Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Ryder wonders....

 It's September 1st already!  Can someone tell me where Summer went?

 It might be September, but it sure feels like Summer is still here!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Happy Birthday Collies, and a review for Chewy!

Today was a special day in our home.  Why?  Today our Ryder and Kori turned 4 years old.  Its hard to believe they are 4 already, but it also seems like they have always been a part of our family.  They have different personalities, with Ryder being more sensitive and preferring to spend his time with us.  Kori on the other hand is a little more focused on playing with the other smooth girls in our family. (but she still needs her cuddle time) They both have the sweet and gentle collie personalities, and they are both very loved.

 Before they received their birthday presents, they posed with Pumpkin for our newest review for Chewy.com.  They sent us Orijen Alberta Freeze dried Lamb dog treats and for Pumpkin, they sent us a Temptations snacky mouse cat treat toy.

They LOVED the treats!  Five out of five collies approved!  And looking at the ingredients, I love the quality.  Unlike so many dog treats you find on the store shelves these days, Orijen Alberta Lamb treats has just three ingredients.  Just. Three. Ingredients.  The only thing you will find in these treats are lamb, lamb liver and lamb tripe.  And what really sold me on these treats, is that none of the ingredients were outsourced.  So there is no need to worry about questionable ingredients from China or other countries.

And the Temptations Snacky Mouse Toy was really fun.  It took Pumpkin a few minutes to figure out how it worked, but once she caught on, she was fixated on it.  A toy that she could play with that dispensed treats?  Kitty heaven!  I can see this toy making lots of cats happy around the holidays!  It's definitely something we would recommend to others.

 Then it was time for toys and special birthday cookies.  They were so patient and so good for me.  I was happy to see they still remembered the "leave it" command I had taught them when they were puppies.  I guess a "collie never forgets!"

And finally, it was time for cake.  They are such good dogs, such amazing friends, they deserve to be spoiled on their special day!

If you want to read about their amazing birth story, click here:
Happy 1st birthday!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Sunnybank revisted...

"Collie Social" Photo courtesy of Faith Peters

Every August they travel from far and wide to visit a small park in New Jersey.  Some come alone, but most of them come with their four-footed best friends.  If you ask them why they made the trip, they will all respond with the same sentiment, they love collies and they love Sunnybank.  Most of the individuals who attend “The Gathering” each year grew up reading the stories written by Albert Payson Terhune.  Many of them fell in love with collies because of the stories of the heroic and loveable collies of Sunnybank.  Such is the impact of Terhune’s books about his Sunnybank collies, that even now, 100 years later, people still love his collie stories. 

Terhune with Gray Dawn, Explorer and Sigurdson
We have attended The Gathering of Collies at Sunnybank many times.  And each time, as I walk across the green grass, shaded by the old trees and bordered by the fire blue lake, I am transported back to the days when Sunnybank belonged to Terhune and his collies.

Skyler by the Fire Blue Lake - photo courtesy of Faith Peters

One can’t help but imagine Lad, Lady, Bruce, Gray Dawn and Wolf running across the lawn, carefree and beautiful as they rush to greet the Master and Mistress.  While the Sunnybank collies are long gone, along with Terhune and his wife, Anice, their memories will live on in the hearts and minds of collie lovers all over the world.  And for one weekend every August collies once again return to play and romp on the lawn and hills of Sunnybank.  And in my opinion, the fact that these collies can all be traced back to the great Sunnybank collies of the past just makes it all the more special!  It is a magical sight that brings joy to every collie lover able to make the journey to The Gathering.

photo courtesy of Linda DeYoung
Last week The Gathering was held at Sunnybank and individuals from all over attended.  On Saturday there were discussions on collie health related topics.  There was also a rescue parade, to celebrate all the collies that were rescued from shelters and adopted into loving families.  And on Sunday the puppies are celebrated with a puppy match. 

Sunnybank Friends Gather Together  (photo by Faith Peters)

Puppy Match - photo courtesy of Linda DeYoung

It is a fun weekend, and gives everyone a chance to socialize with other collie lovers while strolling the grounds of Sunnybank.  Visitors attending the Gathering can even sign up for a walking tour of Sunnybank and visit the graves of all the Sunnybank collies of the past.

The original Sunnybank house, long gone, but never forgotten.


There is even a junior handling competition for kids interested in learning how to show collies.

