Monday, July 25, 2016

Rest In Peace, Little One

Yay, my internet is BACK!!!  After much back and forth with the phone company and researching other internet options, I finally had a guy come out to fix it.  It hasn't worked properly since January, and the last 6-8 weeks I didn't have it at all.  It's so nice to not have to go to the coffee shop to use my laptop anymore.  I'll be around to visit everyone very soon!
As you have probably heard, sweet little Dip from Sketching With Dogs crossed the Rainbow Bridge last week.  I'm always sad whenever I hear of a pet from Blogville passing away.  This one hit particularly hard for a couple of reasons.  I've been emailing Lynne almost daily for the last year and a half to two years now, so that makes it a little more personal.  Also, Dip looks like the long haired version of Chico, who is suffering from leukemia.  While Chico is doing well for the most part, it was a reminder that he probably only has a short time left with me.  
Dip suffered from dementia for almost a year.  She seemed to be doing well up until the last few weeks, then had a devastating stroke.  She was a feisty little thing, and I don't doubt she's up in Heaven now looking down on Lynne and the family, watching over them all until they meet again.
If you haven't already, please stop by and give Lynne your condolences.  

All pictures used with Lynne's permission.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Wordless Wednesday

Did you see my post about the annual Christmas in July swap?  No one has signed up yet, sadly.  

Friday, July 1, 2016

Christmas in July

Welcome to Christmas in July, fka Doggone Dog Swap!  This isn't a swap for yourself -- it's a swap for your pets!  No, we aren't swapping our pets, although sometimes I wouldn't mind trading mine in, lol!  This isn't limited to just dogs – cats and exotics can participate too!  Basically, you'll each buy toys and/or treats for your swap partner and they'll do the same in return.  You never know what you might get!

The deadline to enter is Sunday, July 17th, which gives you just over two weeks.  We're starting late this year due to my lack of internet.  Once your swap partner has been chosen, you'll get an email with your swap partner's information.

I've listed the ground rules below.  If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.  

1.  You'll enter each pet you have individually.  Since I have both Shiver and Chico, I'm going to fill out the questions below twice (one for each dog).  I'll try my best to swap doggies with doggies, cats with cats, and exotics with exotics.  Depending on the participants, you may be partnered with someone who has pets of a different species than you do, so please keep that in mind.  That's where the questionnaire comes in handy!  You'll also have your partner's email and blog address, so that you can contact them with any additional questions.  

2.  The minimum spending limit before postage is $20, the maximum is $30.  If you're swapping for more than one pet, I'll let you use your best judgment on how much additional to spend. 

3.  *You'll need to email me and your partner a tracking number for the package you sent out* and to let me know when you've received your goodies from your partner.  This part is absolutely crucial!!!!  A tracking number is provided automatically on your receipt if you're using the post office, FedEx or UPS.   Anyone living outside of the US is exempt from this rule.  If I discover that you received a package but never sent one out, you'll be outted and blacklisted from participating in the future!!!  Fortunately, this hasn't been an issue in the past, and I'd like to keep it that way.  I'll do my best to match pets from the same country, but please note if you are outside the US, you will most likely be partnered with another international pet.  If you live in the US and cannot mail internationally, please let me know.  Mailing to another country can sometimes be costly, depending on where you’re sending a package to, so I would hate for anyone not to participate because of that.

4. You must post about the swap once you receive your package.  We wanna see what you got!  If you don't have a blog, you can still participate.  Just email me the pictures of your loot, and I'll post them on my blog for you. 

5. You have until Wednesday, August 31st to get your packages mailed out. That's almost seven weeks to go shopping and get those goodies sent, which should be plenty of time. 

6. This is the most important rule - HAVE FUN!!!!!

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, no matter what your pet is, email the form below to sprinkles at everythingisbetterwithsprinkles1(at)hotmail(dot)com.

1.  The name of your pet and what kind you have 
2.  Male or female
3.  Breed of pet and size (small, medium, large, xlarge)
4.  Is there anything your pet cannot have?
5.  Is there anything in particular that your pet really likes?  Examples of this might be a certain kind of toy or treat.
6.  Your address.  Your information will only be shared with your swap partner.
7.  Your blog address, if you have one

June Chewy Review

Sadly, I'm still having issues with my internet.  The company ran some kind of test and said that I needed to have someone come out to the house to correct it because it had something to do with the line my internet is running through and that will cost $80.  Since my job has ended now, I don't have an extra $80 in the budget and am struggling to pay the bills.  I never realized just how addicted I was to the internet until I didn't have it anymore.  Being without it has made blogging and looking for a job difficult.  I managed to find a connection at a coffee shop a couple blocks from my house just long enough to post our monthly review though.
This month the boys decided to try the Nutramax Cosequin Maximum Strength (DS) Plus MSM Soft Chews Joint Health Dog Supplement.  We received a bag with 60 soft chews to try.  
I like that it's soft and just the right size.  The boys love the taste and don't even realize that they're eating something that's good for them!  The recommended dosage for your dog depends on weight.  Initially my boys are to have one a day for approximately 4-6 weeks, then it tapers down to one every other day.

