Saturday, July 31, 2010
If you have been living in a dungeon somewhere for the last couple of months, BarkWorld Expo is THE EXCITING conference for pet and social media lovers. If you are new to social media and want to learn more, or already an expert, there will be speakers and sessions of interest to you. Mom is just a for fun anipal, but folks who have pet businesses or who represent animal charities will be very interested in some of the sessions that will offer ways to improve your business and/or fund raising.
Mom still has room for 2 peeps to Atlanta, so let her know if you want to hitch a ride. We live in Yorktown and she will drive to Richmond and south, southwest from there and can meet anyone on the way. Also, if you haven't registered yet, mom has some 20% off discounts for the 3 day BarkWorld Expo pass. You don't have to ride with her to use one of those, just let her know!
And now, since it's Saturday, it's time for the HOP!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
First, we believe that there are plenty of wonderful pet companions in shelters all over the world just waiting for loving humans to come get them.
Secondly, we believe that humans who adopt pets need to know what the responsibilities are. Adopting a pet is bringing an animal into your home and promising to love and care for it. This means just because the kitten or puppy grows up and isn't as cute as it once was, the animal is still part of your family. You wouldn't take one of your children to a shelter, why would you take a pet?
Pedigree has a number of great short videos like this one that in 30 seconds really expresses what it means for the animal who is adopted. Mom says that a human who loves their pet is even happier. I will have to take her word for that - along with my 4 kitty sibs and two dogs that live downstairs with her mom. We were all adopted from a shelter or people who could no longer care for us.
Since it was a red carpet event, I got dressed up along with so many of my pals.
Mom was on her way to her own pawty on Saturday. She has college friends that get together every year and their pawty was that night. She had to drive to the DC area which is normally a three hour drive and thought she would get to the pawty and share my award with her friends. But she ran into some of the worst traffic (even for that area). She had to keep pulling over to check Twitter on the Blackberry to see if it was award time.
When she was right around the corner from her friend's house, she saw a bunch of retweets on her Blackberry and she knew it was time for our acceptance speech.
And I was absolutely thrilled to have the famous @MattieDog from the Shibbering Cheetos present the award for best still pictures to me.
I love my award. Mom wants to take it to work to show it off - but she better bring it back!
And now, it's time for the Hop - we did the Bunny Hop/Conga at the end of this wonderful #Pawpawty and Anipal Academy Awards so it is only fitting.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
It's super flexible middle allows this toy to be playfully "wagged" and shaken back and forth. Treat Meter randomly dispenses treats. Small 5.75" x 5.25" for Dogs under 20 lbs Medium/Large 7" x 5.5" for Dogs over 20 lbs
My favorite toy!
Pros: Fun, Interactive, Good Construction, Tough, Easily Cleaned, Lightweight, Stows Easily, Easy To Assemble
Best Uses: Dogs
Describe Yourself: Long-Time Pet Owner
What can be better than a good chew toy that also dispenses treats? Mom breaks small dog biscuits in half and loads them in the Waggle. She found she needed to trim back the rubber strips that hold the treats in (good instructions on how to do that are included with the product). I learned right away to shake the Waggle and get the treats out. I like to toss it up to make them come out. Mom gets home from work at night and I bring her my waggle to load up. I am notoriously hard on my toys and this one is a survivor! Mom just puts it in the dishwasher to clean.
Yoda and the Waggle.avi
Tags: Interactive, Treats, Using Product, Review, Fun, Waggle, Toy, Dog, Tough
Saturday, July 10, 2010
As you can see, I assume a box that comes to the house is for me. Open the box faster Dad!
It's hard to tell what I got and this was the best picture. That Blackberry doesn't capture movement very well and a toy delivery means lots of excitement and blurry movement. I got an alligator and seahorse bungee toy. At Nip and Bones they are called Shore Thing Bungee Dog Toys. It is hard to believe they are only $3! I also got a super bouncy and sturdy ball called an Orbee-Tuff Woof and Fetch Ball. I got the green WOOF one and you can sort of see it under my chin in the picture. I also got this cool small rope toy (small for me - 8"). You might catch a glimpse of the rope in the picture too. I had a great big rope but this one is more fun. Finally mom actually sprang for a small cat toy (kitty catnip creature).
Okay before you think my mom is mean because she doesn't buy the cats much, they really do not like toys. Dad keeps them in catnip (he keeps it in the fridge to keep it fresh) so he gets them stoned periodically, and they play with the laser light, but toys not so much.
I have another box on its way from Nip and Bones with my Chewber replacements (yes that was plural) and my Tug A Jug toy that was back ordered and some other surprise mom got me. I think I am beginning to feel a little like Buttons! Only difference is that I destroy so many of my toys they don't accumulate like Buttons' do!
[By the way we do not get any free products or payment of any kind for blogging about Nip and Bones' products. We are just real fans!]
