Sunday, June 30, 2013

Black and White Sunday

Nola has the longest eyelashes of any dog I've ever seen. That's why my eye shots of her are always half shaded; her lashes block a lot of the catchlights!

Friday, June 28, 2013

POTP for Thunder and Header Outtakes

     Hi, all! Please cross your paws and give some comforting to Thunder of The Chronicle of Woos. He is very, very ill and needs so POTP from all of us. We've got everything crossed for you, Thunder!



     What do y'all think of the new 4th of July header and profile picture? Mom did the shoot yesterday, and here are a few outtakes.

This picture makes me look fat. I'm not.



Purty girl!










Using chalk as a background results in this



And this
New header
New profile pic


Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Gettin' Fit and THANK DOG THEY'RE GONE

    Hi, all! THANK DOG OMD OMD OMD THE RELATIVES ARE GONE!!!! That's right, g-o-n-e. GONE, I tell you! We are so happy, so relieved, so...sigh. Buh-bye tension! Hello, having our normal family back.
OMD!



     Since the visitors fed me without permission (DM: you have no idea how much self control it took not to implode at said visitors), and it's bloody hot here, Mom and I are going to get fit again. Just more exercise, eating less processed food and more fruits (DM:which will be easy, as some of my favorite fruits, watermelon and blueberries, are in season. We have a boat load of blueberries we picked last week from a blueberry farm. Fresh frozen blueberries = heaven in a bowl) and veggies (DM: Not so easy; I hate vegetables). 




DM: Nola and I aren't overweight at all, given she's 9lbs and 9" high and I'm 121lbs and 5' 7 1/2". I'm just feeling kinda blah and out of shape, so I'm wanting to get us more fit and toned. I'd like swim and run everyday, along with some stretches, crunches, squats and pushups each day. I'd like to do yoga 3x a week as well. Maybe get a few light weights and do those 2-3x a week. We'll see! I'm really going to buckle down and stick with it, even though I know I'm going to want to quit in the first week. But after that I'll be loving it and I'll feel outta whack if I get off that schedule. Wish us luck!

Kisses and Tail Wags and Hugs,
Dachshund Nola and Dachshund Mommy

PS: last day to enter the giveaways for KONG treats and elk antlers! Go here and enter!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Happy First Birthday, Phoenix!

     Hey y'all! Today is Phoenix/Phee/The Phee Phee's A Poopoo (don't ask)'s first birthday! Hard to believe it's been a year already. Phoenix, meaning rebirth, was named because Angel Charlotte sent her to us.
She's all grown up now! A little too grown up, in fact; Phee's in heat. Dachshund Mommy: I HATE having a girl in heat! We've made an appointment for her to get her big girl surgery done soon!

Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola
Just a few minutes after her birth
2 weeks old
Finally named at 3 1/2 weeks!
5-6 weeks (DM: I wished I'd marked tis photo! I'm guesstamating at her age here)
8 weeks, first day home!
Meeting ME and Augustine
ME shoving Phee out of my spotlight
DM: first cuddle with her sissy!
First bath
Showing her the ropes of reviewing 
DM: If you can't tell, Phoenix ADORES Nola
DM: They still lay like this to this day!
See? 6 mo old Phee

Monday, June 24, 2013

Mondays...and a few reviews + GIVEAWAYS!

     Hi, everyone. The relatives are still here, for some unknown reason. We think they aren't leaving until Thursday or possibly Friday (Dachshund Mommy: I say "I think" because my mother tells me it's rude to flat out ask someone "when the fuck are you leaving?!". I don't understand why.). As of yesterday, they've been here a week; a whole week too long!
Wake me up when they leave (puppy picture! I was 7 months old, and newly spayed)


     Since you probably don't want to hear me bitch, whine and complain for paragraphs on end about Them, I figured I might as well get caught up on a few reviews, and also a few giveaways.

