Sunday, May 29, 2016

Black and White Sunday: Keeping a Nose on the Neighborhood

We've all heard the expression "to keep an eye on.....something" Well, if you are a dog with that incredibly sensitive nose, keeping a nose on the neighborhood is probably just as effective. Here's Wilson, happily sitting indoors on a hot day, with the storm door cracked open just enough, whiffing in the passing scents.








Thursday, May 26, 2016

Chewy.com: Another Puzzle Review!

This month I chose to review another Outward Hound food puzzle as my item from Chewy.com .



I reviewed a different one back in January that was much too easy for my guys. This Doggy Blocks puzzle was much more of a challenge for both of them. It wasn't so much that they didn't know how to get to the food, but that as they drooled and dripped all over the yellow blocks, it became too slippery to grip. This was especially true for Jimmy who has an underbite making his grip even less effective. The yellow blocks had very smooth top edges so there was no way to hold on once the block was lifted. You can see in the video where even I had a hard time getting a grip! It really needed a little rim for their teeth to catch on. Jimmy got very frustrated and just asked me to help. Wilson did manage to remove a couple blocks but then didn't want to try to spin the bottom layer to reveal more treats. He just started trying to peel the plastic layer back and actually got his tooth caught. He had full intentions of pulling the toy apart. Here is a picture of some damage he did in just one bite....



Here's Jimmy's video. I let the camera roll for quite a while since Jimmy was struggling with it....





Wilson's video is pretty long as well.....




As with any plastic food toy,  I would never give my dogs this and then walk away. It was way too easy for Wilson to damage the plastic as well as getting his tooth caught. I do not believe this would be a good puzzle for a strong dog who would try to pull it apart with his teeth.  It is probably best for a more gentle dog. All in all, I would say this is a challenging puzzle that should provide good mental stimulation under proper supervision. It is very important to keep an eye on your dog when playing with items like this!

Now for the customary disclaimer: Chewy.com is not in any way responsible for the content of this review. I was given the product at no cost in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and comments are mine and based on how I saw my dogs interact with the toy.

I do want to thank Chewy.com for allowing me to participate in this fun review program! Additionally, I would like to give a pat on the back to their shipping department. One night after dinner, I was washing the dog bowls. I use big, heavy ceramic bowls and one of them slipped from my hand as I was sudsing it. We have granite counters and the bowl banged the granite that was around the sink. Of course, it did not survive a blow like that! We have a particular design on our bowls, a matching set for the boys and also their water bowl. So I wanted to get the exact same bowl again.Googling it, it came up on Chewy.com with the best price so I placed my order. Check out this amazing customer service...Ordered at 7:05 PM and shipped at 10:15 PM! Pretty darn impressive!

Click to enlarge so it is easier to read.




The Weekend Report: Better Late than Never!

Here it is Thursday already and I haven't even posted Jimmy's videos and results from last weekend's agility trial given by the Weimaraner Club. Of course with Monday having been Wilson's thirteeth birthday, he was the one that earned the blogging rights for that day!

We had a very successful weekend, qualifying in three out of our four runs. All of our "Q's"" were first place, and our one unsuccessful run had only a small mistake (captured on video!).

The videos are from Saturday and the first one is our Standard run. I'll let you find the mistake.....




And here is Jumpers for a nice blue ribbon (and canned dog food for Jimmy's post-run reward!)




Tracking Jimmy's PACH 2 progress:
Very 1st Double-Q: Sunday 5/1/2016
QQ#20: 
Masters JWW legs: 40...MJP Title 01/25/15 MJPB 10/11/15
Masters STD legs: 36...MXP Title!10/24/14 MXPB 10/11/15
Double Q's: 3 (out of 20 needed)
PACH Points: 792 (We are starting with all the points we need, so I'm not even going to track them!)

Monday, May 23, 2016

There's a Teenager in the House!

Today is Wilson's birthday and he now officially a teenager. He is thirteen years young!

Here he is posing with the birthday card Jimmy's breeder sent Wilson. How sweet is that?! Thank you, Anne! This card is so perfect too! Look at the words that spell out Thirteen. They are all alliteration which fits so well with Wilson and his Wordless Wednesdays!

Bigify so you can see the card better!
To be sure Wilson had the best day ever, we took him to do his favorite activity, swimming!


Of course there is a slight drawback to this, it did mean a quick bath when he got home. That was a bit of a buzz-kill, but he forgave me pretty quickly!

His day is not over yet, so I hope to add more photos to this post later.......

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WILSON!!!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Black and White Sunday: Front Door Selfie

I am outdoors, Jimmy and Wilson are indoors, I can see the house behind me, and the backyard through the door over my shoulder. I love how it all pulled together and the almost dream-like way the boys show up. I really couldn't pick whether this was better in black and white or color, so I will let you decide.....









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