Monday, November 20, 2017

That CWAZY Wabbit!!! #chewyinfluencer

For the record, I did NOT approve that title


Sunshine the Cat here with ANOTHER scintillating review for Chewy.com. Yes, I admit it. I am a CHEWY.COM aficionado extraordinaire. No one truly appreciates the service, variety, and all-round wonderfulness that is Chewy. But that is a tale for another time. Today I am here to discuss


That CWAZY WABBIT





See the label picture of the food? That is an accurate representation of what it looks like. And I have to say, I like the smaller bits and gravy a WHOLE lot.

I don’t know WHAT I can say other than SCRUMPTIOUS. I never ever expected to like RABBIT. I prefer chicken to all else and so do my humans (it is less smelly than fish and they are vegheads). Fish is a rare treat around here and I am rather particular about my fish. Again, a tale for another time.

Nonetheless, I caved into my HUMAN servant’s wishes and agreed to try the Instinct by Nature’s Variety Grain-free MINCED Rabbit Recipe.

Let me give you some insight into what this food is all about.
Ingredients
Pork Broth, Rabbit, Pork Liver, Pork, Egg Whites, Ground Dried Peas, Spinach, Carrots, Ground Flaxseed, Montmorillonite Clay, Guar Gum, Natural Flavor, Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Dried Kelp, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid), Taurine, Xanthan Gum, Artichokes, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Tomato, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Parsley


I just like this photo of me

What I am seeing there is a whole lot of really healthy and natural meats, fruits and vegetables (don’t care about those), vitamins and minerals. What I am not seeing is any filler, grain, potato or soy. I don’t need them. I need high protein. And this formula promotes strong muscles, very important for my senior years. Overall, it is just a great product for a senior Cat Woman like myself.

Nature’s Variety has other flavors in the minced formula: Chicken, Tuna, Salmon. If they are half as good as the Rabbit, then I am sure they are fine EATS. So, I am casting my ballot for the minced recipes. I don’t think a well-rounded cat like myself can go wrong with this food.



HAPPY THANKSGIVING everyone - Let's be KIND to one another

**I received free of charge from Chewy.com enough Nature's Variety Instinct Grain Free Minced Rabbit Recipe to develop an clear opinion of the product. No money was offered or paid for my illustrious opinion. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Watching Life Unfold From My Favorite Spot


We all have a favorite spot at home - don't we? I am no exception. I try to ALWAYS be in my favorite spot but sometimes it is not possible/ WHY? Because my favorite spot in the whole wide world is my MOMMY'S lap. I am talking Mommy #2 because she is older and her lap is cushier. Sorry Mommy #1. And Mommy #2 is home more now that Mommy #1 is away at university.

What is it about a LAP that is so inviting? The warmth? Yes, most likely. The perspective? Probably. I think most of all it is a safe place - a place I can feel cared for and loved.

I watch TV from Mommy's lap. I observe what is happening outside the window from Mommy's lap. I listen to conversations from the Aunts on Mommy's lap.

I watch LIFE unfold from Mommy's lap.

It is my favorite place in the world.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Molly's New Bed


I used to possess ALL of the beds in the household. That is no longer true. Some of my beds have been tossed because they were raggedy and unfixable. Some were uncomfortable. And some were ruined by a thoughtless cat (guess WHO that is). I have had many beds. And I share them. With anyone - human, dog, cat, whatever. As long as I have ONE of them to myself, I am happy.

Well Molly is not like that. She decides she wants a bed, she TAKES it, even if I am still in it. I am used to it, I guess, even if I don't really like it. Sometimes it helps keep me warm when the temperatures drop. Sunshine is NOT so generous. She wants her SPACE - period! I think she has shared a spot with us once or twice but that was when we had a really big bed.

Anyhooooooo . . . My beds now number TWO. And I am fine with that IF I get to recline on ONE of the two. Hahahaha. I thought I had solved the problem when I insisted Sunshine get a new CAT CONDO to hang out in. And she does hang out in it most of the time. When she is not there, she is taking ONE OF MY BEDS. She has two more BEDS of her own. The cocoon she lets Molly hang out in and occasionally she will take it over. She has another bed in Aunt T's room.

