Thursday, July 20, 2017

Dear Princess Leah - I Confess

Dear Princess Leah,
Thank you for the PAWsome birthday toys. I cannot tell you how much I am loving them. Well maybe I can. You see - they have squeakers. I love squeakers. I go KAH-RAY-ZEE for squeakers. At like, 2 am I go crazy for SQUEAKERS. So I thank you for the squeaky toys - my MOMMYS, not so much.
I think the PUG card is real cute and it even has a double curl like I have. It isn't even a PUDGY pug so it closely resembles me. I am a little cuter, though; and I have a DIAMOND on my forehead. But that is a minor thing. I loves the card and Mommy #2 loves it so much she is going to do something she seldom does - she's gonna FRAME it.
BUT- and there is always a B-U-T - I MISTOOK the TURKEY LEG toy for the REAL thing. I don't know why - it did not have any YUMMY smell like a REAL Turkey Leg. But I stuck my teeth into it and chewed with RELISH. Not real RELISH so what I mean to say is GUSTO. It did not taste like TURKEY, though.
Mommy is not sure it is repairable.
Sorry not sorry.
It was fun and, in a way, tasty.
Love Noodles

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

No, I WON'T Be Silenced Just Because It's Wordless Wednesday and Other NoodlesISMS

Can YOU tell I have a PEACH in my JOWLS?

Definition of ism

  1. 1
    :  a distinctive doctrine, cause, or theory


A Doctrine


EveryPUGGY has a right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Puppacchinos

A Cause


SAVE the yogurt - it is a LIMITED resource

A Theory



Did I just hear a peach DROP?


Join Blogpaws in a BLOG HOP in celebration of Wordless Wednesday




Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Let's CHEW-y On This for A Minute. . .

This box is MINE

You all know I am a HUGE Chewy.com fan. This was true before I became an influencer and continues the MORE I work with them. The variety of items they sell is staggering. The prices are competitive and in some cases less than BIG BOX stores even with the added shipping costs. The convenience of having your products arrive at your door is hard to quantify BUT think of how many more cuddles you get when your human does NOT have to run to the pet store for food! Yes, I am a fan and I am SPOILED by Chewy.com.

As a Chewy Influencer, I get to choose from a monthly list of items to review. It is great because I get to try new foods, treats, and toys and all I have to do is write a review! It is truly a win win for me. So when this month's newsletter arrived I was all prepared to pick out a treat because, I hate to say this, we are running low on TREATS.

Nothing against my Mommy #2, but she does overreact a bit. When it was revealed at the Dogter's office that I had PUT BACK ON a couple of pounds, she tossed away all of the old treats and put me on a NO TREAT diet. Yeah, it worked but now I have a shortage of treats for when I am really really deserving.

But I digress.

The last newsletter was FILLED with all kinds of tasty, I assume, treats for Dogs, Cats and even LIZARDS. But my eyes filled with tears of JOY just looking at them and I could not decide what I wanted. Mommy volunteered to help and SHE noticed there was a special HARNESS available to test. There was a limited number to test so no promises. My current harness is as old as I am so I really needed a new one. But There's MORE! This harness is also a seatbelt for the car. Yes, you heard me right. It will, theoretically, keep me safer in the car than even my crate. Mommy and I had tried these so-called seatbelts in the past and took them ALL back. You see, I am a master at wiggling out of them. That's right - to accommodate my NECK they were all too loose for my HEAD and CHEST.

The Kurgo Tru-Fit Smart Harness is different in that it adjusts in 5 spots for a better fit! And it crash-tested up to 75 pounds and 30mph!!! That's a pretty good recommendation. So to make this long story short, we chose to review the harness.

The package arrived in TWO DAYS only and boy was I excited! I tried it on RIGHT AWAY. Ummmm, that's a fib, actually. I was at LAKE TAHOE when it arrived. But as soon as I got home, I tried it on.

I like the chest pad and the fact I pretty much
step into the harness

It is a very sharp looking and HEAVY duty harness. It took a while to make the adjustments and Mommy ended up adjusting down ALL of the spots. She had ordered a medium because the lowest weight was 16 pounds and I was closer to 17 pounds when we went to the VET.

The top loop is where you hook the  seatbelt

Remember back to the story above about DIET and NO TREATS? Well, apparently it worked because the harness was TOO BIG. I could totally wiggle out of it and THAT was exactly what Mommy did NOT want. The guideline is TWO fingers under the harness all around. But Mommy could put her whole hand.

You can't see it but this is quite loose. Overall
the look is sharp
So Mommy contacted Ms. Natalie at Chewy.com and told her the problem. We understood there was a limited number and were quite bummed that we might not be able to review the harness. We picked an alternative TREAT just in case. Well - we needn't have worried at all! Ms. Natalie said she wanted us to be able to review the harness and she would send one right away. I asked her about the one that didn't fit and she said to donate it to the shelter or gift it to a FURiend in need. 