Now for the Hop! I am enjoying so many new bloggies!
Monday, July 5, 2010
Mom reminded me we had done some research on this earlier because it was one of the #Purrs4Peace Sundays. I don't know how I forgot, because I remember we found this video that made us really sad because it was scary how many breeds were considered dangerous. Even my sweet doggie mom, a German Shepherd Dog. Sadly even though we bookmarked that video, the person who had put it on YouTube took it down. But we found this one instead:
It's not just my mom the GSD (and who knows where it leaves me as half a GSD)? It's my little sort of cousin Honey (my mom's niece's dog). I played with her in our back yard today and had so much fun. I even let her play with my sticks. She is so sweet and she is a Pit Bull and in Detroit she would be DEAD.
Some evil people train dogs to be vicious. I am not sure if they are more evil than people who kill dogs just because they are a breed that these evil people seem to train more often. Too many evil people and it seems us dogs suffer. German Shepherd dogs are trained to be police dogs and assistance dogs too.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Mom and dad are big Scifi fans and wanted to name me after a Star Wars character. Dad liked Chewbacca but mom thought naming a puppy Chewie was a bad mistake. So they decided on Yoda. This picture does show that my ears can do special things.
I also have some nicknames. Mom calls me Pumpkin and Pumpkin Pie all the time because I am the same color as pumpkin pie. At Christmas she also called me Gingerbread. Same reason, same color. They still call me Puppy and Sweet Puppy even though I am 2 now. There is only one nickname I do not like: Bad Dog.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
1. Wot be you fave toy or stuffie?
I have two qualities for a great toy: fun and durable. I have a reputation for killing my toys and it's true. I love them too much. So I have to go for my waggle. The waggle is very sturdy. I have had it many months and it is perfectly without any damage. And it sure is fun because when you shake it, little treats come out! What could be better?
2. Wot is the one thing you would most like to change about the werld?
I would have every dog, cat, bunny, bird and other anipal have a forever home where they were loved and taken care of like me.
3. If'n you could has one super powah, wot would it be?
I would want to be able to fly. I think it would kind of feel like swimming only better cause the water wouldn't go up my nose. I watch birds a lot and I would like to see everything from up in the sky.
4. Wot is you most skeered of?
I am scared of running out of sticks. Chasing sticks, chewing sticks and eating sticks is my life but sometimes I can't find any. I run around and around looking for more and sometimes I can't find them. Usually there are some more the next time I go play but I am scared that one day they will be all gone. Do you think I should worry?
5. Wot does you see in the pikshur below?
I think that inky picture looks like Button surrounded by her toys. When I first looked at it, I thought it looked familiar but I just couldn't figure it out. Then I saw her post with her answers to the kwestshuns and I said "Ah ha! That's it!" Yep, that's definitely Buttons in her pile of toys with a couple of toys escaping from the pile at the bottom.
Now for my five kwestshuns:
- What is your favorite treat?
- What is your favorite thing to do with your human(s)?
- What is your favorite thing to do outside?
- If you could meet one famous animal or person, who would it be?
- If you could go one place in the world, where would it be?
The first was all the way from England and from @HenryandFriends. This was my pawty pwize from winning a quiz. It was really three pwizes! First a giant cheeseburger with a whopper of a squeaker! We are not sure of the name of the next toy but I call it the "mom enabled ball launcher." We all know mom is a bad thrower (remember the Chewber?) This toy should really help her throw better! The last present was kind of for my mom - an eco friendly bag for her shopping. She always needs these so she is very happy too!
Sadly for mom and dad, it seems all the packages are for me so I know it as soon as dad brings one in. Mom thought it might have been something we ordered from Nip and Bones, but no, it was my contest pwize from Two Little Cavaliers, Davinia and Indiana. I won their Skinneeez toys contest! The contest was thanks for Ethical Products Inc. who market under Spot Brand Toys. They are on Twitter and Facebook!
And you will all be happy to know that mom ordered be 2 chewbers from Nip and Bones. They were on sale!
By the way, my recent flurry of posts is very unusual for me so if you are a new follower either don't get your hopes up or don't be worried? BOL!
Since it's a long weekend, mom said I could go to Hawaii and pawty with Sallie and her friends. Here I am practicing my hula. I practiced hard all week so I would not be embarrassed at the big 4th of July Luau.
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Independence Day celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The men who signed this document risked everything - treason was punishable by death - to forge our new country. I love the words of the preamble. My mom knows all the words by heart because she learned to sing this song by the Fifth Dimension called The Declaration:
Mom also has a real weakness for musical theater and one of her favorite musicals that was also made into a movie is 1776. So she asked me to share this video from the movie that talks about how the Eagle became our national symbol.
I wonder - if Ben Franklin got his way would we be eating turkey every Thanksgiving?