02
Dec 14

Tongue Out Tuesday

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17
Nov 14

Mastering the “Stink Eye”

How to give The Stink Eye:

Step 1. Find a comfortable space to sit, lay or stand.
Step 2. Shut your eyes about half way (kind of like when you get sleepy)
Step 3. If you have pointy-up ears, slick them back against your head. If you have floppy ears, try to put them back like you’re listening hard for something.
Step 4. Tilt your head just a bit.
Step 5. Get the attention of whoever you are delivering the stink eye to and give it your best!

When to give the stink eye:
You aren’t getting enough treats.
You aren’t getting enough walks.
You aren’t getting enough attention.
There aren’t any/enough toys on the floor.
Dinner is in 15 minutes and you’re starving.
They’re about to leave you to go to “work.”

Here are a couple good examples of what The Stink Eye should look like.

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13
Nov 14

Walking at the Speed of Slow

A while back I read an article about walking the dog. I don’t remember who wrote it or where I read it, so I can’t share of give credit where credit is due (sorry!). But the point of the article was to remind us that walking wasn’t for us, it was for our dogs.

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I used to think of going for a walk as a form of exercise. I’ve started to think of it now as Moby’s way to experience the things we take for granted. I had grand illusions of running with him, teaching him agility, playing frisbee and ball for hours. But Moby has different ideas. While he’s extremely athletic, he tires easily. He’d much rather go for a leisurely walk than go for a run. So that’s what we do.

Sometimes I find myself gettting annoyed as a 1 mile walk can take up upward of 30 minutes. Really Mobes? Do you have to smell the same pile of pine straw for a full 60 seconds before moving on? His answer “Yep.”

We have a routine – every morning he wakes me up early, he and his brother have breakfast and then he and I go for a walk. Sometime short, sometimes long, but I’ve been trying harder lately to remember that we aren’t out there for me, we’re out there for him. I let him “stop and smell the roses” or in most cases “stop and eat the cat poop.” If he wants to pull, he can. If he wants to lag behind, he can. As long as he checks in with me periodically and doesn’t act like a fool (this happens occasionally when he’ll see a cat or the neighbor dog on the balcony) I consider our walk to be a good one.

So, walking at the speed of slow is okay with me. If he’s happy, I’m happy.


05
Nov 14

Wordy Wednesday: Happy Birthday, Dad!

Today is my dad’s birthday! IMG_3390.JPGI am thankful to have a dad that has raised me from my puppyhood into my adulthood (mark your calendars now, I’ll be 10 on February 16). I never had to be in a shelter like Brutus or Moby and I’m thankful for that. He’s been my forever since my mom gave me up for adoption and I’m grateful to her for that every day because I can’t imagine a life better than the one I have now. Here’s to you day – I hope your birthday is as special as you make me feel. I love you!


04
Nov 14

I May Be Biased

I think Moby is incredibly handsome, but I may be biased. Just to be sure, here are a few pictures of his beautiful self for you to enjoy. What do you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


29
Oct 14

World Series Wednesday

We interrupt this week’s normal programming to bring you a message from Boney, Moby and Allie.
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26
Aug 14

DIY Fleece Rope Bones

Moby goes through rope bones like they are going out of style! And at $20+ each, that can get pricey ($$ better spent on more collars, right?!?) So, I did a little online research, bought some fleece (I bought blizzard fleece at JoAnn that was 40% off – bought 1/2 yard of 3 different colors and my total was less than $10!!)

New toys? For me?

New toys? For me?

 

I started out making a simple braid. That was super easy and Moby loved it! But…he destroyed it in less than 10 minutes. And by destroyed, I mean we had little bits of fleece all over our floor (but as Joe said, at least the gray matched the rug).

So, I did a little more research on the internet and came up with what I did below. I found two videos that demonstrated this method, but they were confusing so I had to watch them several times and then had to have Joe watch it and explain it to me. So…I thought I’d put it in pictures with captions that would make it a little easier to understand. With the fabric purchased, I was able to make the one regular braided rope, 1 small box braided rope, 1 medium box braided rope and 2 large box braided ropes. So….all that for under $10!

