Thursday, May 29, 2014

Fit Friday: Playing on the Farm

One of my favorite places to go is the farm! There is so much a dog can do. Here are my top 8 favorite things to do on the farm!

 Wabbit Watching

Watching the Cats

The wide open space to play fetch.

Playing with my three favorite pals: 
Abbey, Louie, and Carlie

Going on walks up and down the long driveway.

Explore the flower gardens. 
(Don't tell Grandma)

Just frolicking around.

And finally, rolling around in endless grass!

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Quote This Picutre

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day

The first Memorial Day was observed on May 30, 1868, three years after the end of the Civil War. It was initially called Decoration Day since people would adorn the fallen soldiers' graves with lowers as a way to honor their sacrifices. As time went by, the name changed to Memorial Day and became a nationwide celebration of all the country's fallen soldiers, not just for the Civil War. Congress declared Memorial Day a federal holiday in 1971.

Thank you to all those to sacrificed their live for us to live in a free country.

-Spencer the Goldendoodle 

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Black n White Sunday: Tulips

Our tulips are finally blooming. It's amazing how wonderful they look. No extra exiting to the photo above, just turned it black and white and undid where the flowers are. Don't they look like they are painted in? 

Hope your Sunday is bright and beautiful!

*Tulips are poisonous to both cats and dogs, these tulips are kept out of reach to Spencer.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Sepia Saturday: The Poppy

We love helping out where we can, even to donate a dollar to The American Legions.
I mean, who doesn't love a good poppy flower.

So what is the history behind this symbolic flower.

"The use of the poppy as a symbol of fallen soldiers is derived from the poem "In Flanders Field." On May 3, 1915, Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote the poem after the funeral of a friend who died in the Second Battle of Ypres. The war poem describes of how the red poppies grew over fallen soldiers' graves. Because of this poem poppies became the most recognized memorial symbol for soldiers who have died during war."

This is just a small part of an article my Aunt wrote over on her website entitled, "Remembrance Poppy". To read the entire article or to check out her website, simply clink the link below.

Hope you have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Take some time to remember those who have fallen to give us our freedom.

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Fit Friday: Ticks

It's that time of the year again, the flowers are blooming, the grass is green, and the ticks are out.

If you are like me, I like camping with my humans, hiking with dad, and roaming the farm. 

Check out this great Infographic about being tick smart.

Source of Infographic: Wondercide Natural Products
Here are some ways to stop ticks from biting your dog. Make sure to consult your veterinarian first, before using any tick prevention on your dog:
  • Spot-On Treatments
  • Oral Medications
  • Shampoos
  • Tick Dips
  • Tick Collars
  • Powders
  • Tick Sprays
  • Treat the House and Lawn
  • Checking Your Dog
  • Keeping Dogs Indoors

Depending on where you live in the U.S. your risk factors may vary. Of the many different species of ticks found throughout the world, only a select few bite and transmit disease.

They also make tools to help remove ticks effectively. 

How to remove a tick:
  • Use fine-tipped tweezers to grab the tick as close to the skin as possible.
  • Pull upward with steady, even pressure.
  • After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the area and wash your hands.
  • Make sure to keep an eye on the area where the tick was to see if an infection develops. If the skin remains irritated or infected, make an appointment with your veterinarian.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Thoughtless Thursday: #NoHotPets

Summer is here, kids will be out of school soon, and the weather will continue to get hotter.

Don't Forget You Pet is a campaign that started by the Ontario SPCA. In this campaign, they are spreading the word about how dangerous it is to leave you pet in the car.

Why Pets and Vehicles Don't Mix
  • Dogs normal body temperature is about 102 degreesF
  • Dogs have a limited ability to sweat
  • In a hot environment, even for a brief time can be life threatening
  • After reaching a body temp of 106 degrees F, it doesn't take long for a pet to begin suffering irreparable brain damage or death
  • Even parking in the shade and having the windows open on a mild day can rapidly reach very dangerous levels

How can I help, you ask.

First, you can check out #NoHotPets website and pledge. Pledge that others wont find a hot pet in your vehicle! While supplies last, to help you continue to share this message you will receive a free No Hot Pets window decal that you can place in your car window.

Second, you can help by sharing this campaigns message with others. Visit their website for more resources, handouts, and downloads. 

Third, if you spot an unattended pet in a vehicle that appears to be suffering from heat exhaustion, do not hesitate to call for help.

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Tether Tug Discount

I have some exciting news! Tether Tug is giving my readers a discount code that you can use on your order. Use the code "Spencer15" and get 15% off your order at their website.

If you have any questions about this wonderful product feel free to ask! Here is my full review.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Tether Tug Review

I'm pleased to introduce Tether Tug. Tether Tug is made right here in the U.S. and was developed as a durable, interactive toy. It was designed to provide your dog with hours of fun play and healthy exercise. 

