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!!)
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!
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!
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?
I 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!)
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.
What does this app do, you ask? It donates to your favorite shelter! When you download the app, it will search for the shelter nearest you, but you can also change the shelter you are walking for at any time. Since Moby’s Foster Mom works for Great Plains SPCA, he decided that should be our shelter of choice (and that’s how we found out about the app, so it only seemed fair!).
When you go for a walk, you just start the app – it tracks how far you’ve gone and the time. We used it for the first time this morning and it worked well! We went for a run/walk – Moby seemed to want to stretch it out as long as possible. I told him it wasn’t the time that counted, but the miles!
I was curious about how money is donated so I went to the FAQ page on the app’s website. It seems that donations are made about 3 times a year and the amount per mile varies on the number of walkers an organization has (the more walkers, the more money donated). The average amount per mile is 25 cents. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but when I’m already walking, it just seems like a no-brainer to be donating at the same time – every penny counts in the life of a shelter dog!
Do you love beer? Do you love your dog? Why not combine the two?
My amazing friend, Crystal, started her own company a while ago called Beer Paws. It started with making bottle openers for dogs collars. Brilliant. Why didn’t anyone think of this before? When I found out about it, I promptly bought a few bottle openers and distributed to my friends who also like beer and dogs! What better way to spoil my dogs with gifts that also serve a purpose?! (Disclaimer: I’m not a beer girl, but these work great on ciders too!)
Since the start of her company, she has been growing leaps and bounds! She offers koozies, bottle sweaters, wine stoppers, coasters, bracelets collars and best of all beer biscuits for your favorite four legged friend! The beer biscuits are quite good – we and our dogs enjoy them
When we adopted Moby, I thought it was fitting that he have a collar that represented Kansas City. Crystal, along with her dad, repurpose old belts into dog collars and add bottle caps of your favorite brews to customize them! Here, Moby is enjoying a brew with his dad in his Boulevard collar.
The best part about Beer Paws is that a portion of their sales goes to a different rescue partner every week! What are you waiting for? Order your Beer Paws now!
Disclaimer: Crystal did not ask me to write this blog nor am I getting any products for it. I just think she, the products and their purpose are that awesome!
Please be patient with us as we make changes to the blog over the next couple of weeks! We promise to keep you in the loop with what is happening with Moby & Boney, but will be tweaking our appearance at the same time!
Last year, I made a pledge to blog more. Ha! That lasted a few weeks and then I just disappeared off the face of the inter-webs! I’m not going to promise to blog more now, because that will only cause un-due stress when it doesn’t happen. I will try to figure out how to get my instagram, facebook and blog all intertwined so it’s a little easier to stay on top of things.
A lot has happened since you heard from us last.
In April of 2013, Dixie was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma. It came as a complete shock to us because she had her annual exam in January and was completely fine! After just having lost Brutus in December, we were not prepared to lose another of our pack! So, she started on chemotherapy and quickly went into remission!
In June, Dixie turned 10. We built a screened porch addition on the house where Dixie can often be found lounging on a wicker love seat enjoying the outside breeze with all the comforts of being on the couch.
In July, Joe and Miranda visited Gettysburg and Crystal Springs Farm outside of Antitem. If Miranda had been thinking sooner, a visit with the famous pooches of Oh Melvin (and Yo Jake) would have been possible, but last minute plans rarely work out.
Summer and fall passed quickly and we had lots of fun with the doggies and other family. Dixie’s chemo continued until mid-October.
Dixie stayed in remission until January 1. On our visit to the oncologist January 2, it was confirmed that her Lymphoma had returned. We were devastated as we thought we’d have much more time with her.
In February, Boney turned 9 and we had the family over for a birthday party. A good time was had by all and the doggies enjoyed a gourmet meal complete with birthday cake and cookies!
March is fast approaching and our time with Dixie is nearing the end. We are cherishing every walk we can get in with her and all the snuggles and kisses she will let us give.