Friday, April 28, 2017

Uh Oh . . . I Forgotted Something Really Really IMPORTANT!!



I am so so so FIRING my assistant. She is so incompetent lately that it is reaching EPIC proportions. At first I thought it was cute. I mean - so what if I miss a blog posting or two. But NOW. . . now. . . she has totally dropped the squeaky ball.

She has not posted an AFFIRMATION in a HUNDRED DAYS!!!! Okay, okay. It has NOT been a hundred days. But it has been a long long time. She last posted on April 11 and that was ONLY Affirmation #6! At this rate it will be 2018 before we hit the 100 Affirmations mark.

I admit - I may not fire her. She does a pretty good job overall. But I am going to have to have a SERIOUS talk with her about this matter. No more missed posts. No more OLD photos. And under NO CIRCUMSTANCES is she to FORGET another Affirmation.

So without further ADO here is an AFFIRMATION for today -


Thursday, April 27, 2017

The PEN is Mightier Than. . .



When the humans all leave the house, we are never left to run amok in the whole house.
This would be inviting disaster from our, let's just say, less mature adventures.
So we must be confined to quarters, as it were.
We are told to "go to your BIG room."
Sometimes this confuses us so we head to our crate or pillow.
"No-no"
Sometimes we head to Mommy's room because it USED to be the "Big Room".
"No-no"
But it really means to go to our PEN where ever it is set up.
I avoid getting a dreaded "No-no" by sitting at the door of the pen until I am sure.
Molly prefers to run in and out and then she refuses to go in until a TREAT is produced.
If we are good and EVENTUALLY go into the pen without too much human reminders, we ALWAYS get a treat.
Always.
It is the only thing about this exercise that is NOT confusing.

Note the array of bandanas decorating our crate. Those are from events we (mostly I) have gone to. I might wear then while at the event, but once I come home I immediately have them put on my pen. I think it personalizes the space. Don't you?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Wild For Wild Flowers - a Stroll Through SUNOL Regional Wilderness



Confession time - Mommy DID NOT take me hiking at the Sunol Regional Wilderness park. She and Auntie B went and left me at home. I would have loved it but they were unsure if I could handle the path they chose. In truth, probably not. But when she got home, Mommy shared all of her photos of wild flowers with me and explained what they were. She is like that - always teaching me and Mommy #1 a thing or two.

Before I show you some of her photos, though, let me tell you something about this park. It is about 20-25 minutes from my house and is between Fremont and Pleasanton. Auntie B lives in Pleasanton. It is nestled in the Calaveras Mountains which run along the eastside of our Valley and are between Tracy/Modesto and Santa Clara Valley. The park is amazing because you can see many varieties of wild flowers as well as old old Live Oak.

It was a perfect day for hiking - a cool breeze and occasional sunshine made it very tolerable for Mommy (she sunburns very quickly despite sunscreen).



Bush Monkey Flower also known as Sticky Monkey Flower

Miner's Lettuce

California Buttercup and Long Beaked Filaree

Blue-eyed Grass

Variable-leaf Nemophilia

Purple Owls Clover

California Poppy



Field of Poppies

Bundle of Owl Clover

Arroyo Lupine and Long-beaked Filaree

Mystery flower - Can you Identify it?

Morning Glory and Long-beaked Filaree

Blue Witch

Woody Woodpecker tree

Rough Cat's Ear

Mushroom

Milk Thistle

Vetch


Fuzzy foto of Blue Dicks



Monday, April 24, 2017

#Chewyinfluencer We Got Some GOOD STUFFS In Our Systems



If you recall from past posts, I have been having some, ummm, BELCHING issues. Nothing dangerous, mind you. Just frequent and, yes, SMELLY belches which made sitting near me NOT a pleasant experience.

So when Chewy.com's April newsletter came out offering The Honest Kitchen's Perfect Form nutritional supplement  my Mommy said "WHY NOT?"

You see, when she was at the Expo West - Natural Products show she asked a lot of people at the dog products booths what she could do about my belching. She knew it was caused by something I had tested BUT she couldn't stop it despite the food change. So several of the "experts" suggested probiotics. They said that once that gut stuff gets going it takes aggressive treatment with probiotics to get it all in check. Some other experts suggested nutritional changes that would include those GOOD enzymes which help with digestion.

required close up of ME

This was kinda vague to me so I LOOKED IT UP to verify these claims. Here is what I found out - we all need enzymes in our guts to breakdown food and make it work for us. These enzymes are sometimes already present in our digestive tracts to some extent but often the environment gets out of whack. When this happens, you need to ADD to the environment and get it working to optimum levels again.

