October 26, 2014

Black and White Sunday

Sunday's are good days for naps with friends.

Today I'm joining on on the Black and White Sunday blog hop, hosted by Dachshund Nola and Sugar the Golden Retriever.

October 25, 2014

Sepia Saturday

There's nothing quite so good feeling as a nice long leg stretch, is there?

Joining in today on the Sepia Saturday bog hope, joint hosted by Ruckus the Eskie and Earl's World!

October 23, 2014

Mmmm Cheeseburgers!

Once upon a time, one day last week my Momma asked me if I thought today would be a good day to try some cheeseburgers.

Really?! What kind of silly question is that to ask!? OF COURSE it was a good day. It is ALWAYS a good day for cheeseburgers!

So as soon as she opened the door out to the patio I went right to where I know I had seen cheeseburgers come from many times before and sat to wait patiently for one of my very own to be ready.

It didn't take long before Momma walked over, lifted the lid and......

...revealed these Grandma Lucy's Tiny Tidbits Cheeseburger dog treats!  I admit, at first I was a liiiiiitttttttttle bit disappointed- then she explained that they were from my good friends at Chewy.com and all was right in the world!

ESPECIALLY once we took a peek at the bag of the bag! Look at all the good things about these treats! All natural, Made in the U.S.A, no by-products or preservatives, hormone and antibiotic free meats, wheat-free...whoa. So, with those things missing, just what are they made of?
Ingredients: USDA Beef, Rice Flour, Cheddar Cheese, Tomato Sauce, Garlic.

THAT'S IT. Doesn't get any simpler then that!

The treats themselves are a nice, smaller size and have no odor. At least, none that my Momma's human nose can pick up - I think they smell delicious!

So then, how do they taste?

I have to say...I should have NEVER been disappointed in the first place when Momma pulled open the lid to the big cheeseburger machine thing and reveled these. They are tasty and crunchy and absolutely delicious!

All in all, I give these treats a super delicious rating and really think it's time for another of them!

((Disclaimer: We received no monetary payment for this review, though we did receive free product for review purposes from Chewy.com. All opinions expressed are 100% honest and 100% our own.)) 

October 16, 2014

Weekdays walks

Lately Momma and I have gotten back out and walking again! This is a very exciting awesome thing, because the weather is perfect for it and all the trees are showing off such pretty fall colors. We've even gotten to see a waterfall ((which was kinda wimpy, actually. Momma hadn't realized just how little rain we've had this past summer until seeing the falls by her house and how not-roaring they were.)).

Here are some pictures from the walks we've been taking this past week. 

Little help, momma? My leash got caught on a rock!

Oh sure, take this moment to take another picture, why don't you?

Ain't it purdy? We can only imagine what it's like with more rain!

Checking for pee-mail before leaving some of my own!

These falls colors are so pretty...

...that even I have to stop and look for awhile!

The results of our walks? Poppa and I passed out!

October 13, 2014

Mischief Monday - Overdue Review!

Does it count as mischief if it's something that's really badly overdue?

Like, say, a review?

Back forever ago in the beginning of August Momma got an email from a Miss. Abby wondering if we'd like to do a review on Viva La Dog Spa products. Never one to miss out on trying something nifty and new, Momma said 'Yes, please!'

The stuff to try came quick after that...but then of course things started to happen (ie: Momma's camera ka-puting, the computer issues, my Pop Pop..all that) and my blogging...and reviewing...wound up taking a backseat to it all.

With everything getting back in order now, Momma said it was about time we got to that review!

...with, of course, apologies to Miss. Abby and those at Viva La Dog for it's extreme tardiness.

So anyway, what is this Viva La Dog stuff that we were so kindly sent to test out?

The two things sent to use were Viva Dog Facial Wipes, and Gold Medal Pets Oatmeal Soothing Dog shampoo. ((Wes' Momma: The shampoo confused me a bit, not being a Viva La Dog Spa product. Came to find out that Gold Medal Pets IS a sibling brand of Viva La Dog Spa, the share the same parent company - Cardinal Pet. ))

First things first. let's talk about those Viva Dog Facial Wipes! 

Information on the back of the jar!

One thing about being a poodle...we are kinda know for having some gunky eyes sometimes, and I am no exception. It's not super obvious in my photos since I have a black face, but many times there are bits of gunky goo hanging out by the inner corner of my eyes. Ewwie!

Now, Momma has no pictures of these wipes in action, because I am not much of a fan of having my face wiped down and trying to do THAT and snap a photo just wasn't happening. No matter how many times she tried...and she did try!

For some reason, the crazy woman seems to really really like these things on me and I am forced to have my face wiped whenever she sees gunk gathering. If I HAVE to have my face wiped though, I suppose these aren't awful. The pads, made from soft spun cotton flannel, are nice and soft and they do smell awfully nice and fresh!

Despite what I think, Momma has told me that this is something she will most definitely be buying for me again in the future once this jar is out. Well, I suppose if I must have my face wiped down every now and again, these seem to be the best of the best of this type of torture product so I really shouldn't complain about them too much.

So now....what about that Gold Medal Oatmeal Shampoo?

