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Thursday, October 23, 2014

it's the little [maybe expensive] things

This week has been a little bit crazy! Our dishwasher pretended to wash it's very last dish a couple weeks ago. Daniel and I were waiting for that piece of crap to die so we could finally go buy a new one with our wedding gift cards. Yep! I hung on to those suckers for over a year.
I couldn't make it home to meet the delivery guys on Friday and they couldn't come back. I was 10 minutes late! It was the straw that broke this little camel's back. What was wrong with me? I sobbed and sobbed because I missed my dishwasher. But that's another story.
So we got the guys to come back a few days later [ugh!] and it was delivered. Now comes the installation dude - a totally separate guy. He came by close to 8pm and realized that our pipes are rusted over...two days later and about 6 hours of labor later, he completely under-charged us so we paid well over what he requested, and woohoo! Working dishwasher! Daniel and I even left some things kinda dirty...just to see what our sweet little baby could do!

A few months ago, Rory tipped over her water class...onto Daniel's Macbook! I was the one home and saw it a minutes/seconds later. I can't recall. :-/ I flipped the thing over as soon as I noticed it dripping. It lasted a while after...but would restart at random and eventually died. I have felt so guilty since! So I splurged tad. I didn't go all out because that's kind of a lot of money. BUT I did get him a new laptop. A pretty simple version of his deceased Macbook Pro. Rory drinks from the dog bowl now.
Daniel and I spent his birthday [mostly] together. We work in the same building, and seeing each other is always nice. Then we went on a "birthday date" and it was lovely. :)

Sam's birthday is also celebrated on the 22nd of October because we aren't sure when he was actually born. Daniel decided long ago, in college, that Sam's birthday was on the same day. He got some extra loving, and a few treats, too. :)

p.s. speaking of toy giveaway woohoo!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Petmate's Triple Cat Toy Giveaway!

My last post was dedicated to my canine companions, so today I'm showing Rory some love - and I'm so excited to share this giveaway with y'all! Rory has had these toys for a couple months, and I can tell you that she absolutely loves them! They are both sitting on the counter where she likes to lounge and, at least once a day, while we are home, I hear that little spiral ball rolling around. And she loves using the scratch pad on top.

The Go Fish toy is my favorite. I adore watching her fish out [I see what they did there...] her food or treats. Every morning I get my things ready for work, grab a couple Milkbones for the dogs, and a few treats to drop between the fish fins. I may or may not also do this when I am home so  I can watch her little paws weave in and out.

Go Fish Cat Toy

Jackson Galaxy Base Camp Hub

The "base camp" comes with a tunnel, too!

Jackson Galaxy Spiral Ball

Resting from all of the Jackson Galaxy action. :)

If you missed it above, here's a Vine of Rory playing with the spiral ball, and here's an IG video of the treat fishing. :)

Win your own toys [Spiral Ball, Go Fish, and Base Camp Hub with tunnel] for your kitty friends, as well as Jackson Galaxy's Catification book. :) There are multiple ways to enter below. I will email the winner the following day. Thanks and good luck!


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Pet Safety and Halloween Treats

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #TrickOrTreatEm #CollectiveBias

Pet Safety on Halloween Night:
I try to catch the trick or treaters before they ring the doorbell because if not, Sam will terrify them with his very loud and proud barking techniques. In order to make the holiday more entertaining for all of us, I work with the dogs, by having them perform tricks for treats! And for my pleasure, I dress them up in super cute dog costumes! I can't help it, they are so adorable! Their reward for being patient and willing this Halloween is Milo's Kitchen and Milkbone treats!
While Buster isn't in my home on Halloween night, I make it a point to dress her up, too. Once October hits, it's every dog for themself! As a reward for sitting so still for the photographs and costume changes, she receives kisses and treats! Buster is the master of balancing things on her head and treats on her nose, but I've been trying to work with Osa at it, too. Through the use of dog treats, I was finally able to teach her to balance treats on her snout. This may or may not have required me to physically remove slobbery treats that she tried to prematurely reward herself with directly out of her mouth [ew]! She had to learn that the treat was only hers once I decided it was, and not the other way around.

1. Keep your dogs [and cats!] indoors.
Because the knocking, doorbell ringing, and increased pedestrian traffic might make your pets overly-anxious, it's a good idea to keep them indoors. You don't want them escaping in larger crowds! This will protect your furry friends from any mean "tricks" and your neighbors from a possible fright. Especially when most parents have started carrying sticks, tasers, etc with them! [True story: Sam got out once and was maced!]

2. Secure animals in another room.
If your dogs tend to run at the front door, preferably put them in another room. If being out of sight creates heightened anxiety, create a barrier [baby-gate, etc] so they can still see the door, but are forced to stay back. There's nothing scarier than when someone opens a door, and two giant dogs are trying to push past. Trust me, I've scared many a repairman/pizza guy that way. Either way, keep their tags on in case they run out the front door!

3. Make sure your pets' environment is safe.
Wherever you are keeping your dogs, make sure there aren't any lit candles [or in a pumpkin!]. My dogs love pumpkin. Sam has demolished many a carved pumpkin in the past. It's a delicious treat for them. And while the pumpkin itself isn't so bad, if there's a lit candle inside, we are talking safety issues!

4. Work with your pets while things are calm.
Practice their tricks and give them plenty of love and treats. This will ease their nerves and remind them that they are safe. If you are dressing them up, remove the costume after a while as it might be uncomfortable for your pet. Especially if it's around their face and ears.

5. Keep the human treats out of reach.

It's true that milk chocolate isn't quite as dangerous for dogs compared to baking chocolate -  but you know what? Candy is bad for animals in general. And some can be toxic! It gives the poor babes diarrhea or worse. So make sure they only get their doggie treats!

Good luck this Halloween! And remember to keep your pups safe.

p.s. If you are interested in trying any of the aforementioned pet treats, or a couple others, print out the coupons and check your local Kroger!

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