Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sepia Saturday: Joey

This is our super cute cousin Joey. He's a chihuahua/yorkie mix and just an all around adorable guy



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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: After Grooming Roll in the Yard

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Sweet Pea's Story-Part 4: Farewell My Sweet Friend, Until We Meet Again


My Parrotlet Sweet Pea

“Sometimes, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart." ~A.A.Milne

June 18, 2014 my beautiful little Sweet Pea passed away. For 13 years I was blessed with her love and sweet friendship.

She was such a funny little clown. She loved banging her colorful bells, destroying her foraging boxes and chew blocks. I loved watching her destroy a foraging box while tossing the paper shreds all over her cage and our living room floor.

It's hard to believe that she is really gone. I miss her terribly, and while I hope to be reunited with her someday, knowing I'll never get another sweet kiss from her or a happy song when I enter the room, is heartbreaking.

I was truly blessed to care for this little bird and to watch her grow and enjoy life with her. Loving her and to be loved by her was an honor.

"I'll lend you, for a little while, a bird of mine," He said.
"For you to love while he lives, and mourn when he is dead. 
It may be six or seven years, or maybe twenty-three, But will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you, and shall his stay be brief, You'll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief
I cannot promise he will stay, as all from Earth return, But there are lessons taught down there I want this bird to learn.
I've looked the whole world over in my search for teachers true, And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes, I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love - not think this labor vain, Nor hate me when I come to call, to take him back again.
I fancied that I heard them say, 'Dear Lord, thy will be done.' For all the joy this bird shall bring, the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shower him with tenderness and love while we may, And for the happiness we've known, forever grateful stay.
And should the angels call for him much sooner than we planned, We'll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand."
If, by your love, you've managed, my wishes to achieve, In memory of him you've loved; be thankful; do not grieve.
Cherish every moment of your feathered charge.
He filled your home with songs of joy the time he was alive. Let not his passing take from you those memories to enjoy.
"I will lend to you, a Bird", God said, and teach you all you have to do.
And when I call him back to heaven, you will know he loved you too.

~Author unknown

Read my Sweet Pea's Story

Sweet Pea

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Celebrate Summer With Your Pet-Enter The Gigantic Pet Blogger Summer Giveaway



Today kicks off the GIGANTIC Pet Blogger Summer Giveaway! We're excited to be teaming up with 19 other fabulous bloggers to bring you these amazing prizes from PetSmart, Stylish Canine and Karma Collars.

Grand Prize: $400 PetSmart Gift Card
What would you and your dog do with $400 dollars from PetSmart?! Just think of all of the toys, chewies, treats, food and so much more your dog would love from PetSmart. 

2nd prize: Custom Package from Stylish Canine (Valued at $160) 


Stylish Canine creates unique, handcrafted, quality collars, coats, costumes, accessories, decals featuring a number of breeds and tshirts. Stylish Canine also offers custom work decals. This awesome prize pack from Stylish Canine would be a treat for any dog lover!

3rd Prize: Collar and Leash set from Karma Collars (Winner's choice up to $125 total)


 Karma Collars are gorgeous handmade leather collars, leashes and accessories, each their own piece of art.

Enter to win one of these great prizes via the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway runs from June 9 through 11:59 pm June 15. You only need to enter the giveaway ONCE, but we'd love it if you would visit the other bloggers participating in this giveaway!

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The Lazy Pit Bull - http://www.thelazypitbull.com
Carma Poodale - http://www.carmapoodale.com
My Rotten Dogs - http://www.myrottendogs.com
Your Designer Dog Blog - http://www.yourdesignerdogblog.com
Pet Product Review - http://www.petproductreview.net
Heart Like A Dog - http://www.heartlikeadog.com
Dolly the Doxie - http://www.dollythedoxie.com
Cascadian Nomads - http://www.cascadiannomads.com
That Dog Dancing Guy - http://www.thatdogdancingguy.com.au
Fidose of Reality - http://www.fidoseofreality.com
Oh My Shih Tzu - http://www.ohmyshihtzu.com
Beagles and Bargains - http://www.beaglesandbargains.com
You Did What With Your Weiner 
http://www.youdidwhatwithyourweiner.com


No purchase necessary. Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only (excluding Quebec.) Giveaway will run from Monday, June 9, 2014 through Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 11:59pm ET.Three (3) winners will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter (powered by Random.org) and notified via email. Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prizes; failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize. Participants must read and agree to Rafflecopter’s Privacy Policy before entering and participating in this promotion. Facebook, Twitter, and Petsmart do not sponsor, administer, or endorse this promotion. Prize packages were donated by Stylish Canine and Karma Collars, and participating bloggers paid an entry fee to cover the cost of the Petsmart gift card.