     First up is a review and giveaway of KONG Premium Dog Treats. They're made in the USA, contain no wheat, corn or soy, no artificial colors and no by-products. Not to mention, they're pretty tasty! I was sent 3 bags of treats; 1 bag of Chewy Meat Stix in lamb flavor, 1 bag of Dental Chews (size medium/large) in fresh mint and 1 variety bag of super cute Chew Buddies (size small).

     I don't eat the dental chews as my teeth are ideal, but the Minions 3 loved them! The Chew Buddies were a hit too, but nothing as much as the Meat Stix! Everyone went gaga over them.

Wait

Okay!


Boston likes them!

SO cute!





Wait

Okay!


Yummy!

PROS:
No wheat, corn or soy
No by-products
No artificial colors
Made in USA
Tasty
The Chew Buddies are SO cute
Both the Chew Buddies and Dental Chews lasted longer than Mom thought they would
Not too stinky

CONS:
Nothing!

     I give KONG treats 5/5 stars and 2 paws up!


GIVEAWAY! If you'd like to enter to win your very own KONG treats, comment below and tell me what your favorite type of chewy is. Sorry, US residents only.


     Next up is also both a review and giveaway for BestElkAntlers.com. Here's a bit about them:

There is little in this world that is real, fulfilling and wholesome, which is why we shouldn’t fail to notice the small things that are truly worthwhile. Not to sound too much like a greeting card, but there is truth in that statement. Read more to find out who we are as a company, what we do and what we believe in.
Dogs: Dogs are soulful creatures that sneak into a human’s life, many times unexpectedly.  As a company, Best Elk Antlers believes dogs should be taken care of because they take care of us. Yet spoiling a dog shouldn’t be a shameful thing. That’s why we provide a 100% all natural chew that not only gives back to your dog, but supports a long, healthy life.
Nature: Even though there sadly is less of the natural world than there used to be, experiencing nature and the grandeur of our beautiful nation is no less astonishing.  So why would we disregard what Mother Nature gave us? Best Elk Antlers is respectful to our earth and supplies a product that is 100% renewable and sustainable. Naturally shed elk antlers are dense, healthy, wholesome treats that your dog will love. To find out more about the way we source our products, visit our FAQ
Hard Work & Commitment: We’re a pretty diverse group around here, but we all have that great American work ethic that has made us successful. The work we do may just be dog chews, but we think it means something. If you haven’t already figured out our love and respect for our four-legged friends, our planet, and our country, we also want you to know we’re committed to you. We recognize you as the caretaker of your four-legged friends; so just as we take care of them, we’ll take care of you. We don’t play around with price or quality either. The quality of our elk antlers is incomparable, so you’ll always get the best.  And you’ll pay for quality, but surprisingly not much.
Founded in 2012, Best Elk Antlers is an East Coast company based on an all-natural, outdoors lifestyle. We supply 100% all-natural Elk Antler dog chews, sourced from beautiful and regal Colorado Elk, to dogs nationwide. Elk Antlers dog chews are great for dog’s teeth and gums, rich in vitamins and minerals and dog’s love the taste! These chews are the densest chew you can find on the market while still being completely 100% organic and additive-free. Best Elk Antlers provides you with unparalleled product quality, pet expertise, gracious customer service and more. Best Elk Antlers: The source for Biggest & Best selection of Elk Antlers On & Off the Web. 




     This site also has some super cool stuff, like:




     Antlers for dogs  is becoming a huge trend, and with good reason! Antlers are shed naturally each year, so it's a cruelty free chew. They're also an odor free chew, last a long time, and are rich with minerals. Elk antler chews and elk horns for dogs are especially beneficial, as they don't splint like real bones do and aren't as hard as dear antlers, which makes it far less likely for your dog to hurt themselves while chewing.

     Not sure what size antler your pup needs? No worries! They offer a general sizing guide (remember, you know what's most appropriate for your dog's chewing and jaw strength) you can see here.