...annnnd information from the back of the shampoo bottle!

One of the first things that caught Momma's eye about this shampoo was it's claim to get the job done  faster then other shampoos out there due this Cardoplex complex stuff. According to the bottle, it would wash, rinse and help me get dry faster!

I don't know about this, Momma...

Well...unfortunately for me...there was really only one way to find out if any of these claims were true...

Momma grabbed the shampoo, the camera, Poppa, and myself and up into the bathroom we went...

And I was put through the torture of a bath! The good news though? The product really DID seem to wash me up quickly, and rinsed off very easy. So far, two of it's three claims on things happening faster and therefor less stress-y seemed to be true! This was good news!

Now, the only thing to test out was drying time...would I really dry faster?

Momma hauled me out of the tub and toweled me off as well as she could and then it was just time to wait and see about these faster drying claims.

Towel dried!

Ya know what? These claims seemed to be more then just claims, they were TRUE! Momma didn't time it (and really she had meant to) but I did definitely seem to be 100% dry again much quicker using this product then any other shampoo product she had used on me before. Which was a double good thing, because my bath happened kinda later then Momma and Poppa had intended and they really weren't looking much forward to having to share bed with a soaking wet poodle!

So...all in all what do Momma and I think about these two products?

Well...overall maybe I should let Momma share her opinion more then mine as face-wiping and baths are just not my favorite things ever!

Wes Momma: I really like these two products. The wipes are wonderful and in the time I've started using them I've noticed a difference in how many times I have to wipe gunk from Wes' face - a decrease in times! They are also nice and soft and smell really good. As stated above, this wipes are going to become a staple item here in the house for poodle face clean up.   The shampoo was also a very well like product that did everything it claimed to! This, too, may have just made it's way to my go-to list for bathtime!

Thanks for checking out our review of both the Viva La Dog Spa Dog Facial Wipes and the Gold Medal Pets Oatmeal Shampoo!

...and once again to Miss. Abby...we are so so sooooo sorry for the long delay!

((Disclaimer: For this review we were in no way monetarily compensated, but we were sent one of each of the two products (Viva La Dog Spa Dog Face Wipes and Gold Medal Pets Oatmeal Shampoo) referenced in this post. All opinions expressed about these two products are 100% own own.))

For this post we are also liking up with Snoopy's Dogblog for the Monday Mischief blog hop!

October 11, 2014

Sepia Saturday

Saturday's are perfect days for napping, and my Momma's Poppa (who I refer to as 'Pop Pop') is very well versed in the art of the afternoon nap.

For those wondering, my Pop Pop has been doing well and a good portion of my Momma's nervous stress stuff over his health and all has lessened out. She says it's never going to go away completely, but now she's not in a constant start of crazy worry.

She refuses to give it up completely, because once she does she just knows that a bad thing will happen! ((Wes' Momma: Because that's the way these things work, you know. Once you let your guard down completely on whatever it is your guard is up about that thing your guarding against will happen.))

Joining in today with Ruckus The Eskie  and Earl's World on their Sepia Saturday blog hop!

October 10, 2014

Fall Fun

 My momma's absolute favorite season is fall...and I'm finding out that it's mine too! Nice and cool out, lots of pretty colored leaves (which, I have to take Momma's word for as I can't see all the colors myself) and the smells!

Fall is pretty dang amazing. And you know what's realllllly fun?

Playing with the leaves!

October 2, 2014

Well, she thought we could blog again...

'She' being my momma, of course.

Between computer issues and camera issues, we hadn't been doing a lot of blogging. 

But then the computer got fixed and a new camera was acquired!

But still no blogging, despite it being a beautiful time of year ripe for fun and photos!

Momma just took this today, specifically for this post! Isn't that red pretty?

The reason? Momma has been nervous-stressed as well as sick.

Why nervous stressed?

Well, her Poppa came home again. There is a long saga story about her Poppa and his recent health issues. To sum it up back in December 2013 he was admitted to the hospital (he ended up having a perforated ulcer in his stomach that, had he waited any longer ((Wes Momma: My father is STUPID stubborn and was in bad stomach pain for about THREE DAYS before it got so bad he called 911 for himself)) to actually go to the hospital, could have killed him)  and then from that time on he was not home (first a few months stay in the hospital, then a few months in a physical rehab) again until the end of May 2014. He spent a week at home before Momma had to call 911 and back into the hospital he went. This time not only was he in pain, but his mental health had declined very severely ((Wes Momma: ...and again, my dad is stubborn. It took me THREE calls to 911, two of which he was still able to decline and they can't force him, before he was so far gone he couldn't refuse.))  Come to find out this was caused by high levels of ammonia in his blood.  After another long and scary hospital stay he wound up back in physical rehab. 

And now he just recently came home again on September 19th, and Momma has been stressed since. She's afraid of a repeat - that something happens and he won't call for help, won't let her call, or will refuse if she does. Turns out the ammonia was due to liver cirrhosis and he will need to take doses of a medicine called lactulose every day four times a day for the rest of his life.

