Waiting is sometimes hard to do.
Especially when you’re waiting on your Best Bud to get here.
Mom and Dad say the wait will be worth it though, and I’ve already been making plans for all the fun things I can do with my sister when she gets here.
I’m just counting the days now….
…but at least I have some company for the wait!
Does your dog have a human sibling? Are they the best of buds?
P.S. My super fun best bud onesie is from this dear friend!
Disclaimer: This post and giveaway is brought to you by Vimtag. All opinions are my own, and I only share products I think you and your pets will love.
Lately I’ve been a little worried that I might be out of a job soon. One of my favorite jobs too…..security! See my friends over at Vimtag have added some new cameras to their line of affordable home security and monitoring systems. Which essentially means there might not be as much of a need for my super barking skills! The horror!
But you know, I decided to let my pal Trooper share in my pain of being replaced in the security department too. So I sent my new Vimtag M1 Mini Cube Camera to his house for surveillance. I’m so nice like that.
This tiny camera can be mounted to a wall, ceiling, or simply set on a shelf. And even though it’s small, it can record a big area of a room with it’s wide angle lens!
Trooper and I thought we would be getting an “extra pair of eyes” at the farm….only to realize that the mini cube was intended to record us when we were left alone! Gulp. We better be on our best behavior I guess.
Because even when our parents aren’t home to keep an eye on us they can check what we are up to by watching from their smart phone devices with live streaming.
With all kinds of features like motion detection, night vision, two-way voice features, and more the mini cube packs a whole lot into a tiny little camera.
Next it was time to test out the Vimtag P1 Premium IP Wireless Network Camera. With a fancy name like that I decided we should install it at the shop to help me out with my guard dog duties (you know, should I be on break taking one of my daily naps).
This camera can pan and tilt, has motion triggered push notifications, and it even supports multiple users. You can quickly and easily change your camera’s passwords within the mobile app as well as creating guest passwords for other users so that you can keep all your recordings nice and secure.
Since I’m a pretty short fellow I thought it was best to install this camera up high so it could get a view of the things I couldn’t. Mom had no problem installing the mounting bracket that came with the camera to the wall.
With the camera attached, connected to wifi, and plugged into a power source (this camera does require a power cord to run, and doesn’t run on batteries) we were ready to roll!
Mom also decided to hook this camera up to the Vimtag Smart Cloud Box. This handy box connects to your wifi and is able to record and store your surveillance feeds from any of the Vimtag Cameras. With 1TB of space it can hold hours of video, and should your camera ever get stolen you can still access the Cloud Box remotely to download the footage. I love that now even when I’m not at the shop my Vimtag camera can keep an eye on everything!
Should mom ever want to check on what is going on in the shop she can quickly check in via the free Vimtag app on her mobile phone too.
The Vimtag cameras have always been super simple to set-up too (and if I didn’t have clumsy paws I’m sure I could do it myself!). But should you ever need help, their support team is always just a phone call away. Full disclosure, mom did have to call tech support for some issues she was having with this P1 camera after set-up, but their staff was super helpful and was able to help remedy the issue.
I can’t recommend the Vimtag camera systems enough though, they’re super great for all your video monitoring needs wether you want to check on your pets at home, or simply need an extra set of eyes for surveillance (which will give your dog a much needed break!).
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With the anticipated date of my little sister’s arrival getting closer and closer I’ve found myself with a brand-new, very important, job to do!
Certified Baby Gear Tester! And I’ve totally earned the title too because I’ve been testing a whole lot of gear….
Most of these baby items have passed my rigorous inspection, however there may be a few I have to confiscate. For no other reason other than they look more like they are built for a furry little sausage body instead of a baby. 😉
Either way, I’m sure my sister won’t mind sharing a few of her baby gear items with me anyway….especially since I went to all the trouble of testing them for safety for her first!
Does your dog have a human sibling they like to share “gear” with?
Over the 4th of July Weekend mom and I took a little extra time off from working at the shop. I work pretty hard, and it’s nice to take a break sometimes to unwind and have some fun. Of course my family’s idea of fun is squeezing in as many adventures as possible – so I made sure to do a little bit of everything over the weekend!
I kicked things off with a campfire in the backyard. Because it wouldn’t be the 4th without a good old fashioned weenie roast. (don’t worry….actual dachshund wasn’t on the menu)
Then it was time for a Saturday morning breakfast out in town, followed by catching a game of little league baseball. After all I gotta get practicing my team coaching skills for when my little sister gets here and is ready to join a sports team!
Then it was time to celebrate a very special ladies’ 92 Birthday! I loved getting to celebrate my Super MomMom’s B-day with the family.
Family makes everything more fun!
Of course it wouldn’t be a “vacation” if I didn’t do some laps around the farm.
