Monday, August 29, 2016

A Mild, Sunny Day In California Means Pugs Can Play

Yesterday was a PERFECT day. And it got even perfecter with a trip to the north bay and a visit with my PUG pals. It was great from start to finish as we left during the cool morning and drove for an hour. I say in the back seat in my crate and just wallowed in the sweet sea cooled air coming in through the window. I think it made me snooze a little because before I knew it we were there.

I have never been to Gerty's house before but heard it was a super place to hang out. Those reports were absolutely correct. Gerty has a big back yard with lots of decks and plants and a garden and GRASS!!!! She has green grass in her backyard! We don't because the water to keep it green would be too expensive. But Gerty lives near a creek and that keeps the soil nice and moist even if her 'rents are not constantly watering. It was a luxury to walk on it.

This is Gerty. Isn't she lovely? She turned 14 years young on Aug 27
We were among the first to arrive - however Tiffy beat us and Bellatrix arrived at the same time. As you may or may not know, Tiffy and Belli are my besties. I am always so thrilled when I see them. We were shuffled into the back yard and there we got to say our HELLOS and update each other on what we have been up to. It has been quite a while since we all had a pug (plus a chiwiwi) gathering, so we had a lot to catch up on.

This is a weird angle, MOM! Tiffy and me posing pretty

Soon the yard was covered in PUGS. Well, that is a little exaggeration but there were about 9 of us. That is quite a few. Let's see, there was Gerty, ME, Tiffy, Bellatrix, Hanna, Baloo, Phoebe, Fezzik, Ms. Ellie and Angel the chiwiwi. Such fun. 

Me and Phoebe. She is 11 or 12 years old now, I forget. She is a
funny funny dame, though.

We mostly wandered here and there checking out the smells and visiting with the humans. The humans were, of course, too busy EATING and chatting to really pay attention to us. Although, I have to admit I got a lot of pets, pats, and lovin' scritches behind my ears. It was PUG HEAVEN!

After a few hours, it started to get a little warm. That meant it was time to say goodbye. But before we left we too a group photo with our HUMOMS. I have a big smile on my face just thinking about it. I love this group so much.

LtoR: Phoebe, Fezzik, Bellatrix, Hanna, Noodles, Tiffy, Ellie, Baloo, Gerty

Thursday, August 25, 2016

#chewyinfluencer I've Never Met a Food I Didn't Like and This One is NO Exception

This is me sitting pretty. Why am I sitting PRETTY? Well, in anticipation of food, of course. And I am here to tell you about a FOOD we recently taste tested for called Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Market Chicken Recipe Meal Blends Freeze-Dried Dog Food

Let me tell you the WHOLE story . . . from the beginning. It was a sunny morning and already the temperature was WARM. It promised to be a toasty day and one I would generally enjoy in the BACKYARD picking apples. In fact, that is exactly what I was doing when I heard Molly yapping at the top of her lungs. If you've never heard Molly bark, you are lucky. I am pretty sure that loud, ear-piercing yap can be heard from here to Timbuktu! She is loud. And to make matters worse, she stands by the door where the decorative window is clear at HER EYE level. She barks at the kids across the street. . . she barks at people walking past the house. . . she barks at cars driving too fast through the neighborhood, she barks at the squirrels in the Italian Cypress. You guessed it - she BARKS ALL THE TIME.

But this particular time she barked at the PACKAGE DELIVERY guy because he was walking up to the door carrying these -

What in the WIDE WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS do we have here, I mused from under the apple tree? So I got up from the nest of fallen apples I had made and dashed to the back door - barking all the way. One must always answer a BARK with a BARK - that is classic Dog Behavior 101. Mommy let me in and I made a wild dash to the front door and joined Molly in her sing fest. We did that until Mommy got the hint (she is so dense sometimes - and much to her dismay, does not speak DOG). When she opened the door she was so surprised to find these TWO boxes sitting by the plant on the PORCH. She tortured us a little making us pose for pictures on the porch, on the box, staring at the boxes (see above), and so on. We just wanted to know what was IN the boxes. One box was for Sunshine and we discussed this on MONDAY, if you recall.

This is what was in the second box - Poop bags by Frisco (review tomorrow) and THE FOOD . . . . Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Market Chicken Recipe Meal Blends Freeze-Dried Dog Food. We chose the chicken formula because we are particularly fond of chicken. Sometimes we eat other stuff but this time the chicken sounded too tempting. This is why we chose it, aside from the fact we love love love Natures Variety Instinct Raw Boost because of these FACTS:

  1. No grain or gluten. The jury is out regarding gluten. Some dogs are allergic to it. But the big question is, does gluten do more than just fill a pet up? What are the benefits of gluten in a pet's diet. I am not here to answer those questions because I am not a nutritionist. But the NUTRITIONISTS at Nature's Variety have determined that gluten just might not be important to pet health SO they left it out
  2. You can re-hydrate the freeze-dried foods to make a complete meal. I am not sure why adding water makes it a complete meal and we had issues with this part
  3. Cage free chicken, real peas, real potatoes
  4. It is a protein rich food containing 76% chicken and liver, 24% vegetables, fruits and vitamins
  5. Made in the USA but uses certified food sources outside the USA. From their website - All of our poultry and pork come from the U.S., our beef is from the U.S. and New Zealand, our lamb is from the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand, our venison is imported from Australia and New Zealand, and our rabbit is imported from France and Italy. We are very stringent in our sourcing standards and prioritize building close relationships with our vendors.

