Saturday, November 22, 2014

Mystery Solved

Remember we received some Zuke's treats earlier this week but we weren't sure where they came from. Well the lovely "Sara" from the Zukes company contacted us to let us know they were from a competition we entered over on Pepper Paws blog. So a HUGE BIG thank you to Pepper and Zukes - you really made our day. Just as a side note Zukes was the very first treat I ever tried as a wee tiny puppy and Mom has always used them as our go-to training treats as they small and just perfect for that.
Thank You Pepper and Zuke's for our yummy treats

Friday, November 21, 2014

Flashback Friday

Yes - the last couple of vacations have been "With Denny". The first one we took him on was in 2013 when the went to the Crater of Diamond State Park - the only place in the USA where the public can dig for diamonds and it is dog friendly too! And NO - we didn't find any diamonds but we sure had a wonderful time looking for some.

We stayed at a little place called Diamond Jacks, where we rented a cabin and it was on the edge of a river and just behind the State Park. Diamond Jack was awesome and said it was okay for us to run around leash free because it was a slow week and there wasn't any other people staying there. He has the most beautiful peacocks that run around free (and boy did we have chasing them) he also has fainting goats - which are the funniest ever things to watch and this adorable little pony who is the live in lawn mower. Diamond Jack has a couple of cabins and also has these huge teepees which can sleep up to 12.
Peacocks run around free
One of the Cabins at Diamonds Jack
Running free with Diamonds Jack's Pup
Resting by the river
Tee Pee Accommodation
The Lazy River

Thursday, November 20, 2014

2008 BD

In 2008 BD (Before Denny) Mom, Dad and I went on our first ever vacation together. We rented a cabin high up in the Rockie Mountains in Colorado. The scenery was breathtaking and so was the lack or air - or so Mom and Dad said. The high altitudes really took a toll on them - but not me - I was a Rocky Mountain explorer dog and LOVED it. We would go adventuring in the mornings with me wearing my Outward Hound Back Pack and then spend the afteroons just snoozing by the fire. Our cabin overlooked the lake and just a few minutes down the road was a little town that looked like a little bit of Switzerland. There was little Swiss chalets and the stores and restaurants all had that Swiss vibe going on.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mom's bad memory and a Thank you

Our favorite mail lady came to the door with a box for us which we were surprised about because we weren't expecting anything. When we opened it  we found we had won some yummy Zukes treats - one of our most favorites BUT - we don't know who we won them from. We blame Mom - she is supposed to keep a track of such things but alas she let us down. So who ever we won these wonderful treats from - a very big THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Snow and Shopping

The weatherman said we would get between 1 and 2 inches of snow last night - he LIED ! What we really got was 1 or 2 FLAKES. It was so disappointing when we went to check out  our winter wonderland this morning only to find sad brown grass as usual.

Mom said she would make us feel better though by taking us the pet stores to do our Christmas Shopping for our Christmas Gift Exchange. We had so much fun sniffing around although we were a bit disappointed as even though I barked and barked to tell them we were there and waiting for our treats - we didn't get a single one at either store - what gives with that????  But check out what we found at Petco a new product called "Good Lovin" and they have real Australian Kangaroo treats and Crocodile treats - how cool is that? We told Mom they would make some great stocking stuffers for us and she agreed :)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

What gives?

Every year around this time we start seeing Scottie Christmas EVERYTHING (cards, statues, cookies, ornaments and so on - you would be AMAZED to see what Amazon has if you search Scottie Christmas) and we wondered WHEN and WHY the Scottie became the "Christmas dogs?"  We are thinking it is because Scotties are also associated with Tartan and Tartan has a Christmas feel to it.

This year we have also noticed white Scotties or Westies and also this little brown terrier type and yes - even pugs (that is them in the red sweaters but Mom didn't get a good pic of them  front on. We searched all over the intermutts but didn't find any real answer. If you like these guys (and who doesn't) they are available at Hobby Lobby Stores and they are $14.99 - less if you use their 40% off coupon which you can online or you get it on your phone.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Go Away Winter !

Mom says she is sooooooo not ready for winter and is already hating the cold more than usual this year. She did at least manage to get all her plants in off the deck so our sun room does look like a tropical oasis again and you will be seeing A LOT of it over the coming months.

We really don't know what is wrong with Mom - I mean to say we LOVE the cold and would be quite happy if it snowed. Mom says it is something to do with science and that people that live and grow up in hot climates have thinner blood which allows for it to move around the body faster to help keeps them cooler - but in cold climates they lose heat too fast and are always cold. The reverse is said to happen to people who grow up in cold climates.

