Sunday, July 26, 2015

Black and White Sunday: Dreamscope!

I made a Black and White this week in Dreamscope! Try it, it's fun!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Black and White Sunday: Who wants to play?

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Do you know what the 'Dog Days of Summer' mean?

It's that time of year, time for the Dog Days of Summer!

But do you know what the Dog Days of Summer are?

We investigated and wanted to share what we learned with you.

The term the 'Dog Days of Summer' has a rich history.

Some believe that 'Dog Days' goes all the way back to Roman times when they referred to it as diēs caniculārēs and associated the hot weather with the star Sirius which they considered the "Dog Star" (as it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major which means (Large Dog)).

The specific days change from year to year as these days originally were the time of the year when Sirius rose just before or at the same time as the sun. But as time has evolved so does the timing of this occurrence, which is why you will find many conflicting days listed for "The Dog Days of Summer' depending on where you live and which year it is.

Some used to believe that this time was when dogs went mad, and the emanations of Sirius affected dogs in a negative way. Their proof was excessive panting, lethargy and general malaise shown in dogs during this hot time of year made them susceptible to many diseases.

I like to think of them as time to get out there and enjoy Summer and all that Summer has to offer....hiking, swimming, agility, and just enjoying the great outdoors and the long warm days.

To read more about the 'Dog Days of Summer' check out these sites:

The Farmers Almanac


Monday, July 06, 2015

Happy Gotcha Day Rach!

It was one year ago today that I met Rach for the very first time; the day Mum, Gracie, friends (Diane and Rocco) and I drove to SC to pick him up from our super blogging agility friends at 4 Dog Craziness and got to meet their pack for the first time in person!

What a fun, long, tiring, wonderful day!

It was also the very first day that Mum got a smooch from Rach the minute she picked him up for the first time. It was love at first sight I tell ya! And there have been many smooches since that day.

Rach is all grown up now, he stopped growing about two to three months ago. Here he is at about 14 weeks and 14 months.

Little does he know how much fun he's gonna have coming up as he's  getting ready to kick his agility obstacle training into high gear! Oh how I remember those fun days...


Happy Gotcha Day bro

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Black and White Sunday: X-Ray!

Look ma, no arthritis, even at 11 years old! And if you missed out on all my birthday party action, be sure and click here for all the fun, photos, toys, games and more!

And we'll have more info on these x-rays coming soon, stand by!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Pawty Time: Super fun, activities and a BarkBox for my 11th Birthday! #BarkBoxDay

This post is sponsored by BarkBox, and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping to share our experience with BarkBox, but Johann The Dog only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. BarkBox is not responsible for the content of this article.

Yesterday was my 11th Birthday!

And you know what birthdays mean, right?!? Pawty time!

So Rach, Gracie and I spent part of the day doing some things we absolutely love.

We hiked a little around our mountain before it got too hot. We played a little agility in the yard.

It was a pretty low key day, just hanging at home with Mum. And we had an absolute blast.

Gracie enjoys our hike!
After our hike, Mum got out our kiddie pool and let us dunk for treats, yes, that's right treats!

Wait, where's the treat? Oh, it's a goner, already sucked up by the pupper!
One of the big parts of the day was opening my presents. When your 11 you have pretty much everything you need. You'd think right?  But oh no, it isn't so!

Just a couple of weeks ago the nice folks at BarkBox® asked if they could send me one of their boxes to try out. The box was delivered late last week and Mum had to hide it in the closet so none of us (including kittie bro Wolfie) wouldn't get in to it. Yep, you could smell good stuff from outside the box.

Today she let me at it and boy did I go at it!

It includes several of my and our new and old favorite things, including:
  • The new Nina Ottosson small soft Dog Pyramid treat puzzle toy (which makes much less sound when it spins around to get the treats out. Rach will love this one).
  • A Silly Bums crinkle squeaky soft toy (Gracie loves soft little toys for agility rewards).
  • A Jax and Bones Rope Toy that's eco-friendly (and you know how much we love that, Rach's gonna love this one too).
And some healthy, made in the US, treats including:
  • A package of Hare of the Dog Rabbit Treats (whoa! Rabbit?).
  • An Etta Says Turkey Chew (nom!).
  • A package of Petya Superfood Protein treats (who doesn't need a little pick me up?).
  • An Organic TurboPup bar (which will be great for our next big hike!).
Guess I'm going to have to share....oh well, happy to share with my best buds.

After the festivities we took a break on the back deck....too much fun was had by all! This photo reminds me of a song from the 'Wonders.' 'Come on, come on. There's a party going on. Come on, Come on. We'll be rockin' 'till dawn!'

BarkBox is really cool. It's a subscription service that allows you to select monthly subscriptions for a box based on your dog's size that includes toys, treats, chews and sometimes cool gadgets. You sign up and they send you a new box every month.

No worries taking some chances, because if you don't like one of the products it's no pawblem! They will replace a damaged or disliked product with no fuss, no muss.

We like 'em because they are so selective about the products they include. They concentrate on eco-friendly, healthier, made in the US items that fit perfectly with our lifestyle.

If you'd like to try BarkBox (we know your dog wants you to!) here is a 10% off coupon code good for 10% off any new subscription, as well as free shipping in the US. Go fetch!

Check out BarkBox:

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Black and White Sunday: I'm gonna be 11 years old!

11 years old!
One Year Old!
Can you believe it? I'm gonna be 11 years old on the 25th of this month. What a ride it is!!!
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