Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Play With Me!

Layla isn't sure what to make of this tiny beast.

Springs for feet!

Launchpad Layla 

I call it BorderDoxie

Monday, August 29, 2016

Gimme a Boost - Review and GIVEAWAY for Solvit Pet Safety Seat

Hey, everyone!

Disclaimer: I was sent a free product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Today we're working with Solvit for a review of their Standard Pet Safety Seat. The best part is that Solvit is giving away one pet safety seat to one of you all!

Solvit makes high quality pet gear that helps make life easier. Everything from household items like stairs and ramps, to outdoor and travel supplies such as car accessories and bike trailers. They even have some things for kitties!

The Standard Pet Safety Seat is a well made, sturdy carseat for dogs up to 30lbs (well, I suppose you could put a cat in one too, if you're brave!). For one or multiple dogs, it easily installs into your car using the car's seatbelt system, and comes out without a fuss whenever you need.

It's hard sided, so unlike most seats, it won't trap odors and is easily wiped down and sanitized. The covers are removable and washable, and the padding is deep and cozy. The l7" height allows your small pup to see out the window with ease, and the edges make a comfy chin rest, as Miss Nola shows you below.

It was a bit difficult to put together, but that sort of thing is so far out of my skill set, so it may have just been user error. ;) It's easy to install, as I mentioned, and you simply have to slide your car's seatbelt through the slots in the seat, and click the buckle in. It stays put and feels quite sturdy! It should, since it's been crash tested in a DOT-approved facility. The tether has been tested to 2,000lbs, too! Combine that with Nola's car harness, and I feel very comfortable having her secured in the car this way.

Nola, being a short dachshund, can't see out of the windows if she's simply resting on the car's seat. With the Safety Seat, she can look out the window to her heart's content, and that makes for one very happy Tiny Terror.

I see you!

Solvit is offering one reader their own Pet Safety Seat! Follow the directions in the Rafflecopter below, and good luck! Sorry, US only.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Black and White Sunday

Nikon D3300
35mm lens
ISO 400

Join me and my co-host Sugar for the Black and White Sunday Blog Hop! Grab the badge and link up!

Friday, August 26, 2016

#ChewyInfluencer Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Market

Hey, everyone!

Disclaimer: I was sent a free product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

It's time for our monthly Chewy.com review! This time around we're trying out Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Market freeze dried raw food. This grain free, raw food comes in either small pellets, for lack of a better description, or nuggets, and there are formulas available for both dogs and cats. There's several different flavors, and they go for around $25 a bag.

Nola eats an even split of high quality, grain free, high protein kibble and freeze dried raw, so this is the perfect product for her to test out. She absolutely loves it, either as a meal alone, a topper, or treats. There isn't an incredibly overwhelming scent to it like some freeze dried foods, and you can clearly see the bits of sweet potato, blueberries, and peas mixed in with the raw chunks.

It does take quite a bit of time to completely hydrate; upwards of 20 minutes when you use hot water. Luckily Nola isn't remotely picky, and is fine eating it with a tiny bit of "crunch".

Still not fully absorbed. 

I will mention that the suggested portions are way off. The guidelines for a dog Nola's size is 1 cup of food, and that's just way too much for a dog under 10lbs in most cases. Nola eats 1/2 cup per day, which actually comes out around to 3/4c once it's fully rehydrated.

Overall, Nola loved this food and I'm happy with the quality. For a small dog like Nola, the cost isn't bad, either! I think this will be added to her rotation. :)

- Dachshund Mommy

Thursday, August 25, 2016

A Giant Surprise

I've been keeping very quiet about a little (or not so little...;)) surprise the past two weeks and a half weeks, but I couldn't wait any longer to share!

This is Layla.

She's an 11 week old brindle Mastiff ("English", though just Mastiff is the correct term). She is the absolute perfect addition to my little family, and I could not be more happy with her.

