Sunday, May 24, 2015

Our Sojos Winner is Sarge

We are so sorry - we got so caught up with our adventuring we forgot to say who is our Sojos winner. We entered all the name in random.org and our winner was Sarge - congrats big guy - can you email us with your addy so we can pass it on to Miss Kira. We will get Miss Kira to send you a bag of the Wild Boar - we are sure you will love it - we sure do. Oh something we found with this new 'wild' sojos - it is much chunkier and isn't as mushy looking as the other types of Sojos and we love that!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Dog Park Day

We headed off to MY Ed Austin Cowspotdog Park this morning - they have a proper dog park there that is entirely fenced and we can run free and meet up with new friends - only there weren't any there when we arrived but we stayed like 87 gazillion hours and eventually they came but it gave me plenty of time to check and the pee mail and catch up on all the latest news. Dweeb of coarse wouldn't leave Mom's side - he was sure there was monsters hiding behind every tree (it was actually just squirrels but you couldn't convince him of that). As you can see there are lots of trees in the dog park so it was shady and cool.

One thing that impressed Mom is how perfectly clean it was - the people that use this dog park really do pick up after there dogs and we didn't see a single poop anywhere. Mom also spotted a huge eagle nest up on top of a power tower and was super happy when the eagle swooped into the nest with a mouse and she could hear baby eagles chirping for it. Dweeb decided this hole under the bench Mom had been sitting on was the perfect hiding spot - he liked it so much Mom had to drag him out from it when it was time to leave.  Finally I got to meet some new friends (Dweeb was still hiding in his hole and tried to be invisible). I met Monty the beagle, Mia and Misha the Siberians, Rambo the crazy pit-bull (he tried the lick and slobber everyone's faces) and Cookie the spaniel who is deaf. It was a pawsome morning indeed !

Checking out the pee-mail
I am protecting Mom - you go ahead Reilly
Still protecting Mom
We will just wait under the palm trees
Mom has to get one good picture
Eagle Nest
You can't see me - I am hiding
Mom - have you seen Dweeb
Hello Monty - nice to sniff you
Monty, Mia, Rambo, Misha, Cookie and Reilly

Friday, May 22, 2015

Loving Life - #FuelTheCure

This is our last day for joining  Oz and Sugar's Loving Life - #FuelTheCure - which is helping to raise money for cancer research into Dogs and Cats thanks to the wonderful support of  Zukes. We have LOVED being part of this and LOVED getting to explore and share some bits of information about the places we have found.

We think we have saved the best for the last as today we went to visit the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens which is one word is PAWSOME and which of coarse I  have renamed the Jacksonville Cowspotdog Arboretum and Gardens (I have pee'd there - therefore it is under my Bark Ranger care)  There are lots of wonderful trails to follow and today we just did one - the 'Lake Trail' which was so cool as there are little lookouts all around it and some very cool art in the park displays. Mom says she can't wait to see when all the water lilies are flowering (we just missed it) as well as others areas of the park that are full of flowers. We have lots of photos taken at different vantage points around the lake - just click on them to see them bigger.
Lots of bridges - Mom loves bridges!
Denny- Do you hear some giggling and dancing Reilly?
Lots of pretty areas to rest
Another view of the lake
Mom says we look like a pair of Guard Dogs
This art was made for pix axes
Lots of little paths to follow
On the hill over looking the lake
Mom - this rock is hissing at me !!!!
A roving rock :)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

5 Days of Photo Challenge - Day 5 and Loving Life - #FuelTheCure

We are doing double duty today with our day 5 of the Photo Challenge and also joining  Oz and Sugar's Loving Life - #FuelTheCure - which is helping to raise money for cancer research into Dogs and Cats thanks to the wonderful support of Zukes. Please think about joining in as Zukes is donating $5.00 for each post. You can also win some Zukes and we all KNOW who totally yum those are - so what ya waiting for?

Today we went to see a little teeny tiny 'strip' park (and no we didn't take ours furs off!!!) The park, which is called the Helen Cooper Floyd Park - has now been renamed the Helen Cooper Cowspotdog Park because I have pee'd there and  it now comes under my Bark Ranger protection. The park itself in on the intercoastal waterway also called the St Johns River and we always see a lot of people swimming and fishing there on the weekend.  It is about 30 foot wide and about quarter or half a mile long (Mom is terrible at judging distances :).  Sadly when we got there we saw signs up saying it is closed between Summer of 2015 and Winter of 2016 for repairs (it looks like it had some serious storm damage some time ago) but there was no work being done and we decided to use our selective blindness (which allows us to blindly not see anything we don't want too) and go explore anyway :) Obviously the peeps that visit on the weekend also suffer with it :) Now the end half of the park is actually a 'marsh land wildlife refuge' and the signs there said it is "forbidden" to enter and we decided to abide by that as we didn't want to disturb any nesting birdies in that area.