Momma is very afraid he'll forgot, or just refuse and bad things will happen again. He's also physically handicapped due very bad knees and is an obese man. If he falls, Momma can't help him up and that terrifies her. Worse, if he falls and no one is around because no one else is at home.

What about one of those life alert things?

Do you remember what I said about him being stupid stubborn?

Now usually when Momma is stressed she takes me out to take a walk on one of the local trails...there are plenty where we live!!

The problem?

The current manhunt going on for Eric Frein. You've probably all heard about this man in the news and the awful thing he did and the manhunt happening for him.

We live in that general area, and so Momma is not taking us out on pretty paths like she usual does. 

Oh, and she also had the bubonic plague one really bad, awful cold all last week.

So for the time my little blog and anything that even sounds or seems remotely fun has taken a backseat to other things.

Maybe one day soon things will even out again...and all Momma's nervous-stress disappears. Maybe one day soon Eric Frein will be caught and we can get out to our pretty paths again.

There is one bit of good news: Momma's plague cold is gone.


September 18, 2014

Momma's new baby!

Momma has a 'new baby' in the house, and she is super excited about it! Me...I'm not sure sure.

My Poppa surprised her with it yesterday afternoon, knowing how frustrated and sad she's been about her Nikon D90.

I'm not sure how I feel about this at all. I was just getting used to not having her other camera thing always pointed at me!

September 16, 2014

Savoring Summer's Flavor!

Is it just me, or is summer heading out the door way to quickly this year?! In my little corner of Pennsylvania trees are already started to burst into their fall colors and starting to litter the ground.

It makes for very pretty looking, but in the long run I am not ready for this season change yet! Summer just started, didn't it?!

Well, even if Summer is ending way to soon, no one ever said that the fantastic FLAVOR of Summer had to!

Fruitables to the rescue!

Fruitables Watermelon flavor treats - the perfect way to extend Summer (for at least 130 tastes) longer!

Now, to be honest I've never had watermelon. I don't even know what one looks like! Momma kept saying and saying that she was going to bring some home just for me to try and know what? She never did. THANKS FOR NOTHING MOM. 

Now...not having had watermelon before I had no idea what to expect these to taste like. Does watermelon taste like chicken (which I'm not supposed to have..something about smelly farts and icky poops?) ? Or maybe beef?

Well...guess there was only one way to find out!

Momma grabbed the bag, made to open it and...got distracted by looking over the ingredients!

Pumpkin, Oatmeal, Brown Rice, Tapioca Starch, Vegetable Glycerin, Potatoes, Brown Sugar, Canola Oil, Watermelon Juice, Oat Fiber, Gelatin, Sunflower Lecithin, Salt, Natural Watermelon Flavor, Phosphoric Acid, Sorbic Acid (to preserve freshness), Mixed Tocopherols (to preserve freshness)
After what must have been a billion years she gave them a nod of approval and tore open the bag.

And oh, the amazing smell that came out from that bag! (Wes' Momma: Really, I opened this bag up and they smell pretty good! Even to my people nose!) I tried to let Momma let me just stick my whole nose in the bag for a good sniff, but instead she stuck her hand in and pulled out one single treat.

Oh boy did I ever want it! Thankfully, Momma didn't make me wait to long to get it!

Oh my dog...if I thought these treats smelled good the smell had nothing on the taste! Just as soon as I finished that one I started giving Momma THE LOOK.

And it worked!

But there was a catch...

But it was ok!  Cause in the end...I got TWO more treats...and it was ok! With each treat coming in at only 2 1/2 calories Momma could give me a few at a time and not feel guilty about it!

So...what do I think about these Fruitable Skinny Mini Watermelon flavor treats?

I think Momma should give me some more!

Oh, and that she should also stock up because according to the upper left corner of the bag these things are Limited Edition!

((Disclaimer: Opinion of these treats is 100% honest and our own. Except for receiving one 5oz bag free of charge, we were in no other way compensated.)

Today we are also joining in on the Tasty Tuesday blog hop, hosted by Kol's Notes and Sugar the Golden Retriever!

September 14, 2014

Black and White Sunday

Momma...you're on the wrong side of the pool fence...the side where I am not!

Joining in today with Dachshund Nola and Sugar the Golden Retriever for their Black and White Sunday blog hop!

September 13, 2014

Sepia Saturday

Another photo Momma already had on the computer...she cheated and edited it into sepia!

Why in Sepia?

'Cause it's Ruckus the Eskie's Sepia Saturday blog hop today!

ALSO...after looking at all the posts I've made Momma has come to realize that this is our 199th post! WOW!

September 12, 2014

Flashback Friday....

Flashback, because Momma's camera is still not working (and probably won't be until she get a new battery (At least for starters!)) and so has no fun new pictures of yours truely to share.

How far shall we flashback? How about...April! The beginning of spring, since we are starting to head into the beginning of another colorful season, Autumn!

In April the Hyacinths were blooming so pretty and fragrant!

Daffodils, too! Bright and cheery!

...and whatever these purple ground-cover flowers are!

You know what else September means? It's my half-year birthday mark! As of today I am exactly 1.5 years old.

Happy half-birthday to me!

...does that also mean Momma owes me a half-birthday cake?