Wordless Wednesday – Birthday Best

 

We decided to skip the birthday hats for our birthday pawty this year – the girls aren’t too nuts about having hats put on them.  I wanted to dress the dogs up a bit though, and luckily I had recently won a collar/tie/leash set from B.W. Barkery on Sugar the Golden Retriever’s blog!  I picked out something in Luke’s best colors – red and blue.

I'm not sure what that expression is all about!

I’m not sure what that expression is all about!

However, I forgot that even at one year old, Luke is still a puppy, and he still loves to chew on things.  He just loved that tie, but I had trouble getting it out of his mouth long enough to get some photos!  They also have bow ties so I probably should have gotten one of those.  He’ll grow up someday, and in the meantime he still has the matching collar and leash.  Thank you to Sugar and B.W. Barkery for helping Luke dress up for his birthday!

In this photo, I thought he looked kind of like a drunk guy at a bar with his tie on sideways!

Drunk on pumpkin cake?

Drunk on pumpkin cake?

The girls put on coordinating red bandanas for their dress up:

Pretty in red.

Pretty in red.

Cricket is helping her siblings with their gifts…..(come back Friday to see what they got!)

In the bag

Luke is such a helpful brother…..

Here, let me fix that for you!

Here, let me fix that for you!

We also wanted to share the great birthday cards we received from our friend Jenna at Love is Being Owned By a Husky.

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Aren’t those awesome?  Thank you, Jenna!!

Don’t forget our Three Days of Happy birthday giveaway is open through Saturday, click here if you haven’t had a chance to guess Luke’s weight and enter to win two prize packs!

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Pumpkin Peanut Butter Birthday Cake

 

Cricket never forgave me for not having birthday cake for her birthday in September, so I had to make one for our Three Days of Happy birthday bash!  I searched the internet for the perfect pumpkin cake recipe and found one on Pinterest.  Fruitables Pet Food had provided me with some cans of pumpkin to experiment baking with, and since the dogs love pumpkin the timing was just right.

As I often do, I tweaked the original recipe I found a bit, but here is a link to it on Pinterest if you don’t quite like my version.

Pumpkin & Peanut Butter Cake

Ingredients:
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup all natural peanut butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup Fruitables canned pumpkin (*I used weight loss supplement because it is what I had – more on this later)
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup honey (I used raw local honey)
1 egg

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together and pour into a greased 8″ round cake pan (or special dog bone silicone cake pan) and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Let cool.

For frosting I mixed plain yogurt and some of the canned pumpkin together (approximately equal amounts) and added some whole wheat flour to thicken it.

I topped the cake with some of the homemade Apple Cinnamon treats I baked last week, along with some Fruitables Skinny Minis Apple Bacon treats that I had on hand.

*You can use any kind of canned pumpkin, EXCEPT for pumpkin pie filling.

Cake

In retrospect, I should have done something different to make it a bit more colorful and pretty, but the dogs didn’t care!  You can see the anticipation on their faces below:

Anticipation

Luke was such a good boy, sitting and waiting patiently!  His training has definitely been paying off.

Good boy

They LOVED it…..Luke had to clean up every crumb.  Sheba took hers out of the bowl and chomped on it whole…..typical of her, next time I’ll break it into pieces for her!

Cake collage

Digestive I also wanted to tell you a bit more about the Fruitables pumpkin supplements.  *Disclosure:  I was provided with three cans of supplement free of charge.  However, the opinions here are honest and completely my own.*
Luke has had some digestive issues (just some off and on soft stools, nothing overly concerning to our vet), so I was anxious to try the Digestive Supplement.  We started replacing 10% of his food with this for one meal per day, and it really has made a difference!  Things aren’t perfect yet, but they are better so we are going to continue it for a bit and see how things go.  The fiber and herbal ingredients in this are said to be good for digestive issues.  Plus Luke loves the pumpkin.

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They also make a Digestive Supplement with sweet potato, a Food Switch Supplement, to help through changes in food, and a Weight Loss Supplement.  If you would like to learn more, please visit FruitablesPetFood.com.  Each supplement is made in the USA with no artificial ingredients, and was developed by veterinarians.

 

 

We’ll be sharing more about the birthday celebration this week, and if you haven’t guessed Luke’s weight and entered the giveaways yet, click here, they’re open until Saturday night!  We had Luke weighed yesterday on his birthday, so we have the official answer all ready (I made a guess myself and was off by 3 pounds)!

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Three Days of Happy (Day 3) – Our Baby Boy Luke Turns 1!

 

I can’t believe it was a year ago today that I was scrolling through my news feed on Facebook and saw that a litter of puppies was being born on our sweet Maggie’s birthday.  I wasn’t even serious when I showed them to my hubby, but he jumped right on it.  It took me a few days to agree to take the plunge and get a puppy.  I haven’t regretted it for a minute since.

