renamed Cowspotdog Castaway Park) and Mom especially loved it for not only does it have lots of cool boardwalks but lots of paved paths and some really nice picnic areas. The park is on the inter-coastal waterway which is area between the ocean and the St John's River.  Now there wasn't a lot of good sniffing to be had on the boardwalks but there a lot of little trails to follow and there was all kind of wonderful smells there. Needles to say I got to leave LOTS of peemail - making sure any other doggies who visit now know it is mine.  It was very humid this morning when we went but Mom says we will visit again next week earlier in the morning.




Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A little break

Mom got something in her eye while mowing the lawn and now has a nasty eye infection - so we are busy taking care of her and will be back in a few days :)

Monday, August 3, 2015

Say hello to Jacksonville

Yesterday the 'old fogies' ABANDONED us and went to downtown Jacksonville to have a look
around. Mom says she was a bit disappointed as she noticed A LOT of 'no dogs allowed' signs......of coarse we only have HER word about that seeing how we didn't get to go!  Mom also said we wouldn't of liked the 93 degrees temps either as the overcast skies were helping to keep the humidity high.

Anyhoo - they went to an area called Jacksonville Landing which in its time was probably a really cool place. Designed in a half circle it has two levels and over looks the St Johns river. In the middle there is a stage area where they have concerts.  Sadly there are just a lot of empty stores there now and the only thing that really keep it going is the restaurants as it is surrounded by big office buildings. One thing Mom really liked though was the "Riverwalk' - it is a path that goes all along the St Johns River edge and they have set it up so that anyone with a boat can just pull up next to it for free and go off exploring. Sadly there isn't any free car parking though. There is also a water taxi that you can catch and it takes you for tours along the river or to certain places you might want to go. And finally - there are bridges - six of them in just this one small area and each one is painted a different color - Mom thought that was neat as she can remember colors better than names :)
Andrew Jackson - Jacksonville was named after him
The Blue draw bridge
The white and the black swing bridges
The water taxi

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Blue Moon

Did you see the Blue Moon on Thursday - it wasn't really blue, they just call it that because it happens so rarely - 2 full moons in a single month - giving 13 full moons in a year. They usually happen about ever three years. The next one will occur in 2018 - January 2 and January 31. - better mark it in your calendars :)

Friday, July 31, 2015

Inside or Outside

I prefer my frozen slurpee outside while dweeb likes his inside - which would you choose?


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thank You Oz and Bravo

A few weeks back we won some samples of Bravo Freeze Dried Raw Food from cute little buddy Oz. It was so good we gobbled it down before Mom had a chance to take any photos but Mom was so impressed with this food she went to Chewy.com and and ordered some more for us. What Mom (and we) love about this food is how big and chunky it is. It has sooooooo much meat in and also has cranberries, green beans, sweet potato and added vitamins and minerals.

The other awesome thing with this food is you can take it with you where ever you go - no need for refrigeration - you just add some warm water -wait.  (the waiting is the only bad thing as it smells soooo good and drives us crazy.) The other great thing is a 2 lb bag makes 10 lbs of reconstituted food. Mom measures out a 1/4 cup of dried food which makes 1/2 cup when reconstituted. Even Mr Picky eater (Denny) totally love this food. We have tried both the beef dinner and pork dinner and love them both.  Thank you  Oz  and Bravo :)