Sunday, July 31, 2016

Black and White Sunday

Nikon D3300
35mm lens
ISO 400 

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Friday, July 29, 2016

3 Tips for Keeping Cool and Staying Grain Free #BlogPaws

Hey, everyone!

We're in the midst of a brutally hot summer, and it's no fun for anyone, especially our dogs! Nola, with her short coat and love of warmth, is fairing far better than poor Pike, aka "the hairball"! He is absolutely miserable, but there's a few things I've been doing to help keep the pair of them as cool and happy as possible.

This post is sponsored by Wellness® Pet Food and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I have been selected as a Sponsored Blogger to attend the BlogPaws 2016 Conference on behalf of Wellness, however we only work with brands we love. BlogPaws and my Sponsor are not responsible for the content of this article.

Since I know a lot of my friends and followers are experiencing the same heat struggle we are (some with dogs even fluffier than Pike!), I decided to share a few tips on keeping your pup cool and comfortable during the summer months.


Early mornings, evenings and nights are your best friend!

This is common knowledge, but worth mentioning. While the humidity doesn't change much throughout the day here in Florida, the above times offer welcome relief from the blazing sun. I'm not a morning person, but the dogs and I are out in full force nights and evenings. Nola is walked at night, and Pike likes the time right before sunset to play fetch or frisbee. 

Note: please be careful of pavement heat! Even after dark, sidewalks and the like can retain heat that could burn your dog's paws. If you can't hold the back of your hand to the ground for 5 seconds without it becoming uncomfortable, it's too hot for your dog's bare paws. Try boots, or choose a different surface.
This is also a good time for any outdoor training sessions; the dogs love staying grain free with Wellness® treats for their evening mental activities.

The beach is always good for keeping cool, too!


Don't shave your double coated dog, but keep up with grooming

Tempting as it may be, please don't shave your double coated dog in an effort to keep him or her cooler. Despite how heavy and suffocating all that hair looks, it actually helps cool your dog, and protect his skin from the sun's harsh rays. Double coated dog breeds include Aussies, Siberian Huskies, Pomeranians, Shetland Sheepdogs, ect.

That said, you can (and should!) keep up with your dog's grooming. Getting that dead fur out will make a world of difference in not only his comfort, but his shedding, too! Always a bonus, right? My personal favorite grooming tools for Pike are an undercoat rake and a slicker brush.
Nola, with her short single coat, needs no more grooming than baths, nail grinding, and toothbrushing.


Indoors is fun, too!

In the heat of the day, it's often best to stay indoors. That may sound a little daunting, especially if you have a young or active dog, but don't worry. Fetch in a hallway, scent games, trick training, balance and fitness work, and even teaching some "housework" (Nola will shut doors for you!) are all great ways to keep your dogs fit, active and happy during the blazing inferno we're experiencing.

In addition to that, summer is a great time to hit up any indoor dog friendly places in your area!

Miss Nola at Tractor Supply Company earlier this week. 

What about you? How do you guys stay cool in summer?

- Dachshund Mommy

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of BlogPaws Pet Influencer Network. The opinions and text are all mine.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Black and White Sunday: Bright Eyes

Nikon D3300
35mm lens
ISO 400 

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Model's Reward #NudgeThemBack

Hey, everyone!

This post is sponsored by Nudges® Dog Treats and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help create awareness about Nudges Wholesome Dog Treats available at Walmart but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Nudges Dog Treats is not responsible for the content of this article.

Nola believes herself to be a full-time model, and she's not far off - wardrobe changes, lighting adjustments, and adoring fans are nothing new for her. However, she doesn't come cheap and her services demand top the form of treats, of course!

Before a treat even comes into this house, though, it has to pass a certain criteria. It has to be made in the USA, corn/soy/wheat free (Nola has allergies, but even if she didn't, these are things I choose not to feed), easy to tear up, high value, and not something that breaks the bank.

