June 30, 2015

Mmmmm, it's Merrick!

Waaaay back at the beginning of June the ever-wonderful Miss. Sydney of Chewy.com sent me an email with a list of a bunch of potential amazing things to try out. Of all the things on this list there was one thing that stood out, as Mom had wanted to have me try it since she first heard of it.

The product we chose to review was the Merrick Backcountry line of canned foods, but between all the yummy sounding varieties...Hearty Beef Stew, Alpine Rabbit Stew, Hearty Duck & Venison Stew, Chicken Thigh Stew, Salmon Stew, Real Beef Recipe and Real Chicken Recipie...we didn't know which to chose! Well, except for the heavily chicken based varieties, that is... In the end Mom just asked Miss. Sydney to surprise us with a yummy flavor....and what she chose for me was the Alpine Rabbit Stew!

Ta-da! Merrick's Alpine Rabbit stew! As a side note...looks like I'm five cans tall! BOL
Now, I'm all for something as long as it tastes good...I'm not so very picky...but my Mom can be. I know she's that way because she simply wants the best for me...and with Merrick Pet Foods Mom knows that's exactly what she gets.

A good look at all areas of the can.

Some of Mom's favorite things about Merrick:
  • No ingredients from China. 
  • Merrick's foods are all made in their own facilities right here in the USA (in Hereford, Texas if you'd like to know!) 
  • No additives, sweeteners, colors or preservatives  
  • They have a very extensive line of foods! Get bored with one flavor and there are about 87 dozen others within the brand

But that's all technical, boring stuff...I know what you really wanna see here!

You wanna check out the real deal ...see the stuff for yourself, right?

Well, here you go!

MMMMMMM! Look at that deliciousness! Nice big chunks of meat, lots of delicious gravy, plenty of peas and carrots...

Oh I can't wait to dig in and give it a try!

Oh furiends...I wish you could taste this, too! It is really just as delicious...no, even MORE delicious, then I'm sure you are imagining it to be! 

Miss. Sydney...if you happen to be reading this you made the most perfect choice!

Are you interested in getting some of Merrick's Backcountry canned food line for yourself? Head on over to Chewy.com and getcha some!

((Disclaimer: My mom and I are not any sort of vet or animal nutritionists, and all information provided has been sourced from either Merrick Pet Care's website or Chewy.com. We received a full case (12 cans) of Merrick Backcountry Alpine Rabbit Stew for review purposes, but were in no other way compensated. All opinions of the product are 100% our own, and 100% honest at all times. ))

June 28, 2015

Black and White Sunday

Today (as soon as my Mom gets home from work) we are linking up with Dachshund Nola and Sugar the Golden Retriever for their Black and White Sunday blog hop. To check out the hop, please visit either one of the hosts pages.

June 27, 2015

No thanks.

You know Mom...I just don't really want to go out right now. It's wet, raining and chilly...but you have fun out there, ok?

I'll wait here where it's warm and dry.

June 26, 2015

Mom's 'Garden'

Now, Mom doesn't currently have a traditional garden. In our house in PA (a lot of the pictures we post of the nice big, green grassy yard are of my dad's parents house in NJ and not my and Mom's house in PA) there are too many critters who like to snack on plants for any such thing to be a success. So, Mom sticks to having plants on the deck of the house!

As soon as you come to the top of the steps (about...oh...13 of them) you see our front door!

Hello there and welcome to our deck!

It's nothing super special...but Mom tries to dress it up with pretty things. Like the welcome flag, the two mini rose bushes and the hanging basket of superbells.

She loves this basket...the orange and yellow flowers are so pretty! The mini roses she and her mom got from WalMart a month ago, and boy oh boy are they growing well! There are no flowers on them right now (it already flowered once a few weeks ago)...but since Mom was on top of things and plucked off all the dead heads...

We are getting fresh buds! There are currently about three on each plant that Mom can see. Maybe next Friday she'll be able to show you the pretty color of the roses that bloom!

But those aren't all the plants Mom has on the deck. Standing at the top of the stairs, if you turn your head to the right...

You see she has lots more!

Some pretty potted coleus...this plant should also be blooming soon!

She also grows some eatables on the deck!

Some green peppers...

Three pots of cherry tomatoes (her favorites! She loves to snack on them!)... 

 and some green and yellow zucchini (can you see the baby yellow zucchini!?)

And of course, more flowers.

Like these dahlia with LOTS of buds to bloom again.
And then there's her little corner set-up.

A few dusty miller plants, some dianthus flowers, some delicious basil...

A closer look at the dianthus...aren't they pretty?

She also has a little pot of pretty red geraniums!

((Wes' Mom note:  I know dahlias and geraniums are toxic to dogs...and they would both be gone should Wesley show any interest in them. He has never even stopped to look at any of the plants on the deck. Despite that, when we are on the deck, I DO keep a close eye just in case!))

On the round table Mom has her bowl of more fresh herbs.

Oregano, thyme, parsley and more basil.

And that's pretty much Mom's 'Garden'. Next Friday maybe she'll be able to show you how pretty those roses and the dahlia's bloom! 

June 25, 2015

For some reason...

I do not like....

...and will not walk...

...in the grass...

...between the hedge and the rockwall!

June 24, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

Nothing like a really good stretch in the sun!

Today I'm joining in on Blogpaws' Wordless Wednesday blog hop.

June 23, 2015


No Mom, I really DON'T think I need a bath. No, thank you for asking but -

....but there's no getting out of this, is there?