I must admit  we have been spending much more time than normal sitting out on MY deck enjoying this cold blast - Mom worries that I will get cold as my fur isn't as thick as it use to be but trust me - I am very warm under what I do have. Even the Dweeb seems to be enjoying the cooler temps. Stay warm to the two thirds of the country that are being chilled at the moment and to the rest of you - bah humbug :) :)
Memorizing stares - hand over the treats .....hand over the treats....hand over the treats.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A cold bear

Come on Mom - I know its cold but we need a walkie. From 70 degrees on Monday to 36 degrees today....bbbbbrrrrr it was a sudden change. But Mom being the brave old soul she is - she bundle up like an Eskimo and off we went to MY park. We were loving the cold wind blowing through our furs but Mom said we could only have a short walkies today.

Hey remember the other day we let you know how the little town of Oil Trough got it's name (from the trough they used to melt down bear fat) and we said they must of wiped out all the bears around this area because they hadn't been seen around here for a long time - well last night a truck hit a big brown bear just north of us and when we say big we mean BIG - this guy was 600 pounds of bear !!!!!  Sadly his battle with the truck didn't end well and Mr Bear is headed to the happy hunting grounds over the bridge -  but we thought it was interesting that there are still bears around here and it has Mom double thinking about where we go walking.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

We salute all the veterans

Very Proud of our Dad
Today we salute all the veterans who bravely and unselfishly
gave their time and often their lives to protect and keep us safe. Our Dad is a veteran - he was a Commander in the Navy for 20 years and flew P3 planes - he loves this country with a passion and was honored to serve. Dad's Dad was also in the military and in keeping with family tradition Dad's nephew is in the Air Force and is currently serving in Italy. To all the veterans currant, past and future - we honor and thank you for your service.

On Mom's side - her Dad was in the second world war and served in the British Army. This is one of the very special memento's Mom has of her Dad and Mom. This postcard was made by a funny little guy at the base of the pyramids - he used a photo of Mom's Mom that Dad carried with him and took of photo of Mom's Dad - combined them with a postcard and came up with this wonderful keepsake. Mom chuckles at this being one of the first versions on photo shopping :)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

B & W Sunday Snippets

We thought we would catch up on some questions asked during the week - the first one was about the pet UN-friendly Greer Ferry Lake we visited on Tuesday and the town of Oil Trough we stopped at on the way. We did some research and found the town is believed to have acquired its name in the early 19th century from a trough used to render bear fat, which was sold to customers in New Orleans. We guess they must of killed a lot of bears cause there hasn't been any bears around here for a very long time.

The funky RV we saw on Wednesday had many of you dreaming like our Mom - Mom dreams of visiting all our buddies and seeing all the great things to see around the USA and Dad dreams of being of able to go to every Penn State Football game. This weekend he drove 6 hours to go and see them play in Bloomington Indiana and then drove 6 hours all the way back. We figure we could combine both things - sight seeing and tail gating ........we just need to win the lotto :) :)

Some of you asked what the Kangaroo treats taste like....kangaroo is very close to venison - it is deep red meat,  is extremely lean and high in protein. Many people say it tastes just like venison. Because their meat is very muscular it needs to marinated and tenderized well for people to be able to eat it and NO - Mom has never tried it - she grew up looking after baby kangaroos and just couldn't even think of ever eating one. One of the most popular dishes back home is kangaroo tail soup and it is very similar to osso buco.

Saturday, November 8, 2014 Review - Natural Balance Venison Burgar Bites

8th November 2014

Here's the Basics
  • Today thanks to we are reviewing Natural Balance Venison Burger Bites.  Mr Denny will be doing the review because sadly when Mom checked the ingredients she found the second ingredient is turkey which I the Reilly dog can't have - so not fair !

Key Benefits
  • Made with high-quality venison (and turkey)
  • No corn, wheat, artificial flavors or colors
  • Suitable for all breeds
  • Great for puppies and adult dogs
  • Made in the USA

Taste Test
  • I the Denny thought these were totally delicious. They are soft, moist and chewy which is exactly my most favorite kind of treat.

  • Venison, Turkey, Barley Flour, Brown Rice Flour, Vegetable Glycerin, Rice, Sucrose, Dried Sweet Potatoes, Gelatin, Water, Cane Molasses, Salt, Sorbic Acid (preservative), Caramel Color, Citric Acid (preservative), Mixed Tocopherols (preservative), Natural Smoke Flavor, Rosemary Extract

Negatives - Kind of - Sort of - Maybe - Not Really
  • I the Denny totally loved these as I prefers soft treats - the treats are about 1.5 " in diameter and can be easily broken into smaller pieces but Mom let me try a whole one!
  • Note from Mom - the bag gives the impression that these are venison only treats - they should really be called venison and turkey burger bites

Rating Definitely a 4 paw rating from Mr Denny but 0 paws from Mr Reilly

Disclaimer : 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.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Blue Skies and Sunshine

After what seemed like 87 gazillion days of rain (okay it was just 2 but it was non stop!) we finally got to go to MY park. We decided a walk with our invisible leashes was required so we headed off to MY lookout because no-one ever goes but us. Mom also discovered another meaning for the word fall - not only do leaves fall - but so do doggies (and people) when they step on slippery wet leaves or don't see all the tree roots under the piles of leaves. Here is MY lookout and me headed up to the top.

