Thursday, September 29, 2016

Happy 18th Birthday Mommy NUMERO UNO!!!

This is the cake Mommy #2 made for Mommy #1. Today is her 18th birthday and she is living at her college now. It is very different from birthdays past because we are not doing a family cake.

This is a SNICKERDOODLE COOKIE cake. It is really 3 nine inch cookies with icing on them. Doesn't it look yummy? I did not even get a taste of frosting.

I'm keeping this short because I am out the door to go give her some birthday love as only a PUG can do. I love her so much and I really really really hope she has the


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

It's The Cat's Pajamas . . . . . . . #chewyinfluencer

Hi - Sunshine the Cat here with another review. This time is is something very very IMPORTANT to ME - cat food. Who cares about Kibble? Who cares about Bones? Gimme some MEAT, FISH, or POULTRY and I am happy dancing!

This month I chose Stella & Chewy's Chick Chick Chicken Dinner Freeze-Dried Cat Food. Quite simply I chose it because I absolutely went BONKERS when Noodles and Molly were trying and reviewing the PUP version. Since this food is made for CATS, I thought why not?

The good news is,  Stella & Chewy's Chick Chick Chicken Dinner Freeze-Dried Cat Food is made with the same ALL NATURAL and preservative free materials (read - meats, fish, fruit, and so on) that the dog version is made from. . .

  • Chicken (Ground with Bone), 
  • Chicken Liver, 
  • Chicken Gizzard,
  • Pumpkin Seed, 
  • Hard to pronounce but naturally occurring Potassium Chloride, Sodium Phosphate Monobasic, Choline Chloride, Dried Pediococcus Acidilactici Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium Longum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Taurine, Tocopherols (Preservative), Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement.
Look at the first FOUR ingredients! They make my mouth water. All of this is shaped into a ball/pellet and freeze-dried to lock in all the goodies. Then, Stella & Chewy's Chick Chick Chicken Dinner is served by re-hydrating the food in warm (more like hot) water. It can also be served as is but make sure there is a lot of water nearby as freeze-dried foods tend to make one thirsty.

So the first night the Human servant hastily made my dinner while I howled that it was TAKING TOO LONG. She happily served it to me KNOWING that I had lapped up MY portion of the dog patties when we tried them out. Hmmmm. I am not sure what it was but I certainly had no desire to eat whatever it was she plopped down in front of me. After a couple of hours I actually nibbled some but the human threw a lot of it away. She tried once more and when I acted the same way, she decided this was NOT going to work. Now I get the food served AS A TOPPER (5-7 of the balls) of Stella & Chewy's Chick Chick Chicken Dinner Freeze-Dried Cat Food as is, not rehydrated. And I love them. I love them almost or MAYBE as much as the Halo Liv-a-Littles in which we all know I want to BATHE.

Moral of the story - never assume a CAT will repeat a behavior or eat the same food TWICE.

It's a fact that I really like this food. It is yummy and good for me. I simply did not want to eat it hydrated.

Furthermore, this is GOOD FOR THE KITTY food as all Stella & Chewy "raw" foods are. They are high in protein which is all-important to a Cat's continued health. It's gluten and grain free because let's face it, neither of those are good for a kitty. Plus there is no added sugar or salt, there is added taurine which aids the eyes and heart. And pumpkin seeds help digestion. All around this is a fine addition to a cat's diet.

It can be pricey as all really really good foods can be. This is basically a raw diet and those are even pricier. But when you add in the VALUE of your pet's continued health due to eating such a quality diet, the cost just might balance out and fit your budget.

I, Sunshine the Cat, encourage you to try Stella and Chewy products as they are indeed THE CAT'S PAJAMAS! carries a full line of Stella & Chewy products.

*I refuse to be paid for my opinions. They are mine and what is mine cannot be bought and sold. I accepted some food free of charge to try so that I could form an opinion and then tell you all about it. I do thank for affording me this opportunity.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

#chewyinfluencer Finally the end of the Thirty Day Challenge and I Gotta Say


We loved, loved, LOVED the Nutro Wild Frontier Rolling Meadows Recipe! I know, I know. You are thinking "But Noodles, you like EVERY food." And while that is certainly true, I do have DEGREES of liking-ness. Molly is picky, too, so she is a good meter for assessing foodable liking-ness.

