It’s been a few years since I’ve set paw on the airport runway, but just after Christmas I decided it was high time I took to the sky once again.
Last time I took to the air (my very first time in fact), I was just a passenger, but this time I figured – why not just fly the plane myself?
After all, if anything were to go wrong – all I had to do was stick my head out the window, since I have my own awesome ear-flapping propellers!
After running through my safety checklist I was ready to load up my passengers and take to the air!
And incase you are wondering, I’m very thorough when it comes to safety.
I even radioed in to the control tower to make sure my plane was stocked with extra cookies – in the event that we had to make an emergency landing on a desert island somewhere. One can never be too prepared.
But, just as I radioed control – they reminded me that I did not in fact have my pilots license and piloting the plane wouldn’t be a great idea. Dang.
To be fair, they did have a point. So I popped into the backseat with mom and readied myself for takeoff.
I have to admit, it’s much more fun to be a passenger then having the responsibility of piloting the plane myself. And I’m sure everyone else was relieved to have an experienced pilot taking us for a ride.
Raise of paws, who thinks I should take my pilot’s license next year? *wink*
How do you think your dog would react during a plane ride? Would they sit back and relax, or try to hang their head out the window? Do tell!
Just after Christmas I went on a fun little excursion to the playground with my family. Who knew playing on the swing set and slides would be so much fun?
I’m already campaigning to add a swing set to my own backyard!
Has your dog ever been to the playground? Did he enjoy playing around as much as I did?
About a month ago my new friends over at Trax sent me one of their GPS Trackers to test out. Now if you’ve been reading my blog for quite some time, then you might know that I’ve had my eye on GPS Trackers for quite some time.
Paired with the free Trax app (available for apple and android users) using the Trax Tracker can help you keep a watchful eye on your pets and other loved ones.
My mom never quite pulled the trigger on getting me one because she hadn’t found just the right one – that is until Trax popped onto the market. Trax has a whole slew of features that make it stand out above the others that are available.
Trax comes with all the items you see here, which includes a handy case to attach to clothing and one to attach to your dog’s collar depending on how you plan to use it.
The usb cord charger plugs into a slot on the tracker and can be charged by plugging into any usb port you might have (computer, car charger that has a usb converter, etc).
Trax is water resistant, shockproof, stain resistant, and functions in weather -10 °C to +40 °C – but you can help protect it further from the elements by placing a piece of tape over the usb port to help keep out water.
Since I am a dog, I opted to slip mine into the dog collar silicone case, which then easily slides onto any dog collar. One of the things I like about Trax (above a lot of other trackers out there) is the size (approximately 2.2in x 1.5in x 0.4in), it’s one of the smallest on the market – which makes it perfect for even small dogs like me to wear.
Once turned on the Trax Tracker takes a few seconds to locate satellites in your area – especially the first time you start it up. The company does note that it’s quicker to locate them in a more rural setting then in a city setting (because of the tall buildings). For me it took no time at all to connect since I tested it out on the farm for the first time.
You can also share your Trax Tracker between multiple smart phones, so both mom and dad can be tracking me at all times.
One of the features my mom loved about Trax is the ability to set up Geofences. A Geofence is essentially a virtual safe zone for your dog. With Trax you can set up as many geofences as you like (while many of their competitors only offer the option for 1), and they can be any size and even any shape (doesn’t have to be a square or a circle even). With geofences enabled you can receive a text alert on your smart phone whenever your pet enters or exits those areas. You can even set up a schedule for when you want the geofences to be active (for example during the hours you are at work monday through friday).
Trax location updates depend on how fast the tracker is moving and they can be as frequent as every 3 second.
Trax is also working on adding proximity geofences where you can surround yourself with a dynamic digital fence that moves when you do. This would be great for when you walk your dog off leash as you’ll get a notification when he strays too far.
