There is no mischief to report on this Monday, unless you want to count Mother Nature’s mischief. On Saturday the weatherman promised us warmer temps…up into the 40’s, he said. Well the temperatures did reach the 40’s, but we had no sunshine and a crisp breeze which really kept it feeling quite cool. Then for Sunday the temps plunged 20 degrees, and the breeze became a strong wind. We saw some sun which warmed up the house, but we pretty much stayed indoors. Is it just me, or is Mother Nature being particularly cruel this winter?
Field of Flowers Award
That leads me to thanking Jenna at Love is Being Owned by a Husky for giving us the Field of Flowers award. Her timing couldn’t be better because that beautiful picture of flowers is just the pick me up we’ve needed lately! These were Jenna’s words: “I am nominating you because your blog is always heartfelt, and the love for your pets really shines through your words for them. You inspire me. And for that I thank you!” How sweet is that? Well, that is just the kind of person Jenna is, and if you don’t know her blog, you should check it out. Jenna and her hubby have three beautiful huskies, three cats, and four children, and somehow she finds time to blog as well!!
What Pet Bloggers Spend Their Money On
I am proud to be a member of the BlogPaws Pet Bloggers Influence Group. It is great to be on this panel and to have our voices heard on numerous pet related topics important to all pet lovers. The group surveys each member on many topics, and they have come up with this first of many informative infographics. This data is put together to show the power and influence of pet bloggers to our loyal readers, the general public, and brands that might want to sponsor us. On this infographic you can see how we spend our money and our blogging time, and I think you will find it interesting. How does your spending compare?
Contest Still Open
Have you seen my contest post from last Tuesday? If not, click here to take a look and see if you’d like to guess what top 3 dog breeds make up our puppy Luke’s DNA (according to Wisdom Panel). There are prizes for closest guesser (random draw if more than one closest). The contest is open until 11:59 pm on Thursday March 20th (Eastern Time). I can tell you now that no one has guessed all three breeds but that’s all I’m saying!
We are longing for spring here, but we can’t forget that there are some things about it we don’t like. That would be FLEAS and TICKS. I don’t like using those chemical spot on treatments, and besides, with Frontline we still had to pick ticks off the dogs. Last fall we also had some problems with fleas, for our first time ever, so I can’t just ignore it this year. The ticks were horrendous last year too. They said it was because we had a mild winter, and since this winter has been the opposite, I hope that means the tick population will be much decreased, and maybe the fleas as well. But we can’t count on that. I am trying to come up with a plan of action for this spring, and I plan to blog about it. I am looking into all natural options and am particularly interested in garlic/brewer’s yeast tablets, flea/tick tags that hang off the dog’s collar, and beneficial nematodes as a yard treatment. I would love it if you wanted to leave a comment and let me know what you do for your dogs, especially if you’ve tried any of those things.
I can’t do a post without some fun photos or videos of the dogs. I hope you enjoy this one of them having what I like to call a “bark off”. I can’t believe how noisy it gets around here sometimes, but it is so great to see them having so much fun!! Sheba sounds and looks kind of mean sometimes, but trust me, she is just playing. By the way, every time I played this video as I was working on it, the dogs started barking. You’d think they’d recognize the sounds of their own barks, wouldn’t you?
If you have trouble with the video, please let me know. I was using Vimeo for my sharing; I love that they have no advertisements on the videos, but lately I haven’t been able to upload any of my videos to their site, so I switched to YouTube for now. Happy St. Patrick’s Day and have a great week everyone!!