Saturday, August 20, 2016

Camping in Style

We know there are a few of our buddies who love camping and we couldn't help but imagine our little buddy Oz in one of these - now this is what we call camping in style - and check out the food and water bowls on the front !

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Truth and Bob

Mom is such a spoil sport - she says I HAVE to tell the truth about not going for walkies with her - SIGH. You see - ever since I had that foot surgery a few months ago - I haven't been able to walk very far - my limit is to the end of our street (about 6 houses) and on the beach - I can walk to the breakwater and back which is about the same distance. My mind is willing and I will try and keep going but I also start limping badly so Mom won't allow me to go any further now. We do go on lots of short walks but my days of big long adventures are sadly a thing of the past.

For those that don't remember I had a tumor removed from my foot and that meant removing half my big pad and with the arthritis I have in my toes they kind of point in all different directions - it is even hard for Mom to get my boots on these days! So as much as Mom would LOVE to take me walkies with her - it just isn't possible and of coarse the Dweeb can't go because he is terrified of the traffic and basically anything he thinks is dangerous like trash cans, fire hydrants, bushes, letter boxes - you get the idea :)

Talking of walkies though - look who Mom saw yesterday morning - she is calling him Bob - (how original Mom considering he is a Bobcat!!!!) On the next street over from ours there are two blocks of empty land side by side (almost like a mini park) and this is where she saw him. Mom says she is amazed how many creatures there are living all around our neighborhood.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Sookie, Dillo & Furry Thing

The month of July was the hottest recorded here in Florida and August seems to be heading the same way - it has not only been hot but VERY humid and Mom refuses to take us out in it - she says she worries us over heating - bah humbug we say!  Now to make things worse - Mom herself has started walking again - she is already doing 3-5 miles a day and goes out very early in the morning to miss the worse of the heat. At this time of morning she has also come across some interesting creatures - the first one is "Sookie Cat" - Mom says every morning this little cat comes running over to her to have its head scratched - she says it is the friendliest cat she has ever come across. She also sees "Dillo" most mornings - he or she is an Armadillo and is often scratching around in peoples lawns looking for bugs to chomp -  Mom often walks within feet of it and it doesn't seem to take any notice of her. The last critter Mom calls "Furry Thing" - this critter is a little more elusive and Mom hasn't been able to get a good picture of it yet as she usually sees it right at dusk. The weird thing is - it looks just like an armadillo, same size and shape and moves like an armadillo but it is furry and has a slightly bushy tail. Dad thinks maybe it is a muskrat as there are lots of lakes around where we live. Mom has seen it close up and it says it definitely isn't a possum or raccoon.  Now don't you think if she took us with her on these walks that we would be able to scare check out these creatures for her???

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Watching the ships go by

There we were just sitting on our favorite breakwater rocks when we were lucky to see not one - but two ships go by. The first one was the HON HENRY JACKMAN which is a self discharging bulk carrier built in 1981 and currently sailing under the flag of Bahamas. HON HENRY JACKMAN has 213m (698 feet) length overall and beam of 32m (104 feet). Her gross tonnage is 46191 tons. 

The second ship was the LAWRENCE H. GIANELLA which is an oil products tanker built in 1986 and currently sailing under the flag of USA. It is also a US Naval Ship. LAWRENCE H. GIANELLA has 179m (587 feet) length overall and beam of 27m (88 feet). Her gross tonnage is 21471 tons

Friday, August 12, 2016

Meeting Flossie

We headed over to MY  Ed Austin Cowspotdog Park today - it is a huge fenced dog park where we can run free and sniff to our hearts content. We had it all to ourselves to begin with and then Flossie arrived - she is 8 months old and just bounces and runs everywhere - she exhausted us just watching her !!!! As you can see - it is a nice shady park which we really enjoyed - Mom not so much - she got attacked by mosquitos! By time we left 8 other doggies had arrived and they were running around chasing each other and having so much fun. Can you believe everyone was eeeewwwing and aaarring over the Dweeb - they said he was sooooo cute simply because every time Mom stopped walking he would squeeze himself between her feet and try to make himself invisible.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Smiles for Sugar's 15th Birthday

Today is a very special day for Miss Sugar who is turning 15 - she loves to smile and we are sending her our best smiles and birthday wishes on this very special occasion.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Last To Know

Do you ever feel like you are the last one to know things?????  Mom says she does - she overheard some ladies talking recently about Cotton Candy Grapes - she had never heard of them before and after much searching  she found some and OMD - watching her eating them was like watching someone fill up a gumball machine! Now for the few of you who haven't heard of these (probably our overseas readers) these grapes REALLY do taste like Cotton Candy (or Fairy Floss as it is called in other parts of the world) and the best thing for Mom is they are extremely low in acidity. Mom doesn't eat a lot of grapes as the acidity in them burns her mouths and causes painful ulcers (so do strawberries and citrus fruits) but she had no problems with these at all. Sadly after talking to guy in the fruit and veggie section Mom also learned they are only available for about 3-4 weeks out of each year - so Mom bought extra and is going to freeze them! Of coarse it is TOTALLY unfair that we are not allowed to try them as grapes are extremely toxic to dogs - but Mom did buy us some doggie treats while she was shopping so all is forgiven :)

