Friday, September 22, 2017

Sometimes It Is SO FUN to Be a DOG


I am a PUG. You will not often find me referring to myself as a DOG. Because, I am a PUG. I'm a little different, as any one RULED by a PUG will attest. 

But I am also, reluctantly, a CANINE and so I do enjoy some of the perks of being a D-O-G. Perks such as
  1. Orating at 4 am from the backyard fence
  2. Peeing outside and anywhere I choose
  3. Wandering around naked - although I do enjoy an occasional dress-up fete
  4. Enjoying little to no responsibility or repercussions because I'm "Just a dog"
Last weekend I got to INDULGE in another of those perks - a park festival especially for canines called Bark in the Park, San Jose. I gotta tell you - it was so much fun and I am really grateful to Cousin E and her BF J for taking me, Molly and BF J's pooch Tiny.

Tres Caballeros - Tiny, Molly, Noodles
It was a park FILLED with fun things to do and booths with neat-o freebies. There were also vendors with food to buy and pet-related wares for sale. So much to see and only 1 day to do it in.


Because it was a BIG venue and a kinda warm day, Molly and Me got to sit in Molly's stroller. I have a wagon but it is a little more unwieldy for Cousin E's car. I go with the flow - just as happy on the end of the leash as I am in a stroller. Note my new favorite harness - the Kurgo Safe Harness.


This BIG FRIENDLY pooch is the MASCOT of the festival. I liked him A LOT and sat a long time just chit chatting. Molly and Tiny did not  like him so much. I'm not supposed to show you, but here's a picture of Molly trying to get away from him.

See the panic in her eyes?

There were also ACTIVITIES for us other than shopping and eating. I attempted the obstacle course. Well, to be HONEST, I pretended to attempt the course. . . because




video


Hahahahah! See what I did there? I totally PLAYED the system.


There weren't A LOT of pugs there but I did meet one - If I remember correctly, her name is EMMA and she is older than me. I enjoyed sharing pug wisdom with her and we parted promising the meet again soon.

What is with all of these giant FAKE dogs?



Anyhooooo. It was super fun to spend mid-morning at Bark in the Park and I look forward to going to it again NEXT YEAR.




Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Is CRAVE Cat Food CRAVE-ABLE? #chewyinfluencer


Hello. Sunshine the Cat here with another scintillating review of a product from Chewy.com. I know, I know. How come a CAT is doing a review when we all know cats are very picky eaters? Well, who better than a picky eater to review a FOOD? I mean, if we like something then you KNOW it is good, right? Not like that PUG in the house - she likes everything. . . and I mean everything. I cannot think of anything she did not like. Even if the FOOD does not agree with her - she likes it. Sheesh. Don't get me wrong, I love her like a sister. But she has no refinement in her taste for food - at all.

So this month's selection included CRAVE by Crave single serving twin packs in a variety of flavors. I chose chicken because - well I prefer chicken. And really smelly fish like snapper. I like that a lot. But that is another story for another time. I chose the Chicken Pate High Protein Grain-free Food Tray

Let's talk packaging for a minute. Isn't this the best packaging you have ever seen? It appeals to my inner wildcat. This is exactly how I see myself when I look in the mirror. It grabbed my attention and made me want to try the food. Aces on the packaging CRAVE.


Crave Chicken Pate High Protein Grain-free trays provide just what cats need - protein, and lots of it. Also included are the vitamins and minerals that round out a good feline diet. The soft food is nestled in a savory gravy for added flavor - not too much, just enough to keep it moist. I think this is a good touch. The smell is amazing and the appearance is appealing. The portions are just right for a meal. As an elder citizen, I need to mind my weight. It's better for my joints and my heart. Crave helps in this regard. If one chooses, and occasionally I do, Crave can be used as a topper. Just take out a smaller portion and wrap the rest. The metal lid can be used as a loose seal - or a bit of cello or aluminium wrap will seal it well.


Crave Chicken Pate is made with Chicken, Chicken Liver, Pork Broth, Chicken Broth, Chicken Heart, Natural Flavor, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Fish Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Carrageenan, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Dried Tomatoes, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Tapioca Starch, Salt, Choline Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Taurine, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Copper Sulfate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K Activity). 

I underlined and bolded the first five to show THIS IS REAL FOOD,


I like this food. I really do. But not a lot. There are some foods I will eat every single day and never get bored. CRAVE is not one of them. After the past two weeks of eating it, I am a little tired of the Chicken Pate. It might be the chicken-ness or it might be something in the food. I can't say. I am just a CAT. 

So to answer my question in the title - no, I don't think Crave Chicken Pate High Protein Grain-free food is CRAVE-ABLE. To my tastes, it is okay but not great. I would give it THREE PAWS UP because it hits almost all points for being a good food. It just is not crave-able which would make it great - for me.

Chewy.com offers this food in 6 twin-packs which is a relatively small amount to order. And right now it is on sale. This makes it a really really good time to give CRAVE a try and see if you like it. Like I said, having discriminating taste does not mean you can't occasionally try something new.

**Chewy.com provided me with sufficient food free of charge to try and assess in order to write a review. All opinions are mine alone. And I was not paid for my opinion.

Monday, September 18, 2017

I Was Hoodwinked!!!

That's a Banana in front of my nose - I did NOT
notice it

I KNEW something was up and yet somehow my MOMMYS totally pulled the proverbial wool over my EYES. My lovely liquidy eyes. . . Deceived.



