Every year I go tent camping with friends during the summer. It’s a fun trip (filled with dog friendly adventures) that I look forward to all year long!
Especially since I get to spend all weekend with this lovely lady, my pal Shilah the Husky!
This year’s camping trip was a little different, because when I woke up on Saturday morning it was raining. And not just a little bit of rain, it POURED ALL-DAY-LONG!
The rain sort of put a damper on all the fun activities we had planned, but lucky for me mom packed my raincoat, and I wasn’t going to let the wetness stop me from having a good time.
The campsite we rented this year came with a bare-bones rustic cabin (although I always tent camp!), and thankfully the porch provided the perfect haven for lounging during the heavy rain.
Eventually we all started to get cabin fever though, and when the rain lightened up just a bit it was time to venture out for some outdoor fun (with our raincoats of course).
Even my camera crew dressed appropriately for the weather – so that I would have all these great pictures to share with you!
Our campsite had this neat stream that ran through it, and I quickly discovered my new favorite activity…..FISHING!
Consider my mind fully blown when Shilah’s dad actually caught a fish!
BEST DAY EVER! I love fishing!
And then when the fish we caught got released back into the water I couldn’t help myself from starting my own rescue mission. I mean he might drown!
I never did succeed, hopefully Mr. Fish was a good swimmer!
After a full day in the cold wet rain we all were a bit soggy, myself included.
So we had to make a trip into town to dry off, get food (for the folks that didn’t eat dog food), and make a walmart run for more rain gear!
After all my excitement in the rain I was pretty pooped. Thankfully my tent was nice and dry, and the perfect haven to rest up for another day of camping fun!
Stay tuned next week when I continue my adventures in the woods, where I even made a trip to the lake!
Wondering where to get any of my great camping gear? Be sure to check out my gear page!
P.S. Special thanks to Shilah’s mom from Mrs. Dailey’s Classroom for all the great photos of our soggy camping experience (the ones not watermarked with my website)!
I’m back from my annual camping trip, but before I share all those adventures I thought it would be fun to recap all the excitement from June!
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And now onto my June Adventures…
I kicked off June by sharing all the adventures of my week long road trip, first stop, Washington D.C. and the National Mall!
The next stop on my trip was the Shenandoah National Park, where I met my first Bear!
In the Great Smoky Mountains I ran into Elk!
I took a break from my travels to share the secret weapon against joint pain for my best friend Trooper.
Next up I took a tour of downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee!
I ate BBQ in Nashville, Tennessee!
Then I found myself in Nashville where I walked the red carpet at the BlogPaws annual conference.
I shared the new Kickstarter campaign for my friends at Peach Industries (which got fully funded by the way!)
I picked up pony poop thanks to my friends at Earth Rated.
I made the last stop on my road trip, Knoxville, Tennessee, to see the Sunsphere!
I shared Vol. 3 in the places I love to sleep series!
I modeled my new Gooby collar from the Doggie Days Boutique.
I played tug of war even though I was so tired I could barely stand (there’s a video for proof).
I shared the story of how I got my super awesome name.
I barked back and shared how sometimes I can have an attitude too.
I tested out some ethically raised dog food, and you can still enter to win a bag for your dog too!
Wow, did I really fit in all that excitement last month? I blink and it just flys by! Stay tuned this week as I share my next big adventures on my annual camping trip.
What did your dog do in June? Anyone else go on a road trip?
Disclaimer: This post and giveaway is brought to you by Open Farm. All opinions are my own, and I only share products I think you and your dog will love!
With so many choices in pet food nowadays it can sometimes be overwhelming with choosing the best dog food for your dog. I’m lucky that my mom cares a whole lot about what I eat, and while she doesn’t claim to be any sort of pet nutrition expert, she does try to choose the healthiest options for me to eat. Recently I got the chance to try the brand Open Farm, a healthy pet food that is ethically raised and sourced.
Now the fact that mom even allowed to me to taste-test review the Open Farm food (which I have been eating as my daily food for the past few weeks now) is saying a lot about what she thinks of the quality. Because if we’re being honest here, I would never be allowed to test it if my mom didn’t think it was a-ok!
Now before I get into the ingredients part of this review, lets talk about the fact that everything inside this Open Farm bag is ethically sourced. What does that mean exactly? It means that all of the farms that they source their meat and poultry from are audited and certified in humane animal care by leading third party, non-profit organizations in the field, and their fish are exclusively ocean caught using sustainable fishing practices.