While tracking your dog you can open up the Trax app at anytime to get an idea of where your pet is. In fact one day while I was testing out Trax on the farm my mom heard me faintly barking in the distance. She popped open the Trax app and quickly located me near one of the horses’ pastures. She used the app to track me and found me lying on the ground with my legs caught inside of one of my jackets (the perils of short legs!). We had quite a good laugh after mom set me free, but I can tell you I was super thankful for Trax after that!
While I’ve always had free reign of the 20 acre farm, Trax has been great for my freedom – because now my mom doesn’t have to worry about where I am or what I’m getting into, because my location is always right at her fingertips.
Now while I always liked to keep my whereabouts on the farm a bit elusive – things are a little different now because with the Trax history view my mom can view my travels at any certain time throughout the day. My groundhog hunting trails are no longer a secret, drat.
Another neat feature in the Trax app is augmented reality view (AR), with this feature enabled you can use your smartphone’s built-in camera to locate and show the distance to your tracker. It will appear in the image on your phone once it’s pointed in the right direction of your tracker.
My mom also found a special use for the Trax Tracker when I’m out running errands with her. Trax has the ability to set up speed alerts. So if your dog were to start traveling over the speed limit you set, you would be notified via text alert on your phone. Mom tested out this feature while I was sitting outside in the parking lot during a quick errand – but not to worry, no one tried to kidnap me – and if they ever did my mom would HUNT THEM DOWN.
But it is nice to know I’m a little safer with speed alerts set up on my Trax Tracker. Although my mom did want to note it would be helpful if the text alerts displayed in miles instead of km.
When you purchase Trax, two years of data and service are included, therefore during these first two years there will be no monthly fee! After these two years, you will have the option to continue your usage on a monthly basis for a fee of $5.00 or 3.95 EUR per month. Compared to the other comprable GPS Trackers I investigated, Trax is able to offer the most affordable monthly rates out of any of them.
Battery life is also important when you are looking into GPS Trackers for your dog, and Trax comes with a rechargeable battery lasting 1 day depending on how active your child/dog is. Trax is constantly enhancing those figures in every firmware update. My battery has been lasting up to about 2 weeks when I use it 3 -5 times a week for about 3-4 hours at a time.
Now while I can’t say I’ve personally tried any of the other trackers on the market, I can say that I’m not sure how I’ll ever go back to not having one. I feel like I’ve entered the future! I highly recommend checking out the Trax GPS Tracker for your dog, you can fetch one for $249 from Trax.
Disclaimer: I received a Trax GPS Tracker in exchange for a review, but all opinions are entirely my own!
P.S. Don’t forget today is the last day to enter my giveaway for a Sleepypod Clickit Sport Harness & Yummy bowl!
I think my new years resolution should be to eat more cookies, what do you think? While I absolutely love a good cookie, I can also appreciate a good cookie jar! So when I stumbled across this beautiful collection of handcrafted mason jars from Here on the Farm – I just knew they would be even more stylish with dog treats inside!
You can fetch your own Mason Jar Cookie Containers from Here on the Farm.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, nor do I own any of these items – just simply wanted to share my latest find!
I’m now about a week into 2015, and just like years past I like to come up with a few resolutions for the new year. Last year I came up with a list of several goals I wanted like to accomplish. Lets see how I did…
While I didn’t attend any new training classes I did continue on with my dog agility training for most of the year.
For 2015 I decided to do something a little different. Instead of a whole list of goals I would like to accomplish I have come up with just one resolution.
My resolution for this year is to take more time to be with my family, enjoy as many adventures as possible, and learn to unplug a bit. As you know I lead quite the busy life for a dog. Not only do I work everyday in my mom’s shop as the official greeter, but I also have duties on the farm, as well as guard dog duties at home – and lets not forget my love of adventure! And while I started this blog because I wanted to share my fun adventures with you, sometimes I struggle to have a balance of adventure time and “blogging” time.
So while I have no plans to stop sharing my happy adventures with you (it’s what keeps my tail wagging everyday!), I have decided that starting next week I will be blogging 4 days a week instead of 5. (Tuesday through Friday).