Just enough to warrant a 3 hour nap of course!
I even got to check out a hot air balloon launch. It was pretty cool, but I’m pretty happy just watching from the ground….that fire looked terrifying!
While I’m not a huge fan of fireworks (I alternate between hiding in the basement, and barking my head off at them in anger….can’t make up my mind if I’m scared or just pissed really), I did track down some of “nature’s fireworks” with a sunset trip to the lake. Nothing better.
4th of July was finally here and I couldn’t miss the celebration in town. Good food and family fun, a perfect way to celebrate America!
Then it’s off to the farm again to track down some groundhogs.
Well, and maybe do a farm chore or two too!
And to end the perfect holiday weekend, a cookout of epic proportions….where corn on the cob is necessary for a small dachshund’s survival. (well at least thats what I would have my family think…..and you better not tell them otherwise!)
I’m pretty sure after this weekend I’m going to need to sleep for an entire week. What sort of fun did your pups get into? Any other dogs out there can’t make up their mind about how they feel about fireworks?
Happy 4th of July Friends!
I’m taking the day to celebrate this very special holiday in the United States with friends and family. If you want to see what I’m up to be sure to check out my instagram feed!
Don’t eat too many hot dogs! 😉
June marked the official start of summer, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Warm weather adventures have always been my favorite and I can’t wait to share with you what I’ve been up to over the past month.
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And now it’s time for my June adventures…
I helped mom and dad do a little updating to my outdoor veggie garden.
I shared a pretty cool APP that helps you manage all of your pet’s documents.
I shared how Trooper and I pretty much compete at everything.
I took my annual trip to the Devon Horse Show.
I upgraded my ride to make room for my sister.
I got myself into a whole bunch of new sleeping positions.
I helped mom and dad rearrange my shop.
I shared how I’m pretty much sound proof at this point in my life.
I shared my mom’s DIY solution for sharing the big dog bed with me.
I spent Father’s Day at the pool.
Trooper and I played Tug with our new Tether Tug (And you can still ENTER TO WIN one for your dog too).
I went to a party for a horse.
And that brings me to July! I’m excited to celebrate the 4th of July this weekend with my friends and family, which I’m sure will lead me to some even more exciting adventures!
What kind of fun did your dog get up to last month?
What’s better than watermelon on a hot summer day? I’ll tell you what….
…a party for a horse! Not just any horse, but my pal Willis! See way back last year he got a pretty bad leg injury in the pasture (here we are watching a time-lapse video of his serious wound, and don’t worry, I spared you the close-up details). Since he’s about to turn 30 years old this year….and finally over his injury, we decided to throw a party to celebrate!
Everyone on the farm pitched in to help Willis heal, myself included. I was entertainment for him when he was stuck inside for months, and I helped keep him company on his daily walks.
After some food and reminiscing about how far Willis has come, we all headed out to the barn to see the big guy himself.
Willis’ owner, and even the vet who helped save him along with everyone else at the farm came out to celebrate.
Willis got a big “carrot cake” and lots of love since we’re all so happy to see him recovered.
Even Minnow was excited for the party, although he may have been a bit jealous he didn’t get a carrot cake too.
Finally time to relax, since Mr. Willis is going to be just fine now. You hear that Willis? No more injuries, because this dog can’t take another one!
Do you throw your animals parties to celebrate anything?
Disclosure: This post and giveaway is brought to you by Tether Tugs. All opinions are my own, and I only share products I think you and your pets will love.
Sometimes even us farm dogs need to take a break from chores to have a little fun. So when our new friends over at Tether Tug sent Trooper and I one of their tug toys we knew it would be the perfect way to let out a little energy out on the farm.
Dad set it up in the grass for us by hammering a small pipe into the ground and then you simply pop the tug pole into it. Dad says it’s super simple too to just pull right out and mow over when it’s time to mow the lawn.
Mom initially popped a small treat into the rope to get me interested in it, which totally got me excited about the Tether Tug!
While I certainly love a new toy, I tend to like to just shake or chew my toys to death rather than to play tug with them, but somebody else I know was totally up to the challenge of a good old tugging match to really test out the Tether Tug….
Trooper wasted no time in showing me exactly how you’re supposed to play with the Tether Tug.
Even Cricket ventured out to see what all the commotion was about, and pretty soon we all started cheering for Trooper to PULL HARDER!
And pull he did!
But no matter how hard Trooper pulled that Tether Tug stayed firmly in the ground where it was supposed to be, and boy did Trooper have fun tugging!
The cool thing about these Tether Tugs is that not only do they come in various sizes (for small and big dogs) as well as indoor and outdoor versions, but you can also customize the tugging toy based on the kind of toy your dog likes to tug with. How cool is that!