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Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Honest Kitchen Steamy Pups Review and Giveaway!

Last summer, when the heat was in the 100's, Delia became a fan of The Honest Kitchen's Ice Pups. Ice Pups are grain free treats for dogs and cats that can be mixed with water to create a broth that can be served frozen or as Steamy Pups served as a warm broth.

During the frigid winter months, we relied on Steamy Pups to warm Delia up after a romp in the snow.

                           
First, we mixed the Ice Pups/Steamy Pups ingredient packet with 8 oz of water.

Next, if we're making Ice Pups, we freeze it in ice cube trays. If we're making Steamy Pups, we boil 8 oz of water, then add the ingredient packet. Once cooled enough to eat, the broth can be served alone, over dry food, mixed with The Honest Kitchen's food, or used as a soup base. So far, Delia likes it any way I serve it to her. I use it as a topper to her dry food at times to entice her, since she's a super picky eater.

Delia enjoying a bowl of The Honest Kitchen's Steamy Pups treat after playing in the snow.
Delia enjoyed the Steamy Pups broth after playing in the snow.
Delian drank her entire bowl of The Honest Kitchen's Steamy Pups treat.
She drank it all!
The Honest Kitchen's website features a number of recipes for their products. One that Delia and I have tweaked a bit is below. We skipped the carrots as Delia's not a fan and used ground turkey instead of chicken. She loves it.

Recipe from The Honest Kitchen:

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon coconut oil 2 small cooked skinless chicken breast 1 medium zucchini 10 baby carrots or 2-3 regular sized carrots 1 ½ cups cooked quinoa 4 packets of Ice Pups 32 oz of filtered water Couple of tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

Heat pan to medium high and add coconut oil. Add chopped carrots and sauté for about 4 minutes till they get soft. About 2 minutes in, add the chopped zucchini and cook for an additional 2 minutes. In a medium size stock pot, add the water and bring to a low boil. Once boiling, add the packets of Ice Pups and stir. Add carrots and zucchini to broth and turn heat down to a simmer. Shred the chicken breast and add to broth along with the quinoa. Stir and turn off heat so soup cools down to room temperature. Garnish with parsley if you want and serve to your pup or cat to warm them up!

The Honest Kitchen's Christin and her buddy Blue preparing the soup. (I just love how serious Blue is.)



The Honest Kitchen is giving away a box of Steamy Pups to one of my readers! Enter by completing the Rafflecopter below between 3/23/14-3/27/14
(Available to US readers only)
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We received a box of Ice Pups/Steamy Pups from The Honest Kitchen for our honest review of The Honest Kitchen's Ice Pups/Steamy Pups.
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

#mobiPET-The World's First Photo Amber Alert for Pets-Review and Giveaway!


Anyone whose pet has gone missing knows the panic and fear of losing a pet and the worry about their wellbeing. mobiPET is the first amber alert system for pets, and the first system of it's kind for pets utilizing patented mobile image recognition technology.
                              


Through March 31, pet parents can pre-order a mobiPET kit for a one time cost of $24.95 for a lifetime. After launch, the kit will be $24.95 with a $9.95 annual fee. mobiPET is currently only available in Hilton Head and Buffton, South Carolina. mobiPET has launched a crowd-funding campaign to assist in expanding nationally in the second quarter of 2014.  Pre-order your kit at https://getmobipet.com/?

The mobiPET system works by purchasing a mobiPET kit, which includes a metal tag engraved with a unique pet ID code and three key tags. After receiving your kit, you can register your pet via computer or your cell phone. mobiPET works on all mobile phone service carriers and all cell phones with cameras and texting capabilities. mobiPET doesn't require any downloads or apps.



Once you've registered you can update your information any time, so if you move or travel your pet's information can be updated to it's current location.

Hopefully you won't ever have to use it, but if your pet is lost, you simply text the word LOST to mypets@agmt.tw. An alert with your pet's photo will be emailed to all animal shelters, boarding facilities and veterinarians within a 30 mile radius and a text will be sent to all registered cell phone users in a two mile radius of where your pet went missing.

I've registered Delia with mobiPET. Registration was easy with clear instructions included in the kit. While I don't want to use the mobiPET system, I do like knowing that the photo alert system is available if needed.

mobiPET has offered a free kit and lifetime subscription to one of my readers. This offer is open to US residents only. Enter to win below!

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Pre-order your mobiPET kit at https://getmobipet.com
LIKE mobiPet on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mobiPET
Follow mobiPET on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MobiPET

*I received free product in exchange for my unbiased opinion. mobiPET is not responsible for the content of this post.
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