Monday, July 6, 2015

About doggy time!

With Mom having a bout of the sickies, my toofer problems and such we really haven't been out to my parks the last couple weeks but FINALLY Mom is starting to feel better and this morning she said those 3 magic words "Bark Ranger Patrol" - dog oh dog you have never seen us move so fast. We were so happy we could hardly sit still long enough for her to put our harnesses on. Mom said she was going to take us to the beach but sadly the park was closed today for the holiday - what the dog??? The holiday was last Saturday - I am going to have some serious barks with MY park staff about this! So we didn't get to see the sunrise over the beach this morning and instead headed off to our favorite rainforest walk.

Now some of you may wonder why most of the photos Mom takes are of me - well I am the MOST handsome, I am the OLDEST and it is MY blog but the real reason is Dweeb always walks by Mom's feet - so close that if she suddenly stops he bumps straight into her. It is very rare he will walk ahead of her unless she gives him nudge in the tush, he rarely stops to sniff anything and of coarse weirdest of all - he won't leave pee-mail. He is also always on high alert - looking this way and that way for monsters and everyone wonders why I call him the Dweeb :)



Sunday, July 5, 2015

Black and White Sunday

Dogs will always look up to you - not matter what you do (that's because they are so much shorter than humans :)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Independance Day

On this very special day of celebration let us also not forget the estimated 400 people will die on our roads this holiday weekend and the hundreds more who will be injured. Sadly hardly anyone but their families will care or hear about them. So drive carefully and stay safe this celebration weekend.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Twinkle Toes

Here's woofing at you :)
It was my turn to go and visit Dr W. yesterday but unlike the Dweeb - I LOVE going there and I especially love Miss Amanda who gives me LOTS of cookies. She already knows my greeting woof as I walk in the door and has my cookie waiting for me - yeah I have her wrapped around my paw already :)

I went to see Dr W. for a couple things this time - one was to check on my mouth and he says it is healing up beautifully. Mom has also been worried about my funky little twinkle toes as she calls them. Some of you may not know but my front feet have degenerative arthritis in the them which has caused my toes to become deformed and grow sideways. Dr W. also noted I have arthritis is my knee joints too now but trust me - that won't stop this Big Dog from going for his daily patrols.
My twinkle toes
My lefty that points right :)














Mom was also worried because I have been limping a lot more lately and she thought maybe it is as a result of a couple things but she also wanted to check I hadn't fractured a toe or anything. The first issue is our new house is completely tiled throughout (except the screened in sun room) and that is a bit hard on my feet. Mom has put down lots of rugs but it is not the same and a nice thick carpet with padding underneath. (We are renting our house and sadly are not allowed to install carpet :( The other thing is the grass here in Florida. It is either Bermuda or St Augustine grass - we are not sure exactly which it is but what we do know is it that it has very thick spiky leaves with rough edges and I do not like walking on it at all! Dr W. checked my twinkle toes all over and couldn't find any fractures or breaks but he did say the arthritis is really bad and he agreed the hard floors and grass are not helping. He said he would be okay for me to wear my boots more often even inside the house. He has also added a new arthritis medicine and some additional pain medicine so hopefully that will help.

The last thing Mom wanted to check was my eyes - she noticed they are looking blueish and Dr W. says it is quite common in older dogs - it is a result of cornea losing some of the protein that keeps them clear and is the most common cause of progressive blindness. He says it probably makes it a little harder for me to see at night and in the day it  would be like I am wearing sun glasses. He also said we doggies adapt very easily to losing some of our sight and it will be many years yet before it gets really bad.

Dr W also checked my Thyroid levels (can you believe that Dweeb brother of mine has the same thing now he such a copy-dog). I have been on medication for mine for the last two years and my levels are holding steady which is good.

