Getting Back On Track

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Things have been quite hectic here with summer winding down, the kids going back to school and me getting a promotion at my current job.

Then we all got the stomach flu.

Then football and soccer season started.

To add to all of that, Leroy is still having ups and downs with his health.

I just can’t seem to get this dog back on track with his health and at this point I’m not sure if I ever will.

Today we’re headed back to the vet for some more testing.

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So I Bought This Carrot….

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I’ve been looking for some new toys for the boys. Not just regular plush toys but something different.

Something to spice up their life. Something they can use and get some enjoyment out of.

Something that will occupy them for a bit.

So I found this carrot. It’s made by Planet Dog and you can stuff it with treats and let the dogs chew on it to work the treats out.

My guys have never really been into things like this before but I thought I would give it a try and seeing that it’s summer, I thought I would make a nice cool treat to put in it and let them enjoy it.

I was going to buy them each one but then I decided I would just buy one and see how it went.

If it went well I would buy another one, if not, I only wasted a  few bucks.

So I whipped up some berries and yogurt, stuffed the carrot with it and put it in the freezer for a few hours.

I could barley contain my excitement while it was freezing.

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Tail Troubles

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This face.

It’s a face that gives the impression that he is so sweet and innocent.

I’m just laying here looking sad and sweet and this is all I do all day long.

WRONG.

This sad pathetic face finds itself in more mischief than you can imagine.

It’s the kind of mischief that most other dogs don’t find themselves in.

Take Leroy and my alarm clock.

The alarm clock seems to be a source of ongoing mischief for both of my dogs.

It should be a simple electronic device that does nothing more than wake me up in the morning but it’s constantly a source of trouble for me and the dogs.

No matter where I put it or how I rig it, it’s always an issue.

Like the morning Leroy got it wrapped around his tail.

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R.I.P. Flip Flop

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A Proper Burial

Another one of my favorite shoes bit the dust late last week due to a very big and clumsy newfie paw.

The Newfie paw belonged to Leroy.

It’s the same paw that has ruined several slippers because Leroy has an issue with invading my personal space when I’m walking.

In this case I guess you could say that it technically was my fault for wearing flip flops on a walk with a 160 pound dog who has issues of invading personal feet space, but hey, it’s summer and my feet live in flip flops during the summer.

Who would of thought that my dog was going to step on the back of my flip flop as we were crossing the street causing my flip flop to snap in half and me fall flat on my face in front of an undetermined amount of cars stopped at the red light of the street we were crossing?

Not me man. Not me.

Apparently, I need to add flip flops to the list of things I should not wear while going for a walk with Leroy.

No loose pants. No flip flops.

Got it.

Disclosure-This post is NOT sponsored by Nike. My favorite flip flops are Nike. Period. If Nike wants to partner up, say by sending me a new pair of flip flops, that is fine by me. :)

Welcome to Monday Mischief – The pet blog hop that wraps up the weekend! This Blog Hop is brought to you by Alfie’s BlogSnoopy’s Dog Blog, and My Brown Newfies.

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Berry Cool Dog Popsicles

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Instead of making Leroy a cake for his birthday last week I mentioned that I made some berry popsicles as a special treat.

They were a big hit so I thought I would share the recipe with you in case you are looking for a super simple cool treat for your dog this summer.

You only need 4 ingredients, one of which is a secret ingredient!

  1. Blueberries
  2. Strawberries
  3. Plain, all natural, nonfat yogurt
  4. Coconut oil <—Secret ingredient!

Honestly, I didn’t measure it out.

I just threw some plain nonfat yogurt in a bowl with some frozen strawberries and blueberries and mixed it all up. It was probably about 16 oz of yogurt and about a cup of frozen berries. I added about a tablespoon of coconut oil and scooped it into popsicle molds.

Of course you can always use fresh berries, but my strawberry and blueberry plants are not producing any fruits this year so I had to use frozen berries.

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Put them in the freezer for a few hours and out comes a super fun and healthy summer treat!

* Word of Caution* If you have a dog like Leroy who has absolutely no manners, you might want to skip using a popsicle mold that has a stick and just freeze some of the mixture in a plastic bowl or you might wind up fighting your dog to a near death for the popsicle stick. 

On Turning 40

Last week I quietly turned 40.

40.

Me.

I turned 40.

I’m no longer thirty something.

I am 40.

No matter how often I say it, it doesn’t seem right.

I don’t feel 40.

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Well my body feels 40 but my mind feels like it’s still  a young 30.

You know, almost an adult, but not really.

I like nonsense. I always have.

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Stop Violating Your Bag Of Dog Food #PureEssentials

Have you ever gone exploring for a new dog food and wondered what size the kibble was?

I do that all the time and I’ve spent a lot of time trying to feel the size of a kibble through a bag.

Sometimes I feel as though I may have violated the bag because I’m trying to get a really good feel.

Kibble size matters to a lot of dogs and it’s hard to feel the size of kibble through a dog food bag.

If all dog food bags came with a little window, life would be easier.

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Nature’s Recipe Pure Essentials Limited Ingredient Senior Recipe comes with a window right on the side of the bag so you can skip feeling up the bag of dog food and actually see what size the kibble is.

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Happy 6th Birthday Leroy

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Six years ago this little ball of fluff was born and a few months later graced us with his awesomeness and changed our lives forever.

I knew he was going to be trouble the first time our eyes met and he has not let me down yet and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Leroy and I have definitely butted heads over the last 6 years and our bond took some time to become solid, but with a little bit of understanding, patience and a whole lot of snuggle time we got there and I’m confident now that even though sometimes his looks could kill and he still occasionally tries to knock me out, he loves me.

He really, really loves me.

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I always tell my husband that Leroy’s that once in a lifetime kind of dog. Sometimes I look at him and I know there will never be a dog in my life that will ever come close to being like him.

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Ice Water And Dogs. Revisiting The Myth

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I remember reading about this myth several years ago when I was sitting on the back porch with my husband.

Ice or ice water can cause bloat in dogs.

Let’s pick this myth apart, again.

We’ve talked about bloat here several times.

Bloat is a serious medical condition in a dog when that occurs when they eat or drink too much or too fast. When they are eating or drinking fast they have the potential to swallow a lot of air. This air can cause the stomach to fill with gas and potentially flip causing a GDV (Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus). Any dog can get bloat but deep chested breeds seem to be more prone.

So how does ice cubes or ice water come into play here?

It really doesn’t.

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The Look Of Disgust

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Gracie and Sherman have a great time together.

She loves him and he loves her.

It’s not hard to see that.

Gracie loves everything abut Sherman except for one small thing that she just can’t seem to get over.

The slobber.

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Stop staring at it and get in there!

I remember when Gracie was going through this “When I get really upset I’m going to hold my breath until I pass out phase.”

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