Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Andy Spies With His Little Eye

Tiny caterpillars munching on leaves, flowers, mushrooms, chipmunks, horses, and  rainbow trout.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Getting His Toes Wet

A Pleasant Surprise

I was caught completely off guard the other day when I got a package in the mail from Merrick, a U.S. based pet food manufacturer (Andy eats Merrick dry dog kibble!). I had no idea why they had sent the package until I opened it up...it was a sample from their new line of cat food, "Purrfect Bistro"... and then I remembered that I had signed up for the sample via their Facebook page! So yeah, sometimes it pays to sign up for freebies from companies you trust. I've also signed up for the occasional blog giveaway. I was more than pleasantly surprised back in September when I won a giveaway from All Things Dog Blog. Who doesn't love getting free things in the mail?!? 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Boss Hog

I picked up a bone for Andy from the Farmer's Market on Friday. The delicious smokey smell had him whipped into a frenzy in no time but the pup had absolutely no idea what to do with the bone once I gave it to him. He's had bones before but I think the shape just really caught him off guard. No matter though - the bone was gone within the hour. That's my little porker!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump

Jean-Michel Basquiat | Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump | 1982

Little Stinker

There's a thin line between when a dog smells deliciously musky and when he starts to smell a bit ripe. Andy crossed that line the other day. We gave him a bath and now he smells like Earthbath Eucalyptus & Peppermint Shampoo. Yum!

Beat the Heat!

I've been seriously considering getting Andy a plastic kiddie pool. If it gets hot enough this weekend I just might do it. Seriously.

Rope a Dope

Thursday, July 18, 2013


Nail trimming has never been a fun chore in our household. Basically anytime we bust out the clippers Andy acts like it's the death of him. He bites, he bucks, he screams. Literally - it sounds like we're killing him. The only way we've made the task even remotely doable the last couple of trims is by putting him up on the island in our kitchen. The height and the cold metal on his feet are enough of a distraction that we can actually get his nails clipped. This last go I was even able to smooth out the rougher edges with an emery board - a step I highly recommend if you want to avoid getting shredded by freshly trimmed doggy claws.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Review: Dexas Collapsible Travel Cup

With temps regularly in the 90s lately we've been taking a number of precautions to keep Andy safe while outdoors. This includes limiting our walks to mornings and evenings, avoiding hot asphalt during the day, and making sure the pup keeps hydrated at all times. I usually take a bag with me when we go out on longer walks so that I can tote along bottles of water, extra poop bags, hand wipes, etc. Up to this point I also carried a small plastic bowl that we used to give Andy water. Problem was, after he was done drinking I would have to put the wet bowl back into the bag and everything would get a little damp. Arg. 

I've been looking for a solution to this problem the past month or so: enter the Dexas Collapsible Travel Cup. I came across this bowl at Petco the other day. I liked its compact, collapsible design, the fact that it could be clipped to things, and that it is BPA-free. 

We took the bowl for a spin last week and we're thrilled so far! Not only is it stylish and well-designed, it's sturdy and gets the job done. We got the bowl in the large size (purple) - which holds 2 cups, or 16 oz, of water. This is the perfect size for Andy, who is a medium-sized dog at 34 pounds. The body of the bowl is made from soft, but sturdy, silicone. You simply "pop" the bowl out, fill it with water, then "pop" it back in when you're done. I like to give the bowl a couple of good shakes to get rid of excess water before I stow it away. The bowl comes with a convenient carabiner clip, which I use to clip the bowl to the exterior of my walking bag - no more wet mess! I highly recommend this product to anyone that likes to spend time with their pup outdoors, especially during these hot summer months. Check out the Dexas website for more information and to see their other cool pet products.
Dexas Collapsible Travel Cup
Available at Petco, Amazon
Small | 1 cup, 8 oz | $7.99
Large | 2 cups, 16 oz | $9.99

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Blast From the Past

Andy about a month after we adopted him from the humane society.
He had such an adorably square head!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Forthcoming Review: Dexas Collapsible Travel Cup

With the weather being so hot lately we've been making it a point to take our walks in the evenings, as the sun's going down. We picked up this collapsible travel cup in an effort to keep Andy hydrated while we're out and about. Will let you know what I think!

Worship From Afar

This weekend was a scorcher! The temps hovered in the high 90s, humidity was off the charts, and we had a heat advisory warning for Saturday and Sunday. Unfortunately this meant Andy was cooped up for most of the weekend. We let him outside for brief stints but it was just too hot to linger. I seriously thought his brain was going to get cooked! Poor pup spent a lot of time looking longingly out the window. Looking forward to cooler temps and hitting up the park sometime soon.