Saving What You Love

I’m not sure if my dogs saved my life, but they definitely gave me life. I now pass that on how I can by fostering and transporting coonhounds. This video was put together by one of the volunteers for The American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue. It recognizes the breed that I have come to love that is so misunderstood in our country. Please share this video with your friends. Oh, and watch close-Grannie has a cameo with my girls!!


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Coondog Day 2013

Once again, the town of Saluda, NC put on a great Coondog Day Festival! In fact, this year was the 50th year for the festival. Now, this is like many small town festivals…they shut down “the” street in town, people set up booths, everyone shows up for the parade and a good time is had by all. I went with Grannie, Daisy and Molly! Last year there were record high temperatures. I am happy to say it was around 80 degrees, and other than a few on and off rain showers, the weather was much nicer this year!

I went to help with the American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue booth-which is the rescue I am fostering Molly through. Sadly, there are many people who come to this festival with the view that a coonhound is only good for hunting. We are there to show that they can be happy members of the family.

The parade is quite an interesting experience. Basically-there is no registration. If you want to be in the parade just show up at call time and they will put you in line. A couple things to note-the folks with guns (the confederate reinactors, and they guy following the dog in the hospital bed) were actually firing blanks. Lets just say there were many freaked out dogs watching the parade. Heck, there were freaked out humans!

At one end of the festival is where all the breeders set up. They have a coonhound bench show, a treeing contest, and that night they go out for a coon hunt. This year, Daisy and I tried the treeing contest. Basically…they put a scented fake raccoon in a cage and run it up a pole under this tent. The dog is supposed to run up and tree the raccoon. I am proud to say….Daisy refused to bay. Why am I proud? Well, all these “hunting” dogs were going NUTS over this dead, taxidermied raccoon in a cage. Daisy? She walked in, took one sniff then looked at me like “Um, Mom, it’s already dead!! DUH!” Then proceeded to wag and be cute towards the crowd. She was not fooled! It was a fundraiser for one of their regular coonhound club members who has been diagnosed with cancer and doesn’t have health insurance. You had a five dollar entry fee and they “auctioned” off your dog-the one with the highest price won and got to split the pot of money.

Hope you enjoy some of the pictures. If you live in the area, we’d love to see you next year!

Back to the World of the Living

Oh my word!!! Do you have any idea how hard it is to be cut off from the internet for a week?! We just got back from the mountains. We had a blast but the place we stayed had NO cell phone reception and no internet. Grannie and I would drive somewhere for dinner, find some 4G, and spend an hour checking Facebook and email. Sad, eh?

I have lots of pictures to share but this one was just funny…I was trying to take pictures of Daisy but Molly kept photo-bombing.

Molly and Daisy

So then Molly just put herself in the picture….Daisy looks like “What on earth do you think you are doing??”


Pro Bloom-A Saturday Product Review

I’ll just let you know, although I have tried many things at one time or another, I am not one to put my girls on a bunch of supplements. If they are having some sort of problem I have no issues trying something to help. But overall, my girls are healthy and doing fine.

Well, mostly.

At first I didn’t think twice about the box of Pro Bloom from The Honest Kitchen I received in my swag bag at Blogpaws. Pro Bloom BoxThen I realized that the probiotics and digestive enzymes might be just what my foster dog, Molly, needs. You see, Molly has had a little gas problem. And by “little” I mean “please someone build me a fallout shelter because surely this is gonna kill me” type gas. Please don’t tell her I told you. She is such a sweet, happy girl and I would HATE to hurt her feelings. Plus, she sometimes just looked so confused at the noise coming know. Now, before you start thinking you know what the issue was, I tried two different grain free kibbles (6 weeks each). Although my Daisy eats The Honest Kitchen, I just can’t afford it for more than one large dog right now. So, I was hopeful that the company I had come to trust with several of Daisy’s health issues had come up with a product that would help Molly. Gas may not be the worst issue in the world, but a girl has to maintain her image!

instant goat milk

powder in water-before mixing

Pro Bloom is an instant goat milk powder supplement with digestive enzymes and probiotics. It is a human grade product from free range goats here in the USA. You mix with warm water…and let the dog drink it.  I’ve seen some who froze them into treats. You can mix it with kibble, or let your dog drink it straight up. Of course, you can always mix it into your pets normal Honest Kitchen Dinner as well. It can be stored in the fridge for 2 days.

I started Molly out on the sample box I received. For her, one packet daily was recommended per her weight.  I would split it half in the morning, half in the evening. I mixed it with her kibble-basically making her some cereal. Yummy CerealHer change was dramatic. Within days I could tell a difference. I was no longer running for the hills to escape my sweet foster girl. It coincidentally came at the best time-she finally learned how to jump up on the bed with her stubby legs. I don’t think I could have allowed her to sleep with me before Pro Bloom.


Can I finish eating please?

Can I finish eating please?

We are now in what I consider the maintenance phase. I have reduced her Pro Bloom to being half the recommended serving with dinner only. Now, a packet lasts us two days. I am still happy with the result and as you can see, she is quite excited come dinner time! I think this is one supplement I will be sticking to. The results have spoken for themselves. I feel I should add that Pro Bloom is also for cats. However, since a cat wouldn’t make it in my house very long I don’t have any way to try it out with one. If you have tried it with a cat, please leave a comment! I’d love to know how it worked out for you.


Disclaimer: I was provided one box of Pro Bloom at Blogpaws. I have since joined The Honest Kitchen’s Blogger network to receive discounted products. I wouldn’t have done this if I didn’t love The Honest Kitchen. I plan on reviewing several of The Honest Kitchens products in the future.

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