The Honest Kitchen Perfect Form had the following ingredients Papaya Leaf, Plantain, Slippery Elm, Organic Pumpkin Seed, Pectin, Papain and Fennel  and are all natural sources for digestive enzymes.These enzymes work to breakdown food and make your digestive system a lean mean machine. And this also means that your food had a better chance of being absorbed and properly used by your body. Sounds like a good idea to me!

Yeah, it is a sage-y green gray

The Honest Kitchen Perfect Form is powder and is added straight to food. Think of it as BEANO for pets. Although, Perfect Form has a lot more going for it than simply being an Alpha D Galactosidase that breaks down carbohydrates. Instead Perfect Form is good for

  • Promoting digestive health
  • Fights gas and the results of excessive gas - belching and farting (guilty)
  • Can help ease symptoms of chronic problems like IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and colitis
  • Can help ease occasional digestive distress brought on by stress

But the big question on EVERYPUGGY'S mind is . . . IS IT EDIBLE?

Well, yes it it! I like mine straight up. No need to disguise it for this pup. It adds a bit of seasoning to my kibble - a je ne sais quoi, if you will. There is a chart on the ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY package which tells you the proper dose for your pet's size. At each feeding (we get two) I get 1/2 a teaspoon and Molly and Sunshine the Cat each get 1/4 teaspoon. Now they are a little pickier when it comes to additives to their food so their doses are secreted into their kibble toppers. This way they eat it rather than leave it at the bottom of the dish uneaten.

The next big question is DOES IT WORK? Well, I think it does. . . at least for me. The real test is if I eat that food that gave me gas to begin with. But I don't really want to invest in that experiment. For the sake of time, I can tell you I am hardly ever gassy or belchy now. THAT is to the extreme pleasure of my Mommy. And I feel pretty good. I have energy and I am going outside to do my bidness like I am supposed to. And I think we have all shown a little better overall health since starting on the supplemental regiment.

We are a strikingly gorgeous trio

So is this item necessary for doggies and kitties? Hmmmm, not really day to day. And The Honest Kitchen says to not rely on the product too much in their article Balancing a Sensitive Tummy and make sure to take occasional breaks. But hey! Who wouldn't benefit from a properly working digestive system? I know I feel better!!

I am giving this product TWELVE PAWS UP because it is a good product that does what it says it does. To me it tastes good and is easy to administer. And I am pretty pleased to NOT be belching ALL the time. That just gets annoying, dontcha think?

** I was given sufficient product to test free of charge from Chewy.com. They in no way paid me for this review nor did they or anyone else tell me what to say. This is all my own good investigative journalism.**

Friday, April 21, 2017

PLEASE Don't Leave Me!!!!


I'm SOOOOO Very BLUE when you go away!
I realize you have things to do
Without you I have nothing to SAY
But to lay here and think of YOU
SO
Hurry back Mommy
I LOVE YOU




*Mommy's note: I was away from home for a week. We will be back on track next week

Friday, April 14, 2017

Back In Action, Jackson - AND T.G.I.E. (Thank Goodness It's Easter!!)


The Computer is BACK IN THE HOUSE, folks! Whew that was a long DRY spell, dontcha think? But all's well and the CPU is fixed without too much loss of data.

It is SPRINGlike today and I am loving it. The sun is out and everything looks happy. It is kinda cold, though, unless I am sitting in the sun in a sheltered spot. And I am ALWAYS in a sheltered spot. I went out for a little while this morning and captured some SUN RAYS.

You all might know that this SUNDAY is EASTER. I loves loves loves Easter. The whole family is here and lots of good food is cooking. The smells are amazing. Molly and I often get EASTER baskets of goodies as well. That's cool. Last year we got Pugs In The Kitchen goodies and they lasted a long time. If it were up to me they wouldn't have lasted as long. But I was on a (d.i.e.t.) and so too much snacking was out of the QUESTION!

I am so hoping that all of my FURiends here in Blogville and elsewhere have a wonderful Easter, Passover, Spring Day - however you celebrate.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Big Crash of 2017

We interrupt this regularly scheduled program to bring you THIS announcement.

Mommy's computer crashed.

She cannot add pictures.

She cannot do her AFFIRMATIONS.

Please pray for a speedy recovery.

Love Noodles