If you remember Lulu who stayed with us in April, well she is just a little bigger than me and she does not have a seat belt. Her mommy lets her sit on her lap! That is so unsafe. So I am letting her try out the harness that does not fit me. If she doesn't like it, then I think Pablo, my other FURiend just might. My point is - Chewy.com is like that! Rather than the expense of shipping it back and re-shelving it, they would rather it be donated, scrapped if broken, or gifted. Their customer service is the best.

So stay tuned for my future adventures with my new Kurgo Tru-Fit Smart Harness. I hope it is everything I dreamed it would be.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Tha' BARK Happened

Hats FIT - now let's get ROLLIN'

On Friday Molly and I, along with huMOMS and Cousin C, took a drive to BART, caught the BART train to Oakland, and attended BARK AT THE PARK. If you have never been to a BATP then you totally need to do so. It is a lot of fun. This was my 5th time attending and I gotta tell ya, each year I enjoy it. I was a little disappointed at the lack of vendors, though. Not that I need ANYTHING, mind you. But it is nice to see the stuff, get freebees (who DOESN'T like free stuff? And it is usually so handy), and chat with the vendors. And last year there was an ICE CREAM (soft serve) machine on the concourse. It was so yummy.

The lack of vendors aside, there was one I was very very very anxious to see again and that was the Lucy Pet Products/Foundation Gnarly Crankin' K9 Wave Machine. I gotta tell ya, it is the adventure of a lifetime to experience it. Not only was there a wave machine, but there was also a booth with Dr. Karen Halloran, the Lucy Pet resident vet. She was there to tell people and their pups about the new food Lucy Pet Products has developed as well as inform them of other LP Products like the conditioners and shampoos (which I use to keep my coats shiny, clean, and bitchin') and Sunshine the Cat's favorite - the Lucy Pet Cats Incredible ammonia eliminating kitty litter. More on that later.



First . . . Molly and I SURFED!!!!

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I am telling ya - there is nothing like it. The FREEDOM of riding a wave (yes, the human held on to us the FIRST time. I did a second one SOLO) cannot be beat . . . except perhaps sticking ones head out of a moving car . . . but in any case, it was PAWSOME!

Then we visited the booth and talked with "Doc" Halloran. She gave us the inside scoop AND SOME SAMPLES of Lucy Pet's new food. I was so excited to try this new prebiotic-good-for-your-gut food! In fact, I ended up doing just that during my pregame warm-ups dinner break. It is every bit as good as Doc said and I give it a big 4 pseudo-thumbs up on flavor, texture, and crunchability. The gut health will have to wait until I get a big bag and try it out! They have kitty food too and Sunshine is going to try it tonight.



If you are not familiar with Lucy Pet Products and its associated Foundation, check it out. I included links in this post and my sidebar has a link as well. It is a stellar company that believes in giving back to the community by offering free spay and neutering for cats. The products division helps fund the foundation. I loves loves loves companies that give back. What a great mission.


After going through the line and getting our shot records checked, we received our goodie bags and allowed to enter the park. First stop was the Avoderm photo spot. In the past this was a very professional spot with REAL photographers. Not this year, though, and the guy at the booth only took photos with OUR phones. Hmmmm. Not happy about that. I still look cute but iPhones lack depth and rich colors.



Our seats were in the bleachers which at Oakland are pretty nice. They face the sun which can be a problem but overall - for bleacher seats - they are pretty nice.


Even pups get seats. I spent most of the game in my seat but opted for Mommy's lap once in a while.


Mommy and I took a walk and found this photo spot. I look pretty good, huh? If I could have held the bat I would have.


The Jumbotron had live feed of the field parade. We opted not to parade this year but in the past I have done it. I was looking for my FURiend Fezzik. He was there and he eventually got on the Jumbotron but not for the parade. I was on the Jumbotron as well. Mommy was so surprised she did NOT get a photo of my 15 seconds of fame. When she finds it, though, she will post it.


As the sun went down it became quite pleasant and I enjoyed it that much more. I tried a SELFIE and I kinda like it - though I was aiming to get the action in the field as well. We had fun and all but after 9 innings of baseball it was time to head home. I was tired and slept most of the way which I could do because I was in a bag AND did not have to drive home.

Sunshine tried the hat on for size

Our loot from the goodie bag
It was the best day and I look forward to it again next year. Really! I mean it! If you have a chance to go you totally should. In the meantime, here is a little Affirmation to start your week.