Overall it wasn't the best of news we could of got but it could of been worse and we happy it is all things we can deal with. Dr W also told Mom he will do everything in his power to make sure I am as comfortable as possible so I can get on with my Bark Ranger duties.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Double "D" and a Birthday

Shock - Horror - What do you mean I have to go on a diet?
The Mom says she has been a bit worried about me lately - see I eat a lot less then Reilly and I am a VERY VERY slow eater plus we are going for way more walkies here in Florida  than we use too in Arkansas - and Mom says I should be losing weight but in fact the opposite is happening.  I tried telling Mom it was just all my 'he' muscles I was building up from the extra exercise but she didn't believe so off we went  shaking and trembling  to see Dr W.

Now Mom and Reilly say he is a wonderful vet but you can't fool me - no way - he is big and tall and looms over a small doggie like a dark sinister shadow in the night. Sure he was gentle and told me what a beautiful boy I was and what a wonderful coat I have (one that he rudely couldn't keep his hands out of I might add!) But he wasn't fooling me....no sir reeeeee - I knew he was really a blood sucking vet vampire and I was right - cause you know what he did - he STOLE my blood not once but TWICE and then had the nerve to put a girlie PINK bandage on my leggie both times! Anyway the results came back yesterday and I have the same problem Reilly has - very low thyroid. Now we both have to take medication and mom has pulled the nasty double "D" on me - the Dastardly Diet !!!! Doesn't she know there is is just more of me to love? She says she wants to love me for a VERY long time to come and can only do that if there is less of me ...... so this is the way it has to be - sigh - you just can't reason with Mom's sometimes.

Today is also our Dad's birthday and we both totally love and adore him. Mom says we are are both Daddy Boys as he the one we go to on the rare occasions we want a cuddle :) Today we will be giving him some extra ones - Happy Birthday Dad :)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Darwin Lite Awards

Let's hope she falls for it again and gives us 2 cookies each :)
Our famous buddy Bertie has asked us to share some examples of how our peeps are not as far along the evolutionary scale as they may think and our Mom is a prime example. Our Mom has a terrible time with numbers - especially phone numbers. Now of coarse Dad sets up Mom's phone for her so she can call someone just by name but on the few occasions she has had to enter the phone number to call someone .....well lets just say the people in New York, San Francisco and Atlanta were NOT the ones she was meant to be calling.  

Equally Mom has a habit of mis-reading things. Like the other day while driving down the road she asked Dad why the Bank was offering Free Chicken - he of coarse totally cracked up and said the sign said Free Checking!   Or reading Bearded Chicken on a menu instead of breaded - gawwooof! Mom says she could write a book about the things she has mis read over the years. Luckily for her we would NEVER take advantage of her lack of Darwin Evolution :)

PS - Mom called Dad last night to check when he would be home so she could have dinner ready - he said it would be around 6.00pm so Mom turned the oven on at 5.00 - there was just one problem - she forgot to put the food in - we could of told her we couldn't smell anything cooking but it was much more fun watching her reaction when she went to get dinner out - bbbbaaaawwwaaaahhhhh

Monday, June 29, 2015

Snake!

The Mom let us out for our morning constitutional and as she opened the door to let us back in she noticed something moving in the grass just 2 feet to our right and as she watched she realized it was a snake! It was only about a foot and a half long - black with a yellow stripe and Mom is pretty sure it was a the common garden garter snake (non poisonous). Mom didn't have the camera at hand but found this picture on Google images. We being the EVER watchful watch dogs we are didn't even see it :) It always makes Mom laugh as the first thing people she meets talk about when she says she is Australian is "ALL" the snakes in Australia. In Mom's 40 something years of living in Australia (and Mom lived in the Australian outback) she saw 2 snakes and yet since living in the USA she has seen so many she has lost count. We had a big downpour last night and we think the cooler temps and moisture probably bought Mr Snakey out. Thankfully it slithered off under the neighbors fence within seconds of Mom seeing it - but she says she will be even more vigilant than ever as the other thing we have noticed the last few days is lots and lots of baby lizards (like an inch long) they are so cute but are also the perfect snack for snakes.
Snake - what snake - we didn't see anything Mom!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunrise Sunday

“How sweet the morning air is! See how that one little cloud floats like a pink feather from some gigantic flamingo. Now the red rim of the sun pushes itself over the horizon. It shines on a good many folk, but on none, I dare bet, who are on a stranger errand than you and I. How small we feel with our petty ambitions and strivings in the presence of the great elemental forces of Nature!”
Arthur Conan Doyle

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Do you know?

