Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Party's Over - And I am DRAGGING

Last weekend was CONSUMED by the prepping and arrival of Mommy #1's 16th birthday. It is a big deal, as I understand it, and there was so much todoing around the house that at times I just left. The back yard was such a nice respite for me and the weather was perfect - warm but not hot with a nice cooling breeze. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Finally the day arrived and the house was invaded with girls. Let me clarify here - we are a household of girls. Even all the pets, we think (not sure about the birds) are girls. These were girls I had never met - at least most of them I didn't know. So it was unique.

Molly and I were shuttled upstairs where we were confined to Auntie T's bedroom. That was cool as we got to watch FOOTBALL (the Forty-Niners). We barked, too . . . a lot. . . Hey! There were strangers in the house and we had to defend what is ours. Sunshine the Cat disappeared as she usually does when there are strangers in the house. We all assumed she was in one of her many hiding places. She showed up at the patio door at 9PM all sad and missing us. As if! 

Finally the party ended but NOT THE WORK. As soon as the last guest left, all of the cleaning started all over again. This time the work was punctuated with yawns and groans, though. I did my job and stayed close to my Mommys to make sure they did a good job. Then, when all was clean and back to normal, Mommys sat down for a little while and I snuggled between them.

Happy 16th Birthday Mommy #1! I love love LOVE you so so MUCH!

Happy Birthday to you. . . happy birthday to
YOU. . .

Friday, September 26, 2014

CHEW On This!

We got another goodie from Chewy.com to review FOR SEPTEMBER. Since we are winding down the month, I thought perhaps NOW would be a good day for a review.

I gotta be honest here. I like TREATS. Pretty much ALL treats, too. Look back at all of my reviews and you will see that I DID NOT REFUSE a single one. I may not have walked across water (or even the kitchen floor) for them, but I ALWAYS eat them.

So when Chewy.com sent me and Molly some Nature Variety Instinct treats (Duck and Sweet Potato), we
tried them and loved them. Story closed. Of course!!!!! I-like-TREATS! So how can I make this a review worth reading? I need to give you reasons to buy this item beyond the fact the I LIKE THEM. So I came up with this list of reasons to try Nature Variety Instinct treats.

1. Since Pugs and Maltese often have allergies to certain foods, MY MOMMYS are always aware of what they are feeding me. Even when I developed a weird allergy to some food over the summer, it was an allergy to some REALLY GOOD AND LIMITED INGREDIENT FOOD! So these treats, being, Grain-free and gluten-free, are something MY MOMMYS would be comfortable giving both of us.
2. Big on our household food list is un-processed foods. Best foods being what we grow ourselves (I loves going out in the yard and chomping on the good apples from our tree). But if we choose to buy a packaged product, we look for All-natural ingredients. It's important for us to maintain our weight and our good looks.
3. Have you looked at the ingredients of off the shelf dog treats? They are filled with salts and sugars of all kinds. Who needs it? Not me. I get plenty from licking the FLOOR (Huh? Who said that? I don't lick the floor, Mommy. Really! I was just licking the air NEAR the floor). These Nature Instinct treats contain No added salt or sugar which means any sweetness or savoriness comes from the ingredients themselves.
4. These treats are also GOOD for my digestive tract cuz they are made with probiotics and prebiotics. Maybe Molly's too, I don't know. But they ARE GOOD for mine. I looked it up in WIKIPEDIA

The term "probiotic" originally referred to microorganisms that have effects on other microorganisms, a usage credited to Lilly and Stilwell (1965).[29] Their conception of probiotics involved the notion that substances secreted by one microorganism stimulated the growth of another microorganism. The term was used again in 1971 by Sperti [30] to describe tissue extracts which stimulated microbial growth. The term probiotics was taken up by Parker in 1974 [31] who defined the concept as, “organisms and substances that have a beneficial effect on the host animal by contributing to its intestinal microbial balance”. Later, the definition was greatly improved by Fuller in 1989,[12] whose explanation was very close to the definition used today. Fuller in 1989 described probiotics as a "live microbial feed supplement which beneficially affects the host animal by improving its intestinal microbial balance". He stressed two important facts of probiotics: the viable nature of probiotics and the capacity to help with intestinal balance.
Prebiotics are non-digestible fiber compounds that pass undigested through the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract and stimulate the growth and/or activity of advantageous bacteria that colonize the large bowel by acting as substrate for them.
Sounds like a good reason to me to eat these treats!

What makes these treats even more special is the increased food value they have so everything is digested and used in the body so that skin, coat, etc are improved by continued use. At least that is what the website said http://www.naturesvariety.com/instinct. All I know is I am ONE FINE LOOKIN' PUG!

If you ARE what you EAT, then I am eatin' some GOOD stuff. 

Disclaimer: Chewy.com did not pay me for this review. They supplied me the treats, free of charge, to try out and then give MY HONEST OPINION on. This is MY OPINION only.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thankful for THURSDAYS in FALL

I am thankful for FALL for many reasons
  1. The Smells are crisper and fragranter (sic)
  2. The Trees transform into colorful umbrellas
  3. And then They lose their leaves making the sidewalk crunch
  4. The RAIN returns to the Bay Area, hopefully sticking around for a while
  5. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY - My Mommy #1 celebrates her birthday on Monday. I cannot wait to do all the things she loves so her day will be special - cuddling with ME, snuggling with ME, taking a walk with ME, and so on.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sunshine Makes the Big Leap


Sunshine is a little slower these days. She is 12 years old, after all. She uses a chair most of the time to get up on the shojii screens. Her food is up there because Molly and I like to eat her food if it is on the floor. It smells enticing, you know.
One day everybody in the house was busy and Sunshine wanted to get a nibble. She sat and waited for someone to pull out the chair for her but no one did. She decided she needed to throw caution to the wind and make the leap herself.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Goodbye to Summer

Goodbye Summer
Goodbye my friend
Warm evenings and mornings
Walks that never end

Hello Autumn
I saw you coming
The leaves are turning
and the wind blows often