I was totally going to title this post “Up Close and Personal, Doggie Style” but then I started to think about what the search engines would do with that and I decided to go a different route.
It’s better that way. A lot less people will be confused and I will get a lot less hits from people who are looking for porn.
So now that we have the reason for the title clear, let’s get onto the good stuff.
We got a few more inches of snow the other day and I refuse to go outside in that crap and take pictures anymore this year so I was looking for something new and challenging to do with the camera. As luck would have it, as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, I came across a post from my friend Mel over at No Dog About It.
Mel had referenced to a post called “The Secret To Taking Awesome Dog Portraits By Elke Vogelsang.” If you haven’t seen it yet, you should check it out. It’s amazing.
To groom or not to groom a Newfie is not a question, nor is it a choice.
It’s a must.
Where you choose to do that grooming is the question.
I personally like to do most of my grooming outside in the fresh air with the music on and a beer sitting somewhere close by. I’ve spent many weekend nights this way and I’ve enjoyed every second of it.
Grooming is very relaxing and soothing for me.
Grooming takes me away to better places when I need to be taken away.
Who is Bugsy?
Bugsy is an adorable little 3 year old Pug and is the face behind the Bugsy’s Box. He’s the best friend to the founder of the Bugsy’s Box and was the ultimate inspiration because the founder wanted to give Bugsy the best treats and toys that he could find without having to run around to several stores trying to locate them, so the Bugsy’s Subscription Box was born!
I was lucky enough to be asked to review the Bugsy’s Box a few months ago but I ran into a little shipping issue when the box was accidentally delivered to my neighbor, a little over a month ago and she just brought it over to me a few days ago, so the box that I will be talking about today is the February subscription box.
As you all know, I’m a pretty big fan of dog subscription boxes because I love opening up a box of dog fun and Bugsy’s Box did not disappoint.
The other day I bought Sherman and Leroy some new treats.
They were banana crisps.
Dehydrated bananas and coconut oil were the only ingredients and the boys went totally crazy for them.
I have to admit, I tried them and they were pretty darn good.
That night I saw that our friends over at Kol’s Notes had just teamed up with Silvie on 4 and they were about to kick off an awesome contest for a chance to win a Excalibur Dehydrator, and my brain got excited. I’ve never dehydrated anything but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t and there is so much I could do with a dehydrator, like make my very own homemade banana crisps for Sherman and Leroy!
So I decided that I would make the banana crisps and then submit my recipe for a chance to win the dehydrator.
The bad news is that I was fresh out of coconut oil and my son ate the last banana for breakfast. Figures. The bananas sat their for 2 days and no one ate them. I decide to use them and they’re gone in the blink of an eye.
So I searched my fridge and luckily I still had a few apples left so instead of making banana crisps I made apple chips.
It was super easy to do and the boys were very excited to give them a try.
Here’s just how simple it was:
Happy Monday and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
We had a pretty low key weekend and the only one who seemed to be up to any mischief was Sherman.
It’s very hard to belief that innocent Sherman could ever be up to any mischief but this week proved to be a little tough on him because I went back to work and he is not at all happy about that.
I’m trying you guys.
I really am.
I don’t want to bitch about the snow.
The boys love it and that is the only reason that I’m trying to bite my tongue because I know in just a few months, when I’m smiling from ear to ear because it’s nice and warm outside, they will be yearning for the snow to return.
Paper towels are something that we use often in this house.
We use them for a variety of things, but we mostly use them for dog related stuff, such as wiping slobber off the windows, wiping slobber off the table, wiping slobber off the floor, wiping slobber off of guests, and we use them as needed for picking up dog vomit and sometimes even dog diarrhea.
My husband always tells me that I should buy paper towels in bulk because we will always use them, but I insist on ignoring him and I buy a roll or two each time I go shopping. On rare occasions I run out, but this is very rare and I feel that I’m a pretty good judge of our paper towel usage and if or if not we will run out during the week.
The other night Leroy got very sick and I was concerned that he might be bloating.
Before I go any further I will let you know that Leroy did NOT bloat, but we had one very scary night.
So let’s talk about bloat
Bloat is a serious condition that can happen to any dog but it is more commonly seen in large or giant breed dogs that have deep chests, such as the Great Dane, Newfoundland, Boxer, Great Pyrenees, Irish Wolfhound, Irish Setter and several other large deep chested breeds.
Last week I had to try and catch a urine sample from Leroy so that I could take it in to the vet and see if his UTI had cleared up.
I had my suspicions that it had not, so I wanted to catch a sample and get to the vet before the weekend.
I’ve talked before about how catching a urine sample from a dog can be tricky if you’re not quite sure how to go about it, but once you know the rules, it’s easy peasy.
Yeah, well….all that goes out the window when you need to catch a urine sample on your dog in a few feet of snow, especially when that dog is Leroy, who is a bi-urinator.
Since it seems like I seem to have more of Leroy’s attention these days I decided that it’s time for a us to take a little step back and get back to the basics.
One of the things that I truly enjoy doing with both of the boys is taking pictures of them out in the elements. This can sometimes be tricky because each of the boys has their strengths and their flaws when it comes to be photographed.
While Sherman has come a very long way over the last year, Leroy is still by far, the more photogenic dog. The camera loves him and he loves the camera. He has no problem looking right into the lens and giving me some attitude.