So there are a lot of GOOD reasons for feeding a Pug Princess and Majestic Maltese these foods. The remaining UNKNOWNS ARE

  • Would a picky Maltese Mix like the food
  • Would Nature's Variety deliver  what it promises in terms of ultimate Pet Health (coat, skin, energy)
  • Would it make Mommy's life a little easier when it comes to OUR feeding time

So. . . we love dehydrated foods. They are rich in flavor and the texture is kinda fun and exciting. For a whole meal . . . maybe not. So Mommy set about following the directions about hydrating the food. She was happy to not have to heat water in order to do so (like she had to for Stella and Chewy's Chicken Patties). So she carefully decided how much to feed us (there is a chart on the back of the bag) and how much water to put into the bowl. All of the pieces floated to the top and just stayed there. She reminded us it would take TEN TORTUROUS MINUTES before we could eat it. We waited and waited and WAITED. When she looked in the bowl. . . THE PIECES WERE STILL FLOATING! They had not hydrated at all! Granted, she had not completely followed directions and did not crush them. . . but one would THINK that hydration would still take place. But, NO. Didn't matter, though. We lapped up the "soup" and happily crunched through the pieces as if it worked right. I gotta say, and I know Molly would agree, this is one TASTY meal.

The next day we tried it again and this time with HOT WATER which meant waiting a little more than TEN MINUTES (because we had to let it cool down). GUESS what? The food still floated on top and did not really hydrate. The "soup" was a little tastier than the previous time, though.

At the end of the day, Mommy said FORGET IT when it came to hydrating and fed it to us AS IS. We loved it. Ate it RIGHT UP with no pause to think. She made sure we had plenty of fresh water near by, too. Too much un-hydrated freeze dried food can make you very very thirsty.

Unfortunately, the food also did not fill us up and we promptly began begging for MORE as soon as we licked our bowls clean. This was true even when she upped our portions a little. She DID NOT want to risk SOMEPUGGY putting on weight so she did not up it too much. For Casa de Noodles purposes, I think this food is better used as a topper. That way we get all of the benefits of the carefully formulated proteins and minerals without messing with (1) the water and (2) us little beggars being unsatisfied.

All in all we give this food SIX PAWS UP because the only real negative to it was the lack of hydration. We are definitely showing other benefits from the food including shiny coats and an increased playfulness.

*We received from enough food to test the product for the month. We are not paid not prompted for our opinions. They are ours and ours alone. And we gleefully share them with everyone because we are generous like that, and stuff.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wordless Wednesday

I realize we have been a little MIA this week. We hope to do a review tomorrow to kinda make up for it. Hope you are all going well.
Those in the path of those tornadoes - please take care.
Those experiencing extreme weather - please take care.
Love to ALL

Monday, August 22, 2016

In The Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki TIKI Room. . .

Sunshine the Cat decided the AUGUST newsletter was too enticing to ignore. So she perused it over and over until she finally decided to review the TIKI CAT ALOHA FRIENDS blend of cat food in a pouch. She has tried Tiki Cat Gourmet Carnivore variety pack before and I think the ONLY complaint was from THE AUNTS regarding the smell. It was a very strong smelling food. However - the reason for the strong smell is the ALL NATURAL AND FOR REAL ingredients that make up each blend. For example: The Tuna with Whitefish and Pumpkin is made of . . . Flaked Tuna, Tuna Broth, Pumpkin, Ocean Whitefish, Sunflower Seed Oil, Calcium Lactate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Niacin (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Ferrous Sulfate, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Copper Sulfate, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement.

So based on the previous experience and a love for the Hawaiian Islands, Sunshine decided to throw caution to the TRADE WINDS and give Aloha Friends a try. She is not at all unhappy that she did. From the moment my Mommy opened the pouch Sunshine was all drooly and meow-y and oddly happy. It was SO DISTURBING. The variety pack includes
  1.  Tuna with Tilapia & Pumpkin (3) 
  2. Tuna with Ocean Whitefish & Pumpkin (3) 
  3. Tuna with Shrimp & Pumpkin (3) 
  4. Tuna with Calamari & Pumpkin (3)

Sunshine says she has liked each and every one of them. . . the Tuna Whitefish blend a bit more than the others. How do we know? When Sunshine really likes a food, she will eat it up right away. Nothing is left for later. . . and nothing is left to throw away. She even licks the bowl clean. BUT for the Tiki Cat, she ate some, cleaned her paws, watched the OLYMPICS, ate some more, and so on. This usually lasted an hour or so AND I THINK this is why Aunt B says the food is too stinky. Anybody can tolerate a GOOD stink for a little while - but no one likes to smell it for an HOUR.

