Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Necessary Conversation

Dealing with a shy, tender-hearted dog is still relatively new to me, making this so much harder to write. My previous three dogs were also shelter / rescue dogs. The two adult rottweilers clearly had a past but clearly appreciated me drawing a line in the sand for their guidance. I'm not saying I wasn't a pushover. Milly came to me understanding a litany of commands in both German and English. It took me about a week to surmise she would respond to the last one I tried! I made the switch to English only made when she failed to respond, I would show her. She quickly got the message that what Mamma says, goes.

Milly, Maggie and Mabel all tested me and pushed my limits in their first weeks with me. Eventually, I would feel threatened enough that I felt it was time to let them know I was the Alpha and I would pin them to the floor. Once that conversation was over with, the one exception being Mabel, it was never tested again.

Mabel Lou, as always, was a different story. She tested me throughout our twelve years and I would periodically remind her I was Alpha with a pin... usually in a play session that had gotten too rough. This happened maybe four times in twelve years.

And then there is the tender heart I live with now...


Macy is the oldest dog I've ever brought home. And the best behaved. Honestly, the worst thing I can say about her is I wish she stayed a bit closer on the trail. I wish her recall was better. But  she will often come when I, in exasperation, shout, "Find a good mom!" Then she will come find me...

She didn't want to get on the furniture... I taught her that. She allows me to work on the computer and do my thing... She never demands attention (I really should've known she wasn't a rotten!). She has come around to like petting, finally seeming to understand that my hand can mean good things. I have to remind myself to play with her! She seems to get that just because Mom is loud and boisterous doesn't not mean she is in trouble.  Macy does so many things right, but when I enter the room, her face will often flush with fear... What have I done wrong now?  Nothing my dear. You are beautiful, you are kind, you are sweet, you are important. I SEE you Macy Girl. I see YOU!  I tell her this daily.  It's nice to get lubs... Lubs don't have to hurt.

Except for the Biting:

Macy got into a cholla the other day. This one in her shoulder and many in the top of her head.  We were hiking alone and I knew I couldn't get them out of by myself. I phoned the hiking buddy and we stopped at her house. She had gloves and pliers ready. I removed my shoe lace to try and muzzle the girl.   Macy tries her best to bite us when we're trying to help.

I just couldn't seem to get the muzzle on her and before I knew what had happened, Macy had bit and scratched both of my arms.  She doesn't break the skin...but it's a frightening exchange and leaves me spent every time she tries this!


I think back on the pure bred rottweilers I've brought home as adults and the big powerful mix Mabel Lou was.  Collectively, the three of them snapped at me four times. I startled Milly awake... trying to put a sock on Maggie's cancer ridden foot and it HURT... Mabel with cholla twice.  but NEVER did they make contact! Not even that close. It was more of a "Hey, I don't like that but...ok..whatever...!" And it was over. 

Macy doesn't really bite that hard but my body parts are definitely ending up in her mouth!

Yep, I Have to Do This:

As she slid down from biting both my arms, landing in a "sit-pretty," she fell over. I found myself dropping with her, crawling up her body, no weight on her...just the threat of my body being up in her business. I calmly grabbed her throat, held her to the ground and in a low, calm voice told her, "I am your Alpha and forever Mom. I will never hurt you deliberately. It is not OK for you to bite me or your Aunties when we are helping you!"  She had been struggling but as I talked, she stopped. When she stopped, I caressed her and quickly got off of her. She stayed put for a second before her canine buddies rushed over to her and it was over.

That night she pouted and I fretted. Did I break my tender girl? A friend pointed out that if she was pouting, she was over it... I laughed and waited. By bedtime, she was cuddling for her usual two minutes and not a second longer.

A day later, my annual sinus infection hit with a vengeance. I had a fever of 102.5, crawling into bed, I was shocked Macy was joining me. She's slept with me for most of the last week, save for one night!

I hope we've turned another corner...















Saturday, April 30, 2016

Chewy Review: Blue Buffalo Wilderness Wild Rolls Beef Recipe

Hello good pups and peeps of Facebook er... BlogVILLE!  Long time, eh? Good help is so hard to find! Sigh!
But I did get my assistant / Momma to the keyboard in the knick of time for my Chewy Review! Thank goodness!

So what did Chewy.com send for review this month Mom???

They sent you a chub of Blue Buffalo Wilderness Wild Rolls Beef Recipe.

