Over the years I’ve been on many amazing adventures.
Many of those adventures were experienced from the backseat of Dad’s Toyota Corolla.
From trips to the lake to beach days, I have so many fond memories of riding in the back of the Corolla. But as all good adventures inevitably have to come to an end, it was finally time to say part ways with Dad’s car, just as I did a few years back with Mom’s Tahoe.
So about a month ago Dad went out and scoped out a new ride for me (and my soon to come little sister) that would have plenty of room for more fun adventures.
While I was a bit annoyed that Dad didn’t consult me first before bringing home this Mazda 3, I was somewhat curious to see if it would really compare to the reliable Corolla I had grown to love so much.
I was skeptical at first, I mean is this really that much better than the old car?
But, after my first joyride in the Mazda landed me at my favorite place, the lake, I figured it couldn’t really be all that bad.
I’m pretty sure my “after” face says it all as I screamed “MORE ADVENTURES PLEASE”!
I’ve already been busy breaking in the new Mazda to my liking.
After all, wet dog smell is an acquired scent that you have to work really hard at getting to stick to a car’s interior! 😉
Any other dogs out there skeptical when their parents decide to upgrade cars?
Just like every year for the past 7 years I made sure not to miss the Devon Horse Show last week! Devon is one of the oldest and largest multi-breed horse competitions in the United States and every year it never disappoints with tasty food to eat, fun horse events to see, and of course….
….people to watch! I’ve become quite the expert at people watching, after all the things you humans do are so fascinating sometimes!
After hobnobbing with some of the equestrian elite I decided to hit the pavement and explore the grounds!
Devon has always been the go-to place for all the cool dogs in town, and I even ran into this fellow who was helping to run an art gallery on the grounds!
Then I ran into this fine looking dude, Buddy, who looked an awful lot like someone I know. I just can’t place who…. 😉
After some obligatory butt-sniffing we became fast friends! Until we meet again Buddy!
Another successful year at Devon in the books! I can’t wait until next year when I get to bring my little sister along to enjoy it too. (although I guess technically she did come along this year too….but she couldn’t really appreciate all the sights!) 😉
Are there any outings you take your dog on every single year?
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Trooper and I have always been really competitive. We compete for pretty much everything including treats, toys, dinner, and who gets to eat the cat food first!
Most of the time I win at everything (I’m a dachshund, I was born a wienner!), but every once in a while something comes along that Trooper puts up a little more of a fight for! Check out the video below for proof….
Trooper wasn’t going to let me get away with having all the fun with our PetQwerks Flavorit Bones.
See these nylon dog bones have tiny little holes on them that allow them to be filled with your dog’s favorite soft spread like peanut butter, cream cheese and more.
Trooper certainly put up a good fight for this one, but as you saw in the video, us dachshunds always win!
Is your dog competitive with other dogs?
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If your mom is anything like mine then she saves EVERYTHING related to my health and care. Over the past 7 years mom has amassed quite a filing cabinet on me. What if I told you there is a much better way to store and manage all those vet documents thanks to my friends at PensterDocs!
The PensterDocs App is a FREE DOWNLOAD in the App store & Google Play that can help you track your pet records, find pet services near you, and even interact with your pet community.
With PensterDocs you can add as many pets as you like to keep track of their records. They have pre-set vaccines already listed for dogs, cats, and birds, and even though you couldn’t add a “horse” to the App mom found that we could still add in my pony friends and just create custom “horsey” vaccines for them as a way to track their medical records too.
So not only can you plug in your pet’s vital information and vaccine records (which have a handy feature to send you a reminder when it’s time for your pet to be vaccinated again), but you can also add photos of all your documents too. Mom photographed some of my vet receipts for vaccines and added them to the records. So not only does it keep everything nice and organized, but it has all your pet’s records with you no matter where you go, and you can even print and e-mail them from your phone.
So should you ever end up at the emergency vet clinic when you’re out of town (paws crossed you never do), you can pull up all your pet’s records at the touch of a button!
A helpful feature is the ability to add notes for each pet. Here you could keep track of things like you noticed a limp in your dog, or they got their nails trimmed or taken to the groomer. I’m hoping they add the ability to add photos to notes too in the future, because it would be really neat to use it as a way to track injuries or skin growths on your pet (to check for any skin changes).
Another really cool feature about the App is the pet services locater. No matter where you are you can pull up a list of nearby veterinarians, kennels, groomers, dog parks, and rescue centers.
No more pre-searching area pet emergency centers when you head out on a road trip, you can instantly find one should you ever need it while on vacation and with a touch of the button give them a call or find driving directions. What an awesome feature!
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Every year I like to plant a vegetable garden. After last year’s winter my usual veggie spot was looking a bit sad. Nothing a little gardening re-model couldn’t fix though!
My handy Dad got to work right away with a new plan so mom and I don’t have to pull weeds anymore…woohoo! Mom of course had to sit this one out, since apparently heavy lifting is frowned upon when you’re growing a baby.
