Friday, June 22, 2018

Family Flower Friday Friends



WE ARE FAMILY!!!
We are great friends!!!
And we STILL have our imprisoned flowers:)

Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

This is a bloghop.  We are joining Rosy, Arty, and Jakey for Flower Friday.




Thursday, June 21, 2018

Tasty Thursday #ChewyInfluencer

Today we are here to do our #ChewyInfluencer review of one of our June products from Chewy.com.



From the minute Mom opened the box, we just knew there was something fantastic in that box.




Sheesh, Mom - couldn't you at least get a clearer photo of the bag? 




OK, I tried again but I had already opened the bag.  Did I do a better job?  Here it is - Stella & Chewy's Savory Salmon & Cod Meal Mixers.  These meal mixers are part of Stella & Chewy's freeze dried raw food options.

Yes, indeed you did, Mom.  And we are THRILLED that you opened the bag because the aroma oozing from that bag sure did tickle our taste buds.  We did so much dancing around you at the smell of that salmon and cod that we almost knocked you over!!!


From the Chewy.com website, we learned (through our exuberant enthusiasm) the following:

Description:

Kickstart your canine’s kibble with Stella & Chewy’s Savory Salmon & Cod Meal Mixers Grain-Free Freeze-Dried Dog Food. Delivering a boost of nutrition and yummy flavor, it’s an easy way to pack your pooch’s diet with nutrients, probiotics and antioxidants. Based on the philosophy that pets thrive on the same diet they would eat in the wild, this recipe gives your dog what she naturally craves, and is made from 95% wild-caught salmon and cod including organs and bone, plus 100% organic fruits and vegetables—offering the benefits of raw food nutrition with the convenience of freeze-dried preparation. And to ensure the highest quality, each batch is made with care in Stella & Chewy’s own U.S. kitchen.

Key Benefits:


  • Made with wild-caught salmon and wild-caught cod along with 100% organic-certified fruits and vegetables.
  • Real raw nutrition in the convenience of freeze-dried nuggets; can be served as a complete meal or mixed with dry kibble to add variety with a nutritious boost and help entice a picky eater.
  • Formulated to mimic a canine’s natural diet; never contains grains, gluten, fillers, artificial preservatives or colorings.
  • Complete and balanced nutrition is enhanced with probiotics to aid in healthy digestion—perfect for the pup with a sensitive stomach.
  • Proudly made in the USA with ingredients responsibly sourced from trusted and reputable suppliers.
Ingredients:

Ground Salmon With Bones, Ground Cod With Bones, Cod Liver Oil, Pumpkin Seed, Organic Cranberries, Organic Spinach, Organic Broccoli, Organic Beets, Organic Carrots, Organic Squash, Organic Blueberries, Fenugreek Seed, Potassium Chloride, Tocopherols (Preservative), Sodium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Dried Pediococcus Acidilactici Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium Longum Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus Coagulans Fermentation Product, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Taurine, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Niacin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid


Those small morsels you see on "top" of our kibble have all those fabulous ingredients - did you see?  Salmon, cod, lots of organic veggies and fruits, probiotics and antioxidants!!!  We will be using it as a topper for our kibble - or as the packaging states, a meal mixer.

We do have to warn the humans that the fish "aroma" is very strong once you unzip the bag.  But don't worry about getting your human paws all stinky with that fishy goodness.




The bag includes this 1/4 cup tool so that you can easily scoop out the perfect amount for your pups without ever having to touch the morsels.  There is a great feeding guide on the back of the package.



Dog's WeightNumber of 1/4 Cup Scoops per Day (when mixed with other food*)
SMALL DOGS (UP TO 20 LBS.)1 Scoop per Day
MEDIUM DOGS ( 21-40 LBS.)2 Scoops per Day
LARGE DOGS (OVER 40 LBS.)3+ Scoops per Day
*Reduce other food portions accordingly to avoid overfeeding
Mom says she would probably only do this once a day for us:(  So we would all get 1/4 cup of the meal mixers added to our dinner kibble.  We would much prefer a 3x a day serving, but we are so excited to get it with our dinner.

AND if you really don't want to deal with this fabulous fish, the meal mixers are also available on Chewy.com in beef, chicken, and turkey flavors.  We are sure that at least one of those options will appeal to you and your pups.

Now because Timber's stomach is still not back to normal and the problem still has not been totally identified, Mom didn't want to give him anything new yet.  So we each got to have ONE kibble for our taste test.  She believes in treating us all fairly.  Misty and Lightning think she could have slipped them a few extra pieces.



We cannot even begin to tell you how much we all loved that ONE piece.  We can't wait to be able to get our full 1/4 cup with our dinner SOON, Mom.




Timber:  Why am I not smiling?  Because ONE piece is not any where close to enough for my growing body!!!

Misty and Lightning:  Mom, we think you could find a way to add some of that to our bowls and we promise not to tell Timber.  We are pawsitive he won't smell that fishy goodness:)

All in good time, I promise.

