Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thoughtful Thursday

At this time of year most people are busy rushing around buying presents, organizing parties and dinners and generally loving the excitement in the air. But there also many many people who find this one of the saddest and most depressing times of the year. The reasons for this are many but here are a few of the main ones.
  • Finances. Not enough money or the fear of not having enough to buy gifts leads to sadness and guilt. The stress of financial hardship during this economic downturn is often compounded by shame. When you can’t afford to celebrate, it can feel devastating.
  • Stress. For example, there is the stress of shopping and planning family dinners when you’re already overworked and tired.
  • Loneliness. A whopping 43 percent of Americans are single, and 27 percent of Americans live alone. When others are with their families, it can be very painful for those who are alone. Seventeen percent of singles are over 65, when health, age, and mobility can make it more difficult to enjoy yourself.
  • Grief. Missing a deceased loved one. Seniors have more reasons to grieve.
  • Estrangement. When you’re not speaking to a relative, family get-togethers can usher in feelings of sadness, guilt, resentment, or inner conflict about whether to communicate.
  • Divorce. If you’re newly divorced, the holidays may remind you of happier times and accentuate your grief. It’s especially difficult for adult children of divorce who have to balance seeing two sets of parents. The stress is multiplied for married children who have three or even four sets of parents to visit.
  • Pleasing. Trying to please all of your relatives – deciding what to get, whom to see, and what to do – can make you feel guilty, which leads to depression.
  • SAD. Many people experience the blues during gloomy weather due to decreased sunlight, called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
So what can we do to help - we doggies are often one of the most comforting things for those who are lonely. The magic of a simple doggie cuddle is beyond compare. Helping  to serve Christmas dinners to those less fortunate can be a great help or delivering toys to children in care. Putting together a box of goodies for your local humane society can bring smiles and happy tail wags.

But the most important thing we can all do - it to take a few minutes out of our day and think about the people we know who are lonely or sad -  a simple card, email or phone call can make all the difference to them and cost nothing more than a few moments of your time.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Nah nah nahnah nah

Take that MOM !!!! We got a pressie yesterday and you didn't !!! Our sweet friends Shilo and Shasta are our Christmas Gift Exchange Buddies this year and they sent us our presents (they got ours last week) Mom is being SUPER mean though (we think she is just envious) and says we can't open it until Christmas - can you believe that !

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Card Count

Give it up Mom - no way are you even getting close to our card count
Us - 54 cards and 13 e-cards - Mom and Dad 0

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dark and Gloomy

This past week has been so gloomy - thick clouds every day with the sun hardly peeking though for more than a few minutes but that didn't stop us from heading to the park every day and enjoying a crisp morning walkies.  As you can see all the leaves have fallen (Mom says it makes it hard to find the trail) but we know exactly where it is - just follow us Mom.













The trail we were on ends at a small lookout and below is part of the tree top boardwalk in MY smaller park, this is the lower section of it. We then headed back to the lake which was so flat and calm today - the water was like a big mirror reflecting all the trees.













And we couldn't do a post without the beaver report - yes they are still gnawing - this in another area that they haven't been too previously. We know they are just doing what beavers do and we still adore the furry little guys but we are also sad that so many trees are not going to bursting into leaf next spring.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Mom is CHEATING!

Now as you know we are so whippin' the Mom's butt when it comes to our cards - the count is now 
Us - 43 cards and 11 e-cards and Mom and Dad - 0

But Mom keeps smirking at us because she keeps getting boxes in the mail for HER - and we say that is CHEATING. Today she got one from Oreo (Angel Jazzi's new brother) from his Oreo cookie count competition where Mom I guessed the correct amount of cookies in the jar - not just a close guess but SPOT on with the specific amount. Now in the box was all the Oreo cookies  Mom I counted PLUS a bag of doggy cookies for us - so I say that half that box is ours right AND if you notice it was OUR name on the box - not hers !!! We also wanted to say a BIG thank you to Oreo and his Mom  for our cookies.

Mom also got the calendar of us she had made and is counting that as a gift - because she gave it to herself - I tell you - the woman is getting desperate if you ask me! Can you believe she even says some of OUR cards have HER name on them too - Really Mom do you have no shame?



Friday, December 12, 2014

Chewy.com Review - Primal Lamb Lung Crisps

12th December 2014

Today thanks to Chewy.com we are reviewing Primal Dry Roasted Lamb Lung Crisps.

