Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Big snow days!

Last week, we had our big snow dump!

Yep, on Monday we got three inches and it got very, very cold. Then on Wednesday night we got another six inches!

The best part is that after the six inches, it warmed up a lot so we actually got to enjoy all that snow!

It was Rach's first big snow and he loved it just as much as Gracie and I do.

It started snowing before dark on Wednesday, so we got to enjoy some of the big flakes coming down.

Gracie got covered!

We posed for some quick shots. Seems when it snows Gracie always has some on her nose!


Then we got our run on!

And got some more run on!

Gracie and I love to play snow fetch, but Rach never has! So Mum started teaching him, he almost got the hang of it before it all melted away.

And we got some more run on!

And some wrestle time!

The snow was cold after a while, especially since we only see this about once a year. So I hold my paw up when it gets cold and I get ice balls.

And speaking of ice balls, Gracie is the queen of them with her spaniel toes. She had her work cut out for her after our time in the snow!

Our mountain road doesn't have any more gravel on it, so we couldn't get down our steep, steep mountain until Sunday afternoon. Now the highs for this weekend may be near 60 degrees. I see a hike in my future!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Black and White Sunday: It's black and white, but it isn't!

It's black and white, but it really isn't! BOL!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A little snow....a lot of cold!

Seems like every year here on our mountain we get some significant snow in February.

Last year, during the Atlanta Snowmegeddon at the very end of  January, we got about 6 or so inches, but it warmed up nicely the next day or so and all was soon gone, leaving us to play in the snow till we were exhausted one day, and taking a nice little hike the next day.

This year has been a little different. Earlier this week we got a little snow and a whole lotta cold. So the roads have been bad for several days, no going down the mountain that's for sure. And because of the wind chill, we had to wear our coats and stay inside more, giving us cabin fever (literally! since we live in a cabin, lol).

But we did get to venture out and play some and Mum got a few photos.

It was too cold to take the time and get us all in one shot, but Mum got some good ones individually!

And a little wrestle time, just after the snow started to fall.

Oh yeah....nothing like a good romp in the snow!

Hope all of you are staying warm!

UPDATE: We got six inches of snow last night....stay tuned for some fun!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Where you can watch the Oscar winning animated short, Feast!

If you missed it last Sunday, a wonderful, fun, loving little film won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. And guess what? It featured a dog!

The Disney film, Feast, is a story of one man's love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.

It's a 3D hand-drawn/computer-animated romantic comedy short film directed by Patrick Osborne, and produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios.

You can read more about the film here, but take note - 'spoiler alert!'

Here's the trailer.

If you've got six minutes of your time and $1.99 (or $2.99 for HD) you can watch the full length short. Believe me, it's worth it (although we don't encourage feeding your pup lots of the people food he gets :). Just click here, watch the preview and then click the link to purchase and watch.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Investigating #TheArtofNutrition with Wild Calling!

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 Art of Nutrition, but you know that Johann The Dog only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Wild Calling! is not responsible for the content of this article.

Us pups, we know how to live, don't we?

We stretch upon rising, we get in a good 'run' every day to keep up our cardio, energy level, and get rid of any stress from the day. We understand that play heals almost everything in life, and we really know how to nap (preferably all twisted up with our bellies and legs up in the air), awwwwww.

That's why we believe, and have always believed, that eating well can help us keep up being who we are, and all we want to be.

All three of us are very active dogs. I love agility, Gracie loves chasing squirrels, and Rach just loves keeping busy with anything, like any healthy, happy puppy should. And all three of us love hiking the mountains near our cabin here in north Georgia.

Being this active means we need to keep up our nutrition. That's why Mum likes to read, learn, understand and keep up on all the information that swirls the information age about dog food, and use that information to help make decisions that will keep us as healthy and happy, for as long as possible.

So when we learned about Wild Calling!®, a new dog (and cat) food, we were eager to investigate.

We're big fans of high quality proteins, rotated throughout our lives. Different proteins, sourced in the US, raised with no anti-biotics and hormones, and grain free are what we are the most interested in. Proteins like Elk, Buffalo, Trout, Duck, and more can be great variety for us over our lifetime.

