Meeting a Turtle for the First Time.

We got to see a turtle today, up close and personal.  

I was a bit to interested for moms comfort

She ended up having to hild me back.  I wanted to pick it up and lick it.


But Mr. Turtle is safe…mom put him on the opposite side of the fence.

Don’tthink our reaction will go in favor of us getting a pet turtle anytime soon. 

Beagles Come to Chew

The Chamberlain Beagles came over to spend the weekend.  Man are they…

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wait for it

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crazy puppies.

They only thing that kept them quiet was Petsafe Busy Buddy Ultra Woofer

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The Petsafe Busy Buddy Ultra Woofer is ideal for the

Power Chewer and the Treat Craze

Beagles are intelligent but also single minded, and very motivated by food.  Being small and pone to over eating, we can’t just load them up with lots of treat balls to keep them busy.  The Ultra Woofer is great since it has a thick rawhide treat in the middle of a durable vanilla scented nylon dumbbell.  It keeps them Ultra Busy!

Want one for your crazy puppy?  Get it here

Our Top Picks for Interactive Dog Toys

interactive dog toys

It is so important to exercise your dogs mind.  Dog treat dispenser are a great way to stimulate and reduce boredom.

Here are our top picks.

Ossian’s Pick

wobblerKong Wobbler

Super sturdy: Made of hard plastic-great for when you need to nose it up against base boards to make the treats come out.  Easy open bottom for treat filling.

 

 

Koda’s Pick

ball treat dyspenser Toy’s R Us Ball Treat Dispenser

Rubber: Easy to carry and throw around.  Takes a bit to fill with treats as you only have the small opening to put treats in.

 

 

Mom’s Pick

buster activity matBuster Activity Mat

Multiple “task” available-very challenging!!!  Best when paired with “puppy crack” a.k.a Natural Balance Dog Food Rolls

 

Dad’s Pick

holler ball

Hol-ee Roller

Great for those “de-stuffers” Best used with old socks & puppy crack a.k.a Natural Balance Dog Food Rolls

 

 

 

Other puzzles we like:

 

 

And our very own DIY Treat Dispenser

 

 

 

Our Bucket List

 

bucketlist

  1. Have a photo taken with a Celebrity
  2. Go for a boat ride
  3. Find a pet friendly bar
  4. Take a pet-friendly tour of our city
  5. Go Camping
  6. Go on a road trip across the country
  7. Check out the ocean
  8. Go to a concert
  9. Play in the rain
  10. Play in the snow
  11. Hike a Mountain
  12. Get certified as a Canine Good Citizen
  13. Star in a commercial
  14. Start a dog friendly business
  15. Visit the mostly friendliest cities in America
  16. Have a sculpture done of us
  17. Learn a unique trick
  18. Attend a dog camp    Camp Dogwood
  19. Receive a ribbon for a competition
  20. Meet a monkey
  21. Write a book
  22. Start a blog (hehe)
  23. Visit all the dog parks in our state
  24. Have a birthday party
  25. Become therapy dogs
  26. Go to the zoo
  27. Watch a movie at a drive in theater
  28. Swim in a pool
  29. Have our own facebook page
  30. Ride in a convertible
  31. Get a Doggy Massage
  32. Go on a doggy cruise
  33. Ride first class on an airplane
  34. Go to an amusement/theme park
  35. Get over 1,000 followers on Instagram
  36. Swim with Dolphins
  37. See a Pet Psychic
  38. Compete in an agility competition
  39. Compete in a Badass dash K9 Competition
  40. Go dog sledding
  41.  Go on a hot air balloon ride
  42. Jump on a trampoline
  43. Hike a snowy mtn
  44. Have a fire hydrant named after us
  45. Go whale watching
  46. Have professional photos done
  47. Compete in a “Barn Hunt” competition
  48. Travel Overseas
  49. Visit an orchard
  50. Meet Betty White

 

See the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race

Attend Purina’s #Betterwithpets Summit

Go on the Breaking Bad trolley tour

Woofstock in Canada https://woofstock.ca/

 

 

Have some other cool things we should add to our bucket list???? Comment below!