Molly has TWO beds as well - one is by the Cat Condo and heater vent. I love that spot so when I find myself without one of MY beds, I make my way there. Often, Sunshine is there. Sometimes, Molly pushes me outta there. Her other bed used to be in her crate (oh yeah. She has a bed in there as well) but seldom does anyone use that bed. It is flat.

The other day Molly's Mommie and my Mommy #2 went shopping AND they came back with a NEW BED for Molly. I was pretty sure it was for me (history) but I kept getting shooshed away from it. Molly loves that bed and spent all of Monday in the bed. Her new bed is RED.

Red Bed.


This was yesterday when Mommy was working in the office. NOTE who is in the RED BED. Not Molly, that's who. When EVERYPUGGY'S back was turned, I snuck in and settled down. No one noticed for the longest time. Molly TRIED to bully me out of the bed but I pretended to be in a DEEP sleep.

No matter. . . she staged a coup over my BLUE BED. She knows how much I love my BLUE BED.I was really awake and I saw the WHOLE THING.


This morning I trotted over to the RED BED and make myself comfortable. Mommy was preparing to work and the bed is right next to the office. Well, next thing I knew, Molly was sidling her way INTO THE SAME BED. She didn't even ask. She didn't look me in the EYE. She just MADE HERSELF at home.

If I wasn't so cold I would kick her out.

I know you are all thinking "Where is Noodles' Star Trek bed?" Mommy just muttered something about STINK and LAUNDRY. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

This Weekend Mommy Disappeared


Mommy #2 DISAPPEARED for 3 whole days this past weekend. I should have known the signs. . . her BARREL of building stuff appeared, she went shopping for extra snacks, and long discussions with Auntie D. Happens every year and it ALWAYS catches me off guard. In our house, this is called Showcase Time. It is the time of year when Auntie D's ballet studio puts on its annual showcase. Mommy and Aunts B & T danced in it at one time. . . Cousin K and Cousin E danced in it at one time . . . and my Mommy #1 danced in it until she started university. So this show is very very important to our family.

Mommy spends one weekend helping sort and distribute costumes. The sorting takes a long time. Aunt B helps too. This year, because of her back, Mommy couldn't do quite as much so Auntie D and Aunt B had to do a little more. But that is how FAMILY (even extended family) works.

Then the real fun begins. . . SHOWCASE WEEKEND. It is held here.

Santa Clara Convention Center
Unfortunately and fortunately it is located near here, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers, Levi Stadium.

And they had a game. Bummer. It made getting to the shows difficult. But people made it happen.

View from Convention Center parking toward Levi Stadium

Friday ALL DAY was move into the theater and set build day. It is a lot of work. But at the end, the sets really make the show and Mommy says it is a labor of love. 

This is what the sets looked like this year. From
the audience seating the "buildings" look
3D

The next two days were even longer and Mommy left early in the morning and returned late at night BOTH DAYS!!! She was pretty tired too. I missed her a LOT, even though she did come home to SLEEP.

 
The audience view


There is NOTHING like being onstage. The whole atmosphere buzzes with excitement and expectation. With THREE shows, anything can happen. I can tell you - a LOT of MAGIC happens.

Behind the scenes - Mommy's point of view

Dancers awaiting their turn to dance
Mommy says she gets a lot of satisfaction from SHOWCASE. The culmination of all of the hard work is so worth it. And the dancers take away even more - confidence and pride in performing; satisfaction in doing their best; and a sense of camaraderie and family with people NOT in their families. It is really really special.

The Showcase went very very well and pretty much everyone is pleased with all they accomplished. Mommy is already planning on what she will do differently next year.

If it ain't broke, Mommy, DON'T fix it!

This is my FAVORITE part of being in the THEATER . . . gazing out at the audience and DREAMING . . .