Captain, Scarlett's brother and littermate.
The AKC even featured an article about The Gathering, which you can read here:
crazy for collies

and here is an article about Albert Payson Terhune:

And check out Scarlett's trip to Sunnybank, as a puppy!
Sunnybank Scarlett

just a few of our friends we were lucky enough to meet up with at The Gathering- photo by Faith Peters

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Summertime and the days are long...

Have you ever noticed that the more stressful your life becomes, the busier and more chaotic, the more you need to plan quiet getaways? I know for me, the easiest way to find a place to relax, is to plan an outing my dog will enjoy. I have noticed that left to my own devices, my vactions center around fitting in as much activity as possible.  I think it is habit, in my work and day to day life I rush from one thing to the next, so I do the same thing with my vacations.

I am on day three of my current vacation, and this time I am following my dogs' lead. So far we have taken long drives and longer walks, and we have stopped to smell the flowers and taste the sweetness that life has to offer.

Long walks can lead to unexpected beauty...

And peaceful gardens...

Scarlett reminded us to stop for a sweet treat...


Long drives lead to peaceful farms....

Full of Sunflowers!

Ryder loved this gorgeous spot!

So did Kori!

Do you have any summer vacation plans?  Do they include your pets?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Pumpkin's turn...

The second item we were asked to review for Chewy.com made our kitty, Pumpkin, a very happy feline! They sent us Orijen's Tundra cat treats.

Now Pumpkin will steal and eat dog cookies whenever she sees an opportunity, she is a small cat with a tiger's appetite.  However, she really loves when we give her treats made specifically for cats.  So we expected her to appreciate the cat treats sent to us by Chewy, but she absolutely devoured these treats!  When you check out the ingredients, it's easy to see why she went crazy over these morsels!  This is a product you can feel safe giving to your cat, it's GMO and grain free!


Boneless venison, elk liver, boneless elk, venison liver, boneless quail, steelhead trout

Orijen's unique and flavorful Tundra treats feature ranch-raised elk, cage-free quail and steelhead trout - all delivered fresh from our region in WholePrey ratios, so you can indulge and nourish your cat at the same time. Made without cooking or preservatives, Orijen's Biologically Appropriate treats are gently freeze-dried to lock in the life-giving goodness and flavors of fresh and regional ingredients for a reward your cat will truly love.
Key Benefits
  • Made from 100% meat and nothing else!
  • Freeze-dried to lock in flavor and nutrition
  • Guaranteed analysis to mirror mother nature
  • Low calorie and carbohydrate free
  • Approximately 100 treats per bag
Thanks Chewy, this is definitely going on our shopping list!  To order these treats for your own cat, just click on the link below:

Sunday, June 14, 2015

A product review for Chewy.com!!

We do occasional product reviews for the awesome folks at Chewy.com.  This month they sent us three products, and the collies and Pumpkin kitty could not have been happier!  Since the collies and Pumpkin kitty think each of these great products deserve their own post, they are doing separate reviews.  You can learn more about the Kong toy by clicking on this link: Kong

Now the collies love food, and they LOVE eating!  So they were understandably excited when they spotted the canned Solid Gold, Barking at the Moon Beef recipe in the Chewy box!  They loved the taste of this canned food.  In fact, they were so happy that we added this canned to their kibble they celebrated after dinner by playing together...even our senior girls joined in the romping and wrestling!  They give this canned food four paws way up!

What I liked about this canned food is that it's grain & gluten free, made with USA-sourced beef, and quality ingredients like cranberries and blueberries.  Solid Gold Barking at the Moon, Beef recipe, is a canned dog food that I feel safe giving to my collies!  Thank you Chewy.com for sending us this canned food, we will definitely be buying more. (We have to stay stocked with this canned food, the collies will stage a revolt if we don't  keep adding this to their kibble!)

The second item we received from Chewy.com turned out to be the collies new favorite toy!

The Kong Squeezz Ball is an awesome toy - a tug and a squeaky toy in one! The collies enjoyed playing tug with each other, and with me!

And it's on sale right now, you can learn more by clicking on the link above! We wanted to thank Chewy.com, we had a lot of fun with this month's reviews!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Spring is here!

Now that the long, cold Winter is over, Spring arrived slowly this year, and Summer is right around the corner.  We spent most of our Winter inside cuddling the collies and trying to stay warm.  But with the arrival of sunshine and flowers, we are venturing back out, and starting to take pictures again of our adventures...

Kori, looking as pretty as a magnolia petal... Ryder, another Spring, means another picture by the Forsythia!
 Abby, Ryder's mom, posed too!
And Holly, our oldest girl, enjoying the warm sunshine... So how is your Spring going?