Here's the Basics

  •  The Primal Pet Foods treat line was created for dogs and cats with the goal of providing wholesome, human-grade snacks containing no preservatives, gluten or grain. All Primal Treats are produced using USDA meats, poultry and game raised in the United States and New Zealand without antibiotics or added hormones and are available in a variety of cooking styles, as well as protein sources including venison, buffalo, turkey and chicken. Primal Treats are produced using low-temperature, slow-cooking techniques such as freeze-drying and slow roasting, yielding high-density nutrition in a shelf-stable snack product. All Primal Treats are single-source proteins and offer a healthy choice for all pets, especially those with food allergies. Primal treats are recommended to be used as a snack alternative, as well as for training and obedience rewards.

Key Benefits
  • Lamb raised in the United States without antibiotics or added hormones
  • Single-source protein
  • Healthy treats for dogs
  • High-protein snack
  • No preservatives
  • Grain and gluten free
  • No added salt or sugar

Taste Test
  • Both Denny and I could barely wait for Mom to open the packet - and when she did our noses were twitching like crazy.
  • The treats are as the name suggest crisp and crunch but also really easy to chew as they just about dissolved in our mouths - Mom aid they are kind of like doggie potato chips.













Ingredients
  • Lamb Lung - that is it - just one imply and yummy ingredients

Negatives - Kind of - Sort of - Maybe - Not Really
  • Not a one - we totally loved them - okay - we admit we wish there was a lot more in the bag but that is just us being greedy - or at least that is what Mom says.

Rating Definitely a 8 paw rating (that is 4 paws from each of us)

Disclaimer : Chewy.com sent us a packet of Natural Balance Venison Burger Bites 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, December 11, 2014

Another surprise in the post

We got another surprise in the mail yesterday - it was a book we won from Bunny and Flattery over at Tales and Tails. Mom started reading it to us a straight away and we are already a quarter of the way through it. When we have finished reading it we will tell you more about it - Thank you Bunny and Flattery and their Mom - our Mom is having to do a lot of resting and this will help her pass the time.
 The Card Count Continues 
 US 31 cards and 10 E-cards - The Peeps 0 (but Mom is smirking that she got 2 presents and we have none)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Pawing it forward

Earlier this year we took part in a 'pawing it forward' where we found 6 people to do a Random Act of Kindness for. We sent them all a little gift for no other reason than to make them smile and make their day a little brighter. Well yesterday we received our very own paw it forward gift and like many such gifts it arrived at the perfect time. Mom had just spent 4 hours at the Urgent Care and wasn't feeling very well at all when our mail lady bought a box to the door. Imagine Mom's surprise when she opened the box and found this amazing cup with our pictures on it!!!  And there was an assortment of Ghirardelli chocolates too! We want to thank Amy and Terra Toby for the wonderful gift - it truly did make Mom smile and feel better. Of coarse I must point out that MY side of the cup is the BEST :) :)


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Oh Oh Beavers!

First something important we have noticed - it would seem blogger has changed many of our settings without us being aware of it - (including our own!) Just about every blog we visited yesterday had that "prove you are not a robot" or what used to be called word verification - popping up again. We checked our settings and it is turned off - but as many of you have noticed it is still appearing. Now for people like my Mom who is number dyslextic these are really annoying and frustrating. Here are the instructions for how you can check your settings but it would appear this is something blogger has changed and we are not sure if we can turn it off now.  http://cowspotdog.blogspot.com/2012/12/what-gives.html

We finally got some warmer temps - a bright sunny 50 degrees which meant time to go to MY park and get lots of fresh air - at least for Mom. For us it meant lots of sniffing and pee mail to read and leave.

We also had a nice big bag of ducky food so off we went in search of Mr & Mrs Tuffy. Yes - his mate is all white and they have been together for the last three years and look at their baby - isn't he so cute. They only had the one this year and he still following them around so we think he is going to be a permanent resident too.

Here we are watching those duckies but can you believe Mom said NO chasing - what gives with that ???? ....a good chasing would give them some needed exercise we think.













Now we were on the other side of MY lake today and sadly noticed the beavers have been busy here too. The red arrow shows where the beaver lodge is and where all the damaged trees we have shown before are. Mom was a bit sad to see they are chomping trees on the other side of the lake too. We sure wish there was something they could put either on or around the trees to protect them - we counted 23 trees trees that have been damaged now and most of them have been chomped right around which sadly means the trees will die.