Thursday, November 9, 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Freak ME OUT!!!




Normally, I am pretty cool with all of the things the HUMANS put me through. That is my motto

Just Go With The Flow

But I gotta tell ya, sometimes it is so difficult. I mean. . . doesn't this HEAD kind of freak you out? It was NOT my favorite mask this past Halloween.

Human: Woof Woof!


Me: What are YOU doing?
Human: I'ma PUG.
Me: No, I really do NOT think you are a FELLOW pug



Human: But I look just LIKE you!
Me: Um. . . No you don't. You are freakishly large.



Human: But I mean facewise. I look just LIKE you.
Me: Not really. I am wayyyyyyyyyyyy cuter.




Me: Get me outta here before I go full on POODLE on you (I apologize to all my poodle and 'oodle furiends. But you gotta admit, you got freaking out down pat).


Monday, November 6, 2017

Wish She'd MISSED the Target


Usually I like Target, the store. But NOT after Halloween. It is a DANGER ZONE of epic proportions - not just because of the sale decor. . .or the candy that's discounted. . .

No. . . more for this reason -

 HALLOWEEN costume discounts. Mommy CANNOT help herself when things go down to 70% off. She cannot. Luckily the more laborious costumes were only available in LARGE. But she managed to fine these costume HARNESSES. She spent $3 each.





Admittedly I AM an ANGEL most of the time.










But Molly was NOT happy about the big purple spider on her back. You can tell by her posture.

The spider eventually made its way onto Sunshine the Cat's shoulders but she THREATENED me with bodily harm if I dared to take a photo of her in it. So you will have to use your imagination.


This is Molly BEGGING for the spider to come off her back. She thought she would get a treat for wearing it and when one was not forthcoming, she got very snippy. You can tell she is saying something close to an HBO word here.

I am a lot cooler than she is. I do not mind wearing wings at all. And these ANGEL wings were very comfortable and kind of cute.


I wore them for a long time before Mommy figured I had been tortured enough.

TARGET - please for the love of DOG, stop putting your awesome costumes down to 70%. Think of us victims. 

That is all.

Friday, November 3, 2017

A Remembrance of Times Past - Summer




I remember when days were Long
Warm days, morning Fog
Up with the sun, early morn
Sunlight lasting for hours

Youthful vigor and voiced fun
Up at dawn and down with the Sun
Ample adventure through the day
Ripe fruit brightening the vines

I remember fondly as I look back
Of smells and sounds I now lack
For quiet ushers in the Fall
A whispered breeze through falling leaves

Now's the Sun's chance to rest
The few hours shining, just to test
My resolve to get out of bed
And face the chilling gray sky






Thursday, November 2, 2017

Uh. . . Thank You, Sorta?


Noodles here on this chilly pre-rain morning in NorCal. Yes, the rainy season is supposed to start a little early here with THREE storms tracking in. Normally we get maybe 1-2 days of rain in November, but really February is our rainy month. IF we get rain, that is. I'm ready. I have my warm antler hat pictured above and I have a super cool rain coat. So IF I wanna brave the rain, I can.

That is all beside the point, though. I am here to discuss Chewy.com - who I LOVE. I know a lot of you are Chewy Influencers and you TOTALLY know what I am talking about. But I am gonna first talk about my intro to Chewy.com.

It all started when Mommy was looking for Yak Chews for me. As I was a teething puppy, I chewed EVERYTHING. My Mommys were going mad trying to find something to ease my itchy gums. A FURiend (Bellatrix, for you oldtimers) introduced me to Yak Chews and a love affair was born. But FINDING them was not easy. None of the pet food stores carried them and there were few online options then. Mommy STUMBLED upon this online supply spot called Mr. Chewy. They didn't have the Yak Chews (she ended up on Amazon) but they had Bully Sticks and she tried those. They worked very well and were reasonably priced. She bought them and that was that. She was so impressed with the ease of using the site and of the reasonable prices. She made a (forgotten) mental note to revisit them some time down the road.

She forgot.

