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Monday, January 2, 2017

Christmas Gift Exchange

I've spent the last week sick, so I haven't been online, which is why this post is a little late.  The collies have been pestering me to get busy, because they wanted to thank their new friends Dante and Ziva for their Christmas gifts!



We participated in the Christmas Gift Exchange, hosted by Oreo, and we received gifts from Dante and Ziva, and their parents.  We didn't know these bloggers until the gift exchange, so it was a great way to meet new friends!  If you haven't discovered their blog yet, you should definitely head over there right away, just click here.





The collies all gathered around, except for Ryder, he decided he wanted to supervise this time.


They are such good sports, always willing to pose for pictures before they enjoy their treats.


And just look at those treats!  The collies loved all the great, yummy treats and the Christmas card was adorable!  



Thank you so much Dzdogs, we really loved all the gifts, and we hope you have a Happy New Year!  We hung your pictures on our fridge, and I can't wait to make dog cookies with our new cookie cutter and pot holder!  (what a cute pot holder!)  We are so glad we got to know you guys, and look forward to reading more of your posts in 2017!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

We celebrated both Christmas and a special birthday!

On Christmas  Day our pretty Holly the collie turned 11 years old.  So she spent the day being spoiled, just as every senior deserves!  Hope everyone had a Merry weekend...



With lots of time relaxing with loved ones...


And getting spoiled by Santa Paws!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Santa came early! (thanks Chewy.com)



The kitties have been very good this year, and thanks to Chewy.com, we had a new item for them to review.  Chewy.com sent us the Petstages Tower of Tracks cat toy, and what better time to review a toy then at Christmastime!



From the moment we pulled the Petstages Tower of Tracks Cat Toy out of the Chewy.com box, we couldn't keep them away from it!  They were curious kitties, and even though curiosity is in their nature, they were even more inquisitive than usual.



They had a lot of fun with this toy, and are currently playing with it as I am writing this review.  Ghost,who is under 2 years of age, seems to be enjoying the toy the most.  But even Pumpkin, who recently turned 5 years old, is playing with the Tower of Tracks.  We do not have any kittens, but I imagine they would have a great time playing with this toy too.



One of things I really like about this toy, is that the balls are enclosed within the tracks.  Which means they won't end up all over the house, where the balls will be either stepped on by us or chewed on by the puppies!  



The kitties and I both agree, this toy is great for cats of all ages.  It will entertain your cat, and I loved watching them play with it.  You can buy your Petstages Tower of Tracks at Chewy.com.  We want to thank Chewy.com for sending this toy and all the other items we reviewed this past year.  We are grateful to be part of your Blogger product review program, and can't wait to see what new items will be up for review in 2017.  We also wanted to offer our congratulations to Ms. Sydney on her promotion, we will miss you, and we look forward to getting to know Ms. Natalie.

 Chewy.com sent us this toy in exchange for our honest product review, we were not reimbursed for this review.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Have yourself a Merry little Christmas...

We know the next two days will be busy for many of you.  So the collies, kitties and I wanted to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!



And if you haven't entered yet, you still have a little time!  Luv & Emma's giveaway


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Wordless Wednesday, Almost Christmas!


Scarlett wants to wish everyone a Merry Little Christmas!  And she also wants to remind you there are a few days left to enter our first give away, you can find the details here!

Ryder spreads the love.

A couple winters ago, my mother fell in the snow and broke both of her arms, necessitating a six week stay in a rehab/nursing facility.  To cheer her up, I brought our collie Ryder to visit and work his magic.  He was such a hit, we brought him back a few times, and before long the other patients and residents were calling him into their rooms to visit.  The staff also fell under his charms and when I would show up to visit my mother without him, they would ask me to go get him!  All of which started me thinking about getting Ryder certified as a Therapy dog.  And this past summer, while we were at Sunnybank, I finally had him take the test, which he passed.



I had to wait for all his paperwork to go through, but finally in September, he was ready to start doing visits.  I contacted a few local nursing homes, and they all agreed to let him come visit.  But one Nursing home in particular was very enthusiastic, and even asked if they could put him on their weekly schedule!  They do a lot of activities for their residents, and were very happy to have a therapy dog stopping by the Nursing home.  It has been such a wonderful experience, and we can see how positively the residents have responded to Ryder’s visits.  Many of them light up when they see him coming down the hall, and one resident even had her family buy her a bag of dog cookies, so she has them to give to him when he visits.  And some of the staff look forward to his visits too, one particular lady keeps treats in her desk for him as well.



I recently planned a movie day, where I had Ryder and two other therapy dogs visit with the residents and watch an old Lassie movie with them.  It was a big success, judging by the smiles on their faces.  The staff even took pictures of Ryder and the other dogs with the residents, and printed them so the residents could hang them in their rooms.



We recently learned that the AKC, in order to encourage pure bred dog owners to pursue pet assisted therapy work, have made Therapy Dog titles!  Ryder is one visit away from earning his THDN.