We have a beautiful tree in our front yard that is now covered in flowers and we are wondering if anyone knows what it is?  Mom has nic named it the snowball tree and the flowers look like big old snowballs.




Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Shopping around the World with Bacon and Fozzie

This month we are joining Bacon and Fozzie's Shopping Around the World and doing a comparison of FIVE items from two different stores.  For our comparison we are using the Commissary and Publix. Now is all fairness we must point out we do not pay tax at the Commissary - it is one of the perks Dad gets for his years in the Military. Here are our items

Items                                                               Commissary                                     Publix
Edy's Frozen Custard                                       $3.99                                                $6.49
EB Cage Free Eggs                                          $2.99                                                $4.99
Oscar Mayer Bacon                                          $3.99                                                $6.99
Jar Soft Milkbone Treats                                  $4.99                                                $12.99
Noosa Yoghurt                                                  $1.79                                                $2.49


       

Monday, June 22, 2015

POTP for Mom

Mom is having a bit of a rough time at the moment - her IBS (Irratible Bowel Syndrome) and her stomach ulcer have both decided to play up at the same time and she is not a happy puppy. It is also very HOT  here with temps hovering around the high 90's for the last two weeks. My pond got stolen AGAIN but came back again yesterday after we had a one hour downpour. Please if you can -  will you send Mom some healing vibes and please accept our apologies that we might not around much for the next few days while we take care of her.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Fathers Day

Have you noticed how hard it is to find pics of us with our Dads? Mom says it is a guy thing - they don't like their photos being taken so we had to hunt through years of photos to find one of us with our Dad - but we finally did. We love our Dad like crazy and Mom says we are both Daddy boys - so Happy Fathers Day Dad.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Trying something new

One of the things Mom loves about Jacksonville is there so many more places to shop and so many new brands and things to try. This morning at Publix (a new store for her) she came across these Dogsters frozen treats for us - they  are over a dollar cheaper then the Frosty Paws we normally get and come in Peanut Butter and Mint Flavors. We tried the mint flavor today and totally loved them and dog of dog did we ever need them as the last few days have been in the high 90's! You can check out more information about them and where to by them on their Dogster facebook page. If you don't have facebook here is the list of stores that sell them.

Just a note - We are not doing a review of these treats - we are just sharing something new we found and liked that you might not of heard of :).
Comeon Mom - open the darn box!
Going into for the first slurp!
Slurp good,slurp yum, slurp brain freeze :)
Slurp slurp slurpitty slurp slurp!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Chewy.com Review - Trufood Cocochia Bakes

18 June 2015

Today thanks to Chewy.com - the best and most well known online pet food, treats and goodies store I am reviewing Wellness TruFood CocoChia Bakes with Lamb, Purple Carrots & Coconut Oil Grain-Free Dog Treats. This is the first time that "I" the Denny dog have done a review all by myself. (Mom says it is because Reilly still can't have crunchy cookies yet)

Here's the Basics

  • Wellness believes in giving pets a colorful palette of the best nutrition possible, so they made TruFood with whole foods from farm, field and sea. TruFood has more of what pets need to be vibrant and happy - that's how love becomes Wellness. When you treat with chia seeds and whole-prey protein, your dog gets more than just a tasty reward. These slow-baked TruFood CocoChia Bakes combine whole-prey protein with antioxidant-rich superfoods, probiotics, coconut oil and of course chia seeds to deliver a nutritious treat