Why? We didn't hike...I didn't roll in anything in the yard...I have no fleas...Why?!

Haha...very funny.

Well..ok...so...maybe I DO look better after that bath afterall!

June 22, 2015


No really...I mean it....


Whew...that was close...Oh wait..

Did you think I meant 'duck' as in the bird? Sorry, my bad! Maybe I should have been more clear and said 'Cover your head quick!' or something? Maybe RUN AWAY!?!

You see, in our yard in PA we have some 'attack birds'. Well, more like very protective parent birds. A few years ago Mom put up a bird house, not really expecting anything to take to it.

Ever since then, every year without fail a pair of these guys has made it their, and their babies, home for a few months of the year.

Mom thinks they are purple martins, but isn't 100% sure. Whatever they are, they sure are pretty little birds...and VERY protective if you get to close to their..oh boy -


...uh, sorry...what was I saying? Oh yeah....They are very protective and if you get to close to their house they will start dive-bombing to try and chase you away.

It's a bit unnerving having a bird screaming at you and coming in fast at your face and head but their aim isn't to injure - just scare. 

After all, they have to keep those babies in the nest safe!

June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there!

BUT most especially to MY Dad!

First day at home - June 2013
Picking dad up from work with Mom...2014? I think...Mom didn't date the photo!

Seapointe! October 2014

Snow much fun! Jan. 2015

Lazy weekened morning with Dad. Jan. 2015

Thank you, Dad, for being the bestest Dad a mini poodle like me could ask for!

A Father's Day Poem

You feed me when I'm hungry,
You keep water in my dish,
You let me sleep on anything
Or in any place I wish.

You sometimes let me lick your hands,
or even lick your face,
Despite the fact I've licked myself
In every private place.

You taught me how to come when called,
You taught me how to sit,
You always let me go outside,
So I can take a s--- stroll.

You'll always have my loyalty,
up to the bitter end,
'cause after all, it's plain to see...
You are a dog's best friend!
-author unknown


((Wes' Mom : I would love to give credit to whomever wrote that little poem - it's cute and I had to share it! - but I can't seem to find an author. Oh well...just know it's not anything that I (or Wesley!) created outselves! lol   Also...Happy first Father's Day in heaven, Daddy. Miss you down here tremendously.

One more poem, for my own father. Again it's not my own and I'm not sure where it originated from o from whom. Credit goes 100% to whoever's mind created it.

Father's Day In Heaven

I love you and I miss you dad,

and though you've passed away, 
you'll never be forgotten,
for I think of you each day.

If heaven celebrates this day
how special it will be.
A gathering of the many dads
upon our family tree.

Your father and grandfather
and great grandfather too.
How wonderful it is, if they
can spend this day with you.

May you know how much I love you 
though I'm here and you are there.
Happy Father's Day in heaven
to the best dad anywhere
-author unknown

Love you always and forever, Daddy. 

June 19, 2015

Flowers on Friday!

Today Mom decided that we should join in on Dory's Flower Friday! 

She's a big fan of flowers and she loves seeing everyone's gardens and greenery on Friday, so she thought she'd share as well. Some of the flowers are in pots or growing wild in PA, and some are in my Dad's Mom's gardens in NJ.

This first one is in PA. Mom isn't sure what it is. It's in a spot where at one time her sister threw a packet of wildflower seeds to grow...this has been the only one she's seen so far. BOL

This is a flower that's growing wild in the yard. It's a small thing, the flowers on it each about the size of one of mom's pinky nails. 

In a pot on the deck is Mom's red geranium. She just LOVES the pretty leaves of this plant. 

Another one growing wild in the yard, even smaller then the yellow ones. If you look you can kind of get an idea of how tiny these flowers and the total plant is...those are blades of grass surrounding it!

Another one from mom's corner deck garden. A red dianthus! Well...the still tightly unopened beginning of a dianthus...but with a full flower in the background!

Now into NJ....

In Dad's Mom's garden, the coreopsis are beginning to bloom.

As are the spirea plants! 

Also in Dad's Mom's garden are some variety of geranium, coneflowers, day lilies and all sorts of other pretty things.
Mom says she'll share those next Friday! 

June 18, 2015

What are some of my most favorite special moments?

So I hear our friend Oz the Terrier is holding a very special blog hop as a thank you to one of his recent sponsers. 

He asked that we post a special moment to share with eveyone...something I'm more then happy to do! 

I have had a few of them in my two years of life.

Seeing what Mom called the ocean for the first time. It was so big and kept trying to get at me! It made me nervous that first time...but now I love when we go down for a weekend. Running and playing on the beach is one of my favorite things.

In the fall going out hiking with my Mom and dad for the first time. Dad isn't a big outdoors type. He's a IT computer guy and likes to joke that he's much more at home surrounded by humming machines then humming bugs....so the first time we all went out hiking was pretty special to  me.

...and of course Mom thought the snuggling that happened between me and dad after the hike was pretty special and sweet. 

And then there's this..

This is Mom's pic, and it both warms and breaks her heart. She has so few pictures of her father, and this one of myself and him is very, very special to her. It's been three months since his passing, and she still misses him everyday...and knows she will continue to do so everyday. 

And now...

What's more special then meeting your mom for the first time, and heading off to your forever home!?

Now, don't forget that this is a blog hop!! Go ahead and hop on through to find out more of Blogville's citizen's special moments!