So what did we see on the half that is normally open to the public - well this area of the intercoastal waterway is very much a marsh area so there it a lot of  herons, cranes, sea eagles or hawks and lots of small birds some of which we have never seen before.  There are also lots of fish and shrimp and we even saw some turtle tracks (it is actually to start of the egg laying season for turtles here now). The first picture below shows us on the left side of the 'strip' and the next one shows ME on the right side having a run on the sand. The right side has a sandy beach whereas the left has a rocky beach.

Here is one of the big blue herons we saw - he was having a feast on baby fish. And lastly - this poor fishy has obviously been dieting way to much as it was just bones!.  Mom said someone had caught it and fileted it then had thrown the remains back into the water (she thinks it is what they call a dolphin fish - not a real dolphin but a fish named after them for some odd reason). It doesn't show up well in the photo but is was actually about 3 foot long.



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

5 Days of Photo Challenge - Day 4 and Loving Life - #FuelTheCure

We are doing double duty today with our day 4 of the Photo Challenge and also joining  Oz and Sugar's Loving Life - #FuelTheCure - which is helping to raise money for cancer research into Dogs and Cats thanks to the wonderful support of Zukes. Please think about joining in as Zukes is donating $5.00 for each post. You can also win some Zukes and we all KNOW who totally yum those are - so what ya waiting for?

We were off for another "Loving Life' adventure and headed over to the Fort Caroline Timucuan Preserve again - only this time we took a different path - one we hadn't been along before. Even though it was hot - along the path under the trees with the breeze blowing - it was actually just perfect. Crazy Mom decided to stop into the Information Center and pick me up an official Bark Ranger Bandana - trust me - this is the first and last time I will wear it - I don't do clothing Mom - remember! Apart from that we had a pawsome walkies and we even got to scare some squirrels!

Just a bit of information we found - The Timucua were an American Indian people who lived in Northeast and North Central Florida and southeast Georgia. They were the largest indigenous group in that area and consisted of about 35 chiefdoms, many leading thousands of people. The people suffered severely from the introduction of Eurasian infectious diseases, to which they had no immunity. By 1595, their population was estimated to have been reduced from 200,000 to 50,000 and thirteen chiefdoms remained. By 1700, the population of the tribe had been reduced to 1000. Warfare against them by the English colonists and native allies completed their extinction as a tribe soon after the turn of the 19th century.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

5 Days of Photo Challenge - Day 3 and Loving Life - #FuelTheCure

We are doing double duty today with our day 3 of the Photo Challenge and also joining  Oz and Sugar's Loving Life - #FuelTheCure - which is helping to raise money for cancer research into Dogs and Cats thanks to the wonderful support of Zukes. Please think about joining in as Zukes is donating $5.00 for each post - that is $20 if you do one each day it is running and the only thing you have to do is post pics of YOU loving life! You can also win some Zukes and we all KNOW who totally yum those are - so what ya waiting for?

Now one thing we do - is truly love life and we are loving it more than ever since moving to Florida and having so many amazing new places to go and visit. Today we went to check out Ribault Monument (which is actually just half a block from where we live)

Located on one of the highest points in the Jacksonville area, the Ribault Monument is a silent reminder of the years when France battled Spain for control of Florida. The column is a reproduction of a monument placed at the mouth of the St. Johns River, then called the "River May," by the French explorer Jean Ribault on May 2, 1562. Just check out the view - pretty cool huh and we must admit we LOVED sitting up there in the shade with a cool breeze blowing watching the world go by below

Monday, May 18, 2015

5 Days of Photo Challenge - Day 2

This is day 2 of our photo challenge and today comes from our own back yard where miniature dinosaurs seem to be everywhere. Mom says they are called Anole Lizards - but we just call them pests - these little critters are constantly running up and down our fence, hanging off the fly screen in the sun room and chasing  each other every chance they get. Most of the ones we have seen to date are the brown but on two occasions Mom has spotted green ones. The males have these funny little orange beards and try to out do each other - "mine is bigger - no mine is bigger dude - no mine is bigger - it is a typical guy thing :)" One average they tend to be about 3-4 long but this morning we saw a teeny tiny baby one that was only about an inch and half. Now before you all start panicking - NO we don't chase them and NO we don't try eating them - YUK - we just look them with total disinterest and let them do their own thing :)
 


Sunday, May 17, 2015

5 Days of Photo's Challenge - Day 1

Ms Dawn from the "Change is Hard" blog and who is also MY sweetheart Katie's Mom is doing a 5 days of photos challenge and she challenged us to join in to. The rules, loosely speaking she says are to post a photo and a story, fiction or non, or maybe even a poem, one a day for five days and each day nominate someone to play along. Now you know we NEVER play the rules so we are not going to nominate anyone BUT if any one would like to join in - please do.
One of the things that has impressed us the most .....is how quiet the beaches are where we go - we are often the only ones walking there and it is so easy to let your mind drift and imagine you were in a different time when there was a lot less hustle and bustle. The other day as we were walking along an elderly gentleman (of around 80 we would say) - came riding along the beach on a bike  wearing little more than a pair of tiny speedos and a big smile. Mom politely waited until he had passed before having a little chuckle and she suddenly thought what the people of the early 1900's (who wore bathing suits that covered the whole body) would think of such a sight. How time's have changed :)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Can you see me?

