Monday, August 22, 2016

August Chewy Review

It's that time again!  This month we choose the Old Mother Hubbard Classic Original Assortment Oven Baked Dog Biscuits from Chewy.  We received a 20 ounce bag of the small biscuits to try.
Chewy describes them as:  Old Mother Hubbard's Classic Original Assortment bone-shaped biscuits include Original, Chicken, Cheddar & Char Tar flavors.  Old Mother Hubbard snacks are a wholesome and delicious way to say “good dog”!  They make an excellent snack for training or for anytime you want to give a little extra love.

What benefits does this product offer, you ask?
  • Natural oven-baked dog biscuits
  • Made with all natural, wholesome ingredients
  • For dogs of all ages & sizes
  • No artificial preservatives
The biscuits are just the right size.  The quarter is there for scale.  They're about the same size as a regular Milk Bone.  Old Mother Hubbard offers larger and smaller sizes as well.  Surprisingly, the small biscuits ($5.85) cost less than the mini biscuits ($5.98) for the same size bag.
The boys have acted a little weird with these treats.  Chico didn't really seem to like these very much.  He practically bounces off the wall when I hand him one, but then he drops it and walks off, leaving it for Shiver.  Shiver won't accept his until he sees that Chico has one.  So Shiver ends up with two and Chico gets none.  The boys give these five paws up out of eight.  Shiver likes them, Chico isn't so sure.  I'd be willing to have them try these again, but we'd go with another flavor.
Don't you even THINK about stealing my biscuit!!!
We were not compensated financially for this post, but were provided a free bag of treats in return for our honest opinions.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Random Notes

I meant to create a post for yesterday, but the weekend went so fast and was over before I knew it!

I started the new job yesterday.  My first day wasn't too bad.  I didn't have a computer so we really didn't do much.  The company ordered the computer but when they opened it up, it was the wrong one.  It should be here today and then I'm hoping to get started with training.  Everyone seems really nice.  One of my friends will be starting there in a couple of weeks, so that's exciting!  Our job is only temporary - they think they'll probably keep us until about March or so.  However, the money is good and it will hopefully allow me to pay down some bills.

I have to commute with this job, so I'll probably limit visiting blogs to the weekend and maybe here and there during the week if there's time.
I realized that in all the time I've had Shiver, I have never once washed his toys.  They were all really gross and smelly, so into the washer they went.  Who knew he had so many toys?  The picture above is only a small portion of them.  After they were all washed and dried, I put them in his bed.  He's never actually used it as a bed so we keep his toys in there.  Washing them has made a world of difference.  He immediately scattered them throughout the house and has played with them a lot more since then.
It's been almost a year since Chico was diagnosed with leukemia.  He's doing really well, considering.  He takes a steroid pill every morning. He still gets a sore here and there and is slow to heal, but nothing like what it was before he started taking the medication.  The biggest difference I've noticed in him is that he's aged a lot in the last year.  The picture above is him in younger years, the picture below is from earlier this year.  He probably sleeps a little more now, but he's still the same sweet boy he always was.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wordy Wednesday

So I'm not really sure what happened to Monday's post.  I got interrupted in the middle of it and actually did go back and finish it up.  Unfortunately, blogger only appears to have saved up until the part I got interrupted.  Ordinarily I would have fixed it once I saw it, but I stepped on a rusty nail Monday morning and wasn't up to it.  I went to the doctor and got a tetanus shot, and am now on a week's worth of antibiotics.

Monday, August 8, 2016

I have some rather exciting news!  I FOUND A JOB!!!  I start next week.  It's only temporary through the end of the year and possibly a little later, then I should be able to get back with my last job through June or so.  When that's done, I can collect unemployment for a little while.  This new job won't make me rich by any means, but it pays more than any other job I've ever had before so it makes me feel rich.
It's been a long time since I've done one of these.  I was inspired by this post by Four-Legged Furballs.  Questions came from here, a blog which, sadly, is now defunct.    