She is incredibly loving, gentle, and easy going. She's quite eager to please, especially for this breed, and has fallen into life here with perfect ease in the two weeks we've had her. She's been well accepted by all, too! She's just so freakin' sweet, I can't handle it.
Getting a picture of Pike with his ears up without using a toy is impossible, and since the girls prefer food over toys, he's the odd man out.
And yes, he always looks that bat shit crazy, haha.
Nola, camera ham as always. 

Many of you know that this is the breed I grew up with (and my parents still have one now!), and they're just as incredible as I remember. And you want to talk about easiest puppy ever? This girl, right here. Sleeps until 8:00-8:30am right off the bat, doesn't wake up at all at night. Not at all mouthy, very good about "calm down time", and potty training has been going great.

She's currently 23lbs and 5oz at 11 weeks and 2 days old, and 15" tall. I'm doing bi-weekly growth pictures, so I'll share 10 week's below and 12 week's next week.
She has mastered sitting on cue, as well as sitting for attention instead of jumping or pawing at people. She's learned her name, she's almost got "down" figured out, and she has a very solid foundation going for her recall and loose leash walking. She's had a couple bouts of fussy "tantrums" where she just gets too overstimulated, which is usually only when she's tired or we've done a lot that day, but sticking her in the crate calms her right down.

I am attempting to stick with weekly stacked shots, though....and I need to get week 11's stack done. Oops. I suck with these kinds of things, haha.
She's a self stacker, which is very, very helpful!

9 weeks

10 weeks...and this was the day she discovered that she could now reach Salem's cat food bowl, and ate it all. Cat food belly, the little porker. 

Welcome, baby Layla!

*Layla is a choice I've made after much deliberation. The decision isn't open for discussion. 
Be like Thumper
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Monday, August 22, 2016

6 Breeds I Love But Would Never Have

Hey, everyone!

I love purebreds. I love the set characteristic, the set temperament (roughly speaking - there's always a wild card, like hugely independent mini Aussie Pike or bidible and low-ish prey drive Nola), the history behind them. There are so many breeds I admire, and I have a backlog of "maybe someday" breeds, as well as a tiny list of "absolutely someday" breeds.

However, there are a lot of breeds I love, but would never own for one reason or another. I thought this would be a fun topic, so tell me your breeds in the comments below!

*Pictures are from Google Images, and are not mine

6. Great Dane

A well bred adult Dane is breathtaking to watch, and their personality is sweet as can be. I've enjoyed every Dane I've ever met, and they're amongst my favorite large and giant sized dog.
However, I can say with 99% certainty that I won't ever have one. Only one giant breed will do for me, and I can't see myself straying from them.

5. Border Collie

This one is the least certain on the list, but after a good bit of research and talking with BC owners, I think they're a bit too...spooky and soft for me. If or when I go the herder route, it will be with something more along the lines of an Australian Cattle Dog, Kelpie, ect. 

4. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshires are such amazing little dogs, and I love nearly every thing about them. However, I know my wants and limits, and the high likelihood of dog aggression with this breed is not something I'm willing to gamble on. 

3. Saluki 

One of the most stunning breeds, and one of the oldest! Their sheer elegance and beauty enchant me, but I'll always have a small (aka, prey sized) dog, and the thinness of sighthound skin squicks me out, marking Salukis as a "never" breed.

2. French Bulldog

Following up one of the most beautiful breeds with one of the cutest! Frenchies are wildly popular (especially on Instagram!), and with good reason. Their sweet, smushy faces and jovial personalities make them delightful companions, and their small but sturdy size makes them an appealing city dog.
That short, brachycephalic head is what turns me off, cute as it may be. I'm not willing to toy with breathing problems in a breed. The one above actually has a decent muzzle length for the breed, though!

1. Vizsla

A Vizsla would actually be a good fit for me and the crew (plus, how can you not love a dog with constant resting bitch face?), but one entirely shallow reason is keeping them on the never list: I do not like self colored noses on a red dog. I want black nose and eye rims. They look washed out to me. 

What about you? What breeds do you enjoy, but will probably never have?