Sunflower Mischief


Today’s post was suppose to be another failing garden post except instead of failing vegetables it was failing sunflowers.

If you’ve been a reader of this blog for a few years then you know that sunflowers are by far my favorite flower of the summer.

Every Spring I plant them and every Summer I cherish them when they bloom.

They are my happy flowers.

They’re the flowers that I look at and see them smiling and dancing back at me.

This year, just like everything else that I planted, they are struggling.

Struggling so much that I just had my very first one open last week.

It took forever.


How’s The Smell In Your House With The Febreze Air Purifier Now? #KeepItFresh

This post is sponsored by Febreze ™Air Purifiers and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping Febreze Air Purifiers but My Brown Newfies only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Febreze Air Purifiers is not responsible for the content of this article.

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Before I start my review on the Febreze Air Purifier™ I have to make a small confession:

I moved it from the original room that I was suppose to be testing it in but I have a good reason.

If you read our first post you would know that I was suppose to be testing it in the current stinkiest room of our house which was the game room which is the room that houses Bobby’s stinky shoes. Some of these shoes, like his football cleats, smell like cat urine. Eck.

However, a few days after I put the Febreze Air Purifier in that room I noticed that his shoes weren’t making it into that room which is totally defeating the purpose of seeing if the Febreze Air Purifier works on stinky boy shoes.


The Secret Grey Dot Inside A Dog’s Black Nail

Remember the other day when I shared my post 5 Ways How To Stop a Dog’s Bleeding Nail? In that post I shared that the black nail of a dog has a small grey dot in it. This is the beginning of the quick. This is your sign to stop trimming.

Well a lot of people didn’t know that and why would they? It’s not something that’s really talked about all the time and a thing that most people wouldn’t know unless they trim nails for a living. It’s not really a secret. It’s been there the whole time you just didn’t know it was there the whole time.

But it got me thinking if all of that was a figment of my imagination. You know when you say something that’s fact but not a lot of people know it’s a fact so you start to question if it really is indeed a fact even though you know it is?

Well I started thinking maybe I made that whole grey dot thing up or maybe my dog’s were the only ones who had that. Maybe I imagined that whole thing.

So instead of searching the internet looking for my answer I called up one of my veterinarian friends and asked her. Much to my delight she reassured me that it was not a figment of my imagination and my dogs were not special. Black dog nails DO in fact have a grey dot when you are at the beginning of the quick. And then she asked me if I had blocked out the 8 years that I was a vet tech where a good percentage of my time was spent trimming nails.

Yes. Yes I have.

But whew.

I’m not spreading false information.

Double whew.

But just to give myself more piece of mind, and for you too, I decided to show you that grey dot from one of Leroy’s nail so you know what to look for if you are brave enough to trim your dog’s nails.


Another What The Heck Leroy Moment

The other day I went out to my sad garden to collect the very few vegetables that my garden giving me this year.

I took a colander out with me in hopes that I would be able to fill it with a nice summer harvest, or at least a few cucumbers, tomatoes and maybe some corn.

I was sadly disappointed with my harvest of 1 small, but pleasantly plump, cucumber and 2 overly ripened tomatoes.

It has not been a good garden year for us but every weekend I go out with hope that I will have enough vegetables to at least make a salad for myself.

So far that has not happened.


5 Easy Ways To Stop A Dog’s Bleeding Nail

5 Easy Ways To Stop A Dog's Bleeding Nail

Last week I was trimming Sherman’s nails and I got one.

Ugh. It’s the first time EVER that I’ve cut too far down.

Over the last 10 years, between trimming nails at the vet and trimming dog nails at home, I’ve nicked a dog’s quick less than 5 times.

It’s a stat I’m very proud of, especially given that both of my dogs have 40 black nails between them and Sherman’s nails are all funky due to the SLO.

I’ve been working on 1 nail for the last several months trying to even it out. It grew back really deformed after he lost it last year so I’m trying to get it as normal as I can. I incorrectly gauged where the quick was and nicked it.

Luckily it wasn’t gusher but I still had to run upstairs and grab some Quick stop. By the time I got back downstairs Sherman had walked on almost every piece of flooring that he could, creating even more of a mess.

See what happened there? I got so confident about trimming dog nails that I didn’t even bring the Quick Stop with me on initial trimming. My mistake.