    Key Benefits

    • 100% natural dog treats
    • A naturally grain-free snack
    • Slow-baked for more raw protein
    • Naturally colored by superfoods
    • No artificial flavors, colors or preservatives
    You can't have these Reilly!
    Sniff sniff - they smell a bit odd










       

      Ingredients

      • Chickpeas, Peas, Tapioca, Lamb, Dried Purple Carrots, Flaxseed, Coconut Oil, Chia Seeds, Turkey Liver, Turkey Hearts, Chicken Fat, Natural Flavor, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Dried Enterococcus thermophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus bulgaricus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract (this is a naturally preserved product)

      Taste Test
      NO MOM - I don't like the smell of these!

      • In all fairness I will admit that "I" the Denny dog am not fond of hard cookies - I will sometimes eat them but not very often (unless Mom breaks them into into small pieces) and these are very hard cookies -. Mom offered me one and I sniffed it and wouldn't take it. She then broke it up into pieces and I turned away when she offered it me. Now I can be pretty stubborn about trying new things so Mom even popped a little in my mouth and I promptly SPAT it out. No - no way did I like the smell or flavor of these cookies and I was NOT going to eat one.

      Negatives - Kind of - Sort of - Maybe - Not Really

      • These are nice small square cookies which would be a great training treat if you like them
      • For me - I just didn't like the smell of them or the flavor
      • Mom crumbled one up for Reilly today and he gobble it down but there is not much Reilly won't eat :) 

      Rating

      • Sadly "I" the Denny have to give these a no paws ratings cause I just didn't like them all - I am a dog of discerning tastes :) but I know Reilly would give them a 4 paws rating cause he loves crunchy cookies and will eat just about anything at all :)

      Disclaimer 
      Chewy.com sent me a bag of 
      Wellness TruFood CocoChia Bakes with Lamb, Purple Carrots & Coconut Oil 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.

      Wednesday, June 17, 2015

      Bravo for Special Moments

      We are joining Oz in sharing his "Bravo for Special Moments".  When we moved to Florida Mom wasn't sure how we would like the beach as we had never experienced it before. I think our happy smiles clearly show how much we LOVE our special moments sitting on the beach with Mom watching the sun rise.
      Our good friend Oz is hosting a Bravo For Special Moments Photo Contest
       from now through Tuesday, June 23, 2015 on a secret page on his blog. 
      It is a surprise for Bravo Pet Foods
        a blog hop Photo Contest that will be published on Thursday, June 25, 2015   
      To learn more, CLICK HERE
       

      Tuesday, June 16, 2015

      Early Morning Bark Ranger Patrol

      I told Mom we HAD to get up early and go and do some Bark Ranger Patrols which I sadly could not do last week because of my toofer problems. But they are all healed now and I have a job to do - so off we went. We arrived at 6.08 am and waited (and did quite a bit of sniffing) until 6.28 when the sun started to rise. As usual we had the beach all to ourselves and Mr Denny found some turtle tracks which he sniffed at sniffed at - most unusual for him as her rarely sniffs at anything. We loved watching the US Coast Guard ship cross the sunrise - they actually have one of their bases right here at Mayport. Bark Ranger duty done for today - MY beach is in perfect condition - I must say - MY park staff do an excellent job of keeping MY parks and beach ultra clean.
      We have the beach all to ourselves Mom
      Denny found turtle tracks !
      Waiting for the sun to wake up
      Here it comes Mom
      The US Coast Guard was out on patrol
      Perfect morning for a spot of fishing

      Monday, June 15, 2015

      Chewy.com Review - Solid Gold Lamb and Brown Rice

      15 June 2015

      Today thanks to Chewy.com - the best and most well known online pet food, treats and goodies store we are reviewing Solid Gold Hund-n-Flocken Lamb, Brown Rice & Barley Recipe Canned Dog Food. As many of you know I recently had 4 teeth removed and needed to be on soft food for a week while my gums healed. Chewy.com was wonderful and sent me 12 cans of this wonderful food to get me through it.

