Friday, August 26, 2016

Keeping Up with the Kardigans

It's time for another episode of Keeping Up with the Kardigans! I haven't been blogging very much lately as the heat has kept us house bound with little new to take pictures of! The boys don't venture too far on the moring walks when it's 90 and very humid at nine in the morning.

There's been an awful lot of napping going on. Here's Jimmy, keeping one eye on his favorite toy, even as he snoozes.

I posted this on FaceBook but in case you missed it.....check out how huge my Elephant Ear plant grew. It really took over the spot where I put it. A thunderstorm pretty much did it in soon after this photo, but no biggie. It will come back next summer. Even now, it is sending up fresh leaves!

Now these next photos are for Mary at Tales from the Back Road. She always delights us with her photos of the old time West. When I saw this old gravel mill on the shores of the Potomac River, I had to play with the photos to get that bygone era feeling!

Next up.....we did have a short break in the hot weather with two glorious, low-humidity days. I went for a good long hike with a friend in the Catoctin Mountain National Park. It was five plus miles of very hilly, rocky terrain and I found out just how out of shape I am! But it was wonderful to be in the deep woods on a beautiful day! We saw almost no other hikers despite the nice weather. That made it even better! This is one forest you feel quite safe in as the  presidential retreat Camp David is here. Additionally, thanks to Camp David's large no-fly zone, the forest is free from the sounds of airplanes! So great to hear nothing but forest sounds! The hike was way too vigorous for the boys, so unfortunately they stayed home. But, this is one National Park where your dogs are welcome on the trails! Here I am cooling off at a waterfall....

I'll finish up with this picture of a weird fungus growing near my house. It is so incredibly colorful!

And a Hibiscus from my garden....

 Have a great weekend, Everyone!

Thursday, August 18, 2016 Nature's Variety Meal Blends

This month  offered so many great products it was really, really  hard to choose just one! I am primarily a raw feeder when it comes to Jimmy's and Wilson's meals, so I decided to try Nature's Variety Instinct rawMarket Meal Blends for those times I forget to thaw the boys' next food.

This is a freeze-dried raw product. As such, it needs to be re-hydrated prior to feeding by adding some water and letting it sit. And sit some more! I knew I it would take a bit of time, but even at the 20 minute mark, it was still fairly dry. My dogs are noisy when waiting for their dinner, so it felt like a very long time indeed! Next time, I will be a bit more stealthy, and not let them know what I am doing until it is finished soaking. It is a good idea to plan ahead with freeze-dried food. Of course you could sprinkle a bit of this over their regular kibble (without soaking it first) as a nutrition boost. Both boys were happy to eat dry pieces I offered them.

Now, that being said, my guys both tucked into this food like it was the tastiest thing they had had in a long time!

Here we see Wilson doing his very best Oliver Twist (written by Charles Dickens) impression.......

Please, Sir, I want some more.
Fortunately for Jimmy and Wilson, I'm a lot nicer than Mr. Bumble and gave them a few dry pieces for dessert!!!

My dogs definitely enjoyed this food. It's a bit pricey for regular use, but as a back up food, it got all 8 paws up from my corgis! Thank you for letting me try another great product!

As always, is not in any way responsible for the content of this blog post. I was not compensated for what I wrote other than being given a bag of Nature's Instinct at no cost in exchange for my honest opinion. The opinions are mine and those of my dogs!

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Boss!

I was born and raised a Jersey girl. This was way back in the 70's, so when I hear the words "The Boss", you can probably guess what that brings to my mind! I wasn't actually a big Bruce Springsteen fan, I was more into Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Genesis, and the like. But you could not live in New Jersey (or any where else for that matter) and be oblivious to the over-the-top fandom "The Boss" garnered.

The years have passed and the times have changed. Now, when I hear the words "The Boss", it isn't Bruce that comes to mind but rather Jimmy. He's the boss around our house.....

Let me out! Now I want back in! Give me a bite of your food! Let me out again! Open the door! He's a demanding little bugger. He doesn't always get his way but he sure loves to try! Herding dogs are bossy, it just comes with the package.

So in keeping with his nickname around the house, here's a picture of the real Boss.....

And his predecessor.....

Who's the Boss in your house?

Sunday, August 7, 2016 Outward Hound Treat Chaser Toy

Summer has a way of getting away from us. The time just flies by in a flash. That is exactly what happened to July and before I knew it, I was very tardy with my review! My humble apologies!

I chose yet another food puzzle. There's nothing like the dog days of summer to make playing with your food a good past time. It's too hot to spend time outdoors and being indoors is just so boring! Break out the food puzzle, and at least for a short time, there is joyful entertainment!

Outward Hound seems to have the corner on the market of dog food puzzles! This time we tried a ball style puzzle called the Treat Chaser. The ball is weighted in such a way that the holes always return to the sides of the ball and stop spilling the treats. When your dog noses it around, it wobbles and wiggles and the treats fall out. I do think it was a bit too easy. It dumped out lots of kibble at one time so it didn't take long to empty. Maybe a different shaped treat that was a bit larger would do the trick and make the game last longer. That being said, this is still a great toy to slow down your too-speedy eater. It will take a bit of effort to get it all, much more so than hoovering up the dinner bowl!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post other than receiving the toy in exchange for my honest review. is in no way responsible for what I have written! The content is entirely the opinions of my dog and me! Thank you Chewy for another fun product!

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