Friday, June 23, 2017

Meet the First Entries in My Selfie Contest - Don't Forget to Enter Today!!!

Selfie Tales - Sometimes I hit the button before I am ready
 Well FURIENDS - it looks like my selfie contest is off to a superb start!! I am so happy. As promised, I will be posting selfies from those who entered. I will TRY to do this as they come in. Bear with me BUT KEEP EM COMIN' as I love to see them.

This contest is leading up to what most people like to call INDEPENDENCE DAY but I like to call it MY BIRTHDAY. That's right. For all of you newcomers, I was born on July 4th. I am a real YANKEE DOODLE sweetheart. And every year the whole country celebrates my special day with picnics and FIREWORKS. I am not a huge fan of fireworks. They make me bark and I get a sore throat. But I appreciate the enthusiam, folks. After all, it is not everyday one gets to celebrate such a special BIRTHDAY GIRL.

I have not planned anything special YET, but I will.

AND now for the thing you have all been waiting for - The Selfies







I think this is an INCREDIBLE start to the contest. Thanks to those who have entered so far. Remember, this contest will run until June 29 so you have time to capture just the right selfie.

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Molly just tapped me on the shoulder (a little hard, I might add) to tell me she too wanted to enter a selfie in the contest. I reminded her she CANNOT enter the contest as she is a co-sponsor of the contest BUT she is certainly welcome to post a selfie.

This is what she chose

Okay, that's a really good selfie. Why is she so good at these things?

And with that, I leave you with a WEEKEND AFFIRMATION

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Calling All Dog and Cats - You Can Win One of Two Gift Baskets

How do you like MY SELFIE?

As I promised, I am having a CONTEST. It'll be a very simple contest with, hopefully a lot of PARTICIPANTS. That is the only way it will be fun.

As a reminder, here are the TWO baskets up for GRABS

The one above is for KITTIES. It has a can of food from I Love You Love Me, a pouch of the incredible Nature's Variety Healthy Cravings Chicken topper, and toys and goodies I picked up at the PET EXPO, PETapalooza, Natural Products Expo West and so on. All of this resides in a reuseable felt container

The basket above is for Doggies. It has some oatmeal shampoo, a Kong toy, 2 portable food/water bowls. a poo bag holder, a neat totebag, and I think there might be a leash as well. I admit I ate up all the food samples MOMMY brings home. But nonetheless there is some cool stuff there. It too is piled into a reuseable felt container.


Send me your favorite selfie OR TAKE A NEW ONE. That is all there is to it. If you FOLLOW me on* Instagram, *Twitter or FOLLOW my* Facebook page you get an additional entry per follow. Isn't that cool? I'm going to TRY RAFFLECOPTER for the first time . . . so bear with me a moment while I set it up. . .

Phew! I am glad that is done. Hopefully it works. I pride myself as a PUG that GETS it DONE!!!

Reminder - send selfies to ME at and I will post them as we go along.
I will announce winners on Friday JUNE 30, 2017.

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*If these links don't lead you to follow and you cannot figure out how to, please let me know.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Longest Day of the Year . . . Limited Words Wednesday

Happy Summer Solstice!!!! She's teasing me

For a Kitty

For a Doggy

How do you WIN it? Check back Thursday

AND Finally - This is a blog hop!!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Good Times and Good Food #chewyinfluencer

I put myself on the bag - HELLO
American Journey I am available
to Model

This is a GOOD TIME. A Good time indeed. It is SUMMER and Mommy #1 is home from university. The weather is not so friendly this week, except the early morning which is quite fine. This week the high temps have been in the 100s so not at all pug-friendly. . . but the mornings are GOOD. Best of all, I have been trying a new food - American Journey Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food - and I feel good.

American Journey, for those of you who don't know, is a brand exclusively sold at And if you know then you know how careful they are about who they support/sell online. This is what says about AJ

We believe that every journey, big or small, should start with a bowl full of the best nutrition. American Journey proudly manufactures their pet products in the USA with high-quality protein, wholesome fruits and veggies, and added nutrients for a healthy, happy pet. From puppyhood to your pet's senior years, American Journey makes a meal that will fuel your pet's everyday adventures—even if he's just digging up excitement in the backyard! Available exclusively at

I chose chicken because I loves loves loves Chicken. 