The “test” rope ended up being Moby’s outside tug. It’s still in one piece. We don’t allow outside toys to come back inside, for obvious reasons. His inside rope, which was a bit thicker and much longer suffered some but it still in “one” piece. For him, I say that’s a win!

 


21
Aug 14

Petpoc

Another new app to make Moby and Boney more awesome than they already are? How can I keep up with these things?!? Petpoc is a new app, similar to BarkCam, but you can do so much more with it! You take pictures directly through the app OR you can upload existing photos from your camera roll!

Petpoc has a diary that keeps all your photos – you can save them to your camera roll or share them directly with friends through the apps. There are a number of “sticker packs” to choose from. A few of the sticker packs are free, but you have to purchase some of them. You purchase them with coins – you can either buy coins, or earn them – by going to the app every day, making pictures, and sharing the pictures with friends! My favorite part of it so far is you can upload to Instagram right from the Petpoc app! Just hit share and you have the option to open the picture in Instragram!

There are also games you can play – with avatars of your pets (you can choose a generic avatar or upload your own picture)! I’m not a big game person, so this doesn’t really appeal to me, but I can see how some might find it fun.

I hope they continue to come out with more sticker packs, I’ve had fun with the free and one purchased, but I can’t wait to get enough coins to unlock another pack :) Be warned…we may be sharing our pictures with YOU! Below is just a sampling of the fun we’ve had with Petpoc (I’m thinking as good as Boney looks in those sunglasses, he might need some Doggles of his own!). Follow Petpoc on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!

 

 

 

 


18
Jul 14

BarkCam

So…a couple days ago, I was scrolling through Instagram and saw a post by BarkBox (which is a subject for another day!). The picture had a photo of a dog on his back and a big “censored” bar over his you-know-what. Immediately, I tagged Oh Melvin, because well, if you read the blog, you know why. If you don’t read the blog, put it on your daily list of to-dos. For real. It’s good stuff.

Sorry…back to the topic of point. The comment with the photo said “Excellent us of the ‘Junk Blocker’ sticker from the BarkCam app.” Immediately, I was like “BarkCam App?!? Why haven’t I heard of this before?” Off I went to the App store and sure enough, there it was.

I cannot even begin to tell you how awesome the BarkCam app is. But let me try anyway. When you take a picture, you can choose from a variety of sounds – so if you don’t have a photogenic “smile for the camera” pooch like we do, they’ll at least hopefully look in your direction. There are filters to choose from, just like Instagram. There are fun little stickers (censored bar, sunglasses, wigs, etc) to decorate your already adorable pic of your pooch, different caption bubbles, and you can even make Memes!! I mean, for real…what else do you need?

 

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20140717-152610-55570072.jpgI should note that this app is not just for dogs, though in my opinion, dogs make photographs that much better! You can use the app for taking fun photos of yourself, your cat, your guinea pig, your fish, whatever.

So…what are you waiting for? Download BarkCam today!! (Oh, and I’m sorry if our Facebook and Instagram pages are inundated with new strange pics for a while!)

 


18
Jun 14

Wordy Wednesday

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I used to be a big guy. At my heaviest, I weighed in at 29 lbs! Mom and dad used to call me (and Brutus) Fatboy. I always thought it was no big deal – I mean we all have a some extra inches, right? Well, about a year ago, mom started this thing called CrossFit. She started eating differently and worked out more (she just ran before). She lost weight and dad jumped on the bandwagon, too.
Because they were trying to be more active, we went for more walks. I had a really hard time walking and started to have a limp. My legs would also go to sleep a lot when I was lying down. Mom got worried about me and took me in to see the vet for a consolation. He recommended some joint medicine, a monthly shot and a diet.
Mom started me on Sojos – a dehydrated raw food that she has to mix up every 4 days. I LOVED it! And in no time I went from 26 lbs to 18! I still take daily joint medicine and get a weekly shot, but I feel so much better and can run and play like never before! I can even jump on the couch again without help! It worked so well that mom actually had to up the amount of food I get (yay!) so I didn’t continue to lose weight. So, if you have a few extra pounds or inches on you – don’t let it overwhelm you! Just take the small steps recommended and you’ll be feeling better in no time.