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For Father’s Day last weekend I decided to hit up the pool. It was a perfectly hot day, which meant it was a great way to cool off in the summer heat.
You may have even noticed my super cool new tank top, gifted to me from my pals at Martha Stewart Pets. I’m sure you can probably guess why I decided to wear it to the pool….
….because when I flex it really shows off my guns! Which way to the pool ladies?
After floating around for a bit it quickly became evident that there wasn’t going to be any ladies on this particular trip to the pool. Well unless you count mom and my aunts….but they don’t really count at all!
That’s ok though, because the “FEED ME” sign on my back seemed to work pretty well as everyone thought I looked adorable and was happy to toss me a cookie or two while I was floating around. Score 1 for the Martha Stewart Pets Shark Tee!
Eventually all my cousins showed up to play and it was time to strap on my life vest and get to the serious business of swimming!
I even got in some quality time with my dad as I worked on my dog paddling skills.
Swimming is a great calorie burner and I gotta keep up my fit figure for whenever those ladies do decide to show up at the pool!
My most important job of the day though is when I’m put on life guard duty. Someone has to make sure the cousins don’t drown, and when things get out of hand I have no problem barking up a storm to alert everyone of all the “unsafe” antics going on in the water. And despite what mom and dad say, it is not annoying, it’s necessary!
Does your dog enjoy a good pool day?
P.S. You can snag one of these super fun “Feed Me” Shark Tees from Martha Stewart Pets available exclusively at Petsmart.
I’m very lucky in that ever since I can remember mom and dad have allowed me to share their big dog bed with them. Everyone has always slept soundly at night with all of us together (some of us snoring louder than others), but still relatively peacefully.
Then suddenly things changed when I found out we had a 4th family member sharing the big dog bed too (my new little sister), and mom decided she could no longer sleep with me digging my paws into her ribs at night.
Thats when this funny looking pillow called a Snoogle* showed up in our bed. Mom said it was supposed to help her sleep, but after about a week I had commandeered the Snoogle all to myself!
With a combination of pillows, rolled up blankets and the Snoogle I was now corralled into the center of the bed so that everyone could sleep soundly at night again. That is until Mom decided she wanted her pillow back!
So instead of relegating me to the couch at night (I’m much too important to sleep on the couch!), Mom came up with a DIY Solution so that we could all sleep comfortably again.
Mom made me this super cool bumper type pillow to keep me in the center of the bed at night (and from kicking everyone) so that she could take her pillow back. So far it’s been great, and I’m even enjoying having some of my own space at night too!
Since I’m sure there are a lot of dog’s out there that share the giant dog bed with their humans I thought I would share just how my mom made it:
A DIY Solution for Sharing the Bed with Your Dog!
What you need:
Step 1: Cut your fabric into 12 inch x 8.5 foot strips. This makes the size pillow you see me pictured with, and if your fabric is not long enough for 8 feet you can cut more than one strip and attach them together (which is what we did). My pillow turned out to be a pretty good size, but mom said if she made it again she might make the thickness a little bigger. Also, you can certainly adjust this size for different sized dogs, bigger sides and longer for big dogs, and maybe a shorter length for smaller dogs.
Step 2: Fold your strips of fabric length wise in half with the inside facing out and stitch along the long side to create a “tube” of fabric.
Step 3: Cut two circles out of your fabric 6 inches in diameter. Again this size can be adjusted depending on how big you plan to make your pillow.
Step 4: Cut a slit in the center of each of the circles for your ribbon to slip though and then attach with the sewing machine.
Step 5: Sew one of the circles onto the end of the fabric tube you created. Make sure if it’s still inside out that you sew the correct side onto the end.
Step 6: Flip your tube of fabric right side out and start to fill with stuffing. Since this pillow is over 8 feet long we found it helpful to use a broom handle to push the stuffing down the the bottom of the fabric so that it was tight and compact.
Now suddenly from my perspective you have a new snake buddy! But we’re not done…
Step 7: Now attach the other circle you cut to the end of your tube. Likely you will have to hand-stitch some of this to close it off completely.
Ta-da! You now have a pillow that can be used to corral your dog anywhere you like. The ties at the bottom are super helpful in keeping the pillow together (so I don’t kick my way out at night).
And as a bonus it can also be used to tie up the sides to make the walls of the pillow higher if need be.
I’ve really been enjoying my new “bed nest” and it’s definitely helped give my entire family a great nights sleep. In fact I’ve gotten so used to sleeping in it that when I had to sleepover at the farm the other night without it that I picked a spot at the end of the bed and curled up out of the way of everyone for the duration of the entire night. I guess I’ve just gotten so used to sleeping more independently that it’s what was most comfortable!
Does your dog share the bed with you at night? Do you think you’d co-sleep better with one of these pillows?