Here’s 5 easy ways to stop a dog’s bleeding nail if you ever find yourself in the same situation as me:


Supporting Senior Dog Teeth With Perio Support From VetriScience

I’ve been a fan of VetriScience since I worked at the vet. I’m a HUGE fan of their products so I was really excited to meet them at BlogPaws a few months ago and now I’m super excited to be partnering with them as a blogger to share some of their great products!

Today we’re going to talk about periodontal support for dogs.

Supporting Senior Dog Teeth With Perio Support From VetriScience

I’ve been quite lucky with Sherman’s teeth. For a dog who’s going to be 9 in November his teeth don’t look a day over 4.

He has some mild tartar and  little bit of doggy breath.

The tartar I’ve been able to keep at bay so far with brushing. We don’t brush his teeth every single day but I try to get in there about 1-2 times a week.

Since he’s not getting any younger I thought it might be time to step up his dental care just a bit by increasing his brushing, offering him some more chewing options and adding in periodontal support.


She’s Leaving On A Jet Plane

She’s leaving on a jet plane.

Don’t know when she’ll be back again………

She's Leaving On A Jet Plane

Well she’s not really leaving on a jet plane but she did leave for 5th grade today.

If I remember back correctly, 5th grade is where things start to get complicated for little girls.

So while she was busy packing her backpack with school supplies yesterday I was busy hoping that over the last 10 years that I’ve packed her mind with enough wisdom to come out of 5th grade the same way that she went in.


8 Photos Of Happiness

I was tagged by Kelsie from It’s Dog or Nothing to participate in 8 Photos of Happiness. Thank you for tagging me Kelsie!  This couldn’t of came at a better time!

This whole challenge was started by Ariel’s Little of the Internet to spread a little bit of happiness around the world!

Picking just 8 photos from the thousands of pictures I have stored on my little computer is definitely a challenge but here it goes!

1. This puppy belly picture of Leroy. Is there a puppy belly that doesn’t make anyone happy? I don’t think so.


2. This picture that was taken over the weekend at a place called Squire’s Castle. Any picture of my children together laughing and having fun is happiness to me. This one was a bit magical too.


3. This picture of Bobby and Gracie. Such a big difference from the picture above in their looks but still happy kids. The fact that I have happy kids makes me happy.


4. This picture of Gracie having a conversation with Leroy. I have no idea what they are plotting but I’m sure it was good. Kids and dogs plotting something together makes me happy.


8 Jobs For Dogs Who Don’t Like The Summer

Summer isn’t a favorite season around here with Sherman and Leroy. The heat. The humidity. The sun. The lack of mud. These are all things that Newfies could do without out.

They’re more of a breed that thrives for cold. Mud. Subzero temperatures and icicles.

Despite not being a fan of summer they do excel at some activities that other, more summer-like breeds, may not. If you have a dog that’s in a similar situation as them here’s 8 jobs that they might actually enjoy doing this summer.

Frisbee Tester. Yep. It’s a Frisbee. It’s also a chin rest. It’s a two-fer! Nope don’t want to fetch it. Too hot. I’ll revisit that request when there’s 10 inches of snow on the ground. Until then I’ll just keep it right here under my chin.

8 Jobs For Dogs Who Don’t Like The Summer


Air Conditioner Maintenance. The most important job of the summer. Make sure all the vents are blowing cool air in the summer. Breathe it in. Breathe it out. Is it cooling my butt properly? But why do I have to share the cool air with the rest of the family?


What’s That Stink? The Stinkiest Room In My House May Surprise You! #KeepItFresh

This post is sponsored by Febreze ™Air Purifiers and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping Febreze Air Purifiers but My Brown Newfies only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Febreze Air Purifiers is not responsible for the content of this article.

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My house smells like dog 85% of the time.

The other 15% it smells like whatever scent I have in my melting pot.

I’m fine with that.

I do have 2 giant lovable sloppy dogs. It’s not suppose to smell like honeysuckle all the time.

But do you know what else my house is starting to smell like?

A stinky 13 year old boy who plays basketball in 90 degree weather and then goes and sits in his game room, takes his shoes off and plays games for 2 hours. It’s double the stink when he has one of his friends over.

Don’t worry. Bobby practices proper hygiene. His shoes do not.


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