Yay - we made it to the top - yes even Dweeb who although I hate to admit is is much better at climbing stairs than I am.

The next bit was coming down - easy peasy so long as you don't get to much momentum going and if you do - well Mom's legs are always useful for breaking purposes.

Next we headed down through the woods to the lake which we must say is at the lowest level we have ever seen - guess all the rain we have had the last gazillion days hasn't helped - but look what we found - the beavers lodge - uncovered! Normally this little cove is completely under water.

And finally - a tree with some real color - it was so pretty against the blue sky and we also saw what we think is a crab apple tree - it looked like a sad little stick Christmas tree with a few baubles on it. What ever the fruit is - the squirrels sure seem to be enjoying them.

Now even though it was a bright sunny day, the wind was a blowing and it was cold - perfect for us but the Mom's chattering teeth and creaky old bones were getting so annoying that we headed back to MY car so she could warm up. This is also the only time you will see Dweeb racing out in front of Mom - she just has to say two magic words "car car" and you have never seen his fluffy butt move so fast. Mom says he see the car as his safe place after alluding all the wild creatures he hears stalking him the bushes - funny no one else hears them :) :)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Kangaroo Yum !

Mom got a 'care' package from her sissy back home in Australia and it was full of Mom's favorite Aussie treats - but Aunty Kris also put some special treats in there for ME us and guess what it is - kangaroo!!!!

Mmmmmmmwe got to try the snap bar first and even Dweeb gobbled it down which is unusual for him as he is the slowest eater in the whole entire world. We loved the kangaroo treats but I told dweeb he couldn't have too much because he would start bouncing all over the place :) :) The best thing about them is they are also nice and soft which we both like. Thank you so much Aunty Krissy - you made our day.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Weird things at MY park

We managed to sneak out early to MY park before the rain came and I must say we came across something very weird looking. Mom says it is called an RV and that if she ever won the lotto she would buy one and we travel all over the USA to visit all our buddies. One thing is for sure - you certainly couldn't miss it driving it down the road and you could hardly miss is parked in MY park either!!!!!!!

Mom was also doing a lot of sighing at the park today too - she said it made her feel sad now all the leave are all falling and that bleak winter look is appearing again. Did you know a recent study showed that green and blue are the two colors that lift our spirits, help us to focus better and be more productive.You can read more about it if you do a search on "the psychology of colors"

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A most disappointing adventure

Yesterday we headed off on another adventure to visit Heber Springs and Greer Ferry Lake which is 2 hours south east of where we live - at least that is what Google maps said.  Mom's GPS decided it could find a "quicker" way and it actually took us 3 hours to get there - needless to say the GPS is lucky to be still beeping!

Anyhoo - along the way we stopped at a tiny town called Oil Trough - population of 260 - which is situated right on a bend of the White River. Mom said it is a weird name for a town but she liked the little overlook they have built there and we enjoyed having a sniff around.

 We continued on through the Ozarks with the GPS taking us every which way - Mom was dreading we were getting well and truly lost but eventually we arrived at Heber Springs where the lake is located.  Our first stop was the Visitors Center where picked up a map of the area. The couple in the center were very helpful and told Mom there was a nice easy walking trail up to a lookout where we could see the dam and it would take about 25 minutes to get there. The trail as it turns out took us 40 minutes and was pure mountain goat country hanging on the side on on the hill with a steep drop on one side and barely wide enough for Mom to walk on.  We had to climbs over rocks, up hills and down, over bridges and just when we were nearly to the lookout came the worse bit - 70 wooden steps up to the lookout - so much for it being an easy trail! We decided to follow the road back to the visitors center and came across a sign pointing to Collins Creek Falls which turned out to be spectacular and made the whole  hike worthwhile - it was just the MOST beautiful place.

We finally made it back to the car and after having some picnic lunch we headed off to see Greer Ferry Lake and this is where the BIGGEST disappointment happened. We went to 3 of the public parks listed on the map near the end of the lake where we were (there is 16 in total around the lake) and all 3 had BIG signs saying "Pets Prohibited - $800 fine" What The DOG !!!!! After driving so far we couldn't even go and see the lake. Mom was annoyed at the first park, at the second one she angry and when she saw the same sign at the third she was ready to run it over with the car! Sadly we didn't get to see the see the lake up close and didn't get any pictures. Greers Ferry Lake has now been well and truly scrubbed off our list of places to visit. Thankfully Mom turned off the GPS for the trip home - following the map she had printed off and yes - this time it did only take 2 hours :)

Stopping for a rest
Stopping for another rest - happy face!
Greer Ferry Dam from the Lookout
Collins Creek Falls