Monday, March 27, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

Nola is so hard to keep weight on in the winter, despite doubling and sometimes tripling her usual intake. . These pictures were taken a few weeks ago, and she's slowly gaining weight as it's warming up, thankfully!

We were sent these in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. sent us these adorable Dachshund Slippers to try out! Because I'm a bit of a geek when it comes to these types of things, this was right up my alley.
The outside is soft and plush, with adorable floppy ears and even a little tail. They fit up to a size 12 women's/10 men's, but be aware if you have a narrow foot like I do that your foot pay slip out on occasion.
They have a gripper bottom to help prevent slipping, and are pretty comfortable to wear. Overall, I liked them!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Visiting The Botanical Gardens

There are koi the size of Nola in the pond under this bridge. She wasn't sure what to make of them!

The lock gate.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Little Dog, Big World: Apalachicola, Florida

Hey, guys!

A few weeks ago we took a day trip to Apalachicola, a little bay town that's just a couple hours form us. Of course Miss Nola came too, so I figured I'd share our little adventure!

Apalachicola is a historic small town nestled along the Gulf Coast of Florida. Established in 1813, it was once one of the biggest ports on the Gulf of Mexico, and still retains that old Florida charm. Quaint, if slightly dilapidated, the area is around 30 minutes from some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, on picturesque Saint George Island. We didn't head out that way this time around, since it was very chilly and windy, but it is an absolutely stunning place, and well worth the visit.

Beach side, circa 2012
Bay side (and 18 month old Nola), circa 2012

The area has several shops and galleries to explore, plenty of seafood dinning, a beautiful cemetery, historic homes, boating and fishing, and some cute accommodations, including a few historic bed and breakfasts. It's pretty much all doable on foot, too.

The historic cemetery is a stone's throw from the downtown, and contains some truly beautiful graves, including some dating back to the 1800s and all over them watched over by beautiful live oaks swathed in Spanish moss. It's peaceful, and while some graves show disrepair, it's fairly well maintained.

The downtown area is quite dog friendly, and we saw more than a dozen pups out and about with their peep, shopping, eating and walking along the docks. Fair warning: there's only one or two poop bag stations, so make sure to bring your own!

Bigger dogs can enjoy a pet boutique and outdoor dining, and smaller dogs take it one step further with lots of dog friendly stores. There's everything from fishing and other outdoorsy shops, to antique and book stores, to clothing stores and little-bits-of-everything establishments.
All we popped into were more than welcoming of Miss Nola so long as she was held by me, and a few were fine with her just being on leash, including a fly fishing shop that had their own canine residents.

Small dog friendly odds and ends store!

Small dog friendly (if carried) soap shop!
Small dog friendly fly fishing shop!

Cute (if crowded/cluttered) pet store!

This place was sort of interesting, but I'd avoid due to the owner's dogs. While not aggressive, they jump up and wouldn't leave Nola alone. 

While none were expressly advertised as dog friendly, asking politely before hand always guaranteed a yes. Good manners, from both you and your canine, will take you far!

If you're looking for some Old Florida charm, this is a good place to find it, and I highly suggest staying at Saint George Island if you do visit!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Black and White Sunday

Nikon D3300
35mm lens
ISO 400
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Salem Loves Food #ChewyInfluencer

Hey guys!

Salem, our resident chunk, started to figure out that sometimes FedEx delivers goodies just for her (and Lucinda, but Salem's a hog). She was very curious about our latest boxes from, and lo and behold, there was something for the kitties in there.

When I saw Rachael Ray Nutrish kibble was available to review, I was eager to see how the cats would like it. Pike has done amazing on their dog food (no tear stains!), so I requested this one.

While the ingredients could use a little tweaking, overall Salem has done very well on this. It's formulated for adult cats, so Lucy is sitting this one out. Salem's nearly a year old, so she got to be the guinea pig, not that she minded much. ;)

Luce is nearly as big as Salem now, at only 3 months old! She did get to taste test this since I couldn't stop her from butting into this shoot. ;)

The pieces are very small, which I really appreciate since Salem tends to prefer that to large chunks. There's no  unpleasant smell to it, and there's been no stomach upset at all for Fatty. Normal poop, no eye gunk, no shedding. It's a budget friendly food that she's done very well on!

Always chatty. Always. 

She looks like a Maine Coon to me (I know she's not, at least definitely not pure), in both size and general appearance as well as temperament!