Sunday, August 31, 2014

Black and White Sunday


Nikon D3300
18-55mm lens
18mm
1/500
f/3.5
ISO 400 
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fit Dogs

Nola, with her sleek coat and muscles anyone would kill for, is the epitome of a properly conditioned Dachshund.

Pike, the fluffernutter, is nearly as fit as his sister (he's in training to become a disc dog), but you can't tell with all that poof!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Review Catch Up

Hey guys! I have a few reviews that've piled up while I was having computer troubles, so let's get right to it. 


First up, we have a few new flavors from The Honest Kitchen. I've talked about THK before, and we're huge fans of it here. We were sent Halcyon and Preference to test out.
Most of you know by now that Nola is on a homemade diet due to allergies, and Pike is on Orijen. They both due fabulously on their foods, but sometimes I forget to pick up more ingredients to make Nola's food, or Pike decides to be uninterested in his food (thankfully this has become less of an issue the older he gets...so long as he's fed after 11am. He hates eating in the mornings. Come to think of it, he hates mornings all together. He likes to sleep in. Nola doesn't agree with him. Sigh.). It's so convenient to have some THK laying around that I can easily mix up, given it's dehydrated, and give them, while staying close enough to Nola's diet to not upset her stomach. The dogs love it, it's easy to make, and it actually smells pretty good. ;)
That said, it would get incredibly expensive to feed it as their main diet, and they're small dogs. I choke when I add up what'd it be for medium or large dogs. But to have around as a supplement? I highly recommend them, and actually need to order some more myself.


Before water.

Let sit for a minute.

Done!


Pike appreciated it after his dewclaw removal and neuter.


Now we have Ruffwear's K-9 Float Coat. Ruffwear is one of my favorite companies, and are the makers of my favorite harness for Miss Houdini. We have two Webmaster harnesses, the Float Coat, a Highlands bed, and two Climate Changer coats. Everything from Ruffwear is high quality, durable, and extremely function. The fit is also exceptional; Nola and Pike both wear XXS but have very different builds, and everything adjusts beautifully. Nola isn't as long backed and short legged as most dachshunds, not to mention she isn't fat, but her deep chest and narrow build can be hard to shop for. That's not a concern with Ruffwear.

The Float Coat is highly adjustable, and comes in both yellow and red. It features a very strong handle, reflective piping, and a very sturdy design. It's surprisingly quick to dry, as well. It's durable and strong, but isn't bulky and awkward looking like a lot of life vests available. One downside is it's incredibly difficult to adjust, especially the first time, but once it's in place it doesn't shift around. It is quite pricey, but the quality is definitely worth it.
I borrowed Rosa, now called Sassafras, from my mother to stand it for Nola. Little Miss won't swim without me in the pool, and Pike thinks being asked to swim is cruel and unusual punishment. 




Finally we have a beautiful photo canvas from Easy Canvas Prints. Easy Canvas Prints offers a wide variety of variously sized photo canvases at a fair price. I was sent a 24"x36" .75" wrapped canvas to review, and I picked one of my favorite photos:


The design process is user-friendly and very easy to understand. The canvas came out crystal clear and is a beautiful center piece. The prices are fair, although shipping can be a bit slow. I highly recommend them, and will be getting more in the future. Keep an eye out for an upcoming giveaway from Easy Canvas Prints!






Hugs,
Dachshund Mommy

Thursday, August 28, 2014

52 Weeks of Nola: Weeks 31-34


Week 31:
Treasure

Nikon D3300
18-55mm lens
5mm
1/500
f/5.6
ISO 800

Can you spot the little watermelon Miss Nola found in the garden?

Week 32: 
Demand

Nikon D3300
35mm lens
1/60
f/2.8
ISO 800


Week 33: 

Tiny 
Nikon D3300
35mm lens
1/1,250
f/1.8
ISO 400

Week 34:

Weather
        
Okay, this didn't turn out exactly how I wanted because, as you can see, a nasty storm was rolling in and I didn't want to fumble around too much with settings.

Nikon D3300
18-55mm lens
1/1,000
f/5.6
ISO 800