Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

Not everyone knows that people who have blogs are actually members of a community.  There are those who blog about a particular dog breed, those that blog about a particular dog sport, those who blog about cats, those who blog about rescue, and the list goes on.  Our community is called "Blogville," and the members support each other, help each other, and we share a passion for writing and for our pets.  I'm thankful to be a part of Blogville, and for all the friends we have made over the years.

Abby, enjoying Thanksgiving at my sister's house today.

As many of you know from our recent posts, our Abby has been struggling.  She recently turned 12, and the veterinarians are doing everything they can to help her.  But she was not having a good week, and we had made the decision that it was time to let her go.  The arrangements were all made, her veterinarian was going to come to our house this evening, and then yesterday she rallied once again.  While she isn't back to full mobility, she is once again walking and seems more like her old self.  So we are deeply thankful for more time with our special girl.  Every day is a gift.  Thank you all for all the kind comments, thoughts and prayers.  Your words mean so much to us, and the support is appreciated.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Gifts for Dogs

Psst - did you hear that tomorrow is Thanksgiving?  And that means that the next day is Black Friday, the official start to the holiday shopping season.  With just two days to get ready, people are already planning their Christmas shopping lists.  When you are busy deciding what to give your loved ones, it's so important to make sure you don't forget to include your furry family members!  That's why we were excited to get the opportunity to review Blue Buffalo Santa Snacks for our friends at,.

Blue Buffalo created their Santa Snacks dog treats for our best friends, knowing that they get just as excited by the holiday season, and deserve to find something special under the tree.  These are dog treats made with oatmeal and cinnamon, and they are the perfect howliday cookie for your best friend!

Check out the Key Benefits:
  • Oven-baked holiday biscuits with oatmeal, cinnamon, barley, pumpkin, flaxseed and carrots.
  • Natural treats with added vitamins & minerals.
  • Made with wholesome whole grains, fruits & vegetables.
  • No chicken/poultry by-product meals.
  • No corn, wheat, or soy. A perfect holiday treat for pups prone to food allergies!
And the cookies come in such cute little shapes!  There is a Christmas tree, a gingerbread man and a star, all the perfect size for both little and big dogs to enjoy.

Oatmeal, Whole Ground Barley, Ground Whole Oats, Pumpkin, Cinnamon, Flaxseed (Source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Cane Molasses, Carrots, Canola Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Calcium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Salt, Calcium Carbonate.

I love that these treats, contain oatmeal, pumpkin, cinnamon and carrots.  And these treats smell really good, just look at Scarlett and Ryder's faces, they couldn't wait to try these cookies!

As so many of the holiday foods and desserts we indulge in each holiday season are not safe to share with our dogs, it's great to have treats made specifically for them.  So if you are searching for the perfect treat for your dog this Christmas, head over to and order some Blue Buffalo Santa Snacks.  The collies all agree, this a treat not to be missed!

The collies were sent these delicious cookies in exchange for their honest opinion, we were not reimbursed for this review.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Another Abby pupdate...sad news

You may have noticed that we haven't been updating the blog much in the past week or so.  I had shared the news on this post about my Abby.  The laser therapy and acupuncture were working, along with a variety of medications.  They gave my sweet girl a few good weeks, but this past week they have stopped helping.  We are working with her veterinarians, trying to find something to help her, but at 12 years old there isn't much left to try.  So please just keep our girl in your thoughts and prayers, and hug your seniors close.

Zignature canned dog food review

This month our good friends at sent us something that had the collies drooling!  They sent us Zignature Lamb Limited Ingredient canned dog food!  The collies always enjoy doing product reviews for, but the way to their hearts is definitely canned food, so they are very excited!  I love that we get to try new products, and get to share info about those products with our readers, they love that they get yummy canned food to try!

Zignature Limited ingredient canned food is a great option for many dogs with food allergies, as it is grain free, contains limited ingredients, and contains no chicken, corn, potatoes or soy.   Zignature just provides healthy food, which helps your dogs thrive.  It gives them the nutrition they need for hiking and playing, or competing at their favorite dog sport!

check out the Key Benefits:
  • This grain-free, limited ingredient formula is made with one protein source and only a handful of other ingredients, creating a clean recipe with ingredients you can count on.
  • Made with Lamb from the farmlands of New Zealand.
  • A staple source of complete protein, Lamb provides Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus and Manganese, and is rich in Vitamin A and B12, Riboflavin, Niacin, Iron, Zinc, Copper, and Selenium.
  • Free of the most common potential canine allergens: corn, wheat, soy, dairy, and chicken, making this recipe ideal for pups with sensitivities and picky eaters.
  • Wholesome peas and chickpeas round out the recipe with powerful antioxidants and fiber-rich, low-glycemic carbohydrates.

I was pretty happy when I read the ingredient list too!

Lamb, Lamb Broth, Lamb Liver, Peas, Carrots, Chickpeas, Lamb Meal, Calcium Carbonate, Agar-Agar, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Salt, Suncured Alfalfa Meal, Potassium Chloride, Dicalcium Phosphate, Cranberries, Blueberries, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid).

Lamb is actually the main protein in our kibble, so I knew this wasn't going to upset their stomachs.  But Zignature has other varieties, if your dog cannot tolerate lamb.  They also offer their limited ingredient canned food in turkey, kangaroo, duck, pork, venison, salmon, goat, guinea fowl, and many others!  You can find all their varieties right on by clicking here!

I also love how adding Zignature canned dog food to the collies' dinners gives them some extra flavor to their food.  The collies always enjoy finding something new in their bowls!

The collies and I all agree, this is a great food, and it's a great way to treat your best friend to a tasty dinner!  And looking at their sweet faces, and all the love and joy they bring into my life, I think they are worth it! sent us this canned food in exchange for our honest review.  We were not paid for this or any review featured here on the collie blog.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Weekends go by so fast!

We had another beautiful, busy, fun weekend!  On Saturday and Sunday we took two of our girls to the dog show.  And our pretty little Winter won both days!  She is turning out to be such a beautiful little collie.  We had to rush home both days, because my daughter was dog sitting, so we didn't get any show pictures.  But I wanted something to celebrate her wins, so I took her for a hike at a local lake, and caught this perfect picture...

On Friday evening, to get ready for the show, my daughter and I took our two girls who were entered, for baths.  And then on top of going to a dog show on both Saturday and Sunday, we squeezed in a hike, dinner with my mom, and a Therapy Dog visit.  I also took one of the other girls for a hike, and then a bath as she got a bit muddy.

3 baths, 2 hikes, 2 dog shows, 1 Therapy Dog wonder I was exhausted this morning!    But it was all worth it, we had a wonderful weekend!

We also met this sweet little family during our hike.