Therapy Dog Titles
·         AKC Therapy Dog Novice (THDN) Must have completed 10 visits.
·         AKC Therapy Dog (THD) Must have completed 50 visits.
·         AKC Therapy Dog Advanced (THDA) Must have completed 100 visits.
·         AKC Therapy Dog Excellent (THDX) Must have completed 200 visits.
·         AKC Therapy Dog Distinguished (THDD)

Doing pet assisted therapy dog work has been a very rewarding experience, and it has so many benefits for the residents.  It can improve a patient’s social interaction and can improve their emotional health, as many are still sad after giving up their pets when they entered the facility.  Therapy dogs can also visit hospitals, hospice facilities, schools, libraries and sites of disasters.  To learn more about Therapy dog programs click on any of the following links:

AKCTherapy Dogs
Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs
TDI - Therapy Dogs Internatiional


Monday, December 19, 2016

Something to bark about!

This month our friend Ms. Sydney, over at Chewy.com, sent us a package of Stella & Chewy's Super Blends Cage Free Beef Recipe Meal Mixers.  We were excited to try this freeze dried food, as we love adding things to the collies' dinners to make sure they are getting good nutrition and to make their dinners a little more tasty.


The collies were convinced that Christmas came early, as they loved the Stella & Chewy's as a dog food topper!  And it's easy to see why:

  • Adds a boost of real, freeze-dried, raw-food nutrition and taste to your dog’s kibble, with every scoop
  • Each batch starts with 95% raw beef, bone and organs—with no added hormones or antibiotics—plus wholesome, 100% organic certified fruits and vegetables
  • Made without grains, gluten ingredients, fillers, or artificial preservatives or colorings
  • Every batch is crafted with care in their own USA kitchen, using only the finest, responsibly sourced ingredients, with no ingredients from China
  • Simply scoop and mix with your pet’s kibble to serve

Ingredients:

Beef, Beef Liver, Beef Kidney, Beef Heart, Beef Tripe, Beef Bone, Organic Bananas, Organic Wild Blueberries, Organic Strawberries, Pumpkin Seed, Potassium Chloride, Organic Cranberries, Organic Spinach, Organic Broccoli, Organic Beets, Sodium Phosphate Monobasic, Organic Carrots, Organic Squash, Organic Apples, Choline Chloride, Dried Pediococcus Acidilactici Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium Longum Fermentation Product, Tocopherols (Preservative), Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Proteinate, Thiamin Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement
  


It sounds great right?  We thought so too, and we love that it is made with cage free, grass-fed beef!  The fruits and veggies are organic, and the beef is also antibiotic and hormone free, which is something we love to see in a quality dog food.


Each package of Stella & Chewy's Superblends Meal Mixers comes with a nice little measuring scoop, for added convenience.  And the Superblends isn't only a food topper, it can also be fed as a complete dinner when water is added.


And look, you can actually see the little bits of freeze dried bananas, blueberries and strawberries right in the food!  It has all the nutritional benefits of a raw diet, without the mess.  Now that is something to bark about!



And the collies all agree, 100%, that this food topper is the tops!  They couldn't get enough, and they have been begging for more ever since they got their first taste of Stella & Chewys Superblends.  They have been trying to convince me that it would make the perfect Christmas gift.



Please don't tell them, but I agree, and they will be definitely be getting some Stella & Chewy's for Christmas.  I certainly wouldn't want to be accused of being a Grinch!  (Notice the collies are ready with their Whoville Christmas tree?  )

"Fahoo fores dahoo dores,Welcome Christmas, Christmas Day..."

You can order your Stella & Chewy's Superblends Meal Mixers at Chewy.com.  And if you prefer a different protein source, they offer a Duck,Turkey and Goose version, or a chicken version.


We were sent the bag of Stella & Chewy's for free in exchange for our honest opinion.  And the collies and I are in agreement, this is a great product and we will definitely be adding it to our collie's diet.  So if you don't want to be accused of being a Grinch, you should head over to Chewy.com right away!



Saturday, December 17, 2016

The collies are doing their first give-away thanks to Luv & Emma !



We love to do reviews, it helps us to discover new dog and cat products and it enables us to share the info with all of you.  So we were very excited when we were asked to review Luv & Emma's Dry Pets Plus Super Absorbent Microfiber Pet Towel.  It is a super absorbent microfiber towel that fits over any door handle, and it can be used to dry off your pets' paws when they come inside after a snowy or rainy day!



With our gang of collies, you can imagine all the wet pawprints that covered our floors on rainy and snowy days.  No one gets as snowy as a collie!  So this towel has come in very handy, especially on days like today, when the collies have been outside playing and come inside with snow coating their paws and bodies!



Since it conveniently fits right over the handle of your door, you don't have to run around the house looking for a towel, Luv & Emma's patented microfiber towel is always right where you need it!



The Luv & Emma's microfiber towel absorbs so much water it can be used on multiple pets.  When you are done wiping those wet paws you just hang it back up on your door handle, and it doesn't drip after you use it, so there will be no puddles left on your floor.



The towel dries very quickly, but it can be tossed into the washing machine and dryer when it needs to be cleaned.  Just be sure you do not use dryer sheets, as the towel is made with microfiber.  And we have discovered another use for the Luv & Emma's Dry Pets Towel, it's very useful for dog shows, when you have to quickly clean your dogs' paws before they go in the show ring!  So we will be taking our Luv & Emma's microfiber towel with us to our next dog show.



And have we mentioned yet how cute these towels are with their paw print design?  We just love them, and we are sure you will too.  And we have exciting news, Luv & Emma have agreed to give one of our readers their very own microfiber towel, so click on the Rafflecopter below to enter our first give-away! (ends Christmas Eve)






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