Monday, August 8, 2016

Bark Ranger Duties

We told Mom it was time to get back to our Bark Ranger duties and check our MY parks - (Mom has been reluctant to visit them lately because it is peak mosquito season) but they don't bother us at all so we sprayed her up with bug spray and off we went to MY Hanna Abby Cowspotdog Park. Mom had to admit it was nice to see all the green again around the lake and to sit and watch the Kestrels dive bombing the water as they were catching fish. We just enjoyed checking out all the smells and leaving pee mail :)

Friday, August 5, 2016

Flower Friday

This was Mom's most favorite plant - it was a huge gardenia and smelled wonderful - sadly we couldn't bring with us when we moved to Florida. Mom keeps checking the garden centers here but so far hasn't seen any for sale - maybe they don't like Florida weather :)

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Cloudy Morning

Usually cloudy mornings mean cool temps - but no such luck here - it was still 89 degrees at 7.00 this morning - we had a very quick walk and were very happy to jump back in my air conditioned Sheltie Mobile.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Serene Sunday

We were up super early and headed off to MY beach to watch the sunrise at 6.44 am  - and it was soooooo worth it - what an awesome color display.  And LOOK - now I even have MY very own castle on the beach too !

Saturday, July 30, 2016

We waited nearly a whole year!

We got up early before it was too hot and headed for MY beach and I was so glad we did. It has been nearly a year since we last saw seaweed on MY beach and one thing I discovered is how much I LOVE it. I rolled on it, squirmed on it, wiggled on it and just had the best time. Mom said it must be like dognip for me! Dweeb being the Dweeb he is didn't appreciate the aroma at all and wasn't interested in it

Friday, July 29, 2016

Fruitful Friday

There is not much we miss about living in Arkansas but having our own garden is one of them - we loved being able to grow our fruit, veggies and flowers.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Shopping around the world

We are joining Bacon for "shopping around the world" and this month we are looking at Salad Recipes. Our Dad's most favorite salad is Balsamic Beef with Arugula. It is a quick and easy salad to make and sooooooooo tasty.

So here we go with what you need - this serves two people

1 large rib eye steak (or other cut that you like).
2 cups of baby arugula (or salad spinach)
1 cup of snap or sugar peas
parmesan cheese shaved into slivers

1/2 cup of white balsamic vinegar (you can use brown but we find it a little too strong)
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/2 a large onion
1/4 of water
1 tsp of olive oil

Chop onion very finely and fry in a small saucepan until soft with the olive oil. Add the white balsamic vinegar, brown sugar and water. Bring to a boil and then let simmer until it reduces down to a thick syrup.

Barbeque, broil or fry the steak - season with salt and pepper - cook it only to medium rare or medium (it will cook a little more when added the dressing). When cooked, let the steak stand for 5 minutes and then cut into thin strips. Add the steak to the simmering dressing, let it cook for two minutes and then turn off heat and leave it while you prepare the salad.

Toss the arugula, sugar peas and  parmesan shavings together and place on a plate - then add the steak and dressing. Serve and enjoy :)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

We were benched!

The game was afoot - we were following some unusual scent, weaving in and out of the bushes, up and down hills, over creeks and under bridges - BUT - Phew - it was so hot that even though we go out early we often have to stop and have a rest. Mom called a time out and said we needed to benched from the game for a few minutes - so how handy it was to actually find a nice bench to rest on before going on and exploring some more :)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Allergies and second chances

As many of you know - I the Reilly dog suffer from many allergies - when I had a patch test done by a dermatologist Vet in Memphis I tested as severe reaction to 98 out of the 100 irritants.  We have tried many different medicines, shampoos, food and diet restrictions but the only thing that helped was Depo Medrol Shots which I was getting once a month and then every two weeks. My allergies did ease up a little when we moved to Florida and I was able to go back to once a month shots. (Note - Mom never liked using these shots as there are other medical issues it can cause but scratching myself raw also wasn't an option as I was getting constant skin infections). When I had by foot surgeries though I wasn't allowed to have the Depo Medrol shots (it suppresses the immune system and that is not a good thing when you have surgery) and our vet decided to give Apoquel another go. We had tried it for 3 months when we lived in Arkansas but it didn't help at all.  Whether is different allergens here in Florida or maybe the climate is helping - we don't know - but the Apoquel is working awesomely now and not only has my scratching stopped - but my fur is growing back ! It has been a long time since I had my big old ruff around the neck - but look at it now.  So don't give up - even if you have tried something before and it didn't work - maybe look at giving it a second go.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Flower Friday 3

Today we thought we would share one of the giant hibiscus flowers we found over at MY Cowspotdog (Jacksonville) Arboretum and Gardens - it was HUGE!  This would freak our Dad out as he is highly allergic to hibiscus - something he found out while living in Hawaii during his Navy days.