Monday, March 31, 2014

Holy Bat Balls, What a Haul!

     Hey, everyone! So last week, a friend of a friend gave us a massive amount of free food. The friend works at a grocery store, and stuff they can't sell (things missing, few days from the expiration date, deformed looking stuff, ect) would get tossed if people don't come get it. Since the Minions 3 and I are on a home cooked diet, and we keep a pig and around 30 chickens, this is incredible for us. The peeps brought home another haul last night, and the value for both trips is around $1,000. It's insane that all this perfectly fine food is being tossed aside. :(




     The pig and chicken got the majority of the food, but from the first haul alone we got 30.2lbs in food for us pups! Mom hasn't sorted out the stuff from the second haul yet.
This is easily enough food for 3 or so months of food for the four of us. Mom just has to grab a few bags out of the freezer, add in some meat and a few supplements, and done!

Kale, collards, banana, apple, sweet potato, eggplant, cucumber, apple, green beans, peppers, tomatoes, turnips.


I'll help!





3 hours later.....









Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Black and White Sunday


            


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Friday, March 28, 2014

Review Day


     Hey, y'all! I have two reviews for you today, and the first one is on the Ruff Rider Roadie car harness.
After the whole scandal when the Center for Pet Safety announced their car harness crash test results last summer, Mom got rid of my old car harness since the brand failed CPS's test. You can see their full list here. I high suggest you take a look!
If you read over that report, you'll see that the Ruff Rider Roadie was one of the few brands to pass testing. The SleepyPod ClickIt actually came out fully on top, which is great...if you have a larger dog. SleepyPod, while technically offering a size that should fit a small dog, did not think of their harness design with small dogs in mind. The Roadie did.

    The Roadie comes in 7 sizes, you pretty much all dogs can fit in it! I am 10.5lbs, with a 15.5" girth and 10.5" neck, and I wear their smallest size. Sizing is a bit confusing; the company recommends ordering up a size if your dog is on the larger end of the sizing, but I actually fit better in the smaller harness, even though I'm on the upper end of the smallest size.



     I really, really love how the straps sit on the chest, and not on the neck at all. The straps come across the front of the body in an X shape. Makes Mom feel better that, in the event of a crash, nothing is on my neck to decapitate me! I do wish that the straps were wider (I think these are 1/2" wide, and I'd like 3/4" or wider) so that they wouldn't dig in the event of pulling.










     It's a very sturdy and comfortable harness, and the tether is long enough to leave me room to move a bit but keep me in the same place. There's two different spots you can thread the car seat belt through, so you can have less or more slack.




     4/5 stars!






     Up next is an awesome ID from the Etsy Poochy Couture (isn't that a great name?). Poochy Couture offers a huge selection of tags in varying shapes, colors, sizes and styles to fit every dog. They are VERY durable, but are light weight so they aren't obnoxious to your dog.

     Poochy Couture made me a customized aluminum tagline (not offered in the shop; shoot her a message and she'll make you one!) tag that has "Bringing Sexy Back" (DM: quite possibly my favorite of Miss Nola's tags) on the front, and my name and Mom's number on the back. It's a 1" tag, which is the perfect size for me. I love how you can have a tagline; they make your tag COMPLETELY unique! I have several tagline tags, with everything from "Got Minions?" to "Bourbon St. Beauty", but like Mom said, this is our favorite.






     They're incredibly well priced, to boot! I highly recommend them, and we'll be getting more from Poochy Couture in the future.


Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola

Thursday, March 27, 2014

52 Weeks of Nola: Week 12

     Aside from perhaps the very first week, this is my favorite photo so far! It was difficult to get, and it's not "perfect" from a technical standpoint, but it's real and is exactly the prompt.


 Team

Nikon D3100, 18-55mm Nikkor lens
30mm
1/160
f/6.3
ISO 100 

Monday, March 24, 2014

It's About Time!

     It's finally starting to feel like we live in Florida again, rather than the frozen tundra of I'm-Sorry-I-Though-This-Was-Florida-But-Turns-Out-It's-Bumfuck-Alaska, and we broke out the kiddie pool to cool off in. I missed the heat and the sunshine so much! DM: This winter confirmed that I will never move out of state.



