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Monday, September 18, 2017

Books for dog lovers...

Dogs make me smile, and not just my own dogs, all dogs have this effect.  When I am out running errands, or returning home from work, and I see a dog taking a walk with his or her person I have to smile.  So I can understand why so many residents at Nursing homes are excited when they see me walking down the hallway with my collie, Ryder.  I recently read two books that show just how deeply dogs can create positive change in peoples' lives.



The first book, Rescuing Finley, was written by Dan Walsh.  This book was very heartwarming, but you have to get past the first few chapters, which help set up the story.  The main characters are a young woman in a correctional facility, a veteran with PTSD, and a special dog called Finley.  This book did have me in tears a few times, but they were happy tears.  While it is a work of fiction, service dogs really can help soldiers suffering from PTSD, and they have made profound changes in the lives of inmates participating in training programs.  I highly recommend this book, and plan on reading it again sometime in the future.



The second book, Finding Riley, was also written by the same author, Dan Walsh. In this book, the main character is a dog named Riley.  He is the best friend of a little boy, and becomes lost during a family vacation.  As a dog lover, you can't help by worry about the fate of this little dog, but Dan Walsh does not disappoint the reader.

I really enjoyed both of these stories, and I can't wait to read his next book in this series.  While they weren't short stories, I flew through them in a matter of hours.  If you give them a try, please come back and let me know what you think!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Never forget...

Remembering the 9/11 responders, and the search and rescue dogs, who gave so much...


Thursday, September 7, 2017

New Blogger in Blogville and Thankful Thursday

It's Thankful Thursday, and we wanted to continue our new tradition of introducing you to other bloggers, as we are truly thankful for their friendship.

We wanted to introduce you to a new friend of ours, who recently started a brand new Blog, which also happens to be about collies!  Other Breeds are mentioned too, so it isn't only about collies.  If you have a second please pop over and welcome them!  Life in the Collie Army

And while we are celebrating Thankful Thursday, could you keep our friends over at Key West Collies in your thoughts and prayers?  They had to evacuate their home before Hurricane Irma hits.  We are thankful they got off Key West in time, but hope they stay safe and their home isn't damaged.


And last, I'm personally thankful for the laughter and love this Collie brings into my life each day.

Scarlett


Monday, September 4, 2017

Got stains?

We have puppies, and we have wood floors, so I jumped at the chance to review Nature's Miracle Hard Floor stain remover for Chewy.com.  Because puppies and even adult dogs have the occasional accident, and sometimes you aren't home to clean up the mess as quickly as possible, stains are the unfortunate result.


With a few stains on my floors, I was hoping that this would be the Miracle I have been hoping for, I figured it was certainly worth a try!

before photo

The directions are relatively simple:
Apply to stained area, making sure that Nature’s Miracle(R) Dual-Action Hard Floor Stain and Odor Remover thoroughly saturates all of the affected surface. Wipe dry with a cloth. No need to rinse with water. Repeat if necessary.


The bottle also advises that you try a hidden section of the floor first, to make sure it does not damage the wood.




We gave it a try, and then tried twice more.



Unfortunately, I didn't see any change in the stain.  But I am going to try a few more times, I am still hopeful.  So while I can't recommend this product for stain removal from wood floors, it didn't harm my floors.  And it does contain Nature's Miracle odor remover, which may help deter future accidents in this area, which is always a plus.  According to the company, the Natures Miracle dual action hard floor stain remover can also help remove odors from litterboxes and kennels,so it has other uses as well.


after photo
One thing I wanted to add, is that this stain is quite old, so maybe if you try this on a new stain it would be more successful.  


Nature's Miracle Dual Action Hard Floor Stain & Odor Remover attacks pet stains from urine, feces, vomit, and grease on hardwoods, concrete, pet kennels, litter boxes, and any other solid surface. Bio-enzymatic agents penetrate deep into the surface and get rid of stains and odors.
Key Benefits
  • Odor-locking technology seeks out, traps, and works to actually destroys stain and odor matter
  • Specially formulated to safely remove stains and odors from hard surfaces
  • Safe for all hard floors and surfaces
  • No rinsing necessary
  • Safely works to eliminate new and deep-set stains and odors from sealed wood, ceramic tiles, vinyl, linoleum, brick, concrete and grout

We were sent this product for free, for our honest opinion.  Chewy.com did not compensate us for this review.

What is the best cat food for finicky cats?


Every month our awesome friends at Chewy.com send us a pet product to review.  Usually, we pick something for the collies, but this month the kitties were sent something to review.  Everyone knows that felines can be a bit finicky discriminating, so finding something that the kitties all enjoy can sometimes be a challenge.



Chewy sent the kitties Wellness Core Simply Shreds, in the chicken variety.  It is a wet food topper, that actually makes your cat's dry food much more appetizing, so cats who aren't happy with a dry kibble diet are more excited by mealtime.



The Wellness Core Simply Shreds contains just three ingredients, chicken, chicken broth and water.  I love seeing dog and cat foods that contain limited ingredients, as less is often more!  Less ingredients, means less fillers, and more protein.  Plus, with broth and water as two of the three ingredients, we are actually helping our cats stay better hydrated!  Since we have one cat who has had urinary blockages, we are always concerned with his water consumption, as the more water he drinks the less risk of future blockages.  This food topper may actually help him stay healthy, and that makes me very happy!



Check out the Key Benefits:

  • Provides a boost of pure protein and hydration with just three ingredients—lean chicken, chicken broth, and water.
  • Lean protein helps maintain healthy muscle mass while chicken broth helps keep your kitty hydrated and supports urinary health.
  • Unadulterated, low calorie protein source with no fillers, grains, or starches, so it helps support a diet similar to that of your kitty’s primal ancestors.
  • Convenient tear-away pouch makes it easy to top dry food or wet food, or give as a side dish or high-protein snack.
  • Proudly made in the USA with no grain, meat by-products, wheat, corn, soy, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.


We added the Toppers to our cats' dry kibble, and they loved it.  The smell must have been highly appetizing to them, as I barely kept them back long enough to get a picture.  I also appreciated that unlike some stinky cat foods, this food reminded me of chicken soup.  This is a cat food topper that I highly recommend, and one that I will be ordering more of in the future.  You can order some for your cats by clicking right HERE.  The Wellness Core Simply Shreds also comes in Beef, tuna, shrimp, salmon and mackerel varieties.



We were sent this product for free, for our honest opinion.  We were not compensated for our review.