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Thank you to everyone for the heart felt birthday wishes for Sherman!

The above picture has absolutely nothing to do with this post but I think it’s adorable and if I’m going to be 100% honest, I tried to get a picture with Sherman this weekend on his birthday and things did not go as planned.

First I tried with my daughter’s new selfie stick and that was a debacle. Apparently I’m the only one in the world who can’t figure out how to work that thing.

First the phone fell off the stick and I almost died because it was my NEW phone that fell to the ground. Then, when I finally got it back on the stick, it did a flash burst of 30 pictures. All of which were of my wall. I didn’t even know my phone could this and I’ll probably never be able to get it to do it again.


When Big Dogs Block Appliances


Living with a gentle breed dog can sometimes be challenging, especially when your giant dog has the “wherever you go I follow” philosophy.

Sherman has this philosophy and sometimes it gets in your way, especially when your in the kitchen trying to make magic happen.

I don’t know what it is about big dogs that they have to lie in front of every appliance that you need to get to. It’s like they just know.

I’m going to lie right here because I know she’s going to need to get in here eventually and she’s going to feel so guilty for making me move that she’ll give me a hug or a cookie. 

Take Sherman.

Every single day he does this.


Hill Work With Sherman (Video)

I’ve written many time how I implement hill work into Sherman’s exercise.

We started it pretty much as soon as he was recovered from his torn cruciate. It began as a low impact way to build back up his muscle mass in his rear legs.

It was one of the several treatments in his rehabilitation.

We’ve continued it over the years to help keep his muscles strong.

We normally do it 2-3 times a week. More in the Fall and Winter and less in the Summer.

Normally we do hills that are only about 5-7 feet tall and we do it about 4-5 times.

Lately we’ve upped the bar and moved onto a hill that is almost triple that.


Welcome Fall


Fall is here.

Not just because the calendar said it’s here but because it’s really here in Ohio.

One day it felt like Summer and the next it was Fall. It was like someone hit a switch.

Sure we’ll have a few more warm days but the leaves have already committed.

I welcome Fall as it’s my favorite time of the year and since Sherman and Leroy like to lay in piles of leaves and then bring them inside, I get to enjoy Fall inside and outside.

Besides a dozen or so stray leaves, I already have some of my Fall decorations out and I went and bought some new comfy Fall sweats this weekend.


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I’m sorry that the Monday Mischief post is late today.

I just couldn’t get myself to get on the computer and write last night.

I have nothing funny or sweet to say today so I wasn’t going to say anything at all.

After having to deal with people stealing my shit for the third time this month, I’m kind of fed up to be honest.

After hearing all the sorry excuses coming from the people who are stealing my shit, I’m kind of fed up.

After hearing people blame an agency that they are using then not being able to provide with that agencies name, I’m kind of fed up.

Just because you saw it on the internet doesn’t mean it’s yours to use as you please.

I will take it down is not good enough. The damage has been done.


Dog Dining 101 With Stella & Chewy’s Raw Pet Food Meal Mixers. #StellaandChewys

This post is sponsored by Stella & Chewy’s and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Meal Mixers, but My Brown Newfies only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Stella & Chewy’s is not responsible for the content of this article.

Dog Dining 101


Welcome To Doggy Dining 101: How To Add Raw Pet Food To Your Dog’s Diet With Ease

  1. Set table setting. Towel. Dog dish.
  2. Place dog behind table
  3. Place bib on dog to catch slobber
  4. Allow dog to stare at bag and slobber for a few seconds
  5. Scoop Stella & Chewy’s® Meal Mixers onto food.
  6. Moisten with a little bit of warm water.
  7. Mix
  8. Serve!

It’s that easy to add a little bit of raw food to your dog’s kibble which is why we’ve been adding Stella & Chewy’s raw pet food to Sherman’s kibble for well over a year now.

I’ve been interested in feeding a raw food diet for awhile but I never made the commitment because I didn’t trust myself to do it properly. With Stella & Chewy’s Meal Mixers I don’t have to worry about that and I can continue to give Sherman his regular kibble and adjust his calories as needed. Since we’re on a budget, it’s also more affordable for me to do it this way, especially with a giant breed dog.


Waiting On Some Newf-Like Weather


We’re having a typical Ohio summer.

It started off with a lot of rain and cooler temperatures and then it went straight to hot.

Then it got cool. Then it hot and humid.

Cool again and now we’re at near breaking hot temperature for the first week of September.

Towards the end of the week we’ll be back to cool, fall like weather and I have no idea what the week after that holds.


Are Pet Cooling Mats Worth Your Money?


Sherman and Leroy have been testing out a cooling mat that we we got about a month ago.

I purchased this pet cooling mat so this is not a sponsored post. I’ve been wanting one forever so I finally bit the bullet and ordered one.

Let me just say-pet cooling mats for BIG dogs are not cheap. I’ve found that they range anywhere from $25-$75 and that what some companies view as large are really not all that large.

There are ones that you fill with water and ones that are filled with gel.

I finally settled on a pressure activated pet cooling mat from The Green Pet Shop. A $50 Groupon that a little birdie told me about got me a really good deal on this for $15.

It was a steal.


Commercial Mills Cost Newfs Their Lives. 29 Saved, 15 To Go. Help

A commercial dog breeder is someone who produces dogs solely to make a profit.

There’s no love there, just greed.

They are often referred to as a backyard breeders, puppy millers or USDA Breeders. They differ from responsible breeders because they care nothing about the breed of the dog that they are producing and more about how many dogs they can produce and how much money they can make. They don’t care about healthy puppies. They don’t care about YOU. They give you a puppy and never want to hear from you again. They sell their puppies to dog brokers who sell to pet stores.

They do not do genetic health testing for the breeds that they are breeding. They don’t offer long-term health guarantees. They breed every heat cycle, with no concern for the bitches health. The dogs are not cared for properly. They often live in cramped dirty areas, have no vet care, are not proper socialized, are not fed properly and are not groomed properly. They are not loved. They aren’t taken for walks or given toys to play with. No special treats, no birthday wishes. No fun adventures.

Here’s a few Newfoundlands that recently came from a commercial Newfoundland dog producer back in December. A breed that thrives on companionship. A breed that is defined by its temperament: Sweetness of temperament is the hallmark of the Newfoundland; this is the most important single characteristic of the breed.

rescue newfs

There was actually 44 of them.

Most of them have moved into their forever homes but 15 still remain in foster care due to medical issues.

Here’s their story:


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.


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