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Berry Cool Dog Popsicles


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


Happy 6th Birthday Leroy



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.


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.


Ice Water And Dogs. Revisiting The Myth


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.


The Look Of Disgust


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.


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.”


A Little Girl, Her Big Dog and the FURminator #PetHairSolutions


There once was a little girl named Gracie.

Gracie had a very big dog that looked like a bear.

Her dog’s name was Sherman.

Sherman was very fluffy and had a lot of hair.


Gracie watched her totally awesome mom brush Sherman all the time with her FURminator® deShedding tool and she longed to one day try this tool out on Sherman because her mom, who is awesome, always raved about how well it worked on Sherman’s coat and how much undercoat it removed on him without breaking or pulling the hair.


How Dog Slobber Helps Me In The Bedroom


Dog slobber. It’s a way of life around here.

We deal with it and embrace it and we find ways to make it work to our advantage.

Take last week for example.

My husband and I were flipping the mattress on our bed like we do every so often when we remember. There’s no set mattress flipping schedule it just happens.

Flipping the mattress takes two people because it’s a king size mattress and we have a ceiling fan with a light that sits over the bed.

It’s a delicate operation and we always wind up hitting the light no matter how hard we try not to. So on this day as we were flipping it we were also carrying on a conversation about something that was super important at the time but not so important that I still remember what it was.


Come Shop With Us As We Check Out Nature’s Recipe #PureEssentials #Sponsored


Shopping for dog food can be a daunting task especially when you walk into a pet store and are overwhelmed by the aisles and aisles packed with different foods.

I mean how many foods are out there now? Hundreds? Thousands?

I’ve spent so many hours in these aisles and over the years I’ve probably read the back of almost every bag of pet food that’s on the market. It’s hard trying to stay on top of all the foods that are available since there’s is a new food coming out almost every week so I had to come up with a system.


Here’s a few ways that I narrow down my searches when I’m in the pet store.


Settle The Gut Down and Then Settle Yourself Down



Sometimes I have a hard time paying attention and I give full credit to my over active brain for that.

It’s not that I’m not paying attention.

I am.

Well, at least I’m trying to pay attention.

But in serious situations my mind is going a mile a minute and not all the important information gets absorbed where it needs to get absorbed.

I eventually remember but it’s usually after the fact and way too late to make any difference.

My husband can’t stand this.


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