1.  When it might hurt their feelings, how do you feel about telling your friends the truth?

It really depends on what we're talking about.  If someone asks if I like her new hairdo and I really don't care for it but I know that she loves it, I might tell a little white lie and say that I do.  What I'd probably do is try to give a noncommittal answer so that I don't have to lie.  That way I don't have to lie, yet I won't be hurting a friend's feelings unnecessarily.

If someone smells really bad, I doubt I'd say something because I wouldn't want to hurt their feelings.  I've had this experience before where a good friend didn't shower regularly.  I always wanted to say something but didn't know how to bring it up for fear of hurting her feelings.  Fortunately, she seems to have moved past that stage and appears to bathe regularly now.  

If it's something much more important, I'd likely tell the truth.  I can't think of an example right this minute.

2.  Peanut or plain?

While I do like peanuts, I prefer usually plain. You?  

3.  Is there someone you would like to take your place in life for one day?  Who and why? 

I've never thought about someone else taking my place.  Usually it's me thinking about trading places with others who have much more exciting lives.  If I were to choose someone to take my place for a day, I'd choose someone who'd make my life better.    

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.   

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Tired Tuesday

I was tired yesterday so I didn't blog like usual.  I'm tired today too and I'll be tired tomorrow, I'm sure.  I haven't been sleeping much these days because I'm too busy worrying and being anxious about the future.

Sadly, not a single blogger entered my Christmas in July swap this year.  I'm thinking now that maybe I won't host it next year so no one seemed interested.  I don't know, I guess I'll have to see how next year goes.  I was late in posting about it this year because I had a lot going on.  

I've been lucky enough to have several job interviews the last couple of weeks and I have another one this morning too!  Sadly, none of the interviews have panned out so far.  One of them went so well until they asked me to complete a math test.  I had no idea how to figure out the problems so I knew that job wasn't happening.  Another job that I soooooooo desperately wanted and which would have utilized my degree, I froze up and gave a terrible interview.  It was so bad that I would not have hired myself even!  Today's interview isn't necessarily a job that I want and it's not one that goes with my degree, but it pays well.  It's only temporary through the end of the year - there may be a possibility that the company will hire some employees at the end though if they're satisfied with my work.  It's better than nothing though and would at least pay the bills for the time being.  So I've got my fingers crossed it all works out.  In the meantime, I'm opening and closing a laundromat 5 days a week for $20 a week.  It's literally just that - unlocking the doors in the morning and turning on the lights, turning off the lights and locking up at night.  It generally takes about 6 minutes a day, so really not too bad considering...

Friday, July 29, 2016

July Chewy Review

There were several great options to review this month and the boys settled on Wellness Core Protein Bars.  They received a 5.5 ounce bag of the Turkey and Duck with Kale Recipe flavor to sample.
Chewy describes them thusly:
Wellness CORE is based on the nutritional philosophy that dogs, given their primal ancestry, thrive on a diet mainly comprised of meat. These nutrient-dense protein nuggets are packed with quality animal protein, without fillers or grains, along with wholesome superfoods. Each tender bite delivers an incredibly healthy and exceptionally tasty way to treat your dog. Multiple flavors available.
I seem to remember ordering this brand before in  a different flavor and that they were soft, so I was a little surprised that these were a little harder.  Each piece has a score line for easier separation.  The score line isn't always in the middle, but they're soft enough to break apart with your hands even without the score.  One piece is only 16 calories.  Since the boys always share a piece, they're only eating 8 calories so this is a treat I can feel good about giving them.

More importantly, what did the boys think of them?  As usual, they really enjoyed them!  They give these treats 8 paws up.
This is the best picture I could get, sorry it's blurry.  The boys try to avoid cameras like the plague!  Yes, I was in my jammies in this picture. 

 A bag of this size is reasonably priced at $6.81 each, or you can set it up for autoship for only $6.47 a bag.  The best part of autoship is that you never have to worry about running out.  Even better, if you order $49 or more worth of products the shipping is free!

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

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.

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