Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Friend or Foe?

Sydney is a strange dog. You all know that she has some pretty severe mental problems that we've been dealing with for most of her life. She takes Prozac daily and since we cut her dose from 30 to 20mg, she's doing much better. She's found her appetite again and is getting along better with the other dogs, though they mostly avoid her.
She just turned four years old, but still isn't reliably housetrained. She lives in the garage when she isn't outside or sleeping in her crate. The garage is easier to clean if she has an accident. It may sound mean to you, but Syd is actually much happier in the garage. She has a nest of blankets and her alligator toy. Being in close proximity to the other dogs in the house is too stressful for her and she attacks any that get too close. In the garage, she has her own place and nobody bothers her. The garage is heated and air conditioned, so she isn't cooking or freezing and it works for her.

Syd is part Beagle and part Dachshund and has become quite a good little hunter. She's gotten a couple squirrels, a mouse, a rabbit, a bird and about a dozen moles. Unfortunately, hunting moles means digging lots of holes, so that keeps Rob busy filling them in again.
At Christmas last year we went to the thrift store and bought a bag of small stuffed toys for the dogs. There were a couple dozen toys, some bears and dogs and bunnies and some I didn't recognize. I think they may have been Pokeman characters. I've been doling them out gradually. As one gets chewed up, I'll put out another. Most of the dogs like carrying them around and it's really only Mackey who destroys them.

One of the toys was an alligator and Syd has carried it around for months. The other day I reached in the bag and pulled out a small brown fuzzy toy that I guess is supposed to be a dog or something. It doesn't have much shape and isn't very appealing, but the minute Syd saw it, it was love at first sight.

It's the same size as a mole and the first time I saw her carrying it, I thought she had a mole. I guess it must feel like a mole to her because she carries it everywhere, inside and out. We call it Holy Moley.
Sydney loves her Mole and whenever I walk into the garage to see her, she does a little happy dance with him in her mouth. I wonder if she'll continue to hunt moles if her best friend is one. Sure she will.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Best Surprise Ever !!

Hi Everybody,
I have to share something wonderful with all of you. It's a good story with a fantabulous ending and it made all of us smile.
Want to know why we're all smiling in these pictures? Well, listen to this story and you'll be smiling too.
 You see, back in the olden days before Mom and Dad met, Mom used to go shopping on the day after Thanksgiving. She and her Mom would go to the stores and shop for each other and have a relaxing lunch, then go home and play with their new stuff.

But about the time Mom and Dad met, that day got named Black Friday and became a real terrible day to go to the stores. People got crazy and started pushing and shoving and being mean. Mom stopped shopping on that day. Mom doesn't go to the stores much anymore, she shops mostly on her computer and the stuff gets delivered to us.

Last week, on Black Friday, Mom was reading her emails and there were lots of companies trying to sell her stuff but she wasn't buying. Then one email caught her eye. It was from our favorite store, Chewy. They had some sales, so Mom looked thru them and one really got her attention.

We love treats, most all treats. But some treats come in little bags and cost a lot. A 4 ounce bag of treats doesn't go very far when there are nine of us sharing them. Don't get me wrong, we have those treats around here and Mom uses them mostly for training or special occasions. 
 For our regular treats at bedtime, or after taking our pills or for coming in when we're called and things like that, we get Milkbones.They come in big 10 pound boxes and last, especially since Mom usually breaks them in half.

Mom saw that Chewy had a BIG sale on Milkbones, so she went to her computer and ordered some.
They came today. Look at this.
This is what 80 POUNDS of dog biscuits looks like. Can you believe that all those biscuits are here at our house? WOW, is this the best surprise ever?  Now you know why we're all walking around with smiles today. Thanks Chewy and thanks Mom and Dad.
Your happy pal, Fudge

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Something Fishy From Chewy

Hi Everybody,
Now that the holiday weekend is over, I want to tell you about something new that Chewy sent us. It's called Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets White Fish and Sweet Potato Formula in Broth. Wow, that's a big name!
This is good stuff except that Mom says it really stinks. It smells very fishy, which means it smells extra good to us, but peeps don't appreciate the better smelling things in life. The food comes in these little plastic containers and Mom usually splits one between two of us. 
It has big pieces of fish and little pieces of sweet potato. It's yummy good. If your peeps can't stand the smell of fish, it also comes in other flavors like chicken and duck and combos.
You can see that the girls really liked this food.
 The bestest part is that those little containers are lickable so Sebastian and I got to taste this food too. We can't eat a lot of fish yet, but we can enjoy the flavors left behind. It's a nice change from turkey.
 Chewy sent us these little containers of fishy food at no cost to Mom and Dad so that we could report to you on how they tasted. We think they're really good and that your peep should order some so you can taste them yourselves. 
Your pal, Fudge

Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Best of Times/ The Worst of Times

Hi Everybody,
We hope you all had a super holiday with lots of good food and treats. We thought you might like to see what our Thanksgiving dinner looked like, so here's how Mom put it together for us. 
First she mashed up a sweet potato.
Next she stirred in some cooked rice and three packets of FortiFlora.
Look at this plate of turkey!
 The turkey pieces got stirred into the rice and potato mixture.
 Then she scooped the mix onto tortillas.
Dad folded them over and put cheese slices on top.
Mom stuck them in the microwave till the cheese got all melty. Then Dad cut them into nine nice big pieces and we each had one with our kibble.
Oh boy, were they ever good!!!!!
 The next day there was some of the turkey and rice mix left, so Mom put in the leftover mashed potatoes and gravy from their Thanksgiving dinner and mixed it into our kibbles for our dinner. It was just as good on the second day and we all gobbled it up.