I’m looking forward to 2015 and all it has to bring, and I’m hoping to have even more excitement and adventures to share with you in the months to come! xoxo,
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And now onto my December Adventures…
I kicked off December by sharing a very special custom leather dog collar which had my favorite pony’s hair in it!
I shared how I spent Thanksgiving with my family.
Mom caught me being naughty at the shop.
I shared a beautiful collar from mimi green in my favorite color, teal!
One of my very favorite customers at my shop turned 90, and I helped her celebrate in a big way!
I kicked off the 12 Days of Cheer for the month of December!
I shared a free downloadable desktop wallpaper.
I shared the outtakes from my 2014 Holiday card photo shoot.
I shared some super fun gift guides for the holidays.
I shared some new fun holiday clothes from Martha Stewart Pets.
I shared my holiday wish list.
I shared a round-up of my favorite holiday DIY’s.
I shared a DIY to make some holiday flair for your dog.
I hunted down my Christmas tree.
I gave away some fun goodies to my online shop.
I attended my town’s Christmas parade – and sang loudly for all to hear!
I shared an easy DIY for Christmas Crackers for Dogs.
I wished everyone a Merry Christmas, just before I took a short break to spend time with my family.
Wow, who knew my December could get so wild? I can’t wait to kick off 2015 with even more fun – I hope you’ll join me for the ride!
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Now you might remember that several months ago my pal Trooper and I took the Sleepypod Clickit, the top rated pet car safety restraint on the market, for a test ride. Well this time I’m going to share with you the brand-new Sleepypod Clickit SPORT.
Clickit Sport is Sleepypod’s next generation dog safety harness. Their new design makes it light and easy to use, without sacrificing safety. It’s also easy to put on your dog with a simple step in design.
A patent pending Infinity Loop design eliminates the need for strength-rated, steel hardware. This, in combination with a padded vest, work together to distribute and reduce damaging forces that can cause injury. Less hardware means Clickit Sport is even easier to connect and quicker to release – and all you need to connect your pet to the car is a seatbelt.
So with our new Sleepypod Clickit Sport Harnesses Trooper and I were excited to take it for a test ride.
Trooper, being the bigger dog that he is, loves riding on the backseat of the car – so with the Clickit Sport he easily snapped into his restraint. Since I’m a bit smaller, and have trouble seeing out the window – I prefer to ride in a booster seat. And while Sleepypod doesn’t recommend using their harnesses in any other way than they are designed (for the safest possible ride), I did come up with a little modification that made it just as easy for me to still ride in my booster.
I simply snapped a spare collar through the Infinity loops on the Clickit Sport and then attached the collar to my seatbelt tether.
Check out how Trooper and I enjoyed our first ride….
Trooper and I love the new Sleepypod Clickit Sport, and the great news is at $69.99 it’s a more affordable pet restraint option with all the safety benefits. You can fetch one for your pet from Sleepypod!
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So I’m back from my mini holiday vacation, and I don’t know about you, but mine wasn’t far long enough!
And while I very much enjoyed “unplugging” for a bit, I just couldn’t wait to share with you all the adventures I had while I was gone. I have so much to share from hiking trips, to airplane rides, and adventures with friends, but before I get to all that, lets start off where I left off….Christmas Eve!
So on Christmas Eve, after I finished working a 1/2 day at the shop with mom, it was time for a little adventure.
First stop on my adventure, was a pit-stop at the Pretzel Factory. My only gripe, they didn’t sell dog cookies.
But not to worry, because we arrived at my local Pet Valu just in time to do a little pre-Christmas shopping.
And guess who was doing some last minute shopping himself? That’s right, I got to whisper my Christmas list into Good Old St. Nick’s ear on Christmas Eve! And he assured me that I didn’t make the naughty list……phew!
And boy was he right, because when I awoke on Christmas morning there was a whole pile of goodies under the tree for me!
I’m pretty much an expert at present unwrapping, and I wasted no time diving right into my gifts!