On his way home.  He was quiet and slept most of the way!

On his way home. He was quiet and slept most of the way!

Settling in.

Settling in.

Luke was a very good and fairly easy puppy.  Sure, we’ve had the normal puppy destruction and moments of pulling our hair out (and sometimes still do!)…but after him I wouldn’t hesitate to do the puppy thing again (which probably means the next one will be a nightmare!).  My hubby and I agreed that Luke would go to formal training, we’ve done that and he has proven to be a very smart boy and a quick learner.  He still has his puppy moments of totally blowing us off, but his training is ongoing and we know he is a work in progress.

To this day he loves to play with the Chuck-It!

To this day he loves to play with the Chuck-It!

At 4 months old he was the same size as Cricket!

At 4 months old he was the same size as Cricket!

Always observing and learning from his sisters.

Always observing and learning from his sisters.

6 months old

6 months old

8 months old

8 months old

Luke is not perfect, there are some issues with him that I will fill you in on one of these days.  But any problems aside, he is a sweet and loving boy and we couldn’t possibly love him any more than we do.  He is a nut and makes us laugh and smile every day (and sometimes shake our heads!).  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LUKEY – LU!!!!  We are so happy you became a part of our family, and your sisters love you so much too (even if they do get irritated with you sometimes).  More than anything, Luke has helped us through the loss of Kobi and he came to us exactly when we needed him.

10 months old

10 months old

We had our big paw-ty yesterday (since we had to work today), with cake and presents.  We had planned to get out some of the agility equipment to play with, but the weather didn’t cooperate (we did have some fetch in the morning before it started raining again).  Sometime this week we will though, and I’ll be sharing photos of the celebration throughout the week.  Thank you to everyone who has joined in our Three Days of Happy.  If you haven’t entered our giveaway yet, then click here and join in the fun of guessing Luke’s weight and possibly win one of two prize packs!  The contest is open through Saturday.

Our boy is all grown up!

Our boy is all grown up!

monday-mischief-button-150x150-pxWhere’s the mischief here?  Well, Luke has just grown up too darn fast!  :)

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Three Days of Happy (Day 2) – Happy Memories

Maggie was our second dog and started the trend of dogs with October birthdays.  Our first dog Shelby came from the shelter so we didn’t know her birthday.  Though it’s entirely possible she was born in October since she was a few months old when we adopted her in the spring of 1994.  We lost Shelby to cancer the summer of 1999, but I wasn’t ready to adopt another dog right away.  When a couple we knew through the store we work at said they had puppies being born in October, I knew the time was right.  The puppies were born October 27th, 1999 and we picked out our female Maggie.  My sister and her hubby adopted a male from the litter and named him Bear.  The puppies came home at Christmas time that year.

Maggie at 2 months old.

Maggie at 2 months old.

Maggie at 5 months old.

Maggie at 5 months old.

Maggie and her brother Bear at 10 months old.

Maggie and her brother Bear at 10 months old.

Kobi with his first family.

Kobi with his first family.

The following Christmas when we celebrated the holiday with my hubby’s family, we met Kobi.  He had been born in October 2000 and come home with them.  It was the next spring that my in-laws realized that with an active big family they just didn’t have time for a puppy, and they asked us if we would be willing to take him.  We agreed and Kobi became ours, and he and Maggie became best friends.

Kobi at 1 year old, Maggie at 2, at camp fall of 2001.

Kobi at 1 year old, Maggie at 2, at camp fall of 2001.

Kobi settled in nicely with us.

Kobi settled in nicely with us.

Kobi and Cricket when she first came home.

Kobi and Cricket when she first came home.

Maggie died in a tragic accident the summer of 2004, and we were all devastated, especially Kobi.  We started looking for another beagle for him right away, and that’s when we found Cricket.  We still wanted a large dog though so when our co-worker said her golden retriever would be having puppies we decided to adopt one of them as well.  Those puppies were born October 25th that year, and Cricket came home with us two days later.  One puppy somehow became two and Sheba and Moses came home with us that Christmas.

Moses at 2 months old.

Moses at 2 months old.

Moses at 1 year old.

Moses at 1 year old.

Moses in 2010.

Moses in 2010.

Kobi was never as close with any of the new dogs as he had been with Maggie, but he was always a good big brother.  He showed Luke some of the ropes even though they had less than two months together before Kobi died.

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We had lost Moses to cancer the summer before Kobi died.  So to all of our loved ones at the Rainbow Bridge we want to say Happy, Happy Birthday, and we are thinking of you and missing you as we celebrate this weekend!