Gee Momma, beef sounds good and I like buffalo - not sure it's supposed to be BLUE... but...whatsa CHUB???

It's a convenient way to package moist meat products... You're gonna like this Macy Blue. Here: 


OOOOOhhhh! That IS good Momma!!! I think I need another...You know, to be totally objective!



All right Macy Blue! You don't have to give me the sassy eyes!


Momma, a girl's gotta do what she can to get a nibble around here! Why don't you let me hoover the ground for a bit and tell the nice peeps what's in this chub of wonderful??



O.K. M.B., Here 's what Chewy says about the Blue Buffalo Wilderness Wild Rolls: 

Product Description

Blue Buffalo Wilderness feeds your dog’s ancestral wolf-like spirit and his love of meat with Wild Rolls Beef Recipe Grain-Free Dog Food Roll. This soft-moist roll is grain-free and naturally preserved to deliver the smoky flavor of delicious beef in every bite. Wild Rolls make it easy to satisfy your dog’s primal instincts with a versatile food that can be served as a kibble topper or on its own as a fully balanced meal or flavorful treat.
Key Benefits

  • Grain-free beef food roll
  • Made with all-natural ingredients
  • Serve as a full meal, topper or treat
  • Suitable for adult dogs
  • No artificial preservatives, colors or flavors
  • No corn, wheat, soy or chicken/poultry by-product meals

Ingredients


Beef, chicken, pea flour, cane molasses, dried egg, beef broth, sugar, vegetable glycerin, potato starch, pea fiber, natural flavor, lactic acid, sodium lactate, salt, dried cultured whey product, sodium phosphate, potassium chloride, celery powder, choline chloride, ferrous sulfate, vitamin e supplement, mixed tocopherols, zinc oxide, vitamin A supplement, copper amino acid complex, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), manganese sulfate, niacin (vitamin B3), calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), sodium selenite, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), potassium iodide, biotin, folic acid, oil of rosemary


Here's the Momma's take on it: While the product is soft when you first open it, it's pretty hard when stored in the fridge, as recommeded.  One of the reviews on the Chewy site says it's "spreadable." Ours was not, even before we put it in fridge. I tell you all of this because this old lady has two bad shoulders and two bad elbows... It was hard to mix into "Macy Blue Stew" - My own mix of wet food and kibble and warm water or broth. I found it easier to shave bits off with a knife. 


Additionally, it smelled "salty" and while they don't measure salt content in dog food, the sodium phosphate and potassium chloride are both pretty high on the list of ingredients. Likely a preservative but when it's the primary thing you smell, it seems excessive. 

On the plus side, it has a handy ruler on the package for feeding the right proportion of food. 

And finally, I'm always concerned about price. The non-sale price at the time of this writing comes to .47 / ounce. And this is on the 2.25 # roll. It's also available in a one # roll and costs considerably more per ounce. Compare that with one of the more expensive Blue Buffalo canned foods which comes in at .23 / ounce. And one of my more pricey current brands comes in at .13 / ounce. 

Because of my concerns about the salty smell and the price, this momma wouldn't purchase it.


There goes Princess Pocketbook again! Momma, I think the Blue Buffalo Wild Rolls Beef Recipe is sooooo tasty!!


Macy Blue sez: It's Yummy!  I give Blue Buffalo Wilderness Wild Rolls Beef Recipe four paws up!


So if you have a momma who has looser purse strings...maybe you pups can get some!  Geesh! I guess I got adopted by Dollar Queen!

Neither Creekhiker nor Macy Blue were compensated for this review. Chewy.com gave Macy Blue one case of  Blue Buffalo Wilderness Wild Rolls Beef Recipe  to devour...or not.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Chewy Review = Solid Gold Lamb Jerky Treats

Hello good pups and peeps of Blogville! Macy Blue here! Time for another review from the best pet delivery service ever!!! Hey Mom! What's Chewy.com need me to review this month?


Oh goodie!! It's a foodable! They sent me Solid Gold Lamb Jerky Treats!


Those look yummy! Pardon me while Momma tortures me and I drooooool!





O.K. ENOUGH Momma!  Gimme gimme!!

Nom nom nom hoover and... there's the lick! (Momma likes my Licker!)


Well, that pawltry sample was quite tasty but I'm not really sure...Momma, May I have another? 


 L@@k OUT! INCOMING!