Traveling w/ a Big Dog

We are lucky to have two great parents who love taking us places.  We have stayed over 70 nights in hotels.  We’ve been to Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Indiana, and Florida.  Of course we are still trying to perfect our ideal packing list and travel tips, but here are a few things we’ve learned that you need for traveling with two large dogs!

travelin with a big dog

Top 10 Must Have’s for Traveling w/ a Big Dog

  1. Lavendar Spray-this is great for long trips, it smells great for the humans and calms us canines down.  Riding is fun, but sometimes we can get antsy. Lavender helps us stay calm and not drive the humans crazy.
  2. No-Spill Water Bowl.  It’s a must, we get thirsty….we want to be able to get a drink whenever we are thirsty.
  3. Travel Bag -like this On the go bag.  It’s great, it’s made like a cooler, but comes with two areas for dog bowls, and it’s up off the ground which makes for better flow of eating.  This was great when going to the beach, because Mom stuck lots of ice and water in the bottom cooler part and it stayed fresh and clean, because that salt water makes you thirsty.  (make sure you read-10 things we learned on our trip to the beach)
  4. Comfy Comforter.  We are lucky to have a nice car that has lay down seats-so Mom and Dad can make us a big comfy area to sleep.  It’s best when we have a big comfy blanket that has lots of fluff, and we also love it when there is an extra blanket to cuddle up with.
  5. SUV: we suggest a Hyundi Santa Fe.  This is Mom’s second Santa Fe, they love it and so do we.  It has lots of storage under the back half, and the back seats fold down and makes a big area for us to lay comfortably and has back air vents, which is great for us, because we love to have the air blowing on us!
  6. Car Barrier!  We do not like this idea, but Mom insisted that we put it on the list…It keeps us safe, in case Dad has to hit the brakes hard, but it also keeps me from climbing up into Mom’s lap in the front..so choose wisely…we dont’ think this is the best idea! (I DO-Mom)
  7. Stop it Spray-this is another one we do not suggest you get. But Mom has fingers and is typing this for us, so she’s kind of taking over on this one.  Stop It Spray is a pherephome spray that makes a loud noise when sprayed. The pups hate it, and we’ve only had to use it a couple of times and now we just show the orange can and they stop the unwanted behavor.  Why do you want it in the car…well-there is always a car that has another dog in it, or something that catches their eyes and they just can’t contian their barking.  Stop it Sprays helps keep our sanity when they won’t just listen to the word “STOP” when barking too loud.  Trust me, you will want it!
  8. GPS/Stop & Pee List:  we usually try to check out the road route before leaving for a trip.  Our go to sites are doggoes.com & gopetfriendly.com.  We hate leashes so anytime we can run and have a potty break without those things tying us down is great.  Dad usually looks up dog parks that are on our way, so we can plan our stops at those!  We have visited MANY different dog parks over the years.
  9. Snacks- we prefer chicken jerky.  But you can go with your favorite .  Just like our humans we like road snacks too!!!  So always pack a bag of snacks for the pups
  10. Camera-to record all the awesome outings and funny things we do while on a road trip.

Have you ever been on a road trip?

What’s on your ideal road trip packing list?

Pet Friendly Cabins: Lakeside Cottage

Lakeside Cottage (Sliding Rock Cabins)

Lakeside Cottage.jpgPros:

  • Large Fenced-in area
  • Outside Fire pit
  • Good Size Cabin
  • Pool Table

Cons:

  • Hot Tub not covered
  • No cable or satellite
  • Looks more like beach house than cabin
  • Not available anymore

 

 

 

 

Pet Friendly Cabin: River Dance

River Dance (Sliding Dance Cabins)  Ellijay, GA

River Dance

Pros:

  • Fenced-in yard
  • Big Dining area & Large Open Windows
  • Leather Couches
  • Covered Hot Tub

Cons:

  • Hot Tub downstairs and not in the fenced-in area
  • Fire pit not inside fenced area

 

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8 Things the Perfect Vet Clinic has.

Communication: Easy to reach by phone or email.  Has a great social presence: Facebook/Twitter, and easy to access website with great tools.

Knowledge: Of course the Veterinarians and Vet Techs need to have knowledge, but the receptionist….have enough knowledge to be able to carry on a conversation and answer simple questions.

Accreditation: Member of AAHA-American Animal Hospital Association

Community: Involved in the community, holds events, helps fund-raise, attends dog friendly activities.

Services:  Low Cost Vaccines, Surgery and Dental Care services, Radiography/Ultrasounds, Hospice Care, Holistic, Acupuncture, In House Lab, Emergency Services, Pharmacy (Also allows prescriptions to online and local pharmacies)

Access:  Easy access from home, good hours, Emergency/On-Call Vet, comfortable waiting and exam areas.

Interactions: Personable when scheduling appointments, remembering pet’s names, one-on-one interaction with Veterinarian – not rushing to get done with appointment, in-room exams.

Additional: Must have relationship with outside referral vets – for additional treatments if needed.