The boys chose this particular product because it's soft so even Chico can eat them and Chico has luxating patellas so we thought this would be good for him.  Fortunately, his patellas have not been a problem for awhile now so long as I don't overwalk him.  Still, it's better to be proactive than reactive when it comes to something like this.  They've been on it for three weeks now and while I don't necessarily see a huge difference yet, they do both seem to have more energy.

Shiver and Chico give this 8 paws up and say they'd recommend them to all of our readers.  I apologize for the lack of photos, the internet at the coffee shop doesn't seem to do well uploading pictures.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Internet Issues

Hello!  I've been having problems with my internet for awhile now.  First it was a spotty connection, now it doesn't work at all.  After a lengthy phone call with the company last night with no resolution, I now need to research another provider as quickly as I can.  As soon as I'm back up and running again I will be around to visit everyone.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May Chewy Review

Remember me?  Yeah, I've been an awful blogger lately.  :'(  Between working full time plus overtime, networking, and volunteering, I feel like I have no free time.  What little free time I do have seems to be spent sleeping.  It almost feels like I'm back in school again.  My job is coming to an end very soon so I've been trying to take advantage of every opportunity I can to get myself out there.  My job is supposed to end on Saturday, but my boss said that the big bosses are considering keeping us on a little longer if we're interested.  I'm not sure if that means for a few days, weeks, months, or what...  I'm sure we'll find out more this week.
I did take the time out to let my boys review another Chewy product this month.  They tried the Hills Ideal Balance Soft Baked Naturals Chicken and Carrots.  My goodness, you'd think I'd never fed them before with how excited they get over them!  They inhale the treat the second I hand it to them.
Look how cute they are!  They're just the right size for Chihuahua mouths and as the name implies, they're very soft.  Chico doesn't have many teeth left and they were perfect for him to wolf down.

They loved the taste, I love that they're healthy.  They're grain free, made in the USA, chicken is the very first ingredient, and there's no corn, wheat, soy, or added artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.  My vet sells this as well, so I know it's a product I can trust.  Luckily, we still have plenty left.  When we run out though, we will most definitely be purchasing more.
Here's Shiver enjoying a treat.

My boys give these eight paws up!

We were not compensated financially for this post, but were provided a free bag of treats in return for our honest opinions.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a Happy Mother's Day yesterday!  The rain dried up and the sun came out here so I can't complain.  I went shopping in the afternoon and came home I carried some grocery bags in the house and set them on the floor for a moment while I went back out to the car to get the rest.  I'd bought Shiver and Chico each a stuffie and Shiver had grabbed it out of the bag before I had a chance to get the tags off.  The boys like to sniff the bags, but they've never stolen anything out of them like that before.  The tags have since been removed so all is good!

My mom was on vacay the last two weeks so I took care of her beagle during that time.  In the past, Chico has done anything and everything to show his love for that beagle.  It doesn't seem to matter to him that Scamp is also a boy.  I'm happy to report that Chico controlled his urges this time around and barely even paid attention to Scamp!  My guess is since Scamp has rebuffed him repeatedly, he finally realized that the romance was doomed and it was time to move on.

I officially have four more weeks of work left unless we finish up early.  In the mean time I've been applying for jobs here and there and doing volunteer work.  I graduated exactly one year ago this past Saturday and was reflecting on my life since then.  This is so not how I pictured it!  :'(  This is my reality though and I have to deal with it.

Remember when I saw that deer at work?  Well, I saw SEVEN of them all at once last week!  I tried getting a video of it, only I got a video of the sidewalk instead.  I did get pictures though!

The chi's are good.  I've been trying to do a little spring cleaning here and there when I'm not working or volunteering.  They probably feel like I'm ignoring them, so I need to spend a little more quality time with them.  I bought them new stuffies out of guilt.  Shiver is beyond happy with his.  Chico got a few minutes of play time in, dropped it, and hasn't paid a lick of attention to it since then!  Anyway, I'm hoping to get a walk in soon if it isn't too hot out and maybe we can get a photo shoot done then!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Dr. Tim's Metabolite Weight Management Formula Dry Dog Food, Part III

Yes, I'm still among the land of the living.  The last two weeks have been crazy busy with networking, volunteering, researching, petsitting, working, etc., and something had to give.  So blogging and sleep was it.  It almost felt like I was back in college, as busy as everything was.  I had a relaxing weekend though and was able to catch up on some zzzz's so it's all good!  