Fast forward a year or so forward and Mommy gets an email from someone named Andrew at Mr. Chewy. Ah ha! It triggered that mental note and Mommy immediately went back to the website to check it out. It had grown and she was so impressed with the great variety of food they carried online. So she responded to Mr. Andrew and that is how she became an Influencer. BUT THE POINT of my story is - she was a customer FIRST. Mr. Chewy eventually became Chewy.com.

A couple of times something she bought for me didn't turn out to be so good and KNOW WHAT? Chewy.com Customer Service always treated her with the utmost courtesy and care. The problem was always solved right away. And they never asked her to spend money to send the item back. Instead, they asked her to donate the item to a local shelter or rescue. How great is that?

I am ALL ABOUT Chewy.com.

Then, the other day, this happened. . . a package arrived that WAS NOT ordered. Mommy showed us and we started running around acting like idiots. Yay! Something from CHEWY.COM.

Then she opened it and THIS was inside


None of those treats are for PUPS or KITTIES!!!! None. I could not believe it. I mean, I was happy for Mommy #2 (who is on a d-i-e-t and cannot eat them), but you know me. . .

I am ALL about the treats

So, uh, Thanks?

I still love you Chewy.com.

Next time the TREATS are for me.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A Chilling November Morning


Hello! How did everypuggy do last night? Did you go Trick or Treating? Did you have a lot of TnTers? I did not go out this year. I have in the past and I really really enjoyed it. But Cousin C only went out for a short while and Mommy did not think I would want to go. She was wrong, of course. I desperately wanted to walk around the neighborhood showing off my WONDER WOMAN costume.

From this angle I look like. . . well, NOT Wonder
Woman. More like a Fifi or a Gigi
So I stayed home and announced each and every TnTer who came to the door - "There's Batman! There's Wonder Woman! Yo! That's a cute Butterfly." It was exhausting but necessary work. At least that is what I THOUGHT - until I was sequestered in my pen in the dark den. Away from the action, all I could do was SLEEP and occasionally bark when the doorbell rang.

We had over 120 visitors last night. That is a lot. We have had more, years ago. But it doesn't seem like people take their kids out much anymore. And if they do, it isn't to our neighborhood. Our neighborhood is older now and all the trees are very grown. It is dark enough to make walking at night kind of difficult and a little unnerving. It is safe, to be sure; but quite dark.

I kinda like Halloween, though. Not the ghost story stuff. No, I don't like that. I like the spirit of fun that pervades the day and I really really love the rustle of falling leaves and the whisper of the breeze when it sidles through the as yet unfallen leaves. It is almost magical. Fall is definitely here.

Happy November to you ALL

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

HOWL-n-Good Treats #chewyinfluencer AND My Costume is Ready for the BIG NIGHT


I am here to alert my FANS to a wildly good TREAT. As you know, I am all about the treats. And especially during Halloween when the HUMANS want to put me in costume. So I asked Chewy.com for a HALLOWEEN treat and they came through in a BIG way with Blue Buffalo Boo Bars.

We kind of ate them up


They were only for a limited time but I gotta say - we LOVED them and they are totally worth the wait for next year. BUT you don't really have to because Chewy.com carries Blue Buffalo Health Bars (and there is a pumpkin cinnamon flavor just like the Boo Bars) all year round.

What we like best is they are CRUNCHY but not too tough that Molly-with-the-limited-teeth can't enjoy them. She totally does. Also, Blue Buffalo Boo Bars (or Health Bars) are a nutritious treat made with all natural ingredients - and they are free of poultry by-product meal, corn. wheat and soy. So many pooches with allergies can still enjoy these treats.

Here is what BOO BARS are made of
Oatmeal, Barley, Oat Flour, Pumpkin, Flaxseed (Source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Cane Molasses, Carrots, Salt, Canola Oil (Source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Cinnamon, Calcium Carbonate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Oil of Rosemary, Vitamin E Supplement.

We recommend you try some TODAY!

