Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tough as Nails / Smarter Than Expected

For those of you who aren't aware, my family went missing this week in the Louisiana Flood. It was a gut wrenching 24 hours before I, along with my niece, finally found my brother-in-law only to find that when he went in a rescuer's boat to get my mom, she was not home! We spent Monday thinking that she had been rescued with neighbors and trying helplessly to find which of the many shelters she had been taken to...Red Cross' Safe and Well Website is a freaking joke!

To make matters worse, I started my new job teaching in an emotionally disturbed classroom and could not work the phones during the day. By Monday afternoon, I found out Mom was rescued...but not on Sunday as I had thought. We still have no idea where she was when my brother-in-law and the Cajun Navy went to look for her! But Monday, a deputy from another parish was volunteering on his day off and Mom stopped them to ask if they could boat down to the back of her property where the water was waist deep to get her trash can that floated away...she needed to clean now that the 2' in her house was receding! They made her leave the house.

She spent a cold night in the Centroplex River Center (concert hall) and by this morning, she had someone find my number and they were begging me to get my brother -in-law to come get her. (His truck was still trapped at his house.) My little cousin was already on the way and the lady on the phone seemed relieved!

Mom is safe and sound and anxious to get to to work on rebuilding her house! Not bad for 93!

Here she is on her river boat cruise down her street:

Mom is just amazing... and one tough broad! 
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With me being in teacher training and driving to school 3 hours a day all summer (12 hours a day away from home! UGH!) Macy Blue has been getting the short end of the stick!

With the stress of so many friends and family losing homes this week and the search for Mom and the brother in law and starting a new job...I was just spent when I walked Macy last night. I had taken her to a park over the mountain about six miles because the ocean breezes flow up that canyon. It was 90 something at 6:30 on my porch and I swear it was around 80 there!

My feet were killing me as well as my back and knees. I cut our walk short by about 2/3.  It was still blazing hot tonight and I decided a repeat was in order.

We arrived at the park and I started toward the gate where we always start. Only Macy would NOT budge. No... she wanted to go the way we usually come out of the park! Wha????

I realized, she was making certain that she got her WHOLE hike...not the short version she got the night before!

That, my friends, is the smartest thing Miss Blue has ever done!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Product Review: Blue Buffalo Wilderness Alligator & Catfish Canned Dog Food

Hello good pups and peeps of Blogville! Hope this finds you well! I'm back with a review for the most pawsome Chewy.com. I've been on my own so much this past month, if we didn't have Chewy Autoship, I would have starved! ...but that's another story!

O.K.  M.O.M. (stands for Mean Old Momma!), what'd Chewy send me???

You are reviewing Blue Buffalo Wilderness Bayou Blend with Alligator and Catfish Grain-Free Canned Dog Food Macy Blue.

Hey, didn't we just review their Alligator and Catfish Biscuits?

Yes we did, MB! Good Memory! This is what the can looks like: 


And the food:
 


I never forget a good biscuit M.O.M.! So... what are we waiting for??? Let the puppy taste it! Let the puppy taste it!



WOWZERS! That's good stuff!!!

O.K. M.O.M. do your 'gredient bit...

Creekhiker here. Here are the ingredients from the Chewy website: 
Alligator, Chicken Broth, Chicken, Potatoes, Water, Whitefish, Chicken Liver, Turkey, Catfish, Pea Flour, Dried Egg, Pea Protein, Shrimp, Guar Gum, Sunflower Oil, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Carrageenan, Cassia Gum, Choline Chloride, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Niacin Supplement (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9).
Blue Buffalo makes really quality products but... if it has more chicken broth, chicken, potatoes, water, whitefish, chicken liver and turkey than catfish, why does Catfish get top billing?? Things like that just bug me. 

That being said, it is a quality food and Macy likes it. It is $3.08 per 12.5 oz. can at this time.  The exotic flavors of our regular brand (I used rabbit and wild salmon for comparison) are $2.72 / 13 oz. can so price wise, it's in the same wheelhouse. I do buy about 8 cases of food at a stretch and then organize the flats so every 9th can is the same food. I don't like eating the same food every day so why should my dog? So, I would probably work this into Macy's rotation.

I always mix the can food with Macy's liquid Glucosamine ...
and then I add warm water and kibble.

Here's the girl enjoying her meal: 


And.. ALL GONE!



Oh...MY....DOG!!! Did Princess Pocketbook just say she's buy me some of this???? Whooooo Hoooo! Score!

Well, I sure give it four paws up!!!!
Neither Creekhiker nor Macy Blue were compensated for this review. Chewy.com gave Macy Blue one case of Blue Buffalo Wilderness Bayou Blend with Alligator and Catfish Grain-Free Canned Dog Food to devour...or not.



Thursday, June 30, 2016

Product Review: Hill's Ideal Balance Breakfast Medleys with Country Chicken and Egg

Hello Good pups and peeps of Blogville! Macy Blue here with another Chewy.com review. O.k. Momma, what did Chewy send me this month??