Now I can’t control the fact that I’m a dog and I was designed to eat meat, but I can do my part for animal kind by choosing to eat foods that were ethically treated. Which makes me and my mom feel a whole lot better!
Now sourcing ethically raised meats is great, but what about the quality of the actual food? Here’s whats in the bag I received:
MAIN INGREDIENTS: Humanely farmed turkey, humanely farmed chicken, ocean caught whitefish meal, russet potatoes, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), green lentils, field peas, coconut oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), ocean caught menhaden fish meal, tomato, apples, pumpkin, natural flavor, flaxseed, sun cured alfalfa, carrots, chicory root, salmon oil, salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride rosemary extract
VITAMINS: Vitamin E supplement, calcium pantothenate, niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid
MINERALS: Zinc proteinate, calcium carbonate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate
You can read more about what’s inside by checking out the Open Farm Website.
So my mom (who is in charge of quality control for all of my food) admits that she did not look up every single ingredient in this food, and she certainly does not consider herself an expert in pet nutrition. What she does look for in the foods she chooses to feed me is that the main ingredients come from whole meats (instead of byproducts and ground up meal) and she prefers to feed me a grain-free diet (which Open Farm is).
Jeeze, so much talk about food and now I’m starving! Lets eat this stuff already!!
I had no problem munching down a bowl of Open Farm each morning and night – although I am a dog (and I’ll eat pretty much anything…including horse poop!) So it’s a good thing my mom picks out the healthy stuff for me, or who knows where I’d be!
It’s also good to know the poultry and meat are raised without the use of antibiotics and growth hormones, and the fish is always ocean caught, meaning it consumed a natural and antibiotic free diet. The fruits and vegetables are all locally grown and sourced close by to their manufacturing facility too. Open Farm recipes are free from artificial preservatives and flavors, and their recipes are preserved using mixed tocopherols, a natural preservative that also provides anti-oxidants.
And since I’m sure you’ll ask, Open Farm contains no ingredients from China. Almost all of our ingredients are sourced in Canada and the United States with the exception of coconut oil and certain vitamins and minerals that are not available in North America.
Since I’m pretty sure I could be a poster-dog for Open Farm now (I do spend my spare time on the family horse farm after all), so I’ve been practicing my super model pose for when they decide to make the next bag with my photo on it. *wink*
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Sometimes when you’re a dog you just feel like you’re not being heard. Maybe it’s because humans and dogs don’t always speak the same language, and maybe it’s because they just CHOOSE not to listen to what we’re saying. Regardless, every once in a while I need to make a little noise about it….
So next time your dog “yells” at you, you better pay attention, because we have LOTS TO SAY!
Does your dog bark/yell at you too? What do you think he’s trying to say?
With a name like Ammo I always get questions about how I ended up with such an explosive name (for such a small dog). So I figured it was high time I shared the story of how I got my name.
I like to think I’ve really grown into my name over the past 6 years that I’ve had it, but my parents thought long and hard before they landed on “Ammo”.
In fact, it might help to show you a video of the VERY FIRST time I ever met my parents.
As you can see I really wasn’t too shy about asserting my personality! 😉
After meeting me, falling in love, and deciding I would get my forever home with them, mom and dad went home to contemplate what my new name would be.
Mom had picked out the name Ranger. She thought it was a strong name that sounded super cute with my soon to be best buddy’s name….Trooper! (Mom still says Trooper & Ranger would have been cute names).
Dad picked out the name Ammo. He said I looked like a little bullet because I was so long.
The wildcard name that almost came to be….Robot! Hehe, I like to think that would have been a pretty funny name to have too.
In the end I became Ammo. Mostly because my dad had never had a dog before (mom had) and it seemed only fitting that he get to name his very first fur kid (at least according to mom). So Ammo it was! And you know what, I think it’s pretty fitting. I’m fast, powerful, and explosive. I even found out later on (via a Facebook fan) that Amo means love in Italian. How cool!
Even though my name is Ammo, I’ve got lots of little nicknames around the house that mom and dad like to call me:
L’Amee (short for Little Amee)
Miami (short for My Amee)
How did your dog get their name? Does he/she have any fun nicknames too? Do tell!