So TWO DAYS after we perused the June newsletter and chose our PROJECT, our box from CHEWY.COM arrived. OMD. . . we, Noodles and Molly, went KooKoo for KooKoo Puffs. I mean, Mister Box Man had just walked up the steps and Molly SANG the alarm. I soon joined in and the cacophony was deafening. It was sooo worth the time out, I tell you, when dinner time arrived and I was TREATED to this wonderful food.

Yes, I did post this photo already to HIGHLIGHT the luscious wallymelon sitting right there. And the blob on the right is the Zignature lamb that we tested last month. But right there on the RIGHT is American Journey Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food. It is everything I expected it to be - savory with a hint of SWEET potato and it is solid and toothy with a CRUNCH which is so satisfying, , , SATISFYING in and of itself. I do NOT finish a bowl and begin begging for more. Mommy says that is NOT a sign that I like the food but more that it did not satisfy me. This is a fine FOOD. But here are some more reasons to try American Journey dry dog food -
  1. AJ is available in FOUR flavors combined with sweet potato - LAMB, BEEF, Chicken, and SALMON
  2. AJ is rich in protein and amino acids which lead to a healthier PUP
  3. AJ is GRAIN FREE so any of you who have problems with grains can eat this food just fine
  4. AJ is also free of CORN, SOY and WHEAT
One look at the ingredient list tells you that this food is formulated with a lot of care and a lot of love:

Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Chickpeas, Pea Protein, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Beet Pulp, Natural Flavor, Flaxseed, Menhaden Fish Meal, Salmon Oil, Blueberries, Carrots, Salt, Dried Kelp, Fructooligosaccharides, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Preservative), Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Niacin Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Pantothenate, Copper Proteinate, Riboflavin Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Manganese Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract.

See what I mean? This is a gooooooooood food which is gooooooood for me.

For you PUPS who are watching your figure, American Journey Dry Dog Food is a scant 436kcal PER CUP! That is so fantastic. No empty calories there which means I don't have to cut down on my portions in order to keep my weight in check.

So I am giving American Journey FOUR PAWS UP. Loves it. Molly only gives it TWO PAWS UP. She'll eat it, but not too enthusiastically. She will eventually eat it in one sitting so over all she LIKES it - just not LOVES it. carries the full line of American Journey foods as well as treats. The have so much variety that there is bound to be something for you.

And now for a little AFFIRMATION

Monday, June 19, 2017

Wrangling Up Some Good Grub #chewyinfluencer

Hi. Sunshine the Cat here with another scintillating review for If you recall, I was SILENCED last month in favor of a BIRD named Jade. Okay, I admit it was exciting for to now be including exotic pets in their array of pet products. But it meant someone had to be shoved aside for a month and it can't be NOODLES (it is her blog, after all). By default that shoved aside one was ME. So I pouted for a small while and then put on my Happy You're Happy face for Jade. In other words, I started plotting for June.

It totally worked. I got to pick something to review in JUNE.

The selection in the June newsletter was so vast that I had some difficulty narrowing the choices down to a reasonable size. I eventually decided to go with Nature's Variety Chicken Cravings because it is a brand I have history with. Plus CHICKEN! Need I say more?

I think you know as well as I do that the picture on the package seldom looks like the real thing. I don't know what I was expecting but this was not it. I doubted it was this nice looking.


Fooled me! It VERY MUCH looks just like the photo on the pouch! And the smell? Well, I almost fell off the counter when it wafted my way. Wafted is too delicate of a work to describe the aroma of this pouch of pleasure. I was completely engulfed in the sweet aroma of the chicken bits (REAL CHICKEN) and accompanying gravy. It was heady, I tell ya.

The taste, to which the picture does not do justice, was an amazing melange of sweet chicken and savory chicken flavor gravy. Let me tell you, I am not a pretty site right now all looking at this photo, remembering the flavor, and drooling. MMMMMMMmmmmmmmmm!