      Here's the Basics
      • The first dog food Solid Gold ever crafted has a special place in the hearts of Solid Gold fans and so does the wet dog food variety of this formula! The holistic and natural ingredients (and the funny-sounding name) were inspired by Solid Gold founder Sissy McGill. Your dog will feast on tender, delicious lamb. Every bowl is a well-balanced meal packed with high-density protein and whole grain brown rice

      Nice and chunky
      Me and my puffy nose :)














      Key Benefits
      • Perfect to pair with Hund-n-Flocken dry dog food or to be fed as a standalone diet
      • Nutritionally complete and balanced meal
      • Holistic food for adult dogs of all sizes
      • No corn, wheat or soy which are common allergens for dogs
      • No fillers, by-products, artificial coloring, flavoring or preservatives
      • Made in the US

      Taste Test
      • Now I must admit I TOTALLY loved this food and licked the bowl clean over and over again (until I drove Mom crazy and she picked it up to wash it) It is a nice solid food and had carrots in it which even I ate and I am known for not eating veggies!
      Mom said I could I have 1 piece -  I went for the big one!
      This is cruel - let me at it :)



      Ingredients
      • Lamb, Water Sufficient for Processing, Lamb Liver, Brown Rice, Carrots, Barley, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Dicalcium Phosphate, Oatmeal, Alfalfa Meal, Flaxseed Meal, Olive Oil, Salt, Carrageenan, Cassia, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, Calcium Panthothenate, Biotin Supplement, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement

      Negatives - Kind of - Sort of - Maybe - Not Really
      • Now Mom was a bit worried about giving me canned food as it not something I have ever had before and she remembers how many of the 'old' types of canned dogs food had a laxative affect on doggies. She was very happy to find this was NOT the case with this food and she loved that it was solid and chunky and could be cut into cubes for me. Denny also got to try a little of this in his food and he too totally loved it!

      Rating
      • I am definitely giving this food a high 4 paws as it is totally delicious and I was able to eat it with no problems. We would highly recommend this for older dogs who have lost some teeth and may be having trouble with harder types of foods.
      Disclaimer 
       

      Sunday, June 14, 2015

      Doggie Discrimination

      Yesterday we all jumped in the Ms Beazly (MY new car) and headed off to Amelia Island - this was our first visit and to get there we had to take a car ferry which Mom said was so cool. This was also our first case of dog discrimination for although dogs are allowed on the ferry they are not allowed to get out of the car - which is so unfair as I REALLY wanted to stand at the bow like Mom did. Needless to say I barked loudly about the unfair situation.
       












      Once we got off the ferry we headed off toward the first park which is Little Talbot State Park and shock horror - more doggie discrimination - we were told they don't allow dogs and they charge $5.00 to just to get in!  Dad turned Ms Beazly around and we left - then we came across Big Talbot State Park and it was the same thing! We kept driving and noticed they have an awesome bike trail that runs the entire length of Amelia island and every now and again there was a place to park. I told Dad I REALLY needed to leave some pee mail so he stopped and as luck would have the parking area we stopped at also had a walking trail that led down to the beach. It also cost $3.00 to just park at the trail but I told Mom she could take it out of my treat money as I really really wanted to go. We walked and walked and walked and it was awesome - it was so shady and cool and eventually we came out to an area called drift wood beach. We couldn't really go and check it out as the path came to an abrupt end on a cliff about 10 foot high and we couldn't find a path down but we enjoyed looking at it anyway. We kept driving an noticed lots of funny shaped beach houses including this one that looked like a lighthouse. Mom was surprised there are still blocks of lands for sale right on the beach front - she is dreaming now of winning the lotto and having a house right on the beach.