Thursday, January 18, 2018

Playing Games #Chewyinfluencer

It's one of those days - rain is coming and
napping seems the best course to take

Happy Thursday EveryPuggy! Thanks for all the lovely comments on my photo yesterday. However, no one commented on my SMILE! I was so happy in that picture because I was sitting between my TWO MOMMYS! Yes. Mommy #1 was home from university for Aunt T's birthday lunch. So I got to spend time with both Mommy #1 and Mommy #2 AT THE SAME TIME. What a treat. I could not contain my glee and so that is why I was smiling.

My cheeks hurt from all of the smiling.

On to the TOPIC OF THE DAY - my LATEST adventure. And I do mean adVENTURE because this has been one for the funny papers. It all started with an email from asking if I would be interested in reviewing a special item this month. The item in question is one of those slow feeder bowl thingies that slow FAST eaters (Me) down while entertaining their minds. I was all "No! No! No! I like to scarf down eatables!" I reminded Mommy that I had done those bowls in the past and they just do not work for SHORT SNOUTED puggirls. She agreed with me and then GUESS WHAT? She said YES!

Yes! I could not believe my velvety ears. Why in Pugnation would she say yes to something she KNOWS is doomed to fail. Well, she explained. . . two reasons

  1. Who can say NO to Ms Natalie of
  2. Who better to test a feeder bowl than the one expected to fail? It will be a true test (unlike the Gen7Pets Carry Me Sleeper which I knew I'd love)!
The bowl Ms. Natalie was talking about is the Outward Hound Fun Feeder. It comes in two sizes (Small for small breed dogs and Large for the bigger breeds) and three colors. Each color has a different design which indicates the level of difficulty for the dog to remove the food. The one I chose (do we ever really choose???) is the PURPLE one and it has the lowest degree of difficulty. It has a pretty FLOWER pattern. You will see it below. The other two are TEAL which is medium difficulty and ORANGE which is the toughest to navigate. The depths of the grooves are about 1 inch.

Medium Difficult

Most Difficult  

So we said yes and in a short amount of time it arrived at our door. I was so excited to see the box that I acted like my usual Banshee (Ever hear a pug scream? Very Banshee-like). Until Mommy pulled out the. . . BOWL?

Never one to give up, Mommy and I discussed the bowl and possibilities (giving it to Molly who was cool to the idea after a couple of treats; keep it for Sunshine who was like Molly; or give it to our FURiend Tiny who already eats too slowly) until we finally decided to keep trying to LIKE it.

So Mommy came up with another PLAN -

Well that was a BUST, I daresay. I was pretty mad that THEY could get treats and I couldn't. So Mommy kinda overcompensated by putting an equal number of treats (they each managed to get 2 before Mommy picked up the bowl) on the floor near my PRONE but wiggly pug body (yes, I was having a tantrum).

But Cousin E had an idea. The next day she put treats in the bowl and sat with me, plying me with treats, and showed me HOW TO LIFT a treat out of the bowl. And if I did, I was given ANOTHER TREAT!. And you know what? I eventually was able to get some treats out of the bowl!!!!


So NOW I am successfully able to get large treats out of the dish. Like almost peaking over the edge large pieces. Anything smaller is out of my ability to get. Not having a snout is a real issue with this BOWL. And I have a petite tongue as well. Perhaps short shouts but long tongues would work. But I am just speculating. It is kind of case by case.

That said, the quality of the bowl is amazing. It is solid and heavy - none of that cheap Dollar Tree type plastic bowls (Don't get me wrong - those cheap plastic bowls have saved me more than once so they have their uses. . . but not day to day). And the bowl has enough weight that it does not shift around the floor constantly thus preventing me EVEN FURTHER!

So we give the Outward Hound Fun Feeder 7 out of 12 PAWS up for us. It just is too hard for a PUG PRINCESS to have to work so much for a treat. And the interest level of the other two was minimal.

**Thank you for providing us with the Outward Hound Fun Feeder free of charge so we could try it out and review it. All opinions in this blog are mine along and I do not get paid for any of it.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Bones, Bones, Bones - #Chewyinfluencer

HI. Sunshine the Cat here. I will be 15 years old this May and I am telling you - sometimes my bones stiffen up. It is the price one pays for being elegantly elderly. It isn't too bad I can still jump up on the shoji screen where my bowl is located. Most of the time, that is. Some days it just isn't happening.

