Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tasty Tuesday - Nutram's 30-Day Optimum Transition Challenge - Part 2

We have completed the first 7 days of the challenge. In 3 more days the pups will be eating all Nutram food. I believe the dogs are looking forward to this. They are really seeming to be enjoying this new food. Phod has even started waiting patiently for his food in the kitchen. Historically, he has waited outside the kitchen area, but the past week, he has been in the kitchen while I prepare the food. 

This was day one. Most of the food in the dish isn't even the food he is waiting for! 
Phod has begun to eat his food more quickly. We will watch this and if need be, pull out the other slow bowl. Hailey, thankfully is eating at an appropriate pace, but she licks her bowl and Phod's clean (although after he is done, I am not sure there is much to lick clean!). So far at least, the switch is a success!

Last week one of our pals asked if their was chicken in this food, as many pups are allergic to chicken. While I can't speak for all the formulas, I double checked T-26, the formula we are trying, and there is no chicken. 

Nutram was kind enough to send us a welcome basket as well. Inside there were 2 new bowls, 2 beautiful leather leashes, shampoo (the dogs insist this was a mistake, they don't need that), and 2 rope toys. 

Nutram is winning our hearts! 

You can join the challenge by clicking HERE.  Remember Nutram is available for dogs and cats in 35 countries.
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Disclaimer: We were provided with a month's supply of food and compensation for sharing our honest experience of Nutram's products. We only share information we feel may be relevant to our readers. 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Mischief Monday - The Return of Lazarus

Since we move to the country, we have shared our yard with groundhogs. As some of you may remember a few years ago, the groundhog known as Goldie, had babies. We had only seen one, who unfortunately found his/her way into Hailey's jaw. The day after baby became an angel, we saw a second, we named Lazarus. 

Our pal Lazarus had a very good hibernation. He or She has been very busy at the back of our house building a burrow. It actually looks like a freshly dug grave. 

If you look closely to the left you can see the hole

Position of the burrow from the house

As seen torturing Hailey out the basement patio door - the burrow is just below 

Lazarus has been seen often in the yard. Phod often runs to the burrow to visit, but so far, Lazarus has been safe. Let's hope that continues all spring!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Blogville Election

It is time again for a Blogville election. While our American friends head to the polls in November, Blogville will also head to the polls.

At this point in the race, we are remaining non-partisan. Some of this is because we don't want to take sides and some of it is because we want to explore the issues and see the platforms of the candy-dates first. Also, we only get one vote, so that means we all have to come to an agreement . . . . this could take time.

We have known Arty the longest, as his blog was one of the first we found in Blogville. Lady also knows she is a little biased toward a shit tsu because of our angel Loki.

We just met Christmas a few months ago and are getting to know him. Now, while we are still undecided voters at this time, Zaphod has joined Christmas' secret service. All the candidates deserve protection from vacula and the squirrels.

Finally, we only met Lexi when she announced she was running. (Clearly our Lady has kept us living under a rock). We want to know more about what she will bring to Blogville if elected.

We think it is going to be a fun race and look forward to seeing what everyone brings to the table before we have to make up our minds in November.

At this point we have no idea!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Busy Friday - Show and Tell and Flowers

Before we begin our very busy day, Lady wants to thank you all for your kind words about her FAIL yesterday. When it all went down, I think Miss Hailey Bug was soooooo busy doing her own thing she didn't even notice. We have had a week of good walks, so that helps. (If only it would be above freezing in the morning).

Today we are participating in 3 events.

First up: Bacon's Show and Tell

This month, we have recorded it is more embarrassing pictures. Now Lady is very careful not to post really embarrassing pictures, but here is one that is from the cruise in January. Here she is trying to learn the moves to the Thriller dance. That may not be too embarrassing (even though she has 2 left feet), what is more embarrassing is the fact she realized she has never seen the video. After being scared by it at age 9, she has never re-watched it. She is that whimpy.

Lady in blue dress

Second, we are joining Dory for Flower Friday.  We searched our yard (which is almost 100% snow free) and found these as our only flowers:

Perhaps this is also embarrassing - Gardening is something Lady wishes she enjoyed
We should get a few flowers soon:

Planted by the previous owner. Alive because it is low maintenance

Off the dozens of bulbs Lady planted a couple years ago, this is the only one that is coming up
Because our flower showing is so sad, we are adding some of our trees to brighten this post up!

Last, but definitely not least, according to Ranger's Wacky Holidays, today is Greenie Day. We hope all our pals get to enjoy a Greenie (and not the one we get every week from failing to guess Sammy's teaser!).

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Project Hailey - A Fail

Before our tail of woe, we want to help spread the word about an upcoming auction to help Lilly Belle. For more information click HERE.

Also, for a happier tail visit our feature at Bacon's.

Now onto our story!

Saturday Hailey and I had a fail in our relationship. On a normal day, the first thing we do (after I throw on my sweats and visit the washroom) is walk. On Saturday, it is the Man's morning to take the dogs out if they are up before I want to get up. This means we do our walk after breakfast.

We headed out for our walk  after breakfast. I stupidly didn't put Hailey's harness on. She was very excited when we headed out. But by the end of the road had settled. She had a few moments of excitement, but I was in control.

Spring is in the air
Then we turned up her favourite street. The wind was strong (and may I say cold). There was clearly something in the air or something I couldn't seen had been around. Hailey went crazy. I could barely control her. I have not seen her so out of control since we first got her over 5 years ago. I did everything I could to try and regain control, but I could not compete with the smell. It was made harder by the fact that her excitement made Phod excited. I knew I was losing the battle and after a really ugly moment where I yelled at her (didn't help and didn't make me feel better), I broke down and called the Man to come and get her.

It broke my heart. I was in tears. While waiting the 2 minutes or so for him to hop in the car and come get me, I ended up face first in the ditch. This made me both cry more and realize I had made the right choice in calling the Man. He arrived, put her in the car and Phod and I continued to talk home. He was an angel. I could have held his leash with one finger.

In the short-term my IT band, which has been giving me a lot of problems, was very, very sore. The next day, the band felt better, but my quads ached from all the times she was trying to pull me into the ditch before she did. I spent most of Saturday feeling defeated (made worse by the fact that I wasn't feeling well from a food challenge). But Sunday I felt a little better and I hope this one time incident isn't a set back for both of us.  In a timely post KB wrote about embracing your dogs challenges. I will embrace my crazy girl and we will move forward (but hopefully not face first into a ditch).

Who can stay mad at this face