Sunday, April 26, 2015

Black and White Sunday: Tugging fun!

Rach loves tugging with his udder!

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Wild Calling! Dog Food Review from the Wild Man! #TheArtofNutrition

This post is sponsored by Wild Calling! and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the Wild Calling! Pet Food, but Johann The Dog only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Wild Calling! is not responsible for the content of this article.

I've always been a wild kinda guy....hiking seven miles up Blood Mountain, running first place snooker runs in agility at 10 years old, herding birds till my tongue hangs out, and running crazy chasing Rach and Gracie around the cabin...over and over and over.

I, like my Mum, love being active. To be active I need super good nutrition, with all the necessary and important ingredients to keep my body strong and healthy to enjoy all the things I want to enjoy.

So Mum and I were really interested when the folks at Wild Calling!®, a new brand of dog and cat food from the Petersen family in Greeley, Colorado, wanted to send us some of their new food to try and evaluate.

So what did I do? Yep, I dug in!

Oh, we're barking!
We received two of their new foods....their pawsome single source protein food, the Western Plains Stampede®, which is just one of several of their single source protein foods. These are are great for dogs with sensitivities and perfect for rotational diets like we practice. They also sent us their GRASSLAND™ canned dog food that is 96% Buffalo. What did I just say? Yep, Buffalo.

Talk about yummy! I kept bugging Mum for more.

More please!
Wild Calling! is a family owned company that is highly committed to proper and wonderful nutrition for dogs and cats. Quality is their top concern, and they believe in using the highest quality ingredients, all with hormone and antibiotic-free meat, poultry and fish. Meat and protein rich, they believe in grain free nutrition, as we do. And it's made in the US!

Oh....thanks Mum, I wanted some more of that!
Thanks for allowing us the opportunity to share this new dog (and cat) food with you, and the philosophy of the Wild Calling company! I, along with Rach and Gracie, love the food and can't wait to have more, especially of that Buffalo, OMD!

To find Wild Calling! at a store near you or online, visit their store locator. And don't forget to find them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Happy First Birthday Rach!

Can you believe it? Rach is already one year old this weekend!

Monday, April 06, 2015

Beep, beep, beep....Rach masters back up at a distance!

Rach loves learning new tricks!

We've been working on this one for a little while. Teaching back up from a distance has been difficult for me and Gracie, but Rach got it right away.

First Mum started by teaching him very close, with him facing her. Then she stepped into him just a little and when he backed up she clicked, said beep, beep, and threw a treat between his legs (this is key in getting the distance she's discovered over the years).

Then when he started understanding that the 'beep, beep' and click meant to back up she started increasing the distance, always throwing a treat to him, instead of having him come back to Mum for a treat (again, this is key to get the distance).

Once he really got it down, he started doing the 'throw his head up and barking a little,' silly boy! But Mum thinks it's cute.

She then had him increase and increase the distance, and then working with him in different places, like down this hall, through the kitchen, upstairs, and outside. Now even though this video shows him backing up about 15', he can actually do about 30' feet now outside.

Check it out!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Happy 10th Birthday Gracie!

Today is my sis's 10th Birthday!

Happy Birthday Gracie!

Expressive Gracie!

Squirrel loving Gracie

Patient Gracie!

Photogenic Gracie!

Little Gracie on the first day we brought her home!

Snow lovin' Gracie!

Hiking Gracie!

Water loving Gracie!

Tell it like it is, Gracie!

Diggin' Gracie!

Jumpin' Gracie!

Fetchin' Gracie!

Super happy Gracie!

Agility Gracie!

Amazing Gracie!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Happy 20th Birthday Wiggy!

Wiggy just 3-4 weeks old the first day with Mum.
 Today is a very special day!

Today Wiggy (aka Ludwig) is 20 years old. Can you believe it? That's 97 in human years.

Back in 1995, Mum adopted Wiggy from the Southside Animal Shelter through an adoption event at Petco. That's the same shelter where I came from!

Mum had adopted Wolfie, my other kittie bro about five months earlier at 8 months and he was just a handful. He'd play with a golf ball in the kitchen until all hours of the night, keeping Mum awake.

So Mum thought he needed a playmate. Wiggy was just a very little thing when we found him. They said he was 12 weeks old, but later Mum learned that kittens that old do not still have their blue eyes. So he was probably just about 3-4 weeks old.

Over the weeks he grew and grew and grew. Wiggy kept growing for almost two years. Which we found out later is what Maine Coons do. So Wiggy is a very big kittie now, just about as tall and as big as I am. Come to find out too that Maine Coons are very good with dogs; and it's true of Wiggy; he rules the animal kingdom at our cabin.

Wiggy was a super cute little thing. 
When Mum brought Wiggy home, she was a little nervous about introducing him to Wolfie. The first time they got together, Wolfie got him in a bear hug and started using his back legs on Wiggy. Scared Mum a little. But the third time they got together, they played really well, and then Mum found them sleeping together. That's when she knew they would be best friends.

Like I said, Wiggy is really good with dogs. He and Gracie (and now Rach) are so loving with each other that Mum often jokes they 'need to get a room.'

Wiggy is bold and pushy. And sometimes that creates a little conflict, but overall I respect him greatly, especially after I got that first and only scrape on my nose for trying to herd him.

He used to be a very sickly little guy, but once Mum moved him to organic canned food all his health issues disappeared. He used to get urine crystals so bad that he would drip blood around the house. And he used to get hairballs so bad he would need a vet to come and give him an IV he was so dehydrated. But he's been healthy for years now. He has a little arthritis that prevents him from jumping up and down too far, so Mum puts chairs next to her desk and her bed, so if Wiggy wants to join her, he can.

Still at 20 years old, Mum and I will come down from the bedroom and find Wiggy's toys all over the living room floor where he had a big party all night.

We're really glad that Wiggy allowed me and Gracie and Rach into his life. And I think that both Rach and Gracie are really glad they get to enjoy Wiggy's love, just as Mum does. Me?

Wiggy used to love hanging with the sage in our yard in Indiana.
Wiggy likes to hang on the chair likes this, especially in the summer. Mum won't get rid of that old chair, just for Wiggy.
When we lived in Indiana, Mum used to put a dog harness (as they didn't have kittie harnesses back then) and let him explore the great outdoors. One time he caught a bird flying by jumping up over Mum's head right in mid air.
When our training tunnel is inside, Wiggy can't help but be an agility kittie.
This is one of Mum's cherished photos. She was taking a photography darkroom class (before digital was cool) and she had to take a roll in for negative developing and print developing. This one was a big hit with the class!

Happy Birthday Wiggy!
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