Card Count US - 31 cards & 9 E-cards (gawoof gawoof - we got 11 in the mail today!) Peeps 0

Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday Musings

We forgot to do our Sunday Snippets yesterday so we will include answers to questions asked during the week here.

We loved sharing our favorite duckies with you and we think one of the reason there are so many here at the moment is because it is duck hunting season and our duckies KNOW they are safe at MY park. Here is Mom's favorite duck - Mr Tuffy.

Charlie asked if we have ever seen the beavers - the answer is YES. If we go to MY park right at sunrise we see them doing their lap of the lake - we usually see two of them and by the way they play together makes us think they are a pair. We have been able to get a couple of pictures of them but none of them very good as they very fast and quite shy. This is the best one we have and earlier  this year we counted 5 of them in their little cove and three were much smaller so we are guessing they were babies.

We were also asked about my boots. YES I wear boots when ever I go for a walk - I have arthritis in my front paws that has caused my toes to become a deformed and the pads to spread. The boots help support my toes and also stops stones and pebbles from hurting the soft inside of the pads. They are special orthopedic boots with gel liners inside and I love them. I don't wear them around home but we never go out without them and Mom even keeps a spare pair in the car for me.

As a side note - Mom just finished making two 11" x 8.5"  - 2015 calendars on Shutterfly and Vistaprint - using full sized photos on each. Shutterfly were charging $21.99 that included a 50% off coupon and postage and Vistaprint cost $10.99 including a 50% off coupon and shipping, Vistaprint also had a much nicer collections of backgrounds to work with. We went with the Vistaprint one so if you are looking to make your own calendar for next year you might want to do checking of your own to find the best deals.

Card Count - Us 20 cards and 8 E-cards - Peeps 0

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Black & White Sunday

Card Count - Us 20 - Peeps 0 - Dogs RULE!

Friday, December 5, 2014

A mesage from Chewy.com

Sydney at Chewy.com  asked us if we could spread the word about how they are also looking for new bloggers to review products. Now being a reviewer is super easy and a great way for us to try things we haven't had before. Each month Sydney sends us an email with a selection of goodies - we pick one and they send it to us for free. We then do an honest review about the product. If you love it - that is what you say and if you don't like it you can also say that giving an explanation as to why. Remember they cater for dogs, cats and other animals too.  Here is the information from Sydney

This Holiday season we're hoping to grow our Blogger family. If you guys have any family or friends that are bloggers that would want to join our awesome Blogger family please send them my way. We’re looking for more friends to help spread the word that we can get goodies to the West Coast faster than ever with our new Nevada warehouse. If you would like to join in -  email me at svillegas@chewy.com

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Gone to the birds

We thought we would share some video of our noisy ducks and me telling them off !

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Beaver Lodge and Duckies

Even though it was 35 degrees yesterday Mom braved the cold to take us for a walk and go and feed the duckies and check out what the beavers had been up to. We had quite the flock gather for some food today, geese, ducks and those funny little black bird - not sure what they are but they sure were hungry. Mr Tuffy was there as usual (he is Mom's most favorite duck - he has a tuft of feathers on his head if you look right in the middle of the first photo you can see him). There was domestic white geese, grey lag geese, Canada geese, mallard ducks and some pretty hybrid mallards too.













Next we headed over to see what those naughty beavers had been up to. They have sadly gnawed on even more trees and there is 4 that they have almost gnawed right through. Mom wonders what instinct it is they have to gnaw and fell live trees rather then use all the branches that are already on the ground. As you can see MY lake is very low - Mom thinks it has dropped between 8-12 feet - personally we think all those darn ducks and beavers are drinking it all!













Here is there lodge from both sides and you can see in the background of the second photo the trees they have been gnawing on. Now some of you noticed that the gnawing seemed high up on the tree - that is because those crafty little buggers stand upright to gnaw - they use their tail and back feet to balance them and hold onto the tree with their front paws plus they use the sharp claws they have on their front paws to rip away the bark. 














Christmas Card Count
Us 5 - Peeps 0

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Mother Nature Provides

Well Mother nature provided the dog bowls - but where is the noms to go in them? For some reason Mom thinks there hollowed out tree stumps look just like dog bowls - but what good is a dog bowl if it is empty - come on Mother Nature - where is the bountiful harvest?


