Monday, September 19, 2016

September Chewy Review

The boys are both still acting kind of odd whenever I give them a treat from last month's review so I was hopeful this month's treat would go over better.  It did not disappoint!

We ordered the Science Diet Flexi Stix and received a 7.1 ounce bag from Chewy.   
They seemed to be the perfect treat since, "These soft and chewy treats are formulated for dogs with mobility issues, as they contain natural sources of glucosamine and chondroitin to promote joint health.  Made with real turkey, Flexi-Stix natural jerky treats can be rewarded regularly to provide daily support for healthy hips and joints."  
 Some of you may remember that Chico has suffered with luxating patellas in both hind legs.  While they don't seem to bother him for the most part anymore, it's still important to me to do what I can to ensure he doesn't suffer any more than necessary.
They almost remind me of little worms.  Sometimes I break one in half and make the boys share.  They tell me it's completely unnecessary to be so stingy and that at $5.24 a bag, it's not going to break me to let them have a whole one each.  They're probably right...

The chi's LOVE these!  I have to put the bag away as soon as I give them one because they can't contain themselves and will continue to beg for more.  They give these treats 8 paws up - four paws each!

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

Monday, September 12, 2016

Freak Alley Gallery

There's an alleyway literally a block and a half from where I work that I'd heard about previously, but was never quite sure where it was located.  I've been kind of exploring most days during the lunch hour just to pass the time and was excited to discover it was so close to where I work.  I've been a few times now and always see something new.  I was even more excited to find an actual gallery of additional artwork to go along with it.  The inside gallery is really small and smells heavily of smoke so I probably won't be visiting there often.  The alleyway is usually filled with others taking pictures like me.  Some of the artwork is really impressive, other artwork not so much.  New artwork is added each year.  This particular alleyway has inspired a similar project in my own town!  If anyone's interested, I can share those pictures next week.  

Monday, September 5, 2016

Happy Labor Day

I'm finally starting to settle in at work and things are slowly falling into place.  I still have lots of questions but I'm feeling a little more comfortable.  My friend started last week so it's nice to have someone there that I know.  We haven't gotten to have lunch together yet and probably won't as long as we're there.  I'm so glad to be a temp there - the permanent employees work lots of overtime and weekends.  The company will be hiring more temps soon.

I like to go walking on my lunch hour and recently discovered Freak Alley Gallery very near where I work.  I'll share some of the pictures next week.  It's a cool place filled with artwork and it inspired a similar project in my town.

This past Saturday I went to a balloon launch.  They've done this for the past 25 years.  This is only the second year I've gone.  It's a 5-day event and the balloons can be seen in the sky for several miles.  I wanted to share a few pictures from the event because it was such a fun morning, even if I did have to get up at 5:00 AM!


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.

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