The first item to reach my wrath – my December Barkbox! And just like every other month it has arrived at my doorstep, it did not disappoint!
And if your pup is wishing it received these goodies (plus the adorable bandana you’ll see me wearing later), don’t worry, you have until January 10th to snag your pup a Barkbox for 10% off with code AMMO5
Under my tree was also this super cool Himalayan dog chew with a Ruffhides wrap from the Barkshop.
Curses that Ruffhides wrap really slowed down my chewing, to which mom said yay! and I said aw man!
Santa must have been peeking over my shoulder when I was in Pet Valu on Christmas Eve, because he snagged me one of these mini Benebones….my favorite!
My mom and dad also got me one of these nifty travel bags for my dog food from Harry Barker – I can’t wait to take it along on my next camping trip!
They also got me a package of my very favorite treats, these organic chicken treats from Plato.
Santa also brought me a couple of lounge collars in my favorite color teal, so I can keep a few in all my favorite places – the farm and the shop.
And last but not least, my friends at Chewy.com sent me these Texas Toothpicks. They are made from pure beef tail and provide both a crunchy and chewy treat that help keep teeth and gums clean. So while I’m munching away on a tasty treat – I can feel good knowing my teeth are getting sparkly clean!
After a fun morning at home with my family I packed up and headed out to the farm.
I was so excited to spend Christmas day on the farm with my pal Trooper, especially because he FINALLY moved into his new house!
Of course I couldn’t show up to my buddy’s house empty handed, I also brought along a few goodies for him too like a Ruffhides Chew toy just for him.
Trooper needed a little help breaking it in though, so like the best friend that I am, I offered to show him how it’s done. I’m so sweet like that.
I also gifted my buddy this handmade pet id tag from Tag Me Pet Tags, which I had custom made with his name and the farm logo on it – on account of that he now officially lives on the farm.
Trooper really loved it, and if you want to snag your pup one too you can use code HOLLYAMMO for 10% off your next purchase.
The best part about spending Christmas day on the farm though, that my furry little pony friends were just right outside the door.
It made it that much more special that I could spend time with all of my friends on Christmas day.
Before my holiday festivities could come to an end I packed up at the farm and headed over to my MomMom & PopPop’s house for some more fun with all my cousins and Aunts & Uncles.
I had a blast opening presents with my family.
And even took a few selfies with my cousins!
P.S. Santa if you’re reading this, I really want a pair of those spiffy storm trooper & darth vadar pajamas next year too!
Happy Holidays friends!
Disclosure: This post contains links to some affiliate pages, but all opinions are entirely my own.
Merry Christmas Friends!!!
I hope you’ve enjoyed celebrating the 12 Days of Cheer with me! December has been quite the crazy whirlwind for me as mom and I have been working lots of overtime at the shop to fulfill everyone’s Christmas framing orders. So since I haven’t had a day off in about 3 weeks, I think I’m pretty much due for one. So I’m going to be taking a short little blogging break until after the new year as I spend today celebrating Christmas with my friends and family.
But incase you’ll miss my fuzzy little face (and wiggly tail), I will be posting over on my Facebook page in the meantime.
And I’m awfully glad that Santa already delivered my presents…..because I just couldn’t help myself! But sometimes everyone deserves to be a little naughty!
Happy Holidays! xoxo,
So, it’s the night before Christmas and you forgot to get a gift for your dog! Not that that would ever really happen right? Well just incase I’ve whipped up this simple DIY for a Christmas Cracker for your Dog that you can make with items from around your house!
Step 1: Stuff a few cookies into an empty toilet paper roll.
Step 2: Roll up your toilet paper roll in tissue paper and twist off the ends.
Step 3: Tie with festive string or ribbon.
Step 4: Let your dog have a blast ripping open their Christmas Cracker!
Oh what fun it is to play with my new Christmas Cracker today!
*make sure to always supervise your pet and do not allow them to ingest anything they shouldn’t