Have you entered our Three Days of Happy giveaway?  We are giving away two prize packs!  One by Rafflecopter and one by guessing Luke’s weight at 1 year old.  If not, click here to enter!

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Three Days of Happy (Day 1) – Sheba Turns 10 & Giveaways Begin!

Happy, Happy 10th Birthday to our sweet Sheba!!  At 10 years old, Sheba is active and happy.  She is healthy except for her arthritis, but that is well under control with supplements and most days you’d never even know she has it.  Today she’ll get a special walk with Mom!   For her birthday, I wanted to share some photos of her over the years:

Sheba newborn

Sheba newborn

2 months old

2 months old

Sheba 2005

4 months old

Sheba 1 year

1 year old

4 years old

4 years old

 

6 years old

6 years old

8 years old

8 years old

Today our giveaways begin, and here’s how it works:  There are two prize packs, #1 to be given away by entering the Rafflecopter, and #2 to be given away by guessing Luke’s weight in the comments (whole pounds only, we’ll round his weight up if necessary).  If there is more than one correct guesser of Luke’s weight there will be a random draw to declare the winner.  The contests will be open for one week, ending at 11:59pm on Saturday November 1st.  Contests are open to USA residents over 18 years of age only and void where prohibited.  Non-USA residents please still join in the fun and make a guess for Luke’s weight in the comments!

Luke will be going in Monday to get weighed, so we don’t even know the official answer yet!  Here’s a little help for guessing Luke’s weight:

Do the math

Prize Pack 1Prize Pack #1 (clockwise): Get your woof on with a one of a kind, handmade WOOF dog bone pendant from For Love of a Dog Jewelry.  Hand crafted porcelain dog bone in biscuit brown dangles from an artisan lampwork bead in shades of caramel and ginger brown.  Hand wire wrapped with gold jeweler’s wire.  Total length of pendant is 2 1/2 inches (Retail value: $30).  Kong tug toy.  Bark & Lunge by Kari Neumeyer, personalized and signed by the author!  Read my review of this book by clicking here. Fruitables Skinny Minis in Pumpkin Mango flavor.  Great treats for training!  Read my review of their watermelon treats by clicking here.

 

Prize Pack 2

 

Prize Pack #2:  Kong Tug Toy.  Appleberry Bites dog treats from Three Paws Up bakery.  Fresh baked just before shipping!  Read my review of Three Paws Up by clicking herePurple Tree Frog from Pet Qwerks ToysHe squeaks!  Pastry for Poodles by Chef Fifi LeFay.  Read my review of this fun book by clicking here.

 

 

Don’t want to wait to win that beautiful pendant?  Sue at For Love of a Dog Jewelry has generously agreed to provide a discount code for our readers!  You can receive 10% off your order at checkout by providing this code:  WAGNWOOF (case sensitive).  $24 minimum purchase, free shipping to USA.  This code is good until midnight 12/31/14, so you can do some Christmas shopping!

Good luck and have fun with the Rafflecopter below!  We’ll be back tomorrow with more birthday celebrations!

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October is a Special Month – Flashback Friday

 

We have two big birthdays coming up this weekend, you can see the invitation to our big bash at the end of this post.  However, it’s not just our current two that have October birthdays.  October is a special month for us because three of our late dogs also had October birthdays.  In fact, that is one of the big reasons we ended up adopting Luke.  He shares a birthday with our special dog Maggie.

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This is just for fun, so the answers are at the end of the post!

Kobi was also born in October, though we never knew the exact date.  We would celebrate his birthday along with the others.  When Sheba and Moses were born (their parents belonged to friends of ours) we really hoped they’d be born on Maggie’s birthday (we had just lost her earlier that year), but they came two days before.  It was still special.  On another note, Cricket came home with us two days after Sheba and Moses were born, so that means she came home on Maggie’s birthday!

Thus, with Luke’s 1st birthday and Sheba’s 10th, we thought it would be a good year for a big bash.  I’ll also be sharing a little more about the other three over the weekend, happy memories mostly!

Answers:
Maggie – 1999
Kobi – 2000
Sheba – 2004
Moses – 2004
Luke – 2013

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I Went to College!!

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By Luke Keefe

 

 

Since I went to college I now get to write my first blog post!  Well, it’s Wordless Wednesday, so I’m supposed to keep it short, but that’s OK.

I just wanted to tell you all how I went to college!!  This is the ole alma mater here, White Mountain College for Pets (highly recommended if you live in the Plymouth, New Hampshire area) and the next photo is of my professor (trainer) Dave and me.  Both Mom and Dad went to school with me, so we all got some training and learned all about how clickers can help me learn better.  Dave said that I’m very smart, and that made Mom and Dad happy!