Wow Momma is good with those flying treat shots! I'm gonna let her tell you all the technical stuff she likes you all to know. 

Creekhiker here: 

The ingredients in Solid Gold Lamb Jerky Treats - straight from the Chewy.com website: 


Lamb, Brown Rice, Oats, Lamb Meal, Tapioca Starch, Lamb Liver, Brown Sugar, Glycerine, Molasses, Salt, Garlic Powder, Natural Smoke Flavor, Phosphoric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Mixed Tocopherols, Cinnamon, Rosemary.
 All good stuffs. The price is a little higher than we like to spend but I think these would make excellent training treats... 

Back to Macy Blue: 

O.K. Mom...Here's a big old Licker to tell you what I think: 

I love the  Solid Gold Lamb Jerky Treats! Four Paws up! I give them four paws up!



Momma, always looking out for her pocketbook says she may or may not buy them based on price. GRRRR



Neither Creekhiker nor Macy Blue were compensated for this review. Chewy.com gave Macy Blue one case of  Solid Gold Lamb Jerky Treats  to devour...or not.

Friday, March 25, 2016

It's My Barkday Tomorrow!!!

We gone pawty, like it's my barkday!!! Oh HI good pups and peeps of Blogville! Macy Blue here!

My momma has had her nose the computer for weeks working on taxes but... tomorrow is my barkday and Mom said we should celebrate a bit early cause all our peeps n pups aren't available at the same time! But that's ok.... more time for meeeee!

      Don't I look Happy!!???

This morning, I went out to breakie with my mom and my Auntie Rottrover. I gots pancakes and bacons!

Then, I got to go to SmartPet and pick out my barkday giffs! I got a smaller toy with the fantastic loud squeakers I loves!!! They are pawfect for when Momma talks on the phone!!! Teeeheee!! And Momma did not wrap it - she knows I don't like wrapped pressies! Good job Mom!!

I got some barkday cookies and Mom picked out a puzzle toy that I solved in like three minutes...but hey, whatever makes you feel good about leaving me Mom.... Seriously, any excuse for cookies is fine by me!

Later, we'll hike with Otto Rotto or, as Siri calls him: Auto Rado. He's getting a bath today so we probably won't get a swimmie...

Tomorrow, we are taking my pal Buster to the dog park. Bussie can't be off leash cause he won't come back for hours... silly boy. So, his mom wants to have us show her what the dog park is all about in hopes he can have some off leash time where he can't climb up a mountain!

Then, Mom is taking me out for ice cream! And later, I'll go for a swimmie hike with my buddy Barticus.

So...busy celebrations around here. Mom's doing her level best to make it pawsome but apparently she forgot what I really wanted: access to her Chewy.com account! That mean old Mom changed her password on me! Grumph!



Thursday, March 10, 2016

She Giveth; She Taketh Away

Those of you who follow us on Facebook or Instagram probably know that I started "bed training" Macy a few weeks ago.

#proof of the FOUR in a row bed #cuddles I've gotten #briberyworks @chewy #cookies #treats 💕💜💓💛 my silly #pup #dogs #macyblue

That came to a grinding halt when, the day before my birthday, I picked up norovirus at school. Eight days later and I'm still not right in the gut! We had done zero days of bed training from the 1st of the month. I had a relapse at work this past Tuesday...found out I had made myself sicker by taking Imodium.  I spent the afternoon really ill and was so relieved when it was over around 8pm. We turned in early and I was so grateful for the sleep. Hard, stupid sleep. 

Suddenly my bed was moving! Living in earthquake country, I always try to steal a glance at the clock just to get a sense of time before we lose power. It was 10:54 and that was no earthquake! It was Macy Blue! Getting on my bed with NO cookies in sight! In the middle of the night!!!!!! 

I petted her a bit but was so exhausted... we both slept til 7:30 am! I was over joyed that she was still by my side come morning and we cuddled and lingered until I heard her tummy growling! 

I couldn't wait to call Mom and tell her I was certain we'd turned a corner. 

Cut to...

Wednesday afternoon, a sunny bedroom just down the hall. 

Since Macy Blue was so sweet to sleep all night with me, it clearly must be time to continue her training. Instead of putting nap treats in her bed, I placed them in her "bed lure" spots:  One on top of the stairs, one on the foot of the bed and three in her "spot." 

She gobbled them up, sniffed for more and... jumped down and curled up in her bed!

Sigh... Three steps forward... five steps back.