Here's the thing - we BOTH loved this food. We BEGGED at dinner time - uh, more than usual, that is. We JUMPED when Mommy took too long to lay-that-food-down. We both GOBBLED every morsel down in record time then proceeded to lick our chops and our bowls for the next TEN MINUTES. Really!

If I was to theorize - and you KNOW I love to do so - I would say the main attraction of Nutro Wild Frontier Rolling Meadows Recipe is the FLAVOR. And that is flavor that can only really be achieved by using REAL and FRESH ingredients. One simply CANNOT imitate the rich, intense flavor of real food. To refresh your memories, here are the ingredients for this particular recipe:

  • Lamb
  • Chicken Meal 
  • Chickpeas
  • Peas
  • Lamb Meal
  • Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols)
  • Dried Potatoes
  • Dehydrated Alfalfa Mea
  •  Potato Protein
  • Sunflower Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols)
  • Natural Flavor
  • Flaxseed
  • and naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, and preservatives

Nothing wrong with that list of GOODNESS. Flavor - for us pups, it is all  about the flavor.

Moms, however, have a different spin on things. My Mommy said she wanted to see how the food affected out coats, eyes, joints, poop, and so on. Overall, the report card is pretty good. It averages out to about an A-/B+ when everything is taken into consideration. She said some of the other foods we have tried this year actually did a better job in terms of overall health. Our coats are soft but not as shiny (neither of us have very shiny coats anyhow) as before. We have plenty of energy and do not seem at all sluggish which is very good for small low-energy pets. BUT - and this is a big BUTT for Mommy (there is a pun there) - our (my) fartiness and belchiness has increased dramatically. This is NOT a pleasant side effect for those around us (I don't notice anything bad). She thinks it is most likely due to the coincidence of APPLE SEASON arriving at the same time as the food. But she just is not sure so she wanted to put it OUT THERE. In any case, there are those two negative BUT that is all. There is also the issue of Pug Eye (also called eye snot) and Stink Butt (anal glands not expressing fully) which Mommy noticed ticked up a bit from the beginning of the month. It might again be coincidence and one month - one food makes it hard to determine the cause.

Would she recommend this food? Yes, she would to those in the market for High Quality at a lower price. But is is not equal in quality to the higher priced foods, she cautions. Our health is not suffering at all - in fact we are doing pretty good and eating food for which we jump for joy when she opens the bag.

We, the PUG and the MALTI, think a little more highly of Nutro Wild Frontier Rolling Meadow Recipe and we give it

We want to thank for giving us this opportunity to TRY and REVIEW Nutro Wild Frontier. Of course, you know, we are never paid to write these reviews and we never never let anyone or any company put words in our mouths. All opinions and observations belong to US - Noodles and Molly.

Monday, September 26, 2016

We Went to a Wedding for Cousin K in New Mexico

I'm all BRIDED up for the wedding

The mountains and mesas around Raton, New Mexico

My Cousin K moved to New Mexico when she was 10 years old. THAT was before I was born. She was a typical Cali Gurl before then. But she loved horses and loved loved loved visiting her GRANDPA'S ranch in northern New Mexico. She blended right in and grew up loving the ranching lifestyle and the people who live there. It is a very different and very beautiful state. There is a lot of variety in NM - mountains, desert, mesas and verdant farmlands on wide open plains. Where she lived it is mesas and mountains. There are ranches - predominantly cattle - everywhere. And critters abound - antelope, deer, skunk, cows, horses, coyotes, and so on.

This is a barn that looks normal from the front but from the back
you can see a whole wall is almost gone

Cousin K met NOW Cousin HC when she was in school. They were friends from the start. They even went to PROM together although they were not boyfriend and girlfriend. As luck would have it, that prom date was a premonition - many years and many OTHER boy/girl friends later, they found each other and fell in love. That is a pretty cool story, huh? They had their wedding ON TOP OF A MESA in a church that Cousin K's great-great grandfather helped build. It is a very old building. It is a small little church - The Johnson Family Church on Johnson Mesa.