White Mt College

Luke school

I’m the first one in my fur family to go to college!  I didn’t graduate or get a certificate like when I went to Basic Obedience, but that’s because this time I had private training.  The Momz can’t wait to tell you more about it, and why we chose private lessons, but it’s too much to tell for Wordless Wednesday, so she’ll fill you in soon.

Luke and Dave
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Homemade Apple Cinnamon Dog Treats

 

Having fresh picked apples in the house finally motivated me to bake some treats for the dogs!  I looked through all my recipes for one with apple, and found this one that I had made before.  To give credit where it is due, I had found this recipe on All-natural-dog-treat.com, though I did modify it just a bit.

RecipeI prefer to use the chopped apple, and I have a food processor that makes that easy.  You can see here how there are some nice chunks of apple in there, and you can see the parsley and cinnamon as well.

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Parsley and cinnamon both have benefits for dogs:

  • Parsley helps freshen breath, and is anti-inflammatory and can help soothe arthritis symptoms. It can help cleanse organs and possibly prevent diseases.  *However, do not give to dogs who are pregnant or have severe kidney problems.*
  • Cinnamon is also anti-inflammatory and can help relieve painful joints from arthritis.  It can help regulate blood sugar for dogs with diabetes, and can improve circulation and benefit the heart.  It also helps with digestion/upset tummies and is a natural food preservative.
Duck, duck, squirrel.

Duck, duck, squirrel.

I found some fun cookie cutters I had forgotten I had, but no matter what the shape the dogs loved them!

Notice the look in those eyes!

Notice the look in those eyes!

Expectant faces.

Expectant faces.

Cricket takes hers off to her special place to savor it!

Cricket takes hers off to her special place to savor it!

More please?

More please?

I plan to use some of the small bones as part of a birthday treat I’ll be baking this weekend.  We’ll be baking with pumpkin and sharing that recipe as well.  These are two things we especially love about fall….apples and pumpkins!

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Monday Mischief – Someone’s at the Door

 

I recently read an article (“Dangers of Prolonged Sitting” from Mercola.com) that said one of the worst things we can do for our health is spend too much time sitting.  Many of us spend hours sitting at a desk, either for our work, or at our home computers.  I do both, since I work as a bookkeeper three days per week, and work at home two days per week either doing freelance bookkeeping work, or working on this blog.

I’m not worried.  Why not?

Scritch, scritch, scritch.  Someone’s at the door.  No, this isn’t a spooky Halloween story, this is every day, every hour, every few minutes at our house.  And I imagine many of you can relate.  Someone’s at the door…..whoThese three who can’t make up their minds whether they want to be in or out!

If she's in, I want to be in.

Sheba: “If she’s in, I want to be in.” Cricket: “Let me out please.”

No, let her out so we can all play Zisc!

“OK, yes, let her out so we can all play Zisc!”

Someday I’m going to count how many times I get up out of my office chair and cross through the kitchen to go to that door.

Actually, I think I do want to come in.

“On second thought, I think I do want to come in. Or is she coming out?”

The worst of the three is Sheba.  She will be lying down in sight of the door and watch me let one or both of her siblings in or out, but won’t move; until I’ve made it all the way back into the office, and maybe even sat down.  Scritch, scritch, scritch.

Wait, how did he get in?  I definitely want in now.

“Wait, how did he get in? I definitely want in now.”

I’m finally starting to learn, and now I’ll stand by the door for an extra minute and just stare at her (asking her if she wants to go in or out doesn’t always work).  Sure enough, many times she’ll get up and come in, or go out.

I wonder why I sometimes feel exhausted at the end of a day when I don’t really think I did that much.  There are times that scritch, scritch, scritch really gets on my nerves and I have to confess that I sometimes curse under my breath (OK, maybe out loud because it is usually only me and the animals at home).

Let me in!!  Hurry!  You can see why we need a screen guard on the door.

“Let me in!! Hurry!” I think one of the first things Luke learned as a puppy was how to scratch at the door. You can see why we need a screen guard on it.

Wait, how did she get out?  Let me back out please!

“Wait, how did she get out? Let me back out please!”

Now that I’ve read that article I know the truth:  the dogs are really just looking out for my health.  Bless their little hearts!  :)

Just for fun trivia question:  Can anyone name the 1990’s spooky but short lived TV series that used the line “Someone’s at the door“?

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Black & White Sunday – Pretty

Sheba on walk

Our pretty and happy girl out on a walk recently.

What isn’t pretty and doesn’t make the Momz happy is when we get home to find these little burr-like things stuck in Sheba’s fur.  Has anyone else seen these, and do you know what these are or what kind of bush they come off of?  Every fall she gets covered in them at some point, and we have to pick and brush them out.  Then we still find them around the house all week!

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 Happy Black and White Sunday and enjoy your day!

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