And that's what Wild Calling! is all about. They are a small family-owned, family-run company, that is setting out to create a line of pet food that’s real, honest and true, and they believe they are better positioned to provide new, innovative products that meet the needs of independent pet specialty retailers and consumers.
We want to know more and bet that you do too. If so, watch for our upcoming review of their food and join us for a Blog Paws Chat on Twitter, March 10th from 8 - 10 p.m. ET. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, check out their store locator and website for more info about their products and their company.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Black and White Sunday: Just chillin'!

After days of super cold weather at our cabin, we are looking forward to nice days ahead, when we can just chill in the sun!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Wood Frogs, a sure sign of spring!

What is that sound?

Often times in January and February after a big rain, we can hear this sound coming from a temporary pond down the mountain that has formed when someone dug a place for a cabin but didn't end up building there.

Are they birds taking a temporary rest from migration? That was our first thought.

But, for a year Mum didn't know what that sound was and neither did we! So a few weeks ago when Mum heard the sound, she put us inside and hiked down the road to see if she could figure out what was going on down there. She tried to stay quiet as not to scare whatever critters were there.

Just as she rounded the corner and hiked down to the water, she suddenly saw 100's of frogs jumping in the water trying to get away and stay safe.

Ahhhh....frogs! That makes a lot of sense!

These aren't just any frogs, they are Wood Frogs. During the Spring, Summer and Fall we have a lot of toads in are yard (you remember, the ones that gave me toad toxin poison a couple of years back). But we've never seen these frogs around.

After a little research we found out they are only up here in the mountains in Georgia, even though you can find them throughout the northeastern US and across Canada.

It's a heavy breeder! The frogs gather in ponds for a few days to breed then seem to disappear till the next year, which is why we only hear them a few times during the early months of the year.

After they breed, thousands of eggs attach to the vegetation in the pond and hatch within a couple of weeks; then transform from tadpoles to frogs in two months.

These types of frogs are only found in moist woods and they hibernate during the winter moths in leaf litter (which we have a ton of) and rotting logs (which we have a ton of also). They eat a lot of insects, so that's good to keep the bugs down around our cabin.

The Wood Frog is listed as a species that is 'Of Special Concern' in South Carolina; and is a bit rare in Georgia, not due to habitat loss, but because its range just barely extends into the state.

Enjoy the sound!


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Details and info: The Westminster Kennel Club Masters Agility Championship and Dog Show!

The 2nd Annual Masters Agility Championship At Westminster will be held this Saturday, February 14, 2015, at Pier 94 - 711 12th Avenue (at 55th Street), New York, NY 10019.

Preliminary rounds occur from 8 AM - 4 PM with the Championship Finals held at 7 PM - 9 PM ET.

To qualify dog must have MX, MJX, MXP, or MJP titles in AKC agility and can be purebred or those mixed breed dogs that are part of the AKC Canine Partners Program. Due to popularity, this second year they have increased the number of entries to 330 with a total of 660 runs. The Championship Round will consist of 10 dogs from each of the five height classes.

The event will be televised on Sunday, February 15, 2015 from 12PM to 2PM on Fox Sports 1. Check your local listings.

Although we have yet to confirm it, rumor has it that FOXSports1 will live stream the agility event on Saturday night 2-14 from 7-9 PM ET. But we are not hopeful as we can't get a confirmation from FOXSports. The premium indicates, "Judging of this round will be televised live and begin at 7:00 PM. This event will be live streamed throughout the day and televised live nationally on the Fox 1 network Saturday evening. "

Key links:
The Westminster Kennel Club 139th Annual Dog Show breed competition will be held on Monday and Tuesday, February 16-17, 2015 8AM-6PM ET.

Monday will include the hound, toy, non-sporting and herding groups and Tuesday will include the sporting, working and terrier groups. Live streaming of all breed judging will be available on the Westminster website. Watch the breed judging live..  Best in Show will begin at 7:30 on Tuesday night and will be shown live on CNBC from 8-11 PM Tuesday night is LIVE ON USA from 8-11 PM

The 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will air live on the following television channels:

Monday, February 16, 2015 - CNBC Live 8-11 PM ET / 5-8 PM PT
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - USA Network Live 8-11 PM ET / 5-8 PM PT

Good luck to all the competitors!
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