But, as you no doubt know, liking a food is not the whole deal. It must be nutritious and provide protein and moisture to a CAT'S diet. Nature's Variety Chicken Cravings does that by being
  • Grain and Gluten FREE
  • Devoid of dyes, preservatives and artificial flavors
  • A good hydration source
  • Good for all ages and breeds
  • Corn, wheat and soy FREE
The calories are reasonably low for GOOD food which lists its ingredients as Chicken Broth, Chicken, Chicken Liver, Eggs, Pea Flour, Natural Flavor, Sodium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Salt, Sodium Carbonate, Dl-Methionine.

As tasty and nutritious as it is, Natures Variety Chicken Cravings is not meant to be a whole meal and should only be served as a topper or supplement. But believe me, a topper is all that is needed to make you culinary dreams come true.

Nowadays when you see me sleeping, notice the smile on my face. I am dreaming about my meal of kibble topped with Nature's Variety Chicken Cravings.

If you are not a real chicken fan, Nature's Variety Cravings come in several flavors (from real meat, fish, fowl): Chicken, Duck, Tuna, Salmon, Lamb, and Rabbit.

I graciously give this product FOUR dignified PAWS UP for flavor, smell, and overall healthiness.

** I was provided free of charge a sufficient number of pouches to allow me to try, taste, and assess the food. I am not being nor have I ever been paid to write a post nor for my opinion. Furthermore, all opinions expressed in this blog are this of the blog owner only. So if you're gonna blame anyone, blame Noodles (snicker, snicker)

Now it is Time for a Little Affirmation

Friday, June 16, 2017


Sometime back I mentioned that the STRAWBERRY PLANTS in my backyard had lotsa berries. But they were green and quite small still so I could not eat them. I draw the line at eating sour green strawberries. So I have been patient. . . BERRY, berry patient (see what I did there? I made a PUN).

I go outside all the time to check on them - to do my bidness, to sit in the morning sunshine, to water the plants with Aunt T. . . and so on. Green, green, green.

Yesterday I decided to take a closer look

Nothing here. . .

Whaddya know! I see something RED . . .

What a lovely SIGHT . . . My mouth is watering. . .

Oh wait! There's TWO???????

Mommy decided to TORTURE me by holding that luscious red BERRY in front of me and making me wait! Come a little closer MOMMY. . . Yes, like that. . . HA!!! I got IT!

And it was GONE! Stem, leaves and all. It was so yummy I could hardly believe it. I simply cannot wait for the OTHER STRAWBERRIES to ripen.

What about the second one I saw? Well, Aunt T picked it later in the day and said it should have waited a couple of days. It was still sour. Oh well. There are many many more that I KNOW I will enjoy in the next few weeks.

Have a great weekend - keep cool if you are in the part of the country where the temps are going up Up UP!

And Here's another of my 100 Affirmations below

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Celebrating the DUBs #dubnation

Please forgive us Golden State Warrior fans if we are obnoxiously in LOVE with this team. You see, we spent years. . . no DECADES . . . where the team didn't make the play-offs. Where everyone said "Golden State Warriors" with a snicker and a sneer. They were simply not good. . . or had some good players who just didn't connect . . . or, well think of an excuse and it probably fit.

But right here and right now, this is their time - this is our time. The team has so much talent and is peopled with some very intelligent and admirable men. They epitomize T-E-A-M. And I admit, it is exhilarating to be a part of it - to be a part of Dub Nation.

So today, instead of dwelling on politics, wondering where my teeth went, and fretting over when my NEXT meal is. . . instead, I am watching a parade - THE PARADE. And I am reveling in the spectacular season of one of my fave teams. Pugsonally, I cannot think of a better distraction.

And look at the city of Oakland - often depicted as a rundown city of crime. Where as there are some elements of that, for the most part Oakland is a city of promise and a city of amazing history. It is a beautiful town sprawled against the backdrop of hills and preceded by the emerald waters of the San Francisco Bay. Yes, this is Northern California - a place I call home (but I live 40 mins south of Oakland).