I'm sure you're dying to know how my boys did on Chewy's Dr. Tim's Metabolite Weight Management Formula 30 day challenge.   Come on, you know you are!  
We received a 30 pound bag to try.  As expected, this has lasted us well over the 30 day challenge!  Both boys are still enjoying the food, although Chico has decided that he prefers a mix of the old and new.  Shiver is more than happy with the new food.  
Please notice there are two bowls of food here!  
For whatever reason, the boys decided they both wanted to eat out of the same bowl the evening I took these pictures.  I don't know what's up with that.  

Honestly, I don't know if I see a difference in their weights.  I haven't weighed them, but they don't look any slimmer.  They're still full of energy and Shiver is back to his puppy self.  He's definitely been more rambunctious this past month.  His poo doesn't smell nearly as bad either.

We would definitely recommend Dr. Tim's to others.  We still have at least half a bag left, so it'll be awhile before we need to think about ordering more.  However, we will seriously consider it when it's gone.  We'll go with a smaller bag though.  Thank you, Chewy, for including us in this challenge.

  We were not compensated financially for this post, but were provided a free bag of dog food in return for our honest opinions.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Magical Monday!

Or not - I just like alliteration.  I'm not a fan of Monday's, but maybe today will feel magical at some point!

Thanks for the suggestions last week regarding cover letters.  I've gone online looking for templates and also tried using my friend's cover letters as a model but I never seem to be quite happy with any I've created, no matter how hard I work on them.  Today I'll be meeting with someone from Human Resources to have them critique my resume.  I'm looking forward to hearing their recommendations and plan to ask about cover letters while I'm there.  My job will be ending very soon, so this seemed like good time to go in and talk with them.

I've also ordered business cards to hand out at networking events.  While it hasn't happened often, I've had a few people ask if I had one and now I can say yes!  They were easy to create online and I'm pleased with how they turned out.

In chi news, the boys had their nails clipped at the groomer this past Saturday.  One of the ladies who works there showed off her brand new chi.  It was soooooo cute!  From there, we went to the vet's office for annual shots.  Chico put on a pound since last year, Shiver lost an ounce.  The vet didn't say anything about Chico's cancer.  He did comment that Shiver has a heart murmur which I already knew.  Overall, they seem to be doing well.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Dr. Tim's Metabolite Weight Management Formula Dry Dog Food, Part II

Remember last week when I mentioned we were doing the 30 day Dr. Tim's Metabolite Weight Management Formula Dry Dog Food challenge?  It's been a couple of weeks now so we thought we'd do a quick follow up.
I meant to post the picture above last week, taken the evening of April 1st.  I forgot to have them try the new food during the day so they each got a small handful of the new and old foods that evening.  The boys aren't eating a mix anymore, it's all the new food now.  They seem to really be enjoying it just as much as they did the first time they tried it.  The biggest thing I've noticed is that both boys seem to be so full of energy now!  Shiver is almost back to his puppy-self and is just as rambunctious as ever!  I'm not sure I like that part so much, lol.

Something else I've noticed is that Shiver's poo doesn't smell nearly as bad anymore!  He used to have really smelly poo and I gagged whenever I had to pick it up.  Chico's was never that bad.  Anyway, I still don't particularly enjoy having to clean up after Shiver, but it's a slightly (very slightly!) more pleasant experience now that I don't need a gas mask to get near it.

I'm not sure if Shiver has lost any weight or not, but Chico feels like he's lost a little.  It could be chalked up to his cancer, I suppose, but I've noticed both boys seem to feel full a little quicker and don't necessarily eat as much of this as they did the old food.  I do think they still like it; as I said above, they still seem to be enjoying it!

Blogger Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe asked if this food is any more expensive than what I was feeding them before.  I'd say it's slightly more expensive.  However, it's really not that much more and not enough to dissuade me from purchasing Dr. Tim's Metabolite Weight Management Formula Dry Dog Food for them in the future.

We were not compensated financially for this post, but were provided a free bag of dog food in return for our honest opinions.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Merry Monday

Wow, the weekend sure went quick!  But then I guess it does that when you aren't actually doing anything.  I slept a lot on Saturday and barely got any of my weekend chores completed on Sunday.  Oh well, it'll all still be there next weekend.  I need to create a spring cleaning list and get to work on it.

My job at the tax commission will be ending very soon, sadly.  I've enjoyed it way more than I thought I ever would.  But now I'm back to a frustrating job search all over again.  I really thought that having a college degree would help me find a better paying job and it has not.  :(

I have a friend who has been kind enough to create some wonderful cover letters for me.  However, she's so crazy busy *all the time* taking on the world and I feel bad asking her to help me.  I don't have the gift she seems to have and am never 100% happy with whatever I manage to come up with.

So I'm reaching out to ask if anyone else is any good at putting together cover letters?  And if so, would you be willing to volunteer your time and effort on my behalf every now and again?

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