Enter Nudges® Dog Treats. These tasty (according to the dogs, anyway...and Salem the kitten, that little porker), USA made treats have real meat as the first ingredient, with several different options to choose from, for both flavor and shape, free of fillers and artificial flavors, and they're "human food" inspired! Call me easily amused, but I find it cute when dog treats look like people food. See the complete list below:

Nudges® Dog Treats are available in 12 varieties:
® Grillers Dog Treats Made with Real Steak
Nudges® Grillers Dog Treats Made with Real Chicken
Nudges® Grillers Dog Treats Made with Real Salmon
Nudges® Sizzlers Dog Treats Made with Real Beef & Cheese
Nudges® Sizzlers Dog Treats Made with Real Chicken Bacon
Nudges® Sizzlers Dog Treats Made with Real Chicken & Apple
Nudges® Jerky Cuts Dog Treats Made with Real Chicken Health & Wellness Nudges® Jerky Cuts Dog Treats Made with Real Steak

Nudges® Jerky Cuts Dog Treats Made with Real Duck
Nudges® Jerky Cuts Dog Treats Made with Real Chicken Bites
Nudges® Homestyle Dog Treats Made with Real Chicken, Peas & Carrots (New variety) Nudges® Homestyle Dog Treats Made with Real Beef, Carrots & Potatoes (New variety) 

These treats are available at you local Walmart, as well as many other locations, and are a budget friendly and easily accessible dog treat that doesn't lack for quality. They were easy to locate at the Walmart here, and there were several different bag sizes to choose from. Since we live in Podunk, Florida, our choices were a tad slim:

These were quite high value, and while they did have a smell (the steak smelled like beef jerky, the salmon...stunk, haha), it didn't linger on my skin and the treats aren't greasy. They're very easy to break into pieces, so one chunk goes a long way. One chunk produced an entire photo shoot for Miss Nola! Here's a preview for tomorrow. ;)

Overall, I was quite happy with these, and happy to be giving a good quality treat to my little furry family.
On your next visit to Walmart, stop by the pet section and pick up a bag or two of Nudges® Wholesome Dog Treats. Check them out on Facebook, too!

- Dachshund Mommy

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nudges. The opinions and text are all mine.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hotter Than Hell

Also known as "I'm too lazy to post anything substantial because the heat has melted me". I do have some things in the works, but don't want to jinx anything just yet. :p


Monday, July 18, 2016

A Salem Update: Will I Fail?

Hey, guys!

It's time for an update on little Salem, our foster kitten. She's around...oh, 9 or 10 weeks old or so now? Her personality has exploded in the past two weeks, and she's a little blast.

She's grown so much since that tiny, half starved bottle baby, but is still a pretty small kitten. Her bone structure is light and fine, too, with tiny paws and a thin body. She's so dainty and little! She's around 2.5lbs, and is perfectly healthy, just a little small.
Her markings are darkening more and more every day! You can really see the difference between these two photos, and in real life you can see the faintest stripes along her legs and cheeks. She's turning into a gorgeous cat!

Salem is such a dog-like cat. She's social, cuddly, friendly, easy going, and smart. She loves kids, and she really loves dogs, haha. She loves to snuggle with Nola, and often attempts to catch Nola's wagging tail. It's the cutest thing to watch them together.
One thing Salem does that's both endearing and a tad annoying is just how underfoot she is, especially in the kitchen. You can't take a step without tripping over her! She wants to be right behind you, on top of your feet, or between your feet at all times. She loves to wait and see if you'll drop something, and then pounce on it with fervor. She is exactly like a dog when it comes to food! She wants all the food, all the time, and isn't picky at all. Cheerios are a favorite of hers. ;)
She eats wet food morning and evening, and currently has dry food down all night. She loves both, but wet is definitely her preference.

She's very good with the litter box, and hasn't had any trouble with the few different litters I've bought. For any cat friends, do you have a favorite litter? Something that is not dusty, and controls odors well!

Speaking of odors, the litter box is my least favorite thing about cats. Even as clean as I keep it, and as neat as Salem is, it's still there and it's still a litter box and the idea of it is rank.
One thing that has really helped me handle the box is Fresh Wave products, the all natural odor eliminators, available at Target. The gel in particular has been a godsend! I place it next to the litter box, and it helps hugely. It doesn't smell like it masks any odor, but instead it seems to actually remove them. That's so rare to me!

Salem is just the happiest cat. She wants to loved on and held whenever possible, and if you sit down you're opening yourself up for an ambush of cuddles. She's always purring, and always glad to see you. Very much a cat-dog!

Everyone wants to know if she's going to be a foster failure, and the answer is...I'm not sure, but maybe. Possibly. It could happen, easily. :P
I really, really like her, and I'm the farthest thing from a cat person. There's been some interest in her, and to be honest I don't like how sad that makes me feel. There's some big things brewing for us, and I have to consider that before I make my choice, but...we'll see. ;)

How cute is this?

- Dachshund Mommy

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Black and White Sunday

Nikon D3300
18-55mm lens
ISO 200
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