     I was sent a miniature whole elk antler, a small whole elk antler and a medium whole elk antler. Even though I'm only 9lbs, the small and medium antlers were my favorite.




     I do like these, and will chew on them when I'm bored or just because, but they're definitely not a high value chewy Mom would give me in the crate, for example. The bright side of that though is it means they'll last even longer!
DM: I really wish I had picked a spilt antler for Nola to try, as I think she'd have been much more interested in it. Her favorite of the above antlers was the medium one, which was cut at a slight angle exposing the marrow, and she really enjoyed that. Oh well, live and learn!



I didn't much care for this one, even though it's "my size"

This was my favorite!









PROS:
Cruelty free
Made in USA
Fast shipping
Good customer service
Sizing guide
Lots of options
The prices seem inline with other places
Long lasting
Odor free
Non fattening, unlike bully sticks

CONS:
Nothing!


     I give BestElkAntlers.com 5/5 stars and 2 paws up! GIVEAWAY DETAILS: US only, sorry. :( Comment below telling me if you're walked on a harness or a collar for a chance to win a $25 gift card to BEA.com. If you want to earn an extra entry, follow them on either FacebookPinterest or Twitter.




     And lastly, a review of the Honest Kitchen. The Honest Kitchen makes natural, healthy, dehydrated dog and cat food. It's pretty much as close as you can get to home cooked or raw without all the work! Here's a bit about them:

 Since I'm on home cooked already, Mom wanted to test this out on the kitteh sisters. Since Mom is pretty passionate about feeding the best food possible and because this isn't about ME,  I'm going to hand this over to her. DM: Thanks, Baby Bug. 
Yes, I am VERY passionate about high quality food. The idea of feeding something like Iams, Pedigree, Science Diet, ect to Nola literally makes me cringe. That stuff will kill you! By-products, artificial colors, unnamed meat sources (sometimes even euthanized pets!!!!)....ugh. It's scary. I don't mean to sound like a snob, or like I'm looking down on anyone who doesn't share my view. I'm not. I simply feel very, very strongly on this topic.

     Anyways, I love THK. If Nola wasn't on home cooked, she'd be on this. Here are just a few things that sold me on them:

  • They only use wild caught fish, free range, antibiotic free, sustanibly raised chicken, and cage free turkey.
  • Only non GMO produce, organic seeds, and grain.
  • Many ingredients are certified organic.
  • They require certification to verify that every lot of raw ingredients they use has been tested clear of salmonella, E. coli, listeria, lead, arsenic, mercury, melamine, yeast, mold and pesticide residue before it's even allowed in their plant.
  • I know what every single ingredient is

    Those are more than I can say for my own food! Here are a few links on their site I found really interesting:



     Nola and I were sent Grace and Prowl cat food, along with Wishes dog and cat treats. In short, I am thrilled with everything. The one kitteh, Star, was a little finicky at first, but quickly loved it. It smelled good, I felt good about giving it to them, and it was relatively quick and easy to do. Nola LOVED the treats, she went bat shit crazy for them.
Enjoy the pretty chalk flower in the background!





"What do you mean it's not for me?"







Add warm water, stir and let sit for 5 minutes

I didn't add enough powder to water in this batch!




PROS:
Incredible quality
Incredible ingredients 
Great customer service
I feel good about feeding them this
Super tasty, according to them!
Fairly easy to prepare 
NOTHING they use is from China
All around great

CONS:
The odor of the Wishes treats is really, really strong. Not bad, just very strongly fishy.
Expensive, but if you break it down it's a good price for the quality

     Nola and I give THK 5/5 stars and 2 paws up! It's available on THK site, Amazon, Chewy.com and a few pet stores.


    A note on the giveaways: if you'd like to enter both of them, just leave a comment with the answers to both questions, along with your email address. Winners will be drawn Friday.

Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola, going to pout until the visitors leave


PS: Phoenix's first birthday is tomorrow!

Disclaimer: I received free products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.