Tiki Cat is a winner in Casa de Noodles and we are so happy has given Sunshine the Cat a chance to explore this line of food. I think we would have preferred a can over a pouch, though. The can you can dole out a little and then cover it in plastic wrap or something. BUT the pouch . . . well, once it is open it cannot be resealed. So Sunshine has been receiving a whole serving of wet food where normally she gets a topper. 
If you ask me, she looks a little peppier and her coat is shinier than it normally is. AND SHE DID NOT HAVE TO endure a bath like I very very recently did in order to get that shiny coat. So the food is agreeing with her delicate elderCAT self, as well.
And after 12 days of eating TIKI CAT ALOHA FRIENDS she still likes it. That is an A+ grade from a cat. Those of you who ARE cats or live with Cats know what I mean,

*All of the opinions expressed in this blog are mine, Noodles the Pug, and mine alone. We have received the product from free of charge in order to try it and develop our own opinions of it. And even though I roughed Sunshine the Cat up a bit so she would answer my questions, all of the personal experiences are actually hers. Love Noodles the Pug


Friday, August 19, 2016

#Beinglazy on a Friday!

I realize it is AFTERNOON already and I have accomplished ZIPPITY DO DAH! I meant well, I really did. But what with staying up WAY past my bedtime cheering on the Olympians AND my other job of LAP SITTING. . . well I just got sidetracked from my work.

What better day to be lazy than the DAY before the weekend. I mean. . . it ushers in the weekend which begs for a lazy day or two. And it is the END of a long work week so it means we are extra tired. 

But then, what's to stop us from being lazy on Monday because it is after the END of the weekend? And we are extra tired on Mondays (admit it, you are) because of all the FUN we had on the weekend. Or if we didn't have fun, we are tired from all the CHORES and HOUSEWORK that we all put off until the weekend because we are too busy during the week.

It is a dizzying rollercoaster and I am just not gonna deal with it today. Besides, I don't really have to justify my actions because, well . . .  I'M A PUG.

What ever you do this weekend, take some time out to refresh, relax and reflect. Monday is just a couple of sleeps away.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Oh. . . What Have We Here? It's From CHEWY!!!!!

Ignore my Mommy #2's feet and LOOK at WHAT'S behind us!

So the BACKSTORY is, we were going ballistic at the door, We often do. See, if you look behind us you will see this small window. The CLEAR part of the design is just about eye-level for Molly and Me so we frequently stand there and alert Mommy to danger. THERE IS A LOT OF POTENTIAL DANGER in this world, you know.

On this particular day we spotted our FAVORITE stranger - the FEDEX man who brings the CHEWY.COM boxes. And we KNEW what it was too - our selections from the AUGUST NEWSLETTER to test and then to write a review.

Look Molly! Our August selection is here! That was FAST!
We decided on a couple of things for DOGS and one for CATS. Molly and I are reviewing Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Market dehydrated food. Sounds good to us. And if you recall, we loved loved loved Nature's Variety Raw Boost - so we thought WHY NOT? It could be a win win. We also ordered some POOP BAGS - Frisco brand. Think back a while ago when we got a GOODIE BOX from just for being US? Well it included a FRISCO poop bag dispenser and a roll of bags. We LOVE it. Although you may not be aware of it, poop bag holders DO NOT last forever. In our short lives we have gone through close to 5 of them. So we were anxious to try out the FRISCO brand. We cannot wait to tell you what we find out about the bags, WE LOVE YOU
Sunshine the Cat passed up a couple of months of reviews because she couldn't find anything appealing to her. But this time she did. She totally BEGGED to try the Tiki Cat Aloha Friend meal in a pouch. The last time she reviewed Tiki Cat food she really liked it - to the point she would not EAT ANYTHING ELSE! So she decided to give it a try. Sunshine is more of a CHICKEN on the ground cat rather than a CHICKEN of the sea kind. And these are all FISH based meals. But she said she would TOUGH it out because Tiki Cat is a brand she DIGS.

It's Cat in the BOX not Cat in the HAT
We will do our reviews NEXT week so we can get a weekend more of testing done. This is always so exciting for us because it means we get to try new things that normally we might not consider.

In the meantime, we are continuing our Olympics and Pawlympics cheering. We really enjoyed the gymnastics and beach volleyball. Now the track is wow-ing us. Imagine the US women's 100m hurdles taking Gold, Silver and Bronze! WOW!! And did you all see Zac Efron surprising Simone Biles of the Final Five gymnastics team? That was probably the best thing I have ever seen on television! It was so special of him to make her dream come true. I have a new love and respect for Zac Efron.

Photo courtesy of

Keep cheering on those athletes! They represent us and need our support.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

What's Up Wednesday?

What in the world are we looking at?
You may never know - but look in the background for a hint at a future post.

Okay, so I have FAILED at Wordless Wednesday.
I have tried but a lot of times I just have too much to say.

So, I think in the future there will be less WORDLESS
and more WORDFUL Wednesdays.

In the meantime, be sure to HOP ALONG with Blog Paws and its
AWESOME blog hog