We received this package of Stella & Chewy's Meal Mixers from Chewy.com at no cost to us in exchange for a fair and honest review.  Thanks to Chewy.com, Ms. Natalie and the whole Chewy Influencer team for giving us this opportunity.

Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Weird Mostly Wordless Wednesday


You just never know what you are going to find when you go out for a walk.











Woos - Misty and Timber

Note on Timber for those who asked about him:  Still working on resolving Timber's issues:(  Could be a day or two longer before test results come back.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Monday Mind-Melding Mopers


Me and My Brudder

Woos - Timber and Lightning


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday Salute to Dad



HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all the Dads out there, furry and canine alike!!!

Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

Friday, June 15, 2018

Furry Family Friday


We thought we would show you some of our extended furamily today.  


Some of you may remember our cousin Ruby Blue.  She joined the three grandkids, Ms. K, Mr. J., and Ms. C right after Misty came to our home.  Ruby Blue will be two in August. 



She is a very happy girl.  She loves to play with us when we go to visit her.  She loves to run all around her yard with us. 



Isn't she just a beautiful Golden Girl?  And she has a wonderful disposition too!



Here she is with our dancerina Ms. C.  Mom says she needs more work on her posing.  But Ms. C. has no problem with that - look at that smile!



But wait, there are more cousins to see. . . 



Our two shih tzus cousins, Duncan and Dexter who live with two of the other grandkiddos. Duncan is the boy on the left.  He is almost three and shares the same birthday as our Dad.  The sweet little black and white boy on the right is Dexter.  He just arrived at Duncan's home last Sunday and is only about 12 weeks old.  He is very sweet, according to his humans. We haven't met him in the furs yet.  When his Mom, one of our human sisters, took him to the vet yesterday for his first checkup here, the vet found he has something wrong with one of his eyes.  He was off to see a doggy ophthalmologist yesterday afternoon.  He has a dermoid on one of his eyes.  There has been a lot of discussion about what to do about it, but we think he is going to be just fine.  We sure hope.  He sure is cute, and Duncan and his human boys Mr. T. and Mr. B. both love him so much.  He makes us think of Arty from LLB in our Backyard.



Mom, wouldn't it be nice to have a new, cute, adorable puppy join us too?  NO?????  Just think about it:)

Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Thankful Thursday

Maybe we should call this Mischief Monday Trouble Tuesday Wordy Wondering Wednesday Thankful Thursday.  Whatever, let's join Brian's Thankful Thursday Bloghop and give you an update on Timber.





Yep, that's me, the boy with the tummy and poop issues.



Raspberries to all the tests I have been through.  How about a cookie as a reward for my good behavior? 




Seriously, Mom, do we HAVE to talk about poop?  That's embarrassing.




OK, here goes.  So I had to go to the V.E.T. last Friday because I have had so many episodes of bile vomiting, losing my meals, and ahem, "irregular" poop output even though I was eating fine and playing as I always do.  So I had a bunch of analyses done on my "sample" and blood work.  My blood work was overall pretty good with just a couple of slightly lowered numbers that the vet said was probably due to all the upset going on.  No parasites found in the famous sample, a tiny bit of blood, a little bit of bacteria, but not too bad, and no giardia.  My symptoms remained unexplainable, but I started on some metronidazole on Saturday along with my pepcid.  Mom calls that metro stuff the magic cure. 





Well, guess what, it did nothing for me.  By Tuesday night there was no improvement.  Mom had waited the few days recommended by the vet and decided it was time to look at other options.  So yesterday I had the pleasure of another trip to the V.E.T.,  and this time I saw Mom's favorite vet, Dr. B.  He was as perplexed as the other vet. He talked about doing a PCR test to check for just about everything.  But then they decided to take pictures of me first.  I am a great model for photos, but I guess this wasn't quite what they had in mind.  They wanted to take x-rays of my insides!!!  They made me lie still on a table on my side and on my back. They said I was a super good and cooperative boy.



AND Dr. B. saw something in there that was not quite right. He said I have a partial blockage in my intestines, whatever that is.  He said it has almost come all the way down the path and should make its way out very soon.  What the heck?  What could it be???  He said it looks like a conglomeration of fur, sticks, maybe bones, maybe birdie bones, but he couldn't be sure.   Mom is thinking it may be a mix of all of that since I eat everything and anything I can find.



I promise I will try not to eat anything bad out here anymore because I sure don't like that new medicine I have to take.  Dr. B. gave me something called "enteric" something or other.  It is a pink liquid, and it tastes horrible.  Mom has a hard time getting it into me, and I have to take it three times a day for a couple of days.  And I will still finish the metronidazole.  The good thing is that Mom's examination of the output today revealed a bit of improvement in the consistency of the substance, if you get my drift.  But don't get too close, because that drift might be a little odoriferous:)  BOL.



The rest of The OP Pack is doing just fine and are hoping I get back to normal soon. 




Meanwhile, here are some happy faces as we are all thankful to have finally found out what is going on with me.

Woos - Timber (Lightning and Misty too)