That is why when the January Newsletter from came around, I asked if I could indulge in a little KITTY care. I chose something for my BONES - Glucosamine. The selection for January was for NaturVet Glucosamine DS Plus MSM & Chondroitin Chews, that are suitable for dogs and cats.

I think the main selling point of this particular glucosamine is the fact it is chewable. Who wants to take chalky pills? And taking drops? No way - I will shred whoever tries to feed me liquid vitamins. So being a soft chew just makes sense. The flavor is pleasant and when broken into smaller bites, quite kitty appropriate.

Glucosamine is an amino sugar found in bones and is believed to help alleviate pain from osteo-arthritis. The NaturVet Glucosamine also contains Chondroitan which is a longwinded way of saying carbohydrate found in the cartilage, and MSM which is Méthylsulfonylméthane and it helps with flexibility. This is all doctory verbage which means it takes away the ache of aging.

I have to say I am quite pleased with them. I feel pretty good and have been happy to hop up on the counter for food or treats. Or to play on my new Boogie Mat ( also sells them) which resides on the top floor of my condo.

Not reviewing - just bragging
The only downside is an on-going one in this house - human error. I am constantly reminding my human servants to dose me up on NaturVet Glucosamine. It should be automatic, I should think. It is their job, after all. But that is not a negative re the product. Just a general gripe.

Thank you for providing me with this elixir of youth (free of charge, I might add) and allowing me to share my opinions of the product. No one pays me for this - it is a favor I do the world.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Living His Dream - from a PUG'S Perspective

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day

I have a holiday - do you? Everypuggy is home and it is like a weekend BUT IT IS MONDAY. So confusing. But I am excited and especially since the special day is honoring a special person.

We can all learn from Dr. King's legacy. He fought for freedom. He preached peace. He LIVED love. And that is something we can ALL do from human to canine, feline to velociraptor. 

We can ALL do this.
We can all learn to LOVE
We can all preach PEACE 
We can all FIGHT for FREEDOM

We must always be vigilant of threats to our civil rights and always protect them. There will always be a threat to some if not all of them.

I plan to LIVE the words of Dr. King. AND if this little pug can do it. . . so can you.

Words to Live by from Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

  • “True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.” 

  • “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

  • “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Confessions of a Foodcentric Pug. . . In Other Words. . . Confessions of a PUG

I am totally into food
Or anything that looks like food
Or anything that smells like food
Or anything that might be food
Or anything that may be food
It consumes my every thought
It patterns my every day
It even dominates my behavior
I am a Foodcentric Being

You all know me as Noodles
Noodles the Pug
Noodles the Pug Princess
A Bowl of Noodles
Even my name screams food
Saying my name is an homage to food
I am a Foodcentric Being

I'll wake up for Food
I'll come running for Food
I live for Food
I snuffle in the corners for Food
I search under the table for Food
I stand by the stove for Food
I search the garden for Food
I search the couch for Food (you NEVER know)
I listen for bags, jars and cans opening . . .
I am a Foodcentric Being

They named me Noodles
Noodles is a FOOD
Noodles make me hungry
A Bowl of Noodles
I scream for food
My Name Is FOOD
I am a Foodcentric Being

Monday, January 8, 2018

Good Intentions FOILED

WHATTHA Mom!!! This is NOT an authorized photo!

I had good intentions and my instructions were clear. I RESOLVED to BLOG 5 days a week without fail. Well that did not last a week into RESOLUTIONS! Geez. What's a PUG to do? It all started early Friday morning when Mommy #1 went to her desk. Usually she works on my BLOG first thing. But not today. She muttered something about LATER and then never turned the computer ON. That is so weird. Mommy ALWAYS turns the computer on.

Then she left to do some errands for work. This was me. . .

She was gone a long long time. And when she returned, she had to pick up Cousin C and prep dinner. Then she was off to her OTHER job.

And so I waited. . . and waited . . . and waited.

My blog post never got done.

Let's try this again or it MAY be time to get a NEW assistant.