After dinner yesterday we were on our way back upstairs when Mom yelled for Dad to come help her. Little Mackey was having a seizure. Dad sent the rest of us outside and he and Mom helped Mackey get thru the awful seizure. It lasted twelve minutes and poor Mackey was really scared.

When it was over, Dad took her outside to poop, then she was kind of wobbly and scared, so she hid in the dark bedroom for about an hour. Mom called Dr B and discussed it with him. He said that since the seizures are coming more often and lasting longer, it's time to consider some medication to try and control them. Mom and Dad talked about it a lot last night and they're going to talk with Dr B again this week to come up with a plan. 
Today, after a good night's sleep, Mackey seems fine and is running around with the rest of us, but these are scary situations for her and the peeps. Mom says we're waiting a few day for the birthday party till we're sure Mackey is 100%.
Your pal, Fudge

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Fudge's Holiday Advice

Hi Everybody,
Today is what the peeps call Thanksgiving. It's one of the bestest days in the whole year because there's lots and lots of really great smelling foodables in the kitchen. It's enough to make a guy drool all day long.

This year it's a triple holiday for us. Not only are we looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner, but today is also Syd and Mackey's birthday. The two little demons are four years old today.
 The past four years have been a challenge for all of us, but somehow these two have managed to turn out pretty well.
Mom says that because we're having a super special holiday dinner, we'll wait till the weekend for our cupcakes with sprinkles. She says we're having turkey enchiladas for dinner. That brings me to my advice for all you celebrators out there.

Sometimes peeps can overindulge on a big holiday like today. Well, we dogs sometimes do too. When that happens we can have some upset tummies and even some not so great poops. For some reason peeps seem fascinated with dog poop. If it isn't 100% perfect in amount, color and consistency, they get all excited and sometimes even get the vet involved.

If you plan to eat a little extra or try something new and different, tell your peeps to get some of this stuff. It's called FortiFlora and don't worry it tastes great.
Inside the box are all these little packets.
Inside the packets is some brown granular stuff. Mom sprinkles it on top of our dinner and it adds some extra good taste. That's not why she does it, though. You see, FortiFlora is a probiotic. It has good things in it that help our intestinal tracts deal with all that holiday food. It also works on your regular everyday food, too. It keeps our tummies from getting sick and makes our poops perfect. We get it every week if we're all healthy and if one of us gets sick, then he or she gets it every day.
We first learned about FortiFlora from our vet, Dr B, but now Mom buys it from Chewy. It comes right along with our dog food and we always have a supply on hand for emergencies. Mom has told our friends and family about how good FortiFlora works and most of them use it now, too.
 Chewy sent us this box of FortiFlora at no cost to Mom and Dad so that we could remind all our Blogville friends to stock up during the holidays. Then you can safely eat a little extra of the good stuff.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving to all who celebrate it. We'll let you know how the party goes when we have out sprinkles.
Your pal, Fudge

Monday, November 21, 2016

New Guy In The Neighborhood?

When we lived in Maryland I grew hollies in the yard. We had four big beautiful holly bushes across the front of the house and an even larger holly in the yard. I really loved them because they kept their glossy green leaves all year and in winter they were covered with bright red berries. Three of the smaller plants and the large plant all had lots of berries because the smallest plant was male and with the help of the birds and bees that visited, he pollinated the female plants.

I used twigs from my trumpet vine to make wreathes and decorated them with holly branches complete with red berries. Add a ribbon and we had wreathes that lasted all winter.

About two years after we moved here I planted a holly in the back yard. I had noticed that a couple of neighbors also had hollies, so I expected them to get along well. The first winter we had no berries, but I thought maybe we needed more time. Well, I've waited fifteen years. Surely that's enough time. Obviously all the neighbors also had female hollies.

Over the weekend, I was wandering around the yard with the dogs when something caught my attention. Look...
My holly has berries all over.
I guess a new male holly has arrived somewhere in the neighborhood. Things are looking up.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sunday Surgery

We have a ferocious creature living here that attacks much larger prey and eats their noses off. The vicious nose eating creature is our little Mackey. Doesn't she look dangerous?
Over the last week she attacked Sebastian's big bear and Fudge's lion.

This morning Rob decided to perform reconstructive surgery.

First up was Big Bear. He needed eye surgery.
Everyone watched the operation closely, especially Mackey.
 It took a while, but finally Big Bear was ready to play again. Sebastian claimed him immediately.
Next Lion was ready for a nose job. This was Lion's second nose job. Mackey likes to steal him when Fudge isn't watching and rip his nose off.
Fudge was keeping a close eye on his friend to make sure Mackey didn't get another chance to hurt him.
Surgery went well and all are happy once again, till next time.