Friday, July 14, 2017

Buy Me Some Peanuts and Cracker Jack. . . whatever that means! To Me it MEANS #Athletics #LucyPetProducts #BarkinthePark

BARK IN THE PARK


Today we are going to Bark in the Park. I have gone a number of times and it is always fun. I meet lots of peeps and some pups. There are vendors giving away free stuff and talking to the huMoms. BEST of all. . . Lucy Pet Products/Foundation will be there with their Gnarly Crankin' K-9 Wave Maker and I intend to get my SURF DOG on. If you look on my side bar, you will see the Lucy Pet medallion. There is also a link that will take you to their website. Not only do they sell great products, but they give back to the community by offering free spay and neutering in the Los Angeles area (right now). They are a stellar group of humans.


Mommy and Lil One (who from now on will be Cousin C as she is not little) made these PAWSOME baseball hats for us. I don't look happy and I apologize to Mommy. It was early in the morning and before my coffee so I was not having it. I am sure when the time comes I will be all over the hat and shirt.


I am hoping to meet up with my FURiend Fezzik and his awesome huMom Susie. We manage to find them every year and a couple of times we even sat together, I am hoping it happens again this year. I just know it's going to be a lot of fun and I will tell you all about it on Monday. In the meantime, please check out Lucy Pet Products and Foundation. I loves loves loves them.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

All Vacations End

Photo by Aunt M - note how high the lake is

Today I decided to feature pictures taken by my AUNTS. This vacation was extra special because it was with my Mommy #2's 4 sisters. I might have mentioned before that this was the first time in THREE of my LIFETIMES that they were all together. They each have a different perspective and I thought it worth sharing. My Aunt T did not take any pictures at all which is weird - but OKAY!


Aunt M took a lot of walks. She likes TEXTURES and found a lot of different ones so she took pictures of them. This photo shows one of the unusual things about wildfires - they jump around. One place will be totally burned out (to the right) and another will be unscathed (to the left).


On one of her walks this cutie came up to her. His human was running along the same path as Aunt M was walking. But the pooch, Murphy, I think, kept lingering. Even when his huDAD called him! Finally Aunt M took his picture - and boy did he pose beautifully! After that he left and joined his huDAD on his run. He just wanted his PICTURE taken! BOL!


No. . . Aunt M is NOT that tall. In fact, she is the shortest of all 5 sisters. Somehow - maybe the slope of the path we were on - the perspective makes me look verra wee and Aunt M GIGANTIC!

This picture is by Aunt L. This is the street we stayed on
Aunt L had a very different photo style. She went for the scenery and I think she captured the HUGENESS of the mountains and the wide open vistas. I can almost smell the fresh mountain air emanating from her pictures.




she said to PLEASE ignore the reflection of her ARM in the mirror

Finally I have some pictures my Aunt B took of the flowers around the mountain chalet we stayed at.

Aunt B likes flowers. This is a really nice
picture full of color and shape. I like the way
the light plays along the petals

These two pictures look like the plants are Larkspur. I'm not sure as it was hard to gauge the stem, petals, and leaves from the picture to accurately identify them.


Aunt B says Fox Gloves is one of her favorite plants because she can imagine foxes having their little paws nestled in the "gloves".


Aunt B also likes the clouds when they appeared (not too often the whole weekend). Look at the variety of clouds in this one picture - whispy, fluffy and kinetic. It is a super shot.


Finally in S. Lake Tahoe near the casinos (at Stateline) are these moving sculptures. Aunt B took this as Live because her camera can. That was you can get a snippet of movement when you press on the photo on her phone. But downloaded is another story. I think you still get a sense of movement, though.


And that was it! We headed home after 2 nights - it was just a long weekend. But we share a lot of memories from our little mountain reunion.





Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Walking in the Mountains - What a Wonderful Place


Like I said, I took A LOT of walks while in Lake Tahoe. More than usual because of potty walks which are different than plain walks. The picture above was on a potty walk and Mommy took it because of the pine cone arrangement and the lighting (remember that sunset picture from yesterday? Same lighting).

On my last walk with Mommy and Aunt M, I saw somethings that I love love love - wildflowers - and some interesting trees. That is what I want to share with you today.


This is a firecracker plant. Mommy wanted just the fire hydrant and the plant but. . . what can I say?


Mountain Yarrow and Yours Truly. I think we complement each other.


It was hard to take this picture without a shadow. Even harder to keep me out of the shot, heehee. Mommy is having trouble figuring out what this is. . . she thinks it might be Blue Grass. 


This is Indian Paintbrush. It was in abundance on our walk and Mommy said she had never seen so much. 


This is Cutleaf Daisy. This was ALL over the place!!


I am pretty sure that is Balsam Root in the foreground and a lot of Lupine in the back.


This is a thistle with puff balls. I put my nose into one and it made me sneeze. And oddly enough, the puff balls disappeared after I did that.


Mom has no idea. We are open to suggestions.