Oh yeah, We Are Back!!!

So….it’s been a while if you only follow us on the blog. And if you only follow us here…get with the times! We are on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter…come on already!! Click one of those cool floaty buttons over there on the right —>

So much has went down in the last 6 months…I started this huge upgrade/overhaul of the website. Then…my motivation just vanished. I got busy; I got stressed; then this happened:

Out with the old….

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And in with the new….

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Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know, we move a lot. I can’t help myself! I like it!

Tonight’s post is going to be a quick one. I only plan on posting once a week on the blog on a general basis. Most a weekly catch up to let you see everything that has been going on with the girls. I will be mostly sticking with  ’microblogging’ because I really like it. I will be using Facebook more to give you the cute little things that happen during the day. I want to build an audience over there because I like how I can post, and interact with fans. I want to use the blog for longer stories, product reviews, and giveaways.

And, in case you have been living under some dark, heavy, cold rock somewhere…this sweet girl is ALL MINE now!!

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I wasn’t looking for a clown to come live with me, but I’ve ended up with a sweet, silly girl in Molly Brown. I can’t wait to share her stories; you will laugh your ass off!

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.

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

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A Product Review with Chewy.com and Orijen

I was very excited when Chewy.com wrote to ask if I would consider doing a product review for them.  I love their service. I order the food I can’t get locally from them, and if it is over forty-nine dollars it ships for free! They also have an autoship program that I keep intending to looking into setting up but going online to order each time is so easy that I just haven’t felt the need to do it. By not having autoship it also allows me to go and look at all the other pet related items they carry.

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Luckily, I don’t have to look for a new treat this month because we were asked to try out Orijen’s new freeze-dried treats. We received a bag of the Brome Lake Duck flavor to try. IMG_3847First, a little about the company. Orijen strives to use fresh, regional ingredients in all their dog foods. They just don’t go out and order beef-they want to know what farm the beef comes from. Their foods are manufactured in Canada, and they only use ingredients that have been deemed fit for humans. This is much different from many pet food companies out there. The freeze drying processes combines pressure and below freezing temperatures to vaporize the water out of the food. Honestly, when you see it written out it sounds a bit like science fiction.

So, I hope you can see why I was excited to try these treats. First, I didn’t know Orijen was making freeze-dried treats! Second, with a company so committed to quality I feel really good about having the girls try them. Third, since I know Chewy.com carries them-I can have them delivered right to my door!

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Girls!! STOP! We have work to do here!

These freeze-dried treats were a hit with all three girls! I mean, its pure duck meat and duck liver so I’m not sure it is possible for them to not like it. One thing I noticed right away are that these treats are soft and not chalky like many other freeze-dried treats we have tried. This makes them perfect to be able to be pinched in half. As you can see-they are just smaller than a quarter. IMG_3843They are only 7 calories a piece, so by breaking them in half they are the perfect training treat. They also have a strong smell. It isn’t a bad smell at all-just “meaty”. My current foster, Molly, has a bit of hand shyness. This was the perfect treat to be able to toss to her outside in the grass because it was easy for her to find using her nose. I had honestly had a bit of trouble finding a good treat to use outside with her because of this very issue and had limited much of our training to indoors or concrete. Even picky Bella (who refused to have a picture taken) loved this treat. The final thing that is GREAT about these treats is many come as single ingredient varieties. This is perfect if your dog has allergies and needs to limit certain foods or if you need treats during an elimination diet.

I’ll be honest-I ordered a couple more bags of these treats before I had even finished the sample Chewy.com provided to me. This treat is “the one” for us. Grain free for my Daisy with allergies, something my picky-eater Bella enjoyed, and something my foster dog can find in the grass if my toss to her is a bit off. I feel good knowing it is coming from such a great company as Orijen.

Daisy Sniffing Orijen Treats

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Disclaimer: I was provided with a bag of Orijen’s freeze-dried treats from Chewy.com in exchange for my honest opinion.

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