First came the hushed conversation about plans and plots.
Then OUT came the suitcases . . . that is, all except MINE!
Finally there was a bunch of todoing about who's driving where and WHEN.

Then it happened. My Mommys left ME for FIVE WHOLE DAYS!
It was so unfair. So unexpected. I really had no idea.

Day one - I sat by Mommy #2's door waiting for her to come out. No, I did not see her go IN the room. . . but I was sure she would come OUT of the room.

Day two - I sat by Mommy #1's door and waited for a while. Then I went downstairs and waited. . . waited. . .  waited by the front door.

Day three - I slept with one eye open the whole night and for every little unusual noise I ran downstairs to greet my Mommys.

Day four - I was getting a little worried they were never returning. I moped all day with my tail uncurled and down. This is how you know I am really sad. I was not just sad, though. I was downright FORLORN!

Day five - I decided it was time to get on with my life WITHOUT my Mommys. So I hung out with Cousin C and made her my new best friend. . . until

. . . until . . . . . . . . . The door opened and My Mommys returned!!!

GUESS WHERE THEY WENT???????

I could not stop smiling the rest of the day. But something was STILL not right! Mommy #1 went straight stairs and got really busy moving this and putting that into plastic bins. I waited for an explanation. I got one the next day when My Mommys and Aunt B loaded up TWO cars and took off. Mommy #2 and Aunt B returned later that day but not Mommy #1. 

It was time. Summer is over and Mommy #1 returned to university.











The trip had been a diversion to take my mind off the FACT that Mommy #1 was not coming home for at least 3 months. THREE WHOLE MONTHS!!!

HOODWINKED!!




Monday, September 11, 2017

The Importance of Remembering




Some THINGS we should never forget like

  • Where we live
  • Where to do our BIDNESS
  • Where the FOOD is kept
  • The Day the USA was attacked
SomePEOPLE we should never forget like
  • Who loves us
  • Who looks out for us
  • Who is our FURIEND
  • Those who died during the attack on Sept 11
Some EMOTIONS we should never forget
  • The feeling of being LOVED
  • The feeling of a full belly (what's that????)
  • The comfort of a soft BED
  • The feelings Sept 11 exposed: vulnerability, fear
But one thing for sure we should remember is how wonderful it is when EVERYPUGGY gets together and help one another in time of CRISIS

Friday, September 8, 2017

Dream a Little Dream



Yeah, I'm dreaming. I am dreaming of F-O-O-D and all of the ways to enjoy it. It is my favorite pastime. And I am very very good at it - EATING, that is.

I am also dreaming about all of my Blogville furiends and how much they mean to me. This is a community I have been proud to be a part of for over 7 years. Can you believe it? Seven years and more than a thousand posts.

It saddens me that so many Blogville peeps have abandoned blogging. They are still around - on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. But it isn't the same. It is short attention span theater where one buzzes in and buzzes out. It is hard to get to know anyone that way. It is even harder to maintain that sense of community and camaraderie so prevalent in Blogville. Times change, I get it. But it still saddens me.

Any of you in Florida, Gulf States, Eastern coast - please be safe and heed all evacuation orders. You are in my thoughts as all of these nasty hurricanes head your way. And Mexico peeps, I hope that terrible earthquake did not affect you. . . at least not much. They are scary - I know. I have been through a couple of small ones.

Just know you are all in my thoughts.

Have a safe and adventurous weekend everypuggy.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hot Tamales!!!


It has been soooooooo HOT lately. I mean H-O-T. It was 109 on Friday, 106 on Saturday and 101 on Sunday. And Sunday added high humidity. I felt like I was melting. Actually, I am pretty sure I melted a little.


I tried to play it off a little by pretending I was in Hawaii. Know what? It did not work at all. I was (am) still hot. And there was no sweet tropical breeze to cool me off.


Lucky for me we have Air Conditioning. It ran overtime and will probably cost me every penny in my piggy bank. But it will be totally worth it. 

SERIOUS STUFF

Since I have been inside so much keeping cool, I have had a lot of time to ponder the current problems in the world. First of all - Hurricane Harvey. Harvey hit Texas, and especially Houston and the greater Houston area, very hard. There is widespread flooding and destruction. Plus there is the very real danger of toxic and/or compromised water, critters like gators and snakes in the waters, and once the water recedes mold. The cleanup and recovery is going to take a long long time. I don't want to list all of the help organizations here but will put a couple of links to a list of them. Help if you can. 



On my sidebar you should see Lucy Pet and Chewy.com. Both of these FANTASTIC companies are helping and have links for ways you can help.

Also Hurricane Irma has strengthened and is threatening Florida. This is an extremely powerful storm and even it doesn't directly hit Florida it could still cause a lot of problems there. Keep them in your thoughts.

Due to the hot summer here, there are a lot of Wildfires in the West and North West. Many people are being displaces or burned completely out. So be aware of the organizations helping them and give when and what you can. 

Sometimes a small gestures makes a BIG impact.

Friday, September 1, 2017

It's Hard to be The Princess


It's hard to be the PRINCESS - it takes a lot of time and fortitude.
and
Planning.
See me snuggled in this bed? What you cannot see is what is under the blanket.

These


These


and This



One MUST take care of the ROYAL TREASURE