Saturday, September 16, 2017

An Acquired Taste

When I grew up in the Northeast, I knew about 17 year cicadas. The big, ugly, noisy bug appeared every 17 years and were everywhere. I didn't know much about cicadas except that they don't fly really well, crashing into objects and people. They are very large bugs and they make an outrageous amount of noise. But people can put up with ugly noisy bugs once every seventeen years, right?
Then we moved to the midwest and guess what... there are cicadas that happen  every year. They are big and ugly and noisy and they are here every single summer. Sometimes they make so much noise that we can hear them inside the house with all the windows closed and we only sit outdoors in the evenings if we don't mind the constant high pitched shrieking. I do mind, so I don't sit out in the evenings.

But, not everyone dislikes cicadas as much as I do. My dogs love them.

When cicadas die, they tend to just drop out of the trees and we find them on the ground in the morning. My Porties race to grab them and crunch them up like potato chips. I remember a few years ago when Bailey found a live one on the ground and grabbed it. It kept rattling and screaming as Bailey ran around the yard with it in her mouth. She eventually stopped and put it down to study it, only to have Tess grab it and gobble it down.

Now a new generation has discovered the appeal of cicadas. Mackey is quite obsessed with them.
 Autumn is coming and the nights are getting cool. That means that in the morning we can usually find a few cicadas in the yard. Mackey is fast and usually beats the Porties to her new favorite treat.
 Occasionally she finds one with some buzz left and will carry it around until it stops buzzing. Then in a gulp, it's gone.
 Sebastian says, "I don't do bugs."
Smart.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

An Observation

My Water Dogs have had a good life. They've never gone hungry. They've never had to sleep outdoors in the cold or heat or rain. They've always known they had a warm dry bed waiting them at the end of the day. They have lived with a routine so they know exactly when to expect their next meal and when they would go out to play and when they would go to sleep each night. This is what we would hope every dog could experience.
 Sebastian has a different story. We don't know what his early life was like but from his good manners, we think he was loved and cared for. Then something changed.
 We don't know how long Sebastian was on his own looking for home, but from his physical condition when he found us, he'd been alone for awhile. His eyes were red from the sun and his pads were sore from the hot pavement. His coat was covered with a tar like substance and lots of burrs. He was too thin and very tired and thirsty.

Some people don't give dogs credit for thinking or remembering, but Sebastian knows that things were bad and now they're better. How do I come to this conclusion?
Each evening when I feed my dogs their dinner, the Water Dogs and the Hound girls get excited and jump and bark and act like it's a special occasion. Sebastian walks to the spot where he eats and sits quietly waiting.

The Water Dogs and Hounds act like it's a race to see who can finish eating first. Then they come to me for their reward. What, a reward for eating dinner? I'm not sure how that got started but I try to think of it as dessert and give each of them half a biscuit.

Sebastian takes his time eating his meal, he's usually last to finish, then comes over and licks my hand. After every single meal, he licks my hand and I interpret it as a 'thank you for feeding me' action. He will also gladly accept his half biscuit but not until he thanks me.
The experts may say I'm projecting human feelings onto my dog, but I am convinced that Sebastian knows what it's like to go hungry and be lonely and not have a safe place to sleep and he appreciates what he has.

I'm so sorry that he had to experience bad things and I think they're responsible for the dreams he has every night when he cries and moans.
 I wish no dogs ever had to know such a life. Mostly I'm glad Sebastian found us and we can give him security and love.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

What's For Dinner # Chewy Influencer

Hi Everybody,
We eat dinner at 4:30 most days unless Mom gets involved in something and forgets to look at the clock. Since she does that a little too often lately, we start reminding her about 3 o'clock that we're starving and it's time to start thinking about our dinner. We used to start our reminders at 4, but we've moved it up so she has plenty of time to get ready. We know she appreciates the reminders even though she doesn't act like it.
Mom tries to give us fish a couple times a week because besides being almost unbearably yummy, it's also very good for us. This time our wonderful friends at Chewy sent us this case of Zignature Salmon Formula. Oh boy, we can hardly wait to try this.
This food is made with salmon from the Northwestern USA and we all know that salmon is a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids. That means they help us fight off arthritis as we get older.
Zignature uses no potatoes, grains, chicken, eggs, chicken by-products, gluten, corn, wheat or soy in their food. That means that all of us can enjoy this food and stay healthy. Mom says it's good for dogs with certain allergies or sensitivities.
Today Mackey said that she'll be our official tester. See how nicely it mixes into her kibble and beans? 
OK, Mackey, here you go. Taste it and tell us what you think.
Wow, Mackey ate this super fast, then licked her bowl clean. She says that Zignature Salmon Formula is one of her favorites. Now it's time for the rest of us to eat, so we'll see you soon.
Your pal, Fudge
Chewy sent us a case of Zignature Salmon Formula canned food at no cost to us in exchange for our honest review.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

National Dog Day X Infinity

I had to laugh yesterday when I read that it was National Dog Day. Every day of my life has been National Dog Day.  Here's the proof.

Blondie

Boots

Cookie


Hermione and her pups

Zelda



Libby

Pylon

Porsche

Bentley

 Lucy

Monty



Morgan


Winston


Tsar

Samba

Fudge

 Samba and Fudge's pups
 Tess

Sky

Lola


 Grace

Bailey

Gib

Noah

Norma Jean


Sebastian

 Sydney and Mackey
That's my family, but there have been many others who have passed thru my life and left their prints firmly on my heart.
 Every single minute of every single day is National Dog Day.