Sunday, March 23, 2014

Black and White Sunday


Nikon D3100, 18-55mm lens
40mm
1/60
f/5.3
ISO 400 


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Friday, March 21, 2014

Review Day

     Hey, everyone! I've got two reviews for you today, so let's get to it.


     First up we haveFitPAWSFitPAWS® is a company that makes products designed for canine fitness, conditioning, and rehabilitation. What exactly would those be, you may ask? Balance equipment! Just like with humans, core strength is vital for a strong and healthy body. FitPaws offers all kinds of inflatable peanuts (DM: re-reading that it looks like "all kinds of inflatable penises" if you glance quickly. It was too good for me to change ;)), eggs, paw pods, boards and more.

    Core strength and balance training are especially important for canine athletes, performance dogs, and long backed dogs (and if you're like me, then all three of those apply to you!) to maintain a strong  and resilient body. FitPAWS® has something for everyone, so you'll be sure to find something that will work for your dog.


     I was sent three of their products: FitPAWS DonutDonut Holder and K9FITBone. The K9FITbone is from FP's CanineGym line. All three products are made from story, heavy duty material and are incredibly well made.
I'll admit that I wasn't a fan of the FITBone (I wasn't scared of it, just indifferent), so Mom sadly didn't get any usable pictures of me on it. The Donut, on the other hand, was a hit! I play on it for a few minutes each night, and my balance has gotten better. I can sit, lay down, stand, and spin around on the donut now with no problem.


You start out with it not all the way inflated and sitting in the ring for the easiest level. Mine is now fully inflated and doesn't have the ring, which is the hardest level.








     I am hugely impressed with FITPaws' products and service, and would highly recommend them to anyone!






     I'm excited to announce that I'm one of the new Spokesdoggies for PetBox, a monthly dog subscription box company. PetBox offers monthly boxes for both dogs and cats, and they're full of high quality and well made treats, toys and grooming products. Here's what we got this month:




I didn't use either of these, since my fur is short and a single coat that hardly sheds, and my teeth are immaculate. I'd've liked to see one of these replaced with a toy.



     You'll be seeing more from PetBox on here, so keep your eye out!

Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola

Thursday, March 20, 2014

52 Weeks of Nola: Week 11

     I am absolutely loving this challenge. Everything is flowing beautifully, and the best part is that every photo idea has been almost totally spontaneous. This is so much fun, and Nola is loving it. She's such a ham, as you can see!

     I can't put my finger on why, but I really like this week's photo!


Shadows:
  


Nikon D3100, 18-55mm Nikkor lens
55mm
1/125
f/5.6
ISO 100 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Brining Home The Bacon

This is our new pig (she's just laying there, even though she looks dead ;)), Pig Pig. She's about 12 weeks old now (8 weeks in this pic). She isn't a pet, if get my drift. Bacon!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My First Wooded Off Leash Experience

     Hey, everyone! DM:Before I show you the pictures from my adventure the other day, I had a question on yesterday's post asking how I added the text and "stickers" to the St. Patrick's Day photo of Miss Nola. I used PicMonkey. I use it for all my editing, and I love it! Highly recommend it.




     A few days ago we went and visited the land Sweetie and Sugar are in the process of buying (eventually they'll put a house and farm on it; we'll keep you updated with that!). It's a large property, about 25 acres or so, and is completely wooded with oaks, pines, cypress and a crap ton of blueberry plants. It's pretty hilly and sloping for Florida, and it's really pretty!
I got to go off leash for the first time somewhere besides the beach! I did absolutely perfect, even though I'd never been, there were tons of smells and distractions, and I was my usual high energy self. I stayed by Mom's side when asked and went ahead when I was cued to do so. DM: I utilized her Recall and Radius training for this adventure, and I'm hugely relieved I took the time to teach that. 

Don't let my small size and passion for fashion fool you! I'm a tomboy at heart, and I'm not afraid to get dirty.



Muddy legs.


Practicing off leash heeling in a distracting environment.



Down/stay.



Hello there!







Recall and flying over a fallen tree.





Blueberry flowers

   






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