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sunday snippets

Time to answer a few questions again in our Sunday Snippits.

Thank you for all the comments of Mom's Raynauds - There isn't really any specific treatment for it but there is medications that helps open up the blood vessels which can help ease to pain. Mom wanted to share this information as many people don't realize they have it and having a name for it lets people seek help for it. People can have very mild cases affecting just one or two fingers or severe cases like Mom which affects all her fingers and toes.

We were asked if the ducks and geese at MY lake fly south for the winter - for some reason ours don't. The vast majority of the ones we see a MY lake have been there for the last three years and they stay there all year long. There is one other elderly gentlemen that we see feeding the ducks everyday - he always give them corn but we thought we would look for proper feed pellets for them.

A few of you asked if the Cadbury chocolate you can find in the USA is the same as Cadbury from Australia or Europe - the answer a BIG NO! Cadbury here in the USA is made by Hersheys and tastes terrible (as does all Hersheys Chocolate in Mom's opinion). Mom says Hersheys chocolate tastes to her like Vegemite would taste to most of you. We guess it is what you grow up and what you are use too :)

Mom also wanted to share that she made her very first made from scratch pumpkin pie for thanksgiving. Now Mom tried some pumpkin pie many years ago when she first came to the USA and  HATED didn't like it all (again it is probably one of those things you have to grow up liking). But Dad loves pumpkin pie so Mom made him one and it must of been good cause he ate the whole thing in just two days! Mom made it with REAL fresh whipped cream (not that canned stuff) and added little candy corn pumpkins for decoration.

We also wanted to thank Frankie and Ernie - we received your Christmas card on Friday - oh boy - how exciting is this months trips to the mail box going to be! And remember you can make some neat things with all the cards you get. Mom turns ours into a photo book every year. Here is a little video Mom made with the instructions on how to make the book.


Saturday, November 29, 2014

The beaver boys are gnawing again !

Oh my dog - the beavers are gnawing again !!! We went to MY park yesterday and straight away noticed all the damaged trees - in the same spot where they were damaged before (the park people actually cut all those trees down as they were in danger of being blown over) Mom says she thinks the beavers are actually stuck in the lake as the water level has dropped to the lowest we ever seen it in three years and the little creeks they follow to get in and out of the lake are all dried up. This is a picture of their lodge but now you can actually walk out to it as the water has receded that much and it is much bigger (Mom forget to get a new pic of it) In total we counted 12 trees that have been gnawed on and four that have been completely ring-barked.  (Ring-barked is an Aussie term and it means when an entire ring of bark around the tree has been removed - this causes the tree to die). As much as Mom loves the beavers she also LOVES trees and hates to see this many being damaged.






Friday, November 28, 2014

FFHT - November

It was July 2011 and Mom and Dad said they were going on a quick trip to Kentucky. Little did I know that THINGS would NEVER be the SAME when they got home. That was the day they bought the Denny home. When he was arrived he was a bundle of energy, constantly wanting to play and always in mischief. Mom nic named him the 'honey badger' as he was fearless back then. Sadly just after these photos were taken Denny had a severe neurological reaction to a flea/tic treatment and we knew THINGS would NEVER be the SAME again  - he went from being a fearless little honey badger to being scared of everything. Although we often feel sad that Denny lives his life being scared of everything we also just love him and him adore all the more - because he is after all our Denny Boy - even if he is a total Dweeb :) :) :)
What did I do to deserve this?
Really Mom - you couldn't of got me a new tug rope?


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanks To Blogville Day

We have a very special ritual at our house - every morning Mom gets up, makes a hot drink and then sits on the big sofa. We jump up next to her - one on each side...... and as we get our morning ear scratches we read about what all of our wonderful buddies have been up too. We smile, chuckle, laugh, ponder and sometimes we cry and are sad, but one thing is for sure --- we absolutely love you ALL and have so much to thank you all for.

Blogville to us is all about sharing and caring, sharing your experiences, adventures and knowledge and caring about not only about our buddies but their peeps too. We are always there for each through good times and bad. It doesn't matter how big or small or what breed, gender or even species our buddies are - because to us - you are just the BEST BUDDIES EVER and we are so thankful we get to share a little bit of your lives every day.

We also want to wish everyone a very happy, safe and yummy thanksgiving - have a wonderful day with all your family and friends.