Eventually (thanks to dad’s hard work) my new garden boxes started to take shape and it was time to get the dirt! (my favorite part)
I tagged along to help mom and dad pick up garden soil so my plants could grow big and strong.
While dad shoveled all the dirt into the garden boxes I stood guard to make sure no critters got in the way of our hard work. It’s pretty much a full time job.
The soil went in and I could hardly wait to get my plants into the ground. I’ve been saving bits of kibble all year to plant my kibble tree!
With soil in the boxes the garden was looking mostly finished….now it was time to plant!
After mom picked up some plant starts at the store I helped put everything into the boxes. Now all we have to do is wait for them to grow big and strong, and keep the critters from eating them! Don’t worry though, I know just the dog for the job!
Does your dog involve themselves in your home projects like I do?
May was a pretty rainy month around here, but despite the soggy weather I still managed to pack in some fun along the way!
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And now it’s time for my May adventures…
I snacked on some of the brand-new Proper Toppers from my friends at The Honest Kitchen.
I enjoyed some of my favorite simple pleasures around home and on the family farm.
I chewed on an awesome new nylon dog chew called Flavorit that every dog is going to love!
I totally got caught on camera doing some things I shouldn’t have been doing….oops.
I slept, and then I slept some more in another installment of “Oh The Places You Sleep” series.
I found a new game to play when I’m bored at work.
I announced the really big secret that I’ve been keeping from everyone!
I shared how I totally live my life to stink EVERYDAY.
I shared the super cool new dog walking bag that’s going to make sure all my gear comes with me!
I let the taste of adventure get the best of me.
I celebrated the impending arrival of my little sister with friends and family.
I celebrated Memorial Day in style.
And that brings us to June! Oh boy, summer is here and I can hardly wait to find out what it has in store for me.
What May adventure of mine did you love the most?
Memorial Day, a time to remember all of the fallen soldiers who have fought to protect this wonderful place I call home. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Over the weekend mom and I arrived at the farm to find a celebration! Mom said it was a baby shower for my soon-to-be little sister, although the way I saw it was a celebration of me becoming a big brother!
It was the perfect combination of ponies….
….and food! (My favorite).
Of course it wouldn’t have been a celebration if I didn’t break of my bowtie! The brother-to-be always has to look his best.
Even though my buddy Minnow was just outside in the pasture, we certainly had to include him in the festivities too. So he was inside in spirit for a pin-the-baby-on-the-pony game.
Eventually it was time for my favorite part of the day! Opening presents!
I’m an expert at gift unwrapping and I was super excited to see what all my friends and family brought to celebrate my “becoming a big brother”.
There were lots of sweet dachshund (and pony) related gifts that were opened but I was starting to realize why mom said it was a “baby shower”.
Eventually Trooper and I started to loose interest in the baby gear so I decided to checkout what fun games there might be for me to play instead.
I was in luck, because not only was there was a stinky inspired game just for me, but it also included candy bars in a “guess which candy bar/dirty diaper game”. I may or may not have gotten in big trouble for trying to steal one of them! 😉
I sulked for a bit about not being involved as much as I would have liked in this “baby shower”, but mom told me not to worry…
…for she says soon I’ll have to test all the baby gear for my sister before she comes. And something tells me mom and dad will be practicing carrying me around in this baby carrier pretty soon!
After the shower I helped gift all our special friends these cute little horse shoes to show how much I appreciated them coming to celebrate my little sister.
Mom, Dad, Minnow, Me and Boomerang (who just happened to be in another pasture for this picture) are super excited for my little sister to get here! I can’t wait to show her where all the groundhog holes are on the farm, she’s going to love it!
Do you include your dog in family gatherings and parties?
Sometimes I get a taste of adventure and it’s pretty much all I need to send me into a full blown meltdown when mom won’t let me off the leash to investigate further.
In this case that “taste” consisted of me physically biting a wild animal in the woods. What can I say, I like to live life on the edge! Adventure Awaits my friends!
Does your dog take hunting as seriously as I do?
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When my new friends over at DOOG sent me one of their Walkie Bags to test out, at first I was a bit perplexed.
I mean, it’s not exactly sized for my short stature, and I wasn’t even exactly sure how I was supposed to wear it?
But then mom informed me that it wasn’t for me at all, but it was for her! Oh but of course!
This cool satchel has everything you might need to take with you on a walk with your dog. It’s even got a handy pouch on the front for degradable pick up bags (and even comes with a few to get you started).
It’s also has a water bottle holder (or tennis ball holder depending on how you look at it) and a water proof, inner sleeve to protect your valuables from slobbery dog items.
It’s the perfect size for stashing some pet treats along with anything else you might need while out and about with your pup.
With my little sister on the way soon mom says we’re going to need more handy ways to carry all the essentials, and the DOOG Walkie Bag fits just the bill!
It comes in 5 fun colors too so you can choose just the right one to fit your style!
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