Monday, March 02, 2015

Why Did I Want A Sofa Dog Again?

Three days ago, without rhyme or reason, Macy decided she was an affectionate girl! Only once has she run from me while petting her! She's come up on the sofa and sought my hand. She's stayed for longer and longer times. And tonight, she has cuddled with me on the sofa all evening for only the second time in nine months!

 I don't know what brought this on...

We had an insane weekend. Our hiking buddy, Buster got trapped high up a mountain ridge for about 30 freezing rain. The whole pack had quite the adventure rescuing him - he's home safe now!  And Macy was up on the mountain once with me during one of the rescue attempts. 

I don't know if it was seeing my concern for her buddy or feeling how very upset I was, but suddenly, she's far more loving! And I'm eating it up for as long as it lasts - even if it means I have sit hanging off the sofa!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Only Time She Smiles

Macy does not strike me as a particularly happy dog. She's quiet, never asks for anything, unless I'm in the kitchen. She does follow me down the hall to the office or bedroom...but mostly it's like not having a dog at all. After all these months, she still hesitates when we come in the back door. I have to invite her in HER  home several times a day. When I look at her, she still seems blue... Her crooked little eyebrows only make her more sad...

But when she's roaming free, she's a different dog. She's forever grinning!

The arthritis in her elbow make her limp something fierce...but she just loves to be out on the trail!

Heck, even her feet look happy!

She did get lost and just panic and disappear on me twice... And there have been more "cactus incidents" than I can count, but, she's a wonderful trail dog! She comes when called, doesn't want to pull the horse tails (in hopes of horse d'oeuvers) and lives to explore. It's wonderful to see her this happy...if only for an hour a day!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Happy Birthday to the Girl I Miss

Happy Birthday Mabel Lou! You would have been 13 today!

I'm not doing so well without you. Sure, I put on a brave face and I try to hold it together... but it's so hard.

Your replacement - that I'm certain you picked out for me - is a troubled pup. And while I'm flattered that anyone thinks I can handle this, it's so very hard.  She is such a fearful pup... I can feel her trembling when I pet her. The slightest touch can send her scurrying away and looking back at me as if I had done the most horrible, vile thing to her. Mostly, I just feel like I don't know what I'm doing at all. And I fear I'll never be able to help her.

I miss having a rough and tumble dog, one that loves a good, hearty scritch. I miss having a dog who wags her tail: the sound of my voice, the songs I sing, a tennis ball, a lizard, a golf ball, a friend... they all had their own special dance performed by the tail that was the reason I gave up on coffee tables.

I miss a dog that plays: hide and seek, chase, ball, hide the baby (stuffie). All brought you so much joy. I've given all your toys away as they mean nothing to her. I have very real fears that by the time I have a playful dog again, I'll be too old to run and jump and roll.

I miss having a dog that doesn't run squealing down the hall when I ask her to kiss my ugly mug. I miss sleeping next to you, even those times when  you would wake me as you dug my hands out from under the covers because you needed petting in the middle of the night. I miss having a dog that will nap as long as I like. I miss the earthy creeky smell of your paws.

I actually miss the constant interruptions when I work. Your perpetual nagging for me to pay attention to you. I miss our arguments. Even though we spoke different languages, I understood you and you got me! You could make your case as well as any lawyer. I would often cave... but when I said no, you would give in but make your displeasure known.

I miss having such a funny, smart, and sweet dog.

I miss you...

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Warning for Shelter Dogs Looking for Homes

Hello good pups and peeps of Blogville! Macy Blue here with a serious warning for shelter pups looking for a good home.

I am imploring all shelters to start asking humans planning to adopt about what kind of work they expect from their pups! Take me, for example. Sure, I thought I was being adopted into a nice home but my momma is a slave driver!  There is a never ending amout of jobs I have to do!

In addition to reminding her to slow down and drink coffee, I have to remind her about walks and hikes and meal times. I don't think she would know when to go to sleep without me!  But that's not all!

Momma makes glass beads and it's my job to inspect them! Let's look at a typical endless day in the life of a bead inspector!

O.K. Momma, whadya make today??

Well this arrangement is a hot mess Momma! Really! How do you expect anyone to buy this crap set of lovely beads??/

And really?? I have to inspect all these??? What kinda super pup do you think I am??

You need to move that one off the edge of your fancy (NOT!) photo paper Momma!

This stupid seashell is her attempt at being Etsy fancy! BOL!!! Yeah Momma, that looks good! {Insert eye roll}

C'mon Momma! Aren't you done yet??? Geez! You take more pictures of beads than you do of me!

And Momma?? You're gonna haveta 'splain to me why witches need so many boobs... do they have litters too?? 

As you can see, I've clearly been adopted into slavery! Don't let this happen to you good pups! Save yourselves!!!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Product Review:

Hello good peeps and pups of Blogville! Macy Blue here with another review for! OMD! We got a Chewy box today full of goodies! Mom finally signed up for that automatic delivery so I don't have to run low ever again! (Mom's mentals are NOT all that!) But I'm a bit off track!

Ok, Momma, whadweget??? 

Oh that's right! It's national pet dental health month... I don't really think much about my teeth but I do know my Momma's been complaining with hers... but she's like a hundred years old... I'm just a pup of almost four. You wouldn't think I'd need to worry about them.

...What's that Momma??? I get an extra treat to take care of my teeth??? Well, heck, I'm IN! We get to review SmartChips: The Healthy Alternative to Rawhide in Peanut Butter Flavor.

Oh, I'm 'sposed to show you the nice package.

My Momma HATES rawhide... she's seen it hurt pups awful bad! But she was curious about these because they were made from dried chicken breast. And she says they look like rawhide. She loved how long it took me to chew them up. 

Here are the ingredients: Corn, Chicken, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Fructose, Pork Gelatin, Peanut Butter, Barley Malt Syrup, Maltodextrin, Sweet Potatoes, Peas, Carrots, Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Ferrous Sulfate, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Sulfate, Artificial Flavor, Niacinamide, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate (preservative), Sodium Pyrophosphate, Sodium Propionate (preservative), Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Vitamin E, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Manganese Sulfate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, FD&C Red 40. Vitamins & Minerals: Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Niacin, (Niacinamide, Vitamin E, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Manganese Sulfate, Vitamin B12 Supplement

 Ok Momma, now that we got that out of the way, GIMME!!!

Oh! Nom nom nom!!!

Excuse me... gotta chew....

Yum Yum Nom Nom!

STILL chewing!

Seriously, Momma gave me ONE treat and took about a million pics!

Whew! Well my teeth ought be clean! Wait! I still have to hoover the ground!

I just LOVE the Smartchips... but Momma, as always has her own opinions!  So take it away Momma: 

Macy Blue Momma here. As always finances are of a concern... These are actually affordable...coming in at 4 cents more each than the Checkups we currently buy. And Macy LOVES them, another plus. I also really like how long it takes her to devour them.  Our regular ones are gone in seconds...these take several minutes of devoted chewing. 

On the downside, I don't like that the first ingredient is corn. I try to feed as little corn as possible and won't even consider a dog food with corn in it. And these have way more ingredients. But I can still see us buying these. But let's give Macy the final word:

Thanks Momma! I give SmartChips four paws up! Momma gives them a reluctant two thumbs up...mostly for the corn.

Neither Creekhiker nor Macy Blue were compensated for this review. Mr Chewy sent one bag of SmartChips Peanut Butter Flavor  for Macy Blue to devour... or not.