**We received a bag of Boo Bars free of charge from Chewy.com for the sole purpose of trying them and writing a review. All opinions are our own and we received no payment whatsoever.

NOW FOR THE BIG COSTUME REVEAL


Tell me what you think!!!!

Molly was less than thrilled with hers



Monday, October 30, 2017

Then This Happened . . .



Hahahahahaha!
I crack myself up.
Still crankin' away at my costume. Pretty sure this is gonna be an ALL-NIGHTER.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Four Days To Left Until HOWL-O-Ween! What To DO!!

EEEEEKS!!!!!
I'ma running SCARED now! When did September end? Why is it so close to the end of OCTOBER? I was caught totally UNAWARES by this crazy crazy weather we have been having! It's HOT outside, again. So un-Fall like. Even the trees are a little confused. I saw some BUDDING last week.


OMIPUG!!! I am running out of time to CREATE the perfect COSTUME. I have had my THINKING cap on so tight that I have a headache!!!! And it has to be good, you know. My public demands it of me.

I whipped out some fabric and hauled out the SEWING machine in hopes of inspiration. So far I have NOTHING but a color scheme.




I guess that is what my weekend will be consumed by - COSTUME creation. I feel extra pressure given the AWESOME costumes worn by all of my FURiends who entered my contest. Give them all another hand for being so creative and daring!

Good luck to all of you still in the same predicament as me. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Sunshine Has a New Home #chewyinfluencer

MY Music pillow bed
 This is Sunshine the Cat, my sisteroid from the BEGINNING.

She's

A BED STEALER!!!!!

MY Snoopy bed (now deceased)
This has always been true no matter whose bed it was or what size that bed.. She would saunter up to it and MAKE IT HER OWN. Now this bugged me a lot because I have some really nice, comfy beds. But I didn't often get to sleep on the one I want to because of 
Sunshine and Molly. They are much more aggressive than I am.


It's Just Not FAIR!

She completely took over my crate and my BELOVED Star Trek bed.
(Yes, I DO have a lot of beds but that is a tale for another time.)

So I tried and tried to reason with her but she always told me "Finders Keepers" and proceeded to settle in for the long haul.

Then - one day IT HAPPENED!!!!!
Ms. Natalie from Chewy.com asked if Sunshine the Cat would be interested in reviewing a special product for Chewy.com. I was a little miffed that MY Ms. Natalie specifically asked for Sunshine!!!! Whattha?
But as soon as Ms. Natalie described what it is that Sunshine would be reviewing I KNEW!!! I Knew this was MY CHANCE to win back my beds.

MY BEDS!!!

It took less than a week and this very large package arrived for Sunshine the Cat.

This box is HUGE!
It is a Frisco 24" Cat Condo in Cream. It does not take up too much room and is easily moved around the house for optimum comfort. It can be wiped down and vacuumed for cleanliness. I suggested the kitchen since this is where my crate was and Sunshine was ALWAYS in the crate. BTW - please ignore the ugly flooring. We are in the process of replacing it.

Sunshine - Why am I on this box?

Noodles: You are SO gonna thank me, Sunshine

Noodles: And here is the bottom floor

Sunshine: I can totally access this second floor and
you DOGS can't

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! Peace and quiet!
 Oh! Did I tell you it is really sturdy? It can support a fair about of weight - more than most cats should weigh.
This is never gonna happen naturally!!!
Ever since we set up the condo, Sunshine has spent ALL OF HER SLEEPING time there. No longer am I fighting HER for my BEDS. She is happy because her food is right above the condo and the condo is an easy step down from her food dish. It is a WIN WIN. And the Condo is really attractive looking, unlike some cat condos. I bet when we get our new flooring in that it will look ever BETTER.

Best of all - I can return to this



Thank you Chewy.com for making my BEDS my own again.

PeeEss: The condo is currently ON SALE on Chewy.com

** I received one cat condo from Chewy.com free of charge for the sole purpose of using the product and then reviewing it. We were not otherwise compensated in any way and all opinions are our own. No one dictates to Noodles the Pug.