We took Dad over to see the Spanish Ponds this morning - he hadn't been there before. We ended up having a very long walk as somehow we took a wrong path and basically got lost - but we enjoyed it anyway. Denny wasn't so sure and figured if he hid behind the bushes none of the strange noises we kept hearing could get him. He was pretty sure there were lions and tigers hiding behind every tree. It was a wonderful trail we followed - parts of it was a boardwalk and parts of it just a path. We didn't see anyone else and Mom said is was like walking through  a long forgotten jungle with all the different palm trees and ferns. Sometimes it is fun to get lost :)

Friday, May 15, 2015

2,4,6 - Our Goose Families

We have three Canada Goose families living at our pond and they must be 'even' geese cause one family has two babies, one has four babies and the last one has six babies. I - the Reilly dog enjoy telling them to stay on their side of fence. Mom thinks it is funny that they hiss at me and not her and of coarse the Dweeb is too scared to go any where near them!!!!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

MY New Vet and Toofer Problems

We went to see MY new vet yesterday - Dr Wilson - and I must say - I like him A LOT and of coarse he LOVES  ME us. We both got a thorough checkup, ears, eyes, hearts, blood tests, checked for any lumps or bumps, heart worms and parasite tests (which of coarse were all negative). He says were are both very healthy although Dweeb needs to lose a couple of winter pounds - ME - I am at the perfect weight.

He did find one thing though - Mom asked about getting my teeth cleaned and he found I have two cracked toofers in the back. He thinks my allergy medication (prednisone) has caused them to become a little brittle so no more hard foods for me. I will be going in two weeks to have them removed and have my teeth cleaned. (I had two teeth in the back on the other side removed last year with the same problem). The rest of my teeth are very good though.  Dweebs teeny tiny teeth are very white and clean so he gets out of the torture this time - he can thank Mom for taking good care of our toofers.

And as a funny co-incidence - Dr Wilson was telling Mom that his wife is from Walnut Creek - a little town that is 15 minutes from Jonesboro - where we use to live - and a place we have visited a number of times. We did a post about it last year - Walnut Creek was the place the Beatles stopped at many years ago to pee :) :)



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Finding Scotland

One of the awesome benefits of living where we are in Jacksonville is the Mayport Navy Base is only 10 minutes away and for us this means being able to shop at the Commissary - that is a military grocery store that all active and retired military can use (our Dad was in the Navy for 20 years and is a retired Commander) Shopping at the Commissary is tax free and is one of the few perks that our Military get and well deserve. Anyhoo - the other great thing is that because our military often serve all over the world the Commissaries always have an 'international' aisle where they can find food they might have developed a taste for while overseas. So imagine the happy dance Mom did when she found real Scottish Tea Cakes (we thought of Bertie straight away). These are made in Glasgow, Scotland and Mom LOVES LOVES LOVES them. The are like a soft biscuit base with fluffy marshmallow on top coated in some of the best chocolate ever! Mom also found us something - have you seen the new 'Milkbone - Soft and Chewy Treats' - Denny LOVES these as he is is not at all fond of hard cookies. They come in Chicken Flavor and Beef Flavor.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Natural Balance Lamb Lung Bites Review - Chewy.com

12 May 2015

Today thanks to Chewy.com - the best and most well known online pet food, treats and goodies store we are reviewing Natural Balance Wild Pursuit Lamb Lung Bites Grain-Free Dog Treats

Here's the Basics

  • Natural Balance Wild Pursuit Lamb Lung Bites are designed to satisfy your dog's ancestral cravings. A grain-free snack made from New Zealand-sourced lamb, Wild Pursuit Bites deliver the taste and nutrients dogs have evolved to crave. Feed the Pursuit. It's nutrition they'll claw into!
  • 2.5 oz bag is normally$9.99 but it is currently on Sale at Chewy.com for $7.49 

    Key Benefits
    • Grain and gluten-free treats
    • 100% New Zealand dehydrated lamb lungs
    • High protein
    • Less than 8 calories per piece
    • Recommended for adult dogs
    • Easily break into small pieces for small dogs
    • No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives

     












    Taste Test
    • The treats are dehydrated which gives them a nice crunchy texture but it is an easy crunch that even little teeth (like Dweeb has) can manage. Most the pieces are about an inch square and make for a nice tasty treat - we TOTALLY loved them.

    Ingredients
    • 100% New Zealand Dehydrated Lamb Lung

    Negatives - Kind of - Sort of - Maybe - Not Really
    • Not a one - we totally loved them - we just wish Mom would of given us more than two!

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

    Disclaimer 
    Chewy.com sent us a tub of  Natural Balance Wild Pursuit Lamb Lung Bites Grain-Free 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.