Tether Tug comes in different styles:
  • The Original Tether Tug
    • Recommended for small to medium size dogs between 15-50 lbs
    • $49.99
  • Tether Tug XL
    • Designed for dogs over 50 lbs and for strong pulling breeds
    • $59.99
  • The Puppy/Mini Tug
    • Great for small dogs under 15 lbs
    • $49.99

Like all toys, there is some assembly. However, my mom was able to do it by herself in just a few minutes. Here is how to set up the Tether Tug:
  • Find a level spot in your yard away from trees and other objects.
  • Using a mallet or hammer, drive the base into the ground until secure.
  • Insert the Tether Tug pol into the base and ensure the attached toy can freely swing.
  • Encourage your dog to start playing with the Tether Tug by holding the toy close to ground. Once the dog begins to pull release the toy and allow your dog to continue playing.

Spencer Gives This Product 4 Paws Up!

Here are some videos of me enjoying Tether Tug!

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Tasty Tuesday: BarkBox + Zuke's = HappySpencer

During March Madness this year BarkBox had a sale going on since there were 54 teams left in the the hunt for the NCAA championship, you were able to get a 6 months subscription for only $54. How can you pass up a deal like that!

This is my second BarkBox that has arrived and I could not wait to open it. 

Finally, the moment has arrived, mom cuts off the tape and peels back the lid and ......... OMD ....... a ZUKE'S BONE!!! Zuke's Clean Crisp bones are one of my favorite treats! All that was going through my head was devouring this tasty treat with the rapper still on. But, no, first we have to take pictures, and by pictures I mean enough to cover an entire wall in our house. 

"Okay, Spencer" I say to myself, "the quicker you cooperate the sooner you can get the bone." 

Finally the moment has come, mom methodically opens the rapper! And......Nomm...Nommmm...Nommm

I have two Zuke's reviews that I have done if you would like to take a look:

Note: Supervision is occurring every time Spencer is eating a treat, bone, or food. Spencer is known for eats with elegance and grace. Please monitor your dog/pet while they are eating. 

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Mischief Monday: Collarific Bandanas

What makes Collarific Bandanas my new favorite accessory?
 Collarific bandanas slide over you dogs collar. Because it resides on the collar, the bandana comes off only when you remove the dog's collar. This way you eliminate the strangulation risk that comes with wearing traditional bandanas. 
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  The biggest problem that I had with traditional bandanas, while playing, they would become stretched out and fall off. But with my new Collarific bandanas they stay in place until my mom switches them out.
Collarific bandanas come in so many different prints and patterns you will have a hard time choosing. As you can tell from the photo above my mom struggled narrowing her order down. They also come in different sizes to fit you pet perfectly. 

To learn more about Collarific check out their Etsy page or their Facebook page.

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Black n White Sunday: Puppy Mills

Since I have started blogging, I have loved learning so much more about my K9 pals. The one topic that is close to my heart, yet something that is hard for me to stomach is talking about puppy mills.

Most of you might not know that my mom was rescued from a puppy mill. She was rescued here in Minnesota by an organization called RAGOM (Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota). When she was placed in foster care they found out she was pregnant with me and my 8 siblings. 

According to the Humane Society it is estimated that there are at least 10,000 puppy mills in the U.S. Fewer than 3,000 of these are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (source)

This past month the Humane Society came out with a report called: 101 Puppy Mills: A Selection of Problem Puppy Mills in the United States in 2014.

I encourage everyone to take a look at the list and share it with others. Continuing to educate the public is the best way to put a stop to these inhumane commercial dog-breeding facilities.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Sepia Saturday: Please Help

Happy Saturday!

I am currently in a contest right now on Facebook through Sidewalk Dog, a Minnesota-based publication. I am currently tied for 1st place right now and, if I win, I will be featured as June's cover dog for their Facebook page.

Voting is quick and easy! All you have to do is: "CLICK" this link, "LIKE" Sidewalk Dogs, and "VOTE" for Spencer the Goldendoodle.

You are able to vote daily and voting goes until noon on May 20th!

This would be an amazing opportunity and a great way for me we network if I could win! 

If the link above isn't working, try this link! It's the first post on my FB page! 

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Fit Friday: Playing Fetch

I love playing fetch! It doesn't matter if it is with a frisbee , a ball, a stick, or a toy. As long as I can run after something and retrieve it.

Does your dog like to play fetch? What is their favorite thing to fetch?

Happy Fit Friday!
Get up, Get out, Get going!

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Thoughtless Thursday: Veterinarian Visit

Yesterday Callie the Cat and myself went to the veterinarian. Lets just say one of us was excited to go and the other one was not thrilled go. And she made sure everyone knew her dislike. 

When we got there the first thing they did was checked our weight. And we both went up a few pounds. I am now at 70lbs of muscle and fluff and Callie, like most females, would prefer her weight not be announced. 

We got all of our shot, was checked over and was given a clean bill of health. The veterinarian explained to my mom that they changed how often Rabies shot are given. Now Rabies shot are given every three years now, instead of two years.

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