Johnson Family Church

Inside the church it is small and cozy which was good because out on the mesa it was cool and very very windy. What a beautiful day for a wedding, though. You wouldn't have known that it was stormy just two days before. The wedding was performed by a family friend - someone Cousin K and NOW Cousin HC grew up with. I think that is so cool. It was very unconventional in some ways and very traditional in others. Perfect for Cousins C and HC.

Her colors were teal and purple which is unconventional
but really made church interior dazzle

 The reception was held at a hunting lodge owned by family friends. At first I was all - WHA"? A HUNTING lodge??? But in reality it was very nice and comfortable. The outside was filled with hay bales which people sat on and used as tables. Water and soda was in wheelbarrows filled with ice. Dancing was also done out there in the shade of the trees. It was a very fun time.

Father/Daughter dance

Thursday, September 22, 2016

An English Holiday As Related By Noodles

Princess Leah gave me this set to chronicle my adventures
Thank you Leah for such a thoughtful gift

As you are all aware of, my Mommy #2 went on an adventure without me. She couldn't take me because of quarantine laws in the United Kingdom. I really really really wanted to go, though, so when she was showing me her photos I came up with a plan. Are you ready?

The Tales of Noodles the Pug in Jolly Old England
Noodles the Pug

9:40 am
Dear Diary,
Today we are going into London to meet with Princess Leah, her Mum and her Dad. I am so excited. I hope they are as wonderful as they seem to be in all of the letters we have exchanged. 

We are on the train to the Waterloo Station and then we will walk over to the Thames. This is the Southbank area of London - home of the Tower Bridge, Tower of London, and the Millennium Eye. And this is where I will meet Princess Leah and her 'rents for the first time.

11:05 am

Dear Diary,
I have met her!!!! I finally met Princess Leah. She is as funny and smart as I always thought she was. Plus she is so beautiful. What fun we have had so far! We met at the Golden Hinde - an old old ship that is not at all gold. According to the placard in front of it, it is the ship Sir Francis Drake sailed on to the Colonies (the United States as we now call it - some people in England still call it the Colonies).

We are taking a walk down the South Bank to see all of the fabulous shops and sights.

Around every corner there is a surprise. We found this street musician playing with FIRE! It was a hoot, to coin a pun. Every time he blew his horn, fire would emerge. Isn't that the coolest?

We walked a little more and lo and behold there was the Globe Theatre of SHAKESPEARE fame. It isn't the ACTUAL Globe Theatre as that was gone years ago. But it is still THE place to go watch some Shakespeare which I loves loves loves. Although, I have to admit I am a bit bothered by the lack of dogs in his plays.

Look closely and you'll see our pawrents

Our last adventure with Leah and her pawrents was to the Millennium Eye - a HUGE ferris wheel along the Thames. It was built to honor the change from 1900 to 2000. There is also a bridge you can walk over to downtown London. It's pretty cool, too.

This is a stock photo from Wikipedia. We were not at a
good vantage point for this shot

We waited for a short while, by Disneyland standards, that is. Finally we were on the Eye and treated to some really spectacular vistas of London. Leah and I commemorated the experience by taking a SELFIE. It's pretty fun to fly so high.

That's where the Queen of England lives

Our day in London was almost done and we had to get back to Waterloo Station to catch a train. But before we said our farewells, we stopped by a riverside tavern and had some COOL ONES. The weather, although overcast, was quite nice and mild. We did catch a bit of rain before the train took off, though.

This was such a fun day and I really really really did not want to say GOODBYE to Princess Leah. I hope we can meet again soon Leah - you are one super duper pup.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I've Gone Completely Wordless

Yes, Mommy, what do you want?

(Okay, I lied. I added words)
((That's me on the left and Phoebe on the right))
(((We are good friends from forever)))

Tuesday, September 20, 2016