They sent you Hill's Ideal Balance Breakfast Medleys with Country Chicken and Egg Dog Treats.

Ummm Breakfast Medleys?? Wait... they make cookies just for breakfast???  Oh gimmegimmegimme!! Give it to the MacyBlue!... INCOMING....


Oh NOMnomNOM! Those are tasty...Oops! MOM! You forgot to do the product shots! Show them what the baggy looks like:


The cookies look like little waffles! Macy Blue LOVES waffles! Heh!


Momma, you shouldn't put that back in the bag...you touched it you know! I don't want your hand germs in my cookies, so...You should give me that one!   INCOMING!


That one was a bit HIGH, Momma! O.K. I'mma hoover the ground a bit  while Momma tells you the 'gredient stuffs!


Hill's Ideal Balance Breakfast Medleys with Country Chicken and Egg Dog Treats are regular priced on Chewy's site at 8.99 for 8 ounces which is a bit steep for my budget. And the treats are big...so there are not that many of them. We typically buy a pound for 7.99 of our favorite treats on Chewy.com. For those of you with deeper pocketbooks, they are made from good stuff and Macy really loved them.  On the plus side, they are on sale right now!!!

Here are the ingredients as listed on Chewy.com: 
Chicken, Peas, Potatoes, Chicken Meal, Tapioca, Cane Molasses, Glycerin, Chicken Fat, Egg Product, Natural Flavors, Dried Skim Milk, Cinnamon, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Mixed Tocopherols for freshness.
 Back to Macy Blue to wrap it up:

There goes Princess Pocketbook again... sigh... Maybe we can get some at the Chewy.com sale.  [Who knew I got adopted by Kmart?? Sheesh]

Well, I sure loved them!  So let's hope!

Neither Creekhiker nor Macy Blue were compensated for this review. Chewy.com gave Macy Blue one case of Hill's Ideal Balance Breakfast Medleys with Country Chicken and Egg Dog Treats to devour...or not.





Monday, June 13, 2016

Throwing Shade

Throwing shade has a negative connotation in social media, but this is what it means to Macy Blue and me.


Macy's hellbow causes her to limp. Her desire to lead the pack while simultaneously exploring off trail causes her to over heat. She is prone to "sand naps." While we were in Louisiana, she could barely walk three blocks without a shade nap.  I often shield her from the sun...throw shade on her...to help her cool off so we can catch up with our pack.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Product Review: Blue Buffalo Wilderness Bayou Biscuits Alligator and Catfish

Hello Good Pups and Peeps of Blogville! Macy Blue here. Momma has been busy busy again but I finally sat her down to type up my review for Chewy.com!

This month I'm reviewing Blue Buffalo's Wildness Bayou Biscuits Alligator and Catfish.

 Momma ordered these because of our Mississippi / Louisiana roots but they have LOTS of other flavors! Chicken, Salmon, Turkey, Salmon + Venison and Halibut, and ... DUCK! Momma says I cannot eat duck on account I am related to some... we got a visit from Drake the other morning. Momma tells me he is my brother-in-law. (I think he looks tasty!) But I digress...

So these are the Alligator / Catfish Bayou Biscuits:


Isn't the paw print cute??? And I gotta say, I eat homemade biscuits when we visit my granny but... these are so much better than hers! (Please don't tell her!)

Check out me catching one:

Yummers! Nom nom nom! Perdone mi chewish:


I'm gonna hoover the ground a bit while Momma tells you the details she wants your pawrents to know:


Hello, Creekhiker / Macy Momma here. Well, Blue Buffalo's Wildness Bayou Biscuits Alligator and Catfish.  are pawsome all around. They are a great high protein treat, Macy loves them and the price is average (and Chewy has them on sale with additional discounts for Autoship!).

Ingredients: Alligator, shrimp meal, potatoes, chicken fat, flaxseed (source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids), catfish, salt, calcium carbonate, preserved with citric acid and mixed tocopherols, oil of rosemary.

 Key Benefits:
  •  Delicious real alligator, catfish and shrimp
  • Filled with high-quality unique proteins
  • 100% grain-free and gluten-free
  • Crunchy baked biscuits
  • Made with the finest natural ingredients
  • No artificial preservatives, colors or flavors
  • No corn, wheat, soy or chicken/poultry by-product meals
I would purchase these again for the girl! 


OMD! Did you hear that??? Princess Pocketbook likes these!!!! Whooo Hoooo!!!

 Macy Blue sez: It's Yummy!  I give Blue Buffalo's Wildness Bayou Biscuits Alligator and Catfish four paws up!


 Neither Creekhiker nor Macy Blue were compensated for this review. Chewy.com gave Macy Blue one case of  Blue Buffalo's Wildness Bayou Biscuits Alligator and Catfish  to devour...or not.